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Tech Support: Analyzing the makeup and hairstyling Oscar race

8 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to one of the most unique categories at the Oscars. Best Makeup & Hairstyling is the only category to still feature the "bake-off” phase, where three nominees are chosen from seven finalists after those finalists each make a pitch-via-reel to the branch. Every year features surprise omissions and inclusions, both among the final seven and the final three. The category seems almost uniquely immune to being overwhelmed by the overall reputation of a film. (Best Costume Design is its only rival in this respect.) Films of questionable quality are nominated nearly every year. While some lament the titles that have earned the moniker "Oscar nominee” ("Norbit” perhaps being the most infamous example), I for one love the fact that this branch actually strives to do what it is tasked with. While these macro-level characteristics of the category permeate the nominations process, trends among the nominees are nevertheless observable. The category tends to award monster makeup, »

- Gerard Kennedy

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The Relationship Between Highest-Grossing Films and Oscar Nominations

26 November 2014 10:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

It’s safe to assume that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to end the year as the highest-grossing film at the domestic box office with more than $331 million earned as of Nov. 23, but its Oscar prospects lie in below-the-line categories, such as visual effects and sound.

More often than not, the highest-grossing films tend to be neglected in the best picture category. Though The Dark Knight (2008), which was widely-acclaimed and was the highest-grossing film of the year, received eight nominations and won two (sound editing and supporting actor), it was snubbed by the Academy in the best picture category. The following year, the number of best picture nominees increased from five to 10 (and can now fall between those numbers). Since this increase though, the only highest-grossing films to land best picture nominations are 2009’s Avatar and 2010’s Toy Story 3. Neither of the films won. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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2014 Black Friday Deals: 'Hobbit' & 'Lord of the Rings' Blu-ray, Video Game & Book Deals

25 November 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Every year Amazon puts the extended Blu-ray edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on sale during Black Friday Deals Week and this year is no different in that respect, though it is a little different in that they are bundling it with even more J.R.R. Tolkien goodies for fans of Middle Earth. Along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which includes the extended Blu-ray editions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, you can buy bundles that also include all four books, including "The Hobbit" as well as either the PS4 or Xbox One edition of the Shadow of Mordor video game. I've included the links below along with a selection of other deals on more Blu-rays, Blu-ray players, televisions, soundbars and more! The »

- Brad Brevet

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Ian McKellen spends his last day as Gandalf on the 'Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' set

24 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Wellington, Nz. Perhaps it's the blustery winterish weather outside and the relative warmth and stillness inside the vast, canvas-covered tent/structure that give Sir Ian McKellen comfort. Maybe it's the lure of craft services dessert that give him cause to stay. Or maybe the venerable thespian is just in an introspective mood. Whatever the cause, as wind howls outside and various members of the "Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" crew scurry in and out of the door, accompanied by chilly gusts and intruding drizzle, McKellen holds court with a small group of reporters for nearly 45 minutes. Some of that time is spent on The State of Gandalf and the events that may or may not be on-tap for the third installment of Peter Jackson's second Tolkien-based trilogy, but far more of the interview is dedicated to deep reflection, delivered in the same authoritative and sonorous tone »

- Daniel Fienberg

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The Hobbit: 10 Worst Changes Peter Jackson Made

23 November 2014 2:56 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

New Line Cinema

The Hobbit was a masterpiece of a children’s story: a fantastic story of courage, friendship, loyalty and greed. It also set the tone for Tolkien’s subsequent magnum opus, the Lord of the Rings, and frankly it was a great tale that didn’t need any changes whatsoever.

However, Peter Jackson, thought better than that. By adding concepts from the appendices of The Return of the King, as well as ideas that were never in the original story in the first place, Jackson has taken a beloved Tolkien tale and created something else entirely.

The decision to turn the much shorter story of the Hobbit into a trilogy was a questionable decision in itself, but there are more questionable decisions in the film’s storyline, characters, and plot that are also impossible to ignore.

This isn’t to say that Peter Jackson’s films are bad; far from it, »

- Alexander Podgorski

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Watch Billy Boyd's great music video for "The Last Goodbye" from The Hobbit

21 November 2014 10:55 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

Billy Boyd’s end credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies “The Last Goodbye” now has a music video showing select clips from all six Middle-earth films. It’s a great way to say goodbye and the behind-the-scenes stuff especially was a nice touch. Whether it is goosebumps or tears, it's hard not to watch this video and not feel something. I said goodbye to Middle-Earth with The Return Of The King and can't say »

- Graham McMorrow

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Listen: Billy Boyd Sings 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' End Credits Song, 'The Last Goodbye'

17 November 2014 10:29 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Serving as one more bit of evidence proclaiming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies the last film in the franchise, the end credits song as sung by Billy Boyd is titled "The Last Goodbye" and now Watertower Music has released the song in full for your listening approval or otherwise. In terms of the Oscar race in the Best Original Song category, I'm not sure I would expect much from this one as neither Neil Finn's "Song of the Lonely Mountain" or Ed Sheeran's "I See Fire" were able to earn an Oscar nomination from the two previously released Hobbit films. Then again, as we all remember back to when The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won 11 Oscars, we can also recall how the first two Hobbit films have amassed a grand total of six nominations and zero wins. You can probably »

- Brad Brevet

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Billy Boyd's Final Hobbit Song Revealed

17 November 2014 2:24 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

As revealed last month, The Hobbit's final instalment, The Battle Of The Five Armies, will end with pleasing symmetry as did The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King with a song performed by his Pippin-ness Billy Boyd. Should you not be able to stand the wait for the last film's closing credits to roll, the track has just been released for your listening pleasure. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you The Last Goodbye."We came all this way /  But now comes the day / To bid you farewell," sings Boyd, giving the sense that's there's more on his mind here than a single film. "We focused on not just the final installment, but moreso on this 10-year epic adventure,” Boyd told Billboard. “A song to sum up the six movies. We recorded in Wellington, New Zealand, at one point traveling to Auckland to Neil Finn’s studio where »

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Watch All Three Films in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy on Monday, December 15

14 November 2014 11:19 AM, PST | | See recent news »

As the Studio has done in the past with such epic film series as “Harry Potter” and “The Dark Knight,” Warner Bros. Pictures, in conjunction with New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), is once again treating über-fans to a movie marathon, this time in celebration of the highly anticipated finale of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster “The Hobbit” Trilogy.

On Marathon Monday, December 15—two days prior to the third and final film’s theatrical release—moviegoers in select theaters across North America can experience Middle-earth one last time, beginning with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” followed by “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and, a full 24 hours prior to its theatrical release, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

Tickets for Marathon Monday go on sale Friday, November 14 at 12:00 p.m. Est / 9:00 a.m. Pst, the same date and time as tickets for opening day of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies »

- Michelle McCue

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Preview Billy Boyd's closing credit song for Battle of the Five Armies

12 November 2014 12:35 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

A few weeks ago we learned that Billy Boyd (aka Pippin) from Peter Jackson’s Lotr franchise would be performing the closing credit song he co-wrote for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. I’m not sure if he asked for that gig or if it was offered, but that's a pretty great bookend for the series if you ask me. Boyd has a tremendous voice which you heard in Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King; and while his voice won't be paired up with scenes »

- Graham McMorrow

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'The Hobbit' Trilogy IMAX Marathon Announced for December

12 November 2014 11:58 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Hobbit trilogy comes to a close next month with The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, but fans will get one more chance to relive all of these epic adventures on the big screen. reports that a trilogy marathon will take place in IMAX theaters nationwide on Monday, December 15.

Fans will be able to start purchasing tickets on Friday, November 14 for the all-day marathon. While the showtimes are not confirmed, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (theatrical edition) will reportedly kick off the marathon at 1 Pm, followed by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (theatrical edition) at 4:05 Pm and concluding with The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies at 7 Pm.

Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema held similar marathons for The Lord of the Rings in 2003, before that trilogy came to a close with The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King.

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- MovieWeb

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Listen to a Preview of Billy Boyd’s Closing Credit Song for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

12 November 2014 11:35 AM, PST | | See recent news »

A few weeks ago we found out about Billy Boyd’s (aka Pippin) plan to perform “The Last Goodbye,” the closing credit song he co-wrote for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and now we’ve got a sample of the piece to share.  The song may not have the same effect as Boyd’s performance of “The Stewart of Gondor” in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King because Boyd won’t be on screen and the song also won’t be paired with such stunning imagery, but Boyd’s got an incredible voice so “The Last Goodbye” should still make for a nice treat after the action of The Battle of the Five Armies closes out the trilogy. Hit the jump to give the preview of “The Last Goodbye” a listen.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies arrives in theaters on »

- Perri Nemiroff

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10 Things Peter Jackson Wants You To Forget About The Hobbit

12 November 2014 3:08 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros. Pictures

There’s no denying the massive appeal of Middle-Earth, the fantastical world created by distinguished Oxford professor J. R. R. Tolkien. He poured his heart and soul into his works, and the result is a literary realm that feels as real as the world we inhabit. With such a dedicated worldwide fan base, it really comes as no surprise that The Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy is one of the highest-grossing film trilogies of all time.

The films themselves have a legacy of greatness; all three instalments were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year in the respective years of their release, with The Return Of The King claiming that prize. To date, it is the only fantasy film to win an Oscar for Best Picture of the Year.

Considering the wild success The Lord Of The Rings enjoyed, it was inevitable that its prequel, »

- Paula Luther

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Oscars: Picking the Top Contenders of 2014 (Full List)

11 November 2014 3:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The awards season has its usual blend of old traditions, including online predictions, Q&A screenings and parties “in honor of” a film. However, the race is very different from last year, when “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” were declared the front-runners by early September.

With only two months to go in the calendar year, there is no clear leader at this point. Some pundits seem to think this is a failure of the 2014 crop, but in fact, there are four basic scenarios in the Oscar best-pic race, and they rotate. And while this year is unlike 2013, there are a lot of past precedents.

Scenario 1: The best-picture winner gains its stronghold only in retrospect. In 2000, “Gladiator” opened in May and was much admired but nobody was talking about its Oscar chances as best picture. It was only as the year-end films opened and were underwhelming that “Gladiator” looked even better after the fact. »

- Tim Gray

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Recent Visual Effects Winners at the Oscars Have Also Won for Cinematography

11 November 2014 8:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

This summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was released on Digital HD today and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 2. 20th Century Fox is pushing its cast, including Andy Serkis for his motion-capture performance as ape leader Caesar, for supporting actor nominations, but the film also has a serious shot at a nomination for visual effects. Rise of the Planet of the Apes garnered a nomination for visual effects at the 84th Academy Awards. Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which opened Nov. 5, is also a visual effects contender, but it is also a cinematography contender.

The nominees are chosen by specific branches of the Academy based on expertise, but voting is done by all the members. Most of the films nominated for cinematography differ from those nominated for visual effects. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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The Callow Way – Not Another Superhero Movie

9 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Neil Calloway looks at the superhero movie genre’s dominance of the mainstream, and its impact on adult cinema…

The news that financing on the the film Idol’s Eye, slated to star Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson, had been pulled, just as it was about to go into production surprised me. If a film starring an double Oscar winner like De Niro and a young star like Pattinson can’t attract investors, what films can? Anyone that has an interest in film can’t have helped but notice that Marvel Studios – which only started making films on its own in 2008 – revealed their “phase three” for the next few years, quickly following the announcement from DC comics If these young upstarts can tell us what films they’re going to be making for the foreseeable future, how can a film like Idol’s Eye not secure the money it needs to get made? »

- Oli Davis

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Final Trailer For The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

6 November 2014 9:17 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Time to visit Middle-earth one last time. Here’s the final trailer for the final Hobbit film.

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

As he succumbs to dragon-sickness, the King Under the Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield, sacrifices friendship and honor in his search for the legendary Arkenstone. Unable to help Thorin see reason, Bilbo is driven to make a desperate and dangerous choice, »

- Michelle McCue

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War breaks out in the new 'Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' trailer

6 November 2014 10:25 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

It doesn't look like Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, and company will have an easy end to their journey. New Line Cinema has released a new trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, showcasing the all-out warfare that's about to consume Middle-earth. Just about every major character from the last two films in The Hobbit trilogy makes at least a brief appearance, and a few tantalizing glimpses hint at what's to come in the film's 45-minute battle scene. It's "the last move in a master plan, a plan long in the making" according to Gandalf's voiceover narration, and »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Late December Releases Don’t Hinder Best Picture Contenders

4 November 2014 9:58 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

As we head into the final two months of the year, there are still a number of Oscar contenders that won’t be released — or even be seen — until December.

Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods will premiere on Christmas Day. Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper will have a limited release on Christmas before expanding to more theaters Jan 16.

Exodus: Gods and Kings, which is set for a Dec. 12 release, had a 37-minute press screening in September before the film was completed.

It was recently announced that a 30-minute first-look screening of Selma, the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic that centers on the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, will take place at AFI Fest before its limited release on Dec. 25. But if Selma isn’t yet ready for it’s December release, it »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Holiday 2014 Forecast: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

1 November 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesRelease Date: December 17th (3D & IMAX)Studio: Warner Bros.Genre: FantasyDirector: Peter JacksonWriters: Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del ToroCast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitrage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando BloomStudio Description: Bilbo and Company are forced to be embraced in a war against an armed flock of combatants and the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and incinerating all of Middle-Earth. Analysis: Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy concludes this December with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Advertisements promise that this will be "the defining chapter" of the franchise, and fans of the Middle Earth saga are surely excited to see the titular battle portrayed on the big screen. Outside of hardcore fans, though, it doesn't seem like there's much excitement surrounding this finale. »

- Ray Subers <>

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