New TV Spot for THE HOBBIT; Plus Images of Entertainment Weekly’s Collector’s Issues Promising a Look at THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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As the release date for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey draws ever nearer, more and more content is being released to remind you of that fact. In addition to a new TV spot that shows off a bit of how Dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) got his name, Entertainment Weekly has also released four collector’s covers featuring the film’s major stars. The new issue, which will be available starting December 7th, also promises a look ahead at the next installment in the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett andAndy SerkisThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in 3D December 14th. Hit the jump to check out the new TV spot and magazine covers. 

New TV Spots for THE HOBBIT Show Glimpses of the Fire-Breathing Dragon, Smaug

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Just after The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’s director Peter Jackson talked about the creature design of the dragon Smaug in this interview, it looks as if we’ve got our first (brief and blurry) glimpse of the beast. Two new TV spots landed recently: one features a new bit of dialogue between Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and Gollum (Andy Serkis), the other features a bit of the destruction caused by the fire-breather. Smaug, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, is expected to appear briefly in the first film and should feature heavily in the second, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Also starring Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen and Hugo Weaving, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens December 14th. Hit the jump to check out the new TV spots. 

17 Character Posters from THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

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We have 17 awesome new character posters from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to share with you today.  They run the gamut of characters from Hobbits, to Dwarves, to Elves, to Humans, to…whatever the hell Gollum has become.  The design for each of the Dwarves is of particular interest because of the challenge of making each of them unique and memorable.  Be sure to check out Steve’s incredible set visit experience for more information on the upcoming epic film from director Peter Jackson.

Starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood and Andy SerkisThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on December 14th.  Hit the jump to check out the new posters. 

New THE HOBBIT TV Spot Proves Trolls Can Talk and Have a Taste for Hobbits

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Bilbo (Martin Freeman) gets into a bit of hot water in this new TV spot for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  It gives us a good look at the trolls that our pint-sized hero runs afoul of, though we’re sure Bilbo’s allies Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Thorin (Richard Armitage) are near at hand.  Who knew trolls were so articulate?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey also stars Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood and Cate Blanchett and opens December 14th.  Hit the jump to see the new TV spot.

Andy Serkis to Direct ANIMAL FARM Adaptation, Also Talks Directing the Second Unit for THE HOBBIT and Directing Future Films, Such as THE BONE SEASON

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Motion-capture chameleon Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) has spent the better part of a year, all told, directing the second unit of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy; he now plans to use that experience to direct a performance-capture based adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel, Animal Farm. His mo-cap studio, The Imaginarium, has secured rights to the property and will produce the film.  The studio also landed the adaptation rights to the Samantha Shannon novel, The Bone Season, which Serkis also plans to adapt.  Hit the jump to hear what he had to say on both projects, as well as commentary on directing the second unit of The Hobbit trilogy.

20 New Images from THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, Plus the Official Behind-the-Scenes App

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You know a movie is getting close to opening when the studio releases an app.  Welcome to Warner Bros.’ “Hobbit Movies,” the official app for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, starting with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  The program is chock full of behind-the-scenes media, story information, a ton of character images and production stills and even the famous map of Middle Earth.  We’ve wrangled up an image gallery, which features a lot of great looks at the dwarves in the party and the first look at Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) as the Elvish king, Thranduil (and Legolas’ father).  Hit the jump to check out the images and to find out where you can download the app.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving and Andy Serkis, opens December 14th.

THE HOBBIT Trilogy Concludes on July 18th, 2014; Second Film Now Titled THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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We can now confirm that the third installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy will open on July 18th, 2014.  The film will now be called The Hobbit: There and Back Again.  Before you get too confused, the second film has been re-titled, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  No title or release date changes have touched the first film, so, in summation:

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will open on December 14th, 2012.
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will open December 13th, 2013.
  • The Hobbit: There and Back Again will open July 18th, 2014.

Still with me? Hit the jump for more on The Hobbit shuffle.

New Images of Matt Damon and Michael Douglas from BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, Plus Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield from THE HOBBIT Trilogy

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We’ve got an odd assortment of images for you to check out today, starting with Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in costume for Behind the Candelabra, the Liberace biopic from director Steven Soderbergh.  Douglas stars as the late pianist and vocalist while Damon plays his lover, Scott Thorson.  The picture, produced by Jerry Weintraub, will debut on HBO before moving to a theatrical release.  The picture also stars Rob Lowe, Dan Aykroyd, Debbie Reynolds, and Scott Bakula.

We’ve also got a new shot of Richard Armitage (Captain America: The First Avenger) in costume as Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the dwarves in the upcoming The Hobbit trilogy from director Peter Jackson.  Hit the jump to check out all the images.

High Frame Rate Version of THE HOBBIT to See Limited Release, May Not Appear in All Major Cities

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When director Peter Jackson touted the high frame rate of 48 frames per second for his upcoming fantasy epic, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we were understandably excited.  However, the reality of the technology had the unexpected consequence of looking too real, as if one were standing on set watching a movie being filmed.  While Warner Bros. still believes that 48fps is the way of cinematic future, they’re being careful with their first major release by limiting the sites that will screen The Hobbit at the higher frame rate.  There is talk of expanding the release of future installments in 48fps dependent on audience reaction.  Hit the jump for more.

TOP 5: TOTAL RECALL, First Full SKYFALL Trailer, Guillermo del Toro Multi-Part Interview, THE HOBBIT Will Be a Trilogy, Saturn Awards Interviews

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Last week, I admitted to being among those who become hopelessly caught up in the Olympic Summer Games. One week later and things have taken an unexpected turn for the pathetic as I now find myself legitimately concerned with the “Medal Count”. As if it has any sort of bearing on my own life in any way, shape, and/or form, I’m consistently pulling for the U.S. to overtake China not only in total medals, but also in total Gold medals. In short, whether by virtue of patriotism or just sheer boredom, living vicariously through world-class athletes is what my life has come to.

Sports talk aside, awaiting you on the other end of this week’s Top 5 are brief recaps and links to Steve’s Total Recall video interviews with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and more, the first full trailer for James Bond’s Skyfall, our multi-part interview with the great Guillermo del Toro, the news that The Hobbit will be a trilogy, and all of our Saturn Awards interviews including talks with writer/director Drew Goddard and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.

THE HOBBIT 3 Currently Has No Script or Budget; Plus a Look at the Bizarre 3D Glasses for AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

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Way back in the heady days of May 2010, The Hobbit couldn’t even get off the ground due to MGM’s financial meltdown.  Now the two-part film has expanded into a trilogy, and we assumed it was because Warner Bros. and director Peter Jackson had settled on a budget to make a third film viable.  However, it turns out there is no budget nor is there a finished script which would dictate said budget.  “If anybody had been a big hindrance, it wouldn’t have happened,” says a source with ties to the movies told THR. “It was such a short window of time to make this decision, if anybody had said no, it would have been two movies.”  Apparently, Warner Bros. is making a big leap of faith that the budget won’t spin wildly out of control, and that the first two movies will be strong enough to lure audiences back for the third.

Hit the jump for more along with an image of the uncomfortable looking 3D glasses for the first part of the trilogy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  The film is due out December 14th.

It’s Official: THE HOBBIT Will Be a Trilogy; Third Installment Arrives Summer 2014 [Updated with Possible Titles]

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Last week, we reported that Peter Jackson was in serious talks with Warner Bros. on how to expand his two-part adaptation of The Hobbit into a trilogy.  The studio obviously would love to have another tent pole flick lined-up, but they also had to consider the costs of extending contracts and pouring more money into additional shooting.  There was already some bewilderment on the part of fans when Jackson wanted to develop J.R.R. Tolkien‘s relatively short novel into two movies, but the writer-director is pulling from more than just the narrative.  He’s using material from the appendices and Tolkien’s notes in an attempt to tonally “make it as similar to The Lord of the Rings,” so all the movies could be viewed as a cohesive whole.

Now it looks like Warner Bros has agreed to another trip to Middle-earth, and the third installment in The Hobbit trilogy will arrive summer 2014.  Hit the jump for more.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due out December 14th.  The Hobbit: There and Back Again is due out December 13, 2013. [Update: Possible titles for the new installment have been uncovered.  More after the jump.]

Peter Jackson Working Out Logistics for THE HOBBIT Trilogy with Producer Fran Walsh, Screenwriter Philippa Boyens and Warner Bros. Studios

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Peter Jackson has decided to return to Middle Earth for not two, but three, The Hobbit moviesWhy settle for just The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again when you can have a whole prequel trilogy as a companion to The Lord of the Rings?  That seems to be Jackson’s thought process as he and production partner Fran Walsh are currently sorting out the logistics of a third film along with screenwriter and producer, Philippa Boyens (The Lord of the Rings trilogy). Jackson had previously teased the idea at Comic-Con, but now the director is reportedly in serious discussions with Warner Bros. to get them on board for the trilogy.  Hit the jump for more details.

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