Feb 26, 2014

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug leads the way in Empire Awards 2014 nominations

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the front runner in the UK’s Jameson Empire Awards 2014, with seven nominations, just ahead of Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed 12 Years A Slave. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Captain Phillips are also frontrunners for this year’s awards with five nominations apiece with Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D space epic, Gravity, not far behind with four nods.

Voted for by the public, the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 recognises box office blockbusters alongside the critics’ favourites and sees films that may not be otherwise recognised, nominated for awards. Read more about the nominations here.

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Feb 20, 2014

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on DVD and Blu-ray

Warner Bros. has announced that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released on DVD and Blu-ray April 8.


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Feb 13, 2014

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What would Middle Earth look like from space?

Middle Earth From Space

A team of Danish programmers is rendering Middle Earth on a truly planetary scale. As reported on the Fast Company Design blog, “The scale model is called the Middle-Earth Project, and it is so epic in scope that you can see the Eye of Sauron from space, yet so finely detailed that you could zoom from space right into Bilbo’s Hobbit hole.”

You can watch a video demo of the project on YouTube, or download a demo of the program for yourself here, or join in on the lively conversation about the project over at io9.

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Feb 6, 2014

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Does Bilbo have the Arkenstone?

If Bilbo has the Arkenstone why doesn’t he give Thorin a straight answer, toward the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? That’s the question being debated currently in this thread on Quora.

We also like the creative debate on another Hobbit-related question there: What would you do if you were a giant intelligent fire breathing flying dragon like Smaug?

Follow the links to read more and join the discussions on these, and other burning questions regarding The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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Jan 18, 2014

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Oscar Nominations for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Nominees for the 86th Oscars

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.

The first film of the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, was also nominated for three Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Production Design). Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, released between 2001 and 2003, had 30 Oscar nominations, winning 17.

Click here for the full list of nominees at Oscars.org.

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Dec 21, 2013

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Production Diary 14: Scoring The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

In his final production diary of 2013, Peter Jackson takes you behind the scenes for the scoring of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug soundtrack is available on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Hobbit2_a and iTunes: http://smarturl.it/smaugi .

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Dec 17, 2013

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More Smaug (because there’s never enough Smaug)

A new poster image from Warner Bros.

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