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.
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.