A Look Back At Peter Jackson’s 17 Year Journey Through Middle-earth

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Official Synopsis:

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Manu Bennett, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Aiden Turner, Sir Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, William Kircher, Peter Hambleton, Sylvester McCoy. Jed Brophy, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, John Callen, and Adam Brown.

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ is set to release on December 17th, 2014.

Final Trailer For Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

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“You’ll have a tale or two to tell of your own when you come back.”

Warner Bros. have released the final trailer, narrated by Sir Ian Holm, for Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.’ The feels.

Official Synopsis:

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Manu Bennett, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Aiden Turner, Sir Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, William Kircher, Peter Hambleton, Sylvester McCoy. Jed Brophy, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, John Callen, and Adam Brown.

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ is set to release on December 17th, 2014.

Stephen Colbert as Bilbo, Gandalf and Legolas in New Hobbit EW Covers and Character Portraits

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It’s no secret that Stephen Colbert, of The Colbert Report, is a huge fan of Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Director Peter Jackson invited him and his family to the set and gave them cameos in Desolation of Smaug. Entertainment Weekly invited Stephen Colbert to write this week’s cover story for the release of ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.’ Colbert is featured in three fun EW covers as Bilbo, Gandalf and Legolas.

“Just me and a few of my friends got together to play dress-up,” Colbert says. “Lucky for me, my ‘friends’ are the wardrobe department for ‘The Hobbit.’ The original costumes and wigs were flown in from New Zealand just for me. They didn’t even fly the costumes out of New Zealand for the actors! They had to wear them there!”

The issue also includes a Q&A between Colbert and Jackson and an essay by Colbert about what Middle-earth means to him.

“Tolkien’s work has been a lifelong haven for me—truly a light in dark places when all other lights went out,” he writes. “For an awkward teenager, Middle-earth was a world I could escape to. Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth also gave me a world to escape to, but by the time his films came out, I was rich and famous and didn’t really want to escape my life anymore. Still, great movies.”

I adore all three covers. Can’t wait to buy them. The issue hits stands this Friday.

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2 New Clips From ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

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I can’t wait! 11 more days and counting.

Smaug Attacks:

Never Underestimate Dwarves:

Official Synopsis:

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Manu Bennett, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Aiden Turner, Sir Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, William Kircher, Peter Hambleton, Sylvester McCoy. Jed Brophy, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, John Callen, and Adam Brown.

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ is set to release on December 17th, 2014.

New Featurette For ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ – “Return to Middle-earth”

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The cast of ‘The Hobbit’ describe the emotional end to their journey through Middle-earth.

Official Synopsis:

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Manu Bennett, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Aiden Turner, Sir Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, William Kircher, Peter Hambleton, Sylvester McCoy. Jed Brophy, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, John Callen, and Adam Brown.

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ is set to release on December 17th, 2014.