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    'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Smokes Out 'Madea Family Christmas' & 'Frozen' But Underperforms Within The Franchise

    Braving the snow, sleet and other miscellaneous travails relating to cold weather, audiences came out in droves for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." The second of the three 'The Hobbit' installments (or 'The Lord of the Rings' prequels, cue wincing from Tolkien fans) took the top spot and made...

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

    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 ...

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    The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

    The hand-to-hand combat that fills the movie is seamlessly integrated into a make-believe world created by the magicians at Jackson’s WETA workshop. (Photo by Mark Pokorny)

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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 "...

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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."

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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 Janu...

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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.

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    Watch: New 3-Minute 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Trailer, Plus Video Blog, Posters & More

    Familiar? More of the same? Does it matter? When it comes to "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug," part of a billion dollar franchise that will forever spin money into the Middle Earth bank accounts for Warner Bros., it's probably best not to rock the boat too hard. Simply put, all the team has to ...

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    Watch: Two New TV Spots For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

    If you didn't have your fill of Middle Earth adventures with last year's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," well, you're in luck, because for the next two Christmases we'll be treated with a new J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired odyssey (captured, for some reason, in ultra-fluid 48 fps 3D). The first sequel...

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    Once He's Done With Middle Earth, Peter Jackson Wants To Focus On Smaller, New Zealand-Set Movies

    With the exception of the (awful) "The Lovely Bones," Peter Jackson has spend well over a decade creating some of the biggest screen spectacles ever at the multiplex. Of course, his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was a massive blockbuster hit and Oscar-winning saga, and he's currently in the midst of t...

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