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Watch: Go Behind-The-Scenes Of The Barrel Chase Sequence In 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 5, 2014 11:42 AM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Its loss this past Sunday night to “Gravity” doesn’t discount the effectiveness of the visual effects work in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” While Weta Digital’s work on the film’s titular dragon garnered the most attention last December, the effects company’s wizardry can be seen throughout the entire film and a new video has arrived online detailing how one particular non-Smaug-related sequence in the film was created.

'The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug' & '12 Years A Slave' Lead 19th Empire Award Nominations

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
In a week's time, the Oscars will be over, but that doesn't quite mean the end of awards season, with a few stragglers — normally more populist than high-minded — following in the weeks and months after. Now in their 19th year, the Jameson Empire Awards — run by the UK movie magazine — are more MTV Movie Awards than BAFTAs, in part because they're voted for by the public. Read More »

Pakistani Action Film 'Waar,' 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' & '12 Years A Slave' Top IMDb Best Of 2013 Poll

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 31, 2013 6:19 PM
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Waar
Yeah, we know....it's only hours until the ball drops in Times Square and yes, we'll be getting our party hats on soon. But one more list for you before we say hello to 2014: it's the IMDB Best Of 2013 Poll.

Money Talks: 8 Out Of 10 Of The Top Grossing Movies Of 2013 Are Sequels Or Reboots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 31, 2013 3:52 PM
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Iron Man 3
With the clock ticking on 2013, you might be finalizing your list of resolutions before heading out to celebrate the New Year. But in Hollywood, you can bet that studio executives are looking at the year that was, and hoping to do more of the same in the years ahead. Much more.

Box Office: 'Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug' & 'Frozen' Fend Off 'Wolf of Wall Street' & 'Walter Mitty'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • December 29, 2013 3:03 PM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
We're in the last leg of the winter holidays and it shows at the box office with strong holdovers leading the pack. This weekend, in between Christmas and New Year's Eve, marks that wonderful time when whole families pile in droves to see those films they've been hearing so much about (Did you take Nana and Pop-Pop to see "August: Osage County"?), those who can escape to catch up on Oscar contenders. ("Her" is in limited release and well worth the drive) and an interesting third group reveling in the holiday cheer (not naming names, but we know someone over the age of 10 who saw "Frozen" for the third time).

Crash! Boom! Pow! The 15 Best Action Sequences Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 23, 2013 9:05 PM
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Best Action Sequences Of 2013
It seemed as though 2013 was positively clogged up with major "event" movies, each one bigger, louder, and more expensive than the last. Every week some new gargantuan thingummy was trying to one-up the previous week's path of destruction. While many of these movies turned out to be numbing and dull, there were still a few that were actually pretty dazzling, or at the very least featured one truly outstanding sequence that caused you to drop your popcorn or spill your oversized soda in pure, unabashed delight. Almost every big movie in 2013 was marketed at 13-year-old boys; the very best of them made you actually feel like you were 13 again, if only momentarily.

Box Office: 'Smaug' Burns Burgundy, Defends Top Spot Against 'Anchorman 2'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • December 22, 2013 2:42 PM
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Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug
By Odin's raven, by the beard of Zeus, by the furry foot of Bilbo ("the bravest little hobbit of them all," according to legend/fan Leonard Nimoy)... Tolkien enthusiasts stood their ground against Anchorman's cult following and massive marketing campaign (Buy Dodge). As the dust settled, the streets did indeed run red (or at least reddish) with Burgundy's blood as Smaug's fire-belly burnt Baxter, Doby and the Channel 4 news team to smithereens. Not to say that it wasn't a battle of worthy adversaries, with 'Hobbit 2' suffering the largest percentage drop on the leaderboard (57.3% decrease), but 'Smaug' managed past that dent under its left wing and maintained its spot on top of the box office heap. Also of note for the weekend, there was a 36.6% increase at the overall box office since last year, proving that sometimes mediocre, rather than miserable, weather can be good for ticket sales.

'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.

Watch: The Onion Movie Critic Thinks 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Can't Compare To Toranda

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2013 5:44 PM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
While a mini-debate sort of simmers around the interwebs about "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug," and its worthiness as a standalone movie—even though it's basically a two hour, forty minute journey to open a door—The Onion gets right down to it and tells it like it is: simply put, nothing in J.R.R. Tolkien or Peter Jackson's world can even compare The Kingdoms Of Toranda.

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.

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