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The Hobbit

Extended edition of The Hobbit trilogy coming to theaters, because originals not long enough
Trent Moore

If you’ve been waiting for a butt-numbingly long chance to catch the extended versions of all three Hobbit films on the big screen, you’re in luck. 

McKellen's favorite Hobbit scene didn't even make it in the movie
Trent Moore

After expanding The Hobbit from two films to a full trilogy, you'd think there wouldn't be much left for Peter Jackson to cut out for extended versions. Turns out he still shot too much, and a scene left on the cutting room floor was among Sir Ian McKellen's (Gandalf) favorites from the first installment. So what was it?

Sir Ian McKellen goes public with his multi-year cancer battle
Matthew Jackson

At 73, Sir Ian McKellen is still an acting powerhouse. He's one of the most respected Thespians of his generation, and he's done everything from Shakespeare to mega-blockbusters like X-Men and, most recently, The Hobbit. But despite all his energy, the actor says he's battled prostate cancer for years.

1st official look at Elijah Wood's return as Frodo in The Hobbit
Nathalie Caron

It's hard to believe that The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey will hit theatres in less than two months—and it's also hard to believe that almost 10 years have passed since we saw The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in theaters. But what's really amazing is that Elijah Wood, who played our brave Hobbit, Frodo Baggins, has barely changed at all.

1st gorgeous cut from Hobbit soundtrack sets Middle-earth mood
Trent Moore

Aside from the stunning visuals, Howard Shore's gorgeous soundtrack to Lord of the Rings was one of the greatest parts of Peter Jackson's trilogy. The legendary composer has thankfully returned for The Hobbit prequels, and now the first full track has leaked online. Want to hear?

Cate Blanchette shines as Galadriel in 7 new Hobbit set pics
Nathalie Caron

We've got a couple of very cool behind-the-scenes pics from Brian Sibley's official The Hobbit Movie Guide for Peter Jackson's first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey. Is it December 14th yet?

Which Lord of the Rings star was shocked to make it into Hobbit?
Trent Moore

We knew director Peter Jackson wanted to get his Lord of the Rings band back together for The Hobbit, but one original star was shocked to learn she actually made it into the prequel series.

Martin Freeman joins Captain America: Civil War
Don Kaye

Just because Captain America: Civil War has already started filming, it doesn't mean the movie can't keep adding cast members.

George R.R. Martin just donated a super-rare Tolkien book to a university library
Matthew Jackson

George R.R. Martin has long been an advocate for genre literature, and he proved it last month with a rare book donation to a Texas university.

The Shire and Middle-earth are heading to Spain as a new theme park
Nathalie Caron

A planned Lord of The Rings and Hobbit-inspired theme park will make you feel like Bilbo Baggins. 

Weta Workshop at 20: An interview with Richard Taylor
Lisa Granshaw

We talk to the man who brought Middle-earth to life about the prominent VFX company's past, present and future.

VIDEO: Why The Hobbit can't measure up to The Lord of the Rings
Jeff Spry

Here's a scholarly dissection on the differences between Peter Jackson's Middle-earth trilogies.