The Hobbit

A Hobbit Home Made Completely Out of Balloon Seems Like a Good Use of One’s Time (VIDEO)

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Welcome to the Shire...before it floats away

If you’re not familiar with the Balloon Guy, then you’re probably like 99.9% of the rest of the world. But, I’ve got to say, this is one modern artist whose work I can actually understand and appreciate. Just because I go out on dates to gallery openings and nod my head with my glass of cheap white wine in a plastic cup doesn’t mean I comprehend anything I’m looking at, it just means I like to go to bed with classy art chicks.

But the time-lapse video of above is pretty impressive as the Balloon Guy transforms his family’s entertainment room (which I’m sure his wife was okay with) into Bilbo’s little Hobbit home. And incase you were worried it took him too long to do this, don’t. It was only 40 hours of time with 2600 ballons. Whew! Sigh of relief.

Two New TV Spots from ‘The Hobbit’ Plus Seven New Images (VIDEO)

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The 'Unexpected Journey' That Started It All

Bilbo Baggins is going on his grandest adventure yet, but it’s also going to be one that takes him on a completely unexpected journey. Peter Jackson revisits Middle-earth once more but he takes a couple of steps backward as The Hobbit recounts events that happened prior to the events that transpired in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Read more… »

An Unexpected Briefing from ‘The Hobbit’ on Air New Zealand, Plus a Competition (VIDEO)

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Can You Spot the Secret Elvish Codes?

There are only three instances where a person would pay attention to the in-flight safety video: the first two times they ride an airplane, and when it’s this particular safety video that plays. You might be wondering, what makes this video so special? The cast of The Hobbit (and their southern accents), that’s what! Read more… »

Little Creatures-Big Brawlers Round Six: The Lilliputians vs The Borrowers

Round Six!

Wow. Five weeks in to the Little Creatures-Big Brawlers Tournament of Champions already. Things are moving pretty quick through these opening rounds before we finally move on to the semi-finals to see who will eventually face off against the Hobbits in time for December’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to see who is truly King of the Mountain. Or, should I say King of the Hill. Or, Dwarf of the Slight Incline.

To recap last week, we almost felt bad watching that au pair of Elora, the wollopin’ Willow lay a beat-down of mythological proportions against the Eternian elbow-thrower, the dimension-travelling dynamo, Gwildor, who succumbed to a brain hemorrhage after Madmartigan’s protege was told that Elora Danan was hiding beneath Gwildor’s beard and he laid waste to the trinketer’s skull. Gwildor tried to escape the beating with his Cosmic Key but unfortunately played the wrong tune, vanished, and then reappeared in the same place. Read more… »

Little Creatures-Big Brawlers Round Five: Gwildor vs Willow

Round Five!

Wow. Four weeks in to the Little Creatures-Big Brawlers Tournament of Champions already. Things are moving pretty quick through these opening rounds before we finally move on to the semi-finals to see who will eventually face off against the Hobbits in time for December’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to see who is truly King of the Mountain. Or, should I say King of the Hill. Or, Dwarf of the Slight Incline.

To recap last week, we watched those minstrels of misery, chocolatier champions the Oompa Loompas lay waste to the Hiberian Horror, the Evil of the Emerald Isle, the Leprechaun in a bout that ended with a catchy song about the little fella’s avarice and greed. The Leprechaun learned the hard way that you should never get in the ring with someone who clearly has a cocaine addiction and have no compunction throwing children to their deaths. He should just be happy he wasn’t turned into a big, green everlasting gobstopper.

Today we move onto Round Five of our miniscule showdown of the biggest little fighters in the world. Will Gwildor become the master of his own tiny universe? Or will Willow get madder than Madmartigan and take on his opponent with more fury than Queen Bavmorda has against babies prophesized to lead to her downfall. Let’s check in with our two competitors to find out. Read more… »

Stephen Colbert’s Cameo in ‘The Hobbit’ Will Likely Be As Strange As These Other Off-the-Wall Film Cameos

One Colbert to Rule Them All?

Just as you all expected, yes, Stephen Colbert will be making a cameo of some kind in the new Hobbit film. Very little is known about the exact nature of the role, with the Comedy Central host playing coy as to the size or description of how he’ll be appearing, whether it will be a background role or play a more major character. The only thing that is for certain is that Colbert won’t be appearing in this year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but in one of the two follow-up sequels that arrive in December 2013 and Summer 2014.

I don’t know about you, but I really hope the cameo is hardly recognizable, like one of those ones you have to freeze frame in order to see his head pop up in the background out-of-focus, because quite frankly, if I see Colbert’s face on screen I’m probably going to start laughing thinking about his best bits over the years and not concentrate on some Elves getting their heads bashed in. And that’s why I really go to these movies in the first place. Read more… »

Little Creatures-Big Brawlers Round Four: Oompa Loompa vs The Leprechaun

Round Four

We’re quickly making our way through the opening rounds of Little Creatures-Big Brawlers as we gear up towards the return of Hobbits and Elves in December’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This is of course the world’s biggest little tournament of champions to see who will survive to face off against the Hobbits in the final round of Little Creatures/Big Brawlers just before the film’s release.

To recap last week, we watched the aptly named Tom Thumb thumb wrestle to the death with that pixie dust throwing, short-skirt wearing strumpet Tinker Bell and even though Tom carries a razor sharp wit in that pencil eraser-sized noggin of his, we learned that pain was a dish best served by a woman as Tinker Bell pummeled Tom and his bravado into a matchbox-sized early grave. Remember the song folks: The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

Today we move onto Round Four of our miniscule showdown of the biggest little fighters in the world. Will the Oompa Loompas sing morality tales to victory or will the Hibernian Horror, the Emerald Evil-Doer, the Leprechaun, prevail. Let’s check in with our two competitors to find out. Read more… »