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:
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?
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.
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!
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!
Phoenix Atelier, a digital animation and design program that allows budding creators to build upon their skills, has posted a great new interview with Andrew Baker, the Senior Designer for The Hobbit trilogy.
Phoenix Atelier also announced that Baker will teach a program beginning September 16, in conjunction with Weta Workshop, entitled Breathing Life and Presence into Digital Creatures. Here are the basics:
In this program, you will learn to use digital sculpting as a conceptual tool for creatures and characters in the film industry and create some evocative 2D artwork for presentation alongside a finished design maquette.
“We’ll be covering how to interprate the brief, creating new ideas, interesting and new anatomy, executing and presenting the final concept efficiently.
Check out these four newly released behind-the-scenes stills from The Hobbit, featuring Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch with commentary from Peter Jackson!
“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!”
This morning at Dale. One of the few nice things about a 7am start!
Evening at Dale. And 11 hours later, we’re still going.