Following the first full trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second part of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book, a longer glimpse behind the scenes of the film has just been revealed. A six-minute featurette focuses on the beautiful shooting locations in New Zealand that are being used for Middle-Earth. This doesn't seem completely specific to the second film with a look at the making of Hobbiton and more, but it's still a great featurette for fans of the series. Plus, there's something amusing about seeing the actors in full dwarf make-up and wardrobe hopping out of a helicopter.
"Where does your journey end?" Warner Bros has unveiled the first trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, running a full two-minutes introducing us to a whole bevy of new characters and the old ones from An Unexpected Journey. Besides Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Richard Armitage as Thorin and Ian McKellen as Gandalf, we get to see Lee Pace as Thranduil, Orlando Bloom (back) as Legolas, Evangeline Lilly kicking ass as Tauriel, plus Luke Evans as Bard. And yes we even get a look at Smaug. This seems like a big step up from the first movie, more entertaining and adventurous. Have at it!
What lies within... As promised, Hobbit Mania is returning full-force this week with the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in Peter Jackson's ongoing trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's book. To kick things off, Warner Bros has revealed the first poster for The Desolation of Smaug, showing Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins standing in front of the entrance to the Lonely Mountain, or Erebor, where encounters the dragon Smaug. Quite a tease, which makes me wonder if it's missing a tagline. Does everyone know what's inside this cave? Whatever the case, I'm excited for the battle we're going to see.
Briefly: It has been confirmed via multiple sources the first full trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in his Hobbit trilogy, will be playing before Man of Steel in theaters next week (on June 14th). In addition, TheOneRing.net confirmed that the 2-and-a-1/2-minute trailer will arrive online Wednesday, June 12th, at 10AM / 1PM EDT. So it looks like next week will be the return of The Hobbit mania, as we start to move into the second half of 2013. Desolation of Smaug picks up where An Unexpected Journey left off with Bilbo (Martin Freeman) on the trail with Thorin (Richard Armitage). We expect to finally see the battle with the dragon Smaug before There & Back Again in 2014.
Ohhh right, there's even more Hobbit movies on the way? Yep. They're ringing the reminder bell loud. I've received confirmation that the first trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is playing in front of Man of Steel, which means the hype will begin again this summer. The first official photo of cast newcomer Evangeline Lilly playing Tauriel has finally hit, giving us a good look at the new Middle Earth elven character with bright red hair. "Tauriel is the head of the Elven Guard. She's a Sylvan Elf... She will definitely have a love story," Lilly explains. It may not be Legolas, but who will remain a secret for now.
Don't get too excited, this isn't a teaser trailer, and doesn't show much footage, but is worth a watch if you're a Tolkien fan. A few weeks ago, Peter Jackson hosted a Blu-Ray online promo event where they revealed some footage from the next two films. The footage wasn't finished and we won't see an actual trailer until the summer, but Jackson has now released a YouTube Q&A video spliced in with some of the new footage. Stephen Colbert makes a special appearance, and there's a quick glimpse of Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel as well. "Warner Bros have kindly let me post a six-minute excerpt of the Live Event we did to preview The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, to give anyone who missed it a sense of what it was like." Have fun!
Briefly: There's a lot of release date shuffling going on right now between the studios. One moves something big, it causes everything else to shift, especially with so many projects in or going in to production. Deadline reports that Warner Bros / New Line has decided to push back the final movie in Peter Jackson's trilogy, The Hobbit: There & Back Again, from its original July 18th, 2014 release (same day as X-Men: Days of Future Past) to December 17th, going in line with the Lord of the Rings trilogy (every December in '01, '02, '03). Remember, There & Back Again was added as the third movie just last year, originally set to follow The Desolation of Smaug this December by arriving July, but it looks like it's back to December as well.
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is out in theaters right now, and it's become one of the biggest talking points of the season not necessarily in regards to Oscars, but to 48 fps (aka HFR) and whether or not this first part of his return to Middle Earth was as enjoyable as his Lord of the Rings trilogy. The debate rages on, and the Tolkien-ization of New Zealand continues as Nerd Bastards (via Slashfilm) points out that Hobbiton, the tourist site that houses the sets where some of LOTR and The Hobbit were filmed, has turned The Green Dragon Inn, one of the Shire's local bars, into an actual functioning pub.
Is that Oin or Gloin? Or is it Nori, Dori or Ori? Or Dwalin? Just something a little fun for The Hobbit release weekend. This comical "cheat sheet" for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, now playing in theaters everywhere, was found on LOTR Project. There's a total of 13 dwarves we're introduced to who make up Thorin's Company, and while the movie runs nearly 3 hours, we still don't get enough time with each of them, since so many play individually important roles. However, if their names and faces were getting a little confusing for you, this cheat sheet is a fun and easy way to get to know your dwarves! Enjoy.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Bilbo Baggins, I'm looking for someone to share in an adventure... " It begins! In theaters everywhere is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first movie in Peter Jackson's trilogy adapting the J.R.R. Tolkien classic novel The Hobbit. Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo, who gets whisked away on an adventure with the Company of Dwarves lead by Thorin Oakenshield, played by Richard Armitage, plus Gandalf, played by Ian McKellen. So how is the first movie? As good as Fellowship of the Ring, or not? If you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on the first Hobbit.
It's here. Today is the day. After years of waiting, it has arrived. Peter Jackson presents The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part in his trilogy taking us back to Middle-Earth for an adventure with Bilbo Baggins. One of the most fascinating, exciting and enjoyable parts of leading up to this day has been following the making-of The Hobbit in Peter Jackson's wonderful video blogs, ending their An Unexpected Journey coverage at #10. "One last Video Blog for opening day... featuring the movie's Worldwide Premiere in Wellington, NZ." A look at the premiere, but as it says at the end they will continue with Smaug in 2013.
Even with the notoriety of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit fans weren't immediately sold on Peter Jackson returning to Middle-Earth, his Middle-Earth to be precise, for not one or two, but three feature films telling the tale of Bilbo Baggins' adventure with Gandalf the Grey. The Hobbit was never as exciting a story as Lord of the Rings, and it wasn't as if they could just make another follow-up to that awesome trilogy. Fans can take heart, though. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a pleasant return to Jackson's world of fantasy that, save for a potentially ruinous and distracting new film format, leaves us still wanting more.
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim & Jeremy are joined by Germain Lussier from SlashFilm to go through their picks of the week, new DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness, Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion and Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, and much more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on the Lord of the Rings film series. The guys go over the early incarnations of the beloved series, all the way up to Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, in theaters this week. The guys talk about the LOTR films at length and how impactful they've been and hopefully will continue to be!
This past weekend, I journeyed into Middle Earth for no less than 13 hours for Cinemark's Lord of the Rings Extended Cut marathon in theaters. If you haven't yet revisited the longer versions of Peter Jackson's trilogy, see if you can before The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey hits theaters this Friday. There are some great ties to The Hobbit including a mention of Thorin and plenty of references to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins. And so, as we're in the home stretch leading up to the release this weekend, we have one final TV spot for the first installment of The Hobbit trilogy as we anticipate midnight showings on Thursday.