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Fans of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" will have to wait a little while longer to see how things turn out -- and not because Jackson added a fourth film to his three-part franchise. New Line and MGM announced on Thursday that "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," the final installment in "The Hobbit" trilogy, will arrive in theaters on Dec. 17, 2014, some five months after its original July 18, 2014 release date.

No reason was given for the move, but perhaps consistency was motivation: Jackson's three "Lord of the Rings" films ("The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King") all opened between Dec. 17-19, while "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" hit theaters on Dec. 13, 2012. The new trilogy's second film, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," is set to debut on Dec. 14 of this year.

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- Christopher Rosen

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