New Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Sneak Peek!

Just released from the Hobbit Fan Event, this three-minute sneak peek consists of many bits of new footage that will have your inner hobbit squealing in delight! (I should know!) Featuring glimpses of Boern, Bard the Bowman, Azog, Smaug and many others, this fantastic compilation reminds us of how close we are the premiere! (38 days!) A link to the Youtube channel is here. Now bask in the glow of this sneak peek of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, coming to theaters in America on December 13, 2013.


Andy Serkis celebrates Hobbit’s 75th Anniversary by reading as Gollum

This is such a fantastic video! If you didn’t appreciate how incredible Andy Serkis is as the voice and movements of Gollum before, you really will now. How does he do it?

Seriously, how is it possible for those sounds to come out of his mouth? Also, that banquet seems like an awful lot of fun. Wish we could have been there.


Schoolboys make a FULL Hobbit movie

No, it’s not the Peter Jackson version, but considering these 8-13 year-old boys put this together on basically no budget, this is a pretty remarkable achievement. See their trailer, which makes use of Enya in the background:

We hope Peter Jackson and the Warner Bros people do something to promote these kids’ work! Here are some more details, courtesy of Digital Spy:

A total of 70 schoolboys aged 8-13 from the school have starred in the 90-minute version, which was filmed across the UK.

The film was made on a shoestring budget, while a CGI dragon was created for the project.

Cliff Web – the father of one of the actors – helped produce and edit the film with his production company, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Tower House’s head of drama – who directed the film – spoke of his pride at the finished project.

“The boys showed great dedication to this project which shows the quality of drama that a school can produce,” he told the Evening Standard.

“It was our ambition to do something totally unique, something no other school has ever done. As far as I am aware we are the first prep school to do a full feature-length film.”

The film had its official premiere at the Curzon Renoir Cinema in Russell Square.

Continue reading here!

Celebrate ‘Second Breakfast’ at 11:00 a.m.

In one of the more awesome events ever conceived for a worldwide audience, HarperCollins UK is inviting everyone to take part in Second Breakfast, tomorrow (Saturday, 9/22) at 11:00 a.m.

Here are the details, courtesy of The Wall Street Journal. Barbara Chai has the story:

At 11 a.m. sharp tomorrow, “The Hobbit” fans from all over the world are invited to raise a buttered scone to Bilbo Baggins.

Bilbo and Frodo are hobbits in the beloved J.R.R. Tolkien classic, “The Lord of the Rings,” and they share a birthday on Saturday, Sept. 22. But tomorrow, Sept. 21, 2012, also marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of “The Hobbit,” the prelude to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy that introduces readers to Bilbo, Gollum and the ring. In the past 75 years, more than 100 million copies of “The Hobbit” have been sold world-wide.

To celebrate, publisher HarperCollins UK is organizing “The Hobbit Second Breakfast,” encouraging fans everywhere to eat a second breakfast at 11 a.m., “inspired by the ideals cherished by hobbits everywhere: camaraderie, companionship and, of course, a love of good food.”

After all, hobbits may be small, but they sure can eat. They take seven meals daily: breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and supper. (Bilbo particularly loves his second breakfast.)

HarperCollins UK has provided a second breakfast shopping list on its website, with suggestions of mince pies, crusty bloomers (English loaves of bread), brown sauce, sausages, eggs and more. There’s also a handy recipe for seed cake and cutouts for decorative Hobbit flags and a second breakfast teacup coaster.

The publisher will recreate a hobbit second breakfast on Fulham Palace gardens in London on Sept. 22, the Baggins’ birthday, transform the grounds into a Shire (the magical home of the Hobbits) and stage a reading from the book.

For more inspiration on creating your own second breakfast for tomorrow, you can peek at the menu for The Shires Rest Café on the grounds of the New Zealand Hobbiton movie set where director Peter Jackson filmed the coming movies, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” The breakfast offerings include super sized thick toast and mini fruit kebabs.

Keep reading the details here!

Who’s hungry for some eggs?