Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace Talk THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

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With the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, now in theaters, I got to sit down with Martin FreemanRichard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando BloomEvangeline Lilly and Lee Pace at the London press junket.  During the interviews they talked about what the world premiere after party was like, what they’d ask J. R. R. Tolkien about their characters and The Lord of the Rings universe, embarrassing moments from the set (which includes Martin Freeman telling a very funny story), deleted scenes and what might be on the extended edition Blu-ray, and more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

Martin Freeman Talks THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, What He Would Ask J. R. R. Tolkien, Embarrassing Moments on Set, SHERLOCK, and More

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I love interviewing Martin Freeman.  Not only is he a very talented actor that’s always great in front of the camera; it’s also because no matter what you want to talk about, he always finds a way to work in funny stories that will make you laugh. My interview last week in London for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was no different.  Not only did he talk about what people say about him online, or what he’d ask J. R. R. Tolkien if he could travel back in time, he told an amazing R-rated story about the game he likes to play with his cast mates – specifically Aidan Turner.  Trust me, there is no way you watch this interview and not laugh out loud.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Review

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At one point in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Dwalin (Graham McTavish) tells a greedy, paranoid Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), “You are lesser now than you have ever been.”  The same could be said to director and co-writer Peter Jackson and the conclusion of his prequel trilogy.  In an interview with EW earlier this year, Jackson stressed that it was important to keep cutting back to main characters during the action scenes, “otherwise the audience gets battle fatigue.”  He should have taken his own advice as this trilogy is clearly spent and left with almost nothing but hollow spectacle, hypocrisy, poor characterization, and at times becoming an outright embarrassment.  If The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of cinema’s best, then Battle of the Five Armies cements The Hobbit trilogy as one of its most disappointing.

Watch: Martin Freeman Stars in SNL’s Fantastic THE HOBBIT/THE OFFICE Crossover Short

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When Andy Samberg and the rest of The Lonely Island left Saturday Night Live a few years ago (Samberg as a cast member, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone as writers), it signaled the end of the show’s fantastic run of Digital Shorts.  While those offbeat, incredibly funny videos are certainly missed, SNL has actually done a swell job of creating different, worthwhile pre-taped content in recent years.  Last week’s episode gave us the SNL gang’s take on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, and during last night’s Martin Freeman-hosted episode, we got possibly one of the best pre-taped segments yet: a crossover between The Hobbit and the British version of The Office.  Freeman plays Bilbo/Tim in the video, with Bobby Moynihan filling the role of Gandalf/David Brent and Taran Killam giving us an unforgettable portrayal of Gollum/Gareth.  This whole thing is executed to perfection, and fans of either The Hobbit or The Office aren’t likely to be disappointed by the results.

Watch the Hobbit/The Office crossover video after the jump.

16 New THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Images Highlight Familiar, Battle-Worn Faces

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The final push towards the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is in full swing.  We’ve already seen a collection of new images and the first clip, and now Warner Bros. has released some additional, more revealing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies images that evoke a somber, dark tone.  The first reviews for the film are mostly quite positive, with many singling out The Battle of the Five Armies as the best of the Hobbit trilogy.  That’s certainly encouraging to hear, and with Peter Jackson revealing that there will be around 30 minutes of additional footage on the Extended Edition, fans should rest easy when hearing that the theatrical cut of The Battle of the Five Armies is also the shortest Middle-earth film yet at 144 minutes.

Check out the intriguing new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies images after the jump.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard ArmitageEvangeline LillyLuke EvansBenedict CumberbatchStephen FryCate BlanchettIan HolmChristopher LeeHugo WeavingKen StottJames Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

First THE HOBBIT THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Clip: If Thranduil Won’t Warn Thorin, Bilbo Will

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We’ve seen a number of images and trailers for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but how about a clip from the film?  Lee Pace’s Thranduil may not be willing to risk spilling more Elvish blood by carrying out Gandalf’s (Ian McKellen) orders, but Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins has no problem stepping in to get the job done.

Check out our very first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies clip after the jump.  The film also star Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, 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.

Early THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Reviews Seem More Favorable Than Prior Installments

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Peter Jackson’s J.R.R. Tolkein saga will soon come to an end with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and critics have begin discussing the merits of the film in their reviews and on Twitter. Our official review will be up soon, but in the meantime we can sample some of the initial reactions, which are fairly mixed-to-positive.  In short, people so far seem to be enjoying this a bit more than the first two installments, but still not as much as The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Check out the initial reactions to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies after the jump.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, 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 Bloom.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

New THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Images Prepare for War

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Believe it or not, the final chapter in director Peter Jackson’s J.R.R. Tolkein saga, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, opens in theaters in just a little over two weeks.  The film revolves around five armies that descend upon the Lonely Mountain in order to claim its now unguarded treasure.  These images show plenty of characters either preparing for battle or in the midst of battle, and it certainly looks to be the darkest film of Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy.  My completionist nature compels me to see The Battle of the Five Armies, but I can’t say I have much excitement or anticipation for the film itself.  I’d love to be pleasantly surprised by the final installment, but the trilogy thus far has been sadly underwhelming so it’s tough to muster any significant emotion about the conclusion of Jackson’s second foray into Middle-earth.  Nevertheless, I’m sure there are those out there who have taken a liking to The Hobbit series, and I imagine they’re eager to see how this thing closes out.

Take a look at the new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies images after the jump.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, 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 Bloom.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

Sherlock and Watson Get Dapper for 2015′s SHERLOCK Christmas Special

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When Sherlock returns for its Christmas Special in 2015, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) will be squaring off against Moriarty (Andrew Scott), but that doesn’t mean they can’t look snappy while doing it.  The BBC has released an image of the crime-solving duo donning some 19th century threads, and while this looks like a promo image, the BBC’s Twitter account confirms that this is how they’ll appear in the special.  Sherlock doesn’t do dream sequences, so I’m intrigued as to why Sherlock and Watson are wearing some period garb.  Unfortunately, the answer is a long ways off.

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THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Celebrates Last Trip To Middle Earth With Five Empire Magazine Covers

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With the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on the way in just a few short weeks, the marketing push is in full effect.  And we’ve got five new images from the film that come courtesy of a few magazine covers from Empire.  This installment of the film looks identical to the prior two, and these images don’t do anything to change that, but if you’re a fan of the movie they’re well worth checking out.

Hit the jump for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies images.  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 Bloom.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

Martin Freeman Joins THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE; Bryce Dallas Howard in Talks for PETE’S DRAGON; Matt Smith to Star in PATIENT ZERO

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A few pieces of casting to report:

  • Martin Freeman is in talks to join Tina Fey and Margot Robbie in The Taliban Shuffle, a black comedy set in Kabul.  Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love) will direct the adaptation of Kim Barker’s memoir.
  • Bryce Dallas Howard is in talks to join the cast of Pete’s DragonOakes Fegley, Oona Lawrence, and Robert Redford also star in the picture directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints).
  • Matt Smith will star opposite Natalie Dormer in pandemic thriller Patient Zero, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (Deadfall).

More on each project after the jump.

James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams Set as SNL Hosts for December

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NBC has announced the next three hosts of Saturday Night Live for the month of December, and they’re mighty promising.  James Franco will kick things off on December 6th with his third appearance as host, accompanied by musical guest Nicki Minaj.  Franco is well-versed in SNL lore having directed the incredibly fascinating documentary Saturday Night, which provided a first-ever behind-the-scenes look at the weeklong process of making an episode.  The actor will of course be promoting his upcoming comedy The Interview in which he stars opposite Seth Rogen, so a Rogen cameo on the episode seems likely.  More after the jump.

First THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES TV Spot Has Trolls, Flying Creatures, and Lots of Arrows

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Hot on the heels of a new trailer debut, Warner Bros. has released the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies TV spot, giving us another look at director Peter Jackson’s new animated feature.  I kid, but these Hobbit films have become increasingly reliant on CG technology to bring not only creatures and backgrounds to life but full environments, and this latest TV spot is flush with animation-filled shots.  Obviously this kind of technology is necessary in order to depict the titular battle, which involves factions from all over Middle-earth descending upon the now unguarded Lonely Mountain in order to claim its treasure.  And in the middle of it all is one small Hobbit, Mr. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman).  Will he survive the battle and be able to return to Hobbiton in order to transform into Ian Holm?  There’s really no way of knowing until we see the film next month.

Watch the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies TV spot after the jump.  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 Bloom.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

New Full-Length THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Trailer Teases Massive Spectacle, Big Emotion

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Warner Bros. has released a new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer for the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy.  The film concludes the Hobbit saga as five armies descend upon the Lonely Mountain in order to claim its now unguarded treasure, and it also acts as as prelude to Jackson’s other J.R.R. Tolkein trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.  With the release a little over a month away and the final visual effects shots coming in, this trailer goes big on the spectacle.  This thing looks absolutely massive, but there’s a strong focus on emotion and hot tempers as well, as Thorin’s desire to reclaim his people’s mountain trumps anything that stands in his way.  And yet, I still can’t shake how much CG is involved.  The film is at least 60% animated feature, and the all-CG creatures aren’t threatening in the least (one looks like a giant baby).  My hope is that the live-action character work is strong enough to overcome the “fake” feeling, but seeing as how most of the film takes place during the titular epic battle, I’m not exactly holding my breath.

Check out the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer after the jump.  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.

New Posters from IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, AMERICAN SNIPER, THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, and More

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A collection of new posters for upcoming films has landed online.  Briefly:

  • In the Heart of the SeaThe first trailer for Ron Howard‘s telling of the tragedy of the Whaleship Essex landed earlier today, and now we have one of my favorite posters of the year.  It’s ominous without being overbearing.  The film opens March 13, 2015, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson.
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – Meanwhile, we have a contestant in the running for worst poster of the year.  I don’t know if this is an awful photoshop job or if everyone is supposed to look like a cardboard cutout.  The film opens December 19th, and stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, and as you can see from the poster, lots and lots of other people as well as a monkey with keys.
  • American Sniper – The Clint Eastwood drama gets another somber poster.  Bradley Cooper stars as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq and quickly became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.  The film opens in limited release on December 25th.
  • Horrible Bosses 2 – Kudos to Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz for trying to make the exact same facial expression.  The comedy sequel opens November 26th, and also stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, and Jamie Foxx.

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