It's Official -- "The Hobbit" Will Be a Trilogy! 


Last Monday, we told you that there were talks going around that director Peter Jackson may divide his new "Hobbit" movie into three films. (See "The Hobbit" will be Three Movies?)

I seriously doubted it, how will Jackson and company expand on the J.R.R. Tolkien book which was not that thick to begin with? But then, doubting it means doubting the storytelling prowess of Jackson, so, I was wrong.

The director revealed, on his Facebook page, that yes, "The Hobbit" will be divided into three films. The first one, "An Unexpected Journey" will be seen this December, the second one, "There and Back Again" will be released on December of 2013, and the third will be unveiled summer of 2014. Here's what Jackson wrote:

It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie - and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.'

We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.

So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.

It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, "a tale that grew in the telling."

Cheers,

Peter J


So visit Jackson's Facebook, you may learn a thing or two! :happy

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"Step Up" Director to Revitalize "He Man and the Masters of the Universe?"  


Will He-Man sing and dance in the planned big screen version of "The Masters of the Universe?" Just kidding. I'm sure we'll not see the He-Man and his oh-so-glorious haircut be performing Broadway style anytime soon but Jon M. Chu is in talks to direct the reboot. Chu, of course, is the guy who gave us "Step Up 2 The Streets," "Step Up 3D," and the Justin Bieber concert documentary, "Never Say Never." Sure, Chu also directed the sequel "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," but we won't see that film until 2013, so we can only judge the director based on the "Step Up" films and Bieber.

So far, he's very visual (I love all the 3D effects of "Step Up 3D"), and he has great timing, but that's about it. I still need to see him spread his wings as a storyteller. Don't get me wrong, I've interviewed him before, twice as a matter of fact, and he's always been fantastic! (Here's Chu on "Step Up 2 The Streets," and here he is for "Step Up 3D")

I grew up with the "He-Man" franchise, so Chu, I know you pay attention to fans, so don't mess this one up! Okay?

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"Bad Santa" to Spread Not-Quite-Holiday Cheer for Sequel, "Hot Tub Time Machine" Director to Helm 


I enjoyed the original 2003 "Bad Santa," it is currently sitting as one of my favorite Christmas movies. Yup, the tone is not quite Christmasy, but the spirit is all there. So, I was happy to hear that a sequel is being forged ahead, but original director, Terry Zwigoff will not be back to helm. Who's replacing him? Deadline is reporting that Steve Pink, the guy who gave us "Accepted" and "Hot Tub Time Machine" is set to direct. Pink also co-wrote "Grosse Point Blank" and "High Fidelity," two John Cusack films I admire. He will also write the script, so this may actually be good.

And here's the best part -- "Bad Santa" is not "Bad Santa" without the fantastic Billy Bob Thornton as the drunk con-artist who masquerades as Santa Claus, so it's great to hear that he's coming back in the titular role.

No plot available yet, but we know "Bad Santa 2" is coming to theaters near you in 2013. During Christmas maybe?

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Will Director Marc Webb Return for "Amazing Spider-Man" Sequel? My Spidey Sense Says Yes! 


Did you like the latest "The Amazing Spider-Man?" I did, even though I had the sense of deja vu. But still, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone turned in memorable performances (they may be better than Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, but I love both "Spider-Man" couples), I also enjoyed the special effects and the spider-like qualities of our hero, and the best part? I sensed great creative control from director Marc Webb. But will he return for a sequel?

The latest "Spider-Man" incarnation continues to spin money at the box-office, so Columbia Pictures wants Webb back. According to the LA Times:

Sony wants Webb back for a planned spring 2014 sequel (with $650 million in global box office for the first movie, why wouldn't it?). Maybe more crucially, the director wants to return too.


Furthermore, Webb, if he's returning, will have brand new writers --
Alex Kurzman and Roberto Orci, the guys who gave us the excellent "Star Trek" reboot, who are writing with James Vanderbilt.

So should Webb return? He better! Just like Christopher Nolan with his Batman trilogy, Webb is the auteur behind this new Spider-Man. Oh yeah, just like Sam Raimi before him.

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Win Exclusive THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Prize Pack 


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