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Metronome has premiered this new UK trailer for the Elijah Wood-starring horror flick, ‘Maniac.’ Scheduled for a March 15th release in the UK, the film is contemporary re-imagining of William Lustig’s 1980 slasher of the same name. Alongside Wood, the film stars the likes of Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo, Megan Duffy, Jan Broberg, Liane Balaban and Sammi Rotibi. With Franck Khalfoun directing and a screenplay by Alexandre Aja, C.A. Rosenberg and Grégory Levasseur, ‘Maniac’ should hit US cinemas sometime later in the year. I’m looking forward to this!
Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt. Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill.More >
‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum (Andy Serkis). Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is the first of three films based on ‘The Hobbit’ novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The trilogy of ‘Hobbit’ films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before Jackson’s ’The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. The release schedule for the three ‘Hobbit’ films are as follows: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is out now; ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ arrives in cinemas December 13th, 2013; and ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on July 18th, 2014. My other interviews for ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ can be found through the following links: Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis #1, Andy Serkis #2, Ian McKellen #1, Ian McKellen #2, Richard Armitage #1, Richard Armitage #2, Martin Freeman #1, Martin Freeman #2, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman and James Nesbitt, and Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving.
How was it for you returning to the character of Frodo Baggins, Middle-earth and Peter Jackson’s filmmaking team? You’ve got a lot less responsibility this time around?
Elijah Wood: Definitely (laughs). I think I was actually formerly offered the role at the end of 2010, it became a reality then – which is still so surreal (laughs). It’s thrilling, totally thrilling. I’ve been asked by so many people about what it feels like to be back and to have been asked to be back, and it’s just a total thrill. I have none of the responsibility that I had before, I have none of stress of the weight of the entire story. It’s literally just a beautiful little remembrance of the character, you know? It’s a couple of moments that really showcase the relationship between Frodo and Bilbo, which is lovely as well.
The sequel to the Academy Award winning animated smash hit, ‘Happy Feet Two’ returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D. Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son Erik is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven – a penguin who can fly!! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s ‘guts and grit’ as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures – from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals – to put things right. ‘Happy Feet Two’ features a voice cast of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Alecia Moore (P!nk), Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sofia Vergara, Hugo Weaving, Richard Carter, Common, Magda Szubanski and Anthony LaPagila. The film is set for release November 18th in the US and December 2nd in the UK.
How easy was it to slip back into the voice of Mumble for this sequel?
Elijah Wood: Pretty easy, but I don’t nearly have the challenge Hank Azaria or Robin Williams have, in a sense that I don’t have a voice I’m doing, it’s really just my own voice. If anything it was slightly pitched down to be older and more fatherly. But I think jumping back into the world was made so easy just by the context of it – working with George Miller again, working with Robin Williams again, all those guys. It felt like a homecoming in a way, because we became friends and enjoyed working on the first film so much, it felt very familiar.
Peter Jackson has released this third production video from the set of the upcoming two-part movie adaptation of ‘The Hobbit’ via his Facebook page. The video showcases the 3D filming aspect of the project and provides a behind-the-scenes look at shooting on the film, interviews with the cast and a whole lot more. Peter Jackson has been giving us unprecedented access to the production process of the film via his Facebook page over the last few weeks – I‘d strongly recommend giving his page a ‘Like‘! This video just adds to my fiendish excitement for both ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ and ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again.’
Both Hobbit films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his film-making team brought to the big screen in the fantastic blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.’ ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ has been pencilled in for a December 14th, 2012 release date. ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ will hit cinemas December 13th, 2013.
To coincide with a set visit report, AintItCoolNews has released this first look at Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins on the set of Peter Jackson’s eagerly anticipated two-part “The Hobbit” movie adaptation. Both Hobbit films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his film-making team brought to the big screen in the fantastic blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.’ ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ has been pencilled in for a December 14th, 2012 release date. ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ will hit cinemas December 13th, 2013. Check out an excerpt from the set report below.
“What’s Frodo doing in The Hobbit? I don’t want to spoil too much, but I can say that Frodo is part of the connecting tissue between The Hobbit and Fellowship of the Ring.
In fact, the next shot was an over the shoulder on Elijah Wood hammering a sign up on Bag End’s front gate: “No Admittance Except On Party Business.” You guys should have an idea where that puts this moment in the timeline.
Martin Freeman stood in for Ian Holm, who shot all of his scenes and close-ups in London. They would sometimes play footage they’ve already shot to remind themselves of what they had done previously and to help them match up shots. Peter and crew did that for these reverse shots on Elijah and I got to see Ian as Bilbo once again. It was quite extraordinary, actually. Seeing Ian in close up, wearing the wig, the vest and the pointy ears just put a smile on my face.”
Elijah Wood recently spoke to Comingsoon about reprising the role of Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s much anticipated two-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit.’ Although the actor does not know what kind of role Frodo will play in the films, he conveyed his excitement about rejoining his Lord of the Rings co-stars.
“What are you most excited about to have the opportunity to be a part of the prequels? Since it wasn’t necessarily built into the original novel that you guys from the “Rings” films would be there.
Elijah Wood: Yeah, not at all. Look, I’m just looking forward to going back to New Zealand and spending a bit of time there. There will be plenty of old friends that will be a part of it. Largely I would imagine the entire crew would be relatively the same. So in some ways I think it’s going to be a very surreal journey. It will feel like traveling back in time a little. But I’m excited. There’s a lot of new elements to this. They’re shooting on the Red [camera]. They’re shooting in 3D, so that should be interesting. And I’m excited to read the script. I’m very excited to see what they’ve done with “The Hobbit.” They’ve stretched it out over the course of two films – I’m so curious as to what other elements they’ve woven in, because there are certainly additional works that refer to that same time period that they could weave into it. So I’m just very excited to sort of see what the ultimate vision is. I was down there about a year ago, February, and I saw some of the design. This is when Guillermo [del Toro] was still attached. So I’ve seen a lot of the design work. I mean, it’s extraordinary! And Alan Lee and John Howe are back in the art department doing designs for it. I think it’s going to feel very familiar, and different as well.”
Jackson, director of all three Lord of the Rings films, will be helming the two movies back-to-back for a 2012 and 2013 release. Confirmed cast include Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Mikael Persbrant, Sylvester McCoy and Elijah Wood. 2012 can’t come soon enough!!!