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.
This is where things get interesting. In theaters next week is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. But like Fellowship of the Rings, this is the first movie in a trilogy and it begins another lengthy adventure in Middle Earth. There are characters who don't even appear in this one at all, waiting to be introduced in the next movie, The Desolation of Smaug, next year. Two of them are two very recognizable - Orlando Bloom, returning as Legolas, as well as Luke Evans playing Bard the Bowman. EW has unveiled our very first look at these two, though they say this is from The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the finale coming 2014.
The release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is just over a week away, and audiences just can't wait. Yesterday, our own Alex Billington gave us some insight into the film and the future of the new HFR technology with the film shot at a higher frame rate of 48 frames per second, double the standard 24 frames per second that has been in place for decades. Either way, this fantasy will be something to behold in theaters no matter what format you decide to see, and a new featuerette from overseas (via Movies.com) proves just that. It's a 13-minute look behind the scenes with cast interviews and lots of footage. Watch it!
In darkened movie theaters last Friday morning, November 30th, history was made. New Line/Warner Bros screened one of the very first movies shot in 48FPS 3D - Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part in a trilogy based on the J.R.R Tolkien classic - to critics nationwide who were anxiously waiting to see it. I sat Friday morning inside the Dolby screening room in New York City, quietly, patiently waiting with a scattering of other members of the press around me for this landmark screening to begin. Would anyone like it? Would the person next to me get nauseous from HFR? Would the whole 48FPS experience be a revelation or a disaster? We were all about to find out. In a hole in the ground there lived...
A king he was on carven throne In many-pillared halls of stone With golden roof and silver floor, And runes of power upon the door. That poem inspired one of the winners of the Treasures of Middle-Earth Design Contest presented by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We first wrote about this contest back in September, which was asking for submissions of all types, to design weapons and landscapes as well as creatures and characters. The complete selection of winners has been unveiled and includes an outstanding Hall of Durin piece, and the trolls painting seen above (and below). All the winners received exciting prizes.
"That's home... You don't have one, it was taken from you." Come out, come out wherever you are! Though we may not see much of him in the first movie, there's a glimpse of Smaug the dragon in the latest TV spot for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, tip via SlashFilm. If you've been wondering whether or not this adaptation would live up to Lord of the Rings and deliver on epic fantasy action like that trilogy did, this spot should be enough to convince you. Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo on an adventure to reclaim Erebor. Blink and you'll miss it - Smaug is seen early on attacking a town (more shots here). Enjoy!