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Third 'The Hobbit' Film To Get Cooler Title, Maybe We'll Forget How Boring...

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Let’s face it—Peter Jackson’s multi-film  adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit has been pretty mediocre and outright disappointing thus far.  Perhaps it has to do with taking what could have been a single-film adaptation of the 300-page book and stretching it into a bloated trilogy, with each individual film also being...

Box Office Predictions: 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' Enters a...

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There are exactly two official stills for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which suggests that Paramount thinks they're going to make a quick buck on the film, but have no interest in a heavy push. They will make money, that's for sure. These films are usually done for cheap, run about ninety minutes, and have solid opening weekends and die a quick death. There's no reason to...

Box Office Roundup: 'Frozen' and 'Catching Fire' Appeal to Families More...

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Movies tend to open and fade away. Such is the nature of modern box office. But Christmas is the one time of year where that's not always the case. Which is why -- kind of out of nowhere, but it makes perfect sense -- Frozen came close to being the number one film of the weekend, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire now seems like it could...

Box Office Predictions: 'The Wolf' Battles 'Smaug' for Top Slot

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It's the day after everything opened, that is to say it's the day after Christmas, which means that we already have a look at how this weekend could play out. And with Wednesday's numbers in, it's going to be a battle for the top slot, likely between Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of...

Box Office Roundup: 'The Hobbit' Smaugs 'Anchorman 2'

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Paramount did a lot to hype up Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, but it couldn't tackle heavy expectations and the still sort of juggernaut-ish Lord of the Rings films. They tried, and for their efforts have $40 Million in the bank. But with the holidays about to start, the question is if it (and, for that matter, The Desolation...

Box Office Predictions: 'Anchorman' Defeats 'Hobbit,' News at 11

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Though many reviews are mixed, and few are saying it's as good or better than the first (though surely someone will because it will show up in the TV spots), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues should clean up over its five day release window. There's also some expansion releases, and Fox's Walking with Dinosaurs, so there's a full plate of movies to chose from.

Box Office Roundup: 'Smaug' Covers the Top of the Charts

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug took the top of the of the box office this weekend, which is no surprise. It's a big movie and part of one of the most successful franchises in cinema. Who would guess that Orlando Bloom would star in seven of the biggest movies of all time? Especially after Elizabethtown?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Movie Review

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There was a hope, perhaps only a fool's hope, that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey would be the lead-footed start to the new trilogy, only for the action and awesome to be more present the in the follow-up films. Alas, after watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, whatever artistic hopes for the series are completely dashed. Yes,...

DVD and Blu-ray Picks for November 5 - 11

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There’s a lot this week if you like television and new releases, plus some great catalog titles. But we’re most excited for the release of The Right Stuff on Blu-ray, because it’s The Right Stuff

'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Gets A New Theatrical Poster, Plus...

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Since Peter Jackson was so kind as to unnecessarily over-expand Tolkien’s 310-page book The Hobbit into a series of  three films each running from about 2 hours and 40 minutes to three hours, it makes sense that the film’s PR department would match that overreaching by laying down a thick slab of posters advertising the film—not just a theatrical one-sheet, but...

New Posters For 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' And 'The Hobbit: The...

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In less than two months, Jennifer Lawrence will reprise her role as the brave Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Lionsgate has released the very last poster for the highly-anticipated sequel, showing a fierce Katniss with her bow and arrow. But Lionsgate aren't the only ones getting fans all riled up. Warner Bros. has also debuted a new banner for The Hobbit: The...

'The Hobbit' Is Wrapped Because Peter Jackson Blogged About It

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For some reason a number of us were under the impression that director Peter Jackson already completed filming The Hobbit trilogy, which in my opinion shouldn't have been stretched out into three films in the first place. Well it's official; Peter Jackson finished filming the trilogy and has a number of pictures to prove it. Did we mention he has a cute wolf-like...

'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Gets A Poster, Teaser Trailer Coming...

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UPDATE: Watch the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug! Despite the fact that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was nearly three hours long (when an hour and a half would have sufficed), featured a distractingly increased frame rate, and overall lacked the charm and beauty of the any of the films in Peter Jackson’s Lord of...

Peter Jackson Offers a Glimpse at 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

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With the first film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hitting DVD and Blu-ray recently, it stands that -- following the patterns of The Lord of the Rings movies -- we should start seeing some footage for the next film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Well, Peter Jackson hosted an online event with the release of...

DVD and Blu-ray Picks for March 19 - 25

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This week brings The Hobbit and Zero Dark Thirty to DVD and Blu-ray, which is exciting, and some of the most anticipated Criterion releases of the year. So, not a bad week. New: Bachelorette: This is hit VOD last year, and was a minor triumph, and is now coming to DVD/Blu-ray. Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan...

Box Office Predictions: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Faces a 'Gangster Squad'

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It's possible that if Gangster Squad had been released as scheduled, it might have been released on DVD and Blu-ray this week. Originally scheduled for a September release, the film was moved to January to do reshoots to avoid similarities to a theater shooting. Unfortunately, gun violence is everywhere these days (at least it seems), so the film is catching no...

Box Office Roundup: 'Chainsaw' Hits Hard, 'Django' Holds Strong

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There were two big shocks this weekend when it came to the numbers. One was that Texas Chainsaw 3D came at the exact right time and did much better business than anticipated. The other is just how well Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is holding. It was a pretty strong weekend for movies in general, as almost everything held...