Guardians of the Galaxy’s Lee Pace brought a clip of his character Ronan to Late Night with Seth Meyers.  Unfortunately when Meyers’ show uploaded the interview they cut the clip out. It showed Ronan getting his face painted with black ceremonial paint, and having armor put on.  If I find the clip online I’ll upload it.

They also talked about Halt and Catch Fire, The Hobbit and Comic-Con.

The show uploaded Lee’s interview in two parts, both of which are below:

A full-length trailer is said to be coming in October, so until then this teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will have to do.

The film opens on December 17th in the U.S.

Pace_Blanchett_SDCC_2014More from San Diego Comic-Con!  IGN interviewed Lee Pace (Thranduil) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug and the Necromancer) re The Hobbit films.

Lee tweeted the attached pic of himself and Cate Blanchett, with the title “elf royalty.”  Kind of sad that this will be our last film from Middle Earth!  As I understand it, The Silmarillion can’t be filmed as Tolkien’s estate won’t allow it.  All the more reason to enjoy Battle of the Five Armies.

Peter Jackson has announced a contest for fans who would like to visit New Zealand and attend the first screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

You can register at TheHobbitFanContest.com or by going to the official Facebook page for the film, Facebook.com/TheHobbitMovie.  The contest opens on  August 25th.

See PJ’s YouTube video below.  Good luck!

JakeSingley_LP_atComicCon2014San Diego Comic-Con attendees are a patient lot, waiting many long hours to get a coveted seat in Hall H.

The fans got a special wake-up at about 2 a.m. yesterday when The Hobbit’s Lee Pace (Thranduil) and Andy Serkis (Gollum) came by to say hi, take pictures (such as the one on this post from Jake Singley), and sign autographs.  MTV.com has even labeled them the “coolest guys at Comic-Con.”  So sweet!

On another Pace-related topic, today marks the next-to-last episode of his AMC series Halt and Catch Fire, which had by far its best ep yet last Sunday.  I’ve been looking for word of renewal, but nothing yet.  Then again, that means there’s been no word of cancellation either, so I’m thinking AMC may wait until the series is over to make a decision.

Guardians-of-Galaxy_oreoEven before the first one is released Marvel is feeling enough love for Guardians of the Galaxy that they have announced the sequel, and set a date for it – July 28, 2017.  James Gunn will again write and direct.

Taking a look at rottentomatoes.com, the Tomatometer is still at 100% for the 25 reviews counted.

Fan website GuardTheGalaxy.com keeps track of all things GoTG if you want to pop in.  They posted this picture of Oreo the raccoon with Gunn from the London premiere on 7/24 (original source Mirror.co.uk).  Oreo was used to help the animators get Rocket’s movements and details down pat.

GoTG “officially” opens on August 1st, but I was able to get tickets for a 7 p.m. showing on the 31st, so check your local theater to see when their first showing will be.

Guardians is also going to get an animated series, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.

1sht_thumb_500x229_posterThe cast and filmmakers of The Hobbit films filled Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con for their panel.  In attendance were director Peter Jackson, producer Philippa Boyens, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Graham McTavish, Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly.

A teaser trailer was presented, and while I’m sure some unofficial footage has probably leaked online, I’ll wait until Warner Bros. releases it before I post it.

TheOneRing.net (TORn) has up-to-date coverage of the events here, including a description of the trailer’s scenes.  Jackson has said that a full trailer for the movie won’t show up until October.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies premieres in the U.S. on December 17th.

Thranduil_BOFA_fromLPLee Pace has finally joined the Twitterverse (@LeePace), and has been tweeting all kinds of selfies and other stuff from San Diego Comic-Con, including this gorgeous pic of his character Elvenking Thranduil from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  We should be seeing a lot more of Thranduil in this film than we did in the other ones, although if the number of websites dedicated to Legolas’ dad are anything to go by, lack of screen time didn’t translate into a lack of fan enthusiasm!

I assume Lee is there on behalf of both Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hobbit.  I’m sure today will be a very busy day at SDCC, so we’ll see what news comes out from there.

There are retweets from the @CatsnBooks Twitter account that don’t show up here as a post, so you can plug into that as well.  You never know what will show up there!

Apparently Mr. Cumberbatch has made quite the impression at his first ever San Diego Comic-Con.  Literally.  MTV’s Josh Horowitz interviewed Benny and he ended up doing impressions of Jar-Jar Binks and Gollum, among others.  Benny was also asked about the next Sherlock series, Star Trek (will Khan return?) and Black Mass, but not about The Imitation Game, surprisingly.  The entire interview is below. If you want to watch the SDCC panel (courtesy of Flicks and the City), go here.

Benny was there to promote DreamWorks’ Penguins of Madagascar, in which he voices a wolf named Agent Classified.  Horowitz asked him about the possibility of playing Marvel’s Dr. Strange, but he claimed he would be doing Hamlet onstage when the film shoots.  My guess is if Marvel wants him they’ll find a way to fit Strange into his schedule somehow.  Meanwhile, a rumor has popped up that Joaquin Phoenix is in the mix for that part.  Nothing against Phoenix, but Cumberbatch is perfect for Strange, they should stop looking at anyone else!

Here’s a Penguins trailer, featuring John Malkovich as the voice of the villanous octopus Dr. Octavius Brine:

hobbit_BOFA_posterWe’ve been told a teaser trailer is coming for the final installment of The Hobbit, The Battle of the Five Armies.  In the meantime, we have the first poster (via Hypable).

Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) faces off against Smaug as the dragon attacks Laketown.  The poster debuted at Comic-Con.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

This is C&B’s 700th post!  I’m sure the next 700 will include (among many other things) something about elves, dwarves, some Guardians from another galaxy, Sherlock and Watson, a strange doctor, a little murder and romance in 1920’s Melbourne, and occasionally something about cats.  It’s a weird and varied world here at C&B!  I hope you enjoy.

The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Mark Strong, will open the BFI London Film Festival on October 8th, according to Variety.

The movie is a biopic of genius mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing, who was recruited during World War II to break secret German codes.  He is also credited with being a pioneer in computer science.  Prosecuted in the 1950’s for his sexual orientation, he was chemically castrated but committed suicide two years later.  He received a posthumous pardon from Queen Elizabeth last year.

The film opens on November 21st in the U.S.  It has already received a lot of buzz from those who have seen it, including buzz of the Oscar kind.  From the trailer below, it looks like it could be a contender.

Marvel Release Dates

marvel_logo_wallpaper_via_screenrantMarvel has announced release dates for their films through May of 2019 on their website.  The dates are:  July 28, 2017; November 3, 2017; July 6, 2018; November 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019.  These are the dates for the so-called Phase 3 of the MCU.

Cryptically, they didn’t want to name which films will be filling those dates, but Den of Geek has some pretty good guesses.  We know there will be Avengers: Age of Ultron, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, and a third Captain America film.  That would seem to pretty much fill the dates, but what about Guardians of the Galaxy 2?  Thor 3?  Another Iron Man is a possibility, but I’m less sure about this one.  And what about the rumors that there will be a film with a female superheroine lead?

Guess we’ll have to keep our ears pinned to the ground to find out.

Marvel logo image via screenrant.com

GOTG_Bus-Shelter_RonanMarvel has dropped three new character posters for Guardians of the Galaxy, this time for villains Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou).  Ronan is shown on this post, you can see all three at IGN here.

And CinemaBlend.com has info (original source Stitch Kingdom) on Nathan Fillion’s cameo in GoTG, which is said to be the character “Monstrous Inmate.”  Other appearances will be made by Stan Lee, Rob Zombie and director James Gunn.  If you want more info (spoilers may be included) hit this link.

To add to their latest shuffling of characters in the comic world, Marvel announced that Steve Rogers will no longer be Captain America.  Rogers loses his powers (and his youthful good looks) after a fight with Iron Nail.  Strapping on Captain America’s shield instead will be The Falcon, played in the latest Captain America film by Anthony Mackie.  Rogers will still be inhabiting the Captain’s muscled frame for the films, though, as Chris Evans has several Marvel movies left on his contract.

Guardians TV Spot #7

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn tweeted this pic of Lee Pace (Ronan) at the controls of Star-Lord’s ship the Milano.

There will be not one, not two, but three soundtracks released, including Awesome Mix Vol. 1, the tape in Quill’s Walkman created by his mother:

1. “Hooked on a Feeling” Performed by Blue Swede

2. “Go All the Way” Performed by Raspberries

3. “Spirit in the Sky” Performed by Norman Greenbaum

4. “Moonage Daydream” Performed by David Bowie

5. “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” Performed by Elvin Bishop

6. “I’m Not in Love” Performed by 10cc

7. “I Want You Back” Performed by Jackson 5

8. “Come and Get Your Love” Performed by Redbone

9. “Cherry Bomb” Performed by The Runaways

10. “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” Performed by Rupert Holmes

11. “O-O-H Child” Performed by The Five Stairsteps

12. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Love The Raspberries, but why, oh why, did they have to put in The Pina Colada Song??

The soundtracks will be released on July 29th.

… and here’s another TV spot for GoTG, explaining why Gamora and Drax aren’t big fans of Ronan.  You’re welcome.


Here’s an extended spot with some new footage.  They just keep comin’ now that we’re only a couple of weeks out.



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