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New Line Tornado Project Pulls In 'The Hobbit' Star Richard Armitage, Teen Sex Comedy 'Premature' Adds Craig Roberts & Alan Tudyk

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 12, 2012 5:41 PM
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Two teen-centered films from New Line and FilmNation have been quietly picking up steam as of late, and while neither production packs tremendous star power under its respective wings, our latest casting report shows they've decided to pull in some fine character actors and fresh talent instead.

This Has To Be It, Right? Richard Armitage Is Thorin Oakenshield In Final 'The Hobbit' Dwarf Reveal

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2011 1:36 AM
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2011's major innovation in movie marketing has been the drip-feed: the regular reveal of first looks or casting announcement on high-profile projects. Of course, that's always been a technique, but it seems to have reached extremes in recent months, with "X-Men: First Class" releasing so many stills that you could recreate the movie as a flip-book, and press releases breathlessly announcing EVERY SINGLE PERSON who would appear in "The Hunger Games."

News From The Shire: Peter Jackson To Shoot 'The Hobbit' On 3D RED Cameras, Ian McKellen Confirmed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 29, 2010 3:20 AM
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After something of a roller coaster year, with an endlessly sliding start date, the bailing of director Guillermo Del Toro, and nearly losing preferred lead Martin Freeman, "The Hobbit" is finally gearing up to shoot in the new year, with Freeman joined by new cast members like Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt and Aidan Turner, as well, possibly, as the rumored likes of David Tennant, Michael Fassbender and Saoirse Ronan.

Peter Jackson Talks Casting Richard Armitage As New Heroic Figure In 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2010 9:20 AM
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Director Says Heartthrob Actor Could Rival Legolas Or AragonWhen the first round of casting for "The Hobbit" was announced last week most of the names were unknown (but check out our handy guide to figure out just who these folks are) but for those of us familiar with Richard Armitage, he seemed to be a strange fit. Best known perhaps for his role on the Brit spy series "Spooks" ("MI: 5" in the United States), the decision to have him play the crabby old dwarf Thorin Oakenshield seemed slightly odd. We weren't quite sure what to make of Armitage being tasked to play a four-foot codger, but of course, Peter Jackson knows exactly what's he doing.

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