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The trilogy that started out as a severe disappointment to many has progressively stepped up its game and come to a fantastic conclusion. For those saddened by An Unexpected Journey or left wanting more from The Desolation of Smaug, it is time to come home. This is by far the best film in the trilogy and is finally, at the very least almost, on par with the original LOTR films. In The Battle of the Five Armies, Jackson has created a gripping final chapter that allows the over expanded and severely stretched out Hobbit tale to arrive at a genuinely exciting climax with a large-scale battle akin the to best parts of the battle at Helm’s Deep and the assault on Minas Tirith from the LOTR trilogy.

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Exactly how much of a fan is Stephen Colbert of Middle Earth. Apparently, a huge one. The 50-year-old talk show host bids farewell to Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy by playing dress up for three collectible Entertainment Weekly covers.

In addition to saying goodbye as Gandalf in the photo above, Colbert poses as Bilbo and Legolas. Check out the other two covers below. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies storms into theaters this weekend.

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Year in, year out Air New Zealand manages to throw the gauntlet down when creating the most entertaining safety videos. Being a frequent flyer myself, I tune out when the flight attendants do their schtick. Taking a creative approach certainly goes a long way to holding my attention.

Taking inspiration from The Lord Of The Rings cinematic franchise is hardly new for the airline company. I don’t blame them. People are obsessed with all things LOTR-related. Plus, they are the official airline of Middle Earth.

To celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit TrilogyThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the Air New Zealand flight crew has once again donned pointy ears. Director Peter Jackson returns to make another cameo in the clip. This time however, they managed to convince Frodo himself, Elijah Wood, to make an appearance. Check out their self-proclaimed, “Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made,” video directed by Taika Waitit below.

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I can barely keep up with all the juicy bits coming from San Diego Comic-Con. Can you imagine actually attending the mayhem?

The latest to premiere at the annual event is the trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. It’s the conclusion to The Hobbit trilogy. It’s hard to believe that Peter Jackson is wrapping up another Middle Earth trilogy. Though not as critically-acclaimed as the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, The Hobbit franchise has done respectably well at the box office. I’m sure Warner Bros isn’t complaining.

Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, and Benedict Cumberbatch all star in the film, which is set to hit theaters on December 17. Check out the trailer below which uses a beloved song from Return of the King.

Movie Synopsis

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

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My biggest regret when I visited New Zealand last year was not venturing out of Auckland to check out the Lord of the Rings Hobbit set. I was visiting the country for only a couple of days before heading to Australia and completely forgot about the movie tour. I would’ve given anything for a photo of myself hanging out in the Shire. Too bad this promo wasn’t airing before my trip to remind me that Middle Earth wasn’t too far away.

Air New Zealand, the official airline of Middle Earth, is giving you an opportunity to win tickets for two to the worldwide premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in Los Angeles. If that doesn’t pique your interest, they’re also giving away a five night trip to New Zealand which includes a visit to Hobbiton in Matamata. Check out the wicked commercial below. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters on December 13, 2013.

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Warner Bros just released a brand new trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug and it looks gooooooood. Peter Jackson promises more action, more adventure and most importantly, more Orlando Bloom. The actor returns to reprise his role as fan favorite Legolas.

The sequel to The Hobbit hits theaters December 13. Hopefully, for both Jackson and the studio it’s met with a better reception than its predecessor. In its defense, anything from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy would’ve been a disappointment for hardcore fans. Check out the new trailer below.

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Two days before it was supposed to make its debut during previews for Man of Steel, the movie trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has made its way online. Based on initial impression, it looks like it’s going to be better than the first film. Granted, I like Evangeline Lilly (Lost) and glad she’s part of the franchise. She looks fantastic in the preview. It also doesn’t hurt that Orlando Bloom reprises his role of Legolas in the sequel.

The storyline continues the events of An Unexpected Journey, in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins travels with the Wizard Gandalf, the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, and his company into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to eventually the epic combat with the dragon Smaug. Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) voices the titular dragon. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters on December 13, 2013. Check out the brand spanking new trailer below.

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The Hobbit‘s sexy Elijah Wood is celebrating his birthday today, turning 32 years old (I’m turning 32 in a month as well – wowza!) The actor has a number of projects on the go right now that are in post production, some in pre-production, and one that’ he’s currently filming which is called Open Windows. The movie is a “found footage” type thriller that involves a laptop computer and various POV cameras set up around a house. Essentially, a girl (Sasha Grey) is trapped in a house and Wood’s character has to save her before it’s too late.

A little over a year ago, Tyrell had written a Who’d You Rather post between Elijah Wood and Daniel Radcliffe, both leading men in “magical” cult classic films. Radcliffe ended up taking the lead in the poll, but personally, I’d definitely take Elijah’s “Wood” over Harry Potter’s “Wand”. Wood has the sexiest eyes and is always so adorable on screen.

Check out a collection of some of his sexiest pictures below. There are a couple shirtless ones from his role on the TV series, Wilfred as well as a couple homoerotic ones too. I also included a the Beastie Boys music video he did back in 2011 as well as the hilarious “7 Minutes In Heaven” interview he did that year as well.

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