Elijah Wood and his The Hobbit director Peter Jackson have joined forces again to star in a new airline safety video. Wood, who plays Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings prequel, and Jackson were joined by Dean O'Gorman, who plays Fili the Dwarf in the franchise.
The short film for Air New Zealand, titled Middle Earth, features Wood and O'Gorman in character as they run through safety procedures such as putting on a life jacket and fastening a seat belt.
Jackson is shown in his director's role calling time on the shoot at the end of the clip, which was filmed in New Zealand.
It isn't the first time the airline has produced a spin off safety video - in 2012, bosses released a similar Lord of the Rings-themed clip, minus Wood.
Former Batman Michael Keaton is to be honoured with the Modern Master Award at the 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The actor, who is being hotly tipped for the Best Actor Oscar for his role in new movie Birdman, will collect the accolade at a gala on 31 January (15).
Past Modern Masters have included Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sean Penn, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett and Clint Eastwood.
Announcing next year's (15) recipient, SBIFF executive director Roger Durling says, "There is no actor more befitting of the Modern Master Award than the legendary Michael Keaton. His performance in Birdman is tremendous, showing the range of decades-long experience."
British singer Ed Sheeran is planning to take a long break from music at the end of his next tour. The Lego House hitmaker insists he hasn't had a proper vacation since his career began so he is planning to take a well-deserved hiatus from the industry after completing his U.K. dates this winter (14) and releasing a final single from his album X. He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I haven't had any time off since before I signed my record deal and I want some! I'll do what I enjoy and it won't feel like work... After (next single) Thinking Out Loud, I don't think I should do another single from X. Three is a good number. I did six on the last album and it felt too much. You never go away and people get p**sed off. Bruno Mars did three, Taylor Swift did three and Adele did three. I'll probably end up with four singles so I have a song to go into the BRIT Awards with next year."
Personal possessions belonging to Michael Jackson and his family will go under the hammer later this month (Sep14). The collection of household memorabilia varies from the priceless to the bizarre, with items including socks, underwear and general family possessions to photo albums, the black tuxedo worn by Jackson's pet chimpanzee Bubbles, and 56 master tapes of recordings made by The Jackson 5.
Peter Seigel, from auction house Gotta Have It! Collectibles, says, "Some of the items are ordinary items that could come out of any household - but when it has the provenance of being from the Jackson household, that's history."
The items will be sold online until 19 September (14). Bidding for the master tapes begin at $1,000 (£588).
Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Osbourne were among the stars who mourned the death of legendary comedienne Joan Rivers at her funeral in New York on Sunday (07Sep14). Record mogul Clive Davis, actors Matthew Broderick, Rosie O'Donnell, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters, funnywoman Kathy Griffin, fashion designers Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors, property mogul Donald Trump and newswomen Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer also turned out to pay their final respects to Rivers, who was remembered in a private ceremony at the Temple Emanu-El synagogue, where she was a member.
Hundreds of fans lined the streets outside the temple as inside, U.S. shockjock Howard Stern delivered a touching eulogy to the comedic icon, crediting her with fighting "the stereotype that women couldn't be funny".
He even managed to raise a few laughs from guests by quipping, "(Rivers was) the best friend in the world... a big sister... a crazy aunt at a bar mitzvah."
Broadway star Audra McDonald performed Nat King Cole classic Smile, before additional tributes from news anchor Deborah Norville, New York Post columnist Cindy Adams and Rivers' only child, daughter Melissa, who thanked everyone for their condolences, saying, "We are humbled."
X-Men star Hugh Jackman helped to bring the ceremony to a close, honouring Rivers' memory with a rendition of Peter Allen song, Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage, which features the repeated lyrics, "Put your hands together", while a band of bagpipe players performed as mourners filed out of the temple.
Rivers died on Thursday (04Sep14), a week after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation.
The exact cause of death is still under investigation after an initial autopsy proved inconclusive.
The 81 year old's body had been cremated on Saturday (06Sep14), ahead of Sunday's funeral service.
Reports suggest she will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, where fellow late icons Michael Jackson, Clark Gable and Walt Disney are also interred.
Rivers' publicist has asked for donations to be made to her favourite charities, meal delivery service God's Love, We Deliver, Guide Dogs for the Blind and California grief support centre Our House, in lieu of flowers.
If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
Nominated: Prince Harry
Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
Nominated: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, and Eric The Actor
Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
Nominated: Louis Tomlinson, John Terry, and Novak Djokovic
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Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
Nominated: John Green, Nat Wolff, and Dylan O'Brien
Nominated: Joe Maganiello
Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
Check back to see if some of these other Hollywood hotties have taken the challenge! Tweet us which celebrity you want to see take part in #ALSIceBucketChallenge!
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The Lord of the Rings movies could be heavy. They could be plenty sincere, rather haunting, and tearfully grave. But they also knew when to play the mood high: to be fun, exciting, and upbeat. After a dismally bland first Hobbit film, The Desolation of Smaug showcased Peter Jackson's knack for good times. The movie gave us a barrel-rolling scene to rival the kinetic fun of Mario Kart, not to mention a sequence featuring some mighty satisfying dragon trickery. That's why we're so surprised to see the final chapter in the Hobbit trilogy, Battle of the Five Armies, shooting for such a somber attitude.
Even in the much improved second Hobbit flick, we weren't quite latching onto the characters, nor embedding so deeply in the film's mythology. What roped us in was the fun. But that fun is nowhere to be found in the first Five Armies trailer. Instead, the clip expects us to hang our heads low for the doom about to befall our heroes, to connect with their heavy hearts as the clouds of tragedy swarm their Tolkienian skies.
Sorry, but no dice. The only figure in this franchise with any semblance of a character arc is Bilbo; the rest are pseudo-anonymous set dressing with funny hair. And we like the hair! We like the funny! We like the barrel-rolling, the dragon-duping, and the riddles of Gollum! So why aren't we seeing more of that in this trailer, Jackson?
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The Beatles approached director Stanley Kubrick to make a film adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings novels back in their heyday, according to moviemaker Peter Jackson.
The Fab Four starred in five movies during their career, including A Hard Day's Night and Help! in the 1960s, and when they were considering their third film, the musicians went to Kubrick to discuss adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's books into a movie version but the author had not yet sold the rights.
Tolkien eventually released the book for film adaptation and Jackson brought the franchise to cinemas from 2001.
The director tells Deadline.com, "The Beatles once approached Stanley Kubrick to do The Lord Of The Rings. This was before Tolkien sold the rights. They approached him and he said no. I actually spoke about this with Paul McCartney. He confirmed it. I'd heard rumours that it was going to be their next film after Help. John Lennon was going to play Gollum. Paul was going to play Frodo. George Harrison was going to play Gandalf, and Ringo Starr was going to play Sam. And a lot of other people were going to play other roles."
"Paul was very gracious; he said, 'It was a good job we never made ours because then you wouldn't have made yours and it was great to see yours.' I said, 'It's the songs I feel badly about; you guys would have banged out a few good tunes for this. You were The Beatles, after all. It's a shame we missed out.'"
The Hobbit director Peter Jackson is offering 75 "ultimate fans" of the franchise the chance to attend a luxury screening of the final film The Battle of Five Armies. The fans will get a week-long tour around Middle Earth set locations in New Zealand before watching the movie in the capital Wellington with Jackson in December (14). The competition will launch on 25 August (14).
Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams was yet another celebrity who went undercover at this year's (14) San Diego Comic-Con. The 17 year old donned a Spider-Man mask as she roamed the floor at the annual convention before attending the Game of Thrones panel on Friday (25Jul14). Daniel Radcliffe put on the same superhero suit to go unnoticed by fans, and Jack Black and Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson also donned costumes for the event.