Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. This week’s seven trailers include several big-franchise sequels and (sort of) prequels (we think); check ‘em all out after the jump. … Read More
The road to Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit has been a long and rocky one, with Guillermo del Toro once on board to direct, but passing on the project when MGM’s financial woes plagued the production. Some good did come out of the development delay, as Peter Jackson returned to Middle Earth to take the directorial reins. The trouble continued, however, when the filmmaker was admitted to a hospital for stomach ulcers, and union boycotts over contract mishaps loomed over the fantasy feature. Somehow the J.R.R. Tolkien adapted story rose from the ashes, and we (finally!) have the trailer to prove it.
The clip has the epic look of the Lord of the Rings movies, but also seems to capture the more lighthearted tone of The Hobbit novel. The dwarves help. Gollum appears all the way at the end, but we get tons of cool shots of Gandalf looking totally badass. Dig the song, too. Hit the jump to watch in full.
The Hobbit is the two-part prequel — shot back to back — to Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Several actors will reprise their roles, including Elijah Wood as Frodo, Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis as Gandalf and Gollum, respectively. Martin Freeman from BBC’s The Office will star as the reluctant hero Bilbo Baggins, who is swept up in a quest to reclaim a lost treasure from the dreaded dragon Smaug. An Unexpected Journey hits theaters on December 14, 2012, while The Hobbit: There and Back Again arrives December 2013. Keep an eye out for the trailer in theaters too, where it’s supposed to make an appearance before the Peter Jackson-produced Adventures of Tintin releasing tomorrow. … Read More
When The Hobbit first hit shelves 75 years ago, it featured a handful of illustrations by JRR Tolkien. Now, in honor of the now-classic fantasy novel’s diamond anniversary, HarperCollins is releasing The Art of the Hobbit, a collection of his sketches, drawings, paintings, and maps, on October 27. Over two dozen of the… Read More
Okay, we’re about to completely reveal our secret (not so secret?) geekiness here, but we’re pretty darn excited by this just-released second production video from the set of The Hobbit (watch the first one here). In it, we fly with Peter Jackson over hill and dale, searching for the perfect spots in the Southern alps for the 80% of filming they have left to do. Not all of the video is amazing — at the risk of being indelicate, we can’t say we’re overly interested in what each cast member is doing with their break — but it’s a rare chance to get an insider view of what location scouting is like. Plus, you get to watch Peter Jackson flop around on the rocks and talk about keeping Gandalf away from the port-a-loos. Priceless. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we met the incredible voice actor behind some of our favorite cartoon characters (including but not limited to Doug Funnie and Philip J. Fry). We fell in love with this print featuring the Tri-Lambs as American Apparel models by Casey Weldon. We tried to imagine what Arrested Development… Read More
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1. We’re not sure what to think about the fact that Lenny Kravitz has been cast as Cinna, Katniss Everdeen’s subversive stylist, in the forthcoming film adaption of The Hunger Games. Says director Gary Ross: “When I saw Lenny’s work in Precious I was just knocked out. It was quiet and strong and understated and… Read More