Apologies for the delay on posting this new production video for The Hobbit — the eleventh in the series, and the first released in 2013. This time, we get a look at the cast and crew (and sets and props) who recently returned to New Zealand for pickup shots. Although Lee Pace doesn’t speak throughout the clip, there is additional footage of him training for and in character as Thranduil. Peter Jackson also stated that he hopes another production video will come at the end of the pickup shoot, so hopefully we can expect further insight in another few weeks.
Empire scans courtesy of ThorinOakenshield.net.
Lee Pace is on the cover of Empire‘s August 2013 edition! In costume as Thranduil, he joins Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly to promote The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug — and celebrating the presence of the Tolkien elves in the second installment of the film franchise. Empire‘s website promises “more insights into the trilogy […] all accrued on set in New Zealand,” and hopefully we’ll get an interview (or at least few comments) from Lee in the article. Subscribers of the magazine will receive the second, minimalistic cover instead.
Lee Pace Odyssey has a brand new layout up, courtesy of the amazing Flor at Sweet Revelation! She also designed the previous layout, but I thought it was time for a change. This photograph was particularly striking to me, and I thought it’d make for a great header to LPO. (There are also matching gallery and press archive layouts.) I hope you like the darker, broodier look. Please let me know if you catch any errors.
Check out a video of The Hobbit actors Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, and Lee Pace as they watch a video of fans watching a video of the Desolation of Smaug trailer. Confused? If you want the full background, stop by YouTube to see the two girls (“Kili and Fili of TheOneRing.net”) excitedly reacting over the newly released teaser trailer. Director Peter Jackson then had his three elvish actors record their reactions to the fan video — and called it a “sequel.” It’s ridiculously adorable, so give it a look!
The first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been released to the general public, giving us a great look at the upcoming film. Lee Pace fans: I hope you’re as thrilled as I am, as he has a very big presence in the trailer — his voiceover opens it! We get to see more of Thranduil in action along with his son, Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom. Evangeline Lilly and Luke Evans are also introduced, not to mention Smaug himself (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).
Today, the first poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was revealed! It’s actually a really beautiful graphic, so be sure to check out the hi-res version in the gallery. Along with the poster, the official Facebook for the film also broke the news that the teaser trailer for The Desolation of Smaug will be unveiled June 11th (at 10am PT/1pm ET). Hopefully we’ll get a great new look at Lee Pace’s Thranduil.
Aside from the big news regarding Guardians Of The Galaxy, it’s been pretty quiet on the Lee Pace news front. He recently wrapped up shooting the pilot episode of AMC’s “Halt And Catch Fire,” which will hopefully be picked up for a full season. The Hobbit is currently shooting more scenes after the second film was split into two separate features; however, I’m uncertain as to whether or not Lee will be back in New Zealand for additional footage.
So, with that said, how about some more talk about a potential “Pushing Daisies” film?
When speaking to Kristin Dos Santos at E! – who was notoriously supportive of “Pushing Daisies” when it was on the air – creator/writer Bryan Fuller revealed that he has some pretty big plans in store for previous cast members, including Lee Pace, Kristin Chenoweth, and Anna Friel. Check out what he says about a potential Kickstarter campaign to fund a “Daisies” movie, and whether or not we’ll see our favorite pie makers in Bryan’s current NBC series, “Hannibal.”
• “From the moment the show was canceled [on ABC], I’ve been trying to do a ‘Pushing Daisies’ movie and started writing a script for it. The best chance for it to happen, perhaps the only chance for it to happen, would be through something like Kickstarter. I haven’t even been back in Los Angeles for more than five days since wrapping ‘Hannibal,’ so one of the first orders of business is to find out more from [‘Veronica Mars’ creator] Rob Thomas to find out how he did it. And to call Warner Brothers to see if it’s something that they would allow… But I would, Oh my God, I would love to get those actors together again. I have what I think is a very cool story; it’s just a matter of finding out if it’s possible. I think it would be such an interesting sentimental return.”
• “I talked to Lee Pace about doing a role on [‘Hannibal’] this season. But he was doing a stage play, and so we’re planning to work that out with season two. He’s definitely interested in doing the show, and I would love to work with him again. I also very much want to work with Anna Friel again, and Kristin Chenoweth clearly has to play someone in the Boston arts scene. Perhaps an opera singer. So we are hoping to make that all happen.”
For fans who have been around a while, you may remember the initial rumor that Marvel was looking to cast Lee Pace in an upcoming film. In December of last year – amidst rumors that he was auditioning for a part in Guardians Of The Galaxy – Lee confirmed it was true. Unfortunately, he didn’t land the part of Peter Quill, AKA Star-Lord, as that went to “Parks and Recreation” star Chris Pratt.
However, earlier today, The Wrap broke the news that Lee Pace is in final negotiations to play the villain in Guardians Of The Galaxy. Specifics about his role are still unknown, and there’s a good chance that Marvel will keep the information locked tight until the film release in August 2014.
Fans are already speculating that Lee will be portraying The Controller (Ophelia Lovibond has just been cast as his aide) or Adam Warlock, who each have ties to The Avengers 2 baddie, Thanos.
I’ve finally obtained and capped Lincoln, so LPO now hosts over 280 Blu-ray screen caps of Lee Pace as Fernando Wood. There are a lot of shots of the entire courthouse, so he might be hard to find sometimes — just look for his unmistakeable hair! The images are very, very high quality, so I hope you enjoy.
Did you hear about the amazing feat “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas managed via Kickstarter, the site used to garner money for projects? He set up a two million dollar donation goal and, if he was to reach it within thirty days or so, he vowed to fans that a movie for the beloved series would follow. Amazingly, the campaign reached its goal after only ten hours. To date, it has raised 3.6 million dollars — with 24 days left.
It has created buzz all throughout Hollywood. For a show that averaged 2.5 million viewers during its 2004-07 run, the breakneck speed of monetary pledges is especially outstanding. It’s resulted in other creative types wondering if they could duplicate the campaign’s success, including Bryan Fuller, who – as we know – has been trying hard to bring “Pushing Daisies” back to life in one form or another. (He’s already written the first act of a would-be film.)
Bryan has since stated that he’s also interested in trying out Kickstarter to test the waters. Although a “Pushing Daisies” movie would be a far more costly endeavor than “Veronica Mars” (due to CGI and prosthetics, Bryan estimates they’d need more like a $10 million budget), the fan donation campaign – if a success – would at least give him the backing to Warner Brothers to continue pursuing a movie; proving that there is still interest in the show. Check out what he said to The Hollywood Reporter on the subject:
“When I saw [the Kickstarter campaign] online, I said to my agent immediately, ‘Can we do this with “Pushing Daisies” or “Wonderfalls”? And he said, ‘”Pushing Daisies” is going to take a lot more than $2 million to make into a movie.'”
“‘Veronica Mars’ hinges on its charming cast and writing and isn’t as effects-laden and dependent on huge productions. You can make a $2 million or $4 million ‘Veronica Mars’ movie. For something like ‘Pushing Daisies,’ which is more elaborate visually and also would require extensive prosthetics and those sorts of complicating production elements, it’s a little more daunting.”
“I never assumed it was a realistic option until Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell pulled it off. It’s going to be easier to get in line behind ‘Veronica Mars.’ The question is whether that next show is going to be as well-suited to this process. I imagine that it’s quite a bit of legwork and loopholes and legalities to navigate. I have so many questions for Rob Thomas — I sent him an e-mail earlier today.”
“If I weren’t in Toronto finishing up on ‘Hannibal,’ I’d be knocking on doors at Warner Brothers, asking, ‘Is this a viable plan for Pushing Daisies’?”
So, what say you, fans: would you donate to a Kickstarter campaign to see a “Pushing Daisies” movie?