Just two weeks ago, the idea that Peter Jackson would split The Hobbit into three movies instead of two as originally planned seemed like wild, unfounded speculation. But then Jackson began floating the possibility at Comic-Con, negotiations with Warner Bros. picked up, and now Jackson has confirmed that it’s official: The Hobbit will be a trilogy.

The details are still being hammered out, so there’s a lot that even the folks involved aren’t sure of at this point. However, we do have an inkling of what the title and timetable might be. Jackson is reportedly eyeing a summer 2014 release date for the third movie, though an exact date has not been announced. As for the title, domain registrations suggest The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: Riddles in the Dark as potential names. Read more after the jump.

UPDATE: Jackson has taken to Facebook to post his own statement about the decision to split The Hobbit into three films, while the studio has issued a new press release. Read Jackson’s comment after the jump.

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Much in the way that Lionsgate teased out Hunger Games casting for weeks, steadily releasing small pieces of info over time, Warner Bros. seems to be revealing first looks at the characters from The Hobbit bit by little tiny bit. We’ve already gotten eyefuls of Dori, Nori & Ori, Oin and Gloin, and Fili and Kili. Today comes our first look at the dwarves Bofur, Bombur and Bifur, played by James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter and William Kircher, as they will appear in Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel. Check out the full photo after the jump.

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LOL: ‘Broship of the Ring’ [Image Gallery]

J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings trilogy stripped of all its fantasy elements may not sound like a great idea, but that’s only because you haven’t seen the delightful “Broship of the Rings” yet. In her ongoing series, artist Noelle Stevenson reimagines of the iconic Fellowship as an oddball group of modern-day pals embarking on a road trip in their trusty van Shadowfax. While she never explains where they’re headed or why, she does have them encounter all sorts of cool folks and weirdos along the way.

In Stevenson’s interpretation, Legolas becomes a prep school pretty boy, Gimli a truck driver, the Rohirrim a biker gang, Merry and Pippin a couple of hipsters (“What do you mean you’ve never heard of second breakfast?”), and so on. Pretty apt, right? Check out her utterly charming artwork after the jump.

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Evangeline Lilly (Lost) and Barry Humphries (Dame Edna) are the latest actors to join the cast of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel. Lilly will play a character written just for the films, a “Woodland Elf” named Tauriel, while Humphries will fill the role of the Goblin King. According to Jackson, the addition of Lilly and Humphries “just about rounds out the major casting.” And in case you were wondering, Jackson specifically states that Tauriel will not be making a love connection with fellow elf Legolas. Read Jackson’s full statement after the jump.

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As Peter Jackson gets the band back together, along with a whole bunch of new cast members, to make The Hobbit, much of the discussion has revolved around the question of splitting the story. Each Lord of the Rings film was based on a specific book by J.R.R. Tolkien, but The Hobbit, which is one book, is going to be split into two movies. Will they simply be called Part One and Part Two like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, which are going the same route? Not according to The One Ring.net, which thinks they’ve found two possible subtitles for the films: The Hobbit: There and Back Again and The Hobbit: An/The Unexpected Journey. Read more after the break. Read More »

There’s a rumor floating around thanks to Deadline that after Cate Blanchett signed to reprise her role as Elf Queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, another Elf could be next join the fellowship. That’s right. Orlando Bloom might be back to reprise his role as Legolas in a role that would be “more than a cameo.”

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