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New Line Cinema (Warner Bros. Pictures) released their new action/fantasy flick, "The Hobbit 3: The Battle Of The Five Armies," into theaters this weekend. I just watched it, and thought it was very entertaining, especially the back half of it when the huge war took place as it really offered some major action fight scenes. The movie stars: 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. In the new flick, the wicked Smaug dragon showed up to obliterate Laketown with lots of fire breathing action. Everyone was scrambling for their lives until »
- Andre Braddox
When Pauline Kael wrote “movies are so rarely great art, that if we can’t appreciate great trash, there is little reason for us to go,” she may as well have been describing some of the films on this list. Combining elements of high and lowbrow art with varying degrees of success, these ten titles make up for in verve, goofiness and style what they lack in depth.
Despite its tepid love story, this tale of a doomed civilization perched on the edge of a CGI volcano was the most unabashedly enjoyable sword-and-sandal movie of the year. Weightier than both Hercules adventures, Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii” took itself far less seriously than the Biblical epics “Noah” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” And while the 3D eruption of Mount Vesuvius was indeed stunning, it’s Kiefer Sutherland’s wonderfully hammy turn as a villainous Roman Senator that stole the show. »
- Matthew Chernov
…and the giant, flying death-dealer known as Smaug circles above the lakeside town of Laketown, spewing fire and destruction upon its buildings and populace who scramble for safety below. As people struggle to escape, a man named Bard (Luke Evans) strikes back against the dragon. His efforts are ineffectual at first, but the beast’s singular weakness comes into view and Bard fells the monster. Threat removed, Bard and his fellow humans head up Lonely Mountain to claim their share of the horded gold, but the dwarves — led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) — make a stand saying it all belongs to them. The Elf king, Thranduil (Lee Pace), also arrives with his army in tow, and they’re all soon joined by a legion of dwarves arriving to support Thorin. It’s already a stand-off of Tarantino-esque proportions, but by the time the goblin hordes show up the fight card is filled to the cinematic brim and »
- Rob Hunter
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Will you follow me, one last time?" Peter Jackson presents his final (supposedly) adventure in Middle Earth, the conclusion of The Hobbit with The Battle of the Five Armies, now playing in theaters. Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo, who must figure out what's next after making his way into the mountain and escaping Smaug the Dragon. Richard Armitage as Thorin takes center stage, along with Luke Evans as Bard, Lee Pace as Thranduil, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, and of course Ian McKellen as Gandalf. So how is it? Better than the other two? Does it live up to the Lord of the Rings movies? Is it even worth seeing in theaters or not? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Pj's grand finale The Battle of the Five Armies. Spoiler Warning: We strongly »
- Alex Billington
New Line Cinema (Warner Bros. Pictures) released their new action/fantasy film, "The Hobbit 3: The Battle Of The Five Armies" into theaters this past Wednesday, December 17th and all the top, major critics have turned in their reviews. It appears that they were pretty mixed, giving it an overall 59 score out of a possible 100 across 45 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: 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. We've added blurbs from a couple of the critics, below. Brice Ingram at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a very good 88 score, »
Now that he’s finished up with J.R.R. Tokien’s Middle-earth following the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Peter Jackson is starting to turn his attention to future projects, but it seems we should rule out the possibility of him ever directing a superhero movie as the filmmaker has stated that he’s got no interest in the genre, and has never so much as read a comic book.
“I don’t really like the Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon that exists right now,” said Jackson in a chat with MovieFone. “The industry and the advent of all the technology, has kind of lost its way. It’s become very franchise driven and superhero driven. I’ve never read a comic book in my life so I’m immediately at a disadvantage and I have no interest in that. So now it’s time for us to step back. »
- Gary Collinson
With the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, now in theaters, I got to sit down with Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace at the London press junket. During the interviews they talked about what the world premiere after party was like, what they'd ask J. R. R. Tolkien about their characters and The Lord of the Rings universe, embarrassing moments from the set (which includes Martin Freeman telling a very funny story), deleted scenes and what might be on the extended edition Blu-ray, and more. Hit the jump for what they had to say. Finally, unlike the first two installments of The Hobbit, this last chapter is almost non-stop action and features some incredible sequences that fans of The Lord of the Ringswill absolutely love. In addition, if you have the chance to see it in 3D, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
In movies as furiously energetic and visually embellished as Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," it's hard to single out a specific performance or actor, who could be deemed for future super-stardom. But that's exactly what has happened with Luke Evans, the charismatic British actor who essays the character of Bard the Bowman in Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, which finally wraps up with "Battle of the Five Armies," a film that kicks off with a thrilling sequence pitting Evans and his son against the horrible dragon Smaug (voiced deliciously by Benedict Cumberbatch).
Evans is a lovely guy, and we got a chance to sit down with him in London, during the final big press push for the final movie of the trilogy. We talk about what it was like finally seeing the sequence with Smaug, what he'd like to see in the extended edition of the movie, »
- Drew Taylor
THR has released an official list of the most viewed trailers of 2014. And you may be surprised to see which movie came in first. While a lot of your are probably guessing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was actually Fifty Shades of Grey that took top honors. While Star Wars: The Force Awakens had the best start of the year, grabbing 58.2 million views in its first five days of release, it was Fifty Shades of Grey that won the race with its four month head start. The trailer has been viewed 93 million times on Youtube since its July 24 release. Don't feel too bad for Star Wars 7, though, as it came in second place with 81 million Youtube views since its debut over Thanksgiving weekend. In third place was Avengers: Age of Ultron with 78 million views. Here is the full top 20 list of most watched trailers followed by the trailers themselves. »
As most of you know, the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is now in theaters. Unlike the first two installments of The Hobbit, the final chapter is almost non-stop action and features some incredible sequences that fans of The Lord of the Rings will absolutely love. In addition, if you have the chance to see it in 3D, the added ticket price is worth it for this movie. The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. At last week’s London press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Luke Evans. He talked about what he would ask J. R. R. Tolkien, deleted scenes and what might be included in the extended cut, embarrassing moments from the set, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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.
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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by Peter Jackson.
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangaline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Cate Blanchett, Billy Connolly, Stephen Fry, Mikael Persbrandt, Ian Holm, Sylvester McCoy and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves have reclaimed the mountain of Erebor from the evil dragon Smaug and must now struggle to protect the treasure they fought to recover. Dwarves, Elves and Men must put aside their differences when faced with a dangerous common enemy.
Criticized heavily for being broken up into three films – all well over two hours – The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies actually succeeds in justifying that decision. The problem is that three »
- Robert Kojder
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, »
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies is well on its way to dominating at the box office over the holiday season, debuting with $11.2 million in Tuesday night screenings. That tally bests last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which took in $8.8 million from preview screenings, but it is still lower than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's $13 million haul in 2012. The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies opened in over 3,100 theaters last night for early screenings, with the Middle Earth finale expanding to 3,875 theaters by Friday, 85% of which can screen the film in 3D or large formats.
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies has already earned $122.1 million in 37 international markets, with 71% of that total coming from 3D screenings. This is the first Hobbit movie to open on a Wednesday, mirroring The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which opened on mid-December Wednesdays for three consecutive years. »
While “The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies” is just now sweeping into theaters, filming on the trilogy wrapped all the way back in July of 2013. That hefty amount of interim was due to both “Smaug” and “Five Armies” being shot at the same time. But after a year and a half of waiting, Luke Evans was finally able to see his character Bard the Bowman’s epic showdown on the big screen. “It brings back a lot of memories. Also, it was lovely to see these incredible sets,” he said during a sit down interview with Hitfix. Places like the Dale, that were relatively small sets, later got a makeover from the digital effects team. Evans was impressed by the final on-screen transformation. “Seeing the geography of where everything is. I love that. I mean, no one knew how that was going to look until we saw the film. It »
- Donna Dickens
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
And so another holiday tradition comes to a close. Thirteen years ago (naw, can’t be!), Peter Jackson delivered the first of a Christmas-time trilogy with the inaugural entry of the Jrr Tolkien trilogy, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring. Two years later he closed it out with The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, and after reaping a bounty of gold a few months later at Oscar time, he bid adieu to Middle Earth. But after a couple of features, the siren call of the wizards and elves drew him back for, not a sequel, but a prequel. The film rights to this earlier Tolkien work was finally untangled from a legal web , one tougher than those weaved by fearsome giant spiders. After the intended director moved on, Jackson was back on board, creating three new films from the singular novel. 2012 saw »
- Jim Batts
I love interviewing Martin Freeman. Not only is he a very talented actor that's always great in front of the camera; it's also because no matter what you want to talk about, he always finds a way to work in funny stories that will make you laugh. My interview last week in London for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was no different. Not only did he talk about what people say about him online, or what he'd ask J. R. R. Tolkien if he could travel back in time, he told an amazing R-rated story about the game he likes to play with his cast mates - specifically Aidan Turner. Trust me, there is no way you watch this interview and not laugh out loud. Hit the jump to watch. As most of you know, the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
New Line Cinema recently dropped this new IMAX featurette/movie clip (below) for their upcoming "The Hobbit 3: The Battle of the Five Armies" action/adventure/fantasy flick, and it features a ton of new, cool scenes from the movie, along with short interview clips with some of the castmembers. They talk about how they'll miss working with each other as the series comes to an end. They also talk about the beautiful IMAX experience and more. Check it out,below. The movie stars: 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. In the new flick, »
The cultural impact of Peter Jackson's big screen Middle-earth franchise is unquestionable, and there are thousands upon thousands of fans who will be deeply saddened by its conclusion with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. But what will the people who made The Hobbit movies miss most about that experience? To answer that question we have this brand new featurette: With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies set to finally be released in theaters tomorrow, the folks over at IMAX have cut together a new video that sees Peter Jackson, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly and Luke Evans discuss exactly what it is they will miss most about the experience of filming The Hobbit trilogy. As you might expect, it's a good mix of answers, but at the end of it all it is pretty incredible what kind of an impact making these movies had on »
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