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MARTIN FREEMAN as Bilbo in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG.”
In the liveliest and arguably best scene of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Orlando Bloom’s Legolas deftly navigates across a river, bouncing along the heads of this trilogy’s protagonists while being the arrow-slinging, goblin slayer that made him such a fan favorite in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
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Orlando Bloom as Legolas.
It’s a somewhat fitting statement indicative of the series thus far. Despite Director/Co-writer Peter Jackson’s grand intentions, “The Hobbit” trilogy is but a mere stepping stone to his fantasy genre-redefining LOTR series. Two films into “The Hobbit” trilogy, the majority of the best scenes have heavily featured LOTR characters or foreshadowed events of major significance.
It’s almost as if Jackson is saying “Stay tuned! This whole Middle Earth saga is about to get a lot more interesting!”
The early popular opinion was that J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII” was going to be one of summer 2015’s biggest summer blockbusters so the news that it was coming in on the tail end of the year surprised a lot of people.
But when you consider the competition, trying to carve out some space in the summer season wasn’t going to be worth the hassle. The “Star Wars” saga previously made a home in May, with each of the six films coming out in mid to late May. But since that’s become the domain of “The Avengers” franchise, distributor Walt Disney Pictures didn’t want its two highest profile properties competing for audience dollars. June is the only month that didn’t have a stiff challenger (apologies to the next “Jurassic Park”) and August isn’t the time to kick off a new franchise either.
I wasn’t all that impressed with Peter Jackson’s first return to Middle Earth in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” but I’m still anticipating his second installment, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel
That’s largely because we’re going to see the return of some kick-tail Elven warriors, including everyone’s favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom). He’s going to be joined this time by Evangeline Lilly’s (“Lost“) Tauriel, a new character written in to the Hobbit universe by Jackson and his co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. Continue Reading
You can bring home the kick-off to Peter Jackson’s latest Middle Earth trilogy “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” on March 19 and The Bridge Direct is getting in on the fun with a contest giveaway featuring tons of figures as well as a copy of the movie.
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Leatherface (Dan Yeager) finds his weapon in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.”
1. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D – $23 million [debut week] The seventh installment of the horror franchise cut through the three strong holdovers from the previous two weeks to take the top spot. I almost feel like this is a case of three top films duking it out and splitting the audience just enough for a new film to sneak in and win the weekend. The 2003 edition starring Jessica Biel brought in $28 million its opening weekend and didn’t have the benefit of 3D to help boost the numbers. Maybe more concerning for Lionsgate is that this will be a very short stay atop the box office as horror films generally don’t hold well the second weekend and “Gangster Squad” and Oscar favorite “Zero Dark Thirty” come out Friday meaning “Massacre” could likely miss the Top 5 next week altogether. Continue Reading
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(L-r) KEN STOTT as Balin, AIDAN TURNER as Kili, WILLIAM KIRCHER as Bifur, IAN McKELLEN as Gandalf, GRAHAM McTAVISH as Dwalin, MARK HADLOW as Dori and MARTIN FREEMAN as Bilbo Baggins and in New Line Cinema’s and MGM’s fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – $32 million [$130 million; 2nd week] Peter Jackson’s new Middle Earth trilogy earned an expected consecutive week atop the box office. In its second weekend, “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings” — the first installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy — fell 18% from its opening weekend to bring in $38 million the following weekend while the second film, “The Two Towers,” fell 21.2%, but brought in $48 million its second weekend. “The Hobbit’s” numbers are a bit behind that and could easily be knocked off the top spot with stiff competition from “Django Unchained” and “Les Misérables.” Continue Reading
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[From left] Dwalin (Graham McTavish), Bifur, (William Kircher), Thorin (Richard Armitage), Balin (Ken Stott), Bofur (James Nesbitt) and Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY.”
After watching “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” I can better understand fans who hated “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.” Continue Reading