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The Hobbit Trilogy Marathon Coming to IMAX Theaters

Peter Jackson’s final adventure in Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is set to open on December 17th. As a way to cash in on the fans' love for the franchise, Warner Bros. will be hosting marathon screenings of The Hobbit trilogy leading up tho the opening.

The One Ring is reporting that The Hobbit trilogy marathon is going to take place in select IMAX theaters on December 15th, and tickets are set to go on sale in the Us Friday, November 14th. Apparently, tickets are already available in other parts of the world.

The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey would play at 1 pm, The Desolation of Smaug at 4 pm and then The Battle of the Five Armies at 7 pm. Sounds like a long, fun day at the movies! There are no other details at this time, but we’ll keep you posted.

Of course I want to attend this event!
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Final "Hobbit" Teaser Tomorrow, Jackson Speaks

The teaser trailer for the much-anticipated "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is officially set to be unveiled tomorrow at 12pm Us-pt/3pm Us-et, finally giving us a full look at the final chapter in Peter Jackson's saga. A 15-second glimpse can be seen below.

In a press conference following the film's panel at the San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, Jackson himself has said the upcoming film is his favorite of the new trilogy:

"By the time we are done with this film, I think it will be the most emotional, the most tense of the three - I think it's my favorite of the three. Seriously, it's got a nice thrill and a pace to it. It's something that, when you get to the end of it, it's going to feel like the right time to hand over the future of the ring.

I was always very
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Game of Thrones rules, legally and illegally

The most popular film or TV title bought online in Australia last year was also the most widely pirated: season three of Game of Thrones.

Data released today shows a strong correlation between TV shows downloaded legally and viewed illegally through file sharing in 2013.

That.s not surprising according to Simon Bush, CEO of the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association. .Game of Thrones is incredibly popular,. Bush told If. .The shows with the highest file-sharing tend to do well commercially..

According to TorrentFreak, the final episode of season three file was ripped more than 1 million times in Australia within 24 hours of the broadcast and shared by up to 170,000 people simultaneously.a record. This year Foxtel stepped up its efforts to combat piracy by airing Game of Thrones two hours after the Us.

.What the data shows is that there is a strong legitimate market for quality television and film productions
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This Week In Home Entertainment: The Hobbit, Grudge Match And More

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second of a planned trilogy of movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien.s The Hobbit. Despite the fact it only covers a few chapters from the famous novel, the movie offers plenty of action and a striking ending that makes it a vast improvement over the first segment. After a quick expository scene set in The Prancing Pony (a popular inn in the Lotr series, as well), Desolation of Smaug picks up where The Unexpected Journey leaves off, with Gandolf (Ian McKellen), Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), the handsome dwarf Kili (Aiden Turner) and the other members of the 12 companions on their quest to retrieve the Arkenstone. Along the way, the crew must run from and defend themselves against orcs, giant spiders and the titular villain, the feared dragon Smaug (Benedict ...
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Screen Gems Acquires Action Spec ‘Padre’

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Exclusive: In a solid six-figure deal, Screen Gems has acquired Padre, a stark drama spec by Mike Maples. Greg Champion and Mark Lawyer will be producers and Screen GemsJames Lopez will oversee it. The script has a No Country For Old Men and A History of Violence vibe to it. A priest, trying to atone for his bloody past as a special ops soldier, witnesses the brutal murder of members from his congregation by a malevolent Sheriff and his deputies. Tortured and left for dead in the desert, he survives. Then, he faces a crisis of conscience and the dawning realization that his past military training and three tours in Afghanistan may have been preparation for what his soul and his heart tell him is right. From there it goes all bad for the crooked cops. Maples is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment, and attorneys Alan Wertheimer and Jeff Hynick rep the producers.
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Review: The Hobbit

When it comes to making movie epics, Peter Jackson is ranked up there with D W Griffith and Cecil B de Mille. He may have at his disposal the kind of technology his predecessors could only dream about, but his cinematic vision and ability to tell a good story on film is as vivid as his distinguished luminaries.

Not only did The Lord of the Rings Trilogy week put Jackson well and truly on the map as a filmmaker to be reckoned with; the movies themselves defined a new Century of cinema excellence. With such a massive screen success behind him, it was only a matter of time before Jackson brought to the screen J. R. R. Tolkien’s famous prequel The Hobbit.

Go back several years earlier to a young Bilbo (Martin Freeman), who, like all Hobbits, is an easy going, affable chap who likes nothing better than smoking his pipe,
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'The Simpsons' epic-length 'The Hobbit' couch gag -- Video

'The Simpsons' epic-length 'The Hobbit' couch gag -- Video
The Simpsons are staging a The Hobbit parody couch gag Sunday night and it’s only appropriate that it’s one of the longest director’s-cut-length couch gags ever. The Fox hit’s unique opening credits closer is normally a few seconds; this is 1:30. The unexpected journey starts with a very Simpsons-ized version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth map (my favorite entry: the fearsome wasteland of “Lax Self Parking”), then our heroes pass Moe-as-Gollum and Mr. Burns-as-Smaug. The sequence is from Nov. 3′s episode “4 Regrettings and a Funeral,” (no, the funeral is not for the late Marcia Wallace’s character Edna Krabappel,
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What We’re Getting In “The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey” Extended Edition

What We’re Getting In “The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey” Extended Edition
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens got to talking about what to expect on The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey’s extended edition DVD/Blu-Ray set.

Jackson: ”You are going to get some serious Dwarvish disrespect of the elves at Rivendell,”

Boyens: ”You are going to get more of Hobbiton…We always wanted to wend our way through Hobbiton, but in the end Bilbo has to run out of the door.”

Walsh: You are going to get more Goblin Town, and the Great Goblin singing his song…It is a great song, but it was just another delay in terms of moving the story along.”

More from Jackson: “We are putting things in the extended cut that are going to play straight into the second film…like this character Girion, who is defending [the city of] Dale using black arrows against Smaug. And the black arrows play a part in an ongoing story,
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The Epic Adventure Continues With The First Poster For The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

This breathtaking poster surely comes as a real treat for all the die-hard The Hobbit fans who are anxiously waiting for the arrival of the first trailer for Peter Jackson's The Desolation of Smaug - set to hit the web on Tuesday, June 11th. "I do believe the worst is behind us" said Bilbo Baggins in the last scene of The Unexpected Journey. He couldn't be more wrong. It seems the poster stands as a sort of prediction of the epic battle that's about to ensue, showing the titular character, played by Martin Freeman, looking at what appears to be the infamous Lonely Mountain, the lair of the mythical dragon Smaug. The sharp contrast between the figure and the mountain arising in the distance clearly intensifies the overall...

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Vote for Cinelinx's Vic Medina to win a Rondo Award!

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Submit your vote for Reviewer of the Year!

Every year, the Classic Horror Film Board recognizes the best in the horror/sci-fi/fantasy realm with the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Fans of the genre can vote for their favorites in over thirty categories, and this year, Cinelinx would like to ask you to vote for one of our own, staff writer Victor Medina, as Reviewer of the Year (Category 29)! We've even included the ballot below so you can vote!

Votes must be submitted by copying and pasting the ballot into your personal email, making your choices, including your name, and sending it in. Votes for Reviewer of the Year are write-in only, so you must be sure to include Vic's name yourself under Category 29 when you vote. Pre-filled ballots are not allowed, so we can't do it for you! Remember, you must write in "Victor Medina, Cinelinx.com" yourself.
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Martin Freeman is keeping his Hobbit feet firmly on the ground

Martin Freeman has spoken of the challenges of his lead role in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson's opening film in a new Tolkien-inspired trilogy.

Freeman says the role was physically demanding from the beginning, not least because he had to cope with the cumbersome Hobbit feet, which were like wearing big, furry flippers.

"I won't miss them," he said. "I'd have to shave my legs, talcum powder them, then they'd put an inner sole on and put this latex leg and foot over it. It was a two-person job and took about a week to get used to."

Given that the three movies were shot back-to-back over an epic 18 months, Freeman felt it was important to remain as fit as possible.

"Obviously Bilbo's not a superhero so I wasn't bench-pressing 200 pounds every hour, but you do as an actor have to be healthy and ready," he says.
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The Hobbit Has Already Made $27 Million Overseas

With midnight screenings bringing in as much as $13 million here in the United States, The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey is already looking like a formidable hit in these parts. Unsurprisingly, it's going to be huge overseas too. Early number suggest that it has brought in $27.3 million from 42 markets around the world, and could wind up making as much as $200 million worldwide this weekend alone. Of course, when you set it against the record set by The Avengers this summer, when it made over $200 million in the United States alone, that doesn't seem quite as huge. But it's still a big number for a movie that's been getting mixed reviews, and a prequel to a franchise that started over a decade ago. WIth inflation and the higher 3D prices The Hobbit will likely have a bigger opening weekend than any of the three Lord of the Rings films-- Return of the
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen

Running Time: 2 hrs 49 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: December 14, 2012

Plot: A short man with hairy feet (Freeman) is enlisted by a group of Dwarves to help them take back their home, which was taken over by a bossy dragon.

Who’S It For? This is for fans, and outsiders. Fans will likely be thrilled to see so much detail from the book brought to screen, and outsiders will be on-board for the overall thrills being offered.

Expectations: A long time ago, I had read the book, and seen the animated film. I was never a huge fan of Jackson’s Rings trilogy, but I was certainly curious about the event of all of this. And this 48-frames-per-second thing? What the hoot is that all about?

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo
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Watch: One Final TV Spot for 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

This past weekend, I journeyed into Middle Earth for no less than 13 hours for Cinemark's Lord of the Rings Extended Cut marathon in theaters. If you haven't yet revisited the longer versions of Peter Jackson's trilogy, see if you can before The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey hits theaters this Friday. There are some great ties to The Hobbit including a mention of Thorin and plenty of references to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins. And so, as we're in the home stretch leading up to the release this weekend, we have one final TV spot for the first installment of The Hobbit trilogy as we anticipate midnight showings on Thursday. The final TV spot for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from New Line Cinema: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit... J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies,
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Peter Jackson Explains How 'The Lord Of The Rings' Was Almost One Film Directed By John Madden & How Some Careful Lies Saved The Project In Four Weeks

As you can likely tell, we've been in the presence of Peter Jackson a lot lately as the New Zealand director has spent plenty of time in New York of late. Last week, Drew Taylor spent time with Jackson and "The Hobbit" cast at 'The Unexpected Journey' press day -- Jackson defended the controversies surrounding 48fps and explained why he expanded the films into three movies --  and Kimber Myers attended attended a screening of the film that included a post-screening Q&A featuring the director and his co-screenwriters, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. At the end of that conversation -- wherein Jackson called 48fps and 3D a "gift" to his style of filmmaking and revealed that Walsh directed what he described as "the best scene" in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" -- the trio launched into a long story about almost losing "The Lord of the Rings
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Filming For ‘Sherlock’ Series 3 Delayed

Yes, Sherlock fans, this news seems to be true. ‘Unofficial’ reports have come in to say that filming for the third series of the super-popular BBC programme has been postponed.

Production was supposed to start in January 2013, but unfortunately it has had to be pushed back to March. Consequently, fans of the show will have to wait a little longer to catch a glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch, who returns as Sherlock himself. Bloggers are now estimating that instead of a planned summer 2013 release, it’ll be closer to Christmas – so this time next year!

However, fans of Cumberbatch and his sidekick Martin Freeman (who plays Dr John Watson) won’t have to wait too long to see their faces again. Benedict will appear in the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, while Martin has taken on the rather responsible (and fan-heavy) role of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey
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Morning Meme: Crowdsourced Edition

I'm still recovering from Black Friday weekend in retail, plus I focused on covering Liz & Dick last night, which was a trainwreck that will replay on cable networks for decades, but only as a PSA against traiditional marriage and an alcoholism PSA. So we're Crowdsourcing the Meme today, but I have some things to get you started.

We'll have more on the passing of legendary actor Larry Hagman later today, but as someone who can count "Who Shot Jr?" as a major memory of my childhood, I wanted to note his passing over the weekend from complications due to cancer. Patrick Duffy and Linda Grey were at his side when he died in Dallas this weekend, and our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Lindsay Lohan, in the press runup to the delightfully awful Liz & Dick last night, said that her relationship with Samantha Ronson was toxic, but outside pressure didn't help.
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Third The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey TV Spot

Third The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey TV Spot
There has been no shortage of news today regarding The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, with the international TV spot and "Radagast the Brown" soundtrack song debuting just a few hours ago. We're keeping this Middle Earth promotional train rolling right along with a domestic TV spot. We also have word that fans can start purchasing tickets Wednesday, November 7 at 12 Pm Est. Venture into the depths of this world created by author J.R.R. Tolkien, brought to life on the silver screen by director Peter Jackson.

The Hobbit The Unexpected Journey - TV Spot 3

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes to theaters December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.
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Third The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey International TV Spot

Third The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey International TV Spot
Following the second international TV spot released last week, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have debuted the third international spot from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins, who goes on the ultimate adventure with Gandalf (Ian McKellen), years before Frodo went on his own journey in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Take a look at the latest footage, also featuring Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel.

The Hobbit The Unexpected Journey - International TV Spot 3

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes to theaters December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.
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Exclusive: Hobbit Running Time Revealed

Exclusive: Hobbit Running Time Revealed
Empire's Ultimate Hobbit : The Unexpected Journey issue – complete with five 3D lenticular covers – arrives on shelves tomorrow, Thursday October 24, and with it a whole host of Hobbit exclusives. Not least of which is the run time for Peter Jackson's upcoming film. Those who have been fearing that the change from two films to three would result in less Bombur for your buck, fear no more: it's still an epic length.“It’s looking like it’s going to be about ten minutes shorter than Fellowship was," explains Jackson. "So it’s going to be officially our shortest Middle-earth yet. I mean, Fellowship was just under three hours and this is about 2 hours 40 minutes at the moment.”The "at the moment" refers to the fact that the credits hadn't yet been added and not all effects shots finalised when we spoke to Jackson, but it's going to be close.
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