Jay-Z talks growing up, music, politics + more | Music News

Considering Zadie Smith's younger brother is London-born former rapper Doc Brown, you would expect her to have a passable knowledge of all things Hip-Hop. However, reading her recent piece for the New York Times, it isn't hard to imagine Smith reciting the words, "I'm a pimp by blood not relation" as often as possible, eagerly emphasising that she is very much her own woman.

The award-winning author of White Teeth does just that in a wonderfully articulate write-up about a revealing interview with Jay-Z, forcing you to sit up and take notice by effortlessly quoting lines straight from that Jiggaman and Big L freestyle session and referencing the Marcy don's rapid-fire flow on the classic cut "I Can't Get With That" -- it makes you recognise that Smith is a Hip-Hop head in her own right, Doc Brown or no Doc Brown. Read more


New images from 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' released | Film News

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson will be releasing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this winter, once again exploring the popular, highly imaginative worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien's imagination on the big screen.

Starring the beautiful Evangeline Lily, Andy Serkis, The Office's Martin Freeman as a young Bilbo Baggins and Sir Ian McKellen reprising his role as Gandalf, An Unexpected Journey chronicles Baggins' daring quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Grand in scale, the upcoming film appears to be another searing epic in the same vein as the record-breaking and award-winning LOTR trilogy, complete with large-scale battles, sweeping scenes of beautiful, eye-catching scenery and unbelievable costumes and cosmetics from skilled designers and gifted makeup artists.

With An Unexpected Journey only a couple months away, the kind folks behind the film have released a clutch of stunning pictures fresh off the set, providing a revealing glimpse into all the drama and romance and ramping up the anticipation for the eagerly awaited epic.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released 14 December.

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James Cameron reveals idea for fourth 'Avatar' movie | Film News

James Cameron has outlined plans for his "Avatar business." Having broken all manner of records with several of his projects, Cameron returned to his history-making ways with 2009's Avatar -- a film that went on to earn six Academy Award nominations (winning three) and smashed the box office to become one of the highest-grossing movies of all time.

Looking to build on the popularity of the stunning Na'vi epic, Cameron has been hard at work on sequels to the big-banking movie. Avatar 2 and are reportedly going to be shot back-to-back, with copious amounts of cash poured into the films.

Taking time out to address rumours of further Avatar sequels, Cameron recently spoke about his plans for a fourth film.

"I have an idea for a fourth. I haven't really put pen to paper on it, but basically it goes back to the early expeditions of Pandora, and kind of what went wrong with the humans and the Na'vi and what that was like to be an explorer and living in that world," he revealed. "Because when we drop in, even in the first film in 'Avatar 1,' as it will be known in the future, we're dropping into a process that's 35 years in to a whole colonization.

"[Avatar 3] will complete an arc and if that leads into more, we'll start, not imitating 'Star Wars,' but it's a logical thing to do because we'll have completed the thematic arc by the end of three. The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films. It's a plan."

Avatar 2 is scheduled for release in 2015.

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'Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes' images released | Geek Alert

The release of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes inches closer. Pinned as a "prologue" by famed video game developer and creator Hideo Kojima, Ground Zeroes is the first title in the Metal Gear Solid series to feature "an open-world environment.” Read more


Custom Grand Theft Auto IV 'Back to the Future' Mod showcased | Geek Alert

An enthusiastic Grand Theft Auto fan has given the iconic video game series the power to indulge in some time travel with a customized GTA IV: Back to the Future modification. Read more


'The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1' teaser 2 | Geek Alert

Warner Home Video has released the second teaser for the upcoming animated movie Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1.Read more


New Wonder Woman series in the works | TV News

The CW really does have a thing for the Justice League. Having enjoyed a long and productive romance with Superman in the shape of Smallville, the American television network recently broke the news of its nascent fling with billionaire playboy-cum-masked vigilante Oliver Queen - aka - The Green Arrow.

Hinting at a polyamorous streak, the network has all but declared its never-ending- hopefully-to-be-televised love for Wonder Woman, with reports indicating Grey's Anatomy and The O.C.'s Allan Heinberg is working very hard to tie the knot between the two parties, telling the story of DC's Amazonian heroine in an all new original CW series. Read more


Ricky Gervais marks the end of NBC's 'The Office' with revealing retrospective | TV News

With NBC's The Office winding down to its final episodes, Ricky Gervais has taken the time to pen a revealing personal retrospective about his "little creation," touching on the origins of his characters, their influences and the future of David Brent. Read more


Natalie Portman stars in Miss Dior commercial [Video]

Purring with all the sultry, regal confidence expected of an exceedingly beautiful screen star, Natalie Portman struts her oh-so-pretty stuff to the sounds of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin's crazy, sexy, cool classic French number, "Je t'aime...moi non plus," promoting the seductive new Miss Dior perfume. Read more


'Downton Abbey' Season 3 Trailer released | TV News

Julian Fellowes' Downton Abbey returns for its third season, bringing with it all the domestic drama, revealing mores and moving romance for which the popular series is renowned.

Providing a taste of what's to come, ITV has provided a short synopsis of sorts, teasing:

Series three will follow the Crawley family and their servants into the early 1920s, as they all try and put the hardships of the Great War behind them.

But with an expectation of happier times ahead, you can be sure the coming months will be filled with drama for the Crawley household - this is Downton after all...

Already boasting an incredibly strong cast featuring the likes of Hugh BonnevilleJoanne FroggattLaura CarmichaelRob James-Collier and Michelle Dockery, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Shirley MacLaine has been added to Downton's roster of fine acting talent, with the veteran actress set to take on the role of Lady Grantham's formidable mother, Martha Levinson.

Returning to our screens on 16 September, the trailer for the third season of Downton Abbey can be seen below.

http://youtu.be/Kvw7J26V68U


'The Avengers' crosses $1.5 billion mark in worldwide earnings | Film News

When Marvel's Avengers aren't too busy saving the world, fending off the aggressive advances of mean aliens, the uber cool collection of superheroes spend their time breaking records and making history, earning big bank.Read more


'Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes' video | Geek Alert

It's been a good few days for Metal Gear Solid fans. Shortly after news of a movie starring Solid Snake being in the works, Konami has provided the proverbial icing on the cake, unveiling yet another cinematic jewel, adding to the highly successful and ridiculously cool Metal Gear franchise.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is described by veteran video game developer and creator Hideo Kojima as a "prologue", being the "first title in the series to feature an open-world environment." Read more


'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton | Film Trailer

Directed by Dead Snow actor and film-maker Tommy WirkolaHansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is an upcoming 3-D action horror movie that provides a modern retelling/continuation of the Brothers Grimm's popular fairy tale. Read more


'Dredd' digital comic prequel | Geek Alert

Peter Travis' Dredd 3D finally hits the big screen in just a couple of days. In the lead up to the release of the eagerly awaited film, a prequel in the shape of a digital comic has been unveiled online. Read more


Stars pay tribute to Michael Clarke Duncan, coroner confirms actor died of natural causes

A number of actors, directors and stars have paid tribute to the recently deceased Michael Clarke Duncan who passed away on Monday. Read more


Will Smith's 'The Redemption of Cain' given go-ahead | Film News

Will Smith's The Redemption of Cain has finally been given the go-ahead by Sony Pictures Entertainment, green-lighting the project for the big screen. Read more