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The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies review: ‘much to enjoy but a stumble at the finish’

HBT3-fs-348347.DNG Ringer DCole4 from the TORn messageboards was fortunate enough to catch an advanced screening of The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies a couple of days ago.

He posted a bit of a spoilery summary-cum-review that concentrates on the final third of the movie on the boards.

Here he expands on those remarks. Warning for battle spoilers, especially on the second page. (more…)

Posted in Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Big Hobbit movie spoilers from the Five Armies Chronicles art and design book!

Chronicles Ringer Thorin tells us that in Italy a retailer accidentally released the first artbook for “The Battle of the Five Armies” around a month before the official release date.

It’s been taken off the shelves now, but in the meantime a few keen ringers were able to get their hands on copies — and it is chock-full of big spoilers.

We’re not kidding: If you’d rather not know in advance some of the big things that are going to occur, you won’t want to read below! (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Three new TV spots for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

thtbotfa25_clean If you missed them earlier in the week, here are the three latest 30-second TV Spots. The TV Spots are: War, Dark Days, and Reach. Yes, there are probably some movie spoilers afoot! (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Hobbit movies triple Matamata area tourist spend

The mill at Hobbiton Movie Set

The mill at Hobbiton Movie Set

Matamata and its surrounds are really popular with the tourists, according to a new report.

 


The Hobbit trilogy of movies has had a big impact on tourist spending in one North Island region, new figures suggest. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, New Zealand, The Hobbit

Howard Shore speaks about his music

CCT-RING-11XX-12.jpg In April next year, the Symphony Silicon Valley will be presenting the complete Lord of the Rings Trilogy with a Live orchestral performance.

Along with soloists to be named later, the Academy Award-winning films will be shown in High Definition on a giant 48’ by 20’ screen with 250 musicians performing on stage.

As part of this Howard Shore has recorded a little message where he speaks about his orchestral scores for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. You can find out more about the SSV performance and tickets for it here.



Posted in Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, soundtrack

We’ve got you covered for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ world premiere!

Today is the big day!

The world premiere of The Hobbit: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies red carpet event in London begin from 5.15pm (GMT) and will go until around 7.30pm.

You can check when that is in your time zone right here, or refer to our cheat table just below. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Three spectacular new stills from ‘The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies’

As we posted the other day, Peter Jackson is the guest editor of the new issue of Empire magazine.

The magazine has been posting a number of teasers over on EmpireOnline.com — the latest is several images from the issue from the movie. To say they’re spectacular is an understatement! You can still order the edition of the mag here. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Five geeky things we spotted in ‘Battle of the Five Armies’ trailer

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES I know the trailer has been and gone a couple of weeks now, but here are a few geeky items of trivia that we noted at the time that have been rattling round inside our heads ever since that we wanted to share.

Maybe you’ve noted these things too; maybe not! Were there other geeky oddities that you noted at the time? (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Trailer

This hand-illuminated Silmarillion is an astonishing work of art

The Illuminated Silmarillion

The Illuminated Silmarillion

We’ve posted about this before, but I was reminded of it today, and it’s such an astonishing hand-made work of art in an age of mass production that I truly don’t think anyone will mind seeing it again.

Several years ago, German art student Benjaminn Harff set himself the task of hand-illuminating and binding a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. More than six months later he was still at it. He explained the process to Tolkien Library’s Pieter Collier: (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, Tolkien

Middle-earth ‘legacy’ featurette contains new Five Armies footage!

vlcsnap-2014-11-07-05h49m41s22Want to see a tiny flash of Dain? If you haven’t seen him already, you’ll find Billy Connolly’s dwarf lord shows up for a couple of instants at the very end of this new featurette. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Today’s chat in The Hall of Fire: The Grey Havens

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 5pm ET, we’ll be turning our attention back to The Return of the King in The Hall of Fire as we examine the very last chapter of the novel: The Grey Havens.

One evening Sam came into the study and found his master looking very strange. He was very pale and his eyes seemed to see things far away.
‘What’s the matter, Mr. Frodo?’ said Sam.
‘I am wounded,’ he answered, ‘wounded; it will never really heal.’
But then he got up, and the turn seemed to pass, and he was quite himself the next day. It was not until afterwards that Sam recalled that the date was October the sixth. Two years before on that day it was dark in the dell under Weathertop.

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Something special set for the Wellington Hobbit premiere?

ROXY Cinema in Wellington, the Newly Restored Miramar Theatre (formerly Capitol Court) Ringer White Raven writes to us with this little snippet of some activity going on at the Roxy Theatre in Wellington where the NZ premiere of the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will occur on December 2 at 8.30am. (more…)

Posted in Crew News, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Premieres, Production, Richard Taylor, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Wellington