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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Review

The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Review
Warner Bros.

There comes a time when we must stop kidding ourselves. These 'Hobbit' films – with 'The Desolation of Smaug' representing the shank of the trilogy – are not real movies. These are exploitation films for Tolkien nuts, for enthusiasts of the original 'Lord of the Rings' movies and for audiences so hungry for high fantasy they'll gobble up whatever is served to them and ask for seconds.

As someone who has sympathy, but not empathy, for those who have such proclivities, I can get why someone might come away liking this picture. But that is more of an involuntary reaction to exposure to certain elements, not the summation of a film. Listen, there's a grey-bearded wizard who warns in low tones about a place that sounds like “Doggledoor.” And there's someone referred to as “Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror.” I love that geekorama stuff more than most. It's hilarious, and I'll probably refer to my cat as “Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror” for the next week. But this movie doesn't cohere – there's no forward momentum, no character development, no story happening. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a fibber.

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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Clips Preview Elves, Secrets and Dragon Gold

The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Clips
Warner Bros.

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,' Peter Jackson's second installment in the new film trilogy, will soon be upon us. While stars recently flocked to the red carpet at the world premiere, Warner Bros. released new clips we've merely glimpsed in the trailers.

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‘The Hobbit 2′ Posters: This Fellowship Is Ready for Battle

The Hobbit 2 Character Posters
Warner Bros.

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is now just over a month away, bringing back Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen and that bumbling band of dwarfs to continue their journey to face down the evil dragon Smaug. But who are the new warriors we'll meet along the way? If you still don't know your Tolkien mythology, Warner Bros. has released seven new 'The Hobbit 2' character posters.

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‘The Hobbit 2′ Banner: Can ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ Be More Epic Than the First?

The Hobbit 2 Banner Lead
Warner Bros.

In similar fashion to the marketing for the first 'Hobbit' film, Warner Bros. has revealed the latest Smaug-sized banner for Peter Jackson's second installment, 'The Desolation of Smaug.' But can it help pick fan interest back up after a less-than-stellar first go?

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Watch ‘The Hobbit 2′ Stars Reacting to Fangirls Reacting to the New Trailer

The Hobbit

Yesterday, the trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' debuted online and there was much rejoicing within the geek world. However, there was seemingly no one as excited as the ladies seen in the video above, who recorded their reaction to the trailer and put it on YouTube. These two fangirls probably expected fellow Middle Earth fans to watch the video and share in their excitement, but they definitely didn't expect director Peter Jackson to see it and arrange a response.

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‘The Hobbit 3′ First Look: Orlando Bloom Returns as Legolas

The Hobbit Legolas
Warner Bros.

'The Hobbit' opens in theaters this month and while 'An Unexpected Journey' is the first part of the 'Hobbit' trilogy, we've got your first look at the third installment, 'There and Back Again.' And hey look, Legolas is back!

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Orlando Bloom + Mats Hummels — Dead Ringers?

Orlando Bloom + Mats Hummels
Koichi Kamoshida/Denis Doyle, Getty Images

There aren't too many guys out there who can say they look like Orlando Bloom; some celebs try to copy his swagger, but to little or no avail. Well, we've found one guy who might as well be Bloom's long-lost brother 'cause the two are near-identity twins.

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Peter Jackson Gives Us A Detailed Look Inside The World Of ‘The Hobbit’

Peter Jackson
Warner Bros.

We're certainly not kidding when we say that this is an extensive look inside production of 'The Hobbit.' Why? Because the video is nearly fifteen minutes long. But if you're a 'Lord of the Rings' fan, a 'Hobbit' fan or just a fantasy fan in general, you'll want to see this in-depth how things work on set. It's not just Peter Jackson putting everything together on his own. It takes a marvelous and talented team in order to do so.

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Orlando Bloom is Not Good in ‘The Good Doctor’ Trailer

The Good Doctor
Magnolia

You would think starring in six of the biggest movies of all time would automatically make you a superstar, but it's funny how Orlando Bloom's fame has faded. And though he'll appear in 'The Hobbit' films, one gets the sense that he's washed out. Now he's starring in 'The Good Doctor' and we've got the trailer and poster for it.

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