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David Bowie Gandalf

David Bowie was considered for Gandalf in Lord of the Rings but didn't audition

Gandalf was Maiar, jamming good with...
Dec 19
// Hubert Vigilla
David Bowie's passing was one of many painful deaths in 2016. In the aftermath, we reported that Bowie auditioned for The Lord of the Rings. While Bowie was considered to play Gandalf in the film, it turns out he never really...
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Middle Earth

Massive Hobbit/Lord of the Rings box set announced

What a stylish shelf
Aug 18
// Matthew Razak
Are you ready to lay down some serious money for three really great movies and three not as good movies? Then you'll want to head over to Amazon and sign up for an email alert for when you can buy "Middle Earth UCE (BD) [Blu-...
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David Bowie LOTR

David Bowie auditioned for Lord of the Rings

The Man Who Fell to Middle-Earth
Jan 29
// Hubert Vigilla
Following the death of David Bowie, more and more information has surfaced about his works in progress and his past projects. Up until his passing, the man was writing new songs. He has multiple posthumous albums set for rele...
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Jackson on Hobbit woes

Peter Jackson talks problems making The Hobbit, didn't have enough prep time

"Didn't know what the hell I was doing"
Nov 19
// Hubert Vigilla
The Hobbit trilogy made roughly $3 billion worldwide, but it was also a bloated disappointment that felt nowhere near as taut as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The writing wasn't there, the special effects seemed less polishe...

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Minas Tirith LOTR

There's an Indiegogo campaign to make a life-sized Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings

60-day goal: $2.9 billion
Aug 14
// Hubert Vigilla
Have you ever wanted to live in Minis Tirith from Lord of the Rings? A city glistening white, carved from a mountain, its great citadel high above the main gate overlooking the fallen capital Osgiliath and the windswept Pelen...

Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

Dec 17 // Matthew Razak
[embed]218726:42055:0[/embed] The Hobbit: The Battle of Five ArmiesDirector: Peter JacksonRated: PG-13Release Date: December 17, 2014 The Battle of Five Armies picks up right where the last film left off, but this isn't a sequel picking up the story from a previous film. It is literally as if you hit pause on The Desolation of Smaug then came back a year later and remembered you had been watching it so decide to just hit play again. It makes sense since the film was clearly just meant to be one massive four-hour-long Tolkein wank, but that means if you haven't kept every character up to date in your memory or re-watched last year's film you're going to be rapidly attempting to remember what the hell was going on as Smaug starts to burn down Lake-town. Whose that guy with the bow and arrow? Oh that's right, it's Bard (Luke Evans), the heroic human who wants to protect his family from Smaug and eventually rebuild his now destroyed town with the help of the dwarves. And the dwarves? They've locked themselves in their new kingdom as Thorin (Richard Armitage) gets driven mad by his lust for gold. And what about the elves? Weren't there elves? Well one is Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and the other is Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and they're there just to be elves it seems. Of course the good Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) returns as well to hobbit his way around. So now that we're all caught up what's the plot of this one? Get the gold. The real issue is we've played this game before in Middle Earth and on a much grander scale with far more plot to hold it up. Of all the Hobbit films this one feels the most like filler. It woefully steals from its LotR predecessors as if begging us to remember how awesome we felt about those films. The problem is reminding us of them only shows us how lacking this one is. Thorin's "dragon madness" reeks too heavily of the desire for the one ring and thanks to that the film's themes fall flat. What we're left with is what should be a 20 minute action sequence stretched out into two and half hours.  To be fair the movie starts off fantastically since it's basically the conclusion of the previous film, which ended with its own masterful action sequence. Bard's take down of Smaug is stunning and hearing Benedict Cumberbatch back voicing the dragon, however briefly, is fantastic. Then it just starts to unravel until at one point we're treated to some sort of hallucinatory dream Thorin has of being drowned in gold. That's the moment you know that they were out of ideas and just doing whatever the hell popped into Peter Jackson's head.  Jackson's head is an awesome place. This is a spectacular visual feast, even if they gave up on the 48 fps presentation. No one does giant battles and action sequences like Jackson and the special effects, direction and sets are just stunning. The movie is a visual triumph as all of the films have been, but pretty pictures only get you so far, and with five other films full of pretty Middle Earth pictures they garner even less distance here. There's just not enough to keep this one going. Freeman's Bilbo deserves to have been put into a two movies instead of stretched into three he's so enjoyable. Other actors seem a bit tired of the whole thing, though that may just be me applying personal opinion since they filmed this all at once. Ian Mckellan doesn't seem so into it anymore and I'm still not sure why Lilly or Bloom are in the films at all except for a lame attempt at a love triangle between a dwarf and two elves. Just more padding. In the end that's all The Battle of Five Armies is: a lot of padding. It's pretty padding. It looks good and feels like something you've enjoyed sitting on before, but once you sit down it starts to show it has no stuffing inside. The film desperately tries to rekindle the magic of its predecessor's, but it can't because it's run out of what makes the film's special. It isn't grand fantasy, it's personal story. Someone should have cut Jackson off and put the films into two long movies instead of letting him ramble on for three. As it stands I wish the one ring was real so we could make this film disappear. 
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Care to see the Lord of the Rings again?
When Peter Jackson announced that he'd be stretching The Hobbit into three movies I was a bit wary, but excited. While the book itself could have easily been put into one, maybe two, films there's enough lore in the worl...

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Good thing this is the last one, the titles are getting longer
I love how they're claiming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is "The Defining Chapter" in the story since the book itself is only a fraction of all of this. In what is most likely the most bloated title of the serie...

Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Dec 13 // Matthew Razak
[embed]216997:41002:0[/embed] The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugDirector: Peter JacksonRated: PG-13Release Date: December 13, 2013  The Desolation of Smaug is an action movie without a doubt. The majority of its two hour and forty minute running time is massive action set pieces and the rest is preparation for massive action set pieces with a bit of character development thrown in. We pick up where the last film left off, with the company of dwarves, Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and Gandalf from the evil goblins chasing them. They eventually escape with the help of the skin changer Beorn (Mikael Persbrandt). Gandalf leaves to pursue the Sauron sub plot that was not in the books and the dwarves are eventually beset by spiders and then captured by wood elves in the form of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and his lady friend Tauriel (Evangaline Lilly), both also not in the books. Eventually escaping thanks to Bilbo and a fantastically done barrel riding action sequence the party ends up in Lake Town below the Misty Mountain, where Smaug hordes his treasure. Aided by Bard (Luke Evans) they eventually convince the town to let them approach the mountain and Bilbo enters, confronts Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) and then the entire point of him coming is made moot when the dwarves charge in to save him and a thirty minute dragon chase ensues until the climatic cliffhanger ending.  Seem like a lot? That's not even including half the character sub plots and the entire added in Sauron back story. The improvement here is that the film doesn't feel like they're cramming stuff in, but instead like they're telling the story they want to tell. While this approach does lead to some pretty massive plot holes (especially when you combine the story with the Lord of the Rings films) It makes for a movie that actually feels like it should be nearly three hours.  Once again, the true stand out is the fantastic world that Jackson has created and, of course, the action set pieces. Middle Earth is even more stunning on screen and Jackson's take on Lake Town and the halls of the fallen dwarf kingdom are worth the price of admission alone. Purist will probably gawp at the fact that the barrel ride down the river is turned into a kung-fu-elf, rabid orc, acrobatic dwarf chase sequences, but those who enjoy fun will simply be stunned by how well put together it is. Same goes for the film's conclusion, which has the dwarves fighting Smaug in edge-of-your-seat fashion. It may completely obliterate much of the book's Smaug/Bilbo interactions, but it is fantastically awesome.  Most of the cast remains the same and performs as admirably as the first film. The often griped about addition of Legolas and Turien doesn't ruin anything and both actors are fine. The character of Beorn seems especially wasted in the movie and Persbrandt doesn't give him as much gravitas as he deserves. However, Cumberbatch's motion captured Smaug, much of which was directed by second unit director and Golum actor And Serkis, is amazing. A sleek and somehow sexy dragon whose movements are as important as the digital dragon effect on his voice. It's a stellar performance and once again raises the question if motion captured actors should at least be considered for awards.  There's plenty to balk about in The Desolation of Smaug if you're a purist or want something character driven, and Jackson seems more concerned with excitement than a story this time around, but it is exciting. The film is a grand epic in the best ways and keeps pace from beginning to end by tying together action sequence after action sequence. Once again Jackson has made a movie that could easily piss you off, but in reality is a visual and technical achievement few directors could ever truly pull off. 
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Book? What book?
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey blew me away when I caught it in theaters and I gave it an appropriately high score because of that. It was truly stunning and another epic coming from Peter Jackson, but upon re-watchin...


Peter Jackson still intent on making Tintin 2

Dec 11
// Matthew Razak
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn was everything Indian Jones and the Crystal Skull should have been. An action-packed throwback to adventure movies, full of fun and old school daring. The fact tha...
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The Hobbit 2 Trailer

Third trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Plus eight new posters!
Nov 05
// Nick Valdez
This newest trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a bit different from the previous one. The footage is mostly the same (maybe two or three different scenes), but the dialogue is cut much differently. There are ...
Everything about this movie is perfect.
Hey guys, it's October! You know what that means: Halloween is right around the corner! As such, we will be bringing you some of our favorite horror film suggestions, in the hopes that they will lead to some sleepless nig...


Peter Jackson's Hobbit back in production for pick ups

The cast and crew have reuinited for a few more weeks of shooting
May 20
// Hubert Vigilla
It's been a little while since we last heard about the next two Hobbit movies, The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again. Even though I had some issues with The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey (Matt, like the majority of...

The Hobbit: There and Back Again delayed to December 2014

Peter Jackson's trilogy capper moves from summer to winter
Mar 01
// Hubert Vigilla
When The Hobbit went from a pair of movies to a trilogy, the original plan was to release The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 12, 2012, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on December 13, 2013, and The Hobbit: There...

Flix for Short: The Office: An Unexpected Journey

The Office UK + The Hobbit = Something better than the Peter Jackson movie
Jan 07
// Hubert Vigilla
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey continues to thrive at the box office. While I had a lot of problems with the film's flabby storytelling, there was one thing about the movie that was perfect: Martin Freeman...

Review: West of Memphis

Dec 24 // Hubert Vigilla
[embed]213246:39095[/embed] West of MemphisDirector: Amy BergRating: RRelease Date: December 25th, 2012 If you're unfamiliar with the West Memphis Three, here's a rundown of events. In 1993, three boys went missing in West Memphis, Arkansas. Their names: Stevie Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers. A few days later, their bodies were found in an area called Robin Hood Hills. The children were drowned, beaten, lacerated, hogtied, and naked. Their genitals were mutilated and their lips looked chewed up. The horrific discovery terrified the small community and led to a crusade for justice. The authorities found three misfit teenagers and arrested them. Their names: Jessie Misskelley, Jr., Jason Baldwin, and Damien Echols -- these teens would become known as the West Memphis Three. When interrogated, Misskelley delivered a perfect confession that implicated Baldwin and Echols in the crime, one so grisly it was obviously linked to satanic worship (the great small town and suburban bogeyman of the 1980s and 1990s). Baldwin and Misskelley got life in prison, and Echols, the alleged ringleader, was sentenced to death. West of Memphis begins with this rush for justice. It stacks evidence and testimony and the weight of a town's horror against the three teens. In the heat of the trial, they must have seemed just a trio of taciturn psychopaths. If you weren't familiar with the case at all, you'd think the West Memphis Three were totally guilty by the 15 or 20-minute mark. Berg's choice to open West of Memphis like this is a formally interesting one. She even begins with Pam Hobbs, Stevie's mother. She still has his boy scout uniform. She still holds it close to her when she misses her son. I think Berg was trying to recreate the mindset of outrage and show how there's a pressing, visceral need to have justice as soon as possible. Bad things can happen when you rush, maybe even travesties of justice. The rest of the film is all about questioning the prosecution's case, unraveling the bad work they've done, and trying to find answers in things that the initial investigation missed. Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh became involved in the West Memphis Three case around 2005. That's when they first contacted Lorri Davis. Davis is Echols's wife. After seeing Paradise Lost, Davis began sending letters to Echols, and the two struck up a rapport that makes up part of West of Memphis. They were married in 1999, but obviously lived apart, communicating by letter and phone. Jackson appears in the film and talks about funding an independent investigation in the hopes of clearing the West Memphis Three. They hire experts in the field to examine the evidence, including a retired FBI profiler. One of their first targets is the testimony of Frank Peretti, medical examiner for the prosecution. What they find is the first of many sloppy assumptions, but ones that stuck because of the moral outrage. Aside from bad police work and an even worse trial (the inattentive jury didn't help matters either), the film highlights the political ambitions of some of the key players in the case. At the center are former Deputy Prosecutor John Fogelman and trial judge David Burnett. They're interviewed, and occasionally they're so guarded it's as if they're admitting a certain kind of guilt. "I wonder if I should answer that," one of them says to the camera. Maybe it's just a recognition of what they did, but one without remorse or apology. You can't be held culpable, the reasoning might go, at least when you're just trying to punish the guilty (or scapegoat the guilty-looking innocent). Gradually the first portion of the film unravels. Testimonies get recanted years after witnesses took the stand. New evidence is discovered that might have been intentionally overlooked because it didn't fit the narrative of satanic worship. What we're left with are three teens in prison, their young adult lives taken from them because they didn't receive a fair trial. Given the attitude of the town, they probably couldn't have gotten one. Scarier still: the real murder or murderers were never apprehended. I've seen a lot of emotions run high about whether or not the West Memphis Three are the real murderers. Independent of that discussion, the most important thing is that evidence is reconsidered and whoever goes to trial receives a fair hearing. That's all West Memphis Three supporters ever wanted, and that's the least that the West Memphis Three deserved. If the opening establishes a sense of guilt which is then eroded with forensic evidence, then the last half of West of Memphis seems to change modes again. The new focus is about trying to investigate a potential suspect based on newly discovered DNA evidence. (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory also focuses on the new suspect. The road doesn't lead back to Mark Byers as Paradise Lost 2: Revelations seemed to suggest.) A lot of it has to do with Stevie Branch's home life and some awful things he had to endure. By bringing Pam and her daughter Amanda into the film, Berg's able to explore the various family tragedies that surround the child murders and all the deep hurts that haven't yet begun to heal. It's one of the more uncomfortable and emotional sections of the film. The West Memphis Three case is so large, and its legal and personal impact so significant. Berg's able to juggle all of this without letting her focus go slack. Amid the investigative work and smart forensics, alongside the dissolution of the Hobbs family and the romance of Echols and Davis, there's also some exploration of the West Memphis Three as a cause. If I remember right, another one of the interview subjects called the West Memphis Three case the first crowd-sourced post-conviction investigation. It was something to get behind and for celebrities to call attention to. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder is interviewed as well as Henry Rollins, both of whom championed the wM3 since the 1990s; Natalie Maines-Pasdar of The Dixie Chicks also figures into the film. Yet Echols notes in an interview from jail that their case, though it caught so much attention, is not unique. These miscarriages of justice happen all the time. Before the screening started, we were read a statement from Berg. It mentioned that West of Memphis was technically a work in progress, and that it wouldn't be complete until the case was reopened, the new evidence considered, and the West Memphis Three exonerated. It may happen, it may not. Flawed systems and a state unwilling to admit fault are hard to crack. For now the work continues, and who knows for how long. But the work, even if it is something in progress, is worth doing; the work, though its mission isn't accomplished yet, is worth watching.
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The Peter Jackson-produced chronicle of the West Memphis Three
[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of DOC NYC 2012. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical release of West of Memphis.] Going into West of Memphis, I was worried the film would be redunda...


Featurettes on sound and visual effects in The Hobbit

Dec 18
// Hubert Vigilla
While I had issues with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for its flabby storytelling, the film has set the box office on fire and I did at least appreciate lots of choices in production design. These two feat...

Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Dec 13 // Matthew Razak
[embed]214047:39314[/embed] The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyDirector: Peter JacksonRated: PG-13Release Date: December 14, 2012  As you've probably heard, Peter Jackson has stretched the story of what is a decently short children's book into three epic films. The plot of the original book is the story of an adventure Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) goes on in which he just happens to find the ring that causes all the trouble in The Lord of the Rings. It's a much smaller tale with massive implications in the world of Middle Earth, but the plot of the book and film really have a very basic fantasy story line: the quest to kill a dragon. You can read The Hobbit easily in a day (and really should have already done it) so I won't go too into detail on the plot, but the film stays pretty faithful to the story of the book, but it's really less than the first third of the story. [spoilers] By the end of the movie they haven't even made it to Dale. [/spoilers] Jackson took the opportunity afforded him by three films to make this first film into a lot more than the book, pulling in characters everyone will easily recognize from the previous trilogy even if they weren't even mentioned in the book. There's a lot of background story going on here that a children's book just doesn't dive into, but any fan of Tolkien will love to death. Of course this means a whopping two hour and 40 minute running time, but if you enjoy being in Middle Earth that shouldn't be an issue. There's definitely times when Jackson could have easily cropped the film down -- like when we randomly flash forward to Frodo for no apparent reason than to reestablish that this is indeed a movie that is connected to the previous movies -- but Jackson's Middle Earth is so complete and wonderfully detailed that spending too much time in it might be impossible.  The Hobbit is definitely a bit more fun than The Lord of the Rings. This, of course, is partly because of the subject matter, but it feels like everyone involved was a bit more laid back this time around. The film plays visual gags and slapstick far more often and while there's plenty of sweeping panoramas and truly epic moments everything is a bit more down to earth. Jackson does a very good job of balancing the lighter feeling of the film with the in-depth world that was already created. There's definitely hints at the serious nature of everything going on, but the childlike wonder of adventure and action is what really shines. A big part of that is the dwarves. Led by Thorin (Richard Armitage), they're pretty much the classic gang of misfit warriors presented in every film (there's even a fat one and two goofy twins). If that little detail doesn't convince you that the film is a bit more lighthearted than a mention of a musical number where the dwarves sing and put away dishes should push you over. While the lighter tone is something to be appreciated it does at times conflict with the already established world from the previous films. This is an issue the books had as well, and for the most part Jackson avoids the film feeling at odds. However, every once in a while you're sucked out of the story because the film is being oddly childish. The action this time around is superb, especially an escape sequence through an orc infested cave. This escape was definitely in the book, but it's nowhere near as thrilling as it is in the film. It's one of the most stunning action sequences I've seen in a while, and is especially impressive since it packs both humor and wonder together while somehow keeping track of a plethora of dwarves and a wizard kicking butt. It's not the only action sequence either, and all of them stand out strong. Unlike the previous films The Hobbit doesn't have any giant wars or epic showdowns (yet) in terms of action. But it shines elsewhere thanks to some fantastic dialog and adherence to the wittier parts of the book. The classic scene of the three arguing ogres is both funny and charming, but it's Bilbo's riddle showdown with Gollum (Andy Serkis) that really steals the show. Somehow Serkis combines humor, evil and insanity into a ten minute performance that would have won him an Oscar if he hadn't been digitally animated. The showdown between him and Bilbo is a lesson in pacing a scene that could have fallen horribly flat, but instead outshines almost every other aspect of the film. This is as it should be considering what the end result of their game of riddles is, but it's fantastic that Jackson, Serkis and Freeman so clearly cared about it. Now for what you've all been waiting for (I put it here so you'd read the rest). High Frame Rate (HFR) is absolutely stunning visually, but until you get used to watching it it will take you out of the movie and annoy the heck out of you. After seeing the movie in 48 fps I don't think I could watch it any other way, but it took me about an hour to stop seeing things sped up, especially during action sequences. Once I stopped: wow. Just wow. If you think you've seen a sweeping vista, you haven't. If you think you've been amazed by an elaborate action set piece, you're wrong. If you don't think this is the future of film then you're mistaken. Everything looks absolutely stunning, except for the sets, which now often look like plastic. What does that mean? It means set makers need to step their game up because when the movie isn't on a set it's too gorgeous to not become the norm. For fans of Tolkein and the previous films this is more of what you want, but on a much smaller scale with a handful of humor tossed in. It definitely doesn't feel as grand or epic as the previous films, but that's a good thing. This is a different story told in a different manner, and clearly separates itself from its predecessors. What it does (establish the basis for the upcoming story) it does well, even if it could have done it just as easily with thirty minutes less footage. The extra content that makes what could have been one film into three isn't really needed, but it's hard to be angry about getting to spend more time in this world. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey may have had a lot of obstacles in its way, but it succeeds in being an entertaining and thoroughly watchable movie. It may not be the story the book told in content and tone, but it's the story it had to be... plus 30 minutes. Hubert Vigilla: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a great two-hour adventure movie that's unfortunately almost three hours long. There's so much flab in film, and it's easy to spot. If Lord of the Rings was young Jake LaMotta, The Hobbit is old Jake LaMotta. There are middling monologues that repeat the film's themes of home and belonging, there are redundant scenes that should have been nixed, and there's even a small council at Rivendell that feels like a mid-week staff meeting. Throughout that scene, Gandalf sits, Saruman sits and drones, Elrond stands, and Galadriel paces very slowly. It made me appreciate the expedience of Lord of the Rings. When the film gets going, it's a rip-roaring adventure that's all swashbuckling and hack and slash, which is probably what the film would have felt like if The Hobbit remained a two-movie tale. But even these moments get undermined by bad comic relief, especially from the zany hippie-dippy druid Radagast the Brown. There are also a lot of winks to previous Lord of the Rings films meant as some sort of visual callback, but it feels shoehorned in and robs the film of its own sense of freshness, much like the references in the Star Wars prequels to the original Star Wars trilogy. This first Hobbit movie isn't all bad -- the best scene and one of the few that is lean and compelling throughout is the "Riddles in the Dark" segment -- but it's just a needlessly bloated movie. Maybe in the next two films, Jackson can focus on the adventure rather than trying to hit an epic-length runtime. 60 - Decent
Middle Earth is far from middling
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is in a really tough spot. The film is the follow up to what is pretty much the most epic trilogy in film history. Plus, being based on a children's book and having a smaller story ...


Peter Jackson working on Tintin sequel for 2015

Dec 13
// Hubert Vigilla
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes out tomorrow, but Peter Jackson isn't ready to slow down. He's already shooting a new movie next year: a sequel to Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin. Jackson served as co...

New Lord of the Rings posters by Olly Moss are awesome

Dec 12
// Liz Rugg
In celebration of everyone's return to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey coming to theaters this week, Mondo - the collectible movie art division of Texas' The Alamo Drafthouse - will be releasing two brand ...

Final TV spot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I promise this is the last one
Dec 11
// Thor Latham
With the trailers, the posters, the pics, the featurette, and the other TV spots, there has been a whole slew of content for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Well friends, it looks like we've finally reache...

13-minute featurette on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

New footage of Peter Jackson and company in this behind-the-scenes video
Dec 07
// Hubert Vigilla
We're one week away from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and if you're looking for some new footage to get you hyped, here's a 13-minute featurette for the film via Warner Bros. Belgium. It's got loads of new stuff, inclu...

New Hobbit TV spot and Entertainment Weekly covers

Dec 06
// Hubert Vigilla
For some reason it hasn't quite dawned on me that I'll be seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next week at midnight. The original Lord of the Rings Trilogy came out when I was in college, and I remember going to the mid...

New Hobbit TV spot has brief glimpses of Smaug

Dec 03
// Hubert Vigilla
The latest TV spot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey features a few scant shots of Smaug. And I mean very scant. He just swoops in and destroys stuff, sort of like what he did in the Star Trek Into Darkness poster this m...

The Hobbit midnight IMAX posters; stream the film score

Nov 30
// Hubert Vigilla
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be out in two weeks, if you can believe it. And so the hype machine continues with a new TV spot and lots of other keen things. First of all, if you're attending a midnight 3D IMAX scre...

DC Friends: See The Hobbit early and free

Nov 28 // Matthew Razak
Screening Info Tuesday, December 117:00 PMRegal Majestic900 Ellsworth DriveSilver Spring, MD 

Update: Tickets are all gone! If you entered on Twitter make sure to check your direct messages. Sorry if you didn't get one, but we'll be doing more giveaways for other movies in the future so stick around. It's al...


Latest Hobbit video blog chronicles post-production

Nov 26
// Hubert Vigilla
It's crunch time for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (Not to be confused with second diabetes time.) With the release date looming, Peter Jackson and his Weta Workshop hordes are hustling to finish the picture. This lates...

150 Hobbit pics/Neil Finn's "Song of the Lonely Mountain"

Plenty of behind-the-scenes photos and the end credits song
Nov 12
// Hubert Vigilla
As if the 17 character posters weren't excessive enough, we now have 150 behind-the-scenes Hobbit pics to share with you. Thankfully this is in an embedded gallery rather than individual uploads. (Creating a click-through gal...

Trailer: West of Memphis

Amy Berg's West Memphis Three documentary, produced by Peter Jackson
Nov 05
// Hubert Vigilla
The West Memphis Three may be free after 18 years in prison, but the case isn't over just yet. Produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, Amy Berg's documentary West of Memphis examines the WM3 case and demands a new investig...

17 character posters for The Hobbit... yeah, buddy, 17

That's a lot of the droolz
Nov 05
// Hubert Vigilla
There's overkill and there's überoverkill. When it comes to new posters for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we've achieved the latter. There were 17 character posters released last week. Yeah, 17, also known as a dumb...

New Hobbit TV spot be mad trolling

Oct 29
// Hubert Vigilla
A second TV spot has showed up for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It's a nice companion piece to the first Hobbit TV spot, though in this one we get to see some talking trolls. This makes me wonder if any of the trolls i...

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