Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Very Funny Colin Firth - Jolly Ho's

I am liking this man more and more and more...

Christian Bale Attacked by Chinese Guards (Youtube)

Idris Elba to Play Nelson Mandela in Upcoming Biopic (EurWeb)


It’s settled then.

Sexy British actor Idris Elba will play the role of former South African president Nelson Mandela in an upcoming biopic.

You may ask why he was chosen out of all people. There’s no telling, but one thing is for sure: he’s good.

Elba has taken on some pretty major roles lately, including movies like “Thorand Takers.”

But this one may be a bit challenging as movie watchers will have to decide who among the list of actors (Morgan Freeman, Sydney Poitier, De Klerk, Terrence Howard, and Dennis Haysbert) plays the better Mandela.  EurWeb

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Empire Photo Featuring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins (Movie Web)

Empire Magazine has unleashed their 2012 movie preview, which includes a never-before-seen image of Martin Freeman as the hero Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, You can check it out below.
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes to theaters December 14th, 2012 and stars Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

Matthew Macfadyen | The Hunger TV video interviews

Leading The Way Film

Matthew Macfadyen has often, and quite unwillingly, been marked out as a very British romantic hero.

It’s a stereotype he’s worked hard to avoid, and one he momentarily left behind when he took on the most controversial role of his career. His portrayal of a paedophile, Charlie, in the Channel 4 drama Secret Life, saw him nominated for a Bafta in 2008. Two years later, he won the Bafta for Best Supporting Actor, for his part in Criminal Justice, before what might have been his crowning TV moment thus far, playing the mid-life Logan Mountstuart in Any Human Heart.

Matthew started his career as a theatre actor, treading the boards with the company, Cheek-by-Jowl. In 2005, he was well received as Prince Hal opposite Michael Gambon’s Falstaff. Growing in talent and recognition, he worked his way through a Brontë adaptation, a Stephen Poliakoff production, and then several television dramas, before being cast as an MI5 officer in the high-profile BBC drama, Spooks.

Last year he returned to the theatre, starring opposite Kim Cattrall in Noël Coward’s play, Private Lives – applying his acting impassivity to great comic effect. In 2012, he will be once again teaming up with Pride & Prejudice director, Joe Wright, in another classic love story, Anna Karenina.

Read the full interview in Issue One of The Hunger , on sale now.

Matthew is starring in Anna Karenina, out in 2012.

FILM REVIEW: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (CBC News)

December 16, 2011 1:00 AM

There's a moment in the new version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy when George Smiley, the retired intelligence agent, is on a stakeout. He's perched in a room, waiting for his prey when the target approaches. He carefully slips off his shoes, putting black socks to hardwood.

Here's where fans of the original book by John le Carré might find their pulse quickening.
It's a bit of the ol' tradecraft: the special skill set Carré hinted at in his espionage novels. And yet, the shoe shedding is just a tease for the next time we see Smiley he's sitting at the table having a civilized chat with his intended target. That is the gist of this cinematic version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: short on tradecraft, but no shortage of staring matches

The passivity of John Le Carré's grey warrior will come as no surprise to fans of the original. The author created George Smiley as an ultimate anti-Bond. When the world was buzzing over the hairy-chested charm of Sean Conney as 007, Carré brought us into the twisty warren of the Circus -- the nickname for the British Secret Intelligence Service, aka MI6. While the Cold War played on in the background, Smiley fought legions of administrators, managers and, occasionally, actual spies.

He may not have had a Rolex that could shoot lasers, but Smiley's wits were always razor sharp. He could stand in the door of house that had been burgled and pick up the scent of the intruder lingering in the air. As the new Smiley, Gary Oldman retains the character's watchfulness. It's a quiet performance, where a single raised eyebrow is an emotional climax.

The story is one of the oldest in the spy game: Whack-a-Mole. With the death of his handler, Control (John Hurt), the retired Smiley is tasked with revealing the double agent Control suspected had burrowed his way to the top of MI6. Other than a sting gone wrong that begins Tinker Tailor, much of what follows is men sitting in rooms and talking.

But considering the plot, some compression was inevitable. Many may remember the Tinker Tailor miniseries starring Alec Guinness that played out in seven parts. Director Tomas Alfredson squeezes all of that into a tidy two hours -- and it shows.

Colin FirthColin Firth is a bright spot in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. (eOne Films)
If there was an Oscar for the most horrible 1970s furnishings and colour scheme, Tinker Tailor would have the category nailed. Alfredson paints the screen with a thousand shades of brown and a rich tapestry of questionable combovers. The MI6 brain trust meet in a soundproof orange room where their tweed suits pop perfectly against the marmalade walls.

The best of Smiley's suspects (codenamed Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is Bill, played with a smirk by Oscar-winner Colin Firth. In this land of drab, he's practically Lady Gaga, as he winks at secretaries while clad in a velvet trench that looks stitched together from scalped teddy bears.

The fab fashions are just part of the hazy nostalgia and paranoia hanging over Tinker Tailor. In one particular scene, a friend wistfully recalls the good times before Smiley reminders her they took place during the war. But that's life in the Circus, where -- with no clear opponents to fight -- the agents target each other.

There are a few moments that break up the monotony, including a particularly a powerful interrogation on an airfield as the propellers roar closer. It stands apart because it's one of the few scenes where there's some genuine malice in the air.

Taken as a whole, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy is a bit of cipher itself: a movie made up of hints and omissions. You'll have to conduct your own investigation on what didn't make the cut.

RATING: 3.5 out of 5

Gary OldmanGary Oldman stars in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. (eOne Films)

Game of Thrones. The death of hero Ned Stark shocked the TV world, and the fantasy series is poised for more surprises in Season 2 (

2011 TV Newsmaker:

 By Chris Lackner, Postmedia NewsDecember 16, 2011

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BELFAST, Ireland - Sean Bean's severed head sits on a shelf in a suburban Belfast studio. Blood and grime are matted between his facial hairs and cake his long, wavy brown hair - and a vacant sadness emanates from his bluish-grey eyes. At first glance, you wonder if Bean took method acting a little too far for his role as Game of Thrones' Eddard ``Ned'' Stark, but then you realize the skin is latex and the eyes are glass - although, at four kilograms, journalists are told the prop is eerily similar to the weight of a real human head.

The sudden beheading of Bean's character, Ned Stark, was one of the most shocking, controversial moments of television this year. While fans of the books were prepared for the honourable Lord of Winterfell's abrupt and unjust end, the grisly moment stunned fans who only knew the story through the TV series.

It took more than one Bean replica to film the scene, in which Stark is executed by the sadistic King Joffrey in front of his two daughters.

``It was just really weird, because everywhere you'd go, his body would be left somewhere, or his head would be left somewhere (on set),'' Maisie Williams, who plays the youngest Stark daughter Arya. ``It was a really weird (week), because it took ages to film that scene.''

The moment also put the rest of the ensemble cast on notice - at least, those unfamiliar with the literary series, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin. When the series returns on HBO in April of 2012, we now know that any character is fair game for a sudden end.

``As an actor, it keeps you on your toes - really genuinely not knowing where it's going to go next,'' Emilia Clarke, who plays exiled rival for the throne, Daenerys Targaryen, says in an on-set interview. ``With Ned . . . it is definitely a shock.''

Fresh from shooting a promo for Season 2, Clarke is in full Daenerys mode. Her silver-blond wig is embroidered into a ponytail, and her slender, petite frame is decked out in a royal-looking blue-patterned dress, embroidered with gold patterns.

She looks fit to be a hard-edged queen. But her warm smile, easy laugh and emotive dark eyes cultivate an aura of sincerity. She looks happy to be where she is - if not a little bit surprised at all the attention created by her breakout role.

``I have faith in Dany - she's not going anywhere,'' the 24-year-old actress says coyly, seemingly confident she won't suffer Bean's fate any time soon.

The series, centred on an epic struggle for power in an ancient land called Westeros (or the Seven Kingdoms), was a ratings hit for HBO and garnered widespread critical praise. Actor Peter Dinklage won an Emmy this fall for his supporting role as the dwarf, Tyrion Lannister. Dinklage was nominated for a Golden Globe this month, and the series also landed a nod for best drama.

Beyond deft writing and head-turning - not to mention head-losing - plot twists, the show has also gained notoriety for unabashed scenes of violence and sex.
Charles Dance, who plays Lord Tywin Lannister, was not in early Season 1 episodes, and recalls his first impressions from a London screening. ``You saw all this violence and all this rumpy pumpy - and it's all doggie fashion,'' the venerable British actor says with an incredulous laugh, in between takes on set, while decked in silks and armour. ``And I said to (the executive producers) . . . 'Obviously, the missionary position didn't come into vogue for a few years yet in the Seven Kingdoms. They said, `We wanted it to be kind of animalistic, Charles,' and I said, 'Well, it's certainly that.'''

Clarke, who found herself at the heart of many of those racy scenes, admits she did a double take when reading some scripts. But she makes no apologies.

``We've been able to take it to a very real level. It was never intended to be a show for kids,'' she says. ``It's gritty in a realistic way.''

Clarke says the strong, ambitious female characters - including Dany - are ``more interesting'' than the men, because it takes such ``guts'' and ``strength'' for them to thrive in the series' archaic, male-oriented world.

Daenerys's story centres on her quest to return home from overseas to re-take her murdered father's stolen throne. But that also means she never gets to film with the rest of the cast.

``Sometimes (I) feel like the kid left out - the weirdo with the silver hair that no one likes to talk to,'' she says. ``There is definitely an element of that. But then, at the same time, that fuels the character, because she is so desperate to get home to where everyone else is.''

The new season will feature more of Daenerys's newly hatched dragons, first glimpsed in the season-finale cliffhanger. ``They're growing bit by bit. . . . (We're) feeding them well,'' she jokes of her computer-generated pets.

``You feel the weight (of responsibility) on her shoulders a lot more in this season,'' Clarke added, noting her character's grand arc in the first season, from helpless girl to burgeoning warrior queen. Will Daenerys go even further down a path of darkness?

``She could be leaning that way,'' she says with a coy smile.

Beyond more dragons in Season 2, fans will also get to see the other side of the series' giant, famous wall for the first time - a wild, cold land beyond the borders of civilization. Kit Harington, who plays Ned's bastard son Jon Snow, ventures into that realm - one littered with perils such as savage Wildlings and the mythical White Walkers, a supernatural race of creatures only glimpsed once in Season 1.

``The threat of them is there,'' Harington, every bit the handsome, grizzled fighter in his black leathers and a long, fur cloak, says of the mysterious foes. ``And I think that's (one) of the exciting thing(s) about the part of the story I'm involved in . . . that there is this kind of threat from these things that is much darker and worse than any war or anything else in the story. These things are really quite horrific.''

Writer and executive-producer David Benioff says Game of Thrones and HBO were a perfect marriage.
```Wiser' network heads might have said, 'You can't kill Sean Bean nine episodes into your show,'' Benioff says, noting that's one of the aspects he feels appealed to HBO. ``Guess what? The lead dies. . . . That's why HBO is HBO. They break all the rules.''

``Aside from the magic, aside from the dragons,'' complex, intriguing characters have been the key to the series' success, he says.

Season 2 will introduce many new characters - including a fierce Wildling girl (played by Rose Leslie) and Stannis Baratheon (played by Stephen Dillane), one of multiple contenders for the Iron Throne.


The beyond-the-wall segments were shot in Iceland and promise to be ``visually extraordinary,''

Benioff said, adding, ``Jon's pretty much out on his own, and coming face to face with real unknowns and a bit of romance.''

Clarke admits there's a danger for the cast in reading too far ahead, noting she only read the first book while filming Season 1.

``I very much wanted to be growing with her,'' she said of her character. ``George R.R. Martin's imagination is epic and the books are getting vast . . . so (we're) just trying to keep up.''

While Ned Stark will be missed, multiple contenders will vie for power in Season 2 - each claiming the right to rule. Clarke can't be faulted for her own self-interest in whom she hopes will eventually triumph in this game of thrones. But she makes a good case for Daenerys, even though it comes on the end of a short burst of laughter: ``Dragons . . . I mean, how is anyone going to come up against that?''

Downton Abbey Christmas Special Preview (spoilers galore)


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David Tennant has proved fans’ most popular Doctor during the programme’s modern era
Saturday December 17,2011

By Lizzie Catt with Lisa Higgins and Jack Teague

DAVID TENNANT is being lined up for a dramatic return as Doctor Who in a forthcoming big screen version of the hit science-fiction show.
Tennant, who has proved fans’ most popular Doctor during the programme’s modern era, is set to make a “cameo appearance” in the new movie with recent Harry Potter director David Yates at the helm.

Daniel Radcliffe has been tipped as a frontrunner for the role of the Time Lord but film insiders say producers are pinning hopes on 40-year-old Tennant also appearing as the Doctor in his previous form.

The Scottish actor last appeared on screen in the role on New Year’s Day 2010 when his character regenerated into current Doctor Matt Smith.

“It’s felt it would be very fitting to have David involved after everything he’s done for the show,” said an insider.

2012 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress Nominees! (E! OnLine)

Fri., Dec. 16, 2011 6:53 AM PST by
Meryl Streep, Iron Lady, Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn, Viola Davis, The Help, Rooney Mara, Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
'Tis the season...for Oscar predictions!

And since our fave race of the Academy Awards is (duh!) the Best Actress slot, we decided to narrow down which par-tick babes we think will make the tough cut. Now that we've analyzed the SAG and Golden Globe noms for further clues, we realize our first hunches were right on target: We've settled on a list that's inspired by such iconic chicks as Marilyn Monroe and Margaret Thatcher.
Talk about beauty and the beast, eh?

READ: Golden Globe Nominations 2012: Five Shockers and Snubs!

Let's start with the obvious.

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady:
While the legendary actress has 16 Academy Award nominations and two wins to her credit, Meryl hasn't taken home the Oscar since 1982. That is simply a crime, people, a crime! Gal's most definitely due in for some more modern recognition, but, we're not entirely sure Streep's precise portrayal of bullish British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is more Oscar-worthy than her previous noms.

Streep's simply perfect star-deliveries in Devil Wears Prada and Julia & Julia, et. al, just keep on getting ignored by the Academy, albeit she always manages a nom. Will Meryl be Susan Lucci-ed out yet again in 2012? Come on, even Hilary Swank and Dianne Weist have two Oscars. Shouldn't our most talented living actor today have at least one more little statuette? Don't worry, she will—soon.

RELATED: Five SAG nomination stunners

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn:
Williams has at least two strong factors going for her: one, while Marilyn isn't exactly getting rave reviews, Michelle's eerily sexy-lonely turn as Marilyn Monroe (while she made the film The Prince and the Showgirl in England with Laurence Olivier) certainly is—across the board. Plus, more on the sentimental side, Michelle has been Oscar-nominated twice before (Brokeback Mountain and Blue Valentine), and for a pretty young, former Dawson's Creek gal, Michelle's damn respected by the Academy. Lastly, do not forget Williams represents the possible continuation of Heath Ledger's tragically halted career talents, as she is the mother of their daughter, Matilda. Those are two pedigrees Oscar never sniffs at, in fact, just the opposite.

RELATED: Michelle Williams Channels Her Inner Marilyn Monroe—Even Between Takes!

Viola Davis, The Help:
Let's be very clear and on the record, we lived for many of the performances in The Help, particularly those of Davis and Jessica Chastain (who could easily get nominated in the Supporting Actress category for one of her many stand-out acting jobs this year). And even though Davis's gut-wrenching, bravura performance as a put-upon 1950s maid in the racist deep south is utterly beyond compare, it just sort of sucks that it took a white woman (Emma Stone) to inspire Viola's character to do something about it. Come again?

Yeah, it would be akin to writing Rosa Parks's story, but, making her trailblazing inspiration some do-gooder, white housewife in pearls. Laughably insulting, but, Davis's uniformed trajectory is so stunningly moving, you kind of forget about all that nonsense, which is often what winning an Oscar is all about.

READ: The Help Star Viola Davis Adopts Baby Girl!

Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo:
OK, quit gasping and just realize you've gotten to the total wild-card portion of the tabulation. Glenn Close playing a sad woman playing an even sadder man in Albert Nobbs is just as likely as Rooney to nab an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, we say.

Both women deliver knock-out emotionally brittle performances that make you shudder and shake—in very different ways. One's all about tatts and blood and revenge, the other's all about bleeding to death from a heartless existence on the inside. A-plus to both superiorly talented actors, we're just saying Rooney has a slight edge, despite Close's myriad prior Oscar nominations.

Only because the Academy (sometimes) seems obsessed with going for a younger demographic. So, since Billy Crystal got the hosting gig, poor Glenn stands a tiny less chance—though, remember, Close, not Mara, got the SAG nomination, always a good indicator.

But, on the third hand, go and watch Tilda Swinton (also a SAG nominee) go and swoop it from both women for We Need to Talk About Kevin, which we really should but, we'd rather say Tilda totally got robbed not even getting nominated for last year's absurdly heart-breaking I Am Love. Never under estimate the power of make-up Oscar noms and wins!

RELATED: Rooney Mara Dishes on Her "Necessary" R-Rated Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Piercings

Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
OK, so Elizabeth (yes, younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) is the real long shot—especially since she hasn't earned any recognition from the SAG or Golden Globe voters—but we're still saying that the newbie actress could manage an ascendancy from nowhere and steal a nomination for her first big screen role.

She wasn't completely overlooked this award season (she managed to score a Spirit Award nomination against William's Marilyn) and there was tons of award season buzz about her performance as an emotionally wounded young woman escaping a violent cult when the film first hit (select) theaters. To be frank, she's damn good in the role and deserves the credit.

The only question is whether the lack of campaigning will cause her to be seriously overlooked. Or, ya know, if the Academy isn't willing to honor two younger gals (along with Rooney) in their first leading roles. Sure, they always love to gush over a fresh face (think Gabourey Sidibe in Precious), but two of those rosy pusses may be a tad too much young blood for the Academy's elite tastes.
Let's hope we're wrong.

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Ewan McGregor & Emily Blunt Go 'Salmon Fishing in Yemen' (Black Book Mag)

By Jeremy Gordon December 16, 2011
In the last few weeks, you watched trailers for movies starring Ewan McGregor and trailers for movies starring Emily Blunt. But the two together? Oh, that was just a dream. But today, our brief national nightmare is over: witness the trailer for Salmon Fishing in Yemen, a rom-com-dram that stars both McGregor and Blunt. McGregor plays a fisheries expert who seeks to introduce salmon fishing to Yemen, while Blunt is the no nonsense government official who brings him to the country. Predictable hijinks ensue, and the two fall in love.

Based off a 2007 novel, it's been adapted by the screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire, hence the inspiring words placed over the montage of inspiring scenes. Sometimes that's all you need, you know? McGregor and Blunt are just a boy and a girl, talking about fish, talking about love, mixing work with pleasure and all good things in between. Learning about the world, learning about themselves. It's so inspirational, I'm getting ready to believe in life again.

Directed by Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, all of the good ABBA music videos), Yemen will come out next March. You can get ready by watching all of those ABBA music videos, every one of them.


PROUD dad Sir Paul McCartney hugs his kids after his son's performance at a tiny pub venue last night. (The Sun)

You Macca your
dad so proud
McParty ... (l-r) Mary, James, Sir Paul and Stella McCartney
McParty ... (l-r) Mary, James, Sir Paul and Stella McCartney
Danny Clifford /
Published: 16th December 2011


The Beatles legend — used to playing huge arenas and headlining festivals — showed his support for James by turning up to watch his live set at London's Barfly.

Sisters Mary and Stella also attended and there were smiles all round as the close-knit family embraced for pics following the singer's low-key gig.

James — son of Macca and late wife Linda — has only just started out as a solo artist, having previously played guitar and drums for his famous father.

He appeared on Paul's 1997 collection Flaming Pie and his 2001 album Driving Rain, as well as co-writing several tracks.

Proud dad ... James McCartney and Sir Paul
Proud dad ... James McCartney and Sir Paul
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The 34-year-old first went it alone in 2009, debuting his own original material at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center in Iowa, US.

He released his first EP, Available Light, in September 2010 and a follow-up, Close At Hand, earlier this year.

Bearing more than a passing resemblance to his dad, James is a staunch vegan in honour of his late animal activist mum.

Humor, light moments at Globe nominations (Entertainment Inquirer)


SOFIA Vergara, who helped announce the Golden Globe nominations and got one nod for herself in the best supporting actress-TV category, heeds the photographers’ screams of, “Sofia! Sofia!” RUBEN NEPALES

LOS ANGELES – Woody Harrelson’s good humor made waking up at the ungodly hour of 3 a.m. to attend the Golden Globe nominations announcement extra worth it. The actor – who earned good reviews for his portrayal of an LA cop in Oren Moverman’s “Rampart” – was one of the four presenters at Thursday’s event at The Beverly Hilton.

When he didn’t hear his name called after Gerard Butler’s presentation of the best actor–drama nominees, Woody asked aloud, “Can you please add my name there?”

Gerard, quick-witted even at dawn, quipped, “That’s weird. It was here but they taped it off…”

When it was Woody’s turn to reveal the best picture-drama nominees, he began, “Rampart…” After a pause, he followed it up with “… Opens Jan. 27, but I don’t see it on the list. There are a lot of things left off today, I just want to say.”

Relaxed tone

Aida Takla-O’Reilly, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which votes on and presents the Golden Globe Awards, set the relaxed tone of the morning when she referred to returning controversial host Ricky Gervais as a “naughty, naughty schoolboy” in her opening remarks.
RASHIDA Jones poses for photos as her fellow presenters Gerard Butler and Woody Harrelson chat at Thursday’s Golden Globe nominations announcement in Beverly Hills. RUBEN NEPALES

Sofia Vergara, sultry in a strapless dress, did hear her name announced by Rashida Jones as a best supporting actress nominee in television, for her portrayal of a woman who mispronounces English words in the comedy, “Modern Family.” Disclosing the best director nominees, she flubbed the name of Martin Scorsese – pronouncing it as “Scoresays” instead of “Score-say-zee.” But the actress was endearing in her gaffe and added levity to the occasion.

Another best director nominee’s last name, Michael Hazanavicius (“The Artist”), was also a mouthful to pronounce but Sofia pulled it off. The other names in this category were Woody Allen (“Mid-night in Paris”), George Clooney (“The Ides of March”) and Alexander Payne (“The Descendants”).

Martin’s other passion, film preservation, was reflected in his reaction to the nominations: “Making ‘Hugo’ was an extraordinary experience for me. It gave me a chance to work in 3D… and make a child’s adventure, the type of picture that I loved when I was young. And it provided an occasion to pay tribute to one of cinema’s greatest pioneers, Georges Melies. Given the support that the HFPA has provided to The Film Foundation in our efforts to restore many films over the years, the association’s recognition for this particular picture has a very special meaning for me.”

MISS Golden Globe Rainey Qualley (daughter of Andie MacDowell), Sofia Vergara, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones and Gerard Butler. RUBEN NEPALES
Something magical

Martin’s “Hugo” also earned a best picture–drama nod, along with “The Help,” “The Ides of March,” “Moneyball,” “War Horse” and “The Descendants.” But the black and white/silent film, “The Artist,” nominated for best picture–comedy or musical, dominated with six nominations. Up against this French production shot in LA, about a silent film idol whose career goes downhill with the advent of the talkies, are “50/50,” “Midnight in Paris,” “My Week with Marilyn” and “Bridesmaids.”

Thomas Langmann, who produced “The Artist,” reacted to the front-runner status given to his film: “They said I was crazy to take on making a black and white, silent movie, but I had a feeling ‘The Artist’ could be something special, something magical. I’m so thankful that audiences are taking a chance and embracing it with a spirit of adventure and love of cinema.”

As expected, Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” won her one more best actress–drama nod, pitting her against Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs”), Viola Davis (“The Help”), Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) and Tilda Swinton (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”).

Glenn, a double nominee since she also copped a best original song nod (with Brian Byrne) for “Lay Your Head Down” from the film “Albert Nobbs” which she produced, said, “What an astounding embarrassment of riches these past few days have brought to me, Janet McTeer (best supporting actress), our composer Brian Byrne, and the incomparable Sinead O’Connor who sings our film’s song. The whole ‘Albert Nobbs’ team is walking on air.”

Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet, bickering women in Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” are competing against each other for best actress–comedy or musical along with Charlize Theron (“Young Adult”), Michelle Williams (“My Week with Marilyn”) and Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids”).

These are the guys who squeezed Woody out of the best actor–drama race: Michael Fassbender (“Shame”), Ryan Gosling (“The Ides of March”), Brad Pitt (“Moneyball”), George Clooney (“The Descendants”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“J. Edgar”).

Not a bad way

Ryan’s turn in “Crazy, Stupid Love” also earned him a spot for best actor–comedy or musical. He competes against Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“50/50”), Brendan Gleeson (“The Guard”) and Owen Wilson (“Midnight in Paris”).

Joseph probably had the best bearer of good news. He e-mailed from the set of “Lincoln”: “I had my phone off all day today… so when Mr. Spielberg congratulated me, I didn’t know what he was talking about. Not a bad way to hear the fantastic news. I’m delighted and grateful.”

“The Artist’s” Berenice Bejo also earned a spot for best supporting actress–film where she faces tough competition from two women in “The Help”—Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain; Janet McTeer (“Albert Nobbs”) and Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants”).

The best supporting actor–film race is also tight: Viggo Mortensen (“A Dangerous Method”), Kenneth Branagh (“My Week with Marilyn”), Albert Brooks (“Drive”), Jonah Hill (“Moneyball”) and Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”).

Jonah also showed humor in his statement: “I would like to thank the whole cast and crew of ‘Moneyball’ and specifically my much more talented but significantly less handsome costar Brad Pitt; my fearless leader, director and friend Bennett Miller; and our brilliant writers and wonderful human beings Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian, whose words take any actor the whole way there. I am so humbled and thrilled.”

Under the Golden Globe rules, Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which is in the Bosnian language, qualifies in the best foreign language film and earned a nod. “I am grateful that the HFPA is honoring our film,” she said in a statement. “This was a true collaboration and I am forever indebted to our cast and crew, who experienced their own personal tragedies in the Bosnian War and gave me an authentic perspective into the conflict. This nomination is a tribute to the collective talent and passion of this extraordinary cast.”

Jolie’s film is up against “A Separation,” “The Kid with a Bike,” “The Skin I Live In” and “The Flowers of War.”


More reactions from the other nominees:

Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, director and producer, respectively, of “The Adventures of Tintin,” nominated for best animated film: “After our long adventure to bring ‘Tintin’ to the screen, this is a very happy moment for us and for Peter Jackson (producer) who got the news in New Zealand.”
Trent Rezno
r (nominated for best score in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”): “We’re incredibly flattered to receive a Golden Globe nomination for our work… We spent the last year immersed in this project, contributing to David Fincher’s vision and (we’re) in awe of the talented group of people he assembled to make this film. Atticus (Ross) and I would like to thank the members of the HFPA for this gracious acknowledgement of our work.”

Brian Byrne (composer, “Lay Your Head Down” – nominated for best original song from the film “Albert Nobbs” with lyrics by Glenn Close, performed by Sinead O’Connor): “I just picked myself up off the floor, I can’t believe it! So thrilled and delighted for Glenn and Janet (McTeer), too. Sinead brought this song to life in a way that no other artist could have! Thank you HFPA and thanks dad!”

Callie Thorne (nominated for best actress – TV drama series, “Necessary Roughness”):
“I hadn’t remembered the nominations were this morning. I was staying at my mom’s last night, only to be woken up by the beep-beep-beep of text messages saying, ‘Congratulations!’ When my manager told me about it, I ran into my mom’s room and we were both so excited, jumping up and down on the bed like two little school girls! I am grateful to see my name alongside these other nominees, all of whom I watch and love. I am truly thankful.”


Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (writers and directors of “The Kid with a Bike,” nominated for best foreign language film):

“We are so excited for this great honor – and our first nomination ever in the United States. We hope this will lead the film to a great path in the big continent of the USA.”

In the TV categories, HBO topped the nominations as usual, with its “Mildred Pierce” tying with PBS’ “Downtown Abbey” for the most nods – four each. Evan Rachel Wood (who’s in the best picture–drama contender “The Ides of March”) earned a best supporting actress–television nomination for her part in “Mildred Pierce” and said, “I was so excited when I found out I was nominated for playing Veda—such an amazing character to take on. Then I found out that both ‘Ides of March’ and ‘Mildred Pierce’ are also being recognized by the HFPA, that’s pretty incredible. It’s been a fun morning.” Indeed it was.

A complete list of the nominees is available on

The 69th Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, January 15, at The Beverly Hilton.

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Elizabeth McGovern: Downton Abbey Star: My Kids Think I'm Stupid! (The Village Voice)

January 8 marks the season two premiere of Downton Abbey, the Masterpiece series on PBS, which has earned kudos for its wondrous mix of period dramatics and comedy-of-manners satire.
Trust me, it's even better than the Kardashians.

After a very special screening at the Times Center last night, the stars talked to us peons, removing all social boundaries by actually addressing our questions.

Elizabeth McGovern--the Oscar nominee for Ragtime who plays Lady Grantham in Abbey--turns out to be an American married to a Brit in real life too.

And the Brit she's married to in real life happens to be Simon Curtis, who directed My Week With Marilyn!

But it's not always as high-glam as it sounds.

McGovern told us, "I've got two British teenage girls and maybe because I speak with an American accent, they think I'm a bit stupid.

"They never listen to a word I say."

Being from the south of Brooklyn, I totally heard what she was saying!

Fun with Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville

the adamant optimist's favorites
Hugh Bonneville: But you’re able to squeeze in your first producing role, yes?
Dan Stevens: [Mock announcer voice] Why thank you, Hugh, yes! [Laughs.]
Michelle Dockery: Did you plan that?

Dan Stevens:
Michelle’s got a part in Anna Karenina, Joe Wright’s movie.
Michelle Dockery:
Mainly it’s just Downton.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Henry Cavill - in Canada - can't get enough of this green screen

Downton Abbey, Public TV's Cult Hit, Goes for Gold (video) (The Improper)

By TheImproper, December 16th, 2011

Downton Abbey, the thoroughly English production about life on a lordly manor at the turn of the 20th Century, elevated its U.S. profile with four Golden Globe nominations. But the show is already a cult hit on public television.

The period drama, produced by British media company Carnival Films for the ITV network, has been nominated for best mini-series/movie, best supporting actress (Dame Maggie Smith), best actor (Hugh Bonneville) and best actress (Elizabeth McGovern).

Cast members Joanne Froggatt, McGovern and Michelle Dockery, who just turned 30, were at a special screening in New York yesterday (Dec. 15) to promote the second season of their drama.

The show is one of the most acclaimed public television series since British costume drama “Brideshead Revisited,” which aired in 1981. It’s averaging more than 6 million viewers per episode.
The principal characters include Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham. Bonneville is her son, the Earl of Grantham and McGovern plays a wealthy American who marries the Earl and becomes Lady Grantham.

Downton Abbey is the fictional country house of the aristocratic Crawley family.

The genteel family is caught between tradition and the rapidly changing world, which is being swept by mechanization, industrialization and new ideas that are challenging Britain’s class structure.

In fact, the series is set in motion by the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Eldest Crawley daughter Lady Mary, played by Dockery loses her suitor on the ship, which throws the estate into turmoil.

Under British law, only a male heir can inherit the estate, not to mention Lady Grantham’s considerable wealth. Now because of her marriage, it’s tied to Downton.

That puts the family in a delicate position of finding a suitable mate for Mary. Otherwise, everything will go to Matthew Crawley, a distant third cousin once removed.

Mathew is a barrister played by Dan Stevens, who has a low opinion of aristocratic airs. In turn, he’s viewed as a crass, modern-thinking interloper.

The series also intertwines a number of subplots involving the manor’s extensive and very formal staff, which includes butlers, valets, chambermaids, cooks and footmen.

The show’s second season is set to premier in January, and fans will also be treated to a Christmas special that will feature the developing relationship between Mathew and Lady Mary.

The lingering “will they, won’t they” courtship between Lady Mary and Matthew that has kept viewers gripped could not happen today, said Stevens in a recent interview.

“One of the things I really wish we still had is the time people had to do things. Everything’s so accelerated now,” he added.

The onset of World War I will play heavily in the second season, set in the years 1916 through 1919.
The war shakes Downton Abbey’s foundations, as the Crawley’s way of life is forever blasted apart, according to a promo.

The new season airs January 8. Check out a promo below.
Watch Downton Abbey I Wonder Preview on PBS. See more from Masterpiece.

BREAKING: Clive Owen Offered Villain Role In Spike Lee's OLDBOY (Twitch)

Film News

by Todd Brown, December 16, 2011 4:36 PM


When word got out that the offer had been made to Colin Firth to play opposite Josh Brolin in the Spike Lee directed remake of Oldboy there was a general consensus that it was an inspired choice. And so it stung a little bit when Firth eventually passed on the part, a situation that leads to the obvious question of who do they try for next?

Well, that decision has been made and it is arguably an even better selection than Firth was.

Twitch has learned that the villain role has now been offered to Clive Owen. Owen and Lee have history, of course, having worked together on Lee's underrated thriller The Inside Man. That the director and star know and like each other is certainly a plus but a much bigger plus is that Owen embodies the perfect blend of sophistication and menace that the part requires along with the sort of charisma needed to go toe to toe with Brolin. Now he just needs to say yes.


Christian Bale roughed up in bid to visit dissident in China (Christian Science Monitor)

Actor Christian Bale, in China to promote 'The Flowers of War,' tussled with thugs as he tried to visit Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng. Was the encounter a bit self-promotional or helpful?

By Peter Ford, Staff Writer / December 16, 2011

English actor Christian Bale speaks to journalists during an interview on the red carpet as he arrives for an event of the Zhang Yimou-directed new movie 'The Flowers of War' in Beijing, Monday. Academy Award winner Bale, in the midst of promoting the film he made in China that some critics have called propaganda, has been stopped trying to visit a famous human rights activist living under house arrest, with a CNN camera crew in tow.
Andy Wong/AP

Richard Armitage, Luke Evans || 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' | Trailer to preview online USA Today

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Trailer Arriving Next Tuesday!

Published By: First Showing - Today, Dec 16, 2011 Flick Daily

While its been reported before that the very first official trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, due out in December 2012, would be debuting in front of Adventures of Tintin starting next week, word is that it might be online the day before.

USA Today is reporting that Warner Bros has set satellite premiere times, meaning they're ready to deliver this thing, for next Tuesday, December 20th.

That likely means it'll be online that day, if not by Monday evening, so stay tuned next week as there will be a lot of big trailers hitting the web (The Dark Knight Rises, too).

And as always, you know will be the first to post them as soon as they're officially available! In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.....

Films To Watch Before You Die # 25 - In Bruges (2008) (Flickering Myth)

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...
In Bruges, 2008.

Directed by Martin McDonagh.
Starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Clémence Poésy and Ralph Fiennes.

In Bruges is a black comedy crime film written and directed by award winning playwright Martin McDonagh. The films follows Ray (Farrell) and Ken (Gleeson), two hitmen hiding out in the small town of Bruges, Belgium after a hit goes wrong. Sent there to hide by their boss Harry (Fiennes) they have conflicting ideas of what they should do with their time, Ken wants to explore the culture and Ray hates everything.

As the two of them hide out it becomes evident that they are in hiding due to Ray accidentally killing a child during only his first hit. Withdrawn and wracked with guilt Ray questions his actions and Ken begins to question his own choice of life path. In trying to hide his guilt Ray goes on a date with an attractive local, Chloe (Clemence Poesy), but it turns out that her and her boyfriend make a habit of robbing tourists. Ray also ends up in a drug-fuelled party with a racist dwarf actor, Jimmy (Jordan Prentice), who is taking part in a film shooting locally.

When the call they have been waiting for finally comes from Harry, Ken is instructed that this was a way for Ray to see something nice before he is punished for killing the child. Ken must kill Ray. Now carrying his own guilt Ken approaches Ray with gun in hand, but finds Ray about to commit suicide and stops him. Ken sends Ray away on a train to change his life, but no sooner had he left than Ray returns to Bruges. Harry is furious at Ken disobeying his orders and makes his own way to Bruges to kill the pair of them.

In Bruges is a brilliantly dark and comical tale of remorse and life reflection, but is also so funny and full of brilliant moments that will have you chuckling. Ray’s disdain at being cooped up in Bruges is hilarious as he constantly berates the town, it’s people and even overweight American tourists planning to climb a small and winding tower.

In Bruges is a film you must see before you die because Martin McDonagh is a fantastic writer and his transition from theatre to film has been a great success so far. His original screenplay for the film earned him a BAFTA and his previous short film Six Shooter, which is absolutely amazing, earned him an Oscar for Best Short Film a few years previous. McDonagh is a man to watch in film and I eagerly await his next project.

D.J. Haza

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Golden girls: Downton Abbey stars Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery and Joanne Froggatt swap dowdy costumes for winter chic in their bid to conquer America (Mail On Line)

By Nadia Mendoza
Last updated at 4:05 PM on 16th December 2011

It seems it's not only popstars and a certain Syco boss that can crack America.

The Downton Abbey cast are hoping to conquer the US with a visit to the Big Apple, and in light of their four Golden Globe nominations yesterday, it seems their quest is within reach.

Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern and birthday girl Michelle Dockery - who turned 30 yesterday - attended a special screening in New York to promote the second season of their drama.

Living the dream: Downton Abbey cast members Joanne Froggatt, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern promote their series at a screening in New York
Living the dream: Downton Abbey cast members Joanne Froggatt, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern promote their series at a screening in New York

The ITV crew took part in a Q&A with the Times Center audience, before giving a taster of the upcoming series - which premiered in the UK on September 18 but will begin in the US on January 8.
Froggatt, 31, who plays head housemaid Anna in the show, certainly has a face to capture the market across the Atlantic, looking elegant with her long blonde plait draped over her shoulder.

Breaking the US: Blonde beauty Joanne looks cute as a button with plaited hair as she promotes series two
Breaking the US: Blonde beauty Joanne looks cute as a button with plaited hair as she promotes series two
Elizabeth McGovern has been recognised for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television, but faces stiff competition from Kate Winslet's efforts in Mildred Pierce.

Following her simple, yet chic lead, co-star McGovern also opted for an all-black ensemble, defying her 50 years with a glowing complexion and a pair of suede ruby slippers.

Dockery, who plays McGovern's onscreen daughter Lady Mary Crawley, completed the trio of dark shades, but added a feminine touch with a delicate lace collar and a pair of gold hoop earrings.

Deserving of their nominations: Birthday girl Michelle Dockery, who turned 30 yesterday, looked elated that th ITV drama has received four nods at the Golden Globes
Deserving of their nominations: Birthday girl Michelle Dockery, who turned 30 yesterday, looked elated that th ITV drama has received four nods at the Golden Globes
Deserving of their nominations: Birthday girl Michelle Dockery, who turned 30 yesterday, looked elated that the ITV drama has received four nods at the Golden Globes

Frumpy: Joanne Froggatt poses in her costume as she plays the role of Anna
Frumpy: Joanne Froggatt poses in her costume as she plays the role of Anna

The cast discussed their excitement over being nominated for four Golden Globe awards.
Michelle Dockery admitted: 'Well, we had a feeling! I mean, we first heard miniseries and Maggie (Smith) and I, you know, we were content with that.'
Hugh Bonneville explained that they heard about the show's initial nominations moments before appearing on The Today Show. 'we were just about to go on and we heard that it had been nominated for Best Miniseries, so that was fantastic,' he said.

Brits abroad: The cast members held a special Q&A before their screening
Brits abroad: The cast members held a special Q&A before their screening nominations for Golden Globe awards.

'We got the news about that and then we went on The Today Show and received our congratulations, and that was great,' added Dan Stevens.
'And then we wandered off, and as were on the lift going to another interview, somebody suddenly got an email that Hugh and Elizabeth had been nominated as well, so that was great.'
Co-star Hugh Bonneville is set to win the title in the male version of the category for Best Actor.

It also stands to triumph as the Best Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television, but will battle The Hour, Mildred Pierce, Too Big Too Fail and Cinema Verite.

Sneak peek: The cast have filmed a Christmas Special for the festive season
Sneak peek: The cast have filmed a Christmas Special for the festive season

Speaking about the hugely successful second season, Joanne Froggatt told reporters: 'It's so dramatic, season 2, because we start season 2 in the middle of the First World War, so obviously that brings about a great period, a period of great change for everybody, for the house, for the whole world, so obviously the stakes are higher, there's more drama, but it's really still got a really fantastic humor to it as well. It hasn't lost the humor. So it's a real roller coaster, season 2, I think."

'And for Jo and I, our through line is still the romance, for Jo between Anna and Bates, and Matthew and Mary, so amongst everything else there's still that kind of will they/won't they element to both, to all four of the characters,' said Michelle Dockery.

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Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens laments lost art of romance (The Telegraph)

Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens, whose character Matthew Crawley is Lady Mary's love interest, has lamented the speed of modern romance.

Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens laments lost art of romance
Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Photo: ITV
The heart-throb of the period drama has complained that love today was more likely to be a case of "quick speed-date, straight in the sack, game over".
Speaking to The Big Issue magazine, the actor said the lingering "will they, won't they" courtship between Lady Mary and Matthew that has kept viewers gripped could not happen today.
He told the magazine playing a character in a bygone era made him yearn for old-fashioned romance.
Asked if he mourned "the passing of anything in British life," he said: "One of the things I really wish we still had is the time people had to do things. Everything’s so accelerated now.

“One of the nice things about the Matthew and Mary ‘Will they, won’t they?’ story is the time they can take to ponder over these questions, much more than we do now.
“These days it’s a quick speed-date, straight in the sack, game over. I don’t think you could stretch Matthew and Mary’s story out to 30 minutes today.

“People took their time and considered things a lot more. I think we’ve lost that now.”

Fans of the show will get the chance to see the heir of the estate and Lady Mary's relationship develop in ITV's Christmas special.

The pair's chances were heightened when Matthew's fiancée died in the last series.

Earlier this year, Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, said Downton Abbey was set in an age of chivalry, which has since disappeared.

"We take so many of our freedoms for granted nowadays – I can travel where I like, I can have a baby when I like, I can do any job I want – but I do think chivalry has been lost a little bit," the 29-year-old said.

Referring to her character's fate, she said: "If she marries Matthew, that would tie everything up nicely. I love carrying that storyline because with it you carry the fate of Downton; whoever Matthew marries will become Queen of Downton."

Stevens also revealed his character's speedy recovery from his First World War injury was more realistic than many people believed.

He said he suffered a similar injury when he played rugby but recovered just as quickly.

“I know lots of people thought it was highly implausible. But I think for the sake of Downton and our story, we needed Matthew to be able to walk and function again. And it was thoroughly medically researched," he said.

“Actually, I had a similar experience myself – years ago I had a rugby accident when the scrum collapsed and I was left with a spinal injury that paralysed my left leg.

“Then suddenly, after four weeks, the swelling went down and I was able to walk again.

“Julian (Fellowes, the scriptwriter) didn’t know this at all, it’s really weird. So when we got the script and everyone said – but this is ridiculous, this could never happen … I said – well, actually guys, it sort of happened to me.”  The Telegraph

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Trailer Debuts With 'The Adventures of Tintin' (I Am Rogue)

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Trailer Debuts With 'The Adventures of Tintin' 

Friday, 16 December 2011 11:32 Written by Jordan DeSaulnier

As last month came to a close, a very trusty rumor suggested that The Adventures of Tintin's Stateside release would include the first trailer for our next cinematic jaunt to JRR Tolkein's Middle Earth. That rumor came from no less a source than Elijah Wood, who reprises his The Lord of the Rings role as Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and it just made sense. We're a year out from the first prequel's theatrical date, and The Adventures of Tintin is produced by Peter Jackson, who is once again adapting Tolkein's material with the two-part take on The Hobbit. Now, Warner Bros. has helpfully confirmed that the new film by Steven Spielberg will indeed by preceded by our first look at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The adaptation of Herge's world-famous cartoon character arrives in theaters on Wednesday, December 21st, so that's when you'll be able to put your peepers on footage from The Hobbit. The Adventures of Tintin is Spielberg's first 3D film, and his first motion capture effort, boasting lifelike animation by Weta Digital, the visual effects company founded by Jackson. Weta also happens to be responsible for The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, and The Hobbit.

The prequel is also shot in 3D, at 48 frames per-second, no less. So again, this all makes sense. There's no word yet on when exactly the trailer will be available to view online in any official form.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey sees the return of many invaluable players from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, most notably Peter Jackson, as well as screenwriting and producer partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. Their screenplay also includes contributions from Guillermo del Toro, who was attached to direct for some time.

Amongst the actors returning are Wood, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Bret McKenzie, Ian Holm, and Christopher Lee. Newcomer Martin Freeman leads the cast as the younger Bilbo Baggins, and he's joined by fellows newbies Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Aidan Turner, Brian Blessed, Stephen Fry, and Richard Armitage, amongst many others.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set for December 14, 2012, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again a year later on December 13, 2013.  I Am Rogue

Give Peace A Chance - Paul McCartney in Moscow, Russia December 14, 2011

Exclusive: Stephen Fry on 'The Hobbit': 'Peter Jackson had me eating testicles' (Digital Spy)

Published Friday, Dec 16 2011, 6:44am EST |
By Stella Papamichael and Mayer Nissim |

The actor told Digital Spy that his Master of Laketown in the two-part film recalls Jackson's earlier work in movies like Bad Taste and Brain.

"He was a shlock, gore director of the highest quality and wit," Fry said of Jackson. "My character is an opportunity for sheer grossness.

"He had me eating testicles... gross appetites. I mustn't give too much away but I've got a bald cap and then on top of that a really bad combover wig and this wispy mustache and wispy beard and horrible blotchy skin and disgusting fingernails.

"And generally speaking a really unappetising piece of work. And a coward to boot and very, very greedy."

The Hobbit will be divided into two parts and released as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14, 2012, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again on December 13, 2013.

Andy Serkis has said that the first trailer for The Hobbit will be released before the end of this month.

> 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' begins one-year countdown to release

Move through our gallery of pictures from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey below:  Digital Spy