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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
Christmas isn't even here yet, but we already have a 2012 holiday treat to look forward to in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Though that's 12 months off, the good news is that we have the first trailer right here! If you're expecting something of the same caliber as The Two Towers, you might be a little disappointed; this preview is low on action and high on introduction and backstory. We meet young Bilbo (Martin Freeman), who is just trying to live his hobbit life in Bag End when he's rudely interrupted by an adventure-seeking Gandalf (Ian McKellen). What follows is a quick introduction to his long list of travel companions, and then a brief glimpse at what's in store in the first part of the adventure. As excited as I am for this movie, I can't help but feel a teensy bit underwhelmed by this trailer. The production value looks amazing of course, »
- Becky Kirsch
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
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
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The Lego Group announced today a partnership that awards the world's leading construction toy brand exclusive rights to develop build-and-play construction sets based on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the two films based on The Hobbit. The multi-year licensing agreement grants access to the library of characters, settings, and stories for The Lord of the Rings property, as well as films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Lego The Lord of the Rings construction sets are slated for a rolling global launch beginning in June 2012 in the United States, with Lego The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey scheduled for later in the year.
"Only Lego, with their expertise in the construction category, is capable of doing justice to the incredibly imaginative environments depicted in the world of The Lord of the Rings and the two films based on The Hobbit, »
Last week's Movie Fan Central chat of The Two Towers was a huge success and the Mfc's largest movie chat to date, so you're going to want to make sure you're around this Sunday as we complete the Lotr trilogy with The Return Of The King! In case you hadn't heard, Mfc user Rebellion_Reborn has been hosting a Movie Chat every Sunday night at 7pm Est. They've been on the Lotr trilogy the past two weeks but previously discussed The Shining, Evil Dead and more. It's a great opportunity to hang »
- Mike Sampson
All week we've been posting great DVD and Blu-ray deals on Amazon. If you've been following the daily updates, you probably noticed the deals change all the time. Today Amazon added Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series on DVD for $79.99 (60% off) and Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series Blu-ray for $94.99 (68% off). Remember, if you spend over $25 you get free shipping. Here's the updated list. Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series DVD $79.99 (60% off) Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series Blu-ray $94.99 (68% off) The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Editions (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions + Digital Copy) Blu-ray $49.99 (58% off) Where the Wild Things Are Blu-ray $7.99 (60% off) Watchmen Director's Cut Blu-ray $8.49 (58% off) The King's Speech Blu-ray $9.99 (75% off) Gremlins Blu-ray $9.99 (60% off) National Lampoon's Vacation Blu-ray $9.99 (60% off) Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Blu-ray $7.49 (62% off) Beetlejuice Blu-ray $9.99 (71% off) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
As if hanging out with your fellow JoBlo.com readers on Movie Fan Central wasn't awesome enough, for the past few weeks, user Rebellion_Reborn has been hosting a Movie Chat every Sunday night at 7pm Est. They've discussed The Shining, Evil Dead and more in the past and this week, they're continuing on last week's discussion of Fellowship Of The Ring with the second film in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, The Two Towers. So what do you need to do? It's real easy. Just head to »
- Mike Sampson
 Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day today is Battlestar Galactica: The Complete 2004 Series  on DVD  for only $79.99 or on Blu-ray  for only $109.99. As with any of the Gold Box Deals, the price will disappear at midnight tonight, so act fast!  The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy  on Blu-ray for only $49.99 with Free shipping. The set includes Extended Editions of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, along with Digital Copies of each film. The Wizard of Oz (Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Edition)  on DVD for only $5.49, 74% off the $21 msrp. The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Edition  on Blu-ray for only $12.99, 48% off the $25 msrp.  http://www.slashfilm.com/wp/wp-content/images/ZZ3F6A7A88.jpg  http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&ref_=tsm_1_tw_s_dvd_luz2me&tag=film-20&ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&docId=1000747021&camp=1789&t=slickdeals%23&creative=390957  http://www. »
- Peter Sciretta
So here we are on the precipice of awards season and things are about to kick into high gear. New York critics will soon speak up, as will the "please-come-to-our-party" invitation winners from the National Board of Review. And we have one more category to speculate upon before we start officially locking in nominees and declaring others in real trouble of being overlooked. There has been a chicken-and-egg factor to the screenplay race over the years. From 1999 to 2008, only four Best Picture nominees (Moulin Rouge, Lotr: The Two Towers, Master & Commander, and Ray) failed to pick up a Screenplay nomination as well. Since the Academy moved to 10 nominees in '09, there have been three (Avatar, The Blind Side, Black Swan) that were not deemed...
- Erik Childress
It's no secret that converting classics into 3D is in vogue, with new versions of Titanic, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, and Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters in 3D next year. Actor Elijah Wood revealed that The Lord of the Rings producers are actively talking about converting the entire trilogy into 3D for new theatrical releases.
Here's what the actor had to say below.
"I think it would be cool to see. There's talk of releasing a dimensionalised trilogy eventually. I'm okay with doing post-process 3D, as long as someone takes the time. What I'm upset about is when a movie doesn't have the budget and the time to devote to it and they're not fine-tuning the detail of that, because it can look really bad and cheap. But I know that they wouldn't dimensionalise it unless it was a super meticulous process."
The actor also »
It’s that time of the year when stores give us offers we can’t refuse. From now til the end of November, you might be able to find good deals on all those DVD and Blu-ray movies and TV shows that were a little too pricey over the last year.
We’ve got a round up of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and everything in between deals.
The online retailer has different deals each day morning, afternoon and evening, plus all-day Gold Box Deals. Some of our favorites from…
Monday Nov. 21: The Cider House Rules Blu-ray $4.99 (8.30am – 12.30pm Pst), Burn Notice Season 3 $9.99 (12.30pm – 4.30pm Pst), Pulp Fiction Blu-ray $3.99, I Am Legend Blu-ray $4.99 (4.30pm – 8.30pm Pst)
Tuesday Nov. 22: Office Space Blu-ray $4.99 (8.30am – 12.30pm Pst), Weeds DVD season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 $7.99 each (12.30pm – 4.30pm Pst)
Wednesday Nov. 23: Princess Bride Blu-ray $4.99 (8.30am – 12:30pm Pst), 300 Blu-ray $4.99 (12.30pm – 4.30pm Pst)
Thursday Nov. 24: »
With Black Friday later this week, Amazon has started their annual holiday sales a bit early. All week they've got great deals on a wide assortment of DVDs and Blu-rays, but they've also got a number of other selections that aren't on their main page. For today's other deals, Amazon's got: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Blu-ray $49.99 (which is 58% off) Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray $29.99 (63% off) Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (Star Trek I, II, III, IV, V, VI + The Captain's Summit Bonus Disc) Blu-ray $39.99 (60% off). X-Men: First Class (+Digital Copy) Blu-ray $9.99 (75% off) Rio (Blu-ray/ DVD Combo + Digital Copy) $11.99 (70% off) 127 Hours Blu-ray $10.99 (73% off) Despicable Me (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) $10.99 (73% off) Since these aren't Gold Box deals, I've got no idea when the sale will end so don't wait too long. Hit the jump for the list of extras on the box »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
According to ace animation director John Lasseter, the key to Pixar's ever popular brand of magic has always lain in the fact that the company used its revolutionary digital technology to serve the story and characters rather than the other way around. Nowhere can this be seen more clearly than in the Toy Story trilogy, which, I would argue, remains the most consistent three-parter in the history of modern cinema, suffering from neither the longueurs of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, nor the inevitable disappointments of The Godfather Part III.
In each subsequent movie, as the digimation has leapt ever further into the unknown, so the characters of Woody, Buzz et al have embedded themselves even deeper within our hearts, leaving many a parent teary-eyed as the final curtain closed on Andy's now mythical childhood.
What a shame, »
- Mark Kermode
The Devil's Rock is directed by Paul Campion (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ), and stars Craig Hall (30 Days of Night), Matthew Sunderland (A Song of Good ) and Gina Varela. The Devil's Rock a New Zealand WWII horror film was recently picked up by Entertainment One for Us and Canada distribution rights and had Silver Feroz Design some fantastic poster designs we just had to share with you. The Devil's Rock happens on the eve of D-Day in the Channel Islands where two Kiwi Commandos are sent to destroy German gun emplacements in order to distract Hitler's forces away from Normandy. They discover a Nazi occult plot to unleash demonic forces to win the war. »
In seems fitting yet not too obvious that Peter Jackson's birthday would be on Halloween. Imagine the costume fun one could cull from his films alone?
Since today is his half century mark, we couldn't not tip our pointy Gandalf hats to the man. Whether you're counting down the days until he returns to The Shire with The Hobbit films or wishing he'd move away from Tolkien and on to greener other pastures, it's worth checking in on the official Hobbit blog from month to month (though they sadly haven't had a production video since July and those were fun.)
Do you think The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2013) will continue the Rings Oscar streak? Perhaps you're more doubtful like me... even if The Hobbit films are great won't AMPAS voters feel that 11 Oscars in February 2004 was more than enough?
I would rank his films like so. »
- NATHANIEL R
We have all the latest from the gang at Storybrooke, Maine: Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, and Emma, along with casting news and the latest series information from ABC about the upcoming premiere of Once Upon a Time.
First up, via TV Guide, we have the Evil Queen, also known as Regina in Storybrooke, played by Lana Parrilla:
Next, the very charming Prince Charming, known in Storybrooke initially as John Doe, played by Josh Dallas:
And this from our heroine, Emma Swan, played by Jennifer Morrison:
In casting news, TV Guide has reported that Brad Dourif (Fringe, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) has been cast as “a beggar who befriends the evil Rumpelstiltskin.” Hopefully he’ll be able to look less creepy than when he was playing Wormtongue. Playing opposite Robert Carlysle as Rumpelstiltskin, maybe the two of them will be vying for Creepiest in All the Land. »
- Erin Willard
First off, I have to tell you that this page may load slow. We're making an awful lot of calls to the Amazon Api here, and that's bound to monkey with things. If you have no idea what that means... it's shiny. Please note also that, for the same reason, you may find, depending on traffic, that not all of the Amazon details will load properly. I apologize for that, it's just the nature of the beast, and the fact that the Api wasn't really meant for such things. If you refresh, it will probably fix.
You may have heard me mention this giveaway quite a while ago, and it's taken me a long time to figure out what sort of format to put things in, and I kept added things. Eventually it became too much to really give any kind of run down on the items, so I decided »
- Marc Eastman
David Fear, Joshua Rothkopf and Keith Uhlich from Time Out New York have taken the time to list their choices for the 50 "most special effects of all time" from films dating from 1902-2009.
As effects have become a larger and larger part of today's films, to the point we are now debating whether a CG-rendered character is worthy of an Oscar nomination, it's interesting to look at the number of films on the list from each decade. Here's how each decade breaks down: 1900-1909 - 1 film 1920s - 2 films 1930s - 4 films 1940s - 2 films 1950s - 5 films 1960s - 4 films 1970s - 8 films 1980s - 14 films 1990s - 7 films 2000-2009 - 3 films Looking over the list, there are a few films I haven't seen, but of the bunch I would consider for such a list, they have pretty much covered them all. The ranking would probably be the only dispute, »
- Brad Brevet
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