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Wednesday
Dec212011

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' trailer - What's there and what's missing

I’ve missed Middle Earth. It’s been 10 years since The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring hit theaters, and we’re still a year away from the first Hobbit movie’s release, but at least we now know things are looking up. A few hours ago, Peter Jackson released the first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is the first of two films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s first novel about Middle Earth, The Hobbit. The journey stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins with Ian McKellen returning as Gandalf the Wizard and takes place about 50-60 years before Lord of the Rings

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Monday
Dec192011

First Hobbit trailer coming tomorrow - Freeman talks Bilbo

Peter Jackson’s long awaited Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has it’s first trailer released online on Tuesday December 20th at 7pm PST according to comingsoon.net.

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Monday
Nov212011

Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords talks about his role in 'The Hobbit'

The Hobbit will see the return of one of the original trilogy’s biggest stars. No, not John Rhys-Davies or Viggo Mortensen. Bret McKensie is coming back to Middle Earth. Don’t recognize his name? Well, you may know for being half of “New Zealand’s 4th Most Popular Folk Parody Duo,” Flight of the Conchords. Yep, McKensie played an unnamed Elf (fans named him Figwit) in The Fellowship of the Ring and since he made such a splash online, Peter Jackson brought him back for a longer role in Return of the King. Now he’s shaving his beard and growing his hair out yet again for the prequel. 

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Sunday
Nov062011

'The Hobbit' video blog 4 - Peter Jackson on filming in 3D and 48 FPS 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit theaters for another year, but Peter Jackson and his crew have already released a number of pictures and videos about the making of the films. The fourth video blog, which was released Friday, talks a bit about what it’s like to film in 48 frames per second and 3D. 

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Sunday
Oct232011

Video: Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg discuss their collaboration on 'The Adventures of Tintin'

One of the most exciting and unique movies coming out this year is The Adventures of Tintin. A joint collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, the film recreates the classic comic series, which has sold 350 copies worldwide, using the same motion capture technology that was used to create Gollum in Lord of the Rings and that big gorilla in King Kong. We knew that Spielberg was director and Jackson producer, but it looks like the collaboration goes even deeper. THR interviewed the duo and it appears like they collaborated on set every day. 

The Adventures of Tintin is set for a Dec. 21, 2011 release. You can find a really good trailer here

Tuesday
Jul122011

The Adventures of Tintin trailer - Spielberg directs a motion-capture mystery

I know next to nothing about Tintin, his adventures, or this upcoming collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. After seeing the trailer for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, however; I've gone from 0 to 60. The story looks dark and gripping. It's been a while since we've had a good mystery movie in theaters. 

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Sunday
Jul102011

The Hobbit behind-the-scenes video blog #2 is online

Peter Jackson and the crew have posted their second video blog detailing the shooting of the two Hobbit films, An Unexpected Journey and There and Back Again. I must say, the whole production feels very close to the behind-the-scenes vibe of the three Lord of the Rings films. What does this mean? Well, it could mean that The Hobbit is somewhat on track to be a worthy prequel to the original trilogy and not the next Star Wars prequels. Despite advances in technology, Jackson appears to be keeping the authentic look of the originals and using a good amount of sets and diverse special effect types. 

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Saturday
Jun252011

First look at Bilbo and Gandalf in The Hobbit - Elijah Wood confirms he's back

This is not a screenshot from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Nope. This is taken from the set of The Hobbit, a two-part prequel to the legendary trilogy, filmed a good 11-13 years later. Entertainment Weekly scored some exclusive shots from the first film, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is due on Dec. 14, 2012. The first screenshots of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins are below along with a few quotes from Peter Jackson.

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Monday
Sep272010

Peter Jackson threatens to film The Hobbit outside of New Zealand due to actors unions boycotts

Peter Jackson issued a bold statement yesterday after taking flack from several actors unions in Australia and New Zealand who are calling for actors to boycott the troubled production, which has been mired in perpetual delay due to the financial woes of MGM Studios. Recently, there has been talk of filming beginning early 2011. This new actors crisis could the production back, yet again. 

The issue concerns non-union actors. The IFA, MEAA, and other actors unions are pushing to allow non-union actors to participate in collective bargaining...as if they were in a union. Jackson fired back in a long response, explaining that this demand may not be legal and, if he has to, he will shut down or move The Hobbit production to Europe, leaving New Zealand, the country that he loves. 

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Tuesday
Sep142010

Sir Ian McKellen says The Hobbit may start filming in January

That's the goal, at least. The prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy has seen many delays due to the financial meltdown of MGM, which co-funds the project. Things are finally looking up. Peter Jackson, the presumed director of The Hobbit, has been quietly casting the two films since July and MGM seems to be sorting itself out, with Spyglass stepping up to restructure much of its debt. The studio will vote on the debt restructuring, bankruptcy plan later this month.

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