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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Pandas and hobbits and singletons, oh my! After the jump:

  • Marc Webb hints at costume changes for The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Guillermo del Toro offers Puss in Boots 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 updates
  • Author Helen Fielding has a third Bridget Jones novel due out next fall,
  • Listen to Howard Shore‘s full score for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 almost received an R rating

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Peter Jackson has closed each of his Middle-Earth films with a fairly memorable song, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey features a tune from Neil Finn. The singer/songwriter is a founding member of the New Zealand band Crowded House, and his tune, ‘Song of the Lonely Mountain,’ is a take on the Dwarven tune we’ve already heard bits of in the Hobbit trailer. Read More »

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