The last time I blogged about New Zealand, I wrote of a place where snowy peaks reached high into the sky and cascading waterfalls roared into an idyllic fjord backdrop. This was the South Island and I had fallen in love with it. Little did I know, there was a whole other side to New Zealand that I was still to discover.
Following the success of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter it comes as no surprise that Warner Bros have broached the idea with the Tolkien family who own the rights to the beyond successful series of books.
The Hobbit is something of a wonder. On one hand, it's an endearingly unique fantasy romp that will impress fans with it's choice of casting and win over the rest with a mix of charm and stunning visual pieces. On the other, not only is it around 170 minutes long, it's also a bit of a nightmare thinking how Jackson will top this with the next two installments.
There's something about the scope of Tolkein's creation that completely captures the imagination. The allegories about the triumph of honour, courage and selflessness still ring true, when in other contemporary works they now feel flat and old-fashioned.
Years ago I was the moron who was worried DVDs would remove the authenticity of VHS viewing. Then I was the prat who said the clarity of digital projection would harm cinema. I refuse to be stupid again.
Sixteen-year-old Middle-earth newbie Naomi Shammas and 62-year-old Tolkien fanatic David Forrest present their views on a first time viewing of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
'Hobbit' fans can finally breathe out. This week sees the arrival in cinemas around the world of Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth, in a prequel proving that, long before Frodo was a blink in his mother's eye, his elder kinsman Bilbo had an equal taste for adventure equally far from the leafy dales and round doors of the Shire.
Still considering The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey represents one third of a book one third of the size of The Lord of the Rings, director Peter Jackson does an excellent job.
It seems that December is the time to get your trailers out, not only does it means they're all together, it also means that any film website wanting to wrap up for Christmas gets a whole load more work on their plate. Those pesky film companies.
Today marks the worldwide premiere of the trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, director Peter Jackson's upcoming film based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novel. With a full 12 months until the film's cinematic release, The Hobbit is set to be easily the most hyped film of 2012.
'Meet Bilbo!' this month's edition of Empire film magazine suggests. Given The Hobbit is still 18 months away from a release date, this seems an unnecessary sop to 'Tolkies' (fans of Tolkien) and indeed to Warner Brothers, the film's backers. But, in case you had forgotten, we are talking about a "long-awaited $500 million, two-film prequel to The Lord of the Rings, as filmed in real 3D"....and the really good news is that Martin Freeman is on board this time, joining Ian McKellen, Bernard Hill,Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett and all the other lustrous thespians who have sold their souls to the tedious Tolkie super franchise.