Warner Bros. Releases ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Official Synopsis

- 07-15-14Books, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The last in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is scheduled to hit theaters screens later this year on December 17th. There hasn’t been a lot of production stills, clips, or even a teaser trailer yet, but Warner Brothers has recently released the official synopsis for the movie. (more…)

Tolkien Supernerd Stephen Colbert Gets His Dream Cameo in New ‘Hobbit’ Flick

- 12-30-13Cool Stuff, Film, Nerd Culture Posted by James Daniels

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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…)

What Was Evangeline Lilly’s One Condition for ‘Hobbit’ Appearance?

- 12-17-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Evangeline Lilly plays a character never created by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugConsidering 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…)

Gandalf Surprises One Lucky NYC Midnight Hobbit Screening

- 12-16-13Film, Nerd Culture Posted by Mark Poynter

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The theater goers attending the AMC Lincoln Square midnight screening of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in NYC got a surprise visit from Gandalf himself, Ian Mckellan. Watch the crowd go wild as Ian thanks everyone and says hello. (more…)

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug': What Did You Think?

- 12-13-13Film, Nerd Culture, reviews Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Nerd Bastard’s Matthew Jackson wrote an on-the-money review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. You can read it HERE. I mirror many of Matt’s thoughts. DOS was no doubt an upscale from the first Hobbit film.The highest points being (and there are quite a few) are the action sequences; the barrel escape, the spiders, Necromancer and Smaug (who looked and sounded astonishing). There really isn’t a boring moment, and even if there was, you’d be too distracted by the visual eye candy to notice (FX are near perfect). The common complaint, though, is that it’s a tad overloaded and really drawn out (some scenes were way longer than they needed to by). Trying to spread out content from a 300 page book into a trilogy of 3 hour movies was certainly felt this time around. On the other hand, Tolkien wrote an epic novel. Can’t expect anything less than an epic series of movies, right? However over extended it might be, it offers quantity just as much as quality which isn’t very present in most films today. Personally I think the film is fantasy escapism at it’s finest. Experiences like this are why we go to the movies. That’s my two cents anyway. How about yours?

We wanna know what you think. You can use the comments below to write your mini-review of the film. Have at thee!

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is Beautiful, if Bloated, Fun

- 12-12-13Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Matthew Jackson

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We’ll never really get over the stigma that comes with Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, even if we want to. This is the guy who tied the record for Oscars in a single night with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,  so he’s obviously got a very high bar to clear. This is the guy who made Middle-earth real in our cinematic minds. This is the guy who managed to film an unfilmable story. So, how are we supposed to expect him to live up to that? There are a number of answers for this, ranging from optimistic to downright hostile, but mine is simple: we’re not. Where The Lord of the Rings was a fantasy adventure wrapped in a world-in-the-balance epic, The Hobbit is adventure in its purest form. Jackson’s embracing that, and though he’s trying too hard to give his latest cinematic saga weight, we can still glean a lot of fun from the Hobbit franchise even without the connections to its big brother, and the latest installment, The Desolation of Smaug, definitely proves that.

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Oscar Shortlist for Best Visual Effects Announced

- 12-05-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s the end of the year, and you know what that means: lots and lots of Best and Worst lists! True, but it also means that awards season is just around the corner. Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, AKA: the people who give out the Oscars, announced their short list of 10 potential nominees for the Best Visual Effects category, and you’ll notice a definite nerdy trend amongst the ten films that will be vying for that golden trophy early next year. (more…)

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Production Diary 13 – Peter Jackson Does Not Believe in Socks

- 12-05-13Film, Funny Videos Posted by Luke Gallagher

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With the anticipated release of the second Hobbit movie The Desolation of Smaug hitting next week, Peter Jackson presents his 13 video production diary.

Bored actors playing Ping Pong, Stephen Fry behaving like Stephen Fry, sound engineers caring less about deadline and Peter Jackson’s astonishing refusal to wear socks… watch the magic of movie making unfold!

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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer Braingasm!

- 12-04-13Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Are you peeing in your chair with anticipation at the coming of the second Hobbit flick?  Is nine days a little too long for you to wait to indulge your need for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug?  Well folks, have we got a treat for you then!  Scroll your computer-browser-window-thingy down just a wee bit and prepare yourselves for a bombardment of clips from Peter Jackson’s upcoming flick.  And make sure to get a towel for your seat. (more…)

Smaug Takes to the Sky on Air New Zealand Plane

- 12-02-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Air New Zealand is sporting the first full body look at the great beast Smaug from Peter Jackson‘s latest Tolkien film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The Boeing 737 will fly from Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles for the movie’s premiere on Tuesday. Check out the closer look and unveiling video below. (more…)