Peter Jackson’s sprawling tripartite telling of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit comes to a close next week with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. As part of this week’s cover story—written by an up-and-coming freelancer named Stephen Colbert—EW got its hands on a couple of exclusive images from the third and final film. READ FULL STORY
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No one deserved a Hobbit cameo more than Stephen Colbert, the man who Peter Jackson called the biggest Tolkien geek he’d ever met. This is a man, after all, who dedicated an entire week of The Colbert Report to the first Hobbit movie last year, who visited the sequel’s set in New Zealand. It’s almost like he was auditioning for a role!
Well, mission accomplished, Stephen.
Long rumored — Colbert recently described it as a Where’s Waldo? role — the late-night star pops up in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He plays a hooded spy in Laketown. It’s difficult to recognize him at first, but then, when he breaks into a Sondheim song, there’s no denying it’s Colbert.
Okay, so he doesn’t break out into song. (Wasted opportunity.) But it’s undeniably Colbert. A GIF on Reddit reveals Colbert’s calculated thespian turn, with a twist of malevolence.
Your nostalgia is getting a 3-D twist.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman — from the 1960s Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon — are getting a big-screen adventure, featuring the voices of Ty Burrell, Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, and Max Charles. In the family comedy, Sherman takes off with his dad’s time machine, The WABAC, screwing up history. When the gang must all go back to fix things, they stumble upon all sorts of big history moments — from the mummies in ancient Egypt to the painting of the Mona Lisa.
“At first, we were thinking, ‘Will we have to find somebody who will do a Bill Scott impression?'” director Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) recalled about casting Mr. Peabody at an event for the film this week. “That’s sort of where we quickly came to the conclusion that that would be a bad idea because we couldn’t really find anyone that did that. And so we sort of liberated our thinking and thought, ‘Who is this character and who is this character for today?’… This was something that was done over 50 years ago, and we wanted to make sure that we really brought him to life in the right way. And I think that Ty… he kind of embodied all the different aspects we were trying to convey, not just, you know, the intellect or the suave personality. But somehow, there was a sort of an underlying warmth that we really, really liked and wanted to bring to this character.”
Check out the first trailer below: READ FULL STORY
Peter Jackson on a possible Stephen Colbert 'Hobbit' cameo: 'I've never met a bigger Tolkien geek in my life'
Stephen Colbert’s massive love of the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien is well established. This is a man who, on an episode of the Colbert Report last year, explained the debt ceiling crisis using Lord of the Rings action figures. Then, if there was still any lingering question exactly how giant a nerd he really is, he whipped out “Aragorn’s sword Anduril, Flame of the West, forged from the shards of Narsil” just to show off to the audience that he had it. In a recent Playboy interview, Colbert gushed fanboy-ishly about his visit to the New Zealand set of The Hobbit and, when asked if he would make some sort of cameo, answered with a coy, “Could be.” Since then, reports citing unnamed sources have circulated suggesting Colbert will indeed have some kind of cameo in one of the later Hobbit movies. But, if so, what will he be? An elf? (He does have that one slightly elvish-looking ear.) A dwarf? A faux-conservative talk-show-hosting hobbit?
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• Speaking of fact-based films set in the 19th century, Alfre Woodard has joined the formidable cast of Twelve Years a Slave, director Steve McQueen‘s follow-up to Shame about a free man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who is dragooned into slavery. The film costars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, and Sarah Paulson. See what I mean about formidable? Yowsah! [THR]
• Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney, Ellie Kemper (Bridesmaids), Ariel Winter (Modern Family), and Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day) will lend their voices to Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the DreamWorks Animation adaptation of the beloved animated shorts from the Rocky and Bullwinkle family. Colbert will take on the role of Paul Peterson, archrival of Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell); Janney will play Peterson’s wife Paula, and Winter his daughter Penny. Young actor Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man) is voicing Sherman. Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) is directing. [THR]
• Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast, Snow White and the Huntsman) is in talks to play the heavy opposite Russell Crowe in Noah, Darren Aronofsky‘s big-screen take on the Old Testament story. Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Douglas Booth round out the cast. [Deadline]
• Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Like Crazy) is joining Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and John Hurt in Jim Jarmusch‘s vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive. Because why not a Jim Jarmusch vampire romance? [Deadline]
• Alessandro Nivola (Jurassic Park III) has joined the West Memphis Three feature film Devil’s Knot. He’ll play Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the three murdered boys at the heart of the internationally famous case; recent documentaries West of Memphis and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory both allege Hobbs was responsible for the murders, but he has denied any involvement. Reese Witherspoon will play Hobbs’ wife Pam. [Deadline]
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