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Peter Jackson

Essay

Wish She Could Be Part of Your World: On Tauriel-hate and Original Material

It’s a poorly-kept secret that we here at TMS are firmly on the side of Tauriel, the original female elf character in The Hobbit franchise whose mere existence created waves of discussion across the Internet. But some do not share in our enthusiasm. In fact, if you took a look around the fan ‘net in the months preceding The Desolation of Smaug’s release, there has been a distinctly anti-Tauriel sentiment in the air. Hiding behind a desire to preserve the sanctity of the source material, many commentators objected to her addition on purist grounds. Other became concerned about her rumored involvement in a love subplot with Legolas and/or Kíli, further indicated by a secondary trailer for the feature in which King Thranduil appears to caution her against pursuing relations with his son. But now we have surer footing from which to look at Tauriel, warrior, love interest, healer, and forum discussion whipping-girl. The actual film containing her appearance has emerged, and with it, a host of questions, concerns, and a fair bit of mud that this reviewer is willing to sling back.

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It is a gift!

Benedict Cumberbatch Explains How He & Peter Jackson Made Dragon Porn

“It was motion capture, so I did roll around a bit on the carpet. He’s talking about the dragon porn that happened a little bit later, in the sort of third installment of our work together…they built the platform in the main soundstage at the post-production facility down in Wellington and it was great. It was sort of above [the floor] so I had this kind of thing of superiority. They built a wooden platform on stilts and they had this hard board that they’d padded with some foam and mats and stuff and on top of that they put this sheepskin. It was literally like ‘Baum chicka baum baum,’ me up on my Smaug-y platform. I was like, ‘This is cool, I can slink around like a porn star dragon.’”Benedict Cumberbatch speaking with L.A. Times’ Heroes Complex about his time working on The Hobbit.

Porn star dragon. This man, I swear…

He went on to add…

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Celebrate Christmas With the Hogfather

Discworld‘s Mort Death as the Hogfather as a cake. By Jo Orr of Ciccio Cakes. (That’s Nerdalicious)

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Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

Peter Jackson’s Keeping the Hope That He’ll Direct Doctor Who Alive

As are we all, Peter. As are we all.

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There And Back Again

Peter Jackson Says Smaug Fans Will Not Walk Away from Desolation Disappointed

There’s one thing we all know about modern monster movies, and that is that you can never really know whether they’re going to let you get a good look at the monster. Are they going to tease it in the trailers and then reveal it early on? Or just keep teasing you with it the whole movie? Are you going to get one quick reveal before it slides back into the shadows, or will you actually be able to appreciate the design work that went into it without pausing the film?

The way Peter Jackson is talking about Smaug these days, it sounds like we’ll be getting a nice eyefull of Smaug the Terrible this weekend.

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Not all that glitters is gold

Peter Jackson Brings Us A New Hobbit Production Diary Video

A new behind-the-scenes look at The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug courtesy of Peter Jackson and Co. Gotta say, I really love these because it makes me feel like I’m getting DVD extras early. Apparently there will be one more before the end of the year. Enjoy!

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There And Back Again

New Hobbit Clip Takes Us Behind The Scenes of the Battle of Moria

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey coming out on DVD means one thing: hours and hours of special features. This is a Peter Jackson Tolkien film, after all. This particular clip shows how the Battle of Moria flashbacks in the first movie were filmed, and we get to see a bit of Andy Serkis in his role as second-unit director.

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Questions! Questions That Need Answering

Livestream – The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Worldwide Fan Event!

This morning we revealed a bunch of new character posters from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug but now we’re happy to bring you a special livestream of their worldwide fan event. Join us!

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There And Back Again

Peter Jackson Says He’ll Be Done With Blockbusters Post-Hobbit

He’s not doing any more. Really. For real this time.

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Questions! Questions That Need Answering

Desolation Of Smaug Synopsis Explains How The Second Hobbit Movie Will Fill 3 Hours

Just the other day I was having a conversation with my brother about Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. The only exposure he’d had to the story was the Rankin/Bass animated feature we grew up on and he was surprised there would be three whole films from Jackson. “But aren’t they already up to the dragon?” he asked. Yes. Yes they are. Thanks to a new official, and in-depth summary, we now know exactly what to expect from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Take a look. 

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