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Go Back to the Shire with These 10 Facts From ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

Before Peter Jackson took the reigns of the franchise, Guillermo del Toro was supposed to direct The Hobbit, and planned to bring his friend and longtime collaborator Ron Perlman to voice the dragon Smaug. But financial problems and delays at MGM eventually forced del Toro from the project; after Peter Jackson, king of The Lord of the Rings, signed on to direct in his place, he replaced Perlman with Benedict Cumberbatch. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which takes you on an unexpected journey behind the scenes of the first film in The Hobbit trilogy!

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‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ Review: Give Me Back My Precious (Time)

Having gone on an unexpected journey and endured the desolation of Smaug, Peter Jackson’s bloated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ finally comes to ‘The Battle of the Five Armies,’ which is less of a climax to this trilogy than a distended epilogue. After spending two movies and 330 minutes building up the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) as the ultimate antagonist, he’s eliminated from the story completely in the first ten minutes. He’s literally gone before the title appears onscreen.

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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Review

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

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

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: There and Back Again’ Gets Pushed to December 2014

When it was announced that 'The Hobbit' would be turned from two films into three, it seemed possible that Warner Brothers and Peter Jackson could kill themselves trying to deliver an additional three hour movie only seven months after the release of the second. So it's not a big surprise that 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again'  has been pushed from July 18 to December 13, 2014.

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The Hobbit Breaks Box Office Records
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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Hobbit’ Breaks December Records

Was there ever any doubt that 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' was going to dominate this weekend? Heck, it's probably going to dominate next weekend, too. If audiences embrace it like they did 'Lord of the Rings,' it may even dominate the week after that. The big question now is whether or not Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth will make a bunch of money, but exactly how many bunches.

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‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ on Track to Break Box Office Records

Though Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' hit screens mere hours ago, it's already on track to have the highest opening weekend of any picture to open in December. That's right, it's on track to open bigger than 'Avatar.'

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New Movie Releases — ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ and ‘Save the Date’

At last, what so many of you have been waiting for is here—'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' hits theaters this Friday. It may be a slim week for new releases, but there's at least one more new film to keep you entertained.

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‘The Hobbit’ Filming Results in 27 Animal Deaths

Talk about your unexpected journeys -- a new report claims that 27 animals died due to the unsafe environment at a farm run by the production crew while Peter Jackson was filming 'The Hobbit.'

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‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Gets Two New TV Spots

People of the United States and the United Kingdom can, well, unite over their love of Middle Earth with these two brand new TV spots for 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.'

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‘The Hobbit’ Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday

'The Hobbit' doesn't hit theaters until December 14th but if you're of the lot that likes to be prepared, we've got good news for you. This week, you can actually buy your tickets and get yourself all set for 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' plus the three films in the original 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy re-release (in case you need to bone up on your Tolkien).

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