Comic-Con: Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom Talk THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

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From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the third in a trilogy of films that bring the masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, to life.  It is an epic conclusion to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves, who have reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, but have unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.  And there are even greater dangers ahead, as darkness converges on their escalating conflict, and the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must either unite or be destroyed while the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom spoke to press at a conference, in which they talked about why the title of the third film changed, the progression of the tone, from the first film to this one, perfecting the voices of Smaug and Gollum, the creation of Tauriel, the experience of revisiting characters from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and how long it might be before any of the films get remade.  Peter Jackson also talked about why The Silmarillion will probably never get adapted for film, and how he feels about a new King Kong film.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Trailer and Poster: Peter Jackson’s Trilogy Concludes in Epic Fashion

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Warner Bros. has released the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer for the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy.  This is the trailer they showed us at Comic-Con on Saturday, and it’s interesting to see how the prequel trilogy is trying to pull into The Lord of the Rings by using “The Steward of Gondor”, which was sung by Pippin (Billy Boyd) in The Return of the King.  The song still works here because it’s sad and somber, but the line that sticks with me from this trailer is when Thorin asks his company, “Will you follow me one last time?”  It’s a line that’s really directed towards the audience, but there’s a weariness to it that’s surprising.  It’s almost like saying, “Well, we’ve already come this far.  May as well finish it out.”

Check out the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer and new poster after the jump, and click here to read our full Comic-Con panel recap.  The film stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando BloomThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

Christopher Plummer to Lead REMEMBER; Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, More Join DIGGING FOR FIRE; Anton Yelchin Set for VINCENT & ROXXY

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With the Cannes Film Festival on the horizon, a number of casting announcements are being made.  Here’s the latest:

  • Christopher Plummer will lead director Atom Egoyan’s thriller Remember alongside Martin Landau.
  • Drinking Buddies director Joe Swanberg just wrapped his latest film, Digging for Fire, as Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Mike Birbiglia, and Jenny Slate have been revealed as additions to the cast.
  • Anton Yelchin will star in the indie Vincent & Roxxy alongside Megalyn Echikunwoke.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Review

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After the disappointing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, director Peter Jackson has found his way back to ruling in Middle-earth with the sequel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugUnexpected Journey gave us the comfort food of familiar locales, but the story lacked urgency.  Desolation of Smaug reveals that while Unexpected Journey may have been a somewhat tedious set-up, the payoff is a fleet-footed, thrilling second chapter that confidently expands the world instead of creeping around the one Jackson previously created in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

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

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Warner Bros. has released a large batch of high-resolution images from director Peter Jackson’s second film in his The Hobbit trilogy.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves as they move forward on their quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, all the while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) investigates a disturbing presence that may be returning to Middle Earth.  Smaug introduces a host of new characters like Bard (Luke Evans), the Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry), and the elves Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lily), but the film also sees the return of Lord of the Rings favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom).  Moreover, Benedict Cumberbatch brings to life the titular dragon Smaug in what’s sure to be one intense confrontation.

Hit the jump to peruse the new high-resolution images.  The film also stars Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, 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, IMAX 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.

Two New Images, 5 Posters, and End Credits Song from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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We’re a little over a month away from the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and the marketing continues to ramp up.  On Monday, we got a new trailer along with a live fan Q&A with Peter Jackson and the cast.  Yesterday, there was a new production blog, and today we have two more images along with the end credits theme, “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran.  I presume that’s an abbreviated version of the full title, “I See Fire because It’s Coming out of the Mouth of the Giant Talking Dragon”.  Like a large portion of the marketing for Desolation of Smaug, these images highlight Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) because the characters are shiny and new.  As for the song, it doesn’t really do anything for me, but maybe it will work better after seeing the movie (I felt that way with Emiliana Torrini‘s “Gollum’s Song” from The Two Towers).

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

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.

Orlando Bloom Talks Returning to Middle Earth, Legolas’ Relationship with his Father, and More on the Set of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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I never thought I’d interview Legolas (Orlando Bloom) on the set of a Hobbit movie in New Zealand.  I figured this for two reasons: J. R. R. Tolkien only introduced the character in The Lord of the Rings (which takes place sixty years after The Hobbit), and I never thought I’d be lucky enough to visit the set.  But back in 2012, when Peter Jackson and his amazing team were filming The Hobbit, I got to visit Middle-earth with a few other online reporters.  As I said in my set report last year, it was an amazing experience and something I’ll never forget.

During a break in filming, I got to participate in a group interview with Orlando Bloom.  During the wide-ranging conversation he talked about his reaction to being back on set, the difference between Legolas in The Hobbit versus Lord Of The Rings, the new technology being used in the films, how we’ll learn about his character’s enmity towards dwarves, if he has any “holy shit” moments, his relationship with his father and the father-son rivalry, and so much more.  If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings, I promise you’ll love this interview.  Hit the jump to check it out.

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.

First Images from George Clooney’s MONUMENTS MEN; Plus New Images from AMERICAN HUSTLE and THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG [Updated]

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New images from three highly anticipated fall films have landed online.  Briefly:

  • The Monuments Men – The first official image from George Clooney’s latest directorial effort highlights the swell ensemble cast of the WWII heist movie, featuring Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Bob Balaban.  The film opens in theaters on December 18th.
  • American Hustle – Another new image from Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell’s next film shows off even more of the early 1980s fashions donned by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper.  The film opens wide on December 25th.
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – A new image from the second film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy takes a break from the dwarves as we get another look at Orlando Bloom’s Legolas and Evangeline Lily’s Tauriel.  The film opens on December 13th.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images. [Update: We've added a batch of more images from The Monuments Men, including a first look at Cate Blanchett's character.]

New Behind-the-Scenes Images from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Even though it’s still six months away, it feels like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will soon be upon us.  The marketing is ramping up, and new behind-the-scenes images have been released from the upcoming sequel.  Like we saw from the trailer, the second film is going to go heavy on the elves with Legolas (Orlando Bloom) returning along with the introduction of Thranduil (Lee Pace), the Elvenking and Legolas’ father, as well as original character, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly).  I assume the marketing is saving the Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) stuff until closer to the release date.

Hit the jump to check out some of the behind-the-scenes images.  The film also stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, 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.

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.

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