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The first trailer for Peter Jackson‘s second Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, answered one of everyone’s biggest questions about the sequel. Would Jackson’s second film get us all the way into the Lonely Mountain and reveal Smaug, the malicious and greedy dragon at the end of the Dwarves quest? The title suggested it but the trailer confirmed it. Bilbo’s interactions with the dragon (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) responsible for forcing the dwarves out of their home are some of the most memorable and tense ones in the book. However, the first film didn’t give us much idea of what Smaug looked like and the trailer only showed us his head. Would audiences see Smaug for themselves before the film opened on December 13?

That answer has been revealed in the most unexpected of places. Smaug has been revealed on the side of some Air New Zealand planes, a company with a long history of collaboration with Jackson and the franchise. Check it out below. Read More »

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Typically it can be considered a slightly spoilerish endeavor to listen to a film’s score before the movie opens. But most of us are so familiar with what Howard Shore has done for Peter Jackson and Middle-Earth that a new batch of music is more like an extension of what has gone before than an entirely new set of cues. That said, the first Hobbit film was fairly distinct from the Lord of the Rings films, and some of the music for the second movie has it’s own character, too, even as familiar themes and concepts keep it grounded in Middle-Earth.

So while it is a couple weeks yet before the December 13 opening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you can spend the Thanksgiving holiday listening to 45 minutes from the score, as an embed has landed online. Read More »

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Air New Zealand has long embraced it’s home nation’s relationship with Peter Jackson and his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. With the release of the next film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, mere weeks away they’ve created a new commercial promoting the country’s tourism with the help of some very familiar iconography. Check it out below. Read More »

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Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits contains news about spies, martial artists, giant alien robots, tortured mutants, and so much more. After the jump:

  • Transformers 5 and 6 depend on Transformers 4
  • James Mangold offers a minor Wolverine 2 update
  • Winona Ryder is “sworn to secrecy” about Beetlejuice 2
  • Simon Pegg says he’ll return for Mission: Impossible 5
  • Ong-back star Tony Jaa joins Wu Jing in SPL 2
  • Dwayne Johnson shares a fiery Fast & Furious 7 pic
  • Somehow The Hobbit is not done putting out new posters

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One of the characters set to debut in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Beorn, a man who is sometimes a bear (or a bear who is sometimes a man). Beorn is gigantic, and accordingly, he has a home that is of such a size that normal human men look like hobbits when sitting at his table. That’s illustrator and designer John Howe at the table, above.

To shoot the film, Jackson’s crew built the entire outsized home, complete with gigantic furniture and props, so that the characters would look appropriately small in Beorn’s surroundings. A new featurette shows off the house, and as is the case with so many of the behind the scenes videos for Jackson’s tour of Middle-Earth, is a good way to spend a few minutes.  Read More »

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Monday, November 4 was a fine day for Tolkien nerds. In addition to releasing details on the extended scenes from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and new posters and a new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros. also hosted a multi-city fan event attended by Peter Jackson and several cast members.

The director kicked off the proceedings with his latest production diary (which you can see after the jump), followed by a Q&A with fans all across the globe. However, the real centerpiece of the event was in the new footage they showed — six scenes’ worth, totaling roughly twenty minutes. We also got to hear the new theme by Ed Sheeran, “I See Fire.” Hit the jump for highlights from the event plus a footage recap.

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Today Peter Jackson and some of the cast of The Hobbit participated in a live-cast fan event, and in addition to all the new posters that hit earlier today, part of the proceedings was the debut of a new three-minute trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

There’s a hell of a lot here: from prophecy and adventure to a strong showing from Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, more uncertainty from Martin Freeman as Bilbo, and conflicting senses of determination from Gandalf, Smaug, goblins, and more. It looks like things are really going to come to a head here, which leads one to wonder just what will be left for the third movie. Until we get answers to some big questions, enjoy what might be the best look yet at Jackson’s fifth trip to Middle-Earth. Read More »

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The page has turned from October to November and that means the Fall movie season is really kicking into high gear. Besides all the Oscar-hopefuls, Hollywood releases a whole other block of potential blockbusters, and one of the biggest this year will be The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Peter Jackson‘s second part of The Hobbit opens December 13, and will continue the story of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and a team of dwarves on their way to reclaim the riches of the Lonely Mountain.

One new theatrical poster and seven character posters for the sequel have just been released showing the principal actors — including characters played by Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace and Luke Evans – ready for action. Check them out below. Read More »

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