The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens where The Desolation of Smaug left off, as the powerful dragon of the Lonely Mountain (still voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) descends on Lake-town for payback. To say that Peter Jackson captures the full horror and insanity of a dragon attack on a compact and inclosed area is something of an understatement, and you practically feel the pain and panic as Smaug’s attack lights up the entire town in seconds and doesn’t let up. But then, Bard (Luke Evans) heroically slays the dragon using the final black arrow, and Smaug is defeated. Ten minutes into the movie.
Pacing has always been a problem for The Hobbit movies, as you can well imagine if you’re creating an expansive seven-and-a-half hour movie trilogy based on a single 300-page book and some supplementary material. The previous film ended with a powerful “Oh $#!%” moment went Smaug leaves Bilbo (Martin Freeman) in the mountain to attack the people of Lake-town in retaliation for them giving aid to the Company of 13 Dwarves and their quest to take back Erebor. Dramatically, it was sound, but to use a comparison to The Lord of the Rings it would be as if The Two Towers were to end right before Aragorn and the others at Helms Deep ride out to meet the Orcs in battle for a last stand. It’s evidence of the fact that while Jackson has grown to handle well the overwhelming technical demands of the project, he’s lost sight of the best way to tell the story he wants to tell. (more…)
Martin Freeman hosted Saturday Night Live last night and really hit it out of the park with this Lord of the Rings skit, The Office: Middle Earth. If you’ve watched the BBC version of The Office with Ricky Gervais, or even if you’ve only watched the American version with Steven Carell, you’ll immediately notice the incredible attention to detail. This just might be the best skit of the entire SNL season! (more…)
The story may be engrossing and the world may be singular, but it’s the varied and deep characters that make the premiere episode of Fargo — FX’s new 10 episode event series loosely tied to the Coen brothers theatrical masterpiece of the same name — truly astonishing. (more…)
You don’t know yet how he comes back. You don’t yet know if he does come back. You don’t yet know how his partner will cope with that emotional roller coaster. But in the end it doesn’t matter because one thing’s for sure: three is not enough for Sherlock. Season three has come and gone in Britain, and even though it hasn’t premiered yet in the U.S., Sherlock is ready and raring to go for a fourth season according to showrunner Steven Moffit. (more…)
Season three of the BBC‘s hit show Sherlock is set to return to the small screen January 1st, 2014. We’ve got a ton of pictures and a series launch teaser to get you pumped up for the return. (more…)
If you were dreaming of some quality Brit TV this Christmas, it seems that BBC One has answered your wish. The network has announced that the new season of Sherlock will premiere on New Year’s Day with the first episode of the three-episode third season. That’s the good news. The bad news, at least it’s bad for American viewers, is that you’ll have to wait till January 19th. (more…)
I never understood the thought process of releasing “character” posters for a film after trailers and teasers have been released. Seems to me, it should be in reverse order. Posters have been and should always be the promotional tools teasing what’s to come. Releasing posters post footage seems rather moot. Don’t get me wrong, posters can be nifty looking pieces of art, but it’s like, why do I wanna stare at a static image when I could just replay the trailer a dozen times? Anyway, The official Facebook page for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has revealed seven new character posters which you can view below:
And I always thought hobbits were meant to be cheerful, delightful little fellas. Guess Martin Freeman has a different opinion of adventuring across Middle Earth with a bunch a stinkin’ dwarves and wizard baked out of his mind. For more – oh yes, there’s plenty more – of Freeman flipping the bird head over to The Mary Sue where they’ve amassed an amusing gallery of just that. But first, hit the jump for more Hobbit News! (more…)
Yes, it’s here! With the summer blockbuster season well behind us there’s still one movie nerds are squirming over: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. We saw a few nifty posters yesterday, but they don’t compare to the majesty of a full two and a half minute trailer. Hit the jump, and enjoy,
British actor and nerd luminary Martin Freeman, known best for his work in The Hobbit, Sherlock, The World’s End, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, has been cast as Lester Nygaard in the upcoming tv miniseries based on the Coen Brothers’ 1996 film classic Fargo.
The role is apparently analogous to William H. Macy’s character: Jerry Lundegaard–the pathetic, amoral car salesman who hired kidnappers to abduct his wife in order to pay off his debts with the ransom money paid by his wealthy father-in-law (if you remember…..great movie).
The 10 episode series will be produced by Joel and Ethan Coen and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will
“follow an all-new ‘true crime’ story with a new case and characters all seeped in the humor, murder and ‘Minnesota nice’ of the original.”
This new adaptation of Fargo is due to air in the Spring of 2014 on FX.