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Dec. 14, 2014 | 12:43 p.m.

‘SNL’ spoof ‘The Office: Middle Earth’ highlights Martin Freeman as Bilbo [video]

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With “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” arriving in theaters Wednesday, a number of the film’s stars have hit the promotional trail — with even the fearsome dragon Smaug turning in a memorable appearance on “The Colbert Report.” Not to be outdone, Bilbo Baggins actor Martin Freeman hosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, and in a brilliant segment, spoofed not only Peter Jackson’s J.R.R. Tolkien films, but also Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s memorable comedy “The Office,” in which Freeman played the likeable, down-on-his-luck Tim Canterbury. Watch the sketch below. Fans of the British “Office” will recognize some memorable lines and scenes directly reference dialog and situations from the series, with Tolkien creations standing in for some of the original characters. The final film in the “Hobbit” series, “Five Armies” picks up where last year’s “The Desolation of Smaug” […]
Dec. 03, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.

‘Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ clip highlights Bilbo’s bravery

Martin Freeman as Bilbo in "'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)
A new clip from “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” features an exchange between Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), revealing a glimpse of how far the hobbit has come in terms of courage. The scene takes place in the city of Dale beneath the Lonely Mountain, where armies of men, dwarves and elves are staving off legions of invading orcs. When a new threat is discovered, Gandalf tries to enlist Elvenking Thranduil (Lee Pace) to warn Dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) and his warriors. “I have spent enough Elvish blood in defense of this accursed land,” Thranduil says before taking his leave. “No more.” Then, the story’s diminutive hero steps in. “I’ll go,” Bilbo says. “Don’t be ridiculous. You’ll never make it,” Gandalf retorts. “It’s out of the question. I won’t allow it.” […]
Nov. 25, 2014 | 1:41 p.m.

‘Sherlock': Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman don hats in new image

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on the set of "Sherlock." (Sue Vertue / BBC)
“Sherlock” fans had extra reason to be thankful before this week’s holiday — series producer Sue Vertue tweeted a photo of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman wearing jaunty chapeaus to tease a new special due next year. Their period costume has raised eyebrows online, with some wondering whether the acclaimed British drama will introduce a time-travel element a la “Doctor Who,” which is also overseen by “Sherlock” showrunner Steven Moffat. Vertue also tweeted an image of the cover of a script the actors were using during a read-through for the upcoming special. #221back #Sherlock #notkidding pic.twitter.com/Lx6q8DZ2aV — sue vertue (@suevertue) November 25, 2014 This is what we've been doing today! Later on a pic of Sherlock and John as they'll appear in the Special #221back pic.twitter.com/Aq4vncKpKy — sue vertue (@suevertue) November 25, 2014 BBC has said previously that filming […]
Sept. 16, 2014 | 12:16 p.m.

‘Hobbit: Five Armies’ banner captures Middle-earth in widescreen

A panel from "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" tapestry. (Warner Bros.)
A massive new poster for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” depicts the ambitious scope of Peter Jackson’s upcoming Middle-earth film, the final installment in the writer-director’s latest trilogy based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The striking tapestry includes not only Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen’s wizard Gandalf, but also nearly all of the key characters — including Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his company of dwarves; elves Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and Thranduil (Lee Pace); even Benedict Cumberbatch’s dragon Smaug. Click through the gallery above to see portions of the image — click here for the full, scrollable view. Set to open Dec. 17, the film enjoyed a high-profile presence at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July, where Comedy Central host and massive Tolkien nerd Stephen Colbert was on hand to moderate the […]
April 08, 2014 | 1:14 p.m.

Exclusive ‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ clip: Giant Mirkwood spiders

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at video promoting the release. The film, which was a box-office blockbuster last winter, is the second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned movie trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s landmark 1937 novel. “Desolation of Smaug” chronicles Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) travels with Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his company of dwarfs in their mission to reclaim their treasure-filled homeland Erebor from the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). The journey takes them through many mysterious corners of Tolkien’s fantasy world, Middle-earth, including the dark forest Mirkwood, where Bilbo experiences a milestone in his personal quest for courage. In the exclusive video below, Jackson talks about creating the giant spiders that Bilbo faces. “This time […]
Jan. 03, 2014 | 1:54 p.m.

‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug': Complete interviews, videos and photos

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” reigned at the box office during the holidays, earning more than $658 million worldwide since it opened Dec. 13. The second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s landmark 1937 novel chronicles Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) journey through the dark and mysterious Mirkwood Forest and through Lake-town to help Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his company of dwarfs reclaim their treasure-filled homeland from the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). The third and final movie, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is due in theaters Dec. 17. Hero Complex counted down to “Desolation of Smaug” with exclusive interviews, videos and photo galleries.  Now that the spoiler-wary have had a chance to see “Smaug” in theaters, here’s a look back at our coverage leading up to its release. GALLERIES ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’: 60 […]
Dec. 16, 2013 | 1:58 p.m.

‘Hobbit’ star Martin Freeman on comedy in ‘Smaug,’ Bilbo’s Englishness

Martin Freeman, left, and John Callen in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” smashed the competition at the box office this weekend, earning more than $73 million. The second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel also garnered more critical esteem than its predecessor, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” with much of the praise falling to the film’s star, Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, a diminutive hero with a growing sense of courage. In “Desolation of Smaug,” Bilbo faces off against enormous spiders, dangerous elves and, of course, the  dragon Smaug, voiced by Freeman’s “Sherlock” costar Benedict Cumberbatch. Hero Complex caught up with Freeman to talk about what motivates Bilbo, the interweaving of fright and comedy and the pressures of taking on a character so beloved by Tolkien fans. Hero Complex: Bilbo Baggins seems to really find his own in this […]
Dec. 10, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug': 60 images from Middle-earth

Ian McKellen as Gandalf in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” barrels into theaters Friday, but for fans who can’t wait to return to Middle-earth, here’s a sneak peek at the movie. “Desolation” is the second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film picks up where “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” left off, after Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the company of dwarfs barely escape from a band of bloodthirsty orcs. The orcs are still in pursuit in the second film, but the travelers must also face enormous spiders, the dangerous Mirkwood elves and, of course, the eponymous dragon, Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). The images released so far provide peeks at the forest realm of the Mirkwood elves, the gloomy waters of Esgaroth (also known as Lake-town) and the treasures of Erebor, the […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 12:32 p.m.

‘Sherlock’ Season 3 trailer teases tension, reunion with Watson

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson in the TV series "Sherlock." (PBS)
A new trailer for “Sherlock” Season 3 offers a glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch’s consulting detective — alive and well after faking his death in last year’s season finale. The one-minute trailer, released Sunday, also shows a mustachioed Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman), sharing a bed with Mary Morstan, the character’s wife in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories about the pair of private eyes. Incidentally, Freeman’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington plays Morstan, who makes her debut in the upcoming season. Fan anticipation for the Golden Globe-nominated show’s return is high after the cliffhanger in Season 2’s finale, “The Reichenbach Fall,” in which Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly and inexplicably alive. The mystery of his survival will be unraveled quickly in the new season, co-creator Steven Moffat told Comic-Con […]
Dec. 03, 2013 | 1:08 p.m.

‘The Hobbit’ premiere: Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans talk Smaug

Actor Orlando Bloom arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."  (Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images)
Middle-Earth’s denizens journeyed to Hollywood on Monday night for the world premiere of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second of Peter Jackson’s three films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel, “The Hobbit.” The film’s stars hit the shrub- and leaf-adorned black carpet in front of the Dolby Theater in Hollywood to fête the latest adaptation of the mystical realm where hobbits, dwarves, elves, orcs and goblins dwell. The carpet was designed to echo the sylvan realm of Mirkwood, which plays an important role in the new film, set to open in theaters Dec. 13. Dwarf-prince Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his company, which includes Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), travel through the forest on the next leg of their quest to reclaim Erebor, the treasure-filled city under the Lonely Mountain that was usurped from Thorin’s ancestors by the dragon […]
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