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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')

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 12, 2013 at 12:58PM

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.)
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Evangeline Lilly in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
Evangeline Lilly in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

As Peter Jackson's new and improved three-hour "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" arrives in theaters December 13, a new video has landed with a behind-the-scenes look at the 3-D wizardry in the film, guided by Jackson himself. (Our review and round-up is here.) 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, is also below.)

 

Peter Jackson letter "I See Fire"


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.