Jul 24, 2014

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And so it begins…

This just in from The Official Hobbit Movie page on Facebook: San Diego Comic-Con International attendees, join us for a first look at #TheHobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies this Saturday, July 26th, at the Warner Bros. Pictures panel at 10am in Hall H! Peter Jackson and our special guests will also be signing this exclusive art at the WB booth at 12:30pm – details here: http://sched.co/1oN9xnq

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster for San Diego Comic Con

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Jun 5, 2014

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New video: The making of the Bombur Bouncing Barrel shot

Weta Digital presents a peek inside the world of the animation team as they work out how to solve one of the most complicated shots in Peter Jackson’s film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. As part of an epic seven-minute action sequence, Bombur’s bouncing barrel shot required an elaborate approach. See how Weta’s animators suited up and used their own performances as part of the animation process.

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Apr 25, 2014

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News from Peter Jackson

This just in from Peter Jackson’s Facebook page…

Inside Information…

Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the “Desolation of Smaug”.

When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.

And so: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” it is.

As Professor Tolkien intended, “There and Back Again” encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies.

Before then however, we have a film to finish, and much to share with you. It’s been a nice quiet time for us—Jabez and I happily editing away in a dark cave in Wellington—but those halcyon days are quickly coming to an end. It will soon be time to step into the light. Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the coming months.

And there’s also The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Cut, which we’re in the process of finishing, with over 25 mins of new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore.

It’ll be a fun year!

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Apr 9, 2014

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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug now on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital HD

“If this is to end in fire, then we will all burn together.”

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Now on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD

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Apr 3, 2014

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Laketown: The Devil is in the Details

This new video from WETA Digital explores their approach to the huge digital shots of Laketown in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Now available on Digital HD, available on Blu-ray April 8.

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