The final part of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga ties his two trilogies together, as Jackson reveals he will almost certainly never return to the setting.
With 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', Peter Jackson has completed a second trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novels 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord Of The Rings'. But fans are wondering if he might have one more trilogy up his sleeve, as Tolkien wrote plenty more material about Middle Earth, including the novel 'The Silmarillion', short stories and more appendices and indices.
Martin Freeman stars as The Hobbit in 'The Hobbit' trilogy.
Jackson has already expanded 'The Hobbit' from a meandering little road trip into a massive battle trilogy using some of Tolkien's extra material, but the issue going forward is that the Tolkien estate owns everything that isn't contained in the 'Hobbit' or 'Rings' books, and they're apparently not happy with what Jackson did with The Hobbit.
Continue reading: The Hobbit Brings Peter Jackson's Saga Full Circle
Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a battle epic packed with enormous action sequences that oddly distract attention from the much more engaging central plotline. By the time it thunders to its satisfying conclusion after nearly two and a half hours, there's a sense of balance restored, providing some powerfully emotional moments along with the thrills. But there's a lot of chaotic mayhem to get through first.
The action picks up immediately, as the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) roars into Laketown causing further desolation before being stopped by the heroic Bard (Luke Evans), who then leads the survivors back to their long-abandoned city in the mountains. Meanwhile, dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his throne and Smaug's enormous stash of gold, which consumes his soul with greed. But he abandons his promises to Bard and the elf leader Thranduil (Lee Pace), who assembles the elf army against him. So Thorin calls in a dwarf battalion to take them on. Meanwhile, the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is trying to diffuse the situation and snap Thorin out of his avaricious funk. And wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers that two waves of ruthless orcs are descending on Thorin.
All of this strategising and squaring-off feels fragmented and uneven, as Jackson cuts back and forth between the sprawling ensemble cast while trying to build momentum toward the earth-rattling collision of these five armies. Thankfully, there's also a lot of interpersonal stuff going on to hold the interest. Elf warrior Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is still caught up in a romantic triangle with his intended Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and her forbidden love, the unusually hot dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). And there's some comic relief from Alfrid (Ryan Gage), a weaselly human who worms his way into Bard's inner circle for some inexplicable reason. Best of all is the push and pull between Bilbo and Thorin, which is very nicely played by Freeman and Armitage.
Continue reading: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review
Ahead of the release of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', actor Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield in the movie, talks about what went into the production of the film. He discussed just how amazed he was when he finally watched the film, and how much he enjoyed the work that director Peter Jackson had worked on certain parts of the film to really drive certain points home. Armitage further explains how he feels that Tolkien wrote both 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' as a metaphor for himself wanting to get away from the horrors of war and return home to safety. Armitage also reveals that after filming concluded, he was able to keep both his sword, shield, and the key and map that his character carried every day for his time filming.
Director Peter Jackson returned to Middle Earth for the final time to create 'The Hobbit' trilogy - a prequel series to his 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy - and 'The Battle of the Five Armies' is the final part in this trilogy. The final part of the Middle Earth saga is scheduled for release in the UK on 12th December 2014, with a US release on 17th December 2014.
Richard Armitage - Shots of the stars of the third in the Hobbit trilogy 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'as they arrive at the Los Angeles premiere which was held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 9th December 2014
Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood and Lee Pace - Director Peter Jackson to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME - Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 8th December 2014
Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood and Lee Pace - Director Peter Jackson honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME - Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 8th December 2014
'Into The Storm' director Steven Quale, producer Todd Garner and professional storm-chaser Reed Timmer unveil the truth about the tornadoes the film is based on in a short featurette.
'In this movie, this storm cell hangs around for four hours over one particular area so there's a number of different tornadoes that occur during that system', says Todd. One of those types is the Wedge Tornado which Reed explains is ' wider than it is tall and usually the strongest tornadoes', and Todd describes as an 'enormous machine of destruction that can have wind speeds as high as 300mph that can just rip buildings and roofs off like they're Styrofoam'. The movie is out on Blu-Ray and DVD on December 15th 2014.
Into The Storm Is Available On Blu-Ray And Dvd On 15th December 2014
The Lonely Mountain has been reclaimed from the dragon Smaug. The dwarves of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) have won; although they soon discover that the price of their victory was steep. Smaug has laid waste to Lake Town, leaving the residents homeless after Thorin promised them riches. The elves of Mirkwood seek the dwarves that escaped their dungeons, while an army of orcs seek to end the line of Durin. And behind the scenes, a dark lord of shadow, long since defeated, is preparing to make a return to Middle Earth - the secret to his power lies in a small, golden ring. A ring that has chosen a new owner; The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman).
'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' serves as the final chapter in Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga. The film serves as the sixth film by Jackson to be based on the works of writer J. R. R. Tolkien, and the final part of 'The Hobbit' trilogy. When Tolkien released 'The Hobbit' in 1937, it was a single book. Jackson released the final part of his adaptation of 'Lord of the Rings' in 2003, and stated that he would not work on a 'Hobbit' movie. However, he eventually signed on to direct a two part adaptation of 'The Hobbit', which later turned into a trilogy in 2012.
The film is due to be released on 12th December, 2014 in the UK, with a US release date of 17th December.
'Into The Storm' is rendered pointless by an offensively bad script.
Into The Storm - the new movie from Steven Quale starring Richard Armitage - is told over a single day and follows the inhabitants of Silverton, who's town is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. Whilst most seek shelter, a small team of storm chasers run towards the vortex in a bid to land that once-in-a-lifetime shot.
'Into The Storm' hits theaters on Friday (August 8, 2014)
Told through the eye of the storm chasers, Warner Bros promises that Into The Storm will throw the audience "directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme" - only, it's a rubbish movie with cruddy dialogue and cardboard characters.
Continue reading: 'Into The Storm': You'll Be Twisting Straight Outta The Cinema
Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the mini-army of dwarves led by Thorin are facing an evermore deadly path in their pursuit of the Lonely Mountain and its mound of treasure which was stolen from the dwarves some time ago by the fiercesome dragon Smaug. Their attempt to slay him has failed, instead unleashing further horrors upon themselves. Angering the dragon has only made things worse with him now determined to murder every creature that lies in its path, demolishing a neighbouring village with little more than a breath. Gandalf remains captured and tensions are ever rising between not only friends, but elves, dwarves, orcs and goblins and it's clear that the deadliest, brutalist war for thousands of years is well on its way.
Watch the explosive new trailer below
A new trailer has emerged for ‘Into The Storm’, the tornado thriller starring Richard Armitage and directed by Steven Quale. In it, we get an extended look at the death and destruction caused by the movies main antagonist: a monster storm.
Ostensibly, 'Into The Storm' looks like a found-footage disaster film, but wide angle shots of mother nature’s latest disaster place it somewhere between a classic action thriller and the Cloverfield brand.
When Mother Nature takes hold, there's nothing anyone can do to thwart her plans for destruction. Silverton seems to be gearing up for another magnificently warm day in the sun, but it isn't long before the azure sky turns to grey and the sound of severe weather sirens flood the panicked streets. With no time to get to shelter or even to reach loved ones, all residents can hope to do is stick together and cling on for dear life as a series of colossal tornadoes crash through the town, sucking up everything in their paths. It's clear that not everyone's going to make it through such a brutal disaster as planes fail to divert and civillians are easily engulfed by the ever-multiplying twisters. But for one group of people, this is a day that must be remembered, and the town's most intrepid storm chasers venture out into the chaos to capture the remarkable sight on film.
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The DVD sales of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' have got us totally psyched for the final film, 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again'. But what can we expect from the third installment of the trilogy?
Yesterday saw the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on DVD, which leaves us free to obsessively think about the final instalment of the trilogy! The Hobbit: There and Back Again is the third and last film based on JRR Tolkien’s 1937 book of the same name and will provide us with a conclusion to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the band of dwarves. But what do we know about The Hobbit: There and Back Again, and what can we expect?
Will Bilbo play more of a backseat role in the upcoming movie?
The second film left us on a monumental cliffhanger. With Smaug finally sick of talking he makes his way towards Laketown, breathing “I am fire, I am death.” Cue credits. Thanks a lot, Peter Jackson! We’re guessing that Bard will be having none of Smaug’s home invasion, there were some hints dropped that he may be whipping out his black arrow (not a euphemism) and fighting back against the greedy guts who’s been hogging all that gold for years. Luke Evans, who plays the Bard, told MTV, “We’ve only just touched on Bard’s real storyline. It’s exciting. That’s why I’m so excited about it.” We’re pretty darn excited too!