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Category Archive: Movie News

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.

News Update: Joe Letteri on his 8th Oscar Nomination, ‘The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug’ wins a VES award, and the Announcement of ‘The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug’ Collector’s Edition DVD

Weta Digital’s Senior Effects Supervisor, Joe Letteri, was recently interviewed concerning his eighth Oscar nomination, this one for the special effects used in the second Hobbit movie. The interview, carried by Studio Daily, can be found here.

`The Hobbit; The Desoltion of Smaug`has just one the VES (Visual Effects Society) Award for “Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture thanks to the work done in animating Smaug. The complete list of winners can be found here.

Details of the extra contents found in the Collector`s Edition DVD box set of `The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug`, which will be released in the US on April 8th, can be found here.

News Update: The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey wins an ‘ANNIE’

The ASIFA-Hollywood Awards ceremony took place on Saturday and the ANNIE for ‘Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production] was awarded to WETA Digital for the animation of Gollum.
The complete list of winners can be found here.

How to Pronounce the Dragon’s Name

Most English speakers want to pronounce it to rhyme with ‘fog’, but in this article in Arrant Pedantry we are given the proper pronunciation of ‘Smaug’ and an explanation of the reasons for so many people having difficulty with the pronunciation.

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ Nominated for Three Oscars

Details of the 3 nominations can be found here, and a list of all of today’s nominations can be found here.

News Update; Gandalf at Wellington Airport, All of PJ’s Cameos on One Page

Click here to view Wellington Airport’s new Hobbit Movie themed overhead display.

Peter Jackson has made a cameo appearance in each of his Middle-Earth based movies. In case you missed them you can see them all compiled right here.

Hobbit 2 stays on top at Box Office

According to Box Office Mojo, `The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug`, has continued to hold off all comers. After beating out `Anchorman 2` on its opening last weekend, the second Hobbit movie then beat out the attendance numbers for `The Wolf of Wall Street` on that movie`s Christmas Day Opening. More information can be found here.