Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies review

Note: This review originally ran on December 9. We’ve republished now that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is in theaters.

Every time Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth, we expect something special. All of his Lord of the Rings films got Best Picture nominations and while The Hobbit films haven’t lived up to the achievement of the first three movies, they’ve had their moments. In my reviews of An Unexpected Journey, and The Desolation of Smaug I found things to like about each film, despite their flaws.

So, following the trajectory of the first trilogy, I hoped The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies would be the best of the bunch. Imagine my disappointment to find out it was the opposite. Below, read our Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies review. Read More »

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Peter Jackson Isn’t Ruling Out More Tolkien Movies

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Peter Jackson has now spent six films and most of the past 15 years in Middle-earth, but he’s still not ruling out another return. The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit director says he’d “probably” be up for another journey into J.R.R. Tolkien‘s world.

If you’ve been entranced by his Hobbit trilogy, this is great news. If, on the other hand, you’re more inclined to agree with the weary Honest Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you’re probably groaning at the news.

In any case, Jackson isn’t planning his return trip just yet. First, he plans to spend some time making films about the parts of New Zealand that haven’t been turned into hobbit holes. Read Jackson’s comments on more Tolkien movies, and watch the Smaug Honest Trailer, after the jump. Read More »

final hobbit trailer

Peter Jackson has spent about fifteen years all told in Middle-Earth, and his dual set of massive Tolkien adaptations is coming to an end in just a couple weeks with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Well, almost an end, as there will still be the inevitable extended edition blu-ray release. The end of the series is protracted enough at this point that what was once billed as the final Hobbit trailer really was not, in fact, the last one. This UK trailer is (maybe) truly the final Hobbit trailer, and (much like the recent fan-made effort) it offers a sweeping overview of the whole Hobbit series so far.  Read More »

Ready Player One director

If you thought the idea of Christopher Nolan directing Ready Player One was crazy, you may want to sit down for a second.

Earlier this week, we reported that Warner Bros. was reportedly courting the Intersteller director to helm the sci-fi adventure film, written by Zak Penn based on a book by Ernie Cline. It seemed like a pipe dream – Nolan generally develops his own screenplays – but it hinted at the confidence Warner Bros. had in the new script.

Well, it turns out that confidence is very real. Ain’t it Cool News reports not only is Warner Bros. talking to Nolan about it, they’re also looking at Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughn. Read more about the Ready Player One director short list below. Read More »

Peter Jackson in The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Production Diary 14

Peter Jackson has never quite been sure how many movies based on the world of J.R.R. Tolkien he was going to make. In his initial pitch, he combined the three Lord of the Rings novels into two movies. He then ended up making three. And even though those movies were long, he released extended editions of each. He then decided he didn’t want to tackle The Hobbit, and passed the job to Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro dropped though and Jackson jumped back into the directors chair to make two movies based on the one book. As he was shooting though, he realized he had enough for three movies, and now we have both a Lord of the Rings Trilogy and a Hobbit Trilogy.

Both of those trilogies used information from Appendices Tolkien wrote later to add meat to the bone and that begs the question, is he really done? Well, at the press junket for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies that point was discussed. One actor seems to think more Lord of the Rings movies are possible but logistically, it’s probably not. Read the quotes below. Read More »

Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies review

December is upon us, which means there are mere days until the final Peter Jackson Middle-Earth film comes to theaters. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens December 17 and the review embargo just broke. Let’s just say the notes aren’t as good as the ones for the final Lord of the Rings film, which won 11 Oscars including Best Picture. They also aren’t as bad as the reviews for previous films in this new trilogy. It’s a bit all over the map, but most seem to agree if you like the other films, you’ll really like this one. Read some early The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review below. Read More »

J.J. Abrams Star Wars Force Awakens

Wednesday, a very credible sounding rumor began to circulate that the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Well, we’ve heard from a very credible source that, with 100% certainty, the Star Wars 7 trailer won’t debut with Peter Jackson’s latest The Hobbit film. There’s a very strong likelihood it will play with that film but according to the source, Disney has “bigger plans” for the trailer debut than a simple attachment. What does that mean? When will it happen? We honestly don’t know. But we’ll offer up a few suggestions about the Star Wars 7 trailer release below. Read More »

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Briefly: Peter Jackson‘s final journey to Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, opens December 17. Much like Warner Bros. did with the final Lord of the Rings film, they’re going to be hosting in theater trilogy marathons leading up to the opening.

Reports are The Hobbit Trilogy marathon is going to happen in select IMAX theaters on December 15 with tickets going on sale in the US Friday, November 14 (Other parts of the world have them already on sale). The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey would play at 1 p.m., The Desolation of Smaug at 4 p.m. and then The Battle of the Five Armies at 7 p.m. They’re all theatrical editions. Beyond that, no official details have been revealed, but we’ll update this post when that happens. For now, check your local theater. [The One Ring]

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