It's no secret that Lord of the Rings and the new The Hobbit director, Peter Jackson, 51, likes to talk about his new film in the second J.R.R. Tolkien-based movie franchise he's undertaken —The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis and Cate Blanchett — much to the delight of fans who love spoilers.
Peter Jackson, the celebrated director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has wrapped filming on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again, which will feature a staggering cast that includes Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Hugo Weaving, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Billy Connolly, Christopher Lee and Ian Holm.
After the magical and magisterial Up, the opening ten minutes of which are considered by many to be Pixar Studio’s very finest, there were those who looked forward across their upcoming slate of sequels and prequels with a vague air of suspicion and began to question whether or not the studio would compromise its artistic integrity in its pursuit of conveyor belt commercialism? Whether it be transcending the inherent ick factor of rats in the kitchen with Ratatouille or the sheer audacity of transforming a curmudgeonly old pensioner into an action hero in Up, the inimitable genius of Pixar has always been its ability to boldly break new ground, not in retreading territory of old.
As week six of ABC's The Bachelorette wrapped up, Emily Maynard had to get tough in the face of her oh-so-girly feelings. The end of the night saw her withhold a highly coveted rose from none other than smooth-talker Ryan in a move that shocked many — but no one more than Ryan himself, who had seemed to think he had Emily and that little southern-belle heart of hers in the bag.
Less than two weeks after BBC Masterpiece Classics producer Rebecca Eaton dished about the upcoming Season 3 of Downton Abbey and happened to state that star Dame Maggie Smith, 77, was "difficult" to work with, Smith has announced her decision to leave her role as Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess, on Downton Abbey when her contract ends after wrapping Season 3.