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    TIFF In the Works: 'Fifth Estate' Director Bill Condon to Reunite with Ian McKellen for Sherlock Holmes Film

    Ian McKellen has been tapped to star as Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon's adaptation of the 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullin, which is set in 1947 and imagines a much older, retired Holmes.

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    Casting: Ian McKellen Is Old Man Sherlock Holmes, Christina Hendricks Expanded In 'Dark Places'

    As the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway in the great white north, we're bracing ourselves for a number of big-time casting notices. So let's run through some of the biggest casting news of the day before we really get buried under an avalanche of other deals. We've got word about wh...

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    First Posters For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Debut Plus Watch The Entire Comic-Con Press Conference

    A little event called the San Diego Comic-Con happened this past weekend and today finds nerds nationwide nursing superhero hangovers. But it seems there's still more to unveil from the movies that razzle-dazzled over the weekend, as one of the biggest—very literally—now has some fresh artwork.

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    Lucas Till Returns For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past,' Peter Dinklage's Role Revealed & More

    Let's say you're making a comic book sequel, and let's you already have this cast: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore and James ...

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    Palm Springs ShortFest Reveals a Crop of Titles; Cate Blanchett, Sir Ian McKellen and Elle Fanning Among Selections

    With summer officially underway, California definitely seems like an enticing location for a film festival this time of year. The upcoming Palm Springs International ShortFest promises an array of quality film-going in a warm climate. Now in its 19th year, a portion of the official lineup of short f...

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    'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey': What Worked & What Didn't

    For a long time, it seemed as though "The Hobbit" would never get made. Despite the multi-billion dollar success of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films, the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's earlier novel were tangled up, and Jackson didn't even seem to be sure he wanted to go back to Middle Earth. E...

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    THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

    I have great regard for Peter Jackson and his filmmaking partners, which is why it pains me to say that I found 'The Hobbit' incredibly boring. As in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, Jackson and his WETA team have raised the bar for visual effects and created some stunning set pieces...

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    Colbert's Hobbit Week Maps New York As Middle Earth

    I may not be a big Hobbit fan (review here) but I do love The Colbert Report, which is now in the middle of Hobbit week. Tolkien-obsessed Stephen Colbert visited the film's set in New Zealand and famously won a Hobbit trivia contest, beating out one of its screenwriter’s, Philippa Boy...

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    'The Hobbit' Review: Bilbo Lives! Everyone Else, Not So Much.

    I have never been a Lord of the Rings fanatic, so take that into account, but The Hobbit made me miss Voldemort. I spent a fair amount of time during Peter Jackson’s latest installment in his Tolkien franchise comparing it to the Harry Potter movies, thinking how savvy J.K. Rowling’...

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    Review: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Rallies From A Goofy Opening To Become Another Thrilling, If Familiar, Action-Adventure Epic

    At almost three hours, Peter Jackson’s fourth foray into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is initially worrisome and typically self-indulgent. An extremely jarring 48 fps look -- which looks like an odd "Masterpiece Theater" in HD -- is unsettling, and the opening is ...

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