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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug passes half a billion at the global box office

28 December 2013 4:55 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having topped the box office charts around the world over Christmas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has now crossed the $500 million mark, with Peter Jackson's fifth foray into Middle-earth having earned $160 million in North America and $340 million from international markets as of Thursday.

The Desolation of Smaug is the eleventh film to reach the half billion mark this year, with Marvel's Iron Man 3 leading the pack as the highest-grossing release of 2013, having pulled in $1.215 billion, making it the fifth biggest film of all time.

The first chapter of Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey amassed a healthy $1.017 billion when it arrived in cinemas last December while The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King still holds the Middle-earth crown with $1.119 billion back in 2003.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is directed by Peter Jackson and stars Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins »

- Gary Collinson

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Jackson's Hobbit Sequel: Second 2013 Release to Top North American Chart Three Weekends in a Row? (Third If Four-Day Weekends Included)

27 December 2013 10:59 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

‘The Hobbit 2′ weekend box office: Third 2013 movie to top domestic box office chart three consecutive weekends (photo: Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’) Two weekends ago, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened way below expectations in the United States and Canada; yet, The Hobbit 2 is hanging in there. Chiefly because Will Ferrell’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues underperformed on its domestic debut, The Hobbit 2 topped the North American box office last weekend. Chiefly because Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s collaboration The Wolf of Wall Street debuted with less than $10 million, The Hobbit 2 topped the North American Christmas box office two days ago. And chiefly because there’s no strong competition out there, The Hobbit 2 is expected to top the North American box office once again this weekend, December 27-29, 2013 — the last weekend of the year. Budgeted at approximately »

- Zac Gille

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Crosses $500 Million Worldwide

27 December 2013 3:21 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug continues its climb up the worldwide box office, crossing $500 million globally. The film, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), has thus far grossed an estimated $160.5 million domestically and $343.5 million internationally, for a worldwide estimated total of $504 million and growing.

Moving into its third week in release, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug continues to dominate the global box office, remaining the #1 film in U.S. and abroad. Internationally, the film has released in 61 territories, with key markets China and Japan set to open in the coming months.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is the second film in Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s epic “The Hobbit” Trilogy, based on the timeless novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The first film, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” was released on December 14, 2012, and went on to become a billion dollar success at the worldwide box office. »

- Michelle McCue

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The Week in Spandex - The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Ant-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wonder Woman and more

23 December 2013 1:22 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Justice League: War, and more....

After debuting the first trailer earlier this month, Sony gave Spidey fans an early Christmas present this past week, releasing a second trailer and new poster for the upcoming superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Both are pretty familiar - the shot of Andrew Garfield's wall-crawler is exactly the same as the one from the first banner, while we've already seen much of the footage in the 'bonus' trailer; however, personally I thought the latest trailer was an improvement, although the CGI Spidey swinging around the city still looks like it's come straight out of »

- Gary Collinson

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New Production Diary For The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Released

21 December 2013 2:23 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Starring: Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield Graham McTavish as Dwalin Ken Stott as Balin Aidan Turner as Kíli Dean O'Gorman as Fíli Mark Hadlow as Dori Jed Brophy as Nori Adam Brown as Ori John Callen as Óin Peter Hambleton as Glóin William Kircher as Bifur James Nesbitt as Bofur Stephen Hunter as Bombur Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman Hugo Weaving as Elrond Cate Blanchett as Galadriel Orlando Bloom as Legolas Evangeline Lilly as »

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Final Production Diary is Here

20 December 2013 3:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

As he promised, Peter Jackson has released the final video production diary for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and it’s all about the soundtrack process. We get to see the concert hall where the recording took place (and where the Beatles once performed) and we get to see Peter Jackson‘s bare feet propped up on a table again (apparently it’s his preferred viewing pose) and so much more:

Featurette: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Production Diary 14

Be looking for our review of the soundtrack for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug next week.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, starring Ian McKellenMartin FreemanAndy SerkisRichard Armitage, Cate Blanchette, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Sylvester McCoyAidan TurnerGraham McTavishJohn CallenKen Stott, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Ian HolmStephen FryRyan GageConan Stevens, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, »

- Erin Willard

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Remember that time Evangeline Lilly was up for 'Wonder Woman?'

19 December 2013 4:10 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) Gal Gadot has the honor of being the first big-screen Wonder Woman, making her debut in 2015′s untitled "Man of Steel" sequel. But over the years, there have been numerous attempts to make a live-action "Wonder Woman" film, most famously a Joss Whedon adaptation that never got off the ground. During one of these failed attempts at "Wonder Woman", and quite possibly during the Whedon era, "Lost" star Evangeline Lilly was one of the actors up for the title role. “I actually went in and met on Wonder Woman at one point,” Lilly recently revealed to MTV while promoting "The »

- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources

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New TV Spot For The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug; "#1 Movie In The World"

19 December 2013 11:54 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Starring: Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield Graham McTavish as Dwalin Ken Stott as Balin Aidan Turner as Kíli Dean O'Gorman as Fíli Mark Hadlow as Dori Jed Brophy as Nori Adam Brown as Ori John Callen as Óin Peter Hambleton as Glóin William Kircher as Bifur James Nesbitt as Bofur Stephen Hunter as Bombur Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman Hugo Weaving as Elrond Cate Blanchett as Galadriel Orlando Bloom as Legolas Evangeline Lilly as »

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Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage on The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

19 December 2013 9:57 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug sees director Peter Jackson introducing several new faces, including the new character of Evangeline Lilly's elf warrior Tauriel, and the pivotal figure of Bard the Bowman - played here by Luke Evans.

Digital Spy sat down with Lilly, Evans and returning star Richard Armitage to discuss their characters' respective arcs through the trilogy.

"Thorin is opening up to Bilbo and seeing him for the asset that he is, as opposed to the liability he thought he was," Armitage explained of the relationship between his dwarf leader Thorin and Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins.

Armitage and Evans also discussed the experience of working opposite Benedict Cumberbatch's motion-capture dragon Smaug.

The film topped the UK box office this week following its opening last Friday.

Benedict Cumberbatch on The Hobbit: 'Smaug is a monster of ego'

Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug poll: What did you think? »

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‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Trailer Is Dark & Disturbing — Watch

19 December 2013 6:30 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

These monkeys are terrifying! The ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ trailer has arrived, and it promises a much darker, more intense experience than the 2011 James Franco film that preceded it.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the upcoming sequel to the 2011 James Franco origin flick Rise of the Planet of the Apes, looks jarringly different from its predecessor — in a good way! The brand new trailer jumps eight years ahead to a terrifying future, in which a small band of human survivors prep for a deadly war with a formidable gang of genius monkeys. Check out the trailer below!

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Trailer: A Superior Sequel? Take Our Poll

Okay, so this one looks much more fun than the last one. James’ origin story had its interesting points, but the sequel will finally capture the horrifying battle between the dying human race and »

- Shaunna Murphy

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Evangeline Lilly calls Orlando Bloom a liar on 'Chelsea Lately'

18 December 2013 3:00 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Evangeline Lilly is setting the record straight about some stories Orlando Bloom has been telling about her. While visiting "Chelsea Lately," the man otherwise known as Legolas shared tales of a night of drunken revelry with his "The Hobbit" co-star that ended with her vomiting.

But Lilly is singing a different tune. During her own chat with Chelsea Handler, she says she doesn't even think Bloom was even at the party.

"He's the nicest guy, but I heard he was here telling stories about me that weren't true," Lilly says, via E!. "He changed the story to a ridiculous degree. Because I don't remember him being at the party!"

He also called Lilly's partner Norman Kali her "husband" and said there were dwarves at the party. "I also heard he said I was puking at the party. Total lie. I am a classy dame. I might have run into a wall, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Evangeline Lilly on The Hobbit films: 'I didn't want a love triangle'

18 December 2013 2:58 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Evangeline Lilly has said that she was initially promised that there would be no "love triangle" in the Hobbit films.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug sees Tauriel (Lilly) being wooed by both Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Kili (Aidan Turner).

Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Cumberbatch at Hobbit premiere

Lilly told Access Hollywood that her Lost character Kate Austen's love triangle made her reluctant to shoot The Hobbit's romantic storyline.

"For the record, when I took this job, in 2011, I made one stipulation. That's it," she joked. "I just said… I swear to God, I said, 'I will not do this film if you will not guarantee me one thing. You have to guarantee me there will be no love triangle'."

She continued: "And there wasn't. For the whole time I shot. For a year of shooting there was no love triangle… And then, I came back for re-shoots in 2012 and they were like, »

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Giveaway – Win ‘The Hobbit’ Book & Passes To See The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

18 December 2013 1:48 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

From Warner Bros. Pictures, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is in theaters now.

A few lucky Wamg readers will win a copy ‘The Hobbit’ book and Hollywood Movie Money to see The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.

Answer The Following Questions:

1.  What is the name of the single, solitary peak that lies far to the east?

a.      Mount Doom

b.      Widow’s Peak

c.      The Lonely Mountain

d.      The Misty Mountains »

- Movie Geeks

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‘Anchorman 2′ Reviews: Jokes Galore Lead To ‘Generously Funny’ Sequel

18 December 2013 1:23 PM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

It’s been nearly ten years since we first met Ron Burgundy, and now his legend continues with the Dec. 18 premiere of ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’ The critics have officially weighed in, and most seem to agree that the laughs are well worth the price of admission.

Will Ferrell gave the world an entire encyclopedia of infectious quotes when Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy premiered in 2004. Now, Will, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate have all returned for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and most critics agree that the gang has aged like a fine wine. Find out what they had to say below!

Anchorman 2′ Reviews: Not A Disaster!

Sequels to beloved films like Anchorman can be a terrifying prospect, so it’s nice to know that most top critics enjoyed the film. Maybe not as much as the first one, but still — a »

- Shaunna Murphy

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Evangeline Lilly Was Up For Wonder Woman Role Back In 2005

18 December 2013 1:06 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Peter Jackson may have persuaded her play Tauriel in his second Hobbit flick, but after Lost finished up Evangeline Lilly shunned roles in big-budget blockbuster type movies, preferring to keep out of the spotlight and focus on writing. But, that could have all been Very different if she'd have taken the role of the first ever big-screen Wonder Woman! "I actually went in and met on Wonder Woman at one point," Lilly told MTV News. "Before the thing fell apart. That was early, that was first season of 'Lost' before I went, wait a minute, I don't know if I want to do this!" Nothing is certain, but the time-frame suggests that this would indeed have been Avengers director Joss Whedon's take on the character, and not the Diana that would have appeared in George Miller's "Justice League: Mortal". Lilly may have kept clear of »

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The Hobbit 2 is anything but desolated atop pre-Christmas UK box office

18 December 2013 9:57 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Peter Jackson's second Hobbit outing hairily hotfoots it to the top, while Frozen does well enough to be solid until January

• Us box office: The Hobbit leaves Frozen out in the cold

• The Hobbit – interviews with Martin Freeman, Evangeline Lilly and Benedict Cumberbatch

The winner

Exactly a year ago, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opened in the UK with £9.51m, plus £2.1m in previews. Many critics carped that the film didn't live up to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and sounded a note of scepticism over the innovative 48 frames-per-second projection. Still, audiences continued to embrace the film, and a final gross of £52.33m represented a healthy 5.5 multiple of the opening number – a relatively high ratio for a Hollywood blockbuster.

Now sequel The Desolation of Smaug arrives with a very similar £9.32m, slightly down on the original. A better Metacritic score of 66/100 (as opposed to 58/100 for Unexpected »

- Charles Gant

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Kris Jenner Says Khloé Is Staying "Strong"

18 December 2013 8:55 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

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- Laura Marie Meyers

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Destroy All Monsters: Why We Ship

18 December 2013 7:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

While watching Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, I had a moment of total clarity regarding why the people who don't really "get it" with these movies don't get it. A dwarf was talking to an elf in a dungeon under a palace carved out of a tree. Stacked vertically like that, the corner of balder and dash upon which high fantasy makes its mark feels about as lunatic as all the naysayers have been describing to me for years. The key to scenes like the one I've described, and indeed to its entire genre, is commitment. When Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel the Elf turns away from Aidan Turner as Kili the Dwarf, and speaks from a precipice of rock about her journeys...

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Evangeline Lilly Mimics Chelsea Handler, Denies Partying Too Hard With Orlando Bloom and Dwarves

18 December 2013 4:11 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

When Orlando Bloom appeared on the Dec. 4 episode of Chelsea Lately, the Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug actor regaled host Chelsea Lately with a story about how Evangeline Lilly once got so "wasted" at a cast party that she ended up vomiting. As it turns out, that particular tale was a work of fiction. The actress appeared on the Tuesday, Dec. 17, episode of Handler's E! talk show and cleared up the rumors her friend started. "He's the nicest guy but I heard he was here telling stories about me that weren't true," Lilly said of drinking with dwarves. "He changed the story to a ridiculous degree. Because I don't remember him being at the party!" Bloom also wrongly referred »

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Watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug by numbers

18 December 2013 2:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Despite The Hobbit only being a mere 320-page book, Peter Jackson (The Lovely Bones, The Lord of the Rings) has stretched the story into three rather long movies - the second of which, The Desolation of Smaug, came out last Friday.

Large handed film critic Mark Kermode has taken a sideways approach to the film's debate: looking at the cold, hard numbers involved. By adding together the total extended running lengths of the three movies (he makes an estimation on the last installment), working out the overall number of frames (double that of a normal film, as Jackson shot it all in 48fps) and comparing those to the source novel's word count, he's calculated...well, it's hard to say what is all proves. But it is quite fascinating.

Check out the wonderfully titled Decimilisation of Smaug below....

So each word in The Hobbit translates as a third of a second on screen. »

- Oliver Davis

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