The Hobbit Mondo Posters

The Alamo Drafthouse offshoot Mondo has premiered two posters for The Hobbit today: Ken Taylor’s poster for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and Nicolas Delort’s poster for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. See both of The Hobbit Mondo poster prints after the jump.

UPDATE: They also just revealed Aaron Horkey‘s poster for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring a poster fans have been waiting for for sometime. It’s beautiful and also below.

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The Hobbit: The Complete Journey Trailer

Since the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I’ve been saying that once Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy is released some fan will edit together an awesome epic three hour movie using all the footage. Well with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies gearing up for release, we are already beginning to see what this might look like.

Los Angeles-based editor Joel Walden has edited together a trailer for what he calls The Hobbit: The Complete Journey, which yes combines footage from all three films into one epic film. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump.

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Hobbit Desolation Of Smaug header

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]

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 »

The Hobbit: The Desolation of an Unexpected Journey
When I walked out of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first thing I said to someone was “After they release the other two movies, some fan will edit a cut of the three films into a great three hour movie.” Its funny how things change — with the Lord of the Rings films we were clamoring for extended editions, but now we think less is more (it may have something to do with the fact this is one and a half books stretched to three movies vs. three books adapted into three films).

We still haven’t gotten the third chapter of Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit adaptation, but some fan has edited the first two movies into a trailer for a mash-up movie titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of an Unexpected Journey. Lets hope that once The Hobbit: There and Back Again is released, a good editor will combine the three adaptations into one three-hour-long movie cut. For now, you can watch the epic mash-up The Hobbit: The Desolation of an Unexpected Journey embedded after the jump.

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Hobbit Unexpected Journey Bilbo

For illegal downloaders, the biggest film of 2013 wasn’t a 2013 film at all, but a big-budget fantasy epic from late 2012. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the list of the most pirated movies of the past twelve months, beating out the likes of Django Unchained, Fast & Furious 6, and Iron Man 3.

The massively budgeted, insanely popular Hobbit is a far less surprising “winner” than last year’s champion, the found-footage party comedy Project X. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few unusual results among the top 10 — like Gangster Squad, the little-seen, little-talked-about crime drama from January. Hit the jump to check out the list.

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Luke Evans Bard Hobbit Desolation Smaug

Right around the time of Comic-Con 2012, Peter Jackson and his team decided The Hobbit was going to be three movies instead of two. Originally, the movies were called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again, but when another movie was added the third movie took the title of the second and the second one was named The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It’s in theaters now.

Obviously a third movie completely changed how Jackson and fellow writers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh had to structure the films. Jackson has now revealed where the initial split between the two films would have occurred. Read More »

Hobbit Unexpected Journey

Tuesday brings the Blu-ray release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition. Ever since The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, director Peter Jackson has been releasing one version of each of his Tolkien films theatrically, reserving a longer version for DVD. In the case of the Lord of the Rings films, when one book equalled one movie, the extra few time helped flesh out the stories and improved already fantastic films.

Since The Hobbit, which is shorter than any of the Lord of the Rings books, has already been stretched into three films, the theatrical version itself feels quite long and drawn out. Adding 13 minutes might not sound like the best thing and, in terms of pacing, it’s not. The Extended Edition additions, which are largely in the beginning and middle sections of the film, make a long movie feel eternal. On their own though, there are some great scenes in there including some ominous teases to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Read about the extended scenes below. Read More »

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