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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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‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Photos: 30 Brand New Shots From “The Empty Hearse”!

Sherlock Season 3 Premiere The Empty Hearse Photos
BBC

Just when you thought we'd gotten a sizable preview of the 'Sherlock' season 3 to come from the latest trailer and announcement of a Christmas minisode, along comes 30 brand-spanking new shots from the January premiere, "The Empty Hearse!"

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‘Sherlock’ Season 3 to Premiere Christmas Minisode “Many Happy Returns”

Sherlock Season 3 Christmas Minisode Many Happy Returns
BBC

Whatever your plans for closing the gap between 'Sherlock' season 3's January 1 UK premiere date and its stateside debut on January 19, fans of the Benedict Cumberbatch-Martin Freeman drama will have themselves a Christmas bonus before the year is out: a new minisode previewing the return of London's (and history's) greatest detective!

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J.J. Abrams Admits Lying About Khan Was a Bad Idea, Blames the Studio

Benedict Cumberbatch
Paramount

It was evident to almost everyone from the get-go that 'Star Trek Into Darkness' director J.J. Abrams cast Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan (the iconic 'Star Trek' villain originally played by Ricardo Montalban in 'The Wrath of Khan'). Despite a mountain of overwhelming evidence, Abrams lied about it, cast members lied about it and the studio perpetuated the secrecy. But, with the film behind him, Abrams now says it was all a big mistake and blames studio pressure for the secrecy.

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‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Trailer: The Big Return Sets Twitter Ablaze

Sherlock Season 3 Trailer Twitter
BBC

The world may have been abuzz with 'Doctor Who' and his timey-wimey 50th anniversary special -- "The Day of the Doctor" -- this past weekend, but that hasn't prevented 'Sherlock' season 3 from stealing a bit of the spotlight. History's greatest detective is alive and well, as discovered by John Watson and the Twitter-sphere at large in the latest trailer for 'Sherlock' season 3!

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‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Spoilers: “The Empty Hearse” Return Revealed?

Sherlock Season 3 Spoilers The Empty Hearse Synopsis
BBC

Yesterday, 'Sherlock' season 3 released its heartbreakingly sad first official photo, teasing the reunion between leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, but it seems the grand return of Sherlock Holmes to John Watson's life will have even more drama than we've realized. The first official episode synopsis for January 19 return "The Empty Hearse" has arrived, and we can imagine why John won't be too happy!

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‘Sherlock’ Season 3′s First Official Photo: The Shippers Are Going to Feel This One!

Sherlock Season 3 Photo Benedict Cumberbatch Martin Freeman
BBC

We've waited long and ever for the return of 'Sherlock' for season 3, and each passing day brings us closer to reuniting the great detective (Benedict Cumberbatch) with his erstwhile companion John Watson (Martin Freeman). We've seen a few quick teases to be sure, but the affection between the pair has never been so heart-breakingly felt as in the first official season 3 photo!

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Director Bryan Singer Recasts ‘The Usual Suspects’ For 2013

Usual Suspects Recast
Universal Pictures/The Weinstein Co/Sony Pictures Classics

Almost 20 years ago, 'The Usual Suspects' hit theaters and stunned audiences, turning Kevin Spacey into an Oscar-winning actor and Bryan Singer into an A-list director. But, what if he had to do it all over again?

Responding to a fan's question on Twitter, Singer revealed that if he had to cast a 'Usual Suspects' remake in 2013, this is who he'd want for the iconic roles.

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‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Reveals First Photo, January U.S. Premiere Date

Sherlock Season 3 Photo Premiere January 19
BBC

The game is back on! After a nearly two-year wait, tempered by the show's first official turn at Comic-Con 2013, 'Sherlock' will return Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman to their iconic roles as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in early 2014. The UK thriller series has given out its first official photo for the seasion, surprisingly announcing its U.S. PBS premiere before the BBC debut, so when can fans finally unearth the 'Sherlock' season 3 mystery?

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The Many Faces of Benedict Cumberbatch for ‘The Hobbit 2′ Motion Capture

Benedict Cumberbatch Smaug Motion Capture
Warner Bros.

We got our first real taste of Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the dragon Smaug in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' trailers, but the star also used motion-capture technology to help bring the creature to life, which yielded some intense facial acting. 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Extended Edition, to be released on Blu-ray and UltraViolet this November 5, includes footage of Cumberbatch in action, and we've got a preview for you.

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