Kate Winslet in Labor Day

Five Fun Things: Smaug, Wolverine, Jurassic Park 4, Mark Ruffalo, Kate Winslet

Smaug, The Hobbit
"Elementary, my dear … Hobbit …"

A few bits and pieces from around the Interwebs…

1. Smaug gets a voice. Benedict Cumberbatch will voice and portray (via motion capture) the pivotal dragon Smaug in the upcoming adaptations of ‘The Hobbit.’ He’s actually already in the film, providing the voice of Necromancer.

Cumberbatch is already catching some buzz for his performances in the Steven Spielberg-directed ‘War Horse’ and ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,’ starring opposite Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth. All very cool, although I’m most enamored with his role as ‘[amazon_link id=”B004132HZS” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Sherlock Holmes[/amazon_link]’ on the BBC/PBS series. [Deadline New York]

2. J.J. Abrams goes dark. Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana might be swinging into action-star mode with ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Colombiana,’ respectively, but together, they’ll be delving into some dark drama. The two are set to star in ‘Infinitely Polar Bear,’ produced by J.J. Abrams and written and directed by Maya Forbes.

Ruffalo will play a bipolar husband and father who goes off his meds and loses his sanity and job while struggling to hold onto his marriage. I can definitely see Ruffalo in the role, but I’m not sure about Saldana and Abrams. Maybe at the end, we’ll learn it all took place in an alternate universe. [Playlist]

Kate Winslet | WireImage3. Kate Winslet to star in ‘Labor Day’? The adaptation of the [amazon_link id=”B004MKLS00″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Joyce Maynard novel[/amazon_link] will be directed by Jason Reitman and will star Kate Winslet.This sounds like just the sort of dramatic role she loves to sink her teeth into. She’ll play a single mom who takes in a stranger with a dangerous past and falls in love with him over the course of Labor Day Weekend. Those holidays can be a nightmare, can’t they? [Deadline New York]

4. James Mangold to direct ‘Wolverine’? Darren Aranofsky had been set to direct the sequel to ‘[amazon_link id=”B001GCUO16″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]X-Men Origins: Wolverine[/amazon_link],’ but pulled out in March because he didn’t want to spend that much time away from his family. The filming in Japan was put on hold because of the earthquake and tsunami.

Now it looks like James Mangold is at the front of the line to direct. Let’s hope he can bring better reviews than the first ‘Wolverine’ movie, and with ‘3:10 to Yuma’ and ‘Walk the Line’ on his credits, I’m keeping a good thought. [The Wrap]

5. Will dinosaurs rule the earth for a fourth time? Rumor has it that Steven Spielberg is in discussions with writer Mark Protosevich about doing a fourth installment of the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise. Well, we’ll see. We’ve been hearing these rumors since ‘Jurassic Park 3’ came out in 2001. There’s something about those movies that always sucks me right in, so I’m sure I’ll be excited if and when a sequel ever happens. [Next Movie]


  1. Jane Boursaw ( Avatar

    Five Fun Things: Smaug, Wolverine, Jurassic Park 4, Mark Ruffalo, Kate Winslet http://t.co/yeVrpFH #movies #wsbr #hobbit

  2. Melanie Avatar

    Benedict Cumberbatch is SO fantastic in Sherlock that I’m thrilled he’s going to be in the Hobbit along with his Dr. Watson, Martin Freeman, who is, of course, starring as Bilbo. The only thing that is a shame is that he isn’t so far appearing in person. He’s got such a distinctive look with those cheekbones, it seems a shame to waste him in voicing and CGI alone!

    1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

      Oh yeah! I didn’t make the connection with Martin Freeman/Dr. Watson. Very cool. You’re right, though – I only wish we could SEE Benedict, because he’s just so darn lovely to look at. I’m impatiently awaiting season two of ‘Sherlock’… sigh…

  3. […] the second block of shooting. The movie began filming in New Zealand in March and recently added Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug.And this just in! Check out the cover for Empire Magazine. Those guys are the bomb for jumping on […]

  4. Mirabelle Avatar

    Oh I can’t wait to see this second season!

    Sherlock location on the South bank : http://www.leblogdelamirabelle.net/category/46/47/

    1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

      What great photos! Thanks so much for sharing the link, Mirabelle. Can’t wait for ‘Sherlock’ to return.

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  6. Reel Life With Jane Avatar
    Reel Life With Jane

    I know, right? I only wish we could SEE him – he’s so lovely to look at. 🙂 It looks like season two of ‘Sherlock’ is in the works, although I don’t see any dates attached to the episodes. Can’t get here fast enough for me.

  7. Melanie Ray McMinn Avatar
    Melanie Ray McMinn

    Yes, Martin Freeman is currently on hiatus from filming The Hobbit to film the second season of Sherlock. Meanwhile, filming of The Hobbit continues without him.

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