Opening in theaters on December 13th is the highly awaited sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug from Academy Award-winning directer Peter Jackson. The film is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the second chapter of its own trilogy, which includes last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and next year's The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug stars Martin Freeman (The World's End) as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen (X2) as Gandalf the Grey, Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Smaug and The Necromancer, Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) as Legolas, Evangeline Lilly (Real Steel) as Tauriel, Luke Evans (The Raven) as Bard the Bowman, Lee Pace (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2) as Thranduil, Stephen Fry () as Master of Lake-town, Sylvester McCoy (TV's Doctor Who) as Radagast the Brown, Manu Bennett (TV's Arrow) as Azog the Defiler, and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) as Galadriel, as well as Richard Armitage (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Thorin Oakensheild, Graham McTavish (Rambo) as Dwalin, Ken Slott (Charlie Wilson's War) as Balin, Aidan Turner (TV's Being Human) as Kili, Dean O'Gorman (TV's Legend of the Seeker) as Fili, Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori, Jed Brophy (District 9) as Nori, Adam Brown as Ori, John Callen as Oin, Peter Hambleton as Gloin, William Kircher (Out of the Blue) as Bifur, James Nesbitt (Match Point) as Bofur, and Stephen Hunter as Bombur, who all portray The Company of Dwarves.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri to talk about his work on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Letteri discussed the new film, working with director Peter Jackson, creating the film's barrel sequence, the look of Smaug, and the series' controversial 48 fps technique.
This Friday, Bilbo's unexpected journey grows ever-more perilous, darker, and more adventurous in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
The second installment in Peter Jackson's epic trilogy adapting the first Middle Earth novel by J.R.R Tolkien hits theaters nationwide on December 13th.
A year ago, the first film introduced the younger Bilbo, following him as he set off from the Shire on an adventure, accompanying Thorin Oakenshield's dwarf-party and Gandalf the Grey.
In The Desolation of Smaug, the group grows closer to the Lonely Mountain, where they attempt to reclaim the underground dwarf kingdom of Erebor from the formidable dragon who slumbers within. Along the way, they encounter Mirkwood elves, a skin-changer, Lake-Town, and all manner of orcs. Every threat pales in comparison, however, to the might of Smaug himself.
Along with entertainment journalists from all over the globe, IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick was on hand for the film's press conference in Beverly Hills earlier this month. He had the opportunity to discuss The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with director Jackson, co-writer Fran Walsh, and stars Richard Armitage (Captain America: The First Avenger), Evangeline Lilly (Lost), Luke Evans (Furious 6), and Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness).
Two clips from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug have been dropped online by a bunch of bigass eagles.
Smaug the Magnificent – the hoarding dragon who calls the Lonely Mountain home – has appeared only briefly in the promotion for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
The eponymous dragon has been glimpsed and we've even heard Benedict Cumberbatch providing his smooth reptile voice. Our first look at the beast from head to tail has arrived online, but not thanks to a new trailer or an official image.
Synopsis: The second installment in this trilogy continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
The latest featurette goes behind the scenes of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and, in the process, reminds us how fun it is to see actors on oversized sets designed to make them look wee.
There's maybe one guy in the country unaware that another The Hobbit movie is headed to theaters next month.
This week, Warner Bros. has targeted that one guy with extreme prejudice, unleashing an onslaught of promotion for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
So far, we're seen a one sheet, seven character posters, a three-minute extended trailer, and a new production diary covering this summer's pick-up photography, which focused on material for next year's The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
The promo-train continues chugging along today with a first listen to Ed Sheeran's closing credits song, two official images, and five more character posters.
The extended trailer that debuted today spends three minutes conveying just how eventful an event movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be when it arrives in theaters next month.
A crop of seven character posters for next month's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will have you asking, "Hey, where are all the dwarves?"
Two new TV spots for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug have different emotional hooks, but both ultimately aim to assure audiences that Peter Jackson's next journey through Middle Earth is one filled with big-ticket action.