FANTASY

Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit Scores' on Superior Direction (video)

I never read The Hobbit nor the “Lord of the Rings” series, but when the opportunity came to see a screening of “The Hobbit,” I jumped at the chance. I was dazzled not so much by the story, but by director Peter Jackson’s epic work. Elijah Wood, who appears briefly as Frodo, was good. But Martin Freeman in the titular role as the young Bilbo Baggins is spot-on, Gollum is brilliantly essayed by Andy Serkis....

Will Smith, Son Jaden Smith, Bond in New 'After Earth' Trailer (watch!)

Will Smith and son Jaden Smith star in a new trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s science fiction film “After Earth.” Father and son return from a deep space mission but this is not their father’s earth. Or grandfather’s. It’s 1,000 years in the future long after humans have abandoned the planet. It’s reverted to its wild state with all kinds of dangers. Isabelle Fuhrman, Kristofer Hivju, Gabriel Caste, Daha Mohamed and Zoe Kravitz also star. ...

Bilbo Baggins Freaks at Gollum in New Hobbit Trailer (watch)

Martin Freeman as young Bilbo Baggins has his first encounter the wiry Gollum in a new trailer for the upcoming movie “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Bilbo wants to find a way out of Gollum’s slimy lair, but Gollum has other plans for the Hobbit. “Oh, we like goblinses, batses, and fishes, but we haven’t tried Hobbits,” says the wiry creature. “But we haven’t tried Hobbits yet. Tell me is it soft? Is it juicy?” As Gollum presses in perilously close, Bilbo draws his sword and begins waving it wildly. “Keep your distance! I will use this if I have to,” he threatens....

Nicholas Hoult Climbs Beanstalk in New Giant Slayer Video (watch!)

Nicholas Hoult will be known for more than being Jennifer Lawrence’s boyfriend, judging by a new trailer for his film “Jack the Giant Slayer,” a retelling of the children’s fairy tale classic “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Hoult plays Jack, who is beguiled when a princess, played by Eleanor Tomlinson shows up on his doorstep one rainy night. He’s thirsting for an adventure and so is she. The film has a solid cast including Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor, but these fairy tale reimaginings have a mixed record....

'The Hobbit' Causes 27 Animal Deaths; Animal Groups Outraged

Animal rights groups are up in arms over the deaths of 27 animals that were used to film the wildly popular movie “The Hobbit.” They are planning protests in New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom where filming has taken place. The film’s production company claims none of the animals died while actually shooting scenes. Rather they were housed on farms that included so called “death traps.” But the “wranglers” specifically charged with caring for the animals said they complained in vain to the Warner Bros. owned production company. ...