Thursday, 31 October 2013

Question: The Book First or The Movie First?

movie-imageHello everyone. I want to ask you guys a question that I've been thinking about recently. This question can be applied to any movie that is based on a book, but I'm applying it to The Hobbit in this case since this is a blog about The Hobbit. The question is are you choosing to watch all of The Hobbit movies before reading the Tolkien novel or are you choosing to read The Hobbit before watching Peter Jackson's films?

My own personal choice is to watch the films before reading the book. The reason for this is because I've always preferred watching movies to reading books. I find movies to be much more visceral and real than books are. Moreover, I don't want to spoil the plot for myself by reading the book first because then I'll know what happens in the films and it will lessen the movie experience for me. I know that you can argue it the other way as well and say that watching the movie will spoil the book. But as I said, I generally prefer movies to books which is why I'm doing it this way. I mean no offense to those who think the opposite, this is just my own perspective. Also, I have to include the fact that I just went to see the first Hobbit movie without even thinking about this issue, so I was kind of forced into watching the films first. But, I'm still not going to read the book before I see the following two films for the reasons I mentioned above.

book-imageHow about you? Do you prefer books to movies and, if so, are you choosing (or have you already chosen) to read The Hobbit before watching The Hobbit? Let me know in the comments because I'm interested in hearing the thoughts of other Hobbit fans on this.

Also, I want to wish a happy birthday to Peter Jackson. I know it's November 1 in New Zealand, but it's October 31 here in Canada so I think I can still say it.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

New International Movie Posters for The Desolation of Smaug Released

A few new international movie posters have been released for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. A few of the images may have been used elsewhere for other posters, but I haven't seen them before so I'm posting them here. See them below:

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Film Length for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Reported to be Around 160 Minutes

the-hobbit-desolation-of-smaug-film-lengthAccording to TheOneRing, UK movie theatres are reporting that they are "working with a runtime of 160 minutes."

This is 9 minutes shorter than the theatrical version (i.e. non-extended edition) of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The source from the UK also noted that "last year’s estimate when we went on sale (an estimate given to us directly from Warners) was 170 minutes which turned out to be just a minute off from the final 169 minute runtime of An Unexpected Journey."

So 160 minutes should only be taken as an approximation, but it should probably be pretty close to the actual run time.

Empire Magazine Releases Its Hobbit-Themed December Cover Art

Empire magazine has recently released five new cover photos for December. The images are shown below and they feature Bard, Thorin, Bilbo, Gandalf and all of them together for the subscriber version of the magazine. The art is very well done in my opinion.

Monday, 28 October 2013

‘The Hobbit’ New TV Spots Released for ‘Desolation of Smaug’ (Video)

the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug-posterYesterday, two new TV Spots for the upcoming sequel to 2012 blockbuster The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey entitled The Desolation of Smaug were released.

When we last left our friends The Dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and the great wizard Gandalf, they had successfully escaped the Misty Mountains, and Bilbo had found the “precious” One Ring.

In Desolation of Smaug, Thorin and the rest of the group will have to find their way to the Lonely Mountain where Bilbo will be tasked with seeking out the secret door that will grant them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug.

Simultaneous worldwide Hobbit preview planned

the-hobbit-desolation-of-smaug-previewFans will be able to get a sneak peek of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug two months ahead of its release at a presentation hitting screens in London, New York, Los Angeles and Wellington simultaneously.

Director Peter Jackson announced the November 5 (NZ time) event on his Facebook page on Saturday, which will see cast members answering questions on the film and ''a few special surprises''.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Wellington recording for The Hobbit soundtrack recording completed

Orchestral recording for The Desolation of Smaug soundtrack in the Wellington Town Hall has concluded. It also seems as though the choral(?) work occurring in London for the soundtrack is almost complete. It’s all very hush-hush though.