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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Fans of Middle Earth who’ve been following The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey closely know that advance tickets go on sale at noon EST Wednesday. It said so in both previously released commercials. But with that news comes not only our first list of theaters showing Peter Jackson‘s film in 48 frames per second, but the news that select theaters will show a marathon of the full Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions the week leading up to The Hobbit.

After the jump, get links to all of this, listen to a rousing sample from Howard Shore‘s score and read the full track listing. Read More »

Time for a quick rundown of the latest sequel news. After the jump:

  • Breaking Dawn Part 2 ending is different from the book’s
  • Also, Stephenie Meyer has more ideas for Twilight tales
  • Universal’s The Best Man 2 is coming next November
  • DreamWorks is “looking at” How to Train Your Dragon 3
  • Fox will air a How to Train Your Dragon special in December
  • See the tracklist for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Individual character posters are practically de rigeur when marketing a big franchise tentpole, but it’s a strategy that works way better when the film in question has, say, four to ten main characters. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey features no fewer than seventeen characters that Warner Bros.’ marketing team has deemed onesheet-worthy, which just seems like overkill no matter how important each of them are.

Meanwhile, Universal’s solution for the sprawling cast of Les Misérables is to pair some of them together for their posters. The problem is that the two released this week — spotlighting the Thénardiers and Cosette and Marius — don’t really look like they’re from the same movie. Check them out after the jump.

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If ever a country has fully embraced a film series, it’s New Zealand and The Lord of the Rings. Since the release of The Fellowship of the Ring over ten years ago, the country has used the Peter Jackson-directed films as both a point of national pride and major selling point for tourism. Our own David Chen even took in some of the Tolkien-inspired sights on a trip to the country a few years back.

With a whole new trilogy of films on the way (the first of which – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – opens next month) New Zealand has already began a full-on Hobbit overhaul. It starts on your plane ride into the country, as Peter Jackson and several recognizable characters cameo in the pre-flight safety video for Air New Zealand. Or Air Middle Earth, as it’s referred to in the video. Check it out below. Read More »

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Old people begin and end today’s Sequel Bits, which include updates on Red 2 and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. After the jump:

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is getting sequelized (as The Second-Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?)
  • Eli Roth is interested in The Man With the Iron Fists 2
  • Producer Gregg Wilson chats about the status of Bond 24
  • Ian McKellen details his decision to return for The Hobbit
  • Look at two more photos from The Fast and the Furious 6
  • See new pics from the London-as-Moscow set of Red 2

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