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First Trailer for Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG – Plus 8 New Images & Official Synopsis

The Desolation of Smaug Martin Freeman - CopyHere you have it, the first trailer for part two of director Peter Jackson‘s second Middle Earth trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, has been released online.  The second film in the trilogy continues the perilous journey of Bilbo, Gandolf, and the Dwarves as they try and reclaim their gold from the terrible dragon, Smaug.  The trailer is visually impressive – I had a chance to see it in front of a Man of Steel screening tonight, wow – and gives us our first look at the return of Orlando Bloom and newcomers Evangeline Lilly and Luke Evans in action.  “But we haven’t even seen the dragon yet,” you say – until now.  While it’s only for a few seconds, the trailer gives us our first glimpse at the terrible Smaug, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch – unfortunately we don’t get any dialogue.  Along with the new trailer are eight brand new high-res images taken from the trailer, and the film’s synopsis.  Hit the jump to take a look! Read the rest of this entry

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First Poster from Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG – Teaser to be Released Tuesday

The Desolation of Smaug Poster 2At long last, the first poster for the second installment in director Peter Jackson‘s return to Middle Earth is here.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the perilous journey of Bilbo, Gandolf, and the Dwarves as they try and reclaim their gold from the terrible dragon, Smaug.  The new teaser poster shows us what lies ahead of the Hobbit on his unexpected journey, and it makes its debut just two days before the film’s first teaser trailer is expected to hit the web.  The dragon, Smaug, will be voiced by the villainous Benedict Cumberbatch.  The trailer is expected to be attached to showings of Man of Steel starting late next Thursday night, but keep an eye on PDocKnows when the trailer hits the web!  Hit the jump to check out the full poster. Read the rest of this entry

13-Minute Preview for THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

The Hobbit Martin FreemanEarlier today, I reported some new images from the next two installments of The Hobbit trilogy.  I also added that there was a 13-minute featurette that had since been removed by Warner Bros.  Well, the featurette is back up online.  The preview features loads of new footage and interviews with the cast – including Elijah Wood.  Hit the jump to check it out!

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First Images From The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again

The Hobbit WallpaperThe much anticipated return to Middle-earth is now seven days away.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been well received by critics thus far (for the most part), and the excitement is building as we get closer to the film’s release.  A 13-minute featurette was released yesterday and has since been removed by Warner Bros., but it was loaded with new footage along with cast interviews – if it pops back up, I’ll be sure to provide it.  Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, the first images from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again have debuted.  Exciting news for Tolkienn fans.  Hit the jump to check it all out.

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The First Reviews for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are In

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I have not had the luxury of attending a screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey just yet, but I’m hoping to be at one at the beginning of next week – I will be hoping to post my own review next week (assuming I’m not swamped with school work).  Many members of the press have seen Peter Jackson’s epic return to Middle-earth, and it has been met with fairly positive reviews thus far.  The Hobbit currently sits at 78% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 66/100 on Metacritic.  With eight days to go before the film is released to the public, some critics have found the film enjoyable, but cite the bloated plot and lack of emotional impact or charm as a problem.  Another problem that is being talked about is Jackson’s decision to use 48fps, but I won’t get into that here.  Hit the jump to take a look at what some critics have had to say! Read the rest of this entry

New TV Spot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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A brand new TV Spot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been released by Warner Bros.  The spot features some new footage and dialogue,  and it certainly is action-packed.  I posted yesterday that The Hobbit has been met with fairly positive reviews – 78% on Rotten Tomatoes and 66/100 on Metacritic as of today.  The folks over at IGN gave the film a positive review, but stated that “this return to Middle-Earth is just shy of greatness.”  The Hobbit has some big shoes to fill following the rousing success that was the Lord of The Rings trilogy.  As for the new TV spot, hit the jump to check it out! Read the rest of this entry

Six New Clips From The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Many of the first reviews for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are in, and they have been fairly positive – it is currently fresh at 74% on Rotten Tomatoes with 19 reviews turned in, and a 62/100 on Metacritic with only five reviews turned in.  With the release next Friday, we’ve been treated to some new clips, character posters, etc..  Today, we are introduced to six brand new clips from the film.  Hit the jump to check them out! Read the rest of this entry

The Academy Unviels Shortlist for Best Visual Effects

Earlier today, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officially released their shortlist of contenders for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.  The list includes The Dark Knight Rises, Life of Pi, Cloud Atlas, Marvel’s The Avengers, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  The list is comprised of some great work from top to bottom, with the exception of one or two movies.  Historically, a film with serious Best Picture chances walks away with the Oscar for Best Visual Effects (Hugo, Titanic, Gladiator, Return of the King, Avatar, Inception).  At the moment, the only film on the list garnering enough attention for Best Picture is Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.  Hit the jump to check out the full list. Read the rest of this entry

New Stills from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Two days ago, the first clip for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released (seen here).  Along with the clip, over 20 high-resolution photos released as well.  With the release just over two weeks away, Warner Bros. will continue their strong marketing campaign- although it’s a given that the return to Middle-Earth will reel in a ton of cash.  Hit the jump to check out the new stills. Read the rest of this entry

First Clip From The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The world premiere of director Peter Jackson’s next trip to Middle-earth, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is happening in a few hours in Wellington, New Zealand.  With that, we are treated to the very first clip from the film.  The clip features Ian McKellan’s Gandalf handing over a familiar Elvish sword to Martin Freeman’s Bilbo.  With the release about two weeks away, I am very excited to see if Peter Jackson can deliver yet again.  Hit the jump to check out the clip. Read the rest of this entry