Peter Jackson informs fans that the full trailer for the final The Hobbit film is “not going to be released until around Oct.” because “the complex VFX work required to produce the battle shots we’re all wanting to see are simply not far enough along yet.” Makes sense.
Jackson says in the notes of his production diary that he looks forward to continuing the journey with fans next year. We expect that he will continue to blog the trip through post-production as he concludes this Hobbit endeavor with There and Back Again.
Should The Silmarillion ever make it to the big screen, it deserves another director with a passion for the work and an understanding of limitations. The Tolkien universe is filled with enough imagination that a less thoughtful director would still have more than enough to work with, while Jackson needs to put his valiant efforts into projects that would fall apart in anyone else’s hands.
The Tolkien estate and Warner Bros. have been fighting for so long now that it’s hard to imagine that they could reconcile their differences to allow future Middle-earth movies. Until then, we’ll just have to enjoy the ones we’ve gotten.
The second installment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has just rolled into theaters, and with it the battle over whether or not the story should have been split into three films continues to wage.
The Hobbit director Peter Jackson, along with co-stars Richard Armitage and Evangeline Lilly, will participate in a live chat via Google Hangout today (Wednesday), Dec. 4, at 10:15 a.m. PST / 1:15 p.m. EST. That’s very soon!
The video above features a brand new, three minute sneak peek at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Today was a big day for the movie, as Warner Bros., MGM and New Line hosted The Hobbit Global Fan Celebration, an event taking place in multiple cities worldwide that had audiences flocking to their local movie theater to ask director Peter Jackson and the film's stars their biggest questions about the second film in the trilogy.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has unveiled two trailers so far on its way to its December release date, but the good news for fans won't have to wait that long for a nice long extended look at the film. Warner Bros., New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures announced today that on Monday, November 4, at 5:00 pm EST a special global fan celebration will be held and simulcast around the world.
Peter Jackson isn’t the only director willing to experiment with the controversial 48 frames-per-second presentation. Trusting two sources, AICN is going on record to report that X-Men director Bryan Singer also will release his sequel, Days of Future Past in the realistic-looking format when it reaches theaters next summer.
The photos he posted include several dwarves hanging out behind the scenes, three different sizes of actors to play Thorin Oakenshield (in real life Richard Armitage is a very un-dwarf-sized 6'2"), some music "spotting" with composer Howard Shore, and even some truly inexplicable stuff, like these two people dressed up as penguins in front of a green screen. Jackson swears, "Yes, we did actually just film this.
It's an entertaining video with some very strange moments - I didn't wake up this morning expecting to see an 80s-style fitness video starring a bunch of dwarfs - but sadly it also comes with some bad news. While Jackson has always been a big presence at San Diego Comic Con, this year he won't be coming to the festivities and we won't be getting an early look at the sequel.
I may have my timeline mixed up here, but the "They're Taking The Hobbits To Isengard" remix is one of the first viral videos I can remember, right there with "Lazy Sunday" as a video passed around among people either before YouTube or right at the beginning of the service. Something about Orlando Bloom's weirdly stiff performance in the Lord of the Rings trilogy seemed to lend itself to this kind of dance remix
It features Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, and Evangeline Lilly in costume as elves Thranduil, Legolas, and Tauriel watching the Happy Hobbit hosts' reaction with apparent glee. What makes this exchange thoroughly charming is that far from mocking the girls' enthusiasm, these stars reflect it with broad smiles, outbursts of laughter, and captivated delight.
"Back on set for our last Hobbit pick ups. Our last ever Tolkien pick ups, in fact. It's going to be an intense few weeks, but we're looking forward to shooting some powerful scenes with our great cast. Our next blog is coming soon!"
Happily this clip includes one of the live stream's best moments, when renowned Hobbit geek and famous person Stephen Colbert submitted a video with a ridiculously arcane question about elves. Unfortunately more than a full minute of these six minutes is taken up with Jackson's response about the free mugs given out to guests on The Colbert Report. But between Billy Boyd's quite-possibly-staged question about other lands of Middle Earth