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If you don't have the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition (yet), but would like to see Benedict Cumberbatch's audition tape for Smaug, check out the video in this Moviepilot article. I was SO happy to find that they included it on the EE, and - well I'm obviously a teensy bit biased *cough*, but he's utterly brilliant!

Gah, a month and a day until I get to see The Battle of the Five Armies (can only do the Saturday after opening, due to hubbie's current weekday schedule)! Can't wait and yet don't want it to end, if you know what I mean...

I'm working on a personal update, so hopefully I'll be able to post it before the end of the month. *fingers crossed*
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From the official PBS twitter:

I hope I'll be able to watch it online somewhere once it aired, as we don't have any TV connection currently.

I know I know, I still need to put together a fandom post... although by now both The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug and Sherlock S3 are almost an old hat (well, S3E3 of the latter aired in the US tonight, but many Americans have seen it already anyway...) but I would still like to put down some of my reactions/thoughts. As much as I remember them, hee. Oh, and Benedict has written the foreward for Weta's upcoming book about the design/creation of Smaug for DoS - can't wait to hold that book in my greedy little hands!
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Brilliant! :D

A Linguist Explains the Rules of Summoning Benedict Cumberbatch

But how is a normal internet citizen supposed to know, when they hear someone say “I just can’t stop looking at gifs of Bombadil Rivendell” that this person isn’t talking about some other actor with a name and a voice and cheekbones? Or in other words, what makes for a reasonable variation of the name Bendandsnap Calldispatch?
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The Desolation of Smaug TV Spot #8 is here!

Lego bringing out new Hobbit video game in 2014?

See The Desolation of Smaug character posters in high resolution

The Desolation of Smaug TV Spot #9 “Dragon” is here!

New Desolation of Smaug photos from Empire Online and more!

Sylvester McCoy appears in ‘Doctor Who’ Short Film, with Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen cameos

Exclusive: Concept art of Lake-Town from Weta’s ‘Desolation of Smaug’ art & design book

Luke Evans talks Bard the Bowman and Bard the family man in ‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’

Tourism New Zealand is opening the Book of New Zealand in LA

There will also be the following online events over the coming days:

ON NOW: Fili and Kili answering fan questions today on The Hobbit facebook page

Monday, December 2: a live stream of tomorrow's Desolation of Smaug world premiere in LA on the official Facebook Page

Tuesday, December 3: Hobbit Live Twitter Q&A with Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman & Luke Evans on the official Twitter:

Benedict Cumberbatch – 12:20pm PT / 3:20pm ET #AskSmaug
Martin Freeman – 2:00pm PT / 5:00pm ET #AskBilbo
Luke Evans – 2:40pm PT / 5:40pm ET #AskBard

Wednesday, December 4: a Google Plus hangout with Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman and Evangeline Lilly on the official Google+ Page

Last but not least, Air NZ unveiled its latest Hobbit plane livery - starring Smaug!!! Watch this timelapse video:

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TORn’s official frame-by-frame analysis of trailer two for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!

World’s second-largest Lord of the Rings props collection to go under the hammer
- Better have a lot of savings if you want to bid on this!

And for the BC fans among you - check this out tomorrow afternoon (or this evening, if you're in Europe). I'm sure there will be some Hobbit related questions:

Benedict Cumberbatch ‘ask me anything’ on Reddit on October 11
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So Benedict's short film Little Favour will be released on 5 November... on iTunes. AAAAARGH!!!! I am not getting iTunes, not even for Benedict in a project that looks as different and interesting as this one! I hope that it will eventually be released somewhere else too, but until then I'll just have to obsessively rewatch the new full trailer, I guess... Again, beware of the gritty/bloody scenes:

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See the colour difference between Desolation of Smaug trailer #1 and trailer #2

An animation of Smaug in all his glory

OCTOBER 4, 2013 at 1:50 AM BY KELVARHIN -
Ringer Ryan sent us in the following gif made from the trailer, slowed down to show Smaug in all his fiery glory.
- Obviously this contains SPOILERS regarding Smaug's looks, (though the image is still pretty dark so you mostly get his shape, his eyes and briefly a few details of his head, but only hints of bodily details and colour), so don't watch if you want to be completely surprised when you go see the film! There is also a soundclip of Cumbersmaug's line from the trailer at the link, courtesy of "Our friends at The Hobbit Movies", but for those who want to avoid the Smaug gif, here's the link to the audio file - there are download and share buttons. Warning: The file autoplays as soon as you open the page.
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I also absolutely need to post this teaser trailer for a short film that Benedict Cumberbatch filmed during the break in between eps 1/2 and 3 of Sherlock (from what I can tell). It was actually crowdfunded - and I missed all of that because only every now and then will someone post on [livejournal.com profile] cumberbatchfans on LJ anymore since the whole fandom has moved to Tumblr, grrr. Still, the trailer looks amazing and I can not wait to see this short!!!

Synopsis: LITTLE FAVOUR follows the story of WALLACE (Benedict Cumberbatch) when he is contacted by a former colleague to help him out with a deal gone wrong.

A few more details behind the cut. )

Here it is - Little Favour (WARNING: gritty and somewhat bloody):

Just in case LJ is not accepting Youtube's embed code for some reason (as it didn't during my last preview), here's the link too: http://youtu.be/7mghu5ELe_c

More info is available at the Facebook Page of Sunny March, the production company (which is apparently partly owned by Benedict, whee), or on their twitter. The crowd funding campaign page is still available on indiegogo.com, if you're interested in some background info.
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Just a few highlights from the past weeks:

Wellington Town Hall “off-limits” as NZSO records for The Hobbit

Analysing the role of The Necromancer in The Hobbit

Benedict Cumberbatch to be honoured with Britannia award
- Congratulations Benedict! This is well-earned! :D

Peter Jackson receives New Zealand’s highest honour - And congratulations to PJ too!

Researching THE FRODO FRANCHISE: Part 5, Watching Peter Jackson Direct - Links to parts 1-4 of Kristin Thompson's series of entries about the research for her book are at the start of this entry. If you haven't read the book, it's well worth getting!

Loosely related:

Are the studios trying to kill Blu-Ray? (The answer is certainly a "YES" if you look at the Star Trek Into Darkness release - commentary only with the iTunes version WTF???!!!)

Someone made a suggestion for a Sherlock Lego set - click the "Support" button if you want to see it realized! :D

TV catchup

Aug. 9th, 2013 09:48 pm
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Finally started watching To the Ends of the Earth starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and while I knew Sam Neill and Tom HiddlestonJJ Feilds were in it, I was tickled to discover among the crew members of the ship one of the actors from The Last Enemy. I don't know his name (and am too lazy to look him up), but he played Yasim's friend, the skinny bloke who was in the apartment below the Ezards' at the start of it.

We're also slowly catching up on Battlestar Galactica on Netflix (well I am, hubbie has seen it already so it's a rewatch for him), and today was Mark Sheppard's first guest starring episode! Great character, can't wait to see more of him! I'm enjoying the series a lot.

Previously, we watched Burn Notice (omg please add the next season soon, after that cliffhanger!), Copper (for which they just added new episodes, so that'll be next after we wrap up BG), The Shield, and Hell on Wheels, among others. I can recommend all of them. Oh and from the category of sadly cancelled shows, Reaper - it's funny, and Ray Wise clearly relished playing the Devil. :D

Now we need to get Season 2 of Game of Thrones on Blu-ray!
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These are not news by any stretch of the imagination - just want to put these links here for completion's sake.

No Wellington premiere for Desolation of Smaug - a slight updated on that are in the following article:

Hobbit news in brief: new production video soon, trailer reactions and premiere update

The first The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug trailer is now up at the Official website, of course, and you can find an analysis by TORn staff here and, more in detail, here.

NZSO hits high note with Hobbit sequel
An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition release date?

And here are some of Peter Jackson's Facebook updates:

Sir Ian's last shot, Orlando's last day, including a little video, Production DIary #11, Martin's last day, and a picture of Smaug admiring Bilbo's feet!

And this last one isn't Hobbit related, but might be of interest anyway: Peter Jackson talks to Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost about World's End
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Watch it before the BBC has it taken down...

Also, check out Martin and Benedict's video message for the fans at the first ever Sherlock panel at San Diego Comic Con. In the course of which Benedict finally spills the beans about how Sherlock did it... kind of. ;) (No spoilers, promise!)
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of this amazing Times Magazine article/interview that Caitlin Moran very recently did with Benedict Cumberbatch: What’s not to love about Benedict Cumberbatch?

There are so many parts I want to quote, I'd have to copy/paste pretty much the whole thing over! The one where she asks him to do some acting and he does John Harrison and Smaug for her gives me the shivers!

And his mother asking Ms. Moran her to "find him a bird" so they could finally become grandparents... I'll volunteer!
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Took LJ Maintenance long enough to sort out whatever was the problem... *hrmph*

Anyway... saw Star Trek Into Darkness last night at the IMAX and it was great! Even better than the first one from 2009, so we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Benedict was fantastic, as expected, and oh it was nice listening to his voice in that growly low register he used... *fans self* From the regulars, I particularly liked Zachary Quinto's performance. It was also nice to see Noel Clark (Mickey from Doctor Who) again, though his role was small.

Now I had heard about who John Harrison was... Spoilers - serious ones, so consider yourselves warned! )

Not sure if we'll get around to see Iron Man 3 at the cinema... we'd certainly like to, but we'll have to see.
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Still looking very good... and more of Benedict Cumberbatch! *drools* Bring on May 15th already! (We got tickets to one of the early screenings! *bounce*)

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Jeremy Jahns, who did a review of the Star Trek Into Darkness teaser trailer (see my earlier post about it), now did another review of the Superbowl trailer. He's still a total Benedict Cumberbatch fanboy and admits that "it's almost mancrush-ish at this point", hee.

Superbowl trailer )

JJ's review )

Also, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] caias installing the official STID app on his Android phone (since I don't have a smartphone), we got tickets for one of the preview screenings on May 15th (i.e. two days before the official cinema opening date) of the film! Can't wait! *bounce*

*needs to make a John Harrison icon*


Dec. 26th, 2012 11:47 pm
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One of the covers of the February 2013 issue of Empire Magazine:

OMG!!!! *fans self*

The alternative version has Kirk, but who cares about him?! ;)

An article with some highlights and images from this issue is available on TrekMovie.com.
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So as mentioned previously, we went to the midnight screening of The Hobbit last night - the IMAX HFR 3D version, to be precise. We arrived at the cinema shortly after 9:30pm already, to make sure we could still get decent seats, and a good thing too - there was already a queue. We got our copies of the lovely posters that were being handed out - for some reason you had to go to the Services counter to get them - and didn't have to stand in line long before they let us into the theater. We got some decent seats and settled in for the long wait, mostly reading to pass the time.

We were lucky in that our IMAX was one of those showing the 9-minute preview of Star Trek Into Darkness, which looked pretty damn good. There's a synposys here, if you're interested. Only a short glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch, but the whole thing was fun, and it was received well by the audience, from what I could tell.

And then it was time for The Hobbit. We both loved it. I've seen some reviews mentioning that the pacing was a bit too slow at the start, but I didn't think so at all - it certainly wasn't slower than Fellowship, and it needed that amount of setup. The acting was superb throughout, starting with Martin Freeman, of course, who makes a wonderful young Bilbo! I also liked this younger version of Gandalf - he's less self-assured here than in LotR. The dwarves were thankfully not just comic relief, though some hardly got a line of dialogue. I hope we'll get to know them all better over films 2 and 3. Radagast was just on the right side of silly, and I love his rabbit-drawn sled. It was wonderful to see some familiar faces - Elrond, Galadriel, Saruman, Lindir (a.k.a. Figwit) - and of course Gollum, who looks even better and more realistic than the did in LotR!

Favourite scenes: )

As for the 48 fps, it didn't take me any time at all to get used to it, and I loved how crystal clear everything looked. I didn't notice it making some of the CGI creatures look fake, like some reviewers did. I also felt the pacing was appropriate and nothing dragged, so the almost 3 hours went by quickly. I was totally immersed in the world of The Hobbit - the only thing that took me out of it momentarily a few times was the lovely New Zealand scenery. :)

But yes, I utterly loved the whole experience (as did hubbie), and I'm so happy we went to the midnight screening. Now to wait a year until the next one... when will the theatrical DVD come out, I wonder?! ;D

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