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Pixellated - October 16, 2010 10:44 AM (GMT)
$400 million to be spent on the two-part LotR prequel.

VERY YES. So glad this got sorted out.

Korvaz - October 16, 2010 05:13 PM (GMT)
When i saw 'The hobbit to start shooting', the first thing i thought was 'MICHAEL BAY NOOOOOO', but no, my heart is put to rest. Don't scare me like that, pix.

Pixellated - October 16, 2010 05:16 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Korvaz @ Oct 16 2010, 06:13 PM)
'The hobbit to start shooting'

Greetings, Mr Bilbo Baggins! I am Thorin Oakenshield, and this is Dori, Nori, Ori, Balin, Dwalin, Fili, Kili, Glock, Heckler, Koch, Bifur, Bofur and Bombur.

Korvaz - October 16, 2010 06:16 PM (GMT)
Then there's also Gandalf the White (Phosphorous). And his US army sanctioned splosions. you can almost smell the victory.

Dakatsu - October 16, 2010 06:50 PM (GMT)
It's about damn time.

Eastwood - October 16, 2010 06:54 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Korvaz @ Oct 16 2010, 06:16 PM)
Then there's also Gandalf the White (Phosphorous). And his US army sanctioned splosions. you can almost smell the victory.

In The Hobbit he's still Gandalf the Grey.

Calbeck - October 16, 2010 08:22 PM (GMT)
LIES

Sabre_Justice - October 17, 2010 01:30 AM (GMT)
Finally, someone has gotten their head outta their ass and realised that the actors aren't getting any younger and this movie is a guaranteed gazillion dollar blockbuster so all the suits can start acting like adults.

The Virus - October 17, 2010 01:39 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Korvaz @ Oct 16 2010, 06:13 PM)
'The hobbit to start shooting'

"Say hello to my little friend!"

Calbeck - October 17, 2010 02:46 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (The Virus @ Oct 17 2010, 01:39 AM)
QUOTE (Korvaz @ Oct 16 2010, 06:13 PM)
'The hobbit to start shooting'

"Say hello to my little friend!"

Okay, yeah, that was genuinely funny. -:D

Crowley - October 17, 2010 03:50 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (The Virus @ Oct 17 2010, 01:39 AM)
QUOTE (Korvaz @ Oct 16 2010, 06:13 PM)
'The hobbit to start shooting'

"Say hello to my little friend!"

Stop putting silly images into our heads Virus!

Pixellated - October 22, 2010 01:16 PM (GMT)
Who's confirmed to play Bilbo Baggins? It's only Martin 'Awesome' Freeman.

Good choice, especially since he does look like he could pass as a younger Ian Holm (Bilbo in the LotR films).

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Ed Sigma - October 22, 2010 01:49 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Pixellated @ Oct 22 2010, 01:16 PM)
Good choice, especially since he does look like he could pass as a younger Ian Holm (Bilbo in the LotR films).

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...and he was Frodo in the 80's BBC radio LotR, which is a pretty good adaptation actually, it's how I first experienced the story!

Good casting choice, but one big question though; how will this affect future series of "Sherlock"?

Oh, and another interesting casting rumour; former Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy has been in meetings with Jackson to play the wizard Radagast!

Anon Jaxun - October 23, 2010 06:07 AM (GMT)
The hobbit to start shooting?

Holy shit. I read that sentance, and all I could picture was Bilbo firing off an M240 with a red bandana at some dudes. Orcs.

F**KING YES.

Sadly, that is not how the tale unravels.

Col.Feren - October 23, 2010 03:02 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Pixellated @ Oct 22 2010, 02:16 PM)
Who's confirmed to play Bilbo Baggins? It's only Martin 'Awesome' Freeman.

Good choice, especially since he does look like he could pass as a younger Ian Holm (Bilbo in the LotR films).

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I agree thats a good idea, but that picure is a bad comparison.

I bet that Ian Holm is in it as Bilbo as a cameo maybe at the beginning when gandalf comes back and tells him what happened to the dwarfs.

Pixellated - October 27, 2010 12:28 PM (GMT)
After arguments and some rioting about the fact they weren't going to be filmed in New Zealand, the NZ authority has struck a pretty sweet deal with them to keep the production there.

Dark Comet - November 1, 2010 04:48 PM (GMT)
Heard rumblings that Tennant was also in the process of being cast. King of the Wood Elves, perhaps?

Pixellated - December 8, 2010 11:17 AM (GMT)

Kyrtuck - December 10, 2010 01:52 PM (GMT)
Huh? How are they gonna fit Legolas in? Was he even in the hobbit? Oh well, maybe mr. Bloom is just bitter from not being in POTC 4.

The rest of the cast....they don't quite look dwarfish, but make up and costumes and stuff can change a lot.

Eastwood - December 10, 2010 02:58 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kyrtuck @ Dec 10 2010, 01:52 PM)
Oh well, maybe mr. Bloom is just bitter from not being in POTC 4.

He's gone on record multiple times, along with Kiera Knightley, that both of them wanted to get out of the franchise. That's why people are looking forward to POTC, because it may as well be called It's Jack! And He's going something SILLY.

Pixellated - December 10, 2010 03:49 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Eastwood @ Dec 10 2010, 02:58 PM)
QUOTE (Kyrtuck @ Dec 10 2010, 01:52 PM)
Oh well, maybe mr. Bloom is just bitter from not being in POTC 4.

He's gone on record multiple times, along with Kiera Knightley, that both of them wanted to get out of the franchise. That's why people are looking forward to POTC, because it may as well be called It's Jack! And He's going something SILLY.

It all depends which idiotic yet catchy parody song he wants to be involved in.

Kyrtuck - December 10, 2010 04:05 PM (GMT)
"Its Jack, and he's going something silly" does sound better than "Strange tides". Reminds me of when I nicknamed the 3rd film "At wit's end".

Anyway, its good that they aren't replacing them with crappy actors as they did in Mummy 3 *shudder*.

Quillian - December 10, 2010 07:28 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Korvaz @ Oct 16 2010, 06:16 PM)
Then there's also Gandalf the White (Phosphorous). And his US army sanctioned splosions. you can almost smell the victory.

What. The. Fuck? What are you talking about?

And as for "The Hobbit" now under way, yes, very cool indeed.

Korvaz - December 10, 2010 09:04 PM (GMT)
It was joke. you know. Playing on what had been said. Ach.

Zodiac - December 11, 2010 05:43 PM (GMT)
As excited I am to see this I wonder if the majority of the public will care anymore, after all how long has it been since the last film came out. Also I don't think the source material can support two films well, the best candidate for that in the series was Return and we all know what happened there.

Webmistress L - December 11, 2010 05:54 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kyrtuck @ Dec 10 2010, 04:05 PM)
Anyway, its good that they aren't replacing them with crappy actors as they did in Mummy 3 *shudder*.

Ugh. All I can say is, that movie sent me into a fit for that reason. The fact that it ws pretty dire as well just made it worse.

Kyrtuck - December 13, 2010 04:10 PM (GMT)
^ Word.


Oh and:
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As excited I am to see this I wonder if the majority of the public will care anymore, after all how long has it been since the last film came out. Also I don't think the source material can support two films well, the best candidate for that in the series was Return and we all know what happened there.


I don't think it will be a problem to get people to come to the Hobbit movie. Look at how long its been since the first X-men movie came out, and they're still finding enough people to fill theaters for all their spin off junk.


Zodiac - December 13, 2010 07:00 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kyrtuck @ Dec 13 2010, 10:10 AM)
I don't think it will be a problem to get people to come to the Hobbit movie. Look at how long its been since the first X-men movie came out, and they're still finding enough people to fill theaters for all their spin off junk.

Yes but X-men has the appeal of an easy to follow story line and plenty of action. I don't know if the market will care about a prequel to a fantasy epic, especially when most of the well liked characters wont be returning.

Retrogamer! - December 13, 2010 07:02 PM (GMT)
This will get such a big marketing push like no-one could believe when it emerges. LOTR bypassed being "just a good movie." People were flocking to see it in MASSIVE numbers.

The marketing will no doubt focus on LOTR and paint these as the follow up prequel. Same world, same actors, same director, same music. All the people who saw LOTR will have reason to see it.

Not to mention it's been a surprising while since LOTR, people are willing by now.

Col.Feren - December 13, 2010 09:46 PM (GMT)
Look at the EPIC A/B/C line actors that are in the fucking thing!
RICHARD ARMATAGE, KEN SCOTT, FUCKIN HELL,

BTW Legolas is the son of the elven king, Thranduil of Green/Murkwood, and the second hobbit move will have souron the necromancer being ass raped by Gandalf, Radgast, Glorfindel, Cridan, Erestor, Celeborn, Gladriel, Thranduil, Legolas, Elrond, Arewen, if my sources are correct...

I can belive RICHARD ARMATAGE IS GOING TO BE IN IT, They just made LotR Porn....* (*Yes I know there is indeed already such a thing, but this isnt about that....)

Zodiac - December 14, 2010 04:03 AM (GMT)
I stand corrected if its done right this could be the biggest hit yet, but still think they should make just one movie.

Kyrtuck - December 14, 2010 01:51 PM (GMT)
They'll have Radgast the Brown this time!?

You sure he won't be replaced by a moth again?

Pixellated - June 23, 2011 05:25 PM (GMT)

lirlond - December 21, 2011 03:08 AM (GMT)

Pixellated - January 16, 2012 08:41 AM (GMT)

Pixellated - April 26, 2012 08:06 AM (GMT)
Advance screenings are disappointing people. As feared, the 48fps shoot method is making it look like a 70's US sitcom rather than a cinema movie.

Quite saddening. Perhaps I'll see if there's anyone showing it in the usual 24 before then going to another screening of the 48.

Sabre_Justice - April 26, 2012 10:44 AM (GMT)
Seriously? It's pretty funny that apparently people associate high frame rates with home videos and sitcoms and low ones with blockbuster movies.

Twib - April 26, 2012 11:02 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Sabre_Justice @ Apr 26 2012, 05:44 AM)
Seriously? It's pretty funny that apparently people associate high frame rates with home videos and sitcoms and low ones with blockbuster movies.

Its purely a side effect that people are used to seeing those frame rates in those settings.

lirlond - April 26, 2012 12:22 PM (GMT)
I think younger views will find it looks amazing, while older viewers will notice the "sitcom" effect. Hopefully adoption of this format will make shaky cam movies look better than a blurry mess..

QUOTE (Pixellated)
Quite saddening. Perhaps I'll see if there's anyone showing it in the usual 24 before then going to another screening of the 48.


I tweeted the cineworld main account, and apparantly there are no plans for the cinemas in Glasgow, Dundee or Edinburgh to upgrade their projectors to the ones needed for the 48fps. I dunno if that will be the same down south.

Pixellated - December 16, 2012 11:22 PM (GMT)
Just got back from seeing this. They managed to get the tone perfect, just like the comparison of reading The Hobbit compared to reading LotR, the film feels more like an adventure than a quest. The set pieces are handled really well, and all the choreography (especially in the second-to-last escape scene) is fun and makes battles seem less fast-camera hack-and-slash what-is-going-on, and more like a series of well-choreographed pieces you can focus on, sort of like in LotR when Legolas takes down the Mumak: you can tell what's going on.

I won't say any more, because ideally you want to be going into this film fresh. However, I would like to see it again under the following conditions:

1) Without the mum who took her less-than-two year old baby in, who cried at the loud parts for the first hour and half before she left with him and never came back.
2) Without the cinema screen which has the D-Box. For those who don't know, D-Box is what happens when cinema-owners think that what they should copy from the games industry is rumble-packs rather than lower prices per hour of entertainment given. We didn't go to a D-Box showing, and I thought D-Box showings would just be an entire screen to themselves. But no, they're a section of reserved seats in the best place in the screenroom, and even if you don't have a D-Box seat, you are going to fucking have it rumbling your chair anyway. 20 metres away in the right column and you could still feel the room rumble with every stupid hit.
3) Without the, and I kid you not, Down's Syndrome School Outing sat one row behind you. Six seats, five kids with the affliction and one teacher constantly trying to get them all to shush. It seems fate appeared to play me this card which involved hearing HNYEH NYEH NYEH (only three, only ever three) whenever there was the slightest bit of comedy. Or even when there wasn't, they couldn't tell when the (frankly fantastically delivered) humour was peppered in there, so they laughed when someone fell over or they laughed when someone got hit with a sword and they laughed when they saw Rivendell and they clapped when the film was over (Americans take note, that's weird over here). That's not bad in comparison to one of them, who pointed out everything new on screen like he was the sodding Described Audio Track for the Blind.

I'm not saying that these 5 kids with Down's Syndrome shouldn't enjoy a fantastic film. I'm saying that whoever thought it a good idea to take them to a cinema should get themselves checked for clinical mental retardation.




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