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Daily Recap: Will 'The Hobbit' Become a Trilogy? and Christian Bale Visits Aurora Shooting Victims

Daily Recap: Will 'The Hobbit' Become a Trilogy? and Christian Bale Visits Aurora Shooting Victims

News and Notes

It has long been a subject of debate. Should Peter Jackson's The Hobbit be expanded from two films to three. Now it appears filmmakers are in "deep talks" with Warner Bros. to do just that. Expanding The Hobbit into a trilogy would require two months of additional shooting in New Zealand next summer. WB is reportedly on board if the right financial arrangements can be made, including securing new actor deals as well as shoring up certain rights associated with The Hobbit copyright. The first installment is due in theaters December 14 with the second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again set for December 13, 2013. A third film would most likely be released in 2014. [THR]

Christian Bale took time to visit victims of the Aurora theater shooting. ABC's Denver news affiliate tweeted the pic below of Bale with patient Carey Rottman. Below that, Bale posed for a pic with staff members at Swedish Medical Center. Bale released a statement on Saturday saying, "Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."

Another day, another actor cast in Lee Daniels' expanding list of actors for The Butler. Today finds Liev Schreiber cast as Lyndon B. Johnson. The huge cast includes Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, John Cusack as Richard Nixon and so many more famous faces, you'd swear Garry Marshall was directing another ensemble comedy. [Deadline]

Concept art and set construction photos from The Wolverine arrived online today. Unfortunately, the pics taken by Australian journalists don't offer a clear look at the concept art board, but these images should still be considered as major spoilers. [Slash Film]

According to a comprehensive survey featuring more than 50,000 male respondents, the celebrity that men wish their girlfriend was more like is Emma Stone, who captured 51% of the votes. In second with 20% was Kate Upton followed by Tina Fey (16%), Kim Kardashian (9%) and Nicki Minaj (5%). On the flip side of the gender survey, 46% of women preferred George Clooney while Conan O'Brien placed second with 9%. You can find out more results from the Great Male Survey and Great Female Survey.

NBC has ordered up 10 episodes of Dracula starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. The show is being described as Dangerous Liaisons meets Tudors, which seems perfect for Rhys-Meyers who starred in Tudors. [Deadline]

Sherman Hemsley, best known for his portrayal of George Jefferson on the seminal '70s television shows All in the Family and The Jeffersons has died at the age of 74.

Disney has bumped up the 3D re-release date for Monsters Inc. to December 19. The film was originally slated for a January 18, 2013 re-release but perhaps sensing a lack of children's/family entertainment around the holidays, Disney fast-tracked the re-release by a month.

Now that American Idol has set Mariah Carey as one of the new judges (for $18 million), the show is now eyeing country singer Brad Paisley to fill the other vacated judges chair.


Videos, Clips and Trailers

It's been five years since we first heard about the teen lesbian werewolf movie, Jack and Diane. Originally set to star Ellen Page and Olivia Thirlby, they were eventually replaced with Juno Temple and Riley Keough. Now the first official trailer has dropped and you can catch it on VOD September 28 and in theaters November 2.

As summer begins to draw to a close, here's  another trailer for The Possession. The film follows Jeffrey Dean Morgan as his daughter becomes possessed by a demon. So he turns to none of other than Matisyahu, who makes his acting debut in this Sam Raimi produced horror flick out August 31.


The Bourne Legacy unleashes a new behind the scenes featurette that gives us a look into the backstory of the latest Bourne film. Also, the three new clips that debuted on Myspace are below, edited together and ad-free.

Four new clips from The Watch arrived online. The film stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade as four guys who band together to form a neighborhood watch and find their town being overrun by aliens. The film opens this Friday.

Total Recall offers up a behind the scenes featurette showcasing Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel as they talk about filming action sequences and director Len Wiseman's use of "super-slider" cameras. Total Recall opens August 3.

Zach Galifianakis delivers a message from the 2015 with celebrity guests Sarah Silverman, Chloe Moretz, Tracy Morgan and Old Spice Guy Isaiah Mustafa.

Yet another Super Mario Bros. Post-It note YouTube video.

A live-action Batman vs. Captain America thanks to IGN's Ultimate Fan Fights. You even get to choose who you think would win.


Pics and Posters

Chris Hemsworth was seen taking a stroll with his wife Elsa Pataky and recently born daughter India. Witness the softer side of the man we know as Thor.

It looks like just another banner for The Dark Knight Rises, but this is actually a hand painting. [Tor]

Here's the latest poster for 360 starring Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Ben Foster. Something tells us an airport is involved...The film opens August 3.

The cover for the Dredd prequel comic has been revealed.

Here are three new character banners for Frankenweenie. Courtesy of Movie Fanatic.

The first pic of Ryan Gosling from The Place Beyond the Pine Trees finds him bleach-blonde and contemplative. The film co-stars Bradley Cooper and does not have a U.S. release date.

Three Taiwanese banners for Total Recall arrived online today.

Check out the new French poster for Lawless.

Finally, Shark Week is less than two weeks away. Why not get in the mood by ordering this shark sleeping bag? [Patch Together]

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