We just recently saw a cool featurette showing Benedict Cumberbatch doing motion-capture work to play the titular dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Now another look behind the scenes has popped up looking at the somewhat silly, but impressive dwarf barrel escape sequence from the sequel that feels almost straight out of a Steven Spielberg film. Peter Jackson pops up on set as this featurette shows a combination of the footage shot and the visual effects that came together to make this fun sequence work on the big screen. It's a short featurette, but it shows just how much went into this small part of the film.
We have just one more chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, and if you missed the second installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you can catch the film on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 8th. But for everyone else who saw the film (and the fun cameo featuring J.R.R. Tolkien fanatic Stephen Colbert), we've got a cool featurette from David Clayton and the rest of the Academy Award nominated visual effects team at Weta Digital showing us how a combination of a motion capture performance from Benedict Cumberbatch and animators brought the dragon Smaug to life. Watch now!
Fans of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug already got one cool treat when Stephen Colbert's cameo in the middle of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's book was discovered. You might still be lucky enough to catch the film in theaters, but for those who have already seen the superior second installment in the trilogy, we have a cool featurette from SoundWorks Collection looking at the sound design and mixing behind the blockbuster. Composer Howard Shore and producer/co-writer Philippa Boyens pop up in the featurette along with much of the sound crew, and it's very informative.
Last December, when the first film in The Hobbit trilogy was released, late night talk show satirist Stephen Colbert dedicated a whole week to Peter Jackson's new fantasy endeavor. In case you didn't know, Colbert is a massive J.R.R. Tolkien fan, even winning a trivia contest against Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens when he visited the set in New Zealand with his family. Along with his excitement and hype for the film trilogy, it was discovered that Colbert had a small cameo in the trilogy, and it wasn't in the first film. Well, keen eyes finally caught Colbert in The Desolation of Smaug on the big screen. Look!
The second installment of The Hobbit trilogy is in theaters now, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug certainly stepped up the game from the flawed beginning An Unexpected Journey. And to close out the year, Peter Jackson has revealed his final production video blog for 2013. This last look at the making of The Hobbit sequel takes a look at the powerful score from Howard Shore, composer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Academy Award winning composer talks about the mystery and darkness of this score, and how it shares qualities with The Two Towers. As always, it's a cool look behind the scenes. Watch it!
"I am King under the Mountain!" Smaug has arrived. With the worldwide release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this weekend, Warner Bros has unveiled two more posters for the movie both featuring Smaug the Dragon. Smaug is the big reveal in the final act of the movie and they've been waiting to show him, with his only other appearance being on the side of an Air New Zealand airplane. That said, these two posters are actually impressive designs, especially the second one with Smaug hiding in all of the gold deep inside the mountain. If they printed it using gold ink it would be a must-have. See below.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Beyond darkness... beyond desolation... In theaters now is the second movie in Peter Jackson's trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel, titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This time we continue the journey of Bilbo and the dwarfs as they make their way to Erebor and encounter the dragon Smaug within. Martin Freeman is Bilbo, Ian McKellen is Gandalf, Richard Armitage is Thorin, Luke Evans is Bard, Orlando Bloom returns as Legolas, and Evangeline Lilly plays Tauriel. Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on The Desolation of Smaug.
The ballad of Bilbo Baggins continues in The Desolation of Smaug, director Peter Jackson's second of three films in his adaptation of The Hobbit. After five films spanning 12 years, Jackson's take on J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth is as elaborate as ever, more so given those 12 years in filmmaking technologies and their development. Jackson's world is pretty, vibrant, covered in all the colors imaginable and even a few more. It's enough to enrapture even the most cynical viewer with all the Elvish, Dwarvish, and Hobbitish excitement going on. But a passion has disappeared from revisiting Jackson's take on this world, and when the adventures this time around pass by, the emptiness they leave behind speaks volumes. More below!
Tonight at midnight, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is unleashed on audiences, leaving just one more chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy left for release next winter. If the epic trailers and the most recent production blogs don't have you on board with the sequel (even if you were underwhelmed by the first film), we recommend you stick around and see how the story unfolds. As we wait for the release tonight, check out this amazing, gigantic homemade LEGO recreation of the elvish land of Rivendell. Made with over 200,000 LEGO bricks, this creation won the People's Choice Award at BrickCon (a convention for LEGO builders). The details are incredible, with nods to both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings within.
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim (sans Jeremy) is joined by Eric Vespe (aka the legendary "Quint") from Ain't It Cool News to go through their latest Picks of the Week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and much more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on dragons in movies in honor of Smaug making his appearance in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hitting theaters on Friday. The guys talk over some of their favorite and least favorite dragon-related entries in film history, the different ways film has depicted dragons and wrap up by talking about where the dragon sub-genre is today.
Bard. Zeus. Aramis. Apollo. Shaw. Welsh actor Luke Evans seems to play characters that often have short names, but powerful voices. He's on the rise recently and will break out big with his latest role as Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. He didn't even get the job until halfway through shooting the first movie, then went down to New Zealand for a year and a half of filming, now he's about to go down in history as Lake-town's savior. I first met and interviewed Luke back in 2011 discussing Immortals, and I followed up with him for another interview this year about Bard, The Hobbit, Dracula, The Crow and more.
"Anddd, roll!" He's back! With the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug just around the corner, Peter Jackson has debuted the latest production video blog, #13, for the cinematic trilogy. This follows the 12th video blog which arrived back in November, showing the process behind shooting pick-up scenes. This time around we find out why Peter says shooting parts of The Hobbit is "just like I used to do in the old days, at home, on Super 8 camera," and explore more of the cast and crew putting finishing touches on The Desolation of Smaug. We also meet Stephen Fry as the Master of Laketown, plus plenty of others.
"And I shall call you Sting!" We're less than two weeks from the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which means Tolkien mania is kicking back in. While you can purchase prop replicas of the various weapons from shops like United Cutlery and Weta, swordsmith Tony Swatton of the YouTube series "Men At Arms" tackles making a full replica of Bilbo's sword Sting from scratch. While this isn't exactly showing us what it was like when the elves forged the dagger, it is a badass video showing us what it's like to make one of these for real nowadays. Yea, I'd like my own real-life Sting to fend off (Mirkwood) Spiders, too.
He's here! Smaug the Dragon will be landing at LAX. Air New Zealand is hosting a press event at LAX on Monday where their brand new plane, called "Smaug" after the dragon from The Hobbit, will be shown off. This is all part a big promotion for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in the trilogy hitting theaters in two weeks. The movie was filmed and made in New Zealand and the country usually goes nuts with promotion during the premiere. This is actually our first real, good look at Smaug in full, as he has yet to be revealed in footage/trailers. Yes, I would really like to fly on this airplane, besides I want to visit New Zealand anyway. Check out photos of the Hobbit-themed Boeing 777-300 below.