Hobbit to be featured in Hall H at Comic Con?

If you’re in the San Diego area for Comic Con this year and you have a great affinity for Middle Earth, you might want to mark your calendars down for Saturday, July 20. As sdccblog.com reports, The Hobbit is expected to be featured in the Warner Bros. Pictures panel.

Here are the details:


That’s right – a Warner Bros. Pictures rep has just confirmed for us that its Hall H panel will again be on the Saturday of Comic-Con this year.

We can only imagine the films which will be included in its presentation. Just looking at our Movies of SDCC 2013 preview, we list The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity starring George Clooney, and the first real footage of Godzilla. Not to mention all the news about the DC cinematic universe. And those are just some of the things we’re expecting to hear – we imagine WB will slip in a few surprises as well. Continue…

A key thing to watch out for is the crowd’s reaction to the frames-per-second ratio. Last year, the reactions were mixed to the 48 frames per second presentation of The Hobbit, but viewers may have grown more used to it now. Also, you have to figure Peter Jackson and co. will hone their technique, making the visuals more palatable for dissenting types. The response should be very exciting!




Hobbit recipes from Warner Bros

In anticipation of The Hobbit release, Warner Bros. has assembled this INCREDIBLE site feature with Middle Earth recipes. See here!

Here’s what TheOneRing.Net had to say about it:

Warner Bros. has released a new site specializing in the tastes of Middle-earth. Featuring such categories as sweets & treats, main courses and breakfast foods, it also provides a way for users to submit recipes. Steven Hunter’s Bombur is featured as the face of Middle-earth culinary delights and his cookbook is a linked tab as well. That may even be a clue into the character but more than that, it is a sign that WB wants to have a little fun with its December tent-pole movie.
The official description says:

Recipes From Middle-earth
Fellow travelers, we welcome you to sample this collection of recipes for authentic Middle-earth cuisine cultivated by the Dwarf Company’s heartiest appetite. Give each dish a rating, and submit your own recipes for others to enjoy and appraise too!

Peter Jackson Confirms The Hobbit to be Split into Three Films

Whether or not you think this is about Warner Bros. or Peter Jackson trying to milk the film(s) for all that they’re worth doesn’t matter.  Peter Jackson has confirmed that The Hobbit will no longer be split into two films, but will instead be split into three!

If you’re wondering why this one book can be split into three while the LOTR trilogy was, in fact, a trilogy of films, well, you’ll just have to read the actual book.

Jackson stated, “Upon recently viewing a cut of the first film, and a chunk of the second, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and I were very pleased with the way the story was coming together. We recognized that the richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, gave rise to a simple question: do we tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as filmmakers and fans was an unreserved ‘yes.’ We know the strength of our cast and of the characters they have brought to life.  We know creatively how compelling and engaging the story can be and—lastly, and most importantly—we know how much of the tale of Bilbo Baggins, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur would remain untold if we did not fully realize this complex and wonderful adventure. I’m delighted that New Line, MGM and Warner Bros. are equally enthusiastic about bringing fans this expansive tale across three films.”

There is definitely enough source material in The Hobbit to warrant it being three movies, especially on the grand scale that Jackson has been known to film.

Here’s what Toby Emmerich, president and COO of New Line Cinema, has to say:

“We completely support Peter and his vision for bringing this grand adventure to the screen over the course of three films. Peter, Fran and Philippa’s reverence for the material and understanding of these characters ensure an exciting and expanded journey that is bound to please fans around the world.”

Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairman and CEO for MGM Studios say this:

“With the abundance of rich material, we fully endorse the decision to further develop what Peter, Fran and Philippa have already begun. We are confident that, with the great care the filmmakers have taken to faithfully bring this journey to the screen, the film will be welcomed by the legions of fans across the globe.”

And Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov said this:

“Peter, Fran and Philippa have lived in this world and understand more than anyone its tremendous breadth and scope, and the relationships that bind it together.  We strongly support their vision to bring this great work fully to life.”

The first film in the trilogy, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” will be released December 14, 2012, with the second film releasing on December 13, 2013, and the third film slated for summer 2014. All three films will be released in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX.

Under Jackson’s direction, all three movies are being shot in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Additional filming, as with principal photography, is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

So, there you have it.  Three films to be released within 2 1/2 years of each other.  What do you think?  Are you happy about the split so that the story can be told in more detail?  Or are you bummed that you have to wait impatiently for 2014 for the grand finale?

I myself probably feel a little bit of both, but more so excitement to see how it all comes together.  It will definitely be an exciting three years to come!

Source: The Hobbit Movie on Facebook

The Hobbit Panel At Comic-Con

The Hobbit will be coming to San Diego for the International Comic-Con!  There will be a Warner Bros panel that will most definitely include The Hobbit.  As is usually the case, however, they have not announced yet (and may not do so at all) who is going to appear on the panel.

Warner Bros and Legendary Entertainment have announced plans to bring three of their highly anticipated projects to San Diego Comic-Con International’s Hall H on Saturday, July 14th.

Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim will make up that panel that is expected to occupy a three to four hour block on Saturday morning, July 14th. There’s no word yet which cast or crew members will be in attendance.

It’s no surprise that The Hobbit will be a major part of Comic-Con this year, and it will probably make a reappearance again next year, considering that Peter Jackson does love us at the Con.  Updates and pictures of the panel will be posted that weekend, so follow us via Twitter for when that happens.  The panel is sure to have a big, big crowd.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released in theaters on December 14, 2012. The second film, titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is slated for release the following year on December 13, 2013. Both movies are directed by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Elijah Wood as Frodo, plus Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Stephen Hunter, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bret McKenzie, James Nesbitt, Luke Evans and others.