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New The Hobbit 3,The Battle Of The Five Armies Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics

19 December 2014 1:15 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

New Line Cinema (Warner Bros. Pictures) released their new action/fantasy film, "The Hobbit 3: The Battle Of The Five Armies" into theaters this past Wednesday, December 17th and all the top, major critics have turned in their reviews. It appears that they were pretty mixed, giving it an overall 59 score out of a possible 100 across 45 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O'Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner. We've added blurbs from a couple of the critics, below. Brice Ingram at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a very good 88 score, »

- Chris

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Don’t expect to see Peter Jackson ever directing a superhero movie

19 December 2014 12:35 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Now that he’s finished up with J.R.R. Tokien’s Middle-earth following the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Peter Jackson is starting to turn his attention to future projects, but it seems we should rule out the possibility of him ever directing a superhero movie as the filmmaker has stated that he’s got no interest in the genre, and has never so much as read a comic book.

“I don’t really like the Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon that exists right now,” said Jackson in a chat with MovieFone. “The industry and the advent of all the technology, has kind of lost its way. It’s become very franchise driven and superhero driven. I’ve never read a comic book in my life so I’m immediately at a disadvantage and I have no interest in that. So now it’s time for us to step back. »

- Gary Collinson

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Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace Talk The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

18 December 2014 9:45 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, now in theaters, I got to sit down with Martin FreemanRichard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando BloomEvangeline Lilly and Lee Pace at the London press junket.  During the interviews they talked about what the world premiere after party was like, what they'd ask J. R. R. Tolkien about their characters and The Lord of the Rings universe, embarrassing moments from the set (which includes Martin Freeman telling a very funny story), deleted scenes and what might be on the extended edition Blu-ray, and more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say. Finally, unlike the first two installments of The Hobbit, this last chapter is almost non-stop action and features some incredible sequences that fans of The Lord of the Ringswill absolutely love.  In addition, if you have the chance to see it in 3D, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Luke Evans Talks The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, What He Would Ask J. R. R. Tolkien, Embarrassing Moments on Set, Deleted Scenes, More

17 December 2014 4:27 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As most of you know, the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is now in theaters.  Unlike the first two installments of The Hobbit, the final chapter is almost non-stop action and features some incredible sequences that fans of The Lord of the Rings will absolutely love.  In addition, if you have the chance to see it in 3D, the added ticket price is worth it for this movie.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard ArmitageEvangeline LillyLuke EvansBenedict CumberbatchStephen FryCate BlanchettIan HolmChristopher LeeHugo WeavingKen StottJames Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. At last week’s London press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Luke Evans.  He talked about what he would ask J. R. R. Tolkien, deleted scenes and what might be included in the extended cut, embarrassing moments from the set, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Film Review: Too-Long ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Delivers on Intimate, Hand-to-Hand Combat

17 December 2014 1:36 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Though he’s never been called it before in scientific speak, I’m saying it now: Peter Jackson is a master of mitosis. He’s one of Hollywood’s best in splitting up the cinematic cellular DNA of one story into three because, apparently, he can’t do epics unless they’re in groups of three.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

After directing a previous trio of precious ring-obsessed films one year apart, Jackson’s back with another threesome. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” released in 2001, “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” in 2002 and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2003. Now we have his “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in 2012, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” in 2013 and the current “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which opened in theatres everywhere today.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s book “The Hobbit” is only 320 pages long. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘The Hobbit: Five Armies’ Review: Pete Hammond On The Journey’s End

17 December 2014 12:53 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Peter Jackson’s great journey there and back again with J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy tales comes to an action-filled and excellent end in The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, as I say in my video review above.

This one features, of course, series regulars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Richard Armitage, Christopher Lee and Evangeline Lilly. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the acquisitive and vengeful dragon Smaug.

Jackson, who has been creating movies based on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books for more than 15 years now, co-wrote the script with his usual collaborators Philippa Boyens and wife Fran Walsh, along with Guillermo Del Toro. Jackson, Walsh, Carolynne Cunningham and Zane Weiner produced. The film, which is being distributed by Warner Bros., opens today in the United States following strong overnight previews in the United States and a huge overseas bow last weekend, »

- Pete Hammond

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Second Opinion – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

17 December 2014 10:56 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, 2014.

Directed by Peter Jackson.

Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangaline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Cate Blanchett, Billy Connolly, Stephen Fry, Mikael Persbrandt, Ian Holm, Sylvester McCoy and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Synopsis:

Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves have reclaimed the mountain of Erebor from the evil dragon Smaug and must now struggle to protect the treasure they fought to recover. Dwarves, Elves and Men must put aside their differences when faced with a dangerous common enemy.

Criticized heavily for being broken up into three films – all well over two hours – The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies actually succeeds in justifying that decision. The problem is that three »

- Robert Kojder

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2 Hobbit Featurettes - “Christopher Lee Returns” and “Leaving Middle Earth”

17 December 2014 9:31 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens today, and I hope you go out and see it, because it's freakin' awesome! Two new featurettes have been released that you can check out of you want. The first is an IMAX featurette that includes Peter Jackson and the cast of the films reflecting on what they are going to miss most about Middle Earth. I know that as a fan of the saga, I’m going to miss the incredible journey that has been told in these stories. The second video focuses on 92-year old Christopher Lee returning to reprise his role, and damn, he sure does have a great scene in this movie! 

After The Lord of the Rings ended, I knew there was a good chance we would be able to return to Middle Earth again with The Hobbit. After this, though, that’s probably going to be it. »

- Joey Paur

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Martin Freeman Talks The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, What He Would Ask J. R. R. Tolkien, Embarrassing Moments on Set, Sherlock, and More

16 December 2014 6:13 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I love interviewing Martin Freeman.  Not only is he a very talented actor that's always great in front of the camera; it's also because no matter what you want to talk about, he always finds a way to work in funny stories that will make you laugh. My interview last week in London for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was no different.  Not only did he talk about what people say about him online, or what he'd ask J. R. R. Tolkien if he could travel back in time, he told an amazing R-rated story about the game he likes to play with his cast mates - specifically Aidan Turner.  Trust me, there is no way you watch this interview and not laugh out loud.  Hit the jump to watch. As most of you know, the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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New Hobbit 3,Battle Of The Five Armies IMAX Featurette Movie Clip Released

16 December 2014 2:09 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

New Line Cinema recently dropped this new IMAX featurette/movie clip (below) for their upcoming "The Hobbit 3: The Battle of the Five Armies" action/adventure/fantasy flick, and it features a ton of new, cool scenes from the movie, along with short interview clips with some of the castmembers. They talk about how they'll miss working with each other as the series comes to an end. They also talk about the beautiful IMAX experience and more. Check it out,below. The movie stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O'Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner. In the new flick, »

- Eric

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Honest Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

16 December 2014 12:21 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As we embark on our final trip to Middle-earth with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the folks at Screen Junkies have turned their attention to its predecessor, releasing an Honest Trailer for last year’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; check it out here…

See Also: Read our review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out now in the UK and opens in the States on Friday, with a cast that includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt and Aidan Turner. »

- Gary Collinson

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Leaving Middle-earth IMAX featurette for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

16 December 2014 8:56 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which sees the cast and crew sharing their memories of Middle-earth; check it out below…

See Also: Read our review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, »

- Gary Collinson

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Richard Armitage Talks The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Deleted Scenes, What He Would Ask J. R. R. Tolkien, Embarrassing Moments on Set, More

15 December 2014 7:38 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in select territories and opening in North America Wednesday is the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  Unlike the first two installments of The Hobbit, the final chapter is almost non-stop action and features some incredible sequences that fans of The Lord of the Rings will absolutely love.  In addition, if you have the chance to see it in 3D, the added ticket price is worth it for this movie.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard ArmitageEvangeline LillyLuke EvansBenedict CumberbatchStephen FryCate BlanchettIan HolmChristopher LeeHugo WeavingKen StottJames Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. At last week's London press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Richard Armitage.  He talked about what he always remembers about making the movies, some of his deleted scenes, what he would ask J. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

15 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

An Expected Finale: Jackson Brings Tolkien Saga to Thankful End

Upon reaching the end of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy with the third and final installment, renamed The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, those familiar with J.R.R Tolkien’s novel that preceded the opus of the Fellowship trilogy should pause momentarily to realize that these three films have moved well beyond the spirit or intentions of the source material. A narrative strained beyond the limit, even for Jackson’s taxing penchant for extended, operatic battle sequences, this final offering may deliver on the promise of its title, but beyond a bloated, mind-numbing free-for-all that feels like watching a bunch of school kids playing Dodge ball with reckless abandon, Jackson fails to instill the same sense of awe and magic evident in his first round of monolithic films over a decade ago.

With the irksome dragon Smaug dispatched early on, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Resurrecting The Dead At 33⅓ Rpm: Darren Allison speaks with Nick Bug of Dust Bug Records about the task of bringing back a pop culture classic.

14 December 2014 2:32 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Interview Conducted By Darren Allison, Soundtrack Editor For Cinema Retro

I was instantly transported back some 40 years while handling the re-issue of Hammer’s Dracula with Christopher Lee LP. There was something about holding this mint piece of vinyl that reached beyond mere nostalgia; I was holding such a prominent memory of the past – new - in my hands – today...

Of course, that feeling of déjà vu was pulled sharply into focus given that this LP is almost a perfect clone of what had once gone before. Naturally, the only implemented change was the replacement of the original Emi Studio2Stereo logo from the top left hand corner of the front sleeve. However, the licencing of this recording has since changed, and instead Dust Bug’s unobtrusive logo now sits in its place, rather proudly it must be said - and causing very little distraction.

I recently spoke with Nick Bug, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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SNL teams up with Martin Freeman for The Office and The Hobbit mash-up

14 December 2014 1:15 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After the recent UK release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and the upcoming U.S. release scheduled for next Friday, SNL have put together a sketch which sees cult classic The Office meeting the much loved fantasy world of Middle-earth.

The sketch aired as Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Fargo, The Office and Sherlock) hosted the regular Saturday night show. It features Freeman reprising the orginal role of Tim Canterbury mixed with Bilbo Baggins, along with a variety of other Middle-earth characters reliving some of the best Office moments.  The sketch features appearences from Tolkien favourites like Gandalf, Gollem and Legolas amongst others.

See Also: Read our review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here

You can watch the reimagined mash-up in the player below…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out now in the UK and opens on Friday in the States, »

- Alfie Nobes

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6 ways Peter Jackson forced us to take fantasy seriously

12 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Before The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was released in 2001, many assumed it would be a giant flop. Fantasy movies were for kids, after all. Who cared about elves, wizards and dragons? Who wanted to sit through three films based on a silly book about a magic ring?

As we now know, of course, Peter Jackson's trilogy went on to change cinema forever. Now we've reached the end of his saga with this month's spectacular The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, it's time to look at six things - out of many - that made these films so remarkable...

1. The cast is extraordinary

Filmmaking 101: if you want your work to be taken seriously, get a few of the greatest actors in the world on board. Fellowship wasted no time in introducing three great "Sirs" of theatre and cinema: Sir Ian Holm, Sir Ian McKellen »

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Final Trailer and IMAX Featurette Hit for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

11 December 2014 1:40 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Warner Bros. Pictures has released this new final trailer and new IMAX featurette for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

The film stars Martin FreemanIan McKellenRichard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict CumberbatchCate BlanchettStephen Fry, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

11 December 2014 12:26 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thought you’d seen the last trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies before its UK release tomorrow? Well think again…

On the eve of our final trip to Middle-earth under director Peter Jackson, a final trailer for the defining chapter of the director’s Hobbit trilogy has arrived online, and you can check it out right here after the official synopsis…

See Also: Read our review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices »

- Gary Collinson

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Lord Of The Rings Star Christopher Lee Has A Heavy Metal Christmas Song, Listen To It Now

10 December 2014 5:36 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

You might not know this, but Christopher Lee is the greatest 92-year-old to have ever graced the earth. Not only is he one of the most dedicated and talented actors to ever be committed to celluloid, but he is also a bona-fide heavy metal artist, too. And he even has a brand-new Christmas single out. You can hear a snippet from it in the video below. Christopher Lee.s festive Christmas single is titled, Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing. And while it may not be the normal sort of track that you hear around the Christmas season, you can.t help but adore it since The Wicker Man actor.s famous dulcet tones feature on it. As you can probably tell, the metal song is actually set to the music of Hark the Herald Angels Sing. However the lyrics themselves have been slightly altered to fit in with the metal vibe. »

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