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Warner Bros. Drops First Teaser Trailer For Hobbit 3 -- Watch It Here!

July 28th, 2014 3:21pm EDT
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The first teaser trailer for the final installment in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, has arrived, as promised on Sunday, when Warner Bros. released a teaser trailer for the teaser trailer.

During the film's panel at Comic Con on Saturday, fans were treated to the new teaser early, and on Sunday the movie studio released a short, 15-second tease of what was to come in the new preview, released at 3pm ET on Monday.

Jackson and the cast of the film debuted the trailer during a panel for the film in which the director revealed that his leading lad...
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16 Of The Coolest Swords From Pop Culture

May 19th, 2014 2:32pm EDT
The Last Samurai
Swords - what's there to say about them? Nobody uses them anymore, which is a real shame. Swords remind us of an age when men were men, and they focused on really manly things, like chivalry, honor and killing a man with a single blow. Alas, those days are gone, and swords have retired from the battlefield.

But they do live on in one place - our hearts and minds. There's something innately satisfying about the simplicity and elegance of a sword, and the ritual of one-on-one combat, of people testing their mettle mano y mano. To that end, they live on in our culture, and by extension in our...
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Third 'Hobbit' Film Gets A New Title

April 25th, 2014 7:01pm EDT
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The third part of Peter Jackson "Hobbit" trilogy has a new name.

Originally titled "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," the final installment will now be called The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Jackson made the announcement on his Facebook page on Thursday, explaining the reason for the change.

"'There and Back Again' felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film," the director writes. "But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced — after all...
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'The Hobbit' Tops List Of Most Pirated Films Of 2013

January 2nd, 2014 12:00pm EST
The Hobbit
The most pirated film of 2013 was Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." The movie was released at the end of 2012 and made more than $1 billion worldwide.

Over 8.4 million fans used illegal file-sharing websites to watch the film instead of paying for it in theaters. In the film, Bilbo Baggins embarks on a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug.

The film, based on the popular fantasy book by J.R.R. Tolkien, beat Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which came in second on the list after 8.1 million watched pirated copies.

"Fast ...
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'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Tops Weekend Box Office

December 16th, 2013 6:49am EST
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug has knocked Disney's Frozen from the top of the box office, pulling in a whopping $73.7 million on its opening weekend.

Peter Jackson's epic fantasy sequel becomes the fourth biggest December debut behind part one of the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Will Smith's "I Am Legend", and "Avatar."

"Frozen," Disney's animated take on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," fell to second, pulling in an impressive $22.2 million in its fourth week of release.

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas debuted third with a meager $16 million take.

The Hu...
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Check Out 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition' On Blu-ray, DVD & More Nov. 5

November 4th, 2013 6:12am EST
The Hobbit
In "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," Bilbo Baggins is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug.

Approached out of the blue by the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first ...
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'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' - Second Trailer Released (Watch It!)

October 1st, 2013 12:04pm EDT
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The second trailer for the middle film in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, has been released, building plenty of anticipation for the film's December release.

Desolation picks up right where the first film, An Unexpected Journey, left off; with Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the party of 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) continuing their quest to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim its treasure and defeat its current inhabitant: the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Other than the usual quick glimpses of the act...
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Bilbo Baggins Comes Face-To-Face With A Dragon In First Trailer For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'

June 11th, 2013 10:31pm EDT
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The first official trailer for the second film in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, has finally arrived.

The trailer is voiced over by the Elvenking Thranduil (Lee Pace), who asks, "Where does your journey end? You seek that which would bestow upon you the right to rule. The quest to reclaim a homeland and slay a dragon."

From the look of the trailer, the next film promises plenty more action than the first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, beginning with the dwarves making their escape from the Wood Elves and culminating with the first goo...
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MTV Movie Awards Winners & Fashion: 'The Avengers,' Emma Watson, Will Ferrell & More!

April 15th, 2013 8:56am EDT
Emma Watson
"The Avengers" dominated the 2013 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night, taking home three trophies - Movie of the Year, Best Fight and Best Villain (Tom Hiddleston).

"Silver Linings Playbook" also performed well, with Bradley Cooper picking up Best Male Performance and  Best Kiss with his co-star Jennifer Lawrence.

Australian actress Rebel Wilson, who hosted the show, also picked up two awards for her role in "Pitch Perfect": Breakthrough Performance and Best Musical Moment.

Jamie Foxx won the Generation Award, Emma Watson was presented with the Trailblazer Award, and Will Fer...
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Check Out 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' On DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack & More March 19

March 15th, 2013 6:57am EDT
The Hobbit and Unexpected Journey
Bilbo Baggins is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

The film arrives on digital download on March 12 and on Blu-ray combo pack, Blu-ray 3D combo pack and 2-Disc DVD special edition on March 19.

Approached out of the blue by the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysteri...
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'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Leads 2013 Saturn Awards Nominations

February 20th, 2013 10:15am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will lead the way at the 2013 Saturn Awards after landing nine nominations.

The Lord of the Rings prequel is up for the Best Fantasy prize alongside The Amazing Spider-Man, Life of Pi and Snow White and the Huntsman, while Jackson is shortlisted in the Best Director category with Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), Joss Whedon (The Avengers) and Ang Lee (Life of Pi).

Best Picture Oscar favorites Argo and Zero Dark Thirty make unexpected appearances among the Best Horror/Thriller nominees - a group which also features The Impossibl...
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'Life Of Pi' Vanquishes 'The Hobbit' At 2013 Visual Effects Society Awards

February 6th, 2013 8:25am EST
Life of Pi
Director Ang Lee was the big winner at the Visual Effects Society Awards on Tuesday - his Life Of Pi movie won four major trophies and he walked away with a special prize in honor of his career.

Lee's big screen adaptation of Yann Martel's 2001 novel beat Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which had looked set to dominate the ceremony with seven nominations but only managed to pick up one for its virtual cinematography.

Life of Pi triumphed in the Outstanding Visual Effects, Outstanding Animated Character, Outstanding FX Simulation Animation and Outstanding Compositing i...
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Aurora, Colorado Movie Theater Re-Opens With 'Hobbit'

January 18th, 2013 11:43am EST
The Hobbit
The Colorado movie theatre at the centre of a horrific gun massacre last July reopened on Thursday night with a private screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. 

Gunman James Holmes opened fire on cinema-goers during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at the Century 16 complex in Aurora last summer, killing 12 film fans and injuring 58 others. 

The cinema has remained closed for six months as the local community struggled to come to terms with the atrocity, but it reopened on Thursday with a ceremony of remembrance followed by a private screening of The Lord of the Rings p...
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Lincoln, Life Of Pi & Les Mis Lead 2013 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

January 10th, 2013 10:13am EST
Lincoln
This year's Oscars host, Seth MacFarlane, was accompanied by actress Emma Stone Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Over 400 media representatives from around the world attended the 5:30am (Pacific) press conference to find out which films and stars are this year's cream of the crop.

Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic Lincoln led the pack with a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), and Best Director (Spielberg).

There were few surprises amongst this year's nominees, most notably ...
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'The Hobbit' Scores Seven Visual Effects Awards Nominations

January 7th, 2013 8:21pm EST
The Hobbit
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey looks set to dominate the upcoming Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards after landing seven nominations.

The adventure epic will go up against The Avengers, Battleship, Prometheus and Life of Pi for Outstanding Work in a Visual Effects-driven Feature, while Argo, Flight, The Impossible, Zero Dark Thirty and Rust and Bone have received nods for the use of visual effects in a supportive capacity.

The remainder of The Hobbit's nominations were for the creation of Gollum and the Goblin King, and various other technical achievements.

Animate...
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'Texas Chainsaw 3D' Hacks Its Way To Number One At Weekend Box Office

January 7th, 2013 8:23am EST
Texas Chainsaw 3D
People love watching horror films, even in January. The latest installment of the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" franchise dominated the weekend box office, hacking its way to number one. "Texas Chainsaw 3D," directed by John Luessenhop, debuted at number one with takings of $23 million.

The sequel picks up exactly where Tobe Hooper's shocking 1974 classic left off. When a young woman learns her distant grandmother has died, leaving her a secluded Victorian mansion in the Texas desert, the discovery of a dark secret hidden deep in the cellar reveals a dark legacy of evil lives on.

"Texas Chain...
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'The Hobbit' Back Atop Box Office

December 31st, 2012 10:31am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
"Lord Of The Rings" prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will ring in 2013 as America's top film after beating Django Unchained and Les Miserables to number one at the year-end box office.

Peter Jackson's fantasy epic raked in almost $33 million over the weekend to blast past the $220 million mark at the U.S. box office.

Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti western Django Unchained has come in second with a $30.7 million opening and Les Miserables heads into the New Year in third place with $28 million.

The movie musical has made $67.5 million since opening on Christmas Day.
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Best Movies of 2012

December 24th, 2012 12:00pm EST
The Avengers
2012 was a great year for superheroes, James Bond, a former President of the United States and Ben Affleck. What defines a great film? It's different for everyone, but first and foremost it must entertain. Many movies did just that over the past year.

"The Avengers" was the highest grossing film of 2012, earning $623 million in the United States and a staggering $1.5 billion worldwide.

The number-three grossing film of all time (behind James Cameron's "Titanic" and "Avatar"), starred Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as the H...
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'The Hobbit' Rules The U.S. Box Office

December 24th, 2012 11:38am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has held on to the top spot at the U.S. box office for the second weekend in a row after raking in $36.7 million.

Peter Jackson's fantasy epic, which stars Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, beat out Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher, which debuted at number two with $15.6 million in ticket sales.

Judd Apatow's new comedy This Is 40 came in third with earnings of $12 million, while animated family film Rise of the Guardians fell to four ($5.9 million) and historical drama Lincoln dropped to fifth.

Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen's The Guilt Trip failed to make the...
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'The Hobbit' Sets New December Record At Box Office

December 17th, 2012 10:36am EST
The Hobbit
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" had the biggest December debut in history, taking in a massive $84.8 million at the weekend box office.

Previous title holders "I Am Legend" and "Avatar" both scored opening weekend takings of $77 million during their respective releases in 2007 and 2009.

The fantasy epic, a prequel to "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy, got an early boost thanks to an estimated $37.5 million gross on Friday alone, making it the biggest U.S. opening day ever for a December release.

In the film adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved novel, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) joi...
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'The Hobbit': An Unexpectedly Action-Packed Journey

December 14th, 2012 11:00am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Forty-eight frames per second: a term that has the potential to live in infamy. Whether it actually does or not, depends on who is watching Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

If you’re a Tolkien fanatic, you may consider this visual treachery a minor offense. Or you might look past it entirely, because you’re thrilled to see a beloved novel come to life. If you’re like me however, and you have just a casual interest in the fantasy genre, there’s a much greater chance that you’ll be aggravated by the film’s higher frame rate.

It’s hard to blame Jackson for attempting some...
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Review: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' A Trip Through Middle Earth At 48 FPS

December 13th, 2012 8:08pm EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
They're back -- the orcs, goblins, dwarfs, dragons, wizards and Mr. Hobbit himself, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman).

Shot in 48 FPS (frames per second) instead of the usual 24 FPS (it's also in 3D), Peter Jackson has once again created a visually stunning, exciting, magical film that takes us on a journey through Middle Earth.

The film opens with a prologue. The aged Frodo (Ian Holm) tells a story and we are instantly transported to the kingdom of the Dwarfs (Erebor). They are all quite happy living in their golden city until one day they are paid a visit by a fire breathing dragon. Are t...
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Cate Blanchett Wows In White At British 'Hobbit' Premiere

December 12th, 2012 4:00pm EST
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett attended "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" U.K. premiere today looking glamorous in a white Givenchy gown.

The dress featured a slit up her right leg, showing off her lean figure, and was open in the back.

The film centers on hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who joins the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a band of dwarves on a treacherous quest to a distant mountain. Blanchett plays the elf Galadriel. It hits theaters on Dec. 14.

J.R.R. Tolkein, author of "The Hobbit" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogly, described Galadriel as "the mightiest and fairest of all the...
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5 Fun Facts About 'The Hobbit's' Martin Freeman

December 11th, 2012 11:00am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
We know you can hardly wait for the arrival of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” To keep you from going mad with anticipation, we want to help quench your thirst for news of Middle Earth with a few fun facts about leading man Martin Freeman. Check out these tasty morsels while you wait for the film to hit theaters.

Before He Was Bilbo He Was Buck Naked

Some fans may not remember the skintastic turn Freeman took in the modern holiday classic, “Love Actually.” In the serendipitous rom-com, Freeman played John, a movie stand-in whose current gig was for what seemed to be a pretty explicit...
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Andy Serkis Helped Peter Jackson Direct 'The Hobbit'

December 11th, 2012 9:54am EST
Andy Serkis
Actor Andy Serkis not only played the role of Gollum in Peter Jackson's upcoming The Hobbit trilogy, he also directed a handful of action scenes.

The British star is set to make his filmmaking debut in an upcoming adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel Animal Farm, and to give Serkis some practice, Jackson made him the fantasy franchise's second unit director.

He tells New York Magazine, "Directing was my main job this time - more than playing Gollum. I worked 200 days with a huge team shooting battle sequences, aerials. It was an amazing experience and one which I was very, very t...
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Ian McKellen Defends 'The Hobbit' Trilogy Decision

December 6th, 2012 3:54pm EST
Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen has defended filmmaker Peter Jackson's decision to turn J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit into a movie trilogy, insisting fans will be delighted to see three installments.

The director originally intended to make a two-part prequel to his The Lord of the Rings series, and came under fire after announcing he would release three epics instead.

Critics accused him of trying to make more money by stretching out the classic book, but McKellen, who plays Gandalf the wizard, refutes the suggestion.

He says, "Anyone who thinks Peter Jackson would fall for market forces around him...
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Peter Jackson Rushing To Complete 'The Hobbit' Before World Premiere

November 26th, 2012 6:09pm EST
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson is rushing to put the finishing touches to the first installment of The Hobbit ahead of its world premiere on Wednesday.

The Lord of the Rings filmmaker wrapped an epic 266-day shoot in New Zealand in early July and the first movie in the highly-anticipated trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is due to be unveiled in the city of Wellington this week.

However, in Jackson's final video blog about the making of the fantasy franchise, he confesses he and his post-production team are scrambling to complete the final edit before their deadline.

In the clip, posted onli...
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Elijah Wood Calls Reports Of Animal Abuse On 'Hobbit' Set 'Ridiculous'

November 23rd, 2012 6:00pm EST
The Hobbit
Elijah Wood isn't taking reports of animal abuse on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" lightly.

Last week the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) suggested animal were mistreated during the making of the film and went public with the news after four wranglers reported allegations of abuse and incompetence.

A purported 27 animals died on a farm near Wellington, New Zealand, where they were housed between takes.

Director Peter Jackson vehemently denied the allegations, and now Wood, who plays Frodo in "The Lord of the Rings" prequel, has backed him up.

Wood ezpl...
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Peter Jackson: 'No Animals Died Or Were Harmed On Set' While Filming 'The Hobbit'

November 20th, 2012 8:42am EST
The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent an angry letter to filmmaker Peter Jackson after reports suggested 27 animals died during the making of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

Over the weekend four wranglers hired to help feed and groom the creatures reported that abuses and incompetence led to the deaths of three horses and several sheep, goats and chickens.

Jackson has fired back at the allegations and issued the following statement: "The producers of The Hobbit take the welfare of all animals very seriously and have always pursued the highest standard of care for a...
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PETA To Protest 'Hobbit' Premieres After Animal Deaths

November 19th, 2012 1:09pm EST
The Hobbit
PETA is planning to protest several The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premieres following the news that over two dozen animals used on the film died.

The Associated Press reports 27 animals died since filming began, although not on set. Instead, nearby farms where the animals were kept became "death traps" due to natural obstacles like sinkholes. There were reportedly over 150 animals living on the farms.

Wranglers have now come forward to claim they warned the production about the treacherous terrain, but were rebuffed. They say they want to tell their story so future productions in New ...
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