The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is finally here as the last chapter of the 13-year-old film franchise. After all this time, you may be surprised to learn that in everyday life, Orlando Bloom doesn’t travel with a bow and arrow and Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t typically breathe fire.
Have you ever heard of the Baader-Meinhof effect? Basically it’s a cognitive illusion in which, once you become aware of something, you notice it everywhere. For us, 2012 meant a year of noticing wigs in every single aspect of our lives. From TV shows like Vampire Diaries to movies like Liz & Dick to meat space like celebrities’ heads, we couldn’t blink without seeing yet another wig. Nor did we want to.
For example, did anyone else see The Hobbit? Critics turned up their nose at the film’s length, but no one breathed a word about all the magnificent dwarf wigs. (It’s better this way. It was a delightful surprise.) While we try to figure out how to obtain a braided-beard-attached-to-a-toupee wig like ol’ Bombur, check out the best of the best of 2012’s wigs. Lindsay Lohan…you did us proud. Did we miss any winners? Please tell us. We genuinely want to know!
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Have you tried to get into the whole J.R.R. Tolkien thing, but secretly found yourself wishing it had more more machine gun fights? Frequent resident of Middle Earth and The Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood has heard your pleal, busting out his Frodo voice from the upcoming The Hobbit for his interview on 7 Minutes In Heaven hosted by SNL writer Mike O’Brien. Fake spoiler alert!
“Everyone shut the f— up. There’s hobbits in that tree. On the count of three, lets blast them to hobbit hell!,” the Wilfred actor reads, from a script that seems to be half Hobbit, half Return Of The Jedi, with a splash of Army of Darkness. Declares Wood, “Whelp, Bilbo’s dead, and the rebels have been defeated. This is the end of the movie The Hobbit, okay?” End scene. We would definitely see this in theaters.
Evangeline Lilly‘s movie career didn’t amount to much during her run on Lost, but she’s making up for lost time now. Following her appearance in this fall’s Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robot boxing movie Real Steel, Lilly will star in The Hobbit, joining the stars of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy as as Tauriel, a “Woodland Elf.” “Her name means ‘daughter of Mirkwood’ and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing!” said director Peter Jackson on Facebook, though he added “(No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas)”—Orlando Bloom to those of you a little rusty on who played what.
The Hobbit—which will be split into two profit sources (sorry, films), has been in production since March, with the first film set to hit theaters over the 2012 holiday season. Between the original trilogy’s massive fanbase, and the honor of being the first mainstream film to be shot at 48 frames per second rather than usual 24, some think this film could wind up next year’s Avatar and the next step in 3-D filmmaking. Between this and the birth of her first child last month, we’re going to assume she hardly misses the island.
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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.”
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