The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens whereThe Desolation of Smaug left off, as the powerful dragon of the Lonely Mountain (still voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) descends on Lake-town for payback. To say that Peter Jackson captures the full horror and insanity of a dragon attack on a compact and inclosed area is something of an understatement, and you practically feel the pain and panic as Smaug’s attack lights up the entire town in seconds and doesn’t let up. But then, Bard (Luke Evans) heroically slays the dragon using the final black arrow, and Smaug is defeated. Ten minutes into the movie.
Pacing has always been a problem for The Hobbit movies, as you can well imagine if you’re creating an expansive seven-and-a-half hour movie trilogy based on a single 300-page book and some supplementary material. The previous film ended with a powerful “Oh $#!%” moment went Smaug leaves Bilbo (Martin Freeman) in the mountain to attack the people of Lake-town in retaliation for them giving aid to the Company of 13 Dwarves and their quest to take back Erebor. Dramatically, it was sound, but to use a comparison to The Lord of the Rings it would be as if The Two Towers were to end right before Aragorn and the others at Helms Deep ride out to meet the Orcs in battle for a last stand. It’s evidence of the fact that while Jackson has grown to handle well the overwhelming technical demands of the project, he’s lost sight of the best way to tell the story he wants to tell. (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…)
And I always thought hobbits were meant to be cheerful, delightful little fellas. Guess Martin Freeman has a different opinion of adventuring across Middle Earth with a bunch a stinkin’ dwarves and wizard baked out of his mind. For more – oh yes, there’s plenty more – of Freeman flipping the bird head over to The Mary Sue where they’ve amassed an amusing gallery of just that. But first, hit the jump for more Hobbit News! (more…)
Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has a new still making the rounds on the Internet today and it features everyone’s favorite elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and the new female elf created by Jackson for the movie, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly). They’re all decked out in traveling clothes and weapons, and we can be sure they’ll be showing off those incredible elven martial arts skills with arrows flying left and right.
What do you think? There was some fan uproar about the addition of new characters to the story, but we’ll only really know how it turns out after the movie hits theaters and we get a look at Tauriel and her part in the saga.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theater screens December 13th.
Reaction videos are such a thing nowadays. I guess firsthand reactions are no longer good enough so we must record others’ reactions, and sometimes, even reactions to those reactions. Which leads to reaction videos of reactions to reaction videos! Causing a never ending cycle of reactions until no one is acting anymore, but only reacting and all life on Earth ceases to be proactive and we die!
Sorry, that whole reaction scenario got away from me. What we’ve got here is one of those ‘reacting to a reaction video’ video, but not simply any ‘reacting to a reaction video’ video, this one stars a rather famous trio of elves. Uploaded by some guy, Peter Jackson somebody, is this video of Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, and Lee Pace watching a video of two fans enjoying the hell out of the latest The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaugteaser trailer.
It’s delightful seeing not only two girls more excited for Smaug than I’ve been for almost anything in my life, but seeing these so often stern elves letting loose and giggling like idiots.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens this December 13th. Hopefully sooner than later Jackson will deign to upload a production diary instead of a video of giddy elves.
Last week Peter Jackson hosted a live-streaming event for anyone who purchased The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on DVD/Blu-ray in where he answered fans’ questions and shared footage from the second film, The Desolation of Smaug. Unfortunately, it’s not the entire event but a six minute clip has been released online and it contains a little bit of behind the scenes filming footage. It’s our first proper look at the elves in action, featuring Legolas (Orlando Bloom), his daddy, Thandruil (Lee Pace), and the new elf not found in Tolkien’s books, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly). There’s also a pretty hilarious and extra nerdy question from Stephen Colbert, and an anecdote where Jackson may have caught The Colbert Report giving dirty mugs to their guests. Give it a watch,
Can’t wait for Jackson to start releasing those video blogs! The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug releases later this year on December 13th.
As you may or may not know, the Elf warrior Legolas (played by Orlando Bloom in the Lord of the Rings films) does not appear in The Hobbit. However, director Peter Jackson did a bit of a re-write of the classic J. R. R. Tolkien book to wedged the character into the story for his upcoming Hobbit trilogy. Still, fans have wondered just how Legolas will make his appearance in the films, and when, but now it seems that LEGO of all things may have spoiled the moment.
Avert your eyes if you wish to remain spoiler free. Only the brave should click and look after the jump… (more…)
One of the most anticipated films of the upcoming year (other than Batman & The Avengers) has released a high quality trailer for everyone to count their pennies for the 2012 Holiday season. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, trailer is here first for all you loyal literary/mythological nerds to salivate over. I know it may seem like such a tease, but after so many video/blog posts of the film production, the release of this trailer finally gives us a solid look at the Lord of the Rings universe that left an aching hole in our hearts since Lord of the Rings: Return of The King. Take a gander and share with other nerd friends, ’cause Peter Jackson just gave you the best pre-Christmas gift ever, or Hanukkah gift for all our Jewish folks out there.
The film stars Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, andStephen Fry. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14, 2012.
“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
Nerdy girls everywhere felt a slight tremble in the force today as Peter Jackson updated his Facebook page letting the world know that Orlando Bloom is officially on board to reprise his role as Legolas in The Hobbit. Everyone expected him to come back, but now everyone can breath a sigh of relief with the confirmation. Jackson had this to say,
Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I’m excited to announce today that we’ll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more. I’m thrilled to be working with Orlando again. Funny thing is, I look older—and he doesn’t! I guess that’s why he makes such a wonderful elf.
(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
The captain is back and this time it’s a race to the fountain of youth in the fourth film of the ‘Pirates’ series, directed by Rob Marshall. Once again Starring Johnny Depp as our hero Captain Jack Sparrow and new characters to the series played by beauty Penelope Cruz and veteran actor Ian McShane. With new female male leads added to the series it’s obvious that there’s Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, what a shame. Anyway, here’s your first look at ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides:
Mermaids, zombies and more Keith Richards! Catching glimpses of action, adventure and more witty one-liners from Sparrow this could very well be the be of the pirate films to date. Sure there’s no Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan but who really cares? It’s Jack Sparrow the ladies drool over and that’s just fine and dandy for everyone, especially Jerry Bruckheimer. Follow the classic formula that they’ve followed from the previous 3 films, from the exotic locations to it’s once again outstanding score, how can they top their predecessors? here’s the official plot synopsis:
“In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love–or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.”
Based off Tim Powers’ pirate novel On Stranger Tides, once optioned by Disney many years ago as it’s own film. It holds it’s own as a sequel, but is still able to be called it’s own individual movie entirely. This is a very strong and very well cut trailer to tease an audience with, a well thought through plan from Disney. Having lines like “It has begun, AGAIN!” from McShane however teases that this race to the fountain has happened once before. Not to jump the gun or anything but it could be that Sparrow senior took part in the last race to the fountain of youth, just a observation and a theory.
People will be dying to see this movie next May but until then they can only sit and watch this trailer on repeat.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will hit theaters on May 20th 2012.