"Truly, the tales and songs fall utterly short of your enormity, oh Smaug the Stupendous." With only 10 weeks left until "Part 2" of The Hobbit hits theaters, Tolkien mania is kicking in once again. Warner Bros recently unveiled two new TV spots for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in the trilogy based on Tolkien's novel, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Richard Armitage as Thorin (above). The first spot below is a condensed version of the first trailer, while the second spot is a condensed version of the recent second trailer with some extra bits (a love story!) thrown in. In related news, a new set of glow-in-the-dark Lord of the Rings prints have debuted.
"I will not risk this quest for the life of one burglar." Warner Bros has debuted the second epic full-length trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in the trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved novel. Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo Baggins, along with Ian McKellan as Gandalf, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and the rest of the dwarves. We finally get a glimpse at Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman in the footage, Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom as elves, and an appearance by Smaug the Dragon of course, plus the Mirkwood spiders (ahh!). I'm still in love with this world and can't wait to see the story continue on and expand. This looks as exciting as I was hoping. Enjoy!
The spiders are coming. Tomorrow (trailer is now online!), Warner Bros will launch a new trailer for Peter Jackson's second movie in the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf. To tease the debut and to give us a hint at the Mirkwood spider scenes that we'll be seeing in The Desolation of Smaug, a new promo banner has hit the web thanks to twitter. The dark blue imagery is covered with spider webs and a few other dwarves ready to fight off and beasts that come their way. Get ready for the new trailer tomorrow and check out this creepy banner below.
There are some hardcore LEGO enthusiasts out there who always take to the Internet to recreate movie trailers with LEGO bricks (not to mention the trailer for The LEGO Movie coming next year), and quite an impressive piece of work as emerged for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The first trailer for the second part of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of the single J.R.R. Tolkien book arrived earlier this summer, and this LEGO creation really does a masterful job of recreating it. Obviously, to make it look perfect, not all of the elements are LEGO pieces, but a large majority come from various playsets. Watch!
"1.08 am. A 20 hour day ... 15 years of Tolkien ... 771 days of shooting ..." Yesterday, or rather today (Friday, July 26th, 2013) was the very last day of shooting in Hobbit/Lord of the Rings history. It sounds like, as Jackson is saying, that he's finally closed the book and this marks the end of an era for him. To celebrate the day, Peter Jackson live blogged various moments of his day on his Facebook page, including lots of photos and fun updates. Yes, that's him and his cat Mr Smudge in the teaser above - the very last shot he posted after a long day of work. Looking back it's better to recap after and watch what went down on his final day.
Sir Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom were given a nice send-off by director Peter Jackson following their completion of filming on The Hobbit trilogy. Now the hero of our films has also finished in New Zealand and Jackson has posted a photo showing Martin Freeman after wrapping production on the film. Jackson says, "Tonight Martin Freeman finished his last shot as Bilbo Baggins. The end of an incredible two and a half years. I cannot imagine anyone else in this role - a character that Martin has nurtured and crafted with love and great skill." We're excited to see Freeman in action again later on this year in The Desolation of Smaug.
"Gandalf... if what you say is true, the world is in grave danger." He's back! Peter Jackson has released the 11th production video blog for The Hobbit, this one focusing almost entirely on The Desolation of Smaug (the second movie) as well as the reshoots and current work happening down in New Zealand. In addition to yet another fantastic behind-the-scenes look, it starts with Peter unfortunately confirming that there will be nothing to show of The Hobbit at Comic-Con this year. The big reason? Everyone is working, even Jackson himself can't make it, and he couldn't get any actors either. He's apparently "so busy shooting" he can't even cut a sizzle reel. So no footage or anything, but we do get another exciting video to tide us over.
Following the charming farewell photo featuring director Peter Jackson with Sir Ian McKellen on his last day of shooting for The Hobbit trilogy, another famed actor who has been involved with the Tolkien series since Lord of the Rings has just wrapped shooting as well. Orlando Bloom was just 22 years old when he started filming the famed trilogy as Legolas in 1999, and now at 36 he's reprising the role in this new trilogy adaptation. Now a farewell video takes a cue from a fanmade musical viral video using the actor's Lord of the Rings line "They're taking the Hobbits to Isengard" and it makes for some pretty good fun. Watch now!
Right now director Peter Jackson is busy finishing up production on The Hobbit trilogy as the release of The Desolation of Smaug this winter inches closer and There and Back Again waits patiently to finish the adventure in 2014. Well, today one of the principal cast members finished filming and Peter Jackson felt it was necessary to commemorate the time Sir Ian McKellen spent on set as Gandalf with a farewell photo. After all, McKellen will have been Gandalf for six films when all is said and done, and may not end up playing the wizard again. Jackson said, "Seconds ago we finished our last shot with Gandalf. The end of an incredible adventure that began in 1999. I'm feeling very sad right now." See the photo below!
Here come the elves. Unless you really, really love the elves, don't get too excited by the news that Empire has debuted their new cover for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This first cover is devoid of any hint of Bilbo Baggins or Thorin Oakenshield or even Gandalf (likely all contracted for their own covers sometime this summer), instead it features three of the Elves from Middle-Earth: Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas (front and center), and Lee Pace as Thranduil. Bloom gets to draw his bow and stand up front with it, while the others have boring poses. I hope this isn't the only cover.
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.