Three THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG Banners

Check out the 3 banners that showed up today for the upcoming sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug movie, which opens in theaters December 13, 2013.  The first banner shows Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, along with a few of his band of dwarves, including The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones‘ actor Aidan Turner as Kili, and Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield.

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The second banner shows actor Lee Pace, who’s currently filming in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, as the Elven King of Mirkwood (and Legolas’ father), Thranduil.

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The third banner features Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, a man of Laketown.  Luke is currently filming Dracula Untold.

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A new trailer is scheduled to be released around 6am Pacific / 9am Eastern time tomorrow, October 1st.

Thanks to Page to Premiere for the tip!

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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!

Gollum Meets Bilbo

Whether you’re still waiting to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey or you’re just wondering the Internet looking for clips to re-watch after seeing the movie already, here’s a great look at Bilbo Baggins’ first encounter with Gollum, courtesy of Coming Soon!

Click the graphic to see the clip:

Peter Jackson and Martin Freeman talk ‘The Hobbit’

Hey U Guys recently interviewed Peter Jackson and Martin Freeman about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, out in just TWO DAYS! We don’t know where the time has gone, but we are psyched!

First, check out Peter Jackson discussing making movies, the translation from book to film, those infamous 48 frames per second, and casting Martin Freeman.

Then Martin Freeman discusses taking on the role of Bilbo Baggins, working with Peter Jackson as well as working on a big franchise, and getting sick of his own overexposed face!

All The Hobbit Trailers Edited Together in Chronological Order!

We’re so very close to the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in theaters! In the meantime, Geek Tyrant has discovered a brilliant 8-minute video that cuts together all the trailers from the film in chronological order to create the longest running preview yet!

Why Martin Freeman was cast as Bilbo Baggins

In a recent interview, The Hobbit co-writer Phillipa Boyens explains why Martin Freeman was ultimately chosen for the coveted role of Bilbo Baggins!

“His great sense of comedy is something we do need in the story. He’s quintessentially English, and that’s a hard thing to define, and one of his great gifts as an actor is that he’s immediately likeable.”

“There’s nothing obviously heroic about tumbling out of your door going off chasing treasure — and not even knowing exactly why you’ve done it either! So we needed somebody with a great range, who lets you in, and is also really quite athletic too — it’s a physical role.”

Do you think Martin Freeman complements Ian Holmes’ original version of the older, wiser Bilbo Baggins?

via Blastr.

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?