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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Reveals First Look

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

We've had an 'Unexpected Journey' and seen the 'Desolation of Smaug,' and now this year Peter Jackson brings us the conclusion of the trilogy with 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.' With six months still left ahead before we catch up with Bilbo and friends, it's about time we get our first look at the final chapter in their story.

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How’d They Do That? A Brief Visual History of Motion-Capture Performance on Film

Motion Capture
20th Century Fox

With 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' now in theaters, marking a high point for this art form, we take a look back at some of the most incredible instances of motion-capture performances, and see how this art form has evolved.

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‘The Hobbit 3′ Has Been Retitled ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

We heard the rumors that the third of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' trilogy would be undergoing a title change and today, it came to pass. What was once 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again' is now 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.' What was once pleasant and sentimental is now battle-hardened and filled with promises of action. Take from that change what you will.

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‘The Hobbit 3′ May Undergo a Title Change

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Years ago, Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' was originally announced as two films. When those two films became three, it was automatically assumed that the second film's title, 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again,' would become the title of the third film. And until now, that seems to have been the case. But, a new report suggests the the sixth and possibly final Middle Earth film will be undergoing a title change before its Winter release.

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

Stephen Colbert The Hobbit the Desolation of Smaug
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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‘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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Lego The Hobbit Bound for Consoles

Lego The Hobbit
TT Games

If you're a Lego fan, it should come as good news to hear there's going to be an adaption of 'The Hobbit' films from TT Games next year.

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‘The Hobbit’ Creator J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic Announced

J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic
Harper Collins

With the second installment of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' trilogy, 'The Desolation of Smaug,' poised to hit theaters this December 13, it's time to turn our attention to the man who started it all. Fox Searchlight has announced development on a biopic following 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' author J.R.R. Tolkien.

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