First look at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit

I’m sure I don’t need to tell anyone that filming has already begun in New Zealand on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the two-part movie prequel to The Lord of The Rings trilogy. At the All Action, No Plot Movie Blog, we’re very excited…

What you may not know however, is that Martin Freeman (of The Office fame) has landed the plum role of Bilbo Baggins. In fact, Empire Magazine has just published the first photos (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures) of Martin as Bilbo, and because they looked so good, I thought I should share with you. Note, you can just about make out Richard Armitage (Spooks) in the background as Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the dwarf company.

Excited much?

Inner City vs Outer Space – ‘Attack the Block’

Here at the All Action No Plot Movie Blog, we’re very excited about the prospect of this movie. Although it’s already been released in the UK, ‘Attack the Block’ is so far a bit of an unknown proposition here in Australia. Hopefully that will all change and this British sci-fi action/comedy movie will soon get a release date in Australia.

The good news is that a US release date of July 29th has just been announced, which bodes well for an Australia theatrical release. Apparently the major obstacle for the US release was a concern that local audiences wouldn’t understand the inner-city South London accents (I remember a similar concern over the Scottish accents in Trainspotting at the time). The one drawback of the July 29th release date is that it will be going head-to-head with the Jon Favreau/Daniel Craig sci-fi blockbuster Cowboys and Aliens. Let’s hope it can hold its own!

For those new to Attack the Block – and no, its nothing to do with the reality tv show on Channel 7 – its the directorial debut of British Comedian Joe Cornish. It has been produced by Big Talk Productions, responsible for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs The World, and even stars Nick Frost (albeit in a minor role). It’s been receiving highly positive reviews across the board since its release, and currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 90%.

As for the movie itself, here’s the summary from the official website – :

“Attack the Block is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against and invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And teenage street kids into heroes. Its inner city vs outer space.”

Don’t know about you, but I’ve got all my fingers crossed for an Australian release…

Release date announced for Thor 2, Kenneth Branagh won’t direct

Marvel Studio’s Thor will be returning to the big screen with a release date of July 26 2013. Chris Hemsworth seems likely to return as our hero, but it seems that Kenneth Branagh won’t be directing this time around. The rumours are however that he will return as producer. At this stage there is no real news on why he will not direct the sequel, only speculation.

Of course, the release date is great news for those Thor fans out there. We loved the movie at The All Action, No Plot Movie Blog, and it received generally positive reviews worldwide. Coupled with a current worldwide gross of over $437 million, I think the sequel has every chance of being a similar success.

Let’s just hope they can find a worthy successor to Branagh – one of my favourite actors and a fine director, I thought he did a great job! Any suggestions?

Welcome to the All Action, No Plot Movie Blog!

Hi, and a very warm welcome to the All Action, No Plot Movie Blog.

Before we begin, let me tell you about a little movie club that has been running for the last couple of years in Melbourne, Australia. Its called the All Action, No Plot Movie Club and it has grown steadily from just myself and a couple of others to a group with over 150 members and a regular attendance of over 20 at our monthly movies. To read more about our Movie Club and how to join, please visit our About page.

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