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The Hobbit Trilogy
Posted by beautywickedlover 2010-10-22 20:57:32


Here's the official cast for the upcoming film adaptation of "The Hobbit:"

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins

http://movies.yahoo.com/photos/collections/gallery/3011/the-hobbit-casting-news#photo1

Ian McKellen as Gandolf:

http://movies.yahoo.com/photos/collections/gallery/3011/the-hobbit-casting-news#photo2

Andy Serkis as Gollum:

http://movies.yahoo.com/photos/collections/gallery/3011/the-hobbit-casting-news#photo3

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield:

http://movies.yahoo.com/photos/collections/gallery/3011/the-hobbit-casting-news#photo4

Graham McTavish as Dwalin:

http://movies.yahoo.com/photos/collections/gallery/3011/the-hobbit-casting-news#photo5

Rob Kazinsky as Fili:

http://movies.yahoo.com/photos/collections/gallery/3011/the-hobbit-casting-news#photo6

Aidan Turner as Kili, not to be confused with Aiden Turner (All My Children, Dancing with the Stars):

http://movies.yahoo.com/photos/collections/gallery/3011/the-hobbit-casting-news#photo7

Mark Hadlow as Dori:

http://movies.yahoo.com/photos/collections/gallery/3011/the-hobbit-casting-news#photo8

http://movies.yahoo.com/photos/collections/gallery/3011/the-hobbit-casting-news#photo0

















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Posted by Taryn 2010-10-22 21:29:51


I am PSYCHED for Martin Freeman, who I think is perfect. I would REALLY REALLY like to get some official confirmation for McKellen and Serkis.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2010-10-22 21:40:27


"I would REALLY REALLY like to get some official confirmation for McKellen and Serkis"

Updated. I didn't post their conformations because they were just photos and I'm sure everyone here knows who they are.

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Posted by Dre2387 2010-10-23 08:47:49


I am so excited about Richard Armitage. He is so hot and so good!

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Posted by Roscoe 2010-10-23 09:24:58


Well. With Peter Jackson directing, and the great Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, I'm there.

But really: does this have to be two movies? Surely they could knock this out in one three hour flick.

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Posted by Q 2010-10-23 09:44:27


Roscoe - why settle for 1+ billion when you can have 2+?

Potter leads the way.

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Posted by romantico 2010-10-23 12:29:16


PERFECT casting. Just perfect. I keep hearing it's possible Viggo Mortensen,Orlando Bloom, and John Rhys-Davies may have cameos.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoUN2AGxrnA&feature=

This is great! Rally of Hope to support filming of "The Hobbit" in New Zealand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tu49X4EsT0&feature=

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Posted by Weez 2010-10-23 20:42:56


If anyone's interested, here's Ian Holm (the Lord of the Rings Bilbo) in 1964.

http://tinyurl.com/38ztxzd

Does he remind you of anyone?

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Posted by Q 2010-10-23 20:50:54


Weez - that's pretty cool! Seems destined to be, huh? I like both of them, so I'm good with all of it

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2010-10-27 15:39:43


It's official "The Hobbit" will be filmed in New Zealand!

http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2010/10/27/hobbit-filming-in-new-zealand/

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Posted by Jon 2010-10-27 22:11:44


Hpefully it turns out better than Freeman's last fantasy film, the awful Highhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2010-12-07 18:43:26


Cate Blanchett is returning as Galadriel! :)

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2010/12/07/the-hobbit-cate-blanchett-joins-the-cast-as-galadriel/


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Posted by romantico 2010-12-08 20:17:13


Orlando Bloom is expected to return as Legolas.

http://www.deadline.com/2010/12/orlando-bloom-close-to-legolas-reprise-in-the-hobbit/

Has Ian McKellen been confirmed yet? He better be back!

Hobbit film casting confirmed
Posted by beautywickedlover 2010-12-08 20:28:10


^Look at the first post in this thread. Ian is coming back.

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Posted by Taryn 2010-12-08 21:29:37


Ian wasn't actually confirmed at the time of the first thread, and he still isn't.

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Posted by Chrysanthemum62001 2010-12-08 23:23:20


I second the excitement for Richard Armitage. He's both brilliant and beautiful.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2010-12-08 23:38:13


"Ian wasn't actually confirmed at the time of the first thread, and he still isn't."

Here's the confirmation

Ian McKellen as Gandolf:

http://movies.yahoo.com/photos/collections/gallery/3011/the-hobbit-casting-news#photo2

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Posted by BroadwayBenny 2010-12-09 00:43:24


^ That's just a dumb Yahoo photo gallery that is jumping the gun. About as reliable as a fan run message board. As of now, New Line has not released an official statement that Ian McKellen will be playing Gandalf in The Hobbit. It's fully expected, but not confirmed and he is not on the cast list....yet. lol

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2010-12-09 10:22:26


I think this is Ian's website and it says that he is returning.

http://www.mckellen.com/cinema/index1.htm

However, I realized that there has been no official confirmation from New Line. So we will wait and see.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2011-01-07 21:01:58





Elijah Wood is returning as Frodo. When I first read this I thought WTH! He doesn't appear in "The Hobbit." It takes place years before "The Lord of the Rings." However, he will only appear at the beginning of both parts as a sort of framing device for the narrative.

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/01/07/elijah-wood-the-hobbit-frodo-baggins/


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Posted by beautywickedlover 2011-01-10 20:39:42




It's finally official! Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis will reprise their roles as Gandalf and Gollum. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed it.

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/01/10/the-hobbit-scoop-ian-mckellan-and-andy-serkis-on-board/


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Posted by romantico 2011-01-10 21:42:38


Christopher Lee and Ian Holm have also been confirmed!

http://www.obsessedwithfilm.com/movie-news/christopher-lee-ian-holm-both-agree-return-for-the-hobbit.php

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Posted by romantico 2011-03-02 19:52:33


Dual Hobbit Film Titles Revealed?

Ringer Spy Mr. Underbelly monitors movie titles that are registered by major film studios. Mr. Underbelly noticed that New Line has recently registered the following two film titles:

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

and

The Hobbit: An/The Unexpected Journey

This is the first indication of what the 'official' titles will be of the two Hobbit films. What are your thoughts? Remember, this is not confirmed officially, but it is a relatively good indication of what the two film titles could be. Share your thoughts in our forum, comments and on Facebook!

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2011/03/02/42540-exclusive-dual-hobbit-film-titles-revealed/

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2011-03-21 12:11:44


After numerous pre-production delays filming finally began yesterday. Peter Jackson also posted photos on his facebook.

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/03/21/the-hobbit-starts-filming/

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2011-03-21 12:36:30


When is the first film going to be released?

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2011-03-21 13:49:21


^ It's scheduled for a December 2012 release.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2011-04-06 14:33:57


Bret McKenzie has joined the cast.

http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/04/05/bret-mckenzie-hobbit/

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Posted by romantico 2011-04-07 13:01:53


Orlando Bloom is close to coming back to middle earth!

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2011/04/07/43310-orlando-bloom-confirms-his-involvement-in-the-hobbit/

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2011-04-09 12:15:03


Andy Serkis will also serve as second unit director.



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Posted by Taryn 2011-04-14 12:20:07


Peter Jackson posted a video diary for the start of shooting. I can't even describe how excited it's gotten me.

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150223186041807&oid=141884481557&comments

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Posted by romantico 2011-04-14 12:55:43


The ending of the video just gave me chills. I've watched it twice now and want more.

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Posted by romantico 2011-04-22 15:54:23


Ian Holm returns as Bilbo!

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=76779

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2011-04-23 16:48:50


Very brief interview with Cate Blanchett about why she is coming back.

http://foxallaccess.blogs.fox.com/2011/04/19/hobbit-brings-cate-blanchett-back-to-her-ear-iest-look/

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2011-04-24 16:43:13


Rob Kasinsky, whp played Fili has dropped out of the film for personal reasons, but this will not effect filming since there are shooting scenes with Bilbo without the dwarfs.

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/04/24/the-hobbit-rob-kazinsky-fili/

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2011-05-02 14:06:36


Lee Pace has joined the cast as Elven King Thranduil. :)



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Posted by beautywickedlover 2011-05-07 10:44:09


Dean O’Gorman has replaced Rob Kasinsky as Fili.



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Posted by beautywickedlover 2011-05-27 16:31:43


Orlando Bloom is officially returning as Legolas.

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/05/27/orlando-bloom-joins-hobbit/

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Posted by romantico 2011-05-30 15:07:54


Titles and dates officially announced.

The first film, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will be released on December 14, 2012. The second film, titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is slated for release the following year, on December 13, 2013.

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=78224

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2011-06-18 14:36:03


Two more cast members have been confirmed. Luke Evans has been cast as Bard the Bowman and Benedict Cumberbatch will provide the voice of the villain Smaug.



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Posted by romantico 2011-06-19 19:44:48


Dame Edna and Kate join the cast. I think they are still going to be casting this film a year from now. Seriously, how any more people can they cast?

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2011/06/19/45296-pj-confirms-evans-and-cumberbatch-announces-losts-evangeline-lilly-and-barry-humphries/


http://www.facebook.com/notes/peter-jackson/the-hobbit-casting-update/10150286515141558

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Posted by romantico 2011-06-23 10:17:17


OH MY GOD,OH MY GOD,OH MY GOD!!!

My inner Geek has surfaced. First pics from the HOBBIT have been released!

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=78948

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Posted by tazber 2011-07-07 13:34:34


A cool pic of three of the dwarves!



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Posted by romantico 2011-07-09 04:13:38


New Video. YAY!

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150314562706807&oid=141884481557&comments

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2011-07-18 18:22:53


Here's a photo of Richard Armitage as Thorin with the rest of the dwarves:






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Posted by romantico 2011-07-21 05:09:40


New video blog. The ending is just AWESOME!!!!! These videos get better and better!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=t47TXEi0No0

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2011-11-04 13:40:19


New video blog, next December can't come soon enough!

https://www.facebook.com/PeterJacksonNZ#!/photo.php?v=10150451523596807&set=vb.141884481557&type=2&theater

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Posted by romantico 2011-12-23 20:27:14


The Hobbit-Production Video Part 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzPqFhnKigU

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Posted by romantico 2012-03-01 21:53:59


The Hobbit Production Video #6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjYn845i08A

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Posted by tazber 2012-06-06 08:15:30


Production video #7 is out.

They recast Legolas.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2012-06-06 11:08:50


^ Orlando Bloom appeared as Legolas at the end of the video. someone was temporarily playing it while he was filming the blog video.

http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/news/latest-hobbit-production-blog-7-shows-off-a-new-legolas-and-how-movies-really-get-made.php

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Posted by tazber 2012-07-03 04:36:36


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Posted by eatlasagna 2012-07-03 17:17:14


so excited! I hope to get into their panel at Comic-Con! can't wait to see some footage!!!

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2012-07-06 12:53:31


Filming has wrapped up.

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Posted by ThatShortBlondeChick 2012-07-06 16:44:02


Oh god I'm sooo exicited!

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Posted by romantico 2012-07-06 16:50:29


I'm more excited to see the film in 48fps than I am the film (well,not really but I can't wait to see how crisp and clear it looks)

I hope we see a new trailer before summer ends. A new trailer before 'Dark Knight Rises' would be perfect!

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Posted by tazber 2012-07-08 13:36:29


The comic-con poster:

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Posted by tazber 2012-07-09 17:12:04


Holy crap is this cool!

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Posted by tazber 2012-07-12 05:45:07


The trolls!!

If the link take you to the first pic in the slideshow, forward to #8 for a great look at the first danger our crew will face on their quest.

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Posted by StageManager2 2012-07-25 00:08:56


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Posted by beautywickedlover 2012-07-30 12:21:12


^ Peter Jackson officially announced it today.

"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.""

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Posted by tazber 2012-07-30 13:22:20


Just checking back in here, and this is the first place I heard it's official.

I know some people feel it may be overkill and a money grab, but I don't think Jackson would ever do anything like that. He's spent the better part of his professional career on these movies and if he says it can be done (and done well) I believe him.

Count me in the happy happy camp.

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Posted by Roscoe 2012-07-30 14:19:39


I'll certainly go, no doubt about that. I just hope he does a better job at expanding and rethinking the material here than he did with KING KONG -- his three hour remake was just plain overlong.

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Posted by BroadwayBenny 2012-07-30 15:26:08


I agree about King Kong. There was a beautiful, thrilling 2 hour movie trapped inside the dragged out Kong that was released (and he even released an extended version to boot)

As far as blindly trusting Jackson .... Lucas and Spielberg have proven with the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, that we should always be weary of these geniuses revisiting their beloved classics.

Granted it's only been 10 years since LotR which works in his favor and even though The Lovely Bones sucked, I blame that mostly on the fact that I don't think anyone could have made a good film out of that book. I'm optimistic about The Hobbit, but not blindly so.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2012-08-31 19:58:47


The second film is now been retitled 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'. The third film has now taken the title 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again' and will be released July 18, 2014.


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Posted by EricMontreal22 2012-08-31 20:03:56


So wait, the third film will be the one with the main Hobbit novel? Or are they just using the title?

This just sounds like all kinds of wrong to me. Granted, I've never been a huge Tolkien fan, though I read them all in jr high, but I enjoyed the movies well enough. I didn't have to read The Hobbit in jr high, because I had had it read to me when I was 5 or 6 years old. And that's my point--Tolkien wrote it much much more as a children's story. Yes, adults can appreciate it, like most good children's novels, but its charm next to the trilogy is that its simpler, and more direct.

Stretching this brief novel into three movies--and then padding it out with other bits of mythology like the nearly unreadable (to me--I'm sure Tolkien fans adore it, and that's fine) Silmarillion and other Middle Earth mythology just seemskinda unbearable to me. The tone of The Hobbit and those other pieces are so completely at odds as well...

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2012-09-12 16:21:29


Here is Cate Blanchett breifly talking about reprising the role of Galadriel.

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Posted by tazber 2012-09-19 11:08:22


An absolutely EPIC new trailer has been released.

I love how they made Gollum look appropriately younger. Also, you can see some of the additional material added dealing with the first indications that Sauron is rising.

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Posted by romantico 2012-09-19 11:21:14


OH MY GOD!

Anyone know the run time? I had heard (I think at Comic Con) that even thought they are now 3 films, they will not be 3 hour + epics like The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. They could be 2 hours each I suppose.

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Posted by tazber 2012-09-19 11:43:54


I was wondering about that too! I don't see how they could make 9+ hours out of the Hobbit, especially since the whole Smaug portion occurs in the second film.

That only leaves the battle of the 5 armies for the last movie. (for the record, although an epic event, it takes up only a page and a half in the book).
I know there is a lot of connective story he's bringing in so it runs right into LOTR, but still....

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Posted by tazber 2012-09-28 03:04:24


Not really feeling the new teaser poster.



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Posted by beautywickedlover 2012-10-18 15:56:42


Ian McKellen almost did return as Gandalf. He joined the film at the very last minute. He explains why here.



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Posted by tazber 2012-10-25 10:14:28


Run time is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes for "Unexpected Journey"

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Posted by romantico 2012-10-25 10:45:20


WOW! I was thinking 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes. I must have read a different book. How they are gonna milk 3 movies out of this is a mystery to me.I still can not wait to see it.

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Posted by tazber 2012-10-25 11:15:17


Tolkien had a lot of notes for a connective book(s) he was going to write apart from the Silmillarion. He was going to explain where Gandalf was all the time he was missing from the action in The Hobbit and expound on how Sauron actually came back and built his army.

Jackson has all those notes and is going to adapt them as part of The Hobbit trilogy. It's quite an extensive amount form what Jackson has mentioned.

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Posted by romantico 2012-10-27 13:15:36


I'm glad to hear this. Just hope it all makes sense and does not look like they were dragging the books out.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2012-11-09 14:21:21


This might be my only post here today, but the film has outsold 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' and 'Skyfall' in advanced ticket sales.

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Posted by ErikJ972 2012-11-20 09:47:48


Some disturbing news from the set of The Hobbit. Animal wranglers are claiming up to 27 animals used in the production died and are blaming the producers of the film. Wranglers say the deaths were caused by unsafe condidtions where the animals were being housed. None of the deaths happened during filming. Animal safety monitoring only takes place on set and apparently producers ignored the repeated pleas from animal wranglers to improve conditions.
Disappointing for a movie I was so looking forward to seeing.

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Posted by tazber 2012-11-28 14:04:57


The Goblin King:

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Posted by ErikJ972 2012-12-05 09:25:14


The advance reviews have been dissappointing so far. Looks like splitting the book into three movies was a mistake. And a lot of people are turned off by the 48fps.
From the Variety review: "More disconcerting is the introduction of the film's 48-frames-per-second digital cinematography, which solves the inherent stuttering effect of celluloid that occurs whenever a camera pans or horizontal movement crosses the frame -- but at too great a cost. Consequently, everything takes on an overblown, artificial quality in which the phoniness of the sets and costumes becomes obvious, while well-lit areas bleed into their surroundings, like watching a high-end homemovie. (A standard 24fps projection seems to correct this effect in the alternate version of the film being offered to some theaters, but sacrifices the smoother motion seen in action scenes and flyover landscape shots.)"
Looks like this won't be an Oscar contender.

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Posted by artscallion 2012-12-05 10:12:50


I heard the 48fps makes the film so detailed that you can see the edges of people's contact lenses. Pretty distracting from what I hear.

I haven't been following the film news. So I'm surprised to hear that this has been split into a three films. A mistake in my opinion. Part of what makes the book work is the sense of building to a resolution with all the obstacles in the way. Breaking it into three films will break that build...all for the sake of $$, is my guess.

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Posted by tazber 2012-12-05 10:21:30


Yea, pretty much everyone HATES the 48fps.

I'm definitely not going to see it that way.

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Posted by ErikJ972 2012-12-05 12:09:15


I think the decison to make three films was the biggest mistake. From what I've heard the first two acts are painfully boring. There's no reason this couldn't have been one film.

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Posted by tazber 2012-12-05 13:44:00


I've also heard that it's very slow starting.

And I'm wondering how they are going to make the Smaug section long enough to sustain what will be (I'm assuming) a 2.5 + hour movie. I mean it's called The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for crap's sake so I figure it will dominate the second movie.


But I'm a super fan so I'm not going to complain. The more time I can spend in Middle Earth the happier I am.

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Posted by UncleMustache 2012-12-12 16:53:19


I made a sketch spoofing the Hobbit, check it out if you'd like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLQm5WyQbRc&list=UUYrx8SPpgNyofBM45MgtP_g&index=1

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-14 13:10:09


I saw the film this morning. It was good but took a LONG time to get moving. With an almost 3 hour running time I'd say it didn't really pick up until about 1:45 into it. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't boring (for the most part) but it just seemed as if Peter Jackson wanted everyone to know he was making a LONG movie here. But once it got going it GOT GOING and the last half was incredible. I'm still not sure how this is going to be three films, though. I don't recall there being 6 more hours worth of material to cover from the book!

Also, I psaw it IMAX 3D which I'll say is totally not worth it. It added some nice depth to the picture but nice depth does not warrant wearing those glasses for three hours and fighting off a headache.

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Posted by BroadwayBenny 2012-12-14 13:17:51


My guess is the second film will deal with the whole Smaug thing (Since the title is The Desolation of Smaug) and they will do to the third movie the same they did with The Two Towers. Turning the Battle of Five Armies, which is just a small part of the book into an entire movie. That and all the stuff added to tie into LotR as filler.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-14 13:22:19


Oh I didn't know the Smaug battle was the second film! I was wondering what tr hell could take up 3 hours from the point where this one ended up until that!

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Posted by Jay Lerner-Z 2012-12-14 13:29:14


Would the 48-frames-per-second stand out to an untrained eye?

I'm seeing it this evening, and looking forward to it. I'm a total Middle Earth newbie, and for some reason this seems less off-putting than all of the other LOTR stuff.

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Posted by EricMontreal22 2012-12-14 14:37:20


There's been some talk that the 48fps makes things look too fake, if you're not used to it. I'm actually curious, but, of course, no theatre here is playing it that way. I'd imagine in 3D it looks better than the regular 24...

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/12/14/the-hobbit-at-48-frames-looks-too-good/

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-14 14:43:17


I hadn't even heard of it being done in 48fps and I can't say I particularly noticed anything different about how the film looks compared to any other film.

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Posted by EricMontreal22 2012-12-14 15:09:08


Dumb question, but Jordan, are you sure the theatre you saw it in was showing the 48fps?

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-14 15:14:42


I saw it at the Lincoln Square IMAX, so I'm pretty sure it would be.

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Posted by Taryn 2012-12-14 15:57:35


Saw it at the Lincoln Square IMAX last night. I really wish PJ had just chosen to focus on one film and really just let the simple story of The Hobbit take precedence. I think all the added stuff really pulls from the narrative and bloats the overall film.

At the same time, there was a lot that was good about it. The cast is fantastic, and there's no denying that familiar ache at returning to Peter Jackson's Middle Earth. Martin Freeman is perfectly cast as Bilbo.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2012-12-14 20:02:56


I just got back from seeing the film. It did have some flaws in it, but overall I thought it was VERY GOOD. The second half is definitely better than the first. Martin Freeman was terrific and McKellen and Serkis gave great performances as usual. I also really enjoyed Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.





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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-14 20:15:26


Serkis was outstanding. I know it wont happen but ibwouls love to see him get a supporting actor Oscar nomination. I think he's earned it.

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Posted by dtzumbrunnen 2012-12-15 09:51:18


Jordan - I was just looking to buy tickets for today at the Lincoln Center AMC and they've got three categories: IMAX 3D, Real 3D (with High Frame Rate), and a regular version. So if you saw it in IMAX it may not have been the HFR version...at least according to Fandango.

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Posted by trentsketch 2012-12-15 10:00:49


Jordan, I've heard from some critic friends at press events that there are a number of Academy members who want Andy Serkis to be nominated for his motion capture work. Some were even planning on voting for him for playing the tiger in Life of Pi. He has supporters in the Academy. It's just getting enough of them to actually focus on the same role at the same time for him to break through. I think The Hobbit was released a little too late in the season to get him traction, which is a shame since audiences are eating up his work here.

Andy Serkis makes my Supporting Actor line-up and I'm even considering Martin Freeman for Lead. They were very strong in this. I'm curious to see how much screen time Cate Blanchett is going to get in the next two films considering her character and storyline was added in to bring in a female presence. She made some interesting choices with that character that made me want to see more.

I really enjoyed the film. It's not the fastest moving film, but The Hobbit isn't exactly a fast-moving novel, either. It's about the journey, the camaraderie, and the banding together of opposing forces to take on greater evil for the betterment of all.

My only big issue was the score. Howard Shore can do better than that. He took the one song performed at Bilbo's house, written by someone else entirely, and just adapted it into all the battle scenes. It felt lazy and kept taking me out of the moment.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-15 10:14:39


Maybe. It doesn't matter to me, really. When you used to go to the movies your choices were regular and sometimes 3D. Now it's Standard, RealD, RealD 3D, 3D, HFR 3D, HFR, IMAX, RPX or RPX 3D.

And every one of them besides TRUE IMAX is a scam to get more money from the audience. And theaters that charge more for these like Regal's RPX which is just a screen that's a little bigger than usual that they charge an extra $4 for, is disgusting and the price increase isn't even advertised.

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Posted by ElphabaRose 2012-12-15 11:25:38


The 48 fps, to my completely untrained eye, looked beautiful. And I still say that the only place that 3D belongs is in Muppets 3D in Disney World. It did absolutely nothing for the movie, but to see the high frame rate version, I had to deal with it.

As for the movie itself, I'm still angry about how poorly it was done. The beginning setup was great (although I was a little worried from the start since they set up the conflict between Thorin and the White Orc). The scenes in Bilbo's house were great, and as soon as he left for his journey, the whole movie went to hell in a handbasket. The idea of character development was completely ignored, in favor of adding elements to the plot that completely distorted it.

I don't think that any of the changes made to the plot were for the better. The battle with the trolls deprived Bilbo of beginning to show his worth by saving the dwarves, it made him look stupid and weak. Bringing in Radagast was pointless and, frankly, boring. The addition of Saruman and Galadriel to Rivendel did nothing for the plot and since (correct me if I'm wrong) neither one is even mentioned in the Hobbit, what's the point? Finally, there could have been just as impressive a fight scene in the woods if the goblins had been there instead of the orcs (who I also don't recall showing up in the book). The friendship of the dwarves and Bilbo in the movie are practically non existant, and it doesn't make sense that Bilbo will continue to follow them like a pathetic puppy.

I'm sure the movie is perfectly fine if you've never read The Hobbit, but as someone who has, I'm incredibly disappointed. There would have been (almost) the same amount of fighting if they hadn't made all of the pointless changes, and they wouldn't have had to do such a great disservice to their main character.

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Posted by TheLadyoftheWood 2012-12-15 12:58:16


@ElphabaRose Thanks for adding the words

***Spoiler Alert to your post for those who haven't seen the film.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2012-12-15 13:07:54


I think I'll wait to view it at home where I can do laundry or dishes when I get bored. Sounds like I'll enjoy this about as much as I did Lord of the Rings, which wasn't a whole lot.

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Posted by TheLadyoftheWood 2012-12-15 13:15:17


@Mister Matt,

I saw it at midnight ht on the day it came on the day it came out and was bored for the first hour and half. When you buy it plop it in and do laundry and dishes for about that long and then you get to the good part.

Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett and Barry Humphries give great performances. The Goblin King and Gollum scenes were the best in the film.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2012-12-15 13:25:33


I almost forgot to say that it really was great to see Blanchett as Galadriel again even though her character does not appear in the book.

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Posted by best12bars 2012-12-15 14:07:06


It's funny, I'm actually hoping for and looking forward to a "cutdown" Director's Remorse Edition of all three films digested into a single, manageable, 3-hour movie, instead of going the other way with extended editions.

A guy can dream, can't he?

I really have lost interest in paying triple to see this one book bloated up and stretched out like taffy into a 9-hour miniseries. I'll probably rent them from Redbox, rather than pay $30 to see the whole story.

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Posted by Jay Lerner-Z 2012-12-15 14:07:32


I thought it was okay. Peter Jackson is clearly catering for the ardent afficionados, and not more casual fans like me. I took him at his word when he said it had artistic merit to stretch it out over three movies, but now I can see that commerce and fanaticism have won out - it was kinda bloated and pompous.

It was a pleasant enough way to spend an evening, I guess. I don't really care what happens next. I saw it in 3D, which was meh.

I appreciated that Aiden Turner was allowed stay his usual self, and not uglified like the other dwarfs. He's pretty.

Actors I didn't know were in it until the end credits - Barry Humphries, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace.

Thus concludes my in-depth analysis/review. ***

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Posted by EricMontreal22 2012-12-15 21:42:14


Ugh it sounds like my fears are true.

"The addition of Saruman and Galadriel to Rivendel did nothing for the plot and since (correct me if I'm wrong) neither one is even mentioned in the Hobbit, what's the point?"

I believe this will be a big part of the basis for the third movie--material taken from the appendices. Blah.

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Posted by trentsketch 2012-12-15 21:46:02


My understanding is that the added storyline is going to split focus in the second film and resolve quickly in the third so Gandalf is back for the big fight at the end.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-15 21:46:35


Since it's been so long since I read the books, am I correct in thinking Gollum is not in the story after this one?

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Posted by trentsketch 2012-12-15 21:49:46


Jordan, you're correct. Gollum's only scene has already been shown in this film.

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Posted by Taryn 2012-12-15 22:00:59


A term I've heard come up in regards to the movie is "tonal whiplash." The Hobbit is a much lighter, slighter story than Lord of the Rings and pretty much everything else Tolkien wrote in Middle-Earth. So you go from this lighter story of Thorin and his gang bringing Bilbo on this adventure from this added weight and horror of Sauron's return into the world, and it's like, Peter Jackson just sit down and pick a tone and what story you are telling here!!

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-15 22:05:21


Well maybe he'll find a way to incorporate Gollum into the next two films. I mean, since he's rewriting the story, why not? And maybe he'll put Trini Alvarado's character from THE FRIGHTENERS in the 3rd one just to mix it up.

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Posted by rosscoe(au) 2012-12-16 03:25:04


Left about an hour into it, really was bored and thought I don't care enough to find out where this is going. The Christmas turkey arrived early!

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Posted by BroadwayBenny 2012-12-16 12:12:21


I must be too far gone into loving Jackson & Company's version of Middle-Earth and be incredibly biased as I loved just about every minute of it. The only thing I think the movie suffers from is some of the same as FotR did, which is more set up than pay off, but we know we are getting all these things resolved in the next two movies, so I'm fine with it. A lot of these things people are saying are pointless additions are leading up to some pretty epic payoffs, such as Galadriel at the battle of Dol Guldur.



I thought they did a great job of maintaining the more whimsical feel of The Hobbit vs. LotR while still keeping everything in the same world.

I also enjoyed Gollum more in Riddles in the Dark, than any scenes of his in Lord of the Rings. And don't get me started on how HAWTT Armitage is as Thorin Oakenshield.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2012-12-22 12:16:39


This is very funny.

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-12-22 13:28:04


I really liked it, quite a bit actually. More importantly, my 12 year old son ADORED it. He's already 1/2 through the book again (he'd read it a year or so ago) and can't wait to get started on the LOTR series.

Since I obviously live under a rock, I hadn't realized it was going to be 3 movies until a day or so before we went -- but I really like how this still felt complete, good choices were made.

And may I say, some of those dwarfs are HOT.

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Posted by tazber 2012-12-22 15:00:34


Loved it. Loved everything about it.

It was exactly what I had hoped it would be. I never get tired of Jackson's Middle Earth.

I've been pining for a real life version of The Hobbit since I was 7, and this was exactly what I had imagined it should be.

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Posted by Jungle Red 2012-12-22 23:16:54


According to Diva, there's singing.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-22 23:20:55


And Liza!

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Posted by little_sally 2012-12-23 17:54:54


Saw this last night and loved it. Martin Freeman is just perfect as Bilbo.

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Posted by billygoatgirl300 2012-12-23 23:22:04


Saw it again for the 2nd time last night and it was just as enjoyable as the first. I might bite the bullet and go see it in 3D.

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Posted by HoldThatThought 2012-12-24 10:39:57


I saw this yesterday afternoon in 3D with the family. We were leery about seeing it with the 48fps, and read in reviews that 3D was the way to go. I'm typically not a fan of 3D but we enjoyed it, and the 3D was tastefully used.

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Posted by bethnor 2012-12-24 17:10:21


part of the problem is jackson's need to insert himself into the movie. by framing it in his prior film by putting frodo there, much of the tension is sapped. you know bilbo and gandalf will be fine, whereas a reader of the hobbit has no way of knowing that.

the rankin bass animated film did the riddle scene much better. brother theodore's voice as gollum is far superior to serkis, imho. his final cry of, "we HATES IT!!!!! HATES IT.... FOREVER!!!" is bonechilling. there is a genuine sense that if bilbo loses the game, he will get eaten--whereas jackson plays the scene for laughs (oddly). serkis' overexposure also damages it (andy would never eat bilbo). and despite being much much much shorter, somehow it seems more genuine to the material--i missed the part of the conversation where gollum thought that bilbo was "tricksy" and thought that he knew where the "backdoor" was.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLssei0sId0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj8r5ojAh9k

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2012-12-30 21:38:07


I went to see the film again today and I enjoyed more this time around. The scenery was even more beautiful and I also had more appreciation of the cast's performances. Last time saw the film I took a little bit of bathroom break during an important scene and that was Radagast's visit to Dol Guldur. I am glad that I was able to see that scene this time around.

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Posted by bwayphreak234 2012-12-30 23:52:34


I saw this the other night and was bored out of my mind for the most part. The scenery and cinematography was breathtaking though.

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Posted by eatlasagna 2012-12-31 00:13:41


i'm going to see it in HFR tomorrow... not looking forward to 3D since i hate it... but looking forward to seeing it a second time.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2013-01-18 13:14:59


Very funny video.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2013-02-28 23:46:46


This is a smart decision. I did not want both this and 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' to compete against each other in the same weekend.

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Posted by tazber 2013-06-05 12:43:05


First pic of Evangeline Lily as Tauriel

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Posted by romantico 2013-06-09 19:21:44


http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=105295

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Posted by rosscoe(au) 2013-06-10 00:28:07


Have no interest in seeing this at all, left 30 minutes into the first film last year. Would rather take a bath with a toaster!

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Posted by artscallion 2013-06-10 07:04:08


^^agree. They turned one of my favorite books into a silly Saturday morning cartoon.

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Posted by AEA AGMA SM 2013-06-10 08:17:32


I admit that I've never made it all the way through the book, but it still baffles my mind that they are getting three movies out of it. Isn't it shorter than any one of the books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

And for some reason that picture of Evangeline Lilly looks more like something out of the local Renaissance fair. There's something incredibly cheap looking about her costume.

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Posted by BroadwayBenny 2013-06-10 08:48:14


^ It's not just The Hobbit being stretched out. It's based on other MIddle-Earth stories written by Tolkien that tie into the same time period.

Having said that, The above character is a complete invention of Peter Jackson & Co. and while I know this was shot before Pixar's Brave was released, she just looks like Merida after she got hold of some straightener and a hair iron. :-/

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Posted by billygoatgirl300 2013-06-10 09:45:51


I'm still unsure about the character of Tauriel. I hope she works out fine but I'm not getting my hopes up

I'm not a fan of the costumes in this movie. Any reason why Ngila Dickson wasn't involved in the Hobbit movies? Her costume designs for the Lord of the Rings movies were amazing.

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Posted by best12bars 2013-06-10 10:39:48


The first Hobbit movie was stretched so thin, I will pass on the sequels.

This should have been one film, not three, or even two.

I was excited to get the "extended versions" of the Lord of the Rings movies. With the Hobbit, I'll be excited to get the "condensed version," where they take nine hours of bloat and whittle it down to one movie.

I can only hope it happens. Until then, I won't bother.

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Posted by BroadwayBenny 2013-06-10 12:13:58


I'm sure there will be a fan version online in a few year, that JUST follows The Hobbit book and takes out all the other stuff.

I'd like to see a condensed edition of King Kong too. Beautiful movie that was 45 minutes too long.

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Posted by tazber 2013-06-11 15:17:30


So we get our first trailer.

It looks like most of it's from the first half of the film.



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Posted by BroadwayBenny 2013-06-11 15:30:31


I'm not a CGI hater, but I do wish they would scale back a little. A lot of shots in that trailer look like graphics for a video game more than a movie.

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Posted by bradwds 2013-06-12 08:59:16


Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom and Lee Pace watching a video of fans watching the new trailer. I love this.

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Posted by best12bars 2013-06-12 09:08:57


Aside from a few shots, I feel like I've seen this movie five times already.

The locations, the battles, the characters, all pretty much look the same now.

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Posted by bradwds 2013-06-12 09:27:25


Best12bars,

I agree. The Lord of the Rings films were much more grounded in reality via physical sets and the use of miniatures. I am afraid the Hobbit is starting to resemble the Star Wars prequels. I believe CGI is a valuable visual tool as a complement to physical and practical effects.

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Posted by best12bars 2013-06-12 09:34:22


The look of the film is impressive, just as it was the first four times I saw it.

The problem isn't the art direction or the trailer. It's the repetitive content.

The same characters spouting almost exactly the same lines with the same backgrounds in the same costumes.

Swords are drawn, the camera pans around a panoramic view, extreme closeups of nervous dwarfs by candlelight, somebody blowing smoke from a pipe, talk of war and a great battle, then some giant creature growling that we can't quite see.

End of trailer.

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Posted by tazber 2013-06-12 09:44:44


I liked the Hobbit quite a bit, but I agree 100% with Besty.

Another recurring motif occurs when someone (usually Gandalf) makes an inspiring speech. The music cue is the same for every one of these speeches and the actors actually turn away from the character they're speaking with and look to the camera or off in the distance.

It's so similar I actually giggle. Check the scene in The Hobbit when Gandalf gives his "ordinary folks doing ordinary deeds" speech to Galadriel.

It's like "ok, here we go with a semi-profound sentiment that encapsulates the main theme again". The first time you don't really notice, but by The Hobbit it's been so over-used it just looks silly.

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Posted by best12bars 2013-06-12 10:52:10


The problem with sequels or "seprequels" or whatever they are retroactively called for future past stories ...

They tend to rob my memory of the earlier (better) work.

I absolutely loved the original LOTR films. Even (and especially) in their extended editions. Initially, it was an acquired taste. But once acquired, it was love for the rest of the journey. And the third film is a masterpiece from start to finish.

The first Hobbit film felt like I was visiting one of my favorite vacation destinations, only to have my second trip lose a lot of the magic and luster. It kept reminding me of my first "vacation," rather than taking me on a new one.

Still ... I will probably rent "Hobbit II: Electric Dragon Poo," like I did with the first Hobbit movie. I surfed the 'Net while watching it and waited for those dwarfs to stop feasting for 65 minutes and start the damn story.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2013-06-28 16:36:42


McKellen just filmed his final scene as Gandalf.



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Posted by BroadwayBenny 2013-06-28 18:25:03


There is still a pick up shoot next year for "There and Back Again" though. I can't imagine they wouldn't need Gandalf for those.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2013-06-29 16:25:53


Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lily have also completed shooting their scenes.

http://www.movieweb.com/news/orlando-bloom-and-evangeline-lilly-wrap-shooting-on-the-hobbit-trilogy

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Posted by best12bars 2013-06-29 16:35:17


It says Bloom battled an Orc for 12 hours.

Why do I think that scene will end up in the film as is?

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Posted by tazber 2013-06-29 17:04:09


No, there is only six hours in the movie. The other six are being saved for the special edition BD.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2013-07-12 14:15:09


Martin Freeman filmed his last scenes as Bilbo.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-07-31 16:38:15


Thank God. The extended edition of Part 1 will be released in November. Because watching it, I just kept wishing it was longer.

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Posted by tazber 2013-07-31 16:48:49


I was hoping for new material like they did with LOTR.

This is just 12 minutes of extended scenes.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-07-31 16:57:49


Taz, keep in mind that this is just the first special edition of what will likely be dozens in the years to come.

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Posted by tazber 2013-09-30 14:41:21


New banner. Looks like towards the beginning of the film when the gang is fighting Shelob and her offspring.

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Posted by tazber 2013-10-01 11:45:27


Shelob! Bard the Bowman!

And....the voice of Smaug!

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Posted by N2N Nate. 2013-10-01 12:30:49


Love this new trailer. Benedict Cumberbatch sounds perfect for Smaug, exactly how I pictured Smaug Speaking. Could not be more excited for December.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2013-11-08 14:36:24


New interview with Orlando Bloom.

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Posted by romantico 2013-11-08 14:48:40


Will it be explained why in the Lord of the Rings trilogy Legolas had brown eyes but now in the prequel he has blue eyes? Just curious.

Has anyone seen the new expanded edition on THE HOBBIT on Blu-Ray? Am thinking about buying it but am curious how much is added and if it is worth it.If they mark it down enough around Black Friday/Cyber Monday I may break and buy it. Just curious to hear some reviews if anyone here has purchased it.

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Posted by tazber 2013-11-08 17:00:28


I posted this in another thread:

So of course I watched the extended edition of The Hobbit last night. The extra 13 minutes are truly unecessary. Despite a few seconds of extended scenes here and there the majority of the extra material is in 3 scenes:

The prologue had about 3 minutes added to it. These were the best of the bunch. They add some backstory to the rift between the Dwarves and the Elves.

The Rivendell scene has been lengthened and now has the company of Dwarves going all "Animal House" at the feast and some shots of Bilbo walking around.

The Goblin Town scene now has about 4 extra minutes where the Goblin King sings the song from the book (♫"going down, down, down to Goblin Town..."♫)

There was one interesting bit that is also worth mentioning: during the council scene at Rivendell, Gandalf mentions that in addition to the One Ring, there is another missing ring. The 7th ring given to the Dwarf Lords has disappeared.
I don't remember reading about this and I'm not sure how it's going to come into play, but it was definitely a plot point that was stressed in the scene.

Oh, and Radagast on his bunny sleigh still looks superimposed and tacky.

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Posted by romantico 2013-11-08 18:24:17


Thanks Taz! Doesn't really sound like I am missing much.

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Posted by tazber 2013-11-08 19:53:06


Not at all. I'm a diehard fan and I will honestly tell you to save the $$.

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Posted by tazber 2013-12-02 13:37:09


First look at Smaug (sorta)

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Posted by romantico 2013-12-02 14:36:48


Looks pretty damn awesome to me!!!

Do we know the running time on this one yet?

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Posted by tazber 2013-12-02 16:57:29


2 hours 39 minutes

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Posted by romantico 2013-12-05 02:07:51



WOW! This may just be the shortest Tolkien/Jackson film yet.

I think Stephen Fry is gonna upstage everyone in this movie.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Production Diary 13

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25dVQU3JkkE

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Posted by Roscoe 2013-12-05 08:52:15


Looking forward to it -- got tickets for the full 3D Hyper Frame Rate Mega Soundapalooza blowout experience.

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Posted by romantico 2013-12-11 20:55:19


So,like the first,this is shot in 48fps. What's the best format in seeing this? IMAX 3D or REAL 3D? Saw it last year and was blown away with how sharp and clear the picture was but can't remember which format I saw it in.

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Posted by BroadwayBenny 2013-12-13 04:16:28


Will it be explained why in the Lord of the Rings trilogy Legolas had brown eyes but now in the prequel he has blue eyes? Just curious.

Though they do look more glaring in this movie, his eyes were also blue in LOTR. I think it's the guyliner he's wearing in The Hobbit that makes them pop more.

Orlando Bloom is the one actor that looks noticeably older in this than he did in LOTR, to me. Not enough to ruin the experience or anything, just a clear age difference between the two trilogies.


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Posted by beautywickedlover 2013-12-13 13:12:40


Peter Jackson reveals where he would have split 'The Hobbit' had it only been two films.

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Posted by BroadwayBenny 2013-12-13 22:42:29


So ridiculously good.

I find it hard to deduct points for the things that are wrong, just because I walked out of the theater with my breath taken away by the overall experience. I enjoyed the heck out of An Unexpected Journey, but The Desolation of Smaug was just… I felt how I felt as a kid when I was in awe of something.

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Posted by Roscoe 2013-12-16 09:28:28


Saw it. Dug it. Still great fun, with the occasional bump here and there. The tone is significantly darker this time out, compared with the sunniness of AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. For all the fuss about Smaug himself (and yeah, he's kind of astonishing) the most impressive moments in the film for me were those where Martin Freeman starts to realize that there's something up with that little Ring.

The good stuff is as good as anything out there, done as well as you'll ever see it done. The barrel chase is a model of Big Action Scene filmmaking, and SMAUG is the Dragon of Dragons -- we will not see that done better. Ever.

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Posted by James885 2013-12-16 11:55:56


I saw it this weekend as well. I enjoyed it more than An Unexpected Journey, but there were a couple sections that still seemed like they were just being dragged out to fill more time; particularly several of the battle sequences.

However, the last third of the film - where the group reaches Laketown and then the mountain, all leading up to the point where Smaug is revealed - I thought that was all was fantastic. I loved everything about Smaug - his voice, the way he looked, everything.

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Posted by eatlasagna 2013-12-17 02:18:31


can the dragon get an Academy Award.... holy jeebus that was one amazing effect, character etc... that voice was just PERFECT

oh and I also enjoyed the movie...

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2013-12-27 19:51:26


I was supposed to go see this a couple of weeks ago, but I was not able to because I had to help my mom with some Secret Santa thing and everything got complicated. I just got back from seeing it and it was very good. I do think it was an improvement over the original film. The acting from Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lily, and Orlando Bloom was absolutely fantastic. Everyone else gave very solid performances as well. I'm also glad I got to see it in IMAX 3D. I felt like I was in Middle Earth and Smaug looked so real.

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Posted by romantico 2014-01-15 18:34:48



So, I am reading about all the films coming out in 2015 and it appears that THE HOBBIT:THERE AND BACK AGAIN is scheduled for December 2015. Am I reading this wrong? Have they pushed the release date back? I can't imagine them doing that or at least it not being all over the web. I did a Google search & found nothing but Deadline Hollywood is a pretty good source.Here is the article. Am I reading this wrong?

"The plethora of franchise titles will likely push the 2015 box office to record-breaking heights as this year’s holdovers from the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday fare — such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (which bows on November 21), Fox’s Night At The Museum 3 and Sony’s Annie and Warner Bros’ The Hobbit: There And Back Again (or should it be called The Hobbit: Here It Comes Again) will also add to the huge overall gross numbers of 2015."

http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/box-office-2015-franchises-sequels-biggest-year-ever/#more-664762

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2014-01-15 19:35:53


^ When they talk about holdovers they mean box office grosses from 2014 films that were released in December. Those movies might help January 2015 be a successful month at the box office.

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Posted by romantico 2014-01-15 20:01:04


Ah. That makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2014-04-24 10:53:54


The third film has a new title, 'The The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'.



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Posted by BroadwayBenny 2014-04-24 11:29:35


I think they need another "The" in the title somwehere. Love your typo btw.

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Posted by romantico 2014-04-24 11:50:44


I would assume we will see a new trailer within a month or so (at least I hope) Guess it's too early to ask what the running time will be.

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Posted by tazber 2014-04-24 11:52:26


Another cool tidbit:

The extended edition of Desolation will include 25 extra minutes.

So excited!

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Posted by themysteriousgrowl 2014-04-25 08:00:38



taz, iirc, you and I enjoyed "An Unexpected Journey" more than most, but I can't remember if we talked about "Smaug." What did you think? Once again, I felt opposite to popular opinion, that it had the pacing problems and feeling of being padded that people felt AUJ had. Of the five movies released so far, "Smaug" sits pretty easily at the bottom for me.

Of course I'll still buy the extended edition...

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Posted by tazber 2014-04-25 08:52:06


Once again we're on the same page growl. I enjoyed DOS but it definitely had some pacing issues particularly the Lake Town scenes.

I loved Tauriel (what a badass!) but the love triangle seems 100% extraneous. I don't know why Jackson decided to split the group up at the end. I'm assuming it will become more cogent once we see the final film. He's most likely setting it up so some of our heroes are in Lake Town when Smaug attacks.

The Good:

I thought Lee Pace was excellent and is exactly how I always pictured that character from the novel.

The barrel chase is, to me, the best action sequence (barring the major battle scenes) in the series.

And Smaug was brilliantly realized.

The Not-So-Good:

The aforementioned love triangle.

The spiders, which was my favorite scene as a kid, disappointed. And for the first time there was a huge continuity issue. I thought it was clever the way Jackson had them speak i.e. that Bilbo could only hear them when he wore the ring. But the most significant line spoken (and really the only reason they needed to speak at all) is "It stings! It stings!"
If you go back and watch it, Bilbo hears the spider say this as soon as he takes OFF the ring.

Pacing and padding. Why send Gandalf to the Witch King's tomb? We already established he was released in the previous film. It felt like just wanted to give Radagast some screen time. Gandalf should have just gone to Dol Goldur to begin with.




All in all though I love this world and delight in getting lost in it. I think once the entire saga is completed all these quibbles will be gone as they get woven into the complete extended tapestry.

Also, and this is STRICTLY RUMOR, I heard that Gollum will indeed be back in the final film.



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Posted by ErikJ972 2014-04-25 09:02:33


I can't even imagine another 25 minutes of Desolation of Smaug. It already felt like it was 10 hours long.

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Posted by Roscoe 2014-04-25 09:38:19


"Why send Gandalf to the Witch King's tomb? We already established he was released in the previous film."

I don't remember this being established in the first film -- there was certainly the Dark Force in that ruined fortress, but I thought it was the Necromancer. Where was it established that it was the Witch King? Or wait, I'm getting confused -- I should watch them again. Not that I've got a problem with doing that.

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Posted by tazber 2014-04-25 10:09:28


Roscoe,

In AUJ when Radagast goes to Dol Goldur he is attacked by the Witch King and takes the sword, which he gives to Gandalf.

Later at the White Council at Rivendell, Gandalf shows the sword as proof that the Witch King has been released from his tomb. And of course only Sauron has the power to release him.




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Posted by Roscoe 2014-04-25 10:45:08


Thanks -- I'll check it out again.

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Posted by tazber 2014-07-23 14:48:58


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Posted by Mister Matt 2014-07-23 17:25:28


I enjoyed the first film. I fell asleep during the second. I doubt I'll watch the third. I always think I'll enjoy LOTR films and somehow, they just don't do anything for me. I should just learn from past experience and not worry about trying to watch them any more.

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Posted by eatlasagna 2014-07-23 19:15:05


PEter Jackson will be at Comic con on Saturday to promote it! I hope I get into the panel!!! WOOO COMIC CON!!!

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Posted by Broadway Joe 2014-07-23 20:24:15


I actually hated all 3 of the lord of the Rings movies but I love the hobbit ones. So excited for the finale. That poster is awesome.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2014-07-28 16:56:19


The end of the Middle Earth saga is near. Here is the teaser trailer for 'The Battle of the Five Armies'.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2014-08-05 14:34:41


Warner Bros. has added 25 minutes to 'Desolation of Smaug' on an extended cut. The Blu-ray/DVD will be released November 4 and it will also be available digitally in late October.

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Posted by tazber 2014-11-05 10:44:50


So I watched the extended cut last night.

You get:

More Beorn scenes
More wandering around in Mirkwood (before the spiders)
And an entire subplot about Thrain (Thorin's father).

The Thrain scenes were a mix of new and altered scenes. Jackson pulled a George Lucas and inserted Thrain into some scenes. He is with Gandalf in Dol Goldur now.

And, oddly, you get a lot more depth from Alfrid. He's no longer the standard evil henchman. Still a villain though.

Overall this is the first extended edition that I like less than the original cut. It meanders and doesn't add anything significant.


Having said all that, here are some new stills from The Battle of Five Armies

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Posted by BroadwayBenny 2014-11-05 16:00:05


I am about halfway through the first disc of special features (The real reason I get super excited about these Extended Editions).

I could have done without Stephen Fry's "mountain oysters" scene they added back in. **Blech**

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Posted by tazber 2014-11-05 16:06:55


I was going to mention that. Repulsive. I gagged.

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Posted by tazber 2014-11-06 15:26:14


The trailer just hit.

It looks AMAZING!!!

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2014-11-06 15:28:49


I can't believe this is all coming to an end. I'll miss these movies, but I have a feeling they will have re-releases some day.

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Posted by Mr Roxy 2014-11-06 15:38:11


I must admit I have not seen any of them

Than again , except the first one ,I never saw the Star Wars movies

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Posted by themysteriousgrowl 2014-11-06 15:52:00



But surely that doesn't stop you having a strong opinion about them?

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Posted by Roscoe 2014-11-06 15:52:33


Looks like great fun. I'll be there, no question. Unmissable.

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Posted by BroadwayBenny 2014-11-06 17:24:22


**goosebumps**

Peter Jackson points out something interesting in the extras for the extended Smaug blu-ray... The Battle of the Five Armies is the only one of the six Middle-Earth films that isn't about traveling somewhere. Everyone is already set and ready to go. We don't leave Erebor till Bilbo goes home to write his book.

Can't wait.