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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’: 6 Book To Film Comparisons
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The Hobbit The Desolation Of Smaug

For an epic like Peter Jackson’s film trilogy of The Hobbit, whose source material has a major and rabid fanbase, there’s going to be a lot of dissection of the adaptations (that’s why it helps to watch the filmmaker’s 30 hours of Blu-ray bonus features). The folks over at the Tolkien fan site The One Ring have brought attention to a list, created by fan Gary Appenzeller, of the differences and similarities between The Hobbit book and its 3-film adaptation. The list, which includes instances from the first two films of the planned trilogy, is quite lengthy and even notes some of the very minor details.

Below are six items from the list that pertain to The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, which was released in theaters on December 13, 2013.

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Stephen Colbert’s Cameo In ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Revealed
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Stephen Colbert went on Late Show With David Letterman earlier this month where he talked excitedly about his cameo in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. The Colbert Report host, who’s a noted fan of the works of Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien, mentioned that his spot in the film was during a scene in Lake Town and that his wife and sons also appear.

I’ve seen the film a few times since its release two weeks ago and I didn’t spot Colbert in it, but now his cameo has finally been revealed. Check it out here below.

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On this week’s show: Google previously bought seven robotics companies, and this week it buys the Big Dog (literally), Sprint guns for T-Mobile, Instagram wants a piece of Snapchat’s action, Twitter changes blocking–then changes their mind, are the NSA’s actions unconstitutional?

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Ian McKellen Shows Up At ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Midnight Screening (Video)
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If you were in New York attending one of the midnight screenings of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug recently, you may have had quite the guest show up: Sir Ian McKellen himself.

McKellen, who plays Gandalf in all of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies, showed up before the screening to say a few words to the understandably excited crowd.

You can see a video of McKellen’s arrival and short speech below.

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Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans
Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 161 Minutes
Release Date: December 13, 2013

Director Peter Jackson returns to J.R.R. Tokien‘s Middle-Earth with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second entry in a new series of films that serve as a prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), along with Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), and his twelve companions, continue on their quest: to reach the Lonely Mountain and reclaim the kingdom of Ererbor (and its golden treasure) from the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch), the “Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities.”

Bilbo and his companions venture into the black forest of Mirkwood, where they are attacked by giant spiders and captured by Wood-elves. Enter Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) in a storyline created by Jackson to expand The Hobbit narrative and give the story a female character, which it desperately needs.

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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’: Smaug Puts LAX On The Map (Photos)
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Last week, Smaug got out of his cave and took a small vacation to Los Angeles, which also was just in time to celebrate the premiere of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But how did he get there exactly? Well, the famed dragon teamed up with Air New Zealand of course, and flew across the Pacific, where he was welcomed at LAX airport by Jackson, two cast members from the film, and the New Zealand National Board of Tourism.

Okay that may be a bit too much, but to celebrate the release of the film, Air New Zealand completely transformed a seemingly normal Boeing 777, into the mythical dragon. Hit the jump to find out all the details of the plane, and some photos from the event, which we were able to attend.

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New Character Posters For ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Released
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Five new characters posters for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug have been released by New Line Cinema and MGM to give us a taste of things to come when this second film of the planned Hobbit trilogy is released on December 13, 2013. Four of the posters are dedicated to a single character – Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, Thorin Oakenshield, and Bard the Bowman – while the last poster is split between the elves Legolas and Tauriel, the latter of whom is a new character created specifically for Peter Jackson‘s film.

See all five posters here below after the jump, and click each one for a full-sized, larger view!

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‘The Hobbit’: Air New Zealand Video Shows ‘Just Another Day In Middle-earth’
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The Hobbit: Air New Zealand Video Shows Just Another Day In Middle-earth

With the next Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, on the way next month, the folks over at Air New Zealand put together an uplifting video showing “just another day in Middle-earth.”

Check out the video here below.

Filmmaker Peter Jackson shot The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings trilogies in his native New Zealand and parts of the country have provided the vast landscape for J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle-Earth since 2001’s The Fellowship of the Ring. If you journey to New Zealand (a dream of mine!), you can actually see Hobbiton, which was reconstructed for The Hobbit movies, this time making permanent structures so that there will be a piece of Middle-earth there long after the film crew departs.

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Check Out This Tapestry For ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
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The Hobbit The Desolation Of Smaug

We were recently treated to 7 new character posters for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, as well as a 3-minute sneak peek from the upcoming film.

Now, Warner Bros. has released a tapestry from The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, which features Legolas, Bilbo, Gandalf, the dwarves, Smaug’s lair, and more.

Check out the tapestry here below.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, which is the follow-up to 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, and many more. WB will release the film into theaters on December 13, 2013, with the final installment, There And Back Again, coming to theaters in 2014.

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Watch Now: New 3-Minute Sneak Peek At ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’
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The Hobbit The Desolation Of Smaug

A new three-minute sneak peek has been released by Warner Brothers for the upcoming sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, from director Peter Jackson.

You can check out the sneak peek as well as a description of this second installment of the trilogy below now.

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