The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

19 Sep

Second Magnificent Trailer for Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' Trilogy

Közzétette biropsze, 2012-09-19 17:34

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer

"Home is now behind you. The world is ahead." Warner Bros/WingNut Films have unveiled the new trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the beginning of Bilbo's three-part adventure into Middle Earth. Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins, and is joined by the company of dwarves, lead by Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Of course, Sir Ian McKellen is back as Gandalf, and there's glimpses of Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and even Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown. This is a much more magnificent and, honestly, more exciting improvement over the first trailer, which I enjoyed, but I think Jackson is settling into the story and getting ready to bring us another spectacular fantasy epic.

24 Jul

Hobbits Deal with Government Compliance

Közzétette biropk, 2012-07-24 15:52

Thanks to Ringer David H from Auckland NZ, we have this link to a wonderfully revealing and in-depth PDF from The Department of Welfare and Housing Te Tari Kaupapa Whare. The document is titled: Compliance of barriers to a bridge located on a former film set at 501 Buckland Road, Matamata. You see, the bridge made famous in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was considered to be not complying with Clause F4 Safety from falling of the Building Code, and and as a result seemed to ultimately be required to make some adjustments to allow public use. However, after a lot of discussion, notes and analysis, you’ll see that Manager Determinations John Gardiner has reversed a previous decision and decided the bridge, in its current form, qualifies for code compliance! Hobbits of Hobbiton rejoice! The bridge will remain open! [PDF]



20 Jul

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Investment Opportunity?

Közzétette biropp, 2012-07-20 17:07
Over ten years ago Peter Jackson wowed the world with the first installment of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy which went on to gross a combined $2.9B in box office revenue (a $2.6B profit on a $281M budget) and won a record-setting 17 Academy Awards (the most for any trilogy), including Best Picture for “The Return of the King.”
In the decade since, the fervor for fantasy epics has not waned. Though fantasy epics may still largely be a niche product market, recent fantasy franchises have been met with mainstream critical acclaim, rabid cult followings, and financial success. Examples include the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of novels by George R. R. Martin; the Emmy-nominated “Game of Thrones” HBO TV adaptations of Martin’s series; and the “Elder Scrolls” series of fantasy epic video games, the latest installment of which sold over 10 million copies ($620M in revenues) in the first month of its release and has since garnered multiple industry awards.
The increasing interest in the magical world of trolls and dragons is likely related to the maturing technologies that can realize wonderfully vivid and awe-inspiring images that are the hallmarks of modern fantasy epics pioneered by Jackson’s trilogy. Indeed, film is an ideal medium for fantasy epics. Only in theaters can dragons, spiders, orcs, and ents loom ominously over the audience, projected at sizes larger than life that can captivate the audience’s imagination and transport them into a new realm.
It may still be too early to tell if Jackson’s upcoming film will be as wildly successful as his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. But if the past is any indicator, diehards fans should be pleased, the mainstream will be enthralled worldwide, and a young generation of fantasy epic loving children will read the books and beg Santa for toys and video games come Christmas.
Interested in trading on the excitement for “The Hobbit”? Below is a list of publicly traded companies involved with this product.
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1. Time Warner Inc. (TWX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $36.59B, most recent closing price at $38.12. New Line Cinema, a producer of The Hobbit, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the video game developer of the upcoming “The Hobbit” game, are full subsidiaries of Time Warner Inc.

2. News Corp. (NWSA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a diversified media company worldwide. Market cap at $52.91B, most recent closing price at $21.85. HarperCollins, a publisher of “The Hobbit” novel, is a full subsidiary of News Corp.

3. Cinemark Holdings Inc. (CNK, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the motion picture exhibition business. Market cap at $2.73B.

4. Regal Entertainment Group (RGC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates a theatre circuit in the United States. Market cap at $2.17B.

(Written by Andrew Dominguez)

29 Jun

The Hobbit boosts New Zealand film industry

Közzétette biropp, 2012-06-29 16:04

Peter Jackson's two-part fantasy epic The Hobbit helped New Zealand's film industry contribute more than $2.4bn to the country's economy in 2011, according to a new report.

Figures released this week by Statistics New Zealand detail a 4% rise over 2010's headline figure. The Hobbit's importance to the Kiwi economy was highlighted in October 2010 when ministers promised to rewrite the country's labour laws and offer a $25m tax break to the Hollywood studio Warner Bros in order to ensure the Lord of the Rings prequel was shot on the same location as its predecessor.

Gisella Carr, chief executive of locations marketing agency FilmNZ, told the Hollywood Reporter the boost was not just about Jackson's adaptation of JRR Tolkien's childrens' novel. "[It's] everyone in the screen industry playing their part, whether they are working on international or domestic production, or both," she said. "We could never have imagined the scale of these figures a generation ago. It is a testament to our screen entrepreneurs who are converting creative projects into economic headlines."

Big-budget Hollywood films shot wholly or partly in New Zealand in recent years include Avatar, 10,000 BC, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Thirty five productions visited the country in 2011, contributing revenue of more than $563m – up 15% year-on-year. "We are holding our own internationally, the level of revenue is increasing from year to year – despite a global recession and despite the fact that much of the screen industry runs on a project basis with breaks between activities," Carr added. "We are now starting to see trends over time, and what is emerging is a picture of consistent growth and sustainability."

The figures, while encouraging, are still dwarfed by those of the US film industry, which generated $40.8bn in 2011. The world's largest movie-maker is trailed by India, whose burgeoning industry is believed to contribute around $640m to the country's economy. The Chinese film industry was worth about 16 billion yuan ($2.5bn) in 2010. The UK film industry is worth about £4.2bn ($6.7bn) annually.

The Hobbit, which will be screened in two parts, the first arriving in December this year and the second in time for the following festive season, has had a chequered path to production, prompting a steady stream of tabloid stories suggesting a "Hobbit curse". Setbacks include the departure of original director Guillermo del Toro in 2010 after extended delays relating to studio MGM's financial travails, a fire that destroyed a number of vital miniatures, an enormous row with a local New Zealand union which prompted the labour law changes, and Jackson's own hospitalisation last year for surgery to treat a stomach ulcer.

The cast, including Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Sir Ian McKellen, Billy Connolly and Stephen Fry, is now complete and the shoot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey began just over a year ago at Stone Street studios in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.



23 Dec

Hobbit videoblog #5

Közzétette biropp, 2011-12-23 22:38

Production Video #5 arrives in time for Christmas! - Peter Jackson’s promised “Christmas treat” has arrived: Production Video #5. This installment is about “the logistics of location shooting” and follows their journey across the length and breadth of New Zealand. Enjoy! []

22 Dec

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' eddig...

Közzétette biropcs, 2011-12-22 10:19

2012 egyik leginkább várt filmje a Hobbit, melynek végre láthatjuk az előzetesét, hogy eldöntsük, sikerült-e ismét megteremteni Középfölde hangulatát.

 #1 Start of Production - 14 April 2011.

A Warner Bros. Pictures betartotta ígéretét, s ma hajnalban felkerült a netre Peter Jackson új Gyűrűk ura-filmjének, a The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey-nek (hivatalos magyar címe még nincs) első előzetese. J.R.R. Tolkien Hobbitját (az első kiadás szerint még Babó volt a magyar címe) két részben fogják bemutatni a mozik 2D-ben, 3D-ben, illetve IMAX 3D-ben. A 3D-s megjelenítés szerencsére nem konvertált lesz, hiszen Peter Jackson speciális kamerákkal forgat, azonban az IMAX-formátumot csak konverzióval fogják elérni, hiszen a Mission: Impossible - Fantom protokollal ellentétben nem IMAX-kamerákkal dolgoznak. 

 #2 Production video - 8 July 2011.

Az itthon a Fórum Hungary által forgalmazott film jelen állás szerint nálunk december 13-án kerülhet bemutatásra, vagyis se híre, se nyoma a nyáron a sajtó által megénekelt világpremier-embergónak a Warner részéről, hiszen az amerikai premierre csak 14-én kerül sor. Ezt 2013-ban december 12-én, illetve 13-án pedig a folytatás, a The Hobbit: There and Back Again fogja követni. Ian Holm és Eiljah Wood szerepvállalása miatt feltehetően visszaemlékezős formában előadott történet főhőse a fiatal Zsákos Bilbó lesz, aki Szürke Gandalffal, valamint a Tölgypajzsos Thorin által vezetett 12 törppel részt vesz Smaug, az utolsó élő sárkány legyőzésében, hogy visszafoglalja a Magányos Hegy törptermeit, valamint Erebor törpkirályságát. 

 #3 Production video - 21 July 2011.

Mivel a történet majd 80 évvel a Gyűrűk ura előtt játszódik, így értelemszerűen nem Ian Holm alakítja Bilbót - a megtisztelő feladatot Martin Freeman kapta, akit olyan filmekből ismerhetünk, mint az Igazából szerelem, a Galaxis útikalauz stopposoknak, de ő az új Sherlock Holmes-sorozat, a Sherlock Watsonja is. Gandalfot természetesen ismét Sir Ian McKellen alakítja. A törpök közül Tölgypajzsos Thorint Richard Armitage fogja játszani, míg a többieket sorban: John Callen (Óin), Peter Hambleton (Glóin), Adam Brown (Ori), Mark Hadlow (Dori), Jed Brophy (Nori), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Aidan Turner (Kili), William Kircher (Bifur), James Nesbitt (Bofur), Steven Hunter (Bombur), Graham McTavish (Dwalin) és Ken Stott (Balin). 

 #4 Production video - 4 Nov 2011.

Rajtuk kívül természetesen új szereplőket is láthatunk, hobbitokat, elfeket és mindenféle fajú karaktereket, de ami a rajongóknak érdekes lehet, hogy Frodó (Elijah Wood), az Idős Bilbó (Ian Holm) és Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) mellett vissza fog térni még Elrond (Hugo Weaving), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), Gollam (Andy Serkis) és Legolas (Orlando Bloom), a gonosz oldalra pedig Szarumán (Sir Cristopher Lee). 

Az előzetes mellett az eddigi kiadott, meglehetősen alapos és informatív színfalak mögötti videókat lehet megnézni, melyekben ugyancsak jó pár újdonságot lehet találni a készítők és a színészek tolmácsolásában. Nem csak új jeleneteket vagy díszleteket, hanem például a negyedik videóban Peter Jackson és stábja elmagyarázza, hogy miképpen is működik a 3D-s filmezés, s láthatjuk, hogy a Hobbit esetében még a vázlatrajzok is 3D-ben készülnek el, amire eddig nem nagyon volt példa. De persze a díszlettervezőktől kezdve a sminkesekig mindenkinek másképpen kellett hozzáállni a filmezési folyamathoz. 

A 3D-s aspektus mellett még arról is beszél a rendező, hogy a megszokott 24 fps (képkocka per másodperc) helyett a Hobbitot 48 fps-ben forgatják, ami már majdnem az emberi szem által befogadható képi információk határát feszegeti. Jackson azért akar eltérni az 1920-as évek óta megszokott 24 fps-es filmezéstől, hogy szebb és simább képet kapjon, s ez magasabb frémráta mellett akkor látszik meg legjobban, amikor a kamera gyorsan mozog vagy forog a tengelye körül, 24 fps mellett ugyanis ilyenkor sokszor elmosódik a kép, elvész némi információ. Ezáltal ráadásul 3D-ben is kellemesebb élményt fog nyújtani a szemnek a végeredmény. Elmondása szerint a 48 fps-ben felvett 3D-s anyagot mindenféle kényelemérzet-csökkenés nélkül lehet 2 órán át figyelni.

21 Dec

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' előzetese

Közzétette biropsze, 2011-12-21 05:33

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer

"I'm looking for someone to share in an adventure." Ready to return to Middle Earth? The first full trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of The Hobbit adaptation, has arrived online in high def tonight via Apple; it'll also be playing in front of Tintin. It's a full trailer and, for Lord of the Rings fans like myself, is everything you could imagine and truly feels like seeing an old friend again. Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo, along with Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Andy Serkis as Gollum, and many others, like Richard Armitage as Thorin and James Nesbitt. Time to smile (and cry). Enjoy!