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Who Will Martin Freeman Play In Captain America: Civil War?


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Martin Freeman, the star of The Hobbit, Sherlock and The Office, joined the cast of Captain America: Civil War in an unknown role, according to a statement from studio Marvel. But now it seems there are a few hints floating about the internet.

Martin Freeman at The Hobbit premiereMartin Freeman is joining Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr in Captain America: Civil War

It's not much, but the writer of the original comic Mark Millar has revealed that he knows exactly who he's playing - and it's not a superhero. Or a supervillain. 'I know who he's playing in the film, but I guess it's still a secret', he teased to Radio Times. 'The character is not a super-person, it's somebody who's... well, I don't want to spoil it for anybody but he's not going to be in costume.' We're intrigued, but we still have no fresh ideas.

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Increase The Licence Fee To Save BBC Drama, Says Exiting Chief Behind 'Sherlock' And 'Poldark'


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Ben Stephenson, the outgoing controller of drama commissioning at the BBC, has said the licence fee needs to be increased, or the broadcaster will be forced to slash its drama output. In his farewell interview with the Radio Times, Stephenson, who helped bring shows such as ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Doctor Who’ to British screens, described the BBC as being at a "tipping point” thanks to the licence fee cap.

SherlockBen Stephenson was responsible for bringing ‘Sherlock’ to British TV screens.

Currently the licence fee paid by British television owners is capped at 2010's price of £145.50 until 31 March 2017, but thanks to inflation Stephenson says the cap is effectively a cut to the BBC's budget. "It really can't keep cutting... And the truth is the market isn't going to fill the gap," he told the Radio Times.

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Fifth Time Unlucky Benedict, As Cumberbatch Loses Out On TV BAFTA Again


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Benedict Cumberbatch has once again lost out on a best actor award at the television BAFTAs, held on Sunday night in London. The actor was beaten by Jason Watkins who won for his portrayal of the title character in ITV's 'The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies'.

Benedict CumberbatchThere was no BAFTA for Benedict on Sunday.

Cumberbatch is a five time BAFTA nominee, having been nominated three times for his performance as Sherlock Holmes in 2011, 2012 and 2015. The actor was also recognised in 2004 for 'Hawking' and picked up a best supporting actor nod in 2009 for ‘Small Island’.

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'Captain America: Civil War': Marvel Announces Cast & Plot Synopsis


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Marvel has announced the cast of Captain America: Civil War and it looks like pretty much everyone from the Avengers world will return alongside Chris Evans as Steve Rogers. The news was announced by Marvel on Thursday (7th May).

The AvengersChris Evans' Captain America will lead the Avengers team in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.

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Martin Freeman Joins Cast Of Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War'


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Having already comprehensively nailed the art of portraying literary characters on the small and big screens, British actor Martin Freeman has set his sights on the world of comic books with the announcement that he has been added to the cast of Captain America: Civil War.

The 43 year old actor has gained worldwide recognition for his extremely popular depiction of Dr John Watson in the BBC’s newest adaptation of ‘Sherlock’ alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, and for his role as Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Now, he’s entering the Marvel universe, according to the part-Disney-owned Marvel studios on Tuesday.

Martin FreemanMartin Freeman has joined the cast of 'Captain America: Civil War'

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Steven Moffat: 'Doctor Who' Movie & 'Sherlock' Crossover Are Not On The Cards


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Steven Moffat, the head writer on Doctor Who, has explained there are no plans for a Doctor Who movie. Moffat explained there is simply no way the project is feasible, not only from a financial point of view but in terms of creating a film which will be on a large enough scale to match the show's enormous cultural impact.

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Doctor Who currently stars Jenna Coleman as the assistant to Peter Capaldi's Doctor.

Read More: Steven Moffat Promises Sherlock Season 4 Will Include "Emotional Upheaval".

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Martin Freeman: Regular 'Sherlock' Episodes Would Lose The Appeal


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Fans may disagree, but Martin Freeman thinks that 'Sherlock' hitting screens in brief spells is a good thing when it comes to its appeal, as it's not easy to get bored of a show that only comes around for a few weeks a year.

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[L-R] Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman to return to 'Sherlock' this year

'Sherlock', starring Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as a modern Sherlock Holmes, is one of the BBC's most loved shows, but even though it started back in 2010, there have only been nine episodes across three series so far, plus the 2013 Christmas mini-episode. The next instalment will arrive at Christmas, despite the fact that's it's already been a whole year since the last one.

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Golden Globes 2015 - A Reminder Of The Nominees


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Awards season is now picking up a head of steam, with the Golden Globes just around the corner. The ceremony is being broadcast on Sunday January 11th on NBC at 7pm, so here’s a little reminder of the front runners.

The nominations for 72nd edition of the annual awards show were announced on December 11th. The Michael Keaton-starring Birdman received the most film nominations with seven, including Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy category), Best Director and Best Performance for an Actor.

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Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, leads the way in the Golden Globes nominations with seven. The ceremony is on Sunday night.

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'The Hobbit' Star Martin Freeman Reveals 'Kinship' With Second Home New Zealand


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It seems the public are not ready to let go of 'The Hobbit' just yet as it continues to triumph at the box office, topping sales yet again for a third week. Meanwhile, Martin Freeman laments leaving his adopted home of New Zealand.

Martin Freeman in 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'
Martin Freeman felt right at home during 'The Hobbit' filming

Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth franchise finally came to an end with the release of third 'Hobbit' movie 'The Battle of the Five Armies'. Three weeks on, and it still reins at the top of the box office with initial sales of $21.9 million in the first weekend, and while it may not be quite the end for fans still enjoying the spectacular conclusion, the cast and crew made their bittersweet farewells some time ago; farewell to each other, farewell to their magnificent film sets and farewell to the stunningly sprawling landscape of New Zealand and its 'friendly' inhabitants.

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Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins Meets Tim Canterbury In SNL's 'The Office: Middle Earth'


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Martin Freeman's acting career has been just as much an unpredictable a journey as his character Bilbo Baggins' Middle Earth quest in 'The Hobbit' series, but can you imagine his two most iconic roles joining together?

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Martin Freeman unites The Office with The Hobbit

That's just what 'Saturday Night Live' did when the British actor took to guest hosting the show on Saturday (December 13th 2014). Before he stormed US film and TV with Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' and the FX series adaptation of the Coen brothers' 'Fargo', Martin Freeman was arguably best known for his likeable role as Tim Canterbury in Ricky Gervais' sitcom 'The Office'. So what happens when you put an ordinary office environment in Middle Earth?

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The Hobbit Brings Peter Jackson's Saga Full Circle


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With 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', Peter Jackson has completed a second trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novels 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord Of The Rings'. But fans are wondering if he might have one more trilogy up his sleeve, as Tolkien wrote plenty more material about Middle Earth, including the novel 'The Silmarillion', short stories and more appendices and indices.

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Martin Freeman stars as The Hobbit in 'The Hobbit' trilogy. 

Jackson has already expanded 'The Hobbit' from a meandering little road trip into a massive battle trilogy using some of Tolkien's extra material, but the issue going forward is that the Tolkien estate owns everything that isn't contained in the 'Hobbit' or 'Rings' books, and they're apparently not happy with what Jackson did with The Hobbit.

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Review


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Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a battle epic packed with enormous action sequences that oddly distract attention from the much more engaging central plotline. By the time it thunders to its satisfying conclusion after nearly two and a half hours, there's a sense of balance restored, providing some powerfully emotional moments along with the thrills. But there's a lot of chaotic mayhem to get through first.

The action picks up immediately, as the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) roars into Laketown causing further desolation before being stopped by the heroic Bard (Luke Evans), who then leads the survivors back to their long-abandoned city in the mountains. Meanwhile, dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his throne and Smaug's enormous stash of gold, which consumes his soul with greed. But he abandons his promises to Bard and the elf leader Thranduil (Lee Pace), who assembles the elf army against him. So Thorin calls in a dwarf battalion to take them on. Meanwhile, the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is trying to diffuse the situation and snap Thorin out of his avaricious funk. And wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers that two waves of ruthless orcs are descending on Thorin.

All of this strategising and squaring-off feels fragmented and uneven, as Jackson cuts back and forth between the sprawling ensemble cast while trying to build momentum toward the earth-rattling collision of these five armies. Thankfully, there's also a lot of interpersonal stuff going on to hold the interest. Elf warrior Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is still caught up in a romantic triangle with his intended Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and her forbidden love, the unusually hot dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). And there's some comic relief from Alfrid (Ryan Gage), a weaselly human who worms his way into Bard's inner circle for some inexplicable reason. Best of all is the push and pull between Bilbo and Thorin, which is very nicely played by Freeman and Armitage.

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Martin Freeman - The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Video Interview


Martin Freeman talks about his time on the set of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' trilogy, which is set to culminate in the final instalment, 'The Battle of the Five Armies' on December 17th 2014.

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'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' Is Best In The Trilogy


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The first reviews of Peter Jackson's final Lord of the Rings movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, have begun trickling in with the general consensus suggesting this film is the best in the trilogy. 

Bilbo Baggins Battle of the Five ArmiesMartin Freeman returns as Bilbo Baggins in Battle of the Five Armies

Having reclaimed his homeland from the fearsome Smaug, the Company of Dwarves have unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Dragon Smaug subsequently rains down his fiery wrath on the people of Lake-town with the Dwarves, Elves and Men forced to decide - unite or be destroyed?

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BBC Announces 'Sherlock' Will Be Back For Special Episode In 2015, But The Mystery Of Benedict Cumberbatch's Shoulder Has The Internet Buzzing


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Merry Christmas Sherlockians! Yes it seems the festive season has hit early as the BBC have confirmed that a special episode of ‘Sherlock’ will be airing next year, ahead of series four in 2016. The news was first announced by producer Sue Vertue who tweeted the first image of Sherlock and Watson, along with a cheeky script tease.

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer


The Lonely Mountain has been reclaimed from the dragon Smaug. The dwarves of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) have won; although they soon discover that the price of their victory was steep. Smaug has laid waste to Lake Town, leaving the residents homeless after Thorin promised them riches. The elves of Mirkwood seek the dwarves that escaped their dungeons, while an army of orcs seek to end the line of Durin. And behind the scenes, a dark lord of shadow, long since defeated, is preparing to make a return to Middle Earth - the secret to his power lies in a small, golden ring. A ring that has chosen a new owner; The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman). 

'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' serves as the final chapter in Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga. The film serves as the sixth film by Jackson to be based on the works of writer J. R. R. Tolkien, and the final part of 'The Hobbit' trilogy. When Tolkien released 'The Hobbit' in 1937, it was a single book. Jackson released the final part of his adaptation of 'Lord of the Rings' in 2003, and stated that he would not work on a 'Hobbit' movie. However, he eventually signed on to direct a two part adaptation of 'The Hobbit', which later turned into a trilogy in 2012. 

The film is due to be released on 12th December, 2014 in the UK, with a US release date of 17th December.

'Sherlock' Cast "Reduced To Tears" After Being Told Season 4 Plot


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Steven Moffat, the creator of BBC drama Sherlock, has set tongues wagging after discussing details of the forthcoming fourth season of the show. Steven Moffat and fellow creator Mark Gatiss were quizzed about the return of the acclaimed detective series at the Emmys on Monday (August 25, 2014).

SherlockBenedict Cumberbatch [L] and Martin Freeman [R] in 'Sherlock'

"We have a plan to top (season three)," said Moffat. "I do think our plan is devastating. We've practically reduced our cast to tears telling them the plan.we're probably more excited than we've ever been about Sherlock."

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Middle Earth Is Ravaged By War In 'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' [Trailer + Pictures]


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As promised by the release of Smaug from Eribor, war has descended upon Middle Earth and threatens to strip landscape of peace, serenity and beauty. The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies finally has its first full trailer.

Martin Freeman as Bilbo BagginsMartin Freeman looks on with dispair in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies

In this trailer, a despondent Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) speaks solemnly of what he’ll remember of his incredible journey to Eribor and the consequences of his actions. "One day I'll remember. Remember everything that happened here - the good, the bad, those who survived and those that did not.”

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies - Teaser Trailer


Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the mini-army of dwarves led by Thorin are facing an evermore deadly path in their pursuit of the Lonely Mountain and its mound of treasure which was stolen from the dwarves some time ago by the fiercesome dragon Smaug. Their attempt to slay him has failed, instead unleashing further horrors upon themselves. Angering the dragon has only made things worse with him now determined to murder every creature that lies in its path, demolishing a neighbouring village with little more than a breath. Gandalf remains captured and tensions are ever rising between not only friends, but elves, dwarves, orcs and goblins and it's clear that the  deadliest, brutalist war for thousands of years is well on its way.

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Fargo Season 2 Takes Tips From True Detective


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John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks, announced at the TCA Awards that the next season of the acclaimed television series based on the Coen Brothers' 1996 film of the same name will feature an all-new cast, a diffent time period setting, and a new "true crime" story that will unfold over the new ten episode run. The first series featured an allstar line-up including Academy Award nominee Billy Bob Thornton, Hobbit star Martin Freeman and 'son of Tom' Colin Hanks.

Martin Freeman in FargoBritish actor Martin Freeman played a main role in the show's first series. Image: FX

More: "Fargo" Showrunner Noah Hawley Talks Hard Work, Toil And The Creative Process

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Martin Freeman - Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman spotted filming Sherlock - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 21st August 2013

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Martin Freeman - Sherlock is a British television crime drama. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 21st May 2013

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Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington - The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA's) 2013 held at the Royal Festival Hall - Arrivals - London, England, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th May 2013

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Martin Freeman - Martin Freeman with wife and daughters London, England - attends premiere of 'Nativity' at The Barbican Wednesday 25th November 2009

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Martin Freeman - Martin Freeman and June Sarpong, Monday 4th June 2007 at Cobravision Awards London, England

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Martin Freeman

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