The Hobbit

  • Benedict Cumberbatch gave 'Sherlock' a second thought January 19, 2014

    Los Angeles: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch says he nearly turned down the offer to play popular fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in 'Sherlock', but agreed to it after giving it a second thought. "My reservation was 'Well, this is a very iconic character, there will be a lot of attention on it'," Entertainment...
  • 'The Hobbit' goes strong at the US Box Office, 'Frozen' gives competition January 1, 2014

    Los Angeles: After six weeks in theaters, 'Frozen' slid back into the No. 2 spot at the box office, but it failed to dethrone 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' from its hold on first place. With $29 million over the weekend, Peter Jackson's fantasy sequel 'The Desolation of Smaug,' the...
  • 'Hobbit', 'Frozen' lead Box Office to record year December 30, 2013

    Los Angeles: Over the bustling post-Christmas weekend, Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' continued to lead the box office, landing in the No. 1 slot for the third weekend in a row. The Warner Bros. prequel earned $30 million, bringing the domestic gross to $190.3 million, according to studio...
  • Vancouver, London, Wellington: Hollywood struggles against new film meccas December 28, 2013

    Los Angeles: In the old days, filmmakers flocked to Hollywood for its abundant sunshine, beautiful people and sandy beaches. But today a new filmmaking diaspora is spreading across the globe to places like Vancouver, London and Wellington, New Zealand. Fueled by politicians doling out generous tax breaks, filmmaking talent is migrating...
  • 'The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug' sets the US box-office on fire December 16, 2013

    Los Angeles: The latest installment of the Tolkien epic series, 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,' claimed the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, industry estimates showed today. The second part of The Hobbit film trilogy, starring Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman on a quest to reclaim...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews 'The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug', 'Oldboy', 'What The Fish' December 14, 2013

    This week CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug', 'Oldboy' and 'What The Fish'. He also speaks to actresses Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi about their upcoming film 'Dedh Ishqiya'. ...
  • 'The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug' review: The film has a pace and a cohesiveness December 16, 2013

    Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom Director: Peter Jackson The highlight of Peter Jackson's second movie in The Hobbit trilogy was always going to be the appearance of the fire-breathing dragon Smaug, as confirmed by the...
  • The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug Tweet Review: 1st day, 1st show December 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Taking a cue from the previous film 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', the sequel to the film will see the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Thorin Oakensheild (Richard Armitage) continue their journey to reclaim Lonely mountain from Smaug the dragon. 'The Hobbit: The...
  • What makes 'The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug' a smart film December 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Sleeping dragons, as we know from our childhood literature, eventually awaken. If they didn't, there wouldn't be a story. So it's hardly news that in the second installment of Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' trilogy, the dragon rouses from his slumber. What IS news: the franchise wakes up, too. Die-hard fans might...
  • Oscars 2014: 'Gravity', 'Hobbit' to compete with 8 other films in the Visual Effects category December 7, 2013

    Los Angeles: Sandra Bullock-George Clooney starrer space drama 'Gravity', Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug', 'Iron Man 3' and 'The Lone Ranger' are among the 10 films that are still in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 86th Oscars. The other film to have made to...
  • Watch: New trailer of 'The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug' October 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Watch it once and you'd want to watch it again, such is the impact of the just released trailer of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'. The upcoming epic fantasy adventure, which has been co-written, directed and produced by Peter Jackson, grabs your attention with its action sequences,...
  • First look: Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' June 13, 2013

    Here is the first look of the second instalment of Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit trilogy', which is expected to hit screens this year. The highly anticipated trailer of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' was recently released online. The film is based on the popular series written by JRR Tolkien. ...
  • Masand reviews 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' December 15, 2012

    'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', directed by Peter Jackson, clocks in at a whopping 2 hours and 40 minutes, if you don't count the roughly 15 minutes it takes for the end credits to roll. But despite its gorgeous sweeping visuals, spectacular special effects, and some terrific action sequences, this...
  • 'The Hobbit' Review: It's long and overblown December 15, 2012

    Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage Director: Peter Jackson 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', directed by Peter Jackson, clocks in at a whopping 2 hours and 40 minutes, if you don't count the roughly 15 minutes it takes for the end credits to roll. Given that Jackson's Lord of the Rings...
  • 'The Hobbit' was like homecoming: Ian McKellen December 14, 2012

    London: 'Lord of the Rings' star Ian McKellen says returning to New Zealand to shoot 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' felt like he was going home. The 73-year-old actor, who is battling prostate cancer for seven years, reprised his role as Gandalf the wizard from Peter Jackson's award-winning 'Lord of...
  • Oscars: Adele, The Black Keys lead the song race December 13, 2012

    London: Singer Adele's 2012 Bond movie theme and songs by the Black Keys, Fiona Apple, Mumford & Sons and Norah Jones have been shortlisted for a Best Song Oscar nomination. The top acts join the likes of Arcade Fire, Liz Phair, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O, Rick Ross and...
  • 'Lord of the Rings' team reunites for its prequel December 10, 2012

    The cast and crew of 'Lord of the Rings' has reunited for the movie's prequel 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'. Filmmaker Peter Jackson along with the stars of the movie were spotted at the New York premier of the movie. The new movie is the long-awaited first installment in a...
  • 'The Hobbit' is a safe kind of danger: Peter Jackson December 8, 2012

    Wellington: Film maker Peter Jackson wants to scare children with his latest movie and perhaps even a few grown ups. The first of the Hobbit movie trilogy - 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' - is about to hit theatres, and Jackson says he's tried to hold true to its roots...
  • 'The Hobbit' suffers from story bloat December 5, 2012

    Judging part one of Peter Jackson's 'The Lord of the Rings' prelude 'The Hobbit' is a bit like reviewing a film after seeing only the first act. Yet here goes: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' is stuffed with Hollywood's latest technology - 3D, high-speed projection and Dolby's Atmos surround sound system....
  • Superheroes, Bond, hobbits vie for effects Oscar November 30, 2012

    Los Angeles: James Bond, Snow White and a whole lot of hobbits and superheroes are in the running for the visual-effects prize at the Academy Awards. The superhero blockbusters 'The Avengers', 'The Dark Knight Rises' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man' are among 10 films that made the cut for visual-effects nominations for...
  • 'Hobbit' may help the 'Avatar' sequel: James Cameron November 29, 2012

    Wellington: Oscar-winning director James Cameron on Wednesday predicted Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' would do for high-definition film-making what his own hit 'Avatar' did for 3D movies. Jackson has filmed 'The Hobbit' at a groundbreaking 48 frames a second rather than the standard 24, a move that drew mixed critical reactions when...
  • The Hobbit: Why Ian McKellen broke down on the sets November 19, 2012

    London: Veteran actor Ian McKellen says he burst into tears of frustration on the set of his upcoming film 'The Hobbit', a prequel to the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. The 73-year-old actor, who plays the wizard Gandalf in the Peter Jackson-directed film, said that he became upset while filming a...
  • Oscars: 'Argo,' 'The Master' jockey for attention October 1, 2012

    Los Angeles: Hollywood is in its usual hazy head space when it comes to the Academy Awards race. The dilemma: Handicapping the players when so many of the potential front-runners have yet to show their game face. Films such as Ben Affleck's 'Argo' and Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman's 'The...
  • Director offers chance to visit 'Hobbit' sets December 26, 2011

    London: Director Peter Jackson is offering fans an opportunity to visit the sets of 'The Hobbit' in New Zealand to raise money for charity. The filmmaker is currently shooting the 'Lord of the Rings' prequel, based on JRR Tolkien's classic novel, with stars including Martin Freeman, Hugo Weaving, Sir Ian McKellen,...
  • 'Hobbit' trailer has film fans buzzing December 22, 2011

    Los Angeles: 'Lord of the Rings' movie fans were given an early holiday treat this week with the release of a trailer for prequel 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', whetting their appetites a year before the film hits theaters. 'The Hobbit' is the fourth film in director Peter Jackson's box-office hit...
  • Watch: Trailer of Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey December 21, 2011

    New Delhi: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug, producers Warner Brothers said on their website. Approached out of the blue by the...
  • Peter Jackson dropped from Hobbit November 21, 2006

    Los Angeles: Where is Frodo when you need him? Director Peter Jackson has been told he will not be hired to direct a movie based on J R R Tolkien novel The Hobbit, despite the nearly $3 billion global box office success of his Lord of the Rings trilogy, according...