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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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New 'Hobbit' Images from 'Desolation of Smaug' & 'There and Back Again'

Check out these new images for the second and third installments in the epic "Hobbit" franchise, "The Desolation of Smaug" (above) and "There and Back Again," set to hit theaters on December 13, 2013, and July 18, 2014. There's a hill of gold and more Orlando Bloom in store...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 7, 2012 1:09 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Peter Jackson Talks 'The Hobbit' and Controversial 48 fps

Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth with "The Hobbit" at the higher frame rate of 48 is certainly a bold experiment. It's new; it's different; it's smoother; it's more realistic. But there's no question that HFR 3-D is already causing an aesthetic divide. For some, it's jarring; for others, it's jaw-dropping.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 5, 2012 2:43 PM
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Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit': Review and Reaction Roundup UPDATED

Finally, the last films of the year are being screened, just in time for early critics voting. While early reactions to this weekend's "Django Unchained" were upbeat, reviews so far are mixed on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Reactions came in from both the New Zealand premiere, held on Wednesday, and a slew of Los Angeles screenings. Complaints from the premiere took the form of dizziness and even motion sickness from watching the controversial 48 fps, while L.A. critics found the film padded, overlong and shockingly lacking in women.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 8:58 PM
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Peter Jackson Debuts 9th 'Hobbit' Video Blog with Sleep Deprived VFX Crew Rushing Toward Completion

Check out the latest "Hobbit" vlog by Peter Jackson, the ninth in a series chronicling the film's long road to completion.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 26, 2012 12:42 PM
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Weekend Recap: First Looks, Reviews, The Painter Behind 'Life of Pi,' Latest Moves from Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristen Stewart, and Richard Gere

This first look at Richard Ayoade's "The Double" shows Jesse Eisenberg and Noah Taylor in period costume for this adaptation of Dostoevsky's novella about a minor government clerk who becomes aware of a doppelganger, who begins to displace him among his friends and acquaintances. Mia Wasikowska and Wallace Shawn also star.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 26, 2012 6:19 AM
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'West of Memphis' Director Amy Berg Talks New Evidence in Arkansas Case UPDATE: New Trailer

"It's a living, breathing thing," says director Amy Berg of The Sony Pictures Classics film "West of Memphis" (December 25), backed by producer-financeers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, which revisits the 18-year imprisonment of the innocent “West Memphis 3”: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. The documentary presents new witnesses and forensic evidence that exonerates the three men and points to others as responsible for the murder of Stevie Branch, Chris Byers and Michael Moore. It reveals a gross miscarriage of justice by the Arkansas justice system.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 13, 2012 6:27 AM
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'Hobbit' to Play in 48 FPS on 450 Screens--For Starters

Finally, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will screen in its original 48 FPS version in only about 450 of its approximate 4,000 release locations on December 14. That was not the original plan. Warner Bros. distribution president Dan Fellman tells TOH! that the majority of the higher frame rate screenings will happen in or near most major and mid-sized cities.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 7, 2012 1:47 PM
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