First Looks: Bilbo Baggins, Edgar Allen Poe, Avengers, American Reunion and More

Even with the Summer movie season at its peak, quite a few films are heading into production now. Read on for a few first looks at some upcoming projects including The Hobbit, The Raven, American Reunion, Moonrise Kingdom, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s next (previously titled The Master), and The Avengers.


The Hobbit 

A big thank you to Entertainment Weekly for getting these. Below are new set pics of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen's return as Gandalf. The first part of the two-film adaptation is set to come out on December 14, 2012.



The Raven

Check out our first look at the upcoming film The Raven, starring John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe. The film centers around Poe, who joins forces with a Boston detective when a serial killer begins basing his murders on Poe's stories. The is currently set for a  March 9, 2012 release.



American Reunion

A photo from the set of American Reunion has been found via Thomas Ian Nicholas’s Twitter account. It's been eight years since the last installment of the "original series" of American Pie, and I've got to admit it's kind of neat seeing them all back together in that room. The film is set ten years after the first film and centers around the character's ten year high school reunion. It's currently set for a April 6, 2012 release.




The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s currently untitled film (previously named The Master) has begun production recently on Mare Island in Northern California. The owners of the island released the following photo with a bit of explanation on what's been going on. 

Yesterday, they were filming on the USS Potomac, the Presidential Yacht know as F.D.R.’s “Floating White House” that was docked in Mare Island. They needed to create waves so they used smaller motor boats to do the job. However, since the waves were not big enough to really rock the ship, they ended up tying a large obejct behind the motor boats to create a more powerful wave. That apparently worked because some of the actors (“talent”) were seen leaving the ship a little sea sick.




The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Check out two pics of Emma Watson on the set of one of her first roles post-Harry Potter. She stars opposite of Logan Lerman in a film about 1991 adolescent adventures, including explorations with sex and drugs and dealing with suicide and mental illness, all structured around a series of letters to an anonymous penpal.



Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson's new film has got a helluva cast, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Harvey Keitel. Check out a few of them on set and in costume below.

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, Moonrise Kingdom follows a young boy and girl falling in love. When they are moved to run away together, various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down – which might not be such a bad thing. Bruce Willis plays the town sheriff; two-time Academy Award nominee Edward Norton is cast as a camp leader; Academy Award nominee Bill Murray and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents; the cast also includes Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman. The young boy and girl are played by Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.




Rock of Ages

I don't know about you, but this picture makes me giggle. Alex Baldwin and Russell Brand look great though, I can't wait to see them in a musical. Rock of Ages also stars Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Zeta Jones, Paul Giamatti, and Malin Ackerman. The film is currently set for June 1, 2012.

Rock of Ages stars Diego Gonzalez Boneta as an aspiring songwriter and musician who meets an LA newcomer (Julianne Hough). She also ends up entangled with arrogant rocker Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise). Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, and Paul Giamatti are also in the cast, and they’ll each get to sing their way through a selection of ’80s hair-metal hits, power ballads and arena-rock staples.



The Avengers

And finally, here's a set they're building for Whedon's The Avengers. The set is being built in Albuquerque, NM., but is apparently being made to look like a foreign country. It looks like... India, maybe? Feel free to speculate. A big thanks to SuperHeroHype for finding these.


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