So, Where Have All the Middle-earth Ladies Run Off To?

There was plenty to be annoyed with in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. That makes sense because, at 169 minutes, there's plenty of The Hobbit, which plays more like a filmed bestiary of Middle-earth creatures than a movie with any kind of narrative thrust. We get to see trolls, wizards dolloped with bird shit,… » 12/31/12 4:00pm 12/31/12 4:00pm

Peter Jackson Denies Cruelty Allegations, Says All Animals on Set Died …

You might remember from this morning that the set of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been deemed a "death trap" for animals by four wranglers working on the project—and the outrage has subsequently been picked up by PETA. Today, Peter Jackson and the film's producers released a statement in which they roundly… » 11/19/12 8:00pm 11/19/12 8:00pm

The Hobbit Was a 'Death Trap' For Animals

So, this is the worst! Up to 27 animals died in their farm facility during the making of The Hobbit trilogy, which the wranglers involved in the production claim was "a death trap." Although the American Humane Association says no animals were harmed during the actual filming, they acknowledge that the wranglers'… » 11/19/12 9:00am 11/19/12 9:00am

The First Hobbit Trailer Is Mesmerizing (But Totally Uneventful)

If you're wondering why every nerd you know is bleary-eyed and unfocused today, it's probably they were up late analyzing the new trailer for the first installment of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. In the clip, we learn that Martin Freeman looks great as Bilbo, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett are back, and the… » 12/21/11 9:30am 12/21/11 9:30am