Luke Evans Talks Vampire Powers, Dracula’s Fangs, His Own Fangs, Vlad the Impaler, Months of Prep, Intense Training and More on the Set of DRACULA UNTOLD

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Luke Evans is a pretty popular guy now and has been in loads of blockbusters including The Hobbit and Fast & Furious 6, but Dracula Untold marks his very first go at playing the title character in a grand scale studio film.  He leads Gary Shore’s first feature as Vlad, a character based on Vlad the Impaler.  When Mehmet (Dominic Cooper) threatens to take 1,000 boys from Transylvania including Vlad’s son, Vlad makes a desperate play to save them; he becomes a vampire.

During our visit to set, Evans took a break from shooting a scene in the Great Hall to talk to us about his initial reaction to getting the offer to play Dracula and then the months of work he put into it thereafter.  Hit the jump for more on Vlad’s mission to save his family and the people of Transylvania, all of the powers he gains after becoming Dracula, what it takes for him to manage Vlad’s enormous character arc and more.

4 New DRACULA UNTOLD Images Featuring Luke Evans as Vlad/Dracula

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We may have seen our fair share of Dracula movies, but on October 17th, we’re getting a brand new spin on the legend in Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold.  Luke Evans leads as Vlad.  At the start, all is well in Transylvania, but then Mehmet II (Dominic Cooper) and his troops move in and demand that the Transylvanians give up 1,000 boys for their army, including Vlad’s own son, Ingeras (Art Parkinson).  In an effort to save them all, Vlad resorts to desperate measures  – he becomes a vampire.

To go along with our visit to the film’s Belfast, Ireland set, Universal has unveiled two new official stills from the film and two behind the scenes shots.  We’ve got Shore and Evans working on a scene in The Great Hall, an image of Vlad embracing his son and more.  Hit the jump to take a look at all the new Dracula Untold images and be sure to catch our set visit and interviews with Evans, Cooper and Sarah Gadon as well.

DRACULA UNTOLD Trailer: Luke Evans Stars in the Origin Story of the World’s Most Famous Vampire

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Universal has released the first Dracula Untold trailer.  The movie tells the origins of the man who would become the infamous vampire.  This trailer goes beyond the scant logline, and explains that Dracula started out as a good guy, but in order to protect his family, he had to become the bloodsucking bad guy we all know today.  It looks more interesting than I thought it would be, and I really like the costumes.  At the very least, there seems to be some potential for a good story rather than just pretty visual effects and cashing in on the brand.

Hit the jump to check out the Dracula Untold trailer plus five new images.  The film opens October 17th, and stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, and Dominic Cooper.

First Poster for DRACULA UNTOLD Starring Luke Evans and a Cape Made out of Bats

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Universal has released the first Dracula Untold poster.  What was “untold”?  The origins of Dracula, which we were all aching to see, I guess.  I suppose tacking on “untold” is better than “Dracula: Origins” or the original title, “Dracula: Year Zero“, but it’s probably underwhelming no matter what because Dracula is pretty tired at this point.  Perhaps this origin story, which marks the feature directing debut of Gary Shore, is a fresh, interesting take on the character.  Part of that take apparently involves a cape comprised of flying rodents.

Hit the jump to check out the Dracula Untold poster.  The film opens October 17th and stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Dominic Cooper, and Samantha Barks. [Update: Universal has released a second poster, which we've added after the jump.]

Keanu Reeves to Replace Daniel Craig in Courtroom Drama THE WHOLE TRUTH; Luke Evans to Star in HIGH-RISE; Ice Cube’s Son to Play Him in NWA Biopic

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Keanu Reeves is set to replace Daniel Craig as the lead in Courtney Hunt’s courtroom drama The Whole Truth.
  • Luke Evans has reportedly joined the cast of Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel that stars Tom HiddlestonJeremy Irons and Sienna Miller.
  • Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., will play Cube in the NWA picture, Straight Outta Compton.

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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Blu-ray Review

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The prospect of Peter Jackson directing an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit was an exciting one.  After all, this was the guy behind the brilliant Lord of the Rings trilogy, and now he had even more advanced technology at his fingertips to bring Tolkein’s world to life.  That excitement, however, was dampened by the release of the first film in Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as the result was a bloated, CG-filled disappointment that seemed to relish in meandering instead of advancing the plot.  The sequel, then, was released to significantly lowered expectations, and while Jackson’s second film is an improvement over An Unexpected Journey, it still carries many of the same faults.  Hit the jump for my The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray review.

Luke Evans Talks THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, THERE AND BACK AGAIN, His Desire to Direct, DRACULA: UNTOLD, THE CROW, and More

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With Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arriving on Blu-ray tomorrow, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Luke Evans (he plays Bard the Bowman).   As most of you know, the film continues the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves as they move forward on their quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, all the while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) investigates a disturbing presence that may be returning to Middle Earth.  Smaug introduces a host of other new characters like the Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry), and the elves Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lily), but the film also sees the return of Lord of the Rings favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom).

During the interview Evans talked about his experiences being part of The Hobbit movies, deleted scenes, doing additional photography for the Battle of the Five Armies (which takes place in The Hobbit: There and Back Again), having young fans recognize him, and more.  Evans also talked about Dracula: Untold, The Crow remake, his thoughts on an Immortals sequel, wanting to direct, and what props he’s kept.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

FAST & FURIOUS 6 Blu-ray Review

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It’s now nearly impossible to watch Fast & Furious 6, and not reflect on the passing of star Paul Walker.  Surely this big fun summer movie will now be tinged with a melancholy that it will be the last time Walker got to play Brian O’Conner in total.  But removed from the context of grief, Furious 6 (as it’s titled on screen) is a lot of fun, for the most part.  Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez co-star in this tale of underground racers turned crime-fighters.  My review of Fast and Furious 6 follows after the jump. 

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Review

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After the disappointing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, director Peter Jackson has found his way back to ruling in Middle-earth with the sequel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugUnexpected Journey gave us the comfort food of familiar locales, but the story lacked urgency.  Desolation of Smaug reveals that while Unexpected Journey may have been a somewhat tedious set-up, the payoff is a fleet-footed, thrilling second chapter that confidently expands the world instead of creeping around the one Jackson previously created in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

33 New High-Resolution Images from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Warner Bros. has released a large batch of high-resolution images from director Peter Jackson’s second film in his The Hobbit trilogy.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves as they move forward on their quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, all the while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) investigates a disturbing presence that may be returning to Middle Earth.  Smaug introduces a host of new characters like Bard (Luke Evans), the Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry), and the elves Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lily), but the film also sees the return of Lord of the Rings favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom).  Moreover, Benedict Cumberbatch brings to life the titular dragon Smaug in what’s sure to be one intense confrontation.

Hit the jump to peruse the new high-resolution images.  The film also stars Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan TurnerThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.

Two New Images, 5 Posters, and End Credits Song from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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We’re a little over a month away from the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and the marketing continues to ramp up.  On Monday, we got a new trailer along with a live fan Q&A with Peter Jackson and the cast.  Yesterday, there was a new production blog, and today we have two more images along with the end credits theme, “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran.  I presume that’s an abbreviated version of the full title, “I See Fire because It’s Coming out of the Mouth of the Giant Talking Dragon”.  Like a large portion of the marketing for Desolation of Smaug, these images highlight Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) because the characters are shiny and new.  As for the song, it doesn’t really do anything for me, but maybe it will work better after seeing the movie (I felt that way with Emiliana Torrini‘s “Gollum’s Song” from The Two Towers).

Hit the jump to check out the images and listen to the song.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 13th.

New Trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG; Plus Peter Jackson and Cast Discuss the Film During Fan Q&A Event

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Earlier today, director Peter Jackson and a good chunk of his The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug cast took part in a worldwide Q&A with fans that was simulcast across the globe.  Those in attendance included Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, and Andy Serkis, who not only reprised his role as Gollum in the first film but acted as the second unit director of the entire trilogy.  The discussion covered a variety of Hobbit-related subjects, including the 10 weeks of additional shooting this summer, what classic fiction character inspired Lilly’s performance, when we’ll see The Lord of the Rings trilogy blooper reels, and more.  Additionally, a new trailer was unveiled that has now been released online.

Hit the jump for a recap of the highlights from the event, a video of the event itself, and the new Laketown-heavy trailer.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.

7 Character Posters for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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We’re only a little over a month away from the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (holy hell, where did the year go?), and Warner Bros. is continuing to release character posters for the movie (just as they do with all their blockbusters).  This time, they have posters for Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) as well as new characters Bard (Luke Evans), Thranduil (Lee Pace), and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly).  How is Thorin, the guy fighting to reclaim his home, the only one here who’s not holding a weapon?  Even Thranduil has tiny knives.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 13th.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Fan Event Set for November 4th, Featuring Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis and More

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The second installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy may not hit theaters until December 13th, but fans around the world will be able to see the cast, crew and new footage from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug during a fan event on November 4th.  In addition to the debut of some first-look footage, the event will include a Q&A with Jackson and stars Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, and, of course, Andy Serkis.  CNN’s Anderson Cooper will host the event kicking off Monday, November 4, at 5:00 pm EST in New York, with live satellite feeds from Los Angeles, London and Wellington, along with an online stream accessible to fans around the world.  Check out all the details after the jump.

First 2 TV Spots for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Fresh off last week’s new trailer debut, Warner Bros. has released the first two TV spots for director Peter Jackson’s sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and if An Unexpected Journey’s marketing campaign is any indication, this is only the beginning of what’s sure to be a serious onslaught of Hobbit goodness.  Both TV spots are essentially shorter versions of the new trailer, but it looks like there are a couple bits of new footage in each.  The spots also advertise the HFR 3D release of the film, and I’m interested to see how wide the studio’s HFR release will go.  For An Unexpected Journey only a portion of the nation’s theaters were HFR ready, but WB promised that number to be larger by the time Smaug opened.

Hit the jump to take a look at the TV spots.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, and many more.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.

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