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The final installment of the Hobbit trilogyThe Battle of the Five Armies, has finally hit the U.S. theaters, and Peter Jackson has been doing the rounds to promote the movie, however, that’s not all he’s been talking about. It’s no secret that The Hobbit movies have received their fair share of criticism for myriad reasons; but one of the most ubiquitous critiques, has been Jackson‘s heavy reliance on CGI effects, as opposed to the practical effects that he used in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, coming off the back of these criticisms, Jackson has been ruffling feathers in the contemporary movie-making world with his critique on the state of the industry today; the Hollywood zeitgeist if you like, and it’s all rather dumbfounding indeed. (more…)

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When motion capture performance became a thing at the beginning of the 21st century, Andy Serkis was at the forefront, and it was his dedication and talent playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy that made people realize this was an extremely effective tool in creating a new kind of performance on film. Still, like most technological evolutions in Hollywood, there has yet to be a lot of love for it from the establishment, and by that we mean major awards consideration. There’s been talk before of Serkis getting a nod for Lord of the Rings or other roles where his performance has been motion captured, but Twentieth Century Fox is now apparently getting ready to make a serious push for Serkis to get an Academy Award nomination for his work in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. (more…)

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ABOVE: Lady Ash photographed by David Ngo. Hacking and slashing deadites in high heels.  [FashionablyGeek]

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Remember ladies, you go Solo this Halloween, take a Wookiee with you. Awesome cosplay courtesy of Loveandasandwich. (Fashionably Geek)

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When Peter Jackson announced he was turning The Hobbit into a trilogy there were outcries of dismay across the interwebz. How could there be enough content for three movies!? How much more filming will a third flick require!? Hasn’t Jackson already filmed everything he possibly could, what with the Lords of the Rings Trilogy already containing each their own extended edition!? Of course, there was also a pretty loud cry of, “Fuck yeah!” because many of us would deny nothing of Jackson when it comes to bringing Tolkien’s works to screen.

We can now report we’ll be getting even more out of The Hobbit than a trilogy, we’ll be getting a trilogy also with its own set of extended editions. That’s right, somehow after announcing the two movies, An Unexpected Journey and There and Back Again, would become three with the addition of The Desolation of Smaug there’s enough footage left over to create extended editions. I’m now under the impression all they do in New Zealand is film these movies. Their entire economy must be steeped in the success of Middle Earth. Which I totally buy judging from their tourism ads.

The release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Extended Edition will coincide with the release of the second Hobbit movie next December and was confirmed by Warner Bros. today in a press release announcing a whole slate of content celebrating the studio’s 90th anniversary. Here’s The Hobbit snippet courtesy of TheOneRing.net,

And finally, among the new films you can expect on Blu-ray and DVD in 2013 are The Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas and – officially confirmed here for the first time – Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Extended Edition (Q4). One suspects a theatrical cut will be released earlier in 2013, following the home video release pattern of the previous Lord of the Rings films. And it’s reasonable to suspect that a Blu-ray 3D version will be forthcoming as well.

Variety has a post detailing everything revealed in WB’s press release, including a 3D release of The Wizard of Oz. I know, I know, is nothing sacred anymore?

What say you bastards? Are you shocked there’ll be extended editions for The Hobbit Trilogy?

But looking to the near future and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s theatrical release there’s a new game you can play at the official website called, “Riddles in the Dark.” It’s, you’ve guessed it, a chance to test your skills against Gollum’s riddles. In The Hobbit, Biblo’s interactions with Gollum are a small chunk of the story and consist mostly of Gollum asking riddles of Bilbo in a cave. We’ve seen that for sure in the trailers, but what’s unclear is how large a role will Gollum play in the trilogy. Will they increase his importance or are they only using his scenes to promote the film because he’s obviously the most familiar character ? Who knows! We won’t know for sure until An Unexpected Journey releases December 14th. But in the meantime take a swing at solving Gollum’s tricksy riddles or even submit your own.

Sources: CBM, Cinema Blend

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Sometimes fighting supernatural threats just needs a female touch, so why not have suit up occasional ghost buster and resident Ghostbuster‘s secretary Janine Melnitz to tackle the ghosts and goblins. Nothing sexier then a woman in uniform, right fellas? Judging by the boys reactions though they need to step up their game, otherwise they’ll be looking for a new job (again!) [Deviant Art]

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There’s a look at Andy Serkis all geared up during shooting of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and one “after effects added” still of Gollum in the latest Empire Magazine. Don’t worry though, Gollum is still as slimy looking as ever.

This NerdBastard can’t help but think of that Jethro Tull song Iron Lung every time I see Gollum on the screen. Gollum also gets some well deserved cover time in the picture below.

What do you think? Word about the Internet lately is that this two picture plan to depict and explore the world of The Hobbit might be turned into a trilogy. Can it match the awesomeness and majesty of the LOTR trilogy?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theater screens on December 13th 2013. I know where I’ll be December 13th . . . do you?