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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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Entertainment Geekly: What 'Hobbit 3' says about Peter Jackson

17 December 2014 12:04 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

There's a moment in The Hobbit 3 that I'm going to spoil for you, because nothing else that happens in The Hobbit 3 really matters. It's a moment of crisis for Thorin Oakenshield. "Who is Thorin Oakenshield?" is something you might be asking, even if you've seen the first two Hobbit movies. It's hard to keep track of names in these Hobbit movies, even though half the dialogue is just people saying names. Which is strange. Because when Jackson and co-writers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh adapted The Lord of the Rings, they found a way to sharpen J.R.R. Tolkien's dense prose into thrill-drunk poetry. »

- Darren Franich

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Peter Jackson Open To More Middle-Earth

17 December 2014 10:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After living and breathing the world of J.R.R. Tolkien for much of the past few years, filmmaker Peter Jackson understandably wants to take a break from Middle-Earth for his immediate next project following the release of "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies". He tells Variety the plan is to do a much smaller budget drama next along the lines of his famous 1990's film "Heavenly Creatures".

Jackson says: "We really feel a bigger urge now to not continue with another Hollywood blockbuster for a while, but to go back and tell some New Zealand stories," confirming that he and wife/writing partner Fran Walsh are currently working on adapting several true stories into screen tales.

That isn't going to stop him from exploring the latest in technology and entertainment opportunities that arise from it such as the Oculus Rift: "We're right on the cusp of a major upheaval »

- Garth Franklin

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Peter Jackson May Return to Middle Earth for More Movies

17 December 2014 10:22 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies opens in theaters today, marking the end of filmmaker Peter Jackson's Middle Earth journey that includes The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. There are still more J.R.R. Tolkien tales set in Middle Earth, including a number of short stories and The Silmarillion, which offers an in-depth look at the land's history. However, all of those titles are still controlled by the late author's estate, which has been opposed to the filmmaker's adaptations for some time, and have no plans to relinquish the rights to those additional stories. During an in-depth interview with Variety, Peter Jackson revealed he would be interested in exploring those stories, if the rights should become available, but not right away.

"If I had to start tomorrow, I would say no, because I definitely would appreciate a break to clear my head and get my little New Zealand stories done, »

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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ is a fitting farewell to Middle-Earth

16 December 2014 11:36 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Written by Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh and Guillermo del Toro (from the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien)

Directed by Peter Jackson

New Zealand/USA, 2014

 

To fully appreciate Peter Jackson’s last foray into Middle-Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, one must understand it’s actually two separate movies.  The first movie is a sour, pseudo-Shakespearean morality play that has nothing to do with Hobbits.  The second movie is a heartfelt rumination about friendship and self-sacrifice.  For those willing to overlook the sour for the sweet, there are great treasures to be found, as Jackson brings his trilogy to a suitably-epic conclusion.

Well, Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and his crew of Dwarves have really done it this time.  They ticked off the evil, treasure-hoarding dragon, Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch), and now the good folks of Laketown must pay the price.  In a spectacular opening sequence, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Peter Jackson to Next Focus on Smaller, True-Story Films Set in New Zealand; Doesn’t Rule Out a Return to Middle-Earth

16 December 2014 2:09 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Filmmaker Peter Jackson has now made six full-length feature films out of material from author J.R.R. Tolkein.  While Jackson’s return to Middle-earth following the brilliance of his Lord of the Rings trilogy was originally welcomed, interest in his new The Hobbit films waned after the first film turned out to be a bit of a slog.  You can blame the stretching of the material, the shooting in 48 fps, or simply a weak story to begin with for how this trilogy turned out (though to be fair it certainly has its fans), but none of that really matters now.  The final installment, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters in two days, and all eyes are on what Jackson will turn his attention to next. He’s an undeniably talented filmmaker with a penchant for eye-popping visuals, but Jackson says that after making three massive movies in a row, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Peter Jackson on the End of His Middle Earth Odyssey

16 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Dec. 17 debut of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” marks both an end and a beginning for Peter Jackson.

It represents the culmination of his 16-year, six-film J.R.R. Tolkien marathon — an outsized success in duration, execution, visual-effects wizardry and overall popularity. No director in history has maintained tighter control over the creative direction of a global film franchise, which so far has amassed close to $5 billion in ticket sales alone.

But after bringing his Middle-earth spectacles to the masses, the world’s most famous Kiwi is ready to downsize and return to his low-budget roots: The 53-year-old director-producer-screenwriter is working on adapting several true stories about his native country, with his longtime partner Fran Walsh, that he says will be similar in tone and scope to his 1994 murder tale, “Heavenly Creatures.”

“We really feel a bigger urge now to not continue with another Hollywood blockbuster for a while, »

- Brent Lang and Tim Gray

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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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The 9 best moments from the Lord of the Rings trilogy

14 December 2014 5:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies now out in UK cinemas, we have spent this weekend feeling very, very nostalgic about the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

It's not just that this sixth film marks the end of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth series (at least until the five-part Silmarillion adaptation is announced). It's the fact that Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens worked so many glorious Rings references into the script for Battle of the Five Armies, including one in particular which we won't spoil, but has kept us smiling for the last fortnight.

So without further ado, here are our nine favourite moments from the Rings trilogy in chronological order. For the purposes of this list, we used the theatrical cuts rather than the extended editions.

1. The Nazgul attack at Weathertop

A genuinely chilling moment that recalls Jackson's horror movie pedigree, this early set piece sees Frodo, »

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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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The Hobbit: Farewell and thank you to Middle-earth

11 December 2014 1:06 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies lands in cinemas, James looks back at what the Middle Earth movies have managed to do...

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has arrived in cinemas, and it's here to bring what started as An Unexpected Journey to an end - an end with Dwarves, Elves, Men, Orcs and Eagles all going at it on the slopes of The Lonely Mountain. This hasn't just been an unexpected journey for Bilbo Baggins, though - his sedate life in The Shire abruptly swapped for epic adventure questing alongside a wily wizard and Thorin Oakenshield's company in search of their long-forgotten gold.

The truth is that the The Hobbit's arrival on screen was something of a surprise for all of us - a very nice surprise, I'd say, and definitely the kind of surprise I like. I don't think anyone would have »

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Evangeline Lilly debuts striking hair at The Hobbit premiere

10 December 2014 7:45 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Evangeline debuted her 1920s-style 'do as she graced the red carpet at The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies' premiere in Hollywood last night (December 9).

The 35-year-old actress, who returns as Tauriel in Peter Jackson's final instalment of the fantasy blockbuster, looked ethereal in a nude Alberta Ferretti gown with delicate floral embroidery, and wore her cropped hair in waves with a prominent black curl at the front as she arrived at the screening at the Dolby Theatre.

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and Luke Evans all return for The Battle of the Five Armies, which will bring the curtain down on the Middle-earth saga 13 years after it began with 2001's Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Other guests at the premiere included Orlando Bloom, who reunited with Lord of the Rings stars Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins) and Billy Boyd, »

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New Stills From The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Revealed

8 December 2014 1:26 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Fans are now counting down the days until “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” comes to theaters nationwide in High Frame Rate 3D, other 3D and 2D formats and IMAX Dec. 17. Fans’ excitement will certainly rise after they see the 34 brand new stills from the film. Yep, you read that right–34 images! Take a look at all of them below the post. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is directed by Peter Jackson from a screenplay written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, “The Hobbit.” The film stars Martin Freeman as the titular Hobbit, Bilbo  [ Read More ]

The post New Stills From The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Revealed appeared first on Shockya.com. »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

7 December 2014 3:26 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – To celebrate the release of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” in cinemas, HollywoodChicago.com, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema are giving away 30 pairs of advance-screening passes to the highly anticipated “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”!

The film is the final installment of the “The Hobbit” trilogy.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which opens on Dec. 17, 2014 and is rated “PG-13,” stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott and Aidan Turner from director Peter Jackson and writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens based on the novel “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien.

To win “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Walk of Fame Honoree Peter Jackson Leaped From Micros to Major Hits

4 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Jackson’s unexpected journey to the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Dec. 8 began with an exercise in “Bad Taste.”

That’s the title of Jackson’s ultra-low budget 1987 directorial debut, but unless you’re a hardcore fan, you’ve probably never seen the bizarre sci-fi gross-out comedy about aliens looking to turn humans into low-calorie delicacies for an intergalactic fast food chain.

In addition to directing, Jackson served as writer, producer, cinematographer, co-editor and the head of makeup and special effects. On top of all that, he cast himself in two leading roles: nasty alien Robert (who has a beard) and human extraterrestrial-buster Derek (sans facial hair). In one memorable sequence, Robert pushes Derek off a cliff. (He survives, but cracks his skull and tries to prevent his brain from leaking out for the rest of the film.)

Jackson made the film on weekends over a four-year period, while »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Review: 'Battle Of Five Armies' brings troubled 'Hobbit' trilogy to dignified end

1 December 2014 6:30 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

My first review for a Peter Jackson film about Middle-Earth was published on December 13, 2001. I was a wee bit enthusiastic. There was a moment during the opening act of Jackson's latest film, "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies," where I just sat dumbfounded by how effortless Jackson makes it look as he summons up whole worlds with millions of moving parts. My kids are being spoiled by the sheer density of the fantasy world that Jackson and his collaborators summoned up, and with this final chapter in this latest trilogy, he not only marries this to the earlier "Rings" films, but he also brings together in a way that makes all three of the Hobbit films feel more cohesive. By this point, we're well past the point of discussing the choice made to expand the "Hobbit" films from one movie to three. I would love to see a »

- Drew McWeeny

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies review

1 December 2014 2:57 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

For the last time, Peter Jackson takes us to Middle Earth. Here's our review of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.

So here we are once more, at the end of all things. Reaching the conclusion of an epic series of films is always such a bittersweet moment. After all, if you're watching the final chapter, then chances are you've already invested heart and time into the story somewhere along the line. At least when Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King’s credits rolled, there was always hope that director Peter Jackson and his team would return once more to the realm of Middle Earth. But there’s no such comfort this time (even if The Silmarillion does come in for adaptation, as it’s hardly a beloved narrative, despite its merits). This, then, is it.

What’s important then is the way in which Mr »

- simonbrew

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review

1 December 2014 2:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Peter Jackson; Screenwriter: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson; Starring: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett; Running time: 144 mins; Certificate: 12A

There should be no such thing as a third Hobbit film. The decision to split Jrr Tolkien's slimline children's novel into three Lord of the Rings-sized instalments, supplemented by material from appendices, has already been debated to death, but it's more relevant than ever in discussing Peter Jackson's sixth and apparently final Middle-earth chapter, which bears the scars of adaptation more plainly than either of its predecessors.

The Battle of the Five Armies is an alternately thrilling and frustrating sendoff for the series, its spectacular, character-driven action undermined by muddled subplots and a cobbled-together quality that fades away by the stellar third act.

It's the leanest of the three films at a modest 144 minutes, and lands »

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James Cameron Updates on 'Avatar' Sequels and Shooting in 48 Fps

26 November 2014 11:29 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

James Cameron is currently working on the scripts for his Avatar sequels, Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 in New Zealand, with production scheduled to begin sometime in the near future. Very little is known about the story for these follow-ups, except that fans will be taken back to the magical land of Pandora. During a new interview with Empire, James Cameron doesn't offer any story specifics, but revealed that they will be "bitchin."

"I can tell you one thing about them. They're gonna be bitchin'. You will s--t yourself with your mouth wide open."

The filmmaker did clarify one technical aspect of his sequels. Despite rumors that he planned on shooting at 60 frames per second and, most recently, at 120 Fps, James Cameron said that he has settled on shooting at 48 Fps, like Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.

"My thinking at the time was that 60 [Fps] might be a »

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