Oct. 11, 2013 | 4:32 p.m.
“The Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen takes the spotlight on the cover of the latest issue of the Hero Complex print magazine, available now. The lead story in the issue takes a look at the new wave of empowered young women in genre films — not just “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, who returns to the arena in November’s anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” but also “Divergent’s” Shailene Woodley and “Ender’s Game” actress Hailee Steinfeld. The issue also features new interviews with “Carrie” star Chloe Grace Moretz, discussing her take on the Stephen King-inspired horror classic, helmed by indie film icon Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and Evangeline Lilly describing her role in Peter Jackson’s second installment in his planned J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” due in December. We also caught up with fan […]
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) […]
July 19, 2013 | 8:41 a.m.
As part of our Comic-Con coverage this year, Hero Complex reached out to a select group of actors and writers, asking them to document their experiences in San Diego. First up, Evangeline Lilly, the former “Lost” star and author of a new children’s book who will next be seen on the big screen in December in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Hi, Comic-Conners! I’m back after nine years and so thrilled to be part of the perfect chaos that is Comic-Con for the next four days. While I know I will encounter many a “Lost” fan, I am excited to be here to meet “The Hobbit” followers and even more thrilled I can be here with WETA to introduce my new children’s book, “The Squickerwonkers.” Comic-Con gathers passionate folks from all over the world, all ages and demographics, […]
July 01, 2013 | 4:52 p.m.
J. R. R. Tolkien fans hoping for a glimpse of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” in Hall H will have to wait. The second “Hobbit” movie won’t be coming to San Diego’s Comic-Con International, director Peter Jackson announced Monday on the film’s production blog. “I just want to pass on some news, which I’m sure is going to be disappointing to anyone going to Comic-Con this year, any fans,” Jackson said in a video posted on the blog. “A couple of days ago I told [Warner Bros.] that I just really wasn’t ready to present anything of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ at Comic-Con this year.” Disappointing it may be — especially for attendees who are shining their One Rings and getting their elf ears fitted for some Tolkien-themed cosplay — but at least Jackson appears to have a good […]
June 11, 2013 | 2:52 p.m.
The first trailer for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” offers fans a glimpse of the gold-hording dragon Smaug, the return of fan-favorite elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and a peek at the horrors ahead in the Mirkwood forest. “The Desolation of Smaug,” which hits theaters Dec. 13, is part two in the series, following last year’s box office hit “An Unexpected Journey.” “Desolation” picks up where the first film left off, after hobbit Bilbo, wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the dwarfs escape from a band of bloodthirsty orcs. In the two-minute trailer, Smaug (played by “Star Trek Into Darkness” actor Benedict Cumberbatch through performance-capture technology) turns a fiery eye on Bilbo (Martin Freeman), who has sneaked into the enormous dragon’s lair. The dragon’s attack on and occupation of the dwarf kingdom of Erebor is the catalyst for the story in […]
March 19, 2013 | 2:30 p.m.
For his turn as dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” actor Richard Armitage drew inspiration from a very different regal figure created not by J.R.R. Tolkien, but rather William Shakespeare. “I was in a production of ‘Macbeth,’” Armitage told Hero Complex on the occasion of the film’s release last December. “So I went back to all my notes about ‘Macbeth,’ because I just felt there was something about that character unwinding that was relevant to Thorin unwinding in this story.” Thorin, of course, plays a key role in the first of Peter Jackson’s planned three-part adaptation of Tolkien’s beloved 1937 children’s novel, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which makes the trek to Blu-ray and DVD this week. Audiences have a new opportunity to enjoy Armitage’s performance as the mighty warrior who joins forces with […]
March 04, 2013 | 12:57 p.m.
Bilbo Baggins, you’re in some pretty elite company. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” crossed the $1-billion threshold this weekend, boosted by the film’s recent opening in China where it raked in $37.3 million in 10 days. The box-office haul means that the first installment in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel stands as one of the most successful movies of all time. PHOTOS: 60 images from ‘The Hobbit’ “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” opened in the U.S. in December and went on to gross more than $300 million at the domestic box office. The film chronicles the initial leg of Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) trek over the Misty Mountains to help Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his band of dwarf followers reclaim their lost treasure and their homeland. Despite its outsized performance around the world, it still […]
Feb. 28, 2013 | 6:45 p.m.
It’s going to take a little longer to get there and back again. Warner Bros. confirmed today that ”The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” the third film in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s landmark 1937 children’s novel, will be released Dec. 17, 2014. The film originally had been set to open July 18, 2014. PHOTOS: 60 images from ‘The Hobbit’ The first of Peter Jackson’s planned three-part expedition, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” opened in December and went on to gross more than $300 million at the domestic box office. The film chronicles the initial leg of Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) trek over the Misty Mountains to help Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his band of dwarf followers reclaim their lost treasure and their homeland. For the films, Jackson utilized a groundbreaking 48-frames-per-second technology, a new projection technique […]
Feb. 24, 2013 | 2:47 p.m.
It’s a rough time for science fiction and fantasy films at the 2013 Academy Awards. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “Prometheus,” two high-profile films with Oscar pedigrees, fell comparatively flat with critics. They made their share at the box office, but came up short come during the awards season. The closest either genre has to a place at the top of the Oscar honorees this year is through the more fantastical elements of best-picture nominees “Life of Pi” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” though both films spin narratives that are far from sci-fi/fantasy conventions. Both directors, Ang Lee and Benh Zeitlin are also nominated. Oscars 2013: Full coverage And in other categories, there’s barely a film in either genre. There’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” up for best costume design, “The Hobbit’s” three nominations in technical categories, and […]