Ten years ago this week The Fellowship of the Ring was released. Peter Jackson‘s first Tolkien adaption silenced a great many naysayers who said J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novels could never be properly translated to film. It also fostered a mainstream interest in fantasy movies that continues a decade later.

The development of a film based on Tolkien’s original Middle-Earth novel, The Hobbit, was the subject of speculation as soon as Jackson started work on The Lord of the Rings. Actually making the movie was a terrifically complicated process that involved rights deals, the financial solvency of MGM, a long period of development under original director Guillermo del Toro, and the eventual return of Peter Jackson to the director’s chair.

Now the first teaser trailer — a long teaser, at that — has been released for the first of two films based on the novel. Get the first look at footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, after the break. Read More »

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It makes perfect sense if you think about it. The last video blog Peter Jackson released from the set of The Hobbit was all about 3D and in it you could see his inner geek pouring out. He seems to really be enjoying capturing Middle Earth in 3D. Movies such as The Lion King and presumably Titanic and Star Wars Episode 1 are set for successful 3D theatrical renaissances, so the possibility of a 3D re-release for Jackson’s signature The Lord of the Rings trilogy simply fits.

In a recent interview, the star of those films, Elijah Wood, said there have been discussions about just that and, if it’s done right, he’s all for it. Read his quote and more after the jump. Read More »

Elijah Wood To Play A ‘Maniac’

Most people think of Elijah Wood as a sweet and noble character, both because he was the hero of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy but also because he began acting so young. Combining his younger roles with Frodo Baggins seemingly paints a picture of Wood’s wheelhouse however, on occasion, he goes the totally opposite way. A film like Sin City comes to mind.

That blood-curdling evil is what director Franck Khalfoun will surely looking for as he’s just cast Wood as the lead in his remake of the 1980 cult classic Maniac. The script was written by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Piranha 3D) and Grégory Levasseur. Read More »

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like one of the following four movies: The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Independence Day or Batman. Odds are everyone likes at least one of those films (or film series), probably very passionately in fact. And if that’s the case, you’ll definitely want to hit the jump on this story. After the jump we’ve got information on the following:

  • Empire Magazine has an exclusive video of Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, Domenic Monaghan and Billy Boyd reuniting on the 10th anniversary of the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • Access Hollywood is reporting the sequel to J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 Star Trek will not be simply called Star Trek 2.
  • Roland Emmerich is at it again, saying he’s talked to Will Smith about coming back for Independence Day 2.
  • Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises won’t film at Occupy Wall Street as production hits the Big Apple.

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The first trailer for Happy Feet Two was the epitome of the word “teaser.” It was little more than a bunch of penguins dancing in unison to Justin Timberlake’s Sexy Back. With the film’s release date now just over a month out, Warner Bros. has finally released a full, theatrical trailer that not only gives us an idea of the story also samples the almost mind-blowingly impressive voice cast this time around (Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Hank Azaria, Sofia Vergara, Pink, Hugo Weaving). Plus, it proves that these Happy Feet movies are about much more than dancing. Don’t worry, though. There’s still plenty of dancing. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Where do you stand on World of Warcraft? If you’re a fan of it, you’re in Dominic Monaghan‘s corner. If you hate it, you’re in Elijah Wood‘s corner. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about you probably aren’t the only one.

One of the signature events at Fantastic Fest every year is the Fantastic Debates. This is where various actors, writers, and general well-known movie people verbally debate over an issue, then really settle the matter with their fists in a legitimate boxing match. This year’s Fantastic Debates was presented by the documentary Knuckle and the main event featured Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League fighting the star of the film, James Quinn McDonagh. The undercard featured the two Lord of the Rings co-stars debating on the merits of World of Warcraft before slugging it out in front of a packed house.

Watch highlights from both fights and more after the jump. Read More »

Stock in Tron — elevated in value over the years thanks to the forgiving nature of nostalgia — took a dive after the release of Tron: Legacy. But Disney isn’t giving up on the property, and is moving full speed ahead with an animated series that explores the Grid, aka the digital world at the core of the two films. A good idea, as animation could turn out to be the ideal medium in which to explore the hidden corners of the Grid.

Check out the first footage from Tron: Uprising, after the break. Read More »

A new trailer has been released for Happy Feet Two, the sequel to 2006′s dancing-CGI-penguin hit. Featuring the vocal talents of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, and many others, Happy Feet Two tells the theoretically adorable tale of a young penguin who just wants to fly. The film is directed by George Miller, whose previous work includes the Mad Max movies, Lorenzo’s Oil, and the two Babe films. Watch the trailer after the jump. Read More »

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