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The Hobbit Becomes A Trilogy, More Stories From The World Of Tolkein Headed To the Big Screen   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

 

It looks like we are getting another middle earth trilogy instead of a two parter with the upcoming Hobbit films, revealed on Peter Jackson Facebook page below from the man himself:

It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie – and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’

We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.

So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.

It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, “a tale that grew in the telling.”

Cheers, Peter J

I’m all for as much of the Tolkien’s Middle Earth to be put on screen by Peter Jackson as possible. Bringing in the idea of using The Hobbit and Rings appendices, tales from The Silmarillion and any other Tolkien references to broaden the cinematic vision is a great thing; And I am really looking forward to going back to middle earth this X-mas season.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

 

The Hobbit Video Production Blog 5 Is All About The Locations…   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Still really loving these video production blogs from the sets of the first Hobbit film. Here’s number 5 of the lot, enjoy.

Everything looking spot on to me production design wise so far. Can’t wait for this in IMAX late this year, should be great.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer Is Here For All You Tolkien Geeks Out There. Excited That Jackson Is Back In Middle Earth With Avengeance   1 comment

Hey Everybody,

All the studios are pouring out their trailers for the big films of next year this holiday season. Here comes another one I’m really looking forward to. Peter Jackson is Back in Middle Earth directing the first of two prequels films to The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey teaser trailer hits the net today and it a long wait till December 14th 2012, but wait I shall have to do.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

In The Hobbit Video Blog # 4, Jackson Is All About The 3D. This Shit is Going To Rock.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

I’m really loving what I’m seeing in these video blogs from the set of Peter Jackson’s two “The Hobbit” films. A great look into the production of a ludicrous sized set of films.

In this 4th blog director Jackson brings some great technical info on the 3D process. The reasoning to shoot the film at 48 frames per second as the new standard in films, as apposed to the traditional 24 FPS is the biggest bit of info that will most likely change the way many projects are shot from now on. A lot of very cool stuff for us film/tech geeks out there in this 10:45 video. Enjoy

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey First Look Pictures Plus The First Three Prodution Diary Videos. My Inner Tolkien Geek Has Become Aroused…   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

I’m really looking forward to seeing Peter Jackson back in the directors seat for The two part Hobbit/Ring cross over films.  They have been in production for a few months now and the financing is solid and projects are absolutely going to get finished. The film was in limbo for more than a year and ultimately meant the first director, Guillermo del Torro, leaving the project after quite a few key creature characters were already designed. The huge delay meant that Peter Jackson was able to finish his other commitments and jump aboard from executive producer to director taking over where del Torro left off, back submerged in the world of Tolkien once more. Everything from the set so far look stellar. All the returning cast looking as they should. Can’t wait for December 2012 when I get to see more of my childhood stories come to life almost exactly how I imagined it would look. Jackson did it for me with The Lord Of the Rings, excluding the ending of Return of the King, but all and all I really dug what he gave us, hobbit love and all. All the picture below are of the 13 dwarves in costume and shoots of key cast famillar to those who saw the Rings films I’m sure.

And for the real fans,  film makers and actors out there at the bottom of the post you’ve got the first few video production blogs from the set that are filled with great humor on the process of film making, working with cutting edge FX and life on a film crew. All with a master film maker taking us behind the scenes as he’s shooting two mega film projects back to back and with the newest technology behind him. So fucking awesome. A must watch for all fans of the Lord of The Rings trilogy, film makers, actors and FX lovers everywhere, enjoy

The first pic of John Callen as Oin and Peter Hambleton as Gloin , a couple of distant cousins of Thorin Oakenshield. Gloin is the father of Gimli, who’ll grow up to be played by John Rhys-Davies in all those Rings movies

The first photo of Jed Brophy as Nori, Adam Brown as Ori and Mark Hadlow as Dori, the three of the dwarves who’ll go questing with Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.

Dwarf Lords in their own right, Balin and Dwalin are close relatives of Thorin. Beyond this, these brothers are two of his most loyal and trusted friends. An old warrior, Balin has lived through hard times and fought many battles, yet he harbors doubts about the wisdom of the Quest to retake the Lonely Mountain.

Fili is played by New Zealand native Dean O’Gorman, and Irish actor Aidan Turner plays Kili. In Hobbit lore, their characters are the youngest dwarves born into the Durin royal line. They’re the nephews of Thorin Oakenshield, and even though they’re inexperienced at life, they know their way around a sword.

TheOneRing.Net has the exclusive first look at Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, complete with Orcristi. In the book he’s a mighty warrior and noble, but also a bit vain and stubborn.

Here’s the first 3 Production blogs for any super geeks like me, enjoy:

Really loved watching those. I like to see behind the scenes on these mega pictures and watch all the work and energy  going into them. It never gets old to me.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Holiday Movie Watch List and Review Day 3 : December 21st 2010   Leave a comment

DAY THREE : DECEMBER 21st 2010

Hey Everybody,

This time of the year for me means constant consuming of movie content all day every day. Now those of you who know me might wonder how this differs from my daily life in any way. Regardless I use the holiday lull to catch up on what I may have missed or re watching my favorite classics, mostly on Blu-Ray this year which is a great joy for me. It’s like re living the first viewing of all my favorites and classics alike. I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday season and able to get into some good movies on your break.

  1. THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW Season 3 Episode 3 “would you do me a favor?” (original air date July 6 1994) – To start the day off today an episode of  one of my favorite comedy shows of all time. With Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor and Rip Torn as host, sidekick and producer of a late night talk show that always seems to be in chaos behind the scenes. Danny DeVito staring as himself in this episode as a hard to book guest. As always the comedy is far above par of almost all the American comedy shows. If you haven’t seen the series before, you should take a watch. You will be surprised how much you find yourself laughing, super funny.
  2. LORD OF THE RINGS:  THE TWO TOWERS Blu-Ray (2002) director Peter Jackson – It never fails to get my stomach tingling during the opening scene with Ian McKllen’s Gandalf vs. ancient spirit demon The Balrog. In my opinion it is one of the top 3 beginnings in film history. Not to mention, Gollum, Treebeard, the Ents battle at Isengard, and the massive battle at Helms Deep. What a super terrific great film, I enjoy it every time I see it. The Blu-Ray presentation is clean and crisp really showing off the amazing work WETA Digital and Peter Jackson did on the effects and production in general. A timeless classic rarely seen in these days. I just hope the 2 Hobbit films turns out as well, with Jackson behind the camera it should be an obvious  lock.
  3. MAGNUM, P.I. Season 1 Episode 1 “don’t eat the snow in Hawaii” (original air date Dec. 11 1980) –  I never really got into watching this show until late in the first season as a kid, but when I did I watched it religiously. Realizing today that the super cool theme song we all equate with the show only came into being for the 12th episode for the run of the show. I had to watch the opening I remember on you-tube to get my fix, which I included below. The first hour an a half introduction to the Mush-stash, Ferrari and Hawaiian shirts is a standard mystery introducing all the characters in good fashion. The plot is as follows, Magnum’s old Navy buddy is dead and the Navy says he was a cocaine smuggler. Magnum sets out to prove his buddy was framed. All is goes smooth when you’ve got that smile, stash and Ferrari to work with. Love me some vintage Tom Selleck, MASSIVE STASH POWER.
  4. WEIRD SCIENCE (1985) director John Hughes – Late afternoon turning into evening brings my personal favorite John Hughes film.  A stellar well directed cast, Anthony Michael Hall as Gary Wallace, Ilan Mitchell-Smith as Wyatt Donnelly, Kelly LeBrock as Lisa, Bill Paxton as Chet Donnelly, even a young Robert Downey Jr. (“I’m Shitting in My Pants!!!”, possibly the best Downey Jr. line ever? Shit, it’s got to at least be in the top 3),  make the crazy comedy concept work even when the premise seems absurd and ridiculous. You laugh and laugh and laugh. If you haven’t seen this one you either have been living in a cave for 40 years and are scared of moving pictures in your living room, hate to laugh or hate to hear other people laugh; if you don’t suffer from any of these conditions you should watch it and laugh a bit as well. You will enjoy it, I promise. My favorite scene below pushes home the genius of  Anthony Michael Hall’s performance and makes be bust out every time.
  5. SIXTEEN CANDLES (1984) director John Hughes – Looks like the Hughes trend continues into the early evening feature spot. Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall star in another classic. At one point or another I think everyone must have seen this flick. As always the jokes are great, we get a very nicely shot shower seen, Hall is great as the geek as always, Ringwald is believable as the neglected middle child with a teenage crush and Schoeffing plays the pretty boy jock with a heart to a tee, 80’s comedy at it’s best.
  6. LOVE ACTUALLY (2003) director Richard Curtis – The mid evening bring us to the obvious “girlfriend choice” of the day (not the only one but the obvious one). The writer/director has a long list of writing credits including a large portion of the original Black-Adder series, Four Wedding And A Funeral, Notting Hill, Mr. Bean, Bridget Jones’s Diary, 41 writing credits to date. This being his first directorial effort, it comes off with the same wit and charm as the projects he’s written, putting together a very enjoyable yet strait forwardly shot film. A very watchable English romantic comedy with a great ensemble cast, better than passable; Let’s say it’s a dry, fresh and witty take on the holiday movie. Sure, that’ll do, that’ll do nicely.
  7. BATMAN RETURNS Blu-Ray (1992) director Tim Burton – “I don’t know about you miss kitty, but I feel a whole lot yummier”. The late evening takes us here into a season appropriate comic book movie. Looking better than even in High Def. The only big screen Batman to take place during the X-mas season, and one of director Burton’s top 3 best pictures to date. Keaton comes back with a competent and more believable Bruce Wayne this time around, with a darker take on the character. DeVito delivers a strong performance even through layers and layers of make up and wardrobe to bring us a unforgettable version of The Penguin. The real show stealer in this piece, hands down, is Michelle Pfeiffer’s as Catwoman. One thing is for sure, who ever takes on the role of one of Batman’s most famous reacquiring female characters next has something to prove; The last version in 2004 with Halle Berry was beyond a disaster, Warners basically pissing and shitting on the fans that supported the comic and character for so many years. Even after 19 years Batman Returns completely holds up, superb art direction and good management of different storylines not getting too convoluted and slowing the pace down serves the genre very well. A great director at the height of his craft (too bad it went down hill from this point on with Burton’s films, choosing marketability over originality and good storytelling.) This to me is the last truly great Tim Burton film…

…and at 2:10 am with 3 days left till The 25th  I end a super fantastic busy day of video consumption.

TILL TOMORROW. STAY TUNED.

J.