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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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Smaug Graces Air New Zealand’s ‘Hobbit’-Themed Plane

The Hobbit 2 Smaug Plane
Air New Zealand

The Air New Zealand team has always taken pride in the fact that Peter Jackson filmed his 'Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings' trilogies in their homeland, but they've taken it one step further for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.' While some of the trailers have refrained from showcasing the evil dragon in his full form, the airline has plastered him all over their new 'Hobbit'-themed plane.

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‘The Hobbit 2′ Trailer: Epic Adventures Come in ‘The Desolation of Smaug’

The Hobbit 2 Trailer Sneak Peek
Warner Bros.

If you're like us, you may have been a little underwhelmed by the first 'Hobbit' movie, but the latest trailer for Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' seems not only action packed, but lacking in any scenes featuring long meals or songs.

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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 Simpsons’ Pays Tribute to ‘The Hobbit’ in Epic Couch Gag

The Simpsons Hobbit Lord of the Rings Couch Gag Four Regrettings and a Funeral
FOX

A few weeks ago saw 'The Simpsons' giving rise to one of its most elaborate couch gags yet, tasking horror master Guillermo del Toro to craft a glorious 'Treehouse of Horror' homage, but this time 'The Simpsons' has in mind to go a bit more epic. See the Simpsons family reimagined as 'The Hobbit' in an unexpected adventure across the map to reach "The Comfy Couch" in the latest parody!

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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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‘The Hobbit 2′ TV Spots: Don’t Step Into the Light!

The Hobbit 2
Warner Bros.

Is there a better voice for the evil dragon Smaug in 'The Hobbit 2' than Benedict Cumberbatch (aka the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' baddie)? If you couldn't get enough of his milky voice in the latest trailer, Warner Bros. has featured him again in two new TV spots.

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‘The Hobbit 2′ Trailer: Prepare for ‘The Desolation of Smaug’

The Hobbit 2 Trailer The Desolation of Smaug

Peter Jackson's latest trilogy continues as the new 'The Hobbit 2' trailer debuted online, featuring Martin Freeman's Bilbo and his band of dwarves still journeying to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug.

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‘The Hobbit 2′ Posters Hit Ahead of the New Trailer Premiere [UPDATE]

The Hobbit 2 Posters
Warner Bros.

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' has released a brand-new poster for the continuing the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and his band of dwarves to slay the dragon Smaug. But what's more exciting is that Warner Bros. has revealed the new trailer will hit tomorrow, October 1!

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Peter Jackson Won’t Direct ‘Doctor Who’ Until 2014, At Least

Doctor Who Peter Jackson The Hobbit
EW

For as long as producers and fans have touted the idea of 'Lord of the Rings' magnate Peter Jackson directing an episode of 'Doctor Who,' very little seems to have been set in stone, despite eagerness on either side. Most recently, another rumor broke this weekend that Jackson would finally direct Peter Capaldi in an episode of the upcoming series, though the rumor seems to have thoroughly been debunked.

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