Regal Cinemas DESOLATION OF SMAUG Celebration

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is out TODAY!

To celebrate, Regal Cinemas held a massive party at Meltdown Comics in LA. It is hands down the best gathering of Tolkien fans we’ve ever seen, complete with dwarf rapping, Gandalf roasting, and cosplay!

For more giggles, check out their full rap remix of FAR OVER THE MISTY MOUNTAINS COLD:

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Watch Video of The Hobbit Fan Event!

If you missed the global Hobbit fan event earlier this week, you can watch it in its entirety below!

Five New International Posters for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Five new international movie posters for The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug have been revealed–check them out below!

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Two new Desolation of Smaug TV spots!

As fangirlish.com reports, Peter Jackson and co. have released TV spots No. 4 and 5 in anticipation of the second Hobbit movie, set to hit theaters on December 13th. Let’s take a look!

This one features a lot of familiar imagery, with emphasis on themes brought out in Unexpected Journey and several shots shown in previous trailers. One thing that stands out is the bright-colored, overly active effects, which are certain to dazzle those who love the new-age 48 frames-per-second glow, yet frustrate traditionalists who are still clinging to the Lord of the Rings films.

Here’s No. 5:

Here, the emphasis is more on Bilbo and his journey, but there are several moments that ought to excite Hobbit fans considerably. For one thing, it never gets old catching glimpses of the barrels — one of the novel’s most iconic scenes — and the Bilbo-Gandalf dynamic definitely connects well with the successful Gandalf-Frodo tropes in LOTR. My favorite shot? Pause the video at 12 seconds, as the boat travels by water through a quaint, sleepy, almost Scandinavian fishing-looking village. What attention to detail! Often, it’s the set and world creation where Jackson does his best work, and it looks like fans will get plenty of that to chew on.

Less than two months to Desolation of Smaug! Who’s excited?

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!

Happy Birthday, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins!

It turns out the two greatest hobbits in the history of Middle Earth happen to share a birthday!

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Happy Birthday, Frodo and Bilbo!

The Best Acapella of Hobbit You’ll Ever See

This has been out for a few months already, but we felt compelled to post this because it’s truly extraordinary. One man, channeling all the dwarves, singing the Misty Mountains hymn through multiple tracks and pitch-perfect harmony. Introducing, Peter Hollens!

Really, what else is there to say? We’re thrilled his painstaking recordings and sonorous voice have earned a couple of million views — totals of which he is well deserving. Pass it on to others!