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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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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week


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 displayed a nifty trick, linking the release of a stylish poster to a brand new featurette, but another movie dropped an even more appealing poster and two other films debuted far more engaging videos.


The Best Stuff

1. Silver Linings Playbook Clip: It isn’t easy establishing a connection in just one minute and 41 seconds, let alone using a clip that’s completely out of context, but the power of just one relatable element could be more than enough to suck a viewer in, and what’s more relatable than a bowl of Raisin Bran? Raisin Bran plus stellar performances equals total absorption, paving the way to weightier material and a sense of the depth Silver Linings Playbook has to offer.

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‘ParaNorman’ and Cheesy Sports Stories Lead the Best and Worst Movie Promos of the Week

You know what’s better than a week’s worth of promotional material with three pieces deserving Best Stuff honors? Even more than three that deliver big time.

Sure, there’s some concern that Man of Steel might end up being a typical Zack Snyder production with all mesmerizing visuals and little in the story department, but even if that’s the case it still makes for two impressive trailers. We’ve also got a nice collection of material fromThe Bourne Legacy, with some clips to be exact. While the film is geared towards folks looking for a hefty dose of action, the talk-heavy “Sin Eater” and “Name” clips certainly resonate more than the other snippets we’ve seen thus far. We’ve also got a clip from Step Up Revolution, and in an obvious and appropriate move, the film’s marketing team dishes out one of the film’s prime mass-dance sequences.

Want to ditch the action and dancing in exchange for a laugh? I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but the potty humor in this restricted clip for The Campaign is actually kind of hilarious. And while this outtake reel for The Watch is more of a montage of scenes from the film than actual outtakes, some of it is worth a watch as Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and my new favorite, Richard Ayoade, certainly know how to earn an unscripted laugh.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘Django Unchained’ Looks Like a Blast While ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Charms Your Inner Game-Lover

How about a slew of featurettes to take you into the weekend? We’ve got three new behind-the-scenes videos for highly anticipated releases and all are quite successful. Skyfall adds to its growing videoblog with a piece highlighting the costume work of Jany Temime. The Amazing Spider-Man keeps things short and sweet with a new video about the stunts, something that offers up some stellar behind-the-scenes footage at a faster pace, making the material far more tantalizing. Meanwhile, Rock of Ages continues to rock its all-star cast and soundtrack, making its brand new featurette infectious and fun to watch.

Making its big debut at the MTV Movie Awards, the Perks of Being a Wallflower trailer has arrived and suggests the production will make for a charming and rousing adaptation powered by three notable lead performances. The first trailer for the Denzel Washington-starrer, Flight, also dropped and while it’s got a far more upbeat tone than anticipated, the captivating story is more than enough to make you want more.

Before getting into the best and worst of the week, how about a little eye candy? MTV unveiled a new clip from Magic Mike and considering it features a dance routine lead by Channing Tatum playing a stripper, it should come as no surprise that this one might warrant multiple viewings.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘The Hunger Games’ Makes An Impression

As such a hardcore movie buff, there’s really nothing more uplifting than having a tough time narrowing down the Best Stuff section in this piece.

Just missing the mark is the new trailer forParaNorman. Coming from the folks behindThe Corpse Bride and Coraline, this one’s got a winning mixture of childish fun and horror. Drop the horror, keep the childish fun and you’ve got the brand new teaser forDespicable Me 2. It’s safe to say those minions were the original’s breakout stars and now they’re back, as cute as ever and ready to lure you in for round two. Drop the childish fun and go back to the horror for another dose of Cabin in the Woods. Now that we know this isn’t your average murders-in-the-middle-of-nowhere romp, the film’s promotional campaign is embracing it, giving us a brand new trailer featuring quite a bit of the masterminds behind this vicious game.

Got 20 minutes to spare? We’ve got 10 minutes of footage from both John Carter and The FP. While it isn’t enough to sell John Carter as a solid full feature, this material is pretty engaging. As for The FP, after watching the first 10 minutes of the film, it’s either a yes or no; there’s no middle ground here. It’s a film about turf wars via a Dance Dance Revolution-type game. Ridiculous? Yes, but it doesn’t take itself seriously and doesn’t expect you to either.

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