The Hobbit

New Stills from ‘The Hobbit’ Give You a Preview of Bilbo’s Grand Adventure

There’s still two more months before The Hobbit hits theaters and I’m starting to get antsy. As Percy Jackson has proven with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he can produce magic when he’s behind the camera and we’re all just hoping he continues to do so with the epic franchise’s prequel.

Given that it’s a prequel, we go back to the time when Gandalf was still Grey and Bilbo’s hair was still brown. Interestingly, Frodo still looks like the Frodo we know from previous films.

In an effort to get fans of LOTR properly psyched for The Hobbit, five new images were released to offer a preview of Bilbo’s grand adventures before he even came across Sauron’s ring. They’re not much but hey, we’ll take anything we can get at this point.

The Hobbit is scheduled to be released on December 14th.


Little Creatures/Big Brawlers Round Three: Tom Thumb vs Tinker Bell

Round 3!

As you all know by now, as we gear up towards the return of Hobbits and Elves in December’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we’ve begun our tournament of little 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 Ewoks go tiny toe-to-toe with those thieving temporal tidbits, the Time Bandits and even though the Endorians had the brawn, the Bandits had the brains, which put them over the top. The lesson to be learned was that when push comes to shove, fight dirty.

Today we move onto Round Three of our miniscule showdown of the biggest little fighters in the world. Will a thumbs up for victory go to two-incher Tom Thumb or the mini-dress wearing, tight-lipped fairy fighter Tinker Bell? Let’s find out. Read more… »

Sequel Talk: What’s Up with ‘Iron Man 3′, ‘Captain America 2′, and ‘The Hobbit’

There might’ve been a couple of hiccups in the making of Iron Man 3, what with Robert Downey Jr. getting injured and all. But then again, what movie hasn’t encountered a couple of problems here and there while in production? It’s been a month since his injury and it looks like Iron Man is fully recovered since filming in Miami resumed earlier this week. A couple of set photos were released as well, featuring Iron Man’s Mark XLVII and Iron Patriot armor.

Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled as well, because the first trailer for Iron Man 3 will debut later this month on October 23rd.

Iron Man’s fellow Avenger, Captain America, isn’t doing too shabbily on his sequel either. In fact, things are going great for Chris Evans. The production folks are currently in the process of choosing a leading lady for Chris, and all of the prospects are knock-outs. Standing in line are to star opposite Chris are Emilia ClarkeJessica Brown Findlay, Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer and Alison Brie. Personally, my vote’s on Emilia.

Lastly, we’ve got a quick update on The Hobbit. Well, not on the movie itself, but on what Warner Bros. is doing to promote it. They’ve already launched an app for the movie that offered bonus content and images (we featured it earlier here), and now they’re trying to drum up the hype through an online game called Riddles In the Dark.

Check out the gallery for the full scoop on each of these sequels!

Little Creatures/Big Brawlers Round Two: The Time Bandits vs. Ewoks

As you all know by now, as we gear up towards the return of Hobbits and Elves in December’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we’ve begun our tournament of little champions to see who will survive to face off against the Hobbits in the final round just before the film’s release.

Last week we saw the Seven Dwarfs body-slam the Lollipop Guild onto the mat like they were Andy Kaufman trying to maintain some celebrity.  Today we move onto Round Two of our little creature smackdown where those Empire-ending Endorian entities, the Ewoks, take their turn in the ring against the temporal travelling, totally tenacious Time Bandits. Now let’s see who will live to survive to next week’s fight. Read more… »

‘The Hobbit’ Is Getting Its Own Boardgame. I Knew It Was a Good Idea to Build Three Hotels on Shire Avenue

Before computer games, before Angry Birds, before alcohol, I had to kill time somehow and that somehow was with board games. You can tell a lot about how an adolescent will turn out from which boardgames they become obsessed with. My friends who loved Hungry, Hungry Hippos all grew up to be morbidly obese. The ones who were into Monopoly ironically now all work on Wall Street. And my one friend who loved Guess Who became a police officer reprimanded for racial profiling. But this is the first new board game I’ve been excited about in decades.

It looks like later this year, Warner Brothers will be releasing a board game version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The game will let players reenact the quest of Bilbo Baggins and Co., but only…you know…in board game form, which is nowhere near as exhilarating or exciting.

Actually, now that I think about it, board games are kind of incredibly boring. Especially when I can’t cheat by secretly stacking the deck of Trivial Pursuit cards. But the only thing more boring than a normal board game, is one based on a big action-packed movie. How are you going to match the energy of taking out the Death Star when you have to roll a die to see if you’ve landed at Endor, or if you’ve been eaten by a womprat?

So hopefully The Hobbit will find a way to retain the attention span of children raised on Japanese anime cartoons that give you seizures and video games where you can bludgeon some 13-year-old Bangladeshi kid’s avatar to death online with a nuke-powered assault rifle.

Check out the gallery for some of the worst Movie-to-Board Game adaptations.

‘Hobbit’ Inspires Littlest Big Showdown in the World, Round One: Lollipop Guild vs. The Seven Dwarfs

It’s been almost nine years since my last journey to Middle Earth. Full disclosure: I only went there hoping to catch Arwen on the rebound after Aragorn gave her the old heave ho and all I got to show for it was a broken heart and a case of Elven crabs. But it looks like the winds of fantasy are pushing my ship there once again on December 14th when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first installment in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy hits theaters.

As I await the onslaught of every annoying comedian I know doing Gollum impressions, I pay tribute to those timid adventurers of lilliputian dimensions, the Hobbits, with a round robin-style showdown where we pit fantasy’s most badass dwarfs and midgets against one another to see which creatures are truly strong enough to face off against Bilbo and Co. in the final round.

Today’s first round sees a face-off between those scruffy and saccharine slaughters from Munchkinland, the Lollipop Guild, against the holy septemvirate, the miners of might…The Seven Dwarfs. Let’s see who will live to survive to next week’s fight. Read more… »

It’s J.R.R. Tolkien Week! Celebrate with Seven New Images from ‘The Hobbit’

If you’re well-versed in the world of Tolkien, then you’ll know that it’s J.R.R. Tolkien Week this week. This Friday marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, which is the book that started it all. There’s also a double-birthday celebration in order for Saturday because September 22nd is also the birthday of both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins.

With all these milestones and special dates lined up, you can expect Percy Jackson and his crew to release a slew of special content from The Hobbit--starting off with seven new images from the movie.

There’s also a new trailer slated for release on September 19th (which is tomorrow.) Of course, we’ll have that for you here when it hits. Until then, enjoy these new images and celebrate with the rest of the world for the marvels that J.R.R. Tolkien’s words have brought us!