We're still a little dizzy from the footage revealed in last month's second full-length trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (and the subsequent extra scenes), yet, as the promotional campaign shifts to the small screen, more snippets of footage have arrived in the movie's latest TV spot.
Based on author J.R.R. Tolkien's first trip to Middle-Earth, The Hobbit is a more whimsical tale than the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as evidenced in the TV spot, which sees Gandalf (Ian McKellen) trying to convince Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) to leave the comforts of his beloved Shire, interspersed with footage of Bilbo battling trolls and Gollum (Andy Serkis). As McKellen revealed to Coming Soon during a set visit, the lighter tone should be reflected in the final product.trailers from every earth
Saturdays 10:00a ET / 7:00a PT watch the TV spot and read more from mckellen, freeman and jackson on the adaptation >> Posted 10.26.12 by Ryan
Return to Middle-earth with new still images from The Hobbit
If you're a fan of high fantasy, then you're probably already drinking a pint of Gaffer's ale and singing "The Road Goes Ever On" in celebration of Tolkien Week along with the thousands of other J.R.R. Tolkien fans around the world — that is, assuming you haven't been stuck in the Mines of Moria since 1978, the year the American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Tolkien Week and set Sept. 22nd as Hobbit Day. With the first part of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequels opening in less than three months, Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and MGM decided to join in on the fun by releasing a huge batch of new still images from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, with a new trailer to follow later today. Pour yourself another pint and enjoy the new still images with us as we reminisce about seven of the things that we have been missing about Middle-Earth and are looking forward to when Tolkien's creations return to the big screen this winter. see the new images >> Posted 09.19.12 by BrentJS
Now that we know that Peter Jackson is turning his Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, into a trilogy, there's many questions fans have. What will the third installment entail? Will the epic conclusion with the dragon Smaug be removed from the second movie, There and Back Again, and delayed until the now final third movie? How can Jackson possibly stretch the Hobbit story into a third movie (J.R.R. Tolkien's novel is only 272 pages)? Another big question is what will the third movie be called? Well, we might have our answer. TheOneRing.net reports that New Line has registered several titles for the third Hobbit movie. The studio registered The Desolation of Smaug (which would answer the Smaug question) and The Battle of Five Armies (New Line also registered the variations The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies).
As TheOneRing points out, it's highly possible that New Line will not use either title. The site also speculates that the studio could change the title of the first installment — An Unexpected Journey, though that seems highly unlikely given the movie unspools in just five months.
So what do you think of the possible titles? Have other suggestions? We know no one is asking us, but here is our suggestion: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Trilogy. Posted 08.01.12 by Chris
Earlier this month at the San Diego Comic-Con, director Peter Jackson revealed that he might shoot more footage for his two-part prequel of The Hobbit, arriving this December as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and December 2013 as The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Even though principal production just wrapped up for The Hobbit, looks like Jackson is headed back for more Middle-Earth. On his Facebook page, Jackson officially announced that The Hobbit will become a trilogy. read jackson's announcement >> Posted 07.30.12 by Ryan
It's been over a month since director Peter Jackson released the seventh production video from the set of his two-part prequel, The Hobbit, which was the last footage available to fans until Jackson revealed some edited footage to those lucky enough to get inside Hall H during Warner Bros.' Comic-Con presentation. Luckily, Jackson has released an eighth video, which shows snippets of what was shown that day.
Starting at Comic-Con, Jackson introduces a behind-the-scenes look at the final week of shooting, which concentrated mostly on the second part, There and Back Again. Jackson is quick to point out that he can't reveal much from the second movie, but there's plenty for fans to enjoy, including Cate Blanchett on the set as Galadriel acting alongside Ian McKellen as Gandalf; Orlando Bloom as Legolas being directed by second unit director Andy Serkis (who also plays Gollum); plus sections devoted to new cast members Sylvester McCoy (who plays the wizard Radagast) and Lee Pace, who is seen preparing to play the Elven King Thranduil. watch the video >> Posted 07.24.12 by Ryan
Those lucky enough to make into Warner Bros.' panel at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday were treated to some footage from the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but Peter Jackson saved yet another surprise for after the panel and press conference: The Hobbit could become a trilogy.
Speaking with ComingSoon, Jackson revealed that he and his wife and co-writer Fran Walsh are talking to Warners and trying to convince them to allow even more footage to be shot. The duo plans on utilizing additional notes from J.R.R. Tolkien that "expand the world" of The Hobbit and, ultimately, split 2013's The Hobbit: There and Back Again into two parts. They would include, amongst other things, explaining why Gandalf disappears for a little while. While Jackson says the possibility is "very premature," the director spoke at length about the prospect, admitting that "I don't want to make a children's story to go into The Lord of the Rings." read jackson's comments >> Posted 07.16.12 by Ryan
The San Diego Comic-Con exclusive poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that director Peter Jackson shared over the weekend was a cool way to remind attendees of the convention that Warner Bros. (WB) will be featuring the movie at its Hall H presentation on Saturday, but many finicky movie fans complained that the image of Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) doesn't really reveal anything that we haven't already seen in Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Well, the poster was apparently just a tease because only a few days later WB released, via EW, an epic "scroll" poster for The Hobbit that features ten different scenes from the movie, including the first look at the shape-shifter Beorn (played by Mikael Persbrandt). see the incredible images >> Posted 07.10.12 by BrentJS
After Friday's news that principal photography on The Hobbit had concluded, you'd think Peter Jackson would be off in a hobbit-hole somewhere relaxing but this morning the director was back at work . . . at least on Facebook. On his official Facebook page, Jackson unveiled the movie's exclusive poster for the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con, which kicks off later this week (Reelz will be there).
Fans of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy should find the poster to have a bit of a homecoming feel. It shows the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) walking up a path in the Shire.
Jackson included a short message with the unveiling:
Hi everyone. Here's an exclusive Comic Con poster. Be sure to get your copy in San Diego and let me know what you think of it! Cheers, Peter J
Sounds like Comic-Con attendees will be able to get their hands on the poster. Jackson will occupy the massive Hall H on Saturday to (hopefully) debut new footage of his Lord of the Rings prequel. Also on Saturday, stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis are scheduled to appearing at a signing session to promote the movie. check out the Comic-Con poster >> Posted 07.07.12 by Chris
There's good news today from Middle Earth. Director Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page that he has wrapped principal photography on his two-part movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.
We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!
Cheers, Peter J
Shooting for both An Unexpected Journey and There and Back Again took 266 days to complete, which was only slightly more than the 254 day shoot that was initially planned for the movies. Luckily for the cast and crew, there were a couple of breaks in the shooting schedule. Posted 07.06.12 by Mandy
When Peter Jackson announced he was going to shoot his two-part Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, at 48 frames per second, instead of the industry standard 24fps, we all took his word that it would be an improvement. Today, some lucky people at CinemaCon were able to view a 10-minute preview of the movie and reviews are at best mixed.
IGN.com opined the higher film rate wasn't an improvement.
So what does 48fps movie footage look like as opposed to your usual 24fps theatrical movie experience? In this reporter's opinion, it looks like live television or hi-def video. And it didn't look particularly good. Yes, this is shocking, but I was actually let down by the Hobbit footage, as were a number of the other journalists that I spoke with afterward.
Devin Faraci of Badass Digest said the higher film rate made the movie look too realistic.
The 48fps footage I saw looked terrible. It looked completely non-cinematic. The sets looked like sets. what did the preview show? >> Posted 04.24.12 by Chris