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Evangeline Lilly and Barry Humphries join The Hobbit

Two more have joined the cast of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Posting on his official Facebook page, Jackson revealed that Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character (Woodland Elf, Tauriel) and Barry Humphries will be portraying the Goblin King. Here’s the announcement:

Yikes! I can finally get back to some postings!  We’ve […]

Luke Evans joins The Hobbit + Benedict Cumberbatch to voice Smaug

Luke Evans has been cast as Bard in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Meanwhile in other casting news, Benedict Cumberbatch, who is already in the project voicing the character Necromancer, will also voice voice and portray the dragon Smaug via motion capture.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled to hit theaters on December 14, 2012. […]

Official titles and dates announced for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit films

New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have announced the titles and release dates for filmmaker Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit. The first film, titled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” will be released on December 14, 2012. The second film, titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is slated for release the following year, on December 13, 2013.

Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” The adventure of “The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Peter Jackson confirms that Orlando Bloom is returning for The Hobbit

In a post on his official Facebook page, ‘The Hobbit’ director Peter Jackson has confirmed that Orlando Bloom will be reprising his role as the Elf Legolas in the two-part project:

Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I’m excited to announce today that we’ll […]

Stephen Fry joins the cast of The Hobbit

The Hobbit director Peter Jackson updated his official Facebook page to announce that Stephen Fry has been added to the cast:

We are thrilled to confirm that Stephen Fry will be playing The Master of Laketown. I’ve known Stephen for several years, and we’re developing a DAMBUSTERS movie together. In addition to his writing skills, he’s a terrific actor and will create a very memorable Master for us.

Jackson also announced that Ryan Gage and Conan Stevens have joined the two-part project. Click over the jump to read the complete statement.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again (rumored title) is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2012 followed by its sequel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (rumored title) in December 2013.

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Teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Adventures of Tintin’

Yesterday Paramount released the Domestic and International posters for Peter Jackson’s The Adventures of Tintinclick here if you missed them — and today comes the reveal of the first teaser trailer for the film. Click over the jump to watch it.

The Adventures of Tintin is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on December 23, 2011.

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Two Posters for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin

Update: The US poster has also been released. Click over the jump to check it out.

Empire has our first look at the poster for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. The film is produced by Peter Jackson (who is slated to direct the proposed second film). Click over the jump to see the poster in full.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on December 23, 2011.

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Watch a two minute trailer for Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions three-night event + Ian McKellen on the set of The Hobbit

Filming on the two-part Hobbit project continues, and here’s an image from the set taken by director Peter Jackson featuring actor Ian McKellen (Gandalf) with 3D glasses (the film will be shot and released in 3D).

Also, a two minute trailer for the upcoming The Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions return to theaters has been released. Check it out after the jump. The three-night event begins June 14 with ‘Fellowship of the Ring’ followed by ‘The Two Towers’ on June 21 and ‘Return of the King’ on June 28 at select theaters nationwide. The extended editions will also be released on Blu-ray on June 28.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again (rumored title) is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2012. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (rumored title) follows in December 2013.

Continue reading Watch a two minute trailer for Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions three-night event + Ian McKellen on the set of The Hobbit

Ian McKellen confirms Hugo Weaving’s role in The Hobbit

In an update posted to his personal blog, Ian McKellen has confirmed that Hugo Weaving will reprise his role as Lord Elrond in Peter Jackson’s two-part The Hobbit.

Read the complete statement after the jump.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again (rumored title) is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2012, followed by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (also rumored) in December 2013.

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Rob Kazinsky drops out of The Hobbit

Peter Jackson revealed on his Facebook page that Rob Kazinsky, who was to play Fili, has dropped out of The Hobbit due to “personal reasons”:

I am sad to report that Rob Kazinsky, who was cast in the role of Fili, is having to leave The Hobbit and return home, for personal reasons. […]

Ian Holm returning for The Hobbit

Peter Jackson confirmed on his Facebook page that Ian Holm is returning to play Bilbo Baggins in the two-part The Hobbit project:

One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end—many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as […]

Peter Jackson will shoot The Hobbit in 48 FPS + Andy Serkis to direct second unit + Casting news

Peter Jackson has written a post on the official “The Hobbit” Facebook page detailing his decision to shoot the films at 48 frames per second. Jackson explained some of the key advantages to shooting at 48 fps vs. the standard 24 fps:

We are indeed shooting at the higher frame rate. The key thing to understand is that this process requires both shooting and projecting at 48 fps, rather than the usual 24 fps (films have been shot at 24 frames per second since the late 1920′s). So the result looks like normal speed, but the image has hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness. Looking at 24 frames every second may seem ok–and we’ve all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years–but there is often quite a lot of blur in each frame, during fast movements, and if the camera is moving around quickly, the image can judder or “strobe.”

Another added benefit is that shooting at 48 fps helps with eye strain that is sometimes common in 3D films:

Shooting and projecting at 48 fps does a lot to get rid of these issues. It looks much more lifelike, and it is much easier to watch, especially in 3-D. We’ve been watching HOBBIT tests and dailies at 48 fps now for several months, and we often sit through two hours worth of footage without getting any eye strain from the 3-D. It looks great, and we’ve actually become used to it now, to the point that other film experiences look a little primitive. I saw a new movie in the cinema on Sunday and I kept getting distracted by the juddery panning and blurring. We’re getting spoilt!

Click here to read the rest of Jackson’s post. In other news, Gollum actor Andy Serkis will serve as Jackson’s second unit director on the two-film project: Continue reading Peter Jackson will shoot The Hobbit in 48 FPS + Andy Serkis to direct second unit + Casting news