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The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugOpens Dec 13, 2013
The second installment of Peter Jackson's adaptation of the 1937 J.R.R. Tolkien novel The Hobbit promises to be even more action-packed than the first. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his band of dwarves meet up with some new Middle-earth faces, like the man-bear ''skin changer'' Beorn (Mikael Persbrandt), the heroic Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans), and the fierce elf warrior Tauriel, a character created specifically for the movie and played by Evangeline Lilly. And then there's Smaug, the arrogant dragon who greedily guards a hoard of gold that Bilbo and the dwarves are determined to reclaim. Benedict Cumberbatch was charged with (fire-)breathing life into the creature, employing the same motion-capture technology utilized to create Gollum. ''I was kind of a virgin to the whole [motion-capture] thing, but I absolutely f---ing loved it,'' Cumberbatch says. ''I was in all my gear with the dots on my face like an aboriginal warrior of the future. You really feel free to play. It was extraordinarily fun.'' Doesn't sound like there was much desolation at all.
Posted Aug 16, 2013
American HustleOpens Dec 13, 2013
American Hustle is inhabited by colorful and cunning con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams, playing partners and lovers), a somewhat unhinged FBI agent (Bradley Cooper), a volatile power broker (Jeremy Renner), and a loose-cannon housewife (Jennifer Lawrence). This fictionalized take on a real-life 1970s federal investigation into political corruption known as Abscam may not seem like an obvious follow-up to David O. Russell's 2012 hit Silver Linings Playbook. But as with that film and 2010's The Fighter, the director was drawn to exploring characters whose inner and outer worlds are both in turmoil. ''These characters, with their flaws, are the ones I fall in love with,'' he says. ''For me, it's always about the characters surviving. That's what it's been about the last two films, too the struggle against your own flaws as well as everything around you. That's what everyone is doing in this picture. That's what everyone was doing in 1978.''
Posted Aug 16, 2013