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Watch the 15-second Hobbit 3 pre-teaser in 1080p widescreen!

Teaser Trailer Monday is what the Warner Bros. marketing brainstrust wants to call it, and it’s happening tomorrow at Midday PT/3pm ET. But what’s that in YOUR timezone, you ask?

Follow this link to work out when the trailer will debut in YOUR timezone.

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Warner Bros. UK has also uploaded a higher resolution (up to 1080p) version of the pre-teaser to their Youtube channel. It reveals some nice detail. Check it out below, plus our screencaps at the bottom (if you’re avoiding spoiler discussions, you might want to skip the screencaps). (more…)

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Warner Bros. announces teaser trailer debut for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

For the eleventy bajillion readers who keep asking, “when is the teaser trailer coming?” we finally have a concrete answer…. and a 15-second sneak peek. (A teaser for the teaser. How recursive.) (more…)

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Post Hall H Cast Interviews

SDCC Hobbit BOTFASeveral Cast interviews have started showing up on YouTube after The Hobbit Panel on Saturday.  Message board regular Arannir shared these ones on the boards and we thought we’d share them with you here.  Something else for us all to enjoy while we impatiently await the teaser trailer to appear online.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Hall H: the details and the spoilers!

Hobbit 3 poster Warner Bros. behind-the-scenes efforts mark this as more than merely another panel — despite the fact it’s sharing a slot with Mad Max Fury: Road, Jupiter Ascending and Batman vs Superman.

The enormous, multi-scened wraparound panaorama that muralises the walls of Hall H declares the pre-eminence of The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies in the pecking order.

It’s the panel of the day. (more…)

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Panel, SDCC 2014

Many thanks to Ringer Piet for bringing this video of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Panel to our attention.  Before you get your hopes too high, the teaser trailer has been excised from the video, so it only shows the Panel, but it’s still worth watching for that.  Meanwhile we’ll all keep hoping they’ll release the trailer online soon.


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Amazing scroll panorama of The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies revealed in Hall H!

We had heard that Hall H had been turned into a massive surround screen for The Hobbit, but now we understand precisely what people mean!

Even better, Warner Bros. used the panoramic montages that they created for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Why? Because they also revealed the panoramic scroll for The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies and we can get a bit of a taste for six key scenes of the final film!

Just a warning, because these are screencaps from phone vid (see the Screenscrush video at the bottom), the sharpness is not the best. We’re certain that Warner Bros. will debut the real thing in a few days so if you’re after quality you might want to skip this for now. (more…)

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Breaking: Peter Jackson presents The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Hall H!

tumblr_mvwwq3Iay01sml467o4_1280 Well, the long wait is over. Peter Jackson and his team brought much Hobbit goodness to San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H today, and blew everyone’s minds.

To say the event zoomed past at an overwhelming pace would be a massive understatement. We’re digesting everything seen and said, and will continue to update as we work through the visuals.

In the meantime, please read on for TORn staffer Mr Cere’s insta-summary of what was shown and said! And, warning folks, if you’re avoiding the details of the teaser trailer because you’d like to see it yourself first … there are spoilers below! (more…)

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Rolling updates on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies presentation from Hall H!

Hobbit 3 poster Things are hotting up as the Hall H presentation approaches. We’re going to try to bring you as many rolling updates as we possibly can as often as we can about what’s going on!

Update #1

Andy Serkis and Lee Pace stopped by the Hall H line late last night. Apparently some 10,000 people have queued, all trying to get in!

Update #2

Peter Jackson had some fun yesterday strolling the floor at SDCC in a harlequin outfit! Neat. Check out the pictures here.

Update #3

INSIDE: Both walls of Hall H have expanded to reveal HUGH screens on either side of the stage.

Update #4

First up is Batman vs Superman. Chris Hardwick introduces @ZackSnyder to the stage!

Read the Empire mag report on the B vs S panel

Update #5

Jupiter Ascending up next, hello Channing Tatum. TORn staff consensus is that The Hobbit will be last on the list today.

Update #7

Empire magazine reports: Jupiter Ascending footage looked epic and insane. Huge space battles, Channing Tatum fighting a lizard with a cape.

Next up: the return of Mad Max in Fury Road. Tagline: Fire. Blood. Oil.

Update #8

Empire mag: We’ve just seen the first shot from Fury Road — it’s a very Mad Maxian traffic jam, with huge cars and trucks trying to get over a rockfall. George Miller has come on stage!

Update #9

TORn Staffer Garfemaio: Mad Max written like a long comic book, in storyboard, no real script. A western on the road, in yhe future, but feels primal.

Update #10

Empire: Mad Max: Fury Road looks astonishing. Vehicular mayhem on a scale we’ve never seen before. It’s like the best Top Gear special ever made.

Update #11

Empire: Have you ever seen an insanely complicated car chase through giant sand tornadoes? Us neither. Fury Road will change all that.

TORn Staffer Garfemaio: George Miller is first to sit and talk, and bring a lot of footage. Charlize is wicked hardcore. Yep, he [Miller] is doing one [QnA] right now. He’s talking about how having an increased budget has changed the filmmaking.

Update #12

Torn staffer Mr Cere: Can’t believe how completely sold I am on MAD MAX: FURY ROAD! #SDCC amazing footage.

Update #13

It’s Hobbit time!

Update #14 Actually, not a trailer. It’s a montage of scenes from all Jackson’s Middle-earth films

Update #15


Update #16 Steven Colbert has taken over as moderator! He’s dressed in a Laketown costume with an eye patch!

The sizzle reel for the new Hobbit shows characters from all six Middle-earth movies. Feels like a high school reunion.

Update #17


Update #18

“Go tell the master of Laketown that THE HOBBIT panel is about to begin,” Colbert whispers to the boy, who runs off. He jokingly referred to the new film as THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE FOR SIX MOVIES.

Update #19

Empire: Colbert, by the way, is a MASSIVE Tolkien fan. He’s the perfect choice to host this panel. He’s talking about his love for both trilogies.

Evangeline Lilly: #TopSecret #Spoiler but I’m just entering Hall H for @TheHobbitMovie #TBOTFA panel! See you on the other side!#SDCC14 THey’re about to show a deleted sequence, featuring another Laketown spy, played by Peter Jackson.

Update #20

Jason Nathanson @ABCNewsJason 2m I’m standing next to Benedict Cumberbatch and Evangeline Lily right now, who are watching Stephen Colbert talk lovingly about Tolkien

Update #21

WB posted this image then deleted it. We’re not sure why.


Update #22

StephenAtHome intros a LOTR/Hobbit blooper reel, including @IanMcKellen as Gandalf flashing the camera w/his bare legs & underwear. #SDCC

Amazing blooper reel from LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT being shown. Hugo Weaving does Agent Smith, Ian McKellen sexy dances and more.

Update #23

Andy Serkis @andyserkis 13s Well Hello, HALL H! #SDCC2014 #SDCC #TheHobbit @TheHobbitMovie @StephenAtHome

Update #24

Torn Staffer Garfeimao 18s Outtakes from all 5 films, some hilarious

The Hobbit panel has begun in earnest: the gang is all here. Including Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis! Richard Armitage & Martin Freeman are both on stage in London right now, and McKellen is shooting Mr Holmes, so they’re not here. Jackson and his cast are taking the stage!

Update #25

Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lily, Benedict Cumberbatch, Phillippa Boyens, Luke Evans, Lee Pace. Cate Blanchett is there too. That’s a surprise.



Update #26

Peter Jackson is talking about his original pitch to Miramax back in the day: one Hobbit movie followed by two Lord of the Rings films.

Colbert says that, because THE HOBBIT is three movies, he feels Jackson owes him six more LotR movies. “If Warner can find a way to do that,” Jackson laughs.

Update #27 Stephen Colbert to Elijah Wood: “Why don’t you age?

“Peter, did you know you were casting the Immortal?” – @StephenAtHome to @woodelijah #TheHobbit #SDCC

Cate says she had thought her time in Middle-Earth was over. “You and me both,” is Orlando Bloom’s reply.

Update #28

@StephenAtHome to Peter Jackson: “Did you imagine this would take a generation of your life?” Jackson closes his eyes slowly: “No.” #SDCC PJ’s hope for THE HOBBIT trilogy is that the tone will transition through the films to match the tone of LotR by the end of BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES


Update #29

Colbert is asking what Boyens and Jackson would add to LotR if they could. Boyens is talking about Tom Bombadil, but says that he’s probably something best left to a future generation of filmmakers. Peter Jackson says the films have gotten progressively darker, but they’re not dark.

Peter Jackson on the end of #TheHobbit trilogy: “There’s a lot of sadness and tragedy, which is good.”

Update #30

@ABCNewsJason: Benedict Cumberbatch on the difference between his Hobbit characters: One’s a dragon, one is born out of all evil #ComicCon

Warner Bros Pictures @wbpictures 14s “I was rolling around a carpeted floor like a lunatic. Benedict Cumberbatch on his mo-cap work for @TheHobbitMovie #SDCC The WHOLE crowd goes wild for Andy Serkis. His advice for mo-cap: Watch out for carpet burns.

TORn Staffer Mithril Designs @MithrilDesigns 8s Still editing and shooting #TheHobbitTheBattleoftheFiveArmies Peter Jackson onstage at #ComicCon2014 #TORnHobbit

Update #31 Evans is talking about his skill with a bow, which began to develop long before THE HOBBIT. His training for the films, though, added a whole lot.

Empire Magazine @empiremagazine 7s Luke Evans reveals that he learned to fire a bow and arrow at Butlins. It elicits some cheers from the redcoats in the audience. #ComicCon

Update #32

Vine video of the surround screen in Hall H.

Update #33 Colbert says that Elves are “the ninjas of Middle-Earth” He asks if we’ll get to see Galadriel enter the battle.

“We do get to see Galadriel ‘losing it a bit’ in this movie,” says Jackson

Update #34

TORn staffer Rasputin 33s #cateblanchett was wearing “disco glam” heels and loses her elven shit, kicks Sauron’s ass in next film. #hobbit #sdcc Colbert is reciting Tolkien poetry right now. He REALLY knows his stuff.

TORn staffer Rasputin 48s #colbert beat Philippa in a Tolkien trivia contest, but Philippa says it was closer than he rembers. #hobbit #sdcc

Update #35

Warner Bros Pictures @wbpictures 14s Cate Blanchett: “I lose my sh*t. My Elven sh*t. @StephenAtHome: “I’m sure it sparkles.” @TheHobbitMovie #SDCC

Evangeline Lilly: I’m a low class trashy elf, but my shit still sparkles. Shocker: @woodelijah still has not read the HOBBIT or LOTR books.

Update #36 Jackson makes it sound like the Hobbit portion will be wrapping in just a few minutes. That means we’ve still got half an hour.

Into the Storm, anyone?

Update #37

#ElijahWood said he may have a painting in his attic that is aging for him. #hobbit #sdcc (Demosthenes: rofl @ Dorian Grey reference)

Empire Magazine @empiremagazine now Evangeline Lilly says she loves Tolkien. Colbert: “You’ve never been more attractive.” #ComicCon

@EricVespe: Blanchett said she was in a high school production of The Hobbit and played Bard.



Update #38 They’re about to show the new teaser.

Update #39


Update #40

Empire Magazine @empiremagazine 32s Just saw the teaser trailer for Battle Of The Five Armies, featuring a shot of Smaug laying waste to Laketown. #ComicCon

Pippin singing over the teaser. The chills. They are upon us. #SDCC

Set to a somber musical version of Tolkien’s “The Walking Song,” the teaser is all about building the intensity of this giant, giant battle. We see all the characters preparing for battle. Troops of Orcs, Elven warriors, etc

total film: “Will you follow me… one last time?” Teaser trailer for Battle Of The Five Armies looks good ‘n’ moody. #SDCC

Empire Magazine @empiremagazine 13s Bard the Bowman: “you will have peace or war.” Thorin, looking possibly insane: “I will have war.” He seems set down a dark path. #ComicCon

Update #41

TRORn staffer Kristin @EloquentDust 52s Battle of the Five Armies teaser trailer? STUNNING! I had goosebumps. #sdcc #Hallh The entire room was literally shaking during that @TheHobbitMovie teaser. Looks good, but we didn’t see very much

Retweeted by Middle Earth News Josh Wigler @roundhoward 2m “One day I’ll remember everything that happened — the good, the bad, those who survived, and those who did not.” #TheHobbit #SDCC

Brad Gullickson @MouthDork 39s Looks like Elijah Wood got a little teary after watching Battle of 5 Armies teaser trailer. Love to see that. #imacrier #sdcc #hallh

Update #42 teaser done… Jackson says he’s still hoping they can open a LORD OF THE RINGS museum one day and make all the props and costumes available to the public

TORn staffer Rasputin @rasputintx 12s So much in the new #hobbit teaser trailer! Thorin chooses war! Thranduil fights orcs! Galadriel save Gandalf! Bilbo waxes poetic! #sdcc

sahraobsessed @sahraobsessed 2m At the end, Thorin asks Bilbo to stand with him one last time

Update #43

Teaser sounds amazing! Great lines. Here’s some of Andy Serkis talking about Gollum

Update #44 it looks like this panel is going for a bit longer. They’re doing fan questions now

Empire Magazine @empiremagazine 8s Benedict Cumberbatch just said ‘button lady’ in his Smaug voice to a lady wearing, well, lots of buttons. We didn’t know he takes requests.

It’s one of our staff! :)


She wants to know if Bard taught Legolas anything about the bow. “He’s got longer arrows and a bigger bow,” kids Bloom, “But I’m a better shot!

Update #45 Serkis is talking about performance capture, saying that all he needs is a pair of human eyes to look into “The magic is having brilliant actors on the set… and not allowing the technology to take over” – Andy Serkis on mo-cap. A fan asked the cast where their characters would go at SDCC. “Hall H,” says Cumberbatch, “I don’t think I’d fit anywhere else!”

#leepace says he would ride his elk up the aisle of Hall H. But #gollum would like to go backstage with #colbert and see what he has in… A fan is asking Jackson and Boyens if they view THE HOBBIT as an adaptation of the book or a prequel to LotR. They both seem to agree that’s it’s really both

Update #46 It’s the last fan question now… He’s asking about this set, asking if we’ll see a longer version of the LotR films. Jackson and Boyens are smiling at one another, unsure of what to say. Jackson says that there are a few scenes from LotR that no one has ever seen.

There’s an Arwen and Aragorn scene of them meeting for the first time. He doesn’t know if they’ll go back into the films, though.

Update #47

The segment ends with the announcement of a contest. They’re going to invite 75 winners (each with a guest, too) to THE HOBBIT premiere in New Zealand in November! It says first official screening — we’re not sure whether that means world premiere.

There’s also a video on PJ’s facebook about the contest.

Anyway, go here to see how you can enter!

Update #48 Some of the cooler bits: Smaug doing a strife (we think this should be strafe) across Laketown, Thranduil in battle, Galadriel walking barefoot across a battlefield. She kneels and kisses a wounded, unconscious Gandalf on the head.

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Evangeline Lilly speaks about shooting her final scene

300891id6a_TheHobbit_TDOS_Tauriel_BusShelter_48inW_x_70inH.inddEvangeline Lily spoke to Clevver Movies at Comic-Con about her book The Squickerwonkers, as well as the experience of shooting her final scene in the trilogy.

She says that it comes near the end of the final film, in the last fifteen minutes, and was her favorite experience from the shoot, though it left her physically and mentally exhausted. (more…)

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We’ve got you covered for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies presentation at SDCC

Hobbit 3 poster Today is the big day!

Sometimes after 10am Pacific time, Peter Jackson will stroll onto the Hall H stage at San Diego Comic-Con to provide some 6,000 people a “first look” at The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.’s staff will be on hand to report all the details, and we’ll be bringing you a summary of what’s said and shown in Hall H as quickly as we can. (more…)

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TORn’s Laketown Luau is tonight: Things to know before you go

Lake-town LuauWe are so happy to be hosting an ‘offsite event’ here at San Diego Comic Con, and can’t wait to party like Hobbits and Dwarves with you all. So here are a few fast little facts you all need to know about the party.

1) The Laketown Luau is located at the Kona Kai resort and runs from 7pm to 10pm. 1551 Shelter Island drive, San Diego, CA 92106.

2) The Kona Kai is on the TEAL shuttle route, which takes about 30 minutes drive time, each direction. Or you can drive there in about 20 minutes, just take N. Harbor up past the airport, turning left on either Scott road or Rosecrans, the left again onto Shelter Island drive, with the Kona Kai being the last hotel on the island.

3) We are Sold Out. If you did not buy tickets on the Eventbrite page, or get an email from me (Garfeimao), you are not on the guest list. There will be no additional ticket sales at the door beyond those who have received an email from me. The one exception is a contest we are currently running on our Facebook page. Simply leave a comment on the post regarding our Jens Hansen The Ringmaker Finalnewest sponsor,  Jens Hansen Ringmaker, and a winner will be chosen and contacted shortly after Noon. They are hosting a complimentary Photo Booth at the party, but were unable to actually attend the party, so they wanted to offer you, the Fans, their tickets. You must either be in San Diego, or able to get here in a rather short period of time in order to take advantage of these tickets.

4) There will be games and contests and prizes, lots of prizes. Everyone will walk out of the party with something, maybe several somethings. Of course, you have to play the games and enter the contest to win the good stuff. Games include: Golfimbul (Goblin head Golf, with a baseball bat), Pin the Black Arrow on the Dragon (try and pin the Dragon in the heart), The Hula costume contest (see below), and there may be a few other little games tossed in for good measure. There is also a Tiki Piñata and the Photo Booth, so lots of fun and games to be had by young and old. This is a Family Friendly event.

5) The one contest that seems to have several people scratching their heads is the Hula dancing costume contest. But it’s quite simple, wear a costume, dance the hula, win something. There will be a prize or three for the best costumes, Tolkien themed and non-Tolkien alike. But there will also be prizes for the best Hula, or the funnest, or funniest, and non-costumed folk are eligible for this aspect. But the thing to remember is everyone entering the costume contest will be asked to Hula, solo or en masse, as you all see fit. We’ve posted Hula tutorials previously, and instead decided to post a general WikiHow post on how to Hula. Check it out at Dance Hula Wiki/Howfb-badali-300x255

6) Our Sponsors – This party absolutely would not have happened if a few of our friends had not stepped in to sponsor and support us. In addition to the aforementioned Jens Hansen Ringmaker as a Sponsor, we are also Supported by our long time friends, Badali Jewelry, who have been with since the very beginning. Our Co-hosting Sponsor for the party are the good folks over at WETA Workshop . They are graciously bringing several artists and numerous prizes to the event, you are sure to be blown away by some of the items prizes WETA is bringing with them.



7) Autographs – Don’t do it. This is a party, if any cast or crew should show up, be mindful of this fact and just chat, laugh with, and in general have fun with our special guests. Don’t be snapping photos without asking permission first, especially if using a flash. This statement is not an acknowledgment that any special guest will attend, just that it might happen and we’d appreciate you being respectful of this casual atmosphere.

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Alberta Film Ratings lists 1:48 minute Hobbit 3 teaser trailer!

10296565_667417219960553_4075720695665026947_n Following the listing on The British Board of Film Classification on July 11, Alberta Film Ratings has just issued a PG rating for the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Running time is the same: 1 minute and 48 seconds. (more…)

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