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Those familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien's novels know there is a difference in tone between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but with director and co-writer Peter Jackson in charge of the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit (with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey set to open next December, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again in 2013) and adding in characters from his Lord of the Rings movies regardless of whether they were in Tolkien's original text, it would seem that Jackson was looking to make The Hobbit more like The Lord of the Rings. However, in the recent issue of Total Film (via io9), Jackson revealed that The Hobbit will be very different from The Lord of the Rings.
The Hobbit is very much a children's book and The Lord of the Rings is something else; it's not really aimed at children at all. I realized »
- Ryan Gowland
 J.R.R. Tolkien fans already got a nice holiday gift earlier this week when the gorgeous first trailer  for The Hobbit was released on Tuesday, but Peter Jackson wasn't done playing Santa. The director took to his Facebook wall a couple of days ago to promise an additional "Christmas treat" to mark the ten-year anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as well as promote the two Hobbit films, and finally revealed his big surprise -- the fifth production video from the set of The Hobbit -- earlier today. (Which I think technically makes it a Festivus present rather than a Christmas one, but we'll let that slide.) Watch the video after the jump. The new video focuses on "the logistics of location shooting," and what insanely complicated logistics they are indeed. I'm sure everyone's already aware that The Hobbit is a huge production, but watching »
- Angie Han
News Having released a teaser trailer for The Hobbit earlier this week, Peter Jackson posted another tease on his Facebook page promising, "a Christmas treat," in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the release of The Fellowship of the Ring. Like his page and stay tuned to find out what he has planned. We all know that around this time of the year, studios go into award campaigning mode. Some might see it as the studios buying Oscars. Well, David Copperfield literally tried to. The magician attempted to fork over $861,542 for Orson Welles' Citizen Kane Oscar trophy but was outbid. The Atlanta Braves baseball franchise is opposing Disney's attempt to trademark the word "Brave." Disney has been registering various iterations and uses of the word...
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With just under a year to go before the arrival of the first installment of Peter Jackson's two-part Lord of the Rings prequel - and ten years after the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - the filmmaker has taken us back to Middle-earth with the first official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which was released online in the early hours of this morning along with a brand new poster from the film.
It's been a long road for The Hobbit film adaptation. Jackson first came on board as executive producer four years ago, only for MGM's financial troubles to cause a number of delays that eventually led to the departure of the original director, Guillermo del Toro, who shares scriptwriting credits with Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. However, principal photography finally got underway this past March with back-to-back shoots »
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy My early, early Oscar 2013 predictions include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey nominated in the following categories: Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design. Perhaps Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Editing and Mixing as well. I'm not so sure about Best Anything Else just looking at the trailer below. It'll all depend on a) whether director Peter Jackson gets solid reviews for the first part of his film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit b) whether The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey delivers business on a par with Jackson's three Lord of the Rings movies: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and the Best Picture Oscar winner The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King »
- Zac Gille
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: This is the final entry in a handful of essays that will be dealing with the various trends that were kicked off during the 2001 calendar year, and how they still resonate today.
Yesterday (the 19th) marked the tenth anniversary of the Us theatrical release of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. It was just over a month after the Us theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which had debuted with a record-breaking $92 million opening weekend. Debuting with a December-record $72 million five-day haul, The Fellowship of the Ring parlayed superb reviews and splendid word of mouth to break a number of Christmas and New Year’s season records and show off some of the best legs this side of Titanic and The Sixth Sense. These two films, which closed out the year, would directly or indirectly pave the »
- Scott Mendelson
Martin Freeman (Image via RottenTomatoes.com)
Ten years and a day after The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring arrived in theaters (yes, it really has been a decade since the first film was released) the trailer was released for the prequel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Watch it, then discuss it below in the comments.
Click here to view the embedded video.
- Glenn Hauman
Much-anticipated return to Middle-earth appeals to loyal 'Lord of the Rings' fans.
By Kevin P. Sullivan
Just days after the 10th anniversary of the release of "The Fellowship of the Ring," we have our first look at director Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth. The first trailer for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" packs in a ton of action and gives fans a peek at what they can expect when the first of the two films opens next December.
We took some time off from watching the trailer on repeat to give you the rundown on the five key things you should pay attention to in the trailer.
It wouldn't be "The Hobbit" without a strong member of the Shire folk to rally behind. Martin Freeman is Bilbo Baggins, and he jumps right into Jackson's Middle-earth and feels right at home. »
Ten years ago this week The Fellowship of the Ring was released. Peter Jackson's first Tolkien adaption silenced a great many naysayers who said J.R.R. Tolkien's novels could never be properly translated to film. It also fostered a mainstream interest in fantasy movies that continues a decade later. The development of a film based on Tolkien's original Middle-Earth novel, The Hobbit, was the subject of speculation as soon as Jackson started work on The Lord of the Rings. Actually making the movie was a terrifically complicated process that involved rights deals, the financial solvency of MGM, a long period of development under original director Guillermo del Toro, and the eventual return of Peter Jackson to the director's chair. Now the first teaser trailer -- a long teaser, at that -- has been released for the first of two films based on the novel. Get the first look at »
- Russ Fischer
The terrific new first trailer for director Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is now online. The release of the trailer marks the 10th anniversary of Jackson's first Tolkien adaptation, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."The trailer features the return of familiar faces and the introduction of new ones to the land of Middle-Earth, aka New Zealand. Will bring goosebumps to fans of the J. R. R. Tolkien's work and Pj's films."The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is the first part of the two movie Hobbit journey. The second film, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will be released a year later on December 13th, 2013.Watch Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in the new trailer for »
- Anthony Pearson
(This review originally ran last week when Sony lifted the review embargo, but we're running it again today to coincide with the film's wide opening.) Something at the center of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novels has captured the attention of millions. Actually, make that 'someone.' The first novel, Män som hatar kvinnor (Men Who Hate Women, softened to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in many countries) spins around an unlikely nucleus: counterculture heroine Lisbeth Salander, a determined outsider possessed of keen investigative skills, a vengeful spirit and a strong sense of fairness. In the 2009 Swedish film adaptation, Noomi Rapace played Salander as a character just different enough to be a forceful vision, and familiar enough to become nearly iconic. But the film in which she lives is a routine potboiler of a thriller. The directly translated Swedish title is promising in a way, as ‘men who hate women »
- Russ Fischer
Bored waiting for that promised Hobbit trailer that.s supposed to arrive online later today (Tuesday, Dec. 20)? Why not pass the time by walking from The Shire into Mordor? What.s that, you say? One does not simply walk into Mordor? Oh, we know, Boromir. Still, as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release Peter Jackson.s The Fellowship of the Ring -- the epic first installment in Peter Jackson.s Lord of the Rings trilogy . BadassDigest posted a pretty funny little Lotr Easter Egg involving Google Maps. Apparently, if you type in walking directions from .The Shire. to .Mordor,. you will be treated to one of the most-parodied lines of dialogue from Jackson.s trilogy. You won.t be able to walk anywhere, just in case you were curious. Unless you really have places named .The Shire. or .Mordor. in your town. (In which case, hello New Zealanders! »
By Kara Warner
Photo: Warner Bros.
What a week of 2012 movie trailers and teasers! We've had looks at "The Dark Knight Rises," "Wrath of the Titans," and now, the first official trailer for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," part one of his two-film treatment of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved book.
The trailer opens with an elderly Bilbo (Ian Holm) explaining to Frodo (Elijah Wood) that he might not have shared all there was to know about his adventures, followed by a quick cut to young Bilbo (Martin Freeman) being recruited to come on a new journey with Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen). It then introduces a slew of Dwarves and Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), who begin »
If you're a "Lord of the Rings" fan, today and tomorrow are two big days for the film franchise's legacy. First up, today marks the 10-year anniversary of "The Fellowship of the Ring's" big debut on the big screen (you're welcome for making us all feel incredibly old). Fittingly, Warner Bros has decided to release the first trailer for "The Hobbit," the prequel movie follow-up to "The Lord of the Rings," online tomorrow at 7 p.m. Pst.
It's been confirmed that the trailer will debut before screenings of "The Adventures of Tintin" on Wednesday, so if you want to see Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey towering over you -- potentially even in 3D?! -- then that's the place to do it. But if you, like us, have been waiting for this movie to come out since 10 years ago today, then you'll probably be refreshing your browser repeatedly to »
- Terri Schwartz
With the holidays fast approaching, many of you are running out of time to find the perfect gift. Thankfully, if someone in your life is a fan of TV box sets or movies, Amazon has a number of great deals and I've taken some of the best ones and listed them below. Remember, if you spend over $25 you get free shipping. Box Sets Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection $35.49 (69% off) Lost: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] $129.99 (54% off) Friends: The Complete Series Collection $99.99 (58% off) Home Alone Collection [Blu-ray] $19.99 (50% off) Monk: The Complete Series $61.99 (59% off) The Wire: The Complete Series $94.99 (53% off) Six Feet Under: The Complete Series $67.99 (62% off) Sex & The City: The Complete Collection (Deluxe Edition) $97.99 (61% off) Gilligan's Island: Complete Series Collection #39.99 (65% off) The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection $111.49 (63% off) Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection $114.49 (56% off) Nip/Tuck: The Complete Series $81.49 (59% off) The O.C.: The Complete Series $79.99 (56% off) Harry »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
It was 10 years ago today that "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" graced movie screens across the country for the first time, setting off a fantasy film fervor that influenced the entire spectrum of pop culture… well, almost.
You see, up until now the elf Legolas had been Lego-less, but that's all about to change as Warner Bros. Consumer Products has given the Denmark-based toy company the rights to create primary-colored plastic brick playsets based on Peter Jackson's original trilogy and the upcoming two-part film based on prequel book "The Hobbit."
According to Variety we can expect many years of Frodo, Bilbo, and Lego being synonymous, with stores chock-a-block with blocky versions of Halflings, dwarves, wizards, orcs, and other denizens of Middle Earth beginning in summer 2012. This should only add to the coffers of both Warners and Lego, the latter of which is currently pulling »
- Max Evry
Like many things these days, it all began with a teaser trailer. The day was April 7, 2000 and New Line Cinema released a 100 second trailer teasing The Lord of the Rings, an epic series of films they had in production based on the famous books by J.R.R. Tolkien. Directed by Peter Jackson, a guy who, at that point, had only done five small movies, this one trailer lit a spark that changed the face of modern movies. At that point, I’d never read the books but the kind of epic action that was being portrayed in the trailer was unlike anything I’d ever seen. I immediately shot over to Amazon, order the whole trilogy, and devoured the series with delight. The fact that these movies were being made was amazing and my anticipation was beyond fever pitch. It all let up to ten years ago today, December 19, 2001, when dream »
- Germain Lussier
Filed under: Columns, This Week in Movies
It has been 10 years since the hobbits took over the planet. On December 19, 2001, 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' opened and accomplished the impossible. It proved that, despite a half-century of abortive attempts, J.R.R. Tolkien's supposedly unfilmable trilogy was not only filmable, but could be a magnificent achievement on its own terms. It changed the business of filmmaking, with innovations ranging from motion-capture and computer-generated special effects to social media marketing. It made an A-list director out of an obscure New Zealand filmmaker and made stars of newbie Orlando Bloom and journeyman Viggo Mortensen. Plus, it turned the whole world into Middle-earth fantasy geeks for at least three years as we watched the installments come out every December. Still, as celebrated as Peter Jackson's magnum opus has been, there's still a lot you may not »
- Gary Susman
Always wanted to live in Middle Earth? Well, at least now you can build it.
Lego has announced that they've teamed up with Warner Bros. and are going to launch a new "Lord of the Rings" toy line. The first part of the launch will begin in June and will feature set pieces from "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers" and "Return of the King." Later in the year, the "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" line will be released as a tie-in to the December 14 release of the movie.
Needless to say, this is a pretty big project for Lego to take on. "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" are defined by their iconic locations, like the Shire, Mirkwood Forest, Gollum's cave and, of course, Mordor. Will we be able to recreate Shelob and Smaug? I certainly hope so. And it will of course be exciting »
- Terri Schwartz
The journey back to Middle Earth is about to begin. Since a fair amount of people usually trek to their local movie theater during the holidays—both with their families and to escape from their families—it’s usually during this time that we get our first look at some of the big movies set to come out next year. The new Dark Knight Rises trailer is expected to play in front of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and now Warner Bros. has confirmed that the teaser trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be attached to screenings of The Adventures of Tintin. We previously reported that the first trailer for The Hobbit might be playing in front of Sherlock Holmes, but it appears WB has decided to pair it with the Jackson-produced Tintin instead. While we’ve seen bits and pieces of The Hobbit »
- Adam Chitwood
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