This week in EW: We take a deep dive into into The Hobbit, exploring the film’s long, difficult road to the big screen and the critical, sometimes controversial creative decisions director Peter Jackson has made along the way. Precioussssss.
As you might have heard yesterday, next week is The Hobbit Week on The Colbert Report, as Stephen welcomes Sir Ian McKellan on Monday, Martin Freeman on Tuesday, Andy Serkis on Wednesday and Peter Jackson on Thursday. You might know them better by their respective Hobbit characters, Yoda, Voldemort, Sulu and Morpheus.
In the meantime, let’s prepare for the weeklong Tolkien-fest with some classic Middle Earthian moments from The Report. First up, click the gif to watch Stephen put the literary smackdown on fellow LOTR-head James Franco.
Sorry, Cumberbitches — the start of production on the third cycle of this detective drama has been moved from January to March. Sources say the shift was necessary to accommodate the busy schedules of the show’s breakout stars, Benedict Cumberbatch (who’s filming Star Trek 2) and Martin Freeman (starring in The Hobbit).
Also, Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Peter Jackson giving direction on set.
Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow and Peter Hambleton will star in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,” it was announced on Thursday by New Line and Warner Bros.
Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis are also expected to reprise their respective roles of Gandalf and Gollum.
Freeman as Bilbo, good casting or bad casting?
On the heels of Guy Ritchie’s latest Holmes take, PBS announces it will modernize and serialize the pivotal detective.
“Sherlock” will present a 21st century spin on the classic detective stories and stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“Atonement,”) Holmes and Martin Freeman (“The Office UK,” “Hot Fuzz” as Dr. Watson.
Smart casting and clever risk in updating, I will definitely be there to watch the series debut on PBS.