Advance tickets for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are now on sale, and anyone buying has a big question to answer: how do we want to see Peter Jackson‘s latest J.R.R. Tolkien film? The choices are plentiful: 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D or HFR 3D. Then you have a preview of Star Trek Into Darkness to factor in, too.

Peter Jackson certainly hopes you’ll choose the format you’re least familiar with. The Oscar winning director took to Facebook to explain his reasoning behind shooting the trilogy at double the frame rate of every other movie, and to explain the historical significance of the technology. After the jump, you can read his Q&A on that as well as about mounting controversy about animal deaths on set, and more Hobbit news. Read More »

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As you head into the weekend, we’ve got a few last sequel-related tidbits to chew on. After the jump:

  • Warner Bros. limited The Hobbit‘s 48 fps rollout to “do it right”
  • The Hobbit‘s Dori pledges himself to England’s Prince Charles
  • Will Breaking Dawn Parts I and II be re-released as one movie?
  • Paramount is pushing for Transformers 4 to be set in China
  • Keira Knightley says Jack Ryan wraps shooting in December
  • Chris Pine has vague comments about Star Trek Into Darkness

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So far all we’ve seen of Star Trek Into Darkness is a measly three-frame clip, but if you’re planning to check out The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in IMAX next month you’ll get a much more satisfying eyeful. A nine-minute prologue for J.J. Abrams‘ sci-fi epic will debut in front of Peter Jackson’s fantasy saga. At a typical rate of 24 frames per second, times sixty seconds per minute, times nine minutes, that’s 12,960 times as much footage as we’ve already seen! More after the jump.

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Pandas and hobbits and singletons, oh my! After the jump:

  • Marc Webb hints at costume changes for The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Guillermo del Toro offers Puss in Boots 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 updates
  • Author Helen Fielding has a third Bridget Jones novel due out next fall,
  • Listen to Howard Shore‘s full score for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 almost received an R rating

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Peter Jackson has closed each of his Middle-Earth films with a fairly memorable song, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey features a tune from Neil Finn. The singer/songwriter is a founding member of the New Zealand band Crowded House, and his tune, ‘Song of the Lonely Mountain,’ is a take on the Dwarven tune we’ve already heard bits of in the Hobbit trailer. Read More »

For anyone who follows movie news on the Internet, it’s difficult not to have an unhealthy adoration for Peter Jackson. Besides the fact that he often makes amazing films, he loves to document his process for the world to see. Mostly, this documentation is revealed after the fact, with super-extensive special features on his DVDs. But he does a great job pre-release too, releasing video blogs, special trailers and so much more.

That fan-friendly approach continues with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The production continues to release an overwhelmingly extensive collection of behind the scenes images from the set of the December 14 film. Check out the massive gallery after the jump. Read More »

Before you head off for the weekend, we’ve got a few last sequel-related odds and ends. After the jump:

  • Kristen Stewart says she’ll probably be in SWATH 2
  • The Last Exorcism II reveals an official synopsis
  • Get your first look at one of the Wargs from The Hobbit
  • … and then look up exactly where you can see it in HFR 3D
  • The Hangover 3 uploads to Instagram; find out who dies

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This eclectic edition of Sequel Bits covers everything from the Lifetime Channel to Machete Kills. After the jump:

  • Javier Bardem says he was offered Bond way back when
  • Carrie Fisher would be interested in doing Star Wars VII
  • Melissa Leo and Octavia Spencer join Lifetime’s Five 2
  • Spy Kids star Alexa Vega is all grown up in Machete Kills
  • See Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit
  • Here’s where you can watch The Hobbit in 48 fps 3D

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