Character Poster Spotlights Lee Pace As ‘Thranduil’

First THE HOBBIT: TBOTFA Character Poster Spotlights Lee Pace As ‘Thranduil’


In the first of what is sure to be a series of character posters for Peter Jackson’s final instalment in WB/New Line’s Hobbit trilogy, we get a new look at Guardians Of The Galaxy‘s Lee Pace as Elf-King Thranduil.

By Mark “RorMachine” Cassidy9/17/2014
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving and Orlando Bloom, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is set to be released on December 17th.


Rhys Ifans’ steamy period drama about a US timber baron finally gets a release

Why, despite co-starring Oscar winners Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence , has Serena taken two years to get to cinemas?

Rhys Ifans in a scene from Serena

It’s got all the makings of a massive box office hit – a steamy Depression-era drama adapted from a best-seller by an Academy Award-garlanded director and starring two Oscar-winning A-listers in the form of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

More to the point, it’s also got a dark-haired Rhys Ifans smouldering away under a 10-gallon hat as a vicious Appalachian woodsman called Galloway.

So why then, some two years after it finishing shooting, is Serena – a Shakespearean-style tragedy about a North Carolina timber baron and his ambitious wife, tantalising dubbed “Macbeth with lumberjacks” by Ifans himself – only now getting its premiere in the UK, with fans Stateside still having to wait until March 2015 before they can see it?

Susanne Bier, the acclaimed Danish auteur who directed it, has even managed to make and release another film in the time since Serena’s production wrapped in the Czech Republic, while Cooper and Lawrence have seen their careers go stratospheric courtesy of their performances in the universally raved-about Silver Linings Playbook.

But, while such delays are usually signs of a troubled production and a sure-fire celluoid dud, studios execs behind the picture last night stepped to its defence, calling it “a beautiful-looking period piece” and “a really good, serious drama”.

Less encouragingly, one source added: “If people go in thinking it’s a bad film they will be pleasantly surprised.”

And, while that may seem a little like damning it with faint praise, other critics have proved far more scathingly with Bier’s efforts.

“Unfortunately it’s just a bad movie,” sniped one. “It’s boring and it’s slow,”

Another added: “It’s not like the two leads are bad in it — even after I saw it, I thought, ‘There’s probably value there, it’s Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper after all’.

“The main problem is that the script is just terrible.”

However, Bier herself has now also weighed into the debate, explaining that Serena had simply fallen victim its cast’s own subsequent huge success.

“Once it finished shooting we all became very been busy,” she said.

“I’ve been doing another film (domestic drama A Second Chance’] while Bradley and Jennifer have been tied-up with other projects – just doing the post-production sound recording has been tricky as Jennifer’s only one day off in two years.”

Still, at least fans of Ruthin-raised Rhys haven’t had to wait as long as they have to see his turn in legendary Last Picture Show director Peter Bogdanovich’s latest screwball comedy, She’s Funny That Way.

Originally entitled Squirrels To The Nuts, it’s been almost a decade in the making and only finally got its debut at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month.

Serena will be now receive its UK premiere at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival in October.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott (Moriarity) reunite for BBC Shakespeare

Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard IIICumberbatch will play Richard III in two of the three new Hollow Crown films
Benedict Cumberbatch will be joined by his Sherlock co-star Andrew Scott in the cast of BBC Two’s next major Shakespeare adaptation.

Filming has begun on The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, which will encompass Shakespeare’s Henry VI Parts I, II and III and Richard III.

The first photo to be released shows Cumberbatch, best known as Sherlock Holmes, on horseback as Richard III.

Scott, who plays Holmes’ adversary Moriarty, will appear as Louis XI.

The cast of the three-part drama will also include Sophie Okonedo as Queen Margaret; Hugh Bonneville as Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester; and Sally Hawkins as Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester.

Tom Sturridge will star as Henry VI, Sir Michael Gambon will play Mortimer, while Philip Glenister will play Talbot

Ben Miles will play Somerset, Keeley Hawes will play Elizabeth, while Dame Judi Dench will appear as Cecily, Duchess of York.

Dominic Cook‎e, the former artistic director of the Royal Court theatre in London, will direct the films.

They will follow the first Hollow Crown films, the epic adaptations of Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V that were broadcast in 2012

Snapshot: 15 British (and Irish) Actors Playing Comic Book Superheroes


Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes … and nationalities when it comes to the big screen adaptations. Comic book readers take their superheroes seriously, which is understandable considering these amped-up beings are responsible for protecting the world. In preparation for National Comic Book Day tomorrow (September 25), let’s take a peek at 15 British actors as their superhero alter egos:

1. Idris Elba

2. Patrick Stewart

3. James McAvoy, young Professor Xavier; Wesley in Wanted (super skilled)

4. Ian McKellan

5. Michael Fassbender

6. Nicholas Hoult

7. Andrew Garfield

8. Felicity Jones

9. Henry Cavill

10. Christian Bale

11. Kate Beckinsale

12. Aaron Taylor-Johnson

13. Matt Ryan

14. Ioan Gruffudd

15. Jamie Bell

Bonus: Benedict Cumberbatch

Exodus: Gods and Kings 2014

Releases December 12, 2014



Directed by Ridley Scott
Produced by Peter Chernin
Dylan Clark
Ridley Scott
Jenno Topping
Screenplay by Steven Zaillian
Story by Bill Collage
Adam Cooper
Starring Christian Bale
Joel Edgerton
John Turturro
Aaron Paul
Ben Mendelsohn
Sigourney Weaver
Ben Kingsley
Music by Alberto Iglesias
Cinematography Dariusz Wolski
Chernin Entertainment
Scott Free Productions
Volcano Films
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • December 12, 2014 (United States)
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English