Legendary actor Sir Christopher Lee, best known to modern audiences for his role as Saruman in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings film trilogies, died on Sunday in a London hospital after suffering from respiratory problems and heart failure, according to The Guardian. He was 93. Danish former model Birgit Kroencke Lee, his wife of over 50 years, reportedly delayed releasing the news until today so that family could be notified first.
Jokes that are obvious and easy usually aren’t that funny. But Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers series have a way of turning the obvious into hilarious. Take the final film of Peter Jackson‘s epic journey through Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: “The best in the series, because it finally, FINALLY means its over!”
You can see the Honest Trailer as well as the How Battle of the Five Armies Should Have Ended videos below.
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Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon, as well as a list of titles coming out this week.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Directed by Peter Jackson
Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom
Release Date: December 17, 2014
In what I like to call a “see it while you still can” style of reviewing movies before they leave theaters, I finally got around to catching Peter Jackson‘s final film in the The Hobbit trilogy: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
And honestly, I can say that if you loved the Lord of the Rings movies of Jackson’s, then you might indeed wanna catch this before it leaves theaters. And you need not worry if you skipped the second movie in the trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, or even the first movie, An Unexpected Journey, at this point. But I would never recommend a fan of the original book to ever see this particular film. The first two…sure…but this one, not so much. It’s complicated. Let me explain.
Gandalf the Grey once warned Bilbo Baggins that use of magic rings is dangerous. That is a lesson that one fourth-grade boy in Texas is learning after he received a suspension from his elementary school for allegedly threatening another student with “The One Ring,” the magical object made famous in the The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books by J.R.R. Tolkien, which have been made into two film trilogies by Peter Jackson. Apparently, the boy recently saw Jackson’s The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies and his imagination was kicked into overdrive.
The 9-year-old boy’s father, Jason Steward, took his son’s story to the local paper and its since gone viral. Apparently, the school boy told a classmate after bringing a ring to school that it was indeed “The Ring of Power” — like the One Ring to rule them all that Bilbo uses in the movies — and that he could use it to make the classmate disappear.