Monday, March 21, 2011

A few updates

It's time for some updates to things I seem to be making a habit of posting about. Today, that would be The Hobbit, Hunger Games, Superman, and Wonder Woman. I'll start with this first set photo from The Hobbit of Peter Jackson in Bag End. It's great that it looks exactly the same as it did in The Lord of the Rings, since I'm guessing they had to rebuild completely rebuild it. Also, PJ looks more like a hobbit than ever. That makes me wonder what his cameos will be this time around.

The Hobbit begins filming

The is joyous news for those of us who have been waiting for this moment since walking out of Return of the King in December of 2003. There's a full press release (via, and also an official blog and new Facebook page for Peter Jackson. So you can follow or like or whatever it is you do.

Hunger Games finds lead actress

Jennifer Lawrence has been officially cast as The Hunger Games lead, a decision I approve of, despite some mild controversy. Director Gary Ross defended the choice against criticism by saying he'd spoken with author Suzanne Collings and she approved of the choice.

Kevin Costner cast in Superman

Fortunately he won't be playing the Man of Steel. Costner is going to playing Superman's adopted father, Jonathan Kent, which honestly is  probably the only role I could cope with him playing. He joins Henry Cavill, who is playing Superman, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent.

First image of Wonder Woman

Apparently the we've evolved as a culture from the seventies to the point where Wonder Woman can wear pants, as long as they're still skin-tight and sexy. NBC released the first image of Adrianne Palicki in the title role of the new David E. Kelley Wonder Woman TV series. This is the officical description: "Wonder Woman is a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life." Because this costume just screams modern woman to me. Not that I'm really complaining (I leave that to professionals), but I get the uneasy filming this show will die after about a dozen episodes, like everything else on NBC in recent memory.

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