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The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug

8 Huge Changes Made To 'The Hobbit' Movies

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit ... Now, more than 70 years after Tolkien first published those words, the hobbit himself, Bilbo Bag...

Leigh Blickley

All The Similarities Between 'The Lord Of The Rings' And 'The Hobbit' | Leigh Blickley | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment

"The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies are, of course, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved fantasy books. But the movies definitely feature ...

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Act Like A Dragon

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment

How do you play a giant dragon when you're a mere human? By being Benedict Cumberbatch, of course. In new behind-the-scenes footage from "The Hobbi...

Upcoming Award Show -- Honoring Celebrities: Film and Television

Pamela Glasner | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment
Pamela Glasner

Question: What do science fiction, fantasy and horror have in common? Answer: they are the genres honored annually, for the past four decades, by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

Bilbo Goes On An 8-Bit Adventure In "The Hobbit" Video Game Makeover

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 04.01.2014 | Entertainment

In case you (somehow) managed to miss the first two "Hobbit" films, we've got a quick and easy way for you to catch up. Quite a lot of chit-chatting a...

Here's Benedict Cumberbatch Playing Smaug On All Fours

Posted 02.25.2014 | Entertainment

If you want to see Benedict Cumberbatch crawl around on the floor while acting like a dragon, look no further. Peter Jackson's visual effects company,...

Yep, This Is How 'The Desolation Of Smaug' Should Have Ended

Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy

The How It Should Have Ended folks are back with a pretty reasonable take on how the second "Hobbit" movie, "The Desolation Of Smaug" should have gone...

These Photos Of 'The Hobbit' Scale Doubles Are Just Precious

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 12.30.2013 | Entertainment

It turns out most of cast of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" are quite a bit taller than their dwarf characters ought to be in relation to elves...

Stephen Colbert's 'Hobbit' Cameo Surfaces

Posted 12.29.2013 | Entertainment

Stephen Colbert revealed on "The Late Show with David Letterman" that he had a cameo role in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," but refused to giv...

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Conquers Holiday Box Office

AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 12.30.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Over the bustling post-Christmas weekend, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continued to lead the box office,...

Women Warriors and Soft Men: Lessons From The Hunger Games, Hobbit and Other Fantastic Offerings

Clarence Haynes | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Clarence Haynes

I find that women warrior figures starkly highlight current ongoing conversations, with an overdue need for far more balanced media depictions and fluid understandings of gender.

'The Hobbit' Holds Off 'Anchorman 2' With $31.5 Million

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 02.21.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — On a busy pre-Christmas weekend at the box office, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" held off a very different sequel, "Anchorma...

Zaki's Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Zaki Hasan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Read my 2012 review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey here A little over eleven years ago, on the eve of the theatrical release of The Two Towers,...

The Unexpected Desolation of Peter Jackson's Hobbit Movies

Paul Katz | Posted 02.16.2014 | Entertainment
Paul Katz

The part of the story I most wanted to see handled by Peter Jackson and team now exists. For my taste, they didn't get it right.


AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 12.17.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Warner Bros. fantasy "Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" debuted at No. 1 at the weekend box office both domestically and inter...

The Hobbit's Ultimate Guide to New Zealand

Viator | Posted 02.15.2014 | Travel

While filming, many of the cast expressed concerns that viewers would think the landscape was fake. How, they argued, could moviegoers believe that such stunning scenery is real? Where in the world do thundering waterfalls, turquoise lakes, volcanic pinnacles, and alpine glaciers all occupy a terrain with hardly any people?

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Dan Persons | Posted 02.15.2014 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The appeal of the Grand Adventure is clear and incontestable: the epic scale; the sense of mystery and adventure; the thrill of discovering what challenge, adversary, or ally awaits around the next bend. Thing is, the whole point of the exercise is to reach an ultimate goal.

Reviews of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: "If You Go for No Other Reason, Go to See Smaug"

Quora | Posted 02.15.2014 | Entertainment

The marketers made a brilliant move in refusing to reveal more than an eye or a bit of tail in the previews, because the first full-on shot of Smaug made my jaw drop. He is exquisite, and when Bilbo says that tales fall short of his magnificence, he couldn't be more correct.

'The Hobbit' Desolates The Box Office

AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 12.16.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Undaunted hobbits trumped princess power at the multiplex. Per studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros. "Hobbit: The Desolation of ...

'The Hobbit' Brings In Millions From Midnight Showings

Reuters | Posted 02.13.2014 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The second installment of "The Hobbit" franchise fired up the box office during midnight showings on Thursday with U...

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.  I...

Why Did Gandalf Decide To Go on the Quest With the Dwarves?

Quora | Posted 02.12.2014 | Entertainment

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Nakul Santpurkar, Curiouser and Curiouser *Possible spoilers*Gandalf's decision to joi...

'The Hobbit' Faces Lawsuit Over Profits

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 02.10.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey and Bob Weinstein have sued Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema claiming they're owned a share of the profits from the second and t...

Mike Ryan

What's The First Word On 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'? | Mike Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is quite possibly the least talked about sure-to-be-blockbuster movie of all time. I do wonder what life...

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: No Regrets

Joseph Parker | Posted 02.10.2014 | Entertainment
Joseph Parker

The movie is epic in both scope and nature, with rousing cinematography and plot twists that will either irate or satisfy. While it deviates greatly from the book, the storyline manages to capture the essence of the tale while drawing in the audience with every scene.