If you want to be stuck in a movie theater seat until your 111th birthday, Peter Jackson has your back. The extended edition of the Hobbit trilogy is coming to movie theaters, and you'll never see the light of day again.
First things first: Yes, even before Peter Jackson sat down to make the film, we knew what would happen after The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings, all 480,000-plus words of it, was already a fairly excessive sequel to one children’s book. But if you know anything at all about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, it won’t surprise you that it doesn’t end there.
Oh dammit! Just the other day we had a report on how recent trademark applications meant Peter Jackson's last film in The Hobbit series might be getting a title other than the previously announced, The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Now we've got confirmation from the horse's mouth. " 'There and Back Again' felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived 'there' in the 'Desolation of Smaug,' " Jackson explained on his Facebook page. Yadda, yadda, yadda, the new title for the third film is
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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This new clip from the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey gives you the first look at the footage you will gaze at with joy early in your The Hobbit movie marathon, before you realize that you decided to marathon the extended versions of all three Hobbit films, just like The Lord of the Rings before them. And yet the new footage is still incredibly charming. The new scene, a sweet exchange between Bilbo and Elrond, is part of the 13 extra minutes of Hobbit-filled footage that will be available to watch in the extended cut of the first film in the trilogy.
(via Bleeding Cool)
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Middle Earth has already released the likes ofMartin Freeman,Sir Ian McKellen, andOrlando Bloom back into the real world, and now, finally, even director Peter Jackson is saying goodbye to the The Hobbit sets. Filming for the final Hobbit film concluded on Friday, assuming, of course, that Jackson does not decide to split the book up further into six or twelve movies, at which point it will officially have more installments than Sherlock. Regardless, it was a melancholy day for Jackson and his crew as they wrapped up shooting, and Jackson shared photos of his final hours on the franchise that has been part of his life for 15 years on his Facebook page.
Sir Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom have both left the set of The Hobbit for the last time, and now Martin Freeman has as well, assuming Peter Jackson doesn't decide to add even more movies to the series. Jackson posted the photo above, and another of Freeman with costar Benedict Cumberbatch, on his facebook page, and shared some thoughts on the impending close of the filming of The Hobbit. Read on to hear what Jackson had to say, and to see Cumberbatch petting Freeman's hobbit feet.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was a solid film clocking in at just under three hours long, but for those of you who felt like three hours wasn't enough, we have great news! There will be an extended cut of the film coming out on DVD.
So what's all this extra footage going to be? How will it tie in to the second film? Answers under the cut.
In case you were doubting whether the amazing scenery in The Lord of The Rings trilogy and The Hobbit were real, prepare to be rendered speechless. I know that the video ends with Martin Freeman basically telling me to go to New Zealand, but I don't care that I've fallen for the tourism marketing. I want to go there and back again.
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Respect the work of Weta's designer and animators, and, if you can, rest in the assurance that your job does not require seeking out and looking at pictures of horrible skin infections.
(via I Heart Chaos.)
Made by Scottish toy company H. Grossman Ltd, this "moving, breathing Megasaur" is approximately 20 feet long and has a moving head, eyes, arms, legs, and mouth. Did I say I wanted it as a kid? I mean I want it now. (via Gizmodo)