This is a major setback for the planned film version of J.R.R Tolkien‘s The Hobbit, something Lord of The Rings junkies have been looking forward to for years. Production delays have forced director Guillermo del Toro to quit the two-part prequel to Peter Jackson‘s LOTR trilogy.
He stated, “In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming The Hobbit, I am faced with the hardest decision of my life.” He added, “After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures.” Apparently the film still hadn’t been given the go-ahead by MGM.
Del Toro will continue to co-write the screenplays with Jackson and his wife, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens. But there’s no directing to be done because, he said, “There cannot be any start dates until the MGM situation gets resolved. They do hold a considerable portion of the rights.”
Looks like America didn’t get Carried away this time around. Sex and the City 2 had a disappointing opening weekend roping in far fewer moviegoers than the first installment two years ago. The first SATCH hauled in $ 56.8 million during the opening weekend, while SATC 2 has brought in a more lean $ 32.1 million. Including the $14.2 million it made on Thursday, the sequel has made $ 46.3 mill which still falls way below the first time the girls hit the big screen.
No number one spot either, to ease bruised egos. That went to Shrek Forever After, which stayed the number one film for the second weekend in a row with a $43.3 million weekend rake-in. Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda might want to rethink their next adventures, if any at all.
With Memorial Day fast approaching, our minds are naturally turning towards “Summer Nights.” Not just as a rough concept, mind you; we’re talking, of course, about Grease! The timeless film is surely one of those rare movies that you and your friends not only know all the words to, but also enjoy singing along with every time that you watch it. Well, Grease fans, you’re in luck!
This summer, a special re-release of the film will be hitting select theaters for a limited two-week run beginning on July 8. Only this time, instead of just passively sitting there and silently watching the screen in the dark, audiences will be encouraged to sing their hearts out alongside Danny Zuko, Sandy Olsson and the rest of the gang! That’s right, Grease Sing-A-Long promises to be one of this summer’s most exciting releases. You can check out the official Grease Sing-A-Long web site to see if the film is coming to your town in July. And even if it isn’t, there’s something you can do about it! You and your friends can head over to Eventful.com and request that the film plays in your town. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to hop in “Greased Lightning” and get this weekend started!
No, Sarah Jessica Parker did not have a wardrobe malfunction at the Sex And The City 2 premiere in London today—unless you want to call her decision to wear this outfit one. Combining aspects of Janet Jackson‘s Super Bowl slip and Lady Gaga‘s fondness for over-the-top outfits with a little British class (a little), Parker looked like a tree from a Tim Burton movie (it’s disappointing she didn’t have an Oompa Loompa or Jack Skeleton hiding under her bustle). Though Cynthia Nixon‘s tight blue dress would be flattering on any day, in the context of SJP’s monstrosity, that ginger was bangin’. Get a good look at what the ladies wore in the gallery below.
Alas, Hermione Granger doesn’t have a Time Turner to relive the past this time, so as the final Harry Potter wraps filming, it’s official: The saga has ended.
The stars of the films, some of whom have been acting in the same roles since they were ten years old, are pretty sad to see the franchise they’ve spent half their lives working on come to a close. Daniel Radcliffe said at the National Movie Awards in London “I will be devastated [when it's over]. There is nothing I watch without it triggering a series of memories. Everything [about the films] is so linked to my life. At the same time, it is exciting. It is the end.” Emma Watson said the end of Potter “[feels] like someone is dying,” but also sees the positive, explaining that “This kind of love and recognition is just incredible. It is also really emotional for me. I am proud.”
The final installments of the Potter series will be released as two films. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will release in November this year, and part 2 will release in July 2011.
Here’s some circumstantial evidence Katie Holmes isn’t just Tom Cruise‘s brainwashed bride. If Tom was really forcing Katie to take dance lessons and keeping her under constant watch, would he have allowed her to wear a long dress with height-enhancing diagonal stripes at the National Movie Awards in London yesterday? With heels? Though she was nice enough to tilt her head and lean forward on occasion (Tom-boosting tricks we’ve seen in films since Kelly McGillis hugged the doorway in Top Gun), there was no mistaking her giant stature compared to the diminutive action star. Then again, maybe Tom wants us to see her as some kind of amazon. “Me, domineering? Katie could toss me in the air like a baby, guys.”
Also attending the ceremony were stars like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Chris Rock, Simon Pegg, Crispin Glover and Gwyneth Paltrow, who was probably furious at TomKat for upstaging her space age tribute to Jackie O. Check it out in the red carpet gallery below.
Sure, handing the Oscar winner an award in order to lure her into the spotlight for the first time since her husband’s sex scandal broke is a clever ploy, but there’s no doubt that the crowd will show her some serious love and support. In order to keep the rumormongers and awkward moments at bay, Bullock reportedly will not be doing interviews there, however.