‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’: See it early with Ian McKellen

Dec. 02, 2013 | 1:33 p.m.
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Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, left, and Lee Pace as Thranduil in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Azog, portrayed by Manu Bennett through motion-capture technology, in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Attention East Coast Hero Complex readers! We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be heading to Manhattan to bring you a special free preview screening of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” director Peter Jackson’s anticipated second installment in his latest trilogy of films based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.

What’s more, star Ian McKellen will be on hand for a Q&A to discuss his iconic portrayal of the wizard Gandalf.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which opens in theaters Dec. 13, sees Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continue along on his journey to assist the company of dwarfs led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) reclaim their lands and the treasure now hoarded by the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Along the way they encounter a host of new friends and foes — including the valiant Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), the first character wholly invented for one of Jackson’s Tolkien movies.

The Hero Complex screening of the film, presented in IMAX 3D, is set to take place Monday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. at New York’s AMC 34th Street 14 & IMAX.

To RSVP for the event, click here beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m. EST — 6 a.m. PST.

Be warned, seats will go fast.

To find out first about upcoming films that will be featured in the Hero Complex Screening Series, follow us on Twitter: @LATherocomplex.

And check back soon for a live stream of the Los Angeles premiere of “The Desolation of Smaug,” which will begin in just a few hours.

— Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex


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7 Responses to ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’: See it early with Ian McKellen

  1. Camusfan says:

    Hobbit fans, I fear that we are in for a great disappointment. I wonder, has Jackson actually read the book?

    • Smaug says:

      Have you? AUJ was nearly word for word for the first 40 minutes of the movie. Sure, Jackson added a few characters, but so what? The only negative part to AUJ was the CGI. Hopefully they bring back more prosthetics for DOS. Stop being a pessimist and enjoy the movie.

  2. ElfWarrior says:

    I know that many people that are true Tolkien readers are upset about Jackson's decision to invent the character Tauriel, or are even upset over Jackson's perception of the Dwarves being humorous, or that he did not kill off the antagonist Azog like he should have in the first installment of The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey, but despite all this I think Jackson is a talented director and he never failed when he made the Lord of the Ring movies, they were very captivating movies to many that watched it on the big screen, nevertheless, I feel quite differently, that the majority will not frown upon this movie with great disappointment.

  3. Dain Son of Nain says:

    "How anyone could have made just two films or one film? One film would have been a travesty. It is so rich. I think what he's extrapolated from the appendix and stuff that Tolkien lead in in separate editions is masterful. Because he did that an order to lure people in to this folklore. This huge world of detail, this wealth of alternative reality that is Middle Earth that gets expanded upon in Lord of The Rings. Having made Lord of The Rings, you can't just come to The Hobbit and just do the bare bones. I think that they are there. It honors the book and it honors everything that's in the book. It just carries it another dimension as well."

    Benedict Cumberbatch …

    Camusfan …

    I know who I listen to no offence! Stop spouting populist pat just because the critics do!

  4. Alexis says:

    No movie could ever capture the full essence of a book. Enjoy the book for the book, the movie for the movie.

  5. Fieldy says:

    If you watch AUJ with commentary Peter Jackson explains completely why he chose to go against the book in certain aspects. Stop criticizing him because you think you know more, he has obviously explored the work of Tolkien and it's pretty obvious that not all movies are piece for piece the same as the book, certain elements and characters work well within the book but need to be altered for the movie to work in the way that Jackson desired. I absolutely loved AUJ and can't wait for the next two movies!

    Loving that people can fall in love with both the books and the movies, embrace them both, yes they will be slightly different, but like I said before, Peter Jackson realized what he had to alter and where to make the movie work.

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