"Home is now behind you. The world is ahead." Gather round and feast your eyes upon these beauties. Four new character posters have debuted on ComingSoon for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. These are the IMAX 12:01AM Midnight posters that they're exclusively debuting and giving out at midnight showings of The Hobbit in less than 3 weeks. The design replicates the hand-drawn maps of Middle Earth, with an overlay and character sketch, plus Elvish text everywhere (except IMAX). Gorgeous design, I'd love to get a set of all 4 of these. A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth...
"Getting excited yet?" Take a look at this. Thanks to a post by AICN's Eric Vespe on Facebook, there seems to be a new (likely officially released) Japanese poster for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, hitting theaters in less than 3 weeks. It was posted on TheOneRing's Google+ and via Facebook user Simon Boudreau, and looks to be an official Japanese one-sheet for The Hobbit, with a new epic-style Lord of the Rings-like design featuring all the main characters, including Gollum, Gandalf and Thorin, even Galadriel, all posed around Bilbo Baggins holding the ring up. Simon's post sums up the excitement: "The smallest character [in the] history of cinema will probably bring one the biggest movie ever this December."
It's almost time. Years in the making, a decade in the waiting, now it's just a few more weeks away. Peter Jackson is ready to take us back to Middle Earth for the story of Bilbo in The Hobbit, kicking off his trilogy this December with An Unexpected Journey. We've been following the numerous wonderful 10-min video blogs Jackson has been making along the way, with the "Last Days" (#8) vlog the most recent. But PJ has unveiled one more, a look at the very final days, the last few minutes and hours of post-production (editing, effects) to have the film ready two days before its premiere (on Nov. 28th in New Zealand). It's as exciting, impressive and awe-inspiring as every other video blog he's made. You don't want to miss this one!
Briefly: Whether or not you're excited about The Hobbit, it sounds like the first part of the Peter Jackson adaptation is going to be the movie to see this winter if you want to catch the hottest trailers on the big screen. We already know a 9-minute prologue for Star Trek Into Darkness will arrive with select IMAX 3D screenings of the film, and a regular theatrical trailer will hit the rest of the traditional 2D and 3D theaters. Now Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide (via Comic Book Movie) reports that a new trailer for Man of Steel and the first teaser for The Wolverine will make their debut before The Hobbit as well. Of course, these trailers could arrive online before or just shortly thereafter The Hobbit hits theaters, so stay tuned.
New Zealand's Hobbit mania hasn't stopped yet. We've seen airline promo videos, giant Gollum sculptures, massive Dwarf silhouettes, and now local the movie theater where it's all beginning has received its own humongous Gandalf statue for the premiere. The Embassy Theater (Facebook) in downtown Wellington, New Zealand is hosting the world premiere of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey just next week, 9 days from now (on November 28th), and in preparation for the event a huge Gandalf at Bilbo's house in the Shire display was installed right above it. Damn are they going all out, but I'm all for it!
Fear not, Trekkies, even if you don't see The Hobbit in IMAX this December, you will still get to see some footage from J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness sequel. It's one of my most anticipated movies of 2013 and I'm glad to hear they're giving it a big push this winter. Earlier in the week, it was announced that the first 9 minutes of the movie would be showing in front of The Hobbit in IMAX on December 14th. Now Trek Movie has learned, similar to The Dark Knight Rises marketing, an actual first trailer will also debut in front of regular Hobbit showings (before hitting the web likely on the Monday after the weekend). Read on!
"I often think of Bag End. That's where I belong... That's home." Wow - this may be the best TV spot yet. Warner Bros has unveiled another TV spot (listed as #6) for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, starring the lovable Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, the Hobbit who goes on an adventure to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. This spot focuses on his actual journey, features a lot of excellent new footage, and has some of the most appealing structure I've seen in a 30 second spot. This makes me so damn excited for The Hobbit - only a month! Thorin (Richard Armitage) gets some good time in this, too.
One ring to rule them all... Oh wait, wrong trilogy. I think this is when I've started to get a bit tired of the lackluster marketing imagery being released in droves for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I'm obviously still insanely excited for the movie itself, and already booked both midnight and opening day tickets, but I'm a bit tired of the same old Photoshop images being used over and over. Why couldn't Peter Jackson get his insanely talented art department to whip up some unique artwork? Found on Cine1 are four "totem" banners, or incredibly tall banners you'll likely see hanging from the ceiling of your theater's lobby.
"I'm going on an adventure!" Another new extended (UK) TV spot for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey recently debuted. But this is mostly a reminder that tickets are now on sale (check your local listings, as most theaters have started selling them for opening day). Beyond that, since we're already in the midst of ticketing, many fans are wondering about 48FPS/HFR 3D showings. Which theaters? Where? The debate rages on, but word is that Warner Bros/New Line will be running the HFR version in only 450 of its approximate 4,000 theaters on December 14th (more on LA Times). Beyond that, there's a complete theater listing on a new HFR blog site for those interested. A little over a month to go! Excited yet?
If you're a regular reader of this site, you probably know what HFR stands for, mostly because we've talked about it plenty before (and even seen demos ourselves). However, the "regular" moviegoer, the casual viewer out there, doesn't know what it means. And it might be even more confusing given everyone is referring to 48FPS, and not the term "High Frame Rate" itself. But as we pointed out back in April, the HFR era is now upon us, and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit is the first film to debut theatrically in HFR 3D. Regal Theatres has launched a HFR page that features a FAQ sheet answering numerous questions about HFR technology.
We're getting closer and closer every day! Tickets are going on sale this week. As a massive fan of Howard Shore's original Lord of the Rings soundtracks (I still listen to them often nowadays), I practically jumped when I first saw a headline revealing that a full song from The Hobbit was out and about. The track, titled "Radagast the Brown" referring to the animal-loving wizard character played by Sylvester McCoy (seen above/in the trailer) has appeared in its entirety on tumblr blogs around the web. It's one of our first listens to a finished piece of the score from Howard Shore, and it's as wonderful as his LOTR work. The angelic children's choir, the playfulness, the melody, it's going to be a wonderful return to Middle Earth once again.
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit... It's almost time! Are you ready? Warner Bros will begin selling tickets for North American screenings of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey starting this upcoming Wednesday, November 7th. The tickets will go on sale for most US theaters starting at 12:00PM EST. In addition to midnight and opening day showings on December 14th, Warner Bros is also running marathon screenings of the extended Lord of the Rings (again) on Saturday, Dec. 8th, and Sunday, Dec. 9th. It's Trilogy
Tuesday Saturday all over again! Time to get excited - and double check credit cards.
Okay, everyone might be a slight exaggeration, but there are now 17 posters for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, giving most of the major characters their own spotlight. These were the posters that Warner Bros. had on display at Comic-Con, and we had been wondering when they might show up. At the booth, they were actually these gorgeous lenticular posters, but obviously, you only get the basic images with this batch. I wish I had the wall space to put up each any every one of them, but I'm sure some hardcore fan will take care of that for me. All dwarves, Bilbo, Gandalf, Gollum and even Galadriel are here.
"Far over the misty mountains cold, to dungeons deep and caverns old..." New Zealand is going Hobbit crazy! Which makes sense because it's probably the biggest pop culture property they're recognized for now, but fine with me. I've always wanted to visit and hope to one day make it down there. Last week we posted that rather awesome (and maybe creepy) gigantic Gollum installation at the Wellington airport. Weta has been hard at work on a few other phyiscal installations, and just finished putting up "thirteen of the world’s tallest Dwarves – plus a distinctly larger-than-life Hobbit." On display at the New Zealand Post office building (map), together they form the company of dwarves marching in line with Bilbo. Pretty damn cool.