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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

  1. Music Takes Center Stage In One Last Desolation of Smaug Production Diary [VIDEO]

    it's time to play the music

    Band nerds, you’ll enjoy this one. BRB, I need to go listen to The White Tree several dozen times. Howard Shore is a god. (via: Bleeding Cool) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  2. Wish She Could Be Part of Your World: On Tauriel-hate and Original Material

    Essay

    It’s a poorly-kept secret that we here at TMS are firmly on the side of Tauriel, the original female elf character in The Hobbit franchise whose mere existence created waves of discussion across the Internet. But some do not share in our enthusiasm. In fact, if you took a look around the fan ‘net in the months preceding The Desolation of Smaug’s release, there has been a distinctly anti-Tauriel sentiment in the air. Hiding behind a desire to preserve the sanctity of the source material, many commentators objected to her addition on purist grounds. Other became concerned about her rumored involvement in a love subplot with Legolas and/or Kíli, further indicated by a secondary trailer for the feature in which King Thranduil appears to caution her against pursuing relations with his son. But now we have surer footing from which to look at Tauriel, warrior, love interest, healer, and forum discussion whipping-girl. The actual film containing her appearance has emerged, and with it, a host of questions, concerns, and a fair bit of mud that this reviewer is willing to sling back.

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  3. Ian McKellen Continues to Be the Best, Shows up Unannounced to Midnight Hobbit Screening

    And you missed it? Fool of a Took!

    We already know that, in his spare time, Ian McKellen likes to run around New York taking ridiculous pictures with his BFF Patrick Stewart. So what, did we all just expect him to sit around at home while the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened last weekend? Of course he was going to crash some theater's midnight screening.

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  4. Benedict Cumberbatch Explains How He & Peter Jackson Made Dragon Porn

    It is a gift!

    "It was motion capture, so I did roll around a bit on the carpet. He’s talking about the dragon porn that happened a little bit later, in the sort of third installment of our work together…they built the platform in the main soundstage at the post-production facility down in Wellington and it was great. It was sort of above [the floor] so I had this kind of thing of superiority. They built a wooden platform on stilts and they had this hard board that they’d padded with some foam and mats and stuff and on top of that they put this sheepskin. It was literally like 'Baum chicka baum baum,' me up on my Smaug-y platform. I was like, 'This is cool, I can slink around like a porn star dragon.'" - Benedict Cumberbatch speaking with L.A. Times' Heroes Complex about his time working on The Hobbit. Porn star dragon. This man, I swear... He went on to add...

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  5. The Cast of The Hobbit Attempt To Dramatically Read The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

    Once More With Feeling

    You know the words, don't you? (Watch the original here.) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  6. Fili and Kili Talk About Pronunciation, Barrels, Desolation of Smaug

    Questions! Questions That Need Answering

    Aidan Turner and Dean O'Gorman play two members of Middle Earth's only all-dwarf boy band, Kili and Fili (respectively). Turner received the brunt of the teasing from other actors for being the dwarf who had to put on the least prosthetic makeup (just a bit to pad out the end of his nose). The two actors talk to Steve Weintraub of Collider about Desolation of Smaug. So who's going to the midnight showing tonight?

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  7. Peter Jackson Says Smaug Fans Will Not Walk Away from Desolation Disappointed

    There And Back Again

    There's one thing we all know about modern monster movies, and that is that you can never really know whether they're going to let you get a good look at the monster. Are they going to tease it in the trailers and then reveal it early on? Or just keep teasing you with it the whole movie? Are you going to get one quick reveal before it slides back into the shadows, or will you actually be able to appreciate the design work that went into it without pausing the film? The way Peter Jackson is talking about Smaug these days, it sounds like we'll be getting a nice eyefull of Smaug the Terrible this weekend.

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  8. Things We Saw Today: The Desolation of Swag

    Things We Saw Today

    Spotted by Tumblr user horrorshowmania. I'm pretty sure this would just be Thranduil grooming his eyebrows for three hours. (Tor.com)

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  9. Evangeline Lilly Not a Fan of Butt Shots

    Questions! Questions That Need Answering

    We wrote a post last month in which we joked that Tauriel must have put her foot down about butt shots, because in their paired poster, it's Legolas who's got his back to the camera, while Tauriel gets an action pose. We had no idea (though we're delighted to find out) that Evangeline Lilly, the actress who plays her, is also less-than-enamored of the photography trope.

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  10. Peter Jackson Brings Us A New Hobbit Production Diary Video

    Not all that glitters is gold

    A new behind-the-scenes look at The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug courtesy of Peter Jackson and Co. Gotta say, I really love these because it makes me feel like I'm getting DVD extras early. Apparently there will be one more before the end of the year. Enjoy! Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  11. Air New Zealand Reveals Smaug Design, Sorta

    There And Back Again

    Air New Zealand got to plaster a Boeing 777 with what must be a close to life size decal of Smaug the Magnificent, and they made a time lapse video of it to share with us. You can kinda see him, behind all the scaffolding. So nobody shoot any arrows at this plane. Previously in The Hobbit

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  12. 27 New The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Images Feature Lee Pace’s Eyebrows, No Dragons

    My Precious!

    This is it. The run up to the last big geeky film of the year - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Here's a bunch of brand-spanking-new images for you to feast your eyes on until December 13 comes around. I feel like there should be Las Vegas style lights around Lee Pace's eyebrows.

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  13. Things We Saw Today: Totoro Leggings

    Things We Saw Today

    By Etsy seller Zelas. (via Fashionably Geek)

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  14. Never Get Lost on Your Way to Erebor Again with This Interactive Middle Earth Map

    They're taking the Hobbits to... wait, hang on. Let me google it.

    Google Maps has been good to us nerds. First there was their Street view tour of Diagon Alley, located at the Warner Brothers studios in England. Then there was the Street view TARDIS easter egg, located... well, wherever the hell it wants, because it's a time machine. Now they've given us an interactive map of Middle Earth to play around with.

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  15. A Biopic On Hobbit Author J.R.R. Tolkien Is Officially In The Works

    There And Back Again

    While we anxiously await the second installment to Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, a new report says Fox Searchlight is putting a film into production which will focus on the famous author who started us down this path long ago - J.R.R. Tolkien.

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  16. New Zealand Wins Again With Another Fantastic Hobbit Themed Travel Commercial

    There And Back Again

    We were very impressed with Air New Zealand's Middle-Earth inspired pre-flight safety briefing video, but this one takes it up a notch. Check it out for yourself, you just might see a few familiar faces or hear a familiar voice. Previously in The Hobbit

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  17. Check Out This Awesome (And informative!) Middle Earth Travel Guide

    Just... watch out for trolls.

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smug is only a month away from being released, so it's time to get obsessed with Middle Earth all over again. In order to get us reacquainted with Tolkien's magical realm, HRS UK put together this lovely travel guide so you won't find yourself saying the wrong thing to the locals.

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  18. Things We Saw Today: Tiny and Felted, This Yoda Is

    Things We Saw Today

    Don Nguyen sells felted versions of Star Wars and other geeky characters over at his Etsy shop. (Geeks Are Sexy)

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  19. Tauriel Refuses To Get Into Butt Pose In Hobbit Poster, Makes Legolas Do It Instead

    Not all that glitters is gold

    You know butt pose: It's when female characters on movie posters are posed juuuuust so, enabling the audience a view of both her chest and her derriere, while any male characters get to face the camera and be all action-y. Here are some Avengers-y examples (scroll down). And a more recent one from Divergent. Here's another. And another. And another. And another. Tauriel has no truck with that nonsense. Now strike a pose, Legolas! (via: SuperHeroHype) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  20. Things We Saw Today: A Wine-o-Saur

    Things We Saw Today

    Alternatively, a dino wino. (For sale at Uncommon Goods, via That's Nerdalicious)

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