There's no doubt that New Zealand has become a popular travel destination thanks to the fact that the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy were filmed in the country. They've really embraced the allure this aspect brings to the country with a giant Gollum statue at the Wellington airport, not to mention other sculptures on hotels. Air New Zealand has been especially happy to have The Hobbit for promotion, previously creating a safety video with influences from the Middle-Earth fantasy and even putting the dragon Smaug on some of their planes. Now they've put together a new safety video with Peter Jackson.
Last fall, before The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hit theaters, some images surfaced of Benedict Cumberbatch doing motion-capture performance work to bring the dragon Smaug to life, complete with some wild-eyed facial expressions. Then earlier this year, a featurette showed off how Weta Digital helped turn that performance into what we see on the big screen. Now with the extended cut of The Desolation of Smaug arriving on Blu-Ray on November 4th, some new featurettes of Cumberbatch's awesome work have surfaced online, and it's absolutely fascinating to see the actor dig into this peculiar character. Watch now!
For every release of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, there has been an original credits song. The song created for Fellowship of the Ring was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and one of the songs from Return of the King ended up winning the trophy. However, so far Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit hasn't seen any of the original songs nominated. But maybe there's still a chance as Awards Circuit has pointed out some info on Warner Bros. Pictures' For Your Consideration site for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies that reveals who is behind the latest song. More below!
The Defining Chapter. The End of it All. The Grand Finale. We're getting closer and closer to the release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies in December and Warner Bros has started their final marketing push with an abundance of new materials. Aside from the daily character poster debut on @TheHobbitMovie Twitter account, a big batch of new banners has been unveiled. To top it off, IMPAwards has tossed in two more posters for the finale, showing epic scenes of Gandalf reaching out for Galadriel, and Thorin sitting on his rightful throne. All this material is just a reminder this movie is indeed arriving soon.
After a new poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies debuted yesterday with a grimy Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) wielding his trusty blade Sting, the character posters continue to be unveiled with fans being able to vote for which one they want to see next. This time, Gandalf (Ian McKellen) won the affection of the fans as his character poster was revealed today. The old wizard looks rather worried, and considering his predicament at the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, we don't blame him. How will this final chapter wrap things up and lead into Lord of the Rings? We'll find out in December. Look!
"I have... I have never used a sword in my life." We're getting closer and closer to the grand finale of The Hobbit, with Peter Jackson's third and final movie The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies due out in theaters in just a few more months (starting December 17th). We've seen one full trailer so far, waiting for another one to hit soon (likely attached to Interstellar), and one teaser poster with Bilbo before. But now Warner Bros is releasing a series of character posters for The Battle of Five Armies and they've started with Bilbo - who is brandishing Sting like he definitely has handled a sword and knows how to kick some orc (and spider) ass with it. With a huge ensemble cast we expect to see many more posters soon. Check this one out.
When the first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies debuted at Comic-Con this summer, the entire room of Hall H was covered in a massive screen that became filled with a huge banner made up of several different scenes from the concluding chapter of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book. Now that banner has made its away online, and it's absolutely gorgeous. It shows Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) facing off with Smaug, Gandalf (Ian McKellen) having some kind of dramatic encounter with Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) and of course Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins.
"I made a promise, Mr Frodo. A promise." Yes! Lord of the Rings fans in the New York area, your time has come. The world famous Lincoln Center is finally putting on a performance of Lord of the Rings Live in Concert, featuring an orchestra with over 250 musicians. Not just that, but they're actually playing the entire trilogy of Lord of the Rings movies as Live in Concert, in mid-April of 2015. This series has already played at other venues around the world, most recently in Europe with composer Howard Shore himself. The Lincoln Center's presentation will be conducted by Ludwig Wicki with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of Lucerne, Switzerland. Tickets are on sale now - hurry up and book before it sells out.
With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hitting theaters this weekend, this year marked the final Comic-Con for Peter Jackson to bring J.R.R Tolkien's Middle-Earth to the masses. The teaser trailer show during the film's panel has already been unveiled today, but the hour-long panel with Jackson himself and the cast of the concluding chapter of The Hobbit was thoroughly entertaining and is available online in full. The panel was hosted by Stephen Colbert, who actually arrived in full wardrobe as his Laketown spy cameo character in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. You'd be hard-pressed to find a bigger Tolkien fan, and he gave a lovely speech full of his love for the films and had tons of fun. Watch!
"Will you follow me... one last time?" The beginning of the end. Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the grand finale in his Middle Earth series, and it looks to be a very nostalgic and exciting ending. Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo, Luke Evans as Bard, Richard Armitage as Thorin, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, and everyone else they have in the illustrious cast. As this is the first teaser, it doesn't reveal too much footage, but does hint at how epic the "Battle of the Five Armies" will be and how he's trying to match the tone of Lord of the Rings, so it can lead right into Fellowship. I'm really looking forward to seeing this sure-to-be spectacular Hobbit finale.
The Defining Chapter. It all comes down to this. Will Peter Jackson redeem himself with the third and final movie in The Hobbit trilogy? It looks like that's what they want us to think. Warner Bros has unveiled the first official poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, featuring an epic fire-engulfed Smaug the Dragon in a stand off with Bard the Bowman, played by Luke Evans. This is an awesome poster to debut, even though it's another "from the back" hero shot (which is the popular poster trend nowadays). With Comic-Con kicking off this week, we expect a trailer, more posters, and plenty more Hobbit hype soon.
They're going all out for this last one. Peter Jackson has officially announced that the third and final movie in The Hobbit trilogy, wrapping up our adventures in Middle Earth this December, has been retitled. The new title for the release will be The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, indicating that this last one is all about the big battle and not so much Bilbo's return home. However, Jackson does explain this and says this decision for the new title was made last week after they reviewed a final cut of the last movie. Ever since these movies were announced, the final one was titled There and Back Again, but that's no longer the case.
Towards the end of this year, we'll get the final chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book with The Hobbit: There and Back Again. But some might remember that the adaptation was originally only going to be two films, and when it was expanded to three, the title of what would have been the second film was merely applied to the third. Now it sounds like the conclusion to the fantasy epic might get a title change. TheOneRing.net has learned that New Line Cinema has registered both the new titles The Hobbit: Into the Fire and The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. More below!
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.