Emma Watson‘s return to film out of her semi-retirement finds her entering strange dark castles and taming wild beasts. This new teaser for the live action Beauty and the Beastsets the mood as Belle finds and enters the seemingly abandoned home. The talented ensemble cast includes Dan Stevens (Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ewan McGregor (Lumière), Ian McKellen (Gaston), Kevin Kline (Maurice), Josh Gad (LeFou), and Stanley Tucci (Cadenza). (more…)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens whereThe 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…)
I’m sure, sitting in some dark corner of the Internet, there’s some slash fan fiction about Magneto and Charles Xavier hooking up, maybe even getting married and raising mutant powered babies. In a delightfully reality bending twist Sir Ian McKellen is going to marry Sir Patrick Stewart . . . to Stewart’s fiancee, jazz singer Sunny Ozell.
“I’m going to marry Patrick [Stewart]. I am going to officiate at his wedding.”
Ross then asked McKellen if he was legally able to marry Stewart:
“I don’t know, but in Massachusetts, in the middle of America somewhere, you get a friend along, and I read out the words, and Sunny and Patrick will then be married. … I’ve done it once before with two guys having a civil partnership. I was crying my eyes out.”
Massachusetts’ Secretary of Commonwealth does offer a service that allows a family friend or relative to perform the couple’s wedding ceremony for a fee of $25. When asked what he might wear, McKellen replied that the last time he officiated he wore:
“a white gown which I bought in India. You mustn’t upstage the bride.”
Imagine Gandalf officiating your wedding, how cool is that. Can you imagine the guest list at this? Most likely the actual ceremony will be a low key affair, Stewart isn’t known for big publicity seeking type events. The reception however, should be a fan boy or girl’s dream convention. I’m sure there will be Stewart’s friends from Star Trek, X-Men, as well as many others in the entertainment and music business.
Stewart, 72, has been romantically linked to Ozell, 35, since 2009.
Ian McKellen has always been one of the greats when it comes to pure, raw acting ability. In recent years, he’s spread his influence into the geek world by taking on some of the most iconic roles in the fantasy and super hero genres. And though most know McKellen has played Magneto and Gandalf, until now few knew that for the last seven years he’s been dealing with some real-life drama – a battle with prostate cancer.
In a recent interview with The Daily Mirror, McKellen discussed his cancer, talking a bit about his condition while assuring his millions of fans that it’s not as much of a problem as it could be. According to McKellen, the cancer is contained and he’s undergoing regular check-ups to make sure that it doesn’t get any worse. All-in-all, he’s been very positive about dealing with what is one of the world’s leading killers among men.
Hopefully, all the karma that McKellen has built up from playing two of the biggest geek-cred roles in history will work in his favor. Everyone give a prayer to whatever (G)god(s) you happen to prefer and perhaps this amazing actor will be with us for at least another 20 years.
UPDATE: Apparently, reports on Ian McKellen’s cancer may be complete and utter bullshit.
Though present across dozens of reputable news sources, ABCNews.com has just issued a report that McKellen’s agent, Chris Andrews, has made an official announcement that the story originated from a UK tabloid by the name of The Sun and that it has no basis in reality.
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After months (hell, even years) in developmental hell with numerous problems regarding fires in WETA and union strikes, the long awaited prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies, The Hobbit, finally gets some good news.
Gandalf himself, Sir Iam McKellen, as well as Andy Serkis (who plays Gollum) have officially signed on for the two Hobbit movies. While this is not groundbreaking news, as they were both expected to return, it certainly is welcome.
As far as I am concerned, as a fan of both the books and movies, The Hobbit could not be done without McKellen and Serkis reprising their roles. So, I’m overjoyed at the news!
Recently, we’ve heard quite a bit of Hobbit news (courtesy of GeekTyrant):
Elijah Wood also signed a deal recently to return as Frodo, and Cate Blanchett will play Galadriel once again. There’s an offer currently out to Orlando Bloom to return as the elf Legolas, but the deal isn’t set in stone yet.
Martin Freeman is already set to play Bilbo Baggins is both films. As for the rest of the cast, Richard Armitatge (MI-5andCaptain America: The First Avenger) will play Thorin Oakenshield, the leader Company of Dwarves that sets off to fight the dragon and reclaim the Lonely Mountain. Kili and Fili, members of the Company of Dwarves will be played by Aidan Turner (Being Human) and Rob Kazinsky (Eastenders) respectively.
Graham McTavish who starred in Secretariat will play Dawlin. John Callen who starred in Power Rangers Jungle Fury will catch a major break as Oin. Stephen Hunter of All Saints will play Bombur. Mark Hadlow who starred in King Kong will play Dori. Rounding out the cast is Peter Hambleton, who starred in The Strip will play Gloin.
Shooting of both films begins in New Zealand on February 14th
Authors Note: The picture isn’t entirely relevant, but it’s fucking awesome.Moving on. We here at NB love you and we know you’re probably a lush, so here’s just a little bit of fun for you on this drunken Friday night/hungover Saturday afternoon. This video comes from the Youtube channel of one HunterDavis. Hunter does a SPOT ON Ian McKellen impression. Does he recite lines from Lord of the Rings? No. Does he play the role of Magneto? Too easy. He takes on Sir Ian McKellen doing the opening to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. A few of the lyrics are either accidentally off or he thought “Fuck it, I’m Sir Ian McKellen I’ll do whatever I like!” Honestly I would too. If I were McKellen I’d go around slapping people with in the face with my multi-million dollar dick and they would thank me. Enjoy the video my little alcoholic friends.