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Those of you who make the trip to Middle-Earth in December will be treated to a peek at another exotic fantasy locale: New York City. Specifically, Spider-Man’s New York City, which unlike our New York City is filled with teen superheroes, giant lizard-men, electrified electricians, and HAL 9000-esque AI officers.

Director Marc Webb revealed today that the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would play in front of 3D screenings of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and he did so in the most delightfully geeky way possible. Check out his official announcement and get all the details after the jump.

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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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It’s an extra-chatty edition of Sequel Bits, as everyone has a little something to say about everything. After the jump:

  • A $500,000 camera has been stolen from Dumb and Dumber To
  • The next Aliens game might be about Ripley’s daughter
  • Peter Jackson chats about the score for The Hobbit
  • Director thinks National Treasure could shoot in two years
  • Dan Aykroyd is going on about Ghostbusters 3 again
  • Keanu Reeves chats about Point Break and Speed

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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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The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings series was three films, shot on film, each well over two hours long, with groundbreaking special effects. They were nominated for 30 Oscars, won 17 and grossed about $3 billion worldwide. That’s a lot of money, which is why Warner Bros. wanted Jackson to return to the world with The Hobbit.

The Hobbit will also be three films. They’re shot digitally, in 48FPS 3D, and also feature incredible special effects and will likely all end up over two hours each. The first film, An Unexpected Journey, got three Oscar nominations and the second film, The Desolation of Smaug, will be out on December. The first film grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the second most successful film of the franchise.

Lots of numbers there, but there is one set of numbers that aren’t so close. The original trilogy reportedly cost $281 million to make. The Hobbit trilogy has cost $561 million… so far. That’s not including post-production on the third film or reshoots this past summer to extend the series into a trilogy. Read More »

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The teaser trailer for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug showed a great tease of the appearance of the dragon Smaug. This time you get to hear him speak, in rumbling tones provided by Benedict Cumberbatch. This trailer also shows a few of the ways Jackson has extended the basic story of The Hobbit to fill three movies. Most notably there’s a pre-Fellowship romance for Legolas (patterned seemingly after Aragorn’s own difficult love for an elf) and the threat of Sauron’s return. Read More »

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UPDATE: We’ve added a secondand  banner featuring Lee Pace as the Elvenking, Thranduil and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman

Coming out of Telluride, Toronto, Fantastic Fest and now the New York Film Festival, most of the Fall movie talk has been focused on awards contenders. Among film fans, films like Rush, Gravity and 12 Years A Slave have all the buzz moving into the Fall. But the people who don’t follow festival coverage are still probably focused on the big blockbusters, and one of the biggest will have a new trailer Tuesday.

That movie, of course, is Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opening December 13. In anticipation of the trailer, which should drop at 9am EST Tuesday, Warner Bros. has released three cool new banners. Check it out below. Read More »

Lego Hobbit

You’ve probably already seen the first trailer for Peter Jackson‘s upcoming film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It came out two months ago which, not coincidentally, is how long the Brotherhood Workshop has been working on a Lego version.

The amount of work that went into this recreation is almost unthinkable. The building, the customization, the stop motion. In fact, the trailer is so good I’m kind of upset we’ll see a live action version of the movie instead of a Lego one. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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