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James Cameron Says Avatar Sequels Will Be Shot At 48 Frames-Per-Second

26 November 2014 10:22 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

  24 frames-per-second has been the gold standard for films, but in 2012 director Peter Jackson tried to push the envelope by filming/releasing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at 48 frames-per-second. Some people marveled at the visual clarity that the higher frame rate offered. Others scoffed at it for ruining the illusion of the fantasy elements to the sets.  I'm sure most of the negative comments come from the fact that viewers just aren't used to format. There has to be an adjustment period. Funny enough, some people would like to push frames rates even higher, such as 60 or even a 120 frames-per-second. It has been rumored that James Cameron ("True Lies") would film his upcoming Avatar sequels at 60 frames-per-second or more, but he tells Empire that he has changed his mind on that. “My thinking at the time was that 60 [Fps] might be a better segue to the »

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James Cameron Believes the 'Avatar' Sequels Will Serve as a Cinematic Laxative

26 November 2014 8:27 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

James Cameron is still working on three Avatar sequels and he's apparently giving each one an extra dose of fiber and may be able to take advantage of an obvious marketing tie-in with Activia after this recent quote. Speaking with Empire Cameron dropped this little nugget: "I can tell you one thing about them. They're gonna be bitchin'. You will sh*t yourself with your mouth wide open." Yikes, the "mouth wide open" part adds a little extra to that visual don'tcha thinkc The outlet also asked him about the frame rate he's going for with the Avatar shoot and while the experiment with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and 48 frames per second didn't exactly pay off, Cameron is sticking with it. "My thinking at the time was that 60 Fps might be a better segue to the video market," he said. "I'll be plugging into a system that's a little more mature, »

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Glenn Howerton Was 2nd Choice For Star-Lord In Guardians Of The Galaxy

19 November 2014 7:32 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently revealed that had Chris Pratt turned down the role of Star-Lord, he and Marvel would have made an offer to Glenn Howerton.  At this point, it's hard to imagine anyone turning down Marvel for any reason except other contractual obligations or scheduing conflicts.  Said Gunn,  "Glenn came along a little bit later, but there was a good chance that, if I didn't cast Chris, that I would've cast Glenn Howerton in the role." That's interesting considering the long, Long, Long list of candidates initially in the running for the role. To be exact, Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy), James Marsden (X-Men) Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises »

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Hear Billy Boyd perform 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' credits song

17 November 2014 9:51 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Teased in Warner Bros. Pictures’ "For Your Consideration" and later confirmed by all involved, Watertower Muisc has released actor-musician Billy Boyd’s "The Last Goodbye" in full. Running behind "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’" credits, the track is one of the few components of Peter Jackson’s trilogy-capper that could take Oscar gold.  Written and composed by Boyd (Howard Shore, who played Pippin in Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" films, "The Last Goodbye" fits with "The Hobbit" series’ musical trend of folksy male vocalists (with Neil Finn’s "Song of the Lonely Mountain" and Ed Sheeran’s "I See Fire") versus the ethereal ballads that Enya, Emilíana Torrini, and Annie Lennox leant to "Lord of the Rings." Neither Finn nor Sheeran’s songs cracked the Original Song races in the past two years, giving "The Last Goodbye" an uphill battle when it comes to Oscars. “We focused »

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Listen to Billy Boyd’s Full Song for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

17 November 2014 7:32 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Last week we posted a little preview of Billy Boyd’s song for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. It’s called “The Last Goodbye,” and it is absolutely beautiful. As I said before, this is the perfect song to close out this epic fantasy franchise. Boyd had this to say in a statement to THR:

“We focused on not just the final installment, but moreso on this 10-year epic adventure. 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 we recorded some of the guitar. It was surreal to be in his studio, as he did the song for [2012's] The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

It’s sad to think that this will be the last Middle Earth film that we’ll possibly ever see. I seriously doubt »

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Warner Bros. Defeats Weinstein Co. in ‘Hobbit’ Dispute Over Profits

14 November 2014 2:31 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An arbitrator has sided with Warner Bros. in the dispute with Bob and Harvey Weinstein over the profits from “The Hobbit” movies, a source confirmed on Friday.

The Weinsteins sued New Line and Time Warner last December, over the companies’ decision to split the “Hobbit” movies into three parts and the studio’s refusal to pay them profits for the second and third films.

But Warner Bros. fired back, saying that the case was “about one of the great blunders in movie history.” They contend that the Weinsteins, then running Miramax, sold their rights to “The Hobbit” to New Line.

“No amount of trying to rewrite history can change that fact,” the studio said at the time. “They agreed to be paid only on the first motion picture based on ‘The Hobbit.’ And that’s all they’re owed.”

The proceedings were confidential, but word leaked out of the ruling »

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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 | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com 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 »

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'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Advance Ticket Sales

14 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

The final battle is about to begin, so be prepared when buy your tickets on Fandango! Purchase tickets for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies The Hobbit Marathon Be among the first to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies when you buy a Hobbit Marathon ticket for December 15! The Hobbit Marathon includes: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2:50 hrs.) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2:41 hrs.) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2:24...

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New TV Spot for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Plus The Hobbit Marathon Announced

13 November 2014 7:14 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is set to hit theaters on December 17th. But an entire two days earlier, IMAX theaters will be hosting a marathon of the entire "The Hobbit" trilogy, including the final third film. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, November 14th. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will begin playing at 1pm, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" will follow at 4:05pm, and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" will be shown at 7pm. Meanwhile, check out a new TV spot for the third installment below. TV Spot: »

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IMAX Plans 'The Hobbit' Entire Trilogy Marathon on December 15th

12 November 2014 12:03 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit theaters, there was an awesome marathon of The Lord of the Rings extended editions in theaters to get fans excited for Peter Jackson's new trilogy. Now for those who want to experience all that The Hobbit trilogy offers in one day, TheOneRing.net is reporting that IMAX is planning a marathon of all three films on December 15th, that's two days before the final chapter, The Battle of the Five Armies, officially hits theaters. Tickets will go on sale November 14th (that's this Friday), but you'll have to check your local IMAX theaters to see which will have the marathon. More below! If you haven't watched it yet, here's the final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: The schedule for the marathon has An Unexpected Journey beginning at 1pm, The Desolation of Smaug at 4:05pm and »

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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. TheOneRing.net 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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Necromancer Revealed in 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies'

10 November 2014 1:28 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

TheOneRing.net's official Facebook page has posted our first look at the Necromancer in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, which brings this beloved Middle Earth trilogy to a close on December 17. The image comes from the upcoming companion book The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Official Movie Guide.

In 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, this mysterious Necromancer was haunting Dol Guldur, which we have come to learn is actually Sauron, before he took his form as a giant flaming eye in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Benedict Cumberbatch is voicing the Necromancer/Sauron in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, who is seen in this image holding what is believed to be one of the Palant&#237r seeing stones, which is used to tempt Saruman. Take a look at this image below, »

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The Lord Of The Rings: 11 Dumb Moments Everyone Ignores

8 November 2014 2:57 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Peter Jackson managed to pull off a minor miracle: he made J.R.R. Tolkien’s work accessible to the mainstream public with his brilliant adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, a series that many considered to be unfilmable.

Before that, most of the non-fantasy reading public was likely to think of elves as the little guys that work in Santa’s North Pole workshop, making toys. Isn’t Spock some kind of elf? And didn’t Gollum get a mention in an old Led Zeppelin song, somewhere?

Hardcore fans missed a few things: notably Tom Bombadil (who did appear in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and the Scouring of the Shire. Some took umbrage with the changes in tone and themes running through the plot and characters.

But in a series that runs three hours each in the theaters (or four hours each if you watch the »

- Harry Thomas

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Holiday 2014 Forecast: 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

4 November 2014 9:59 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastExodus: Gods and KingsRelease Date: December 12th (3D)Studio: 20th Century FoxGenre: DramaDirector: Ridley ScottWriters: Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and Jeffrey Caine and Steven ZaillianCast: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Indira VarmaStudio Description: The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.Analysis: Exodus: Gods and Kings arrives in theaters less than nine months after director Darren Aronofsky's Noah, which wrapped up its run at the domestic box office with $101.2 million. It's likely that Ridley Scott's big-budget retelling of the Exodus story tops that number, though it's hard to say by how much.The two movies share a number of similarities. Both explore well-known Old Testament stories that aren't specific to one religion or another: Moses and »

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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 BoxOfficeMojo.com 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. »

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Win ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition’ On Blu-ray 3D!

29 October 2014 12:24 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the release of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition’ on Blu-ray 3Dtm and DVD on November 3rd, we have prizes in store for three lucky winners!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company travels East, encountering along the way skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all–a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their »

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'Hobbit 3' Images Tease 45-Minute Battle Sequence Finale

24 October 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With anticipation steadily building for director Peter Jackson's Hobbit finale The Battle of The Five Armies, the director has teased new details about the final installment, revealing that this sequel will end with a massive 45-minute battle sequence at the foot of the Lonely Mountain.

The filmmaker explains how planning such an immense sequence is as complex as shooting the scenes on location.

"There's a lot of logistics that have to be thought through. We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics."

The battle follows the five armies all vying for the immense treasure that is now left unguarded, after the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) took off at the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Peter Jackson spoke about designing the landscape that would have to hold thousands of warring characters.

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Final Battle in 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' to Run 45 Minutes, Plus Final Poster

24 October 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Well, if you're going to go big, you better go really big! Or, at least that seems to be director Peter Jackson's thinking when it comes to the third and final installment in his Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as he reveals the climactic battle promised in the title will run for 45 minutes in the new film. Now that's a lot of fighting. "There's a lot of logistics that have to be thought through," Jackson tells Entertainment Weekly. "We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics." The battle will take place at the foot of the Lonely Mountain and when it comes to the logistics Jackson mentioned he adds, "Before we could loose the first arrow, we had to design the landscape itself and figure out, 'Okay, if we have 10,000 orcs, »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Elijah Wood & Peter Jackson Appear In 'Hobbit' Themed Taika Waititi Helmed 'Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made'

23 October 2014 7:41 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, as far as oddball-yet-passionate traditions go, this is a pretty good one. A couple of years back, Peter Jackson popped into a "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"-themed safety video for Air New Zealand. And now with "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" marking the (hopefully) final Middle Earth adventure that has made New Zealand a major tourist attraction, the airline has launched another epic safety video. In fact, it's called "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made." With appearances by Jackson and Elijah Wood, and with Taika Waititi ("Eagle vs. Shark," "What We Do In The Shadows") directing, this is probably the only airline video you'll want to watch. It's going to be the only one with a guy on a horse showing you how to put on a seatbelt, or an orc displaying the proper use of an oxygen mask while someone blows a horn beside him. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Check Out Elijah Wood and Peter Jackson in This Commercial for Air New Zealand

22 October 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

You have to be fairly self-confident to title your safety video "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made," but Air New Zealand isn't exaggerating. This "Hobbit"-themed video has everything, from flight attendants dressed up like elves to cameos by Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, and Sylvester McCoy. Plus, Orcs! The Shire! Cool pipe music! If this is what air travel looks for Kiwis, sign us up.

New Zealand's tourism has enjoyed quite a boost from Peter Jackson's movies, and Jackson's own Weta Workshop has also contributed a great deal to the local economy. There's also a giant freaking Gollum sculpture at the Wellington International Airport in New Zealand, thanks to the wizards of Weta.

The video was directed by Taika Waititi, who wrote the original script for Disney's upcoming (and awesome-sounding!) film "Moana." He also wrote and directed the vampire comedy "What We Do in the Shadows," which stars »

- Jenni Miller

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