Watch Stephen Colbert Interview Smaug on THE COLBERT REPORT

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The Colbert Report is coming to an end next week as host Stephen Colbert prepares to segue to his new gig as the host of Late Night, taking over for David Letterman next May.  As the Comedy Central show is winding down, Colbert has been nabbing some big guests to close things out (the President of the United States was on last week), but last night Colbert ramped things up a notch by nabbing the biggest guest of all: Smaug the dragon from The Hobbit.  A self-professed J.R.R. Tolkein fanatic, Colbert has actually been part of the marketing campaign for the final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and it appears that Jackson and Co. went above and beyond by creating this Smaug footage specifically for The Colbert Report (with a Benedict Cumberbatch voice performance to boot).  It’s a funny interview, unsurprisingly, and we learn some interesting facts about the gold hoarding dragon who is apparently a Rand Paul supporter and not a fan of the aforementioned Cumberbatch.

Watch the Colbert Report Smaug interview after the jump.  The final episode of The Colbert Report airs next Thursday, December 18th, while The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

Stephen Colbert Transforms Into Bilbo, Gandalf, and Legolas in New THE HOBBIT EW Covers

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It’s no secret that Stephen Colbert is a massive J.R.R. Tolkein fan.  Director Peter Jackson even brought him down to the New Zealand set of The Hobbit and gave Colbert and his family a pretty prominent cameo in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  Colbert is no poser, though.  I witnessed his passion and immense knowledge of Tolkein first hand at Comic-Con this summer when he spouted off obscure passages from memory, and so it’s fitting that Colbert has been enlisted to help bring Jackson’s saga to a close with a new series of Entertainment Weekly covers promoting the final film.  The future Late Show host dons the wardrobe and makeup of some of the series’ most popular characters to surprisingly great results in these new covers; the guy makes a pretty damn convincing Bilbo.

Check out the Stephen Colbert Hobbit EW covers after the jump.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in HFR 3D, IMAX 3D, 3D, and 2D on December 17th.

Watch Christopher Nolan Talk INTERSTELLAR; Confuse the Hell out of Stephen Colbert on THE COLBERT REPORT

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Christopher Nolan has a knack for making movies that are hard to get your head around. Memento, Inception, and now Interstellar all left audiences scratching their heads, and it seems none more so than Stephen ColbertInterstellar, of course, stars Matthew McConaughey as an astronaut leading a team of scientists into deep space with the hopes of finding a habitable planet to call home.  It has become one of the year’s most nitpicked and debated films, from the sound mix to the science, audiences have enjoyed scrutinizing every element of the film.

Earlier this week Nolan dropped by The Colbert Report to promote Interstellar and Colbert took the opportunity to take him to task for his resume of mind-bending movies.  Obviously we all know that in reality Colbert is an extremely intelligent man who likely understands these subjects pretty damn well, but if there’s anything more enjoyable than watching Colbert play dumb, I don’t know what it is. He even managed to make Christopher Nolan laugh, and that’s not something you see every day.  Hit the jump to check out Stephen Colbert’s interview with Christopher Nolan and find out if we’re happening now or just watching ourselves in the past.

“Original STAR WARS Fan” Stephen Colbert Explains to Ignorant Padawans How the New Lightsaber in THE FORCE AWAKENS Works

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There are many upsetting things in this world, and apparently the construction of a fictional weapon from a non-existent universe is one worth caring about.  Because everything in the world is flawed and the Internet exists to point out those flaws, some people took issue with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer when a Sith breaks out a lightsaber, and the lightsabers has mini-lightsabers for the hilt.  Their argument is that this doesn’t protect the hands, because as we all know, lightsabers were already great at protecting hands.

Leave it to Stephen Colbert to explain why these nerds are wrong about the new lightsaber.  An “original Star Wars fan” (he won tickets to an early screening of the first movie), Colbert makes a compelling case why the lightsaber hilt works just fine, and I can’t help but wonder if he put more thought into it than the filmmakers.  Either way, the Force is strong with this clip, which you can check out after the jump.

Watch Michael Fassbender Sing as FRANK on The Colbert Report

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How am I just now hearing about Frank?  This movie looks friggin’ amazing, especially if you’ve ever done time in a band.  The film stars Domhnall Gleeson as an aspiring musician who joins an eccentric band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank, played by Michael Fassbender.  The story is loosely based on Frank Sidebottom with Fassbender sporting an odd, large mask for the entirety of the film.  The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal who joined Fassbender and Gleeson on The Colbert Report last night to perform as the Soronprfbs (the band depicted in the film).  Of course, Fassbender wears the mask throughout the entirety of this performance of “I Love You All.” 

Hit the jump to check out Fassbender and the rest of the cast perform the song on The Colbert Report.  You should also see the film’s trailer and read Matt’s review.  Frank opens in limited release on August 15th and this song is available on iTunes

TOP 5: DRAFT DAY, Early Reactions to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Colbert Replacing Letterman, Drew Goddard Directing THE SINISTER SIX, STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST

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collider-top-5-sliceFor the first time that I can remember since I started writing for Collider in 2010, director Peter Weir‘s The Truman Show made headlines this week when we learned that Paramount is developing a TV series adaptation of the film. While I won’t waste any space today discussing my feelings on the adaptation (mostly because there aren’t any real details to dissect as of now), I will absolutely take this opportunity to talk about my adoration of the film. The Truman Show ranks among my all-time favorites with ease and, if pressed to name a lone favorite, it would likely make that cut too. I actually didn’t watch it until my second year of college, circa 2007, but I credit that first viewing as a benchmark cinematic experience for me; one that helped me begin to understand the impact that a movie could have on a person’s outlook and perception of the world around them. I would eventually go on to dedicate my graduate school research to the film, during which I watched it at least 15 more times; wrote this semi-boring perceptual effects analysis; and wrote/recorded this somewhat less boring seven song record. On paper, these projects were a way to fulfill requirements towards my degree. In reality, it was an excuse to delve further into the headspace of a work that, for all intents and purposes, changed my life.

All personal reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Draft Day, early reactions to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on CBS’ The Late Show, Sony selecting Drew Goddard to direct The Sinister Six, and the first look at Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman as the Host, Writer, and Executive Producer of THE LATE SHOW

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Before David Letterman could even make an on-air official announcement about his retirement, the Internet was already buzzing about who would replace the late night legend because the Internet is impatient.  CBS has now announced who will step into Letterman’s gigantic shoes: Stephen Colbert.  Colbert will not only host The Late Show but will also serve as a writer and executive producer.

We’ll have more information shortly, but my snap reaction is that this is probably the best and least-controversial choice the network could have made.  Colbert has the comic chops, the late night experience, and the magnetism to make The Late Show his own.  Additionally, it would give Colbert a new comic direction after working in political satire and parody for the past 17 years.  While no one can ever truly “replace” David Letterman, I’m excited to see Colbert take the torch.  Hit the jump for the press release.

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON Begins with a Slew of Cameos and the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing with Will Smith

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Jimmy Fallon engendered a lot of good will during his time hosting Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and it looks like that will carry over to his new gig hosting The Tonight Show.  It feels like a fresh start that has a good chance of luring a younger audience, or at least an audience that will likely tune in to check out clips the following morning.  For example, during last night’s show, Fallon was welcomed by a string of cameos including Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Seth Rogen, and most notably, Joan Rivers, who was banned by Johnny Carson from The Tonight Show in 1986.  Fallon also had a fun bit where he and Will Smith showed off the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing.

Hit the jump to check out the videos.  The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35pm EST on NBC.

Check out Stephen Colbert’s Cameo in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Stephen Colbert is a die-hard J.R.R. Tolkien fan, and last fall we learned that he would have a cameo somewhere in The Hobbit trilogy.  Elf-eyed viewers may have spotted him in The Desolation of Smaug, but in case you missed it, a fan on reddit has screengrabbed and GIF’d the comedian’s cameo.  It’s really nice that not only Colbert but also his wife and two sons got to be in the movie.  The Colbert clan can be seen when Bard (Luke Evans) is sneaking into Laketown, and his son warns him about spies.  Congratulations, Laketown.  You’re now part of the Colbert Nation.

Hit the jump to check out images of Colbert’s cameo.

Dear God, No: The Weinstein Company Planning Sequels to SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and ROUNDERS and TV Series Based on Other Miramax Titles

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Miramax is dead, but founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein are planning to play with its corpse.  According to Deadline, The Weinstein Company has struck a deal that will allow them to raid Miramax’s library and develop sequels and series based on old hits.  The standouts of their plan include sequels to Shakespeare in Love and Rounders and TV series based on Good Will Hunting and Flirting with Disaster.  There will also be a few in-development stories that TWC is transferring to their own development slate.  Notably, they’ll be handling The Alibi, a comedy written by Stephen Colbert that’s about creating alibis for cheating spouses.  There’s also The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, “a script that was being developed by the late Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack,” based on the novel of the same name by Liz Jensen.

Hit the jump for more on what the Weinsteins have planned for their older titles.  Prepare to shudder.

First Trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

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DreamWorks Animation has released the first trailer for director Rob Minkoff‘s (The Lion King) new film Mr. Peabody & Sherman have been released online.  Based on the titular characters from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the film features the voices of Ty Burrell as the genius dog Mr. Peabody and Max Charles as his adopted son Sherman. Sadly, this trailer did absolutely nothing for me other than one kind of funny joke at the end.  It’s different footage than the Spanish-language version we posted yesterday, but even in English this feels incredibly forgettable.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Patrick Warburton, and Mel BrooksMr. Peabody & Sherman opens on March 7, 2014.

Excerpt from the Live-Event for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG; Includes First Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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Last week, folks who bought a home copy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were given a code where they could participate in a live-event promoting The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  During the event, Peter Jackson showed some clips, behind-the-scenes footage, concept art, and took some questions.  We showed you some images from the event, but Warner Bros. quickly had us take them down, so I hope you got a chance to see the them.  I know I’ll never look at life the same way again.  As minor consolation to those who didn’t see the event, Jackson has posted a six-minute excerpt where he reveals some behind-the-scenes footage, talks about handling a middle chapter, explains the geography of the journey compared to The Lord of the Rings, and takes issue with Stephen Colbert‘s mugs.

Hit the jump to check out the video.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Stephen Fry, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, and Richard ArmitageThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 3D on December 13th.

CLOUD ATLAS Provides This Year’s Hot Halloween Costumes as Tom Hanks Plugs His Movies on THE COLBERT REPORT

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Put Tom Hanks in a sketch and he’s going to be golden.  I’m surprised Saturday Night Live doesn’t have a constant rotation of Hanks, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin.  Hanks showed up on The Colbert Report for some good Halloween fun…or at least that’s what Stephen Colbert was led to believe.  Instead, we see that kids this year don’t care about dressing up as The Avengers for Halloween.  The kids are all about Tom Hanks’ movies, including Cloud Atlas.  It’s a great sketch with an awesome cameo at the end.

Hit the jump to check it out.  Cloud Atlas opens today, and maybe you should go see it.

THE HOBBIT Trilogy to Feature…Stephen Colbert? [Update: Confirmed]

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It seems as if pseudo-Conservative talk show pundit and comedian Stephen Colbert may be joining the cast of J.R.R.Tolkien’s beloved characters in Peter Jackson’s upcoming The Hobbit trilogy.  This is completely unconfirmed and more for fun speculation at this point, but Colbert talked about his visit to The Hobbit set in a recent interview and neither confirmed nor denied a possible cameo.  He did confess to being a Tolkien fan, however, and if that enthusiasm proved enough to sway Jackson, there’s already a precedent set for a Colbert cameo. Hit the jump to see what Colbert had to say.

[Update: THR confirms that Colbert will indeed be making a cameo in The Hobbit, but he won't appear in this fall's An Unexpected Journey so keep an eye out for Colbert in The Desolation of Smaug and/or There and Back Again.]

Stephen Colbert and Allison Janney Lend Their Voices to MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN, Pic Moves up to Nov. 8th, 2013 Release; Ian McShane Joins CUBAN FURY

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Casting news updates at a glance:

  • Stephen Colbert (Monsters vs Aliens) and Allison Janney (Phineas and Ferb) have been cast in the DreamWorks animated production of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, starring Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man) voicing the title roles.
  • Ian McShane (Snow White and the Huntsman) will join Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) in dance-off comedy, Cuban Fury.

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