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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

  1. This Tauriel Cosplay Makes Me Want To Cosplay Tauriel Even More

    There And Back Again

    Fan reaction to Tauriel, the newly created elf for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit films, was mixed. But can we all agree on how cool she looked? As a natural redhead who's been debating cutting her waist-length hair, seeing Desolation of Smaug made me second guess myself. Purely for cosplay reasons. And then came this. Cosplayer AngelaBermudez on DeviantArt put together a really great Tauriel replica that actually looks comfortable to wear. I'm all about that. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Marzipan Smaug

    Things We Saw Today

    "Atop a treasure of golden sprinkles and rich chocolate souffle, according to CaracalFeathers. Makes it incredibly hard not to steal from him. 

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  3. Did You Forget That Stephen Colbert Had a Smaug Cameo? Here It Is

    There And Back Again

    We've known that King Nerd Stephen Colbert managed to bag a cameo in one of The Hobbit movies for quite a while now, but I completely forgot to keep an eye out for him when I went to see it. If you're like me, you might appreciate these screenshots put together by ScreenSlam.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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