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Evangeline Lilly Talks 'The Desolation Of Smaug,' Playing Tauriel & Saying No To Tank Top-Wearing, Tomboy Characters

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 12, 2013 11:02 AM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Evangeline Lilly
Since playing Kate for six seasons on “Lost,” Evangeline Lilly has become a virtual standard-bearer for midriff-exposing tomboys. But that’s also the reason you haven’t seen her in as many roles since: she has a few stipulations that characters must meet in order for her to consider playing them, including no tank tops, and perhaps even more crucially, no love triangles. But as a massive fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, Lilly thrilled at the chance to join the cast of Peter Jackson’s adaptations of “The Hobbit”—even if the character was completely original, and as she soon discovered, finds herself in a love triangle.

Richard Armitage Talks 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug,' Deleted Scenes Between Gandalf And Thrain & More

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 11, 2013 11:33 AM
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Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, Desolation of Smaug
Although it’s appropriate that Bilbo Baggins serves as the central figure in the three “The Hobbit” films that Peter Jackson created to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel of the same name, another character provides their narrative backbone: Thorin. Played by Richard Armitage, the would-be dwarf king seeks, against all odds, to restore his people’s kingdom, and that trek is the reason that Bilbo takes his "Unexpected Journey." Meanwhile, Thorin struggles to come to terms with the significance of his birthright, even as he must fight again and again with increasingly fierce adversaries to reclaim it.

Review: Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 6, 2013 4:49 PM
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The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug
If the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was a bloated 2 hour and 49 minute slog, replete with dull merriment, songs and a distended prologue that threatened to put you to sleep, then in contrast, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a brisk, engagingly paced 2 hours and 41 minutes which goes to show that length never matters—it’s how well your narrative engine runs.

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Calls J.J. Abrams A “Dickhead”; Does Dramatic Reading of R. Kelly’s ‘Black Panties’

Benedict Cumberbatch
Cumberbitches activate! Benedict Cumberbatch has had a pretty good year. He was the main villain “Star Trek: Into Darkness” and he’s about to be doing the same as the voice of a dragon in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” But about that first tentpole....what about all that lying and thieving he had to do to protect the identity of his character Khan (something director J.J. Abrams recently said he regrets)? How was that for Cumberbatch and what does he have to say about Abrams’ crazy penchant for secrecy? Read More »

Watch: 4 Clips, TV Spot & New Pics From 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' & Everything Wrong With 'Fellowship Of The Ring'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 1:07 PM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Running times don't really mean anything until they make their presence felt. Which is why even with Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street" clocking in just a shade under three hours making it his longest film, folks are more concerned about numbing their butts in December with "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug." Peter Jackson's latest jaunt to Middle Earth will apparently spread out over two hour and forty minutes, and if it's anything like 'An Unexpected Journey,' it means there will a lot of moments when you wish things were moving along a bit quicker.

Time Magazine Names 'Her,' 'American Hustle,' 'Fast & Furious 6' And 'Desolation Of Smaug' In Top Ten Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 11:23 AM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
Ah, Time magazine... the once venerable publication that might actually name Miley Cyrus as their Person Of The Year (she's currently leading online voting). Last year, the mag angered certain corners of the internet by declaring "Cloud Atlas" as their worst film of 2012, while their mostly decent top ten also included "Frankenweenie." And this year, critic Richard Corliss has increased the oddball choices.

Oscars: It's 'Hobbit' Vs. "Hustle' Vs. 'Slave' Vs. 'Gatsby' In Production & Costume Design Races

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 2, 2013 3:06 PM
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Oscars, Production & Costume Design Races, 2013, American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave, Great Gatsbya
The Coen Brothers' glorious "Inside Llewyn Davis" hits theaters at long last this week and while its award prospects in general are somewhat on the tightrope, some of its better chances lie in the design categories: the beautifully realized world of early 1960s New York has a good chance of nominations in the Production Design and Costume Design categories. As such, we're going to spotlight these areas this week, along with their less-loved little brother, Make-Up and Hairstyling.

12 Films To See In December

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • December 2, 2013 12:26 PM
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12 Films To See In December
Christmas is coming, which means annoying family members giving you an excuse to hit the movie theater if only to escape from their incessant babbling. Or maybe that’s just how I settle things in my family? Regardless, in honor of the twelfth month, this month’s Must-See List is celebrating its own twelve days of Christmas with two additional movies worth seeing. What do you have planned for your Christmas movie watching list? Check our list (twice) below.

New Pics From 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Plus Warner Bros. Note On The Frame Rate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 27, 2013 1:41 PM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
"The Hobbit" is big, this we already know. Peter Jackson's three movie spanning, J.R.R. Tolkien based adaptation goes into every nook and cranny of Middle Earth and beyond, leaving few stones unturned or untouched. In short, the director is trying to craft an unforgettable experience and part of that is, for better or worse, 3D and high frame rates.

Listen: 43 Minutes From Howard Shore's 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Score Plus 4 TV Spots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 27, 2013 10:00 AM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Bloated, filling and it doesn't always leave you feeling good after... Nope, we're not talking about Thanksgiving dinner but rather, Peter Jackson's journeys into Middle Earth. While "The Lords Of The Rings" trilogy are some truly epic, involving blockbusters on a massive scale, they are not without their issues, which are usually exacerbated by the Extended Edition versions of the films. But it's nothing compared, at least thus far, to 'The Hobbit' trio of movies, with the first chapter dull and meandering, at least for the first half, before things pick up once the hobbits get moving. Why J.R.R. Tolkien's slim volume needs three movies we'll leave it to Peter Jackson to explain, but we will say this: at least 'The Desolation Of Smaug' has a dragon.

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