Peter Jackson’s newest Hobbit video blog barely has any actual footage, and it doesn’t have a lot of new details about the movies themselves, but if you’re interested in seeing how a movie project this massive gets done, it’s still fascinating stuff. In this installment, we’re treated to a ton of behind-the-scenes looks at the sets, a view of the SDCC attendees who got to view actual new Hobbit footage, some neat stats about how much material the Hobbit production used (e.g., yak hair) and a lot of end-of-principle photography goofiness and celebrations. Good stuff. Also: Did I forget Lee Pace is in this thing? Holy shit. Thranduil better bake somebody a pie!
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.