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HOBBIT NEWS - Benedict Cumberbatch's Bit
In an interview with <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/9459441/Benedict-Cumberbatch-returns-in-Parades-End.html" target="_blank">Telegraph Magazine,</a> Benedict Cumberbatch, who will portray the Necromancer and Smaug, talked a little about his experience filming <i>The Hobbit.</i> He says he filmed mostly in isolation-- barely interacting with the other members of the cast-- against a green screen and wearing a motion capture suit and 'Aboriginal-like face paint.' I think my favorite part is when the article reports the 'undisguised glee' of Cumberbatch as he 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.'<br /><br />The article is an extensive profile of Benedict, so if you're as much of a BC as I am, I highly recommend it. ;)
HOBBIT NEWS - The Hobbit to be shown in 48 fps only in select locations
Warner Bros. is evidently so wary of how <i>The Hobbit</i> will be received in 48 frames-per-second that they've elected to show it that way only in select cities. Peter Jackson and James Cameron are among the directors that believe 48+ fps is the way of the future, insisting that it gives film a real-life feel. But even PJ admits that it takes some getting used to, and indeed, at the 10 minute <i>Hobbit</i> preview four months ago at CinemaCon the reviews were mixed. (The Comic-Con preview to fans was shown at the regular rate.)<br />However, <i>Variety</i> reports that Warner Bros. is choosing the limited release in order to test the market, and if it's received well they will release it more widely.
The release date for the just-announced third Hobbit film is projected to be summer 2014, a change from the usual winter releases of both LotR and the previous 'Hobbits'. (Luckily) the new film has not affected the current release dates of the first two Hobbit films, which are still slated for worldwide release on 14 December this year and 13 December next year.
(Massive!) HOBBIT NEWS - Peter Jackson Announces Third Hobbit Film
So the rumors turned out to be true! On his Facebook page today, PJ wrote a note-- I doubt I can paraphrase it or summarize it more eloquently, so here it is verbatim. <br /><br />It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie - and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved "yes."<br />We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.<br />So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.<br />It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, "a tale that grew in the telling."<br />Cheers, <br />Peter J
Thought you should know that the rumor mill has been very busy lately regarding the possibly of a third Hobbit film. Many sources suggest that Peter Jackson wants very much to turn <i>The Hobbit</i> into a trilogy, and is in deep talks to do so.