'Hobbit' Star Makes Truly Awful Joke About 'Rape, or Whatever'

During a publicity interview for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the film's star Martin Freeman was asked a fun, fluffy question about what sort of Middle Earth race he'd be most DTF. And he answered with a pretty fucked up joke about elf rape. Goddamn it, Bilbo. I didn't think this kind of talk was tolerated in… » 12/17/13 4:50pm 12/17/13 4:50pm

The Hobbit proves you can like a movie even if it's not good

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is considerably better than the first movie in the trilogy. It has a more coherent structure, genuinely interesting character development, and fucking awesome dragon action. I liked it a lot — yet I was painfully aware of how bad the movie was. Here's what you'll enjoy in The Hobbit » 12/13/13 4:40pm 12/13/13 4:40pm

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

New Zealand Mints Precious Hobbit Money

The entire population (hooray for gross generalizations!) of New Zealand is currently having nerd spasms over the the upcoming November 28 release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. Not only is there a movement afoot to rename the country's capital of Wellington "The Middle of Middle Earth" for a three-week bracket before… » 10/11/12 9:30am 10/11/12 9:30am

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