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We posted a motion poster for you last week that gave some of the details of the Blu-ray/DVD release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but now, thanks to the lovely folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, we have the full deets for you, including info on the very cool limited collector’s edition packaging, and some enticing clips to remind you of the awesomeness of the movie:
Trailer: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug – You Have No Right: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – It Is Our Fight: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Your World Will Burn: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – I Found Something: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Into the Barrels: Available April 8
Continue The Epic Adventure When “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, »
- Erin Willard
Few people remember exactly how much of a gamble it was to make the Lord Of The Rings movies. Distributors New Line Cinema were known for smaller fare, and this was a multi-million dollar trilogy from an unproven director, each entry rising into nine figures in cost before marketing. All these years later, the franchise boasts a number of Academy Awards, a beloved place in the geek pantheon, and a director who has one of Hollywood.s few blank checks. This winter brings the sixth of all films dealing with Middle Earth, Peter Jackson.s The Hobbit: There And Back Again. The first two films were Oscar-nominated hits, but by the time The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King hit theaters, New Line was desperate to not be snubbed a third time, even though no fantasy films had ever won Best Picture. And now Vanity Fair has »
Briefly: It's official - Warner Bros has confirmed a late 2014 release date for Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, The Immigrant, Her) as 1970's pot-fueled private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello, based on the Thomas Pynchon character. PTA filmed late last year around Southern California, and will have the comedy ready for release starting December 12th, 2014. Warner Bros, the studio releasing the film, seems to be lining this up as another awards contender, as even @ERCboxoffice quips "just in time for awards season." The cast: Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Maya Rudolph and Sasha Pieterse. This should be fun. December is starting to get a bit crowded already. Also opening on December 12th: Ridley Scott's Exodus starring Christian Bale; and the Paddington movie. And less than a week later, The Hobbit: There and Back Again hits theaters starting Wednesday, »
- Alex Billington
Oscar 2014 presenters range from Alfred Hitchcock heroine to ’12 Years a Slave’ producer (photo: Oscar 2014 presenter Jennifer Lawrence) Expect at least a couple of standing ovations at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony to be held on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Oscar 2014 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced earlier today the complete list of movie celebrities — all actors, including a handful of actor-directors / actor-producers — who will be presenters at the ceremony, to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and which will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide — even in the United States, via the ABC network. (See the full list below.) Among the Oscar 2014 presenters, you’ll find a number of past Oscar winners and nominees. With a couple of exceptions, not from the very distant past, mind you, as the overwhelming majority of presenters are performers working in »
- Steve Montgomery
Hollywood is a business of looking forward to the next thing and trying to predict what changes will come. It’s also not out of the ordinary for Oscar nominees to parlay that nomination/win into future work. So with that, let’s take a look at the next projects for the actors and directors nominated at the Oscars.
Oscar Potential: There is already rumblings of a campaign being crafted for her to win the Oscar for Big Eyes. She’s now a five time nominated actress and those “overdue!” voices will only get louder.
Oscar Potential: There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of Oscar »
- Terence Johnson
If you don’t give and get spring baskets of goodies every year, maybe it’s time to start a new tradition, because Warner Bros. has announced that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released as a 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Combo Pack on April 8, and nothing says “Happy Spring!” like dwarves and dragons.
To celebrate, Warner Bros Online has released this very cool 30-second motion poster:
Motion Poster: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Blu-ray Release
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is available 4/8/14 on 3D Blu-Ray at the WB Shop http://bit.ly/GetTheHobbitTDOS
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.
Isn’t that description adorable? Ooo, a magical ring, I wonder what that’s all about?!
- Erin Willard
News Simon Brew 19 Feb 2014 - 05:47
Warner Bros has now confirmed when we can expect the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. The film is set to be made available in the UK from Monday April 7th. It'll be available on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and via digital download, as you might expect.
Naturally enough, the DVD is a bit stingy, with only part 2 of the New Zealand: Home Of Middle Earth feature planned for the disc (well, on top of the film). If you opt for the Blu-ray, you get the same feature, as well as 'Peter Jackson invites you to the set', production videos and an Ed Sheeran music video. It's little secret that there'll be extended cuts of each of The Hobbit films, »
We haven't gotten any concrete information on when director James Cameron plans to start production on his Avatar sequels Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4. We reported last month that actress Zoe Saldana was given a tour of the New Zealand sets they will use, with all three movies shooting simultaneously over a nine-month shoot, which is expected to cost $1 billion. Director James Cameron recently spoke with Rtl, who said that he is still working on the scripts and the software, while teasing that they may shoot in a High Frame Rate (Hfr).
Peter Jackson utilized the Hfr technology, which shoots at 48 frames per second, as opposed to the industry standard 24 Fps, on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and this year's The Hobbit: There and Back Again. When asked if he plans on implementing this new technique into his sequels, James Cameron had this to say. »
Each year, studios like to cram their best offerings into the Christmas season, and 2014 is shaping up to be no different. With "The Hobbit: There And Back Again," Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," Ridley Scott's "Exodus," the star-studded musical "Into The Woods" and more, all coming within weeks of each other, another film has entered the fray. Sony has dated Cameron Crowe's still-untitled next movie for Christmas Day, where it will face off against Disney's musical and Jolie's WWII flick. Starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin, the film will tell the wacky story of a military contractor (Cooper) on a top secret military launch mission assignment in Hawaii who teams with an Air Force pilot (Stone) to kibosh the operation. This star power plus a screwball setup looks like a match made in heaven, and Columbia Pictures certainly think so. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Trevor Hogg chats with Matt Aitken about a shape-shifter, Elves who live underground, and the awakening of a dragon named Smaug...
Matt Aitken“We grew fast at the beginning of Weta Digital and by that stage there wasn’t the expertise within the country to grow the company as fast as we had to,” explains Weta Digital Visual Effects Supervisor Matt Aitken who was one of the native New Zealanders working for the company during the production of The Lord of the Ringstrilogy. “But since the time of Rings we have been actively working recruiting local graduates. We have our own in-house training program and the percentage of the crew that is Kiwi is growing all of the time.” The opportunity to pursue visual effects as a career enabled the Oscar nominee to merge his different interests. “I pursued Mathematics as my first degree and have always been interested in »
According to Variety, Lost star Evangeline Lilly has entered early talks with Marvel Studios about joining the cast of Edgar Wright's upcoming Ant-Man adaptation, with the site reporting that she is being considered for the role of Hank Pym's daughter, and Scott Lang's love interest.
Lilly, who appeared in last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and will be returning for The Hobbit: There and Back Again in December, would join Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) as Scott Lang and Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra) as Hank Pym. It's also said that the role "is not intended to be a one-off appearance", which seems standard when it comes to Marvel Studios contracts.
Ant-Man is set for release on July 17th 2015. »
- Gary Collinson
According to Variety, Evangeline Lilly has just entered early negotiations with Marvel Studios to nab the lead female role in the forthcoming Ant-Man. Although Janet Van Dyne, aka The Wasp, would be the first character to come to mind, who the Canadian actress is actually playing is unknown. However, insiders claim "she would play Hank Pym’s daughter and Scott Lang’s love interest." The Hollywood Reporter adds that Lilly's role "is not intended to be a one-off appearance," which means should could end up in Ant-Man sequels or even other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Anyhow, best known for roles in Lost, Real Steel, and The Hurt Locker, Evangeline Lilly most recently starred in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and will reprise her Elven guard role this year in the sequel, The Hobbit: There and Back Again. If talks move forward, she would join Paul Rudd, Michael Pena »
[Press Release] Burbank, Calif. – January 30, 2014 – Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Wbcp) is storming into the 2014 Toy Fair season with an impressive line-up of global licensees in support of the Studio’s beloved entertainment properties, milestone anniversaries and upcoming theatrical debuts. Leading the way this year is the highly anticipated film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla, which hits theaters on May 16, and will be supported with an epic toy line-up from master toy partner Bandai America Incorporated, and many more partners around the world. Wbcp will also highlight Middle-earth with the long-awaited finale of The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, supported by its strong roster of worldwide licensees. Additionally, The Wizard of Oz »
- Pietro Filipponi
Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) has added another film to his busy schedule with the thriller, Blood Mountain. Now before you get confused, no, this is not a retitling of Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak, which previously had Cumberbatch attached before Tom Hiddleston replaced him. Blood Mountain is a new thriller penned by Jonathan W. Stokes (The Last Hurrah) with revisions by John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer) in a 3:10 to Yuma-type tale which finds a special forces member escorting a most-wanted terrorist through hostile territory to bring him to justice. Hit the jump for more. Variety reports that Cumberbatch has joined Blood Mountain. Here's their reported logline: The film follows a private military contractor whose special forces team is ambushed and killed during a covert raid, forcing him to personally escort one of the world’s most wanted terrorists over hostile terrain in order to bring him to justice. »
- Dave Trumbore
Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tina Fey, John Goodman, Josh Holloway, Pauley Perrette, and Jeremy Renner are confirmed to present at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
They join a growing list of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, including Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey.
- Michelle McCue
A few release date announcements and shifts for 20th Century Fox films have been made today via Box Office Mojo. Briefly: 20th Century Fox will release the untitled Planet of the Apes sequel on July 29, 2016. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves returns to take the helm. Fox’s Poltergeist reboot will open on February 13, 2015, where it will square off opposite Fifty Shades of Grey. Directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), the horror redo stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt. In lieu of the Fifty Shades competition, Fox has moved the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride from February 13, 2015 to April 3, 2015 where it will open against Insidious 3 and the sci-fi pic Passengers. The buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops, starring Jake Johnson (New Girl) and Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings) will open later this year on August 15, 2014. Its competition will be the action sequel The Expendables 3 »
- Adam Chitwood
It's rare when a film adaptation lives up the book it was based on so with that in mind I have compiled a list of 40 books that have been adapted for the big screen that we can expect to see in theaters this year. This includes two books from Gillian Flynn, young adult adaptations of work by Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins and James Dashner, a short story from Dennis Lehane, a Nick Hornby adaptation, and an adaptation written by Nick Hornby, a new John le Carre adaptation and a prequel to the stories written by Tom Clancy as well as a couple comics and graphic novel adaptations from the likes of Frank Miller and Hiroshi Sakurazaka and Alexander O. Smith. I've added everything I could think of and while I'm sure I missed a few, please forgive me and hopefully you'll find something that appeals to your taste on the list. »
- Brad Brevet
This TV spot for the sequel Muppets Most Wanted makes effective use of the juxtaposition between typical unrestrained internet enthusiasm, and the gravelly-voiced intonations associated with serious accolades around awards season. (Thus, it's in line with the playful self-awareness of the brilliant advertising campaign for its successor, The Muppets. And it features an epic trailer announcer saying, “Squeeeeeee!!! Sideways winky-face.”, a treat about as rare as a Melinda May smile or a Joss Whedon show that doesn't get cancelled.)
However, it's not as simple as a binary between fans and critics, as if you're either a fan or a critic; or even a continuum between fans and critics, as if you're somewhere along the line between being a fan and being a critic. Rather, it might be more accurate to consider two dimensions: from high-brow to low-brow, and from appreciation to excoriation (i.e. extreme criticism).
Many of those we'd consider fans (e. »
• More films to look out for in 2014
Ask a sci-fi fan to name the greatest ever year for genre movies and they will probably nod towards 1982, when Blade Runner, Et, Tron, Conan the Barbarian and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan hit cinemas. It's difficult to predict a return to such dizzy heights in 2014, not least because so many of the movies on offer are remakes, sequels or rip-offs. The celluloid world has had its edges rounded off since the halcyon days of the early 80s, but there's still plenty to get excited about.
Those who shudder at the thought of yet another year of superhero flicks will no doubt be pleased to hear that »
- Ben Child
• 2014 in film preview: sequels
Prepare yourself for the attack of the colons. A week ago, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones came to a cinema near you, and in 2014 you can look forward to Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 300: Rise of an Empire, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hobbit: There and Back Again – all of them episodes in ongoing franchises, and all of them with a colon in the middle of the title.
If that weren't dizzying enough, there are three more films released in January alone that use a colon, but which aren't part of a series. »
- Nicholas Barber
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