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National Cat Day!

molly_crop21Actually, yesterday (Wednesday) was National Cat Day – I can’t believe I missed it!  But The Huffington Post was on top of it.  Go here to see HuffPo’s Marc Lamont Hill interview a couple of folks from the ASPCA and a guy from Uber, who brought along two adorable kittens.

Uber is a high-end car service (in select cities only), and the ASPCA has kittens who need homes, so they decided to get together for the day and try to get some kittens adopted.  Uber customers were able to call up and have some adoptable kittens delivered right to their door for a 15-minute cuddle session.  Who couldn’t use some kitten lovin’ in the middle of a day at the office?

I love kittens, but don’t forget there are adult cats that need homes, too.  My Molly, who is a former momma cat I adopted somewhere between her 2nd and 3rd birthday (who knows for sure?) is the sweetest cat on the planet.  Adopt from a shelter, don’t buy from a breeder!

Happy Belated National Cat Day to all the felines of the world – may you continue to rule.

Image: Sweet Molly, copyrighted, all rights reserved

#NationalCatDay

Marvel’s Movie Slate

Marvel announced the dates for their films for 2016-2019.  Here they are:

Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016

Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy sequel – May 5, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2017

Black Panther – November 3, 2017

Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018

Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018

The Inhumans – November 2, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019

Yes, they split Avengers: Infinity War into two parts.

Chadwick Boseman will be the Black Panther.  Boseman is black; Captain Marvel (a.k.a. Carol Danvers) is a woman, so Marvel is getting more diversity into its superheroes.  Anthony Mackie (The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) was rumored to be taking over the role of Cap when Chris Evans bows out, but Mackie told ComicBook.com that he thought Sebastian Stan, who was The Winter Soldier in that film, would be taking that on.  Stan has signed a long-term contract with Marvel.

Benedict Cumberbatch has not been confirmed yet as Doctor Strange (still “in negotiations”) so he was not formally announced as starring in the film.

Marvel announced that Captain America: Civil War will have Cap going up against Iron Man (!).  That film is where the Black Panther will first appear.

You may now pencil these dates into your calendars.

Dr. Strange Casting News

My dream Dr. Strange casting may be coming true!   Deadline is reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch is “in final  negotiations” to star as Marvel’s sorcerer. 

Now if Tom Hiddleston will just agree to be the third Holmes brother in Sherlock I could think of nothing else to ask for.   This year.

hr_The_Hobbit _The_Battle_of_the_Five_Armies_17TheOneRing.net (TORn) has an excellent posting here titled The Many Faces of Thranduil.  It seems there are fans out there who don’t understand the motivations of the Elvenking of Mirkwood, Legolas’ father, or why he dislikes the dwarves so much.  This is about much more than just some jewelry, which might be your impression if the movies were all you had to go on.

Give it a read – it’ll give you a much fuller understanding of the character (played by Lee Pace), who will have a much larger part in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies than he did in the first two films.

I’d still like to know what happened to his Queen, though (Tolkien simply never mentions her).  There are only two ways elves can die, being otherwise immortal — in battle, as Thranduil’s father and two-thirds of their elven army did; or they can will themselves to die if they are overcome with grief.  Of course, it could be that she chose to live away from Mirkwood.  If I lived somewhere with gigantic elf-eating spiders, I might be tempted to do the same.

#Thranduil #TheHobbit #LeePace

I’m still waiting (hello, Peter Jackson!) for another Hobbit video blog, but in the meantime, the marketing is beginning to pick up for The Battle of the Five Armies.  Luke Evans (Bard) tweeted this official poster:
BOTFA_official_poster

And Cumberbatchweb tweeted this – Benedict Cumberbatch’s amazing audition for the voice of Smaug the dragon:

#TheHobbit #BenedictCumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch once again appeared on the BBC’s Graham Norton Show and the results were pretty funny. They start out by musing about what the Cumberbitches/Cumberbabes/Cumberwhatsits are calling themselves this week; Norton mentions that Benny has been seen on the set of a certain upcoming movie but can’t get him to say whether he’s been cast in it; and then they segue into Benny doing his Jar-Jar Binks impression (yes, that’s a hint).  And if you think his Smaug voice from The Hobbit is mostly mechanically enhanced, he does it live to prove you wrong.

Norton then says of all the questions fans wanted him to ask of Benny, it’s to say the word “penguin.”  One might wonder where this comes from, considering Benedict is well known as a voice actor and is usually very articulate; but it appears that he really does have problems pronouncing this word!  As Norton points out, it’s amusing that Benny has a movie coming out called… Penguins of Madagascar.  Oh, the irony!  Here’s the clip via BBC America’s YouTube channel:

And then, as if that weren’t enough, he does an impression of Beyonce’s “pop star walk,” coached by comedienne Miranda Hart:

 

#PenguinsofMadagascar #BenedictCumberbatch #TheGrahamNortonShow

Air New Zealand has put out a new Hobbit-related safety video, and it’s pretty cute.  Several Hobbit and Lord of the Rings stars are in this one, along with director Peter Jackson.  Enjoy –

 

#AirNewZealandHobbitVideo #TheHobbit

Here’s the first trailer for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, with The Blacklist’s James Spader as the voice of Ultron.

It appears in the U.S. on May 1st.

#AvengersAgeofUltron

 

Zap2It is saying that Selfie and Forever are on the bubble for being cancelled.  Selfie stars Guardians of the Galaxy’s Karen Gillan and Forever has Ioan Gruffudd and Judd Hirsch.  I haven’t seen Selfie, but I like Forever and would be sorry to see it go.  Here’s hoping it can pull out a renewal.

Oh, and then there’s this — MMGNAustralia put up on YouTube a deleted scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  Silly dwarves… when are they going to learn you Don’t.Mess.With.Thranduil!

#TheHobbit #Thranduil #ForeverABC #SelfieABC

Thranduil’s BOTFA Poster

hr_The_Hobbit _The_Battle_of_the_Five_Armies_17Every Elvenking should have one… his very own poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  Thranduil is looking pretty intense here!

ComingSoon.net has here posters for Bilbo, Galadriel, Bard and Gandalf, among others.  Please, enough with Legolas and the bow, but hey, they’ve done it again.

Two more months…

#TheHobbit #Thranduil

GOTGposter_ChinaGuardians of the Galaxy.  One would think that would translate pretty easily to just about any language, but the Chinese managed to translate it to… Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team, as tweeted by director James Gunn.  IGN is saying it may actually mean Interstellar Different Commandos, but in any case it’s just damn funny.

China is one of the remaining major markets for the film to be released in, and it may well push the total gross to over $800 million.  Switzerland and Italy will apparently bring up the rear in a couple of weeks.

#GuardiansoftheGalaxy

News Tidbits

New York Comic Con (NYCC) begins on October 9th (Thursday) and runs through the 12th.  From what I hear, there will be a huge Hobbit presence there, as The Battle of the Five Armies will be the last Tolkien film from Peter Jackson & Co. (or so he says).

According to The Guardian, Martin Freeman will star in a BBC made-for-television movie as one of several programs to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  It will be called The Eichmann Show.  The trial of Nazi SS officer Adolph Eichmann in Israel lasted several months and was televised live in Israel, with footage flown daily to the U.S. for American newscasts.  Freeman will play television producer Milton Fruchtman.  Eichmann was found guilty (he was one of the people mainly responsible for the extermination of millions of Jews in World War II) and was executed by hanging in 1962.

Some good news about Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange flick – Joaquin Phoenix is out of the running to play Strange!  Maybe Cumberbatch will be the pick after all.  Note to self: crossing all your fingers and toes at one time is not easy and a little bit painful.

The Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray will be out on December 9th, and is said to include some pretty good bloopers, including Lee Pace as the villainous Ronan taking Peter Quill up on his dance-off challenge.  Variety is also reporting that there will be no one-shot to go along with GOTG as there has been with other Marvel films.  Director James Gunn said there simply wasn’t room to include one, so there must be a lot of GOTG goodies he has planned.  I’ve heard that the regular DVD is said to not include everything that will be on the Blu-ray.  <frowny face>

#GuardiansoftheGalaxy #TheHobbit #DoctorStrange

 

 

 

Well, no dust will be settling on Tom Hiddleston’s suitcases, that’s for sure!  Hiddles is one busy man.

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Tom and Hugh Laurie will be starring in a limited television series based on John le Carre’s 1993 novel The Night Manager.  The BBC is creating the show and has offers from several American companies to air it here in the U.S.

Amazon.com has this synopsis of The Night Manager:

Enter the new world of post Cold War espionage. Penetrate the secret world of ruthless arms dealers and drug smugglers who have risen to unthinkable power and wealth. The sinister master of them all is an untouchable Englishman named Roper. Slipping into this maze of peril is a former British soldier, Jonathan Pine, who knows Roper well enough to hate him more than any man on earth. Now Personal vengeance is only part of why Pine is willing to help the men at Whitehall try to bring Roper down….

I might have to read this one.

John le Carre, of course, also wrote Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which became the Gary Oldman/Benedict Cumberbatch/Colin Firth film.

#TheNightManager #TomHiddleston #HughLaurie

Deadline is reporting that Tom Hiddleston has been cast to star in a King Kong origin flick titled Skull Island.  The film is so far set to be released on November 4th, 2016.

So with all this film work, when is Hiddles going to have time to play the 3rd Holmes brother in the next Sherlock series?  (Well, I can hope, can’t I?)

Speaking of Hiddleston, I see that his vampire film co-starring Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive, has hit Redbox.  It never did come to theaters anywhere near me.  I heard it was very good, though – even Castle’s Stana Katic tweeted that it was amazing.

#TomHiddleston #SkullIsland

It’s a trifecta of heroes!  OK, two heroes and one that’s still ambiguous.  Anyway, Luke Evans will be appearing on Today sometime during the 9-10 Eastern hour on Monday, October 6th.  He will be discussing his new film Dracula Untold (but hey, I’m counting him as a hero because The Hobbit).  Ryan Eggold of The Blacklist will be on the following day, Tuesday, October 7th between 10-11.  Cary Elwes will be on that Friday the 10th around 7-9 promoting his book As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From The Making of The Princess Bride.

Speaking of Eggold and his character “Tom Keen” on The Blacklist, here’s something…  Notice the last line.  Yeah, I knew it.

#CaryElwes #DraculaUntold #LukeEvans #RyanEggold #TheBlacklist

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