The Desolation of Smaug

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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…)

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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…)

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Let’s get the unfortunate stuff out of the way: as fate would have it, it turns out that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will not be appearing at San Diego Comic Con later this month. According to director Peter Jackson, he and the cast and crew are just too busy at the moment doing pick-up shots for the last two Hobbit films in New Zealand to be bothered to have the time to head across the Pacific to San Diego and be available for the fans at Comic Con. Jackson sends his regrets because he likes to be very hands on with what he brings to Comic Con, but at this time the pick-ups take priority and he need to “take the Comic Con burden” off his shoulders, so to speak.

Jackson promises some new footage from the films soon, but in the meantime you can get your Hobbit fix by checking out the latest of Jackson’s production diaries, conveniently embedded below (It’s got elves!):

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Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is poised to obliterate the summer blockbuster competition and in a move that smacks of, “If you can’t beat them, join them,” many studios are doing whatever they can to get their trailers attached to Man of Steel screenings. Warner Bros., though, has the inside track with two of their  upcoming movies 300: Rise Of An Empire and Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, already attached.

But you don’t have to wait, you can see the new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, right now, below.

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We’ve seen glimpses of Tauriel, the elven warrior and brand new character Evangeline Lilly will play in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again, but today Entertainment Weekly‘s got our first official look. Yup, that’s a lady elf all right.

Director Peter Jackson and co-writers, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, felt the need to introduce a new character not seen in any of Tolkien’s works to not only expand upon the elves of Mirkwood Forest but to increase the female roles of the story. The Hobbit, the book, contains no women, whatsoever. Speaking to EW, Lilly explains her character,

Tauriel is the head of the Elven Guard. She’s a Sylvan Elf, which means she’s of a much lower order than the elves we all became acquainted with in The Lord of the Rings. She doesn’t hold the same kind of status that Arwen or Galadriel or Elrond or Legolas do — she’s much more lowly. She sort of goes against the social order of the elves a little bit.

She goes on to say, “She will definitely have a love story.” *eye roll* Of course, can’t include a lady and not have her fall in love. Lilly adds, “I can’t give away too much about it. It’s not a huge focus but it is there and it is important and it does drive Tauriel and her story and her actions.” I’m hoping said romance won’t be with fellow elf, Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Besides, he’s got Gimli.

Tauriel’s relationship with Legolas is significant. They’ve known each other since they were children, and Legolas’ dad, [Elven king] Thranduil, has a soft spot for Tauriel and sees something very special in her. So if you grow up side by side, and your dad has a very special spot in his heart for this young woman who’s a fantastic warrior, I think it’s hard not to notice her. That’s probably as much as I can say.

And Lilly’s got something to say those worried the inclusion of a character not of Tolkien’s will ruin the movies,

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are going to be people who will totally hate Tauriel, think that she shouldn’t be in the movie, that it’s a betrayal of Tolkien, and no matter what I do it won’t be right. There will be everything between that and people who adore her and think it’s such a fun thing to have added to the film. I kind of got prepped for that being on Lost, because we had avid fans who were really extreme in their feelings about the show and its characters. But I think if anyone knows how to respect Tolkien, it’s Peter, Fran and Phil. And Tauriel fits perfectly in that world.

I’m definitely excited to meet Tauriel. I want to learn more about the elves, and specifically want to see more of them in these movies. Arwen’s always been a luke-warm character for me, and while I still liked her, I’m looking forward to a elven lady who can kick some ass. And I feel confidant Jackson, Walsh, and Boyens have added her to the story with care, not haphazardly. What are your thoughts about Tauriel? Excited or miffed she’s been added?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theatres this December 13th.

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The Hobbit is a book about a group of guys out on an adventure. It’s a classic, a story all children should read at some point as its full of wisdom and good lessons. Though, what it noticeable lacks are women. Women of any kind, be they human, hobbit, or elf. Thankfully, when Peter Jackson, Phillipa Boyens, and Fran Walsh went about adapting the children’s book into their two, now three, movie epic they chose to fix that. Galadriel was included in the first film and in the second and third we’ll meet, Tauriel, a Mirkwood elf who sounds like an all around badass.

In an interview with Total Film, Evangeline Lilly provided a little insight on the all-new, non-Tolkien Tauriel,

She’s a very, very young elf. She’s only 600 years old, unlike Legolas who’s like, 1,900 years old and Thranduil who’s about 3,000 years old. She doesn’t have quite the wisdom and pose that those two boys do; she’s a little more… gritty. A little more spontaneous, passionate perhaps.

To play this character I need to have a certain amount of grace. But I’m also supposed to be an absolutely ruthless, deadly killer.

Wow. What a young, inexperienced 600 years old she is! And from the little bit of on set footage we’ve seen, she is absolutely ruthless. Tauriel will first appear in The Desolation of Smaug, out this December 13th, and again in There and Back Again, releasing December 17th, 2014. I’m super excited to finally meet Tauriel as I’m dying for a lady in the story who can hold her own with boys and go on a little adventuring herself. Like Eowyn from the first trilogy, only this time, an elf. What do think of Tauriel? Is she a welcomed addition to Tolkien’s works?

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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.

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While the most recent issue of Empire magazine is overflowing with Trekkie goodness, it also contains a few nuggets about Benedict Cumberbatch‘s next project. No, not Sherlock, though his 221 B flatmate, Martin Freeman, has something to say as well. What they’re talking about is the second Hobbit flick, The Desolation of Smaug.

The ending of An Unexpected Journey teases where the company of hobbit, wizard, and dwarves are going next, plus we’ve seen the image of Freeman playing in the gold (above) before. He had this to say about acting in it,

I’m Scrooge McBaggins. It’s about a million pieces. It’s the biggest pile of gold I’ve ever seen! Well, obviously – I’m not used to hanging out in big piles of gold! They’re all fake, obviously, but it was a big eff-off pile of gold made it very hard to walk on.

And Cumberbatch had this to say about bringing Smaug the Terrible to life,

We weren’t in the same room together. If Martin had been there, I would have wanted to play off him, but there are size issues. Smaug is bigger than the Hobbit – I think I can say that! This isn’t the riddles scene. It’s slightly different, it’s intricate. Smaug doesn’t engage with the Hobbit the same way as Smeagol does. Smeagol gets drawn in, whereas Smaug is on much more of an ego trip. He likes to feel dominant at all times, and because of what he’s capable of, he is.

Let the Smauglock, commence.

Are you excited for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? It releases next year, December 13th.

Source: Geek Tyrant