Entertainment Weekly has released their Comic-Con Preview issue and as full of exciting bits of nerd news as it is – like our first glimpse of prison life onThe Walking Dead – easily the best part is their preview of the first Hobbit flick, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Emblazoned on the cover are Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and Gandalf (Ian McKellen), and guys, wow, I’m already getting chills. The Hobbit may not release until December, and it’ll be after a summer that includes The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, but I’ve got a feeling Peter Jackson‘s triumphant return to Middle Earth could be the best film this year.
Just looking through this gallery makes me feel as if I’m reconnecting with old friends. The familiar faces are comforting and the new characters will be refreshing. Basically guys, I’m really, really, really excited to go back to Middle Earth!
The Hobbit is not nearly as dense as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, so you might be wondering why two movies? Other than the obvious cash grab, is there enough going on in The Hobbit to warrant two films? Well no, but Jackson has remedied that by including aspects from Tolkien’s other works and I think in the end will get a richer story. As Jackson says,
In the movie we want these characters to have story lines and a little more substance than they do in the book. Almost everything we’re doing is from Tolkien somewhere, whether it’s in the book or the subsequent development that wasn’t published in The Hobbit itself.
Okay, ready to feel old? Here’s a quote from McKellen,
A lot of people weren’t even born when we were filming Lord of the Rings and only know the movies from watching them on DVD…. They’ll see Middle-earth on the big screen in The Hobbit, and I guarantee there will be a lot of minds blown wide apart.
Having seen Fellowship in theatres I feel ancient.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens December 14th. Is it one of your most anticipated films of the year?
The next issue of Entertainment Weekly will have a sneak preview of The Walking Dead‘s third season, including these two new images which give us our first look at the prison. And Maggie (Lauren Cohan) being a total, badass muthafucka.
Whether you’ve read the comics or not, you know the prison is a big deal. All it took was the collective fanboy skeet heard ’round the web when the prison was seen off in the distance during last season’s finale to clue you in. It’s – a – big – deal. And from the looks of intensity on the actors’ faces as they clear out the zombies, the prison will not disappoint. Those who felt the zombies were lacking in season two. Never fear.
Showrunner Glen Mazzara has this to add,
I’m incredibly proud of the prison. I think our crew has done a great job. It’s a huge sense of scale and magnitude I haven’t seen on any other show as far as construction. What’s important to us is the prison itself is now a character in the show. It’s a haunted house, it’s scary, it’s frightening, and there are parts of the prison that are always terrifying, that are always inaccessible to our group. It’s not necessarily the blessing that the prison in the comic book turned out to be.
And the thing is, when it comes to the comic, I don’t know if I would call their time in the prison a “blessing.” Hearing it’ll be even less hospitable in the show, well shit, things are going to be nuts!
The Walking Dead returns to AMC this October. On a scale of 1 to Maggie’s Intense Zombie Killin’ Face, how pumped are you for the show’s return?
Prometheus is likely the film people are most looking forward to this summer not starring a superhero. Wouldn’t you agree? It heralds Ridley Scott‘s return to a genre he helped define, the space horror, and it looks like it might be the best film in the Alien franchise since, well, Alien. Honestly, everything I’ve seen of this movie makes it look spectacular, and this gallery with a bunch of new photos courtesy of Entertainment Weekly only adds to that impression.
And yeah, couldn’t resist featuring such a funny photo for the header. Check out the huge gallery below the cut!
It’s hard to believe they could possibly be filming more for The Avengers with their release date only three weeks away, but it’s been confirmed that yes, everyone got together after the premiere to shoot a new scene. What they filmed is still a complete and utter mystery but it’s rumored to show during the credits. Guess we’ll have until it releases May 4th to know for sure. What do you think the scene could have been?
Something that didn’t get filmed and was initially planned was a reunion between Captain America and his sweetheart from the past, Peggy Carter in the present day. The idea being Carter would will still be alive in 2012 so why wouldn’t Cap seek her out. Sadly, this scene never happened because, according to Joss Whedon in The New York Times, it slowed down the action-packed film.
While yes, The Avengers is a mere three weeks away (HOLY CRAP, GUYS! DO YOU HAVE YOUR TICKETS!?!!??) that’s only the beginning of summer chocked full of spectacular movie releases. One of which is The Dark Knight Rises. That’s right, it’s only about 100 days until that film releases so get ready for the promotional punch!
To start is off, yesterday we got a fantastic look at Miss Selina Kyle aka Catwoman aka Anne Hathaway in addition to her and Christian Bale gracing the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Within the pages of EW there were, of course, new images and today we get our first good look at them, as opposed to all those blurry Twitpics people were sharing last night.
Check out the six new images, featuring Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman, below,
The more and more I see of Catwoman’s costumes, the more I like it. Still wish she had a whip, but we’ll see. I think everyone looks great, and damn does Bane look like one scary dude. I really want to know more about who Gordon-Levitt is playing, he must be more than cop, mustn’t he!? Oh, and what is Batman holding, an iPad?!?
What do you guys think of these new Dark Knight Rises still shots?
I’m really underwhelmed with Dark Shadows, so let’s look at our first image from The Lone Ranger to start off. Featured here are Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the Ranger himself. What do you think?
Not gonna lie, and I doubt I’ll be the first or last to say this, but does Depp as Tonto come off as slightly racist to you? The makeup and costume look great, don’t get me wrong, but were there no American Indian actors available or willing to take the part? I know the original part wasn’t very considerate to American Indians so maybe no one wanted the part, but you don’t cast Johnny Depp when you’ve run out of options. I don’t know, nowadays when a white actor plays an ethnic role you can’t help but get a little squeamish about whether or not it’s appropriate.
Otherwise, I think Hammer looks great! As of right now Disney‘s The Lone Ranger is set to release May 31st, 2013.
It’s Friday, why not spend it either being mesmerized by the ridiculous animated Avengers poster above, or by staring at these five new high resolutions images Marvel has released.
These new stills focus on the team’s quieter moments, like Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) sitting together and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) looking together. Excitement abound.
Also included are some Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) glamour shots. Just look at that badass scar hidden beneath his eyepatch.
All right, I’ll be honest with you. These are not the most exciting of new images. One is faaaaaaar more interesting than the other, and since I think it’s obvious which I mean, I’ll just leave it at that.
First, a new still from Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristin Stewart and Chris Hemsworth.
Yeah. Anyone else feel this could easily be a screen cap from any of the Twilight films? How boring can you get? Maybe it’s supposed to be showing off Snow White’s fairer side, I don’t know. This image isn’t doing the flick any favors, and it’s disappointing considering how badass the trailer is.
Next up, a new photo from Prometheus, Ridley Scott‘s Alien prequel,
I’m intrigued by the giant head. It’s obviously somewhere alien because you can see someone in a space suit, but why would there be a giant human-looking head on an alien planet? They hint at this giant head on the poster but not until now did I start thinking about it being a human head. What is going on in this movie? Why can’t it be closer to its June 8th release date? Frustrating.
While we’re eagerly awaiting the full trailer for Pixar‘s Brave, supposedly releasing tomorrow, we have found a few new images and some more plot details. The newest film from the studio that can’t fail (We’ll just agree to forget about Cars 2.) follows the adventures of a fiery, Scottish princess, Merida, who has no interest in landing a prince, but is more concerned with her archery and exploring the wilderness. This movie will also mark the first time a Pixar film features a female protaganist. It’s only taken 12 films, but thanks to the courageous performances from heroines like Jessie and Eve, we finally have a chick in the lead. This readers, is progress for gender equality in animated productions.
(Queen Elinor, King Fergus, Princess Merida, triplet Princes Harris, Hubert and Hamish)
Anyway, a preview of the film is being distrubuted by the Associated Press and it reveals a few more details about the flick,
Merida’s father tells of the 12-foot-tall beast with razor-sharp claws, a face scarred with a dead eye and “hide littered with the weapons of fallen warriors,” that chomped off his leg while the rebellious Merida transverses a lush forest, ascends a mountain and lands a bull’s eye at a tournament.
Other imagery teased in the new trailer includes Merida encountering mystical blue-hued wisps and the gnarly bear that took her father’s leg.
Over at Empire, they’ve collected some spectacular, good quality images of Brave‘s characters, check ’em out below.
Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida (Kelly MacDonald) is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) andQueen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman(Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall(Robbie Coltrane).
The second of the Toy Story Shorts is set to premiere in front of The Muppets, opening next week (KermitFlail!!!) on November 23rd. Their first short, “Hawaiian Vacation” was attached to Cars 2. I haven’t seen it yet, but I heard it was better than the entirety of Cars 2. And I believe it.
Clearly the Pixar animators, writers, etc. are finding it hard to let the Toy Story gang go, and if they can keep cranking out these awesome shorts, they’re totally allowed to keep playing in the toy box.
Check out the short tease of the newest Toy Story Short, “Small Fry” about a Happy Meal-like toy who switches places with Buzz Lightyear.
A transforming t-bone steak? I am so there, Pixar!
And finally, I saved the really weird news of this Pixar update for last. Apparently, Hong Kong fashion label, Bossini, is releasing a line of clothing based on the Toy Story films. And, as can really only be expected of designer fashion, it features some really bizarre articles of clothing. Like above, what the fuck is that woman doing? Is she strangling herself with a scarf made to look like Jessie’s braid?
This news was brought to the attention of us state side by Toy Story 3 director, Lee Unkrich who tweeted, “I’m told they’ll only be in Disney Stores in the U.S., and that they’ll likely be hard to find.” So, uh, good luck to those of you who really want to own a creepy, Pizza Planet alien sweat shirt.
All right, which bit ‘o’ Pixar news are you most excited about? Brave? Toy Story’s “Small Fry”? Or the really weird Toy Story fashion line? I know, it’s the fashion line. Even I have to admit the Woody flannel shirt, is kind of cool.
Empire magazine’s latest cover includes a new picture of both Bilbo and Gandalf from The Hobbit.
According to the cover text, they were “the first magazine on set”. It is also assumed that “Jackson speaks!” means that they interviewed Peter Jackson or got a little blurb of him talking about something movie-related… ’cause, well, I’m sure he speaks quite a bit on a daily basis. Not quite clear re: what’s going on with the “young Gandalf”, as pointed out by Bleeding Cool, but sure.
The point here is that there are new pictures of these characters from The Hobbit on Empire magazine’s cover. We’ll find out what’s inside this issue in due time.