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'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Smokes Out 'Madea Family Christmas' & 'Frozen' But Underperforms Within The Franchise

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • December 15, 2013 3:45 PM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Braving the snow, sleet and other miscellaneous travails relating to cold weather, audiences came out in droves for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." The second of the three 'The Hobbit' installments (or 'The Lord of the Rings' prequels, cue wincing from Tolkien fans) took the top spot and made $73.7 million for the weekend, which included a strong midnight opening night of $8.8 million, the second best ever for the month of December.

Peter Jackson Reveals Where ‘The Hobbit’ Would've Been Split If It Was 2 Movies As Originally Planned

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 13, 2013 4:46 PM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” hits theaters this weekend. It’s either the far better of the two ‘Hobbit’ films thus far, or barely better depending on your point of view (you can read our review here). Originally scheduled to be two films, near the end of production, Jackson and Warner Bros. decided to split the story into three films. Good idea? Bad idea? It’ll be hard to tell until the whole thing is over, but our review suggests, you’re already seeing those growing pains.

Watch: New 3-Minute 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Trailer, Plus Video Blog, Posters & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 7:33 PM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Familiar? More of the same? Does it matter? When it comes to "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug," part of a billion dollar franchise that will forever spin money into the Middle Earth bank accounts for Warner Bros., it's probably best not to rock the boat too hard. Simply put, all the team has to do is sell an epic adventure, and today they're doing just that.

Watch: Two New TV Spots For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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The Desolation Of Smaug, Hobbit, Legolas
If you didn't have your fill of Middle Earth adventures with last year's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," well, you're in luck, because for the next two Christmases we'll be treated with a new J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired odyssey (captured, for some reason, in ultra-fluid 48 fps 3D). The first sequel, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (too many definite articles!) will be out this December, and two new TV spots have debuted for the film, which emphasize director Peter Jackson's frantic grasp of action and the connection to the later "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (via Flicks and Bits).

Once He's Done With Middle Earth, Peter Jackson Wants To Focus On Smaller, New Zealand-Set Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2013 11:17 AM
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With the exception of the (awful) "The Lovely Bones," Peter Jackson has spend well over a decade creating some of the biggest screen spectacles ever at the multiplex. Of course, his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was a massive blockbuster hit and Oscar-winning saga, and he's currently in the midst of trying to match that feat with his "The Hobbit" films. And the filmmaker also took time to tell the story of "King Kong" all over again, albeit in his trademark, lengthy and epic style. But it looks like Jackson is now ready to return to modestly sized movies.

Watch: Brand New Trailer For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Arrives From Middle Earth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 9:01 AM
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Summer might be over, and the leave may be changing, but that doesn't mean Hollywood has given up entirely on popcorn thrills. This fall will still have a couple of offerings worthy of summer spectacle, and perhaps the biggest of them all is Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug." And promising returning faces from "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy and a big fucking dragon, this middle chapter in a new J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy could be the escapist fantasy of the season.

Watch: Peter Jackson Talks 'The World's End' With Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg & Nick Frost; 3 New Clips & Comic-Con Poster

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 18, 2013 9:23 AM
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In a summer of bland blockbuster flops and lukewarm indies, we've been pining for the refreshing third taste of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, "The World's End." Although there's still over a month until the film hits stateside, there have been almost enough released tidbits to tide us over until its U.S. release on August 23rd. Within the past few weeks, we've seen a trailer or two, character posters, pics, clips, and even a tracklisting for the film's soundtrack. Happily, we've got a few more treats to share with you.

Watch: 'The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug' Is Skipping Comic-Con So Here's A New Video Blog To Tide You Over

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 4:01 PM
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Peter Jackson's unveiling of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" didn't go so smoothly last year. The first look at his highly touted 48fps digital photography drew a very mixed response at CinemaCon, so no surprise that when he hit Comic-Con a few months later he kept both the advanced frame rate and even 3D out of the video presentation. So has he decided not to show anything from "The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug" until its good and ready? That would appear to be the case.

Watch: First Trailer For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Has Arrived

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2013 12:46 PM
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The Desolation Of Smaug, Hobbit, Legolas
It seems so long ago when there was genuine excitement for "The Hobbit" franchise, with Peter Jackson taking the reins, and two movies promising to bring audiences back to Middle Earth. But then two got stretched to three, there was that whole 48 frames-per-second thing and then when "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" arrived it...well, it was unexpectedly disappointing to some degree. While the LOTR series certainly stretched it legs, for the first time the bloat was really felt, and perhaps indicated that expanding an already thin novella may not have been the wisest choice. But maybe the middle movie will be the step in the right direction? Either way, we're cautious....

Watch: First Footage Of Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans & Evangeline Lily In 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 1, 2013 12:00 PM
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In case you hadn't heard, diehard fans of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" received a treat last week with a behind-the-scenes look at the sequel, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." However, you could only participate in the Peter Jackson-led Q&A if you had purchased the 'Unexpected Journey' Blu-Ray and entered a code from the DVD package (nifty way to make you spend that extra dough for what will be a double dip release, no?). Well, some of that footage has made it's way online now and it shows a few small first-look reveals of the cast in action.

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