Dec. 03, 2013 | 1:08 p.m.
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.
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 […]
Dec. 02, 2013 | 1:33 p.m.
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 […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 9:01 p.m.
Director Peter Jackson showed off nearly 20 minutes of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — the second installment in his planned trilogy based on the J. R. R. Tolkien novel — during a worldwide fan event Monday afternoon. After the film’s notable absence from San Diego’s Comic-Con International earlier this year, Warner Bros. is beginning to drum up hype for the sequel, which is due out Dec. 13. The event, held in satellite-linked theaters in New York, Los Angeles, London and Wellington, featured the new footage, a look at Jackson’s most recent production blog video, a preview of the upcoming film’s closing song, a peek at a new scene from this week’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” extended edition release and a live Q&A session with Jackson and cast members. Richard Armitage, who plays dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, and Orlando […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 9:22 a.m.
J.R.R. Tolkien fans who can’t attend today’s global celebration for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” can watch the satellite transmission right here on Hero Complex, using the live stream video below. The event is set for 2 p.m. PST, with director Peter Jackson and several cast members gathering at satellite-linked theaters in Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington, New Zealand, to screen scenes from the Dec. 13 release and answer questions in front of a live audience. Audiences in Brussels, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Rome, Toronto, Hamburg, Germany; and Sydney, Australia will be able to buy tickets to watch the scenes and interviews live in theaters, and the event also will be streamed live online, in the video below, though with an edited version of the scenes from the film. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will host the […]
Nov. 01, 2013 | 11:15 a.m.
It wasn’t so long ago that Evangeline Lilly was one of those strident J.R.R. Tolkien fans worried that Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations wouldn’t capture the poetic soul of the fantasy she so loved as a child growing up in Canada. “I was a bit of a Tolkien purist before Peter Jackson made the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy,” the actress said recently. “I was adamant that I wouldn’t see those films because there was no way that anybody was going to be able to re-create what I had imagined in my mind on the screen. I ended up being dragged to it for a big family Christmas thing and couldn’t believe how accurately he had portrayed everything that I’d ever imagined.” Now Lilly is hoping that fans will be just as pleasantly surprised by her Woodland elf Tauriel, who makes […]
Oct. 25, 2013 | 2:48 p.m.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” director Peter Jackson has announced plans to preview footage from the new film at a “global fan celebration” that will be simulcast in theaters and feature interviews with cast members including Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace and Luke Evans. The event will take place Monday, Nov. 4, with Jackson and cast members gathering at satellite-linked theaters in Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington to screen footage from the Dec. 13 release and answer questions in front of a live audience. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will host the event from New York, where actors Richard Armitage, who plays dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, and Bloom, who is set to reprise his “Lord of the Rings” role as Legolas Greenleaf, are set to appear. Lilly, who plays a new elf named Tauriel created for the film, […]
Oct. 23, 2013 | 2:18 p.m.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s dragon Smaug is getting his own coin as New Zealand prepares for the release of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” less than two months away. New Zealand Post, the country’s government-owned mail service, is also minting coins featuring Bilbo Baggins, Thranduil, Azog and the dwarfs and printing another round of Hobbit-themed stamps in time for the second installment in Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy. The new Tolkien-themed tender and stamps come after the success of last year’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” commemorative stamps and coins featuring characters from Middle-earth. “We had orders from Kazakhstan, Iceland, Libya, Bolivia and the Canary Islands,” said Simon Allison, the Post’s head of stamps and collectibles, in a news release, noting that the mail service processed orders from 88 countries, with the biggest demands coming from New Zealand, Australia, the U.K. and […]
Oct. 01, 2013 | 7:07 a.m.
J. R. R. Tolkien fans finally get a glimpse of Bilbo Baggins facing off against the dragon Smaug in a new trailer for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” released Tuesday. The trailer, which runs 2½ minutes, offers the first extensive look at Benedict Cumberbatch’s motion-capture performance as Smaug, whose attack on and occupation of the dwarf kingdom of Erebor is the catalyst for the story in Peter Jackson’s planned “Hobbit” trilogy. “Truly, the tales and songs fall utterly short of your enormity, oh Smaug the stupendous,” Martin Freeman’s Bilbo says in a quivering voice after sneaking into the dragon’s treasure-filled lair. Smaug responds later in the trailer. “Thief, where are you?” Cumberbatch’s distinctive low voice rumbles before the dragon breathes a giant fireball. “Come now. Don’t be shy. Step into the light.” “The Desolation of Smaug,” which hits theaters […]
July 31, 2013 | 5:47 p.m.
If 169 minutes of dwarfs, goblins, trolls and orcs in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” weren’t enough for you, the movie’s extended edition is coming to Blu-ray on Nov. 5. The extended edition comes less than two months before the theatrical release of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — the second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. The extended edition features a cut of the first film that’s 13 minutes longer than the version shown in theaters (which was released for home video in March) as well as some nine hours of new bonus content. The extended edition will be available for digital download beginning Oct. 22 and will go on sale Nov. 5 in three different combinations — a five-disc Blu-ray 3-D combo pack set ($54.98), a three-disc Blu-ray set ($35.99) […]