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More Hobbit casting: Evangeline Lilly and Barry Humphries

by on Jun.20, 2011, under Movies

Peter Jackson revealed on Facebook a couple more castings for The Hobbit: Evangeline Lilly (Lost will play Tauriel, a Sylvan elf created for the movie, and Barry Humphries (best known for one of his alter egos, Dame Edna) will play the Goblin King.

About Tauriel and Lilly, Jackson said, “Her name means ‘daughter of Mirkwood’ and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.) What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life.

“I’m also highly excited that Barry Humphries will be portraying the Goblin King, in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum. Barry is perhaps best known for his business and social connections as the long-time manager of Dame Edna Everage. He has also been an ardent supporter of the rather misunderstood and unfairly maligned Australian politician, Sir Les Patterson. However, in his spare time, Barry is also a fine actor, and we’re looking forward to seeing him invest the Goblin King with the delicate sensitivity and emotional depth this character deserves.”

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Falling Skies rockets off to best-of-year start

by on Jun.20, 2011, under Television

TNT’s debut of Falling Skies is off to a great start, pulling in 5.9 million viewers overall for its debut last night – the best cable premiere so far this year, and the best since TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles debuted last summer to 7.6 million pairs of eyes. Whether it keeps those viewers or not – a common problem among recent genre dramas – will be seen starting next week when it moves to its normal 10PM Eastern/Central time slot. I think it can…

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