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With the recent revelation that Sony intends to make at least four Andrew Garfield Amazing Spider-Man movies, it’s no surprise to learn that there will be some shifting of the narrative timeline. We saw the same thing happen when Peter Jackson revealed that he was turning The Hobbit into a trilogy. The first casualty of this narrative shifting is Shailene Woodley’s Mary Jane Watson. The actress was featured prominently in early set photos from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but we’ve now learned (from Woodley herself) that Peter Parker’s love interest won’t actually appear onscreen until the third film in the series. Woodley offered up the following thoughts about the change in plans during an interview with Entertainment Weekly for this week's...
- Mike Bracken
Back in March 2012, very few people knew much about Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming project Pacific Rim except that it involved giant monsters, giant robots (or, shall we say, "mechs") and the director of such great horror and action (and sometimes horror/action) classics as the Hellboy movies, Blade II, Pan’s Labyrinth, Mimic and more. It would also be Del Toro’s first movie as a director in five years having spent that time developing other movies like The Hobbit and At the Mountains of Madness - both of which didn’t pan out.
Peter Jackson and H.P. Lovecraft’s loss is our gain, because the idea of Guillermo making a giant monster movie is almost literally every giant monster movie fanboy’s wettest dream since Guillermo has been involved with some of the coolest and craziest horror movies released in the past 20 years. (Not many people have realized or mentioned this, »
Back in March 2012, very few people knew very much about Guillermo del Toro.s upcoming project Pacific Rim except that it involved giant monsters, giant robots and the director of such great horror-action classics as the "Hellboy" movies, Blade II , Pan.s Labyrinth , Mimic and more. It would also be Del Toro's first movie as a director in five years having spent that time developing other movies, like The Hobbit and At the Mountains of Madness , that didn't pan out. Peter Jackson and H.P. Lovecraft.s loss is our gain, because the idea of Guillermo making a giant monster movie is almost literally every giant monster movie fanboy's wettest dream since Guillermo has been involved with some of the coolest and craziest horror movies released in the past 20 years. »
Ed Sheeran sword obsession has been exposed by his friend Taylor Swift. The sword that has Ed's overwhelming attention is the one that was used in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. The 23-year-old singer is currently on her 'Red Tour' with Ed, 22, and she has revealed his most prized possession is a sword that was given to him by Peter Jackson - who directed the fantasy films based on J. R. R. Tolkien's books. Speaking to MTV News, she said: ''He's got this sword ... he went to New Zealand and got this sword. The actual Peter Jackson gave him a sword from a 'Lord of the Rings' movie. And he was obsessed with it to the point where like he would come into by dressing room waving it and then just leave.'' Ed even got the weapon out on a flight to Nashville which caused much concern amongst »
"2001: A Space Odyssey," "Blade Runner," "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind," "The Tree Of Life"...the resume of VFX legend Douglas Trumbull pretty much speaks for itself. But he's also been a filmmaker as well, helming two oddities from the '70s and '80s -- "Silent Running" and "Brainstorm" (the latter notable for being the film Natalie Wood died while making) -- but hasn't done anything since except for a few shorts and some theme park stuff. But he's got some big plans...if the technology can arrive to make it happen... Trumbull has quietly been assembling a short film entitled "Ufotog," a new ten-minute movie about a photographer trying to snap a photo of a UFO or something that is boasting some big, orgasmic tech details for those of you who are into that sort of thing. You see, it was shot in 4K 3D, on 3D »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Special effects maestro is preparing directorial comeback with films shot with latest higher frame rate technology
One of the most revered figures in science fiction film-making, the director and visual effects expert Douglas Trumbull, is planning his first feature films in more than 30 years.
Trumbull, who worked on the groundbreaking effects for films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner, as well as directing cult classics such as 1971's environmentally themed Silent Running, has two full-length projects in the works. Both are taking advantage of higher frame rate technology, similar to that used by Peter Jackson on his Hobbit films, and will go into production once Trumbull has completed an experimental short using the same process. Intriguingly, the film-maker is working in 3D at an unprecedented 120 frames per second, more than twice the speed of the 48 frames per second rate used by Jackson.
Trumbull, 71, largely left the film »
- Ben Child
Warning: Spoilers Galore.
By not simply rolling to "The End," "They all lived happily ever after," etc. after Frodo made a three-pointer chucking The One Ring into Mount Doom, Peter Jackson set a pretty bad precedent in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." Every time it seemed like all was well and we were fading to credits, another five-minute scene would roll in. Toss in a few Oscars and you've got a bunch of blockbuster directors wanting to add 20 endings to their genre films, too.
With "Man of Steel" currently keeping people from validating their parking for way longer than they should, let's take a look at five recent flicks that just kept going and going and going ...
'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' (2011)
- Max Evry
Whether you love the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug or not, you cannot deny that the new Peter Jackson trilogy still captures the majestic and beautiful landscapes of Middle-Earth as portrayed by the New Zealand countryside. For other franchises that would have resorted to green screen vistas, Jackson and crew were able to film in New Zealand and turn the natural setting into an amazing big screen wonder. The Lord Of The Rings promoted New Zealand better than any travel »
- Alex Maidy
Following the first full trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second part of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book, a longer glimpse behind the scenes of the film has just been revealed. A six-minute featurette focuses on the beautiful shooting locations in New Zealand that are being used for Middle-Earth. This doesn't seem completely specific to the second film with a look at the making of Hobbiton and more, but it's still a great featurette for fans of the series. Plus, there's something amusing about seeing the actors in full dwarf make-up and wardrobe hopping out of a helicopter. The featurette for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, originally from Facebook: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit... J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, is set in Middle-Earth »
- Ethan Anderton
Click on the embedded video below for a comprehensive and light-hearted look at the week in movie news. If you don’t I’ll know. Ps: I won’t know. By the way can anyone tell me how to pronounce Smaug? Peter Jackson says it weird. The Week In Trailers Elysium The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug 300: Rise Of An Empire The Wolverine R.I.P.D Snowpiercer »
Hot on the trails of the amazing teaser for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, we have a featurette that acts as a kind of tour of Middle Earth (i.e. New Zealand). As most fans know, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was shot all about the beautiful country, setting the perfect atmosphere for the beloved films, so it came as no surprise that Peter Jackson and his crew decided to film The Hobbit Trilogy there as well.
The featurette takes us to several different spots including Matamata, where Hobbiton was built not once, but twice, and multiple mountains and hills where various actions occur. In case you didn’t notice in the films, the landscapes are simply stunning, so much so that you can understand when one of the actors states how a friend of theirs believed a set photo to be photoshopped. It’s just that breathtaking. »
- Jeff Beck
Top 5 Stories For The Week Ending 06/015/2013 David S. Goyer Confirmed To Write Justice League For WB In addition to penning the Man of Steel sequel, David S. Goyer is also confirmed to be writing Warner Bros.' Justice League adaptation. Nearly every review for Man of Steel mentions the fact that they enjoyed the concepts but found the dialogue a bit lacking. Would you like to see Goyer have a co-writer on the film or do you think its already in capable hands? The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Trailer Debuts Our first look at director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Just as Tolkien's book steadily progresses from childish bedtime story to a dark conflict, so to will the films it seems. New Foreign Trailer For The Wolverine Released A new trailer for The Wolverine reveals more details on the film's plot. Not a whole lot »
Following a poster and the first trailer, now Peter Jackson and company have released a featurette for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. This one delves into the gorgeous landscapes of New Zealand, where the films are shot. So, if you need more reasons to go visit, check it out.
The movie opens December 13th and stars Ian McKellan, Elijah Wood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Lee Pace, Manu Bennett, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Stephen Fry, Orlando Bloom and Christopher Lee. »
- Andy Greene
A few days ago the first trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released, and it looks incredible! Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for the film trilogy, featuring the cast and crew talking about how amazing it is to shooting these movies in New Zealand. I've always wanted to go to New Zealand, it's such a beautiful place, and I just want to hang out in Middle Earth for awhile.
To watch the new trailer for the movie again, click here, and you can check out the video featurette below. The journey continues on December 13th!
- Joey Paur
The first trailer for Peter Jackson’s second installment of his Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, was released earlier this week. While reader responses were overall positive, quite a few people commented on the CGI, either saying that there was far too much or that it just didn’t look all that great.
While the fantasy adventure may be pretty reliant on having a team of effects people working hard on it in post-production, one thing that can be said for Peter Jackson’s directing is that he’s gone to great lengths to find the sweeping, beautiful landscapes that provide the backdrop for exterior shots of Middle-earth.
With that in mind, the latest featurette for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is all about location: naming and exploring each of the real-life places used to bring Middle-earth ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Warner Bros. Pictures has released a featurette for Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
For now just check out the featurette below.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is set to hit theaters on December 13, 2013.
Source: WB »
- Kellvin Chavez
Director Peter Jackson and several cast and crew members discuss why New Zealand is the perfect place to shoot The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in an extended featurette. Stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and several others talk about the Hobbitton set, which was re-constructed to last far beyond the production schedule, for fans to see for years to come. Go behind-the-scenes to explore the gorgeous landscapes that serve as a backdrop for this Middle-Earth adventure, in theaters December 13.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug - Home of Middle-Earth Featurette
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug comes to theaters December 13th, 2013 and stars Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish. The film is directed by Peter Jackson. »
The original video saw the two fans record themselves as they saw the new promo for the first time, shrieking and overwhelmed with excitement.
Watch Kellie and Alex view the trailer below:
The trio can be seen enjoying and laughing along to the video, praising them for being passionate about the Hobbit franchise.
Watch Bloom, Lilly and Pace watching the fan reaction below:
Lastly, the two sisters recorded a reaction response to the Hobbit stars' video, struggling to contain their hysteria.
Watch the 'Hobbit-ception' below: »
Some smiles for a Friday: After two young "Lord of the Rings" fans known as "Happy Hobbit" posted a YouTube video of their reactions to the new trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," director Peter Jackson did the fans one better. Jackson, who directed all three "Lord of the Rings" and is completing work on "The Hobbit" trilogy, showed the fans' video to "Hobbit" cast members Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace and posted the result on his Facebook page.
"That's awesome. That's funny," Bloom says at the end of the video. Indeed, Legolas. Watch the stars watch the kids watch the trailer in the video above. The original clip of the "Happy Hobbit" pair enjoying "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" trailer is below.
"The Desolation of Smaug," the second of three "Hobbit" films, is out in December.
- Christopher Rosen
We've already seen the poster and the trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this week and now Warner Bros. Pictures is taking us behind the scenes in this new featurette on the locations the production shot at in New Zealand. The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece "The Hobbit," by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. The film opens in theaters on December 13. »
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