Ian McKellen seems downright insulted by the idea of someone else playing Gandalf

Ian McKellen isn’t the only person to ever play Gandalf (and we defy anyone but the most dedicated Ralph Bakshi fan to name his voice actor in that animated movie), but he certainly made the role his own—and not just because he played that particular wizard in six movies and five video games. Now, though, with Amazon…

Ian McKellen has some advice for Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway

British thespian Ian McKellen is a man of practicality. Why complicate things with cocktail words and ambiguities when you can just, well, cut through all the bullshit? It’s like that scene in Extras, where he confides to Ricky Gervais’ Andy that the secret to acting is simply pretending to be the character you’re…

The first full Beauty And The Beast trailer hits all the familiar beats

If you know the story of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast—and, of course, you do—the trailer for the live action adaptation is not going to surprise with plot details. All the familiar beats are contained within. Belle (Emma Watson) wanders into a creepy castle to save her father, meets a testy Beast (Dan Stevens), and…

Ian McKellen to play the clock in Disney’s new Beauty And The Beast

As reported by Variety, Ian McKellen will be bringing his acting talents—and undying love for the passage of time—to Disney’s live-action Beauty And The Beast. McKellen will play Cogsworth, a character who may be better known as the little clock man. Cogsworth also represents the beloved Disney archetype of the…

The Battle Of The Five Armies brings the Hobbit trilogy to a plodding finish

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Seven chapters. That’s the exact amount of book—give or take some appendices—that Peter Jackson has managed to pad, stretch, strain, bloat, expand, and exhaust in his final effort to get three long epics out of one quick read. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, the last gasp of this needlessly trifurcated…

Ian McKellen thinks there may be more Tolkien movies on the way

It turns out Peter Jackson might want a little more than the roughly 17 hours of your attention he’s already solicited with his two trilogies. (Closer to 20, if you’re counting the extended editions—assuming The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies will be the length Jackson is claiming it will be.) Unaware that “the…

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender charm Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen with impressions

Easily the best thing to come out of the first X-Men film was the beginnings of the Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellen friendship that has since taken the Internet by storm. Years later X-Men: First Class provided a catalyst for the charming off-screen chemistry between its stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Now …

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are more popular than Coca-Cola and Oreo on social media

We at the The A.V. Club have long been dedicated to bringing our audience every bit of news we can find about the beautiful friendship between Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. We’ve dutifully reported on their Halloween, Christmas, and Super Bowl photos, as well as that time Stewart taught the world how to do a…