Catch Stephen Colbert's Cameo in 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug'

Stephen Colbert

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!

 Posted December 30 in Cool Stuff, Hobbit, Photos | Comments

Watch: Peter Jackson's 14th & Final 2013 'The Hobbit' Production Blog

The Hobbit

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!

 Posted December 20 in Hobbit, To Watch, Video Blog | Comments

Two More Stellar 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Posters Hit

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

"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.

 Posted December 16 in Artwork, Hobbit, Posters | Comments

Sound Off: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' - Your Thoughts?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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.

 Posted December 13 in Discuss, Hobbit, Sound Off | Comments

Review: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Entertaining But Empty

The Hobbit: 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!

 Posted December 12 in Hobbit, Review | Comments

Check Out This Incredible 200,000 LEGO Brick Creation of Rivendell

Rivendell LEGO Set

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.

 Posted December 12 in Cool Stuff, Hobbit | Comments

TGB Episode 181: Here There Be Dragons! (Guest: AICN's Eric Vespe)

The Golden Briefcase - Smaug the Dragon

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.

 Posted December 12 in Golden Briefcase, Hobbit, Podcasts | Comments

Interview: Lake-town's Bard - Actor Luke Evans Talks 'Hobbit' & More

Luke Evans

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.

 Posted December 11 in Feat, Hobbit, Interview | Comments

Watch: Production Blog #13 for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

The Desolation of Smaug Video Blog

"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.

 Posted December 4 in Hobbit, To Watch, Video Blog | Comments

Watch: Man At Arms Swordsmith Forges Bilbo's Sting from 'The Hobbit'

Bilbo's Sword Sting from The Hobbit

"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.

 Posted December 3 in Cool Stuff, Hobbit, Hype | Comments

Air New Zealand Reveals Awesome Smaug the Airplane for 'The Hobbit'

Air New Zealand Smaug

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.

 Posted December 1 in Cool Stuff, Hobbit, Hype, Photos | Comments

Bilbo Meets Smaug in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' TV Spot

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Well hello there, Smaug the Stupendous. Warner Bros has unveiled a new TV spot for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, now only a few more weeks away from hitting theaters. This new spot focuses mostly on Smaug the Dragon, showing a few scenes where Bilbo (played by Martin Freeman) encounters the fire-breathing beast deep inside the gold-filled halls of Mt. Erebor. As expected they're still saving the complete reveal of Smaug for the movie itself, but this is a rather exciting TV spot to keep fans excited these last few weeks. Orlando Bloom and Richard Armitage show up briefly in this footage, too.

 Posted November 28 in Hobbit, To Watch, TV Spots | Comments

Watch: 'Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' Featurette on Beorn's Big House

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Some fans of The Hobbit might remember that last year, this writer went out to Denny's corporate headquarters to check out a special cross-promotion event between Denny's and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We highlighted the Middle-Earth themed menu after tasting each of the items that reference Peter Jackson's fantasy blockbuster. This year, the restaurant is doing the same thing for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and they've just unveiled an exclusive featurette that looks at the house of Beorn (Mikael Persbrandt), where our heroes have to hide out momentarily after being chased. There's some behind the scenes footage and more in this cool featurette worth checking out. Watch below!

 Posted November 11 in Featurette, Hobbit, To Watch | Comments

Five Better 'The Hobbit' Character Posters & Ed Sheeran's Credits Song

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

All right, fine. One more load of stuff from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this week, and we're pretty sure that's it. Yesterday brought the most recent production blog, but now we have five more character posters for the film, but these are far superior to the previous, mostly bland, character posters released earlier this week. In addition, we've got a cool music video featuring the recently unveiled credits song from chart-toppping musician and singer Ed Sheeran. You can read Peter Jackson's story on how he chose Sheeran to end the film on the right note (no pun intended) on Facebook. Posters and song below!

 Posted November 6 in Hobbit, Hype, Posters | Comments



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