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Serkis, Weaving and McKellan all back for ‘Hobbit’, of course

12 Jun

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June 12th, 2009-

Well, I think most of us just assumed this would be the case, and if it weren’t I think some eyebrows would have been raised. But, anyway, now it’s official and proof that The Hobbit really is starting to move forward. Ian Mckellan, Hugo Weaving and Andy Serkis will all be returning to their roles as Gandalf, Elrond and Gollum, respectively. The Guillermo Del Toro directed and Peter Jackson produced adaptation of Tolkien’s pre-LOTR tale is currently in the process of casting it’s Bilbo, which will be a far more interesting announcement whenever it is made. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for Martin Henderson but that doesn’t seem so likely anymore. And no, de-aging Ian Holm is not a likely or viable option.

 Here’s the original announcement from Empire which can be read HERE.

Here’s one to file under, “Well, duh! But also good”. Guillermo del Toro told Radio 5, as picked up by The One Ring.net, that Sir Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving would be appearing in The Hobbit.It won’t come as any great surprise to, well, anyone, but it is welcome news that those members of the Lord of the Rings cast who also appear in The Hobbit will be playing the roles they originated in Del Toro’s sort-of prequel to Jackson’s trilogy.We’re due a Bilbo casting announcement any day now, but we hope that this tidbit of almost-news will keep you going until then.

Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’ goes Gothic! Trailer and pics here!

11 Jun

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 June 11th, 2009-

Now this is what I’m talking about. I’ve just started writing a new column called The Weekly Creepy and as I was in the midst of preparing the first week’s review (up later today) this trailer surfaced. And this is the kind of thing I want to see when I go to a Gothic thriller; lots of dimly lit hospital corridors, gloomy gray skys, bodies dangling over cliffs and of course, crazy people that look like they might bite you. It’s been awhile since Scorsese has done a movie like this. In fact, I think it’s safe to say the last time was probably 1992’s Cape Fear remake. This one looks heaps better than that one, although there is no DeNiro to be seen. Continue reading