Fantastic Illustrated ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Poster Highlighting Smaug, Thorin, Bard & Thranduil
Lorna-ka has put together this great illustrated piece for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece ‘The Hobbit,’ by J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins Martin Freeman( as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ arrives in cinemas on December 13th while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014.
CBS Films has premiered this new poster for the Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline-starring comedy, ‘Last Vegas.’ Directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) from Dan Fogelman’s (Crazy Stupid Love) script, the four acting legends are joined in ‘Last Vegas’ by Romany Malco, Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara and Ric Reitz. The film arrives in cinemas on November 1st.
Billy (Academy Award®-winner Michael Douglas), Paddy (Academy Award®-winner Robert De Niro), Archie (Academy Award®-winner Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Academy Award®-winner Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it’s these four who are taking over Vegas.
‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘A Beautiful Mind’ star Paul Bettany is set to make his directing debut with an upcoming project from Voltage Pictures and BiFrost Pictures titled ‘Shelter.’ It was revealed today that both Jennifer Connelly (who is married to Bettany in real life) and Anthony Mackie will star. Bettany is also supplying the screenplay for ‘Shelter,’ although no plot details are currently available outside of it being set in New York.
“It’s my intention to surround myself with hugely talented people and then claim all the credit,” said Paul Bettany. “I have great actors, great producers and a great city to shoot in – plus I’m hoping to keep alive the time-honored tradition sacred to directors and seduce my leading actress.”
Joss Whedon Talks About His Lead Villain In ‘The Avengers: Age Of Ultron’: “I Love Ultron, Because He’s So Pissed Off”
In a recent chat with EW, Joss Whedon shed some light on Ultron, the formidable villain that the Avengers team will battle in the sequel to last year’s mega-grossing blockbuster. The sentient super-bot presents a challenge for the film’s screenwriter: How to make a machine that can do just about anything into an interesting on-screen character? Created by a scientist in the Marvel comics, Ultron is a self-aware robot who develops a lust for power. He has a laundry list of abilities – super-human strength, speed, stamina, durability, flight, mind control, a coma ray and a genius intellect. For ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ Whedon reveals that he’s stripping back some of Ultron’s abilities and will find a way to humanize – to some degree – the angry bot.
“I knew right away what I wanted to do with him,” Joss Whedon says. “He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch.”
Having worked on James Gunn’s two previous feature films, ‘Super’ and ‘Slither,’ Gunn has revealed that Tyler Bates will be providing the score for his upcoming Marvel flick, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ “Grateful to be working with my favorite composer, Tyler Bates, on Guardians of the Galaxy. Unlike most films, Tyler writes huge chunks of the score first so that I can actually film to the music. During action scenes and huge dramatic moments we blare the score on set so that the cast, crew, and camera can move in harmony with the music. Music is often an afterthought in film, but never for us. And everything Tyler’s done so far has been amazing!”
The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Academy Award winner Benicio del Toro as The Collector, Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close as Nova Prime. Ophelia Lovibond, Gregg Henry and Enzo Cilenti also star.
In her three-part diary for Harper’s Bazaar - to mark the opening of her new play ‘The Pride,’ Hayley Atwell has revealed that she’s joined the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming ‘Cinderella’ adaptation. “I am about to start filming Kenneth Branagh’s new movie, Cinderella,” Atwell writes, “playing Cinderella’s biological mother at the beginning of the story, the embodiment of goodness and maternal love.”
Set for a March 13th, 2015, ‘Cinderlla’ is filming now at Pinewood Studios in England. Lily James (Downton Abbey) stars as the orphaned eponymous character, while Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) plays her handsome prince. Oscar winner Cate Blanchett co-stars as her wicked stepmother and Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) and Holliday Granger (The Borgias) are playing the step-sisters. Helen Bonham Carter plays the Fairy Godfather, while Stellan Skarsgård plays the Grand Duke. Expect more news shortly.