The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

(2013)

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all — a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself — the Dragon Smaug.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars (in alphabetical order) John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner.

The screenplay for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

The creative behind-the-scenes team is led by director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, conceptual designers Alan Lee and John Howe, editor Jabez Olssen, and hair and makeup designer Peter Swords King. The costumes are designed by Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor. Taylor is also overseeing the design and production of armour, weapons, creatures and special makeup, which are once again being made by the award-winning Weta Workshop. Weta Digital is taking on the visual effects for the film, led by senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri. The visual effects supervisor is Eric Saindon, with David Clayton and Eric Reynolds serving as animation supervisors. The music is by Howard Shore.

Under Jackson’s direction, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” was shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second and will be released in High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select theaters, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX®. Production took place at Jackson’s own facilities in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand. Post production took place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington.

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a WingNut Films Production, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. The film opens nationwide on December 13, 2013. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.

‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ Extended Edition Trailer

‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ Extended Edition Trailer

Following the first clip that debuted last month, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition, which arrives on Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray on November 4. Take a look at some of the 25 extra minutes of footage that wasn't shown in theaters last year, including characters such as Beorn (Mikael Persbrandt) and Thrain (Michael Mizrahi), the father of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), along with excerpts from the 9 hours of bonus features that fans will be able to enjoy this fall.

The Quest through Middle-earth continues in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, when the epic fantasy adventure is released as an Extended Edition on Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray on November 4th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, this extended cut of the second film in The Hobbit Trilogy includes 25 minutes of extra film footage that extends individual scenes, making this the must-see, definitive version for fans. Both versions of the Extended Edition include more than nine hours of new bonus features that will enrich the experience of the Trilogy as fans gear up for the December 17 theatrical release of the third and final film, The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies.

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‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ Extended Edition Adds 25 Minutes; Details and Clip Released

‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ Extended Edition Adds 25 Minutes; Details and Clip Released

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition will be released on Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray November 4, just in time for the holiday shopping season. These sets will include over 25 minutes of footage that wasn't included in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug's theatrical presentation, along with brand new special features.

If you can't wait three long months to check out this new footage, then you're in luck, because we have a never-before-seen clip where Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is sent to cross above the dangerously enchanted waters of Mirkwood Forest, by using the unstable vines above the stream. Take a look at this scene, then check out the artwork for these Extended Edition sets and read the official press release for more details.

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Second ‘LEGO the Hobbit’ Video Game Trailer

Second ‘LEGO the Hobbit’ Video Game Trailer

This video game from TT Games and The Lego Group is available for purchase today, where users can play as their favorite Middle Earth characters.
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Luke Evans Talks Bard The Bowman in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ | EXCLUSIVE

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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Blu-ray 3D and DVD Coming This April

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Blu-ray 3D and DVD Coming This April

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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Wins Its Third Weekend with $29.8 Million

BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Wins Its Third Weekend with $29.8 Million

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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Repeats a Win with $31.4 Million

BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Repeats a Win with $31.4 Million

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