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The New Title for the Third Hobbit Film is The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Peter Jackson has officially renamed the third and last “Hobbit” film. He has named the final installment The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. 

His statement follows:

Inside Information…

Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the “Desolation of Smaug”.

When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.

And so: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” it is.

As Professor Tolkien intended, “There and Back Again” encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies.

Before then however, we have a film to finish, and much to share with you. It’s been a nice quiet time for us—Jabez and I happily editing away in a dark cave in Wellington—but those halcyon days are quickly coming to an end. It will soon be time to step into the light. Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the coming months.

And there’s also The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Cut, which we’re in the process of finishing, with over 25 mins of new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore.

It’ll be a fun year!

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will hit 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on December 17

New Promo Images Released for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is only a few months away from hitting theaters but the movie-tie in marketing has already begun. Some new promo images as well as storybook tie-ins were recently revealed for the Peter Jackson project. A new poster was also released which you can see above. Continue reading

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Teaser Poster And New Trailer Revealed

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The first official teaser poster for the second installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy known as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been revealed. It shows Bilbo, played by Martin Freeman, as he is about to enter the Lonely Mountain where the dragon Smaug lives and guards the Dwarven treasure. Continue reading

The Hobbit Resumes Production in New Zealand

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The final two parts of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy has officially resumed production in New Zealand this week. The second and third parts are titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again respectively. Jackson took to Facebook to post a behind the scenes photo that shows himself with Ian McKellen’s Gandalf the Grey at the start of production which you can see above. The trilogy was directed, co-written and produced by Jackson and based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit.

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Stephen Colbert to Cameo in ‘The Hobbit’

They are two items in popular culture that I never thought would be mentioned in the same sentence. In one corner, you have American satirist, Stephen Colbert. In the other corner, you have Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated film, The Hobbit. These two ingredients will mesh on the big screen in the not so distant future.

Many out there would kill for a cameo on AMC’s ridiculously popular series, The Walking Dead. Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian put himself in the very capable hands of the make-up artists on that set, in order to become a bloody member of the walkers. But have you ever thought of how cool it would be to cameo as a Tolkien inspired monster?

That notion has apparently crossed the mind of Comedy Central‘s own Stephen Colbert. He won’t make it into the final cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which hits on December 14th, but there are two more sequels in this prequel package, and he’ll cameo in one of those films. Colbert fans will already know that the actor is a bit of a Tolkein’s fanatic. He even mentioned this exciting cameo in an interview with Playboy earlier this month.

Did I jump the gun? I assumed Colbert would get into the spirit of Halloween and have a seat in the make-up chair himself, but there’s no telling what shape his cameo will take. Maybe he’ll be an elf or dwarf instead.

What we do know is what Bolg will look like. Pardon me. No, I didn’t just burp. Bolg is the name of the terrible leader of the faction of Misty Mountain Goblins. Dun dun dun. He’s role is acted by Conan Stevens, who is somewhere beneath all that make-up and armor. It looks heavy, doesn’t it?

Of course, the prequel is all about the titular hobbit, Mr. Bilbo Baggins. His friend Gandalf the Grey, who just happens to be a great wizard, urges him into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which is now firmly in the grip of the very frightening dragon, Smaug, to be voiced by the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch.

So, Bilbo joins a band of thirteen dwarves, led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield, on the journey. Along the way, they’ll encounter mor than just Orcs, obviously. I mentioned Misty Mountain Goblins already. There are also treacherous Wargs, Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers to contend with. Oh my.

And one creature needs no introduction. He’s Gollum. And he’s baaack on the big screen. Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis and many, many more star in our return to Middle Earth.

Boy, what can’t Stephen Colbert accomplish? His book I Am America (And So Can You!) is a New York Times Best Seller. He’s a family man and a political mind. He’s a comedian, and a voice actor, having lent his pipes to Monsters vs. Aliens, The Simpsons, and a guest role on American Dad! His special A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! earned Colbert a Grammy.

New Trailer for ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Released

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One of the most anticipated films of the year has a brand new trailer. Grab your wizard’s staff and prepare to blow smoke rings, we’re all set to return to the Shire for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. New Line Cinema was pleased to unveil the latest trailer for the Peter Jackson directed prequel to The Lord of the Rings this week. The show opens in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on December 14th.

If interaction is what you crave, hop on over to the film’s official site. See, the new trailer was designed with four additional endings. You can play director! Simply choose your favorite to create your own version of the video. Then you can even share the finished product. Hey, it isn’t the star map from Prometheus, which was an offering for fans before the debut of the film, but it still sounds fun.

Let’s test my grasp of the plot for An Unexpected Journey.

The titular hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, is Frodo’s elder relative. He’ll be acted this time around by Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman, in order to depict his younger days, before the one ring ever got into Frodo’s hands. I like this casting very much.

Bilbo gets enlisted into an epic journey, with the goal of reclaiming the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. How did the Dwarves loose Erebor? Well, a terrible dragon called Smaug was involved. So, Gandalf the Grey, adds Bilbo to a company of thirteen dwarves who are led by the very reputable warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. In addition to weaponry, he carries a very impressive nose on his face. Of course many of the dwarves have lovely rhyming names in their lineage. We’ll get the change to meet Glóin, who is Gimli’s father.

Along the way, our party are sure to encounter Goblins, Orcs, Wargs, Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Maybe Bilbo should have stayed at home!

When they pass through the goblin tunnels, or make an attempt at least, this is where fate leads Bilbo to meet Gollum. That’s a scene that I can’t wait to see.

The ring, of course, alters everyone’s fate from there. Cue the dramatic music.

You see quite a bit of Elrond in this new trailer. Returning to the role is the great Hugo Weaving.

It seems not too long ago The Hobbit was reportedly going to be two films, but the latest news says there will be three. More Middle Earth is better, yes? The Desolation of Smaug is due out next year and There and Back Again follows in 2014.

Dwarves aren’t the only thing The Hobbit is filled with. Check out some of the big names attached to the project. Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Christopher Lee, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Elijah Wood, and Orlando Bloom have been cast. Lost‘s Lilly has a role Jackson is said to have created himself. Of course Cate Blanchett returns as Galadriel. She’s married to the ruler of Lothlórien, so I’m not sure why she’s making eyes at Gandalf.

Another bit of casting that makes me do a happy dance is Luke Evans in the role of Bard the Bowman, an archer. Evans is a hottie my friends. I’ve much enjoyed watching him in Immortals and The Raven, where he co-starred with John Cusack.

Let’s all raise our glasses. I think Peter Jackson will make J.R.R. Tolkien proud.

You can watch the brand new trailer below:

The Hobbit 48 FPS Film Release Update

Warner Bros. recently assured fans and movie goers regarding the release of the highly anticipated Peter Jackson adaptation, The Hobbit. The release of the film in 48 fps (frames per second) in addition to the standard 24 fps was controversial due to the hyper realistic feel of the new version.

Movie goers were initially hesitant, assuming that the theaters would charge extra for the version, however, Warner Bros. has said that that the 48 fps version would not see an increase in price. Theaters already charge extra for 3D movies have assured anyone wanting to view the new version will not be required to pay more.

When the first film opens on December 14, most theaters will play the movie at 24 fps. A 3D 48 fps version of the movie will be made available in all major markets, but only select theaters are expected to offer the option. IMAX will also have a number of theaters playing a 48 fps 3D version of the film.

Warner Bros. already revealed a new photo of Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. You can see it below:

Taking A Look At The Hobbit In 48 FPS – Guest Post

Whether it’s turning the shorter prequel to “Lord of the Rings” into a trilogy or filming the story in 48 frames per second (fps) there is no end to the spurious speculation surrounding the much-anticipated live film rendering of “The Hobbit.” What fans hope will be a cinematic masterpiece may end up being better known for its pioneering use of 48fps technology. When it was finally settled that Peter Jackson would once again be at the helm bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s world to life, it seemed like all the drama would die down. But dear Bilbo and his ilk are getting no free passes – and fans who got a sneak peek at the high frame-rate footage were less than enthusiastic.

Jackson, who originally planned a mass release of “The Hobbit” in 48fps, changed his mind after the response to a 10-minute 3D preview at CinemaCon in April. The high frame-rate version will now be a limited release, in order to give people time to get used to the sharper, more life-like images. According to James Cameron, who is a proponent of 48fps and even plans to shoot future “Avatar” sequels in as many as 60 frames per second, “If watching a 3D movie is like looking through a window, then [with this] we’ve taken the glass out of the window and we’re staring at reality.”

That doesn’t sound too bad, so what’s got everyone’s knickers in a twist? Since 1927 movies have been shot in 24 frames per second, and that is what our eyes and minds are used to seeing when we watch a film. The biggest difference in the 48fps world is that everything looks smoother – so smooth that some viewers think it looks fake. High frame-rate eliminates the strobing and flicker that we have become so accustomed to in 24fps. When those interruptions are missing, the action looks wrong to us. Another complaint is that the high definition provides too much reality, making sets look like sets and exposing every flaw of man, prop or beast.

Some who saw the CinemaCon sneak peek felt the reality captured in 48fps made the movie seem less magical, less of an escape into a different world. Others found the footage similar to what they’d seen in IMAX 3D nature documentaries – at least on the big, expansive shots of Middle Earth that fans came to expect from Jackson in “The Lord of the Rings.” Those appreciative fans sang a different tune when it came to intimate scenes of dialogue, saying that everything looked different and jarring. The conclusion being that 48fps looks awesome on wide, capacious shots but our eyes and minds have a hard time processing it on close-ups.

Jackson kind of agrees. He has stated that he doesn’t’ think high frame-rate technology is right for all movies, and that smaller, character-driven movies might not be the best fit for 48fps. And even he admits that viewing 48fps film can take some getting used to.

“It does take you a while to get used to,” Jackson said, later adding that “you get used to it reasonably quickly. We have obviously seen cuts of our movie at 48 and in a relatively short amount of time you have forgotten (the frame rate change). It is a more immersive and in 3D a gentler way to see the film.”

In consideration of the difficulty some audience members may have adjusting to the new technology “The Hobbit” will be released in 48fps, 24fps, 3D and 2D. For such an anticipated movie, it was a risky choice for Jackson to jump into the future of cinema, but it may be the perfect way to ease moviegoers into the next age. And, for those diehard fans out there, trusting Jackson’s judgment goes a long way. It will be interesting to see which format of the film sells the most tickets and how audiences react to a complete, polished 48fps version of Bilbo and Gollum mooning over their so-real-it-looks-fake “Precious.”

About the Author:

The author, Lisa Forester, has been enamored with The Hobbit since elementary school.  When she isn’t making her way through middle earth, she is a professional blogger.

The Hobbit Becomes A Trilogy

Peter Jackson confirmed last week that The Hobbit will be made into three films to become a trilogy.

The director said in an official statement:

It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie – and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’

We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.

So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.

It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, “a tale that grew in the telling.”

Cheers,

Peter J

The first and second films were shot back-to-back in New Zealand and are currently in post-production; principal photography began on 21 March 2011 and completed on 6 July 2012. While the third film will make use of footage originally shot for the first and second films, it will require additional filming as well.

n April 2011, Jackson revealed through his Facebook page that he is filming The Hobbit at 48 fps (frames per second) instead of the normal 24 fps:

“We are indeed shooting at the higher frame rate. The key thing to understand is that this process requires both shooting and projecting at 48 frames/s, rather than the usual 24 frames/s (The great majority of films have been shot at 24 frames per second since the late 1920s). So the result looks like normal speed, but the image has hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness. Looking at 24 frames every second may seem ok—and we’ve all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years—but there is often quite a lot of blur in each frame, during fast movements and if the camera is moving around quickly, the image can judder or “strobe.” Shooting and projecting at 48 frames/s does a lot to get rid of these issues. It looks much more lifelike and it is much easier to watch, especially in 3-D.”

The first installment of the new trilogy, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will be released to theaters and IMAX on Dec. 14. Film number two, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will follow on Dec. 13, 2013. The third film is expected to be released in the summer of 2014, according to ComingSoon, but the title has not yet been revealed.

To read the full press release, click here.

Additional Footage To Be Shot for The Hobbit

Director Peter Jackson may be looking to shoot additional material for The Hobbit, according to ComingSoon. The filmmaker is not only relying on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels for source material.

While Jackson said nothing is confirmed, he added that there is always a possibility.

“It’s very premature,” he said. “I mean we have an incredible source material with the appendices because The Hobbit is obviously a novel, but we also have the rights to use this 125-pages of additional notes where Tolkien expanded the world of The Hobbit, published at the end of Return of the King, and we’ve used some of it so far.”

Jackson said that as his crew began wrapping up shooting and thinking about the shape of the story, he began thinking about doing more.

“Fran and I have been talking to the studio about other things we haven’t been able to shoot and seeing if we persuade them to do a few more weeks of shooting– probably more than a few weeks actually, next year.”

Jackson said he doesn’t want The Hobbit to be a kid film, but one that fits into the Lord of the Rings universe and feels the same. Discussions are still in the early stages, but Jackson said he would like to be able to tell the other parts of the sprawling story.

He has already used more source material than just The Hobbit. When Gandalf disappears without explanation for multiple chapters in The Hobbit, Jackson turned to the appendices where Tolkien later explained the absence.

“It was all together a lot darker and more serious than what is written in The Hobbit,” Jackson said. “And also to be honest, I want to make a series of movies that run together so if any crazy lunatic wants to watch them all in a row, there will be a consistency to it, a consistency of tone.”

Jackson said he did not want to make a children’s story to lead into The Lord of the Rings, so the material from the appendices provides balance to the film’s tone.

“I mean a lot of the comedy and the charm comes from the characters,” Jackson said. “You’re dealing with Bilbo Baggins who is a bit more reluctant to go on an adventure than Frodo was, and with Dwarves who have a personality and camaraderie all of their own, so there’s a lot of humor, but there are still some serious themes involved.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will open in theaters Dec. 14.