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Watch: The First Trailer for ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy’s Epic Conclusion

Hi guys! I’m home from Comic Con – exhausted, sore, seriously jetlagged and super happy. I had a great con. More on that later, but first I have to catch up on the apparently millions of things I did not read or watch over the last week. Bear with me!

One of the (many, many) fantastic bonuses to come out of San Diego Comic Con International is a positive explosion of new trailers for things. Having a captive audience, so to speak, the biggest studios and networks in the world want to make as big of a splash with as many properties as possible.

Thus, it’s no surprise that Warner Brothers rolled out the red carpet for the final appearance of The Hobbit – and likely the final Comic Con for fanboy god Peter Jackson for a very long time (if ever). The director has filmed six Tolkien-based movies over the past fourteen years, and unless he somehow manages to wrest the rights to The Silmarillion away from the author’s estate (unlikely), we’re approaching a true end of an era.

The studio hosted a star-studded panel on Saturday morning in the convention center’s Hall H, featuring stars Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly and more, and dropped the first trailer for the trilogy’s highly anticipated final installment, subtitled The Battle of the Five Armies.

Spoiler alert: If you are at all in any way a fan of Jackson’s vision of Middle Earth, get your tissues ready now. Just trust me.

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Get Your First (Two) Look(s) at Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in ‘The Imitation Game’

World War II biopic The Imitation Game – which tells the story of British codebreaker, genius and general hero Alan Turing - has been a buzzy project for months now, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the release of the film’s first trailer has been met with rapturous reviews.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch – well known for his ability to portray complicated genius types like Stephen Hawking, Vincent Van Gogh and Julian Assange – plays Turing, joined by an all-star cast comprised of British acting heavyweights, including the Oscar-nominated Keira Knightley, Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance, Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Matthew Goode, Matthew Beard and more. 

Learn  - and watch both (fantastic) new trailers – below. 

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First Look at Sir Ian McKellen Playing Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes currently holds the Guinness World Record for most frequently portrayed fictional character in film or television – over 70 actors have taken on the role of the world’s greatest detective, from Basil Rathbone to Jeremy Brett to Michael Caine to Benedict Cumberbatch.

There are currently two contemporary television properties (Sherlock, Elementary) and a feature film series (starring Robert Downey, Jr.) focused on the character, but we’re about to add yet another Holmes adaptation to the list –  a big screen adaptation called Mr. Holmes directed by Bill Condon (known most recently for his work on The Fifth Estate and several of the Twilight films) has just gone into production.

The movie will offer a slightly different take on the tale of the great detective –and will be set during the twilight of his life, as he battles old age, dementia and a growing obsession with an unsolved case. The great Sir Ian McKellen is set to play Holmes – yes, get the screaming out of your system now; it is perfect casting – as he grapples with the diminishing powers of his singular mind.

Filming officially gets under way this month, and we now have our first look at McKellen as Holmes (though there doesn’t appear to be a deerstalker in sight, sadly).

Take a look for yourselves below. 

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Matthew Crawley No More: Dan Stevens Gets Creepy in Trailer for 'The Guest'

It’s probably not incorrect to say that as much as we all love Downton Abbey – and we really, really do obviously – we all still feel a little sting in our hearts when we think about how much we miss Matthew Crawley and his (rather dreamy) portrayer Dan Stevens.  Just face it: We’re never going to be over it.

Luckily, Stevens has kept himself pretty busy since leaving the Highclere Castle crew: starring on Broadway and landing big time movie roles opposite Liam Neeson (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum 3) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate). He’s now prepping the release of yet another film – in which he plays what is possibly his most un-Matthewlike role yet. 

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The Paddington Bear Movie Loses Colin Firth as Its Voice Star

It would appear that Creepy Paddington has claimed his first victim.

Yes, it’s fairly obvious that the big screen version of the children’s tale Paddington Bear is basically your worst nightmare, but weren’t we all hoping that some of the horror of Paddington would be alleviated by the fact that the CGI-created rampant serial killer iconic bear was going to be voiced by Everyone’s Dream Man, Colin Firth?

Well, sorry, because Creepy Paddington doesn’t let us have nice things. According to a report in Entertainment Weekly, Firth has split with the film in the midst of production. “After a period of denial, we’ve chosen ‘conscious uncoupling,’” the Oscar winner told the magazine. 

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Celebrate Father’s Day with British Film Dads

Father’s Day is an opportunity to honor the men who have supported, raised and loved us every day of our lives. Up until recently, the standard fathering duties were those of bread winner, disciplinarian and purveyor of wise advice.

However, we all know there’s no such thing as a typical dad and I plan to illustrate that fact by introducing you to a number of British celluloid patriarchs who demonstrate the range of fatherly love and emotion.

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Tom Hiddleston to Play Country Music Icon Hank Williams in New Film

This is not a joke: Avengers star and general internet heartthrob Tom Hiddleston has officially signed on to play iconic American country music star Hank Williams.

Yup. Straight out of the “Never Saw That Coming” casting files – and per Deadline Hollywood – it’s true. Hiddleston – one of the Britishiest British actors around these days – will not only be doing an Alabama accent, he’ll be singing too, including such Williams classics as “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Hey, Good Lookin’.” (Here’s a snippet of Hiddleston singing, if you’re wondering if he’s got a voice or not.)

Entitled I Saw the Light, the film will tell the story of Williams’ meteoric rise to fame during his early teens, his subsequent battles with alcohol and prescription drug abuse, and his shocking death at the age of just 29. (The story of how Hank Williams died is probably enough to power a movie on its own, honestly.)

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The New Paddington Bear Looks More Than a Little Bit Creepy

So, we’re all excited about the fact that there’s going to be a Paddington Bear movie, yeah?

But, really, how could you not be? Iconic children’s character has his own film, in which he is voiced by everyone’s dream man Colin Firth and where he stars opposite the likes of Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville. Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi and Jim Broadbent.

For those that don’t know, Paddington’s story originally began as a book series by Michael Bond, the first of which was released in 1958. His story goes like this: A small bear is found by a family at Paddington Station in London. Named for the station in which he was discovered, he’s a very polite bear from Darkest Peru who comes equipped with that amazing red hat and a dark blue duffle overcoat to which is attached the label “Please look after this bear, thank you.” Paddington is adopted by a nice family named the Browns, and they feed him marmalade sandwiches and deal with his tendency to make messes everywhere.

But apparently what happens after that – at least according to this trailer - is that Paddington grows up to be a creepy serial killer. Okay, that’s probably not true, but man, it kind of looks like it might be.

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Forget Otters: Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Be a Wolf in the ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ Trailer

While it may be a popular internet meme to compare Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to an otter, the actor’s going a bit bigger for his first animated role. He’ll be lending his voice to a “suave, debonair” wolf with some rather dramatic eyebrows in upcoming children’s flick The Penguins of Madagascar, a spin-off from the popular Dreamworks Madagascar franchise, which thus far has comprised three movies’ worth of various zoo animals getting in all sorts of capers.

The Penguins spin-off finally gives what is arguably the best part of the Madagascar films their own movie, which will follow the adventures of the special-ops group of the flightless birds who fight, blow stuff up and get in all sorts of general trouble.

Cumberbatch voices a wolf named Classified, leader of a covert group of animals known as the North Wind. He is assisted by a seal voiced by Ken Jeong, an owl voiced by Annet Mahendru and a bear voiced by Peter Stormare

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A Look at British Road Trip Films

Summer’s unofficially here, the snow is but a memory (fingers crossed) and it’s a great time to think about planning a cross-country excursion.  

Road trip movies are basically a genre all their own in America – we are known for our car culture and love of the open highway. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t made use of this plot device in British films as well.  After all it’s not the distance travelled but the purpose behind the journey and what the characters learn about themselves along the way that’s most important.

So if you’re looking for a little of inspiration for your next holiday, perhaps you’d like to check out a few of these…

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