Have you been lamenting the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch only lends his voice to Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit trilogy and doesn’t in fact appear onscreen, perhaps in a dragon costume? Then this photo came all the way from New Zealand just for you. More
Topic: Peter Jackson
It was about time for James Cameron to do something that makes me want to frequent a struggling art house cinema. There’s a reason Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made a hilarious joke about him at the Golden Globes that gave even his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow the giggles. He thinks a lot of himself, and he’s not afraid to show it. More
Props to Peter Jackson for creating a project as impressive as The Hobbit, but watching it felt a lot like beating a really elaborate video game. More
This is not good, precious. We don’t likes this at all. More
“If it loses, Precious, then we eats it.” Shudder! More
Okay, I lied: It’s not ALL of Middle-Earth, but it’s pretty damn near most of it. In one of the most impressive acts of nerdery I’ve ever seen, a whole bunch of Lord of the Rings/Lego enthusiasts built pretty much the entire landscape of Tolkien’s universe as part of BrickWorld 2011 in Wheeling, Illinois. I think the only locations not pictured here are Weathertop (where Frodo gets stabbed in Fellowship of the Ring) and Lothlorien (where Galadriel hangs out), but everything else from Hobbiton to Mount Doom itself is there. Want to see how accurate the Lego renderings are? Fine– included are also images from Peter Jackson’s films. I wonder if they’ll do the Misty Mountains once The Hobbit comes out… More
Ever since Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Hobbit finished up its first block of shooting, first-look images have been trickling out bit by bit (I’ll say this for the film’s PR folk: They certainly know how to keep their drooling fans begging for more). You’ve probably already seen the first one. which gave us a glance at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins; what it didn’t give us was a more detailed look at the giant party of dwarves behind the hobbit that seem to have taken over his dining room table (oh, Entertainment Weekly, you tease!). Who are these dwarves? How did they get there? What on Middle-Earth is going on here?! Read on to meet the dwarves! More
Back at the beginning of June, The Hobbit finished up its first block of shooting, and in honor of the occasion, Peter Jackson has just posted his second video blog chronicling the production process. Interesting things to note here include the crew’s commemorative jackets (“54 days down, 200 to go!”), the fact that Andy Serkis is the second unit director as well as Gollum, and what the cast and crew are planning on doing during their break. The next block of shooting begins on September 5, and since it’s going to involve a whole lot of location shooting, a good chunk of the blog gives an inside look about what goes into location scouting. Sometimes this means watching Peter Jackson juggle a cup of tea miraculously without spilling it as he goes trooping through the mountains. It’s pretty amusing. There’s also a few more images of Martin Freeman (who will presumably be using his break to shoot the next season of Sherlock) and Hugo Weaving as Bilbo and Elrond. Check it out after the jump! More
There’s been rather a lot of casting news and rumors for The Hobbit flying around of late; but hey, guess what? Peter Jackson himself has sent word that the major casting is pretty much done! Joining Martin Freeman, Ian Holme, Lee Pace, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Bret McKenzie, and all those dwarfs, we have Evangeline Lilly (so much for retiring from acting), Barry Humphries, Luke Evans, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Exciting! More
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So hey, remember when The Hobbit was finally able to start shooting after getting delayed eight zillion times? Well, it’s possible that it may be delayed again, because Rob Kazinsky, who had been playing the dwarf known as Fíli, has quit the film for personal reasons. Boo! But on the other hand, Sir Ian Holm has been confirmed as playing an older version of Bilbo at some point in the film. Hoorah! More
Ten years of wizarding is apparently going to be QUITE enough for Daniel Radcliffe, thank you very much! And really, can you blame him? In the LA Times, Daniel answers the question of whether or not he will be in … More