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ABOVE: The dad that built the X-Wing bed from a few days back, just got 1-upped by the new father of the year… with his AT-AT bed construction. Damn, these kids are so damn lucky. Closet I ever got to an AT-AT bed or X-Wing, was a big empty box, a marker and a little imagination.  [ObviousWinner]


As we eagerly await next week’s release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey most of us aren’t thinking about its sequel, The Desolation of Smaug, but we’ve got your first look at the film anyway courtesy of Entertainment Weekly,

Bilbo (Martin Freeman) on a giant pile of gold – wearing what looks like the one ring –  looking at who? Well, Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) I’d figure.  Which is funny, ’cause I thought their first meeting would be more like this,

The wonderful illustration above is by sn0otchie. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey releases December 14th. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug releases a year from then. Just how excited are you?

MTV caught up with Benedict Cumberbatch at this year’s Oscars and chatted with him a little bit about The Hobbit. And, y’know what, I feel like this is the 100th time I’ve mentioned Cumberbatch this week! Talk about a buzzworthy guy, he’s everywhere! We’ve seen him looking dapper at all the awards shows as he makes the rounds with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, he may or may not be The Master in Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary special (depending on WHO you ask), and we’ve seen him punching Zachary Quinto in the face while filming a fight scene for Star Trek 2. Cumberbatch gets around. (Not that I’m complaining.)

With MTV he talked about filming for The Hobbit, specifically doing the motion capture as well as voice work for Smaug and the Necromancer. Yeah, yeah, Benedict won’t drop the Necromancer’s name, just keeps saying another unnamed character but I’m pretty sure the Sauron’s outta the bag on that one.

Check out the video,

I was very lucky [to work] with Pete. As far as the experience, what an extraordinary one it was because at the time I was in my work; I was in isolation with him and this incredible tag team. And at the very cool place with that technology doing mo-cap for two characters, Smaug the dragon and another character, which will remain nameless, and it was an awful lot of fun.

It’s a sort of wonderful ongoing process. I spent a lot of time recording voice as well as doing movements. So, it was sort of freeing; it was fun. It was like playing a game. It’s going to be an amazing film; it’s going to be a real treat. I watched ‘The Lord of the Rings’ again before I started working, and the way those films grow in depth of craft on every level are extraordinary. Their mark is for that.

As most of you know Cumberbatch stars in the excellent, amazing, incredible, wonderful modern adaption of Arthur Conan Doyles’s super slueth, Sherlock with Martin Freeman, who just so happens to be Bilbo in The Hobbit. I can only imagine what great fun they had hanging out together on set in New Zealand.

It was great. I got to hang out with him, and I kept a straight face for a bit and then I started giggling because I know Martin, I don’t know Bilbo. For Martin to be sitting there playing Bilbo is amazing. He’s going to be amazing, he’s going to be fantastic in this film.

Ha! Now all I can picture is Watson with hobbit feet. What would Sherlock say?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens December 14, 2012.

Source: Comic Book Movie

Empire magazine’s latest cover includes a new picture of both Bilbo and Gandalf from The Hobbit.

According to the cover text, they were “the first magazine on set”. It is also assumed that “Jackson speaks!” means that they interviewed Peter Jackson or got a little blurb of him talking about something movie-related… ’cause, well, I’m sure he speaks quite a bit on a daily basis. Not quite clear re: what’s going on with the “young Gandalf”, as pointed out by Bleeding Cool, but sure.

The point here is that there are new pictures of these characters from The Hobbit on Empire magazine’s cover. We’ll find out what’s inside this issue in due time.

Source: Bleeding Cool