Did you know Benedict Cumberbatch spent a year teaching English to Tibetan monks? That he sent himself on a secret mission to Morocco in order to prepare for his role in Tinker Tailor? That his air miles must be stacking up by now? Cheat Sheet! Sherlock Cheat Sheet! Is this pure indulgence? Yes. But he shouts a bit in War Horse, so that counts as relevance.
The first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is here, and we’ve gone all super-sleuth on it to find you as many titbits of Middle-earth info as we can. Need some opinions? We’re literally giving them away:
If this film had come out three or four years ago, it almost certainly would have sunk Martin Freeman’s career without trace – and even as it stands, he’d better hope Peter Jackson never gets wind of it. Crude, unfunny, technically negligible and featuring an unforgivable scene starring Mandy Moore and a cucumber, this is the worst British ‘comedy’ in years.