I plan to change and expand the visuals from Peter's and I know the world can be portrayed in a different way. " Hunter said, "Being cast in The Hobbit is really exciting and really an honour. I believe that the narrative and characters are rich enough to fit in two films. " On the casting of Hadlow, Jackson said, "I have worked with Mark Hadlow on many projects [Meet the Feebles and King Kong]; he is a fantastic actor. One hundred thousand people lined the red carpet on Courtenay Place, and the entire event was broadcast live on television in New Zealand and streamed over the Internet. Viewers are to learn the tale of 'The Hobbit' as a familiar Frodo gets the tale as well. , On 16 December 2007, New Line and MGM announced that Jackson would be executive producer of The Hobbit and its sequel. , Partly out of fear for the Tolkien tourism effect, on 25 October 2010, thousands of New Zealanders organised protest rallies imploring that production remain in New Zealand, arguing that shifting production to locations outside New Zealand would potentially cost the country's economy up to $1.5 billion. Warner Bros. ultimately decided to invest in a game not based directly on the movie, but happened in the same world at the same time.  Shaun Gunner, the chairman of The Tolkien Society, supported the decision: "‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ much better captures the focus of the film but also more accurately channels the essence of the story.". " This would subject actors who work on the film to possible expulsion from the union. The films take place in the fictional world of Middle-earth sixty years before the beginning of The Lord of the Rings, and follow hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) to accompany thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).  On 15 October 2010, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. confirmed that The Hobbit was to proceed filming with Jackson as director and that the film would be in 3D.  He hoped to collaborate again with cinematographer Guillermo Navarro. This demo was designed to convince The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, and Guillermo del Toro, who at the time was attached to The Hobbit movie, that Traveller's Tales was capable of making a non-Lego game based on the upcoming film.  The second film was retitled The Desolation of Smaug and the third film was titled There and Back Again in August 2012. " On the casting of Stott, Jackson commented "Fran and I have long been fans of Ken's work and are excited he will be joining us on this journey. The events of the game take place directly after Sauron fled to Mordor, escaping The White Council, which was shown at the beginning of the film. The incidents had happened over a year prior, were involved in the housing of animals not the filming, and had been reported to the American Humane Association, who investigated in late 2011 and recommended improvements to the animals' living areas. Ten minutes is sort of marginal, it probably needed a little bit more". As with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Weta Digital was involved in the creation of special effects. 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Start studying hobbit chapter titles Ch 1 - 8. , In December 2012, Philippa Boyens expressed regret that del Toro's version of the film remained unmade.  Jackson said "James's charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles. However, as opposed to The Lord of the Rings, where the actors who played Orcs portrayed them through full-body makeup and prosthetics, many of those actors in The Hobbit had computer-generated faces in order to portray them. Additional musicians, including two gamelan orchestras, and the London Voices and Tiffin' boys choir, augmented the orchestra. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. No one was anywhere near him.  The entire event was also broadcast live on TV3 (New Zealand), and streamed over the Internet. , The Hobbit trilogy was released in Ultra HD Blu-ray on 30 November 2020 in the United Kingdom and on 1 December 2020 in the United States, including both the theatrical and the extended editions of the films. Like the previous installment, it surpassed both The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers in nominal box office performance. , By November 2008, del Toro had said that he, Jackson, Walsh and Boyens would realise something new about the story every week and the script was continually changing.  Bloom revealed on 25 April 2011 that he had been in contact with Jackson, who had given him a copy of the screenplay and said that there was a high probability that he would return.  On 24 April 2014, the third film was renamed The Battle of the Five Armies. The Hobbit Affair and the Future of Unions, "Price to keep Hobbit in NZ is extortionate", "The Hobbit documents released: Jackson's frustrations revealed", "Quint and Peter Jackson talk The Hobbit and a potential return to low budget horror!!! Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans.  When Guillermo del Toro was set to direct he had stated that a video game, if it were to be made, would not be released to tie-in with The Hobbit film, but rather after their release. A lot of the crew from The Lord of the Rings was returning to work on The Hobbit. "The Hobbit" is simpler and less epic than the trilogy that followed it, but Tolkien's brilliant writing, magical world and pleasantly stodgy hero bring a special life to this early fantasy classic. " The following month, New Line was fined $125,000 for failing to provide requested accounting documents.  Fry spoke of his role, saying "My character is an opportunity for sheer grossness .... [Peter Jackson] had me eating testicles ... gross appetites. Since seeing him read for the role we can't imagine anyone else playing this character.  On 3 March 2011, Holm revealed that he had been in talks with the producers about reprising the role, but that he had not heard back from them yet. After his hiring in 2008, del Toro confirmed the sequel would be about "trying to reconcile the facts of the first movie with a slightly different point of view.  100,000 people lined the red carpet on Wellington's Courtenay Place for the premiere.  Some critics did respond positively to the overall effect of the higher frame rate, saying it just takes a while to get used to – still allowing that the extra clarity can make some scenes look like "actors on a set rather than a scene in a movie". , Del Toro said that he was faced with two possible places to split the story, including Smaug's defeat. Terms in this set (19) The Unexpected Party. Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and Analysis. Saturday 10 June 2017 10:30. The Employment Relations (Film Production Work) Amendment Bill was introduced on 28 October 2010 after an urgency motion, allowing it to pass its final readings the next day, 66 votes in favour to 50 opposed. We've designed the sets and the wardrobe.  However, the studio did not confirm whether or not the game would be a tie-in with the film..  During the production of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, McCoy had been contacted about playing the role of Bilbo and was kept in place as a potential Bilbo for six months before Jackson went with Ian Holm. This amount was the Trust's estimated share in respect of the gross profit participation due for the films based on "The Lord of the Rings". The films were recorded digitally onto 128 GB solid-state drives that fit into the Red Epic camera. Bilbo quotes two of his father’s sayings. In return, the government agreed to introduce legislation to remove the right of workers to organise trade unions in the film production industry and to give money to big budget films made in New Zealand.  Boyens stated that the most significant script change was to Bilbo's characterisation: "It shifted and changed into someone who, rather than being slightly younger and more innocent in the world, once had a sense of longing for adventure and has lost it and become fussy and fusty. While the third film, which as its title indicates, depicts the Battle of the Five Armies, largely made use of footage originally shot for the first and second films, it required additional filming as well. 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Rate 5 stars Rate 4 stars Rate 3 stars Rate 2 stars Rate 1 star .  Producer Mark Ordesky, the executive producer of The Lord of the Rings, planned to return to supervise the prequels. The trustees acknowledge that New Line may now proceed with its proposed film of The Hobbit.  Smaug would not have a "snub Simian [mouth] in order to achieve a dubious lip-synch". " McCoy, the former Doctor Who star, who appeared alongside McKellen in a Royal Shakespeare Company's King Lear, was confirmed to be in negotiations to play a major role as a "wizard" in October 2010, leading to speculation he could appear as Radagast the Brown.  During the early stages of pre-production, former director Guillermo del Toro indicated that he was interested in having Holm reprise the role of Bilbo, but acknowledged that he might be too old to take on such a physically demanding role. The One Wiki to Rule Them All is a FANDOM Movies Community. " He also noted the story must be drawn from only what is mentioned in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as they do not have the rights to The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales. From Jonathan Swift to Ian Fleming, here are some of the best headings to grace the inside of books. For the second, I have the responsibility of finding a slow progression and mimicking the style of Peter. But now that has all gone.  According to Jackson, the third film would make extensive use of the appendices that Tolkien wrote to expand the story of Middle-Earth (published in the back of The Return of the King). According to TheOneRing.net, "As readers of 'The Hobbit' know, the tale of 'The Downfall of The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit or There and Back Again,' are contained in the fictional 'Red Book of Westmarch.' Chapter Titles of the Hobbit. The final film premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on 1 December 2014. I don't like sword and sorcery, I hate all that stuff". Chapter 1. , Pre-production began around August 2008, with del Toro, Jackson, Walsh and Philippa Boyens writing the scripts. On her casting, Jackson said, "Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with and I couldn't be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films. " On the casting of Turner, Jackson stated, "Aidan is a wonderfully gifted young actor who hails from Ireland. But I can't really talk too much about it because it's still sort of in the ether. Del Toro felt Tolkien's experiences in that war influenced his stories. The films feature Manu Bennett, Conan Stevens, John Tui, Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, John Bell, Mikael Persbrandt, Barry Humphries, and Lawrence Makoare. John Bell plays Bain, Manu Bennett plays Azog, Craig Hall plays Galion, Ben Mitchell plays Narzug, John Rawls plays Yazneg, Stephen Ure plays Fimbul and Grinnah, Kiran Shah plays a goblin scribe, and Stephen Colbert was cast in an undisclosed cameo.  Cumberbatch portrayed both of his roles through motion capture, as did Humphries for his character. Learn. Tolkien published books set within Arda. What are they? On his potential casting, del Toro stated, "[Holm] certainly is the paragon we aspire to.  In September 2006, the new ownership and management of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer expressed interest in teaming up with New Line and Jackson to make The Hobbit. The Hobbit is a fantasy novel, and it contains many of the genre’s traditional tropes: a quest, treasure, a dark forest, and even a dragon. The launch of the Lego The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released to coincide with the release of the film adaptation's first part in December 2012.  Jackson said "Adam is a wonderfully expressive actor and has a unique screen presence. Can you name the missing words from the chapter titles in The Hobbit? , On 16 December 2011, Warner Bros. and Lego announced the development of figures and play sets based on the upcoming adaptations of The Hobbit as well as The Lord of the Rings.  However, once the entire film was released, many critics retained their complaints. , In a bid to pressure director Peter Jackson to stop using live animals in future films and use instead 100% CGI-inserted animals, animal rights group PETA planned protests as the film was released. , During July 2011, scenes from The Hobbit were filmed at Pinewood Studios, England. How many chapter titles can you name from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? , At an industry event screening in April 2012, Peter Jackson showed a ten-minute clip of the film, and the new High Frame Rate 48 fps format received "an underwhelming reaction at best", while Variety stated that the footage "looked distinctively sharper and more immediate than everything shown before it, giving the 3D smoother movement and crisp sharpness". From the American edition published by Scholastic. Write. , Additionally, the films were filmed at a 5K resolution, native to the Red Epic cameras, which provides a more detailed picture than the conventional 4K resolution. Note: While I like to have fun with the chapter descriptions here, I feel honor bound to say that this series isn’t comedic, for the most part. , The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has won the "Technical Achievement" award by the Houston Film Critics Society, who also nominated it for "Best Original Song", the award for "Outstanding Virtual Cinematography" by the Visual Effects Society, and the Empire Awards for "Best Actor" and "Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy". , The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies was released on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on 23 March 2015 in the United Kingdom and on 24 March in the United States. While many noted the clarity and immediacy of the action scenes, they also criticised the picture quality as "hyper-real," clear enough to detect "painted sets" and "prosthetic noses". Add text, web link, video & audio hotspots on top of your image and 360 content. A summary of Part X (Section4) in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. On the casting of Armitage, Jackson was quoted as saying, "Richard is one of the most exciting and dynamic actors working on screen today and we know he is going to make an amazing Thorin Oakenshield. In February 2009, Jon Burton flew to New Zealand to pitch to Jackson and del Toro. You wait till it has been cleaned and redecorated."  Jackson explained he chose not to direct because it would have been unsatisfying to compete with his previous films. Chapter 2.  Tickets to the film's midnight screenings in New Zealand sold out within minutes of going on sale, prompting director Peter Jackson to say that the fans who missed out "may get something special" which could include getting to see the film "possibly even a minute or two before anyone else".  Jackson recorded a video blog from the set, which featured Christopher Lee in full makeup and costume as Saruman. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Chapter Titles.  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", Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Christopher Lee were also cast in January to reprise their roles of Gandalf the Grey, Gollum, and Saruman the White from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Chapter 3. A Short Rest. I think the titles should go: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey And a coward to boot and very, very greedy.  Del Toro also added (before writing began) that if they could not find a coherent story for the second film, they would just film The Hobbit, stating "The Hobbit is better contained in a single film and kept brisk and fluid with no artificial 'break point'. But I would love to go back to work with Peter Jackson. , The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD in United States on 19 March 2013, and was released in the United Kingdom on 8 April 2013. , The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released on DVD, 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray on 7 April 2014 in the United Kingdom and on 8 April 2014 in the United States.  Del Toro spent his mornings writing and afternoons looking at material related to Tolkien to help him understand the writer's work. Take a look! , In October 2011, Warner Bros. confirmed that a Hobbit video game would be released in 2012, before the first film's release. She revealed that it would have had a different script and visual elements, and would more closely have resembled a fairy tale. " O'Gorman was a last minute replacement for Rob Kazinsky had originally been cast for the role in October 2010, but left the film on 24 April 2011 "for personal reasons".. Warner Brothers developed two free-to-play online strategy games in collaboration with Kabam for promoting the film series which were The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth released for Android and iOS on 8 November 2012 and The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age playable online on web browsers and as a Facebook app that was released on 21 March 2013.  Reports began to surface around the Internet about possible directors; apparently the studios wanted Jackson, but such names as Neill Blomkamp, Brett Ratner, David Yates and David Dobkin were mentioned. I can't think of anything comparable. These sound like they could just be chapter or disc titles for the Blu-ray release (remember each Extended Cut disc of LOTR had a title).  Jackson reiterated that no casting decisions had been made. ", In May 2010, New Zealand Actors Equity (NZAE) received from the film's producers a sample of the contracts it was offering to actors' agents.  As well as confirming Jackson as director, the film was reported to be greenlit, with principal photography to begin in February 2011. " He indicated that he was open to the possibility of Holm narrating the films. We have scary sequences and funny sequences and we are very, very prepared for when it's finally triggered, but we don't know anything until MGM is solved. , The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was also released in the current 24 fps standard in many theatres, some of which had not yet switched from film to digital projection. Games Workshop released miniatures from The Hobbit as part of The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game. Last updated: October 20, 2014.  After he signed on to direct in April 2008, Del Toro posted on TheOneRing.net forums that he had been enchanted by The Hobbit as a child, but found that Tolkien's other books "contain[ed] geography and genealogy too complex for my prepubescent brain".  It has a runtime of 169 minutes (2 hours and 49 minutes). , Peter Jackson claimed that the poor reception "wasn't particularly surprising" because "it does take you a while to get used to it. First, we consider the question of whether this is Thorin's palace or Smaug's home.  NZAE's parent, the Australia-based Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, contacted the International Federation of Actors, which on 24 September 2010, issued a Do Not Work order, advising members of its affiliates (including the Screen Actors Guild) that "The producers ... have refused to engage performers on union-negotiated agreements.  The writing hours increased to twelve each day, as they dedicated three weeks to finally deciding the films' structures. There is an awful irony in the title of the chapter "Not at Home" and Thorin's hard rebuke: "Don't call my palace a nasty hole! Callen stated, "I did wonder about my casting and how they had made the choice—maybe the long hair and the beard sold it, I thought. Good Characters • Evil Characters • Ages and Dates • Locations • The Lord of the Rings ChaptersThe Hobbit Chapters • The Silmarillion Chapters • The Children of Húrin Chapters • Unfinished Tales ChaptersThe History of Middle-earth • Races of Arda • Books by J.R.R. Bilbo took a two handed gold cup from the hoard. '", James Nesbitt and Adam Brown were added to the cast in November 2010 to play Bofur and Ori respectively. Gamers can connect via an in-game voice communication system, as well as access a comprehensive online stat and leader board system where they can track friends’ victories and defeats. " Nesbitt's daughters also appear in the film series as Sigrid and Tilda, the daughters of Bard the Bowman.  After two days of talks with the New Zealand government (including involvement by Prime Minister John Key), Warner Bros. executives decided on 27 October to film The Hobbit in New Zealand as originally planned. I have a mohawk and tattoos on my head.". The music features 64-70 new leitmotives, about 40 leitmotives returning from The Lord of the Rings, and a variety of non-orchestral instruments, including bagpipes, didgeridoos and a whole Gamelan orchestra.. 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