Sunday, 29 December 2013

The Hobbit's spiders are designed to make not only arachnophobes squirm

the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug-spiderThe latest box office-topping instalment in The Hobbit trilogy is likely to make arachnophobes squirm. That's the hope of director Peter Jackson, whose fear of spiders helped infuse some important scenes in The Desolation of Smaug with creepy, crawly discomfort.

The spiders lurking in the forest of Mirkwood are among the perils Bilbo Baggins and his companions encounter on their journey to reclaim the dwarf kingdom of Erebor.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Benedict's 'Hobbit Immersion'

benedict-cumberbatch-hobbit-dos-premiereBenedict Cumberbatch says The Hobbit was once a “bedtime treat”.

The 37-year-old actor portrays The Necromancer in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit franchise, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novels.

And Benedict has fond memories of when he was first exposed to the magic of Tolkien’s mystic realms.

"My father read me the books when I was young - around six or seven because I went to boarding school when I was eight,” he recalled to Latinos Post.

Orlando Bloom Took 'Refresher' Training To Reprise Role Of Legolas For The Hobbit

orlando-bloom-red-carpet-germanyThe actor needed to brush up on his bow and arrow skills

Orlando Bloom has revealed that he felt it was necessary to undergo training to reprise his role as Prince Legolas in The Hobbit.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star admitted that to help ease himself back into his Lord of the Rings character he embarked on some "refresher" training ahead of filming for The Hobbit trilogy, paying close attention to his rusty bow and arrow skills.

''I went back and did some training with the bow and arrow, as well as movement training and horse riding," the British actor is quoted by Bang Showbiz as saying.

''I did all the things that I did the first time around. I spent four or five weeks doing that, maybe even six weeks, which was great because it was a refresher and a reminder of what we had done.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

The Hobbit journey thus far

the-hobbit-poster-collageIn “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), is convinced by Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to leave the Shire and join Thorin (Richard Armitage) and his Company of 12 dwarves. Their quest is to venture to the Lonely Mountain to help defeat the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) and reclaim the Dwarven empire.

After an encounter with three trolls, the Company is pursued by orcs and meets Radagast (Sylvester McCoy) before escaping to Rivendell, the Elvish homeland. Here, Gandalf meets with elder elves Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) and Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee) to discuss the rumor of an evil Necromancer. The Company continues its quest sans Gandalf, trekking into the Misty Mountains, only to be captured by goblins in their underground lair. Bilbo gets separated and stumbles into Gollum (Andy Serkis). Winning a riddle game, Bilbo steals Gollum’s magic “precious” ring that makes him invisible. His feat of trickery makes him, at last, a true “burglar.”

Meanwhile, Gandalf returns to help the dwarves escape the goblins and their disgusting king. Our heroes reunite on the eastern side of the Misty Mountains. They are attacked by wargs (giant wolves) and orcs, as well as Thorin’s sworn enemy, Azog the Defiler. To escape, they climb pine trees that are set on fire, and are finally rescued by eagles. “An Unexpected Journey” ends with the party resting on a giant stone outcrop called Carrock, looking onward to the distant Erebor (the Lonely Mountain), the former Dwarvish homeland now occupied by that fearsome dragon — and the objective for the next stage of their journey.


Saturday, 7 December 2013

‘Lord Of The Rings’ Climate Mapped By Scientist, Did Peter Jackson Make A Mistake?

hobbit-shire-pictureThe Lord Of The Rings has a specific climate, described in J.R.R. Tolkien, novels and a scientist claims he has mapped it with the help of a computer and discovered that director Peter Jackson may have made a mistake in choosing the location for his films.

According to reporter Adam Vaugh, of the British publication The Guardian, a scientist at Bristol University programmed his computer to determine the climate of the fictional world of Middle Earth, where Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and now The Hobbit trilogies take place.

Dr. Dan Lunt is an expert in historical climate change and decided to explore the area in which hobbits, dwarves, orcs, and wizards roam.

Hobbit elves and courting controversy

evangeline-lilly-as-taurielWhen the second Hobbit film opens next week, you’ll meet an Evangeline Lilly you’ve never seen before, playing a character Tolkien never wrote about. During an exclusive on-set visit,Tom Cardy got to watch her in splendid elfin action.

The first time we meet Evangeline Lilly it takes a few moments to realise who we are looking at. This comes as a surprise because the Canadian actor was a familiar face on New Zealand television for six years playing Kate Austen in the drama Lost.

The Lilly of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has not only been transformed by a costume, makeup and subtle prosthetics into a feisty wood elf, but she’s in the midst of battling a gang of orcs.

Stephen Colbert is in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

stephen-colbert-hobbit-laketown-spyStephen Colbert -- both host of the Colbert Report and expert of Middle-earth knowledge -- is listed on IMDB's page of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as "Laketown Spy."

Colbert's knowledge of J.R.R. Tolkien's works are well-documented. He's the ultimate Tolkien fan. On numerous occasions, he's flexed his Tolkien brain power against the likes of James Franco and Peter Jackson. He's such a Tolkien fanboy that his wife and his two sons -- Evelyn, Peter and John -- are also listed in the cast for Laketown Spy.

To see how much of a Tolkien fan Colbert is, check out the two clips below:

Friday, 6 December 2013

Cool Hobbit Fan Art #2

About a week ago I posted some cool Hobbit-themed fan art. I'm going to do that again in this post. There are a lot of really talented artists out there and I think it's only proper to give them some exposure. So, without further ado, here are ten more awesome Hobbit fan art pictures.

10 Things You Didn't Know About The Hobbit

Here's a pretty cool video I found that shows ten facts that you may not have known about The Hobbit (both the book and the movies). The description of the video says: "What do Israeli pilots and Russian ballet dancers have to do with Middle Earth? Find out with 10 things you didn't know about The Hobbit." Check it out, it's pretty neat:

5 New Clips from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Five new clips have been released for TDoS and I have them for you below. To be honest, I haven't even watched all of them because I don't want to spoil too much of the movie (even though I don't think these clips would give too much away). I've only seen the barrel scene and the Legolas and Tauriel scene out of the 5 below and they didn't really give anything away as far as I remember. Anyway, I have them for you guys below in case you want to watch them.

Luke Evans puts his Welsh stamp on dragon fighter Bard in The Hobbit

luke-evansGrowing up in the Rhymney Valley in south Wales, Luke Evans was not allowed to read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings or indeed any other fantasy literature.

His parents, David and Yvonne, were religious and allowed their son no truck with swords and sorcery. Quite how they would have reacted to news that their son would go on to take a starring role in one of JRR Tolkien's best-loved stories is anyone's guess.

"I had no interest in fantasy at all as a child," begins Evans, 34, who plays the dragon-fighter Bard in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second instalment in director Peter Jackson's latest fantasy film trilogy. "Tolkien didn't really form part of my youth.

"I was brought up in a household where the magical world was not something that we delved into."

As he matured and teenage rebellion loomed into view, Evans did eventually turn to Tolkien. "I read The Hobbit," he says. "The Lord of the Rings terrified me too much, just because of the sheer size of it."

Thursday, 5 December 2013

New Video Blog for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Peter Jackson has recently posted a new video blog for the upcoming Hobbit film. This is the 13th blog that Jackson has released. Check it out below:

Welcome to Erebor: Hobbit kingdom is recreated by two teenage fans using 80,000 pieces of LEGO

Blake Baer, 17 and Jack Bittner, 18, from Pennsylvania U.S. have recreated Erebor, one of the locations described in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel.

Their model took 400 hours to build, weighs 200 pounds and is 56 inches tall.

Many people can reminisce about the amazing worlds they built with Lego as children, but few creations could be as impressive as the mountainous home of dwarves crafted by two teenagers.

Blake Baer, 17 and Jack Bittner, 18, from Pennsylvania U.S. have recreated one of the locations described in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, The Hobbit in painstaking detail, using a staggering 80,000 Lego bricks.

The duo chose to replicate Erebor using the small colour bricks, which is the home of the dwarves in the novel.

New Interviews with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Cast

TODAY recently interviewed a few cast members of the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Below you can see the interviews with Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans.

Enter the dragon - An insider's guide to the new Hobbit film

martin-freeman-as-bilbo-bagginsPLUCKY Bilbo Baggins's unexpected journey continues next week as the new Hobbit film, The Desolation Of Smaug, hits cinema screens nationwide.

And if that sentence makes as much sense to you as an Elvish love poem, check out our great guide to the blockbuster.

It's the second in the trilogy made by New Zealand director Peter Jackson based on JRR Tolkien's novel The Hobbit.

In the first film, the wizard Gandalf and a gang of 13 dwarves descended on homeloving hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Sylvester McCoy chats about playing a doctor and a wizard in Dr. Who, and the stories people never tire of hearing

sylvester-mccoy-hobbit-premiere-2012Sylvester McCoy is a veteran character actor who has appeared on stage and screen over a lengthy career. He’s best known as the seventh and last Dr. Who of the original series that ended in 1989.

He is best known these days as Radagast the Brown, the wacky wizard who consumes too many mushrooms in the Peter Jackson movie version of The Hobbit. McCoy appears in the first two movies of the trio of films that Jackson has prepared — and may also be in the third. Interestingly, McCoy and Ian McKellen (Gandalf) have acted together on the stage, with McKellen playing King Lear and McCoy playing his Fool.

Evangeline Lilly "bullied" on Hobbit set says Martin Freeman

evangeline-lilly-hobbit-premiere-photoEvangeline Lilly was "bullied" on The Hobbit set, jokes Martin Freeman.

The actress has joined the franchise for new instalment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, portraying feisty elf Tauriel. Martin, who plays Bilbo Baggins, claims the male-dominated cast made it tough for Evangeline to settle in.

"We bullied her. She kind of came along and ruined it, because it was a sort of manly band of brothers, and then she came along and insisted on being all girly and all that," he told ET Online at the Los Angeles premiere for the film last night.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

5 Awesome Hobbit Gift Ideas

5-awesome-hobbit-gift-ideasWell it's that time of year again and the holidays are approaching quickly. Maybe you've already started looking for some gifts and maybe you haven't. Today, I'm going to try and help you by suggesting 5 really cool gift ideas (Hobbit-themed of course).