hobbit movie problems

Even the most ardent defenders of Peter Jackson‘s three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit acknowledge that none of them come close to matching the highs of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Something about them just feels off from frame one, like something important is missing. Whatever spark made the first trilogy such a magical experience is missing here.

And it’s now apparent that no one knows this more than Jackson himself. In a new special feature on the newly released extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the Oscar-winning filmmaker is completely honest about his experience on the films and how a rushed schedule sapped his spirit. You will never see a filmmaker look more tired, lost and despondent than you will here. It’s genuinely heartbreaking.

Keep on reading to sort through the various Hobbit movie problems with Peter Jackson as your tour guide.

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The Hobbit LEGO Erebor

Next month brings the new video game LEGO Dimensions, linking the world’s of the LEGO versions of Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Scooby-Doo, Lord of the Rings and more. But I’m not even sure the LEGO video game world will be as massive or impressive as this latest creation.

LEGO master builder Michal Kazmierczak has constructed a 120,000 piece The Hobbit LEGO Erebor set, and you won’t believe how big and detailed this creation is. Even more impressive is that it’s not just an exterior LEGO creation, but it also has an incredible interior as well. I can’t even imagine how much this cost to create. Read More »

The Hobbit trilogy extended edition in theaters

Earlier this month, we learned Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy would be returning to theaters in October, but it would be the extended edition of each film on the big screen this time, marking the first time the longer editions of the film have played in theaters. However, official details on the screenings were still a little hazy today.

But that’s changed as Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Pictures have just announced the official dates for The Hobbit trilogy extended edition in theaters, and they’ve also released a trailer for the event which you can watch below! Read More »

The Hobbit rated R

When we heard an extended version The Hobbit trilogy would be coming to theaters in the fall with the unveiling of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies extended edition, it wasn’t all that exciting of news, if only because the new trilogy just isn’t as good as Lord of the Rings and the last thing anyone wanted was for those movies to be longer.

However, our interest in at least the third film in the longer version of the franchise might be piqued as The Battle of the Five Armies extended edition has reportedly been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America. Find out more about The Hobbit rated R after the jump! Read More »

The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition

If you thought you were done with Peter Jackson‘s trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, think again. The Hobbit trilogy will be returning to theaters this fall, but in the longer extended edition format that until now has only been available on home video.

Hit the jump to find out when you can catch The Hobbit trilogy extended edition theatrical release! Read More »

UnReal Estate art show

Just because Germain Lussier is no longer part of the SlashFilm crew doesn’t mean we’ve lost interest in awesome artwork inspired by film and television. In fact, one of our favorite artists has an awesome new art show coming up inspired by some of your favorite movie locations.

Tim Doyle is unveiling a new show called UnReal Estate at the Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco, California on July 2nd. And in case you haven’t guessed from the show’s name, it will feature artwork inspired by some of the most famous locations from the big screen. Doyle has previously focused on TV locations for this kind of show, but this time he’s focusing on cinema.

Check out some of the UnReal Estate art show pieces after the jump! Read More »

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Biggest Movie Sets

Nowadays, with the advent of realistic visual effects, most big movie sets are actually just digital extensions of much smaller practical sets and locations. However, in the earliest days of cinema, some of the biggest epics actually had to physically create massive sets. And if you’ve ever wondered just how big some of the most massive sets in cinema’s history have been, we have an infographic that takes a look at some of the biggest movie sets that we’ve ever seen on the big screen. Check out the list below! Read More »

Matt Ferguson bottleneck

You probably know Matt Ferguson‘s work. He did the popular Guardians of the Galaxy/Star Wars mashup. He did these beautiful Star Wars and Lord of the Rings prints. He’s got an great eye for pop culture but, more important, the space a pop culture character inhabits. That’ll be the focus of his first solo show, Distant Lands, which opens Friday March 27 at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

Ferguson has created 10 new screenprints and 24 original pieces all showing pop culture characters in various, vast environments. Some of these – like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings – you’ve probably already seen. However, /Film is happy to exclusively reveal the bulk of the show including pieces for The Fifth Element, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Superman, The Hobbit, The Neverending Story, Forbidden Planet and Silent Running.

See the Matt Ferguson Bottleneck Gallery solo exhibit below. Read More »

Lord of the Rings theme park

Many groups of fantasy fans have places they can visit in order to play in their preferred world. Harry Potter fans have theme parks and museums. DC fans can go to Six Flags. Marvel and Star Wars are owned by Disney, so those will eventually be covered. But what about Lord of the Rings fans? Sure, they can go to New Zealand where Peter Jackson’s movies were filmed, but that’s more of a sightseeing trip. Where’s the action?

They action may be coming to Spain. The town of Rincon de la Victoria recently announced it will be building a theme part called “La Comarca,” which is a rough translation of The Shire. Read more about the Lord of the Rings theme park below. Read More »