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Peter Jackson Talks ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’: Video

Peter Jackson participated in a Hobbit live event from New Zealand last weekend that provided some insight into the second film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, which is due out in December. The director today posted about six minutes from the event where he took questions from followers, collaborators and J.R.R. Tolkien super-fan Stephen Colbert — who poses a super-detailed query about the elves of Mirkwood at the 1:28 mark in the video below. Jackson said on Facebook today that editing starts next week on the third film, The Hobbit: There And Back Again. “A lot of that movie was shot nearly a year ago, so I’m looking forward to seeing it come alive, shot by shot in the cutting room. It’s like assembling one of those complex 2000-piece jigsaw puzzles,” he wrote. The full Hobbit event, which included input from Orlando Bloom, Stephen Fry, Evangeline Lilly and Dominic Monaghan, is available at The Hobbit‘s official site but requires an access code. Here’s Jackson’s excerpt:

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‘The Hobbit 3′ Release Date Delayed To December 17, 2014

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 5:16pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has pushed the release date for The Hobbit: There And Back Again to December 17, 2014 from its original date of July 18, 2014. This is the final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of the JRR Tolkien novel. Hobbit 3 now avoids going up against X-Men: Days Of Future Past and so far is solo in the December 17th spot. The first film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has pulled in $300.9M domestically and $979.9M worldwide since it was released on December 14, 2012. The second installment in the franchise, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, will be released on December 13th.

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‘The Hobbit 3′ Scheduled For July 18, 2014

Warner Bros and MGM Pictures jointly announced today that the final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of the JRR Tolkien novel is now titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again. It will be released worldwide on July 18, 2014. All three films in the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. The Studios also announced the title of the second installment in the franchise, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which will be released on December 13, 2013. The first film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opens this holiday season on December 14, 2012. Under Jackson’s direction, all three movies are being shot in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Additional filming, as with principal photography, is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.Shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second, the film trilogy will be released in High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D, other 3D formats, IMAX, and 2D.

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Dan Fellman, Warner Bros Pictures President of Domestic Distribution said in a statement, “We wanted to have a shorter gap between the second and third films of The Hobbit Trilogy. Opening in July affords us not only the perfect summer tentpole, but fans will have less time … Read More »

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‘The Hobbit’ Principal Photography Finished

The Hobbit movies have finished filming in New Zealand, director Peter Jackson announced on Facebook. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theatres December 14th followed a year later almost to the day (December 13th, 2013) by its sequel There And Back Again. Jackson notes he’ll be at Comic-Con next weekend to promote the movies.

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