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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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?
December 13, 2012
Total Recall: Peter Jackson's Best Movies
No surprises here, folks -- other movies are coming out this week, but it's really all about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 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 highly anticipated return to Middle-earth is one of 2012's most eagerly awaited films -- 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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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."
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 long
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."