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Next week, Hobbit fans can head to theaters to see brand new footage from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. On November 4, Warner Bros. is hosting a worldwide theatrical fan event to celebrate the upcoming sequel, which will include a Q&A with several of the film’s stars. While the event will take place in cities all over the world, the four host cities – New York, Los Angeles, London and Wellington – will have stars in attendance, all linked by satellite, answering your questions.

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Bilbo’s unexpected journey continues this winter with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Warner Bros. has a new banner out to show off some of the sights to come.

Whereas the last film’s marketing campaign was stuffed with dwarves, only the prettiest and most popular make the cut this time around. (Though you can barely make out a few of the others in the background, if you squint.) Instead, the artwork makes room for a couple of new characters, like Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans), along with old favorites like Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Check it out after the jump.

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Rick Moranis isn’t locked in for Ghostbusters 3 yet, but if you’re curious where he thinks his character Louis Tully would’ve ended up, he has some ideas. Also after the jump:

  • Peter Jackson discusses the extended cut An Unexpected Journey
  • … and you can check out new behind-the-scenes pic from Desolation of Smaug
  • Jack Horner says the most recent Jurassic Park 4 plot “didn’t pass muster”
  • Lorenzo di Bonaventura has been in touch with actors about Red 3
  • Aussie electronic duo Empire of the Sun will score Dumb and Dumber To
  • Benjamin Bratt talks about replacing Al Pacino in Despicable Me 2
  • Doug Jones is still holding out hope for a third Hellboy
  • Val Kilmer‘s Heat sequel idea involves being married to Natalie Portman
  • See a poster for Warwick Davis‘ (fake) proposed Willow sequel

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We’ve seen a couple looks at Evangeline Lilly‘s new Hobbit character, Tauriel, in production photos and a behind the scenes video. But the shot above is part of the first official look at Lilly’s character as she’ll be seen in the film proper. Along with that is a bit more info about Tauriel, which you can get below. Read More »

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Today’s Sequel Bits are ordered from least to most family-friendly, just because. After the jump:

  • Casting call reveals Human Centipede 3 plot details
  • Take a first peek at Chucky in Curse of Chucky
  • First teaser photo from Insidious Chapter 2 revealed
  • Set photos from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes show a run-down San Francisco
  • Evangeline Lilly chats about her new Hobbit character Tauriel
  • You’ll be able to watch Despicable Me 2 with special minion-inspired 3D glasses
  • Another Dolphin Tale is shooting this fall

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While initial trailers for The Hobbit have some footage that will likely be in the second chapter, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (as the trailers were crafted before the adaptation was split into three parts) the first “official” look at the second movie came via a live web event for those who bought The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu-ray or DVD.

Now Peter Jackson has posted a condensed version of that live event for everyone to see, and the six-minute clip has the writer/director answering questions about the film, as well as some behind-the-scenes views of scenes from The Desolation of Smaug. You’ll see Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, and Evangeline Lilly as the elf Tauriel, among other things

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Who wants to see the first trailer from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? Well, too bad, because it’s not coming for another few months. Also after the jump:

  • Anchorman: The Legend Continues goes ice skating
  • The sequel to Gareth EdwardsMonsters starts filming
  • The Muppets… Again! adds two fine English actors
  • See a new image from Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End
  • And familiar-looking one for The Hangover Part III
  • Scary Movie 5 has a relatively inoffensive TV spot

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Peter Jackson‘s abiding affection for J.R.R. Tolkien‘s works is well established at this point, and as such it’s probably safe to expect his three-part adaptation of The Hobbit to remain relatively faithful to the source material. But no story goes from page to screen without getting a few tweaks along the way. One of Jackson’s is the addition of a Tauriel, a Woodland Elf created specifically for the movie and portrayed by Lost actress Evangeline Lilly.

Since the character has no counterpart in the novel, up until now it’s been anyone’s guess what she’d look like in the movie. Thanks to the upcoming onslaught of product tie-ins, however, we now have our first peek at the new character. Check it out after the jump.

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