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Moviegoers stormed theaters this weekend to spend "one last time" in Middle Earth.Including Wednesday and Thursday ticket sales, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has already earned over $90 million, which puts it on track to ultimately surpass its predecessor (The Desolation of Smaug).Meanwhile, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie (2014) opened at essentially the same level; that's quite good for the moderately-budgeted musical, but not-so-great for the big-budget fantasy sequel.Over the three-day weekend, the final chapter in the Hobbit trilogy dominated with an estimated $56.2 million. That's the lowest opening weekend in the franchise so far, though it's also the first and only movie to open on a Wednesday.A better comparison can be drawn to the Lord of the Rings movies, all of which opened on a Wednesday. The movie's $90.6 million five-day total is 11 percent lower than The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers »
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Peter Jackson’s (likely) final sojourn into Middle Earth was also, unsurprisingly, a popular destination for moviegoers during this pre-Christmas weekend. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hopped over the competition and earned a strong estimated $56.2 million, and $90.6 million since its launch on Tuesday evening. That five-day gross was slightly above the opening three-day take of An Unexpected Journey ($84.6 million in 2012) and the first five days of The Desolation of Smaug ($86.1 million).
However, it was below the five-day take of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ($102 million), which also opened on a Wednesday before the pre-holiday weekend. While that title had lower ticket prices, it was also the sequel to a beloved film. The reaction to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit titles has been more muted than his original trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels.
Nevertheless, its solid performance over the weekend is a good sign for the film moving forward. »
- Jordan Adler
In their extended (and superior) cuts, the three films of the Lord of the Rings trilogy run 680 minutes. That's just over 11-and-a-half hours. Add in the six or so hours from the first two Hobbit movies and you have a lot of movie. Now, picking the 20 best single moments from these five movies doesn't seem so foolhardy. If anything, it seems too difficult! How do you narrow that much content down? After revisiting The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, we managed to select 20 scenes that stand out above the rest. Consider this a brief primer on just how great these can be before you return to...
- Jacob S. Hall
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. »
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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. »
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, »
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 »
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 »
Oh Peter… where did it all go wrong? The public and critical adoration lathered on you in the years following The Lord of the Rings trilogy was nigh on universal, and your love for the works of Tolkien apparently boundless. How times have changed. A cinematic adaptation of Tolkien’s other most beloved work – the sprawling and charming The Hobbit - seemed all but inevitable, and I, along with most people, was happy to go along with it. Then came that dreaded day when we found out that The Hobbit would not in fact be one film, but three, totalling to well over six hours of cinema-going over the course of three years to garner the full experience. Cash registers rang, fanboys despaired, and everyone waited somewhat worriedly for their next trip back to Middle Earth.
The first of the trilogy, An Unexpected Journey, actually proved to be a rather pleasant surprise. »
- Dominic Mill
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 »
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
We’ve talked previously about movies that are better than their source material on the whole. Now let’s talk about movies that improve upon their source in a very specific way — the ending. A bad ending can ruin a perfectly good film (The Ninth Gate) and a good one can make an otherwise mediocre film shine (The Usual Suspects — Yeah, I said it, come at me). Even if the rest of the film was a complete dog turd, at least the creators got the ending right in movies like… 5. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Return of the King got a lot of guff for having like five different ending sequences, but it could have been oh-so-much worse. Tolkien was a historian foremost and a writer second. Thus, The Lord of the Rings books have a bit of a pacing problem. Greater thinkers than I have pointed out that “Fellowship of the Ring” is »
- Ashe Cantrell
By Anjelica Oswald
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
<< 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. »
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The mark of a great action director is often best indicated by how viscerally exciting and coherent he or she makes the large action set-pieces. A superb sequence of sound and fury relies on many elements to be exactly right. The editor is supposed to cut the sequence in a way that builds momentum while showing how all the separate parts in the scene fit together without it looking choppy. They must also keep the continuity. In order for this to happen, the cinematographer must get a lot of good angles on the scene, ensuring we come at the excitement from all angles to avoid further confusion. However, the director often has the final say on how these scenes are shot and subsequently put together.
Let’s just say that crafting a bravura action sequences is no easy task.
Recently, We Got This Covered’s Tuomas Hakola shared 10 phenomenal action »
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Whether you’re in Florida, New York, or Los Angeles, there are casting notices for you. Here are seven from this week you might have missed. “The Infinite”Marc Rienzo, a director with a background in visual effects who has worked on “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” “Star Trek,” and “Spider-Man,” helms an epic sci-fi VFX-heavy short film shooting in the Southeast Florida area. “Landscapes Of Using”Casting the lead role for this film about a student filmmaker making a film about his own memories while struggling with depression and addiction, and trying to maintain his relationship with his live-in girlfriend. The production will shoot Nov. 2–12 in L.A. and pays $100/day. To apply, submit your headshot, a short paragraph about your acting experience, films you admire, and “how you relate to the character’s conservative Muslim upbringing.” “Geektopia”Imaginarium seeks an outgoing, experienced cosplayer to co-host »
Cling. Clang. Crash. Welcome to the category of Best Sound Editing, which awards the creation and integration of artificial sounds into a movie's soundtrack. This distinguishes this category from Best Sound Mixing, which awards the mixing of the film's overall soundtrack. Due to the emphasis on creating artificial sounds, action films and war films tend to do particularly well here. The branch is also not afraid to give a film a standalone nomination (this decade, that has included "All is Lost," "Tron: Legacy," "Drive" and "Unstoppable"). In the not-too-distant past, animated films were also practically annual staples, which is unsurprising given the need to manifest everything you hear in such productions. The sound branch has its favorite contenders who regularly return. Names like Richard Hymns and Wylie Stateman immediately jump to mind. This is likely the case to a greater extent in Sound Editing than Sound Mixing. But every year also sees new nominees. »
- Gerard Kennedy
30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
Scene: Coin Flip
There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »
- Joshua Gaul
For one family in England, a move to a new home in rural Somerset initially brings out the best in their treatment of each other, but the walls housing their newfound harmony have perilous plans in store. The house in Kim Newman’s new novel, An English Ghost Story, is not “home sweet home” material, and readers can experience moving day in the exclusive excerpt provided to us by Titan Books.
“A dysfunctional British nuclear family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside. At first their new home, The Hollow, seems to embrace them, creating a rare peace and harmony within the family. But when the house turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most – threatening to destroy them from the inside out. A stand-alone novel from acclaimed author Kim Newman.
Kim Newman is a well known »
- Derek Anderson
Screenings of the Lord of the Rings trilogy accompanied by live performances of the films' scores will take place at New York's famed Lincoln Center in April 2015, The New York Times reports.
The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Lucerne, Switzerland, conducted by Ludwig Wicki, will perform the trilogy twice, in order, between April 8th and 12th in the David H. Koch theater. One cycle will run over the course of three straight nights, while the other will take place over a weekend with performances in the afternoon and evening. »
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