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‘The Hobbit’ Featurette: Transforming New Zealand Into Middle Earth

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Every single behind-the-scenes video from 'The Hobbit' or the 'Lord of the Rings' films is, in its own little way, an advertisement for the nation of New Zealand. Peter Jackson's Middle Earth films have been completely shot in his home country, and it's now impossible to imagine J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional fantasy world without thinking of the gorgeous Kiwi countryside. A new featurette on 'The Hobbit' trilogy gives us a good look at how little work it was transforming New Zealand's landscapes into a land of dwarves, wizards and dragons.

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

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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 2′ Trailer: First Footage of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’

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The next installment of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' trilogy continues the journey of Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf and their company of dwarfs as they seek to rid the land of the evil dragon Smaug.

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‘The Hobbit 2′ Poster: Martin Freeman Faces the Desolation of Smaug

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Warner Bros.

With the summer movie season in full swing, it's about time we got a poster for what's sure to be one of the big events of 2013. The first poster for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' has arrived, and it's sure to send a chill or two down the spines of Middle Earth fans the world over.

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‘The Hobbit 2′ First Look: Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel in ‘The Desolation of Smaug’

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Hagen Hopkins, Getty Images

When the second chapter of Peter Jackson's epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' rolls into theaters later this year, audiences will meet a character created specifically for the film. 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' will introduce an elven warrior named Tauriel, who will be played by Evangeline Lilly of 'Lost' fame, and our first look at the character has arrived!

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Willie Nelson’s ‘The Hobbit 2′: Watch the Country Legend’s Stoned Gandalf Audition

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TBS, YouTube

" a good actor, but, hell, I'm Willie Nelson!" That's right, you are.

The legendary country star and marijuana enthusiast turns 80 years old on Tuesday, but instead of us honoring him with a gift, he's given the world the best thing ever -- a spoof audition reel for 'The Hobbit 2.' What would the Peter Jackson-directed films look like with Nelson in the role of Gandalf? Here's a taste.

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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Preview: Peter Jackson (and Stephen Colbert?) Tease the Next Film

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Warner Bros./MGM

A few weeks ago, director Peter Jackson held an online Q&A and preview for the upcoming 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.' However, if you wanted to watch or take part, you had to have bought 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' on DVD or Blu-ray and followed the proper instructions (you know, typing in codes and such). Although the entire event remains an exclusive, Jackson has posted a six minute excerpt to YouTube, letting everyone get a taste of the what it was like and get a glimpse of the new Middle Earth adventure.

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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Unveils New Photos, Plus Trailer Premiere Info

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Warner Bros.

Director Peter Jackson unveiled some new images from 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,' featuring Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen, and a whole bunch of green screen! Plus, he revealed when fans can expect to see the first trailer for the next installment.

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‘The Hobbit’ DVD Giveaway: Go on ‘An Unexpected Journey’ at Home

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ScreenCrush and GuySpeed have partnered up for a weekly DVD giveaway. This week, we'll be taking one lucky reader on 'An Unexpected Journey' with a copy of Peter Jackson's first installment to the 'Hobbit' trilogy.

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‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Has Made Over $1 Billion at the Box Office

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Becoming the 15th movie in history to do so, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' passed the $1 billion mark this past week, the second in Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' films to do so. But how much further can it go?

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