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From X-Men to Godzilla These are the Movies to Watch in 2014

It's Christmas time, so you're likely reading this buried beneath a mountain of freshly-unwrapped DVD boxsets. You're grateful and stuff but, truth be told, you've probably seen half of them a hundred times before. There's no shame in popping 'em on eBay -- you know it's time to look forward towards what fresh silver screen delights 2014 has in store instead. Read More >>

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Los Angeles Has a Climate to Match The Lord of the Rings' Mordor Says New Study

One does not simply walk into Los Angeles, unless one wants a lung full of smog, a severe case of sunburn, and quite possibly, an enforced plastic surgery procedure. And now a scientific study has found a literary analogue for the City of Angels -- Tolkien's hellish Mordor, from The Lord of the Rings. Read More >>

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No 3D Glasses Required to Enjoy This 80,000 Piece LEGO The Hobbit Wonderland

Splitting the 300-page childrens fantasy tale The Hobbit into three, three-hour-long silver-screen episodes sounds a bit like a futile endeavor, borne out in part by the lukewarm reception given to the first chapter in the trilogy. An 80,000 piece LEGO version of one of the book's most intricate locations however? Now that's precious. Read More >>

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You Can 3D Print Your Very Own Movie Prop From The Hobbit

If you fit into the piece of the Venn diagram between "Fans of The Hobbit," "Microsoft Users," and "Folks Who Have a 3D Printer," Microsoft and Warner Bros. UK have a treat: On December 13th, when the second Hobbit movie debuts, you'll be able to download plans to 3D print your own souvenir: the Key to Erebor. Read More >>

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Google's Tour of Middle Earth: LOTR From a Great Eagle's Point of View

Middle Earth is an amazing fictional world, but if you want to really get to know it, you've got to read a lot of words. So if you're in the mood for a little Tolkien fantasy without hunkering down for a serious reading session, Google's brand new tour of Middle Earth is a beautiful (and effortless) way to get your fix. Read More >>

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The First Poster For the Next Hobbit Film is Way Mysterious

The first poster for the next Hobbit film has been released in advance of the first trailer (probably coming tomorrow), and and considering it's for a film called Desolation of Smaug, there's not a lot of dragon in it. Probably because of all the desolation crammed in there. Poor Bilbo looks lonely. Read More >>

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Here's Everything Wrong with The Hobbit

Our friends at Cinema Sins found 45 things wrong with The Hobbit and I'm just going to assume all 45 of those things are because of the 48FPS that Peter Jackson chose to use for reasons unknown. Or I guess it could also be because the movie just wasn't any good? [Cinema Sins] Read More >>

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The Hobbit Review: An Unexpected Disappointment

Before the One Ring was rediscovered, before the Fellowship was formed and before the return of the King, an unexpected journey involving a company of dwarves, a wizard and a Hobbit took place in a faraway land. Welcome back to Middle Earth for the very first time. Get set for disappointment. Read More >>

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The Secret Behind The Hobbit's Epic Sound

The Soundworks Collection has released a mini-documentary about how the epic sound of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was created. From beginning to end, Peter Jackson's team used more advanced tech than on the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. Read More >>

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Your Favourite Crazy Taiwanese Animators Weigh In on The Hobbit

There's been a lot of talk about The Hobbit surrounding it's release, whether it's about the special effects or about that contentious frame rate, but there's been a certain zaniness missing in the conversation. Not any more, characteristically wacky Taiwanese Animation studio NMA has weighed in with some absurdity. Read More >>

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This Is How All the Fantastical Creatures From The Hobbit Come To Life on the Screen

48 FPS or otherwise, The Hobbit features a wealth of stunning, unreal creatures like any good fantasy movie should. The magic behind it all—of course—is CGI, but motion capture and a variety of augmented reality shooting techniques makes the work behind the scenes almost as cool as the finished product. It's second only to actually rounding up some real-life trolls and goblins. [The Daily] Read More >>

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Watch Bilbo Get His Hands on Sting in This Latest Hobbit Sneak Peak

The Hobbit trailer train has well and truly left the station. But, now we're getting clips taken straight from the movie, including this one where Bilbo gets gifted his famous blue-glowing Elvish blade, Sting. Something tells me he's going to need it. Time to slice and dice. [TheFilmStage via TotalFilm] Read More >>

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Watch Seven Whole-Minutes of The Hobbit Right Now

The latest Tolkien epic to be turned into a movie, The Hobbit, isn't set to be released until December 13th in the UK, but who cares? You can see seven-whole-minutes of the thing right here, right now. Read More >>

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The Hobbit Comes With an FAQ Explaining Why It'll Look So Weird

Not every theatre will be showing Peter Jackson's The Hobbit in its native 48 frames-per-second. But for those that will, Warner Bros. has created this handy FAQ that explains why the HFR 3D (high frame rate) technology could make the film look like a TV soap opera. Read More >>

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Air New Zealand Hires the LOTR Effects Wizards For Its Flight Safety Video

If you’re ever lucky enough to fly Air New Zealand, you might want to actually pay attention to the safety video that plays before takeoff. The airline hired WETA, the effects shop responsible for The Lord Of the Ring films, to punch up the video. And not surprisingly, they delivered (and then some) with a short film called An Unexpected Briefing that looks like it takes place in Middle Earth. Read More >>

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The Hobbit Will Use Dolby's Crazy 128-Element Atmos Sound

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is shaping up to be a groundbreaking event for film technology. First, we heard that Director Peter Jackson shot the film at 48 frames-per-second, and now he's telling us that the film's sound will be mixed for Dolby's ultra-intense new Atmos system. Read More >>

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