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First Look at Lee Pace as Thranduil
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Thanks to TheOneRing.net, we have our very first look at Lee Pace - in costume - as Thranduil from The Hobbit trilogy. An image can be seen above, showing off a distinctive crown of twigs and leaves for the Elvenking and confirming that Lee’s trademark eyebrows are remaining as prominent as ever. An additional picture can be seen here. What do you think of Peter Jackson’s take on Thranduil?

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Will Lee Pace Star in a Marvel Film?

According to the team over at Marvel Cinematic Universe, Lee Pace’s name has been tossed around to play a future Marvel Studios character. The studio is currently laying out plans for numerous comic-turned-movies, including an adaptation for Ant-Man (with director Edgar Wright) and Doctor Strange.

Keep in mind that this is just a rumor, and there is no guarantee he’ll actually be cast. (Although, as it’s been on a personal wishlist of mine for him to play a Marvel character, I sincerely hope it is true!) You can read MCU’s inside scoop below:

Insider news: Bradley Cooper, Joel Edgerton and Lee Pace have all come up as possible actors to play an upcoming Marvel Studios role.

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New Tiffany & Co. Winter 2011 Ad Campaign
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Courtesy of Facebook, there’s a new and gorgeous picture of Lee Pace as part of the Tiffany & Co. winter 2011 ad campaign. Photographed by the incredibly talented Peter Lindbergh, the advertisement for the famed jewelry company also features top model and French actress, Laetitia Casta. It is meant to evoke the “glamorous celebration of the holidays and true love.”

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"Pushing Daisies" ... on Stage?

While at 2012 Comic-Con, Bryan Fuller mentioned that he was working on a new “Pushing Daisies” project that was neither a comic book nor a miniseries. In a new interview (video above), Michael Ausiello added that the upcoming revival isn’t a film, either. When pressed if it was moving to Broadway, Bryan merely shrugged and said “perhaps.” What do you think, guys? Will we be seeing “Pushing Daisies” as a stage performance soon? An official announcement will be made once everything is arranged, but hopefully we can expect it soon!

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'The Hobbit' Production Video #8

It looks like the demand to see him was finally heard, because the eighth Hobbit production video does feature Lee Pace! There’s a brief segment where Lee talks about getting in character as Thranduil, which includes some great action shots of him preparing for the role. (It takes a lot of practice just to move like an elf.) The rest of the video is great, too, giving viewers more insight on the various sets. Lots of cast and crew are featured, saying their goodbyes, as the production videos featuring principle photography comes to a close. I’ll be adding this one to the video archive later today (as well as caps, hopefully), but enjoy this in the meantime.

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'The Hobbit' Becomes a Trilogy

Rumors on The Hobbit splitting into three movies - instead of the announced two - can now be put to rest. Peter Jackson confirmed on his official Facebook that the action-adventure film will become even more epic by expanding into a trilogy. Check out his blog post on the matter:

It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie - and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’

We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.

So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of The Hobbit films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.

It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, “a tale that grew in the telling.”

Cheers,

Peter J

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'Twilight' Producer Mentions Lee in New Interview

With Lee Pace busy filming The Hobbit in New Zealand, news has recently been relatively quiet. However, when asked about the upcoming final installment of The Twilight Saga, producer Wyck Godfrey briefly mentioned Lee in an interview. In particular, he had something nice to say when casting and filming Breaking Dawn (Part II). Check it out:

“I think there’s that sense when you’re reading the book and you start to see the entire spectrum of vampires around the world — it expands the whole unit in a way, you’re dying for that to happen. And as a movie, when you finally start to see who Carlisle’s friends are around the world, you’re like, ‘Who’s next? Who’s next?’ We’ve done a really good job with the casting of those roles. Lee Pace makes an extraordinary Garrett, and we had a blast shooting that stuff.”

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Troy Garity Mentions Lee Pace in New Interview

Not much to report on here, but I figured I’d update about Troy Garity mentioning Lee in a new interview since news has otherwise been fairly quiet. Remember, Troy acted against Lee in Showtime’s Soldier’s Girl, which was also Lee’s first movie. Sounds like they still keep in touch, which is always nice to hear!

I’ve been a fan since Soldier’s Girl.
Oh, thank you. Yeah, I actually saw Lee Pace last night. I think he gets taller every time I see him.

There are not a lot of tall guys out there in Hollywood.
No, he’s really tall. He’s like 6'6" or something. I look at him and I go, “I can’t believe I thought you were a woman.”

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New 'Breaking Dawn' Poster Featuring Lee Pace
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With Comic-Con underway and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part II) a featured component of this year’s convention, it’s no surprise that some promotional materials are starting to surface. Yahoo revealed a handful of character posters for the film, depicting the numerous new vampires to be featured in the second half of Breaking Dawn. Among those vamps, Lee Pace is finally given a better look. With the disheveled hair and red contacts, is he what you imagined Garrett to look like? Check out a larger version in the gallery, or head over to Yahoo if you’re interested in seeing his co-stars (including his love interest, Kate, played by Casey LaBow).

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New Information on the Upcoming Film, '30 Beats'
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With 30 Beats finally getting ready for release, some new information is surfacing. First of all, another version of a poster can be seen above, which is seemingly being used for online promotion only. Considering there’s no cast list or distributor information, I’m not entirely sure it’s official.

There will be a New York premiere for the film on July 17th. Although it’s been confirmed that Jason Day will be there, there’s no word yet on whether or not Lee Pace will make an appearance. (Considering The Hobbit is now wrapped and Lee is based in NYC, however, hopefully fans can expect him there and there’ll be pictures/interviews to report on.) When - or if - I find out the location of the event, I’ll edit the post in case anyone is close by and wants to drop in.

Remember: 30 Beats will conveniently be available on VOD, but it will also be released in select cinemas on July 20th. To see if it’ll be shown near you, check the theater listing guide.

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It's a Wrap on 'The Hobbit'!
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Congratulations are in order for the hard-working cast and crew of The Hobbit, as the films officially wrapped earlier today in New Zealand. (That’s Friday, July 6th, observing time differences.) Peter Jackson posted the above photo on his official Facebook with the following words:

We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!

The films will now enter into the post-production phase, with part one - An Unexpected Journey - gearing up for a December 14th release date.

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Lee Attends the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Breaking Dawn - Part 1'
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On Monday, November 14th, Lee Pace made it out to the west coast to attend the much anticipated premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 – and he looked great! From what I’m reading, he skipped the press line, so there likely won’t be any new interview footage this time around. No worries, though: Lee’s character, Garrett, will be seen in the final installment of the Twilight film franchise. That means he’ll probably be at Part 2’s premiere next year, where fans will get another chance to see him hit the black carpet and talk about his experience on such a major motion picture set.

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'The Hobbit' Production Video #4

After many months of silence on The Hobbit front, a new production video has finally been released! Whether or not Lee Pace is featured in it is unknown, but it looks like the brief clip from 7:52 - 7:56 could be him in costume as the Elven King, Thranduil. What do you think?

Regardless of whether or not Lee is in it, fans may want to give the video a watch. The majority of it is about filming in 3D, which - although I’m not a fan of the medium - is described in such understandable detail. You really start to appreciate just how much work goes into making this film (and others like it). So while production video number four is very technical in its content, it’s definitely worth checking out – especially if you’re specifically interested in details on how movies are made. Enjoy!

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Lee Helped Lead Flash Mob on 'Breaking Dawn' Set

A very funny story from the Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn set has recently been released, courtesy of Movieline. Director Bill Condon brought to light information about an impromptu flash mob that took place during the infamous “battle scene” in the Twilight franchise, and it was helped organized by no other than Lee Pace. Thankfully, Condon also mentioned that they were still filming during this West Side Story-esque rumble, so fans can expect to see footage on the Breaking Dawn (part two) DVD. Read more about the event below:

“It was one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen,” Condon told Movieline. He explained how it all happened.

“In that second movie, as you know from the book, a half-hour of it takes place in this one location, this one field,” Condon said. “We shot there for, when you include the second unit, a couple of months — but the first unit was there for many weeks.”

“When we came to the last, widest shot, with 80 vampires on one side and 27 vampires on the other, I’m sitting up the ladder and suddenly you hear this music — ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).’ And the Cullen side starts this incredible, West Side Story-kind of rumble. The other vampires then start to dance back. It was unbelievably big.”

Who was responsible for the vampire dance-off? “I know Myanna Buring was behind it, and Lee Pace,” Condon said. “There were a couple of others. I should figure out exactly who. But they kept it a secret! They rehearsed this number for a week, and kept it a secret. It was so great.”

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