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Peter Jackson Explains the Difference Between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

30 December 2011 8:59 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

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 »

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Peter Jackson Discusses The Hobbit Trailer and Martin Freeman Discusses Meeting Gollum; New Set Photos Released

29 December 2011 10:21 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

For fans of the Lord of the Rings, one of the biggest treats of the holiday season was the release of first trailer for The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Shot in two parts by director and co-writer Peter JacksonThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released next December, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again in 2013 — the trailer was put together while the movie was still being shot.

"We're only half way through shooting, so it was just a case of selecting bits from the stuff we'd shot, even though there's still a lot of big scenes we haven't shot yet," Jackson told Adelaide Now after the release of the trailer. "We just wanted to give people a bit of old, a bit of new and a sense of the tone of the film."

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The Hobbit: Peter Jackson Discusses "Location Shooting" in 5th Production Video

26 December 2011 12:06 PM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Following hot on the furry little heels of the release of the first poster and trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first chapter of the two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings (Lotr) trilogy — and just in time for the holidays — co-writer, producer and director Peter Jackson has delivered yet another "present" for the fans: a new video blog offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie.

The fifth such production video blog Jackson has released to date, the latest one focuses on "the logistics of location shooting." As boring as that may sound to some — and we do see a lot of loading and unloading of vehicles and equipment — the 12-minute video also contains beautiful shots of New Zealand and "Hobbiton" and tons of footage of cast members on the set in full costume, from original Lotr actors like Sir Ian McKellen as the »

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The Hobbit: Peter Jackson’s Fifth Behind the Scenes Video Blog from the Set

24 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Back in November, we brought you director Peter Jackson‘s fourthvideo blog from the New Zealand set of The Hobbit. Now, Jackson has released his fifth video which includes some Hobbiton location shooting, and a look at the logistics behind shooting such a large project on location. Check it out below!

The Hobbit: Peter Jackson’s Fifth Video Blog from the Set

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“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, »

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Peter Jackson's New The Hobbit Video Blog

24 December 2011 3:16 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Director Peter Jackson has updated "The Hobbit" Facebook page with a brand new twelve-minute behind-the-scenes video from the set of prequels. The video is described as: "Learn about the logistics of location shooting in New Zealand, and step foot onto Hobbiton with Elijah Wood!" Check it out below. Plot: Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug. The new movies co-star Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, and Andy Serkis. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is set to hit theaters on December 14th, 2012. "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will follow on December 13th, 2013. Video: If you cannot see the player, click here. »

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Peter Jackson’s “Christmas Treat” for ‘Hobbit’ Fans: A Production Video From the New Zealand Set

23 December 2011 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] J.R.R. Tolkien fans already got a nice holiday gift earlier this week when the gorgeous first trailer [2] 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 »

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Peter Jackson Goes On Location For ‘The Hobbit’ Production Video #5

23 December 2011 1:04 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After some nerd tears were shed over the lackluster debut trailer for Peter Jackson‘s first prequel to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the director is quick to return with a new production featurette. This is the fifth in his series of video blogs, and after shooting 110 days in a studio, Jackson takes us into the New Zealand wild on location. The first half of the video discusses the many logistics of moving around such a massive crew, including everything from toilet paper to wigs to much-needed alcohol.

We then venture into Hobbitton, where we see a bit of Elijah Wood reminiscing over his first experience here nearly 12 years ago and then some insight to how they are building a living, breathing town. These technical pieces do much more for me than the trailer and make for a great holiday treat. Check it out below via the official Facebook page, »

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New Production Video for The Hobbit Takes Us Behind-the-Scenes of Location Shooting

23 December 2011 12:25 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Director Peter Jackson continues to give fans an incredibly insightful peek into the production on his two-part The Hobbit adaptation with yet another production video. While the last behind-the-scenes look focused on the 3D aspect of shooting (it’s a must-see and I highly suggest you check it out), the latest video gives us a look into the logistics of location shooting. Jackson and Co. are currently towards the end of a seven-week location shoot schedule, which will provide the director with plenty of gorgeous New Zealand vistas that he'll transform into Middle Earth. We get a look into the ridiculously herculean task of moving the entire production unit around the country of New Zealand, and we also get to see quite a bit of shooting. In addition to watching Jackson work, we get a peek at Andy Serkis who’s directing second-unit on the pics, and we get to »

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey trailer takes us back to Middle-earth

22 December 2011 11:09 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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 »

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Watch: Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the dwarves in trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

22 December 2011 9:33 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Eight years after the third Lord of the Rings movie, director Peter Jackson has returned to Jrr Tolkien's epic fantasy realm to bring us the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit.

A trailer for the first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, has now been issued by Warner Bros, along with a poster that sets the scene for this new adventure.

And, as if we've never been away from Middle-earth, Jackson brings it all back to life with seamless, consummate skill. The new clip is embedded below.

Martin Freeman stars as the young Bilbo Baggins who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield (played by Richard Armitage, pictured below). Their journey will take them into the Wild, »

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The Hobbit Trailer HD: Bilbo Baggins Meets Gandalf, Gollum

21 December 2011 10:20 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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 »

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'The Hobbit' artwork teases Bilbo Baggins in 'An Unexpected Journey'

21 December 2011 5:09 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has released new artwork. The image sees Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins walking out into the Shire as he's about to embark on an adventure through Middle-earth. The artwork debuts in conjunction with the first trailer for director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel, which will open in cinemas in December 2012. The Hobbit: There and Back Again will follow in December 2013. Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis will reprise (more) »

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'The Hobbit' poster teases Bilbo Baggins in 'An Unexpected Journey'

21 December 2011 5:09 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has released its first poster. The image sees Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins walking out into the Shire as he's about to embark on an adventure through Middle-earth. The artwork debuts in conjunction with the first trailer for director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel, which will open in cinemas in December 2012. The Hobbit: There and Back Again will follow in December 2013. Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis will reprise (more) »

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Movie Trailer: Peter Jackson

20 December 2011 9:33 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Trailer. Petter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) movie trailer stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, and Christopher Lee. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s plot synopsis: “The Hobbit follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield.

Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. »

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115+ High-Resolution Images From ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

20 December 2011 7:57 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

You’ve seen the trailer for Peter Jackson‘s first prequel to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and now we have over 100 high-resolution screen captures from the film for your viewing pleasure. Check them all out below and click for hi-res.

The cast includes Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving , Elijah Wood , Andy Serkis , Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry , Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, Aidan Turner, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, and Brry Humphries

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“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins , who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long »

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Behold! The First Trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

20 December 2011 7:15 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Over the last six months, we have been treated to casting announcements, behind the scenes set pictures and video blogs straight from the New Zealand (otherwise known as Middle Earth) set of director Peter Jackson‘s forthcoming pair of prequel films to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, beginnning with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed that the first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey can be seen prior to The Adventures of Tintin in theaters starting on December 21st. Thankfully, you can also watch it below. Enjoy!

Trailer: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Synopsis:

“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, »

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First Trailer For Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

20 December 2011 7:14 PM, PST | Movie Cultists | See recent Movie Cultists news »

We’ve been looking forward to it since the third film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy ended and the time has finally arrived. The trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has arrived online.

The Hobbit is such an epic tale that one movie couldn’t contain it all and Jackson has shown style that is rarely seen in Hollywood these days by avoiding lame titles like The Hobbit Part 1 and The Hobbit Part 2 by giving each half of the story its own unique identity. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first part of the Lotr prequel, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again wrapping the story up.

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think. Are you ready to return to Middle-Earth to see how Bilbo Baggins came into possession of the One Ring?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey »

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First Trailer For Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

20 December 2011 6:59 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

December usually means our first look at full-length trailers for the following summer’s biggest movies and this year it is no exception. Warner Bros. is dominating thus far, with debuting the trailers for The Dark Knight Rises, Wrath of the Titans, Jack the Giant Killer, Rock of Ages and now, perhaps the biggest of them all.

We’ve seen glimpses of Peter Jackson‘s first prequel to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, in a series of video blogs, but now the first theatrical, full-length trailer has arrived. It has warmer, glossier feeling than the previous ones and it seems like we’ve been through this journey before, but Peter Jackson does epic like few others directors. It isn’t one of my most-anticipated blockbusters next year, but it should be a fun ride. Check it out below via Apple.

Update: We’ve shared a »

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Martin Freeman's Bilbo in new The Hobbit still

20 December 2011 12:14 PM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

We're one year away from the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson's two new movies set in the land of Middle-earth. Serving as a prequel to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit tells the story of a young Bilbo Baggins (this time played by Martin Freeman) who, asked by Gandalf the Grey (a returning Ian McKellen), sets out with a band of dwarven fighters to the Lonely Mountains.

A new image from the first Hobbit movie was released on the film's Facebook page. In it we see a nice clear look of Freeman's Bilbo surrounded by his dwarf companions. As described by the official Facebook page, we're looking at:

(L-r) James Nesbitt as Bofur, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins (front), Stephen Hunter as Bombur, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, William Kircher as Bifur and Jed Brophy as Nori in New Line Cinema’s and MGM’s »

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The Hobbit: Joe Letteri Reveals How Rise of the Planet of the Apes Contributed to the Evolution of Gollum

20 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Director Peter Jackson has set the bar tremendously high for behind-the-scenes content made available with films with the nearly endless hours of special features on The Lord of The Rings trilogy. With our expectations set high and eyes hungry for more, we indeed have more from the creative team behind Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: There And Back Again.

Joe Letteri, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, spoke recently with MovieWeb about how visual effects in creating the character of Gollum as performed by Andy Serkis has evolved between The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and how Rise of the Planet of the Apes influenced their methodology.

“Without getting into what he is going to look like on screen, and everything, because we are saving that…Technically, what has been good about this, is that we did Gollum the first time around, and it was the first time that we »

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