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Category Archive: Movie News

Battle of Five Armies trailer details finally stated

Details on when we can expect the full trailer and teaser trailer for ‘The Hobbit, The Battle of Five Armies’ have been posted on Peter Jackson’s Facebook page and can be found here .

John Howe Interview Published.

Technology and culture site boingboing has just released the transcript of an Ethan Gilsdorf interview, from Jan 2013, of Tolkien Artist and Illustrator John Howe. The interview can be found here .

Thorin to remain alive?

According to this Ecumenical News article, Thorin is NOT killed in the movie.
Any comments?

Viggo Unhappy with PJ’s use of CGI

In a recent interview for the Telegraph Viggo Mortensen, who was cast as Aragorn in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy, expressed his unhappiness with the way Peter Jackson’s used of CGI in his films starting with ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’.
Details about this can be found here, and the entire interview, which was part of the promotional tour for Mortensen’s role in ‘The Two Faces of January’, can be found here.

Fans Petition to change the Ending of The Hobbit; The Cost of Desolation of Smaug Insurance Claims ,

A number of fans, apparently unhappy with the deaths of certain characters in Tolkien’s The Hobbit, have started petitions to attempt to get PJ to change the results in the Movie.
Details of the various petitions can be found here.

Insurance Company Allianz has once again estimated the costs if claims were submitted for repairing damaged caused during the Desolation of Smaug. Details can be found here.

There’s a New Title for Third ‘Hobbit’ Movie.

Peter Jackson has just revealed the new name for the third Movie, which was originally planed as; ‘The Hobbit; There and Back Again’. On his Facebook page the Director has explained why the title had been changed to; ‘The Hobbit; The Battle of Five Armies’.
For those of us that can’t get enough of the films he also revealed that; ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Extended Cut’, will have more than 25 minutes of extra scenes.
More details can be found by clicking here and going to Peter Jackson’s latest Facebook post.

RIP Shadowfax

Blanco, the horse that played Shadowfax in the LOTR trilogy, has died at the age of 25. More information about this sad occurrence can be found here.

News on Tolkien Reading Day

25 Inspirational Quotes from J.R.R Tolkien’s books: In celebration of Tolkien Reading Day International Business Times has printed 25 quotes from The Hobbit and the Lord of The Rings trilogy. The Quotes can be found here.

Lost footage found from Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings: To read about, and see, the extra footage, from the 1978 animated film, click here.

Philippa Boyens ‘Hobbit’ interview: In a recent interview Boyens, who is co-writer and producer of the Hobbit film trilogy, discussed some facts about the last two films in the trilogy. The interview can be found here.

News Update; Trailer for Lego The Hobbit Game, and How the Desolation of Smaug Barrel scene was put together.

Click here to see the new trailer for the upcoming ‘LEGO The Hobbit’ game.

You can click here to see a behind the scenes look at how the ‘Desolation of Smaug’ Barrel sequence was compiled.

News; Saturn Award Nominations announced, Empire Award nominations announced, Building Smaug,and See Cumberbatch perform as Smaug,

Although ‘The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug’ was only nominated for three technical Oscars, the movie was more successful in regards to some other Awards. The details of the film’s eight Saturn Award nominations can be found here, and you can go here to read about ‘The Desolation of Smaug’s seven Empire Award nominations.
You can click here to learn more about how Smaug was brought to life in the films and here to see a motion-capture performance of Smaug by Benedict Cumberbatch.