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Denied: Saoirse Ronan Says 'The Hobbit' Unlikely; Michael Sheen Won't Be In 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2011 9:19 AM
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A bit of a double bummer of news here for some big upcoming projects.

Lee Pace Joins 'The Hobbit' As Elven King Thranduil, Dean O'Gorman Replaces Rob Kazinsky As Fili

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 2, 2011 1:48 AM
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Considering its long, troubled pre-production beset by delays, a change of director, and even health problems for Peter Jackson, we're glad that filming on "The Hobbit" has now commenced and things seem to be running fairly smoothly. With one exception, that is: last weekend, it was announced that British actor Rob Kazinsky had dropped out of the film. Kazinsky had been cast as Fili, one of the 13 dwarves that accompany Bilbo Baggins on his quest, but withdrew due to "health issues," although it's worth noting that Jackson has recast on his films before, replacing Stuart Townsend with Viggo Mortensen on "Lord of the Rings," and Ryan Gosling with Mark Wahlberg on "The Lovely Bones."

Orlando Bloom Still Not Confirmed For 'The Hobbit,' But It Appears To Be An Inevitability

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 25, 2011 7:59 AM
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A minor update on "The Hobbit" for you fanatics. Despite the fact that Orlando Bloom wasn't really accepting questions outside of Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut, "Sympathy For Delicious" today, the film he was promoting -- earlier in the press day he apparently had gently scolded a journalist for asking about one his "The Good Doctor" film currently playing at the Tribeca Film Festival -- we managed to eek out a little something from the actor afterwards.

British Actor Rob Kazinsky Bows Out Of 'The Hobbit' For Personal Reasons

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 24, 2011 3:49 AM
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Man down on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit." Though we must say, that "curse" talk is somewhat unsubstantiated. Yes, the labor strike woes were difficult, but all big endeavors take a long time to get to the screen. OK, this particular birth hasn't been exactly easy, but it is the eight-years-after-the-fact prequel to one of the biggest, and most beloved, tentpole films of all time.

Ian Holm Officially Confirmed For 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2011 5:20 AM
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Even though it has been expected for months now, and with official word merely a formality, Peter Jackson has confirmed that Ian Holm is indeed returning for his two-part "The Hobbit."

Peter Jackson Confirms & Talks Shooting 'The Hobbit' In 3D At 48 Frames Per Second

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2011 3:07 AM
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We're all for advancing film technology and bettering how movies are produced and displayed, but for this writer, there is nothing more sleep inducing than the chatter surrounding the newly vaunted 48 frames-per-second holy grail of motion picture realism and clarity. With James Cameron and Douglas Trumbull announcing their next films are gonna up the frame rate from the musty dusty old and useless 24 frames-per-second to the new fangled faster format, Peter Jackson has now hit the web to confirm that he too is going with the zippier shooting method and he hit Facebook (via Collider) to talk all about it.

Saoirse Ronan Stays Coy On 'Hobbit' Casting, Says 'Violet & Daisy' A "Black Comedy" Unlike 'Hanna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 3:19 AM
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Irish Actress Seems To Agree With Joe Wright About 'Sucker Punch's Empowerment StanceWith the film set to hit theaters this weekend, Focus Features brought “Hanna” director Joe Wright and star Saoirse Ronan to WonderCon in San Francisco over the weekend to talk about their wild-child adventure. We caught up with the actress as she did rounds with press talking about their kinetic action thriller.

‘Flight Of The Conchords’ Star Bret McKenzie Joins ‘The Hobbit’ As Lindir

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 2:16 AM
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It looks like Bret McKenzie is getting ready to head back to Middle Earth but not as Figwit, as his character was dubbed -- after a fan said “Frodo is great ... who is that?” -- following his fleeting appearance in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” He later appeared again, ever so briefly, in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” As was reported last week, McKenzie was being sought out to return to the franchise and it looks like everything is signed, sealed and delivered, but he won't be a Figwit this time around.

Saoirse Ronan Might Get Literary With Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2011 8:29 AM
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If everything comes together as planned, Joe Wright will get his adaptation of "Anna Karenina" this fall and he's amassing one helluva cast. He's already got longtime collaborator Keira Knightley on board, and Aaron Johnson and Jude Law are also vying for roles. Wright tends to be fiercely loyal to the actors he works and he may adding a rising talent to his film.

Peter Jackson Wants 'Flight Of The Conchords' Star Bret McKenzie For 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2011 9:49 AM
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It was a blink and you miss it moment from "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," so you'll be forgiven if you missed it, but "Flight of the Conchords" star Bret McKenzie was in the film. During the council meeting where Frodo says, "I will take it!" the camera pans over to a pouty elf. The story goes that a fan said, "Frodo is great ... who is that?" thus spawning the nickname of Figwit. He reappeared in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" alongside Liv Tyler and that has been his extent so far in the franchise, but perhaps not for long.

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