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Trailer Time: Alice Through the Looking Glass IMAX Trailer *Sans the Tim Burton Intro*

Before my screening of Captain America: Civil War, I was treated to an IMAX 3D rendering of Tim Burton talking for a good minute about the above trailer.  This means for an entire minute I was looking at Tim Burton in the highest possible resolution, jutting from my screen like an electrified madman.  I, being the considerate soul that I am, found a cut of the trailer that excised the Burton and just gave you a look at Disney’s NEXT release (they’re printing them like commemorative coins this year) Alice Through the Looking Glass.

I’ve gone on ad nauseum about my feelings regarding the first film, and Tim Burton is not directing this outing, James Bobit (The Muppets) is.  They’re not following the plot of the second Carroll novel, since they sort of smushed the two books together in the first film.  So, while I admit this does look fantastic, I’m not sure that it can overcome the fact that Johnny Depp is in it and is beginning to look increasingly self-aware of his alien nature.  Regardless, it opens opposite X-Men: Apocalypse and the sure-to-be still potent juggernaut of Civil War.  This may be one Disney film that doesn’t make a billion dollars.  That’s ok.  Finding Dory comes out three weeks later. DISNEYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

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Trailer Time: Alice Through the Looking Glass Trailer #2 (2016) *And Then This Is Still Being Made*

I really liked about 85% of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and I went into the theater waiting for Johnny Depp to run off the rails and he and Burton to perform their mad mutual career destruction act.  I had quite forgotten all of that and was prepared to give it a good review when the FUTTERWACKING showed up and I don’t think I’ve seen something tank what could have been a good movie so badly at the end in my life.  So naturally there’s a sequel just around the corner.

From the write up below from Coming Soon, it doesn’t appear that this will in any way be following the plot of Lewis Carroll’s book. Also Sascha Baron Cohen is involved.  I want to be wrong, and there are some fantastic effects in the trailer, but I futterwackin’ won’t be.  Just wait. Continue reading Trailer Time: Alice Through the Looking Glass Trailer #2 (2016) *And Then This Is Still Being Made*

Trailer Time: Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) *Futterwackin’ Again?*

I really liked about 85% of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and I went into the theater waiting for Johnny Depp to run off the rails and he and Burton to perform their mad mutual career destruction act.  I had quite forgotten all of that and was prepared to give it a good review when the FUTTERWACKING showed up and I don’t think I’ve seen something tank what could have been a good movie so badly at the end in my life.  So naturally there’s a sequel next summer.

From the write up below from Coming Soon, it doesn’t appear that this will in any way be following the plot of Lewis Carroll’s book. Also Sascha Baron Cohen is involved.  I want to be wrong, and there are some fantastic effects in the trailer, but I futterwackin’ won’t be.  Just wait. Continue reading Trailer Time: Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) *Futterwackin’ Again?*

Empire Magazine’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Photo Gallery

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Earlier this week, Empire Magazine leaked their cover for their upcoming issue where they focus on the middle child of the The Hobbit trilogy – The Desolation of Smaug. The article is primarily elvish in nature; appropriate since I think we’re going to be spending a fair amount of the film in Thranduil’s Woodland Realm. Now, we have the pictures that accompany the article spotlighting both the elves and the barrel escape that eventually moves the Dwarven company closer to Erebor. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens December 14th and I included the trailer again because it is just that cool. You’re welcome.

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Tauriel, The Hobbit, The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug, Evangeline Lilly, Elf, Legolas, Orlando Bloom, Thranduil, Lee Pace

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Details on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition

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In the same Empire Magazine issue that features Thranduil, Tauriel and Legolas on the cover, Peter Jackson gives his first details on the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  Now, I loved AUJ.  Loved it.  I’ve watched it several times in the theater and again on Blu Ray and it is just a joy.  The complaints about it being boring or too long, baffle me.  A movie is too long if you don’t have enough story.  A 90 minute film can seem like an eternity if you don’t have a story, but a three-hour film flies by if you’re invested.

If you haven’t read The Hobbit recently, it does start with an extended dinner party, which also serves in the film to introduce and begin to differentiate between the dwarves.  The Hobbit is a different pace than the LOTR.  Things aren’t so dire yet.  No one knows Sauron is back.  The ring has not been found.  In many ways it’s an allegory for a sleeping Europe in the 1930’s; ignoring or choosing to overlook the rising menace.  If someone took a hose to Radagast’s face, I’d go so far as to call it a perfect beginning.

The extended edition was coming; we all knew it.  It’s going to run 169 minutes, which is only nine minutes longer than the theatrical cut.  I’m intrigued by some of the scenes Jackson outlines below.  I don’t know that we need more dwarf crassness.  We get it.  They do not like elves and it is mutual.  But the bit with the black arrow and a bit of Thranduil sounds intriguing.  We’ll find out when the extended edition hits stores in November.

If Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey wasn’t long enough for you, then we have some goods news. The filmmakers have revealed some of the scenes you can expect to see in the extended cut of the movie.

“You are going to get some serious Dwarvish disrespect of the elves at Rivendell,” director Peter Jackson told Empire.

“You are going to get more of Hobbiton,” said producer/co-writer Philippa Boyens. “We always wanted to wend our way through Hobbiton, but in the end Bilbo has to run out of the door.”

“You are going to get more Goblin Town, and the Great Goblin singing his song,” said Fran Walsh. “It is a great song, but it was just another delay in terms of moving the story along.”

“We are putting things in the extended cut that are going to play straight into the second film,” Jackson continued, “like this character Girion, who is defending [the city of] Dale using black arrows against Smaug. And the black arrows play a part in an ongoing story, for they are the one thing that can pierce the dragon’s hide…There are also issues with [king of the elves] Thranduil. We get some of the reason why he and the dwarves had a falling out – to do with these white gems…”

The extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be releasd this November, just in time for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug which opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX theaters on December 13, 2014.The Hobbit, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellan Tolkien