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Friday Talking Points -- Debate Talking Point Rundown

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.16.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Because of the importance of the first debate of the season for Democrats, we're devoting the entire column today to scrutinizing the various talking points (good and bad) delivered by the candidates.

Watch Eddie Redmayne Reenact His Failed 'Hobbit' Audition

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.05.2015 | Entertainment

As Graham Norton points out, half of the United Kingdom appears in the "Lord of the Rings" franchise -- but now we know why Eddie Redmayne does not. T...

Bilbo Baggins Heads To 'The Office' In 'SNL' Parody

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 12.14.2014 | Entertainment

"Hobbit" star Martin Freeman hosted 'Saturday Night Live" this weekend, but Bilbo Baggins wasn't the only character the show put to good use. In sketc...

Smaug Thinks Benedict Cumberbatch Is A 'Hack'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 12.12.2014 | Entertainment

Sorry, Benedict Cumberbatch. Ya just got burnt. For one of his last interviews on "The Colbert Report," host Stephen Colbert invited the great and ...

Daily Meditation: The Road Goes On And On

Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

In The Hobbit, Why Does Gandalf Choose Bilbo to Be the Burglar?

Quora | Posted 02.12.2014 | Entertainment

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Joshua Engel, Gandalf was an Istari, one of the Maiar, of the same order as Sauron. It's n...

There and Back Again: Rediscovering The Hobbit

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.11.2014 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

I recently turned to The Hobbit when I was down with a killer migraine. Reading it wasn't exactly like meeting an old friend, because I didn't remember most of the book. But that didn't matter, because opening up the book and diving in, I felt welcomed by the narrative voice which is so very wise and warm -- and wry.

Mean Elves: When The Hobbit Meets Mean Girls

Oren Mendez | Posted 01.27.2014 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is hitting theaters in December, and what's a better way to welcome it than mashing it up with one of the most quotable movies of our time- Mean Girls. Check out the animated sketch, from Leigh Lahav after the break.

His Last Day On 'The Hobbit'

Posted 07.12.2013 | Entertainment

Martin Freeman is done playing Bilbo Baggins. Peter Jackson passed that word along via his Facebook page on Friday, noting that Freeman had played ...

The Bamblue Box

Rob Taub | Posted 04.14.2013 | Sports
Rob Taub

The Cameron Crazies represent a unique combination of a comic book nerd's intellectuality with the determination of the most rabid Boston Red Sox fan, so attending a Duke basketball game is a marriage of theatre of the absurd with the loudest sporting event imaginable.

Is Gandalf God In The Hobbit?

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

So do I buy into the God-like character Tolkien offers us in Gandalf? I don't know that I'm ready to commit one way or the other. But I guess the choice to believe either way, Tolkein would say, is ultimately mine.

Hobbit Headquarters In Chicagoland

Brett Foster | Posted 02.13.2013 | Religion
Brett Foster

As excitement builds for the opening of Peter Jackson's new film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," it just may be that DuPage County, Ill., and the city of Wheaton in particular, will briefly become the center of the universe, or at least the sleepy capital of Middle Earth.

Movie Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Hobbit entranced me in a way that made me forget about the technology and just plug into the movie itself. By the end, I wasn't even resenting the clunky 3D glasses.

WATCH: Bilbo Meets Gollum

Posted 12.05.2012 | Entertainment

Need a little something to tide yourself over until the release of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" on Dec. 14? Six new clips from the film have be...

Awesome LOTR Balloon Replica Will Blow You Away!

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 11.09.2012 | Arts

It's probably been awhile since you've last experienced balloon animals and face painting, but rest assured, you have not grown too old for the art of...

PHOTO: 'The Hobbit' Reveals Its New Stars

Posted 09.21.2011 | Celebrity

While it was Elijah Wood, as Frodo Baggins, and his little furry-footed friends that led the adventure in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the great q...

Geek Like Me: A Review of Ethan Gilsdorf's Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

Stefan Sirucek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stefan Sirucek

At the core of the book is an exploration of the significance and allure of fantasy. It is full of encounters, both funny and poignant, with people who march to the beat of their own war drums.