More film highlights for 2012

  • If like me, you are getting a bit fed up with all these reality TV shows (Apparently Celebrity Big Brother starts again on January 5th on Channel 5- Oh Joy!) You might like Director Gary Ross’s  The Hunger Games which is out on March 23rd, and is based  on Suzanne Collins’s novels, where 24 young people fight to the death on live TV in a sort of post-apocalyptic X Factor. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson star, and three sequels are in the pipeline, so someone must have confidence in it. Sounds a bit like Running Man starring Arnold Schwarzennegger
  • Next year there are also loads of Comic-book adaptations coming to the big screen too. First up is director Joss Whedon’s  comic book adaptation The Avengers. Based on the Marvel Comic it is out on April 27th, and features loads of Marvel superheroes including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans). The Amazing Spider-Man is also out on July 6th and stars Andrew Garfield as Spider-man/Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey. Just as eagerly awaited will be The Dark Knight Rises which is out on July 20th, and is directed by Christopher Nolan, and stars Christian Bale as Batman, and  Tom Hardy as the villain Bane, and the cast also includes Marion Cotillard and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, if it is as good as the last two Batman films it will definitely be worth seeing.
  • Ridley Scott makes his return to science-fiction thirty years after making Blade Runner, with Prometheus which is out on June 1st, and stars Guy Pearce, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron.
  • Steven Spielberg’s biopic of Abraham Lincoln, is due out at the end of the year, and has the asset of Honest Abe lookalike Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead.
  • Offbeat director Tim Burton’s latest film Frankenweenie is also out on October 5th, and features a dead dog which is brought back to life with unintended consequences.
  • Sam Mendes directs the latest exciting James Bond thriller Skyfall, which is out on October 26th and stars Daniel Craig as James Bond and Javier Bardem as the villain
  • Baz Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby is also out, and should be great to look at if Moulin Rouge and Australia are anything to go by. Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan are ideally cast as Gatsby and Daisy.
  • If like me, you are a huge Tolkien fan , you’ll be glad to know that Director Peter Jackson’s latest film The Hobbit: An Unexpected released on December 14. It stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Benedict Cumberbatch, from the TV series Sherlock is providing the voice of Smaug and Richard Armitage, plays dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield. In addition, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Sir Ian McKellen and Christopher Lee all reprise their roles from The Lord Of The Rings; I can hardly wait

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