TV Review: Breeders (Sky One) – Season One

Created by Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell, and Martin Freeman, Breeders is a comedic look at the trials and tribulations of parenthood. Premiering on Sky One in March 2020, the series follows two parents (Freeman and Daisy Haggard) who struggle with parenthood, exploring the paradox that every parent knows but never admits: you would willingly die for your children, but quite often you also want to kill them.

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TV Review: A Confession (ITV) – Miniseries

A Confession is a six-part drama on ITV which follows the true story of DS Stephen Fulcher (Martin Freeman) and his hunt for missing 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan (Florence Howard) which took place in 2011. Fulcher intends on catching the killer even if it costs him his career and reputation. But whilst his actions ultimately lead to the arrest of prolific serial killer Christopher Halliwell (Joe Absolom), much to the relief of two grieving mothers, Elaine Pickford (Siobhan Finneran) and Karen Edwards (Imelda Staunton), a loophole in the system soon sees the subsequent downfall of his career.

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Film Review: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies

From the author of The Lord of The Rings trilogy, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the same crew behind their film adaptations, Peter Jackson and his writing team, The Battle of the Five Armies is the final instalment in a trilogy of films based on the classic fantasy novel, The Hobbit. Picking up from The Desolation of Smaug, this final third follows on with the dwarves as they attempt to reclaim their homeland of Erebor, as the titular battle ensues on The Lonely Mountain, with the Goblins and the Wargs fighting against the Men of Lake-town, the Elves, the Dwarves and Eagles.

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Book v Film: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies

“Farewell, Master Burglar. Go back to your books, your fireplace. Plant your trees, watch them grow. If more of us valued home above gold, it would be a merrier world.”

From the author of The Lord of The Rings trilogy, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the same crew behind their film adaptations, Peter Jackson and his writing team, The Battle of the Five Armies is the final instalment in a trilogy of films based on the classic fantasy novel, The Hobbit. Picking up from The Desolation of Smaug, this final third follows on with the dwarves as they attempt to reclaim their homeland of Erebor, as the titular battle ensues on The Lonely Mountain, with the Goblins and the Wargs fighting against the Men of Lake-town, the Elves, the Dwarves and Eagles.

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You Should Be Reading: The Hobbit

“Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway.”

Yes, you should be reading The Hobbit …or at least the final 85 pages of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s classic fantasy story, that is.

From the author of The Lord of The Rings trilogy, and with the same crew behind their film adaptations, the final instalment in a trilogy of adaptations, The Battle of the Five Armies, is set to be released on 12th December.

Although they are all based on the same, single book, The Hobbit trilogy of films began with An Unexpected Journey in 2012, followed with The Desolation of Smaug in 2013, and is set to conclude at the end of this year.

Again directed by Peter Jackson, the final instalment will focus on the final third of The Hobbit book, as the dwarves attempt to reclaim their homeland of Erebor.

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Book v Film: The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

“I will not die like this, clawing for life… If this is to end in fire, then we will all burn together!”

The second instalment in Peter Jackson‘s trilogy of adaptations of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s classic fantasy novel, The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) after escaping the Misty Mountains, accompanied by the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) to The Lonely Mountain. As their epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor comes to an end, Bilbo and the dwarves must finally face the enormous and powerful dragon, Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch), and find the treasured Arkenstone.

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Film Review: The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

The second instalment in Peter Jackson‘s trilogy of adaptations of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s classic fantasy novel, The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) after escaping the Misty Mountains, accompanied by the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) to The Lonely Mountain. As their epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor comes to an end, Bilbo and the dwarves must finally face the enormous and powerful dragon, Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch), and find the treasured Arkenstone.

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DVD Review: The World’s End

The final instalment to Edgar Wright‘s Cornetto trilogy, The World’s End has been one of the most highly anticipated comedies of this year. Focusing on five childhood friends – Gary King (Simon Pegg), Andy (Nick Frost), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine), and Peter (Eddie Marsan) – the film is centred on their reunion when they attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier. Hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again, Gary drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realise the real struggle is for the future, not just for theirs, but for humankind’s, as they unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.

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Book v Film: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps it is because I am afraid… and he gives me courage.”

Prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy and set sixty years before, Peter Jackson returns behind the camera to direct one of 2012’s most anticipated films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first instalment of a three-part film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s 1937 novel, The Hobbit. Focusing on the character of young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), he is chosen by Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to accompany thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), on an ‘unexpected’ quest to reclaim their stolen mountain home, the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, from a dragon named Smaug.

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Film Review: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

Prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy and set sixty years before, Peter Jackson returns behind the camera to direct one of 2012’s most anticipated films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first instalment of a three-part film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s 1937 novel, The Hobbit. Focusing on the character of young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), he is chosen by Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to accompany thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), on an ‘unexpected’ quest to reclaim their stolen mountain home, the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, from a dragon named Smaug.

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First Look At Lost’s Evangeline Lilly In ‘The Hobbit’

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This week we have the look at Evangeline Lilly’s character, Tauriel, in the first part of Peter Jackson’s upcoming adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit, thanks to the release of the film’s merchandise.

Prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

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Watch David Tennant, Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman & Imelda Staunton Get Into Character in ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’

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We gave you a glimpse at one of these videos earlier this week along with three new production videos and a new clip for Aardman Animations’ family adventure The Pirates! Band of Misfits, but now we have four official b-roll videos including performances from British actors David Tennant, Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, and Imelda Staunton.

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Four New Production Videos & New Clip For Aardman Animations’ ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’

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Aardman Animations’ family adventure The Pirates! Band of Misfits has three new behind-the-scenes videos, a new clip and a B-roll video of British actor Martin Freeman in the recording studio, this week, including footage of the cast in their voice recording sessions and the film’s animation team showing how the characters go from paper to moving visuals on-screen.

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The New Photo For ‘The Hobbit’ Stings

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Another new image has been released, debuted by The Los Angeles Times earlier this month, for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, featuring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins with his sword named Sting.

An Unexpected Journey is the first of two films to be adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which sees Jackson return as director, whilst also serving as producer and co-writer as well.

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New Image, Behind The Scenes Photos and Video for ‘The Hobbit’

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With the release of the first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey earlier this week, director Peter Jackson has released a brand-new production video from the set in New Zealand, and a new image of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and four behind-the-scenes photos have also been put online over the past few days.

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First Trailer & Poster for ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

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Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first trailer for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey online today. Not only is the trailer brilliant, but there’s also a lot of British actors in this, and we already can’t wait to see it.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of a two-part series of films to be adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel of the same name, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings, returns as director and also serves as producer and co-writer.

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Two Full-Length Trailers for ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’

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Today we have two full-length trailers for Aardman Animations’ family adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, following The Pirate Captain, voiced by British actor Hugh Grant in his first animated role.

The film is based on the first two of Gideon Defoe’s The Pirates! novels, The Pirates! in an Adventure With Scientists and The Pirates! in an Adventure With Whaling.

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New Trailer For Aardman Animation ‘The Pirates!’, Me Hearties

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The latest trailer for Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists, the first film based on a series of novels from Gideon Defoe‘s The Pirates! series, has been released this week, following The Pirate Captain, voiced by Hugh Grant (Did You Hear About the Morgans?), and his crew of pirates.

Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists is based on the first two of Defoe’s novels, The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists and The Pirates! in an Adventure with Whaling. The Pirate Captain is on an adventure to beat his rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven – TV’s Entourage) and Cutlass Liz (Salma HayekPuss in Boots) in the Pirate of the Year Award, and along the way must battle Queen Victoria (Imelda StauntonArthur Christmas) and meet a young Charles Darwin (David TennantFright Night).

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