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Familiar faces pop up in latest 'Hobbit' TV teaser -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

With the upcoming Dec. 14 opening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — the first installment in director Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated three-part return to Middle-earth — looming on the horizon, Warner Bros. is stoking the buzz furnace with a new TV spot that brings back some familiar faces from the Lord of the Rings films (Gandalf! Gollum! Galadriel!), showcases some new ones (Bilbo Baggins! Giant trolls! Dwarves throwing plates!), and packs a load of action into its 30 all-too-brief seconds.

Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Peter Jackson on a possible Stephen Colbert 'Hobbit' cameo: 'I've never met a bigger Tolkien geek in my life'

Stephen Colbert’s massive love of the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien is well established. This is a man who, on an episode of the Colbert Report last year, explained the debt ceiling crisis using Lord of the Rings action figures. Then, if there was still any lingering question exactly how giant a nerd he really is, he whipped out “Aragorn’s sword Anduril, Flame of the West, forged from the shards of Narsil” just to show off to the audience that he had it. In a recent Playboy interview, Colbert gushed fanboy-ishly about his visit to the New Zealand set of The Hobbit and, when asked if he would make some sort of cameo, answered with a coy, “Could be.” Since then, reports citing unnamed sources have circulated suggesting Colbert will indeed have some kind of cameo in one of the later Hobbit movies. But, if so, what will he be? An elf? (He does have that one slightly elvish-looking ear.) A dwarf? A faux-conservative talk-show-hosting hobbit?


Immersive Dolby sound system to add dimension to 'The Hobbit'

Middle-earth will sound more realistic in The Hobbit.

Dolby Laboratories Inc. and director Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production announced Wednesday that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be mixed and released in Dolby Atmos, the company’s immersive new sound system that features two extra arrays of overhead speakers and the ability to direct sounds to individual speakers inside movie theaters.

“(Jackson) felt it was going to make a big difference in how he tells stories,” said Stuart Bowling, Dolby’s senior technical marketing manager. “He doesn’t want people to just go and observe his movies. He wants you to feel like you’re part of the experience of the stories that’s he’s trying to tell on the screen and allow you to be part of Middle-earth.” READ FULL STORY

'The Hobbit' character poster: Start making dwarf flashcards!


Are you concerned you won’t be able to tell the dwarves apart in Peter Jackson’s forthcoming Hobbit trilogy? Never fear, for the studios behind the films have released a banner poster to help you learn all their names.

Last week, a full poster featuring the dwarves surfaced on the film’s Facebook page, but it did not do us the courtesy of listing the (very similar) monikers of the 13 dwarves. (And we thought we had it bad with Snow White’s seven dwarves.) So New Line and MGM have released an entirely new banner with all the major players. Check it out below (for a larger photo, click here): READ FULL STORY

'The Hobbit' poster: You like dwarves? We got dwarves!


If you only know the world of Middle-Earth from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, you probably think that J.R.R. Tolkien wasn’t really big on dwarves. After all, LOTR only features one major dwarf character: Gimli, the Borgnine-esque gruff comic relief. But don’t worry, dwarf fans: J.R.R. Tolkien also wrote The Hobbit, which prominently features thirteen dwarf characters. A new poster for the first Hobbit film just hit the film’s Facebook page, so you can start getting acquainted with all the dwarves whose kooky antics you’ll be enjoying for the next several years of Hobbit movies. Check out the poster: READ FULL STORY

Gandalf almost falls off a bridge again in 'The Hobbit' trailer -- VIDEO

A new trailer for the first installment of Peter Jackson’s trio of films based on The Hobbit has hit the web.

The action-packed clip gives us an extended look at the famous battle with the trolls. In addition, we get a peek at Gollum’s (Andy Serkis) game of riddles with Bilbo (Martin Freeman), and Gandalf almost tumbles to his death. But what’s most telling is Radagast the Brown’s (Doctor Who‘s Sylvester McCoy) chilling declaration. “A dark power has found a way back into the world,” he says. READ FULL STORY

'The Hobbit': Second film gets new title, third film gets release date

After Peter Jackson announced last month that he would be making a third film from J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit, the inevitable speculation began: How would the second film change, now that it was a middle chapter instead of a final one? What would the new film be titled? And when in the summer of 2014 would it be released?

Never fear, Tolkien fans, your questions have been answered — sparking an entirely new round of questions! READ FULL STORY

Peter Jackson announces a third 'Hobbit' film

Apparently, when it comes to Middle-earth, director Peter Jackson thinks three is the magic number. Last month at Comic-Con, Jackson teased fans with the idea that he was interested in pushing beyond his planned two-film adaptation of The Hobbit. Today, after weeks of intensive talks with Warner Bros., New Line, and MGM over how exactly that might be achieved, Jackson announced on his Facebook page that he is, in fact, going to turn The Hobbit into a trilogy.

“It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made,” Jackson wrote. “Recently Fran [Walsh], Phil[lippa Boyens] and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie — and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’” READ FULL STORY

Peter Jackson in talks about possibly turning 'The Hobbit' into a trilogy

Earlier this month, director Peter Jackson teased the crowd at Comic-Con with the news that he was interested in shooting additional material beyond his planned two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic The Hobbit. “There’s other parts of the story that we’d like to tell that we haven’t been able to tell yet,” he said. But as to the question of whether that extra footage could potentially translate into an actual third Hobbit film, Jackson wouldn’t go that far. “It’s very premature,” he said. “The discussions are pretty early.”

Well, it may still be early, but EW has confirmed that serious discussions between Jackson and Warner Bros. are indeed taking place to explore the possibility of turning The Hobbit into a trilogy. READ FULL STORY

'The Hobbit' behind-the-scenes diary: Comic-Con! Goblin-town! Yak hair! Legolas! -- VIDEO


Fun fact! Over the 18 months of principal photography on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the production went through an estimated 450 miles of yak hair.

That’s but one of the many oddly illuminating details tucked inside director Peter Jackson’s latest video production diary from the New Zealand set. Though it mostly chronicles the final days of shooting, the video starts with a charming prologue at San Diego Comic-Con, capturing the whirlwind of interviews and signings for The Hobbit folk like Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis before their massive panel in Hall HREAD FULL STORY

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