Evangeline Lilly

Warner Bros and DC have their shiny new Lex Luthor, and along with him, firm control of the current superhero spotlight. Will he be bald? Will he be Zuckerberg-like? Will he be an ex-gang leader with a bajillion tattoos? This new Luthor’s the talk of the town, and Marvel doesn’t like that one bit. So naturally, they’ve fired back, announcing one official and one potential addition to their current stable of superheroes.

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A dwarf named Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) sits in a pub on the cusp of trouble when a grey-bearded wizard named Gandalf (Ian McKellen) joins him. Words are exchanged, and Thorin is convinced of a plan to lead an expedition to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon in its bowels and restore it as home to the dwarves. Twelve months later, per onscreen text (and a wink from director Peter Jackson showing viewers that he can make expeditious cinema when he sets his mind to it), we rejoin Thorin, Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and a handful of unimportant dwarves right where we left them at the end of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The gang takes refuge in the home of a bearish man named Beorn, and the next day they enter the incredibly dangerous black forest on their way to the mountain. This is Gandalf’s cue to wish them luck, say he’ll meet them on the other side, and then leave the little bastards eating his pony dust. Typical dick move by Gandalf. The void left by his absence is filled with near death by way of giant spiders, moody elves, angry orcs, petty humans, and one eloquent but very ornery dragon named Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). The end.

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There are so many directions one could take an introduction to the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The obvious one would be to rail once again against Peter Jackson‘s (and the studio’s) at least partially greed-based decision to split a 350+ page book into three movies. Or we could simply remind people how underwhelming and dull the first film, An Unexpected Journey, actually was. Or we could make a joke about Smaug the dragon (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) actually being John Harrison. Or maybe we could find some thematic connections between Jackson and Smaug… both big, lonely creatures sitting atop mountains of gold earned off the efforts of so many others. But instead, we’re just going to acknowledge that The Desolation of Smaug looks to be a far more exciting ride than the first film, and that combined with Evangeline Lilly‘s elfen beauty may just be enough to make this one a must-see. Check out the first trailer below.

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If you want to be spoiled on the new character created by Peter Jackson and company for The Hobbit, read on. If you want to be spoiled on what happens in The Hobbit beyond her character, read “The Hobbit.” That new character is an elf played by Evangeline Lilly. When Jackson announced it, he was quick to point out that there would be no romantic relationship between her and Legalos, that her name was Tauriel (which is not the ingredient in energy drinks), and that her name meant “daughter of Mirkwood.” Now, Lilly has given a few more details on the character to Entertainment Weekly, and they’re more than a bit revealing with a small note on plot and a lot on how much this new creation will be featured in the films.

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There’s not much one can really say about this first trailer for the much-anticipated The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. As with Peter Jackson‘s three previous Lord of the Rings films, the project looks gorgeous, meticulous, epic, stirring, just plain wonderful, and true to its classic J.R.R. Tolkien source material. So, yeah, I love it. With The Hobbit, we again return to Middle-earth and the Shire, and to a much younger Bilbo Baggins (a very well-cast Martin Freeman), to learn (the first half of) the epic tale that started all this ring business to begin with. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes complete with an all-star cast, including Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, and Richard Armitage. It’s a testament to the world that director and co-writer Peter Jackson has created that so many of his Lord of the Rings cast came pack for this next go-round, journeying back in time to recapture some of that old magic. After the break, check out the first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr strips down to his boxers and starts a new training regimen to make him look more like Huge Jackman. He’s got a head start, considering his torso looks almost like Jackman’s… if you turn it upside down. After duking it out with some robots in a boxing ring, Kevin tries his hands at politics because it’s the kind of business where you don’t necessarily have to look like Ryan Gosling to get a young hottie like Evan Rachel Wood. But the primary system leaves him depressed and cold, so he takes a trip to the Sudan to play target practice with some warlords. He hears the Sudan is simply lovely this time of year.

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Anyone familiar with the work of Shawn Levy — the commercialism auteur behind films like Night at the Museum and Cheaper by the Dozen — won’t have their outlook on life remodeled by the revelation that with his latest film, he’s got very little to say. They may, however, be surprised to hear that the guy who brought the world Just Married has delivered a wicked family-driven action movie that, when put up against the ropes, delivers some of the best robot-on-robot CGI mayhem we’ll see all year. And yes, I’m including Transformers: Dark of the Moon in that category. With a story borrowed from every sports redemption film you’ve ever seen, Real Steel moves quickly through exposition and delivers on its promise of big, bad robot boxing that ultimately finds a way to be a whole lot of fun.

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It’s been over a year since the Lost finale, and it doesn’t seem like the outcries have died down yet. “I loved it!” and “It sucked!” are the most popular responses the ending has seemed to gotten. However, when you’re hitting the message boards, you’ll mostly come across the “it sucked” sentiment. Now, J.J. Abrams asks those “it sucked” folks if they can do better: “For years, I had people praising Lost to death, and now they say: ‘I’m so pissed at you for the end of Lost.’ I think a lot of people who were upset with the ending, were just upset that it ended. And I’ve not yet heard the pitch of what the ending should have been. I’ve just heard: ‘That sucked.’”

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news round-up that takes place after the sun has set, as the title suggests. On Sunday’s it is a relaxed, refreshed look at what happened over the weekend. Which usually isn’t much, but we do our best. We open tonight with a new photo from Captain America: The First Avenger, a surprisingly detailed look at Red Skull released this weekend by Paramount Pictures. Surprisingly detailed in the make-up effects, which I believe to be some of the best we’ve seen this year. We’ll see how sinister Hugo Weaving plays it, but he looks good thus far. And because I love you, I’ve set up a full Captain America photo gallery here.

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Lost

For many fans, closing the book on Lost once and for all has been a difficult task. Not only was it one of the most devoutly followed shows of all time — a series that showed us that the world of television could be delivered in a manner that felt cinematic, but existed over a longer period of time — but it was also one of the most intriguing and divisive shows in recent times. Our most recent memory of the J.J. Abrams championed show is just that — the great divide created by the big finale, dubbed appropriately “The End.” On May 23, 2010, it all came to an end. And with it came the answers to questions, some six years in the making, as well as more questions that have continued to plague the starving masses to this day. None of that hysteria will end with the release of the Complete Collection on Blu-ray. The questions remain. However, this week’s release of Lost in its entirety, complete with delicious goodies, is meant for a celebration. It’s time to look back at Lost from the beginning and celebrate one heck of a journey.

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Face it: LOST is over. And whether your eyes are puffy from a night of post-reunion crying or simply one to many Dharma beers, chances are you’re now searching for the meaning behind those last two-and-a-half hours — or at least confirmation that you’re not crazy in your interpretation of them. So whether you loved it or hated it, here’s your Definitive Guide to WTF Just Happened on LOST.

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Last night I recapped the second to last episode, “What They Died For,” exploring all of the questions that have been answered and discussing some of the questions that have risen just in time for the Big Finish. Today, I’m looking back much further — back to the beginning. Well, before the beginning.

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The end is nigh. With Lost dancing through the final few hours of its heralded six-year run, it’s hard not to be at least a bit nostalgic every time a character of yore appears on screen. And as we a thrust — more literally than we’d ever expected — toward the finish line, questions are being answered.

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He’s not exactly the world of movie geekdom’s first choice to direct any film, but Date Night and Night at the Museum helmer Shawn Levy continues to get work. And he continues to fill his movies with solid talent.

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Another week has gone by, and another episode of Lost has aired. And once again, the Reject HQ Lost Club has met to discuss the general happenings over several alcoholic beverages.

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It’s time to clean yourselves up friends, as Lost is back. And in honor of the epic final season, we’re unleashing a series of video blogs direct from Reject HQ.

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lost-theincident

Locke continues his quest to kill Jacob. Jack aims to set off Jughead and Kate, Sawyer and Juliet set out to stop him.

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lost-followtheleader

Jack (Matthew Fox) and Kate (Evangeline Lilly) are at odds over the direction to take to save their fellow island survivors, and Locke (Terry O’Quinn) further solidifies his stance as leader of “The Others.”

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lost-variable

Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies) sets out to get the islanders off the island for good as Sawyer (Josh Holloway), Jack (Matthew Fox) and the rest of the Dharma Initiative transplants choose a course of action now that their cover has been blown.

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lost-whatever

Kate goes to extreme measures to save Ben’s life when Jack refuses to help. Meanwhile, Kate begins to tell the truth about the lie in order to protect Aaron.

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