March 28, 2014
CHANNING Tatum, Johnny Depp, Melissa McCarthy, Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Clint Eastwood, Mila Kunis and Morgan Freeman took the stage to plug their new movies as Warner Bros presented their blockbuster season slate at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Thursday.
But the show was all but stolen by a message from a director who wasn’t even there and a surprise glimpse at a movie that won’t be released until Christmas: the final chapter of The Hobbit trilogy, There and Back Again.
Peter Jackson, who is in post-production on the move in Wellington, sent a taped message to cinema exhibitors at the convention, introducing a look back at his entire Middle-earth journey, with just a few precious seconds of footage from There and Back Again revealed at the end.
In the new footage, Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) was seen asking Legolas (Orlando Bloom), “What is it you know?” To which the elf replied, “Nothing for certain. It’s what I fear may come.”
After that flashed brief scenes of battle, heroism from the likes of Bard and elf Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), dwarf leader Thorin (Richard Armitage) wandering through what appeared to be thick strands of golden rope and a gold-clad Elrond (Hugo Weaving) drawing his sword and charging, while a voiceover from Gandalf warned: “The time is upon us, we all must choose what side we’re on.”