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Desolation of Smaug trailer released!

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Sorry for the lack of posting. It has taken the release of the trailer for the second Hobbit movie to push me back into blogging – and that’s a good thing!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will open in theaters on December 13 of this year, and today the official first trailer for the film has been released.

We are once again transported to Middle-earth and meet back up with our favorite adventurers as they continue on towards the Lonely Mountain – Erebor.

In the trailer we get our first glimpses of Thranduil’s Halls and Evangeline Lily as elf warrior Tauriel. Wizards Gandalf and Radagast venture on towards Dol Guldur, and the dwarves escape from the Mirkwood elves in barrels. Another scene shows the Mirkwood elves defending their home from the white orc Azog. And we also get to see very brief shots of Beorn in bear form, and lastly – but certainly not least – Smaug!

Here are a few screen shots, mostly of the elvish scenes, with more to follow, and the trailer.

Stars, and fans, attend The Hobbit world premiere

Cate Blanchett at The Hobbit world premiere

Actress Cate Blanchett arrives for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey World Premiere

Last night in Wellington, New Zealand thousands of fans, elves, wizards, dwarves, hobbits, and other denizens of Middle-earth gathered outside the Embassy Theater to watch the arrival of The Hobbit‘s many stars for the film’s world premiere.

Some of those that were spotted were Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Barry Humphries (Goblin king), William Kircher (Bifur), Aidan Turner (Fili), Dean O’Gorman (Kili), and of course, director Sir Peter Jackson. Actor Ian McKellen, who plays wizard Gandalf, was unfortunately absent but according the The Huffington Post sent a message along saying, “I wish I were there in my spiritual home in Wellington.”

Some late arrivals to the red carpet included actors John Rhys-Davies, who played the dwarf Gimli in the Lord of the Rings films, and Evangeline Lily who plays Tauriel a warrior elf-maid of Mirkwood, a role created for The Hobbit films by director Jackson.

Fan website (TORn) which broadcasted live from the event has some nice pictures from the red carpet of the stars’ arrivals. And for those that missed their live broadcast, or those that just want to re-watch it,  a stream is provided via their website.

Peter Jackson wows fans with over 12 minutes of ‘The Hobbit’ footage at SDCC

By Noelene Clark,
Los Angeles Times:

Peter Jackson unveiled more than 12 minutes of footage from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” during his Comic-Con panel Saturday, giving fans a glimpse of Martin Freeman’s performance as Bilbo Baggins, a new female character not from the J.R.R. Tolkien universe and some scenes with familiar characters Gandalf, Gollum and Galadriel.

Jackson, who directed “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy before taking on Tolkien’s smaller adventure, was joined on the panel by cowriter Philippa Boyens, Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Andy Serkis (second unit director and, of course, Gollum), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield) and surprise guest Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins in the trilogy and did “a bit of work” for “The Hobbit.”

The panel was the capstone of the Hall H lineup this year. Thousands of fans — more than a few in Middle-earth garb — began lining up Friday and camped overnight. (McKellen paid them a late-night surprise visit.)

The roughly 6,500 fans who made it into Hall H were also treated to breathtaking footage from the film, beginning with a scene in which Gandalf recruits a doubtful Bilbo to join a company of even-more-doubtful dwarves in their quest to stop the greedy and terrible dragon Smaug.

In another scene, Bilbo bargains with Smeagol in the cave, risking his life in a game of riddles: “If Baggins loses,” he croaks, “we eats it whole.” We also see Bilbo finding the One Ring and then later concealing it from Gandalf.

The footage also included a light-soaked scene between Gandalf and Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), in which the elven queen asks the gray wizard why he picked Bilbo for this quest.

“Saruman believes that it is only great power that can hold evil in check,” Gandalf says. “That is not what I’ve found. I found it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk, that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps it is because I’m afraid, and he gives me courage.”

Jackson also screened a featurette documenting the final five days of filming, and fans erupted in cheers as they recognized locations from Tolkien’s book, including the Shire, Lake-town and Rivendell. The featurette showed Freeman scrambling through a mountain of Smaug’s stolen treasure, Orlando Bloom (Legolas) leaping in front of a green screen, Stephen Fry donning his Master of Lake-town costume and Luke Evans performing his own stunts as Bard the Bowman.

The featurette also introduced a Tauriel, an elven woman portrayed by Evangeline Lilly, after the filmmakers began to “feel the weight” of the male-dominated story, Boyens said.

“She brings a very powerful feminine energy into the film,” Boyens said. “We believe that it’s completely within the spirit of Tolkien. … I think you guys are going to fall in love with her.”

Freeman said he “never felt intimidated” by the prospect of playing Bilbo Baggins.

“You can’t really take intimidation or pressure to work with you, because you won’t do your best work or do your best playing, which is really an actor’s job,” he said.

He said he strove for a “lightness of touch,” wit and vulnerability so that the audience could relate to Bilbo and his adventure.

“I’m a big believer of knowing what play you’re in, and in this play, I have to be the eyes and ears of the audience, because I’m the nearest thing to a member of the audience in this film,” Freeman said. “We all have fear. We all have reservations. We all have places that we’re scared to go, whether they’re internal or external.”

Evangeline Lilly Talks More About Tauriel

Evangelline Lily in New ZealandEvangeline Lilly, who is playing the Mirkwood elf named Tauriel (a character created by Peter Jackson) in the upcoming film The Hobbit, recently gave a quick interview with Entertainment Weekly. Most of the interview was about her film Real Steel which has just come out on Blu-ray, but part did focus on her role as Tauriel.

When asked if Tauriel was a warrior elf Lily had this to say, “Yes, she is a warrior. She’s actually the head of the Elven guard. She’s the big shot in the army. So she knows how to wield any weapon, but the primary weapons that she uses are a bow and arrow and two daggers. And she’s lethal and deadly. You definitely wouldn’t want to be caught in a dark alley next to Tauriel.”

‘Bow and arrow and two daggers’ – viewers of The Lord of the Rings will remember that these are also the weapons Legolas, another Mirkwood elf, uses.  It sounds like they are the standard weapons then of the Mirkwood elves.

Lily also mentions that her character won’t appear in the first half of the film, out this December, until near the end. She does say that her character will have a larger role in the second half and that work is becoming more demanding for her. This could very well mean that Tauriel will be  involved in the Battle of the Five Armies that occurs near the end of The Hobbit.

Entertainment Weekly interview:
Evangeline Lilly talks ‘Real Steel’ (now on Blu-ray) and playing a warrior elf in ‘The Hobbit

Evangeline Lilly Speaks Elvish

Evangeline Lilly in New ZealandIn a recent appearance at the red carpet premiere for her film Real Steel, Evangeline Lilly gave fans a little treat in the form of a few of her lines in Elvish from the upcoming The Hobbit. The two lines she gives us in Sindarin are “Tolo hí!” and “Lyst in saim!” which translate to, “Come now!” and “The cells are empty!” Both lines, especially the latter, point to her roll of Tauriel as being one of the Mirkwood Elves. Lilly says she’s been working with a dialect coach, motion coach, language coach, and a stunt coach to bring her character to life.

You can see her interview with Access Hollywood here.

Former ‘LOST’ Star Joins Cast of The Hobbit!

On Sunday, June 19th, Peter Jackson reported via his Facebook page that former ‘LOST’ actress Evangeline Lily is joining the cast of The Hobbit. She will be playing an elf named Tauriel, which means ‘Daughter of Mirkwood’. The role of Tauriel is one that PJ has created for the film and there is no word yet as to how much screen time Evangeline Lily will get. We imagine that she will have more than just a few lines being that she is a well-known actress. The role of Tauriel could also be a replacement for that of Itaril, which was going to be played by Irish actress, Saoirse Ronan until she bowed out back in April (see our post about it here).