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Weta Workshop Unveils New Goodies at SDCC 2016

Weta Workshop, the group of creative artisans that have helped bring to life The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was on hand at this weekend’s Comic Con in San Diego and have unveiled some new figures based on the two movies.

Coming soon to their figures collections are the Witch-king at Dol Guldur, Gimli at Helm’s Deep, and Galadriel at Dol Guldur. Other figures were announced that they are now available to order; they are: Lurtz at Amon Hen, Boromir at Amon Hen, and Saruman the White at Dol Guldur.

Introduced at last year’s SDCC, the Elrond at Dol Guldur figure is also still available.

Weta Workshop’s figures are known for their incredible attention to detail. The figures are designed and created by the same artists that have worked on the movies.

“It takes 400-500 hours to design, sculpt, model make, mold, and paint the prototype for each new piece.” – Weta Workshop

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To order figures that are currently available and keep up on those that are coming soon, visit Weta Workshop’s website.

Battle of the Five Armies Poster and Teaser Trailer Released!

Fans of The Hobbit who attended the San Diego ComicCon (SDCC) over the weekend got a special treat in Hall H where The Hobbit panel was held. Not only were numerous cast members present, but fans got the first look at the new teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Director Sir Peter Jackson was kind enough to post it to his Facebook page so that those who were not in attendance wouldn’t miss out. It has also been added to the movie’s main web page. You can view the trailer below as well as the latest movie poster.


Empire Magazine unveils 5 special Hobbit covers!

Special Empire lenticular Galadirel cover The latest edition of Empire magazine which hits newsstands in the UK tomorrow will feature five different covers for the upcoming film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. But these aren’t just any old covers, they are 3D lenticular covers! That’s right, they are scaled-down versions of the 3D lenticular posters seen at this year’s San Diego Comic Con!

The five covers feature the lovable wizard Gandalf, beautiful and wise elf Galadriel, the mighty leader of the dwarves Thorin Oakenshield, crafty creature Gollum, and of course the hero of the story, hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

Subscribers to the magazine will also get their own special Bilbo cover in addition to one of the lenticulars. The new issue will be available in the UK tomorrow, October 25th, as well as in the UK and US  iTunes stores.

Check out all five covers, as well as the special limited edition cover only available to subscribers in the gallery below.

Peter Jackson brings Comic-Con to fans in latest Hobbit production video No.8

Monday, July 23, director Peter Jackson uploaded The Hobbit production video #8 to his Facebook page.

This latest video shows fans a bit of what went on behind the scenes at Comic-Con in San Diego and also shows a look at what fans in Hall H at Comic-Con got to see.

We are taken back to the final days of filming principal photography for The Hobbit. Jackson gives us glimpses of different sets that we’ll see in the upcoming films, as well as more cast interviews and behind the scene shenanigans with Martin Freeman as the hobbit Bilbo and his dwarf companions.

For the first time we get to hear from actor Lee Pace who will be playing elven King Thranduil. He tells a little about what it was like to play an elf. During his interview, we also briefly get to see some Mirkwood elves in action during a fight scene.

Another first is seeing actor Sylvester McCoy as wizard Radagast the Brown. We get to see his abode of Rhosgobel (meaning “Brown Fenced Homestead”), and hear McCoy practicing some bird calls.

Rhosgobel, the wizard Radagast the Brown’s house.

Other places we get to see for the first time are the town Dale, which has a Mediterranean style to it, Goblintown, Beorn’s House, and possibly a shot of parts of Thranduil’s Halls.

The town of Dale

Beorn’s House

Possibly the wine cellar in King Thranduil’s Halls?

Actors Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, and Cate Blanchett, first seen in The Lord of the Rings trilogy films can be seen once again filming some of their last scenes as Gandalf, Legolas and Galadriel. Still no glimpses of Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon Smaug, nor Evangeline Lily as elf Tauriel (though she may be the auburn haired elf in the fight scene shown during Lee Pace’s interview).

This is the last video following the principal photography for The Hobbit, but Jackson promises more entries that will give fans a behind the scenes look at Post Production on the films.

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.”

Peter Jackson on his way to Comic-Con

‘The Hobbit’ director, Peter Jackson, posted a message to fans via his Facebook page before jetting off to San Diego and Comic-Con.

An excerpt follows:

Looking forward to giving fans a glimpse of the Hobbit,  answer questions and share a few stories about our return to Middle-earth.

For those of you who won’t be attending Comic Con, we have several things in the pipeline to share with you over the next few weeks. Our new video will be ready very soon – in fact our video blog crew has already left for Comic Con, and we’ll be capturing a behind the scenes look at our experiences there.  We’re talking about possibly including a few clips from our Hobbit reel in the blog.

We are also working on our next trailer, which you should expect to see sometime in September.

Jackson continues his message to fans by explaining in more detail his decision to screen The Hobbit reel at Comic-Con in 2-D and 24fps, a move that surprised and disappointed some. The reasons he gives are valid ones and he ultimately leaves it up to viewers to decide come December if they want to see the film at the higher film rate of 48fps, provided there is a theater near them that will have it.

To read the complete note from Peter Jackson, head over to his Facebook page.