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Advanced Tickets for Desolation of Smaug On Sale Today!


Advanced tickets for the eagerly anticipated second installment of The Hobbit franchise, Desolation of Smaug, go on today in the United States at 9am ET/6am PT.

The film will be available in Standard, Real D 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D. Check with your local theater to see what versions they will have available.

Links for some of the major theater websites are listed below for those who want to order online.

Regal Movie Tickets

AMC Theaters

New ‘Desolation of Smaug’ banner posters

Leading up to today’s release of the latest ‘Desolation of Smaug’ trailer, available here for those who haven’t seen it yet, several new banner posters were revealed. Below is a slide show of each poster. The Thranduil and Legolas/Tauriel ones are really quite stunning, but then we could be a little biased 😉

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The Latest ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer Revealed!

The latest trailer for the next installment of The Hobbit, ‘Desolation of Smaug,’ has hit the Internet and it’s good!

The trailer hints that things will be heating up, and not just because of the dragon Smaug. Some of the things teased at in this trailer are: Thorin obsessed with reclaiming the mountain and his birthright, the elven king Thranduil possibly wanting some of the the dwarves treasure himself, Legolas overly fond of Tauriel with Thranduil disapproving, Bard arguing against helping the dwarves, and last but not least hearing the dragon Smaug’s voice for the first time! This next installment looks like it will be very action packed.


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.

Cumberbatch hints when we might see Smaug

dragon eyeA glimpse of Smaug in the first Hobbit film? That is what actor Benedict Cumberbatch who plays the dragon has hinted at in a recent interview.

Journalist Anne Richardson kindly gave a transcript of her interview with Benedict Cumberbatch to the Cumberbatchweb Tumblr, in which Cumberbatch remarks when he thinks fans will get to see the dragon Smaug.

“I think my eye might open at the end of the first film and then you’ll get the rest of me in the second.”

After director Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. recently announced that the double Hobbit films would now become a trilogy, there has been speculation over what the new name of the second film would be. Two possible titles registered by New Line for the films are The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. If what Cumberbatch says is true, having the second film titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug would make perfect sense.

Smaug, the main antagonist in the book The Hobbit, is the one creature that most everyone is eagerly anticipating seeing in the Hobbit films, and is no doubt the most closely guarded secret in the Jackson-Weta camp, just as Gollum was in The Lord of the Rings films. To end the first Hobbit film with the opening of Smaug’s eye would possibly be the best, most exciting, ending there could be for it.

To read more about Smaug and the other dragons of Middle-earth see the earlier article ‘Year of the Dragon – From Glaurung to Smaug.’


Benedict Cumberbatch briefly talks about Smaug

Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch recently sat down with the UK’s The Telegraph to talk about his role in the new television series ‘Parade’s End’ that is being co-produced by the BBC and HBO.  The actor, most notable for his role as the title character in the another BBC show, Sherlock, was tapped by director Peter Jackson to be in the widely anticipated The Hobbit films. In The Hobbit, Cumberbatch will be playing the Necromancer and the story’s chief villain, the dragon Smaug.

With undisguised glee, Cumberbatch describes Smaug as “a 400-year-old fire-breathing worm who lives in the middle of a mountain on top of a pile of gold, who is three or four times bigger than the Empire State Building and can fly.”

In an earlier post, Cumberbatch told MTV News he pretty much worked alone with director Peter Jackson while filming Smaug. He tells The Telegraph the same and about the special jumpsuit he had to wear as part of the filming process.  “It’s sort of a grey all-in-one jumpsuit, with a skullcap, a Madonna headset and Aboriginal-like face paint,” he explains. “You feel like a tit in all that gear but Peter is so lovely you soon forget.”

To read more of Benedict Cumberbatch’s interview with The Telegraph, visit ‘Benedict Cumberbatch returns in Parade’s End