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Countdown to Middle Earth: Watch The Colbert Report’s Week-Long Hobbit Tribute

We’re less than a week away from the premiere of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which features a large percentage of the British acting population in some role or other, including Sherlock’s Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, MI-5’s Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Being Human’s Aidan Turner and more.

Those of us who are big fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world of Middle Earth are over the moon at being so close finally getting to return to the world of hobbits, dwarves and wizards after a near ten-year absence. Stephen Colbert, the host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, is also a huge Tolkien enthusiast and featured a week-long tribute to The Hobbit on his show this past week. This included turning his set into a replica of Bag End and reimagining the map of New York, Lord of the Rings style.

Colbert featured four nights of interviews with The Hobbit cast – Freeman, McKellen and Serkis – as well as director Jackson. Watch all four below.

Martin Freeman: Utterly Perfect in this New TV Spot for The Hobbit

There’s less than a month to go until Peter Jackson’s epic Hobbit trilogy arrives in theaters with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. As the movie marketing machine ramps up, Hobbit mania is surely going to engulf us all – there may be a couple of new arrivals around the office here, as part of the countdown to this mportant day – so there will be no shortage of new promotional footage, interviews and other goodies to flail over in the coming days.

Like this new TV spot, for example. This new scene snippet not only provides a handy window into the film’s plot for those who are unfamiliar with the Hobbit story, but gives us our best look at Sherlock star Martin Freeman’s performance as Bilbo Baggins to date. Spoiler: He is perfect.

Brand New Hobbit Trailer Shows Off Lighter Tone, More Characters and a Game of Riddles

The latest trailer for the first installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy has arrived and it is simply stunning! Our second full look at the festival of British acting talent known as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey gives us lots of new footage, including trolls, Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy’s Radagast the Brown, a bunny sled, dwarf shenanigans, stone giants, wargs, Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel, Hugh Weaving’s Lord Elrond, a game of riddles between Bilbo and Gollum and lots, lots more.

While the film's first trailer was very heavy on the dark, theatrical feel - complete with mournful song performed by star Richard Armitage– the second manages to retain a similar epic sensibility, while conveying more of the lightness and humor of the Hobbit story. (Technically, it is a children’s book, after all.) Plus, we get to hear quite a bit of dialogue here, especially as compared to the first trailer, which lets this one be a bit more straightforward in terms of telling new fans what the story's all about.

Click through and give it a look for yourself – as well as the four additional bonus endings which were also released on the official site today. It’s enough new footage to make any hardcore Hobbit fan excited.

There and Back Again: Round Up the Latest on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit

The other title of this post was basically, guys, I’ve seen twelve minutes of The Hobbit now, so please indulge my need to flail a little bit about this movie and hopefully it will also be relevant to some of your interests?

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit is one of the most highly anticipated movie franchises of the next few years. The first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will premiere on December 14, 2012 (coincidence that it’s my birthday? I think not!) with the second installment, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, slated to hit theaters a year later, and the recently announced third film coming…well, sometime after that. I also wouldn’t count on that There and Back Again part of the second film’s title sticking for much longer now that we’re dealing with a trilogy either. (Sigh – I liked it!)

 

Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy novel of the same name, the film stars Sherlock’s Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins alongside the great Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Robin Hood’s Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Being Human’s Aidan Turner as Kili the dwarf, and Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, as the voice of Smaug the dragon. Many cast members from Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy are also returning including Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee and Elijah Wood.

While The Hobbit now-trilogy isn’t strictly British entertainment, I figure with its British author, largely British cast, and the tremendous amount of crossover going on between this film and British shows we all love, it mostly counts. (Also, as you will be able to discern for yourselves momentarily, I’m kind of a big fan.) So, what’s the latest on all things Middle-Earth? What can we blame the fact that Sherlock Series 3 filming got pushed back on? And what’s up with this whole trilogy thing? Click through for a roundup on all things Hobbit-related and let’s talk about it after.

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