Having spent the best part of 15 years in Middle-earth filming six films, it’s easy to see how Peter Jackson will be having a hard time saying goodbye to J.R.R. Tolkien‘s world of hobbits, dragons, elves, orcs and the magical world of Middle-earth. However it turns out that Jackson may be suffering to let go; harboring a ‘never-say-never’ complex, which is further testament of his reluctance so say good-bye to the franchise completely. (more…)
Comedy Central‘s Stephen Colbert may be satirizing right-wing pundits on his popular talk show, but his nerdity is by no means fictional–particularly where the works of J.R.R. Tolkien are concerned. Indeed, LOTR/Hobbit director Peter Jackson even declared the writer-comedian the biggest “Tolkien Geek” he’d ever met.
THR and Playboy had previously indicated that Colbert might make an appearance in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug….Today, we have visual confirmation from a sharp-eyed Redditor in GIF and screencap form (after the jump). (more…)
Evangeline Lilly plays a character never created by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Considering that the elf warrior Tauriel has created by Peter Jackson and his collaborators from scratch, it would make sense that the actress asked to play her would have some kind of input into making her character. As it turned out, Lilly had only one caveat for playing Tauriel, and it was a promise that eventually had to be broke when the Hobbit trilogy went into reshoots last year. So what was the promise, and how was it broke? (more…)
Seeing as how his books have been turned into billions of dollars in profits via the magic of moving pictures, it’s about damn time that J.R.R. Tolkien gets more than a byline and a few extra book sales. Now, the folks over at Fox are looking to put together a biopic on the famous author, giving all us geeks that are too lazy to do the research a chance to learn all about the man himself. (more…)
I never understood the thought process of releasing “character” posters for a film after trailers and teasers have been released. Seems to me, it should be in reverse order. Posters have been and should always be the promotional tools teasing what’s to come. Releasing posters post footage seems rather moot. Don’t get me wrong, posters can be nifty looking pieces of art, but it’s like, why do I wanna stare at a static image when I could just replay the trailer a dozen times? Anyway, The official Facebook page for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has revealed seven new character posters which you can view below:
Above you see the new banner for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug–it was released today by Warner Bros. in anticipation of the film’s new trailer, due out at 9:00 am EST tomorrow.
The film, the follow-up to 2011’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is second in a trilogy of films directed by Peter Jackson based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
The Hobbit is best known as the precursor to the Lord of The Rings novels and the book that introduced readers to the fictional universe of Middle Earth.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is scheduled to hit theaters on December 13.
I can’t be the only one who’s now wishing they waited before buying the first Blu-ray iteration of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Unfortunately, I don’t get to movies much, home video is my bread and butter, and I NEEDED to see this sumbitch!
Here’s what Hobbit and LOTR director Peter Jackson had to say when the U.S. release of this extended edition was announced:
I’m thrilled that the Extended Edition will give fans the opportunity to experience certain key scenes in the film as they were originally shot, as well as an abundance of special features. It’s exciting to present this expanded and enriched version of An Unexpected Journey to allow fans to fully immerse themselves in the movie, before seeing the second part of the trilogy.
Apparently the Extended Edition will feature nearly 9 hours of bonus material, including commentaries by Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens; a featurette on the awesomeness of New Zealand (which may be identical to this one, already available online), and five-odd hours of behind-the-scenes “Appendices”.
As for the new footage, little is known… Oh, apparently there’ll be some nekkid people, and the scene below between Bilbo and Elrond (courtesy of Comic Book Movie), but other than that, they’re keeping quiet about what’s been added to the film itself.
The full Blu-ray set will run you $54.98, and be available for purchase on November 5th. The Extended Edition will be available as a download starting October 22nd.
Source: Bleeding Cool
The modern world can be a scary and confusing place. I imagine its quite the same in Middle Earth, the magical land of the Hobbit. Luckily Academy Award nominated Gary Busey is on YouTube to guide us through lands both real and imagined. Clocking in at just over two minutes, Gary unravels the habits and happenings of the J. R. R. Tolkien creations. Did you know that hobbits wear cockroaches in their hair and fashion necklaces out of them to be ‘closer to nature’ or that they travel in packs of four so they may complete tasks ‘efficiently and quickly?’ How about the fact that you can’t tell a boy hobbit from a girl hobbit?
Dude. Spoiler alert that s#!t, some of us haven’t seen the movie yet!
Mr. Busey would also like to know if any of you believe you may have been a hobbit in a past life, if so he welcomes you to talk with him about Hobbitism which I can only assume is the religion that shall spring forth from this clip.
It’s no secret the family of J.R.R. Tolkien think very little of Peter Jackson‘s films based on the Lord of the Rings series. What has been secret is how much and why son, Christopher Tolkien, despises Jackson’s adaptation. In his first ever press interview, Christopher doesn’t mince words when it comes to what he thinks of Jackson’s films. Here’s an excerpt,
“I could write a book on the idiotic requests I have received,” sighs Christopher Tolkien. He is trying to protect the literary work from the three-ring circus that has developed around it. In general, the Tolkien Estate refuses almost all requests. “Normally, the executors of the estate want to promote a work as much as they can,” notes Adam Tolkien, the son of Christopher and Baillie. “But we are just the opposite. We want to put the spotlight on that which is not Lord of the Rings.”
Invited to meet Peter Jackson, the Tolkien family preferred not to. Why? “They eviscerated the book by making it an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25,” Christopher says regretfully. “And it seems that The Hobbit will be the same kind of film.”
This divorce has been systematically driven by the logic of Hollywood. “Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time,” Christopher Tolkien observes sadly. “The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has overwhelmed me. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing. There is only one solution for me: to turn my head away.”
It seems the Tolkien estate, of which Christopher is the official executor, doesn’t like anything to do with the Lords of the Rings unless it’s simply the books themselves. Kind of makes me wonder how New Line Cinema and Jackson made those movies happen at all. Read the entirety of World Crunch’s interview as it has more from Christopher about his father’s work than how much he hates the movies.
Personally, I haven’t actually read the entire Lord of the Rings series – I know, many, many nerd demerits to me – but for those who have, what did you think of Jackson’s films? Did he eviscerate Tolkien’s books?