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'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' - Second Trailer Released (Watch It!)

October 1st, 2013 12:04pm EDT
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The second trailer for the middle film in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, has been released, building plenty of anticipation for the film's December release.

Desolation picks up right where the first film, An Unexpected Journey, left off; with Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the party of 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) continuing their quest to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim its treasure and defeat its current inhabitant: the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Other than the usual quick glimpses of the act...
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The Top 10 Breakout Stars Of 2012

December 18th, 2012 4:07pm EST
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With every year comes a new crop of stars appearing on our radar and making entertainment headlines. Some of them are new to the scene, but most are finally getting their big break after years of hard work. Here are the Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2012.

Ginnifer Goodwin: Ginnifer made waves starring in He's Just Not That into You and Big Love, but now she's star of TV hit Once Upon A Time, where she plays Snow White. Expect some huge roles soon.

Frank Ocean: Ocean has been behind many hits as a songwriter, haven written songs for Justin Bieber, John Legend, Brandy, and Beyoncé Knowles as...
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Martin Freeman's Girlfriend Had Cancer Scare During His 'Hobbit' Shoot

December 16th, 2012 7:09pm EST
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Martin Freeman was nursing a secret heartache while shooting The Hobbit movies in New Zealand after learning his partner had found a lump in her breast.

The British actor had already embarked on the epic 18-month shoot when his longtime girlfriend Amanda Abbington was told she needed emergency surgery to remove the growth.

Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins in the franchise, wanted to fly back to the U.K. to be with the actress, but she urged him to carry on with work.

She explains, "I said I'd be fine, but he was desperately worried. It was horrible for him. I found the lump after droppin...
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5 Fun Facts About 'The Hobbit's' Martin Freeman

December 11th, 2012 11:00am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
We know you can hardly wait for the arrival of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” To keep you from going mad with anticipation, we want to help quench your thirst for news of Middle Earth with a few fun facts about leading man Martin Freeman. Check out these tasty morsels while you wait for the film to hit theaters.

Before He Was Bilbo He Was Buck Naked

Some fans may not remember the skintastic turn Freeman took in the modern holiday classic, “Love Actually.” In the serendipitous rom-com, Freeman played John, a movie stand-in whose current gig was for what seemed to be a pretty explicit...
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'The Wire's' Dominic West Dominates BAFTA TV Awards Nominations

April 24th, 2012 9:22am EDT
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The Wire star Dominic West will lead the way at the upcoming BAFTA TV awards after scoring four nominations with his creepy portrayal of British serial killer Fred West.

West's two-part drama Appropriate Adult, a reconstruction of the police investigation into the notorious murderer, has been unveiled as the top contender ahead of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' (BAFTA) TV Awards ceremony next month.

The show scored nods for Best Mini-series, Best Leading Actress for Emily Watson, Best Supporting Actress for Monica Dolan and Best Leading Actor for West, who will compete...
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10 Book-To-Film Adaptations To Look Out For In 2012

March 20th, 2012 11:00am EDT
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2012 is shaping up to be a very literate year in motion pictures. Over 30 films on the release schedule are based on books, short stories or comic books. Below are 10 of the most notable.

1. BEING FLYNN

Based on: Another Bullsh*t Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn

Basic plot: A guy who works at a homeless shelter finds his estranged, alcoholic, deadbeat dad wandering in one night.

Starring: Robert DeNiro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore

Director: Paul Weitz

Why it’ll make you thankful: I’m guessing your father isn’t in a homeless shelter…

Release date: Opened March 2 (limited)

2...
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Lucy Liu To Play Dr. Watson In Sherlock Holmes Series 'Elementary'?

February 28th, 2012 8:45am EST
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Lucy Liu is set to play Sherlock Holmes' first female Dr. Watson in a modern TV update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective stories, according to new internet reports.

The Charlie's Angels star will team up with British actor Jonny Lee Miller for new series Elementary.

Set in New York, Liu's Watson will be a former surgeon and Holmes' sober companion as he struggles with life after rehab, according to Deadline.com.

The drama is loosely based on the hit British show Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the updated literary sleuth and his sidekick.
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Police Called To 'The Hobbit' Casting Call

January 30th, 2012 8:40am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
An open audition for Peter Jackson's new The Hobbit movie had to be shut down on Saturday after more than 3,000 hopefuls turned up.

The director is currently in New Zealand filming the two-part Lord of the Rings prequel, which stars Martin Freeman, and a casting call for a part in the film attracted thousands of applicants over the weekend.

Producers expected around 1,000 wannabes to turn out for the auditions in Lower Hutt, near the capital city of Wellington, but they were overrun when more than 3,000 arrived.

Police were called to help control the crowds and the auditions were shut...
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The Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

January 13th, 2012 10:00am EST
Most Anticipated Movies of 2012
If you’re family is like mine, you probably got one for Christmas. I have an aunt who has given on to me every year since I was seven. Each time I open the wrapping paper and feign surprise, as if my present could have been anything else. The first few times she gave me this turd of a gift, I hung it dutifully on my wall for the entire year. Each time I looked at it, I would wonder how Chocolate Labradors or Monster Trucks define me as a person (News Flash: They don’t). Now, as soon as she leaves the room, I throw my gift right in the trash without even a modicum of guilt. Still don’t know ...
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Peter Jackson Offering Hobbit Set Visit For Charity

December 23rd, 2011 3:26pm EST
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The Hobbit director Peter Jackson is offering a fan the chance to visit the set of the movie in New Zealand to raise money for charity.

The filmmaker is currently shooting the Lord of the Rings prequel, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel, with stars including Martin Freeman, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom.

Now Jackson is offering up the chance to visit the set of the film as part of the Stars Come Out Auction, which launched on Trademe.co.nz this week to raise funds for scientist Sir Ray Avery's charity Medicine Mondiale.

Other offers up for auction includ...
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Return To Middle Earth With The First Trailer For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' (Watch It!)

December 21st, 2011 12:50am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
It's almost time to return to Middle Earth! On Tuesday Warner Bros. Pictures released the first official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and you can check it out right here!

An Unexpected Journey follows the adventures of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins that took place before the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bilbo joins 13 dwarves, led by the warrior Thorin Oakenshield, on a quest to reclaim a lost dwarf kingdom since taken over by the dragon Smaug. Along the way Bilbo encounters Goblins, Spiders, Trolls and Elves; and he finds the precious ring that once belonged to the evil Sauron ...
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Evangeline Lilly 'Very Concerned' Over Her 'Hobbit' Role

September 22nd, 2011 11:13am EDT
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Evangeline Lilly fears "purist" fans will hate her role in The Hobbit because her character didn't feature in the book and was invented solely for the fantasy film adaptation.

The Lost actress' Sylvan elf Tauriel was created especially for director Peter Jackson's upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel The Hobbit.

However, Lilly admits she is terrified Tolkien devotees won't respond well when the movie epic is released next year.

She says, "The Hobbit didn't include female characters at all. I can see why additional characters were needed to round ...
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Dame Edna Actor Barry Humphries Lands 'Hobbit' Role

June 20th, 2011 8:37am EDT
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Dame Edna Everage is the latest addition to The Hobbit cast - Australian comedian Barry Humphries has signed up to the highly-anticipated Peter Jackson movie.

Shooting began on the much-delayed project earlier this year, with British actor Martin Freeman playing the film's lead role of Bilbo Baggins.

Now, director Jackson has confirmed beloved funnyman Humphries - most famous for donning a purple wig to play the acid-tongued Dame - will play the Goblin King, with the help of motion capture technology.

He writes on his Facebook.com page, "I'm highly excited that Barry Humphries will be...
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Two Crew Members Injured In 'Hobbit' Set Explosion

May 24th, 2011 8:23am EDT
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Two crew members working on The Hobbit have been taken to the hospital after an explosion at the New Zealand studio where the movie is filming.

Emergency services were called to the Stone St Studios in Miramar on Tuesday morning after a blast in one of the workshops where technicians were working on a statue prop. Two men suffered minor burns and were transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.

The Hobbit unit publicist Ceris Price tells the New Zealand Herald, "A couple of the guys... (were left with) mild burns but nothing serious... One of them had some burnt nostril ...
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Benedict Cumberbatch Joins 'Hobbit' Cast

May 23rd, 2011 8:13am EDT
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British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is set to reteam with his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman after landing a role in upcoming Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit.

Freeman, who will star as Bilbo Baggins in the two-part fantasy film, accidentally revealed the casting news backstage at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards on Sunday.

Early reports suggest Cumberbatch will voice the dragon character Smaug but the actor refused to specify his role, insisting, "I can't say at the moment, thank you very much."

A red-faced Freeman later told reporters, "I knew I ...
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Cate Blanchett Confirmed For 'The Hobbit'

December 8th, 2010 8:20am EST
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The Hobbit director Peter Jackson is "thrilled" after confirming Cate Blanchett as the latest star to join the highly-anticipated film.

Blanchett is set to play elven leader Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien - the part she played in the Lord of the Rings trilogy - and Jackson is ecstatic the Oscar-winning actress has agreed to be involved.

He says in a statement, "Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with, and I couldn't be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films."

British actor Martin Freeman and Northern Irish star Jame...
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Martin Freeman Nabs Another Iconic Role, Following The Footsteps Of Harrison Ford

November 5th, 2010 6:33pm EDT
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After months of confusion and rumors, it was finally announced -- with the endorsement of Peter Jackson himself -- that the role of Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming two-part adaptation of “The Hobbit” had finally been cast. The role will go to none other than Martin Freeman, a comedic actor who is best known in the public eye as ‘that guy who played a body double for a porno in “Love Actually"’.

To the trained fan eye, however, Martin Freeman is better known for his portrayal of Arthur Dent in the film adapted from Douglas Adams’ comedic science fiction series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the G...
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'The Hobbit' To Stay In New Zealand

October 27th, 2010 11:09am EDT
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Producers behind The Hobbit movie have decided to keep the project in New Zealand following two days of talks with the country's politicians.

All three Lord of the Rings films were shot there and the upcoming prequel was due to follow, but a dispute with union officials threw the production into jeopardy after they instigated a boycott over local performers' rights. Bosses vowed to find another location for The Hobbit shoot and refused to back down even after the industrial action was halted, claiming the fall out had soured relations with the unions.

Executives from the studios behind ...
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Martin Freeman To Play Bilbo Baggins In 'The Hobbit'

October 22nd, 2010 8:39am EDT
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Filmmaker Peter Jackson has announced his cast for the highly-anticipated The Hobbit movie, which will start shooting in February.

After months of rumors, he confirms Martin Freeman will play hero Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage will portray Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the Dwarves. And the director is thrilled about his lead actor, calling Freeman "exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit."

Jackson insists Armitage is among "the most exciting and dynamic actors working on screen today."

The film, like Jackson's Lord of the R...
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The Hilarious, Action Packed 'Hot Fuzz' Blasts Its Way To DVD July 31

July 2nd, 2007 11:19am EDT
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A full-throttle action comedy that packs as many laughs as it does punches, Hot Fuzz comes to DVD and HD DVD Combo Disc on July 31, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

From Rogue Pictures and Working Title Films, and created by the same off-the-wall team that produced the wildly successful zombie laugh-fest Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz puts a wickedly witty spin on action films. An exciting and hilarious homage to buddy cop movies, Hot Fuzz reteams Shaun of the Dead stars Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible III) and Nick Frost alongside a stellar acting ensemble that includes ...
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Makers Of "Shaun Of The Dead" Bring New Comedy "Hot Fuzz" To The U.S. April 20

February 11th, 2007 9:00pm EST
Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz is the action-packed new comedy from the makers of the hit movie Shaun of the Dead. With the same razor-sharp combination of humor and attention to detail they used to breathe new life into the undead, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have set their sights on action movies for their next uniquely funny vision.

Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is the finest cop London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He's so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel's superiors send him to a place where his talents won't be quite so emba...
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