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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
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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Tuesday
Aug312010

The Hobbit's hellish 73-year journey to the silver screen (infographic)

Getting The Hobbit from book to screen has been a drawn out and difficult process. Lucky for us, Blastr has made a Candyland-ish map to guide us through the many delays, false starts, and animated ghettos that have plagued J.R.R. Tolkien's original Middle Earth tale. The sad part is, we don't know if this is the end or just the beginning of the troubles. With the money troubles at MGM, Peter Jackson's two-part adaptation of The Hobbit has been delayed for some time now. The director promises news soon, but it's difficult to say when this film will be made. Click on the image to expand. 

Monday
Aug232010

Guillermo del Toro talks about not directing The Hobbit and 3D

Guillermo del Toro is no longer directing The Hobbit. That much has been established. In a recent interview, he confirms that he is still very actively involved in the project and Jackson's attempts to get it shot amidst MGM's financial woes. He also speaks a bit about 3D.

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