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- Christian Cawley
The guys over at Wired have a behind the scenes look at the thrilling barrel chase in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. Although the sequence was just seven minutes long, there was an estimated 91 hours of film recorded, be it CGI or live action....
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
The film sees Ian McKellen returning as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The cast also features Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, »
- Gary Collinson
We posted a motion poster for you last week that gave some of the details of the Blu-ray/DVD release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but now, thanks to the lovely folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, we have the full deets for you, including info on the very cool limited collector’s edition packaging, and some enticing clips to remind you of the awesomeness of the movie:
Trailer: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug – You Have No Right: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – It Is Our Fight: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Your World Will Burn: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – I Found Something: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Into the Barrels: Available April 8
Continue The Epic Adventure When “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, »
- Erin Willard
The last major awards ceremony of the year used to be the Academy Awards, which are being dished out in Hollywood this coming Sunday, but at the end of March there will be one more awards bash left to take place, the Jameson Empire Awards, the nominations for which were announced earlier today.
The 2014 nominations for the Jameson Empire Awards — voted for by Empire magazine readers — are the most diverse yet, honouring blockbusters and independent filmmaking and with a special emphasis on British films and filmmaking talent. Regarded as the antidote to more formal, industry-voted awards, the Jameson Empire Awards are voted for entirely by the cinema-going public, who can now continue to vote on the final shortlisted nominees at: empireonline.com/awards2014.
- Paul Heath
London — “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” leads the contest for the Jameson Empire Awards, which are voted for by readers of Empire magazine. The pic had seven nominations, followed by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” with five.
British director Paul Greengrass will receive the Empire Inspiration Award at the ceremony for his work on the “Bourne” trilogy, as well as “Captain Phillips,” for which he is nominated in the director category. In that contest, he spars with fellow Brits Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and Edgar Wright (“The World’s End”), alongside Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”) and Peter Jackson (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug »
- Leo Barraclough
This year’s Jameson Empire Awards nominations have been announced, and they are easily the most diverse of the awards season, celebrating not just the critically-acclaimed movies recognised in the more formal ceremonies, but also those beloved by mainstream audiences, with the awards themselves voted for by us, the cinema-going public.
The awards continue to recognise more genre-friendly categories like Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Best Horror, and Best Thriller, with plenty of British talent recognised across the board, as well as in the Best British Film shortlist.
It’s also very nice to see filmmakers like Edgar Wright and Peter Jackson recognised for their work in the Best Director category, alongside Alfonso Cuarón, Paul Greengrass, and Steve McQueen, with Cuarón and McQueen also up for the same category at the Oscars.
Greengrass will be receiving the Empire Inspiration Award at the ceremony for his work on the Bourne trilogy and more recently the Oscar-nominated, »
- Kenji Lloyd
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has received seven nominations for the 2014 Jameson Empire Awards.
Steve McQueen's BAFTA-winning 12 Years a Slave was close behind Peter Jackson's second Hobbit film with six nominations, while Paul Greengrass's Captain Phillips and Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire both earned five.
All four films will compete for the Best Film award along with Gravity, while a number of other categories are designed to honour specific genres including Horror, Thriller and Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
Greengrass will also receive the Empire Inspiration Award in celebration both of Captain Phillips and of his entire body of work, including the Bourne trilogy.
The Jameson Empire Awards winners are based entirely on public votes, which can be cast via the official website.
The full list of nominations is as follows:
Best Film presented by Sky Movies
· 12 Years A Slave
The Academy may have long ago lost interest in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth exploits, but the same cannot be said of the readers of UK film magazine Empire. With seven bids, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" leads the nominations for the 2014 Empire Awards, which are entirely reader-voted -- resulting in an unusual list made up equally of prestige Oscar contenders and populist multiplex fare. By way of illuistration, "12 Years a Slave" is just behind with six nods, while "Captain Phillips" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" each notched up five. Among the Oscar nominees that also impressed the Empire crowd are Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Sally Hawkins and, of course, Jennifer Lawrence -- nominated for both "American Hustle" and "Catching Fire." You'll have noticed less awards-season heat for the likes of Evangeline Lilly and Sam Claflin, both included here. »
- Guy Lodge
If you don’t give and get spring baskets of goodies every year, maybe it’s time to start a new tradition, because Warner Bros. has announced that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released as a 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Combo Pack on April 8, and nothing says “Happy Spring!” like dwarves and dragons.
To celebrate, Warner Bros Online has released this very cool 30-second motion poster:
Motion Poster: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Blu-ray Release
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is available 4/8/14 on 3D Blu-Ray at the WB Shop http://bit.ly/GetTheHobbitTDOS
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.
Isn’t that description adorable? Ooo, a magical ring, I wonder what that’s all about?!
- Erin Willard
Adventures abound as Bilbo, Gandalf and the Company of Dwarves continue their Quest through Middle-earth in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on April 8 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, is directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, who also produces together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was the number one 2013 home entertainment title across physical and digital accounts in the U.S. Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, »
- BeyondHollywood Staff
**Final artwork Tbc**
The adventure continues in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and we’ve got all the details for the Home Entertainment that’s set for a UK release on April 7th!
Adventures abound as Bilbo, Gandalf and the Company of Dwarves continue their Quest through Middle-earth in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on 7 April from Warner Home Entertainment.The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug the second in a trilogy of films adapting the endearingly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, is directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, who also produces together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh.
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, »
- Dan Bullock
Warner Bros. announced today that director Peter Jackson's hit sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Blu-ray Collector's Edition and DVD on April 8. Only 25,000 units of the Blu-ray Collector's Edition will be available for fans to purchase in the U.S. Take a look at the cover artwork and special features details for this highly-anticipated home video release.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be available on Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $105.43, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and on 2-disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98. The Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D includes two Gates of Erebor replica bookends from the Noble Collection and features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; only 25,000 will be available in the U.S. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version »
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has today announced that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is set for home video release on April 8. The film, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arrives on DVD, Digital HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, housed in a boxed set that includes two Gates of Erebor replica bookends from the Noble Collection. Check out images in the gallery viewer below! Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ken Stott, James »
Different media have different demands, and adapting work done in one medium for another can be problematic. Comics, especially super-hero comics, used to be very difficult to make into films. We did not believe a man could fly; we believed he was lying belly down on a table with a fan blowing over him. However, CGI and other technology caught up with films and, today, some might say the superhero film is more faithful to the feel and spirit of the lead character than the comics are.
I think that’s the key, especially when adapting novels into films. Novels are too long to be strictly adapted into movies; Game of Thrones works fairly well, as does The Walking Dead, because they are TV series. The episodic nature allows for the kind of development that mirrors the length and structure of the source material.
It comes down to what do you keep in, »
- John Ostrander
Vividly annotating one of the most haunting images of the Vietnam War, that of dozens of South Vietnamese struggling to climb the steps to a rooftop helicopter as Saigon fell, Rory Kennedy’s “Last Days in Vietnam” combines astonishing footage from April 1975 with the contemporary recollections of some who were there. That the pool of interviewees consists largely of guilt-ridden former U.S. military officials makes sense given the documentary’s commission by American Experience Films; the Vietnamese experience isn’t much reflected here. To the extent that one can accept such limitations, “Last Days” makes a worthy addition to the historical record.
Kennedy’s film focuses the bulk of its attention on the taut 24-hour period that saw the evacuation from Saigon of thousands of U.S. and South Vietnamese military personnel, along with a small number of civilians. Alas, the docu’s accomplished summary of tension-filled events as »
- Rob Nelson
The fun of writing film columns is when an article generates a discussion about a movie and you come out the other side with a completely different perspective from when you started.
Like all comic book adaptations, the recent speculation about who will play Doctor Strange got the internet discussions a stirring. I had some thoughts on the subject and thought I'd take a moment to analyze some of the more unique actor/director pairings that have stemmed from a series of discussions on a number of popular online websites before revealing my one and final choice for the role of Dr. Stephen Strange.
Directed by Ridley Scott
Never in an thousand years would this pairing have crossed my mind. It's inspired, and certainly out of left field (something I always appreciate). Ridley Scott has »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier this month, Metalocalypse director Jon Schnepp revealed that Lawrence Kasdan is writing the Untitled Star Wars Boba Fett Spin-Off, one of two standalone movies that will debut in 2016 and 2018, between new trilogy installments Star Wars: Episode VII (2015), Star Wars: Episode VIII (2017) and Star Wars: Episode IX (2019).
Of course, this news has not been confirmed, along with every other story we have reported regarding Star Wars: Episode VII and the spin-offs. But the filmmaker does have a history with the franchise. His first job was as an effects illustrator and designer on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. He also served as an art director on the sequels Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. »
You may find this hard to believe, but there are in fact a few films opening in 2014 that are not sequels, not remakes, not reboots, and not based on stage shows, the Bible (there’s more than one of these coming our way), young-adult novels, comic books, cartoons, or — someone make it stop — toy lines. Good luck finding anything currently scheduled for wide release in June or December that’s actually original, but here’s what you might want to keep an eye out for during the rest of the year. (Release dates are for North America.)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (March 7 limited): Wes Anderson is back with what looks like another delightful faux-retro jape, this one about a “legendary” hotel concierge played by Ralph Fiennes; the chance to see the legendarily serious actor explore his comic chops has me agog with hoped-for joy. [IMDb] [trailer]
- MaryAnn Johanson
(L-r) John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi in Warner Bros. Pictures’ musical “Jersey Boys, ” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Warner Bros. Pictures has released their slate of films for 2014. Along with each movie’s synopsis and photos, you will find Hobbits, dolphins, legos, Godzilla as well as the latest info and first image of Clint Eastwood’s take on the musical Jersey Boys.
The cinematic lineup hosts a bevy of A-listers for fans of Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Bryan Cranston, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Kevin Spacey, and Christoph Waltz.
Further on down the cinematic »
- Michelle McCue
With 2013 coming to an end in just a few short hours, it's that time of year where the the team here at Flickering Myth to reveal our picks for the very best cinematic offerings of the past twelve months.
As usual, the writing team here have put together individual lists of their personal favourites, which we've used to compile our overall selection for the Top Ten Movies of 2013. However, unlike previous years, we've made a slight change this time around; with most of our writers being UK based, we've always used UK release dates as the basis for our list, meaning that films from the previous calendar year have often made the cut.
This is something we've debated at length, and this time around our we've decided to go with UK release dates once again, but omitting 2012 movies from the final top ten (although you can see how that list »
- Gary Collinson
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