Stephen Colbert’s Hidden Hobbit Cameo

It’s well-known that fake news funnyman Stephen Colbert is a massive Tolkien fan, evidenced by that time when he schooled self-proclaimed #1 Tolkien fan James Franco on the Colbert Report. Or that other time where he schooled self-proclaimed #1 Tolkien fan James Franco on the Colbert Report… again.

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Needless to say, Colbert’s Middle-earth mania earned him notice from Peter Jackson, who invited the whole Colbert clan down to New Zealand to cameo in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Which scene did they appear in? Find out after the jump.

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Trailer Watch – How to Train Your Dragon 2

One of the best animated (and underrated, in my opinion) movies is finally getting its sequel!

Normally I’m not a fan of stitching instalments onto movies just because they perform well. If it’s going to happen, it should be planned for from the outset – but unfortunately, this is not the way the world works.

Regardless, Dreamworks has a pretty good reputation for putting out good animated stuff, so I’m counting myself excited. With a stellar cast, including Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington, Kristen Wiig and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is looking like an epic, cling-to-your-dragon adventure. Check out the full trailer below:

Trailer Watch – Edge of Tomorrow

Hollywood has a total hard-on for sci-fi movies. And that’s just fine.

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The latest offering comes on the mechanized shoulders of a professionally-confused Tom Cruise and a completely badass Emily Blunt. In Edge of Tomorrow, Cruise and Blunt become caught up in a time loop, forcing them to live, die and repeat a battle against an invading alien threat.

Now, I’m certainly not the biggest Tom Cruise fan – in fact, I’m probably one of the smallest – but Emily Blunt’s performance in the trailer is super captivating for me. There are a lot of bad sci-fi movies out there, but with great visuals, an intriguing concept and a boss trailer soundtrack, I can honestly say I’m stoked for Edge of Tomorrow.

Watch the trailer and decide for yourself:

Trailer Watch – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Internet is buzzing about the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that crawled out of its webby egg yesterday… uh, figuratively.

The point is, the new spot is packed with action, friends, enemies and frenemies. Jamie Foxx is electrifying as Electro while a masked Paul Giamatti rears his iron-plated head as Rhino. And of course, where there’s Spider-man, there’s Harry Osborn, creepily cast as Chronicle‘s Dane DeHaan (another terrific movie, by the way).

Check out the trailer and answer me this – what do you think about all the villain reveals? The choice of villains? How’s this reboot stacking up to the original?

Trailer Watch – The Boxtrolls

We all know movies nowadays are awash with CGI, and while some of it is really, really good, it can feel really, really fake if it’s not done well. Instead of adding depth, dimension and believability to a world, bad graphics suck the life out of it.

So in the age of digi, handmade is making a comeback in a big way. It’s slow, laborious and demands a meticulous attention to detail – and it’s this that makes all the difference.

That’s why the new trailer for The Boxtrolls is so amazing – it doesn’t just show plain old stop motion footage. It shows the CREATION of that motion, stuff you usually only find on the DVDs extra footage.

If nothing else, it’ll give you an appreciation for the art of making stop motion itself. Check it out:

Trailer Watch – Tarzan

This is pretty much the last thing I expected to see a new trailer for. Tarzan? It hasn’t even been 15 years since Disney’s 1999 version!

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But okay, okay, let’s just focus on what the trailer’s all about. It’s the same basic story – wild kid raised by apes in the jungle meets civilized hottie Jane – but with some definite new twists. I have to admit, I’m really digging the near-future alien ship angle, and I’m TOTALLY getting an Avatar vibe from this.

The animation is interesting too – it’s not the smooth-edged stuff from Pixar or Dreamworks. It’s got some edges to it, a little bit of grittiness. But I’m having trouble with the writing… and the voice acting. I’m not sold!

Also, ‘Greystoke Industries’? Am I sensing a possible Caprica reference here anyone? Have a look for yourself and let me know what you think – am I way off base here?

Trailer Watch – Muppets Most Wanted

Wanted: Cute, fuzzy, lovable characters that we grew up with paired with hilarious comedians we can’t get enough of! DONE!

This trailer makes me excited, it looks like Kermit is the main focus of the movie. Hooray! We love seeing that adorable green frog and now we get him in America and Russia! Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais are perfectly cast too.

Muppets Most Wanted has given us another reason to look forward to Spring 2014:

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Chances are we’ve all seen (and liked) something from either Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton or James Cameron. But most of us, (including myself before watching this great doc) have no idea how much we have to thank stop-animator Ray Harryhausen for their success.

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It’s similar to a lot of other documentaries, in that it follows Ray’s life, career, clips of his work, etc. But what’s different and so fantastic is how he’s inspired SO MANY other legendary careers. Harryhausen has changed the face of visual arts as we know it. And if you’re not into visual effects, it’s still a great doc to geek-out to and fill your brain with cool movie factoids. Check out the trailer:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Sneak Peek

With less than 3 weeks to go to opening day, Warner Bros. has released a 3-minute sneak peek of what the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will have to offer.

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Through mists, mountains, Masters and muttering, we see a bit more of Middle Earth and the characters in it fleshed out. It’s well-known that the franchise is delving far deeper into this period of history than the book did – way deeper. It’s a simple equation, really: more history = more movies = more money. A truth I’m trying to politely avoid while attempting to get lost in the story.

Lake Town’s Bard makes his first appearance in this instalment, as does Evangeline Lily’s mysterious Tauriel. We even see a split-second shot of a lumbering Beorn. So despite some personal problems I have with the first movie, I’m still holding out hope to be captivated by a kind of magic that doesn’t come out of a wizard’s staff.

…but I might settle for that too. THE SNEAK PEEK:

Trailer Watch – Maleficent

In the middle of the fairy-tale-to-big-screen movie trend, it was really only a matter of time before we saw Maleficent happen, I think. We’ve seen the story from Sleeping Beauty’s view (and, uh…yawn?) but now we get to see the big bad herself, twisty horns and all.

I’ll be the first to come out and say that I’m not always the biggest Angelina Jolie fan… but holy dixnballz is this casting amazing. I literally can’t think of anyone else who’d be more perfect for the role. I also think I just cut myself on those cheekbones.

P.S. This brings back SUCH big Kingdom Hearts jeebies…