Archive for October, 2010
It’s an amazing career turnaround for Freeman who only a few months ago looked like he’d forever be remembered solely as the hapless Tim from ‘The Office’.
But now with his Middle Earth staring role coming fast on the heels of his part as Doctor John Watson in Steven Moffat’s ‘Sherlock’, it’s been one hell of a year for the former Slough paper merchant.
Indeed his commitment to play Watson again in series two of ‘Sherlock’ originally looked like it would rule Freeman out of the running for Baggins, a fear that has now thankfully disappeared.
Despite the various rumours and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us.
Peter Jackson, Director
Joining Bilbo on his adventure will be the returning Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey and Andy Serkis as Gollum. Together with a new trio of dwarfs; Richard Armitage of ‘Spooks’ and ‘Robin Hood’ fame has landed the part of Thorin Oakenshield the Dwarf leader. Whilst ‘Being Human’ and ‘Desperate Romantics’ star Aidan Turner and Rob Kazinsky (some guy from Eastenders called Sean Slater???) wil play Kili and Fili.
Scheduled to be released in 2011 and 2012, ‘The Hobbit’ films are certainly ones to look out for. Whether they can recapture the epic magic of the ‘Lord of The Rings’ trilogy is to be debated as is the need for two films to cover the quite simple (in Tolkien terms anyway) Hobbit story.
Wayne Rooney will probably never play for Manchester United again, a sad day for all United fans who like me will have felt numb with shock as Sir Alex Ferguson verbally bared all in yesterday’s press conference (19th October 2010). What’s more shocking is the alleged revelation that Wayne might well prefer a move across Manchester to play for City at Eastlands.
The transfer of players in the past have often raised the question of player loyalty, but in fairness those players have usually been moving onto bigger and better clubs. If Rooney goes to City though it will in my opinion be purely for the cash and the game of football as we know it will be morally bankrupt.
Yes his PR men will want you to believe that a lack of ambition caused by the greeedy Glazer family and an unmanageable debt is to blame for his want-away.
While these issues don’t help and as many will know I’m no fan of the Glazers, the sooner they disapear the better for the survival of Manchester United as a football club. In the case of Rooney though this doesn’t really add up. Maybe in a few years time if his trophy cabinet has started to gather dust. But last year United finished second only 1 point off Chelsea, they won the Carling Cup and if Rooney hadn’t been injured in the Champions League quarter final… well who knows what could have happened. Hardly a disaster is it Wayne?
Rooney should have gone into this season with relish, determined to wrestle back the Premier League from Chelsea’s clutches and put the misery of his dismal World Cup disaster behind him.
But no, he allegedly turns up for the new season with one goal in mind, to manufacture a move away from the biggest club in England.
If he moves to Madrid, Barca or even Milan then fair enough, they’re all big clubs with big traditions and a great history. But if as is rumoured he does wish to move to City… Don’t treat the fans as fools Wayne – you’re off for one reason and one reason only my friend.
UPDATE (22 October 2010)…
Rooney has now signed a new 5 year deal, just 2 days after his controversial statement declaring his desire to leave and as I predicted blaming the whole thing on the lack of team investment and the teams ability to win trophies in the future.
This turn around was unexpected and has left many a United fan unsure what to feel. One thing is for sure though Wayne if you want to win the faithful over again a hat-trick on November 10th will be just the job.