The Hobbit: A Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson with Cam

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…)

Desolation of Smaug First Look

If you want a first look at the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug you’re going to have to go ahead and buy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey after it’s released on DVD and Blu Ray on March 19th, but before the March 24th (3PM ET) live streaming event. You’d probably be buying it anyway, but you’ve got to but it in order to get the special code that gets you into the Live Streaming Event.

You’ve also got the opportunity to submit questions on the movie’s Facebook and Vine pages for Peter Jackson‘s Q&A which follows the trailers premiere. One can expect Warner Brothers to be on top of any boot-leg versions that will pop up on the Internet and slapping Cease and Desist orders left and right, so unless you want to play tag with the Warner Brothers Legal Department all day trying to find a site with a working copy you might just want to buy it or borrow a friends code.

You could just wait . . . unless you’ve got that Hobbit itch that you can’t just scratch away.

Via: Comicbookmovie

The first television spot for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has hit small screens everywhere, but with many Nerd Bastards’ readers streaming television from the internet, it’s just easier to catch it here instead of dusting off the remote and flipping through television channels hoping to stumble across it.

With such a short TV spot time, around 30 seconds is average, you can bet that the marketing gurus are going to mention The Lord Of The Rings connection as many times as they can. Remember that these television pieces are aimed at the general populace and not fan boys and girls.

It’s an interesting look at what the powers that be think the general public will want to see in the movie. There’s a lot more action and less of the character items that make the “Ringers,” as some Tolkien fans are known, OHH and AHH.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theater screens December 14th, with advance tickets going on sale November 7th if you really want to ensure your seat.

The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome 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 Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs 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 ingenuity 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.

Via: /Film

We’ve been expecting this trailer to premiere tonight, but apparently MSN’s version was published early by mistake. MSN has pulled it, but while it lasts this YouTube version is still up and running. You can’t stop the Internet when it comes to something like this trailer, too many people have been waiting too long to let this mistake get corrected.

So watch this as quick as you can before some lawyer gets his hands on it.

If you’re planning to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D, you might want to choose your movie going companions carefully. You’re most likely gonna be mocked mercilessly by your friends and others standing in line for other movies.

Seriously, look at those clunky, chunky, and clumsy looking things. They look like those magical glasses they sell late at night on television that really lonely old people buy and wear. Just look at the promotional flyer below.

OK, I know that there have been other movies with ridiculous 3D glasses to wear. like the Transformers 3D glasses below.

Wait . . . those are cool as hell. What about the Avengers 3D glasses, those had to be cheesy as heck.

OH . . . those are pretty slick actually and you get to pick your favorite hero. Damn there has to be a pair of 3D glasses worse than those Hobbit monstrosities. If you can find a pair of 3D glasses that are worse than those Hobbit 3D glasses let this NerdBastard know about them in the comments section below.

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?

Both James Cameron and Peter Jackson have said they plan to shoot in the higher frame rate of 48 fps for some time and it seems we’ll have our first major motion picture released at that speed by the end of the year. The first part of Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will release in 48 fps as opposed to the more traditional 24 fps this December. The catch is, as of now, most theatres can’t accommodate the higher frame rate.

Okay, before you freak out and think you won’t be able to see The Hobbit, come on, do you think movie theatres are going to let the opportunity of making mega-money slip by? Hell no. Most chains will use this opportunity to update their equipment. Of course, if you live in a small, one theatre, one screen kind of town you might have reason to worry.

The frame rate refers to the speed at which the individual frames, of which there are usually thousands making up one movie, move through the projector and are, uh, projected. Twenty-four fps has been the standard of the industry for a long, long, long time. But filmmakers like Cameron and Jackson are hailing 48 fps and its even faster sibling, 60 fps as being better at, “reducing or eliminating jutter and other motion artifacts.”

The Hollywood Reporter has all the nitty-gritty details on the conversion and by all means check out their original article. Are we on the verge of another advancement in movie technology? How long before all films are shot at this higher frame rate and 24 fps becomes a thing of the past? Only the future knows.

And actually, you might know sooner than later if your local theatre will be capable of projecting at 48 fps because it’s rumored the next trailer for The Hobbit will release at 48 fps this summer.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey releases December 14th.

According to Gollum…er, I mean Andy Serkis, we will most likely see the first trailer to The Hobbit: A Unexpected Journey this December! When he was asked in a interview when we would see a trailer for The Hobbit he said,

There will be a trailer fairly soon, actually. Around Christmas time, I believe. It’s just around the corner.

I’m inclined to think this this will attached to either Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (12/16), which is a Warner Bros. film,  or The Adventures of Tintin (12/21) which is a Peter Jackson produced production.

Of course, the trailer will probably be released online well ahead of these releases. Gawd, I miss the day when I use to pay for a movie just to see the trailer. The internet has ruined me.

In the interview the actor also discusses his work as a Second Unit Director, shooting on the Red One Epic camera at 5K resolution 48 frames a second, and of course in 3D.

It’s unlike anything I have ever seen before. The brain has become so attuned to watching films at 24 frames a second. This is something completely different. It’s incredible. You feel inside it and surrounded by it. It’s really great. People will not be disappointed.

My anticipation is buiding. I haven’t been this excited for a film since Star Wars.