"The Hobbit" Gets New Titles and Release Dates! 


So the new "Hobbit" movies will be called "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again." Divided into two parts, Warner Bros. has announced the titles and release dates of the Peter Jackson adaptations of the J.R.R. Tolkien's classic.

Part 1 aka "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will debut on December 14, 2012. Part 2 aka "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will premiere on December 13, 2013.

Save the dates!

Here's the full press release:

“THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY” AND “THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN” ARE ANNOUNCED AS TITLES OF PETER JACKSON’S EPIC TWO-FILM ADAPTATION OF J.R.R. TOLKIEN’S TIMELESS CLASSIC THE HOBBIT

First film slated to open on December 14, 2012 and second film to be released on December 13, 2013

New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have announced the titles and release dates for filmmaker Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit. The first film, titled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” will be released on December 14, 2012. The second film, titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is slated for release the following year, on December 13, 2013.

Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s “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 adventure of “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 from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

Under Jackson’s direction, both movies are being shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Filming is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and Martin Freeman, who just won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the BBC series “Sherlock,” takes on the central role of Bilbo Baggins. Also reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” movies are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.

The screenplays for “The Hobbit” films are by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson. Jackson is also producing the films, together with Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham. The executive producers are Ken Kamins and Zane Weiner, with Philippa Boyens serving as co-producer.

“The Hobbit” films are productions of New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing being handled by MGM.

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"The Hangover Part II" Breaks Records! Check Out Top 10 Box Office Films for Memorial Day Weekend! 


Thanks to the combo power of "The Hangover Part II" and "Kung Fu Panda 2," Hollywood set new revenue record of around $280 million for the holiday weekend!

And, "The Hangover Part II" set a new high for comedy debuting with $105.8 million over the Memorial Day weekend. So far, the R-rated comedy has raised its domestic total to $137.4 million since opening Thursday. Overseas, the sequel collected $60.3 million in 40 countries. ("The Hangover Part II" Movie Review)

It was a battle of the 2s at the box-office this weekend, but in the end, "Kung Fu Panda 2" must settle for second place, opening with $62.2 million. Since opening Thursday, the DreamWorks Animation sequel has raised its total to $68 million, with $57 million from 11 overseas markets. ("Kung Fu Panda 2" Movie Review)

In China, "Kung Fu Panda 2" debuted with $18.5 million. (Check out my fun interviews with Dustin Hoffman and Jack Black here, Lucy Liu right here, and director Jennifer Yuh Nelson right here)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" fell to No. 3 with $50.4 million. Its domestic total is now up at $164 million, and its worldwide total? A resounding $649.1 million!

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for Memorial Day Weekend 2011:

1. "The Hangover Part II," $105.8 million.
2. "Kung Fu Panda 2," $62.2 million.
3. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," $50.4 million.
4. "Bridesmaids," $21 million.
5. "Thor," $12 million.
6. "Fast Five," $8.2 million.
7. "Midnight in Paris," $2.6 million.
8. "Rio," $2.4 million.
9. "Jumping the Broom," $2.35 million.
10. "Something Borrowed," $2.3 million.

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"The Hangover Part II" VS "Kung Fu Panda 2!" Which One is My Pick of the Week? 


It's the battle of the 2s at the box-office this weekend, we have "The Hangover Part II" and "Kung Fu Panda 2." But there's only one pick of the week! Which one? Check it out! (For my written "Kung Fu Panda 2" review, click here)




(For my interviews with Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman click here, Lucy Liu click here, and director Jennifer Yuh Nelson click here)

Here's more info on the films from Yahoo:

"The Hangover Part II"

Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don't always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can't even be imagined.

Also Known As: The Hangover 2
The Hangover Two

Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release

Genres: Comedy and Sequel

Running Time: 1 hr. 50 min.

Release Date: May 26th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: R for for pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images.

Production Co.: Green Hat Films, Legendary Pictures, Inc.

Studios: Warner Bros. Pictures

Filming Locations: Bangkok, Thailand
Los Angeles, California, USA

Produced in: United States

Cast and Crew:

Bradley Cooper -- Phil
Ed Helms -- Stu
Zach Galifianakis -- Alan
Justin Bartha -- Doug
Ken Jeong -- Mr. Chow
Jamie Chung -- Lauren
Sasha Barrese -- Tracy
Jeffrey Tambor -- Sid Garner

Directed by Todd Phillips

"Kung Fu Panda 2"

Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will Po be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed

Also Known As: Kung Fu Panda 2 3D

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids/Family, Animation and Sequel

Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.

Release Date: May 27th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of martial arts action and mild violence.

Distributors: DreamWorks Animation

Cast and Credits

Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen

Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Produced by: Melissa Cobb

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Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman Talk About "Kung Fu Panda 2" 


I loved meeting these two great gentlemen! They were both in great mood for the "Kung Fu Panda 2" junket. In this interview, we talked about:

*** They said they could tell instinctively if someone lies about liking "Kung Fu Panda 2." So I asked them if they think I liked the film
*** The "epicness" feel of the movie
*** What them want to revisit the wonderful world of "Kung Fu Panda?
*** Are they ready for a threequel?
*** Have they found inner peace? Wait 'til you see what Hoffman said!



Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will Po be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed

Also Known As: Kung Fu Panda 2 3D

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids/Family, Animation and Sequel

Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.

Release Date: May 27th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of martial arts action and mild violence.

Distributors: DreamWorks Animation

Cast and Credits

Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen

Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Produced by: Melissa Cobb

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Lucy Liu (Viper) Interview for "Kung Fu Panda 2" 


Lucy Liu returns to voice the sweet but seductive Viper in "Kung Fu Panda 2." The actress thinks highly of her experience working on the first film, and she's supporting the sequel 100%. In this interview, we talked about:

*** What did she think when she was invited to come back for the sequel?
*** What's her most treasured experience from the first "Kung Fu Panda" that made her want to return?
*** Did they voice their parts individually?
*** The 3D aspect of the movie
*** Working with the new Dragon Warrior of the film, director Jennifer Yuh Nelson
*** The difference between voice work and live action
*** Has she found her inner peace?



Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will Po be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed

Also Known As: Kung Fu Panda 2 3D

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids/Family, Animation and Sequel

Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.

Release Date: May 27th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of martial arts action and mild violence.

Distributors: DreamWorks Animation

Cast and Credits

Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen

Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Produced by: Melissa Cobb

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