The Hobbit

19 Sep

Second Magnificent Trailer for Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' Trilogy

Közzétette biropsze, 2012-09-19 17:34

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer

"Home is now behind you. The world is ahead." Warner Bros/WingNut Films have unveiled the new trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the beginning of Bilbo's three-part adventure into Middle Earth. Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins, and is joined by the company of dwarves, lead by Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Of course, Sir Ian McKellen is back as Gandalf, and there's glimpses of Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and even Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown. This is a much more magnificent and, honestly, more exciting improvement over the first trailer, which I enjoyed, but I think Jackson is settling into the story and getting ready to bring us another spectacular fantasy epic.

04 Sep

A Hobbit hárommal nem váratják a rajongókat

Közzétette biropk, 2012-09-04 20:41

A Hobbit hárommal nem váratják a rajongókat - Vagy egy hónapja megtudhattuk, hogy a Hobbit filmek hárommá bővülnek, most már egy dátumunk is van a trilógia lezáráshoz: 2014. július 18.

Így alakul akkor az ülésrend:

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - most december 14-én.
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - 2013 decemberében.
  • The Hobbit: There and Back Again - 2014 nyarán.

Peter Jackson nagyot markol, meglátjuk miképp sikerül.

02 Aug

Everything Peter Jackson added to The Hobbit — with PROOF!

Közzétette biropcs, 2012-08-02 08:10

Now that it has been officially confirmed that Peter Jackson will be making a trilogy out of The Hobbit, everyone is asking one basic question. How is that possible? The Hobbit just isn't as big as Lord of the Rings. But Jackson has sworn up and down that there's plenty of material in the book's appendices that allowed him to expand Middle Earth. So what material is Jackson talking about specifically, and where does that fit in with The Hobbit? We picked through the appendices, Jackson's interviews, and the recent trailer to show you exactly what we think will end up on the big screen.

More Gandalf and friends (The White Council)

Gandalf the Grey is not in The Hobbit very much. In fact sometimes the wizard just vanishes only show up later yelling orders for no discernable reason. But in this trilogy, Jackson has promised that Gandalf isn't going anywhere. In an interview with IGN Jackson reveals the first big addition to the original material from Tolkien's appendices, "In The Hobbit novel Gandalf disappears for long periods of time, you never know where. But in the appendices Tolkien explains exactly what he was doing and where he was going. So we're able to incorporate all of that together." Boom! So where is he? Meeting up with the most powerful people in Middle Earth (the White Council) and helping to reveal the true face of the nefarious necromancer character, AKA Sauron. After beating up Thorin Oakenshield's dad and then telling the awesome elf Elrond (you remember him from LOTR — Agent Smith with a crown) about his experiences at Rivendell, Gandalf calls on the White Council to get to the bottom of these recent dark deeds.

This White Council is made up of Elrond, Galadriel, Saruman and a ton of other excellent Tolkien characters. We've already seen Galadriel in the trailer, so we know she's coming back. And Christopher Lee has already been confirmed to be returning to his role as Saruman. So buckle up for some excellent bickering between Lee and Sir Ian McKellen. Of course eventually Gandalf convinces the council to invade the Necromancer's fortress at Dol Guldur. Which leads to...

The Battle of Dol Guldur

In his statement on Facebook confirming the trilogy Jackson singles out The Battle of Dol Guldur as something he couldn't capture without breaking the book into three parts. This is the battle where Galadriel kicks a lot of ass. They fight orcs who ride werewolves and giant spiders, so yeah, awesome. But Galadriel just rips down the walls. It's impressive, and helps explain why everyone is so petrified of her awesome power in LOTR.

Legolas' Backstory

We've SEEN Legolas shooting arrows in the behind-the-scenes video diaries, and it's rumored that The Hobbit will be fleshing out a bit of this character's backstory. How so? By bringing in his dad! King Thranduil appears in The Hobbit and the Mirkwood elves are a big part of the journey to Lonely Mountain (they kidnap the dwarves and combine forces in the Battle of Five Armies). It's a fairly safe bet that whatever happens to Legolas during the final battle will only motivate his character's allegiance to the Fellowship of the Ring in the future. Don't forget Gimli's father, Glóin, is also on this expedition, and there better be a joke there at some point.

Gandalf Vs. Thrain

It's no secret Jackson loves a flashback-centric prologue (the birth of Gollum continues to haunt us). So why not use a flashback from an appendix to pad out the story and strengthen the relationship between the journey to Lonely Mountain and the epic battle of Dol Guldur? The keen eye of Dizastrus revealed this image from The Hobbit of what could be Thrain (father to Thorin Oakenshield) and Gandalf fighting. One is clearly Gandalf, and the other is too short to be a human, and has the mark of a prosthetic forehead. This could be the scene where Gandalf discovers King Tharin, driven mad by Sauron and forced to hand over the dwarf ring of power (something the audience learned in LOTR). This is also how Gandalf gets the map and key to the Lonely Mountain where Bilbo and the Dwarves of Erebor eventually end their journey. It ties the two stories of Dol Guldur and the Battle of Five Armies together. Also it demonstrates the dark matters at work and excuses Gandalf from the primary mission of Lonely Mountain, because Sauron's back... bitches. Even if Gandalf wasn't aware that the Necromancer and Sauron are connected, the outlandish actions of the Dwarf King and a dark stranger's interest in the rings should lead to the eventual alert of the White Council.

The Story of Smaug and his Gold Belly

We have no proof that this will happen (sorry), but wouldn't it be rad if it did? We can't imagine Jackson will show the dragon face of Smaug until (at the latest) a cliff hanger ending of the second film. And once he's been introduced, doesn't this greedy dragon deserve a bit of backstory? Hell yes he does.

New Characters

On top of all the actual Tolkien appendices and notes, Jackson added new characters into the mix. Evangeline Lily (Lost) is playing Tauriel, a Mirkwood elf, who has some sort of romantic ties to Kili (played by Aidan Turner, the vampire from BBC's Being Human). As we stated before, Mirkwood elves appear twice in this story, even though Tauriel doesn't appear in the original Tolkien. It's already confirmed that Kili will be pursuing Tauriel... but on the battle field, in the woods, inside a barrel? That's another large Mirkwood plotline that doesn't appear in the books.

General Dwarf Fleshing Out

Did you spy the remnants of a spider attack in The Hobbit trailer? If that reveal means the giant spiders will be in the first movie, the majority of the first flick will be an on the road epic with a gaggle of dwarves and Bilbo. We need more personal dialogue and action to flesh out each character, so you care if Bofur is almost sliced open by a Goblin. Oakenshield's ego can't hog the spotlight the whole time, so you can bet that there will be plenty of silly little drunk dwarf moments that will flesh out the gang. Richard Armitage even promised a bunch more dwarf drinking songs!

Big Beautiful Battles

The Battle of Five Armies is not fleshed out in the books — in fact, Bilbo spends most of it unconscious. That won't stand for Jackson. He's got to top Helm's Deep. But then again, this is a battle with five armies. Plus this is the unification of the races: it's the first time that the humans, dwarves and elves stop squabbling over money and join together to fight evil. It's a massive moment both for the characters and just with the sheer size of it. There's no way this doesn't last for at least an hour. That's a lot of fleshing out and additional writing Jackson is going to have to dream up.


01 Aug

Hobbit boost for Miramar businesses - The Dominion Post

Közzétette biropsze, 2012-08-01 08:36

Hobbit boost for Miramar businesses - The Dominion Post - With news that cast and crew from The Hobbit plan to jet back into Wellywood for a third movie, Wellington - and Miramar in particular - can expect another injection of film industry cash.

Sir Peter Jackson yesterday confirmed additional production for The Hobbit, with the movie series expanding from two films to three.

More shooting for the US$500 million (NZ$639m) project is planned for the capital next year. The final, as-yet-unnamed part of the trilogy, will be released in mid-2014.

While most of the filming for The Hobbit was completed in Wellington this month, a small amount of extra filming will now take place specifically for the third film.

News of the third film's announcement has been hailed in Miramar - the centre of Jackson's Wellywood empire - with local businesses continuing to welcome the added revenue.

''The Hobbit is good news from our perspective,'' Enterprise Miramar chair Allan Probert said.

''It's great, we need ongoing work. Miramar and the peninsula has come to rely on the industry in terms of paying the mortgage. For us, ongoing work is really, really important.''

Almost half a billion dollars was pumped into the Wellington purse in 2011 thanks to feature film production and post-production. The capital earned 70 per cent of the $707 million spent on feature films in New Zealand last year.

Josh Pointon, co-owner at Cafe Polo in Miramar, said the presence of the film industry - particularly the big stars - in the suburb had been beneficial.

''The more people in the area, it's always going to mean more business. I'm sure there's a follow-on affect for all businesses in Miramar. It's just been luck that Peter Jackson chose Miramar, it's just made the area grow into one of the most popular suburbs ... It's lifted the whole quality of everything,'' he said.

Allan Jenkins, of Big Al's Cameras, said local businesses had financial security when the cast and crew of a feature film came to town.

''It doesn't equate to a kind of boom time, but it means there's continuity. The great thing is when there's continuity like that, it's comforting.

''We'd love to see these guys stay here. To put it mildly, they enhance [what it's like] living here.''

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24 Jul

Hobbits Deal with Government Compliance

Közzétette biropk, 2012-07-24 15:52

Thanks to Ringer David H from Auckland NZ, we have this link to a wonderfully revealing and in-depth PDF from The Department of Welfare and Housing Te Tari Kaupapa Whare. The document is titled: Compliance of barriers to a bridge located on a former film set at 501 Buckland Road, Matamata. You see, the bridge made famous in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was considered to be not complying with Clause F4 Safety from falling of the Building Code, and and as a result seemed to ultimately be required to make some adjustments to allow public use. However, after a lot of discussion, notes and analysis, you’ll see that Manager Determinations John Gardiner has reversed a previous decision and decided the bridge, in its current form, qualifies for code compliance! Hobbits of Hobbiton rejoice! The bridge will remain open! [PDF]



20 Jul

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Investment Opportunity?

Közzétette biropp, 2012-07-20 17:07
Over ten years ago Peter Jackson wowed the world with the first installment of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy which went on to gross a combined $2.9B in box office revenue (a $2.6B profit on a $281M budget) and won a record-setting 17 Academy Awards (the most for any trilogy), including Best Picture for “The Return of the King.”
In the decade since, the fervor for fantasy epics has not waned. Though fantasy epics may still largely be a niche product market, recent fantasy franchises have been met with mainstream critical acclaim, rabid cult followings, and financial success. Examples include the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of novels by George R. R. Martin; the Emmy-nominated “Game of Thrones” HBO TV adaptations of Martin’s series; and the “Elder Scrolls” series of fantasy epic video games, the latest installment of which sold over 10 million copies ($620M in revenues) in the first month of its release and has since garnered multiple industry awards.
The increasing interest in the magical world of trolls and dragons is likely related to the maturing technologies that can realize wonderfully vivid and awe-inspiring images that are the hallmarks of modern fantasy epics pioneered by Jackson’s trilogy. Indeed, film is an ideal medium for fantasy epics. Only in theaters can dragons, spiders, orcs, and ents loom ominously over the audience, projected at sizes larger than life that can captivate the audience’s imagination and transport them into a new realm.
It may still be too early to tell if Jackson’s upcoming film will be as wildly successful as his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. But if the past is any indicator, diehards fans should be pleased, the mainstream will be enthralled worldwide, and a young generation of fantasy epic loving children will read the books and beg Santa for toys and video games come Christmas.
Interested in trading on the excitement for “The Hobbit”? Below is a list of publicly traded companies involved with this product.
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1. Time Warner Inc. (TWX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $36.59B, most recent closing price at $38.12. New Line Cinema, a producer of The Hobbit, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the video game developer of the upcoming “The Hobbit” game, are full subsidiaries of Time Warner Inc.

2. News Corp. (NWSA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a diversified media company worldwide. Market cap at $52.91B, most recent closing price at $21.85. HarperCollins, a publisher of “The Hobbit” novel, is a full subsidiary of News Corp.

3. Cinemark Holdings Inc. (CNK, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the motion picture exhibition business. Market cap at $2.73B.

4. Regal Entertainment Group (RGC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates a theatre circuit in the United States. Market cap at $2.17B.

(Written by Andrew Dominguez)

29 Jun

The Hobbit boosts New Zealand film industry

Közzétette biropp, 2012-06-29 16:04

Peter Jackson's two-part fantasy epic The Hobbit helped New Zealand's film industry contribute more than $2.4bn to the country's economy in 2011, according to a new report.

Figures released this week by Statistics New Zealand detail a 4% rise over 2010's headline figure. The Hobbit's importance to the Kiwi economy was highlighted in October 2010 when ministers promised to rewrite the country's labour laws and offer a $25m tax break to the Hollywood studio Warner Bros in order to ensure the Lord of the Rings prequel was shot on the same location as its predecessor.

Gisella Carr, chief executive of locations marketing agency FilmNZ, told the Hollywood Reporter the boost was not just about Jackson's adaptation of JRR Tolkien's childrens' novel. "[It's] everyone in the screen industry playing their part, whether they are working on international or domestic production, or both," she said. "We could never have imagined the scale of these figures a generation ago. It is a testament to our screen entrepreneurs who are converting creative projects into economic headlines."

Big-budget Hollywood films shot wholly or partly in New Zealand in recent years include Avatar, 10,000 BC, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Thirty five productions visited the country in 2011, contributing revenue of more than $563m – up 15% year-on-year. "We are holding our own internationally, the level of revenue is increasing from year to year – despite a global recession and despite the fact that much of the screen industry runs on a project basis with breaks between activities," Carr added. "We are now starting to see trends over time, and what is emerging is a picture of consistent growth and sustainability."

The figures, while encouraging, are still dwarfed by those of the US film industry, which generated $40.8bn in 2011. The world's largest movie-maker is trailed by India, whose burgeoning industry is believed to contribute around $640m to the country's economy. The Chinese film industry was worth about 16 billion yuan ($2.5bn) in 2010. The UK film industry is worth about £4.2bn ($6.7bn) annually.

The Hobbit, which will be screened in two parts, the first arriving in December this year and the second in time for the following festive season, has had a chequered path to production, prompting a steady stream of tabloid stories suggesting a "Hobbit curse". Setbacks include the departure of original director Guillermo del Toro in 2010 after extended delays relating to studio MGM's financial travails, a fire that destroyed a number of vital miniatures, an enormous row with a local New Zealand union which prompted the labour law changes, and Jackson's own hospitalisation last year for surgery to treat a stomach ulcer.

The cast, including Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Sir Ian McKellen, Billy Connolly and Stephen Fry, is now complete and the shoot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey began just over a year ago at Stone Street studios in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.