Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New Hobbit 2 featurette gets us inside shape-shifter Beorn's amazing house

Wanna meet The Hobbit’s awesome shape-shifter (ok, he's actually called a "skin-changer," but potatoes, potatoes, etc.) character Beorn?  And what about having a nice sneek peak at the dude's lovely home?

Warner Bros. has released a brand-new behind-the-scenes featurette that focuses of Beorn (played by Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt) whom we—as well as the Company of Dwarves—are set to meet during their continuing quest to reach and reclaim the Kingdom of Erebor under the Lonely Mountain in this year’s upcoming The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug flick.

Peppered with interesting interviews with Hobbit actors, producers and director Peter Jackson himself, this behind-the-scenes video focuses at the tremendous work it took to make the massive set—along with the massive set pieces that go with them.

(This set DOES indeed look terrific, don't you  think? And we can’t wait to see it in all its Middle-earth glory in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.)

Besides the featurette, we also get some more amazing footage of a fully motioned-captured Benedict Cumberbatch sneering and slithering his way as the—let’s face it awesome—Dragon Smaug; more Legolas (the ever youthful Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (a graceful and regal Evangeline Lilly); and more of that escape in the barrels scene as well as those scary, big-A spiders.

Did you enjoy your behind-the-scenes look to Beorn’s house? Are you looking forward to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Dec. 13?

(via Screen Rant, Blastr )
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Thor 2 star rallying fans to help her score Wonder Woman gig

Apparently Jaimie Alexander is pretty psyched about those Wonder Woman rumors — but the Thor: The Dark World star needs your help to make it happen.

We still don’t actually know if Wonder Woman will make an appearance in Batman vs. Superman, but there has been a lot of buzz that Alexander will bring the fan favorite DC heroine to life.

When asked about a possible role in the Man of Steel sequel, Alexander spent most of her interview with MTV dodging the question —but finally admitted it’d be pretty awesome to play Wonder Woman. But how can she make it happen? Get the fans fired up to fight for her.

Here’s an excerpt from her comments:

“I've been a huge fan of Wonder Woman since I was a little kid. So I'm absolutely flattered that a lot of people have chosen me as their fan choice. I think that is pretty epic, and incredibly humbling. These things in recent years, the fans can get things started and they can actually come to pass, which is kind of a cool age we live in. Yeah, that's pretty incredible, we'll see. That would be rad.”

Considering the massive amount of ass she’s kicked in the Thor series, Alexander definitely has the action chops to handle Wonder Woman. But, is she the best choice? What do you think?

(Source: MTV, Blastr)
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Saoirse Ronan Responds To Star Wars And Fantastic Four Casting Rumours


You shouldn't believe every rumour you hear.....

Hanna and The Host star Saoirse Ronan was supposudley up for the role of Scarlet Witch in the upcoming Avengers: Age Of Ultron movie (which was taken by Elisabeth Olsen), then she was auditioning for a major role in Star Wars. As well as both of those rumours, one came up about her being cast as Sue Storm in the up and coming Fantastic Four reboot. The first rumour was proved false but what about the other 2?

Saoirse responded to both of these rumours in recent interviews saying:

"I don't have 'Star Wars.' I don't have the role," Ronan said. "I just shouldn't have said anything. I just auditioned for it, like everyone else did."

While she was trying to get the Star Wars role the Fantastic Four rumour was just that:

"I only heard that rumor. I'm not signed up for 'Fantastic Four,'" Ronan said.
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Son of original Doctor Who writer sues BBC claiming he owns the TARDIS

Doctor Who's 50th anniversary is supposed to be a time of celebration, but it might end up a time for serious legal battles instead.

Fifty years ago, the very first Doctor Who story starring First Doctor William Hartnell, "An Unearthly Child," aired on the BBC. The writer of that story, Australian BBC staff writer Anthony Coburn, had the honor of being among the first scribes to lend his name to one of the most influential science fiction series of all time. He also had the honor of being the first to write about the Doctor's legendary time machine, the TARDIS. Now, decades after Coburn first wrote about the Doctor, his son Stef has announced plans to sue the BBC over rights to the iconic blue police box, claiming his family should have been paid every time the box was used in a Doctor Who story.

Coburn claims that the BBC has breached the copyright of the TARDIS every year since 1977, the year of his father's death. He believes that, while his father may have given the BBC permission to use the iconic time machine, that permission expired when his father died, and then passed to his mother, who seems to have never said anything about it. Now that his mother has also passed away, Coburn believes all permissions for use of the TARDIS have passed to him, and that the BBC owes his family financial compensation for every use of the time machine since 1977.

"It is by no means my wish to deprive legions of Doctor Who fans (of whom I was never one) of any aspect of their favourite children's programme," Coburn said in a statement. "The only ends I wish to accomplish, by whatever lawful means present themselves, involve bringing about the public recognition that should by rights always have been his due, of my father James Anthony Coburn's seminal contribution to Doctor Who, and proper lawful recompense to his surviving estate."

The BBC has said it will investigate Coburn's complaint, though the company has received no other complaints about the rights to the TARDIS since it first registered a copyright on the time machine in the 1980s. According to Coburn, he would've filed a complaint sooner, but believed he didn't have the rights until after his mother passed. Now he claims the idea for the TARDIS was conceived after his father saw a blue police box on Wimbledon Common in the early 1960s. If you browse the BBC's own script archives from the early days of Doctor Who, though, it looks like the conceptual crafting of the TARDIS was likely a group effort, even if the name itself could have been the work of one man.

So this is either a case of a family member trying to capitalize on a particularly high-profile time for Doctor Who, or a real misstep on the part of the BBC. What do you think's going on here?

(Via The Independent, Blastr)
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Walking Dead producer shares REAL reason we haven't seen the Governor (Spoiler)

Okay Walking Dead fans. Have you been wondering why we haven’t seen the Governor (David Morrissey) yet this season? It turns out the producers got a little “sick” of him last year.(Spoilers Below)

After having most of last season focused on the baddie, the Governor has been soo far absent from the first several episodes of Walking Dead’s fourth season after disappearing at the end of last year. Not that they haven't been busy, still.

Aside from Michonne’s hapless attempts to track him down, he’s been a complete non-factor. According to series creator Robert Kirkman, that was intentional — mostly because they had seen enough of the character to last ‘em for at least a little while.

That’s not to say Morrissey’s portrayal wasn’t good (if anything, it was a little too creepy), it’s just they felt the new year needed some breathing room from the season-long arc about Woodbury and its psycho leader.

Here’s how he explained it to The Hollywood Reporter:

"We've just devoted an entire season to the conflict of The Governor and [new showrunner] Scott Gimple came in and was like, 'You know what? I'm sick of The Governor.' He actually said that. It's not that we don't like that character; it's just that we needed to give that character a break. Going right back into that would seem like more retread of season three and that's the thing we don't want to do…

The Governor is going to see quite a leap in who he is and what his motives are. The Governor that we saw at the end of season three was this homicidal maniac that lost control of his town and we haven't seen him for a long time. He's been stewing and we may be seeing a very different Governor when we finally do catch up to him. We like to keep people guessing and he definitely will return this season. Just when you think things are getting to a breaking point, that's when The Governor layer will be thrown in to make things that much more deadly and dangerous. It's going to be a really big, memorable moment in the show.”

Okay, that actually makes sense — and has us extremely curious to see how insane this guy has gone by the time he finally does resurface. But, c’mon — when the hell will that be?!

Do you like how they’ve played the Governor’s absence, or do you miss Morrissey?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)
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