Peter Jackson has took to his official Facebook page to reveal the following 6-minute excerpt of the live event he hosted last week for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ providing us with a first look at the film. Jackson added the following about the footage. “Thanks to everyone who tuned into our Live Event last week. I’ve never done anything like that before, and I was pretty nervous. Hope it was ok. If you saw it, it was a pretty accurate picture of what life is like at the moment. Jabez and I sit in that editing room all day, every day, editing the second Hobbit movie, and we actually start on the third next week! A lot of that movie was shot nearly a year ago, so I’m looking forward to seeing it come alive, shot by shot in the cutting room. It’s like assembling one of those complex 2000 piece jigsaw puzzles. For us, this is really the being of 2013, so I look forward to posting a bunch more stuff as we work through the year. I think that an edited version of the Live Event is being made available over at the official Hobbit site, and Warner Bros have kindly let me post a 6 min excerpt here, to give everyone who missed it a sense of what it was like. Cheers, Peter J.”
The adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ was originally made as a two-part film, however Warner Bros, Peter Jackson, producer Fran Walsh and writer-producer Philippa Boyens announced last year that ‘The Hobbit’ films will be a trilogy. The release schedule for the subsequent two films are as follows: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ arrives in cinemas on December 13th; while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014.
Trek Movie has debuted online these new scanned images for J.J. Abrams’ much anticipated ‘Star Trek’ sequel, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness.’ The images come courtesy of the latest issue of the official Star Trek magazine, which features an interview with ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ co-writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Orci and Kurtzman talk Benedict Cumberbatch’s villainous John Harrison, the arc of the crew, how the film ties into today and even a bit about their next ‘Star Trek’ movie.
On the topic of the villain John Harrison and his relation to the film’s title “Into Darkness”, Roberto Orci said, “Well he understands Starfleet because he was enlisted in a similar way. Some might see part of the title coming from the fact that he’s kind of a dark shadow of members of our crew. He too has gone through the process to some degree, that some of our crew have gone though, and clearly for some reason it’s failed to bring him over, so I think he represents that part of our heroes.”
Fantastic ‘The Hobbit’ Artwork Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch’s Smaug, Lord Elrond & Azog The Defiler
Kinko-White has put together these stunning watercolor and ink pieces for ‘The Hobbit,’ centering on Benedict Cumberbatch’s Smaug the Dragon, Hugo Weaving’s Lord Elrond and the fantastically named Azog the Defiler. Azog is played in the ‘The Hobbit’ films through performance capture by the ‘Spartacus’ and ‘Arrow’ star Manu Bennett. The character is the Orc chieftain of Moria who beheaded King Thrór in the battle of Azanulbizar. He now hunts Thorin and Company, having taken an oath to break the line of Durin. He leads a band of Hunter Orcs and rides a huge white Warg.
If you weren’t already aware, Benedict Cumberbatch is playing both Smaug and The Necromancer in ‘The Hobbit’ film series. Smaug, one of the last remaining dragons in Middle-earth, guards the treasure in Erebor. Cumberbatch will portray Smaug and The Necromancer through motion capture, similar to Andy Serkis with Gollum. Smaug has a very brief appearance in ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ during the opening prologue and the ending, but only portions of him can be seen, not his full body. I’m looking forward to seeing him unleashed in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’!
Hollywood Records has unveiled the cover and tracklist for the original motion picture soundtrack for Marvel’s soon-to-be-released ‘Iron Man’ threequel, ‘Iron Man 3.’ Conducted by Brian Tyler, the soundtrack will be released on April 30th and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Tyler’s film credits include the likes of ‘Eagle Eye,’ ’The Expendables,’ ’Battle: Los Angeles,’ ’Fast Five,’ ‘Rambo,’ and ‘The Expendables 2’; while his video game credits include ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,’ ‘Transformers: Prime,’ and ‘Need for Speed. Check out the full track list after the jump (minor spoilers). Source: Film Music Reporter.
Hot on the heels of the character posters centering on Chloë Grace Moretz’s Hit-Girl and Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s The Motherf—er, Universal Pictures has set loose this new ‘Kick-Ass 2′ character poster for Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s eponymous character, Kick-Ass. The sequel is directed by Jeff Wadlow, with ‘Kick-Ass’ helmer Matthew Vaughn co-producing and co-writing the screenplay. An adaptation of the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr comic, ‘Kick-Ass 2′ is set for a July 19th release in the UK and a August 16th release in the US.
For the ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz are reprising their respective roles of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, while Christopher Mintz-Plasse will return as the villainous Red Mist. Newcomers to the sequel include Jim Carrey as The Colonel, Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity, Olga Kurkulina as Mother Russia, Robert Emms as Insect Man, Lindy Booth as Night Bitch, Daniel Kaluuya as Black Death, and John Leguizamo as Javier, a bodyguard who is assigned to protect Red Mist (though that name will soon become “The Motherf–er” in the sequel). Morris Chestnut replaces Omari Hardwick as Sergeant Marcus Williams. The official synopsis for ‘Kick-Ass 2 can be read below.