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Watch: War Is On The Horizon In First Trailer For ‘The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 28, 2014 3:02 PM
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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
So, the final 'Hobbit' movie is coming. After six movies, director Peter Jackson will finally be done with his ‘Lord Of The Rings’ saga (or one assumes, anyhow). And so in this final movie, it’s kill the dragon Smaug and come home as heroes with fortunes in tow, right? Maybe not quite so fast. "People tend to forget what happens at the end of ‘The Hobbit,' " screenwriter/producer Philippa Boyens told USA Today. "They think of this little children's book. The rest of the story needs to be told, and it's pretty intense stuff."

Watch/Listen: Over 2 Hours Of Comic-Con Panels From ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Sin City 2,’ ‘Fight Club’ & More

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  • July 27, 2014 3:59 PM
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The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies
Not in San Diego yesterday? Missed a lot of Comic-Con panels you would have loved to attend? We got your back! Many panels from SDCC have turned up online. You won’t see footage that was shown to fans in Hall H or various corners of the convention center, but if you’re curious to hear some of your favorite actors and directors discuss hotly anticipated films of this year and next, look no further.

New Images Arrive From 'The Hobbit 3,' 'Exodus,' 'Goosebumps' & Judd Apatow's 'Trainwreck'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2014 4:02 PM
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Exodus: Gods & Kings
With summer starting to wrap up (after "Guardians Of The Galaxy" in two weeks, blockbusters get considerably thinner on the ground), it's time to start looking even further ahead, to big movies planned for the fall, or even for next summer. And happily, with Comic-Con just around the corner, the studios have obliged, releasing a slew of images for some new upcoming movies.

Viggo Mortensen Throws Shade On Peter Jackson; Says ‘Lord Of The Rings’ & ‘Hobbit’ Films Sacrificed Subtlety To CGI

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 15, 2014 7:25 PM
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Viggo Mortensen Lord Of The Rings
If “The Lord Of the Rings” movies were universally beloved with Peter Jackson sweeping the Oscars for “Return Of The King” as a kind of “well done” overall achievement award, then his “Hobbit” films thus far have received possibly the opposite response (or at least a far more divisive one). Jackson’s predisposition for CGI seems to have taken over from practical effects and not only have fans noticed.

The 3rd ‘Hobbit’ Film Now Retitled ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 24, 2014 11:07 AM
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Because "There And Back Again" sounded too casual and leisurely. Because "Into The Fire," a recent rumored title because Warner Bros. had registered the domain name, will probably just be used for a video game version . Because over $2 billion in worldwide grosses wasn't enough. Warner Bros. announced today they have changed the title of Peter Jackson's third 'Hobbit' movie and have retitled it, "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies." Does that mean the movie, as Slant tweeted this am will be broken up into "five more excruciating chapters?" Thankfully not, but you can understand the concern.

The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014

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  • January 6, 2014 1:14 PM
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100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014 (part 2)
Last week we brought you numbers 100-51 of our 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2014. And while we still have several other look-ahead-to-2014 pieces in the works for the coming days, like a Sundance preview, 2014 Films We've Already Seen, and the ever-controversial Will These Films Suck? rundown of potential lowlights, today we get on to the section that really matters--the top 50 2014 films we're looking forward to most. It's a mouthwatering selection that convinces us once again that we collectively have the greatest job in the world, and has us antsy for the January doldrums to get gone, so let's dive straight in, shall we?

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

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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.

Money Well Spent? 'The Hobbit' Movies Have Already Cost Double Of The Entire 'The Lord Of The Rings' Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2013 10:33 AM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The old saying goes that you can't go home again, nor is it possible to capture lightning in a bottle twice. But both Warner Bros. and Peter Jackson have somewhat defied the odds when it comes to their epic J.R.R. Tolkien films. "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy booked over $3 billion worldwide, earned an armload of Oscars, won over fans everywhere and became nothing short of the premiere fantasy series of all time. So it was a no-brainer when after a difficult development process which saw Guillermo del Toro leave the project, Jackson and Warner Bros. would try and make magic happen again. And so far it has worked, but has come at a cost.

Harvey Weinstein Says 'The Hobbit' Is Real Reason WB Is Giving Him Grief Over 'The Butler'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2013 3:50 PM
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It seems that barely a month can go by without Harvey Weinstein getting himself embroiled in one controversy or another and as per usual, he's the master of spinning it into a good publicity opportunity. As you may have heard, he's currently beefing with Warner Bros. , over the title of the upcoming Lee Daniels' movie "The Butler." WB is absurdly staking their copyright claim to the name because it's the same as a 1916 silent short in the studio's vault that they didn't even produce, but merely acquired eons ago. TWC basically lost their MPAA hearing, which gave rights to the title to Warner Bros and Harvey has been fighting ever since, hiring a high priced lawyer to represent him and so on. But what's really at the heart of this? Money. Of course.

Viggo Mortensen Says He Turned Down 'The Hobbit,' Gearing Up Directorial Debut With 'The Horsecatcher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2013 11:18 AM
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There are few actors around as discerning, interesting and talented as Viggo Mortensen. As he's gained success in career, he's become choosier about this roles, usually going for something that stirs his heart or brain (or both), rather than the obvious star vehicle or blockbuster franchise. But of course, as Aragon in Peter Jackson's "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy, it brought the actor to the peak of fame and worldwide recognition, but count him out of any more trips to Middle Earth. Like it or not, Jackson found a way to turn the novella "The Hobbit" into three movies, in a new saga that overlaps with 'LOTR,' with a handful of characters carrying over. But for Mortensen, he wasn't interested in reprising a role that deviated from the text.

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