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It's exactly 365 days to go before the release of the first installment of director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit and to celebrate, Warner Bros. Pictures have just released a brand new synopsis for the hugely-anticipated two-part fantasy epic. Check it out below...
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of two films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The second film will be The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the »
It's always a welcome surprise to wake up to a brand new production diary from the set of "The Hobbit." Peter Jackson and his team have really made these video blogs something to look forward to, and the latest continues the tradition of amping up anticipation for the two-part fantasy prequel.
The fourth production diary focuses on what is arguably the biggest difference between "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films, the way it's being filmed. In the ten minute video, Jackson takes viewers through the technology being used to travel back to Middle Earth.
Not only is Jackson filming "The Hobbit" in 3D, but he's filming it at 48 frames per second. When the news originally broke, the frame rate made headlines because it was double that of a standard film. In this production diary, Jackson takes some time to explain how 3D has factored into production—including a »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Get out your red and blue 3D glasses, Peter Jackson has released his fourth behind-the-scenes video blog from the sets of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again in New Zealand, this time taking a closer look at how he's using 3D, why he's using it, the cameras he's using, etc. Along with the video I've also captured the above shot from the behind-the-scenes look, which gives you a look at how concept artists Alan Lee and John Howe have gone so far as to try and create old school red and blue 3D versions of their concept art with one red drawing and one blue drawing. Even better, it actually works if you have a pair of the glasses... Trust me, I tried. Just give the image above a click or click here for a larger version. As for the content of the video, »
- Brad Brevet
One Ring. One Release. One Unforgettable Night.
Here’s the skinny: Warner Home Video is finally unleashing the extended versions of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy on Blu-ray this coming June 28. As part of the celebration, Warner Bros is hosting midnight screenings to remind you of just how cool these movies are. What follows is the formal press release. Our review of the handsome box set with its hours and hours of bonus material will be on hand next weekend.
Burbank, Calif., June 17, 2011 — On June 28, Warner Home Video will release all three of Peter Jackson’s visual masterpieces on Blu-ray in a 15-disc stunning collection entitled The Lord of the Rings™ The Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition. To celebrate the occasion, Warner Home Video has announced a count-down to “Middle-earth Midnight Madness” celebratory event at Best Buy’s West Los Angeles location, 11301 W. Pico Blvd., where fans can join »
- Robert Greenberger
As Jackson teases us with clues about The Hobbit, we can only speculate as to what Unexpected Journey he will take us on next
So there it is: Peter Jackson's forthcoming brace of Hobbit movies will be individually titled The Unexpected Journey and There and Back Again. Not the most exciting news to emerge from Wellington, where Jackson and his team are hard at work shooting his Lord of the Rings prequels back to back, especially as we had a pretty good idea this was going to be the case when it was reported in March that Wingnut films had registered both titles. The individual monickers do add to the continuing sense, however, that Jackson is working hard to forge a Rings-style high fantasy epic from rather unlikely source material.
- Ben Child
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Peter Jackson’s two “Hobbit” films now have official subtitles, as well as release dates.
The Oscar-winning director said his first “Hobbit” adventure will be called “An Unexpected Journey,” while its sequel will be titled “There and Back Again.” In addition, Jackson revealed that the release dates for the film will be Dec. 14, 2012 and Dec. 13, 2013, respectively. Listen closely and you can hear every other studio in town running away from those weekends.
And over on his extremely active Facebook page, Jackson has begun answering fan questions, as promised. In his first post, Jackson was asked if the White Council will be attacking Dol Guldor in the upcoming films. Jackson’s reply?
“I’m not going to say just what and when, but I will confirm that both the White Council and Dol Guldur will feature in the movies. And not just in one scene either. »
- Sean O'Connell
As fans eagerly await Peter Jackson's next video diary from the set  of The Hobbit, the super-interactive director has begun a new feature on his Facebook page. Jackson will, once again, be answering 20 specially selected questions over the next few months and the first one is now up. The question is: Are we going to see the White Council attacking Dol Guldor? Jackson's answer not only gives an idea of the scope of these films (which were just given official release dates and titles ) , but reveals an exclusive new image. Don't worry, it's spoiler free and a little bit of a joke. Read what he had to say, what the question means and check out the image after the break. This all went down on Jackson's Facebook  page which is fast becoming your one stop shopping destination for official pre-release Hobbit news. Actually, Jackson answered two questions in this first installment, »
- Germain Lussier
All right "Hobbit" fans, I hope you've been paying attention to Peter Jackson's page on Facebook. The last time around, back when he was working on "Lord of the Rings," he answered twenty questions asked by fans from all around. Now he's doing the same again for "The Hobbit." He gives a pretty cool answer to the first official question with one neat picture along with it. Check it all out below.Official Question #1Valeria Kementari asked, "Are we going to see the White Council attacking Dol Guldor?"This was quite a popular topic, with John Liddle, Toby Phillips and Seth Donald, along with many others, asking variations of this same question. I'm not going to say just what and when, but I will confirm that both the White Council and Dol Guldur will feature in the movies. And not just in one scene either. Just how to visualise it has been a challenge, »
Fan number one Valeria Kementari asked this: "Are we going to see the White Council attacking Dol Guldor?" Peter Jackson: "I'm not going to say just what and when, but I will confirm that both the White Council and Dol Guldur will feature in the movies. And not just in one scene either. Just how to visualise it has been a challenge, but fortunately Alan Lee and John Howe went crazy with ideas, and it should look pretty cool." "In fact to celebrate the start of these 20 questions, I'll show you an exclusive photo of the White Council planning the attack on Dol Guldur! Even if you don't want to be hit with spoilers, you should still take a look. For the first image of Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel brandishing an array of fearsome Elvish weapons." LEEE777 The Hobbit is released December of 2012 and 2013. »
Peter Jackson answered some burning fan questions about what we'll be seeing in The Hobbit, today on his Facebook page. Take a look.
Right, time to start answering the 20 questions. So here goes...
Steven Beddoe asked, "Will you have time to sift through 4,000 questions just to answer twenty of them?"
Yes, I will. I've been very busy recently, not just with shooting, but with location scouting and prep work during our days off, so I've found it hard to get to the questions. However, today I have enjoyed sitting down and reading through them all. I'll get started and continue to answer what seem to be the most popular questions during the next few weeks (as well as some one-off, quirky ones!).
Actually, that question was just a little dull (sorry Steven), so I'm not going to include it in the official twenty...
Official Question #1
Valeria Kementari asked, "Are »
Peter Jackson answered the first of 20 fan questions on Facebook about The Hobbit . The fan asked if we're going to see the White Council attacking Dol Guldor. Here is Jackson's answer: I'm not going to say just what and when, but I will confirm that both the White Council and Dol Guldur will feature in the movies. And not just in one scene either. Just how to visualise it has been a challenge, but fortunately Alan Lee and John Howe went crazy with ideas, and it should look pretty cool. In fact to celebrate the start of these 20 questions, I'll show you an exclusive photo of the White Council planning the attack on Dol Guldur! Even if you don't want to be hit with spoilers, you should still take a look. For the first image of Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel brandishing an array »
As promised, here’s Peter Jackson’s first video from the set of The Hobbit. Enjoy
No word on the dragon, Smaug, as of yet. However, The Hobbit Blog posted this:
We receive a lot of questions about Smaug, and while it is a bit soon to let the dragon out of the bag, we can point you to this excellent bit of research by Forbes, which has just ranked Smaug in 7th place on the 2011 Forbes Fictional 15 ranking of the richest fictional characters.
As was first reported in the Hollywood Reporter, Andy Serkis, who played the iconic Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, has been tapped by Jackson to serve as second unit director on the two Hobbit films, which are now in production in New Zealand. Serkis will, of course, also be reprising his role as Gollum in The Hobbit.
“I think I understand »
- Michelle McCue
As soon as Howard Shore’s delightful music from The Lord of the Rings kicks in on this first video production diary from Peter Jackson on the set of The Hobbit and I’m instantly transported back to the magic of the early 2000′s when I was fully engrossed by this franchise. Long before Obsessed With Film, these movies were the subject of my obsession with cinema for so many years. It’s pretty much impossible to watch this meaty 10 minute video diary below without feeling a massive wave of nostalgia for that time, especially as Jackson looks to be emulating so closely the set designs of what he made Tolkien’s Middle-Earth look like on film.
Seeing Peter Jackson on this set and talking about the The Hobbit- it’s really hard to imagine anyone else directing these movies. It’s even harder to believe all the trouble that »
- Matt Holmes
In a press release over the weekend, New Line and Warner Bros. Pictures finally announced that production has begun in New Zealand on Peter Jackson's two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic "The Hobbit".
Along with a new official blog and a Facebook page for Peter Jackson, the studio issued two pictures and a press release. You can find all that below:
"The Hobbit" is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s "The Lord of the Rings," which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."
- Garth Franklin
After a series of setbacks - including a dispute with unions that threatened to push the project overseas to another country - it's been announced that filming has begun on The Hobbit.
There's been a worldwide sigh of relief as Warner Bros today said production had started in Wellington, New Zealand, on director Peter Jackson's two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic. Jackson has also launched a Facebook page which includes two new images (one is above, the other below) of the filmmaker on set.
The two films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, will be shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Filming will take place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.
We also have the first official synopsis from the studio, which is included below with the latest casting update. »
- David Bentley
After a few false starts, a minor controversy here or there and a quick trip to the hospital for its director, filming on The Hobbit is finally underway (no, for real this time!). Director Peter Jackson is currently on the set of The Hobbit in Wellington, New Zealand and was kind enough to find a few minutes to snap some pictures of himself hanging out at Bilbo’s pad, and drop the official press release announcing the start of production.
You can check out the pictures and press release below!
Oh, I almost forgot – The director also found the time to start and official Peter Jackson page on Facebook… because all the cool kids have one these days (Hint, Hint), and he’s going to be leaving as many messages and pictures during production as he can. So, you can “Like” him, and you can “Like” us and you’ll »
- Jason Moore
Production has started on The Hobbit, the Peter Jackson directed adaptation of Jrr Tolkien’s classic novel, which will be brought to screens in two parts. The first movie will hit cinemas in December 2012, with the second opening a year later.
The films will be shot in 3D consecutively and stars Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, James Nesbitt, Adam Brown, Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Saoirse Ronan and Elijah Wood.
The full press release announcing commencement of shooting (which is posted below), also featured two official stills from the set featuring Jackson (see them below).
“The Hobbit »
- Paul Heath
On the set of The Hobbit in Wellington, Nz.
Below is the official press release announcing that production has begun on The Hobbit along with two set photos of director Peter Jackson in New Zealand. Check out The Hobbit.s Facebook page Here, Peter Jackson’s Facebook page Here and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Official Facebook Page Here. Visit the official Hobbit blog Here. It does the heart good to see that Middle Earth is ever so close!
The Hobbit films are co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing being handled by MGM. The two films are planned for release in late 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Warner Bros. Pictures Press Release:
Production Begins In New Zealand On The Hobbit, Peter Jackson.S Two Film Epic Adaptation »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros/New Line Cinema and MGM have announced the start of production on The Hobbit in New Zealand, which includes a full update on the signed cast (many of which have been previously announced or rumored, but a couple new additions): Martin Freeman takes the title role as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen returns in the role of Gandalf the Grey. The Dwarves are played by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Ken Stott (Balin), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), William Kircher (Bifur) James Nesbitt (Bofur), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Rob Kazinsky (Fili), Aidan Turner (Kili), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), John Callen (Oin), Jed Brophy (Nori), Mark Hadlow (Dori) and Adam Brown (Ori). Reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy are Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Andy Serkis as Gollum and Elijah Wood as Frodo. Jeffrey Thomas and Mike Mizrahi also join the cast as Dwarf Kings Thror and Thrain, respectively. Further casting announcements are expected. »
- Peter Sciretta
I don’t think there is a singular film-maker I’ve found myself having written more about than Australia’s own Dr. George Miller. And now, writing this, I’m still not quite certain of the best way to introduce him, if indeed such a thing is necessary at all. The last of cinema’s thoroughly modern myth-makers – those implicit, anthropological followers of Campbell and Jung, before George Lucas arrived and gunked up the works with his clunky concretizations – and a college lecturer on the indelible powers of those myths on our collectives psyches and their places in modern cinema, in his spare time. The single-handed spokesman for Australia’s burgeoning film industry, and their self-proclaimed answer to our own Steven Spielberg – although, that’s an arguable comparison, I think. Here is a director whose output has equaled one film in the past ten years – and, just one other film »
- Henry J. Baugh
20 items from 2011
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