As the holiday season – and the year as a whole — reaches its final hurrah with New Year’s, theaters are bustling with new, highly-anticipated movie releases. From late-breaking blockbusters to Oscar bait to sleeper hits, there’s plenty to choose from.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Recent News
Between tentpole blockbusters, limited releases and film festivals, hundreds of movies are released every year, often a dozen at a time.
Friday almost invariably unleashes a whole new set of choices on moviegoers, who not only have to choose from these options, but remember what all of them are, while deflecting critical acclaim,… More »
With The Hobbit sitting comfortably in the number one slot this weekend, four films are poised to compete for the box-office bucks necessary to knock it from the throne. All of which makes it unlikely that Gandalf and his crew won’t still be king of the Misty Mountain next weekend, too.
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Looks like a lot of moviegoers traveled back to Middle Earth this weekend.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey enjoyed a strong opening weekend at the box office, topping all other movies with more than $84.7 million in domestic ticket sales, Deadline reports.
‘Hobbit’ Effects Guru Joe Letteri Says Peter Jackson’s Prequel Changed Filmmaking: ‘There Are Breakthroughs in Every Area’ (VIDEO)
Ever since Peter Jackson first announced that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey would be shot in 3D with cameras recording at a speed of 48 frames a second, pundits have analyzed how much his film might impact Hollywood as a whole.
But Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri, who previously worked on groundbreaking films… More »
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey may be set in a mythical ancient past, but the new movie presents viewers with a 21st-century, cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technological dilemma.
If you’re planning to see the fantasy epic when it opens on Dec. 14, you may be faced with as many as six different 2D and 3D… More »
‘Hobbit’ Star Martin Freeman Helps ‘Lord of the Rings’ Lighten Up: ‘I’m Quite a Whore… I Like Being Funny’
Although they were a massive gamble at the time, the Lord of the Rings films have become synonymous with big-screen, epic storytelling. Their serious, sweeping take on fantasy filmmaking was something that was not simply commercially successful, but artistically credible, winning awards and legitimizing genre movies more than ever before.
In The Hobbit:… More »
‘The Hobbit’ VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri Defends High Frame Rate Filmmaking: ‘You Now See Any Motion More Clearly’ (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)
As reviews for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey poured in on Monday, a generally positive reaction to the story was almost invariably paired with a decidedly more mixed one about the technology used to tell it: HFS (high frame rates), which director Peter Jackson used to photograph the film in 3D.
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Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth and to his homeland of New Zealand – a country that appears one parliamentary vote away from calling itself TolkienLand – for the often exciting, if equally silly, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The first in a three-film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s precursor to Lord… More »
‘The Hobbit’: Prequel Offers Expected — and Excessive — Thrills in an Overstuffed First Film (MOVIE REVIEW)
Although three Lord of the Rings Extended Editions, a three-plus-hour King Kong remake and an interminable adaptation of The Lovely Bones certainly evidenced Peter Jackson’s problem with efficiency, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey achieves new heights of overlong-ness in the director’s expansive canon.
Mind you, I’m a fan of almost all of his… More »
‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’: New Stills With Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman Evoke ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (PHOTOS)
Attention, Hobbit fans: Just in case you weren’t already counting down the days until The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens December 14, new stills from the movie have surfaced, and all the warm and fuzzy memories of The Lord of the Rings are coming back.
If you were worried that director Peter Jackson had abandoned the moviemaking magic that elevated his Lord of the Rings adaptations to epic art in favor of oversized apes and afterlife odysseys, fret not. His forthcoming trilogy, The Hobbit – or at least the first installment, An Unexpected Journey – appears to have all of… More »