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December 14, 2014

Watching Series: We Revisit The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Movies

In anticipation of the upcoming release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, we here at RT decided to take a look back at the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the first two films of the Hobbit trilogy. Our latest installment covers The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which editors Tim Ryan and Ryan Fujitani rewatched for some fresh perspective.More…

December 11, 2014

Peter Jackson's 10 Best Movies

No surprises here, folks -- other movies are coming out this week, but it's really all about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and when it came time to figure out who would be the focus of our list, there was only one choice. Yes, we're talking about Peter Jackson, the director whose final(?) venture to Middle-earth is one of 2014's most eagerly awaited sequels -- and whose filmography is about so, so much more than hobbits and orcs. From gory comedies to vulgar puppets and beyond, Jackson has displayed one of the most artfully wandering spirits in Hollywood over the course of his career, and it's high time we took a look at the critical highlights. Get ready for Total Recall!More…

December 12, 2013

Peter Jackson's Best Movies

No surprises here, folks -- other movies are coming out this week, but it's really all about The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, and when it came time to figure out who would be the focus of our list, there was only one choice. Yes, we're talking about Peter Jackson, the director whose latest venture to Middle-earth is one of 2013's most eagerly awaited sequels -- and whose filmography is about so, so much more than hobbits and orcs. From gory comedies to vulgar puppets and beyond, Jackson has displayed one of the most artfully wandering spirits in Hollywood over the course of his career, and it's high time we took a look at the critical highlights. Get ready for Total Recall!More…

August 14, 2013

MGM Revenues Rise

James Bond and the Hobbits pad the studio's once-barren bottom line.More…

July 31, 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition Arriving in October

Featuring 13 minutes of extra footage -- and nine hours of bonus content.More…

June 25, 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Extended Edition Details Emerge

Peter Jackson says he's "putting things in the extended cut that are going to play straight into the second film."More…

March 19, 2013

RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Hobbit, Zero Dark Thirty, and Les Misérables

Three of this week's new releases on home video were recognized by the Academy with Oscar nominations this year, so that's already a pretty good start. The other three selections include two comedies that earned mixed reactions and one French import featuring some impressive performances, and those are followed by a number of notable rereleases. Click through for the full list!More…

March 15, 2013

Digital Multiplex: The Hobbit, Smashed and More

This week in streaming, we've got Peter Jackson's latest trek to Middle-earth (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), along with a star-studded road movie (This Must Be the Place) and a Certified Fresh dramedy about the road to recovery (Smashed). Click through to find out what's available to watch right now.More…

February 25, 2013

RT's Oscar Picks 2013 - Results

We at Rotten Tomatoes freely admit we're not the world's greatest Oscar prognosticators. Still, we did a bit better than usual this year; while there were some surprises (Sound Editing was a tie?!) and a few winners that aren't all that surprising in retrospect, most of our predictions came true at the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Read on to see how our forecast squared with the final results!More…

December 30, 2012

Box Office Guru Wrapup: Hobbit Threepeats, Western & Musical Rock

For a third consecutive frame, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey led the North American box office but this time was joined by a trio of new releases opening on Christmas Day which filled up the next spots on the charts over a red hot final weekend of 2012.More…

December 23, 2012

Box Office Guru Wrapup: Hobbit Rules Slow Pre-Christmas Frame

With holiday shopping and traveling slowing down multiplex traffic, new releases attracted low-to-moderate debuts allowing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to remain atop the chart in its second session. Four new films entered the top ten hoping not so much to score big openings, but to establish themselves in the marketplace as entertaining options once moviegoers become more available on Tuesday onwards for the Christmas holiday.More…

December 17, 2012

There and Back Again, Day 4 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

So, did everyone see The Hobbit at the weekend? Our editors caught a screening of Peter Jackson's hugely-anticipated return to Middle-earth last week -- in the director's preferred 3D, 48-frames-per-second digital format -- and now, without further ado, weigh in with their reactions to the movie. What did you think?More…

December 17, 2012

Box Office Guru Wrapup: Hobbit Dominates Global Box Office

Fans of Middle Earth ended their long wait and charged into North American multiplexes powering the new fantasy adventure The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey into the number one spot breaking the December opening weekend record in the process. Audiences around the world made the Peter Jackson film the most popular movie on the planet as no other studio dared to challenge Bilbo Baggins and his gang with any other new releases.More…

December 14, 2012

There and Back Again, Day 3: The Return of the King

And so it ends. Having journeyed through The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, almost always conscious and (for legal purposes) resoundingly sober, we now arrive at the final -- and most epic -- chapter, The Return of the King. Will the extended edition yield another four-hundred endings? Has Gollum's lost boogaloo on the cliffs of Mount Doom been restored to the film? To Mordor we go... More…

December 14, 2012

Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen Spill Hobbit Deleted Scenes Details

Some hints regarding what we might see in the inevitable extended cut.More…

December 13, 2012

Critics Consensus: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Is (Mostly) Worth the Trip

This week's lone wide release is the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen in Peter Jackson's hotly-anticipated return to the Lord of the Rings universe. What do the critics have to say?More…

December 13, 2012

Video: Mordor - Your Next Vacation Destination

Taking your family on a vacation to Fiji is so 2011. When you're tired of life in the Shire, and you're ready for a first-class adventure for kids and adults alike, pack your bags and come to Mordor. This travelogue shows Mordor as it really is--full of fun, excitement, romance, and a great gift shop.More…

December 13, 2012

There and Back Again, Day 2: The Two Towers

Yesterday we joined the Fellowship of the Ring on the first part of our quest to plow through Peter Jackson's extended Lord of the Rings movies, with everyone agreeing -- to various degrees -- that the extra dimensions worked well for what was already a solid opening chapter. Today, as the fellowship splits and Gollum leads his unsuspecting charges toward Mordor, we take on The Two Towers. How does it play?More…

December 12, 2012

Parental Guidance: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Bourne Legacy, and Ice Age: Continental Drift

This week in family viewing, we take a journey to Middle-earth with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. On DVD and Blu-ray, we've got the spy thriller The Bourne Legacy and the animated sequel Ice Age: Continental Drift. Read on to find out what's appropriate for the whole family.More…

December 12, 2012

There and Back Again, Day 1: The Fellowship of the Ring

At last it arrives. Part one of Peter Jackson's epic Middle-earth prelude The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in theaters this week, and so, in preparation, we're taking the journey back through the movies that made the phenomenon. And lo, we're sitting through all three in their 12-hour extended edition glory. Yes, it's a hard job sitting around getting paid to watch movies. So pack some lembas bread, pour yourself some ent-draught, blaze up the halfling weed and join Ryan "36th Chamber of Rivendell" Fujitani, Luke "One of my trolls is named Teacup" Goodsell and Tim "Son of Tim" Ryan in their hole below ground as they embark upon the first chapter, The Fellowship of the Ring.More…

December 12, 2012

50 Best Fantasy Films Countdown

The 50 best-reviewed fantasy films of all time, as conjured up by our weighted formula which calculates a film's Tomatometer, number of reviews, and year of release. Films set in the real world that feature merely elements of fantasy have been omitted (e.g. magical realist works like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Beasts of the Southern Wild).More…

December 12, 2012

Richard Armitage Hobbit Interview

A little behind-the-scenes perspective from Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thráin, son of Thrór, King Under the Mountain.More…

December 11, 2012

Visual History: Here Be Dragons

Celebrate the arrival of The Hobbit -- and Smaug the Magnificent -- with our gallery of cinema's most famous fire-breathers.More…

December 11, 2012

24 Frames: Precious Memories

How many times have the movies Tolkien'd up?More…

December 7, 2012

Video Character Guide for The Hobbit

Let's face it: it's been awhile since you read The Hobbit, and with 13 dwarves, you can't quite remember the difference between Oin, Gloin, and Shep. Grae Drake is here to your rescue, giving you a refresher course for all 13 (count 'em) stout stars of this upcoming blockbuster from Peter Jackson.More…

December 7, 2012

Tomatometer Watch: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The early critical returns for The Hobbit are disappointing, however, for moviegoers anticipating the same numbers as the LotR trilogy. Each of those films were Certified Fresh, none dipping below 90%. The Hobbit is still within striking distance of hitting Certified Fresh (details of the award here), but will have to work for it. Elevation into the mid-80s Tomatometer range seems highly unlikely at this point, but Jackson has weaved strange magic before. More…

December 3, 2012

Red Carpet Roundup: The Hobbit World Premiere

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey just had its big world premiere in New Zealand!More…

November 29, 2012

First Hobbit Twitter Reviews from New Zealand Premiere

A round up of some of the early responses from the audience at the film's premiere.More…

November 27, 2012

Watch The Hobbit World Premiere Live from New Zealand

Watch a live stream of director Peter Jackson and the stars as they arrive at the Wellington, New Zealand World Premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and talk to the press ahead of the film's screening.More…

November 19, 2012

Man of Steel and Wolverine Trailers Running Before The Hobbit

Between these and "Star Trek Into Darkness," what comes before the movie will be almost as newsworthy as the film itself.More…

November 15, 2012

Star Trek 2 Preview Headed for IMAX 3D Screenings of The Hobbit

Paramount will tease the sequel with nine minutes of footage.More…

November 5, 2012

High Frame Rate Locations Listed for The Hobbit

So here's how far you'll have to drive if you want to see it in all its 48fps glory.More…

November 2, 2012

Holiday Movie Preview 2012!

The weather outside may be frightful, but the multiplex is so delightful. That's right, it's winter movie season, the most wonderful time of the year for moviegoers (besides summer, of course). We at Rotten Tomatoes have made a list, and checked it twice, and the result is the Holiday Movie Preview, a compendium of the season's biggest flicks. More…

October 25, 2012

The Hobbit Set Visit Report

Collider presents a list of 70 things to know about the movie, gleaned from their time on the set.More…

October 24, 2012

Hobbit News Bonanza

As the first TV spot drops, word leaks out regarding the film's sound mix (Dolby Atmos), current running time (2 hours, 40 minutes) and what's hopefully its most bizarre tie-in (special menus at Denny's).More…

October 15, 2012

Hugo Weaving Talks The Hobbit, Captain America, and More

Hugo would rather not play the Red Skull again, thank you.More…

October 4, 2012

Extended Edition of The Hobbit Already Confirmed

You'll be able to get even more Tolkien time in late 2013.More…

September 27, 2012

Watch Andy Serkis Be Gollum in Real Life

Even without the mo-cap, he's pretty convincing.More…

August 23, 2012

No Surcharge Planned for 48 FPS Hobbit

You can see what all the fuss is about for the price of a plain old regular 3D ticket.More…

August 8, 2012

High Frame Rate Version of The Hobbit to Receive Limited Release

It looks like a lot of cities will be stuck with plain old 24 fps.More…

July 31, 2012

The Hobbit Is Officially a Trilogy

The third installment is scheduled for a summer 2014 release.More…

July 16, 2012

Peter Jackson Wants More Hobbit

"There are other parts of the story that we'd like to tell that we haven't had the chance to tell yet."More…

July 6, 2012

Peter Jackson Wraps Filming on The Hobbit

After 266 days of shooting, principal photography is finished.More…

July 6, 2012

Five Favorite Films with Hugo Weaving

Between playing Elrond in Lord of the Rings, voicing Megatron in Transformers and -- most memorably -- intimidating Keanu Reeves as the sinister Agent Smith in The Matrix, Hugo Weaving has been an integral part of three of the biggest film franchises of the past decade or so. The versatile Australian actor also delivered an uncanny Werner Herzog impression as Red Skull in Marvel's Captain America, will star in the Wachoswki's forthcoming Cloud Atlas and, of course, is reprising his role as Rivendell's boss elf in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, due at the end of the year. Yet being one of Hollywood's busiest character actors hasn't stopped Weaving from returning periodically to his homeland for some compelling lead roles, like that in this week's acclaimed Last Ride -- which has been hailed by no less than Roger Ebert as "the performance of a lifetime." A tough but ultimately moving (and beautifully lensed) road movie directed by Cannes' short film winner Glendyn Ivin, Ride has Weaving as a grizzled ex-con on the run across the Australian countryside, where he bonds with his 10-tear-old son in tow. The film debuted to much praise in its native territory, and this week finds its way to select theaters in the US. We had the chance to speak with Weaving for the release, where he talked about five of his favorite movies.More…

June 6, 2012

Peter Jackson Announces The Hobbit World Premiere

Book your flight for New Zealand.More…

April 30, 2012

Peter Jackson Responds to Hobbit Footage Criticism

"I can't say anything. Just like I can't say anything to someone who doesn't like fish."More…

April 25, 2012

Are Moviegoers Ready for 48 Frames Per Second?

Sifting through the decidedly mixed reactions to Peter Jackson's 10-minute "Hobbit" preview.More…

April 19, 2012

Luke Evans Talks The Hobbit and Shooting in 48 fps

"It's been immensely exciting. It feels like all the work I've done so far has been building up to this job and to work with The Master himself on a project which has been his baby since...a long time ago."More…

February 8, 2012

Billy Connolly Joins The Hobbit

He'll play "Dain Ironfoot, a great dwarf warrior and cousin of Thorin Oakenshield."More…

January 26, 2012

Evangeline Lilly Divulges Hobbit Details

She talks about her "deadly" character, and her increased role in the sequel.More…

January 23, 2012

Elijah Wood Talks The Hobbit

Describes his time on the set, filming in 3D, and the movie's similarity to "Lord of the Rings."More…

December 30, 2011

Christopher Lee Talks The Hobbit, Hugo, and Dark Shadows

The actor and heavy metal legend dishes on two of Hollywood's most highly anticipated upcoming films.More…

October 25, 2011

Peter Jackson Talks Tintin Sequel

He says he'll direct the follow-up after he's finished with "The Hobbit."More…

June 23, 2011

First Look at The Hobbit

Peter Jackson leaks three stills from one of 2012's most highly anticipated movies.More…

June 20, 2011

Two More for The Hobbit

Evangeline Lilly and Barry "Dame Edna" Humphries join the cast.More…

June 17, 2011

Benedict Cumberbatch Snags Two Hobbit Roles

He'll lend his voice to the characters of Smaug and Necromancer.More…

May 31, 2011

Titles and Release Dates Announced for The Hobbit

The slow rollout of "Hobbit" news now includes official titles and release dates for Peter Jackson's two-part epic.More…

May 27, 2011

Orlando Bloom Confirmed for The Hobbit

Peter Jackson delivers the news.More…

May 19, 2011

Stephen Fry Joins The Hobbit

Peter Jackson has issued a new production update from "The Hobbit," which now boasts a cast that includes Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, and Conan Stevens.More…

April 25, 2011

Rob Kazinsky Drops Out of The Hobbit

"The Hobbit" needs a new dwarf: Rob Kazinsky, who was set to play Fili, has left the film for "personal reasons."More…

April 12, 2011

Peter Jackson Talks Faster Frames for The Hobbit

Peter Jackson has been filming "The Hobbit" in 3D -- and at twice the standard frame rate.More…

April 6, 2011

Andy Serkis Is The Hobbit's Second Unit Director

Andy Serkis will pull double duty in the "Hobbit" movies, playing Gollum as well as serving as second unit director.More…

April 5, 2011

Bret McKenzie Joins The Hobbit

Bret McKenzie ("Flight of the Conchords") has signed on to play an elf in "The Hobbit."More…

January 28, 2011

Saoirse Ronan Joins The Hobbit

Her role hasn't been revealed yet, but Saoirse Ronan will reunite with "Lovely Bones" director Peter Jackson for "The Hobbit."More…

January 27, 2011

Peter Jackson Hospitalized

A perforated ulcer has landed Peter Jackson in the hospital, causing a "slight delay" in the start of filming for "The Hobbit."More…

January 11, 2011

Ian McKellen Joins The Hobbit

Sir Ian McKellen is finally, officially part of "The Hobbit," and in a message posted on his site, he assures us he's excited to return to Middle-earth -- and explains what took so longMore…

January 7, 2011

Elijah Wood on Board for The Hobbit?

Elijah Wood will apparently be in "The Hobbit," even though it takes place before his character, Frodo Baggins, was born. Confused? Read on.More…

December 8, 2010

Cate Blanchett Joins The Hobbit

The actress will reprise her Lord of the Rings role of Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien, for Peter Jackson's film.More…

November 29, 2010

First Look at The Hobbit's Shire

Jonesing for a sneak peek at the New Zealand set of "The Hobbit"? Total Film has just the panoramic photo you're looking for.More…

November 29, 2010

Peter Jackson Turns to RED EPIC for Hobbit 3D

Peter Jackson will film "The Hobbit" in 3-D -- and he'll do it with 30 brand new RED EPIC cameras, thanks to the deal announced in this press release.More…

November 2, 2010

James Nesbitt Is The Hobbit's Bofur

Continuing the flurry of "Hobbit" casting news, James Nesbitt has been announced as the dwarf Bofur.More…

October 22, 2010

Weekly Ketchup: Martin Freeman Cast as The Hobbit

This week's Ketchup is full of news about prequels, sequels and remakes. The prequels in the news this week are The Hobbit and X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, and there's also news for The Hangover 2 and Iron Man 3. Hollywood's remake fever continues this week with revisits to The Day of the Triffids, The Forbin Project, The Thin Man and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.More…

October 22, 2010

Martin Freeman Confirmed for The Hobbit

Now that "The Hobbit" finally has an official green light, Peter Jackson is getting his cast together -- and that means Martin Freeman is your new Bilbo Baggins.More…

October 4, 2010

The Hobbit Starting Production in January?

Things could still fall apart (again), but it looks like "The Hobbit" is finally about to get a green light -- and cameras could roll as soon as January.More…

July 14, 2010

Peter Jackson Seeks Hobbit Hopefuls

He isn't officially directing them yet -- heck, they haven't even been greenlit -- but Peter Jackson has started the casting process for the "Hobbit" movies.More…

June 28, 2010

Peter Jackson Locked in for The Hobbit?

The news broke on Friday that Peter Jackson was in talks to direct the "Hobbit" movies -- and now, according to Deadline, it sounds like a done deal.More…

June 4, 2010

Weekly Ketchup: Guillermo del Toro gives up on The Hobbit

This week's Ketchup includes big news for the two movies based upon J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, casting news for Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, biopics about the lives of Tupac Shakur and Rush Limbaugh, and news about potential third movies in the Sex and the City and Three Men and a Baby franchises.More…

June 1, 2010

Guillermo del Toro Quits The Hobbit

Following months of turmoil at MGM, Guillermo del Toro has announced his departure from "The Hobbit." What's next for the talented director?More…

May 28, 2010

Del Toro Admits MGM Issues Delaying The Hobbit

Spin the rumor carousel for "The Hobbit" one more time: Guillermo del Toro has come right out and admitted that MGM's money woes are delaying the highly anticipated film's start date.More…

May 17, 2010

Andy Serkis Talks The Hobbit, Tintin, and More

With roles in "The Hobbit," "Tintin," "Burke & Hare," and the Ian Dury biopic "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll," Andy Serkis has no shortage of high-profile projects to discussMore…

May 11, 2010

Andy Serkis Talks The Hobbit

Andy Serkis has become the latest "Hobbit" cast member to talk about when filming will begin -- and just like everyone else, he doesn't really know yet.More…

April 19, 2010

Peter Jackson Talks The Hobbit

You've read all the rumors, now get the facts about "The Hobbit" straight from Peter Jackson himself.More…

April 16, 2010

Weta's Richard Taylor Talks Hobbit, LotR Blu-rays, and More

The Weta Workshop's Richard Taylor discussed "The Hobbit," the "Lord of the Rings" Blu-rays, and Neill Blomkamp's upcoming project in a recent interview with Collider.More…

March 17, 2010

The Hobbit's Quest Starts in June

According to Ian McKellen, filming on "The Hobbit" will kick off in June and "take over a year."More…

March 1, 2010

The Hobbit Could Be in 3-D

The "Avatar" effect continues: According to Guillermo del Toro, there have been preliminary discussions about releasing "The Hobbit" in 3-D.More…

February 11, 2010

Hugo Weaving Talks The Wolfman, The Hobbit

With a role in "The Wolfman" -- and "The Hobbit" looming on the horizon -- Hugo Weaving has plenty to discuss. Hear about both projects in this new interview.More…

January 24, 2010

New Line Exec Says No Hobbit Until 2012

First it was rumored to be delayed thanks to MGM's financial woes, then we heard it was still on track for 2011 -- and now New Line executive Alan Horn says we probably won't see "The Hobbit" until late 2012.More…

January 6, 2010

Hobbit Rolling This June

Helping soothe fanboy hearts troubled by recent rumors of production delays, Production Weekly is reporting that "The Hobbit" has set a start date of June 2010.More…

January 4, 2010

Casting Call for The Hobbit Released

Attention, owners of hairy feet: A casting call for "The Hobbit" has been issued!More…

December 15, 2009

Tobey Maguire Refutes Hobbit Rumors

Intriguing rumors notwithstanding, Tobey Maguire says he hasn't spoken with anyone about starring in "The Hobbit."More…

December 14, 2009

Tobey Maguire Rumored for The Hobbit

Could Tobey Maguire end up playing Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit"? That's what little birdies are saying to the folks at Latino Review.More…

December 9, 2009

Peter Jackson Reveals Which LotR Characters Will Return for The Hobbit

He doesn't have an "official" script yet, but Peter Jackson knows which of the "Lord of the Rings" characters will be putting in appearances in "The Hobbit" -- and he listed all three of them in a recent interview with MTV.More…

December 6, 2009

Peter Jackson Talks Hobbit, LotR Blu-ray

Rumors of delays notwithstanding, Peter Jackson says you can still count on "The Hobbit" making its 2011 release date -- and he has some information about the "Lord of the Rings" Blu-ray, too.More…

December 2, 2009

No Hobbit Until 2012?

If you read the news about "The Hobbit" pushing back its start date a few months and got nervous, the latest report from The Wrap won't quell your concern.More…

November 30, 2009

The Hobbit Filming Pushed Back

In news that probably has a little something to do with MGM's ongoing financial woes, Peter Jackson has revealed that "The Hobbit" won't start filming in March.More…

November 3, 2009

Ian McKellen Is Excited About The Hobbit

He can't say much about it yet, understandably, but Ian McKellen says he's already read the script for "The Hobbit" -- and he couldn't be happier.More…

October 12, 2009

Four Franchises Ready to Go Fourth

Four major film franchises are adding a fourth installment in the next few years...but should they just leave well enough alone? The Los Angeles Times takes a look at the future of "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Spider-Man," "Lord of the Rings," and "X-Men."More…

October 2, 2009

MGM Hangs on to The Hobbit

Things still look pretty grim for MGM, but the studio has at least managed to maintain its grasp on "The Hobbit," thanks to a new deal with some of its key lenders.More…

September 25, 2009

MGM Teeters Toward Bankruptcy; Bond and The Hobbit In Doubt

MGM's ongoing financial difficulties could be reaching the point of no return -- which would complicate the futures of the Bond franchise and "The Hobbit."More…

September 24, 2009

Exclusive: Ian McKellen on The Hobbit

Sir Ian McKellen is spending the week at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain, where he was last night presented with a special Donostia Award in recognition of his career as an actor. RT was in town to catch the presentation, and earlier in the day we sat down with McKellen to discuss the award and his work. Of course, as Guillermo del Toro readies to direct The Hobbit, which will see McKellen pull on the cloak and hat of Gandalf the wizard for the first time in seven years, we couldn't help but look to the future and find out how things were going with the project.More…

July 24, 2009

Peter Jackson Talks Hobbit, LotR Blu-ray

Looking for "Hobbit" news, or a few tidbits about what to expect from the "Lord of the Rings" Blu-ray? So was Collider's Steven Weintraub when he chatted with Peter Jackson at Comic-Con.More…

June 12, 2009

Old Faces Returning for Del Toro's Hobbit

In a new BBC Radio interview, Guillermo del Toro has apparently confirmed the involvement of Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, and Ian McKellen for "The Hobbit."More…

January 20, 2009

Andy Serkis Talks The Hobbit, Tintin

He doesn't exactly have a famous face, but Andy Serkis has no shortage of high-profile projects on his slate -- including "The Hobbit" and "Tintin," both of which he recently took time out to discuss with CinemaBlend.More…

December 1, 2008

Del Toro Pencils in 2010 for Hobbit Shoot

According to the transcripts from a recent online chat by Guillermo del Toro, fans can expect the cameras to start rolling on "The Hobbit's" 370-day shoot in 2010.More…

October 8, 2008

Del Toro Plots "Continuous Journey" for Hobbit Films

Wondering how Guillermo del Toro will fill up those two "Hobbit" movies he's making? According to a recent interview with MTV, he intends to treat them as "a single piece of narrative" that will lead directly into Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films.More…

October 6, 2008

Guillermo Talks The Hobbit, Frankenstein

Guillermo del Toro recently made an appearance at a DGA event, and of course, "The Hobbit" was a topic of conversation -- but so was the director's upcoming "Frankenstein" feature, and what he had to say may surprise you.More…

August 20, 2008

Jackson, Walsh, Boyens Join Hobbit Writing Team

Harry Potter fans might be having a bad week, but Lord of the Rings aficionados can officially rejoice: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens have agreed to join Guillermo del Toro in writing the screenplays for the two upcoming Hobbit films.More…

August 19, 2008

Del Toro Talks Hobbit Effects, Watchmen Opportunity

In a recent interview with IGN, Guillermo del Toro promised fans that the special effects in his upcoming Hobbit films will be a blend of CGI and old-fashioned techniques -- and he also mentioned that he passed on the opportunity to direct Watchmen.More…

July 14, 2008

Christopher Lee Talks The Hobbit

It'll come as no surprise to anyone who read the books that Christopher Lee has no plans to appear as Saruman in The Hobbit -- but don't count him out completely.More…

July 13, 2008

Guillermo del Toro - RT's Dinner and the Movies Interview

We have an extended chat with the director of Cronos, Pan's Labyrinth and this week's Hellboy II to talk about his career past, present and future and tap him for juicy information on the upcoming Hobbit adaptation. More…

July 11, 2008

Exclusive: Guillermo del Toro's Hobbit Secrets Spilled

We couldn't spend an hour in Guillermo del Toro's company - as part of our Dinner and the Movies interview series - without talking The Hobbit, and the visionary director spilled plenty of secrets to RT about his upcoming adaptation.More…

July 10, 2008

Exclusive: Guillermo del Toro on Creating an International Animation Studio

Guillermo del Toro plans to start up an international animation studio when he's finished work on The Hobbit film(s), he told RT during our exclusive Dinner and the Movies interview, which has started on the site today.More…

July 8, 2008

Room for Fans in Del Toro's Hobbit

Looking for a chance to be in The Hobbit? Guillermo del Toro tells MTV that fans "have a good chance" of becoming extras in the upcoming films.More…

July 2, 2008

Tolkien's Children Battle New Line Over LotR Profits

J.R.R. Tolkien's heirs are the latest plaintiffs to file a lawsuit claiming New Line has cheated them out of their fair share of Lord of the Rings profits -- and it could end up derailing those Hobbit films yet again.More…

June 30, 2008

Guillermo del Toro On Starting Hobbit Preparation

At the Saturn Awards, where the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films gave Guillermo del Toro a lifetime achievement award, the director shared his first thoughts on The Hobbit. Things are still early in pre-production.More…

June 30, 2008

Del Toro Shares Thoughts on Lovecraft, Hellboy, Hobbit

Continuing last week's exclusive interview with Guillermo del Toro, Collider talks to the director about Hellboy, the Lovecraft movies, and -- of course -- The Hobbit.More…

June 13, 2008

James McAvoy Is Not Shire-Bound

James McAvoy has responded to those persistent rumors that he's starring in the upcoming Hobbit movies -- and it looks like rumors is all they are.More…

May 29, 2008

Wild Hobbit Casting Speculation Heats Up

The casting rumors for those Hobbit movies have started to make the rounds, and today's gossip has the part of Bilbo Baggins being played by James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, or...Jack Black?More…

May 27, 2008

First Hobbit Movie Scheduled for 2011 Release

A live chat held at the Weta website over the weekend yielded some details about the upcoming Hobbit films, including a production timeline and responses to those persistent casting rumors.More…

May 21, 2008

Mortensen, Serkis, and McKellen in The Hobbit?

Pre-production is about to begin on The Hobbit -- and according to a recent report in Variety, "preliminary contact" has been made with Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis, and (of course) Ian McKellen.More…

May 2, 2008

Weekly Ketchup: Iron Man Sequel Likely, Hilary Swank Shaves Her Eyebrows

This week's Ketchup bottle shakes out rumors about potential Iron Man sequels, news of Mel Gibson moving back in front of cameras, casting dirt on Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Charles Dickens and Neil Gaiman adaptations, and new projects for Steven Soderbergh, Mike Judge, and Joe Roth.More…

April 30, 2008

McKellen Says He's Officially Still Gandalf

According to Sir Ian McKellen, it's a done deal -- Guillermo del Toro has informed him that he'll be reprising his role as Gandalf in the upcoming Hobbit films.More…

April 28, 2008

Del Toro Wants McKellen, Serkis for Hobbit Movies

Guillermo del Toro has assured Lord of the Rings fans that he has no intention of directing The Hobbit without Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis.More…

April 25, 2008

Weekly Ketchup: Del Toro officially takes on The Hobbit

This week's Ketchup bottle recaps the 10 biggest stories in the world of upcoming movies, including news that Guillermo Del Toro has signed to direct The Hobbit, new possibilities for Wonder Woman and Superman films, and a bevy of horror remakes, including The Fury and Happy Birthday to Me.More…

April 25, 2008

Guillermo del Toro Inks Hobbit Deal

After weeks of speculation, the deal is done: Guillermo del Toro is officially the director of New Line and MGM's upcoming Hobbit films.More…

April 14, 2008

Guillermo del Toro Drops Hobbit Hints

In a post at the official Hellboy II message board, Guillermo del Toro gave curious fans an update on his involvement with The Hobbit.More…

March 27, 2008

Ian McKellen Is Not Too Busy for The Hobbit

Even while The Hobbit was in legal limbo, Sir Ian McKellen wasn't shy about letting people know he wanted to reprise his role as Gandalf for the Lord of the Rings prequel(s).More…

February 1, 2008

The Weekly Ketchup: New Bond Title, Golden Brad Bird, Del Toro To Direct Hobbits

In this week's Ketchup, Bond 22 has a flashy new title, Brad Bird gets his just desserts for directing the highest rated film of 2007, and Shia LaBeouf is set to star as the last man on Earth.More…

January 28, 2008

Guillermo Del Toro in Talks to Direct Back-to-Back Hobbit Films!

After the past few weeks' spate of bad news (and weather), have we got some silver lining for you: our preciousss is in motion to return to the big screen. Now that Peter Jackson has kissed and made up with the studios, New Line and MGM are in talks with Guillermo del Toro to direct two, simultaneously shot installments of The Hobbit!More…

January 14, 2008

Elijah Wood: Once a Frodo, Always a Frodo

Count Elijah Wood as one of the millions excited about the news of Peter Jackson's involvement in those planned Hobbit films -- and another member of the Lord of the Rings cast who's game for a return to Middle-earth.More…

December 21, 2007

The Weekly Ketchup: Dark Knight Trailer, Peter Jackson Back On Hobbit, Terminator 4 Plot Details

In this week's Ketchup, those who missed the Dark Knight intro at the IMAX get a nice consolation prize, Tolkien fans can rest easy as Peter Jackson makes peace with New Line, and Terminator 4 plot details are leaked online.More…

December 20, 2007

Sam Raimi Wants to Drag Me to Hell

Over the past few months, we've talked a lot about Sam Raimi's busy schedule as a producer, but his directorial follow-up to Spider-Man 3 has remained a mystery -- until now, that is.More…

December 20, 2007

Looks Like Those Hobbit Movies Still Need a Director

During the years of legal disputes between Peter Jackson and New Line, there was no shortage of speculation regarding which director might step into his shoes for The Hobbit -- speculation that, as it turns out, will continue at least awhile longer.More…

December 18, 2007

Peter Jackson, New Line Kiss and Make Up; Jackson to Produce Two Hobbit Films

Rejoice, nerds! Peter Jackson is heading back to Middle-earth!More…

October 19, 2007

The Weekly Ketchup: Dark Knight Prologue Coming; Wolverine Gets Official Title; Star Trek Gets Kirk And Bones

In this week's Ketchup, viewers will get a sneak peek at The Dark Knight, if they go a bit out of their way, Wolverine won't just be called Wolverine, and the new Star Trek gets a new Kirk and a new Bones.More…

October 17, 2007

McKellen Misses Middle-earth

Whether or not the rumored Peter Jackson-New Line truce actually comes to pass, one thing is certain: Sir Ian McKellen is ready and waiting to play Gandalf again.More…

October 17, 2007

Sam Raimi Wants Peter Jackson to Direct Hobbit

When the falling out between Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema led to speculation of a new director for The Hobbit, the only satisfying rumor was Sam Raimi. Now that New Line is trying to reconcile with Jackson, even Raimi is hoping for Jackson to complete the quadrilogy.More…

October 5, 2007

Peter Jackson and New Line to Kiss and Make Up?

After months of duking it out with New Line in the courts (and in public), it appears as if a path may have finally been cleared for Peter Jackson to return to Middle-earth.More…

August 21, 2007

Bruce Campbell Warns Raimi About Tricksy Hobbits

Bruce Campbell knows he's always got a role in a Sam Raimi movie, but if the director indeed takes on The Hobbit for New Line, longtime friend Campbell has some words of warning.More…

August 13, 2007

Jackson Directing The Hobbit After All?

Few bridges are permanently burned in Hollywood -- particularly where billion-dollar franchises are at stake -- and so IGN Movies reports that white flags might be on the horizon for two notorious foes: Lord of the Rings helmer Peter Jackson and New Line CEO Bob Shaye.More…

August 3, 2007

Does Clash of the Titans Have a Director?

Not content to float a rumor about one remake's possible director, IESB is digging into its bag of anonymous sources for some dish about who might be taking the reins for Warner Bros.' planned remake of the 1981 cult classic/Harry Hamlin career peak, Clash of the Titans. You want a name director? They don't get much bigger than this.More…

April 28, 2007

"The Hobbit" is Not in Raimi's Head Yet

"Lord of the Rings" fans couldn?t imagine an appropriate director for the "Hobbit" prequel until Sam Raimi?s name was thrown into the mix. But now that he?s available to talk about it during his "Spider-Man 3" press rounds, Raimi can?t even think about a vision for middle earth.More…

October 9, 2006

Peter Jackson Talks With MGM About "The Hobbit"

MGM says it's talked with "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson about directing another Tolkein work, "The Hobbit." Dark Horizons reports that the announcement came in the wake of an online petition (with nearly 40,000 signatures) demanding that New Line tap Jackson and all available "LOTR" cast members to work on "The Hobbit."More…