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-Another EW.com snippet reveals three new images from BoFA.
-First poster for BoFA was revealed on Peter Jackson’s Facebook.
-Philippa Boyens talks Battle of Five Armies on USA Today. Also revealed is a new still of Gandalf talking with Thranduil.
-The High-res Hobbit Photo Gallery has been updated.
-First official image from BoFA (EW.com) features Gandalf and Bard in Dale. Philippa Boyens describes the pace of the final film:
-2 new behind-the-scenes videos of Laketown and Into the Spiders Nest have been added to the Japanese site.
-Thanks to our Japanese friend for pointing out two new behind-the-scenes videos available on the Japanese Hobbit site: Beorn the Shapeshifter, and Wargs of Wilderland, with more to come on July 11.
-Another behind-the-scenes video shows Benedict Cumberbatch in the motion capture studio voicing Smaug.
-The Iris interviewed Dean O’Gorman ahead of Oz Comic-Con in Melbourne, about the process of wrapping up the final Hobbit movie, Peter Jackson’s view of the trilogy as a single film, and the last round of press junkets later this year.
-For further information on Gandalf’s horse in the Hobbit films check out the Facebook page of “Draysill“.
-For anyone interested in horses, and spoilers for the final film, look no further than Trademe.co.nz’s listing for Gandalf’s horse in Desolation of Smaug and Battle of Five Armies, which is up for auction right now. Of particular interest is one image of Gandalf sitting atop the horse in a location which appears to be the desolated area around Erebor while holding a new staff, which looks much like the one we see him carrying in Fellowship of the Ring. For more information about Big Nick check out the video interview on this page.
-Kingfisher posts the seventh in the series chronicling the weapons of the Company, this time looking at the weapon of Oin, brother of Gloin, with a particular focus on fighting with a staff.
-Legendarium interviews Mark Atkin about being the stunt double for Thorin.
-Legendarium asks Mark Hadlow what his costars did in their down time and who was the biggest joker on the set.
-The New Zealand Herald interviews Mark Hadlow about being an actor and a naval officer.
-Legendarium.me continues interviews from Hobbitcon with Graham McTavish, Stephen Hunter, and Peter Hambleton:
-Legendarium.me conducted a series of interviews with the cast at Hobbitcon this year:
- Ken Stott and Graham McTavish talk about training to be dwarves early in the production and “Finding Your Inner Dwarf”.
- Ken Stott talks about his positive experience at Hobbitcon.
- Mark Hadlow, John Callen, and Adam Brown discuss who is most like their dwarven characters, mentioning Richard Armitage and Peter Hambleton as candidates. Mark explains why Dori is so flustered.
-Weta Digital released a video showing how their animation team created Bombur’s barrel scene in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
-Philippa Boyens answered questions about what Smaug eats, why Thranduil is scarred, drunken elves, and Gandalf’s scene with Thráin in Dol Guldur in Empire Magazine, May 2014.
-The last part of the UK Twitter questions for Richard Armitage were posted this Thursday on Facebook.
-Kingfisher posts the sixth in the series chronicling the weapons of the Company, this time looking at the weapons of Gloin, father of Gimli, including one of the axes which would later make its way into the famous Fellowship of the Ring.
-Heirs of Durin’s own ArchedCory interviews Graham McTavish about Dwalin’s role in establishing Tolkien’s dwarves in the first film, what his favorite weapon is, and whether or not Dwalin is ready to follow his king to whatever end.
-OTRC briefly interviews Richard Armitage at WonderCon. Mentions looking forward to some surprises in the Battle of Five Armies.
-Stack Magazine had this interview with Richard Armitage wherein he talks about Martin Freeman and Peter Jackson.
-Warner Bros. UK have uploaded the second set of Twitter questions for Richard Armitage.
-TORn talks to Richard Armitage about finding Thorin’s voice again for ADR in New Zealand, and in what way he feels ownership of the role of Thorin.
-Richard Armitage spoke to the German Tolkien Society about what his favorite and least favorite Tolkien characters are, and which he would like to date (English translation in the second half).
-Joe.ie interviewed Richard Armitage. He talks about having some “nice moments” with Aidan Turner in the third film, and how Tolkien’s description of the Battle of Five Armies is rather limited compared to what Peter Jackson has created.
-Warner Bros UK have more Twitter questions for Richard Armitage including how he felt when first wearing the makeup as Thorin, how much he loved Khuzdul phrases, and the one thing hot dwarves cannot live without.
-Richard Armitage is interviewed by Hey U Guys about what his favorite experience was during shooting, and what scene he would like to watch with Tolkien himself.
-Billy Connolly is scheduled to return to New Zealand to film pick-up scenes for There and Back Again, according to the Daily Star.
-Richard Armitage answers question from Twitter including what will be in the Extended Edition of DOS, how Thorin’s insanity grows slowly over the three films, and what would Thorin have done if he got the One Ring.
-WB has uploaded one of the extras from the DOS DVD to Youtube in advance of its release. Enjoy New Zealand, Home of Middle-earth Part II now!
-In this transcript of a shorter video interview, BBC East Midlands talks to Richard Armitage about early memories of his primary school teacher reading The Hobbit and doing Gollum’s voice, using Russian chorale music as the inspiration for dwarven singing, and his father’s baffled reaction to seeing his son in Thorin makeup. Full video here.
-HMV.com interviews Richard Armitage about not having known where the movies were going to be cut during filming, how the duel with Smaug in the second film required a great amount of imagination due to a lack of physical sets or props, how the fanbase is worldwide, and how he looks forward to talking about the film for the next few years.
-Richard Armitage is interviewed by Ben Reed of The Hollywood News about how he originally felt about the character of Thorin (unfavorable), how he relates to the character now, and how his Thorin will progress in the final film, including becoming isolated, rejecting his companions, and obsessing over Bilbo. Also looking forward to an opportunity for redemption.
-Mikael Persbrandt was interviewed for Svensk Filmindustri (in English) about his role as Beorn. He talks about the character’s unpredictable and mysterious nature, his antiquated manner of speaking, and the influence of Nordic mythology on Tolkien’s work.
-Warner Bros UK posted another short behind the scenes featurette from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, showing the prosthetic design for Beorn.
-Film3Sixty Magazine interviewed Richard Armitage about his hopes for the third film, Thorin as one of Tolkien’s most complicated characters, and Thorin’s descent into madness.
-Weta Digital released a video showing some of the visual effects used to create Lake-town.
-Richard Armitage appeared on This Morning. He mentions working with stunt and scale doubles, working on the Laketown set, spending quality time in the Prancing Pony with Ian McKellen, and watching Benedict Cumberbatch crawl around on a rug while voicing Smaug.
-RTE Ten interviewed Richard Armitage about changes in Thorin in the final film, and whether or not it has been easy to let go of the character now that filming is over.
-Richard Armitage talks to Sky News about filming alone during Laketown scenes, and about the end of an era when the last film debuts.
-The Australian quotes Richard Armitage about the end of filming, and continuing work on post-production on The Hobbit trilogy.
-Empire interviews Philippa Boyens about There and Back Again, including Thorin’s story arc, the reason for splitting the Company at Laketown, and Bofur’s importance in the last film.
-Weta Digital released a video showcasing special effects used in making The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
-Cartoonist Josh Edelglass has created a comic-strip parody of Desolation of Smaug. You can view the series at MotionPicturesComics.com.
-WIRED posted a new video The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Creating a Waterlogged Action Sequence-Design discussing the visual effects used to create the Barrels Out of Bond scene.
-Critics Associated interviews Jed Brophy about his reaction to getting the part of Nori, the input he had on weapons design and character back-story, and *small spoiler* the excitement of charging out into the Battle of Five Armies in the third film.
-The Anglophile Channel interview with Richard Armitage includes some hints about Thorin’s gold-sickness in the third movie (TABA discussion starts about half way through at 5:25).
-Kingfisher posts the fifth in the series chronicling the weapons of the Company, this time delving into the question of what sort of weapon the councilor of the Company prefers in: Balin – Mace or Sword from Ancient Times?
-Interview in the Hollywood Reporter with David Clayton of Weta Digital’s VFX team with more details about the challenges of creating Smaug, integrating Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance with animation.
-In an interview in Metro UK, Adam Brown gives tips for being a successful dwarf, and a few hints about what to expect in the third movie.
-Interview with Joe Letteri in the LATimes talks about the VFX of DOS including the reasoning behind the design of Smaug’s serpentine form. Also included is a video highlighting the creation of effects shots in DOS:
-GeekNation interviewed Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, and Evangeline Lilly about working with two different scales in various scenes and which parts of the Desolation of Smaug were added in pickups.
-Middle-earth News interviewed Dean O’Gorman and Aidan Turner at the premiere of DOS:
-United Cutlery is asking for feedback on whether or not they should make a limited edition Museum Quality version of Orcrist. Now is the chance to give them your two cents.
-Lonely Planet has produced “A Perfect Day in Middle-earth” for 100% Pure New Zealand featuring Hobbit cast and crew, including Andy Serkis, Aidan Turner and Dean O’ Gorman, describing their perfect day in various New Zealand locations. Click on the Hobbit sign in the interactive map to view cast videos.
-SoundWorks Collection visited Park Road Post Studios in Wellington to talk with the sound team of DOS. Interviews include re-recording mixer Michael Hedges, re-recording mixer Chris Boyes, re-recording mixer Michael Semanick, re-recording mixer Gary Summers, composer Howard Shore, and producer and co-screenplay writer Philippa Boyens.
-The Facebook extension of Heirs of Durin reached 50,000 followers today. If you have not done so already, join Thorin Oakenshield on his journey and meet the members of his Company, including: Fili, Kili, Dwalin, Balin, Oin, Gloin, Ori, and Gandalf the Grey
-ArchedCory provides a translation of a Dean O’Gorman “interview” in Geek magazine.
-Interviews with the Hobbit cast on Effets-speciaux.info, in French, with links to Google Translate versions.
- Richard Armitage (part 1) on Thorin’s emerging faith in Bilbo, the Arkenstone as a symbol of the kingdom of Erebor and Thorin’s clash with Azog in the third movie.
- Richard Armitage (part 2) on performing most stunts himself, the most difficult scene he played in the second movie, and shooting the prologue in Bree.
- Dean O’Gorman (part 1) on auditioning for the role of Fili and Peter Jackson’s vision of the fraternal affection between Fili and Kili, Fili’s absolute loyalty to Thorin, Fili as protective of his rash younger brother, and his changing relationship with Bilbo.
- Dean O’Gorman (part 2) on some of the most complex stunts he performed, working on set with Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, and the physical difficulties of the warg chase scene and the barrels out of bond scene.
- Lee Pace (part 1) on Thranduil’s complex nature and motives and why he refused to help the dwarves of Erebor when Smaug attacked. The first part of this interview has been better translated by the Tumblr site Dwarfracistpartykingthranduil here.
- Lee Pace (part 2) on Thranduil’s differences of opinion with his son Legolas, his relationship with Tauriel, his confrontation with Thorin in his palace, and his battle scenes in the third movie.
-On January 14, the Corn Exchange Auditorium in Berkshire will host a screening of DOS with Adam Brown in attendance. Tickets are still available: Join actor Adam Brown (who stars as Ori in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy) for a Q & A session before the screening of the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Having grown up in Hungerford, Adam was part of the Corn Exchange’s resident theatre company, Plested and Brown, and starred in the Corn Exchange’s annual pantomime for four years. He now returns to answer questions about working on major blockbuster films. Tickets cost just £15 of which £4.25 will be donated to the NSPCC (reg charity no. 216401).
-Kingfisher posts the fourth in the series chronicling the weapons of the Company. Dwalin – Weapons of a Veteran details his axes, warhammer, knuckle-dusters and more.
-Toronto Sun interview with Richard Armitage in which he describes writing hundreds of pages of background material on Thorin, including his relationship with his nephews Fíli and Kíli and his sister Dís.
-Eric Saindon, VFX Supervisor for Weta Digital, tells Art of VFX details about improvements in visual effects for Azog and using work with Azog to create Bolg, animation of the Mirkwood spiders, the design of Dol Guldur, filming and animating the barrel chase sequence, and the challenge of creating Smaug’s vocalization, facial animation, movement and his viscous fire.
-Interview with Richard Armitage for BadTaste.it, discussing Thorin spiraling into the same dragon-sickness his grandfather had, a cut scene from the first movie in which Thorin talks about his birth in a cave and seeing fireflies, and the joy mixed with sadness Thorin experiences when he returns to Erebor.
-WarnerBros has a “For Your Consideration” awards website/ebook with many of the videos mentioned yesterday as well as behind-the-scenes stills and commentary about the film making process.
-Several video clips have appeared on Youku (and have been uploaded to Youtube) highlighting various aspects of making Desolation of Smaug. They feature new behind the scenes footage and interviews with Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, as well as makeup and costume designers, special effects artists, editors, and other cast and crew including Lee Pace.
-Amanda Capley of Middle-earth News helps to crack the riddle of Kili’s Runestone in DOS.
-In the Sag Harbor Express, Lee Pace talks about how immortality shapes Thranduil’s view of battle, whether Thranduil’s character has been misunderstood, and his relationship with his son Legolas. Richard Armitage talks about Thorin’s reaction to breathing the air of Erebor once more, feeling Thorin’s rage when fighting in battle, and playing Thorin in the Battle of Five Armies (spoiler for those who haven’t read the book).
-Kingfisher posts the third in the series chronicling the weapons of the Company. This time it highlights Kili’s Weapons, including bow and sword, and discusses dwarven archery.
-ArchedCory revisits the relationship between Thorin, Kili, and Fili, and how they have changed in The Desolation of Smaug.
-The February 2014 issue of Empire magazine on a few things to expect in the Hobbit: There and Back Again, Dec. 17, 2014.
Archive of previous news and updates can be found here.