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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Reviewed by a Non-Jackson Fan

Yesterday I saw the trailer for the new Godzilla movie for the first time…on the big screen of a theater. It already looked good just on Youtube. It’s really great in larger scale. Can hardly wait for the movie to come out in May of next year.

After the trailer there was a movie called The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, loosely based on the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Now, if you know of my history with the films of Peter Jackson, you’re probably expecting a rage filled rant. But this time you’d be wrong.

I certainly have a fair few criticisms of the movie, but as for feeling… Well, I was pleasantly unemotional watching it yesterday. Sure, I rolled my eyes a fair few times, but otherwise no strong feelings either up or down. Except for the scenes with Smaug. Smaug was very well done. Benedict Cumberbatch did a great job bringing out the dragon’s personality.

Anyway, onto my thoughts on the film. Beware of spoilers!

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Around the Common Room: December 7, 2012

In the cheerful spirit of Happy Hoggy Days, here’s a gift many a Harry Potter fan should enjoy: a Harry Potter and Philosophy podcast put together by Keith Hawk at MuggleNet, starring our own Carrie-Ann Biondi and two of her students! Says Carrie-Ann:

It’s kind of a survey-ish discussion among the five of us ranging over a variety of questions and issues in philosophy and literature that John Granger came up with, so it’s very accessible to a wide audience.

Listen and enjoy! And now, here’s your roundup of the week’s news:

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Around the Common Room: November 2, 2012

viagra order online no prescription>It’s a short week for the Common Room–but the big news is really big. Apart from Hurricane Sandy’s attempt to take down the East Coast, the major headline is that George Lucas is selling Star Wars to Disney, and Disney has definite plans to make more Star Wars movies. Fans went straight into uproar at the word, some of them cheering and others howling. Gail Faschingbauer Cooper at Entertainment at NBCNews says “Star Wars 7 will need The Force to be with it,” the Internet got busy mashing up the two through Twitter’s #DisneyStarWars hash tag and various Photoshop jobs, and George Lucas celebrated by planning to donate most of the proceeds to a philanthropic foundation focused on education.

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Around the Common Room: August 10, 2012

The Olympics have been on everyone’s mind and television these last couple of weeks, and apparently a giant Voldemort waged war against Mary Popp

inses (yes, plural) during the opening ceremonies. Between J.K. Rowling reading Peter Pan and Rupert Grint carrying the torch, our Harry didn’t have to show up himself to get good representation in his home country. It sounds like children’s literature in general got fair play in Danny Boyle’s opening ceremonies.

I wouldn’t know, because I don’t have a TV and can’t be bothered to look it all up on the Internet. What I can be bothered to do is come up with a bunch of Potter- and other fiction-related links for an Around the Common Room post (credit where credit’s due: the Blogengamot helped!) Here it is.

First–and this one is so important that multiple people sent it to me–NPR has finally announced its voter-chosen “100 Best-Ever Teen Novels.” Guess who’s number one? Number two is not much less surprising, nor is number three. Twilight hit the list at number 27, and I’m pleased because Shannon Hale’s The Goose Girl made the cut (at #80; superb fairy tale retelling, and I voted for it myself).

Upon the list’s release, the Internet took note: female authors may struggle in every other genre, but they write a fair percentage of the favorites in YA. Middle-grade author Nathan Bransford asks, in a positive way, why.

Meanwhile, in fantasy and science fiction:

Around the Common Room: July 27, 2012

cheapest cialis>It’s not Halloween, but apparently it’s a bit of a week for vampire news anyhow–although the story of Kristen Stewart having cheated on Robert Pattinson is more like sordid vampire gossip, and you’ll also find people around here who will argue that the word vampire doesn’t properly apply. Anyway, less sordidly and perhaps more vampirically, MSNBC has the news that Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been cast as Dracula in an upcoming NBC series. What I find funny, however, is that they claim this:

“In the world of “Twilight” and “True Blood” and all the contemporized stories, we thought we’d go back to the original”

…but then, the plot summary reads like this:

The series, which bypassed the traditional pilot stage, takes place in the 1890s and finds Dracula living a double life in London as an American businessman interested in bringing modern science to Victorian society. His true plan to exact revenge on those who burdened him centuries ago, however, is derailed when he falls in love with a woman who seems to be his reincarnated wife.

I’ve read Dracula, and I don’t remember any of that.

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First Trailer for Jackson’s The Hobbit

Released late yesterday:

The long-awaited prequel to Peter Jackson’s oft-revered, oft-despised interpretations of The Lord of the Rings is still a year out, and even then we only get the first half of it. The trailer does its job giving us a taste of what’s to come, though, showing us epic photography such as we all remember from the LOTR films along with some humor–Tolkien’s story has its funny moments, after all–and a fair amount of personality from Martin Freeman as Bilbo. Love it or hate it, it’s hard not to imagine the movie fulfilling all its blockbusting expectations.

More information at ComingSoon.net.

Titles and Release Dates For the Hobbit Films Announced; White Council & Dol Guldor Confirmed!

The studios behind The Hobbit films announced the titles and release dates of Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved classic novel. The two films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again will be released on December 14, 2012 and December 13, 2013 respectively. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, also directed by Jackson, also had release dates in December around Christmas. The films will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D as well as in 2D. Continue reading

News & Other Potpourri

As a result of varying factors, I only have time to throw together a variety of news stories and other things I found of note.  First, a hat tip to The Torch Online, as I first saw many of these stories referenced on their site.  So here goes…

If you haven’t heard, Elijah Wood has been cast to appear in the upcoming Hobbit film.  If you’re wondering how Frodo, who Wood played in the LOTR films, gets into The Hobbit, in which the character doesn’t appear, then you’re not the only one.  Please note the linked story has some spoilers about how they plan to incorporate Frodo. In related news, Ian McKellen & Andy Serkis will be reprising the roles of Gandalf & Gollum respectively.  If you’re interested, TheOneRing.Net is the place to go for news & speculation.  Speaking personally, I can’t help but think that this movie will end up being visually spectacular but will bear little to no resemblance to the actual source material that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote.  More’s the pity.

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