After watching Spider-Man: The Animated Series in 1997, we decided Venom and Mary Jane Watson were actually a better couple than Mary Jane and Spider-Man, and we haven’t looked back since. In case you’re new to the Internet, pretty much every TV show, movie or otherwise fictional couple has a huge fan base swooning over their relationship. It might be a well-established couple or the characters might have met once to sign for a UPS package, it doesn’t matter. Someone is obsessed with them declaring their eternal love. This is a phenomenon known as shipping, and it is 75% of the reason anyone even knows about Twilight.
Maybe we just spent too much time on Tumblr over the last twelve months (we really, really did!), but 2012 seemed like a year where shipping was front and center. From New Girl to Sherlock, everywhere we looked shippers were building onto the fictional universes they loved, mostly with smooching. So we decided to pay homage to the most passionately shipped relationships of this year as part of our Best of 2012. Don’t see your favorite couple? We probably just didn’t know about them yet, so inform us in the comments! 2013 is almost upon us and we want to feel that Venom/Mary Jane feeling again!
We are unabashedly excited about seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the second it hits theaters — it speaks to our eighth-grade selves as much as to the part of us that’s just nostalgic for nine years ago, when the last of the Lord of the Rings trilogy premiered. But we also are under no illusion that Peter Jackson’s latest trilogy is the most glamorous of star-powered events — let’s face it, J.R.R. Tolkien wasn’t exactly hell-bent on making beautiful women the center of attention in his books, and few of his heroes were much to look at either. And while we are super eager to return to Middle-earth and all its hobbitses and wizards and elves and dwarves, our shallow selves are also grateful to Jackson and company for making sure there’s some eye candy in the movies too.
At today’s world premiere of the movie in Wellington, New Zealand, it was Cate Blanchett — returning as elf queen Galadrial — and Evangeline Lilly — who plays Tauriel, an elf invented for the movies — who brought the token glamour to the red carpet. We love Evangeline’s new short hair-do, paired with her playfully sparkly dress (and damn, girl, those legs!). Cate appears to have some elfin magic in her IRL, because the actress has not aged a day in the past 10 years. Jackson, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis were also on-hand to greet the costumed fans — and a couple of PETA protesters. Flip through the pics while you enjoy your second breakfasts!
IT’S HERE! Ok, not quite. Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will only hit theatres on December 14, 2012, but the first trailer is out, and it looks epic. Lord of the Rings fans know that The Hobbit deals with the story of Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman in this film) and his quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug. Sir Ian McKellan reprises his role as Gandalf the Grey, and Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood and Cate Blanchett also makes appearances as Gollum, Legolas, Frodo and Galadriel, respectively. Evangeline Lilly and Luke Evans are also on board playing Tauriel and Bard.
The second Hobbit movie — The Hobbit: There and Back Again — will be out in 2013 and is also directed by Jackson. The film may have been released long after The Lord of the Rings trilogy hit cinemas, but the story is actually a prequel to LOTR. Just watch our inner nerds come out with this one.