Steven Colbert can get just about anyone he wants on his show The Colbert Report, even Republicans that know Colbert will skewer them with his rapier like wit. Now Colbert has landed the biggest interview of his life, or at least the biggest interviewee, Smaug The Stupendous, The Unassessably Wealthy, that worm that makes Dwarves squirm. This might be the video of the day unless J.J. Abrams drops another Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser. (more…)


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…)


The first taste of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Smaug from The Desolation of Smaug trailer was incredible. The voice they’ve managed to create is both terrifying and masterful, suiting the imposing dragon perfectly. Along with the voice, Cumberbatch has also provided motion capture work for animators to work his facial expressions into the Smaug design. And to provide us with some damn funny shots of the one and only, CumberSmaug. (more…)


As of now we’re about four months away from the December 13th release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, part two of Peter Jackson‘s latest trilogy set in Middle Earth. With the date nearing it’s only a matter of time before we’re up to our ears in dwarves, wizards, and hobbitses. Oh! And one giant dragon.

Setting the tone for the promotional surge to come are these two images discovered by, who point out that judging by their highly stylized look we’ll likely see these images on, “toy packaging, calendars, Facebook photos, desktop backgrounds, [and] board games.” Basically, anywhere you look in the coming months will have something Hobbit plastered on it.

For an early look at The Desolation of Smaug‘s marketing blitz imagery, hit the jump.


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?

I’m not one to make something out of nothing, so I blame the internet for this.

A new TV spot for The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey has been making it’s way around the net this weekend, as it features our first glimpse of Smaug the dragon. You know, the big bad flying lizard that decimates lands and hoards treasure?

To call it a glimpse would be an overstatement. It’s literally nothing, just black blobs of pure motion blur.

Yet, here we are writing about it. I apologize for the lack of substance, but Hobbit mania is running wild, and who are we to rob you of seeing a black mass dart across the sky? Check out the spot below:

Here’s some screen grabs via our friends at Bleeding Cool:


This month’s Empire magazine is simply bursting with goodies, glimpses, and SPOILERS from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, releasing December 14th (as if you had forgotten). And while I haven’t yet gotten my hands on a copy, some of the most interesting bits of information have begun leaking online. The biggest being that yes, we will indeed see Smaug in the first movie, though Peter Jackson says only in a “fleeting appearance” during the prologue.

Will we hear him speak? Unlikely, I’m sure they’re saving the full effect of Smaug for the second flick since, y’know, he’s the title character at that point. Jackson continues with assuring fans Smaug will, “remain as liquid tongued as the book’s memorable villain (he is a character not a monster). And with their casting of Benedict Cumberbatch for the voice, I am sure we won’t be disappointed.

Jackson also shared the Mirkwood spiders have been moved into the second movie. They will also speak, but only through some kind of “psychic communication” only Bilbo will be able to hear. And finally, more confirmation of the Necromancer – an incarnation of Sauron also voiced by Cumberbatch – and his larger role in these films comes from the mentioning of his stronghold, Dol Gulder, said to appear in the second movie. Sylvestor McCoy, playing Radagast the Brown, even teases a wizard showdown with some mysterious enemy, likely the Necromancer, “where the wizards are together, battling not each other but some other evil.”

All this hype is driving me mad. There’s still seven weeks to go! And I’m sure these teases are only the tip of the promotional iceberg. Prepare yourself for two more months of Hobbit-this and Hobbit-that. It has only begun.

Source: Comic Book Movie

Obviously, scenes are being shifted around in the editing rooms of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit since the annoucement the films were to become a trilogy, and you have to wonder how that’s affecting the plotting.  Surely the bulk of new material will come in the second and third films since the first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey, is releasing later this year. So, when will Smaug arrive?

While making the press rounds promoting Parade’s End – a new drama coming to BBC 2 this Friday which looks marvelous  – Benedict Cumberbatch let loose this one little tidbit which might be a hint to when Smaug will make his first appearance,

I think my eye might open at the end of the first film and then you’ll get the rest of me in the second.

That sounds very much like the kind of tease Jackson would fit at the end of a movie. And the title, The Desolation of Smaug is a likely candidate for what the newly added film will be called. Making that the title of the second film still allows the third to be called There and Back Again, which always had a nice ending sound to it. More so I think than The Battle of Five Armies.

Of course, we don’t know if Cumberbatch is referring to the ending of An Unexpected Journey as it was before or after the trilogy announcement, so there’s a chance this isn’t the final scene, but I like to hope it is. Do you think this sounds likely as an ending for the first flick leading into an all Smaug brawl in the second?

Source: Bleeding Cool

Forbes likes it’s lists, in a magazine about wealth and making more wealth, it’s predictable that pecking orders are going to be needed. Even in the make believe world. This NerdBastard isn’t going to argue with the list or placement of characters on said list, that’s YOUR  job in the comments section below.

I will say that it is interesting that half the list are characters in upcoming movies or currently airing popular television shows. One has to draw the fans in somehow. 

Smaug (Net Worth: $62 billion)
Flintheart Glomgold (Net Worth: $51.9 billion)
Carlisle Cullen (Net Worth: $36.3 billion)
Jed Clampett (Net Worth: $9.8 billion)
Tony Stark (Net Worth: $9.3 billion)
Richie Rich (Net Worth: $8.9 billion)
Charles Foster Kane (Net Worth: $8.3 billion)
Bruce Wayne (Net Worth: $6.9 billion)
Forrest Gump (Net Worth: $5.7 billion)
Mr. Monopoly (Net Worth: $2.5 billion)
Lisbeth Salander (Net Worth: $2.4 billion)
Tywin Lannister (Net Worth: $2.1 billion)
C. Montgomery Burns (Net Worth: $1.3 billion)
Robert Crawley (Net Worth: $1.1 billion)
Jo Bennett (Net Worth: $1 billion)

Via: Forbes

Seeing Smaug realized on the big screen is definitely one of the highlights Hobbit fans are looking forward to. Might the sweaters the crew were wearing in the latest Hobbit set video offer a clue as to what the dragon will look like? Maybe, take a look.

You’ll notice this looks quite a bit like a famous illustration by John Howe (seen above), but could it also be the inspiration for the movie’s Smaug? I think it’s likely we’ll see something similar for Smaug but I wouldn’t go so far as saying this logo from the crew’s “200 Days to Go” sweater is our first look at the dragon.

Besides, we know Benedict Cumberbatch will not only be providing the voice of Smaug but also motion capture so I’m guessing the final design for Smaug isn’t finished yet. But what do you guys think? Is this likely what Smaug will look like in The Hobbit?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due on December 14, 2012, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again releasing a year later on December 13, 2013.

Source: Comic Book Movie