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April 08, 2014 | 1:14 p.m.

Exclusive ‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ clip: Giant Mirkwood spiders

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at video promoting the release. The film, which was a box-office blockbuster last winter, is the second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned movie trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s landmark 1937 novel. “Desolation of Smaug” chronicles Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) travels with Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his company of dwarfs in their mission to reclaim their treasure-filled homeland Erebor from the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). The journey takes them through many mysterious corners of Tolkien’s fantasy world, Middle-earth, including the dark forest Mirkwood, where Bilbo experiences a milestone in his personal quest for courage. In the exclusive video below, Jackson talks about creating the giant spiders that Bilbo faces. “This time […]
Jan. 03, 2014 | 1:54 p.m.

‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’: Complete interviews, videos and photos

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” reigned at the box office during the holidays, earning more than $658 million worldwide since it opened Dec. 13. The second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s landmark 1937 novel chronicles Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) journey through the dark and mysterious Mirkwood Forest and through Lake-town to help Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his company of dwarfs reclaim their treasure-filled homeland from the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). The third and final movie, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is due in theaters Dec. 17. Hero Complex counted down to “Desolation of Smaug” with exclusive interviews, videos and photo galleries.  Now that the spoiler-wary have had a chance to see “Smaug” in theaters, here’s a look back at our coverage leading up to its release. GALLERIES ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’: 60 […]
Dec. 16, 2013 | 1:58 p.m.

‘Hobbit’ star Martin Freeman on comedy in ‘Smaug,’ Bilbo’s Englishness

Martin Freeman, left, and John Callen in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” smashed the competition at the box office this weekend, earning more than $73 million. The second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel also garnered more critical esteem than its predecessor, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” with much of the praise falling to the film’s star, Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, a diminutive hero with a growing sense of courage. In “Desolation of Smaug,” Bilbo faces off against enormous spiders, dangerous elves and, of course, the  dragon Smaug, voiced by Freeman’s “Sherlock” costar Benedict Cumberbatch. Hero Complex caught up with Freeman to talk about what motivates Bilbo, the interweaving of fright and comedy and the pressures of taking on a character so beloved by Tolkien fans. Hero Complex: Bilbo Baggins seems to really find his own in this […]
Dec. 10, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’: 60 images from Middle-earth

Ian McKellen as Gandalf in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” barrels into theaters Friday, but for fans who can’t wait to return to Middle-earth, here’s a sneak peek at the movie. “Desolation” is the second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film picks up where “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” left off, after Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the company of dwarfs barely escape from a band of bloodthirsty orcs. The orcs are still in pursuit in the second film, but the travelers must also face enormous spiders, the dangerous Mirkwood elves and, of course, the eponymous dragon, Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). The images released so far provide peeks at the forest realm of the Mirkwood elves, the gloomy waters of Esgaroth (also known as Lake-town) and the treasures of Erebor, the […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 12:32 p.m.

‘Sherlock’ Season 3 trailer teases tension, reunion with Watson

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson in the TV series "Sherlock." (PBS)
A new trailer for “Sherlock” Season 3 offers a glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch’s consulting detective — alive and well after faking his death in last year’s season finale. The one-minute trailer, released Sunday, also shows a mustachioed Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman), sharing a bed with Mary Morstan, the character’s wife in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories about the pair of private eyes. Incidentally, Freeman’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington plays Morstan, who makes her debut in the upcoming season. Fan anticipation for the Golden Globe-nominated show’s return is high after the cliffhanger in Season 2′s finale, “The Reichenbach Fall,” in which Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly and inexplicably alive. The mystery of his survival will be unraveled quickly in the new season, co-creator Steven Moffat told Comic-Con […]
Dec. 03, 2013 | 1:08 p.m.

‘The Hobbit’ premiere: Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans talk Smaug

Actor Orlando Bloom arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."  (Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images)
Middle-Earth’s denizens journeyed to Hollywood on Monday night for the world premiere of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second of Peter Jackson’s three films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel, “The Hobbit.” The film’s stars hit the shrub- and leaf-adorned black carpet in front of the Dolby Theater in Hollywood to fête the latest adaptation of the mystical realm where hobbits, dwarves, elves, orcs and goblins dwell. The carpet was designed to echo the sylvan realm of Mirkwood, which plays an important role in the new film, set to open in theaters Dec. 13. Dwarf-prince Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his company, which includes Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), travel through the forest on the next leg of their quest to reclaim Erebor, the treasure-filled city under the Lonely Mountain that was usurped from Thorin’s ancestors by the dragon […]
Dec. 02, 2013 | 3:17 p.m.

‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ premiere: Watch red carpet live at 6 p.m.

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom and more stars of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” are expected to walk the red carpet this evening at the film’s Los Angeles premiere. Can’t be at the Dolby Theater tonight? Tune in to the live video stream here on Hero Complex, beginning at 6 p.m. PST. “The Desolation of Smaug,” due in theaters Dec. 13, is the second installment of director Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The movie sees Bilbo Baggins (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 (Cumberbatch). Along the way they encounter a host of new friends and foes — including the valiant Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), the first character wholly invented […]
Oct. 23, 2013 | 12:15 p.m.

‘Sherlock’ Season 3 premiere: Benedict Cumberbatch returns Jan. 19

PBS Masterpiece has revealed the long-awaited U.S. premiere date for “Sherlock” Season 3. The Golden Globe-nominated BBC series, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will return Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET), following “Downton Abbey’s” time slot. Dates for the show’s U.K. premiere have not yet been announced. Based on the classic mystery stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, the series stars Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) as the brilliant, socially inept detective and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit”) as his long-suffering roommate and co-sleuth. PHOTOS: Benedict Cumberbatch’s career in pictures The series has been on hiatus since January 2012, and fan anticipation has been growing after Season 2′s cliffhanger finale. In that episode, “The Reichenbach Fall,” Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly and inexplicably alive. The […]
Aug. 02, 2013 | 5:23 p.m.

‘Sherlock’ Season 3 trailer teases Benedict Cumberbatch’s return

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s prickly private eye Sherlock Holmes is back from the dead in a new trailer for Season 3 of “Sherlock.” The 26-second clip, released Friday, teases Sherlock’s reunion with each of his friends. Not that he would deign to call them his friends. The Season 3 debut, “The Empty Hearse,” is still months away — it’s slated to premiere on PBS in the U.S. in early 2014 — but fan anticipation is high after last year’s season finale. In that episode, “The Reichenbach Fall,” Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly and inexplicably alive. The mystery of Sherlock’s survival will be unraveled in the season 3 premiere, co-creator Steven Moffat told Comic-Con International attendees during the show’s panel presentation, promising a “rational explanation.” PHOTOS: Benedict Cumberbatch’s career in pictures […]
July 18, 2013 | 7:40 p.m.

Comic-Con: Sherlock lives and Watson weds in next season

Season 3 of the hit BBC series “Sherlock” will feature Dr. John Watson’s wedding, with Sherlock Holmes serving as best man, the show’s creative team revealed Thursday at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Based on the classic mystery stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Golden Globe-nominated BBC series stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) as the brilliant but socially inept detective and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit”) as his long-suffering roommate and co-sleuth. The show’s third season, set to premiere on PBS in the U.S. in early 2014, is highly anticipated after last year’s season finale, in which Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly (and inexplicably) alive. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “There really are only a few ways you can fall from a roof and […]
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