News Nuggets: Ian McKellen says the next ‘Hobbit’ film might not be the ‘end of the journey’

Sir Ian McKellen has played the wizard Galdalf six times and does not believe the next “The Hobbit” movie will absolutely be the “end of the journey.” Director Peter Jackson has helmed the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and has now completed “The Hobbit” trilogy. McKellen received an Oscar nomination for the first film in 2001. Speaking at the London premiere of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” he says, “I was told by Peter in 2001 that that was the end, that it was all over. Here we are 13 years later. So I don’t believe necessarily that this is the end of the journey.” Fans of the late author J.R.R. Tolkien already know that “The Silmarillion” is available as a rich source material for future projects. Hollywood Reporter

In a new cover story, actor Bradley Cooper opens up about his struggles with addiction. He tells Buzz Bissinger: “Realizing that the bottom line is that all I got is me, so it’s about time to stop trying to be something that I think you would want me to be. Or that would give me what I think I need. As you get older, thank God, your body deteriorates, but your soul sort of flourishes.” He also discusses the “wrenching loss” of his father and the restlessness to develop his career. Vanity Fair

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HBO greenlights a new rock and roll drama series from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. The untitled show will be set in 1970s New York and “will explore the drug and sex fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out.” Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale will star along with Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple, Andrew Dice Clay, and Ray Romano. TV Line

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Lifetime will kick off the new year with “Whitney,” a Whitney Houston biopic directed by Angela Bassett. The telefilm will air on January 17 and marks the directing debut for Oscar-nominated actress Bassett. Yaya DaCosta plays Houston, and Arlen Escarpeta portrays her husband Bobby Brown. A one-hour-documentary titled “Beyond the Headlines” will air after the TV movie and will focus on the life and death of Houston. USA Today

Why is Oscar winner George Clooney visiting “Downton Abbey“? It is still mostly a secret, but you can watch a new teaser clip of an ITV charity video featuring Clooney and Elizabeth McGovern in 1920s costumes at the famous mansion. The rest will be explained when the short film airs December 18 as part of ITV’s Text Santa charity fundraiser. Entertainment Weekly

Larry Wilmore is set to host the 2015 Writers Guild Awards ceremony in New York. He is a former “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” correspondent and current executive producer of ABC’s comedy series “Black-ish.” His next job is to host “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” for Comedy Central starting January 19. The WGA Awards will be held on February 14. Deadline

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