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  • Video: Luke Evans Relives Breaking Weta Props

    Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) relives breaking important Weta props while shooting The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He shares the coolest thing he saw in their workshop, and where he wants to be immortalized.

  • Video: Benedict Cumberbatch Says Smaug is Like a Mermaid

    Benedict Cumberbatch discusses his process in creating the fearsome dragon Smaug...and relates him to a mermaid.

  • 24 Frames: For Your Elf

  • Video: Martin Freeman Wears Slippers While Filming

    Martin Freeman, aka Bilbo Baggins, smashes the fourth wall into smithereens as he reveals what it was like to shoot a beautiful, iconic moment from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He also discusses what he covets in his real life...but don't think of asking him what his favorite record is.

  • Video: Richard Armitage Confesses What Peter Jackson is Really Like

    The Dwarf King, played by Richard Armitage, confesses that his beloved director has an ornery streak when it comes to shooting his films. He also talks about dreaming as Thorin and the weight of your family's past.

  • Video: Evangeline Lilly Would Rather be Dangerous Than Wise

    Evangeline Lilly plays fearless warrior elf Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Apparently she is not concerned with other characters slamming her Woodland Elf kind. She talks to Grae Drake about the hard time she had moving like an elf, and what she covets most.

  • Red Carpet Roundup: The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Edition

  • There and Back Again: The Animated Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    I watched the last movie of the animated Lord of the Rings trilogy first for this article. This was done out of practicality -- The Return of the King DVD was the first used copy I found in the area -- and also to attempt recreating the '80s home movie experience. People who were kids in that decade know the scenario: your parents come home in the evening, one of them grabbing a random VHS from the rental store. The Return of the King is exactly the kind of tape ol' pops would have brought home to his kids, whenever he could remember that he'd already checked out Encino Man a million times before. You have no choice but to watch whatever makes it way to your home.

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Character Guide

  • Here Be Dragons

    Celebrate the arrival of The Hobbit's Smaug with this look at cinema's finest fire-breathers.

  • Best Fantasy Films

    The 50 best-reviewed fantasy films as sorted by Tomatometer.

  • Peter Jackson Reveals New Hobbit Footage at Fan Event

    With just weeks left now 'til The Desolation of Smaug's worldwide theatrical debut, director Peter Jackson and many of his cast held court at a global Hobbit Fan Event yesterday, where the director also gave a lucky few a first look at 20 minutes of as-yet-unseen footage.

  • Watch the Live Chat with the Cast of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    See exclusive footage from the film and hear from the filmmakers and new cast members Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, and Luke Evans. Hosted by Anderson Cooper and streamed live worldwide.

  • There and Back Again, Day 4 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

  • There and Back Again, Day 3: The Return of the King

    And so it ends. Having journeyed through The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, almost always conscious and (for legal purposes) resoundingly sober, we now arrive at the final -- and most epic -- chapter, The Return of the King. Will the extended edition yield another four-hundred endings? Has Gollum's lost boogaloo on the cliffs of Mount Doom been restored to the film? To Mordor we go...

  • There and Back Again, Day 2: The Two Towers

    Yesterday we joined the Fellowship of the Ring on the first part of our quest to plow through Peter Jackson's extended Lord of the Rings movies, with everyone agreeing -- to various degrees -- that the extra dimensions worked well for what was already a solid opening chapter. Today, as the fellowship splits and Gollum leads his unsuspecting charges toward Mordor, we take on The Two Towers. How does it play?

  • Video: Mordor - Your Next Vacation Destination

    Taking your family on a vacation to Fiji is so 2011. When you're tired of life in the Shire, and you're ready for a first-class adventure for kids and adults alike, pack your bags and come to Mordor. This travelogue shows Mordor as it really is--full of fun, excitement, romance, and a great gift shop.

  • Peter Jackson's Best Movies

    No surprises here, folks -- other movies are coming out this week, but it's really all about The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, and when it came time to figure out who would be the focus of our list, there was only one choice. Yes, we're talking about Peter Jackson, the director whose latest venture to Middle-earth is one of 2013's most eagerly awaited sequels -- and whose filmography is about so, so much more than hobbits and orcs. From gory comedies to vulgar puppets and beyond, Jackson has displayed one of the most artfully wandering spirits in Hollywood over the course of his career, and it's high time we took a look at the critical highlights. Get ready for Total Recall!

  • There and Back Again, Day 1: The Fellowship of the Ring

    At last it arrives. Part one of Peter Jackson's epic Middle-earth prelude The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in theaters this week, and so, in preparation, we're taking the journey back through the movies that made the phenomenon. And lo, we're sitting through all three in their 12-hour extended edition glory. Yes, it's a hard job sitting around getting paid to watch movies. So pack some lembas bread, pour yourself some ent-draught, blaze up the halfling weed and join Ryan "36th Chamber of Rivendell" Fujitani, Luke "One of my trolls is named Teacup" Goodsell and Tim "Son of Tim" Ryan in their hole below ground as they embark upon the first chapter, The Fellowship of the Ring.

  • 24 Frames: Precious Memories

  • 50 Best Fantasy Films Countdown

    The 50 best-reviewed fantasy films of all time, as conjured up by our weighted formula which calculates a film's Tomatometer, number of reviews, and year of release. Films set in the real world that feature merely elements of fantasy have been omitted (e.g. magical realist works like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Beasts of the Southern Wild).

  • The Hobbit US Premiere

  • Tomatometer Watch: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    The early critical returns for The Hobbit are disappointing, however, for moviegoers anticipating the same numbers as the LotR trilogy. Each of those films were Certified Fresh, none dipping below 90%. The Hobbit is still within striking distance of hitting Certified Fresh (details of the award here), but will have to work for it. Elevation into the mid-80s Tomatometer range seems highly unlikely at this point, but Jackson has weaved strange magic before.

  • Video Character Guide for The Hobbit

    Let's face it: it's been awhile since you read The Hobbit, and with 13 dwarves, you can't quite remember the difference between Oin, Gloin, and Shep. Grae Drake is here to your rescue, giving you a refresher course for all 13 (count 'em) stout stars of this upcoming blockbuster from Peter Jackson.

  • The Hobbit World Premiere

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