Nerd Art Dump: ‘Rescue Rangers’ Murder, Pop Culture Undies, ‘World of Disney-Craft’ and MOAR!

- 01-12-14Cool Stuff, Nerd Culture Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Time for your weekly dose of the fantastic fandom-based art that’s hit the web this week with your Nerd Art Dump. Each and every week we pick and choose through the masses of prints and pics on the digital frontier to give you nothing but the best to fill your geek needs. So on with the dump.

ABOVE:  - Not a big fan of the latest Spider-Man movie’s mecha-Rhino version of the classic Spidey baddie?  Check out this depiction of what traditional Rhino might look like if you had the misfortune of meeting him face-to-face. By John Gallagher (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…)

Hobbit Production Vlog #14 – Howard Shore’s Score

- 12-21-13Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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If you’ve not seen Desolation of Smaug yet, it’s still playing just about everywhere. Undecided? Let our review be your guide, or maybe watch another Hobbit production vlog. Marking the 14th video diary in the series and the last in 2013, this one spotlights on the soundtrack production composed by Howard Shore.

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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…)

Jackson Reveals What Would Have Been the Split Were ‘The Hobbit’ Only a Two-logy

- 12-16-13Film Posted by Sarah Moran

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The debate still rages on whether or not it was a good decision for Peter Jackson to have made two Hobbit films into three. After seeing The Desolation of Smaug some of the added material appears to be just that, added material to pad out an extra, middle film. Then again, not until we see next year’s There and Back Again will we know for sure if Smaug‘s extra scenes pay off. But had the plan for two films stuck, where would the split have come? (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!

Weinsteins Fighting Warners for Sackfuls of ‘Hobbit’ Money

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

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If you once owned the rights to a franchise that makes 10 figures every time at bat, wouldn’t you sue for more money? That seems to be the tact being taken by Bob and Harvey Weinstein who yesterday brought suit against Warner Bros, owners of New Line Cinema, stating that they’re owned more money from the franchise they sold: the rights to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien‘s books The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. How’s that? Well, it’s kind of a long story. In fact, you’d need a whole trilogy of three-hour films to tell it in the most excruciating detail possible. (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…)