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Despite earning a billion dollars in worldwide box office, it's safe to say that not everyone liked The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, even if everyone saw it. Surely there were discussions over how The Hobbit might come up short back when it was revealed that the book would be turned into three movies by utilizing J.R.R. Tolkien's 125 pages of notes included at the end of Return of the King. Since the movie was released, director Peter Jackson and his adaptation have received their fair share of online criticism, including a disgruntled fan-created video about how The Hobbit should have ended.
The latest criticism comes from Cinema Sins, who have created a video that details everything that's wrong with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and, as long as you have four minutes, you can see if you agree or disagree. watch the video >> Posted 03.30.13 by Ryan
In case you missed it last month, actor and reality TV star Gary Busey revealed that he has a "thing" about Hobbits, the characters created by author J.R.R. Tolkien who were most recently depicted in the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Well, now Busey is back with more musings on the halflings in a new video from The Busey Zone, which includes ruminations on reindeer fur and the evolution of the word "horny."
Busey doesn't start discussing hobbits until around 1:22 in the video, but once the Lethal Weapon actor gets going, eventually a supposed preserved Hobbit foot is revealed and Busey even creates a song about "horny Hobbits" (at 3:30). watch the video >> Posted 03.06.13 by Ryan
Over the weekend, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey reached a milestone when it joined the rest of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in earning $300 million in domestic box office — and neared ever closer to $1 billion worldwide in the process. Obviously, the first of director Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel has done well financially, but audiences and critics alike were polarized by the results of the movie, with the possible exception of the movie's dazzling visual effects, which were nominated for an Academy Award.
Likely in anticipation of this Sunday's Oscar telecast, WETA Digital has released a visual effects reel revealing the work that went into the movie. Highlights from the video include Ian McKellen basically act alone in a green room as Gandalf and the first meeting between Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and Gollum (Andy Serkis, in his motion-capture outfit) prior to its digital transformation. watch the video >> Posted 02.19.13 by Ryan
Which promising movies fell shortest of expectations?
When we first heard the news that J.J. Abrams had been hired by Disney to continue the adventures of Luke Skywalker and company as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, we were almost beside ourselves with enthusiasm. After all, as the director of Star Trek (2009), Abrams proved that he could revitalize a classic sci-fi franchise while remaining true to its core concepts and respectful of its legacy. Added to that the fact that Abrams will be shooting from a script written by Academy Award-winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) and Episode VII is bound to be the greatest Star Wars movie since Return of the Jedi, right? We'll see. We're keeping our fingers crossed, but gearing down from "enthusiastic" to "hopefully optimistic."
Studios don't set out to make bad movies, yet they churn them out each and every year. Sure, most bad movies are doomed from the get-go, be they saddled with a bad script, a director who lacks vision, a cast made up of eye candy instead of actors, or some combination thereof, but even movies that seem to have everything going for them can still turn out to be dreadful. A movie about cowboys fighting aliens starring Indiana Jones and James Bond directed by the man who brought us Iron Man? Sounds awesome! Too bad Cowboys and Aliens turned out to be just another one of those movies that should have been great, but ultimately left us feeling unsatisfied and disappointed.
You've griped about them to your friends, now tell us which movies you found to be the biggest disappointments, the ones that simply failed to live up to expectations.
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Posted 01.25.13 by BrentJS
Still going strong in theaters, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will soon hit the billion dollar mark, becoming only the 15th movie to do so. There is no doubt the first part of director Peter Jackson's adaptation has been a financial success, but that doesn't mean that the movie hasn't polarized audiences. From complaints about the movie's length to divisive opinions about Jackson's decision to shoot the movie in 48 frames per second instead of the usual standard of 24, it seems everyone has something to say about The Hobbit. The folks at How It Should Have Ended are no different, recently offering an animated parody of the movie that includes their idea of how Jackson should have ended his movie. watch the video >> Posted 01.24.13 by Ryan
Even though J.R.R. Tolkien first wrote The Hobbit in 1939 and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, director Peter Jackson's first installment of his three-part adaptation of the novel, opened just last month, there still is plenty of things fans may not know about Hobbits. For instance, you may know that Hobbits like to work in fours, but did you know that Hobbits hail from "Little Earth?" Or that they like to make necklaces out of cockroaches?
These are just a few facts compiled by actor Gary Busey, who made a video (via io9) discussing Tolkien's creation while comfortably resting on a hillside. Busey's insights are interesting, and certainly will be new to Tolkien scholars, who may be able to help Busey better understand male/female Hobbit "apparatuses" — the one area of Hobbit lore that Busey confesses to be confused about. MORE >> Posted 01.15.13 by Ryan
Those that lived through the Cold War between the former USSR and the United States are no doubt aware of the "space race" that occurred between the two countries. While the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project mostly settled the conflict between them, there is one area where Russia clearly was ahead: making a live-action adaptation of The Hobbit. For those critical of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (and you know who you are), you might have a change of heart after watching this seemingly made-for-TV adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's first foray into Middle-Earth. which includes a Gandalf that looks like Liberace and dwarves being captured during a dance sequence. watch the video >> Posted 01.10.13 by Ryan
In acting, sometimes a great performance stands alone, and other times an ensemble can come together to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Beards can be the same way.
While there were many beards that achieved greatness on their own this year, we found that there were also several instances of a group of beards creating something that no single beard could achieve on its own. For this reason we decided to devote a Reelzie category to best beard ensemble. Vote for the Best Beard Ensemble of 2012 >> Posted 01.08.13 by Mandy
There's already been plenty of evidence of the extremes fans will go to for director Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Prior to the movie's opening, another fan took all the movie's trailers and TV spots and edited them together into a chronological trailer, while TV personality and J.R.R. Tolkien aficionado Stephen Colbert dedicated an entire week of his show to The Hobbit, even schooling Jackson on Tolkien along the way. Recently, another fan ate Denny's entire Hobbit-inspired menu in under 20 minutes, and there was also another fan who recreated Bilbo Baggins' home of Bag End in his living room using only balloons.
Welshman Simon Dale took his Tolkien-inspired building a step further than balloons, using stone, mud and reclaimed materials to create his very own Hobbit-hole. "I was not a builder or carpenter," Dale explained on his website (via Inquisitr). My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverance and a mate or two to give a lift now and again." check out some photos and watch the Office mashup trailer >> Posted 01.07.13 by Ryan