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The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014

  • By The Playlist Staff
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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

  • 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.

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.

'The Hobbit: There And Back Again' Moves Back 5 Months, 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Lands Oscar Ready Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 9:59 PM
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Well, get out the pencil and eraser, because some dates are changing, and the biggest one of them all means you'll have to wait even longer for the finale of Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth.

First Look: Luke Evans & Orlando Bloom In 'The Hobbit: There And Back Again'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2012 3:56 PM
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Orlando Bloom & Luke Evans from 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again'
Well, movie marketing has reached a whole new level. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" isn't even in theaters yet and we're already getting the first look at the last movie in the trilogy that doesn't come out for two years. Hooray? So here we go, take a look at Orlando Bloom reprising Legolas alongside Luke Evans as the Laketown warrior Bard the Bowman.

Stephen Colbert Lines Up Cameo In Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2012 3:18 PM
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With Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" now stretching across three films, there is even more room to surprise fans of the director's adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's books. And Colbert Nation followers in particular, will want to keep an eye out.

Part 2 Of 'The Hobbit' Entitled 'The Desolation of Smaug,' Part 3 Dated For July 18th, 2014

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 1, 2012 10:14 AM
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One problem with turning your two-part fantasy epic into a three-part fantasy epic is that you need to find a new title from somewhere. It's alright when a "Twilight" or a "Hunger Games" decide to split their final installment into two, because they can always go for a "Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 and 2" or "Mockingjay Pt. 1 and 2" type deal, but for "The Hobbit," Peter Jackson had already added two new subtitles to his one-book source material, admittedly ones already associated with the books -- "An Unexpected Journey" and "There And Back Again."

'The Hobbit: Tokyo Drift' (Or Whatever It Ends Up Being Called) Doesn't Yet Have A Script Or A Budget Yet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 10:24 AM
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Like it or not, we're getting a third "Hobbit" movie. What started as rumors at Comic-Con became firm negotiations last week, and on Monday, it was announced that the as-yet untitled third film will follow six months or so after the already-scheduled second, "The Hobbit: There And Back Again," in the summer of 2014. Beyond that it's likely to feature additional scenes from the appendices, not much is known about Peter Jackson's actual plans, only that deals are in place for the actors, Warner Bros have given the go-ahead, and additional filming will take place in the near future, likely for two months or so.

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