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J-Estacado must really love the work of famed pin-up artist Gil Elvgren, so much so that he made his own tribute piece to Gil with DC Comics Zatanna in place of Gil’s girls. He really nails it too, right down to the black negligee she has on in the tribute piece. Now that’s some real magic. [Nudity and Nerdery]
Hit the jump for the abominable snowman, puppies in costumes and moar.
One of the most popular shows of the last few years, Game of Thrones has been integrating into so many fan bases that it’s hard to keep count. Luckily, Miguel Lokia has saved the day with his series of “Houses” based on famous pop cultures characters, including Jack Sparrow and the House of House. They’re all great sounding houses, but you can’t beat House Lannister and the mighty Tyrion Lannister. [Geek-Art]
Bioware had a smash hit with Mass Effect 3, but they would shatter all records if they borrowed from Amales and released a bit of Mass Ferret DLC content. Just the promotional material alone would sell a couple hundred of those after which the sea of hate towards the ending will last for years. [Game Freaks]
Back when I was really young I was terrified of the abominable snowman in the Rudolph Christmas special, this piece by Chirstine Larsen cements my fear. Just seeing the look in that blood covered monsters eyes brings back so many bad memories. Show this to your kids if you’re looking to scare them into good behavior. [Comics Alliance]
This Hobbit/Sherlock crossover by Irise is just one of many that have been popping up since Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch were cast. With their connection to both we can be sure there’s going to be thousands more like this popping up in the next few years. [Deviant Art]
Bobba Fett is the galaxy’s best bounty hunter, especially when it comes to hunting down the ladies. Am I right? [Nerd Sexin's]
Doctor Who is back in full force and ready for 2013 in a big way, so why not have ElectroCereal do amazing pieces for the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors just for the hell of it? With each drawing featuring it’s own Doctor, villains and famous companions each drawing is a refresher course in the who’s who of Doctor Who. Good luck saying that three times fast. [Geek Tyrant]
Skin-tight suit, check; Fuzzy white fur, check; the Black Cat is ready for another night of high class theft and criminal activity. Dan Don Fuga is pretty damn good at drawing the ladies of the Marvel universe. We’ll definitely have Don back on here again soon. [Tech Sergant Jenn]
Spoiler alert! This drawing by maruco sums up the first half of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit pretty nicely, lots of food and not enough action. If it wasn’t for the hope that The Hobbit will surely make up for itself next year, I would loath this piece.[Lado Inverso]
He’s come for Sarah Connor — and a squeaky toy. Brian Rubenacker must really like Boston Terriers, he’s featured the dog breed in a small series of portraits based on pop culture icons like the T-800 and Clockwork Orange’s Alex. Dogs love this man, but cats…we won’t even go there. [XombieDIRGE]
The Hobbit, it’s got a lot of dwarves. They’ve made sure to remind you with the above poster literally bursting with them. The trailers have run through their names in an effort to help you keep ‘em all straight. There’s Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, and Ori. Oh, and Thorin Oakenshield, the most impressive of dwarves because he gets two names. All in all, it’s almost impossible to remember them all and tell ‘em apart.
Until now. Thank you LOTR Project for creating this handy cheat sheet. Feel free to print one off and take it to the theatre with you.
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As you are surely aware of by now, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey might make you barf. Or so says people who couldn’t handle the 48 frames-per-second wonder of HFR 3D. Y’all need to handle your high.
Now Peter Jackson and Warner Brothers have responded to Barfgate , and we also have the video of a thirteen minute TV special, Return To Middle Earth, which includes new Hobbit footage. Feel free to spin in your office chair for several minutes before watching the video to simulate the HFR 3D experience.
First, here is Warner’s statement. SHOTS FIRED!
We have been screening the full-length HFR 3D presentation of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY extensively and feedback has been extremely positive, with none of thousands who have seen the film projected in this format expressing any of the issues described by two anonymous sources in media reports. We share the filmmakers’ belief that by offering filmgoers the additional choice of HFR 3D, alongside traditional viewing formats, they have an opportunity to be part of a groundbreaking advancement in the moviegoing experience and we look forward to having audiences everywhere share in this new way of storytelling.
Then Peter Jackson touched on Barfgate (among other things) at a press junket in New York yesterday:
I’m fascinated by the reactions. I’m tending to see that anyone under the age of 20 or so doesn’t really care and thinks it looks cool and doesn’t really understand it. They think the 3D looks really cool.
You hear that, naysayers? You’re just TOO OLD. The under-20 crowd is hip to it. Flip your hat backwards and DO THE DEW, grandma.
I’ve been watching [the footage] for a year watching hours and hours and hours of it. With 3D, your left and right eye are seeing two different pictures. And with 24 frames you’re getting strobing and motion blur, your brain is trying to put this stuff together. And the more artifacts in the capture, your brain is struggling to resolve those two images. And 48 frames reduces those artifacts and makes for a smoother picture. As human beings we always have resistance to things that are different. I was a Beatles fan and I remember in the eighties when CDs came out and there was a sound of vinyl that people loved and suddenly CDs were threatening the sound of vinyl. I remember reading something that the Beatles said that they would never have their albums on CD because it was too clear and all the bad notes would be exposed. So you’re never going to hear a Beatles tune on CD. There was all this hysteria.
I think Peter Jackson just told us to deal with it.
[Sources: The Film Stage, Deadline, The Playlist, Adrian]
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***SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE THAT CAN”T TELL THERE MIGHT BE SPOILERS IN A POST UNTIL AFTER THEY HAVE SPOILED IT FOR THEMSELVES BY BLINDLY CLICKING ON THE POST AND READING THE WHOLE DAMN THING THEN BLEATING ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS SECTION LIKE SOME LOST LAMB IN THE MEADOW!***
There’s six new clips on the Internet from Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It’s a great mixture of action, humor, and a couple of those quiet, under the radar, touching moments that we all loved in the Lord of The Rings Trilogy.
After the jump and the clips below are some of the early reviews for the movie that you can check out if you actually give a Frack about what some pretentious, obnoxious, overly wordy, film critic has to say. Oh, yeah, make sure you check back after the USA release on December 14th for NerdBastards pretentious, obnoxious, overly wordy review.
Ah, the future. Sometimes you just have to love how much it rocks living now as opposed to back then. Sure, we don’t have hover cars or jet packs – yet – but we do have the capability to attend the red carpet of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s world premiere. If you caught the most recent Hobbit video blog from Peter Jackson you know they were still working hard on the finished film with only days left before the premiere. The premiere date has come and Warner Bros. will be streaming live from the red carpet for all us folks not in attendance.
There’ll be a range of things to see like a performance of “Song of the Lonely Mountain” from Neil Finn, red carpet interviews with the cast, and speeches made by the filmmakers. No, you don’t get to see the movie, but it’s the perfect primer for this Hobbit season.
The stream, available below, begins at 3:50pm NZDT Wednesday, but that’ll be 9:50pm/6:50pm EST/PST tonight for us in the States.
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens worldwide December 14th.
To wit, director Peter Jackson and Bilbo Baggins’ portrayer Martin Freeman talked with Total Film about the movie. Here’s Jackson’s take on Baggins as a character:
“He really wants to be left alone, to put his feet up in front of a fire. And then suddenly he’s dragged off on an adventure. So there’s a lot of comedic opportunities. But you want to feel the truth of those moments. You don’t want them to be played just for laughs. When he’s holding the sword and faced with a troll, you want the sense of danger, and Martin’s brilliant at juggling the tone, that ability to have one foot in the dramatic world and one in the comedic world.”
And here’s what Freeman had to say about two films becoming three and the expectations there are about the film:
“It’s not really daunting. It is unexpected compared to where we were, but it’s the same thing of telling the story and doing your bit, whether it’s one or two or three films. There’s just, you know, more of it! But there are so many of us involved, it doesn’t really hang on anyone’s shoulders.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be in theaters everywhere December 14th. The Desolation Of Smaug will be released next year on December 13th and then conclude with There And Back Again on July 18th, 2014, the first Lord of the Rings movie to get a summer release date.
Source: Geek Tyrant
In news that will shock nobody, New Zealand is honoring Peter Jackson‘s second trilogy set in Middle Earth – also known as New Zealand – with a commemorative set of stamps. The neat thing about them, assuming you’re not a philatelist and find them fascinating already, is these stamps give us good looks at Thorin Oakenshield, Elrond, and Radagast the Brown.
Personally, I like seeing more of Radagast the most. Whether it’s because I find him a fascinating character – and really, who doesn’t want to meet another wizard? – or because I think Sylvester McCoy is one of the coolest people I’ve ever met, I’m not sure.
See more at the website for New Zealand’s Post. Though, I’m not sure if you’ll be able to order these outside of New Zealand. But I bet someone will have ‘em eBay.
‘Hobbit’ Update: Goblin King Revealed, Billy Connelly Calls Tolkien “Unreadable”, Plus 13 Dwarves – One Poster
Y’know, I don’t believe I’ll really appreciate just how many dwarves are in The Hobbit until I see it, but this poster gives a good idea. I mean, 13 dwarves crammed on to one poster (click it to embiggen)! That’s a party, and I remember thinking nine dudes in the Fellowship was a lot. As we lurch towards the premiere of the first Hobbit flick, An Unexpected Journey on December 14th, we’re slowing learning more and more tidbits, here’s a few more.
A few weeks ago we teased what could have been our first glimpse of The Hobbit’s Goblin King, and it appears that leaked image was legit. Here’s the Goblin King toy courtesy of TheOneRing.net,
It’s an interesting design for sure and I can’t wait to see it brought to life by actor Barry Humphries. Peter Jackson has mentioned before the Goblin King will be portrayed, “in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum,” meaning Humphries will be utilizing mo-cap. Jackson continued, “We’re looking forward to seeing him invest the Goblin King with the delicate sensitivity and emotional depth this character deserves.”
I’m excited to see this big guy on the big screen, are you?
Next, actor/comedian Billy Connolly will be playing yet another dwarf in The Hobbit, dwarf Dain Ironfoot. Here’s some comments he recently made to Vulture about returning to New Zealand for more filming,
Oh yes! I have to go back for that. I haven’t done [the battle scenes] yet. I have to get battle-ready! I ride into war on a wild pig!
A war pig? I like what I’m hearing.
I’ve never read The Hobbit. Never. Never read Lord of the Rings. I could never read Tolkien. I always found him unreadable … I didn’t read [the books], and I normally don’t like people who have! The people who love it, they’re kind of scary. They talk all this gobbledygook and they think of it as the Holy Grail.
What!? Blasphemy! Outrage!!
Actually, who gives a shit whether Connolly is a Tolkien devotee or likes to wipe his ass with The Simaralion, as long as he turns in a great performance as Ironfoot, I’m happy. It’s kind of ridiculous for us to expect the actors involved to always be fans. I could have done without his dig at the folks who do enjoy Tolkien’s work, but, eh.
What say you, bastards? Are Connolly’s comments out of line or nothing to fret over?
Sources: /Film, Geek Tyrant, CBM
The third film in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy has been revealed. It will be called… “The Hobbit: There and Back and Again. Wait…wasn’t that the original title of the second flick? Oh, yeah, it was. With the reveal of a third installment, the titles have been shifted around. The second movie has now been renamed: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Apparently, Smaug is in enough of the book for the damage he causes to be the focus of a whole film. The whole trilogy will conclude on July 18th, 2014!
So, just so we’re clear, here’s how things will play out:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released December 14 in 2D, 3D, IMAX and 3D 48 frames per second.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released on December 13, 2013 in 2D, 3D, IMAX and 3D 48 frames per second.
And The Hobbit: There And Back Again will be released July 18, 2014 in the same formats
Look, I’m excited for The Hobbit just as much as the next guy, but this whole thing of being split into three films is just not sitting well with me at all. I mean, we’re talking about a 320 page book. A book that was shorter than any single one of the three books in The Lord of the Rings trilogy is taking three films to cover. That’s more movie than book! I really cannot fathom how Peter Jackson is going to stretch this out. But, whatever. “In Jackson We Trust”, right?
Here’s the full Press Release:
Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures jointly announced today that the final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, now titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will be released worldwide on July 18, 2014. All three films in the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.
The Studios also announced the title of the second installment in the franchise, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which will be released on December 13, 2013. The first film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opens this holiday season, on December 14, 2012. Shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second, the trilogy of films will be released in High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D, other 3D formats, IMAX and 2D.
Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, stated, “We wanted to have a shorter gap between the second and third films of ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy. Opening in July affords us not only the perfect summer tentpole, but fans will have less time to wait for the finale of this epic adventure.”
Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, added, “‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ will be an action spectacle and an emotional conclusion for this already much-anticipated trilogy. Opening in the summer will maximize playability for what promises to be an event film for fans the world over.”
From Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson, the trilogy of films is set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
The screenplay for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first film in the trilogy, is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro. Jackson is also producing the films, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.
Under Jackson’s direction, all three movies are being shot in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Additional filming, as with principal photography, is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the two remaining films in the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing, being handled by MGM.