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UPDATE: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ is virtually finished, today is the last day

NZEALAND-ENTERTAINMENT-FILM-HOBBITIs the third and final Hobbit movie complete? There is some evidence to suggest it is, as social media folks from Weta Digital say they have finished the long, long job of bringing Middle-earth to the cinema.

From as good a source as a source can be, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” is not only virtually done as you read these words, this is the final day of production on the film. Keeping in mind that New Zealand (where, if you haven’t heard, the films are made) is 16 hours ahead of Hollywood, the following quote comes to TheOneRing.net from the future, Friday morning:

“Today is the day!! The last reel goes out the door tonight.”

2238536-pippin_sad_2We have also learned from two sources that Weta Digital delivered its final shot Thursday night, leaving the final touches on the final reel of the final film. Pure speculation here, but that must be an emotional process, knowing that the great big collection of talent is completing the task it set out to do years before. And for Jackson and those around him, it is definitely the end of an era.

A lot of tired workers at Weta Digital will be getting sleep soon but the filmmakers now begin the job of promoting the film around the world, starting with the world premiere in London.

There is of course the extended edition of the final film, but heading directly to the home video market is different from unfurling a film in a theater. But there you have it folks, this is the last work week for the full post-production team on The Hobbit. Fans will feel an era has ended as well. The original, more speculative article follows below.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIESDirector Peter Jackson – who if you paid careful attention to the latest Hobbit trailers, also directed a trilogy based on The Lord of the Rings – likes to push deadlines and make changes on his films up to the last moment. He was clear at the world premiere of the first Hobbit film about how he literally made changes the night before the premiere.

So is the film finished or is just Weta Digital’s work finished? Or is only a division of Weta Digital’s team finished? Nobody who knows is saying for sure (although we have asked!) but it is very possible “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” has had its finishing digital touches added and is complete. All this inspired by the pen of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Galadriel and Gandalf at Dol Guldur.

Galadriel and Gandalf at Dol Guldur.

Typically the director or some combination of the director, producers and studio work on the film until they nail down its moments, beats and running time. Then the digital team finishes the film, working and polishing as much as time and money allow. With Jackson films, Weta Digital finishes parts way ahead and parts at the very last minute, working with the director closely. Concurrently, the score and sound effects are being mixed into the final finished product.

The film is shot in high frame rate, 3D and sound comes in a variety of format choices at the cinema including the most complicated and best sound: Dolby Atmos. All of these processes take time. In other words, there may still be a lot of details to get done before the film is done, but finished or not, the end is near and it is like twilight on the final day of Middle-earth movie making. Only clips for the inevitable extended edition remain and then, Jackson and company will soon say goodbye to Middle-earth forever.

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Star Wars trailer attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Here’s a little something extra for all Star Wars fans to watch out for when you go to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Update: Just to clarify. This remains a rumour. It also seems that originating Twitter account has been deactivated so you may wish to employ some grains of salt. The other suggestion floating round is that The Hobbit will host the Batman vs Superman Dawn Of Justice teaser.

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

Fan-curated exhibition in North of England to coincide with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Fans in Ripon North Yorkshire have a special treat coming up.  As well as seeing the final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, they can see some wonderful artwork inspired by the writing of JRR Tolkien.  Artist John Cockshaw is presenting an Exhibition of Art Inspired by the Works of JRR Tolkien at the Art Cinema, Curzon Ripon.

With excitement for the final Middle-earth film reaching fever-pitch along with a bittersweet feeling of having to say farewell John decided, as a fan and artist, he had to act decisively. Opening on the 12th December with a preview is an exhibition of Tolkien artists he will be curating at the Curzon cinema venue in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Along with a selection of his own Middle-earth art, the show will feature the work of renowned Canadian Artist Ted Nasmith and the amazing graphite work of Polish Artist Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska. It will coincide with the screening of The Hobbit at this regional venue but also use the opportunity as a platform to showcase a thought-provoking diversity of interpreting JRR Tolkien’s writing. The exhibition also arose out of his longing to create a high-profile Tolkien-related event in his home area…because you can never really celebrate Tolkien enough right? The exhibition, after the preview evening, will run from Saturday 13th December until Saturday 31st January.

For more information click here.

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Posted in Creations, Events, Exhibits, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, TheOneRing.net Announcements

The Google Chrome Middle-earth map updates!

hobbit-google-chrome The interactive map of Middle-earth created by Google has been updated, complete with locations from both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as well as videos and quotes from the characters. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, The Hobbit, 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

Adam Brown appearing on stage in ‘Saxon Court’, London

Adam_BrownOur favourite scribe dwarf Ori, aka actor Adam Brown, is appearing on stage in London! Brown will be in Made by Brick’s production of Saxon Court, which runs at the Southwark Playhouse from November 19th to December 13th.

The theatre’s website describes the play as ‘a razor sharp satire to darken your Christmas’ – and warns that ‘this production contains graphic language and scenes of violence (as any good Christmas party should)!’ It sounds like the perfect comedic antidote to festive glitter – watch a trailer here:

 

 

Tickets are available from the box office – click here to purchase.

Posted in Adam Brown, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

SAVE THE DATE – The One Last Party, February 2015!

one last party logo SAVE THE DATE and get ready to celebrate at The One Last Party – There and Back Again. As we get ready for the release for the final film in the Hobbit Trilogy, we couldn’t let Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies sail into the West without one final, big celebration!

TheOneRing.net is planning to hold a Party of Special Magnificence next February — a final toast to all SIX movies, both The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy.

This will be on Saturday 21st Feb 2015 – the day BEFORE the Oscars – at a venue in Los Angeles, TBA. There will be music, food, drink, entertainment and all kinds of fun! We hope to host a special performance, with cast members appearing on stage to entertain you all!

But here’s the thing… (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, The Hobbit, The One Last Party, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community

The Unexpected Booklet project releases Desolation of Smaug EE fan booklet

UnexpectedBooklet2_640 The Unexpected Booklet project continues with the release of a fan booklet for the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

TheHutt, editor of the Russian Tolkien site Henneth-Annun.ru, is the brains behind this project — a custom-designed, non-commercial booklet for each of the special editions of the Hobbit, that is consistent with the style established for The Lord of the Rings. (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Community

More on the running time for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES Over the last few days, we’ve noticed theatres around the world are starting to put up running time estimates for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. IMAX Raleigh, for example, lists 144 minutes, and Swedish website SF.se has the same figure, as does Event Cinemas in Australia. (more…)

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

Hobbit premieres round the world: where, when and competitions to win tix!

Hobbit_3_Horizontal_Teaser There are a bunch of premieres happening round the world next month for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Here are the ones we know of so far, plus details for a few competitions to win tickets to attend! Often, tickets to premieres are not available to the general public. But Paris and Brazil seems to be a exceptions this time round. (more…)

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

The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies spoiler rumours are false

HBT3-fs-340682.DNG There are a number of wild rumours that have begun swirling about the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

These all seem to emanate from an anonymous poster on the internet messageboard 4Chan who claims to have seen an almost final cut of the film. Considering that around 150 folks saw a rough cut with Peter Jackson in New Zealand just a week and a bit ago, some have assumed that it must be a fan contest winner. (more…)

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

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – November 16, 2014

BillbyBoydTheLastGoodbyeWelcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week. If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights. Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions. Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join the fun!

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Posted in Billy Boyd, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, TheOneRing.net Community

All the trailer footage from The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies in chronological order

vlcsnap-2014-11-07-05h49m41s22This is pretty cool. Have a look at this speculative re-arrangement from Sammpo Alternative Channel of all the trailer and teaser and TV spots footage for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies rearranged into what might — or might not — be chronological viewing order.

Accuracy may be arguable, but this could be quite close to a short summary of the film. If you’re not avoiding spoilers have a look, and leave your thoughts below in the comments! (more…)

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