'Hobbit' Forming: Stephen Colbert Will Make Cameo Appearance

Stephen Colbert/Photo © S. Bukley/Shutterstock
Stephen Colbert/Photo © S. Bukley/Shutterstock

Of all the weird celebrity appearances to pop up in "The Hobbit," Stephen Colbert has got to be the weirdest. The news was previously just rumored, but it's now confirmed. Good thing his character won't be in the first installment -- I need more time to brace myself.

We know everyone's super crazy about the impending release of "Skyfall," but it's important to keep it in perspective. The website SFX is posting thoughtful, detailed recaps of each Bond installment, reuniting the past with the present in a way that's incredibly addicting to read (even if you're totally worn out on the movies, which, let's face it, are an entirely mixed bag).

Here's a new twist on "The Shining": Screen the movie forward and backward at the same time, super-imposed over itself, and see what sort of creepy overlaps occur. In some cases the symmetry is startling. In others, it's just an odd way of juxtaposing apparently unrelated events. Stephen King's always had his beef with Kubrick's vision, but let's face it: There are damned few movies out there that anyone would even bother to attempt this with.

If Kirk Cameron isn't going to be in the "Left Behind" movies anymore (for reasons that I feel should be totally obvious) then who will take his place? The AV Club makes a strong argument for Nicolas Cage, who's currently in talks to star in a reboot of the apocalyptic franchise. Considering the rest of filmography, this wouldn't even stand out among the top twenty strangest career choices. We are, after all, talking about a man who rose to stardom eating cockroaches ("Vampire's Kiss") and played "Ghost Rider" not one but two times.