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“The Hobbit” armies seize box office crown with $90.6 million debut

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1. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies – $56.2 million [debut week; $90.6 million since Wednesday opening] While Peter Jackson’s prequel trilogy of Middle Earth hasn’t been as revered as his first take, swarms of audiences wanted to see how it ended. And while there’s a number of new releases coming out in time for Christmas (Selma, Into the Woods and Unbroken) none cover the action adventure market so “Armies” could have some staying power. For the three-day period, “Armies” was well below the $73.6 million for “Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray]” and the $84 million of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition) (Blu-ray)” and was much less than the $124 million for “The Return of the King,” the final chapter of the beloved “The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions) [Blu-ray]” saga, but the five-day debut is still one of 2014’s best. Continue reading “The Hobbit” armies seize box office crown with $90.6 million debut

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

Mark Pokorny/Warner Bros. Pictures Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies."
Mark Pokorny/Warner Bros. Pictures
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.”

It doesn’t take very long while watching “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” to get the sense that this was the film Director Peter Jackson has been itching to make all along. Continue reading Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

Hi-res pictures of “The Hobbit – The Battle of Five Armies”

Warner Bros. Pictures Smaug, played by BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH,
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Smaug, played by BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH,

In anticipation of the final chapter of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” saga, check out these pictures featuring the characters and battles from the trilogy’s most action-packed installment. Continue reading Hi-res pictures of “The Hobbit – The Battle of Five Armies”

Review: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

Mark Pokorny/Warner Bros.  MARTIN FREEMAN as Bilbo in the fantasy adventure "THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG," a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Ma WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC.
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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.

Mark Pokorny/Warner Bros. Pictures Orlando Bloom as Legolas.
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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!”

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Why The Force is strong with “Star Wars: Episode VII’s” Dec. 18, 2015 release date

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.

JJ Abrams Star Wars Episode VIIBut 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.

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First image of Evangeline Lilly in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

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.”

Credit: EW.com Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel
Credit: EW.com
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 First image of Evangeline Lilly in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

The Bridge Direct wants to give you “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” prize-pack!

the-hobbit-unexpected-journey-blu-ray-coverYou 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.

Here’s all the info: Continue reading The Bridge Direct wants to give you “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” prize-pack!