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Poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug released

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug poster

The movie poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been released, and it's straight-up ominous. Bilbo is gonna go through that dangerous-looking door, and we'll be going along for the ride when the movie hits theaters on December 13th.


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Saoirse Ronan Disappointed After ‘The Hobbit’

Saoirse RonanSaoirse Ronan felt "really disappointed" to turn down a role in The Hobbit.

The 19-year-old actress was rumored to be starring in the three part fantasy adventure, directed by Peter Jackson - whom she had previously worked with on The Lovely Bones - but decided it would be better to focus on other projects.

"There was talks about me playing the wood elf Itaril but I had to turn it down. I was really disappointed but there were other projects I had to consider and to spend a year doing The Hobbit wouldn't have left me time for anything else," she said.

The Irish star is currently filming Ryan Gosling's How to Catch a Monster, which she is finding "a bit twisted," and also has a string of other films in the pipeline. "I'm filming How to Catch a Monster, which is Ryan Gosling's writing and directing debut and it's cool, dark and a bit twisted, too. It's about an underwater town, and the struggles of the characters living in this dilapidated place. And I'm in Violet & Daisy, in which I play a hit girl. How I live Now and The Grand Budapest Hotel are all coming out in the next year. Then I'm due to play Mary Queen of Scots in a movie about her starting soon," she said.


Stephen Colbert to Make Hobbit Cameo

Stephen Colbert set to make an appearance in 'The Hobbit'

Political satirist and funnyman Stephen Colbert will be appearing in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. The confirmation comes after Colbert had hinted at the cameo in Playboy's upcoming November issue: "Peter Jackson invited me to the set last year... I flew out and watched them shoot some scenes and went to some locations. I saw a 25-minute cut, and it was amazing. Jackson knows I'm a big fan of the films." When asked whether or not he would be in it himself, Colbert smiled and answered, "Could be."

There's no word yet as to who he will play, but fans of Colbert will have to wait until the second part of the trilogy to see him don the Middle Earth garb.

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The Hobbit Will Premiere in New Zealand in November

The HobbitThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will have its world premiere in New Zealand on November 28.

Director Peter Jackson has revealed the special screening will be hosted at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington before the movie is released worldwide in December as filming took place in the country.

"We cannot think of a more perfect way to send The Hobbit off into the world than to celebrate with a huge party here in Wellington, where the journey began," he said.

Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, the movie is set 60 years before the events in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy take place. In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins attempts to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from Smaug, the dragon. Martin Freeman plays the hobbit while Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen, will all reprise their roles from the trilogy. Andy Serkis will once again star as Gollum using motion capture imagery.

The film is split into two parts, with the second installment - The Hobbit: There And Back Again - due for release in December 2013.


Peter Jackson to Direct Tintin Sequel

Peter Jackson to direct the Tintin sequelPeter Jackson will direct the Tintin sequel.

Steven Spielberg revealed the Lord of the Rings helmer will be in charge of the second Tintin movie after the pair struck a deal before the first installment of the animated project.

"Peter [Jackson]'s doing it. I wanted to do it, but Peter has to because we made a deal. I said, 'I'll direct the first one, you direct the second one.' And Peter, of course, is going to do it right after he finishes photography on The Hobbit. He'll go right into the 31, 21 days of performance capture. We're not telling the world what books we're basing the second movie on yet," Spielberg said.

Despite Steven refusing to reveal which tomes will be used on the second Tintin movie, producer Kathleen Kennedy recently hinted The Calculus Affair is a strong possibility.

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Cate Blanchett to Reprise Lord of the Rings Role

Cate Blanchett in Lord of the Rings

Cate Blanchett will put on her Lady Galadriel ears again for The Hobbit, which begins shooting in February.

Director Peter Jackson is thrilled that Blanchett will continue with the Lord of the Rings franchise. He said she is one of his “favorite actors to work with, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier film.”

The central role of Bilbo Baggins will be played by Martin Freeman in the new flick.

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Sequel News: The Hobbit, Wimpy Kid and More


The Hobbit: Guillermo Del Toro’s exit from The Hobbit doesn’t necessarily mean an end for the prequels. Lord of the Rings’ Peter Jackson is now in talks to serve as both producer and director. It’s still hoped the two films can be released in 2012 and 2013.

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Quote of the Day: Megan Fox is a Lord of the Rings Nerd

Megan Fox with Lord of the Rings actress Cate Blanchett

“I’m a Lord of the Rings fan. And I’ll go on the forums. And they’ll complain that Frodo is eating the Lembas bread outside of Mordor instead of in the Mines of Moria. And they get really mad. You cannot focus completely on pleasing them because you’ll never win. They’ll never be happy no matter what you do… and company won like 30 something Oscars for those movies.”

Jonah Hex actress reveals more about her nerdy habits.

(Make sure to check out other notable quotes.)

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Guillermo Del Toro Exits The Hobbit

Guillermo Del ToroWill The Hobbit ever be made? Just when Andy Serkis reports that filming will be delayed until the end of the year, director Guillermo Del Toro calls it quits. Thankfully, however, Del Toro will be sticking around to finish co-writing the screenplays.

“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming , I am faced with the hardest decision of my life. After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wish the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director.”

No word yet as to who is to take over Del Toro’s job, but executive producer revealed the reasoning behind Del Toro’s decision: “[Del Toro] has compromised his commitment to other long term projects… The bottom line is that Guillermo just didn’t feel he could commit six years to living in New Zealand, exclusively making these films, when his original commitment was for three years.”

The film, which is to be released as two separate movies, is still expected to hit theaters in December 2012 and December 2013.

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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Has the Edge Over Mel Gibson

Edge of Darkness

Despite success in recent years as a director, Mel Gibson hasn’t been seen in front of the cameras in quite some time. Unfortunately, he couldn’t have picked a worse weekend to make a return.

Gibson’s new film, , debuted to a respectable $17.2 million over the past three days. While that may - may - have been enough for a first place finish at any other time, the Warner Bros. feature brought in approximately half as much as that other film.

, with its $31.3 million take, is now approximately $10 million shy of officially taking the domestic crown from Titanic. (The 20th Century Fox film finally become the worldwide leader during the past week.) If the sci-fi extravaganza remains at #1 for

nine more weeks,

it’ll officially tie E.T. for that record.)

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