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 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 »

Hobbit Battle Five Armies character posters

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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 »

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Remember when Summer blockbusters weren’t just comic book adaptations and sequels? When high concept, crazy huge ideas dominated the multiplexes? It feels like its been forever but Chris Columbus‘ 2015 release Pixels is exactly that. Yes, it’s an adaptation of a short film, but the big idea is pure Summer blockbuster. When classic video game characters come down to destroy the earth, a group of nerdy gamers are tasked with saving the world. They’re played by Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage.

We’ve seen a few images from the film but even this year’s Comic-Con panel failed to reveal any footage. Now we can exclusively reveal when footage will finally be released. Sony has made an agreement with Warner Bros. to debut the first Pixels trailer in front of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on December 17. 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 »

Hobbit Battle of Five Armies teaser

Comic Con saw the premiere of footage from Peter Jackson‘s sixth and (probably) final Middle-Earth movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. While we can’t yet show you some things from that panel, such as the great blooper reel that opened the event, we can show you the Hobbit Battle of Five Armies teaser trailer now. After watching this, check out our coverage of the panel, which features a video presentation of the whole event. (Well, the whole event minus any film clips.) Read More »

2014 Comic Con buzz

Just having gotten home from San Diego, I’m not sure which film excited me the most at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International. Mad Max: Fury Road was definitely the biggest surprise in terms of footage. Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice owned the majority of my conversations. While the Marvel footage was as expected, it was great. The Batman v Superman footage showed us a big screen Batman that we’ve never seen before and the Wonder Woman first look photo had everyone talked, in the hall and online. So which movies had the online community talking the most? General Sentiment, a social media analysis firm, has sent me their findings. See a list of the highest 2014 Comic Con buzz after the jump.
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