Battle of the Five Armies length

Peter Jackson doesn’t shy away from the idea of making epic-length stories, and of creating conflicts within them that match the overall scope of his Middle-Earth films. The Lord of the Rings films are known for absolutely massive battles, but the final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the only one which actually features the word “battle” in its title. Accordingly, the actual Battle of the Five Armies will be truly massive: 45 minutes long.

Along with a bit of info on the battle, we’ve got the film’s final poster, a couple other great pieces of art, and one more detail. When the final Hobbit film hits theaters, it will be accompanied by a theatrical preview of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Read More »

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Hobbit in-flight video

We’ve all slept through in-flight safety videos dozens (if not hundreds) of times. But most don’t have Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, and other Hobbit cast members. Few feature the scenery of Middle-Earth, and effects that would make a micro-budget film weep. In fact, only one other video does: the last in-flight safety video from Air New Zealand. Now the company has a new video, dubbed “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.” Watch this new Hobbit in-flight video below. Read More »

Hobbit Battle of Five Armies teaser

A movie’s budget has little correlation to success or quality. Films that costs just tens of thousands of dollars have gone on to great success; probably more films that cost tens of millions of dollars have failed horribly. It’s when films that cost hundreds of millions of dollars fail horribly that studios start worrying about their well-being.

But you have to spend money to make money and audiences today demand spectacle. Despite that demand, they also need it to be sold to them. So a film that costs $250 million might end up costing $500 million once the studio pays for TV commercials, billboards, press junkets and more. It’s a crazy, crazy business and there’s always a gamble even on the biggest properties.

When Warner Bros. decided to make J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit into movies, the gamble was a little smaller. Peter Jackson had already turned three Lord of the Rings movies into massive hits and a return to Middle Earth would certainly attract audiences. However, with a decade or so of new technology to work with, those movies were going to be expensive. They were going to be even more expensive when the decision was made to do not two, but three films in the series. Now, with the third film on its way to theaters, we have an idea of what that commitment cost. It is historically staggering. Read more about The Hobbit budget below. Read More »

Smaug mo-cap

We’re pretty familiar with the sight of good actors jumping and rolling about in mo-cap suits while doing performance capture work for effects-based films. We’re especially familiar with that image when it comes to Peter Jackson‘s Middle-Earth movies. And yet there’s something special about seeing Benedict Cumberbatch, whose on-screen presence radiates control and composure, crawling on his belly and fire-breathing dialogue for the worm Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. A few short featurettes about the creation of the dragon, and the Smaug mo-cap work, have gone online. They’re probably more fun than at least half the other stuff you could be watching. Check out a few below. Read More »

Matt Ryan Tobin Halloween

James Cameron, John Carpenter, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan & Steven Spielberg. You’d be hard pressed to come up with five names who, over the past few decades, have build better worlds on the big screen. Avatar, Halloween, The Lord of the Rings, Inception and Jurassic Park are just the tip of the cinematic iceberg for that group and, this weekend at the Hero Complex Gallery, they’re paying tribute.

Imagined Worlds is a group show at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA comprised of art based on the films of those five filmmakers. As you can expect, the possibilities are endless with that group and, below, you can get just a small sampling of the work that’ll first be on display Friday October 17, before going online Saturday October 18. Read More »

Hobbit 3 character posters

The third and final film in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is busting at the seams with characters. So it was inevitable that Warner Bros. would release an avalanche of posters for each and every one. They’ve finally finished.

Over the past few days, several new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies character posters have been revealed. They include Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Luke Evans as Bard, Richard Armitage as Thorin, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Lee Pace as Thranduil. And Tuesday, the final one was posted – a second one of Martin Freeman as Bilbo. See all of the Hobbit 3 character posters below. Read More »

The Hobbit 3 poster header

In terms of box office, this Winter comes down to two sequel: The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 1 and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Well the first one released a trailer today and Peter Jackson‘s epic isn’t far behind. They’ve revealed a massive, massive banner for the film that’s basically the equivalent of seven new Hobbit 3 posters. Check it out below. Read More »

Desolation Of Smaug extended edition

The inevitable extended edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits blu-ray in November, and it will have 25 minutes added to the film. The second chapter in Peter Jackson‘s three-film adaptation of The Hobbit (with some other Tolkien material added) will feature quite a few extended scenes, and a host of behind the scenes documentaries, and commentaries from Jackson and writer Philippa Boyens. The bonus content runs to nine hours, which should keep fans busy until the December opening of the third and final film. Watch a clip from the Desolation of Smaug extended edition below. Read More »

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