‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all – a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself – the Dragon Smaug.
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars (in alphabetical order) John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner. ‘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.
Tauriel has a somewhat different personality to the sage-like, even-tempered Elves we’ve seen in Peter Jackson’s Tolkien movies to date…
Evangeline Lilly: Yeah, Tauriel is a Silvan Elf who lives in the Woodland Realm. The Woodland Elves are a sort of darker Elf than the Elves we’re used to meeting, or have met from ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ They are perhaps more deadly. Tauriel’s a warrior and is an expert with daggers and a bow and arrow. Plus, she’s the head of the Silvan Guard. She is in charge of the Elf army, the army of her people. All-in-all she’s a pretty badass Elf (laughs).
Also, Tauriel is different from all of the Elves you’ve met before in that she’s a lot younger and brasher. I tried to distinguish her from all of these incredibly sage and wise Elves that have lived for thousands of years. Tauriel is only 600 years old, she’s just a baby. So she’s a bit more impulsive, and she’s a bit more immature, a bit more fiery. I think she’s more easily romanticized by a lot of things.
According to various sources, Amanda Seyfried has signed a deal to star in ‘He’s F-in’ Perfect,’ a comedy being produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and their Gary Sanchez Productions banner. Jake Szymanski, who has directed many ‘Funny or Die’ skits, is attached to helm. Seyfried last starred in ‘Epic,’ ‘The Big Wedding,’ ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Lovelace.’ She just wrapped a turn in Seth McFarlane’s latest feature comedy, ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West.’ Seyfried is also pegged to star alongside Aaron Paul and Russell Crowe in Gabriele Muccinio’s drama ‘Fathers and Daughters.’
‘He’s F-in’ Perfect’ is the story of one woman, pessimistic in love, who regularly uses the Internet to research the men her friends are dating, acting as a vetting device for them to weed out losers. Things take a turn when she gets a friend to dump a new guy in order to steal the man for herself, using her social media savvy to turn herself into his perfect match.
Warner Bros. Pictures has just announced a June 5th, 2015 release date for Brad Peyton’s earthquake disaster movie, ‘San Andreas.’ Lead by Dwayne Johnson, ‘San Andreas’ is set after a devastating earthquake hits California and centers on a man making a perilous trip across the state to rescue his estranged daughter. Johnson will play that man, described as a rugged rescue helicopter pilot.
Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore wrote the initial draft with Chad and Carey Hayes working on the most current draft. The project is based on an idea by Flynn. The June 5th release puts ‘San Andreas’ up against DreamWorks Animation’s ‘B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.’ The week following sees the opening of ‘Jurassic World.’
Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman and Dennis Haysbert, who all played the late Nelson Mandela on the big screen, have paid tribute to South Africa’s first democratically elected president, anti-apartheid revolutionary, freedom fighter and global icon. Idris Elba, who plays Madiba in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ said “What an honour it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba’s family. We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth, I only feel honoured to be associated with him. He is in a better place now.”
“Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century,” said Morgan Freeman, who played Mandela in 2009′s ‘Invictus.’ “Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve — a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.”
6 New Pics & The First Clip From ‘The Railway Man’ – Starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman & Jeremy Irvine
Lionsgate has sent over this first clip and new batch of images from Jonathan Teplitzky’s ’The Railway Man,’ which stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada and Jeremy Irvine. Based on Eric Lomax’s autobiography, ‘The Railway Man’ tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax (Firth), a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunting past. The film opens on January 1st, 2014. Expect a US date for ’The Railway Man’ shortly.
Paramount Pictures has revealed this latest clip from ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,’ which has Adam McKay returning to the directors chair as well as co-writing the script with Will Ferrell. Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Paul Rudd return from the original film, while the likes of Harrison Ford, Kristen Wiig, Meagan Good, Dylan Baker, Josh Lawson, Drake, Kanye West, Greg Kinnear and James Marsden join the sequel. Look out for ‘Anchorman: The Legend Continues’ in cinemas from December 18th.
With the 70′s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy…while taking New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.