Exclusive Content: Beorn’s House from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Exclusive from Warner Bros. and Denny’s, a look into the set and making of Beorn’s house. This was one of my absolute favorite parts of the book when I was a child. I am very excited to see how it is portrayed in the movie. The link to the video is here.

Peter Jackson Announces Hobbit Fan Event

Save the date!  Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page that on November 4th (5th for New Zealanders) a pretty exciting fan event will take place in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Wellington–complete with live appearances from the cast!  Complete details can be found below.

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Hi everyone! Less than two months ’til we open “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” on December 13, and we’re in the midst of an intense post-production.

However, we have got a pretty cool fan event planned for Monday, November 4, and I would like to invite you to join me and many members of the cast in a special live presentation. We’ll be appearing before live audiences in cities around the world, including London, New York, Los Angeles and, of course, here in Wellington – which, for Kiwi fans, is going to be Tuesday, November 5.

This is how it’s going to work: the 4 host cinemas will all have members of the “Desolation of Smaug” cast on stage, and we’ll all be satellite-linked to allow everyone to participate in a simultaneous Q&A … as well as present a few special surprises. Additional cinemas will be set up in select locations worldwide where fans can gather and watch the events unfold live.

If you can’t be there in person the event will also be streamed live on the internet.

But for those that do show up in the cinemas… let’s just say that I’m going to have a special “thank you” from me for making that extra effort.

Be sure to check the official Facebook and Twitter pages for details on locations, timing, and how to sign up for a chance to join us.

We’re working around the clock at the moment, so I’m not going to get a lot of sleep between then and now, but I am looking forward to this. Hope to see you there!

Four New Behind-the-Scenes Stills from The Hobbit

Check out these four newly released behind-the-scenes stills from The Hobbit, featuring Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch with commentary from Peter Jackson!
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“Tonight Martin Freeman finished his last shot as Bilbo Baggins. The end of an incredible two and a half years. I cannot imagine anyone else in this role – a character that Martin has nurtured and crafted with love and great skill.

We have said goodbye to our elves, humans, wizards and now the hobbit. We now enter our final 2 weeks of pick-ups, and it’s wall to wall dwarves. These pick-ups have been gruelling and intense, but I’m so happy with what we’ve been shooting. These next two movies are going to be pretty great!”

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This morning at Dale. One of the few nice things about a 7am start!

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Evening at Dale. And 11 hours later, we’re still going.

Thanks, Page to Premiere!

Ian McKellen Finally Hangs Up His Wizarding Robes and Departs Middle-Earth

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Today has marked the end of an era. Our Gandalf (Ian Mekellen) finished his last scene on the Hobbit set today. It was obviously a very emotional time for the cast and crew working on this trilogy, Especially Peter Jackson, who, soon after finishing Gandalf’s final shot, posted this picture and its caption on Facebook.

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“Seconds ago we finished our last shot with Gandalf. The end of an incredible adventure that began in 1999. I’m feeling very sad right now.”

“Adam Brown, who plays the Dwarf Ori added on Twitter”:

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Ah yes, Ian McKellen really is a legend. From the moment in 1999 he first took the role as Gandalf, there was never any doubt in his ability to portray one of the most powerful beings in Middle-Earth. We love you, Ian! Now matter how many movies you star in, you will forever be Gandalf!

Original article @ Moviepilot.com

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Not Going to Have Anything for San Diego Comic-Con in Latest Video Blog

hobbit-production-blog-11It’s a sad, sad day for those who were hoping to see some footage or the cast and director at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, but unfortunately, not everything is premiered there, much to the delight of those not able to attend.

Right off the bat in this latest The Hobbit production video blog, Peter Jackson made the announcement that he, nor anyone else, will be able to go to Comic-Con this year and present any exclusive footage for attendees.  This is unfortunate indeed, but it seems that Peter does have good reason to not be able to show anything, as they are still hard at work in New Zealand working on pick-ups, and he just won’t have the time to edit an exclusive video, fly all the way out to San Diego, stay for a day, and fly all the way back to New Zealand.   Because of all the work needed to get done in time for the release of the 2nd movie, I can see why it is with a heavy heart that he can’t give us this.

With that said, hopefully, he’ll be able to give us something for 2014’s Comic-Con.

Now, watch the video below to whet your appetite, which shows you the return of certain well-known actors for their last time on the set, talk of the Battle of the Five Armies, Dwarvicise (you have to watch), Radagast poo, and Orlando Bloom on fake-horse-riding (you really have to watch).

Orlando Bloom Wraps Filming The Hobbit

Like Ian McKellen and Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom has now finished shooting his parts for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Peter Jackson announced yesterday on Facebook:

A day after saying goodbye to Gandalf and Tauriel, it was time to farewell Legolas. What a great day it was, with Orlando battling a serious Orc for all 12 hours of shooting – part of the Battle of the 5 Armies for the third Hobbit movie.

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Lucky for us, he also posted this AWESOME video

When we finally got the day done, we said goodbye to Orlando, had a couple of beers … and couldn’t resist doing this!

That is Orlando’s take on They Are Taking The Hobbits to Isengard, which you may remember from a few years back.  If not, here it is!

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New Zealand – Home of Middle-Earth

Amazing footage of New Zealand is captured by Peter Jackson and his crew!! You can find this video and many more like it on the page “The Hobbit”. Go check them out on Facebook! Now sit back and enjoy the beauty of New Zealand – Home of Middle-Earth!

Mirkwood Elves React to Reaction Video of THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG Trailer

hobbit-reaction-reaction-videoIn a delightful turn of the table, actors Lee Pace (Thranduil), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), and Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel) give their reaction to a reaction video of two of the staff members from TheOneRing.net, Kili and Fili.  Not only that, but the actors do so while in costume!

Thanks to Peter Jackson for filming it.

You can watch the original reaction video of Kili and Fili:

 

Evangeline Lilly talks Tauriel

Evangeline Lilly is most famous for playing Kate Austen on LOST, but she is hoping to reinvent herself through the much-talked-about Hobbit character, Tauriel. She sat down with TotalFilm.com and dished about Tauriel and her expectations for the Hobbit’s second feature, The Desolation of Smaug.

Evangeline Lilly is playing an entirely new character (ie. not in the book) in the upcoming Hobbit sequels, so it should come as no surprise to find out that the former Lost actress scores a place on our list.

You can read the full feature inside the issue, but here’s a sneak peek at what Lilly had to say about playing Peter Jackson’s woodland Elf, Tauriel.

“She’s a very, very young elf,” Lilly told us. “She’s only 600 years old, unlike Legolas who’s like, 1,900 years old and Thranduil who’s about 3,000 years old. She doesn’t have quite the wisdom and pose that those two boys do; she’s a little more… gritty. A little more spontaneous, passionate perhaps.”

Read more!

Since Tauriel is a created character NOT in the books, you’d have to think she will be polarizing. Will she capture audiences the way Liv Tyler did in the Lord of the Rings films, or will her character be determined useless and hurt the franchise’s image? There is a lot at stake.

Visual FX Supervisor on The Challenges of The Hobbit

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Joe Letteri, the Visual FX Supervisor of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as well as The Hobbit trilogy is talking about the unique challenges provided by The Hobbit films in a new interview with Coming Soon!

This interview contains minor spoilers!

Here’s a taste:

CS: I spoke to Andy Serkis earlier and I asked him about the goblin cavern scene specifically because I thought that might be hundreds of extras running around, but a lot of it was constructed based on what they did on set.
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Yeah, we did some small pieces of the set that the guys could run around on and do some of the action especially that bit where they’re brought before the Goblin King because a bit of the action happens on that well-lit platform in front of the throne but most of what you see in there is digital. In fact, a lot of what was shot, we wound up replacing, just because of the complexity of the camera moves and the stereo. We shot goblins with partial suits on, but we were going to be adding their heads. A lot of what we were really doing that for was for a couple shots where it was practical. Most of the time it was easier to just replace them with completely digital characters then to try to match heads onto partial bodies. Sometimes we ended up just replacing everything that shot including the actors, because it was just easier to construct the big shots that way. Yeah, we’ve gotten to the point where we can make characters and digital doubles. As long as you’re not talking about nuanced emotional dialogue performances, you’re talking about action scenes, sometimes it’s just easier to go all digital with it.

CS: I also wondered about the dwarves. In the previous movies, you had a way of turning full size actors into hobbits and you used some on-set trickery to do that, but here, you were shooting 3D and you had 12 dwarves played by 12 actors of different sizes. So wouldn’t that make every shot an FX shot because you had to make them look dwarfish?
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Yeah, for the most part. There were a couple of shots where you could just get away with putting Gandalf up on an apple box or having the dwarves down on their knees. As long as you maintained a fairly correct perspective spatially because stereo obviously picked up the difference, you can get away with that, but when you go wide or when the camera started moving, that’s when you really needed to go in and look at either rotoscoping Gandalf off of the plate and you scale him up and lock him back in 3D or you replace him with a 3D character all together, like a digital double, or you go with this dynamic forced perspective using synchronized motion control rigs.