Mar 24, 2014

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Andy Serkis to direct Jungle Book for Warner Bros.

Andy Serkis in The Hollywood Reporter

Andy Serkis in The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Andy Serkis has come on board to direct Warner Bros.’ live action take on The Jungle Book. It is unclear if he will take a part in the movie at this stage.

Jungle Book would be Serkis’ feature directorial debut after directing second unit on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies. Some of the shoots involved the creation of elaborate and lively action sequences. Serkis developed a command of CG technology through his acting work not only in The Lord of the Rings, but also in Jackson’s King Kong, Steve Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin and the new Planet of the Apes movies.

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Mar 19, 2014

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Philippa Boyens On The Hobbit: There And Back Again

Philippa Boyens, co-writer and producer of The Hobbit films, spoke to Empire magazine about the upcoming finale of the trilogy, The Hobbit: There And Back Again. She covers why the second movie ends where it does and why the company of dwarves splits up (“A rift begins to open up. And I can’t say much more without going into spoilers for film three.”). Read the full piece here.

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Mar 7, 2014

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MTV Movie Awards nominations for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The MTV Movie awards nominations are in and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is up for a raft of them, including:

  • MOVIE OF THE YEAR
  • BEST FIGHT: Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs. Orcs
  • BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION: Orlando Bloom
  • BEST HERO:  Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins

The  MTV Movie Awards are on April 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, and are hosted by Conan O’Brien.

 

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Mar 4, 2014

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New video: Bringing Smaug to life

See how Benedict Cumberbatch and the VFX team at Weta Digital brought Smaug to life in this new making-of video from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The movie’s home release is set for April 8th

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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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