After a nearly decade hiatus, film fans can go back to Middle Earth for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Now for those of you who haven't read the books, The Hobbit takes place 60 years before the Lord of the Rings. This is Bilbo's story. He's an reluctant hero headed off on adventure with 12 dwarves. The big question is this: is it as good as director Peter Jackson's LOTR movies? No. But it's still pretty darn good in my book. Extra credit points for the riveting scenes featuring Bilbo and Gollum. While the previous trilogy was heavy in gravitas, The Hobbit is your basic adventure packed with plenty of action and a healthy dose of humor. I say it's worth the price of a ticket. Much has been said about the HFR (high frame rate) of the film. Normally it would be 20, but in this instance it's 48. Some may find the realism off-putting, but I found it startlingly real. It earned an 7.8 out of 10 from the Phoenix Film Critics Society. As it stands now, it's on my Top 10 of the year...but the year isn't over yet. Who know, it could be bumped by Jean Valjean!
New Trailer Released: Zero Dark Thirty has been racking up critical success and has already won some major awards. So what better time for the studio to release a new trailer:
Downton Abbey Goes Street: Stephen Colbert was really upset that first lady Michelle Obama got an advance copy of Downton Abbey Season 3, while the rest of Americans have to wait until January to watch. So he got the cast of Downton Abbey to act out scenes from Breaking Bad. FYI, the language is not bleeped. You've been warned.
Golden Globes Promo: I love this Golden Globes promo with hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey:
Another Big Screen Musical: The Book of Mormon musical was a HUGE success on Broadway. It won a Tony. And now it seems it's likely headed to the big screen, says Variety. But we'll have to wait awhile to see it on the big screen.
What??? The Headline: 'Weird Al' Yankovic CAUGHT with dead hooker. Yes, there's a photo. You won't believe it.