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Enormous New Banner for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

17 hours ago | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

We’re just over three months away from the arrival of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and the excitement is definitely building for Peter Jackson’s final instalment in the Hobbit trilogy.

The first teaser trailer launched over the summer to a great reception, and now Warner Bros. has released an awesome new banner, in keeping with the same tapestries it’s launched over the last two years for the first two films in the trilogy.

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 »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Absolutely Enormous Banner For ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ Lands

19 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Heading to cinemas this coming December is the very last instalment in the hugely popular Hobbit series of movies from director Peter Jackson. Today, a massive banner for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies was unleashed by the folks over at Warner Bros/ MGM, which we’re kind of expecting to show up in a cinema foyer near you very soon.

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 star in the film. Jackson directs from his own screenplay, which he co-wrote with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro. »

- Paul Heath

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Do Filmmakers Come of Age More Easily in Their Careers By Making Coming-Of-Age Movies?

2 September 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

They say the easiest way to make your first feature is to do a horror movie. They’re cheap and have an enormous audience, and even if you don’t hit big with it, there’s a chance for either a cult following or even just the benefit of having something under your belt, to show producers when developing your next project. What kind of movie is best to do second? It’s not scientific, but I have a theory that the coming-of-age genre is a good place to go for a follow-up. Maybe it doesn’t have to be your sophomore feature, but somewhere early on you can do well to come of age yourself, as a filmmaker, by delivering a story of kids or teens growing up. The career that inspired this idea is Peter Jackson‘s. He was doing okay with his splatter films and R-rated puppets before directing Heavenly Creatures, but »

- Christopher Campbell

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First Teaser Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

28 July 2014 12:01 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is likely to be our final return to Middle-earth for a very long time, and smart money says Peter Jackson has saved the best ’til last.

He’s been at the helm from the very beginning, and over a decade and five films later, he’s seeing us through to the end.

The final instalment in The Hobbit Trilogy arrives in cinemas this December, bringing a close to one of the most successful franchises of all time, and as Jackson recently promised, Warner Bros. has debuted our first good look at the epic fantasy blockbuster with the first teaser trailer.

Martin Freeman leads the cast for one final outing, joined by Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Sylvester McCoy, and Mikael Persbrandt, with of course many, many more completing the substantial ensemble. »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Comic-Con 2014: First Poster for The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies

23 July 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies is the epic, action-packed third and final film in Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s epic “The Hobbit” Trilogy, opening in theatres nationwide on December 17th, 2014. The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, and James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving and Orlando Bloom. Jackson directed from a screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film is produced by Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson, with Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood serving as »

- Pietro Filipponi

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‘Heavenly Creatures’ succeeds in humanizing its infamous characters

20 July 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Heavenly Creatures

Directed by Peter Jackson

Written by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh

1994, New Zealand / Germany

In Heavenly Creatures, Peter Jackson establishes the societal isolation of his protagonists right from the beginning. The movie opens with a 1950s documentary concerning the story’s setting, Christchurch, New Zealand. The area is wholesome and idyllic. People ride their bikes down busy streets. Children play in the local park. Vibrant flowers bloom in the springtime sun. Then, just as the documentary’s narrator begins to proclaim that Christchurch is New Zealand’s finest town, the distant sound of screaming is heard. It swells to a terrifying volume.

Jump to Pauline and Juliet (Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet in their extraordinary debut performances) running through a forest, blood dripping down their legs. The quick cut from picturesque small town to horrific reality serves to give the viewer a feeling of displacement. These young girls »

- Jacob Carter

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Titan Books Announce Evangeline Lilly’s ‘The Squickerwonkers’

19 July 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Not content with making an impact forever with her role as Kate in Lost, or revitalising her career with an excellent, stand-out performance as Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, the versatile Evangeline Lilly has now announced her debut kids book The Squickerwonkers – What an unforgettable title!

Alongside impressive illustrations from Weta’s Johnny Fraser-Allen, Lilly brings to life the ill-mannered and unruly Selma of the Rin-Run Royals as she wanders into a carnival ride and meets a clan of travelling marionette puppets; each of which is singular in their strange and sorry qualities.

These are the uproarious Squickerwonkers and they’re going to get up to all sorts of mischief in this first of the series – so get ready for some fun!

For fans of Dr Seuss, Guillermo Del Toro and the world of Tolkien, this poetic, eccentric, visually tantalising cautionary tale (aimed at 5-8 year olds) will appeal to all ages. »

- Dan Bullock

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Warner Bros. reveals full San Diego Comic-Con schedule

8 July 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the San Diego Comic-Con International fast approaching, Warner Bros. has revealed its full schedule for the con, which includes movies such as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jupiter Ascending, Into the Storm and Godzilla, as well as a range of TV shows including The Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Gotham, Constantine and The Flash. Oddly, there’s no mention of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so if those rumours about a teaser trailer and a big DC Cinematic Universe announcement are true, WB must be trying its best to keep it a surprise. Check out the full press release here…

Warner Bros. Entertainment will plant its flag at Comic-Con International: San Diego this year with a huge presence, with each individual division touting its upcoming offerings, including Film, Television, Interactive and Home Entertainment, as well as a variety of product from DC Entertainment, »

- Gary Collinson

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Human See, Human Do: A Complete History of 'Planet of the Apes'

1 July 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A pop-culture touchstone, a nearly all-purpose metaphor and one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises of the Seventies and beyond, the Planet of the Apes films do what all good what-if fantasies should do: hold up a mirror to humanity and reflect our own conflicts, issues and failings back to us through a wildly outrageous premise. The original 1968 movie mixes satire, social commentary, action and suspense, capped by a first-rate twist at the end. ("Damn you, damn you all to hell!")

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' »

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Devil's Knot

9 May 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

It’s impossible to approach this film about the West Memphis Three without acknowledging the fact that it comes in the wake of four high-profile documentaries: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s Paradise Lost trilogy and Amy Berg’s West of Memphis, produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. That, plus the media attention the original Arkansas murder case and its aftermath have received beg the question of what a dramatized feature on the subject can possibly offer. Watch Reese Witherspoon’s performance as the heartbroken mother of an 8-year-old murder victim and you’ll find the answer. There are some things a documentary cannot do that a conventional movie can. Using the material in...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Everything Wrong With Peter Jackson's King Kong

6 May 2014 7:52 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) brings his sweeping cinematic vision to King Kong. Get ready for breathtaking action in this thrilling epic adventure about a legendary gorilla captured on a treacherous island and brought to civilization, where he faces the ultimate fight for survival. King Kong was directed by Peter Jackson, from a script written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson. The cast includes: Naomi Watts; Jack Black; Adrien Brody; Jamie Bell; Andy Serkis; Thomas Kretschmann; and Colin Hanks. With a budget between $207 to $243 million, that film pulled in $550.5 million at the worldwide box office. »

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Peter Jackson Revamps 3rd Hobbit Movie Title – The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

26 April 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema jointly announced on Friday that the much-anticipated final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, has now been titled The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.

The film, previously titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” will be released worldwide December 17, 2014, with select international territories releasing on December 10, 2014.

Peter Jackson stated, “Our journey to make ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. ‘There and Back Again’ felt like the right name for the second of a two-film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced — after all, Bilbo has already arrived »

- Michelle McCue

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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

21 April 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It seems mean to pick on a movie for being merely entertaining. But when that film is part of the Lord of the Rings canon such criticism is fair. Peter Jackson manages to thrill here via some stunning action, and a truly memorable CGI Smaug. But Bilbo’s point of view seems lost in all the action, other characters and subplots. Clearly Jackson and Fran Walsh want The Hobbit to feel connected to their breathtaking Lord of the Rings trilogy but The Hobbit just doesn’t feel intimate enough. The second film in the trilogy is more entertaining but only marginally more moving.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Even when it’s aims are low the film falters to rise anywhere near the level of it’s source material. There’s an unevenness to the CGI which at times seems almost cartoonish. Spiders in Mirkwood and elves running across the treetops are only occasionally photo realistic. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray review

7 April 2014 7:04 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

‘A noble quest, to reclaim a homeland, and slay a dragon’ – this plot synopsis, helpfully uttered by elven king Thranduil in the second instalment in the Hobbit trilogy, suggests there’s a straightforward A-to-b quality to this fantasy sequel.

Peter Jackson’s film is certainly a marked improvement on its predecessor. Rather than relying on a lengthy prefix and interminable exposition and singing in The Shire, The Desolation of Smaug gets going straight away. Purists will still have quibbles about changes or additions to the text but few could deny how thrilling the film is, whether it’s seeing Beorn evocatively realised, shuddering through a genuinely creepy sequence involving the spiders of Mirkwood, or bouncing along in a seemingly Donkey Kong-inspired Barrels Out Of Bond scene.

The action is splendidly developed, the design (as with all of Jackson’s Middle Earth epics) sumptuous and the principal cast excel themselves, with »

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Heroines of Cinema: Why Don't More Women Make Movies? Marian Evans on Bridging The Gap Between Theory and Practice

24 March 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Writing this column, my gender makes me well aware that issues relating to women in film can be experienced quite differently in theory and practice. But this is scant insight compared to that offered by New Zealand writer, activist, academic and filmmaker Marian Evans, Wellywood Woman. Traversing the divide between the theoretical and the practical, her Development Project has led myself and many others to some crucial insights concerning some of the many issues facing women filmmakers. Outsiders might think that women in film in New Zealand have it good. From the legendary Jane Campion to Whale Rider’s Niki Caro and Fran Walsh, co-writer and producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, its heritage of women filmmakers is rich, while its proud feminist history (it was the first country in the world to give women the vote) would appear to create a supportive environment in which women can make films. »

- Matthew Hammett Knott

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MTV Movie Awards Nominees Unveiled

6 March 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A pair of flicks that were shut out at the Oscars on Sunday lead the field for the erstwhile music network’s film nods. American Hustle and The Wolf Of Wall Street snagged eight noms apiece for the 23rd MTV Movie Awards. Close behind are The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with seven and We’re The Millers with six, including a coveted Best Shirtless Performance nom for Jennifer Aniston. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Dallas Buyers Club, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, This Is The End and Best Picture champ 12 Years A Slave are next with four apiece. Conan O’Brien will serve as host of this year’s festivities, which air live on April 13 at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. The show — which last year switched from its longtime post-Memorial Day date to April — again relishes is such signature categories as Best Kiss, Best Scared-As-s**T Performance and #WTFMoment, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Trailer, Clips, and Special Packaging for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

28 February 2014 3:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

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

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40th Annual Saturn Awards Nominations Include The Conjuring, The Walking Dead

26 February 2014 8:17 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This year’s Saturn Award nominations have been announced and include a number of horror movie and TV releases, such as The Conjuring and The Walking Dead:

“Los Angeles – February, 2014 – Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug both received 8 nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films today announced nominations for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards, which will be presented in June.

Other major contenders that packed a real punch were The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Star Trek into Darkness, The Book Thief, Her, Oz The Great and Powerful and Ron Howard’s Rush. Also making a strong showing was the folk musical fable Inside Llewyn Davis, which proves that the Coen Brothers are a genre onto their own. And Scarlett Johansson was the first Best Supporting Actress to be nominated for her captivating »

- Jonathan James

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‘Gravity,’ ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

25 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” and Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” each received eight nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films announced the nominations for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was not far behind with seven noms, including best science-fiction film. “Iron Man 3,” “Pacific Rim,” “Star Trek into Darkness” and “Thor: The Dark World” got five nominations apiece.

The Saturns are known for their eccentric fields of nominees. This year “The Hobbit” is up against “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “Her” for best fantasy film.  The best actress category pits “Stoker’s” Mia Wasikowska and “The Wall’s” Martina Gedeck against Sandra Bullock for “Gravity” and Jennifer Lawrence for “Catching Fire.”

Two new categories have been added to reflect the changing times. Best comic-to-film motion picture will see Warner’s “Man of Steel” duking it out »

- Nikara Johns

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‘Gravity,’ ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

25 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” and Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” each received eight nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films announced the nominations for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was not far behind with seven noms, including best science-fiction film. “Iron Man 3,” “Pacific Rim,” “Star Trek into Darkness” and “Thor: The Dark World” got five nominations apiece.

The Saturns are known for their eccentric fields of nominees. This year “The Hobbit” is up against “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “Her” for best fantasy film.  The best actress category pits “Stoker’s” Mia Wasikowska and “The Wall’s” Martina Gedeck against Sandra Bullock for “Gravity” and Jennifer Lawrence for “Catching Fire.”

Two new categories have been added to reflect the changing times. Best comic-to-film motion picture will see Warner’s “Man of Steel” duking it out »

- Nikara Johns

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