Actors Warn Against ‘Hobbit’ Boycott as Costs Mount

By Dave Itzkoff at The New York Times
It may not hold as much sway in J. R. R. Tolkien’s universe as, say, the the Council of Elrond or the Fellowship of the Ring, but a group of actors in New Zealand is calling on an actors’ guild there to drop its opposition to a filmed adaptation of “The Hobbit” that Peter Jackson is preparing.

The Hollywood Reporter said a group of about 90 actors met in Wellington over the weekend amid a standoff between Mr. Jackson, the producer and potential director of a two-film “Hobbit” series, and actors’ guilds based in New Zealand and Australia, which say “The Hobbit” is a non-union project and are seeking a boycott of the films.

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EXCLUSIVE: Frazer Irving’s ‘Monsters’ Poster – Get Your First Look Here!

by Rick Marshall at MTV News

In writer/director Gareth Edwards’ “Monsters,” a cynical photojournalist is tasked with escorting his employer’s daughter across “The Infected Zone,” a large area of Mexico populated by alien creatures. The low-budget project has received heaps of praise from movie critics for combining impressive effects with a tone that’s more travelogue than traditional sci-fi/horror — and now there’s a hook for comic fans, too.


In what’s becoming a trend I heartily endorse, the film has a brand new poster designed by a well-known comic book artist, Frazer Irving.

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Win Tickets to the Monster’s Take Over of this Year’s Sci-Fi Film Festival

by David Sztypuljak at Hey U Guys
To celebrate upcoming release of the British Sci-Fi Monsters we were giving one lucky winner a pair of tickets to the opening night of the Sci Fi Film Festival! Shot and directed by BAFTA award-winning CGI animator Gareth Edwards, Monsters comes to the silver screen on 3rd December, 2010.

To win this brilliant prize, just answer the following question using the form below:

Which country is the film Monsters set in?
A. Spain
B. The UK
C. Mexico

The small print:

  • This competition is open to the UK only
  • Only one entry per household will be counted
  • The competition will close this evening, 13th October at 23.59 GMT

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Kaya Scodelario and Lyndsy Fonseca receive ‘The Hunger Games’ script

by Keith Staskiewicz at Entertainment Weekly
Who will play the girl on fire? It’s still early in the casting process for the upcoming movie adaptation of The Hunger Games, but there are already some names popping up in connection with the much-desired lead role of Katniss Everdeen. The heavily fan-touted Skins actress Kaya Scodelario apparently tweeted yesterday that she had received “a certain script for a film based on a book,” referring to the Suzanne Collins-penned screenplay. The tweets were later deleted, but a screen capture can be found here. Additionally, Lyndsy Fonseca of Kick-Ass and Nikita told NextMovie at New York Comic Con that she was also sent the script.

Except…there are rumors abounding that Fonseca’s Kick-Ass co-star Chloe Moretz is lobbying for the part as well, which puts the age range of our potential Katnisses from 13 all the way to 23. Clearly there’s still a ways to go before we find out definitively who will be notching her first arrow as The Hunger Games heroine.

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Tom Hardy cast in Chris Nolan’s Batman 3?

By Meredith Woerner at io9
Inception’s breakout star, Tom Hardy, has been cast in Christopher Nolan’s latest Batman picture. No real surprise there, given that Nolan delights in recasting past actors he’s worked with, but still — who do you think he’ll play?

Deadline is reporting that Hardy is up for the lead role in the next Batman film, and that Nolan was the one to suggest him. Sources won’t reveal if this part is a a good guy or a villain, but we kind of think Hardy is too exciting of an actor to play anything other than a Batman villain.

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Access’ Top 10 Movies We Can’t Wait For In 2011!

By Eric Anderson at Access Hollywood
Vampires, werewolves, superheroes, pirates, aliens, the final chapter in the saga of everyone’s favorite boy wizard… and, oh, so much more! The 2011 box office forecast is booming with potential blockbusters.

Now, counts down the Top 10 films we can’t wait to line up for!

#10 – “Super 8”
Starring: Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Release date: Summer 2011

Why we’re excited: A new sci-fi thriller from J.J. Abrams! Need we really say more? OK, we’ll give you just a little bit. Written and directed by Abrams, the film follows a group of teens in the 1970s who capture footage of aliens in Area 51 while shooting on their – wait for it – Super 8 camera. And here you thought the film was about those low budget motels of the same name. The Air Force, the government and other various ominous suit-wearing types begin pursuit. Drama, explosions, suspense – and maybe even aliens – follow. Yes, please.

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I prefer Kaya Scodelario or Lyndsy Fonseca over Chloe Moretz for Katniss. They’re much more age appropriate, and have slightly darker complexions (although I wouldn’t mind someone darker).  I’m still not sure about Monsters, I’ll see it but I may wait for the DVD.

Who do you think Tom Hardy will be in the new Batman? What do you think of the choices for Katniss? Do you like them or do you think they should choose and unknown actress that fits her physical description better? What do you think about The Hobbit trouble? What movies are you looking forward to the most in 2011?