New Hobbit Footage Overview
ComingSoon.net was at CinemaCon and had a chance to see the footage. Lots of great new stuff, but it seems that Peter Jackson's push for 48 frames per second (up from today's films at 24fps), is being met with some resistance. Here's a bit of their overview (click here to read the whole bit--scroll toward the bottom of their article):
It opened with lots of sweeping shots of the mountains and landscapes of Middle Earth set to Howard Shore's distinctive score leading into an introduction by the older Bilbo, played by Ian Holm, telling the story of his journey to Frodo, and we see a brief glimpse of Elijah Wood as his "Lord of the Rings" character. This then leads into the opening from the trailer of Gandalf approaching Bilbo to go on a journey with the dwarves. We watched a good section of when Bilbo encounters trolls around the campfire early in his journey and they're trying to decide how to eat him, and as one of the trolls lift Bilbo up, Thorin leaps forward and the rest of the dwarves come forward to save him.
There's also a significant scene where Gandalf is presenting "the Immortal Blade" to a council made up of Christopher Lee's Saruman, Cate Blanchett's Galadriel, and Hugo Weaving's Elrond as they discuss the sword's origins and how Gandalf was able to get it from the crypt of the Witch King where he was buried in a tomb covered with spells preventing it from being opened.