The second of Peter Jackson‘s trilogy of films adapting The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug, both improves on the previous film, and regresses from some of its achievements. In 2012′s An Unexpected Journey, Jackson stretched the story of The Hobbit to a breaking point. Sequences that were mere blips in the book became much longer, hurting the pacing immensely. At the start of this second film, Jackson picks up the pace considerably and, in just over an hour, our characters are at their final destination: The Lonely Mountain. Unfortunately, there’s still an hour and a half to go (plus another movie) which means that briefly improved, upbeat pace comes to a screeching halt. Plus that rushed first hour glosses over some of the most famous scenes in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s book.
Besides the major pacing problems, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has lots of good things going for it, including more rousing action, great performances by new characters, and several beautiful new settings. But all of those don’t save the film from being considerably divisive.
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Posted on Monday, December 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
Spidey isn’t just returning to the big screen next year, he’s returning to the biggest screens in the world. Sony announced today that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released internationally in IMAX 3D next year, just as the previous film was.
But before he lands on screens around the world, he’s got plans to swing by his hometown. As the “Official Super Hero of Times Square 2014″ (whatever that is), Spider-Man will drop in on the annual ball drop in New York City, bringing some new footage along with him. Get all the details on the movie’s release and Spider-Man’s Times Square gig after the jump.
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Yet another massive movie has joined the packed slate of Summer 2015. This one, however, isn’t a sequel or a franchise film. It isn’t even based on a prior property. It’s an old school, original high concept Hollywood pitch starring the most in-demand action star of the decade. Like summer movies used to be.
Dwayne Johnson‘s upcoming film, San Andreas, a 3D action film about a major earthquake in California is now set for release June 5, 2015. Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which Johnson also starred in) is directing from a script by Carey and Chad Hayes. Read More »
More than two years have passed since we caught our first glimpse at a sultry and bloody Paz De La Huerta in Nurse 3D. The production company released a poster before production even began, promising a 2012 release. Well it’s almost 2014 and there’s still been no sign of the film, directed by Douglas Aarniokoski. Until today.
A trailer for Nurse 3D is now online and features turns from Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, Judd Nelson and even Kathleen Turner. It follows an obsessive nurse who starts killing people while skimpily dressed, and it opens February 7, 2014. Read More »
Things are about to get all Hobbit up in here. A week from today, fans will be piling into theaters to watch the second film in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Reviews come out this weekend, interviews will be published, it’s all about to get nuts with the film so close to release.
Seems like the perfect time to Jackson to release the 13th installment in his running Hobbit video diary. This one shows lots of behind the scenes action of this second film, including filming the scenes with Smaug, the character’s look and much more. There’s even some Benedict Cumberbatch in there! Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Laika’s The Boxtrolls may celebrate a pretty unconventional family, but it’s brought to life using some classic, time-tested methods. Focus Features has just unveiled a behind-the-scenes video from the stop-motion feature, which shows off the painstaking work that went into creating this intricate universe. Check it out after the jump.
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Next week, Disney will release their latest animated musical, Frozen, and it’s a film worthy of the Disney name. Funny, moving, and exciting, it’s going to be a film kids of all ages enjoy for years to come. However, when you go to the theater on November 27 to see Frozen, that’s actually the second best Disney film you’ll see that day. Attached to it is the short film Get A Horse. It’s an old school Mickey and Minnie Mouse short film recently unearthed by the Disney Archivists and converted to 3D. Below, you can see a spoiler-free clip from the film. Read More »
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One of the characters set to debut in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Beorn, a man who is sometimes a bear (or a bear who is sometimes a man). Beorn is gigantic, and accordingly, he has a home that is of such a size that normal human men look like hobbits when sitting at his table. That’s illustrator and designer John Howe at the table, above.
To shoot the film, Jackson’s crew built the entire outsized home, complete with gigantic furniture and props, so that the characters would look appropriately small in Beorn’s surroundings. A new featurette shows off the house, and as is the case with so many of the behind the scenes videos for Jackson’s tour of Middle-Earth, is a good way to spend a few minutes. Read More »