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Review: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Rallies From A Goofy Opening To Become Another Thrilling, If Familiar, Action-Adventure Epic

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 4, 2012 12:00 AM
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At almost three hours, Peter Jackson’s fourth foray into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is initially worrisome and typically self-indulgent. An extremely jarring 48 fps look -- which looks like an odd "Masterpiece Theater" in HD -- is unsettling, and the opening is slow-going and tepidly genteel, taking its time with two prologues, one that includes an aged Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) and Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood). And while “The Lord Of The Rings” films always sported a jovial and light-hearted tone, 'The Hobbit' (set some 60 years before the events of ‘LOTR’) ratchets up the goofiness to a near unfortunate level (yes, the source material is more of a kids' book, but even this is a little much).

Watch: Smaug Flies In New 'The Hobbit' TV Spot Plus IMAX Posters & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 3, 2012 10:02 AM
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While critics' reactions to Peter Jackson's long-awaited “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” should start dropping today (the first quasi-review has tilted toward the positive), it's up to the film's marketing team to continue the slow intriguing reveal, and that means showing off one of the J.R.R. Tolkien book's signature creatures.

Watch: New 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Video Blog & Air New Zealand's Hobbit Plane

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 24, 2012 12:34 PM
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It's hard to believe, given the ups and down the film has faced, but the world premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is four days away. In just 96 hours the word on Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth will be heard around the world, but there is still work to be done.

"Something Moves In The Shadows": 7 New 'Hobbit' Images, A New TV Spot & Where To See It In 48 fps

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 5, 2012 6:34 PM
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Tolkien keeners take note: as of November 7 (this Wednesday), hard-core moviegoers will be able to purchase advance tickets for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," online and in theaters across North America, at 12:00pm Eastern Time. As such, Warner Bros. have released seven new photos of the Peter Jackson-directed tentpole and a new TV spot.

New Zealand Really Likes 'The Hobbit': Peter Jackson Cameos In Air New Zealand Safety Vid & Gollum Gets Airport Sculpture

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2012 11:43 AM
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Holy Middle Earth! It's safe to say that New Zealand and Peter Jackson are in the midst of love affair, with the director bringing shine and interest to the country thanks to shooting his "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy in the country, utilizing their pristine natural settings. And while there was a brief moment when it looked like that relationship was going to be frayed, with a labor dispute finding Jackson threatening to take "The Hobbit" movies elsewhere, all ended well. And with the first of the trilogy set to hit theaters in just over a month, Jackson and New Zealand have solidified their friendship.

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Will Run About 2 Hours 40 Mins. Plus New TV Spot & Denny's Hobbit Menu Items

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2012 9:01 AM
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As one of our team wrote yesterday about "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey": "I for one will be happy to pull up some popcorn and sit down for 2 ½ (and hopefully not more) hours with moderately tempered expectations and enjoy what I can." It looks like he might want to put his ass into training, as Peter Jackson has revealed the runtime for the first movie in the trilogy and, not surprisingly, it's very, very long.

Watch: All 5 Alternate Endings Of The New 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Trailer

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 19, 2012 4:50 PM
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Unless you're living under one of the hugest mossy rocks in the shire of Middle-earth -- located in in the large region of Eriador and the Kingdom of Arnor, of course -- you're acutely aware that Tolkien nerds the world is celebrating Tolkien Week, which culminated this morning with the appearance of the highly anticipated second theatrical trailer for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

New Images From 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Continue Tolkien Week Celebration

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2012 3:33 PM
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It's Tolkien Week, so Warner Bros. is carpet-bombing the interwebs with promotional material for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" all in anticipation of the brand-new trailer coming tomorrow. And the big question WB will have to answer is how can they get audiences back in the same numbers that came out to make "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy a nearly $3 billion worldwide smash? Hopefully Peter Jackson and co. will be bringing something both familiar and fresh.

New Image Of Martin Freeman In 'The Hobbit' Teases New Trailer Arriving Tomorrow

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 18, 2012 12:40 PM
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It is, we're told, Tolkien Week. We're not sure entirely what that means, except that it's presumably something like Shark Week, but with elves. But in movie publicity terms, it means a big push from Warner Bros. for their upcoming "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," a two-part hastily cobbled-together trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's first excursion to Middle Earth, which serves as a prequel to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Tolkien Week Kicks Off With New Images From 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2012 11:41 AM
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If you have a geek in your life, you probably have already been informed that today kicks off Tokien Week, a celebration of all things Middle Earth. The next seven days will mark, among other things, the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Hobbit." Hardly the ones to look a gift marketing opportunity horse in the mouth, Warner Bros. and Peter Jackson are riding that wave with a promised plethora of stuff to please the fans.

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