April 18, 2014

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What’s opening this weekend? The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The long-awaited (expected) journey back to Middle Earth finally sets off with the first installment of Peter Jackson’s imminent The Hobbit trilogy (still baffled as to how this turned into a hat-trick). As Bilbo, Thorin, Gandalf and the rest of the Dwarves make their way to the Lonely Mountain, so too will the film soar to the top of the box office this weekend. Not in the mood for second breakfast? Skip right to lunch with a handful of other menu options…
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage
In his younger years, sensible Bilbo Baggins finds himself somehow convinced to venture out of the Shire to accompany a band of Dwarves on a dangerous quest to reclaim a treasure stolen by the evil dragon, Smaug. See what Terrence had to say about this first act.
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“The Hobbit” has dwarves and Bilbo in its latest photo

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Before any journey, even an “Unexpected Journey,” there needs to be a feast.
In the latest photo from Peter Jackson’s upcoming “The Hobbit,” the dwarves recruited by Gandalf the Great (Ian McKellen) tower over Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), suggesting just how much trouble our dear hobbit adventurer could be in for.
As opposed to other anticipated blockbusters, “The Hobbit” doesn’t hold back any of its marketing materials. We’ve seen great photos, a full trailer and on-set production diaries from Jackson, himself. (Check his Facebook page.)
Here’s the photo. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be in theaters on Dec. 14, 2012. What do you think of the new image?

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Peter Jackson posts fifth “Hobbit” production diary

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Can we pencil Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” into next year’s Oscar race?
I know, I know. We’re getting way ahead of ourselves here. But the charge of nostalgic electricity that jolted through our systems last week when Jackson unveiled his first official trailer for “The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey” only continues with the release of the fifth production diary from the New Zealand set of the ongoing adventure.
And from an awards perspective, I wouldn’t be that surprised to see “Hobbit” pick up the baton passed by “Return of the King” and continue competing in key categories (meaning “outside of the technical categories,” where it’s sure to be a powerhouse).
Few directors treat their fans to type of in-depth access Jackson is giving LOTR supporters in these “Hobbit” videos. In fact, I’d almost worry that Jackson’s revealing too much … but he knows his loyal fanbase is showing up nearly one year from now to see part one of the two-part “Hobbit” adaptation, and these production videos are simply appetizers meant to set the table and keep audiences entertained. It’s amazing how beautiful New Zealand looks in these simple features. And the scope of the behind-the-scenes information on a massive production such as this are a crash course for potential filmmakers.
Here’s the latest “Hobbit” production piece. More on this blockbuster as it continues to reach the Web!

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“The Hobbit” trailer promises wizards, magic and a precious ring

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: You shall not pass … before watching the first official trailer for Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which finally made its way to the Internet late Tuesday night. We have it for you below in glorious HD.
“Bilbo Baggins. I’m looking for someone to share in an adventure,” promises the wizard Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen), and with that, we are off and running from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Shire to strange and mythical lands.
The enchanted song sung by Jackson’s “Hobbit” cast in the clip create a haunting mood that gels with the jokey tone of the teaser’s beginning. And Martin Freeman comes across as the ideal casting choice to play young Bilbo, who indeed embarks on an unexpected (and unforgettable) journey.
The worst part? The words that say “Next December.” Yes, it will be a full year before “The Hobbit” is in theaters, and then another full year before the two-part saga concludes in 2013. Can you be patient? This new trailer might help … or it could make the waiting even more difficult.

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Peter Jackson gathers his dwarves for “Hobbit” photo

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: With all of the “Hobbit” news coming out of Peter Jackson’s New Zealand production house, one would assume the director made the long journey to San Diego’s Comic-Con to tease footage. Instead, he has taken to the Web to release key teasers, videos and images to indirectly prove that in this day of interconnected social media, Comic-Con’s time might have come and gone.
Take, for instance, this new picture of Jackson’s “Hobbit” dwarves, assembled together for the first time and posted over at TheOneRing.net. Pictured above are Jed Brophy as Nori, Dean O’Gorman as Fili, Mark Hadlow as Dori, James Nesbitt as Bofur, Peter Hambleton as Gloin, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Ken Stott as Balin, John Callen as Oin, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, William Kircher as Bifur, Adam Brown as Ori and Aidan Turner as Kili.
It’s a great shot … and unlike the “Avengers” trailer, you don’t have to wait a year and a day to see it for yourself. Jackson knows how best to tease his audience. Show them what you have, and let them decide for themselves. Good for you, sir. We continue to applaud your decisions!
As if you didn’t know, Jackson’s filming “The Hobbit” as we speak. The first part, “An Unexpected Journey,” will be in theaters December 2012.
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Peter Jackson posts the latest “Hobbit” video

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Peter Jackson has posted a new production video for “The Hobbit” on his Facebook page, which has become THE source for “Hobbit” information as the “Lord of the Rings” director puts together a pair of fantasy epics.
You can access the video here. We’re also posting it below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc6TVoYeKJU
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Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” adds two, finds Smaug’s voice

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: At this rate, it sounds like Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” adaptation will be adding cast members right up until the first film’s opening in December 2012.
Two new actors have joined the ensemble. Luke Evans (“Clash of the Titans”) and Benedict Cumberbatch will appear in Jackson’s two-part epic, which currently is being filmed in New Zealand. Deadline, which broke the story, says Evans will play Bard the Bowman, who assists Bilbo Baggins as he battles the dragon Smaug.
EW.com, which confirmed the Cumberbatch hire, says the actor will provide the voice for Smaug the dragon and do “performance capture for the scaly, gold-hoarding villain.” Fans of Cumberbatch klnow that he co-stars with “Hobbit” lead Martin Freeman in the BBC series “Sherlock,” so the two should be right at home alongside each other for the “Hobbit” shoot.
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“Hunger Games” trilogy now going to be four films

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Since when did one book need two movie adaptations?
Did the trend start with “The Deathly Hallows” being divided into two parts? Then there’s Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,” for example. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote several novels, but only one “Hobbit.” Yet because studios know fans are willing to pay for two movie tickets to see two separate “Hobbit” films, they break the book in half and charge you twice to see a “Hobbit” adaptation.
Lionsgate must be listening, because the studio has revealed that its planned adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” trilogy will now stretch over four films.
Funny. The word “trilogy” implies “three” everywhere but Hollywood.
The “Hunger Games” shoot is underway in North Carolina, with Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role of Katniss, a hard-edged teenager competing in a survival competition. She’ll be joined by Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland and Woody Harrelson.
“The property is generating tremendous buzz and excitement, and it all points to a major Lionsgate franchise in the making,” CEO Jon Feltheimer said.
The first installment of “The Hunger Games” reaches theaters on March 23, 2012.
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Peter Jackson confirms Stephen Fry for “Hobbit” role

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Peter Jackson continues to be the best source of “Hobbit” news. Why not get your news from the source, right?
On his Facebook page dedicated to the New Zealand shoot, Jackson confirmed that English novelist and screenwriter Stephen Fry will play The Master of Laketown in his upcoming “Hobbit” adaptation. Though he is a mainstay of British pop culture, most American audiences probably know him s the narrator of the “Harry Potter” book on tape series.
Jackson had a few more casting bits to reveal. Here’s what the director had to say, in full:
Some more HOBBIT casting news today. As we near the end of our first shooting block (we have a break in less than three weeks to get some editing and visual effects work done, plus prepare for very big scenes coming up), we are looking at characters featuring in sequences that take place a little later in the story.
We are thrilled to confirm that Stephen Fry will be playing The Master of Laketown. I’ve known Stephen for several years, and we’re developing a DAMBUSTERS movie together. In addition to his writing skills, he’s a terrific actor and will create a very memorable Master for us.
The Master’s conniving civil servant, Alfrid will be played by Ryan Gage. Ryan is a great young actor who we originally cast in a small role, but we liked him so much, we promoted him to the much larger Alfrid part.
Last, and certainly not least, is Conan Stevens, who will be playing an Orc called Azog (Orcs are never called Roger or Dennis for some strange reason). And yes that’s his name—Conan! Isn’t that cool? Azog is played by Conan! Here’s a photo of Conan and I together… I’m pretty tall, probably at least 6’5″ or 6’6″ I would guess, so that gives you some clue how tall Conan is! You can learn all about him at www.conanstevens.com.
Got a busy day’s shooting ahead, so I’m about to jump in the car—but look out for the beginning of the 20 questions answers very soon. Thanks for the questions, many are very insightful. I’ve been through all of them and have a list ready to go.
Cheers,
Peter J.

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Peter Jackson launches “Hobbit” video diary

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Now that Peter Jackson’s buckling down and settling in as the director of back-to-back “The Hobbit” productions – after a long, long wait – it appears he’s ready to give fans of Tolkien and the entire Shire something they really haven’t had before.
Access.
Sir Ian McKellen has been blogging about what he’s seeing in the effects department. Elijah Wood is talking about concept art he witnessed on a trip to New Zealand. And now, Jackson has recorded a 10-minute “welcome to the start of production” video from the set of the film and posted it on Facebook. See it here:
There once was a time when footage like this would be impossible to find. I particularly remember how strange it was to see Steven Spielberg, on a DVD extra for “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” toasting the cast and crew with champagne on the first day of the shoot. It felt like we were spying on something we weren’t supposed to see. Like we had access.
But Jackson’s being transparent on “Hobbit” so far, and it’s great. Just so long as he keeps surprises up his sleeve. It is a two-part film. Let’s not see all of it online before we ever get to a theater!
Anyway, Jackson promises that this is the first “video diary” from the set, so expect more. It’s a film lover’s dream, and a must for “Hobbit” and “LOTR” fans.
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