New THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Images: Luke Evans Prepares for War

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Fresh off yesterday’s teaser trailer debut, Warner Bros. has released a few new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies images for director Peter Jackson’s final installment in his J.R.R. Tolkein saga.  This third Hobbit film will obviously cover the concluding events of the book, but will also likely cover much more ground from Tolkein’s appendices, as we glimpsed some truly epic footage of Lee Pace’s Thranduil doing battle and Ian McKellen’s Gandalf in a rather precious position in yesterday’s trailer.  I still don’t think the Hobbit films are near the quality of Jackson’s masterful Lord of the Rings trilogy, but during the Hobbit panel at Comic-Con last weekend, I did get the sense that Jackson really aims to go out on a high note with this one.  Here’s hoping he succeeds.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies images.  The film also stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Stephen Fry, Hugo Weaving, and Benedict CumberbatchThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Trailer and Poster: Peter Jackson’s Trilogy Concludes in Epic Fashion

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Warner Bros. has released the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer for the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy.  This is the trailer they showed us at Comic-Con on Saturday, and it’s interesting to see how the prequel trilogy is trying to pull into The Lord of the Rings by using “The Steward of Gondor”, which was sung by Pippin (Billy Boyd) in The Return of the King.  The song still works here because it’s sad and somber, but the line that sticks with me from this trailer is when Thorin asks his company, “Will you follow me one last time?”  It’s a line that’s really directed towards the audience, but there’s a weariness to it that’s surprising.  It’s almost like saying, “Well, we’ve already come this far.  May as well finish it out.”

Check out the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer and new poster after the jump, and click here to read our full Comic-Con panel recap.  The film stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando BloomThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

Martin Freeman Says a SHERLOCK Christmas Special May Air in 2015

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Earlier this year, actor Martin Freeman revealed that a special one-off episode of Sherlock might air between seasons.  This was exciting news, as the time-consuming schedule of putting together a full season of Sherlock is pretty difficult now that Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch are very in-demand actors, meaning season four is likely a few years away.  Now Freeman has offered a bit of clarity regarding the one-off, revealing that a Sherlock Christmas special is in the works, likely to be released in December 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

Martin Freeman Talks FARGO, Finding the Character, Lester’s Breaking Point, SHERLOCK, and More

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An original adaptation of the Academy Award-winning feature film, the FX drama series Fargo features an all-new crime story with all-new characters. Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is a ruthless and mysterious man who has turned the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) upside down, in a way that he never could have imagined, and stirs up trouble everywhere he goes. From executive producer/writer Noah Hawley, the show also stars Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Oliver Platt, Keith Carradine, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg and Joey King.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Martin Freeman talked about what attracted him to this show, being a sucker for a good script, his approach to finding this character, the challenge of playing someone so restrained, and whether Lester Nygaard might ever have reached his breaking point without the assistance of Lorne Malvo.  He also talked about how much he loves being a part of his other TV series, Sherlock.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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.

FARGO Recap: “A Muddy Road”

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Admittedly not convinced by its first two hours, in “A Muddy Road,” Fargo made a turn that sets it on a very interesting road.  It was much more casual and connected than the opening episodes, which seemed to push the quirkiness too hard.  Here, the humor felt more natural, and a little surreal (in the best of ways).  As Malvo continues his path of destruction, Molly begins to put together some pieces from the trail he’s left behind. Hit the jump — “first prize is three fun-filled days in Bismarck!”

Martin Freeman Says a Special SHERLOCK One-Off Episode May Air Between Seasons

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BBC’s Sherlock is undoubtedly one of the best shows on television, but it also happens to feature two incredibly in-demand actors as its leads.  Though showrunners Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have confirmed that there will be a fourth season of the show, it may be some time before it comes to fruition.  Not only are Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman very busy, but each season of Sherlock takes roughly six months to shoot, which is a major time commitment for all involved (especially Moffat, who also acts as showrunner on Doctor Who).

While it may be a couple of years before we see Sherlock season four, Freeman recently revealed that they have discussed making a Sherlock special episode, acting as a one-off in order to appease fans during the wait between seasons.  Hit the jump for more.

FARGO Recap: “The Rooster Prince”

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The chaos and violence that defined the first hour of Fargo are starting to have some ramifications.  In its second hour, “The Rooster Prince” began to illustrate what a mad and connected world of violence Bemidji is, something that Molly is starting to piece together (thankfully, because the Molly of the premiere would have never gotten there).  But Bemidji is a small town, and personal alliances are standing in the way of justice.  Hit the jump for why you should never open and sniff a jar filled with pee.

New Featurette for FX’s FARGO Explains How the Miniseries Differs from the Coen Brothers Film

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FX has released a new featurette for its upcoming limited event series Fargo.  The TV series is an adaptation of the Coen brothers film of the same name, but many have been curious to see how different (and how similar) the show is to the movie—which, to put it simply, is a masterpiece.  This new featurette does a good job of explaining the distinction between the two, as the cast and producers note that while the show has new characters and a new story, it’s very much in the spirit of the movie.  Fargo is one of my favorite films of all time so I was pretty wary of FX’s spin on the material, but everything we’ve seen thus far has been genuinely promising, and the close-ended nature of the miniseries format allows them to essentially create a 10-hour movie.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The show stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Bob OdenkirkKate WalshAdam GoldbergOliver PlattGlenn HowertonJordan PeeleKeegan-Michael KeyJoey King, and Julie Ann Emery.  Fargo premieres on FX April 15th.

New Trailer for FX’s FARGO Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, and Martin Freeman

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FX has released a new trailer for their upcoming 10-episode limited series, Fargo.  Based on the classic Coen Brothers‘ film of the same name, the series isn’t a straight adaptation, but rather a story that takes place in the same world and with a similar tone.  The plot centers on “a drifter named Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), who arrives in small-town Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence, including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman).”  As you can see from the trailer, Lester is reminiscent of William H. Macy‘s Jerry Lundegaard and Allison Tolman‘s cop could be along the lines of Frances McDormand‘s Marge Gunderson.  However it lines up, the dark comedy seems very much alive (the Coens are executive producers), and this is definitely one of my must-see series of the spring.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The series also stars Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg, Oliver Platt, Glenn Howerton, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Joey King, and Julie Ann EmeryFargo premiers April 15th.

SHERLOCK Season 3 Premiere Recap: “The Empty Hearse”

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“Well, short version: I’m not dead,” Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) tells a bewildered John Watson (Martin Freeman).  But Sherlock spends its first episode back after two years addressing the fact of Sherlock’s return — call it the long version.  As fast-paced and masterful as ever, the series addressed emotional components, like Watson coming to terms with Sherlock’s resurrection, without letting it bring down the overall whimsical tone of the opener.  Sherlock made the rounds to visit his friends, and “The Empty Hearse” found ways to move forward, while still retaining the sentiment (and jokes) of prior seasons.  Hit the jump for more.

FX First Look: Debut Images from Guillermo del Toro’s THE STRAIN and FARGO Starring Martin Freeman

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2014 is still quite new, but FX is getting a jump on things by debuting the first images from two highly anticipated new drama series that will be premiering this year.  The Strain is created and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and revolves around a team of scientists who wage war against an ancient strain of virus that confers vampirism, along with those it infects.  Del Toro directed the pilot himself but Carlton Cuse (Lost) will be assuming showrunner duties, and these first images give us a look at Corey Stoll (House of Cards) in the lead role.  The 13-episode first season of The Strain debuts on FX this July.

Additionally, we have our first look at the limited series adaptation of Fargo.  Executive produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, the 10-episode show is a reimagining of the classic Coen brothers film and stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, and Allison Tolman.  The series premieres sometime this spring.  Hit the jump for the first images from both The Strain and Fargo

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch Tease What to Expect from SHERLOCK Season 3 in New Featurette

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In anticipation of the third season of the excellent BBC series Sherlock kicking off today in the U.K., a new behind-the-scenes featurette for the show has been released.  In the new featurette, stars Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch tease what to expect from the show’s third season alongside creators/executive producers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.  Obviously spoilers follow for those that are not caught up with the show, which you can do by watching the first two seasons on Netflix right here.  Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  Sherlock season three debuts in the U.S. on PBS January 19th.

“He’s Coming Back”: Check out a SHERLOCK Mini-Episode to Prepare for Season 3

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If you live in the U.K., the third season of Sherlock is only eight days away.  But today is Christmas Eve, a day of anticipation, and so the BBC have fittingly released a mini-episode entitled “Many Happy Returns”, which should get you more than excited for the show’s return.  Written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, this mini-episode is entertaining in its own right, and serves as a nice, tiny bridge from season two’s finale and season three’s premiere.

Hit the jump to check out the mini-episode.  Sherlock premieres in the U.K. on January 1st and in the U.S. on January 19th.

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.

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