Karen Gillan’s Romantic Romp

This post is a little different: a look at a trailer for a romantic comedy. But this rom-com is special, because it stars the adorable Karen Gillan, best-known to the world as DOCTOR WHO’s Amelia Pond.

Karen left the series last year to strike out on her own, and the result is Not Another Happy Ending, in which she plays Jane Lockhart, a best-selling debut novelist who suffers writer’s block on her second novel.

Next up for Karen is next year’s release of the horror film Oculus (with BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Katee Sackhoff), and she is just about to start shooting Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, in which she was cast against type to play a villainess! (Word is circulating that she will play the bounty-hunting angel Angela, but that character is not part of the Guardians mythos.)

Not Another Happy Ending premieres at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 30. Hopefully will get an American release, even if it’s just on Blu-ray.

First ‘Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer

The first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has unspooled, and unsurprisingly, it is practically desolate of dragons. Oh, sure, there’s lots of shots of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) notching arrows and threatening to shoot people in the face from point-blank range, but he’s not even supposed to be in this movie.

Yeah, as you can see, we see as little of Smaug as possible. C’mon, you don’t think director Peter Jackson is going to give us the money shot on some random June afternoon, more than six months before his movie premieres, do you? I’m surprised we see as much of the blacked-out beastie as we do.

As for the rest of the footage… well, I see story elements that were in the book (like the dwarves in the barrels), but the rest of it looks like lots of running around to kill time. In other words, it looks a lot like The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.