Viggo Mortensen Says Peter Jackson Sacrificed Subtlety for CGI with THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT

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It’s no secret that The Hobbit films haven’t been as universally praised as director Peter Jackson’s trilogy of Lord of the Rings films, with many pointing to The Hobbit’s propensity for CG over practical effects (and discarding of miniatures altogether) as distracting and, at times, downright ugly.  Though Jackson got his start with gore-filled, practical effects-based horror comedies like Bad Taste and Dead Alive, his recent work has leaned heavily on visual effects.  However, Jackson’s affinity for CG sequences didn’t simply begin with The Hobbit or even King Kong, but with the Lord of the Rings trilogy itself.  Rewatching the films, one can see a growing amount of CGI-enhanced sequences as the series moves on, with Return of the King concluding in the epic VFX-heavy battle of Minas Tirith.

Though some are fans of what Jackson has been doing with cutting-edge technology, others are disappointed in the shift.  A principal castmember from The Lord of the Rings counts himself in the latter group, as Viggo Mortensen recently spoke extensively about what he sees as Jackson sacrificing subtlety for CGI, specifically pointing to the later Lord of the Rings films and The Hobbit.  Hit the jump to read on.

Over 40 Pictures from Craig Drake’s Hero Complex Gallery Show

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If you live in the Los Angeles area and want to see some cool art, you need to get over to the Hero Complex Gallery.  That’s because the gallery is hosting Craig Drake’s first solo show and it’s loaded with awesome artwork done on paper, metal (including mega metal prints that are 60 x 40!), and wood.  While I’ve been a fan of Drake’s work for a long time, I’ll admit the show was another level.  As you can see in the pictures, Drake took on some iconic movies, people, and TV shows including Die Hard, The Thing, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Bruce Lee, Buffy, Cowboy Bebop, Game of Thrones, and a lot more.

Since most of you live outside of Los Angeles, I took pictures of everything on display and you can check out over 40 pictures after the jump.  In addition, the gallery will be releasing what didn’t sell out on their website tomorrow, so no matter where you live, you can purchase something.  Be warned, if you check out the pictures you’re probably going to want to buy something.

Cinemath Meets Oscar Beat: Who Would Win Every Best Picture Race If IMDb Voters Chose the Winner?

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As part of his Oscar Beat coverage, Adam wrote about how well the Best Picture winners of the last 10 years hold up.  Today we want to go deeper, look at every Best Picture race to see if the right movie won.  That could be a daunting task, since we don’t naturally have a strong opinion on the battle between Cavalcade and I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang at the 6th Academy Awards.  Instead, Brendan turns to the power of numbers and the wisdom of crowds in the latest Cinemath, comparing the IMDb rating of every Best Picture winner since 1928 to the highest-rated nominee that year.

Additionally, Adam breaks down the Best Picture races by decade for historical context, noting the interesting discrepancies and surprises.  Check it out after the jump.

Happy Holidays! Mondo Unveils Prints for HOME ALONE and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS

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We all know that Mondo loves to end the year with a bang.  Some might have thought the giant Die Hard event was it.  Some might have thought their wallets were safe until the New Year.  Well Mondo dropped their HELL NO bomb on everyone today announcing we should suit up for one last online battle for 2013.  What is Christmas without the Wet Bandits?  Yup, we have a Home Alone print from Adam Simpson coming tomorrow.  That not enough for you?  Well there is one more print that has been long awaited. Not only is that a print from Aaron m’fin Horkey it is a follow up to his Return of the King print!  That’s right, it is The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers!  Hit the jump and dodge the paint cans to check out the images and all the other juicy info.

200,000 Piece LEGO Model of Rivendell Is Worthy of the Elves

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As we saw earlier this year with a 150,000-brick Helm’s Deep, the Lord of the Rings movies have lent themselves to elaborate LEGO recreations.  Now another piece (no pun intended) of LEGO Middle-earth has arrived with a 200,000-brick model of Rivendell.  Alice Finch, who you may recall did the amazing LEGO model of Hogwarts, teamed up with David Frank to create this marvel, which ended up winning the People’s Choice Award at BrickCon.  The size and scale is incredibly impressive, and it must have been ridiculously expensive to get all the pieces.  I wonder if anyone will go truly crazy and try to build Gondor.

Hit the jump to check out images of LEGO Rivendell.

Orlando Bloom Talks Returning to Middle Earth, Legolas’ Relationship with his Father, and More on the Set of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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I never thought I’d interview Legolas (Orlando Bloom) on the set of a Hobbit movie in New Zealand.  I figured this for two reasons: J. R. R. Tolkien only introduced the character in The Lord of the Rings (which takes place sixty years after The Hobbit), and I never thought I’d be lucky enough to visit the set.  But back in 2012, when Peter Jackson and his amazing team were filming The Hobbit, I got to visit Middle-earth with a few other online reporters.  As I said in my set report last year, it was an amazing experience and something I’ll never forget.

During a break in filming, I got to participate in a group interview with Orlando Bloom.  During the wide-ranging conversation he talked about his reaction to being back on set, the difference between Legolas in The Hobbit versus Lord Of The Rings, the new technology being used in the films, how we’ll learn about his character’s enmity towards dwarves, if he has any “holy shit” moments, his relationship with his father and the father-son rivalry, and so much more.  If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings, I promise you’ll love this interview.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Evangeline Lilly Talks the Origin of Her Character, Getting New Script Pages Daily, and More on the Set of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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If you’ve read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, you know there is no female elf named Tauriel.  However, with so many different characters and races talked about in the books and The Silmarillion, screenwriters Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens have, according to Evangeline Lilly, “taken elements of different female Elven characters throughout Tolkien’s work, and they have amalgamated those things into one character, which is Tauriel.”  During a group interview on the set of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug she went on to say, “she becomes sort of the embodiment and representation of the Wood Elves, which Tolkien talks about at length in all of his books. And in this book in particular, he just doesn’t introduce you to any of them. Well, you can’t have a movie with a group of people that are significant players in the story, that push forward the plot, without introducing at least one or two of them. You have to meet them. So I think that they just recognized that.”

In addition to talking about why they added her character, Lilly talked about her hesitation about taking on the role, her training, wanting to do her own stunts, her large ears and wig, learning Elvish, the last minute script changes, filming the action scenes, the new technology being used, the proper way to pronounce Smaug, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Geek Gifts: New LEGO Lord of the Rings Sets for The Council of Elrond, The Battle of Black Gate, and More

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I don’t think you’re ever too old for LEGO unless you think you’re too old to have fun.  They’re geared towards children, but I’ve recently been building some sets, and I find it very relaxing and rewarding.  I recently spent hours and hours building the LEGO Palace Cinema and before that, I did the LEGO The Battle of Helm’s Deep.  LEGO has now released some more Lord of the Rings LEGO sets that you can pick up.  There’s the iconic stuff like the Council of Elrond and the Battle at the Black Gate as well as brief action scenes like the ambush of the pirate ship from Return of the King and the wizard battle between Gandalf and Saruman.  Click on the respective links to buy the set:

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Rich-K & Big J’s Fan-Made Lego Helm’s Deep Has Approximately 150,000 Bricks and 1,700 Mini-Figures

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In February, we showed a 400,000 brick recreation of Hogwarts.  While it doesn’t have as many bricks, Rich-K & Big J‘s Helm’s Deep is just as impressive.  Lego does make a Helm’s Deep you can buy, and it’s fun.  It’s 1,368 pieces and it took me about four-and-a-half hours to build.  By comparison, Rich-K & Big J’s fan-made version is 150,000 pieces with 1,700 mini-figures and it’s only “90% completed”.  I have no idea how long it took to build, but the result has been worth it.  I especially like the touches of putting mountains in the background and filling every spare inch with either an uruk-hai or an elf.  I can’t seem to find Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas, but I’m assume they’re in there somewhere.

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THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Review

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Technology will march forward.  That march usually involves something getting trampled along the way.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is underfoot of  horrible 48fps 3D, also known as HFR 3D (High Frame Rate 3D).  Billed as a technology to sharpen 3D and reduce the headaches it can cause, HFR 3D has crippled Peter Jackson‘s return to Middle-earth.  Without the atrocious visuals, Jackson’s film is still slightly repetitive and bloated, but the magic mostly remains intact.  But under HFR 3D, the journey looks like a cheap soap opera on fast forward with crappy digital effects.

Limited Paper: Olly Moss and Mondo’s LORD OF THE RINGS Posters Drop Tomorrow, Prepare for Battle

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This morning, Mondo and Olly Moss revealed a set of posters that we’ve all been waiting a long, long time to see here at Limited Paper:  Moss’ take on Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings.  This particular print has been rumored for months now—and was heavily rumored to be dropping at a previous Mondo-related event—but should anyone be surprised that we’re seeing it drop on the eve of the release of Peter Jackson’s latest trip to Middle Earth (The Hobbit, if you’ve been living under a rock)?

Wanna see Olly Moss’ take on The Lord of The Rings?  Find out where you can pick one of these up tomorrow?  Meet me after the jump, folks.

Blu-ray Deal: THE LORD OF THE RINGS Extended Editions for $43.49 (64% off)

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It looks like Amazon’s Daily Gold Box Deals this week are designed to make fools of people who took advantage of previous deals.  Yesterday, it was the Alien Anthology Blu-ray, and today it’s The Lord of the Rings Extended EditionsBack in February, it was $49.49 (59% off) and today it’s $43.49 (%64 off).  You could have saved six whole dollars.  I bet you feel pretty silly now.

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THE HOBBIT Tickets On Sale Wednesday; LORD OF THE RINGS Extended Editions Marathon Announced

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We’ve known for some time now that the advanced tickets for Peter Jackson’s trilogy-starter The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey would go on sale Wednesday, November 7th, but an added treat for Tolkein fans has been announced.  Also going on sale this Wednesday are tickets for all-day marathons of the superior extended editions of Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  A (lengthy) marathon of the extended editions took place last year in anticipation of the trilogy’s Blu-ray release, but if you were unable to attend and/or would like a theater-sized primer for The Hobbit, you’re in luck.  Hit the jump for more details.

Limited Paper at Comic-Con: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Artwork by Olly Moss, GAME OF THRONES by Martin Ansin and LORD OF THE RINGS by JC Richards

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Ever since Comic-Con 2012 kicked off this past Wednesday, the word ‘round the campfire has been that Mondo’s biggest release—the one everyone would be talking about after the Con, the one that everyone was going to be determined to get their hands on, the one print to rule them all—would be dropping on Saturday night.   There didn’t seem to be any concrete info to support this suspicion, but that didn’t keep poster-nerds the world over from repeating it whenever they got the chance.  And ya know what?  Even though limited-paper enthusiasts are generally 5/10 when it comes to predicting drops, they were absolutely right about tonight’s release of Mondo’s The Dark Knight Rises print by Olly Moss.

Read all about that—and the rest of Mondo’s Saturday-at-Comic-Con output—after the jump.

Limited Paper: New Artwork Inspired by ALIEN, GAME OF THRONES, Lego LORD OF THE RINGS, ADVENTURE TIME and More

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Comic-Con 2012 kicked off several days ago, but so far there seems to be no indication that the tidal wave of awesome screenprints is anywhere close to slowing down:  so far, we’ve seen a jaw-dropping Princess Mononoke print from fan-favorite Olly Moss, an absolutely amazing piece of The Dark Knight Rises-related artwork from comic book superstar Jock, and—earlier this morning—Mondo released one of their most highly-anticipated posters of the year:  the latest entry in their Universal Monsters series, Creature From The Black Lagoon.  But there’s plenty more to come, and today’s other trio of releases proves that the gentlemen at booth #437 still have plenty of tricks up their sleeve.

Wanna see the three new Mondo posters that dropped at Comic-Con today, along with an enormously impressive piece of Alien-related artwork from Mark Englert?  Sure ya do.  Meet me after the jump, my fellow limited-paper enthusiasts.

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