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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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AMC’s ‘Turn’ and ‘Halt & Catch Fire’ Reveal First Photos: Can They Replace ‘Breaking Bad’?

AMC Turn Halt Catch Fire Photos 2014
AMC

AMC recently played quite a hand in extending its relevance post-'Breaking Bad,' first greenlighting prequel spinoff 'Better Call Saul,' followed by a 'Walking Dead' companion series for 2015 and a 'Mad Men' final-season split, but now its newest cards are on the table. Revolutionary war drama 'Turn' and computer-development piece 'Halt & Catch Fire' have released their first photos, so how does AMC's future look?

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AMC Orders Revolutionary War Drama ‘Turn’ and ‘Halt & Catch Fire’ To Series

AMC Turn Halt and Catch Fire Lee Pace
Bantham Publishing / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

If we were ever wondering what AMC would do after 'Breaking Bad' (which is scheduled for its ultimate end this summer), and 'Mad Men' (which is likely to follow next year) leave the network, our answer has arrived. AMC has officially announced series pickups for forthcoming Revolutionary War drama 'Turn,' and '80s-set "Silicon Prairie" drama 'Halt & Catch Fire,' starring 'Guardians of the Galaxy''s Lee Pace.

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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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‘Hannibal’ Season 2: Will Lee Pace, Kristin Chenoweth and Anna Friel End Up ‘Pushing Daisies’?

Hannibal Season 2 Pushing Daisies Lee Pace Anna Friel
ABC / NBC

A few weeks ago we heard the surprising news that 'Hannibal' creator Bryan Fuller had an eye on casting glam rock icon David Bowie as Hannibal's uncle should the NBC drama be granted a second season, but it seems Fuller has far more familiar faces in mind. Should NBC decide to serve 'Hannibal' a second course, Fuller will do his best to reunite the 'Pushing Daisies' cast by bringing in actors Lee Pace, Kristin Chenoweth and Anna Friel! Find out about the big 'Pushing Daisies' reunion on 'Hannibal' inside!

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Has Found a Villain in Lee Pace

Lee Pace Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel/Getty Images

We've got even more 'Guardians of the Galaxy' casting news! Following recent announcements of Michael Rooker and Zoe Saldana joining the cast, it looks like the film has found its villain: Lee Pace.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Begins Testing Actors for Lead Role

Has Guardians of the Galaxy Found a Director?
Marvel

All systems are go! Marvel and director James Gunn are beginning tests for the lead role in 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' and we're pretty excited about a few names on that list.

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