AMC's 'The Walking Dead' season 4 finale was a big night in more ways than one, especially in terms of sneak peeks at upcoming shows and movies. Aside from new looks at 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' and 'Transformers: Age of Extinction,' viewers also got to see the first trailer for the network's new original series 'Halt and Catch Fire,' which stars 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'The Hobbit' actor Lee Pace.
AMC hasn't been shy with its upcoming drama addition 'Turn,' though we haven't seen very much of its other major 2014 offering 'Halt & Catch Fire,' starring 'Guardians of the Galaxy''s Lee Pace as a pioneer of the computer revolution. Good news! The network has officially set a June premiere for the drama, but opted not to move forward with 'Walking Dead' star David Morrisey's new series, 'Line of Sight.'
There comes a time when we must stop kidding ourselves. These 'Hobbit' films – with 'The Desolation of Smaug' representing the shank of the trilogy – are not real movies. These are exploitation films for Tolkien nuts, for enthusiasts of the original 'Lord of the Rings' movies and for audiences so hungry for high fantasy they'll gobble up whatever is served to them and ask for seconds.
As someone who has sympathy, but not empathy, for those who have such proclivities, I can get why someone might come away liking this picture. But that is more of an involuntary reaction to exposure to certain elements, not the summation of a film. Listen, there's a grey-bearded wizard who warns in low tones about a place that sounds like “Doggledoor.” And there's someone referred to as “Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror.” I love that geekorama stuff more than most. It's hilarious, and I'll probably refer to my cat as “Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror” for the next week. But this movie doesn't cohere – there's no forward momentum, no character development, no story happening. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a fibber.
'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is now just over a month away, bringing back Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen and that bumbling band of dwarfs to continue their journey to face down the evil dragon Smaug. But who are the new warriors we'll meet along the way? If you still don't know your Tolkien mythology, Warner Bros. has released seven new 'The Hobbit 2' character posters.
AMC recently played quite a hand in extending its relevance post-'Breaking Bad,' first greenlighting prequel spinoff 'Better Call Saul,' followed by a 'Walking Dead' companion series for 2015 and a 'Mad Men' final-season split, but now its newest cards are on the table. Revolutionary war drama 'Turn' and computer-development piece 'Halt & Catch Fire' have released their first photos, so how does AMC's future look?
If we were ever wondering what AMC would do after 'Breaking Bad' (which is scheduled for its ultimate end this summer), and 'Mad Men' (which is likely to follow next year) leave the network, our answer has arrived. AMC has officially announced series pickups for forthcoming Revolutionary War drama 'Turn,' and '80s-set "Silicon Prairie" drama 'Halt & Catch Fire,' starring 'Guardians of the Galaxy''s Lee Pace.
Yesterday, the trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' debuted online and there was much rejoicing within the geek world. However, there was seemingly no one as excited as the ladies seen in the video above, who recorded their reaction to the trailer and put it on YouTube. These two fangirls probably expected fellow Middle Earth fans to watch the video and share in their excitement, but they definitely didn't expect director Peter Jackson to see it and arrange a response.
A few weeks ago we heard the surprising news that 'Hannibal' creator Bryan Fuller had an eye on casting glam rock icon David Bowie as Hannibal's uncle should the NBC drama be granted a second season, but it seems Fuller has far more familiar faces in mind. Should NBC decide to serve 'Hannibal' a second course, Fuller will do his best to reunite the 'Pushing Daisies' cast by bringing in actors Lee Pace, Kristin Chenoweth and Anna Friel! Find out about the big 'Pushing Daisies' reunion on 'Hannibal' inside!