Death and destruction are coming to cinemas this December. When we last left Middle-earth in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the titular dragon had been wounded by Bilbo and the band of dwarfs, but was still on its way to Lake Town - which he planned to burn to the ground. As a result, we can expect that things in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies are going to start off on a very dark note, and that's very much reflected in this new trailer.
Now that’s a handsome, nerdy devil having the time of his life. Humorously, looking around Hall H, there seems to be quite a few handsome nerdy devils having the time of their lives here too, as Stephen Colbert is absolutely killing it on the microphone, while simultaneously dropping the nerd knowledge hammer. Even Tolkien himself would have loved it.
This winter will see the final installment of The Hobbit film series released in theaters with The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. But with Comic-Con hitting this week, Peter Jackson is eager to start sharing some images from the highly-anticipated completion to his latest trilogy.
The Cinema Blend offices have been buzzing these past few days as we all get ready for one of the biggest events of the year in our industry: San Diego Comic-Con. The massive geek-fest will be kicking off on July 23rd, and just like every year we will once again have a team on the ground (including myself) covering the expo.
At $341.8 million before prints and advertising, it just barely laps the $339.5 million used by 1963's Cleopatra (which, before inflation, cost a then-preposterous $44 million). Not only does At World's End come in with that obscene total, but Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest rings in at $263.7 million.
So rest in peace There And Back Again, and long live The Battle Of The Five Armies. It feels as if Jackson is being diplomatic in taking partial credit for the change. While The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was a billion dollar hit for Warner Bros., The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug “only” grossed $953 million, and was the first film in this series to gross less than $300 million domestically.
While Into The Fire may seem like a totally generic subtitle, the name could be borrowed from the sixth chapter of Tolkien's book, which is called "Out of the Frying Pan, Into The Fire" and tells the part of the story when Bilbo and the Dwarves has just escaped from the Goblin caves and start getting hunted by a pack of Wargs.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second of a planned trilogy of movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Despite the fact it only covers a few chapters from the famous novel, the movie offers plenty of action and a striking ending that makes it a vast improvement over the first segment.
One of those sets is headed into homes this spring, when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment unleashes The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. All of those excellent options for buyers will be available starting on April 8.
While this wide range of awards leaves the opportunity for many films and 3D technicians to garner a bit of acclaim, the big names this year are the Creative Awards' contenders for Best Live-Action 3D Feature: Gravity, The Great Gatsby, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Oz the Great and Powerful, and Star Trek Into Darkness.
In their latest installment, these move-loving animators have created their spin on how The Desolation of Smaug should have ended. They mock that tacked on Tauriel/Killi love plot. They give the wizard Radagast the grooming tip he so desperately demanded, and cameos to wide array of movie and TV dragons, from How to Train Your Dragon, Game of Thrones and the oft-forgotten Sean Connery vehicle DragonHeart.
Torrents. They are a mystery, one that allowed approximately 8.4 million viewers to watch The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this year for free.
In a running time of 161 minutes, this brief moment is easy to miss. After all, it's dark. Colbert is missing his signature glasses. His face is covered by an eye-patch, and hood, and disfigured with a goofy expression. Nonetheless, some of you spotted him!
Looking to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and A Madea Christmas for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of fantasy adventures, showbiz comedies and Christmas movies!
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.