New Trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG; Plus Peter Jackson and Cast Discuss the Film During Fan Q&A Event

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Earlier today, director Peter Jackson and a good chunk of his The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug cast took part in a worldwide Q&A with fans that was simulcast across the globe.  Those in attendance included Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, and Andy Serkis, who not only reprised his role as Gollum in the first film but acted as the second unit director of the entire trilogy.  The discussion covered a variety of Hobbit-related subjects, including the 10 weeks of additional shooting this summer, what classic fiction character inspired Lilly’s performance, when we’ll see The Lord of the Rings trilogy blooper reels, and more.  Additionally, a new trailer was unveiled that has now been released online.

Hit the jump for a recap of the highlights from the event, a video of the event itself, and the new Laketown-heavy trailer.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.

7 Character Posters for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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We’re only a little over a month away from the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (holy hell, where did the year go?), and Warner Bros. is continuing to release character posters for the movie (just as they do with all their blockbusters).  This time, they have posters for Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) as well as new characters Bard (Luke Evans), Thranduil (Lee Pace), and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly).  How is Thorin, the guy fighting to reclaim his home, the only one here who’s not holding a weapon?  Even Thranduil has tiny knives.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 13th.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Fan Event Set for November 4th, Featuring Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis and More

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The second installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy may not hit theaters until December 13th, but fans around the world will be able to see the cast, crew and new footage from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug during a fan event on November 4th.  In addition to the debut of some first-look footage, the event will include a Q&A with Jackson and stars Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, and, of course, Andy Serkis.  CNN’s Anderson Cooper will host the event kicking off Monday, November 4, at 5:00 pm EST in New York, with live satellite feeds from Los Angeles, London and Wellington, along with an online stream accessible to fans around the world.  Check out all the details after the jump.

First 2 TV Spots for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Fresh off last week’s new trailer debut, Warner Bros. has released the first two TV spots for director Peter Jackson’s sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and if An Unexpected Journey’s marketing campaign is any indication, this is only the beginning of what’s sure to be a serious onslaught of Hobbit goodness.  Both TV spots are essentially shorter versions of the new trailer, but it looks like there are a couple bits of new footage in each.  The spots also advertise the HFR 3D release of the film, and I’m interested to see how wide the studio’s HFR release will go.  For An Unexpected Journey only a portion of the nation’s theaters were HFR ready, but WB promised that number to be larger by the time Smaug opened.

Hit the jump to take a look at the TV spots.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, and many more.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.

Hear Smaug Slither and Speak in New Trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Plus Two New Banners

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug along with two new banners.  The trailer is jam-packed with action as well as the new plot threads including Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel’s (Evangeline Lilly) love affair, and Bard (Luke Evans) warning Thorin (Richard Armitage) to stay away or else Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) will come to destroy everyone.  We also get a listen to more Smaug dialogue, and unsurprisingly, Cumberbatch nails it.  There’s a lot of good stuff in this trailer, and I hope it comes together to create a strong middle chapter for The Hobbit trilogy.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan TurnerThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.

New Banner for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG; New Trailer to Be Released Tomorrow [UPDATE: 2 More Banners Added]

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Warner Bros. has announced that The Hobbit fans will get another look at the middle chapter in the trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, tomorrow.  In the meantime, those fans can enjoy Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the dwarves fighting through a tangled web of Mirkwood spiders.  It could be a really fun sequence that plays like an expanded version of the Shelob scene from Return of the King.  Or it could be something completely different.  Either way, it’s dwarves battlin’ giant spiders.  Sounds good to me.

Hit the jump to check out the banner, and come back tomorrow morning to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, Orlando Bloom, and Evangeline LillyThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th. [Update: Warner Bros. has released two more banners featuring Lee Pace as the Elvenking, Thranduil, and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman.  You can check out the banners after the jump.]

Josh Brolin, Joe Manganiello, Ryan Gosling, and More in the Mix to Play Batman in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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Well that didn’t take long.  Just yesterday a report surfaced that Warner Bros. was looking to cast an older actor as Batman in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman, and now a shortlist of actors that the studio is reportedly eyeing to don the cowl has surfaced.  For this new film, Warner Bros. is said to be looking to capture the tone of the Batman/Superman relationship from Frank Miller’s graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, so that gives us a head start as to what kind of Batman the studio is trying to cast.

It’s decidedly early in the process since David S. Goyer has only just started working on the screenplay for the superhero pic, but there appears to be an eclectic list of names that the studio and Snyder are beginning to consider.  Hit the jump to read on.

8 New High-Resolution Images from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Hot on the heels of today’s teaser trailer debut, Warner Bros. has released a batch of new high-resolution images from director Peter Jackson’s sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  These photos pretty much lay out the main characters from the second entry in the trilogy adaptation of the beloved J.R.R. Tolkein novel, as we see the return of Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, and Richard Armitage as well as Hobbit newbies Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, and Luke Evans.

Hit the jump to browse the new images, and click here if you missed the trailer.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, IMAX, and HFR on December 13th.

First Teaser Trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  The film is a continuation of the story that began with last year’s An Unexpected Journey, and this trailer gives us a pretty extensive peek at what’s in store for the second installment in Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy.  In addition to the return of Orlando Bloom‘s Legolas, we get a look at the new characters played by Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel), Lee Pace (Thranduil), and Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), as well as a nice tease of the titular dragon Smaug.  I may be misremembering just how CG-heavy An Unexpected Journey was, but there appears to be a rather exhaustive use of the technology here in Smaug.  Hopefully some of the more spotty-looking shots can be cleaned up in time for December, when audiences will once again be given the opportunity to see The Hobbit at 48 frames-per-second.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to check out 8 high-resolution images from the pic.  The film also stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan Turner.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, IMAX, and HFR on December 13th.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Visual and Sound Effects Featurettes Go Behind the Scenes

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Say what you will about the merits of high frame rate, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has provided some amazing visual and sound effects achievements. Now, two new featurettes have been released that take you behind the scenes of Peter Jackson’s epic adventure film and show you how much effort went in to those creations. Whether it’s the practical costumes and make-up of the Hobbit, Dwarf, Elf or Wizard characters, or the purely digital creations of Trolls, Orcs and Gobilns, the visual effects continue to exist on the leading edge of technology. And while Adam Chitwood, Matt Goldberg and I disagreed on the effectiveness of some of the visuals in The Hobbit, each of us was on board with the score, musical cues and sound effects in the film. Hit the jump to check out two featurettes that delve into these arts (presuming you’ve seen the film already). 

TOP 5: MAN OF STEEL, THE HOBBIT Interviews, PACIFIC RIM, GANGSTER SQUAD Set Visit, AFTER EARTH

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I offered a similar sentiment following the tragedy at Aurora, CO back in July and I’ll do the same today: the event that unfolded yesterday in Newtown, CT is inexcusable and genuinely heartbreaking, even from a distance. The optimist in me wants to believe that any negative situation can be used to educate and improve the world we live in going forward. In this case, I’m hopeful but unsure that’s possible. On behalf of everyone here at Collider, I want to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who were lost yesterday.

As petty as it may seem, I feel fortunate to be able to offer a bit of diversion to your day with this week’s Top 5. Included in a trailer-heavy rotation this week is a new cut from Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel, The Hobbit interviews with Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis and more, the first trailer for Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, Andre’s coverage from his Gangster Squad set visit, and the first look at Will Smith and Jaden Smith gallivanting across the human unfriendly Mother Earth found in M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth. A brief recap and link to each will greet you after the jump.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Review

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Technology will march forward.  That march usually involves something getting trampled along the way.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is underfoot of  horrible 48fps 3D, also known as HFR 3D (High Frame Rate 3D).  Billed as a technology to sharpen 3D and reduce the headaches it can cause, HFR 3D has crippled Peter Jackson‘s return to Middle-earth.  Without the atrocious visuals, Jackson’s film is still slightly repetitive and bloated, but the magic mostly remains intact.  But under HFR 3D, the journey looks like a cheap soap opera on fast forward with crappy digital effects.

Richard Armitage Talks THE HOBBIT, Transforming into the Dwarf Leader, Thorin, and Filming Additional Footage for the Sequels

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With Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opening this weekend, I recently got to interview some of the cast and filmmakers in New York City and every day this week I’ll be posting an exclusive interview.  Yesterday I posted Andy Serkis and today it’s Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thráin, son of Thrór, King Under the Mountain.

During the interview, Armitage talked about his reaction to seeing The Hobbit for the first time, what it was like to transform his physical appearance, what’s been the biggest surprise making The Hobbit trilogy, whether or not he is looking forward to the additional filming next year, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Clip from THE HOBBIT Features Singing Dwarves; New TV Spot for GANGSTER SQUAD Reveals More Footage

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If you’re still hungry for more footage from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and can’t wait until it opens this Friday, then you’ll enjoy this new clip featuring the company of Dwarves singing a melancholy tune. It’s lovely out of context, but becomes much more powerful once you’re in the thick of it and have seen the Dwarves’ backstory.

We’re exactly one month away from the debut of Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad and a new TV spot has been released to remind you of that fact. This piece shows off more footage from the crime drama that sets the villainous gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) against the combined handsomeness of Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling. Hit the jump to check out both videos. 

Watch: 13-Minute Preview for THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Loaded with New Footage and Interviews

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Our return to Middle Earth is now just over a week away, but if you can’t wait that long a 13-minute preview/featurette for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has landed online to quench your thirst for all things Tolkein.  The preview boasts a great deal of new footage and interviews with the cast (including Elijah Wood) and director Peter Jackson.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette, and click here to read Dave’s review of the film.  The pic stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett and Andy SerkisThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in 3D December 14th.

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