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Trailered: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Not going to lie, I'm indecently excited to see this next December...

In what has apparently become the week of the year when the movie studios unleash all of their biggest movie trailers at once – Bam! “The Dark Knight Rises”! Bam! “Prometheus”! Bam! “Wrath of the Titans”! – New Line, MGM and Warner Brothers have now thrown the first teaser trailer for the first part of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of “The Hobbit” into the mix.

So, small fry, then.

It's Ash - run away! Sorry, wrong returning, nerd-bait, 2012 franchise entry...

Though it would have been intriguing to see what once-incumbent director Guillermo Del Toro did with the Tolkien source material (he does get a credit, per the contractuals at the end of the trailer), this first look does a lot to establish that it’s poetic that Jackson gets to return to the worlds he so convincingly realised on film in partnership with Phillipa Boyens and Fran Walsh – it just looks and feels right.

Anybody else want to up sticks and move to Hobbiton?

There’s just the right balance in this teaser between story and visual candy – much of it is scene-setting stuff with Gandalf assembling his collection of Dwarves and other Middle Earthians (amazingly, the WordPress browser spell-check informs that ‘Earthian’ isn’t a word.  Who’d’ve thunk it?) with the odd blink-and-miss-it battle with trolls chucked into the mix.

I'm no scholar of the "Rings", but that looks like Sting to me.

The first film opens on December 14th 2012 with part two, “There and Back Again” following a whole bloody year later.   Give them to me, now – project them directly into my waiting eye holes!

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“Star Trek 2” delayed to 2013, time-travelling Borg conspiracy unconfirmed.

For nerds, by nerds, watched by the normals too. Funny old universe.

Given the delay in sleight-of-hand-loving, hypethenate geek overlord J.J. Abrams confirming his involvement and the wait for an approved script, and perhaps because Paramount doesn’t like us very much and won’t let us have nice things, the announcement today that the second “Star Trek” movie won’t be with us until 2013 comes as no big surprise.

Paramount are having another crack at turning “G.I. Joe” into a film that you might want to see – good luck with that particular Herculean labour, folks – and that accounts for their Summer 2012 focus.  The end of 2012 will likely belong to the first part of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of “The Hobbit” and the next Bond movie, so as nobody with a brain is releasing much else at the end of next year, the second entry in the rebooted series is boldly going to a summer 2013 bow.

I’m all for waiting if the resultant film is as enjoyable as part one was and despite a lot of aggrieved chatter from the devout fans of classic Trek online, I felt that “Star Trek” was a reboot which absolutely worked and was the first salvo in a SF series that was infinitely more desirable than a new “Star Wars” movie.

Not great news for a blogger’s 300th post, but them’s the breaks.

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“The Hobbit” – behind the scenes video

By now you’ll probably be aware that Peter Jackson is making “The Hobbit” in New Zealand, with the story split into two parts, for release in 2012 and 2013.

A gathering of Hobbits, yesterday.

Another one of the production’s behind-the-scenes diaries is now online, featuring the challenges of shooting a film in 3D – which is every bit as fascinating (and slightly mind-boggling) as the exhaustive material for the making of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was.

I loved the bit with Angus, the production’s ‘stereographer’ – these folk are my kind of nerds.

 

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