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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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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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    Evangeline Lilly Talks 'The Desolation Of Smaug,' Playing Tauriel & Saying No To Tank Top-Wearing, Tomboy Characters

    Since playing Kate for six seasons on “Lost,” Evangeline Lilly has become a virtual standard-bearer for midriff-exposing tomboys. But that’s also the reason you haven’t seen her in as many roles since: she has a few stipulations that characters must meet in order for her to consider playing them, in...

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    Richard Armitage Talks 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug,' Deleted Scenes Between Gandalf And Thrain & More

    Although it’s appropriate that Bilbo Baggins serves as the central figure in the three “The Hobbit” films that Peter Jackson created to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel of the same name, another character provides their narrative backbone: Thorin. Played by Richard Armitage, the would-be dwarf king seek...

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    Review: Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen & More

    If the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was a bloated 2 hour and 49 minute slog, replete with dull merriment, songs and a distended prologue that threatened to put you to sleep, then in contrast, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a brisk, engagingly paced 2 hours and 41 minutes which goes ...

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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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    Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Calls J.J. Abrams A “Dickhead”; Does Dramatic Reading of R. Kelly’s ‘Black Panties’

    Cumberbitches activate! Benedict Cumberbatch has had a pretty good year. He was the main villain “Star Trek: Into Darkness” and he’s about to be doing the same as the voice of a dragon in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” But about that first tentpole....what about all that lying and thieving h...

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    Watch: 4 Clips, TV Spot & New Pics From 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' & Everything Wrong With 'Fellowship Of The Ring'

    Running times don't really mean anything until they make their presence felt. Which is why even with Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street" clocking in just a shade under three hours making it his longest film, folks are more concerned about numbing their butts in December with "The Hobbit: The...

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    Time Magazine Names 'Her,' 'American Hustle,' 'Fast & Furious 6' And 'Desolation Of Smaug' In Top Ten Films Of 2013

    Ah, Time magazine... the once venerable publication that might actually name Miley Cyrus as their Person Of The Year (she's currently leading online voting). Last year, the mag angered certain corners of the internet by declaring "Cloud Atlas" as their worst film of 2012, while their mostly decent t...

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    Oscars: It's 'Hobbit' Vs. "Hustle' Vs. 'Slave' Vs. 'Gatsby' In Production & Costume Design Races

    The Coen Brothers' glorious "Inside Llewyn Davis" hits theaters at long last this week and while its award prospects in general are somewhat on the tightrope, some of its better chances lie in the design categories: the beautifully realized world of early 1960s New York has a good chance of nominati...

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