In anticipation of the December 13, 2013 release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, New Line and MGM hosted a global fan celebration today at 5:00 pm EST and simultaneous times around the world. At each of the satellite-linked theaters in four host cities–Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington–Peter Jackson and members of his cast and filmmaking team gathered with fans to show exclusive footage from the new film and answer questions in front of a live audience, as well as offer a few surprises. You can watch the video below! There’s also a new darker trailer , and the newly-debuted poster above.
CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper, served as special host for the entire event, will be based in New York, where he will welcome Richard Armitage and Orlando Bloom. Evangeline Lilly will be based in Los Angeles. London will host Lee Pace, Luke Evans, and Andy Serkis. Peter Jackson will then join the celebration from Wellington, New Zealand (where it was Tuesday, November 5, at 11:00 am).
The new darker trailer is here alone:
Jump to 21:00 for the video blog, 52:40 for the extended The Hobbit scene, and 56:40 for the trailer that is also above