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Much like the books they are based on, Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies are rather dense films. There’s not only an impressive number of characters to follow and plots to keep up with, but J.R.R. Tolkein also established a world with a full and rich history – and Jackson has worked to try and stay true to as much of it as possible.
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 first Hobbit film is now the second-highest-grossing film in Jackson’s franchise, sitting behind Return of the King, which banked $1.1B back in 2003. Oddly enough, Fellowship and Two Towers failed to cross the $1B mark during their runs.
It's famously difficult to get a sci-fi or fantasy film any major Oscar nominations, with the Lord of the Rings trilogy standing out as the one massive exception. But that's where the Saturn Awards can come in. The awards handed out by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, the Saturns find a way to honor the best in genre every year, and this year they've produced a list of nominees with a huge range
The Blu-ray release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey won't just be a chance to see many, many hours of behind-the-scenes footage from the production of the massive movie. It will also be your first look at the next installment of the trilogy
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been out for little more than a month and yet has already pulled in more than $886 million worldwide. While this should be all around great news for film's director Peter Jackson and its distributor Warner Bros., its meteoric rise has inspired a rabblerousing politician to demand about $56 million dollars be refunded
The holiday was mostly kind to the new releases that rolled out on Christmas Day, and much of that Christmas cheer managed to carry over to the pre-New Year's weekend.
With Christmas right around the corner and American audiences perhaps slightly more distracted by the specter of having just one weekend left to finish getting those last minute gifts, movie theaters were relatively quiet. That left four new arrivals with stockings full of coal at the pre-holiday box office.
Going to the movies on Christmas Day is usually thought of as a tradition for Jews, or anybody else not celebrating the holiday who's got the day off. But really, no matter how you're spending the holiday, there's probably going to be a time that you want to get out of the house and away from the family or friends you've gathered with-- or maybe you want to take them with you, but just get to a place where you don't have to talk to them much.
Movieline interviewed filmmaker James Kerwin, who also lectures on the science of film perception and consciousness. He explained that humans actually view reality at what would be a 66 frames-per-second calculation, so the human brain likely will adjust to the 48-frame presentation in time.
Surprisingly, there are chunks of footage Jackson reportedly planned to include in An Unexpected Journey, but left on the cutting-room floor. And as can usually be the case nowadays – when trailers and clips live on forever via the Internet – fans can single out shots that they thought they’d see in the final cut but didn’t.
Shooting on location in New Zealand gave Jackson and company a rich expanse of wondrous landscapes in which they could set their scenes. Still, 99 sets were built with more than $9 million spent on their construction materials alone. From its large ensemble cast to the massive crew required for such a big-scale production, Jackson had a small army at work on the film, which explains 6,750 domestic flights, 93,000 nights in hotels, $1.5 million spent on food and $380,000 on coffee.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey made $85 million over the weekend in North America, and another $138 million overseas, which is an enormous sum of money by any measure. But is it possible it's not actually enough?
Everyone expected this weekend's highly anticipated release of the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, part one of Peter Jackson's trilogized interpretation of Tolkien's one book story, to be a major financial success. But was it really as successful as everyone thought?
On Friday it looked like The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey might have a hard time topping the all-time biggest December release record belonging to I Am Legend. Today, with the full Friday numbers in, it's clear it's not even a contest. Based on Friday estimates The Hobbit should make around $96 million over the weekend in North America
The blog takes us behind-the-scenes of the New Zealand premiere. We see the construction of the massive Gollum that now rests at Wellington’s airport. We’re shown the tremendous amount of work that goes into constructing the premiere event. And now fans can actually head to theaters and enjoy the film.
With midnight screenings bringing in as much as $13 million here in the United States, The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey is already looking like a formidable hit in these parts. Unsurprisingly, it's going to be huge overseas too. Early number suggest that it has brought in $27.3 million from 42 markets around the world
This week on Operation Kino, we are packing our pipes and hopping on board a pony, as we join a band of dwarves for an adventure in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. From there we start wrapping up the year in movies with our 2012 Superlatives, in which we pick the best on-screen chemistry, the best line of dialogue
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is such a huge release that no other movie even dares to open wide against it, meaning that no matter how big a hit it is, the weekend belongs to Bilbo Baggins. But based on the early results from last night's midnight screenings, The Hobbit will be having one of the biggest weekends ever for a December release
If you've been anticipating The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey since the Lord of the Rings trilogy left theaters, odds are you've already caught the film at a midnight screening, and might already be planning your second or third viewings. While the new movie isn't quite as complex as any of the Lord of the Rings films
Peter Jackson is taking what he hopes is a huge leap into the future this weekend, releasing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 48 frames per second-- a high-frame-rate format that essentially gives you twice as much information about the world of Middle Earth. Some say the format gives astonishing clarity and makes the effects look amazing; others say it makes the sets look cheap
When The Fellowship of the Ring arrived in theaters in 2001, it was a landmark for seemingly every kind of visual effects. There were the sweeping New Zealand vistas altered to look fantastical, there were the hobbit feet and hair that felt completely natural, there were the tricks to make Ian McKellen look 8 feet tall-- and the piece de resistance, Gollum
I never bothered with the Extended Edition cuts of the various DVD releases. I never did the marathon Rings screenings at neighborhood theaters. I still couldn’t pick Faramir out of a police lineup. And the scariest thing anyone could have told me a few years back was that Jackson was returning to Middle Earth for the rumored adaptation of The Hobbit
The weather outside's grown frightful, but you've still got some holiday shopping to do. We're here to help by providing a series of gift guides that will make it easier than ever to pick the perfect present for the movie lover on your list. Not only do we have a selection of great gift ideas, but also we've got some exclusive discounts for Cinema Blend readers!
This weekend's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be the first opportunity most have to see the world of Middle Earth in 3D-- and depending on which screening you choose, you could see it in the ultra-sharp, fairly controversial 48 frames per second. But anyone watching the way Hollywood has worked over the last year or two could probably guess that, at some point, we'll be seeing the original Lord of the Rings trilogy in 3D as well