THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES: Check Out the Music Video for Billy Boyd’s “The Last Goodbye”

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Billy Boyd may not be getting any face time in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but a music video for his end credits song “The Last Goodbye” just hit the web and not only does it include Boyd’s performance, but select clips from all six Middle-earth films as well.  Even as someone who hasn’t been particularly enthusiastic about the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, the piece is still a beautiful send off that makes me look back and appreciate the time I got to spend with these characters.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies doesn’t hit theaters until December 17th, but the soundtrack with “The Last Goodbye” will be available on December 9th.

James Nesbitt Talks THE MISSING, How the Character Stayed With Him, Working On BABYLON With Brit Marling and Playing Bofur in THE HOBBIT

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The chilling new Starz drama series The Missing follows the aftermath of what happens when five year-old Oliver Hughes disappears while on holiday in France with his parents.  As you descend deeper into the mind of a father (James Nesbitt) desperate to locate his lost son, and getting help from a now retired detective (Tchéky Karyo), you follow the obsessive, nearly decade-long search to find his son and those responsible for his disappearance.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor James Nesbitt talked about how The Missing came about for him, why this story and character really stayed with him, balancing the two time frames (2006 and 2014) that the narrative is told in, the guilt that drives his character, the most challenging scenes to shoot, and how the story didn’t turn out anything like what he expected.  He also talked about the experience of doing Danny Boyle’s first TV series Babylon with Brit Marling, and what’s it like to be a part of The Hobbit films (he plays Bofur).  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Listen to a Preview of Billy Boyd’s Closing Credit Song for THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

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A few weeks ago we found out about Billy Boyd’s (aka Pippin) plan to perform “The Last Goodbye,” the closing credit song he co-wrote for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and now we’ve got a sample of the piece to share.  The song may not have the same effect as Boyd’s performance of “The Stewart of Gondor” in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King because Boyd won’t be on screen and the song also won’t be paired with such stunning imagery, but Boyd’s got an incredible voice so “The Last Goodbye” should still make for a nice treat after the action of The Battle of the Five Armies closes out the trilogy.

Hit the jump to give the preview of “The Last Goodbye” a listen.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies arrives in theaters on December 17th and stars Martin Freeman, 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.

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.

New Full-Length THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Trailer Teases Massive Spectacle, Big Emotion

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Warner Bros. has released a new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer for the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy.  The film concludes the Hobbit saga as five armies descend upon the Lonely Mountain in order to claim its now unguarded treasure, and it also acts as as prelude to Jackson’s other J.R.R. Tolkein trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.  With the release a little over a month away and the final visual effects shots coming in, this trailer goes big on the spectacle.  This thing looks absolutely massive, but there’s a strong focus on emotion and hot tempers as well, as Thorin’s desire to reclaim his people’s mountain trumps anything that stands in his way.  And yet, I still can’t shake how much CG is involved.  The film is at least 60% animated feature, and the all-CG creatures aren’t threatening in the least (one looks like a giant baby).  My hope is that the live-action character work is strong enough to overcome the “fake” feeling, but seeing as how most of the film takes place during the titular epic battle, I’m not exactly holding my breath.

Check out the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer 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 BloomThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Ending Features a 45-Minute Battle Sequence; Billy Boyd to Write and Perform End Credits Song

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With a title like The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, there are pretty high expectations for a rather epic-looking battle sequence.  Indeed, Peter Jackson has revealed that the film concludes with a 45-minute fight during the climax, as the various armies of Middle-earth all descend upon the Lonely Mountain now that the dwarven treasure of Erebor is no longer being guarded by that fearsome dragon Smaug.  Jackson is currently putting the finishing touches on the film during post-production in anticipation of its December 17th release, but he recently talked a bit about planning the final battle sequence with EW and also unveiled some rather massive-looking concept art.  Additionally, Warner Bros. has announced that Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd (aka Peregrin Took) will perform the closing credits song “The Last Goodbye”, which he co-wrote with the filmmakers.

Hit the jump for more on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies climactic action sequence as well as the end credits song, including Jackson’s thoughts on how those eagles would’ve made The Lord of the Rings much, much shorter.

Watch Air New Zealand THE HOBBIT Safety Video with Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood

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Air New Zealand is all in on the Lord of the Rings tourism industry.  They created a 5-minute safety video set in Middle Earth to show passengers before each flight with plenty of Hobbit sight gags.  Directed by Taika Waititi (Flight of the Conchords), the production values are solid and the clip is entertaining, as far as airline informational videos go.  The result will make you actually pay attention to the safety instructions on your next flight to New Zealand.

Watch the video—featuring appearances by Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Sylvester McCoy, Dean O’Gorman, and Weta Workshop co-founder Richard Taylor—after the jump.

THE HOBBIT Movies Cost $745 Million, But That’s Okay Because They’ve Already Made Nearly $2 Billion

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Calculating the budget of Hollywood films is a tricky business.  Rarely is the “official” number the actual amount that a movie cost, and even if a movie seems to have made more than its reported budget, that doesn’t factor in the cost of marketing and distribution; roughly, a movie has to make about one and half times its budget to become profitable.  The cost, obviously, goes up with sequels, as studios put more money into a film that now has a much higher probability of becoming profitable thanks to brand recognition based on the first film.  In the case of The Hobbit franchise—a series of prequels to one of the most popular and successful film trilogies of all time—one can imagine the amount of money Warner Bros. spent to bring them to fruition.

But now one doesn’t have to imagine that number, as it is being reported that the cost of the three Hobbit films has now totaled $745 million.  That’s, uh, a lot of money, but even still, it’s looking like most of what the final installment, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, makes in theaters will be profit.  More after the jump.

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Pretend to Be a Dragon in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended Edition Clip

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One of the more impressive aspects of director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was the characterization of the titular dragon.  Benedict Cumberbatch not only provided the voice for the sleepy/cranky character, but he did performance capture as well that was then used to inform the animation of the dragon’s movements.  In anticipation of the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition on Blu-ray, a behind-the-scenes clip has been released that shows Cumberbatch performing as Smaug.  It’s a pretty fun watch, and you can definitely see how Cumberbatch’s movements influenced the finished product.  Additionally, Warner Bros. has released an assortment of other clips (both from the film and behind-the-scenes) from the EE release that are sure to pique interest, and we’ve included them as well.

Take a look at the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition clips after the jump.  The film will be available on Blu-ray 3D and DVD on November 3rd, and is currently available on Digital HD.

New Posters from IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, AMERICAN SNIPER, THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, and More

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A collection of new posters for upcoming films has landed online.  Briefly:

  • In the Heart of the SeaThe first trailer for Ron Howard‘s telling of the tragedy of the Whaleship Essex landed earlier today, and now we have one of my favorite posters of the year.  It’s ominous without being overbearing.  The film opens March 13, 2015, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson.
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – Meanwhile, we have a contestant in the running for worst poster of the year.  I don’t know if this is an awful photoshop job or if everyone is supposed to look like a cardboard cutout.  The film opens December 19th, and stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, and as you can see from the poster, lots and lots of other people as well as a monkey with keys.
  • American Sniper – The Clint Eastwood drama gets another somber poster.  Bradley Cooper stars as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq and quickly became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.  The film opens in limited release on December 25th.
  • Horrible Bosses 2 – Kudos to Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz for trying to make the exact same facial expression.  The comedy sequel opens November 26th, and also stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, and Jamie Foxx.

Hit the jump to check out the aforementioned posters.

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.

New BIG HERO 6 Poster Gets Colorful; Plus New Posters for THE HOBBIT, THE IMITATION GAME, and PADDINGTON

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New posters for some of the year’s most anticipated films have landed online.  Briefly:

  • Big Hero 6 – A new Big Hero 6 poster has been unveiled in anticipation of New York Comic-Con, which gets underway this weekend.  The Disney Animation film is the first adaptation of a Marvel comic for the studio and opens in theaters on November 7th.
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Hot on the heels of Bilbo and Gandalf one-sheets, the latest character poster for the final chapter in the Hobbit saga features Cate Blanchett as Galadriel.  The film opens December 17th.
  • The Imitation GameKeira Knightley gets her own poster for the WWII drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician Alan Turing.  The awards-friendly film opens in the UK on November 14th and in the US on November 21st.
  • Paddington – A new UK poster for the live-action/CG hybrid film based on the series of childrens books shows all of the titular bear’s favorite things.  The film opens on December 25th.

Check out the new posters after the jump.

The Parade of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Posters Continues with a Close-Up on Gandalf

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Yesterday, we got a The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster for Bilbo (Martin Freeman), and today we’re getting one for Gandalf (Ian McKellen).  Warner Bros. loves doing character posters, and we can expect plenty more for this movie, especially since there are so many dwarves whose names we still don’t know because they’re basically background to set pieces.  I will say that I’m glad we got to see McKellen play Gandalf again, and I hope this conclusion gives him another chance to shine.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster.  The film also stars Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, and 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 Poster Teases the “Defining Chapter” of the Saga

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Warner Bros. has released a new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster reminding us that yes, there is still one more Hobbit movie to go.  This poster features a bruised and dirty Bilbo (Martin Freeman) wielding his sword against a backdrop of destruction with the tagline “The Defining Chapter.”  Indeed, director Peter Jackson will attempt to bridge the gap between The Hobbit trilogy and the Lord of the Rings trilogy with this final Hobbit film, and I’m definitely curious to see how this will segue into Fellowship of the Ring.  It’s kind of crazy just how little enthusiasm there seems to be for this Hobbit series.  Each LOTR film was a massive event, and while anticipation was certainly high for An Unexpected Journey, it feels like the majority of moviegoers are turning up for these Hobbit movies out of obligation rather than genuine excitement.  That’s not to say the Hobbit trilogy doesn’t have its fans, but on a general audience scale, the passion surrounding the release of these films seems almost minuscule in comparison to LOTR.

Regardless, take a look at the new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster after the jump.  The film also stars Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, and Benedict CumberbatchThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 17th.

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