For a brief, glorious stretch of years in the not too distant past, the holiday moviegoing season was synonymous with the harrowing tales of J.R.R. Tolkien’s hobbits, elves, dwarves, wizards, and men. And now, for the first time in eight years, we finally get to go back to Middle Earth — sure, it’s only for two-and-a-half minutes in the new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but we’ll gladly take it. The first of two films, which chronicles the life of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman…and Ian Holm) before the war-ravaged events of The Lord of the Rings, hits theaters Dec. 14, 2012. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY »
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You might have to be a film nerd to truly appreciate Peter Jackson’s latest, 3-D-centric video blog from the set of The Hobbit, but there’s still plenty to devour for Lord of the Rings nerds. Though most of the video focuses on EPIC’s RED cameras and 3-D concept drawings, it’s still, in my opinion, one video to rule them all. Why? Because we get peeks at some familiar faces: Ian McKellen’s Gandalf, Elijah Wood’s Frodo Baggins, and Hugo Weaving’s Elrond. With those sights, and Howard Shore’s “Concerning Hobbits” in the background, I feel like I’ve died and gone to the Undying Lands.
Some of the interesting tidbits unveiled by the video blog: Jackson has named cameras after members of his family (and The Beatles), the film’s concept art is drawn in 3-D, and The Hobbit‘s costume designers are actively avoiding polka-dotted material so moviegoers don’t feel as though stones are being thrown at their faces. Also: We see a glimpse of a pine forest, which looks even more majestic than Treebeard’s home. Jackson also mentions that he took 3-D photos on the set of the Lord of the Rings trilogy — before 3-D technology was advanced enough to take advantage of — which is at once awesome and depressing. I would have loved to feel as though I was inside Rivendell. Watch Jackson’s latest video blog on his Facebook page. December 2012 can’t come soon enough.
Peter Jackson announces ‘The Hobbit’ will have its world premiere in — where else? — New Zealand
Peter Jackson’s third ‘Hobbit’ production video: Gollum’s cave, dwarves galore, and Galadriel!
‘Hobbit’ First Look: 3 Pics!
During a press conference with New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key (at Hobbiton, no less!), Peter Jackson announced that the world premiere for the first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey, will be held late next year in Wellington. Jackson said during the press conference, which you can watch here, “I think Warner Bros., in particular, were blown away by the Return of the King premiere. No one in the international industry could quite believe how the country got behind that moment. I think everyone involved was, quite honestly, keen to let New Zealand have the premiere of the first Hobbit movie based on the absolute reception that we had with the last Lord of the Rings film.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will open stateside in theaters on Dec. 14, 2012.
Peter Jackson may be skipping out on Comic-Con, but he’s making up for his absence by giving fans a ton of intel on his upcoming Hobbit adaptation. For the past few weeks, the director has been releasing lengthy production videos on his Facebook page that offer substantial previews of The Hobbit‘s sets and characters.
Yesterday, Jackson released his third behind-the-scenes video, and if you’re a hobbitual Tolkien addict like me, you’re going to want to see it. We see our first glimpses of Gollum’s cave, Cate Blanchett in costume, Rivendell, and a whole bunch of dwarves. If, however, you don’t feel like spending 13 minutes watching the clip — first off, who are you? — check out my convenient screengrab essay of the preview below the video! READ FULL STORY »
Though the cast and crew of The Hobbit are currently taking a break in their marathon production of the two-part epic, there’s still fresh news to keep fans on the hook. Last month, director Peter Jackson shared the first images from the J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation exclusively with EW, giving moviegoers the first glimpse of Martin Freeman as the hobbit hero Bilbo Baggins. Over the last few weeks, he’s offered a peek at several members of the Company of Dwarves.
Now, on the movie’s official Facebook page, Jackson has offered a first look at one of the most important characters in The Hobbit: Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the Company of Dwarves, who, along with the wizard Gandalf, recruits Bilbo on a quest to reclaim a dragon’s treasure. Thorin is being played by Richard Armitage, and from the moment that casting was announced, fans of Armitage, who’s best known from the BBC series North and South, Robin Hood, and MI-5, wondered to what extent his good looks would be buried under layers of makeup, facial hair, and general Middle-earth grime. Well, you be the judge. Is this the hunky dwarf you might have been hoping for? One thing’s for sure — he’s a whole lot hunkier-looking than these guys.
‘The Hobbit’: Peter Jackson takes fans on location(s) in latest Facebook video
‘The Hobbit’: Peter Jackson offers the first close-up look at three of his dwarves
‘The Hobbit’ First Look photos
In the latest behind-the-scenes clip (which was filmed in part back in June) from the set of The Hobbit, Jackson, along with his tirelessly working cast and crew (it will take a scheduled 254 days to shoot both films) discussed what they’ll be doing with their, well, summer vacation. Gandalf himself, Sir Ian McKellan will be heading back to London, natch, to appear in a play, while Andy Serkis, who is pulling double duty on this project both playing Gollum and taking on the duties of a second unit director (“I’ve crossed over to the dark side,” he joked) will enjoy time off with family. Most of the cast and crew is set to return to New Zealand by Monday, September 5.
Jackson, however, has been busy scouting and revisiting locations in the majestic Southern Alps of New Zealand. READ FULL STORY »
Last month, director Peter Jackson shared exclusively with EW the first images from his highly anticipated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy tale The Hobbit, setting off countless nerdgasms around the globe. Though moviegoers will need to wait until Dec. 14, 2012 for the first installment in the two-part epic, today on the film’s official Facebook site, Jackson pulled back the curtain a tiny bit more, offering the first close-up look at three of the film’s dwarves: Nori (Jed Brophy), Ori (Adam Brown), and Dori (Mark Hadlow). And, in case there had been any question, it’s abundantly clear that Jackson’s dwarves will not be of the cute, cuddly, Wilford Brimley-ish variety. Check out a full look at them below: READ FULL STORY »
Though The Hobbit has been in production since March, the cast continues to expand. Director Peter Jackson took to Facebook Sunday to announce that Lost‘s Evangeline Lilly and Barry Humphries (a.k.a. Dame Edna) had been added to J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe. “Lilly will be playing a new character — the Woodland Elf, Tauriel,” Jackson wrote. “Her name means ‘daughter of Mirkwood’ and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.) What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life. READ FULL STORY »
Though shooting has been underway in New Zealand for months now, The Hobbit is still adding cast members — and now two of the last remaining major characters in director Peter Jackson’s two-part fantasy epic have been locked down. EW has confirmed that, as first reported by Deadline, English actor Luke Evans (pictured, left) — who played Apollo in last year’s Clash of the Titans and will co-star in the upcoming 3-D Three Musketeers — will play Bard the Bowman, who helps Hobbit hero Bilbo Baggins and company do battle with the dragon Smaug.
As for Smaug himself, READ FULL STORY »
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