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Watch: Dwarves Sing "Misty Mountain" In New Clip From 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2012 10:00 AM
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Starting tomorrow night, audiences around the world will be taking a trip back to Middle Earth with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." It will be coming packed to the gills with 48fps, 3D, CGI, action, adventure, comedy, drama and....singing. Yep, the songs are back too, and before you test your bladder this weekend, you can get a sneak peek of one of the movie's tunes below.

Watch: Trailer For 'Age Of The Hobbits' That A Federal Judge Thinks You'll Mistake For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2012 4:49 PM
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Brands and franchises are lucrative properties, and considering how much they mean to the bottom line of a studio, it's no doubt they have teams of lawyers working around the clock to protect anything that might harm or impair the boatloads of money they'll make. And sometimes that zeal just gets plain ridiculous.

Peter Jackson Explains How 'The Lord Of The Rings' Was Almost One Film Directed By John Madden & How Some Careful Lies Saved The Project In Four Weeks

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 9, 2012 2:02 PM
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As you can likely tell, we've been in the presence of Peter Jackson a lot lately as the New Zealand director has spent plenty of time in New York of late. Last week, Drew Taylor spent time with Jackson and "The Hobbit" cast at 'The Unexpected Journey' press day -- Jackson defended the controversies surrounding 48fps and explained why he expanded the films into three movies -- and Kimber Myers attended attended a screening of the film that included a post-screening Q&A featuring the director and his co-screenwriters, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

Holy Hobbit: First Pic From 'Desolation Of Smaug' Plus New Image & Clip From 'An Unexpected Journey' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2012 11:26 AM
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So, here we go again. Yesterday we got treated to the first look at the third movie in Peter Jackson's new trilogy, with a peek at Orlando Bloom and Luke Evans in "The Hobbit: There And Back Again." Now comes a non-dragon preview of "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug" -- and all this before "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" opens next week.

Watch: Spend 30 Minutes With New Featurettes For 'The Grandmaster' & 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2012 11:03 AM
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Two highly anticipated movies, one that's delayed (again), and another getting ready to storm theaters in just over a week, so let's get to it...

Peter Jackson Talks About Why He Expanded 'The Hobbit' Into 3 Parts, 48fps, Almost Losing Martin Freeman As Bilbo & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 5, 2012 4:39 PM
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Today in New York the junket was held for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first in the new trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkein-based films from "Lord of the Rings" mastermind Peter Jackson. A sweeping fantasy epic that takes place above and below Middle Earth, featuring heroes both new and familiar, 'The Hobbit' is made even more audacious and mind-boggling by Jackson's insistence in shooting the movie in 48 frames per second, which gives the 3D some much-needed oomph and, honestly, might make you a little bit sick (more on that in a minute).

The 10 Films Worth Tracking Down In Theaters In December

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2012 11:13 AM
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With November done, there's only a few weeks left of 2012, and as ever, they're positively stacked with movies. The month is back-loaded with the usual mix of family fare, blockbusters and awards hopefuls, and no less than sixteen major movies will hit screens between the 19th and the 28th of December. To help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we've picked out ten of the key releases that, whether they work or not, will be dominating the conversation all the way into 2013. Check them out below, and let us know what you're most looking forward to in the comments section.

Watch: 6 Clips From 'The Hobbit'; First Reviews Hit & 48fps Gets A Mixed Reception

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 9:02 AM
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If you were anywhere near Twitter around midnight, you likely witnessed the embargo drop on the reviews for Peter Jackson's highly anticipated "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." And indeed, we had our own take on the movie, noting that after the picture gets off to a rocky, goofy start, it becomes "a thrilling ride that’s one of the most enjoyable, exciting and engaging tentpoles of the year." Not bad at all, but as for that 48fps? It hasn't gone down quite as Jackson might have planned. In our review we noted it took about an hour to get used to the super high-res image, but that it's effective once the big setpieces kick in toward the finale of the film. But what did other critics have to say? Read on....

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.

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