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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012)

The scoop on "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" including a review, photos, trailer, news, interviews, plot and cast list for this dramatic adventure starring Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, and Cate Blanchett.

Movie Synopsis: "The Hobbit" follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever...Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's 'precious' ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
  1. "Return of the King"
  2. "The Two Towers"
  3. Cate Blanchett
  4. Elijah Wood
  5. Orlando Bloom

Movie Review
Well, it had to happen. Not every journey to the land of Hobbits could wind up a winner.

Photo Gallery
Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, Ian Holm, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, and director Peter Jackson are featured in this gallery from "The Hobbit."

Character Posters
Posters of Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, and the rest of the "Hobbit" family.

Cast List
Cast and crew list, MPAA rating, running time, and release date info.

Is "The Hobbit" Making People Sick?
(Dec 2012) Warner Bros responds to complaints of headaches and nausea during screenings. Read on...

Movie Trailers
It's here - the first trailers have arrived showing off Bilbo, Gollum, and lots of dwarfs.

First Dwarf Photos
Check out the first photos of all the dwarfs from the first of the "Hobbit" films, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

An Unlikely Cameo...
(Oct 2012) Funny guy Stephen Colbert is a Tolkien fanatic who gets to live out his dream with a part in "The Hobbit."

Yes, It's Over
(July 2012) Filming has finally wrapped up on "The Hobbit." Read on...

Video Diary #2
(July 2011) Peter Jackson is fantastic at keeping fans up on what's going on on the set of "The Hobbit," and in this second video diary we get to hear about where the production stands.

Even More "Hobbit" in the Works
(Aug 2012) It's confirmed - "The Hobbit" is expanding into three films. Read on...

New Titles and Confirmed Release Dates
(May 2011) We can finally stop calling stop call the two "Hobbit" films "The Hobbit 1" and "The Hobbit 2."

Orlando Bloom's Confirmed
(May 2011) Orlando Bloom says he's ready to don elf ears whenever Peter Jackson wants him. Read the article...

Evangeline Lilly and Barry Humphries are "Hobbit" Bound
(June 2011) Two more actors will be joining the huge cast of the two part "Hobbit" tale with director Peter Jackson at the helm..

Luke Evans and Benedict Cumberbatch News
(June 2011) "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" has one more cast member ready to take the journey to New Zealand for filming.

Two More Step Into "The Hobbit"
(May 2011) Another day, another bit of casting news courtesy of "The Hobbit" helmer Peter Jackson.

Stephen Fry's a Master
(May 2011) Peter Jackson announced he's cast Stephen Fry as The Master of Laketown in "The Hobbit." Jackson says he's known Fry for years and that the two are developing a "Dambusters" movie together. "In addition to his writing skills, he's a terrific actor and will create a very memorable Master for us," stated Jackson.

Hugo Weaving's Back for "The Hobbit" and Martin Freeman's Temporarily Gone
(May 2011) Peter Jackson's brought back yet another "Lord of the Rings" player as confirmed by Sir Ian McKellen. McKellen's been keeping fans up to date about "The Hobbit" happenings on his website, with his most recent post confirming Hugo Weaving's return as Elrond. And although Weaving's return is happy news, Sir McKellen had Hobbit fans hearts racing with his headline: "Martin Freeman has left The Hobbit." Fortunately, he quickly went on to explain Freeman's absence will just be a temporary thing.

"The Hobbit" Loses a Dwarf
(Apr 2011) Production on "The Hobbit" is underway with Peter Jackson at the helm, but now the filmmaker's revealed he's going forward without one of his cast members. On his official Facebook page, Jackson broke the news that Rob Kazinsky has had to leave "The Hobbit."

Benedict Cumberbatch Reunites with Martin Freeman
(May 2011) We still don't know what role he'll be playing, but Martin Freeman let the cat out of the bag and told BBC reporter Mzimba Lizo that Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the cast of "The Hobbit." Lizo broke the news in a tweet: "Martin Freeman just said Benedict Cumberbatch will be in The Hobbit. #hobbit"

The Return of Elijah Wood
(Jan 2011) Elijah Wood is heading to the shire once again to reprise his role as Frodo in "The Hobbit." According to a report on OneRing.net, Wood is confirmed as part of "The Hobbit" cast, although his role will be small and fit organically into the story.

Bret McKenzie's an Elf
(Apr 2011) Bret McKenzie, one half of the "Flight of the Conchords" duo, will be playing an elf named Lindir in "The Hobbit" reports Variety. This character's not to be confused with the random elf McKenzie played in "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" and "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." In the first LOTR, McKenzie was credited as 'Elf at Council of Elrond' while in the third LOTR, he was an 'Elf Escort.'

"The Hobbit" Cast Announced
(Oct 2010) It's official - Martin Freeman will be playing Bilbo Baggins in the two "The Hobbit" films to be directed by Peter Jackson. In a statement issued by New Line/Warner Bros, Jackson and studio execs also announced the casting of Richard Armitage (from the upcoming Captain America) as Thorin Oakenshield, "the leader of the Company of Dwarves which sets off to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a thieving dragon." Other members of the Company of Dwarves include Aidan Turner as Kili, Rob Kazinsky as Fili, Graham McTavish (Secretariat) as Dwalin, John Callen as Oin, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, Mark Hadlow as Dori, and Peter Hambleton as Gloin.

"The Hobbit" Officially Greenlit
(Oct 2010) Finally, after delays over financing (MGM's woes threw a wrench in "The Hobbit" plans) and a fight with labor unions over some aspects of the production, the two "The Hobbit" movies are now absolutely, positively officially going to get underway in February 2011 with Peter Jackson at the helm.

"The Hobbit" Begins Filming
(March 2011) Finally, after delays due to MGM's financial woes, labor union issues, weather, and Peter Jackson's perforated ulcer (he's much better now and all set to go), filming on the two "The Hobbit" movies has gotten underway in Wellington, New Zealand. Jackson's producing and directing from a script he co-wrote with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro.

It's Almost Time to Turn the Cameras On...
(Feb 2011) Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson ("Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King") has confirmed "The Hobbit" will begin shooting - finally - on March 21st. Filming had been expected to begin this month, however it had to be pushed back when Jackson fell ill and had to be admitted to the hospitable for emergency surgery due to a perforated ulcer.

Peter Jackson's Official Facebook Page
Filmmaker Peter Jackson provides updates and behind-the-scenes news on all things "Hobbit" via his official Facebook page.

Guillermo del Toro Exits "The Hobbit"
(May 2010) Bad news for hobbit fans worldwide. Guillermo Del Toro announced he's stepping down as director of "The Hobbit" movies, however he will still be involved as co-writer alongside Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens. Del Toro and Jackson broke the news today on the fansite TheOneRing.net. Del Toro's decision was prompted by the delay in production caused by MGM's money problems.

IMAX Release News
(Apr 2010) IMAX blurred "The Hobbit" release date picture with a press release today announcing a 20 film deal with Warner Bros Pictures. Quoting from the release, the following films are part of the IMAX/Warner Bros deal: "Legends of the Guardian: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" 3D (September 24, 2010), "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" (3D) (November 19, 2010), "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" (3D) (July 15, 2011), "Happy Feet 2" (3D) (November 18, 2011), and "The Hobbit" (December 2013). However, the 2013 release date for "The Hobbit" was apparently wrong.

Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro to Write "The Hobbit" Movies
(Aug 2008) The Hollywood Reporter says the search for a writer to tackle the adaptation of "The Hobbit" is now over. The two filmmakers intimately involved in bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's prequel to "The Lord of the Rings" will handle the jobs themselves after deciding the best people for the job were actually right under their noses.

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