The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Can flattery help keep you alive?
Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman
Directed by Peter Jackson

Middle-earth continues its domination of the silver screen with this latest installment, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the second film centering on the adventures of the hobbit Bilbo and his band of merry men (and dwarves and wizards). Peter Jackson has delivered a terrific film that also has a unique Achilles’s heel. The one weakness in this otherwise highly-entertaining movie is exactly ... more >

The Hobbit

Finally, it's here and it's grand
Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen
Directed by Peter Jackson

So who’s ready for another nine plus hours of hobbits, dwarves, orcs, elves, and Gandalf? Honestly the way director Peter Jackson, taking his fourth trip to Middle Earth, has worked this first of “The Hobbit” trilogy; it will feel like it’s going by in a flash. I’m so impressed with what he’s done here; proving again that nobody could do a better job of bringing J.R.R Tolkien’s stories to the ... more >

HOBBIT premieres today

Today in Wellington

"'The Hobbit' almost did not get shot here,” Peter Jackson (pictured with his daughter) told New Zealand Radio. Jackson, will present the world premiere of “ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" in Wellington today. "The worst moment for me was when a box, a big box, was delivered to my office.” They had sent a reconaissance team to England and Scotland to take pictures," he added. Studio ... more >

Gandalf, Hobbit


Jackson piloting release from his Facebook page

A new poster for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was unveiled on the Facebook page of Peter Jackson. He added this comment, "Hi everyone. Here's an exclusive Comic Con poster. Be sure to get your copy in San Diego and let me know what you think of it! Cheers, Peter J" On it you can see Gandalf, played by Ian McKellen, walking purposefully on a country road in the Shire, in a rustic sort of ... more >