‘Hobbit Day’ photos from Harcourt Mifflin Harcourt

Thanks to a Rivendell-worthy effort by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, people around the United States celebrated “Hobbit Day,” celebrated worldwide on Sept. 22, in very creative fashion! Details here:

Here are some photos from the various events!

At Phoenix Books in Vermont

At Booktrader in New Jersey

At Gibson’s in New Hampshire

See all the photos here!

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New Hobbit poster: Bilbo Baggins with sword

In the same vein as Harry Potter and Hunger Games character posters, we get a formidable new Hobbit poster, featuring Martin Freeman (as Bilbo Baggins) holding a sword and looking determined:

We can safely assume this is NOT the pre-adventure Bilbo Baggins, who scurries about while dwarves confound him at Bag End. No, this is the brave, “you bow to no one” hobbit gaze, that matches peril with genuine courage. Consider us inspired!

What do you think?

Hobbit trailer review – Fantasy in Motion

We came across this extremely well-written review of the newest Hobbit trailer, which is really worth the read. Here are James of Fantasy in Motion’s words:

The first thing that strikes me from watching this trailer is how different this trilogy is going to be from The Lord of the Rings. Where LOTR focused on the hopeless, desperate fight against Sauron, this movie looks like it’s centred on adventure, high jinks and mystery. It seems to have a great sense of humour, too; something LOTR also had in a poignant sort of way. Of course, you’d need the movie to have that humour, with a band of dwarves and a hobbit driving events.

Not just any hobbit, mind you. This one’s played by the fantastic Martin Freeman, well loved in the UK for his roles in The Office and Sherlock. This man has a natural talent for bringing warmth and a sense of reality to his characters. His face conveys every emotion known to man and he has a really likable “every man” kind of way about him. He’s going to do this character justice and it looks like he’s managed to still keep Ian Holm’s older Bilbo appearance from LOTR relevant and believable.

Now, onto the internet’s favourite Hobbit-related topic… Gollum returns! But wait, it’s not just the old CGI Gollum as you once knew him! This one’s… the precioussssss.

Read the rest of James’ review here!

Stills from the new Hobbit trailer

Here are some dazzling stills from the new Hobbit trailer, courtesy of Huffington Post. Go to Huffington Post to see the fill slideshow.

As you can see…Gollum’s so anxious to look, so you should too! Click on “Continue Reading” to check out more pictures of breathtaking scenery and exhilarating adventure.

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NEW Hobbit Trailer!

As if you needed more reason to see The Hobbit, the new trailer is out, and it’s — of course — awesome!

This time, Peter Jackson shows us the lighter side of The Hobbit, with amusing repartee between dwarves and Bilbo’s surprise/annoyance at being recruited unexpectedly for this journey (hence, An Unexpected Journey). There’s also a funny tete-a-tete with Gollum.

In addition, we get wonderfully nostalgic shots of Rivendell and the sweeping visuals of the mountains and terrain. With Jackson at the helm and the timbre of the film seemingly carried over pixel by pixel from the LOTR films (well, minus the new technology), this appears to be every Tolkien-lover’s dream.

Are you excited??

New Hobbit photos from USA Today

USA Today has a striking new collection of Hobbit photos that ought to leave every Tolkien fan salivating. And we’ll get to see the whole film in less than three months…so exciting!

Here are a few of them:


Bilbo Baggins at Bag End


The dwarves in Bag End


Thorin Oakenshield leads the pack.


Gandalf in the Shire.

See the full collection here!

Peter Jackson Responds to Complaints about Frame Rate

Now that the 10 minute footage has been revealed at CinemaCon and some people have voiced their (not-so-good) opinions on it, what I’m wondering is… why this is a surprise to some people?  When I first read about Jackson filming it at 48 frames per second, I immediately thought of HDTVs.  What people are saying about the footage is that it feels as if you’re actually on the set, not in the movie itself.  Well, that’s exactly what it felt like for me watching shows and movies on my cousin’s HDTV, and yet people still buy those TVs and they companies are making a considerable profit out of it.  So, why not do the same for theaters, right?  Take it or leave it, hopefully it won’t affect the storytelling itself and the action and the actors abilities to perform their parts effectively.

Here’s what Peter had to say about the issue of the frame rate:

“Nobody is going to stop,” he said. “This technology is going to keep evolving.”

He hopes critics of the format will change their minds when they see the finished film.

“At first it’s unusual because you’ve never seen a movie like this before. It’s literally a new experience, but you know, that doesn’t last the entire experience of the film; not by any stretch, after 10 minutes or so,” Jackson tells EW. “That’s a different experience than if you see a fast-cutting montage at a technical presentation.”

And if people refuse to see it because of the new format?

“I can’t say anything,” Jackson acknowledges. “Just like I can’t say anything to someone who doesn’t like fish. You can’t explain why fish tastes great and why they should enjoy it.”

“A couple of the more negative commenters from CinemaCon said that in the Gollum and Bilbo scene [which took place later in the presentation] they didn’t mind it and got used to that,” Jackson says. “That was the same 48 frames the rest of the reel was. I just wonder if it they were getting into the dialogue, the characters and the story. That’s what happens in the movie. You settle into it.”

He’s got a point.  Some things you have to really just see for yourself to know if you’ll like it or not.  Sometimes it just takes getting used to, which is always a struggle for some people when it comes to change.

Change in technology is inevitable, vitally so.  I don’t really care for 3-D, most especially converted 3-D, but people still watch movies in 3-D, so of course they’ll film it in 3D.  People didn’t care for multiplexes when they first started popping up.  They’re everywhere now.  Sometimes change is good, sometimes it’s bad, sometimes it just is.

Will you be able to “settle in” to the 48 fps, or are you a stickler for the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?

To read the full EW.com article, go here.

In the Production Video below (posted back in November 2011), Peter talks about 3-D, Red Camera equipment, and Frame Rates: