When I walked out of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first thing I said to someone was “After they release the other two movies, some fan will edit a cut of the three films into a great three hour movie.” Its funny how things change — with the Lord of the Rings films we were clamoring for extended editions, but now we think less is more (it may have something to do with the fact this is one and a half books stretched to three movies vs. three books adapted into three films).
We still haven’t gotten the third chapter of Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit adaptation, but some fan has edited the first two movies into a trailer for a mash-up movie titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of an Unexpected Journey. Lets hope that once The Hobbit: There and Back Again is released, a good editor will combine the three adaptations into one three-hour-long movie cut. For now, you can watch the epic mash-up The Hobbit: The Desolation of an Unexpected Journey embedded after the jump.
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The 2014 MTV Movie Award nominations have been announced, and the list could be the perfect medicine to anyone a little upset with how the Oscars turned out. Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave is among the nominees for Best Movie of the Year, but it’s joined by The Hobbit: The Desoluation of Smaug and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (along with fellow Oscar nominees American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street). Those last two led all nominees with eight apiece, followed closely by Hunger Games and…wait for it…We’re The Millers with six a piece.
As usual though, there are some fun categories and nominations for films Oscar ignored such as This Is The End, Anchorman 2, Spring Breakers, The Spectacular Now, Fruitvale Station and others. Below, check out the full list of 2014 MTV Movie Award Nominations. Read More »
Rest assured that when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits Blu-ray on April 8, there will be hours of behind the scenes footage to illustrate in exhaustive detail the process of creating the film. But of all the possible views on the process of building The Desolation of Smaug, the one we’re perhaps most keen to learn about is the process of bringing its titular dragon to life.
A new featurette shows a bit of that process, including just a bit of footage of Benedict Cumberbatch in a mo-cap suit doing some all-in physical performance for Smaug. Oh, and in case you need some size reference for Smaug, one of his creators explains that he’s twice the size of a jumbo jet. Check out the video after the break. Read More »
The Soundworks Collection has released a 10 minute behind the scenes documentary on the sound of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
In this SoundWorks Collection sound profile we visit Park Road Post Studios in Wellington, New Zealand to talk with the sound team of Director Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. Featured interviews include re-recording mixer Michael Hedges, re-recording mixer Chris Boyes, re-recording mixer Michael Semanick, re-recording mixer Gary Summers, composer Howard Shore, and producer and co-screenplay writer Philippa Boyens.
Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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Over the past few weeks, and for the next few months, discussions will center on the best films of 2013. I did a list, the /Filmcast did a list and innumerable others will do the same leading up to the moment the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences crowns their best film of the year with the Best Picture Oscar.
But what do even bigger audiences think? Many film fans don’t have a blog, paper or podcast to spout off on. Many of those people turn to the Internet Movie Database to vote on the films they loved best in any given year. Now, the IMDB has published their top 50 films of 2013 according to over 10,000 users. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
As Stephen Colbert, the bombastic host of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert says a lot of things that Stephen Colbert, comedian and family man, might not necessarily agree with. But one thing neither version of Colbert has ever been fake about is his enduring love for Middle-earth. No less an authority than Peter Jackson has declared Colbert the biggest “Tolkien geek” he’s ever met.
This year, Colbert’s decades-long obsession culminated in an actual role in the latest installment of Jackson’s Tolkien franchise, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But you’d be forgiven if you failed to notice — Colbert, along with his family, appears for just the blink of an eye. Hit the jump to check out their cameos in GIF form.
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Posted on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
As eye-popping as the glittering gold piles, sinister dragon eyes, and deep, dark forests of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug are, they wouldn’t be quite as impressive without an appropriate soundtrack. That’s where Howard Shore comes in.
The Canadian composer has scored every installment of Peter Jackson‘s J.R.R. Tolkien franchise to date. For his trouble, Shore has won three Oscars — Best Original Score for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, plus Best Original Song for Return of the King‘s “Into the West.” Now he and his music are the focus of the final Hobbit production diary of 2013, which you can watch after the jump.
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With Christmas vacation quickly approaching, odds are members of your family are going to want to take a trip to Middle Earth. Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is now in theaters, and it features some incredibly gorgeous creatures. Designer Andrew Baker posted a whole bunch of the original concepts and designs of the film’s characters such as Smaug, Beorn and more. Check them out below. Read More »
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Peter Jackson‘s fifth J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation and second Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is now in theaters. It picks up right where 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey left off, with Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Thorin (Richard Armitage), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a company of Dwarves en route to the Lonely Mountain to defeat the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) and rightfully reclaim Dwarven fortune and lands.
The Desolation of Smaug not only continues that storyline, but introduces a ton of new characters and also considerably ups the level of action, giving Jackson plenty of room to play with special effects. Characters like Bard (Luke Evans), Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Legolas (Orlando Bloom, reprising the role) add even more scope, but also more story for the film to work through.
There’s lots to talk about in regards to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and here’s where you can do it. I’ve weighed in with my review but we want to hear yours. Did you think the film improved on An Unexpected Journey? Which format did you see it in? Was the effect of high frame rate any different this time out? How about the IMAX? What did you think of the additions and computer graphics? All spoilers are allowed below. Read More »