hobbit movie problems

Even the most ardent defenders of Peter Jackson‘s three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit acknowledge that none of them come close to matching the highs of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Something about them just feels off from frame one, like something important is missing. Whatever spark made the first trilogy such a magical experience is missing here.

And it’s now apparent that no one knows this more than Jackson himself. In a new special feature on the newly released extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the Oscar-winning filmmaker is completely honest about his experience on the films and how a rushed schedule sapped his spirit. You will never see a filmmaker look more tired, lost and despondent than you will here. It’s genuinely heartbreaking.

Keep on reading to sort through the various Hobbit movie problems with Peter Jackson as your tour guide.

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jurassic world deleted scene

Since Jurassic World made over $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office earlier this summer, chances are strong that you’ve already seen Colin Trevorrow‘s film and are therefore ready to check out a deleted scene. If so, you’ve come to the right place. One of the scenes that hit the cutting floor, which can also be found on the new Blu-ray and DVD, has made its way online and is currently available for your viewing pleasure.

Well, we’re using the phrase “viewing pleasure” loosely as the scene involves Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt literally covering themselves in dinosaur poop. Then again, that may very well be your thing. This is a no judgment zone.

You can watch the Jurassic World deleted scene after the jump. Just remember to wash your hands before you eat anything.

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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits, we take a look at:

  • Jurassic World‘s really crazy Blu-ray and DVD promotion.
  • How Iron Sky 2 is defying typical distribution.
  • A Korean superstar joins Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
  • Paul Verhoeven teases a Showgirls 2.
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back rounds out its cast.

And more, after the jump.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of those things that is actually as good as you remember. No amount of obnoxious over-quoting by comedy nerds trying out their best (i.e., terrible) British accent can ruin the best jokes. An amusing but safely mainstream Broadway musical adaptation cannot diminish its transgressive delights. 40 years later, it’s still one of the best comedies ever made, from one of the most inspired comedy groups to ever walk this planet.

So when long-lost animation from the film is unearthed for the new Blu-ray and DVD release, everyone with good taste has reason to celebrate! And when original Python troupe member/animator/token American Terry Gilliam is called in to provide commentary, everyone with the best taste has additional reason to break out the party favors.

Watch the deleted Monty Python animation, and Gilliam’s commentary, after the jump.

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We’ve got a lot of ground to cover today, so let’s hit it. After the jump:

  • Get details on the Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation home video release
  • The Olsen twins are “always welcome” to drop by Fuller House
  • Drew Goddard says the studio really wanted a Cabin in the Woods 2
  • Mia Wasikowska says the Alice in Wonderland sequel has less CG
  • Drafthouse Films picks up Klown Forever for distribution in the U.S.
  • Now Homeland‘s Damian Lewis is the subject of “next James Bond” rumors
  • Exactly how many Aston Martin DB10s were destroyed in the making of Spectre?
  • Blade Runner 2 director Denis Villeneuve would like to make a Bond film
  • The Art of Kung Fu Panda 3 reveals another look at the sequel
  • The cast of Resident Evil 6 shares more photos from the set

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The Best Films Leaving Netflix in October 2015


If you’ve recently been craving to watch the Dane Cook star vehicle, Good Luck Chuck, then you better hurry up, because it’s about to leave Netflix. Once again, the company is depriving us of comedy classics we just need to watch again and again. In reality, the streaming service is actually dropping some great movies next month. After the jump, check out our rundown of some of the best films leaving Netflix in October 2015.

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Star Wars Theatrical Cut Blu-Ray

For the past few years, there’s always been some kind of rumor about the original Star Wars theatrical cuts being made available on Blu-Ray for the first time ever. The most recent rumor pointing to such a release came over a year ago, and since then we’ve even seen some cool fake mock-ups for Blu-Ray covers for the hopeful releases.

However, nearly three years ago, we laid out why it wasn’t likely that Disney would be releasing a box set of the theatrical cuts of the original trilogy anytime soon, mainly because 20th Century Fox still owns the release rights to both the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy until 2020.

Making matters even more complicated is that Fox actually owns the rights to A New Hope “in perpetuity in all media worldwide.” That means they’ll never lose the rights to Episode IV, so unless they come to some kind of deal with Disney, a box set release of all the movies, including the original theatrical cuts, isn’t in the cards.

Well, this rumor has cropped up yet again, though it’s somewhat more credible this time than previously. Find out more about the Star Wars theatrical cut Blu-Ray below. Read More »

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What DC role did Gal Gadot turn down before Wonder Woman? Could Thor: The Dark World‘s Zachary Levi return as a different Marvel character? Does Elizabeth Olsen want a Scarlet Witch standalone? Who’s the rumored villain of Man of Steel 2? How long has Spider-Man been around in Captain America: Civil War? Is Justice League Unlimited finally coming to Blu-ray? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »