Posts Tagged ‘the hobbit’

Book adaptations: To stay faithful or not to stay faithful

Book adaptations: To stay faithful or not to stay faithful

Sitting down to watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug made me ponder about book adaptations. More specifically, it made me wonder whether or not it is better to keep the film faithful to the source material, or if a little creative input and additional exposition makes for a better film? It's a difficult one to call because not all...

Continue Reading

Full list of BAFTA 2014 nominations announced

Full list of BAFTA 2014 nominations announced

The full list of nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 (BAFTA) were announced this morning. Gravity is leading the fray with 11 nominations, but is closely followed by 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle with ten nominations each. While it might appear that certain films are dominating this year, when you look through...

Continue Reading

JRR Tolkien film biopic to be made

JRR Tolkien film biopic to be made

With the second instalment of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hitting big screens this winter, what better time to announce a biopic of the author J.R.R. Tolkien? Fox Searchlight, the company behind last year's acclaimed biographical comedy-drama, Hitchcock, are working on another biopic about the author of Lord of the...

Continue Reading

Third and final Hobbit pushed back – AGAIN!

Third and final Hobbit pushed back – AGAIN!

Bad news Hobbit fans (or good news depending on how you look at it), the third and last instalment of The Hobbit has been pushed back a few months to December 2014, meaning we'll have to wait a whole year after The Desolation of Smaug, to watch the finale. There have been so many changes in regards to The Hobbit franchise, that we're...

Continue Reading

Jackson announces The Hobbit will be extended into 3 films

Jackson announces The Hobbit will be extended into 3 films

Peter Jackson has announced that his much anticipated film, The Hobbit, will be extended into three films. The Lord of the Rings director announced on Facebook today that a third film will be added to his cinematic adaptation of JRR Tolkien's popular novel of the same name. The un-named film could reach cinemas as soon as 2014,...

Continue Reading

Elijah Wood gets musical in Grand Piano

Elijah Wood gets musical in Grand Piano

Elijah Wood was last seen lending his voice to Mumble, the cute dancing penguin in Happy Feet 2. Now he's all set to play the lead role in Grand Piano. In this independent thriller, Elijah Wood will play a concert pianist who is paralysed with stage fright in later life. When his character plucks up the courage to make his comeback after...

Continue Reading

Oscars venue renamed the Dolby Theatre in new deal

Oscars venue renamed the Dolby Theatre in new deal

The famous Hollywood theatre that hosts the prestigious Oscar awards ceremony has been renamed the Dolby Theatre in a new sponsorship deal. American audio company, Dolby, are now sponsoring the venue which Kodak were rumoured to have been paying $3.6m annually for naming rights. Formally known as the Kodak Theatre, the huge...

Continue Reading

Audience give mixed reaction to 48fps Hobbit footage, Jackson responds

Audience give mixed reaction to 48fps Hobbit footage, Jackson responds

Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, The Lovely Bones) decided to shoot The Hobbit at a higher frames-per-second rate than usual - twice as high, in fact. Did the audience notice? Yep, and they're not all happy. The reaction is mixed simply because it appears to take some getting used to. At least one claim that it now looks a little too...

Continue Reading

Pinewood loses money despite record revenue

Pinewood loses money despite record revenue

Pinewood Shepperton studios reportedly suffered a £3.9 million loss in 2011, despite the fact they received a record revenue totalling £50.7 million. Last year was a good year for Pinewood in terms of film. They celebrated a 24% increase in revenue, despite the fact their plans for a "Hollywood" style expansion were denied. The...

Continue Reading

Orlando Bloom to star in Zulu … no not that one

Orlando Bloom to star in Zulu … no not that one

Orlando Bloom's career has taken a dip in the last few years since Pirates of the Caribbean 3. He could be back on form with his brand new project though. He has signed on to star in Zulu. Now before we start, don't confuse the title with the classic Michael Caine war film set in South Africa. You know, the 1964 Zulu they show every...

Continue Reading

Tom Hiddleston joins Black Wings Has My Angel

Tom Hiddleston joins Black Wings Has My Angel

It has been announced that Tom Hiddleston is the latest actor to join the cast of upcoming film noir-esque flick, Black Wings Has My Angel. Hiddleston, who was most recently seen on screen in Steven Spielberg's War Horse, is now set to join True Blood's Anna Paquin, as well as critically acclaimed Hobbit, Elijah Wood in this adaptation...

Continue Reading

The Hobbit: casting call shut down over safety.

The Hobbit: casting call shut down over safety.

Contrary to popular belief, open casting calls for film productions are rather dull. Well, unless you're hoping to be in The Hobbit it would seem. Then there are concerns for your safety to consider. Okay, so open auditions, whether you're hoping to be a character or just an extra, tend to go like this: you queue for hours, the casting...

Continue Reading

Benedict Cumberbatch Cast in Star Trek Sequel

Benedict Cumberbatch Cast in Star Trek Sequel

It has been announced that British actor Benedict Cumberbatch will star in the upcoming sequel to J. J. Abrams' 2009 Star Trek film. He might currently be making headlines in his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's popular Sherlock series, but it seems that he could soon be headed for Hollywood. The actor has reportedly been cast in...

Continue Reading

Triple Threat: Dark Knight, Prometheus, Hobbit trailers

Triple Threat: Dark Knight, Prometheus, Hobbit trailers

Oh yes. You like trailers? How about trailers for what could be three of the biggest films of 2012? That's right, I'm talking about The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and Prometheus. Feel tingly yet? First up, because I think we should start with something dark (they're all dark, but this has that word in the title, so...

Continue Reading

The Doctors on Film

The Doctors on Film

This Friday sees the released of the 3D comedy horror remake of Fright Night, directed by Craig Gillespie. The film stars David Tennant, who is perhaps best known for his TV role as the Doctor in the long-running sci-fi programme, Doctor Who. With this mind, we take a look at other instances of the Doctor's various incarnations making their way...

Continue Reading

Rise of the Planet of the Apes new trailer released

Rise of the Planet of the Apes new trailer released

The latest trailer has been revealed for Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The excitement surrounding this film continues to mount as the latest trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes is released. Unlike previous trailers, this one gives us much more insight into what we can expect to see from the lead ape, Caesar, played...

Continue Reading

Barry Humphries and Evangeline Lily to star in The Hobbit

Barry Humphries and Evangeline Lily to star in The Hobbit

Yes, that's the same Evangeline Lily from Lost. However, who is Barry Humphries, you ask? Well, you may know him by another name - Dame Edna Everage. For those living in the UK, it's hard not to know who Dame Edna is. The crazy, pink/purple-haired woman with horn-rimmed glasses and a penchant for glitter and cheeky comments, she's a much loved...

Continue Reading

The Hobbit titles and release date announced

The Hobbit titles and release date announced

Welcome to Hobbit monthly - sorry, TFR. We're pleased to announce that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be gracing cinemas on December 14th, 2012, and December 13th, 2013, respectively. Yeah, I hear you, "why not tomorrow?" I'm thinking the exact same thing. But it's fantastic to see that the titles...

Continue Reading

Andy Serkis named as The Hobbit’s Second Unit director

Andy Serkis named as The Hobbit’s Second Unit director

Andy Serkis, known in the Jackson-Middle Earth universe as the mo-cap (motion capture) actor behind Gollum, has been chosen by The Hobbit director, Sir Peter Jackson, to direct the second unit. This is a huge step up for Serkis, who has not only starred in The Lord of the Rings, but who also recently played the iconic role of Ian Drury in Sex...

Continue Reading

Bret McKenzie to star in The Hobbit

Bret McKenzie to star in The Hobbit

Too many Hobbits on the dance floor! Too-many-Hobbits! Yep, after his appearance in Lord of the Rings, Flight of the Conchords star Bret "Brit" McKenzie is appearing in The Hobbit. Now, for those of you who weren't aware of his appearance in The Lord of the Rings, he manifested briefly as an unnamed Elf, who was subsequently dubbed "Figwit"...

Continue Reading

The Hobbit filming now underway

The Hobbit filming now underway

Did you hear that? It's like a million fantasy geeks (myself included) cried out, and were suddenly silent - oh, wait. No, they've gotten louder. It's official. The Hobbit cameras are rolling. If you've been following news on this film at TFR (and if not, why not?), you'll know that every development, no matter how pedantically minute, has...

Continue Reading

Hobbit delayed, Jackson hospitalised

Hobbit delayed, Jackson hospitalised

Just as The Hobbit was due to go into production, director Peter Jackson has been taken into hospital for an urgent operation to repair a perforated ulcer.Admitted to Wellington hospital last night with acute stomach pains, he soon underwent surgery and is now currently resting. It's expected he'll be absolutely fine after he recovers, and it's...

Continue Reading

McKellen, Serkis and Wood all confirmed for The Hobbit

McKellen, Serkis and Wood all confirmed for The Hobbit

Not the easiest offer to turn down, and considering most of them are Lord of the Rings geeks anyway, it's a no-brainer, surely? Either way, Gandalf, Gollum and Frodo are in! Ignoring the rather odd announcement of Elijah Wood returning as Frodo, as Frodo's not technically in The Hobbit (TFR's guess - epilogue), knowing that Gollum and Gandalf...

Continue Reading

Warner Bros. to fund The Hobbit

Warner Bros. to fund The Hobbit

Seems like Warner Bros. have warmed to The Hobbit once again, after announcing that they'll be footing the $500m production bill. After a colossal amount of in-fighting, angry unions, an even angrier Warner Bros. and an even, still yet angrier Peter Jackson, it's finally going ahead. And, in a rather generous turn of events (or not really,...

Continue Reading

New Zealand to Watford: Hobbit debate continues

New Zealand to Watford: Hobbit debate continues

The Hobbit might be filming in Watford, UK rather than New Zealand, as talks to keep the two films in Jackson's homeland continue. [caption id="attachment_4298" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The new home of The Hobbit?"][/caption] Having been temporarily blacklisted by the same national film community that had been blessed with...

Continue Reading

It’s official: Martin Freeman is Bilbo Baggins

It’s official: Martin Freeman is Bilbo Baggins

It seems the Sherlock actor has made it through his commitments to the programme's second series after all - his reward? The role of Bilbo Baggins. In a reveal that's had the internet jumping up and down with Middle-Earth fever since the New York Times broke the news, Martin Freeman will take up the role of, some would argue, one of the...

Continue Reading

Jackson and Warner Bros. might be shooting Hobbit elsewhere

Jackson and Warner Bros. might be shooting Hobbit elsewhere

Oh, New Zealand - we knew so little of you, as kids, but Lord of the Rings certainly changed that. Sadly, the New Zealand Actor's Equity could ruin things for The Hobbit. A word of advice to actor's guilds around the world - if a director managed to secure worldwide fame and a significant increase in tourism for his home country, don't make...

Continue Reading

Peter Jackson on a global trip to cast The Hobbit

Peter Jackson has been searching for the right faces to appear in The Hobbit in LA, New York and London this week. Perhaps this confirms rumours about his directorship of the film? Those waiting in endless cinematic limbo for the decision of who's directing The Hobbit may see this as a strong sign Jackson will be taking it up. Visiting various...

Continue Reading

Neill Blomkamp to take over The Hobbit?

For those who were worried that Bilbo's adventure through Middle Earth with a band of dwarves and an eccentric wizard, often said to be one of (if not the) foundation upon which all fantasy is built, wasn't going to happen; fear not. Turns out District 9 might not be the only thing Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp have in common. The film's...

Continue Reading

Del Toro Quits The Hobbit

I know. It's just horrendous, isn't it? Not only will Peter Jackson (if you're a Ring-fan that's Our Lord and Saviour, to you) not be taking the helm, but now neither will the director of Pan's Labyrinth and the Hellboy film adaptations. Crushing news for anyone looking forward to a Bilbo Baggins with a penchant for the melancholy, right? Now,...

Continue Reading