Not long ago we pointed you toward Rolling Stone for the premiere of Neil Finn‘s end credits song for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Now we can point you back to the site for a stream of the full score. If you’re ready to experience Howard Shore‘s music divorced from Peter Jackson‘s film, head right here and enable the player. I understand wanting to wait, however; I’m going to hold off listening to the score on its own until after I’ve seen the film.

But there’s a bit more, after the break, as Jackson recently had a few good things to say about the differences in effects approaches in this return to Middle-Earth. Advances in CG effects mean that Jackson can turn human actors into even more imposing Orcs and Goblins than was possible a decade ago. He also talks about the process of designing the dragon Smaug, who we might see very briefly in this first film. Read More »

Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. premiered The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey yesterday in New Zealand, but a review embargo was set in place to keep reviews from flooding the interwebs in advance of the first major US press screenings this weekend. But that embargo trick never really works, and so of course at least one outlet has broken out with a review (some might say “review”) in advance of the agreed-upon date. Get a few bits of reaction info below. Read More »

Depending on your level of Avatar fandom, the delay between the first film and its eventual sequels could be construed as a blessing or a curse. On the one hand, James Cameron has certainly taken his time writing the two films, meaning we may not see the first one until 2015 at the earliest. That’s a six year gap from the original. However, he’s taking his time because he doesn’t want to rush out an inferior product, so hopefully Avatar 2 and 3 will be worth the wait.

The writer/director attended this week’s New Zealand premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and gave an update on the highly anticipated films. Cameron plans on finishing the screenplays by February and hopes to start filming (possibly in High Frame Rate) in late 2013. Read his quotes and more after the jump. Read More »

Seriously, Warner Bros., we don’t need any more reasons to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We’re there. Especially in IMAX. Not only will the first part of Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy be gorgeous in the giant format, it has the first 9 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness attached. Apparently, that wasn’t thought to be enough incentive, because the studio has now announced four character posters that will be given out exclusively to fans who see the film at 12:01 a.m. screenings on December 14. Check them out below. Read More »

Here’s the latest behind the scenes video chronicling the production of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. By this point we’ve seen quite a lot of footage from the film — enough for someone to cut together nearly eight minutes worth of the story — and no small amount of behind the scenes stuff.

This video focuses on post-production, which is appropriate as the New Zealand premiere of the film is only days away, on Wednesday November 28. And the movie hits the States on December 14, which isn’t that far off at all. Peter Jackson is back in his “I really need a nap mode,” as is just about everyone else shown in the video. After seeing the huge scope of the production in past blogs, it’s pretty fun to see the little tiny editing room where Jackson and his editor are assembling the film. This also gives a new glimpse at quite a few new effects shots that we haven’t seen in the past, as well as a look at the pipeline for the creation of the film’s last effects.  Read More »

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Why should Cloud Atlas be the only Warner Bros. film to get a giant-sized trailer? Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as the first of an unexpected trilogy of films adapting J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel The Hobbit, is the beginning of what might be a mini-epic from the director. As such, it deserves a long trailer.

Warner Bros. hasn’t provided one, but that doesn’t have to be a problem. A fan edited all the currently available footage from trailers, featurettes, and TV spots into one long eight-minute look at the movie. And this edit plays in running order, so this is something like a miniature version of the movie, based on what is available at the moment. Read More »

Yes, that’s right, you now have an additional reason to see Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14. The film itself, Jackson’s first in a trilogy, was likely enough. But that release is also the first film ever in HFR 3D, and it will have the trailer (or prologue) to Star Trek Into Darkness attached. And now Zack Snyder has confirmed what we all expected: the second trailer for his Superman reboot, Man of Steel will be attached too. Here’s Snyder:

I can’t wait for ‘The Hobbit,’ so it will be fun to see our crazy ‘Man of Steel’ trailer and then enjoy ‘The Hobbit’ because that’s going to be great. It just feels like a fun Christmas thing to do, drag the whole family out for that action.

Read some more of Snyder’s thoughts on the status of the June 14 film after the jump. Read More »

Advance tickets for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are now on sale, and anyone buying has a big question to answer: how do we want to see Peter Jackson‘s latest J.R.R. Tolkien film? The choices are plentiful: 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D or HFR 3D. Then you have a preview of Star Trek Into Darkness to factor in, too.

Peter Jackson certainly hopes you’ll choose the format you’re least familiar with. The Oscar winning director took to Facebook to explain his reasoning behind shooting the trilogy at double the frame rate of every other movie, and to explain the historical significance of the technology. After the jump, you can read his Q&A on that as well as about mounting controversy about animal deaths on set, and more Hobbit news. Read More »

As you head into the weekend, we’ve got a few last sequel-related tidbits to chew on. After the jump:

  • Warner Bros. limited The Hobbit‘s 48 fps rollout to “do it right”
  • The Hobbit‘s Dori pledges himself to England’s Prince Charles
  • Will Breaking Dawn Parts I and II be re-released as one movie?
  • Paramount is pushing for Transformers 4 to be set in China
  • Keira Knightley says Jack Ryan wraps shooting in December
  • Chris Pine has vague comments about Star Trek Into Darkness

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So far all we’ve seen of Star Trek Into Darkness is a measly three-frame clip, but if you’re planning to check out The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in IMAX next month you’ll get a much more satisfying eyeful. A nine-minute prologue for J.J. Abrams‘ sci-fi epic will debut in front of Peter Jackson’s fantasy saga. At a typical rate of 24 frames per second, times sixty seconds per minute, times nine minutes, that’s 12,960 times as much footage as we’ve already seen! More after the jump.

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