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Talking Benedict Cumberbatch, Dragon Secrets and More with the Oscar-Nominated Sound Editors of 'Smaug'

In returning to Middle-Earth for the second "Hobbit" adventure, "The Desolation of Smaug," Oscar-nominated sound editors Brent Burge and Chris Ward were given a gift with the very hot Benedict Cumberbatch. But when he was first announced, they were apprehensive that his overexposure on "Sherlock" and "Star Trek Into Darkness" might make his voice too familiar. But that all changed when he showed up and got down on his hands and knees, played around with his voice, and became the dragon.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 5, 2014 2:53 PM
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EXCLUSIVE Video: Go Behind the 3-D Scenes with 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' (Plus Best Song Contender 'I See Fire')

As Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" arrives in theaters December 13, a new video has landed with a behind-the-scenes look at the 3D wizardry in the film. Watch below. Plus, read Jackson's letter explaining how he brought singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran on board to pen and perform "I See Fire," which is getting a Best Song Oscar push from Warner Bros. (Sheeran's "I See Fire" video, posted by Jackson, below too.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 12, 2013 12:58 PM
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'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' a Thrilling Middle Episode of Middle-Earth (REVIEW AND ROUNDUP)

Peter Jackson continues his lighter, more swashbuckling tone with the second Hobbit movie, "The Desolation of Smaug," which serves as a bridge to the much darker and apocalyptic "The Lord of the Rings."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 6, 2013 1:01 PM
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Peter Jackson, Joe Letteri and Weta Digital to Receive Producers Guild 2014 Vanguard Award

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) will honor Peter Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and Weta Digital with the Producers Guild’s 2014 Vanguard Award, which recognizes advancements in new media and technology. It will be presented at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 19.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 11, 2013 1:48 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Peter Jackson Sneaks New Footage at 'Hobbit' Fan Event

Peter Jackson unveiled 20 minutes of new footage at Monday's "Hobbit"-Con fan event held simultaneously in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Wellington. Joining him in the first look/Q&A were Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, and Andy Serkis.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 5, 2013 2:55 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

The official main trailer for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (December 13) has arrived. Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2013 12:51 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Ti West on Peter Jackson's First Film, 'Bad Taste'

Back to the '80s Again! continues at Trailers from Hell, with filmmaker Ti West introducing Peter Jackson's mini-budget gross-out New Zealand film debut, "Bad Taste."
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  • August 28, 2013 12:14 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

The first trailer for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" has landed. The film, which is the second in the unfolding "Hobbit" trilogy, features Benedict Cumberbatch as the CG eponymous dragon villain, here making a brief, snarling appearance at the trailer's end. Evangeline Lilly is a new addition to the series, playing elf warrior Tauriel, and Orlando Bloom returns as platinum-blond Legolas. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 11, 2013 1:41 PM
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Watch: Peter Jackson Previews 'The Desolation of Smaug,' Behind-the-Scenes Sneak Peek and New Characters

Those who purchased the Blu-ray and DVD combo pack of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" received a special access code to watch Peter Jackson previewing the second installment in the franchise, "The Desolation of Smaug" (December 13). Six minutes of that preview have now been released online -- watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2013 1:52 PM
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Pre-Holiday Box Office: 'Jack Reacher' Best of So-So New Openers

Warning signs for this year's year-end box office prospects appeared in Friday's numbers. Even though pre-Christmas Friday was two days earlier this year (generally the closer the day is to the holiday, the fewer people are going to movies), the take for the Top Ten was only $28 million yesterday, compared to $37 million on the same Friday last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 22, 2012 5:39 PM
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