The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies – Reaction Post

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

SPOILER WARNING. If you have not watched The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, please proceed with caution as this entry contains spoilers, or do not proceed to read at all until you’ve watched it.

I watched The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies today (at a press screening at 9 in the morning. In a cinema out of town. Because they made us. Trust me, I only wake up at 6 o’clock for Peter Jackson.) And here is my ‘reaction post’, which is a fancy phrase to say ‘notes about the movie that are not turned into a review yet.’

Again, the spoiler warning applies. I do not want to be responsible anyone getting spoiled.

If you have no watched the film, the next line is the start of Too Much Information for you.

(And if you scroll all the way down to listen to the sound bites, Richard Armitage’s sound bite may contain spoilers. Martin Freeman’s should be spoiler-free.)

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A Unique Position: Orlando Bloom on Legolas’ Ongoing Journey in Middle-earth

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Legolas & Tauriel

When All Film met up with Orlando Bloom and the other cast members of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies in London a few months ago, we couldn’t help but sneak in one important question to the actor we’ve affectionately referred to as ‘Orly’: tell us more about the Elves and Dwarves.

The question is not without basis. We are quite delighted when we saw that scene The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug where Bloom’s Legolas called his future companion Gimli “a goblin mutant” to Gimli’s father’s face. Not only was it an amusing homage to their amazing friendship in Lord Of The Rings trilogy, but it was also apparently a setup for another blossoming Elf-Dwarf friendship between Legolas’ friend Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and the dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). We wouldn’t go so far as to call it a love triangle but we know there are a few out there who call it exactly that.

So rather than speculate, why not ask Bloom directly what he thought about the relationship? And the actor responded spectacularly.

“It’s a good question, isn’t it? You tell me,” he responded to All Film and admitted,  “I think that calling it a love triangle is a little extreme.”

Fair enough, but Bloom also explained that Tauriel was Legolas’ kin and so he was protective of her. “You can probably read all sorts of things into all of that,” he acquiesced.

More importantly, Bloom continued, the relationship between Legolas and Tauriel, as well as Tauriel and Kili, was “an interesting and clever element to bring to that story, because I think you’ll see it as it comes to its end in this movie, you kind of get to see through Legolas’s eyes: the history of the Elves, and the Dwarves and Men, and in a way you understand why he is the elf that goes into The Lord of The Rings. Through what he has experienced in the Hobbit, he becomes that character. In this instance, he is still experiencing all that stuff, so it’s quite fun to play with that.”

While Bloom didn’t report any sort of off screen shenanigans between Elf actors and Dwarf actors on the set of The Hobbit, we’re pretty sure there was still a bit of mischief that happened during the course of filming. Of course we’d prefer it if all the bitter rivalries and fighting between these two races happened solely on screen on Peter Jackson’s last The Hobbit film.

This interview can be read in full in All Film #60. For more info, read here.

The Hobbit and The King: A Preview of All Film’s All Hobbit Edition

Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage on Bilbo and Thorin’s Relationship

Photo by Sarah Dunn

Photo by Sarah Dunn

In the upcoming issue of All Film magazine’s All Hobbit edition, actors Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage talk about the latest development in their characters’ Bilbo Baggins and Thorin Oakenshield’s relationshipin The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.

Armitage started by revealing that for director/co-writer Peter Jackson and his writing partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, it was “really important for them to tighten up that relationship” as his character Thorin Oakenshield, the dwarf king who’s currently holed up in the Lonely Mountain, became “very isolationist and he becomes quite obsessed with Bilbo, that everyone is betraying him except him [Bilbo].”

Photos by Sarah Dunn. Spread from All Film.

Photos by Sarah Dunn. Spread from All Film.

It all leads up, the actor said, to the point in the book where their confrontation becomes dangerously physical, with Thorin nearly throwing Bilbo from the ramparts. The infamous scene from the book by J.R.R. Tolkien came as a shock for Armitage in his youth. “It was really shocking at the time, when I was a kid and I read it,” he said. “We were always driving toward that point so they were trying to tighten that story.”

Later on, when we asked The Hobbit himself, Martin Freeman, to describe working on those with Armitage, he confessed, “Richard, while we were filming, kept a slight distance from us anyway, just as Thorin. That helped him to feel slightly isolated.” This works because according to Freeman, “I didn’t feel I knew this character inside out, I didn’t feel I was overly familiar with this person, however well I sort of got to know him. For Bilbo there would always be a barrier, because he’s quite a foreboding person.”

Photos by Sarah Dunn. Spread from All Film.

Photos by Sarah Dunn. Spread from All Film.

Luckily, despite this barrier on screen, Freeman and Armitage still seemed to get along on set. “He’s a very solidly decent human being,” the Sherlock actor says of his co-star. “He’s fairly quiet, keeps himself to himself, in a way that I respect.”

Both actors, along with Sir Ian McKellen (who plays Gandalf), Luke Evans (Bard) and Orlando Bloom (Legolas), talked further to All Film in London about their work in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. Among others, Freeman also shared his thoughts on his latest work on theater (playing Richard III) and his emotional last day on set. Meanwhile, Armitage shared his reason for joining social media (find him on Twitter) and his approach to Thorin, a character he strongly disagrees with.

Listen to the sound bites.

All Film‘s All Hobbit edition will be on newsstands this week. For more info on this edition, click here.

All Film’s All Hobbit Edition

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Grace All Film Covers

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In case some people are wondering, All Film used to be Total Film Indonesia. We ceased the licensing from TF earlier this year and re-branded with our own brand. This is our 3rd issue as All Film, but we kept the edition number from TFI.

There are 22 pages related to The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies feature in this issue, including 12 pages dedicated to Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom (with photos by Sarah Dunn). Unfortunately there is no digital edition of the magazine – our system’s still all new and many of the photos we use are also exclusive for print edition so we are currently still only available in print format.

Our official allfilmmagz.co.id email is usually so inundated with stuff that it takes a while to get back to them. If anyone has any pressing questions about this issue, that need to be answered urgently, then emailing my address is the best way to go. Otherwise, the other one works fine too – it just takes a while to respond. Orders made to both email addresses will be processed as usual.

One Last Time: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer & Music

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Prepare yourself for the ultimate battle!

It’s going to be a crazy week next week with the premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. So, let’s all just remind ourselves again why this movie is a big deal.

First of all: trailer.

Secondly, it took me more than a month of communications with the people who are publicizing this movie to obtain permission to use many, many pictures for our magazine (All Film; formerly called Total Film, Indonesian edition.) When we finally got them – a few days later than anticipated – they came with the warning of “please increase your security measures for these images because you are being given a large amount of print exclusive pictures”. They absolutely do not want any spoilers getting out… which means, even after that trailer, we should expect more and more details in the film that we have yet to see so far.

Finally, this is it. This is the end. …or not. But it is the end for now. 16 years Peter Jackson has dwelt in the realm of Middle-earth and it is finally coming to an end. Luckily for us, The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings live on discs – several times over, considering how many versions of the movie there are out there – so it’ll be easy for us to revisit them. But never again will we have the excitement of welcoming a new Middle-earth film on our screens. Perhaps not in our lifetime. Which is why no matter what, be it good or bad, to your liking as a fan of the book or not, this third and final Hobbimovie is designed to be memorable. Three hours of battle scenes? Bring it on.

(And I don’t know about you, but I will be bringing a box of tissue to every screening I go to. It’s going to be hard to see certain deaths – not Smaug’s – that are bound to happen, let alone say goodbye to my favorite film series of the last decade and a half.)

I’ll of course be doing my part in order to make sure The Hobbit ends in a bang. I will be posting full transcripts of my magazine’s interview with a couple of The Hobbit actors. And quite possibly, sound bites from said interview. The goal is to promote the film, prepare ourselves for certain plot strands in the film and the enjoyment of hearing and knowing how these actors craft their characters on film.

I end this prelude to the crazy week of reporting and fan-flailing ahead with the tearjerker of a closing song from Billy Boyd, “The Last Goodbye”. (Would you look at that: it’s a Took of an actor singing for a movie whose main character is part-Took!)

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Teaser: A Reaction

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There was just the one clip from the last installment of The Hobbit trilogy that Peter Jackson & Co. showed the audience at the Warner Bros panel at San Diego Comic-Con ’14... and now we get to see it too! Warner Bros has released the teaser trailer of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies for our viewing pleasure.

My first few thoughts are:

  • Chilling. Epic. But mostly just chilling.
  • The use of Pippin’s song in this trailer feels right. It’s a good way to use that song again and connect The Hobbit to The Lord Of The Rings. (And the fact that Pippin’s song came in the third film of LOTR trilogy makes its usage in this third movie of The Hobbit trilogy is even more appropriate.)
  • Realistically speaking, I suspect that the reason why Pippin’s song is used in the trailer is because they don’t have a scoring ready to be used yet. However, it still sounds good and feels right anyway.
  • Now I really want Pippin’s song to be used in the movie. It’ll be a great way to have Billy Boyd involved again.
  • I suspect this will be Luke Evans’ moment to shine. The trailer teases a lot of heroic moments for Bard the Bowman. I hope the end product delivers on that.
  • Galadriel and Gandalf are yet another reason why I get goosebumps. Again, Pippin’s song fits whatever is happening there perfectly, walking through shadows and all that.
  • Sauron’s eye at the end of the trailer made me shudder. For all that Smaug is evil, Sauron is still the bigger threat.
  • The Hobbit film writers absolutely love Richard Armitage. They keep giving him the best lines. After “if this to end in fire, then we will all burn together”, he now gets to play Thorin Oakenshield delivering the fierce line of “I will have war.
  • Bilbo’s monologue at the beginning of the teaser trailer is absolutely heartbreaking.

Are you not gross sobbing into your keyboards yet?

“one day i’ll remember, remember everything that happened: the good, the bad, those who survived, and those that did not.”

I can’t actually watch too much of this trailer because I don’t want to cry even more than I already did.

I’ve been very worried about the BOTFA film; PJ has been slow in keeping us updated. It is now end of July and we still haven’t seen much – not even by way of still images – of the film. The only thing significant that happened was the title change from There And Back Again to The Battle Of The Five Armies. Right now, I have very low expectation of the movie (also taking into account how The Desolation Of Smaug took a huge leap away from the book), mostly because of this sense of ‘unpreparedness’. I hope everything will go well and we can see something else soon. It really is time for a production blog, Mr. Jackson!

On the meantime, let’s just enjoy the teaser poster where Bilbo is kneeling holding Sting. Can we say epic again? EPIC.

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Entertainment Weekly SDCC ’14 Star Portraits

Photos from Entertainment Weekly SDCC Star Portraits Gallery. Photography by Michael Muller for EW.

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First row: Benedict Cumberbatch; Sarah Wayne Callies; Josh Hartnett
Second row: J. August Richards; Jim Parsons; Adam West
Third row: the cast of Penguins Of Madagascar; Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead); the cast of Hannibal; the cast of Under The Dome

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First row: Daniel Radcliffe; Colin Firth; Zachary Quinto; Jon Bernthal
Second row: Isaac Hempstead-Wright; Natalie Dormer; David Benioff & DB Weiss
Third row: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie & Pedro Pascal; Sophie Turner, Kit Harington & Maisie Williams; Will Poulter, Dylan O’Brien & Kaya Scodelario; Freddie Highmore & Vera Farmiga
Fourth row: Samuel L. Jackson; the cast of Dominion; the cast of Outlander (incl. Graham McTavish); DC Comics’ Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, John Romita Jr, Dan DiDio, Jim Lee & Scott Snyder of DC Comics

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Top: The cast of Avengers: Age Of Ulron
First row: Robert Downey Jr.; RDJ & James Spader; Spader; Mark Ruffalo
Second row: Cobie Smulders
Third row: Hayley Atwell; Chloe Bennett; Paul Rudd; Josh Brolin
Fourth row: Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly & Corey Stoll (Ant-Man cast)
Fifth row: Janet Montgomery & Shane West; the cast of Gotham; the cast of Constantine; the cast of Arrow
Sixth row: Grant Gustin; Omar Epps; the cast of Grimm; the cast of Sleepy Hollow; Danai Gurira
Seventh row: The cast of The Walking Dead; Steven Yeun & Lauren Cohan
Eight row: Theo James & Shailene Woodley
Ninth row: George Miller, creator of Mad Max
Last: The cast of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

 

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies panel at Hall H, SDCC2014

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies panel just ended at Hall H, San Diego Comic-Con 2014. According to reports, it was attended by Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Elijah Wood, Graham McTavish, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Luke Evans andLee Pace. Host is Stephen Colbert (who is the real hero of the panel, in my opinion). The three main actors Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage did not attend because of their filming/stage projects.

They shared a gag-reel (which is quite funny, according to descriptions) and a teaser trailer. I’m sure we will get to see them both eventually, but the description for the teaser trailer was massively epic because it ended with a strong Thorin Oakenshield and Bilbo Baggins moment.

(Descriptions by Silas Lesnick of Comingsoon.net via their live-blog.)

Set to a somber musical version of Tolkien’s “The Walking Song,” the teaser is all about building the intensity of this giant, giant battle

We see all the characters preparing for battle. Troops of Orcs, Elven warriors, etc

At the end, Thorin asks Bilbo to stand with him one last time

According to Total Film’s Tweet, the last line there goes:

“Will you follow me… one last time?”

More descriptions from CS live-blog:

Smaug doing a strife across Laketown

Thranduil in battle

Galadriel walking barefoot across a battlefield. She kneels and kisses a wounded, unconscious Gandalf on the head

Thranduil in battle? His Supreme Bitchface in armor, which Lee Pace himself Tweeted yesterday. (Along with the Comic-Con poster released before that.)

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At the end of the panel, Peter Jackson announced The Hobbit Fan Contest, which will give the fans a chance to go to New Zealand. The contest will invite 75 winners (each with a guest) to The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies premiere in New Zealand in November. Go to the website and register!

Some photos from the panel (via Warner Bros Twitter):

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Photo of Hall H via Lee Pace Twitter:

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug: TF Indonesia Feature: Richard Armitage

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Total Film Indonesia Issue 49 The Hobbit Covers

This is a folding cover. So Bilbo’s picture can be folded inside so that you get double The Hobbit covers. Last year we did Gandalf & Bilbo. This year, we decided to do Thorin and Bilbo because everyone in the office really liked Thorin’s pose (but Bilbo is a must). More info on Total Film Indonesia #49.

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Long Live The King

This actor faces many dangers and finds plenty of inspiration to play his kingly role. How far would Richard Armitage go to breathe life into Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug?

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Richard Armitag (only) feature on Total Film Indonesia issue #49.

Richard Armitage (only) feature on Total Film Indonesia issue #49. Do not use without permission.

At more than six feet tall (according to his IMDb page, he’s 1.89 meters tall), Richard Armitage is as far from a regular dwarf’s height as possible. And with his calm and courteous attitude, he’s also far from villainy as possible. However, for some reason we can’t quite fathom, he has never been cast as a straight-up protagonist before being hired by Peter Jackson to play dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield. Just look at his Guy de Gisborn in the Robin Hood TV series, Lucas North in Spooks and Heinz Kruger in Captain America: The First Avenger (for those of you who didn’t notice him, he’s that guy who shot Stanley Tucci’s Abraham Erskine after Steve Rogers got buffed up by the super soldier serum).

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Shorter and Better: 2012 is Year of the Dwarves

Any year is a good year to be a dwarf if you’re under five feet tall and often get labeled as a ‘person of short stature’. But 2012 is the year where we get to celebrate the Year Of The Dwarves. Forget dragons – dwarves are the thing that will save you from danger. Or boredom. Or box office ruins. Especially if you’re a filmmaker with a high-profile project coming out this year.

This year we get four major live feature productions – three on the big screens and one on television – where diminutive, smaller-than-the-rest-of-the-poulation men with fierce fighting prowess, wisdom of the ages and/or excellent comedic timing steal the show from their normal-sized counterparts. There’s going to dwarves for all seasons if you care to turn your eyes into what Hollywood has to offer us in cinema and TV. And there is a rock solid guarantee that you will not be disappointed with this new breed of action heroes.

Earlier this year, in one incarnation of Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale of Snow White called Mirror Mirror (directed by Tarsem Singh) ‘the little people’ had the honor of outwitting a handsome and statuesque heartthrob with long legs not once, but twice, before helping him to get the girl. Sometime later, in a land called Westeros, a dwarf slapped a bratty young king and put him in his place while politicking around the king’s court while bedding the beautiful ladies. This summer, eight rebellious dwarves fought in a revolution with yet another Snow White in the Kirsten Stewart-starring Snow White And The Huntsman. And at the end of this year when J.R.R. Tolkien’s first masterpiece comes to live in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, there won’t just be one pint-sized action hero with big feet adventuring in Middle Earth. This action hero gets 13 Dwarf companions. THIRTEEN!

And will you look at the people who are playing these dwarves: Martin Klebba. Ian McShane. Toby Jones. Ray Winstone. Nick Frost. Richard Armitage. And the Biggie: Peter Dinklage.

Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Peter Dinklage, mind you. This is your cue to affix the title Lord Honorable or add The Grand Duke Of Awesome in front of his name. Also, it wouldn’t be remiss to bow and curtsy before him.

There is so much talent from anyone playing dwarf characters on screen that it’s virtually impossible for us to not acknowledge them as The Awesomest People Ever this year. Tyrion Lannister has always been everyone’s favorite Game Of Thrones character (including Charles Dance’s, who plays Tyrion’s dad Tywin). The seven dwarves had the funniest lines and scenes in Mirror Mirror. The eight dwarves, who were actually normal-sized actors rendered by special effects to transform into short Narnia-esque creatures saved Huntsman from utter pointlessness. With this track record, plus their own reputable fame from the already-legendary book, Martin Freeman’s Bilbo and his merry band of dwarves can only amaze us further in The Hobbit. What else is there to say?

A toast, then, to celebrate the best characters in the fantasy genre this year. Not dragons, not sorcerers, not even kick-ass princes with swords as long as their limbs… but dwarves. Short, rowdy and carefree people who love a good time, save you from evil rulers and will fight with you and for you to the end. Here’s to the dwarves!

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Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

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Dwarves: 7

Danny Woodburn as Grimm
Martin Klebba as Butcher
Sebastian Saraceno as Wolf
Jordan Prentice as Napoleon
Mark Povinelli as Half Pint
Joe Gnoffo as Grub
Ronald Lee Clark as Chuckles

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Dwarves: 8

Ian McShane as Beith
Johnny Harris as Quert
Bob Hoskins as Muir
Toby Jones as Coll
Eddie Marsan as Duir
Brian Gleeson as Gus
Ray Winstone as Gort
Nick Frost as Nion

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Dwarves: 13

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
Graham McTavish as Dwalin
Ken Stott as Balin
Aidan Turner as Kíli
Dean O’Gorman as Fíli
Mark Hadlow as Dori
Jed Brophy as Nori
Adam Brown as Ori
John Callen as Óin
Peter Hambleton as Glóin
William Kircher as Bifur
James Nesbitt as Bofur
Stephen Hunter as Bombur