Movie News: Epic 'Hobbit' Pic; 'The Exorcist' May Become a TV Series; Trailer for Tom Hanks' Thriller 'Captain Phillips'

Movie News: Epic 'Hobbit' Pic; 'The Exorcist' May Become a TV Series; Trailer for Tom Hanks' Thriller 'Captain Phillips'

Aug 08, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: A new picture from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug feels quite epic. It's something in the manner in which the two elves, Evangeline Lilly's Tauriel and Orlando Bloom's Legolas, are standing, and something about the way they're juxtaposed against a landscape that is sure to be beautiful, yet daunting. We'll see this image in context when the movie treks into theaters on December 13. [Entertainment Weekly]

The Exorcist: Some 40 years after it shocked America, William Friedkin's classic horror film The Exorcist may be heading to TV. A limited series was shopped to the networks last year, but no one bit; a new take has been proposed by writer Jeremy Slater (the rebooted Fantastic Four), so rights holders Morgan Creek is trying again, though it's not clear if this will be an "exorcism of the week" show or a much deeper investigation of the real-life story that inspired William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel. [Deadline]

Horrible Bosses 2: The upcoming TV season has claimed another victim. Recently we heard that director Len Wiseman exited The Mummy reboot due to his work on the Sleepy Hollow show this fall, and now Seth Gordon has dropped out of directing the sequel to 2011's Horrible Bosses due to scheduling issues with his TV sitcom The Goldbergs. So Horrible Bosses 2, which is still set to shoot this fall, needs a new boss to direct the returning Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Captain Phillips Trailer: Based on a true story, Captain Phillips stars Tom Hanks as the titular character, who tries to hold his crew together when his ship is captured by modern-day pirates. A new trailer goes much further to establish the movie as a full-blown thriller. Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) directs; it opens in theaters on October 11. [Yahoo! via Vulture]

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