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Let’s talk about some of your other projects. The third installment of ‘The Hobbit’ is coming later this year. Are you a big Tolkien fan?

Yes!

You said before ‘Desolation of Smaug’ came out that you were apprehensive about how people might receive your character because she isn’t part of the original canon. Looking back at that now, how do you feel about the reactions from fans?

I don’t know if I’m just living in a bubble, or with my head in the sand, but I have experienced mostly only positive reactions to Tauriel. I have heard the tiniest grumblings from the odd troll online, but for the most part she was really well received and people were really glad to have some feminine energy in the films. It’s nine hours of entertainment; it’s kind of tough to watch hairy, short men for all that time. I also think that she added an element of the feminine spirit, which is humanity and compassion, that I think was a little bit needed.

That story, that book as we all know, is one children’s story. It’s not an extremely sophisticated story, and it doesn’t have a ton of layers – nor does it have a ton of character development. So when you start developing out those characters, you start to have to elaborate on their motivations, and the motivation of 90% of the characters in that book is greed, selfishness, pride.

And revenge.

Revenge! There’s so few good and true intentions in those male characters. I think it was a little bit of an emotional relief and release to watch those films and suddenly hear somebody say, “We just have to do what’s right.”

And what can we expect from her in ‘Battle of the Five Armies’?

Everything with everyone’s storyline in the third film is going to boil to a head. Things get very intense. It’s going to be the darkest out of the three films, and I think it’s the one that will resemble most the original Lord of the Rings films. Of course, it’s entitled the Battle of the Five Armies, so there’s a big, epic battle, and it’s good and evil coming to a head as it always is in Tolkien’s storybooks.

And it’s no different for Tauriel. What’s great is you’ll get the answer to the big romantic question. Does she love an elf, does she love a dwarf, does she not love either one of them? Ultimately Tauriel, at the bottom of it all, is a hero. She starts out as a hero, and she ends as a hero. I think she has a great story.

Intriguing. But speaking of that love triangle, there was also a little apprehension on your part about that?

Oh there was more than a little apprehension.

How are you feeling about it now?

Before I agreed to take the role, it was the only stipulation I laid down: no love triangles. I did one for six years, I am done. And there wasn’t. In the original script, there wasn’t. In the original shooting, there wasn’t. We shot for a year and there was no love triangle. And then we came back for reshoots, and this little surprise was dropped in our laps.

“The relationship between Tauriel and these male characters is a bit too ambiguous, and it’s a bit confusing, and we’re not really understanding what’s what. We need to make it a little clearer and a little bit more obvious for our audience, and therefore we’re going to turn something that was subtle, and delicate, and beautiful into a bit more of an obvious love triangle.” I just went, “No!” But I actually didn’t drop to my knees and cry, I actually understood. Because when we were filming, I was getting frustrated, because I was feeling like it was not clear.

I knew as an audience member, it was just going to be annoying. They’re just going to be annoyed with these characters because it’s not clear – it’s not clear what is her relationship to Legolas, and what is her relationship to Kili, and what is this all about? If it’s confusing, it’s really obnoxious. Love triangles get a bit obnoxious even if they’re clear, but when they’re not, it’s even more obnoxious, so I understood why they had to do it.

And you’re feeling okay about it now?

Yeah, I’m feeling fine about it. I don’t think it’s the most shining part of the film, and I don’t think it’s necessarily – I’m going to get lynched for saying this – but it’s not totally Tolkien. I know he has written love triangles in some of the later works that he wrote. In the end, it is what it is. I don’t focus too much on it because it’s a tiny part of the story. And it’s a tiny part of her story.

Okay, and I have to ask: you’re rumoured to be playing the female lead in ‘Ant-Man?’

I can’t say anything.

But you’re staying at Comic-Con through Sunday?

Yeah. I’ll be here four days, and then I go off to do Hobbit ADR for Battle of the Five Armies.

Have you seen the final ‘The Hobbit’ film yet?

No, I’ll see parts of it – probably all of my parts because Peter Jackson notoriously ADRs almost everything. I’ll get to see the majority of all of my work on Monday and Tuesday when I’ll be doing ADR. Then I wait, and I don’t see the completed film until I’m sitting at the theatre at the premiere. I like that movie going experience, when you go with people who are excited to see it, and they’re laughing, and clapping, and gasping.

When you’re watching the screener that they show the actors so that they can talk to the press, you’re in the room with a bunch of people who are extremely self-conscious, and terrified of whether or not they did a good job, all watching themselves for the first time and it is very tense. It’s not fun. I don’t go to those screenings, I wait until the premiere and then you’re there with people who love it and are excited. It’s way more relaxed.

So you spend months answering questions about-

A film I’ve never seen! Yeah! But I’m a good bluffer, that’s what I do for a living.

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ will be released on December 17, 2014

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Sherlock finally made it to Hall H at Comic-Con and the creative team brought a few surprises. Steven Moffatt, Sue Vertue, Mark Gatiss, Amanda Abbington, and Benedict Cumberbatch were on hand to the thrill of fans.

Benedict Cumberbatch and crew definitely know how to work a crowd. Here are the top highlights of the panel that played to a crowd of thousands.

1. Season 4

They are currently two weeks from finishing Sherlock season 4. Cumberbatch said that “a lot comes home to roost this season… it’s ballsy.”

They have 26 pages to film this Tuesday. Cumberbatch states that the monologues are very challenging and take a lot of work.

As for actors’ favorite lines this season:

Gatiss: “Sherlock.”

Abington: Not a line but a beckoning gesture.

Cumberbatch: Can’t say.

Key names for next season (change from doing key words):

  • Moffat: Smith
  • Gatiss: Thatcher
  • Vertue: Sherinford

2. Keeping the show fresh

By not making as many episodes, the creators feel they actually keep the quality. They joked that under normal standards they’ve actually made about half a season of a standard TV show, or 13 episodes.

There are no plans for any other Victorian Era shows. Moffat feels that it would be less interesting if the mind palace returned there.

3. Learning curves and drugs

Gatiss stated that with 90-minute episodes you “really have to put [Sherlock and Watson] through the ringer.” Moffat added that because of this, Watson has to evolve. Watson can’t keep being amazed by Sherlock. As for Sherlock, “he can’t be the weird scary amoral man we met in the first episode… geniuses learn… he has to learn.”

Sherlock’s drug addiction comes back when he is not working. It’s hinted that the addiction will be a bigger issue this season than in the past.

4. The coat and the hair

There is apparently a big debate every year over changing the iconic coat. Sue Vertue wants to change it, and Steven Moffat wants to keep it. Benedict Cumberbatch dove into the debate stating, “I’m quite hung up on the coat…. but sometimes it has to come off.” The audience reaction was predictable.

Cumberbatch joked that he loved playing Sherlock in the Victorian era because of the slicked back hair. In the modern era it takes forever for his hair to get done. On a serious note, he loved the more straight-laced, clipped version of Sherlock.

5. First ‘Sherlock’ season 4 trailer

The teaser trailer featured this phrase over and over: “Something’s coming. It may be Moriarity, maybe not.” Literally every character we know and love looks like they are scared, angry, or worried on an epic scale.

One of the best moments is Mrs. Hudson saying with supreme venom to Mycroft, “Get out of my house you reptile.” Watch below:

6. Improv and family

There is actually, according to Cumberbatch, very little improvisation on set. It’s about how to do what’s there, and not messing with the script. He firmly believes that what is there is what is needed for the show.

Cumberbatch genuinely loves having his mom and dad play his TV mom and dad. Every now and then he can see his mother struggle to call him “Sherlock” and not “Ben.”

7. Mary in the know

Abbington didn’t know she was an assassin until well into the last season. When she found out, she told partner Martin Freeman, “My God, [the fans] are going to hate me.” Despite this, she loves the flawed characters of the series.

8. When will the series return?

No date was given for either the BBC release date or the PBS release date. We only know that it will premiere in 2017.

9. The dog photo

According to Cumberbatch the dog (depicted above) was a nightmare. “The dog wouldn’t fucking move,” he said. The companion was supposed to drag Sherlock all over London, but the dog didn’t like people, concrete, crowds… really anything about an urban setting.

Moffat and Gatiss resorted to writing a new scene on the spot to account for the lack of the dog’s interest in roaming. According to Gatiss all it did was drool on the concrete.

10. Future seasons?

Touching on the future of the series, Moffat stated, “Why is everybody assuming they survive season 4?” Gatiss joked, “We’re skipping season 5 and doing season 6.”

Moffat clarified that — contrary to recent reports — he never said that this season would be the last one (He’s right: All he said was the schedules of Cumberbatch and Freeman are only getting more difficult to work with). Gatiss added that they want to do more seasons, and they hope that they are able to.

Sherlock will be back in 2017. What do you think of the first season 4 trailer?

Marvel presented at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday evening and offered new looks at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and more.

“We only want to come to Hall H when we have a lot to show you,” teased Marvel’s Kevin Feige at the start of the panel. Indeed, they had a ton to offer — including news of a new Marvel theme park attraction!

Everything we’ve learned at Marvel’s SDCC panel

  1. Marvel kicked off their panel with a new logo and updated fanfare by composer Michael Giacchino.

  2. Black Panther had some casting news to share: Lupita N’yongo will be playing one of the guards at Wakanda named Nakia. Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan will be playing Erik Killmonger. We also received brand new casting news: Danai Gurira has joined the movie — She’ll play Okoye, head of Dora Milaje! Finally, a new logo for the film was revealed:

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  3. Thor: Ragnarok unveiled a behind-the-scenes look at the new film which included a look at Cate Blanchett as Hela. They also showed a documentary-style clip (think The Office) explaining where Hulk and Thor were during the events of Captain America: Civil War! In it, Thor had a tiny bed for Mjolnir and a crime board that tried to connect the Infinity Stones and discover their purpose. There is also mugshot of Loki. Like Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok had a new logo to show off with a retro looking subtitle:

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  4. Doctor Strange’s portion of the panel kicked off with a smoke and laser show to introduce Benedict Cumberbatch.

    Tilda Swinton was also at the panel and spoke about the Ancient One. “The truth is, anyone can be The Ancient One,” she said. A clip from Doctor Strange was also showed in which Steven Strange meets Tilda’s character (It won’t be online).

  5. Thankfully, a brand new and wholly epic Doctor Strange trailer was released. Watch below:

    A new poster was also unveiled:

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  6. Next up was Spider-Man: Homecoming. Director Jon Watts described the film as a high school movie about a 15-year-old Peter Parker who’s in the 10th grade. A new clip was unveiled and had a strong John Hughes vibe — Peter Parker is just your average high schooler trying to get through the day. There was also this great moment:

  7. Next up: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which kicks off a few months after the first movie. The entire cast was there to introduce a new scene in which a very adorable Baby Groot helps Yondu and Rocket break out of prison. Baby Groot even has a little outfit! Adorably, the Ravengers — who captured Yondu and Rocket — refuse to hurt Baby Groot because of how cute he is.

    This movie got a new logo as well.

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  8. Speaking of Marvel’s space dramedy, the studio also confirmed rumors of a Guardians of the Galaxy theme park attraction. It’s called Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and debuts Summer 2017 at Disneyland’s California Adventure theme park. Sadly, it’s replacing the classic Tower of Terror ride. Check out a behind the scenes video of the attraction:

  9. Marvel ended their panel by confirming that Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel, as was previously rumored. She took the stage to say hi to the adoring audience, and participated in a giant Marvel selfie:

All in all, Marvel had a ton to share. What do you think of all the developments?

DC kept the trailer train trotting along today with an all new trailer for Suicide Squad!

Though Suicide Squad is just a few weeks away from hitting theaters, DC kept the momentum going today with an all new trailer featuring music from the soundtrack, new footage, and a better look at what exactly we can expect from the upcoming villain-focused super hero movie. Check it out below.

The new (and likely final) Suicide Squad trailer comes after surprise premiere of the Wonder Woman trailer and an even bigger surprise with our first look at the Justice League trailer. As with the other trailers today, this one debuted publicly alongside its Comic-Con Hall H premiere.

In this trailer, we hear a lot from Will Smith who plays Deadshot and arguably the most decorated and respected actor among the cast. “They’re gonna blame us for the whole thing. We’re the patsies, don’t forget. We’re the bad guys.” The trailer is jam-packed with all of the villains and their powers and skills on full display.

We also get a better look at the leader of the pack, Jared Leto’s The Joker. “I can’t wait to show you my toys,” Leto’s Joker says while slapping around a man.

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn also gets a lot of screen time in this trailer. Though, most of it features close ups of her back side, which stays close to the adult, rugged tone of the other trailers we have seen thus far.

There’s no doubt that fans will be flocking to theaters rooting on the bad guys when Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5th. Suicide Squad features

What did you think of the thrilling, action-packed trailer for Suicide Squad?