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.


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

Blacklist_posterSPOILER ALERT!  In big bold font, so you know I mean it!  If you haven’t seen the first episode of this season’s Blacklist, you might want to skip to the next post, because I’m going to talk about the one thing I really want to know.

Forget whether Red is Lizzie’s dad (if he isn’t, why does he care so much about her?), who Berlin is, or whether Liz and Ressler are going to couple up (I wouldn’t want to bet against it).  What I want to know is, where the heck is Tom??  In Monday’s episode we got a hint he might still be alive despite being shot multiple times by Lizzie.  But then, it’s a bit of a tell when the body goes missing.  And Monday we saw a man watching her who has tortoiseshell glasses.  Hmmmm… Jon Bokenkamp, you’re such a tease.

Not to mention, there is this.  Ryan Eggold is listed as being in the next episode, Monarch Douglas Bank.  Now this could be a flashback scene, I suppose…. but I’m betting on the tortoiseshell glasses.

#TheBlacklist #RyanEggold

I have retweeted Tom Hiddleston’s pic (shown here on TheMarySue) before, but below I have embedded Emma Watson’s speech she gave at the U.N. that you might have missed.  The #HeForShe campaign is for gender equality, both male and female.  Ms. Watson gave a wonderful speech and I encourage everyone to view it.

Why is what “side” you should be on even a question in 2014?

Original source: Jezebel

#EmmaWatson #TomHiddleston #HeForShe

NBC’s hit The Blacklist returns tomorrow with Lord Baltimore.  If you need to catch up go here to view season 1 episodes online.  Warning: there are some damn creepy villains in season 1 (The Stewmaker, anyone?  It’s enough to put you off your dinner.)

Speaking of James Spader, Marvel has released the official synopsis for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which really doesn’t tell you anything, but here it is anyway:

Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

The film comes out May 1, 2015.  Here’s a clip of Spader on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon talking about Ultron and San Diego Comic-Con.

#AvengersAgeofUltron #TheBlacklist

The Hobbit BOTFA Poster

I interrupt my breakfast to bring you:


This was tweeted by Lee Pace.

#TheHobbit #LeePace #Thranduil

Banner for The Hobbit 3

Entertainment Weekly has a high-resolution banner for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here.  To see the entire banner use the scroll bar under the image.  You can also get a look at the details by mousing over the banner.

Among other scenes we have Gandalf and Galadriel reaching for each other, with Elrond in the background; Smaug lighting up Lake-town; Thorin in armor on his throne; and Elvenking Thranduil on his elk ready to go into battle (below).


The film will be released in the U.S. on December 17th.

#TheHobbit #TheHobbitTheBattleoftheFiveArmies

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Guardians of the Galaxy is making a heckuva lot of money.  It has now made over $600 million worldwide.  It has also just opened in Japan, so it’s far from being done yet.

GOTG star Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer) — and presumably his lawyers — are said to be reworking his Marvel contract, according to CinemaBlend.  There’s speculation this may mean Drax could show up in Avengers 3, but that is completely unconfirmed and may just end up being wishful thinking.  On the other hand, considering the popularity of GOTG Marvel may want to sneak one of the Guardians in there, but we’ll have to see if we get more concrete info on that.

Somewhat Awesome Games has recreated one of my favorite GOTG scenes in its game Destiny.  Hint: Come and Get Your Love.  You can see the clip here on Mashable or below.  Get down.


So, back in 2010 when the BBC released the first series of Sherlock, hardly anyone on this side of the pond had a freakin’ clue who Benedict Cumberbatch was.  He did a movie (with Tom Hiddleston) for Steven Spielberg, and you could still say “Cumberbatch” and most people thought you were talking about a new hybrid of vegetable.  Then he did Star Trek Into Darkness and a few folks were starting to catch on.  He voiced a dragon for Peter Jackson and a few more were finding a clue.  Along came 12 Years a Slave, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and August: Osage County, and non-geeks were now getting on the bandwagon.  So here we are in 2014, and there are articles like this and this.

Yesterday Benny showed up at the Toronto International Film Festival for the TIFF premiere of his Oscar-bait film The Imitation Game.  And the crowd goes wild!  So much for those ladies who complained to Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss when he was cast in Sherlock that they wanted a “sexy one,” and got Cumberbatch instead.  Maybe brainy really is the new sexy.

Radio Times has a gag reel for the aforementioned Star Trek (below), via IGN.  For your Friday eve.  You’re welcome.

#BenedictCumberbatch #TIFF #TheImitationGame #StarTrekGagReel

ABC has put the pilot episode of its upcoming series Forever up online here.  The show stars Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) and Judd Hirsch.

Gruffudd plays New York medical examiner Dr. Henry Morgan.  The hook is this: he’s immortal, but he doesn’t know why, hence the reason he became a medical examiner.  He’s around 200 years old, and every time he dies — which is often if the pilot is any indication — he returns as he left, with the exception that he always returns in a body of water.  And naked.  The latter of which can cause some issues with the cops, apparently, and can be a darn cold way to come back to life, given that, you know, he lives in New York.

The only person who knows his secret is Abe (Hirsch), who owns an antique store.  Morgan has a laboratory in a hidden basement of Abe’s store where he does experiments to try to decipher why he’s incapable of dying.  Morgan has other unique attributes as well, including having a Sherlock Holmes-ian ability to make deductions from minute observations.  And it turns out he even has his own version of Moriarty.  Of course there’s an attractive female NYPD detective involved, too, although at least for now it looks platonic. I’ll stop there so I don’t give too much away.

Gruffudd also appeared on Castle last year.  You can follow him on Twitter at @ioangruffudd.

The show officially starts on ABC Tuesday, September 23rd.  I’m not sure if the show will catch on, but I thought the pilot was pretty good.  Give it a go and see what you think.  Here’s a trailer as well:

#Forever #IoanGruffudd


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