Hugo Weaving is back for The Hobbit (Ian McKellen says so!)

Elron is back for the HobbitIt’s been rumored for months, but now it’s confirmed: Hugo Weaving will once again play Elrond in Peter Jackson’s film version of The Hobbit.

Weaving’s involvement in Jackson’s two-part adaptation of the Tolkien novel has been rumored for some time, but it was confirmed by fellow The Lord of the Rings alumnus Ian McKellen. In a post at his blog, McKellen started by mentioning that star Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, would be taking three weeks off to shoot a few episodes of his BBC series Sherlock. McKellen wrote:

Martin Freeman has left The Hobbit.

This is not another April Fool, just a May Fact. Before signing as Bilbo, Martin had agreed to make three 90-minute TV films in London, again playing Dr Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes. No worries: he’ll be back in Middle Earth after our first hiatus, during which Peter Jackson will have spare time to edit the scenes already completed. The rest of the cast remains on duty for another few weeks, working on hobbit-less sections of the film. These involve dwarves of course but also elves, with Hugo Weaving back for a stretch as Lord Elrond.

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What’s after Cowboys and Aliens? How about Dinosaurs vs. Aliens?

Dinosarurs vs Aliens.. WHY????If you asked every 12-year-old kid what they’d make a movie about, they would almost definitely answer with either “aliens” or “dinosaurs.” But the really clever ones? The overzealous, crazy few? They’d make a movie featuring both.

It seems Barry (Men in Black) Sonnenfeld’s inner child falls under that category, because that’s exactly what he plans to do.

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12 wild and wacky patent applications that are weirder than sci-fi

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Plato postulated that “necessity” was the mother of invention and we’ve always wondered—who’s the baby’s daddy? If the backlog of applications under review by the US Patent & Trademark Office is any indication, inventions are fertilized by Having Way Too Much Time on Your Hands.

Often you’ll see “patent pending” branded on items you pick up at the store. This means that for a $82-$330 fee (depending on whether you work for a big company), the inventor has filed an application to register it as their original and unique creation. It by no means guarantees that the US patent office will ever certify it, especially if it’s loony.

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Robert Kirkman says don’t believe those Walking Dead rumors

Don't believe everything you read..Remember all those rumors that The Walking Dead was going to use all freelance writers for its second season instead of a full-time writing staff? A source who would know says not to believe them.

In an interview with Heat Vision, Walking Dead comic-book creator Robert Kirkman said that reports of showrunner Frank Darabont using all freelancers to write the show and not having any full-time writers on the payroll are wrong. “We have a full writing staff,” explained Kirkman. “There are three full-time staff writers and a freelancer: Evan Reilly [Rescue Me], Scott Gimple [FlashForward] and Angela Kang [Terriers] and one freelancer.”

Aside From the Vampires, Lincoln Film Seeks Accuracy

Here come's honest Abe with an Axe in handGet ready for ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. The book is as historically accurate as is possible for a book that imagines President Lincoln as an axe-wielding kick-ass slayer of the undead can be, and it’s a lot of fun to boot. Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED) is filming it now, to be released next summer, but the New York Times has a look at what we may expect in this adaptation.

Benjamin Walker plays the titular character, who discovers early in life that many of the events of American history have been orchestrated by the undead, and he decides to dedicate his life to fighting them any way he can. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and the film is being produced by Bakmambetov, Tim Burton, and Jim Lemley.