Monday, July 30, 2012 Why MacKenzie Foy Might Be Twilight’s Next Big Star

In a new article, discusses why young Mackenzie Foy (Renesmee Cullen) might be the next big star, and several fan sites weighed in. See what these guys think it is about Mackenzie that makes her stand out!
One of the things about Foy is the fact that she does uncannily resemble both Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. In a franchise that is very concerned with character appearance, this was one hurdle met. In an interview last year, director Bill Condon spoke about the resemblances and being overjoyed that Foy both looked the part and had the acting chops as well. “Mackenzie Foy was like; wow that’s it [with her audition]. She looks like their daughter and there’s just a quality she had, you know. I mean and it was such a relief because Renesmee was so tough to picture and imagine, you know? So I have to say she was just like, I think we’ve got it right there, and then I showed her to everybody else and everybody agreed.” Fans also echoed Condon’s sentiment. Every time Foy spoke there were audible, adoring sighs from the crowd.

New BTS Still Of "Grown Ups 2" with Taylor Lautner


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Summit announces BREAKING DAWN PART 2 Comic Con Panel

As expected, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 will have it’s own panel at Comic Con in San Diego next month. The film will have the first panel on Thursday in the giant Hall H! From the folks at Summit:
We are happy to announce that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will be the opening panel in Hall H at ComicCon® International in San Diego on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Summit Entertainment will present a sneak peek at the highly anticipated conclusion of The Twilight Saga films. This is a must-see for fans interested in the story’s final chapter, who will be shown exclusive footage from THE TWILIGHT SAGA BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 and treated to a cast and filmmaker Q&A session providing details on the epic finale.
In addition to the panel, BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will also be present at the Summit Entertainment booth on the convention floor.  Those who stop by will have the chance to attend autograph signings, participate in contests and collect free giveaways all weekend long.

White Collar Season 4 Promos


Drew Seeley's new song "For the Better"

Ashley Tisdale guest starring on 'Sons of Anarchy'

Ashley Tisdale posted the above photo on twitter with this tweet: "My view today..."
Ashley is guest starring in two of the episodes of the show as Emma Jean, Season 5 Episode 1 & 2.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth Engaged!


Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are officially engaged.
The couple, who have been together for three years, met on the set of the film, The Last Song.
Hemsworth, 22, popped the question on May 31 with a 3.5-carat Neil Lane diamond ring.
The center stone dates back to the 19th century, says the jeweler.
On Wednesday, 19-year-old Cyrus tweeted, “Thank you for all the love today :) I’m happy to share this news with you all. I feel like all my dreams are coming true. ❤ have a great day.”
No wedding date has been set yet.

(Neil Lane) Miley's ring

Monday, April 9, 2012

Do You Prefer Kevin Jonas With Long Hair Or Short?

Kevin Jonas is at the hairdresser today getting his hair cut, and it made us remember back when he had long, curly hair! Kevin’s hair is already short as it is, so we can’t imagine he can have it chopped off much shorter, but here’s what he shared along with the photo above:
"Cut it off!!"

Let us know below if you prefer Kevin with long hair or short hair!

Selena Gomez Filming A Movie With Ethan Hawke Called “The Getaway”

 While we thought that Selena Gomez got hair extensions put in for the movie “Aftershock,” it turns out that film hasn’t been 100% confirmed yet, and instead the new hairdo is for another movie called “The Getaway.” The movie will film soon in Bulgaria and it also stars actor Ethan Hawke.

Here’s what Selena revealed about the movie:

"I’m doing another movie called ‘The Getaway’ with Ethan Hawke. It’s really, really exciting. I go to Bulgaria and then I start filming. It’s more of an action movie, which is also different. So we’re doing that and then hopefully another movie, but that hasn’t really been confirmed yet. Then I’ll start working on my fourth album, which will be the best album I’ll ever do! But I’m just kind of halting music for a bit."

Selena Gomez Answers Fan Questions In New “Ask Selena” Video

Selena Gomez has a constant stream of questions pouring in from her fans, so she decided the best way to answer some of them was in a video! Here’s what Selena shared along with the video above:

“Hey Guys, I am not able to get on and do as many random youtube videos as I would like, so I wanted to take a minute and answer some of your questions. Hope you made the list, enjoy!!”

Zac Efron Goes Golfing In Sydney, Australia

Zac Efron is currently in Australia promoting his new movie “The Lucky One.” Last week Zac was spotted relaxing on his hotel balcony before heading out for a round of golf. Here’s what was shared along with the photo of Zac above:
"Swing and a miss…"

Miley Cyrus Thanks Her Fans For Their Love On Easter

Miley Cyrus posted the photo above along with a message thanking her fans for their love yesterday, April 8, 2012. Here’s Miley’s note to her fans:

"Glorious easter sunday. thanks for all the love today. meant a lot to me and my family. xo keep prayin’"

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Breaking Dawn Part 2′ Storyboard Revealed!

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 has been out on DVD and Blu-ray for months now, but there may just be another reason to check out the special features.
French Twilight Saga fansites Breaking Dawn Forever and  Twilight Vef France discovered a little Easter Egg hidden in the DVD extras for Breaking Dawn – Part 1: a glimpse at the script and storyboard for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.
Head over to Twilight Examiner to see more!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Lionsgate Used Taylor Lautner’s Popularity to Promote ‘The Hunger Games’

Apparently Lionsgate made good use of Taylor’s popularity when he was promoting Abduction last year! Here is what The Hollywood Reporter is reporting!
Hunger Games — the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young-adult novel starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth – was little known on U.K. shores 12 months ago but despite unseasonable warm barbecue weather for March, still managed to open with more than twice the box office of the first Twilight film here.
Lionsgate U.K. co-founder and chief executive Zygi Kamasa told The Hollywood Reporter that a big part of the U.K. release strategy began with the source novel and worked closely with the book’s publisher Scholastic here to do just that.
While Lionsgate was rolling out the Lautner-starrer Abduction in September last year, the savvy distributor gave the first 20,000 theatergoers a copy of Colllins’ book.
“In the U.S. there really wasn’t a need to build awareness for the book in the same way as we had to here,” Kamasa said.
Head HERE to read more!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Edi Gathegi Cast in ABC’s Comedy Pilot ‘White Van Man’

Deadline is reporting that yet another Twilight actor has been cast in an upcoming pilot. Edi Gathegi has been cast in a new ABC comedy pilot White Van Man. Here are the details!
Edi Gathegi (Twilight) is set to co-star opposite Kyle Bornheimer in ABC’s comedy pilot White Van Man. The single-camera is a blue collar ensemble based on the British format and centers on Jack (Kyle Bornheimer) who is forced to put his dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father Tony (J.K. Simmons). Gathegi will play Darren, one of Tony’s workers. Also cast in the pilot is Johnny Pemberton as Tony’s teen nephew. The series takes its name from the UK phrase that describes the stereotype for drivers of light commercial vehicles, often self-employed or owning small businesses such as handyman services.
The ABC Studios/Mark Gordon Co.-produced adaptation was written by Bobby Bowman. Michael Fresco is directing. Gathegi, repped by ICM & Framework, recently starred in Tracy Lett’s play Superior Donuts at the Geffen Playhouse. Pemberton, repped by CAA, Principato Young & attorney Lev Ginsburg, will next be seen in Neighborhood Watch, This Is 40 and 21 Jump Street.
Head to Deadline to read more!

A close up look at vampire Bella

Source: Kstewartfans

Friday, January 20, 2012

Diane Kruger joins ‘The Host’ film as the Seeker

Deadline is reporting that actress Diane Kruger is in talks to play the Seeker in the film adapation of Stephenie Meyer’s book The Host, directed by Andrew Niccol!
Diane Kruger is negotiating to star alongside Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel in The Host, the Andrew Niccol-directed adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer science fiction novel. The film takes place at a time when a parasitic alien species called The Souls has just about wiped out the human population. The Inglourious Basterds star will play The Seeker, who is charged with overseeing the conversion of a young rebel soldier (Ronan) whose consciousness has been infiltrated by Wanderer, a soul that has taken control of bodies and minds but who is daunted by the young human’s spirit — and obsessed with the memories of her boyfriend and her brother — and sets out to track them down. The Seeker pursues her, knowing that the conversion of the rebel will lead to the discovery and eradication of the rebel movement.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

New BTS Pics of Taylor from ‘Abduction’!

Source: Repimg via TDTS

Peter Facinelli talks ‘Loosies’ with Shockya

Lionsgate Officially to buy Summit!

Here is some information from the Lionsgate Official Press Release:
The transaction brings together Summit’s Twilight Saga feature film franchise, which has already grossed more than $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office, and Lionsgate’s highly anticipatedHunger Games franchise, which opens on March 23, 2012.  Lionsgate will also continue to benefit from its premier television production and distribution business, its array of branded film and television properties, its suite of branded channels and its success as an innovator in creating and distributing content for digital platforms.  Both the Lionsgate and Summit labels are expected to continue and be active in the production and distribution of films, although the combined company expects to realize significant synergies through the consolidation of administrative and other costs.
Source: InvestorsLionsgate via The Hungers Games
With this announcement there has been talk of The Twilight Saga continuing past Breaking Dawn Part 2. Here is what Gossip Cop is reporting!
There’s a chance The Twilight Saga could continue after the fifth film opens in November.
The bombshell was reportedly dropped by Jon Feltheimer, the chief executive officer of Lionsgate Entertainment, which acquired Twilight studio Summit Entertainment for $412.5 million on Friday.
“I’m anticipating Breaking Dawn – Part 2 being $700 million-plus in worldwide box office,” said Feltheimer of the final (planned) installment in the hit vampire franchise.
According to the Los Angeles Times, when asked whether Lionsgate could envision more Twilight past next fall’s fifth film, Feltheimer left the door open.
“It’s hard for me to imagine a movie that does $700 million-plus doesn’t have ongoing value,” he said. “It’s an amazing franchise that they have done a great job of maintaining with absolutely no deterioration.”
He added, “So the simple answer is, ‘Boy, I hope so.’”
It’s not clear whether a potential continuation would involve future films or a television series.
Here is some of Summit’s response to the Lionsgate/Summit deal:
Summit Entertainment co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsbergerplan to be at their desks Tuesday morning doing business as usual, both said on Friday after it was announced that Summit will be acquired by Lionsgate.
“What we’ve made clear is we have two businesses running parallel,” Friedman toldThe Hollywood Reporter in an interview on Friday. “They are merging but they are going to continue operating [separately].”
Lionsgate announced Friday it had closed its leveraged buyout of Summit, home to the Twilight franchise, in a deal for $412.5 million in cash and stock and the assumption of Summit’s $500 million debt.
Head to THR to see more!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Who Will Be Sitting with Rob at the People’s Choice Awards?

There has been some confusion over whether Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner will be attending the PCS with Rob tomorrow after two different seating charts showed up online today. Sadly it appears that neither Kristen nor Taylor will be attending the PCA’s on Wednesday!

Here is the original seating chart which was treated by @markmalkin and is being confirmed by Gossip Cop as the correct seating chart.

Here is what Gossip Cop said:

Twitter is abuzz with speculation that Kristen Stewart will attend Wednesday’s “People’s Choice Awards.”

Though she’s not one of the previously announced celebrity guests, an audience placard for Stewart was curiously shown on Tuesday night’s “Entertainment Tonight.”

In the clip, the seating arrangement has Stewart sitting next to her boyfriend and Twilightco-star Robert Pattinson.

So, is Stewart really going to be at the People’s Choice Awards?


A source close to the star tells Gossip Copexclusively that the pictured seating chart is “bulls**t.”

The insider says they wanted “a headshot of [Stewart] for a skit,” but it’s unclear whether they’ll actually be doing the skit or not.

Regardless, while Pattinson is attending the awards show to support his nomination forWater For Elephants, Stewart was NEVER scheduled to appear and will NOT be there.

Source via Spunk-Ransom

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Will 2012 Be Taylor’s Year?

Will 2012 be the year Taylor’s career outside of The Twilight Saga takes off? Here is what The Twilight Examiner had to say.

Finally, with Taylor Lautner, he’s got a little bit of work to do, but he’s already making really good moves. For a while there, he was snagging job after job with very heavy paychecks. He was touted as part of the new “A-list” and had more future projects lined up than almost anyone else in the cast. The first film to come to fruition was Abduction, an action film featuring his first turn in a leading role. Unfortunately, something didn’t sync up with that movie and it struck a chord with neither critics nor general audiences.

This year could turn it all around, though. Not only does he have one interesting project in pre-production (Incarceron, a sci-fi prison-style picture based on the Catherine Fisher novel of the same name), but he’s also going to be teaming up with director Gus Van Sant on an indie project supposedly based on an article from The New Yorker. Otherwise, he’s still keeping a foot in the action arena, reportedly signing on for Goliath and a few other projects (one of which might include director Michael Bay). Being hardworking has always been a strength for Taylor Lautner, and that determination will carry over well for him when tackling these new projects. Once things get going on some of these, he should be on his way.

Head HERE to read the full article.

Photo of Taylor Lautner at the Lions vs Saints Game Last Weekend!

Source: Garland Gillen via TeamTaylorLautner

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber: Los Cabos Couple

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber hit the Los Cabos, Mexico beaches for a little vacation on Saturday morning (January 7).

The twosome had quite a busy holiday, the vacation is much deserved.

Selena, 19, just announced on her official site that she’ll be hosting the 2nd Annual Charity Concert benefitting UNICEF on Friday, January 20th at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.

The entire concert was sold out within minutes!

“Giving back has always been important to me. This concert allows me to connect with my fans in person which is one of the best parts of my job and to raise money for important causes at the same time I can’t think of anything I would enjoy doing more,” Selena shared.

Tyler Hilton: 'An Evening with One Tree Hill'

Tyler Hilton laughs it up with Bethany Joy Galeotti on stage at An Evening with One Tree Hill held at the Arclighht Cinemas on Thursday night (January 5) in Los Angeles.

The 28-year-old actor/musician joined his cast mates at an advanced screening of the new and final season of the hit CW series.

Tyler tweeted, “The gang answering questions after the #OTH9 premiere last night. I dig hangin w these folks. Ep looks good. Airs 1/11!”

He also promised his followers, “Yeuuup I’m just gonna do it. I’m gonna give u a free song from my new record on Wed. to celebrate the start of OTH. Decided.”

Shenae Grimes: Back on '90210' Set

Shenae Grimes waves to the cameras as she heads back on set for 90210 in Los Angeles on Friday morning (January 6).

The 22-year-old actress was spotted filming a few scenes with AnnaLynne McCord and teasing a few crew members around basecamp.

In the mid-season premiere, Arielle Kebbel tells Hollywood Life of the triangle between Liam (Matt Lanter), Vanessa and Annie.

“As the season continues, Liam and Vanessa get closer and learn they have similar troubled pasts,” Arielle shared. “I think that brings them closer together. Instead of judging each other’s pasts, they see the good in one another and encourage change for the future.”

One Direction Involved In Minor Car Accident

The guys from One Direction were involved in a minor car accident on January 5, 2011. Luckily the guys didn’t need extreme emergency attention, rather they were just treated for whiplash.
The accident was caused by a car hitting the back of the group’s tour bus. Thank goodness nobody was seriously injured!
P.S. Get ready to see One Direction in the US soon! They go on tour with Big Time Rush this February!

Joe Jonas Has Fun In His New Twitter Profile Picture

Joe Jonas looks like he is having a blast in his new Twitter profile picture! Joe revealed that he hoped that the Jonas Brothers can reunite for more music this year, so now JoBro fans are on high alert waiting for the guys to all be in the same place at the same time so they can record some tracks.
We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything about new music from Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas and Nick Jonas. We’ll also let you know if we hear anything about Miley Cyrus releasing new music, since her fans are convinced that she will drop a new album this year!

Bella Thorne Posts A Close Up Of Her Cute Puppy Krystal

We can’t get enough of Bella Thorne’s new puppy named Krystal! Bella posted the adorable photo above of her new pooch along with writing:
Aww is right! How cute is she?!
P.S. Do you think Bella brings Krystal on the set of “Shake It Up” with her?

Nick Jonas And Delta Goodrem Support Anna Maria Perez De Tagle On Broadway

Nick Jonas is in New York getting ready to take the stage in the play “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” While in the city Nick took his girlfriend Delta Goodrem to watch his “Camp Rock” co-star Anna Maria Perez De Tagle in her Broadway show “Godspell.”
Here’s what Anna Tweeted about Nick’s support:
Thanks so much @nickjonas and @delta_goodrem for coming to see @BwayGodspell! Can’t wait to see HTSIB! :) 
We can’t wait to see both Anna and Nick’s plays! What about you?

Justin Gaston In The TV Movie “Game Change”

Miley Cyrus’ ex-boyfriend Justin Gaston will portray Levi Johnston in the made-for-TV movie “Game Change.” Here’s a list of actors and who they’ll play in the movie:
Woody Harrelson - Steve Schmidt
Julianne Moore – Sarah Palin
Ed Harris – John McCain
Sarah Paulson – Nicolle Wallace
Ron Livingston – Mark Wallace
Peter MacNicol – Rick Davis
Tiffany Thornton – Mehgan McCain
Jamey Sheridan – Mark Salter
Alex Hyde-White – Lindsey Graham
Bruce Altman – Fred Davis
Jenna Stern – Lisa Kline
Brian Howe – Randy Scheunemann
Melissa Farman – Bristol Palin
Spencer Garrett - Steve Biegun
John Rothman – A.B. Culvahouse
Rain Pryor – Angela
Larry Sullivan – Chris Edwards
Ashlie Atkinson - Plump Woman
Brian d’Arcy James – Ted Frank
Jennifer Butler - Palin supporter
Colby French – Tucker Eskew
Shelley Bassett – Campaign Worker
Brittany Underwood – Willow Palin
David Barry Gray – Todd Palin
Justin Gaston – Levi Johnston
What do you think about Justin playing Levi?

Zendaya Coleman Flashback Friday January 6, 2012

Zendaya Coleman actually forgot about her Flashback Friday photo this week, but she made it up to her fans by posting the picture on Twitter yesterday! Here’s what Z posted along with the picture:
Flashback Friday!! a little sassy wouldn’t you say?!!
Zendaya’s new Disney Channel Original Movie “Frenemies” premieres on January 13, 2012. Will you be watching?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Taylor Lautner, Booboo Stewart, and Robert Pattinson made Capricho’s ‘Drool List’

Taylor Lautner, Booboo Stewart, and Robert Pattinson made Capricho’s list of 40 guys that made us drool a lot in 2011. Taylor came in at #1!

1. Taylor Lautner

No wonder he was voted “International Eye Drops” at whim Awards. In 2011, Taylor Lautner showed that a six pack is not only beautiful, but a talented actor with a promising future. In the role of Nathan in the movie “No Exit”, the guy showed a hand full of action even more than his character Jacob, “Breaking Dawn”. In the penultimate film “Twilight,” Tay took off his shirt, made ​​baby face, joke and did – oh, oh! - Drew gasps and sighs of most people.

11. Robert Pattinson

Beautiful, charming, intelligent, funny! Rob Pattz was another actor who this year had a chance to surprise us with another character. Like Jacob, in “Water for Elephants,” we saw something very different vampire Edward in “Breaking Dawn”. The penultimate film of the saga premiered in theaters in November and was a box office record.

35. Boo Boo Stewart

We’ve been looking at Boo Boo’s séééculos! But after his performance was very cute in “Dawn” we were convinced that he is the perfect cub. In this film, he drew even more attention on the role of Seth.

Head to Capricho to see the full list!

Source via TeamTaylorLautner

More BTS Pics of Taylor from ‘Abduction’

Source: repimg via TeamTaycob

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Betty Confidential: Katniss (Hunger Games) vs Bella

Betty Confidential has created a Hunger Games vs Twilight smackdown by developing a friendly competition between both books main heroines Katniss Everdeen and Bella Swan. Read on for details:

It’s no secret that we’re mildly (okay, completely) obsessed with all things related to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy. Set in a dystopian future, the story centers around Katniss Everdeen, a teenager who must fight for her life in a twisted tournament of death run by the government. Naturally, we’re super psyched about the upcoming movie based on the books.

Before the March 2012 big screen debut of The Hunger Games, we decided to pull Katniss out of the arena and square her off against another well-known female lead: Bella Swan ofStephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Most of us have watched the love fest between Bella and Edward blossom in Breaking Dawn Part I, but how long would the newly-minted member of the Cullen family last against the vengeance-seeking freedom fighter from District 12?

We divided this friendly competition up into the three categories we believe every heroine should possess: strength, both emotional and physical; wit; and loyalty.

Visit Betty Confidential to find out how each character fared in each category.

Source: Via HG Girl On Fire

Rob and Taylor on Next Movies “30 Actors to Watch in 2012″ List

Next Movie is celebrating the New Year by looking at 30 actors to watch in this years biggest blockbusters. Rob came in at #15 and Taylor came in at #20.

Robert Pattinson

Starring in: “Bel Ami” (March 2); “Cosmopolis”; “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ (Nov. 16)

Why It’s a Big Year: Just call him the prince of adaptations. Pattinson tackles three literary heroes in 2012: Guy de Maupassant’s manipulative Parisian in the period drama “Bel Ami,” Don DeLillo’s shallow Manhattan billionaire in “Cosmopolis” and — of course — Stephenie Meyer’s eternally young vampire in love, Edward Cullen, in the final “Twilight.”

Taylor Lautner

Starring in: “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ (Nov. 16)

Why It’s a Big Year: When we last saw Lautner’s lovesick werewolf Jacob Black, he was kneeling in adoration before Bella and Edward’s human-vampire baby daughter. The final chapter of Stephenie Meyer’s epic supernatural romance should shatter box-office records and further solidify Lautner as the sexiest perpetually shirtless actor of his generation.

Source: Next Movie

The Playlist’s ’50 Most Anticipated Films Of 2012′ Includes ‘Twilight’ Actors Movies

The Playlist has put together a list of 50 of the most anticipated movies this year. Cosmopolis (starring Robert Pattinson), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (starring Lee Pace), The Master (starring Rami Malek), and On the Road (starring Kristen Stewart) have been included in the list.


Synopsis: Based on the novel by American authorDon DeLillo, it centers on Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), a young multi-billionaire making an epic, ultimately doomed limo ride across New York City.

What You Need to Know: David Cronenberg is enjoying an unparalleled level of critical and commercial acceptance after decades hovering on the fringe. At the outset, “Cosmopolis” seems to fall in line with the mannered, critic-friendly films of the recent Cronenberg era. It is, after all, an adaptation of a critically revered and best-selling novel and stars hunky heartthrob-of-the-moment Robert Pattinson. But on closer inspection, the movie seems more atypical and dangerous (a good thing, since “A Dangerous Method” felt far too safe for a filmmaker known for exploding heads and genital mutilation), taking place primarily in a stretch limousine as it crawls through New York City (not exactly a cinematic conceit). A number of Cronenberg’s favorite thematic tics are explored, too, including man’s relationship with modern technology, the messiness of murder and sexual obsession. So while it might be sold as another buttoned-up late era Cronenberg think piece, we’re hoping it’s going to be ruder, looser, and more like the days of yore, even if it has to be without the exploding heads and genital mutilation.

Release Date: With press for “A Dangerous Method” occupying much of Cronenberg’s time in the fall of 2011, our guess is the fall film festival circuit will be the earliest we see the picture.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Synopsis: In the first of a two-part prequel to “The Lord of the Rings,” Bilbo Baggins relates an early journey with Gandalf and a pack of unruly dwarves to steal a horde of treasure from the dragon Smaug.

What You Need To Know: Given that the original trilogy was near-universally beloved, a giant box-office hit (taking close to $3 billion worldwide) and even managed to be win a record haul of Oscars with its last installment, getting “The Hobbit,” J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel set, and written, before “The Lord of the Rings” proved surprisingly tricky, with rights issues and studio bankruptcy holding the project up for years, even before original director Guillermo Del Toro bailed. But Peter Jackson‘s finally returned to Middle Earth, and if the recent atmospheric teaser is anything to go by, he hasn’t forgotten what he’s doing. Settling back into the world feels like putting on a comfortable pair of old shoes, and the filmmaker looks to have the perfect Bilbo in “The Office” star Martin Freeman, who leads a group of new arrivals to the franchise including Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Aidan Turner, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace and Evangeline Lilly, along with many returning favorites. We have our reservations: is Jackson’s heart really in it, after spending so long saying he didn’t want to direct the film? Will the two-part structure feel padded and indulgent for a book that only runs to 285 pages? Will having a baker’s dozen of dwarves mean that they blend into one? We hope not, and if anyone can pull it off, it’s the hirsute New Zealander.

Release Date: December 14th

“The Master”

Synopsis: After returning home from WWII, a charismatic intellectual (Philip Seymour Hoffman) launches a faith-based organization and taps a young drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) as his right-hand man.

What You Need to Know: With just five films spread out over the last fifteen years, Paul Thomas Anderson has become one of the most celebrated American directors working today. It’s been nearly half a decade since his masterpiece “There Will Be Blood” became the directors highest-grossing and most critically acclaimed film — his longest gap ever — but the wait seems worthwhile. His latest reteams the director with former muse Hoffman who portrays a man who starts his own religion during the 1950s and becomes the “master of ceremonies,” supposedly with strong parallels to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Phoenix, in his first post-”retirement” role, plays the drifter he recruits, with Amy Adams and Laura Dern along for the ride too. Despite being less than 12 months from release the film is still shrouded in secrecy with even the title still up in the air. We reviewed an early rough draft of the script all the way back in February of 2010 and after several stops and starts (eventually being rescued by every cinephile’s favorite heiress Megan Ellison), the film is finally on its way, though the script has surely evolved since that minimal sketch was leaked. Initially hailed as a disciple of Scorsese and Altman, Anderson’s now finding himself being compared to another auteur whose films grew more masterful as well as increasingly further apart: Kubrick. All of this makes “The Master” quite possibly our most anticipated film of 2012.

Release Date: Assume a late fall release

“On The Road”

Synopsis: A long-time-coming adaptation of Jack Kerouac‘s famous Beat Generation novel. Drifter poets Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty travel across the country in search of themselves, colliding with a rigid and impermeable society along the way.

What You Need To Know: Over thirty years in the making, director Francis Ford Coppola has been trying to get this picture made since the mid 1970s. Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles signed on to make the picture in 2005, with Coppola exec producing, but none of it became a reality until early 2010 when casting and financing finally coalesced. Starring Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley as the two leads andKristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi and more, rounding out the colorful cast, “On The Road” has been a labor of love for both Salles and Hedlund who has also been involved for years, biding his time for when funding would finally arrive. Having directed “The Motorcycle Diaries,” and other striking Foreign-language films, Salles has had an unlucky streak of late. After 2005’s semi-successful “Dark Water,” his 2008 co-directed film “Linha de Passe” failed to ever score distribution in North America. But having worked on ‘Road’ on and off for six years, we’re hoping this one is a major comeback.

Release Date: TBD, but we’re guessing a Cannes bow in May would make sense.

Check out all of the movies (there is a TON) at Indie Wire

Source: Indie Wire
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