Also returning in a different aspect was Billy Boyd, who played the Hobbit, Pippin, in 'The Lord of The Rings' films. For 'The Battle of the Five Armies', he returned to write a song to cap off both the prequel trilogy, but also the series in its entirety. "I flew to New Zealand" he says, "wrote some songs and we're getting somewhere - and then I watched the film, and then it all made sense, and then the song came quite quickly after that." Boyd also echoes Serkis' amazement at the filming techniques of the modern day compared to the originally trilogy from nearly a decade ago. Both discuss the way that the CGI battles were put together for this final film, with Boyd explaining the set green screen set Jackson filmed on, by saying "He has the battle playing everywhere in this room.. through the camera! And to anyone looking, its an empty room, but looking through the camera, he has the whole battle!"
The final instalment in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga, 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', opens in Europe on 10th December 2014, the UK on 11th December, and the US on 17th December.
Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom and Elijah Wood - Photographs from the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of the third movie in the Hobbit trilogy "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 10th December 2014
Billy Boyd - Shots of the stars of the third in the Hobbit trilogy 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'as they arrive at the Los Angeles premiere which was held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 9th December 2014
Billy Boyd - Shots from the World Premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' the final film in the trilogy as stars arrived at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom - Monday 1st December 2014
Both engaging and eye-opening, this spirited documentary recounts an outrageous story with humour and honesty, revealing some nasty truths about the music industry in the process. The big issues are prejudice and greed, of course, but the film thankfully keeps its focus on a friendship that is pushed to the breaking point.
Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain first met in their hometown of Dundee in 2000, discovering that they had a mutual love of rap music as well as the talent to write and perform extremely catchy tunes. But record labels and performance venues just laughed in their faces: dismissing the mere idea of Scottish rappers. Then in a moment of frustration, they tell a London club that they're from Southern California, and suddenly everyone wants to hear more of their music. So they re-record their demo with American accents and create elaborate alter egos so they can convince everyone that Silibil n' Brains are partying L.A. skater dudes. Soon they have a big-time manager (Shalit) and a lucrative deal with Sony Records.
Filmmaker Finlay makes terrific use of Boyd and Bain's own video footage, capturing their crazy stunts and buoyant energy. We also see their skills as musicians in clips from their riotous performances. And we know that they have a bigger plan: to become superstars before they expose the hypocrisy in the music business. So it's fascinating to watch everything spiral out of their control. While living the high life and appearing all over the media, their debut album stubbornly refuses to come together, delayed even further when Sony goes through a restructuring. And it isn't easy living 24 hours a day as a fictional character.
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When Gavin Bain and Billy Boyd first showed up on stage at London club Madame Jojo's, they had no idea that it would be the beginning of a downward spiral in their lives. After jetting over from Dundee and having previously suffered significant ridicule for their rap talents coupled with their strong Scottish accents, they decided to give themselves a whole new identity; they became Silibil N' Brains from California. Keeping up the American persona was surprisingly easy and they made such an impression that they eventually became signed with Sony records. However, touring and hanging out in VIP bars was one thing, releasing an album and having all their Scottish peers uncover the ruse was another. Eventually, though, they no longer had to worry about it as suspicion arose and they were caught out. The toll it took on their lives and relationship in the aftermath was disastrous, but the pair are set to make a more honest return with the release of a brand new album.
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Lloyd lives the good life: he goes clubbing almost every night, is surrounded by beautiful girls and takes ecstasy almost religiously. While Lloyd may act like a twenty something, he is really in his thirties. And he doesn't live in a bachelor pad; he lives with his alcoholic father, who he doesn't get along with.
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A documentary crew is spending a week with low-life pimp Woody (Cavanah) on the streets of London, but what begins as an average series of events soon spirals into something much more sinister as Woody tries to protect his favourite hooker Bo (Chan) from the Chinese mafia while being pressured by his gangster boss (Dyer). Woody's life is full of movers and shakers, all buzzing around on their own specific errands, just like he is. Surely one of them knows what happened to a Ukrainian prostitute who has gone missing.
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And it's expectations that director Peter Jackson has clearly found himself having to address in this movie. Given that all three films in the series were shot simultaneously, Jackson doesn't have much opportunity to introduce new stuff with each movie. We're well familiarized with the main characters and the primary settings, so much of the weight falls on the new people and creatures introduced in this episode to carry the story.
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How do you satisfy a legion of fans, some of whom have been waiting almost 65 years to see their absolute favorite work of literature put to film? More often than not, you don't, and though Peter Jackson's production of The Lord of the Rings is painstakingly faithful and earnest, it is almost a foregone conclusion that the movie will never quite be good enough for the obsessed fans (see also the 1978 animated Lord), just is it will be far too obtuse for those who haven't read the books.
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Picking up after a flashback to Sméagol/Gollum's discovery of the ring many years earlier, the film then takes us back to the twin stories from Fellowship andThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and company are basking in the glory of victory at Helm's Deep and Isengard, while Frodo (Elijah Wood), Sam (Sean Astin), and Gollum trek toward Mount Doom to destroy the ring.
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The classic campfest that is Seed of Chucky begins as any movie with "Seed of" in the title should... by having one of the weirdest credit sequences featuring doll sperm flying into an egg and watching a small doll gestate, complete with umbilical cord and "Made in Japan" stamp.
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28th August, 1968