After a tonally confused beginning and terrific middle episode filled with all kinds of invention, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings Peter Jackson’s six-movie Tolkien binge to close with a rousing mid-point finale that both wraps up the story and sets the stage for the Lord of the Rings trilogy quite nicely.
On the heels of Emmy® wins for Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman comes news that BBC Worldwide will release Sherlock: The Complete Seasons 1-3 on November 4th. This deluxe package will include all nine feature-length episodes of Sherlock to date.
And here is where it gets interesting: the set will include a host of new extra features plus busts of Holmes and Watson and two limited edition art cards. For a complete list of extras, follow the jump.
FX has another top notch show on its hands with Fargo (Tuesdays, 10/9C) – an expansion of the Coen Brothers’ hit movie. By expansion, I mean it tells an entirely new story, with all new characters, in the Minnesota of the movie – and it’s so good it earned the Coen Brothers’ blessing.
When FX’s Fargo (Tuesdays, 10/9C) premieres this week, you are going to see something that I, for one, never expected to see – a Coen Brothers movie that wasn’t written or directed by the Coen Brothers. One of the key reasons it works is because of Martin Freeman, who is probably best known for playing Bilbo Baggins and Dr. John Watson.
In Fargo, he plays insurance salesman Lester Nyygard, a mousy guy who doesn’t love his job, is constantly henpecked by his wife and even, in a weird way, a victim of classic high school bullying. Recently, Freeman took an hour to chat with a group of journalists/bloggers about the series and his role – and about the experience of making the series.
Fargo is, for my money, one of the most darkly funny movies ever made – and, with Grit, perhaps the best of the Coen Brothers movies. The news of a Fargo TV series filled me, simultaneously, with joy and dread. It helped it had the Coen Brothers’ blessing (they’re executive producers on the series), but now that I’ve seen the first four episodes (I’ll post my review before the show’s premiere on Tuesday, April 15th), the joy has taken over.
FX has just released four introductory videos including the above First Look. Follow the jump to explore the show’s philosophy, meet its cast and get in a hint of its story.
A new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was unveiled during an online fan event earlier today with lots of new footage and narration by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Check it out following the jump.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released on December 13th.