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Weekend Box Office Report: December 26-28, 2014

The Hobbit wins the battle again! With the Christmas shopping and festivities finished, moviegoers returned to Middle Earth this weekend to put THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES at the top of the box office with an estimated $41.4 million ! Filmmaker Peter Jackson 's second Tolkien trilogy-topper was down just 24% from its opening last weekend,...

Peter Jackson feels Hollywood has lost its way with the advent of technology

It's no secret that after delivering another trilogy in the realm of Middle-Earth, Peter Jackson is ready to bring things down a notch with his next project. While this doesn't bode well for fans looking forward to a TINTIN sequel, Peter Jackson did have some interesting things to say regarding the state of Hollywood blockbusters as well as how much of Guillermo del Toro 's draft...

Weekend Box Office Report: December 19-21, 2014

The Hobbit battles to #1! The halfling hero and his considerable supporting cast won the war at theaters this weekend, putting THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES at the top of the box office with an estimated $56.2 million ! The grand finale of director Peter Jackson 's second Tolkien trilogy came in lower than THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG 's...

Peter Jackson to focus on smaller films; won't rule out Middle-Earth return

It's once more unto the breach for Peter Jackson and his latest Middle-Earth saga THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES opening tomorrow. The filmmaker has certainly left a mark in the world of cinema and many are wondering what he will focus on next. It turns out he's ready to turn his attention to small budget movies while at the same time, not ruling out a return to...

Cool Videos: The Hobbit/The Office crossover short starring Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman is probably best known for playing Bilbo Baggins in THE HOBBIT films and Tim Canterbury from the British version of The Office , and Freeman (kind of) reprised both roles over the weekend on Saturday Night Live . Besides hosting the episode, Martin Freeman appeared in the pre-recorded sketch "The Office: Middle Earth," and it also stars Bobby Moynihan as...

Review: The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies

Check out Chris Bumbray's video review here! PLOT : When news of the ultimate destruction of Smaug spreads throughout Middle Earth, Thorin reclaims his crown as the King under the Mountain. However, the many treasures the lonely mountain holds brings together a number of armies to fight a bloody battle for the newly restored fortune. REVIEW : It seems only yesterday...

Cool Videos: Stephen Colbert interviews Smaug

Not content with just dressing up as the characters from THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, Stephen Colbert has taken his fandom for everything Tolkien to the next level. In case you missed he, he interviewed Smaug on his show. Not Benedict Cumberbatch , but Smaug the dragon. Yeah, it has to be seen to be believed. Incidentally, Colbert's final episode with Comedy...

See Stephen Colbert as our favorite Hobbit characters on the new EW covers

To say that Stephen Colbert is a J.R.R. Tolkein fan would be something of an understatement. He's been a huge fan since his youth and much like his love for STAR WARS (see his awesome nerdy ways here ), his love for all things Tolkein is well established. Peter Jackson even heard about it and brought Colbert and his family to New Zealand for a cameo THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION...

Composer Howard Shore discusses The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and more

Composer Howard Shore etched himself into cinema history with his exemplary work on THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and that trend continues with his scores for THE HOBBIT. As any film score enthusiast can tell you, Mr. Shore is one of the few composers working today who creates a rich musical tapestry for films that weave in and out of the viewer's subconscious and (oftentimes) conscious....

Cool Videos: The Hobbit trilogy gets one epic trailer to bind them

If you're one of the many people looking forward to Peter Jackson 's THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES this December, then you may want to check out this cool video below. Los Angeles-based editor Joel Walden has edited together a trailer for what he calls "The Hobbit: The Complete Journey", which combines footage from all three films into one epic trailer....

The Academy lists ten films that are in contention for best visual effects

Now that 2014 is coming to a close, you'll find a lot of Year's Best lists floating around the internet. Before we get to ours, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is rounding out their choices for the Best Visual Effects category. They've whittled things down to a list of 10, and on Saturday, January 10, they will watch 10-minute excerpts from each film to...

Peter Jackson would make more Middle Earth films but explains why he can't

Peter Jackson never planned to direct THE HOBBIT, let alone all three films in the prequel trilogy. After THE LORD OF THE RINGS films, Jackson seemed set to return to Middle-Earth but only as a producer and a writer, content to allow other filmmakers to put their stamp on Tolkien's universe. But, on the cusp of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES hitting theaters, Jackson has...
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