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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues the journey of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and their merry band of dwarves. After setting foot in Rivendale, and encountering trolls and even Gollum himself, the next installment in Peter Jackson’s trilogy continues the group’s ‘Unexpected Journey’ to liberate the dwarfs’ land from the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).

  • Release Date: December 13, 2013
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Written By: Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens
 

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Motion Capture
20th Century Fox

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See Stephen Colbert’s Cameo in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’!

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Comedy Central/Warner Bros.

As you're probably aware by now, Stephen Colbert of 'The Colbert Report' (and formerly of 'The Daily Show') is a huge fan of 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit,' so when given the chance to make a cameo in Peter Jackson's latest installment in the franchise, the satirical late night host jumped right on it. And thanks to the awesome power of the internet, you can now peep his cameo in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' without leaving the comfort of your home! 

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Rises to the Top

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Warner Bros.

If it's set in Middle Earth, it's going to open at number one. That's common knowledge. The big question is always how big or how small it's going to open at number one. 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' did open at number one this weekend, but it's a number that's going to feel controversial for people who like to bicker about box office numbers. Is it good? Is it bad? Is it disappointing? Honestly, you could make a case for all of those.

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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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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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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Trailer to Debut in Theaters With ‘The Hobbit’

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Want to know when you can be the first to see the 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' trailer? Well, the headline already spoiled it but...you can see it in theaters on December 13 when 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' hits theaters!

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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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