THE HOBBIT 3 May Be Retitled THE HOBBIT: INTO THE FIRE

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The final installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy may be getting a title change.  When the J.R.R. Tolkein adaptation was initially planned (and shot) as two films, the title of the final installment was The Hobbit: There and Back Again.  When Jackson decided to expand the adaptation to three films, he dubbed the second film The Desolation of Smaug but maintained the There and Back Again subtitle for the third feature.  Well now it appears that New Line Cinema has registered the title The Hobbit: Into the Fire, signaling a possible title change for The Hobbit 3.  More after the jump.

Luke Evans Talks THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, THERE AND BACK AGAIN, His Desire to Direct, DRACULA: UNTOLD, THE CROW, and More

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With Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arriving on Blu-ray tomorrow, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Luke Evans (he plays Bard the Bowman).   As most of you know, 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 other new characters like 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).

During the interview Evans talked about his experiences being part of The Hobbit movies, deleted scenes, doing additional photography for the Battle of the Five Armies (which takes place in The Hobbit: There and Back Again), having young fans recognize him, and more.  Evans also talked about Dracula: Untold, The Crow remake, his thoughts on an Immortals sequel, wanting to direct, and what props he’s kept.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 IMAX Poster; Plus Posters for 22 JUMP STREET, GOD’S POCKET, and THE HOBBIT Motion Posters

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A few posters to share tonight:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 IMAX poster will be handed out to those attending the first Thursday night IMAX screening.
  • 22 Jump Street - Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return for the sequel about the undercover cops transferring from high school to college.
  • God’s Pocket - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, and Christina Hendricks star in John Slattery‘s feature directorial debut.
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - As a bonus, we have motion posters for the Hobbit sequel as it gets released on Blu-ray.

Check out the posters after the jump.

Saturn Award Nominations Announced; GRAVITY and THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Lead with 8 Nominations Each

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Nominations have been announced for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards.  The nominees and winners are selected by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, which recognizes achievements in genre films, television and home video.  Another way to view them would be an academy that recognizes genre blockbusters and it’s the only way Jack the Giant Slayer could get nominated for anything ever.  But this year’s big nominees were Gravity and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which each racked up eight nominations.  To be fair, the Saturn Awards also have the room to take chances such as nominating Scarlett Johansson for Best Supporting Actress for Her…but then they turn right back around and nominate The Lone Ranger for Best Action/Adventure Movie.  On the TV side, Breaking Bad, Falling Skies, and Game of Thrones each picked up five nominations.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  Winners will be announced in June.

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Don a Mocap Suit in a Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is due out on Blu-ray on April 8th, but you can get a sneak peek behind the scenes of the film with a look at a new featurette.  Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch in a mocap suit, this look at Weta’s movie magic shows Cumberbatch’s contributions to bringing Smaug to life.  While it’s certainly entertaining watching the actor writhe around in his goofy-looking suit, the real wonder is reserved for the attention to detail that went into every digital inch of the legendary dragon.  Hit the jump to watch the featurette.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Blu-ray Details Revealed; Set for April 8th Release in the U.S.

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Director Peter Jackson’s second installment in his The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is poised to hit home video this spring, and now the first details regarding the Blu-ray release have landed online.  The physical copy of the film will be available in the U.S. on April 8th in four formats: a Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo Pack ($105.42), a Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack ($44.95), a Blu-ray Combo Pack ($35.99), and a 2-Disc DVD Special Edition ($28.98).

Obviously the most fan-friendly (and most expensive) is the Limited Collector’s Edition, which includes two Gates of Erebor replica bookends from the Noble Collection.  This initial release is only the theatrical cut of the film, so the extended cut will likely hit stores this fall if the release strategy of An Unexpected Journey is any indication.  Hit the jump for more details, including worldwide release dates, special features, and box art.

Check out Stephen Colbert’s Cameo in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Stephen Colbert is a die-hard J.R.R. Tolkien fan, and last fall we learned that he would have a cameo somewhere in The Hobbit trilogy.  Elf-eyed viewers may have spotted him in The Desolation of Smaug, but in case you missed it, a fan on reddit has screengrabbed and GIF’d the comedian’s cameo.  It’s really nice that not only Colbert but also his wife and two sons got to be in the movie.  The Colbert clan can be seen when Bard (Luke Evans) is sneaking into Laketown, and his son warns him about spies.  Congratulations, Laketown.  You’re now part of the Colbert Nation.

Hit the jump to check out images of Colbert’s cameo.

Peter Jackson Masters the Art of Multitasking in New THE HOBBIT Production Video Blog

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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.

THE COLLISION: Episode 69 – THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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This week on The Collision, we discuss The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  We talk about our general thoughts on the movie, the varying quality of the visual effects, the opening weekend box office, reasons for diminished interest in the prequels, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“State of the Oscar Race, November 2013”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore).

TOP 5: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, First Trailer for GODZILLA, POMPEII Set Visit, TERMINATOR Reboot News, JUPITER ASCENDING Trailer

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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 EdwardsGodzilla, 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.

Weta Digital’s Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri Talks THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, MAN OF STEEL, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, More

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About a year ago I landed an extended video interview with Weta Digital’s Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about everything from how performance capture technology has reached a new level in terms of integrating CG characters into live-action filming, to how they didn’t use miniatures on The Hobbit, and so much more.  With the second installment in the trilogy (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) now in theaters, a few days ago I landed a new video interview with Letteri here in Los Angeles.   He talked about the technical advancements they made to create Smaug, how they decided to visualize Smaug’s speech, the time required to render visual effects like the billion coins in Smaug’s vault, just how many people worked on the film, the Desolation of Smaug extended edition, and so much more.

In addition, with Weta working on other projects, we talked about Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (Weta did the incredible opening on Krypton), whether Weta will be doing some of the effects on Batman vs. Superman, the Tintin sequel, Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, what it will take for motion capture to be recognized as a legitimate art form, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG – What Did You Think?

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Fans waited nearly a decade for Peter Jackson to return to Middle-earth, and he finally kicked off an entire new trilogy last year with the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  While the critical reaction to the film wasn’t as unanimously positive as the reviews the Lord of the Rings trilogy received, some fans were pleased with how the first installment of this Hobbit adaptation turned out.  The second entry, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is now in theaters everywhere, and while it’s definitely an improvement from Unexpected Journey, I’m still not convinced that the Hobbit series warrants an entire trilogy of films.  The bloat factor continues to bog down the story, but I’m interested to see if the added material is justified in next year’s concluding chapter The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

Now that the film is out in theaters and Matt’s review is on the site, we’d like to hear your reactions to The Desolation of Smaug.  Were you pleased with the new character additions?  Did the Smaug reveal deliver?  How does the film stack up to Unexpected Journey?  Sound off in the comments after the jump.

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.

Aidan Turner and Dean O’Gorman Talk THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, Filming the Action Sequences, Deleted Scenes, and More

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With director Peter Jackson’s second film in his The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with Aidan Turner (Kili) and Dean O’Gorman (Fili).  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 the dragon Smaug to life and he delivers a great performance.  As I said when I posted the clips and behind-the-scenes footage, 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.

During the interview, Turner and O’Gorman talked about when they first realized The Hobbit would be three films, the action sequences, the practical sets, deleted scenes, the proper way to pronounce Smaug, filming additional photography earlier this year, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Peter Jackson Says He’ll Make the TINTIN Sequel After He Finishes THE HOBBIT Trilogy

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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.

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