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Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The-Hobbit-An-Unexpected-Journey-PosterPeter Jackson does find some success with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” but not as a whole, relegating it to the shadows of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Dwarves once lived the good life, enjoying a thriving society, but then in came the dragon Smaug, who claimed Erebor for himself, nestling into their mid-mountain pile of gold for a nap and turning the dwarves into a nomadic people. Years later, Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and a band of 13 dwarves decide it’s time to reclaim the Lonely Mountain, but before they can set out on their adventure, they need one more member for their company – a burglar and he must be a smart and stealthy hobbit.

Gandalf recruits the reluctant Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), a once daring young hobbit who’s now too set in his ways to venture out of The Shire. However, when Bilbo shocks the group – or most of the group – by opting to tag along, all are thrilled to have a completed team except for their leader, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). War-torn and emotionally wounded, his goal to take back Erebor is all-consuming and he’s prepared to plow through treacherous terrain, battle trolls and orcs, and even the notorious Azog (Manu Bennett) to do it.

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‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’: 10 Things You Need to Know Before Seeing the Film

The-Hobbit-SDCC-PosterIt’s been nine years since the final Lord of the Rings film hit theaters, but the time has finally come to return to Middle-earth. Much will be the same, but there have also been some big changes happening during director Peter Jackson’s 266 days of filming on the Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the novel puts the focus on the character of Bilbo Baggins, the uncle of Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) in LotR. In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, a much younger Bilbo (played by Martin Freeman) is recruited by Gandalf the Grey (again portrayed by Ian McKellen) to join 13 dwarves – including the warrior Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) – for an adventure filled with Goblins, Orcs, Wargs and more.

In honor of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’s December 14th debut, Jackson, producer Philippa Boyens, visuals effects supervisor Joe Letteri, cast members Freeman, Armitage, McKellen, Wood and motion-capture actor/second unit director, Andy Serkis (Gollum), came out to discuss the thrill of revisiting the beloved world, changes Lord of the Rings fans can expect and more.

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Interview: One Day’s Anne Hathaway

It’s hard to imagine a successful actress like Anne Hathaway feeling insecure. Ever since her big screen debut back in 2001 in The Princess Diaries, Hathaway has had the opportunity to be part of some fantastic productions like Brokeback MountainThe Devil Wears Prada and Rachel Getting Married, just to name a few. But still, like anyone who truly loves what they’re doing, the fear of these fantastic experiences fading away is only natural and, after an experience like One Day, it’s no wonder this issue became a topic of discussion during a recent roundtable interview.

Based on David Nicholls’ popular book, One Day stars Hathaway as Emma, a young woman who strikes up a friendship with Dexter (Jim Sturgess) after graduating from Edinburgh University on July 15th, 1988. From that year forward, the film visits the duo on ever July 15th, a process through which the audience watches their relationship grow, disintegrate and turn back around as they pursue their own dreams, their paths diverge and occasionally collide.

As much as Hathaway enjoys working on massive Hollywood productions like Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, which you can read about right here, she also expressed her appreciation for this “honest, complex, beautifully drawn character.” One Day is a bit of a period piece and yes, it did involve Hathaway jumping into some unique and timely costumes, but there was also a great deal of character exploration far deeper than Emma’s clothes, accent and current environment. Read all about the extra lengths that Hathaway went to to bring this character to life in the interview below and be sure to catch the results when One Day hits theaters on August 19th.

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