Hot off the heels of the news that Elijah Wood will be reprising his role as Frodo in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies, Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen are now set to reprise their roles of Gollum and Gandalf the Wizard, respectively, from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In addition to the casting of Serkis, Deadline reports that Christopher Lee (Saruman) and Ian Holm (old Bilbo Baggins) are also in talks to return to Middle Earth once again.
THR broke the news of McKellen’s return, and reports that the offer for Orlando Bloom to return as Legolas is still out, but it’s not yet known if a deal can be made before the film starts shooting. Production on both 3D films is set to begin in February in New Zealand. Martin Freeman stars as young Bilbo Baggins, with Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving also confirmed to appear. The Hobbit Part I is scheduled to be released in December 2012, with The Hobbit Part II set to follow in December 2013.
Season of the Witch stumbles out of the gates and continues down that path to a mediocre finale that spoils a decent twist with underwhelming special effects and clichés. The acting alone should have floated this period farce by director Dominic Sena, but it feels like Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman are rowing against each other; Cage plods while Perlman charms and conjures laughter. The real shame is that this was filmed on beautiful foreign lands and briefly utilizes wonderfully gothic sets, yet is rather boring save for a thrilling albeit cheesy bridge-crossing scene. The fact that crossing a bridge is a high point in a sword and sorcery film should set off warning signs, but if you are still under Season of the Witch’s spell, hit the jump for the full review.
With director Dominic Sena’s Season of the Witch opening on January 7, we’ve been given 9 movie clips and an exclusive TV spot. Here’s the synopsis:
Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman star in this supernatural action adventure about a heroic Crusader and his closest friend who return home after decades of fierce fighting, only to find their world destroyed by the Plague. The church elders, convinced that a girl accused of being a witch is responsible for the devastation, command the two to transport the strange girl to a remote monastery where monks will perform an ancient ritual to rid the land of her curse. They embark on a harrowing, action-filled journey that will test their strength and courage as they discover the girl’s dark secret and find themselves battling a terrifyingly powerful force that will determine the fate of the world.
Hit the jump to check out the movie clips and the TV spot:
Sony has just sent out a press release saying production has begun on Martin Scorsese’s first 3D movie Hugo Cabret and they’ve included the full cast. What’s interesting about the press release is the title change. The book is called The Invention of Hugo Cabret, but it looks like the studio is shortening it to just the final two words.
The other big news from the press release is the listing of the full cast. While we already knew Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Chloë Moretz were in the film, Scorsese has also landed Jude Law, Christopher Lee, Ray Winstone and Richard Griffiths. Needless to say, this is a film we’ll be watching closely. Hit the jump for more details and the full press release:
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New Hammer Films CEO Simon Oakes recently sat down to chat about the rebirth of classic Horror House Hammer Films with a few online sites. Oakes talked Hammer’s upcoming slate: Let Me In, the remake of critically acclaimed Let the Right One In; The Resident, with a star studded cast including Christopher Lee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hillary Swanks; and Lady In Black based on the classic English novel of the same name. Highlights include discussing what American audiences can expect from Let Me In versus Let the Right One In, why Hammer WON’T be making films that glorify torture, and what the return of Christopher Lee to Hammer (in The Resident) means to Oakes personally. For fans of the genre who long to see it return to what it once was, Oakes offers exciting news, views, and insights into the future of Hammer. It’s a fantastic extended interview that’s definitely worth a read.
To read the full transcript of the interview hit the link.
The first images of Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis in director John Landis’ Burke and Hare have hit the net. We can thank the production for filming on location in Edinburgh for the photos. Starring Pegg, Serkis, Isla Fisher, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Bonneville, Tim Curry and Sir Christopher Lee, the movie follows two 19th century grave-robbers who started murdering folks so they could cash in on the cadaver money when they sold the corpses to doctors who wanted to study anatomy. What’s also interesting about the film is…it’s based on real events.
According to the Daily Mail:
The real-life Burke and Hare, who hailed from Ireland, were responsible for the deaths of at least 17 people from 1827 until 1828. After murdering their victims, the pair then went on to sell the bodies to Dr Robert Knox, who dissected them in his anatomy classes at Barclay’s anatomy school in Surgeon’s Square.
Hit the jump for some photos from the set:
While Hammer Films The Resident doesn’t yet have a release date, we’ve landed a bunch of images from the thriller that stars Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lee Pace and Christopher Lee. While I didn’t know much about the film before landing these images, Hammer Films says The Resident is an erotic and sexy thriller in the vein of Disturbia and Fatal Attraction. It’s written by Antti Jokinen, Robert Orr (Savior) and Erin Cressida Wilson (Fur, Secretary). Antti Jokinen also directs. Here’s the short synopsis and after the jump are all the images:
After separating from her husband beautiful young Doctor Juliet begins a new life in Brooklyn. Her stunning, spacious loft apartment seems too good to be true and when mysterious occurrences lead her to believe she’s not alone Juliet discovers the unthinkable…someone is watching.
Disney has released a new trailer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and you can check it out after the jump. While the teaser trailer for Alice looked cool, this new trailer is definitely going to wow you with some pretty incredible visuals. In fact, with this trailer, we’re finally getting a real taste of the movie and in my opinion…it looks like the perfect marriage between story and visuals. Because if there was ever a place that Tim Burton was meant to bring to life, it’s the magical world of Wonderland. Also, the way he’s making the film, with a mixture of live action, animation and CGI, I think it’s going to be amazing. Check out the trailer and judge it for yourself:
When Casino Royale (and Quantum of Solace) relaunched the Bond franchise, it was hard to note that the makers borrowed much from the Jason Bourne approach. Sure, the first film was almost mostly the first James bond book, but the approach and Bond’s new relationship to women seemed lifted whole stock from Bourne.
But – as that is pretty much undeniable – Bond has always been something of a magpie in the post-Connery era, ready to steal from whatever is popular at the moment. Such dates all the films, but in a way that is sometimes pleasing, and at other times noxious.