Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace Talk THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

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With the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, now in theaters, I got to sit down with Martin FreemanRichard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando BloomEvangeline Lilly and Lee Pace at the London press junket.  During the interviews they talked about what the world premiere after party was like, what they’d ask J. R. R. Tolkien about their characters and The Lord of the Rings universe, embarrassing moments from the set (which includes Martin Freeman telling a very funny story), deleted scenes and what might be on the extended edition Blu-ray, and more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Review

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At one point in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Dwalin (Graham McTavish) tells a greedy, paranoid Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), “You are lesser now than you have ever been.”  The same could be said to director and co-writer Peter Jackson and the conclusion of his prequel trilogy.  In an interview with EW earlier this year, Jackson stressed that it was important to keep cutting back to main characters during the action scenes, “otherwise the audience gets battle fatigue.”  He should have taken his own advice as this trilogy is clearly spent and left with almost nothing but hollow spectacle, hypocrisy, poor characterization, and at times becoming an outright embarrassment.  If The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of cinema’s best, then Battle of the Five Armies cements The Hobbit trilogy as one of its most disappointing.

Richard Armitage Talks THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, Deleted Scenes, What He Would Ask J. R. R. Tolkien, Embarrassing Moments on Set, More

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Now playing in select territories and opening in North America Wednesday is the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  Unlike the first two installments of The Hobbit, the final chapter is almost non-stop action and features some incredible sequences that fans of The Lord of the Rings will absolutely love.  In addition, if you have the chance to see it in 3D, the added ticket price is worth it for this movie.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard ArmitageEvangeline LillyLuke EvansBenedict CumberbatchStephen FryCate BlanchettIan HolmChristopher LeeHugo WeavingKen StottJames Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom.

At last week’s London press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Richard Armitage.  He talked about what he always remembers about making the movies, some of his deleted scenes, what he would ask J. R. R. Tolkien, embarrassing moments from the set, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch and make sure to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies this week.  It’s great.

16 New THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Images Highlight Familiar, Battle-Worn Faces

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The final push towards the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is in full swing.  We’ve already seen a collection of new images and the first clip, and now Warner Bros. has released some additional, more revealing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies images that evoke a somber, dark tone.  The first reviews for the film are mostly quite positive, with many singling out The Battle of the Five Armies as the best of the Hobbit trilogy.  That’s certainly encouraging to hear, and with Peter Jackson revealing that there will be around 30 minutes of additional footage on the Extended Edition, fans should rest easy when hearing that the theatrical cut of The Battle of the Five Armies is also the shortest Middle-earth film yet at 144 minutes.

Check out the intriguing new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies images after the jump.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard ArmitageEvangeline LillyLuke EvansBenedict CumberbatchStephen FryCate BlanchettIan HolmChristopher LeeHugo WeavingKen StottJames Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

New THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Images Prepare for War

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Believe it or not, the final chapter in director Peter Jackson’s J.R.R. Tolkein saga, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, opens in theaters in just a little over two weeks.  The film revolves around five armies that descend upon the Lonely Mountain in order to claim its now unguarded treasure.  These images show plenty of characters either preparing for battle or in the midst of battle, and it certainly looks to be the darkest film of Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy.  My completionist nature compels me to see The Battle of the Five Armies, but I can’t say I have much excitement or anticipation for the film itself.  I’d love to be pleasantly surprised by the final installment, but the trilogy thus far has been sadly underwhelming so it’s tough to muster any significant emotion about the conclusion of Jackson’s second foray into Middle-earth.  Nevertheless, I’m sure there are those out there who have taken a liking to The Hobbit series, and I imagine they’re eager to see how this thing closes out.

Take a look at the new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies images after the jump.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, 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 Bloom.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

First THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES TV Spot Has Trolls, Flying Creatures, and Lots of Arrows

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Hot on the heels of a new trailer debut, Warner Bros. has released the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies TV spot, giving us another look at director Peter Jackson’s new animated feature.  I kid, but these Hobbit films have become increasingly reliant on CG technology to bring not only creatures and backgrounds to life but full environments, and this latest TV spot is flush with animation-filled shots.  Obviously this kind of technology is necessary in order to depict the titular battle, which involves factions from all over Middle-earth descending upon the now unguarded Lonely Mountain in order to claim its treasure.  And in the middle of it all is one small Hobbit, Mr. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman).  Will he survive the battle and be able to return to Hobbiton in order to transform into Ian Holm?  There’s really no way of knowing until we see the film next month.

Watch the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies TV spot after the jump.  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 Bloom.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

The Onslaught of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Posters and Banners Continues

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Have you had enough of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies posters and banners yet?  Of course not!  Science shows that unless a movie has at least 23 posters, it will drastically underperform at the box office.  Thankfully, in addition to all of the other posters Warner Bros. has recently released for the movie, we now have three more posters along with three banners.  With this many posters and banners, how can you not see this movie?

Hit the jump to check out the new posters and banners.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, and Luke Evans with Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 17th.

New THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Character Posters Featuring Legolas, Thorin, Tauriel, Bard, and Thranduil

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Warner Bros. has been releasing a new Hobbit poster every day for some time now, so we figured now was a good time to round up the latest The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies character posters in one convenient location.  The concluding installment in Peter Jackson’s trilogy will no doubt feature a battle of epic proportions as the title suggests, and indeed Thorin (Richard Armitage) and Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) look pretty roughed up in their posters.  The elves, curiously, don’t have a scratch on them.  Then again, when you’re as pretty as Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, and Evangeline Lilly, it’s hard not to look good no matter the circumstances.

Take a look at the latest The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies character posters after the jump.  The film also stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, and Benedict CumberbatchThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 17th.

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.

INTO THE STORM Clip Shows Sarah Wayne Callies and Richard Armitage Getting Too Close to an Incoming Tornado

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We’ve come a long way since Twister’s flying cows.  We’ve already seen loads of destruction in the first two trailers for Steven Quale’s Into the Storm and also read quite a bit about it in Dave’s set visit reports, but now it’s time to get a sense of what just a single one of these tornados is capable of in the very first clip from the film.

When the town of Silverton is ravaged by a freak onslaught of twisters, Sarah Wayne Callies’ Allison, a meteorologist working alongside a team of storm chasers, is pretty much asking to have an up close and personal encounter with a vicious cyclone and, sure enough, she winds up getting closer than anyone.  Hit the jump to see what happens in the first Into the Storm clip.  The film will arrive in theaters on August 8th in 2D and IMAX, and also stars Richard Armitage, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-CareyArlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle DavisJon Reep, and Scott Lawrence.

Richard Armitage Talks INTO THE STORM, How the Story Incorporates Found Footage, Character Interaction, Wire/Waterwork & Practical Effects

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While you may recognize Richard Armitage from his role in The Hobbit movies, the English actor gets to enjoy a shorter make-up time and a taller stature in Steven Quale’s tornado picture, Into the Storm.  Serving as the film’s male lead, Armitage plays the more down-to-earth but no less heroic Gary Morris, a high school vice principal and football coach who must track down his missing son after a tornado rips through their small town.

While on the Detroit set, I joined a small group of visiting journalists in interviewing Armitage about his character, his motivation and preparation, and the activity level his role required.  He also teased a bit about his experience filming Peter Jackson’s fantasy films.  Also starring Sarah Wayne CalliesMatt WalshAlycia Debnam-CareyArlen EscarpetaMax DeaconNathan KressJeremy SumpterKyle Davis, and Jon ReepInto the Storm opens August 8th.  Be sure to check out the film’s recently released trailer here.  Hit the jump for more from Armitage.  Spoilers follow.

INTO THE STORM Trailer: Lots of Tornadoes Destroy a Small Town

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New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures have released a new Into the Storm trailer.  The film concerns a group of extreme storm chasers who document the “storm of the century” when it hits a small town.  And judging by the trailer that really seems to be about all there is.  I don’t see much in the way of characters or a plot beyond a father trying to save his son, who’s trapped under rubble.  It seems like a bunch of visual effects guys got together, and wanted to make a movie about tornados destroying stuff.  If that was their goal, they have succeeded.

Hit the jump to check out the new Into the Storm trailer.  The film stars    Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, and Jon ReepInto the Storm opens August 8th.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Blu-ray Review

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The prospect of Peter Jackson directing an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit was an exciting one.  After all, this was the guy behind the brilliant Lord of the Rings trilogy, and now he had even more advanced technology at his fingertips to bring Tolkein’s world to life.  That excitement, however, was dampened by the release of the first film in Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as the result was a bloated, CG-filled disappointment that seemed to relish in meandering instead of advancing the plot.  The sequel, then, was released to significantly lowered expectations, and while Jackson’s second film is an improvement over An Unexpected Journey, it still carries many of the same faults.  Hit the jump for my The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray review.

Richard Armitage and Max Deacon Talk INTO THE STORM, the Tornado Sequences, Practical Effects, THE HOBBIT, and More at WonderCon

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Shortly before taking the WonderCon stage yesterday to promote their tornadic thriller Into the Storm, I landed an exclusive video interview with Richard Armitage and Max Deacon on the red carpet.  Directed by Steven Quale (Final Destination 5), Into the Storm aims to take audiences directly into the storm of the century when it opens August 8th.  The film also stars  Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep, and Scott Lawrence.  For more on the film, read our recap of the panel.

During the interview Armitage and Deacon talked about who they play, the tornado sequences, practical effects, bone structure, and more.  In addition, Armitage revealed he’s yet to see any footage from The Hobbit: There and Back Again and how he’s recording his ADR this summer.  Hit the jump to watch.

WonderCon: INTO THE STORM Panel Recap Featuring Director Steven Quale, Richard Armitage, Arlen Escarpeta, Jeremy Sumpter and Max Deacon

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“What would it actually be like if you were in the eye of a tornado.”  At WonderCon 2014, Warner Brothers presented select footage from their upcoming found footage release Into the Storm.  You’ve probably seen a teaser for the film already – and if not, see it here.  The under-the-radar film concerns a group of extreme storm chasers who document the ‘storm-of-the-century’ when it hits a small town.  Basically it’s ‘Twister On Steroids’. Filmmaker Steven Quale (Final Destination 5) and stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit trilogy), Arlen Escarpeta (Friday the 13th), Jeremy Sumpter (Peter Pan) & Max Deacon (I, Anna) were on hand to discuss the intense shoot, the found footage genre and ol’ Twister (aside: isn’t it odd how that Jan De Bont flick has become somewhat of a cult classic in recent years).  For a full recap of the footage shown and bullet point highlights of the Q&A, hit the jump.

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