If you’re sad that The Hobbit trilogy is coming to an end with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, fear not.

For not only does life continue on for Bilbo Baggins but also for sales rep Tim Canterbury (not to be confused with the Canterbury Tales) from the original (and, might I argue, superior) version of The Office from the U.K.

In the following clip from The Office: Middle Earth (courtesy of Saturday Night Live), we find that Baggins is now working at a paper company with Gandalf as his boss (Bobby Moynihan in Ricky Gervais' role as the office buffoon David Brent).

Gollum (Taram Killam) is Bilbo's coworker who suffers the Jell-O harassment trick that Gareth Keenan (Mackenzie Crook) once did.

Just because the last horror movie I saw (The Babadook, above) was 2014's best doesn't mean it was a great year for horror. All told, I reviewed 21 fright flicks this year—if you count comedy trash like A Haunted House 2, actioners like RoboCop, and sci-fi/monster epics like Godzilla—and recommended just three of 'em.

Yep, I'm a tough critic.

So here's my ratings, from killer to crap. Please keep in mind that I only reviewed movies that were released in theatres in Vancouver, so all those great horror flicks that weren't released in theatres in Vancouver are not included. Sorry about that.

Vancouver-born Stephanie Moseley, a dancer and aspiring actor, was reported dead on December 8 in Los Angeles in what police have determined to be a murder-suicide.

L.A. police responded to calls about gunshots fired and a woman screaming at an apartment complex. LAPD's SWAT team found the bodies of 30-year-old Moseley and her husband, 34-year-old rapper Earl Hayes.

Moseley had studied dance at Pacific Dance Arts in Vancouver, the Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts in Nanaimo, and Danzmode Productions in Burnaby.

The codirector of The Interview spoke to the Straight this week about a variety of things, including what it’s like to wake up in the morning with gay James Franco in your life. On the subject of the notorious hack—which has plunged Sony Pictures into a deeply embarrassing crisis—the Vancouver-raised filmmaker pleaded ignorance.

“My gut instinct was, ‘Oh no, is it the North Koreans?’” said Goldberg, calling from Los Angeles while he ate a gluten-free sandwich, speaking of gay.

“For two seconds it was the North Koreans, and then the younger guys in our office who know way more about computers were, like, ‘No way. You’d have to know Sony’s network, it has to be somebody on the inside.’"

The Tony Danza vehicle Going Ape! was released the same year as Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. When is somebody gonna reboot that?

By the way, anybody else spot the nod to Peter Weir's great The Cars That Ate Paris?

Godzilla is set to terrorize the big screen yet again. But this time around, the monster is returning to its homeland.

Japanese film studio Toho, which owns the rights to Godzilla, announced that it will release a new Godzilla film in 2016. It will be the first Japanese film in the series after the last entry, 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars, which was said to be its last.

The 1998 Hollywood-made Godzilla by Roland Emmerich was scorned by critics and audiences alike, and was largely forgotten.


Quebecois drama Félix and Meira cleaned up at the Whister Film Festival's awards brunch on Sunday (December 7).

Besides taking the Borsos award for Best Canadian Feature, the film—about a relationship between a middle-aged man and a young Hasidic wife—also took the Best Borsos Director award for Maxime Giroux, and the Best Screenplay award for both Giroux and Alexandre Laferrière. Additionally, Hadas Yaron won for Best Performance in a Borsos Film.

Whistler guest Kim Cattrall, there as the the first recipient of the festival's Maverick award, was joined by Jason Priestley and the Entertainment and Media Finance Group's Michael Hirsh on the three-person jury.

The first feature film made in B.C. and the oldest existing feature film made in Canada—not to mention the first feature film to feature an entirely aboriginal North American cast—is back on the big screen, 100 years after its premiere.

Both the Cinematheque and Vancity Theatre are celebrating the centenary of the film In the Land of Head-Hunters.

As a mix of documentary and drama, the silent film was directed by Edward S. Curtis, an American photographer of aboriginal life. The film depicts the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) people and culture of northern Vancouver Island, in a tale of love and war prior to European contact.

In the leadup to the release of Inherent Vice on December 12, actor Joaquin Phoenix isn't just using the spotlight to hawk his latest flick.

Phoenix has lent his star power to a Mercy for Animals video that exposes the "harsh reality" faced by pigs at a Walmart pork supplier.

Narrated by Phoenix, the video documents an undercover investigation that found that piglets have their tails cut off and their testicles "violently ripped out of their bodies".

Phoenix says this is despite the fact that pigs are "one of the smartest animals in the world".

The actor ends the video by urging people to ask Walmart to stop selling pork from pigs locked in gestation crates, and to stop eating animals.

Vancouver's not-for-profit arts education centre for children and youth is getting some high-profile support from movie stars.

Actors Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Alexander Ludwig, Aleks Paunovic, and Tahmoh Penikett posed for "unselfies" to promote donations to Arts Umbrella on Giving Tuesday.

“I’m very proud to be supporting Arts Umbrella and accessible arts education for BC’s kids,” said Penikett, who starred in Battlestar Galactica, in a news release. “When friends at Arts Umbrella reached out and asked for my support for #GivingTuesday, I didn’t hesitate.”

Arts Umbrella hopes to raise $7,000 for its free-of-charge outreach programs for at-risk youth.

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