Dec. 03, 2013 | 1:08 p.m.
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 […]
Dec. 02, 2013 | 3:17 p.m.
Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom and more stars of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” are expected to walk the red carpet this evening at the film’s Los Angeles premiere. Can’t be at the Dolby Theater tonight? Tune in to the live video stream here on Hero Complex, beginning at 6 p.m. PST. “The Desolation of Smaug,” due in theaters Dec. 13, is the second installment of director Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The movie sees Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) continue along on his journey to assist the company of dwarfs led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) reclaim their lands and the treasure now hoarded by the dragon Smaug (Cumberbatch). Along the way they encounter a host of new friends and foes — including the valiant Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), the first character wholly invented […]
Oct. 23, 2013 | 12:15 p.m.
PBS Masterpiece has revealed the long-awaited U.S. premiere date for “Sherlock” Season 3. The Golden Globe-nominated BBC series, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will return Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET), following “Downton Abbey’s” time slot. Dates for the show’s U.K. premiere have not yet been announced. Based on the classic mystery stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, the series stars Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) as the brilliant, socially inept detective and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit”) as his long-suffering roommate and co-sleuth. PHOTOS: Benedict Cumberbatch’s career in pictures The series has been on hiatus since January 2012, and fan anticipation has been growing after Season 2′s cliffhanger finale. In that episode, “The Reichenbach Fall,” Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly and inexplicably alive. The […]
Aug. 02, 2013 | 5:23 p.m.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s prickly private eye Sherlock Holmes is back from the dead in a new trailer for Season 3 of “Sherlock.” The 26-second clip, released Friday, teases Sherlock’s reunion with each of his friends. Not that he would deign to call them his friends. The Season 3 debut, “The Empty Hearse,” is still months away — it’s slated to premiere on PBS in the U.S. in early 2014 — but fan anticipation is high after last year’s season finale. In that episode, “The Reichenbach Fall,” Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly and inexplicably alive. The mystery of Sherlock’s survival will be unraveled in the season 3 premiere, co-creator Steven Moffat told Comic-Con International attendees during the show’s panel presentation, promising a “rational explanation.” PHOTOS: Benedict Cumberbatch’s career in pictures […]
July 18, 2013 | 7:40 p.m.
Season 3 of the hit BBC series “Sherlock” will feature Dr. John Watson’s wedding, with Sherlock Holmes serving as best man, the show’s creative team revealed Thursday at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Based on the classic mystery stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Golden Globe-nominated BBC series stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) as the brilliant but socially inept detective and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit”) as his long-suffering roommate and co-sleuth. The show’s third season, set to premiere on PBS in the U.S. in early 2014, is highly anticipated after last year’s season finale, in which Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly (and inexplicably) alive. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “There really are only a few ways you can fall from a roof and […]
March 06, 2013 | 10:45 a.m.
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. “The Avengers,” “Dark Knight Rises” and Martin Freeman are among the films and performers nominated for the MTV Movie Awards. What’s that? You thought Hollywood’s awards season was over? Well, it’s just getting started for fan-favorite movies that rarely have a shot at the shiny hardware for best-movie Oscars and Golden Globes. The MTV Movie Awards will be announced April 14 after you — yes, you! — get to vote in the online popularity contest. The coveted Golden Popcorn statuette will be handed out in such offbeat categories as best kiss, best shirtless moment and best fight, in addition to more traditional categories such as breakthrough performance and movie of the year. James Bond jilted: Mendes rejects “Skyfall” follow-up Freeman is nominated for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” in a […]
Sept. 27, 2012 | 12:34 p.m.
A new poster for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” puts the spotlight on Thorin Oakenshield and his company of dwarves. In the J.R.R. Tolkien book, hobbit Bilbo Baggins is enlisted by wizard Gandalf to join 13 dwarves on their journey to reclaim their ancestors’ gold from the greedy and terrible dragon Smaug. The new poster follows last week’s reveal of a poster featuring Baggins (Martin Freeman) wielding his sword Sting (above, right). Also released last week was a new trailer that offered a more lighthearted sense of the film and revealed glimpses of several Middle-earth characters, including Radagast the Brown. PHOTOS: Meet the 13 dwarves from “The Hobbit” In addition to Freeman, the film stars Richard Armitage as dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield as well as “Lord of the Rings” returnees Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, […]
July 15, 2012 | 9:50 a.m.
Peter Jackson unveiled more than 12 minutes of footage from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” during his Comic-Con panel Saturday, giving fans a glimpse of Martin Freeman’s performance as Bilbo Baggins, a new female character not from the J.R.R. Tolkien universe and some scenes with familiar characters Gandalf, Gollum and Galadriel. Jackson, who directed “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy before taking on Tolkien’s smaller adventure, was joined on the panel by cowriter Philippa Boyens, Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Andy Serkis (second unit director and, of course, Gollum), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield) and surprise guest Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins in the trilogy and did “a bit of work” for “The Hobbit.” The panel was the capstone of the Hall H lineup this year. Thousands of fans — more than a few in Middle-earth garb […]
Jan. 14, 2012 | 5:00 a.m.
No major release of 2012 arrives at theaters with more baggage or battle scars than “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a title that became a sort of epic inside joke for the cast and his crew, many of whom worked on “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that made movie history a decade ago. “I think fate has actually been kind to us,” director Peter Jackson said last summer, although he didn’t sound convinced by his own words. “Yes, I think fate was kind but I don’t know that we knew that along the way.” That’s how most quests go, of course, but the journey to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth saga into a lavish two-part movie adventure was especially stormy right from the beginning. Roadblocks included an ugly legal battle with the author’s heirs, a two-year delay that came with […]
Aug. 23, 2011 | 8:51 a.m.
How good is Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins? Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson says there is “simply nobody else” who could star in ”The Hobbit” epic that will be told over two films, the first reaching theaters in December 2012 and the second in December 2013. “He is fantastic and there is simply nobody else for the job,” Jackson said during a recent break from the production in New Zealand and a whirlwind trip to Southern California. “We couldn’t find anyone who was better than him. He is simply fantastic.” The 39-year-old Freeman, known to moviegoers for roles in “Love Actually” and “The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” was one of several actors who auditioned for the chance to portray Baggins, the beloved character whose odyssey gives Jackson a chance to return to Middle-earth after his massive “Lord of the Rings” success. (In that trilogy, the older […]