Sunday, July 8, 2012

NEW PICTURES FROM PETER JACKSON'S "THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY" WITH MARTIN FREEMAN, IAN MCKELLEN, CATE BLANCHETT, RICHARD ARMITAGE, HUGO WEAVING...

So, tell me how excited are you about the biggest epic this year coming out to cinemas this December? We still haven't got the second trailer for Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, but we do have new pictures released earlier this week in "Entertainment Weekly" so you can enjoy those at least. There are character pictures of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Sir Ian McKellen as wizard Gandalf, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the company of dwarves, who is fiercely determined to reclaim the dwarves' kingdom.

 THE HOBBIT STORY 
The story now follows Bilbo as he first encounters Gandalf. Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the
 Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile
 and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ...
THE HOBBIT CAST 
As you remember from HOLLYWOOD SPY's extensive spotlight on THE HOBBIT characters,the magnificent cast includes Cate Blanchett as the Elven queen Galadriel, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian
 McKellen as Gandalf, Luke Evans as Bard the leader of Men, Benedict Cumberbatch who will lend his voice to the dragon Smaug, Hugo Weaving as Elven king Elrond, Lee Pace as Elven king
Thranduil, Stephen Fry as Master of Laketown, Evangeline Lilly as Elven girl Tauriel, Richard Armitage and Aidan Turner as dwarves....
THE HOBBIT TIDBITS 
First part AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY premieres in December 2012, while second part THERE AND BACK AGAIN will premiere in December 2013! Overly dark and morbid Guillermo del Toro was supposed to helm the film, but fortunately, Peter Jackson took it over during the pre-production limbo. Actors James McAvoy, Matthew Goode and David Tennant were in the option to play Bilbo. MGM's bankruptcy, Peter Jackson's ulcer surgery and New Zealand union strikes are just some of the troubles THE HOBBIT went through. Barry Humphries,
also known as famous Dame Edna (US audience remembers her/him from ALLY MCBEAL) will play a CGI Goblin King, the ruler of the underground caverns in the Misty Mountains.

99 comments:

  1. Can't wait!!! I'm so glad Peter Jackson is in charge - he did such a fabulous job with LotR. This is going to be so much fun!!!! :)

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    1. the film would be horrible with any other director, Peter rules! But I think I will love the second film better since it will have Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Lily Evangeline... :)

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  2. Thank your for putting this up darling. It will lift all of our spirits. I never pictured Thorin Oakenshield as sexy, but I am adjusting to the idea quite rapidly.

    Stay in an out of the heat dear and be careful when you do go out.

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    1. be welcome, Annzie, it should be the film of the year, if not decade, I bet it will cross one billion worldwide in a jiffy :)
      That's Richard Armitage, he has a huge fan following among ladies.

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    2. I love him in Spooks. I watch it on Amaon Instant but the feckin' BBC makes us wait a year before they let us have it. He looks sexy scruffy like this too. nom, nom, nom

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    3. ladies do love him, two years ago when he took part in some of my polls here, he got up to 2,000 or even 3,000 votes within a week. Those were the days when I met a lot of his lady fans, and although I don't like him too much I still cherish the love and support of those ladies of his who are still my biggest support at Twitter... my Twitting angels :)

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    4. Darling you know what that makes him. Richard is your wing-man. Now if only you could bottle and sell your charm, you'd be rich beyond imagining.

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    5. what's a "wing-man" darling? Speaking of wings, you know that if I ever get me a tattoo I want to tattoo wings on my back :) But some very stylish one, nothing bony or horror like. I might need tattoos due to what we talked yesterday about my surgery....

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    6. A wing man is the guy that goes out with you and attracts ladies so that you can snatch them from him.

      I didn't think about how tattoos might be helpful. They can be quite beautiful you know. I'll have to give that some thought.

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    7. ahhah.... we all need a wing man, methinks :) He would be the pretty one, and me the smart one :) What a killer combination.

      Tattoo can cover the deformed parts of body. Especially around the boob and nipple. Some huge one, going around it and then returning to my back. It's just a fantasy.

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    8. I was thinking of angel wings going both front and on the back, but made not of feathers but of fern leaves.

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  3. Ooh, I got a little chill at the end when Gollum showed up. Precioussssss...

    So very excited to see this one. :)

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    1. we loves it, but we hates it :)
      I'm excited to see the second part of the film next year as well!

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  4. I am genuinely looking forward to this....

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    1. it will be a genuine master piece!

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  5. I'm waiting this movie since a long time!
    I just hope that P.J. don't miss too many parts of the book!
    Who makes Tom Bombadil?

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    1. not sure there's any Tom Bombadil in the first film, Sam!

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    2. No ? really? but it's the first part: when stop the story in this one?

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    3. IMDB doesn't mention him, which doesn't mean he won't be in the film.

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    4. that's strange! he's not in the LoTR, not in the Hobbit... well P.J. is not correct!

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    5. well, he can't put all of the characters into the movies :))

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    6. ok, but why always he's missing this nice character????
      I don't understand........

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    7. I shall find you Peter's phone number so that you can ask him personally :PP

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    8. ok! like he's a fan of miniatures, I think that we can find an arrangement!

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    9. you should make a figure of him (the thin version :)

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    10. I can find a figure, that's sure, but I would like to see it in the movies!

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    11. Darling this is Pascal and he's from France. He's a friend of mine and is a sweet and gentle man. He's a pure painter, an artist and not a wargamer. He's just posted the most delightful figure of Samwise at the campfire. He's done a lot of the LOTR figures and they're all enchanting. He must have seen you at my blog and come over to meet you.

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    12. yep, I know who he is :) And I know he came from your or Lurk's place! I had tones of visits since yesterday thanks to my epic weekend and my THE HOBBIT poster.

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    13. Anne is too kind with me! she's so lovely!
      (and SHE is an artist, I'm only a "little painter"!)

      and congrats for your blog Dezmond! a very good one!

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    14. thanks, glad you like the site, we do focus on epic projects, history and sf and fantasy as much as we can!

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  6. I am actually really excited for this one.

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  7. Amazing trailer....I am very happy that its finally coming out..LOTR is one of my fav movies ~

    Thanks Dez for all the updates ~

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    1. be welcome, more updates on the film as soon as they arrive :)

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  8. Yep, can't wait, hopefully it's as good as the others. Although sadly now that they have run out of material in 5 years or so they'll prob try and remake it.

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    1. there's also SILMARILION, but I'm not sure if it's connected storywise with these two sagas?

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    2. no connection: it's the Story of Middle Earth many years ago!

      2 fan films (very good!) exist: I will find the links (on my old computer!)

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    3. but it is about Middle Earth, yes? So they could make a film out of it too, if THE HOBBIT becomes a huge hit.

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    4. it's a long long time ago: when the elves , the wizards etc...were young and there's no really connection with the novels!
      (in fact, it's very hard to read: not a real pleasure, because it's very complicated and full of characters, etc...)

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    5. yep, I've heard it's not an easy book to read :(

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    6. He's right, it's not connected to the story in LOTR or the Hobbit. It was never really completed properly for release but after his death, Tolkiens son had it published. It might be public domain and be possible for you to read via PDF if you're interested.

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    7. I still haven't read LOTR, darling, I wanted and I have them, but after seeing the film, I just thought I know the story. Who knows, maybe I get to translate the books once :)

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    8. If you have have read the books, you should be depicted that P.J. had missed Tom Bombadil and his so nice wife!

      (I think that I will buy a nice little set and paint it just to show to you!)

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  9. This is one movie I want to see in the theaters! This is a movie that the entire family will want to see together. Thanks Dezz!!

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    1. so you won't have to wait for two years to go to the cinema again :)

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    2. LOL - no, not another two years =PPP

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  10. Wow... the wait has been excruciating... I just can't wait to see Tolkier's characters in full flow again on the celluloid. Thanks for the great post :-)

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    1. be welcome, Ali, glad you like it :) And welcome to HOLLYWOOD SPY!

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  11. i think that it has been too long in the making... it's going to suck... why is gandalf grey again... isn't this a sequel?

    wait that is what i would say if i was a troll under a bridge... i have been looking forward to this film, i cannot really hold my excitement... did you hear me scream a little there.

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    1. It's not a sequel, Zombie, but a prequel :) the story of Bilbo Baggins and how he got the ring in the first place!

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    2. the first part of my comment was a complete try for me to come off sounding funny... i am a total lord of the rings fan...

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    3. well, it was funny; that's sure ... now!

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    4. I know, Zombie :) I've seen the list of your fave films in your profile :)

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    5. Aragorn: [to Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry] My friends. You bow to no one.
      [He kneels, and the entire kingdom follows suit, kneeling to the Hobbits]

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    6. that's what I call a GREAT COMMENT!
      (and a great scene of the movie!)
      My own (small) contribution:
      Sam: [to Retro-Zombie]:my friend, you bow to no one.
      [and all the Hobbits of the Shire, kneeling to the Human.]

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  12. Gandalf is grey in The Hobbit! (it's before the LoTR...

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    1. Exactly he wear a grey mantle, a blue hat and dark boots!

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    2. yes, although he was amazing as the white one too in LOTR

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    3. right... but it's another story!

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    4. yes, it is. But I did love his sensational change into white wizard especially when he arrives on the white horse with Rohirims to save the day in the last film :)

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    5. I cherish these books so much. They express for me a time of inner peace during a period of my young life that was torn by violence in my country. I would go into the pages of these books and hide from what had been done to my people up North. It was such a bad time to be young and to want to hope for a better world. The real world seemed to offer no hope at all while Tolkiens books promised everything.

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    6. wish I had those when my country was breaking up (or being broken up by the West) while I was a kid, Annzie. My getaway were books about ancient past back in those days and sf...

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    7. It was also my childhood books!
      ... a way to forget what is dark in the world or dream that it could be defeated...
      I love the hobbits because they are so small in size but so great in hearts!
      I've just finished to read The Hobbit at my little son (8 y old): he can read it alone but it was something I want to share with him!
      Both my children love when I imitate Gollum, my precioussss!

      And now, I read him "Watership Down"... another story of living-hole!

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    8. that's nice, kids should grow up with books

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  13. I'm very excited about this, and it can't come soon enough. The 'Misty Mountains Cold' song gets played on repeat quite a lot at my place :)

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    1. ah, that song has become quite a hit since the first time the trailer was played :)

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    2. this song is very good, we want more of it!

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    3. we might get more of it in the film :)

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  14. Gotta love good old bilbo baggins

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    1. he was young in this part of the story :) I prefer elves, but I guess I will survive watching hobbits and dwarves too :)

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    2. seeing hobbits is a GOOD think!!!
      Sam (from Hobbiton)

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    3. Oh, forgot that you are a hobbit, Samwise :)

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    4. NEVER FORGOT THAT !!!!!!

      .. and look at "the Great Goblin" on my blog!
      http://samsminisworld.blogspot.fr/2012/12/my-hobbit-month-great-gobelin-mithril.html

      good evening my friend!

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  15. .. later:
    if you're interested (or/and Tolkien's fans!!), you can this little movie (40') which is a sequel of BILBO and a prequel of LoTR !
    "The Hunt For Gollum"
    link:
    http://www.thehuntforgollum.com/player_film-hd.htm

    and also, another one (smaller!) which is telling the birth of Aragorn:
    "Born of Hope"
    link:
    http://www.bornofhope.com/

    and also, if you like Tolkien, some figures painted (20 and 28mm) on my blog!
    (just click on the label: "LoTR/SDA")
    link:
    http://samsminisworld.blogspot.fr/
    (all comments are welcome!)

    That's all, folks!
    thanks!

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    1. correction:
      "Born of Hope": 1h10' it's the more professional film even if it's a "non-official" one!

      (I hope that my english is not too bad!)

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    2. thanks for the suggestions, Samwise.

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    3. Your English is excellent Pascal, so much better than my French!!

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    4. You're so lovely Anne!
      (but my English is worth than your Irish accent!)

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    5. I wish I spoke French and Irish

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  16. I can't wait!!!!! I am a certified LOTR FREAK :D

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    1. there are tones of such freaks out there :)

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  17. You had me at Richard, Dezzy. OH MY, can't concentrate on the rest of the post now :D See Dez, how could I read your content when you put glorious hunks like that on your posts, dahling!

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    1. ladies have been loving that first pic of Dicky a lot :)

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  18. I have my countdown going!! Cannot wait for this as my anticipation has been high since I first heard this was going into production. What a birthday present this is. :)

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    1. it will be a lovely treat, won't it? :)

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  19. It's going to be fantastic! Part of me wants to wait until Part 2 comes out to see them both at the same time. Like that's going to happen.

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    1. yep, never gonna happen. I will love the second film more, since I think it has more elves and people!

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  20. Love love love this post!!! I can't wait for December to come...The ONLY movie I am dying to see this year

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    1. glad you liked it, Novia :) It's been a very popular post since yesterday :) I had almost 20,000 visits this weekend thanks to my updates on epics!

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    2. I guess everyone on earth is waiting for this and that's why it's a hit ;)

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