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New details from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug from Peter Jackson's blu-ray live session

Mar. 25, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Yesterday, director Peter Jackson held a live Q&A event to coincide with the releae of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, where he answered fan questions about the new trilogy and teased a lot of details in regards to the next two films. The session was open only for those who had a code from their purchased copy of the film (of which I purchased last Tuesday) and featured a number of appearances from the stars of the film, including Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, and Lee Pace, as well as stars from THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, including Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, and Dominick Monaghan, (and a surprise appearance by Stephen Colbert) all giving their thoughts or asking questions to the director.

The director teased art from the Elvish stronghold of Thranduils realm in Mirkwood, which looks amazing just on paper, and showed off a ton of set footage, showing a lot of Legolas (Bloom) and the new character Tauriel (Evangeline Lily) in action. Tauriel is a new character to the series, who was not created by author J.R.R. Tolkien and Jackson was enthused about her inclusion in the film, which he talked about over footage of her kicking a lot of orc ass.

Were quite excited about the storyline we have created for Tauriel. As you can see, shes not an Elf Guard to be messed with.

There was a lot of behind-the-scenes footage of Lake Town, where we first meet Stephen Fry's Master of Lake Town and Luke Evan's Bard the Bowman. Evans revealed that he'd be back on set in June for reshoots, so it seems that THE HOBBIT trilogy is far from complete.

Aside from the bevy of behind-the-scenes stuff shown, Jackson also revealed a scene from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, where Gandalf and Radagast the Brown investigate Dol Goldur, an abandoned crypt where it is revealed that it has been opened "from the inside." It's a pretty spooky scene, actually, and really plays up the evil elements of the series, which were hinted at with the necromancer from the first film (and which Jackson confirms here, will be back).

Jackson wrapped up the session with the promise of a trailer this summer and the continuation of his excellent video blogs (for which he noted this as kind of the first one). Overall, Jackson really made ample use of the time he spent for the live session and it was one of the few that was absolutely worth the investment to check out. After being completely surprised by THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, I am say that the sequel(s) are now at the top of my must-see list.

Below you'll find some screencaps from the event, which may or may not last. Either way, based on the session alone, I think there's more than reasonable cause to be excited for another trip to Middle Earth.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG hits theaters on December 13, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: What scene from The Hobbit are you most looking forward to seeing come to life?
Source: Warner Bros.

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7:49PM on 03/25/2013

Second Thoughts...

"DOS" looks like it will be amazing after what I saw yesterday in the vlog.

After purchasing "AUJ" and watching the same on my 48" TV in 2D and 24fps, I have to say that the movie was much better and looked incredible. My wife and I watched and she agreed (we both saw it in it's original 48 FPS and 3D. I hate to say this, being a Peter Jackson fan, but I think the whole stink stirred up over the higher frame rate and the 3D detracted from the actual film tremendously. I believe Peter
"DOS" looks like it will be amazing after what I saw yesterday in the vlog.

After purchasing "AUJ" and watching the same on my 48" TV in 2D and 24fps, I have to say that the movie was much better and looked incredible. My wife and I watched and she agreed (we both saw it in it's original 48 FPS and 3D. I hate to say this, being a Peter Jackson fan, but I think the whole stink stirred up over the higher frame rate and the 3D detracted from the actual film tremendously. I believe Peter would've been better off going with the 48 FPS/3D in another project and giving the fans what they wanted (not using the Hobbit films as a grand experiment).

Sorry Pete...love you, but gotta say it the way I see it.
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5:12AM on 03/26/2013
I haven't watched it at home yet, but I agree with everything you said as the 3D also distracted me from the story. There were some great shots, but I was thinking how beautifully it was shot and on the other end thinking that something didn't look great. I don't want to be thinking about that stuff during a movie like The Hobbit. I loved the movie, but I didn't get lost in the movie like I do with 2D. I am looking forward to watching it at home.
I haven't watched it at home yet, but I agree with everything you said as the 3D also distracted me from the story. There were some great shots, but I was thinking how beautifully it was shot and on the other end thinking that something didn't look great. I don't want to be thinking about that stuff during a movie like The Hobbit. I loved the movie, but I didn't get lost in the movie like I do with 2D. I am looking forward to watching it at home.
6:54PM on 03/26/2013
@CaptAhab...you're gonna really appreciate it and love it more at home.
@CaptAhab...you're gonna really appreciate it and love it more at home.
7:49PM on 03/25/2013

Second Thoughts...

Again, sorry internet wonky.
Again, sorry internet wonky.
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7:45PM on 03/25/2013

What The!?

Don't know why this triple posted! Sorry gang!
Don't know why this triple posted! Sorry gang!
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7:23PM on 03/25/2013
I liked the Hobbit, but also left somewhat disappointed. But when they decided to make this into a trilogy, i had a feeling the first film would suffer the most. Other than Bilbo finding the ring, which we already knew about from LOTR, nothing really great happens in this movie other than setting up these next 2 movies. Hopefully the next 2 are a step in the right direction.
I liked the Hobbit, but also left somewhat disappointed. But when they decided to make this into a trilogy, i had a feeling the first film would suffer the most. Other than Bilbo finding the ring, which we already knew about from LOTR, nothing really great happens in this movie other than setting up these next 2 movies. Hopefully the next 2 are a step in the right direction.
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5:01PM on 03/25/2013
Loved the first one. Cant wait for this.
Just like when Fellowship came out first, everyone disliked it. Now they love it. This will be the same.
Loved the first one. Cant wait for this.
Just like when Fellowship came out first, everyone disliked it. Now they love it. This will be the same.
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5:03PM on 03/25/2013
I remember people liking Fellowship. Also I did, but the The Hobbit was so damn boring.
I remember people liking Fellowship. Also I did, but the The Hobbit was so damn boring.
5:15PM on 03/25/2013
say whaaat? Most everyone liked Fellowship when it came out. I remember it getting best [link] noms too
say whaaat? Most everyone liked Fellowship when it came out. I remember it getting best [link] noms too
5:37PM on 03/25/2013
Not sure where you're getting that info from, but the Fellowship was nowhere close to "disliked" when it came out. It was an instant blockbuster, both with moviegoers and critics. Now compare that to the Hobbit. Incredibly mixed reviews, although it still made lots of money, thanks to inflation, higher ticket prices in general, 3D, and the 48 fps/imax charges. The Fellowship doesn't even approach the level of mediocrity that the Hobbit has "achieved." Unlike the LOTR, this trilogy will not age
Not sure where you're getting that info from, but the Fellowship was nowhere close to "disliked" when it came out. It was an instant blockbuster, both with moviegoers and critics. Now compare that to the Hobbit. Incredibly mixed reviews, although it still made lots of money, thanks to inflation, higher ticket prices in general, 3D, and the 48 fps/imax charges. The Fellowship doesn't even approach the level of mediocrity that the Hobbit has "achieved." Unlike the LOTR, this trilogy will not age well.
5:00PM on 03/25/2013

The sequence they showed of Gandalf and Radagast was legitimately creepy and awesome

Which can only mean Peter Jackson was having a fucking ball shooting that part.
Which can only mean Peter Jackson was having a fucking ball shooting that part.
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4:31PM on 03/25/2013
I'm pretty bummed I had to miss this. Oh well, its the price I pay for not buying the bluray in order to get the boxset in a couple of years. I thought An Unexpected Journey was a pretty fun, and entertaining movie.
I'm pretty bummed I had to miss this. Oh well, its the price I pay for not buying the bluray in order to get the boxset in a couple of years. I thought An Unexpected Journey was a pretty fun, and entertaining movie.
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7:48PM on 03/25/2013
You didn't have to buy the BR to get the code. I bought the elcheapo edition myself (and yes, it had the code inside) because of the very same reason. I'll be buying the extended edition when it comes out.
You didn't have to buy the BR to get the code. I bought the elcheapo edition myself (and yes, it had the code inside) because of the very same reason. I'll be buying the extended edition when it comes out.
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4:02PM on 03/25/2013
They shouldn't have shown the second image; it looks fake. Hope they are still working on the post-processing.
I thought the first movie was pretty entertaining, so I am still looking forward to this next one.
They shouldn't have shown the second image; it looks fake. Hope they are still working on the post-processing.
I thought the first movie was pretty entertaining, so I am still looking forward to this next one.
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4:13PM on 03/25/2013
Well there's a green screen behind them, so obviously it hasn't been edited and what not.....DUH???
Well there's a green screen behind them, so obviously it hasn't been edited and what not.....DUH???
4:23PM on 03/25/2013
Yawn
Yawn
4:33PM on 03/25/2013
Wow...That was such an intelligent reply.
Wow...That was such an intelligent reply.
3:54PM on 03/25/2013
I only have one question about this article... who the Hell is "Evangeling Lily"?
I only have one question about this article... who the Hell is "Evangeling Lily"?
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4:04PM on 03/25/2013
It is a girl named Lily who is a mixture of a Gelfling, an Elf....and Evangelion elements.
It is a girl named Lily who is a mixture of a Gelfling, an Elf....and Evangelion elements.
4:04PM on 03/25/2013
It is a girl named Lily who is a mixture of a Gelfling, an Elf....and Evangelion elements.
It is a girl named Lily who is a mixture of a Gelfling, an Elf....and Evangelion elements.
4:10PM on 03/25/2013
Ahhh. Makes sense to me! Thanks!
Ahhh. Makes sense to me! Thanks!
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3:52PM on 03/25/2013

YAWNNNNNN

I just woke up. Sorry. I fell asleep looking at more Hobbit movie news, just like Lord of the Rings. Someone stop giving Peter Jackson money for these movies. They are way to long and self indulgent. **Oh, here is a picture of Magneto dressed as zzzzzzzzzz........
I just woke up. Sorry. I fell asleep looking at more Hobbit movie news, just like Lord of the Rings. Someone stop giving Peter Jackson money for these movies. They are way to long and self indulgent. **Oh, here is a picture of Magneto dressed as zzzzzzzzzz........
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3:46PM on 03/25/2013
I found the 1st movie to be incredibly underwhelming. Expectations were high coming in, but I just found myself so disappointed by the cheesyness, the over the top 'action', poor characterization of most of the Dwarves, unnecessary and ridiculous plotlines such as Radaghast and Azog, bad CGI, and just overall bad storytelling and direction on Jackson's part. I've been hoping that the 2nd and 3rd movies would make up for it in a big way, but I'm almost dreading seeing these. Jackson struck gold
I found the 1st movie to be incredibly underwhelming. Expectations were high coming in, but I just found myself so disappointed by the cheesyness, the over the top 'action', poor characterization of most of the Dwarves, unnecessary and ridiculous plotlines such as Radaghast and Azog, bad CGI, and just overall bad storytelling and direction on Jackson's part. I've been hoping that the 2nd and 3rd movies would make up for it in a big way, but I'm almost dreading seeing these. Jackson struck gold (for the most part) with LOTR, but he's really lost his touch since. I'll obviously wait til I actually see the movie to pass judgment on it, but based on the little we've seen so far...well, lets just say I'll definitely appreciate LOTR (and especially all of Tolkien's books) much more after this lackluster Hobbit Trilogy
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5:16PM on 03/25/2013
I agree with everything you wrote!
I agree with everything you wrote!
5:42PM on 03/25/2013
Glad I'm not the only one! One of my biggest problems with the movie, besides the random and unnecessary changes from the book, was that Jackson expected us to automatically fall in love with the Hobbit if he threw in enough haphazard references to the LOTR trilogy. That's why we got: CGI"d Bilbo and Frodo in the beginning, Weathertop, Galadriel and Saruman, Legolas in the next movie, and the nonsense with the Witch-King, the Ringwraiths, and the Morgul Blade. He shouldn't even call it "The
Glad I'm not the only one! One of my biggest problems with the movie, besides the random and unnecessary changes from the book, was that Jackson expected us to automatically fall in love with the Hobbit if he threw in enough haphazard references to the LOTR trilogy. That's why we got: CGI"d Bilbo and Frodo in the beginning, Weathertop, Galadriel and Saruman, Legolas in the next movie, and the nonsense with the Witch-King, the Ringwraiths, and the Morgul Blade. He shouldn't even call it "The Hobbit," since it focuses more on the Dwarves, the Necromancer, the Ringwraiths, Saruman and Galadriel and Gandalf and the White Council, Azog, Radaghast, etc etc.
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