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It was also a very dark film in terms of lighting (given the sheer amount of modern CGI based films that are so dark it makes me wonder if the two are somehow related).

I suspect it's because darkness hides detail - or the lack of - which makes the process easier, faster and (most importantly) cheaper.

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The official press release:

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.

The key bits really are the official titles for both films - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

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From Comingsoon.net

Peter Jackson answered the first of 20 fan questions on Facebook about The Hobbit. The fan asked if we're going to see the White Council attacking Dol Guldor. Here is Jackson's answer:

I'm not going to say just what and when, but I will confirm that both the White Council and Dol Guldur will feature in the movies. And not just in one scene either. Just how to visualise it has been a challenge, but fortunately Alan Lee and John Howe went crazy with ideas, and it should look pretty cool.

In fact to celebrate the start of these 20 questions, I'll show you an exclusive photo of the White Council planning the attack on Dol Guldur! Even if you don't want to be hit with spoilers, you should still take a look. For the first image of Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel brandishing an array of fearsome Elvish weapons

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More to the fucking point where's his yellow beard and blue cloak?

Yeah, I was wondering about that. I don't recall their introductions going "First came Dwalin, of the gleaming eyes and dark-green cloak; then Balin, with white beard and red hood... and now Kili arrived, and he was well bishy". I guess they decided there had to be at least one good looking main character in the film, and they couldn't bolt on any humans or elves. And it made sense to prettify one of the young dwarfs, and probably not the one described as having a bizarrely large nose.

It probably didn't hurt that he'll get to die at the end, making his death all the more tragic on account of his prettiness

Why all that meant ignoring what little description of him there was, I don't know - are blue cloaks not sexy enough, do you think?

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They've gone too overboard with those prosthetics IMO. Some of 'em look a bit silly.

Weird choice having one without any as well.

Just me?

Nah, I kinda agree. But they are stills though, I expect them to look a little better with different lighting n such.

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