The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been in theaters for a couple of weeks now, but director Peter Jackson has one last production video diary to share before 2013 comes to a close. This latest video focuses on the music of Desolation of Smaug, as we see composer Howard Shore discuss the litany of themes that he wrote for the film. Interestingly, Jackson opted to record the score for the film down in New Zealand at the Wellington Town Hall, where Shore handed the reigns to someone else to conduct the orchestration. We see in the video that Jackson actually constructed a mini post-production studio in the town hall so he could perform the editing of There and Back Again at the same time that he was overseeing the orchestration of the Smaug score.
Hit the jump to watch the latest video. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is in theaters now, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again will open in theaters on December 17, 2014.
One year after The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey set new records for a December release, The Desolation of Smaug is opening in line with expectations – without setting a new record, in other words. The second chapter in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy earned an estimated $73.7 million from 3,903 locations, or the fourth-highest December debut of all time.
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What began as a way to keep my mind off of my upcoming fantasy football playoff matchup has blossomed into a full-on love affair. Over the past week I’ve watched a considerable amount of Parks and Recreation via Netflix and I couldn’t be happier with my time killer of choice. I’ve made it through the first three seasons, all of which have delivered consistent laughs and excellent character moments (Ron’s inability to resist his ex-wife and Leslie’s attempt to stay awake during Pawnee Cares’ diabetes telethon come to mind). I’ll admit that my television viewing is often marred by my own skepticism. When Parks debuted, I watched the first few episodes and wrote it off as cutting and pasting The Office‘s format into a small town, local government setting. These last few days I’ve realized that’s almost exactly what Parks is and yet I couldn’t care less because it’s smart, funny, and endearing at nearly every turn.
My new found love of Parks and Recreation now officially on the record, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug interviews and review, the first trailer for director Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla, a recap of Steve’s visit to the set of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, several bits of news out of the Terminator reboot camp, and the first trailer for The Wachowski Siblings‘ latest Jupiter Ascending. What comes next is a brief recap and link to each of the above.
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 Smaug. Unexpected 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.
When director Steven Spielberg’s animated pic The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn was first announced, Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson made it clear that their intention was to switch roles on a proposed sequel, with Jackson then taking the helm as director and Spielberg assuming the role of producer. Though not a massive success domestically, Tintin did swell business overseas, raking in a worldwide total of $373.9 million. We’ve been hearing from both Spielberg and Jackson that they still plan on making the Tintin sequel for the past couple of years now, but production has yet to begin. The latest we heard was from Spielberg earlier this year, who said they were hoping to have the follow-up ready for a 2015 release.
So what’s the holdup? Well you can chalk it up to Jackson expanding his The Hobbit adaptation to three films. The director recently provided an update on Tintin, revealing that he plans on moving back on to Tintin once he’s finished with The Hobbit. Hit the jump to read on.
With director Peter Jackson’s second film in his The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opening in a week, Warner Bros. has provided us with five clips and fourteen minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. The film 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 dragon Smaug and he delivers a great performance.
I saw a screening a few days ago and am happy to report it’s fantastic. The film is almost non-stop action and I think the people that had issues with first film are going to love this one. In addition, the film features some unbelievable set pieces, with one sequence causing my theater to erupt in applause when it ended. Get ready for a great ride that you should definitely see in 3D. Hit the jump to watch the clips and behind-the-scenes footage.
With a little over a week to go before the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, director Peter Jackson has unveiled one last production blog to take fans behind the scenes of the second installment of his The Hobbit trilogy (though Jackson notes there will be one more blog before the end of the year). The beginning of the video gives a peek into the filming of the scenes featuring the titular dragon, and it’s interesting to see that during principal photography, Jackson still hadn’t settled on a final design for Smaug. Nevertheless, we get to see Martin Freeman reacting to the intimidating voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, who makes a cameo in the video. We also get a look at the goings-on in Lake-Town featuring Stephen Fry, and the process by which Jackson “shot” many of the digitally enhanced Smaug sequences.
Hit the jump to take a look at the production blog, and click here to peruse a large batch of high-resolution images from the film. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 13th.
Last month, Peter Jackson and some of the cast from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug did a Q&A with fans that was simulcast across the globe, and they’ll be talking directly to the fans again later today. Jackson and stars Richard Armitage (who plays the dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield) and Evangeline Lilly (who plays the elf Tauriel) will be doing at Google Hangout at 10:15 PST. If you plan to ask them a question, make sure it’s the most obscure, esoteric question possible. If you stump them, you win! Your prize is awkward silence.
Hit the jump to watch the Google Hangout. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 13th.
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 Turner. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.
Director Peter Jackson has released a new production video that takes viewers behind the scenes of The Hobbit trilogy, this time focusing on this summer’s additional shooting for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The video actually premiered during last night’s live fan Q&A event (read a recap here), and it delves into the “pickups” that took place over the course of 10 weeks during May, June, and July of this year. Andy Serkis served as the second unit director on principal photography of The Hobbit (back when it was two films), but he was busy with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes this summer so Jackson’s longtime collaborator Christian Rivers stepped in to take over the second unit on the pickups. The video features a nice peek behind the curtain, which includes some great outtakes by a clearly frustrated Ian McKellen.
Hit the jump to watch the production video. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.
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.
With a little over a month to go before The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in theaters, director Peter Jackson is reaching out to fans to take part in a live Q&A about the second film in his The Hobbit trilogy. The event will begin today, November 4th at 5pm ET, at which point Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis will answer questions live onscreen. Jackson will be in New Zealand for the event, while the cast will be split between New York and London, but everyone will be taking part in the Q&A at the same time—thanks technology!
You can watch the event live starting at 5pm ET after the jump. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.
Since its release, the one criticism leveled most consistently against The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was its length. Eager to fill the giant void in their profit margins left by the departure of Harry Potter, Warner Bros leveraged a three-film cycle out of Peter Jackson, stretching J.R.R. Tolkien’s comparatively slim novel far past its breaking point. The result was a pretty good film in a lot of ways, but one whose flabby center and general overindulgence prevented it from joining the pantheon of greats occupied by The Lord of the Rings. As you may have gathered, adding another fifteen minute doesn’t exactly improve matters. Hit the jump for my full review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition Blu-ray.
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.
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.