Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition In Theaters Trailer

Below is the trailer to promote The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition that will show in select theaters in October. Its not all three movies in one day but each movie on three days spread over two an eight day period. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey EE will be on Monday October 5, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Wednesday October 7 and finally The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Tuesday October 13. For full details hit up Fathom Events.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition Set for November 17 Release

MGM and Warner Bros has finally revealed the cover art and release date for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition home video release as November 17th with an early digital HD release on October 20. It also verified that the additional 20 minutes of footage was enough to cause the film to get an R-rating. Really though if parents were okay with their kids seeing the PG-13 theatrical cut, it is doubtful there is anything anymore violent that should cause concern as the MPAA's rating system is really more of a numbers game than anything. As in literally if see X acts of violence then its PG-13 but X+1 makes it an R. It doesn't mean the additional stuff is "more" violent, it just means that there are more scenes of the same level of violence which for an hour plus long battle sequence shouldn't be a surprise for anyone.

Back to the Blu-ray and DVD release, the real reason (to me) to be interested isn't so much the additional footage but the sadly final parts to The Appendices which are quite simply the greatest movie behind the scenes documentary ever created and really all 12 parts over all six extended edition movies should be a must see for any film student or just really big film fan. In addition a box set of The Hobbit Extended Edition will also be released on the same day. Currently only the regular Blu-ray edition with Digital HD copy is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Extended Edition Gets R Rating

In a bit of a surprise, the MPAA has given The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition an R rating due to violence. The R rating is related to the extra 30 minutes of footage added to the film, most of which is assumed to be battle sequence related. Also keep in mind that the MPAA has a bizarre way of rating things as (for example using the F-word once is PG-13 but twice is an R or showing breasts with only the nipples covered is PG-13 but showing the nipples is R, things like that) so it could turn out the rating is fair or make absolutely no sense. The Extended Edition is expected to come out sometimes in late October or November.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The Hobbit: Extended Edition Trilogy Heading to Theaters

This October all three extended editions of The Hobbit trilogy will be showing in theaters this October over three consecutive nights.The full details have yet to be revealed including which theater chains and their locations that are participating, that dates could change. From Faraway Entertainment:

Fathom Events and Warner Bros. are partnering to present the extended editions of all three Hobbit movies. Shown over three nights, the epic Peter Jackson trilogy will be the first time the extended editions have ever been released in theatres. The films follow hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) to accompany thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). Also included will be an exclusive introduction by director Peter Jackson. First night showing starts Monday, October 5th, 2015 at 7:30pm local.
The event is part of the promotion for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition which is set for release sometime in November with 30 minutes of extra footage.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Christopher Lee 1922-2015

Legendary actor Christopher Lee died Sunday in London at the age of 93. Today he is probably most famous for bringing to life Saruman but his career spans decades as his Guinness World Record of 259 movies roles attest to.

Christopher Lee was born in London on May 27, 1922. Served during World War II first as part of the Royal Air Force and then as an intelligence in their elite Special Operations Executive on missions that remain classified. He mostly worked in the African and European theatre of war helping to retake Sicily. By the time his tour of duty was over he had received commendations for bravery from four governments including his own. After the war, at the ripe old age of 25 he became an actor and started a career that would last 7 decades. The actor was James Bond creator Ian Fleming first choice for the role of Bond and personally received the permission of JRR Tolkien to play Gandalf which he fought for but was considered to old when the role became available in Peter Jackson's opus. His version of Dracula is considered definitive and often emulated today as is his version of the eye patched Rochefort.

His volume of acting is so great that there really should be a "3 Degrees of Christopher Lee" as he can connect to any actor in only 2.59 steps. He never received award accolades but then he never seem to care about prestige of a role, just that it was another chance to act. When you get a chance you should check out his filmography, I suspect you will find him in more than a few favorite films. The acting world lost a giant but the legacy of film he left behind will last for generations.

Peter Jackson summed him up best:

Christopher spoke seven languages; he was in every sense, a man of the world; well versed in art, politics, literature, history and science. He was scholar, a singer, an extraordinary raconteur and of course, a marvelous actor. One of my favourite things to do whenever I came to London would be to visit with Christopher and Gitte where he would regale me for hours with stories about his extraordinary life. I loved to listen to them and he loved to tell them - they were made all the more compelling because they were true - stories from his time with the SAS, through the Second World War, to the Hammer Horror years and later, his work with Tim Burton - of which he was enormously proud.

I was lucky enough to work with Chris on five films all told and it never ceased to be a thrill to see him on set. I remember him saying on my 40th Birthday (he was 80 at the time), “You’re half the man I am”. Being half the man Christopher Lee is, is more than I could ever hope for. He was a true gentleman, in an era that no longer values gentleman.