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'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' not heading to Comic-Con -- VIDEO

For fans heading to Comic-Con hoping to catch some clips and sneak previews of the newest Hobbit film, The Desolation of Smaug: Try to contain your disappointment.

The film will not have anything to show J.R.R. Tolkien fans, because the film is still in production and cannot spare its cast or crew. Rather than spend hours on a fabulous sizzle reel, director Peter Jackson explained (on Facebook) that he wanted to focus on making a great film.

See Jackson’s explanation below:
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'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' trailer: Here be dragons, or at least one -- VIDEO

The one thing that might make you yearn for the end of summer blockbuster season?

That would be the first trailer for Peter Jackson’s second Hobbit film, a clip that’s chock-full of action, pounding music, mid-air leaps, imposing CGI beasties, Evangeline Lilly as an elf warrior maiden, Orlando Bloom as your onetime crush object Legolas, Ian McKellen’s beard, Martin Freeman’s scared face, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s titular fire-breathing dragon. The sooner the sun-filled months are over, the sooner it will hit theaters — The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premieres Dec. 13.

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'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' teaser poster: Where there's smoke...

…there’s Benedict Cumberbatch as a big, bad, dwarf-hating dragon.

The motion-capture character himself doesn’t actually appear on this new poster for the second film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit series, which trades goofy dwarf portraits for something moodier. Look at the entrance to the Lonely Mountain in the center of the image, though, and you’ll spy a veil of mist covering a tantalizing golden gleam, which could represent either the treasures within the mountain or Smaug’s fire breath. Good luck, little Bilbo (Martin Freeman) — you’re gonna need it.

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First look: Evangeline Lilly's elf warrior in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' -- EXCLUSIVE

When The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters on Dec. 13, there will be a fresh face among the residents of Middle-earth: Tauriel, an elf warrior played by Evangeline Lilly of Lost fame. “She’s slightly reckless and totally ruthless and doesn’t hesitate to kill,” says Lilly. She’s also not found anywhere in J.R.R. Tolkien’s original fantasy novel, or in any of Tolkien’s other writings for that matter.

Director Peter Jackson and his co-writers on the Hobbit trilogy, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, invented the character to expand the world of the elves of Mirkwood Forest — and to bring some more female energy to the otherwise male-dominated Hobbit narrative. “Tauriel is the head of the Elven Guard,” Lilly explains. “She’s a Sylvan Elf, which means she’s of a much lower order than the elves we all became acquainted with in The Lord of the Rings. She doesn’t hold the same kind of status that Arwen or Galadriel or Elrond or Legolas do — she’s much more lowly. She sort of goes against the social order of the elves a little bit.”
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Peter Jackson and others weigh in on Hollywood's F/X crisis

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Visual effects artists routinely work miracles onscreen, helping Hollywood generate billions of dollars every year at the box office. Still, the VFX industry is now in a state of crisis. In the past seven months, two leading F/X houses, Digital Domain and Rhythm & Hues, have gone into bankruptcy, and several other companies have had to lay off workers. “Right now it’s near rock bottom,” says Peter Oberdorfer, a former VFX artist who now runs a digital-technology consulting firm. “The pressure is building to a point where it could get volatile for everybody involved.”

In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, The Hobbit director Peter Jackson, a digital effects pioneer who co-founded the F/X company Weta Digital, says studios are taking advantage of an oversupply of F/X houses to drive down prices. “Competition between VFX houses, which the studios obviously use to their advantage, has resulted in VFX houses operating on tiny profit margins,” Jackson says. “And when we talk ‘profit,’ it’s not about the owners buying a Porsche at the end of a big movie — it’s about having a nest egg to ride out the slow periods.” READ FULL STORY

James Cameron provides update on 'Avatar' sequels, says Peter Jackson 'had it easy'

The eternal wait for a return journey to Pandora continues. But Avatar fans, just know that James Cameron is hard at work on the script that will follow up his 2009 sci-fi mega-blockbuster.

Cameron, the writer-director-producer of reigning box office champion Avatar, recently talked with the website Play Goes Strong, revealing that he’s currently in New Zealand working on writing Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. “I’m writing on a little farm. When you live in a special world like Pandora, you have to live in that world,” he said. READ FULL STORY

Still Bakshi after all these years: Iconoclastic 'Fritz the Cat' director has another tale to tell -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

“Hey people, Ralphie needs money to draw. Let’s give him some so he can make a fool of himself again.” — Ralph Bakshi’s Miss America, in the Kickstarter campaign video for his new animated project

Making films has never been easy for Ralph Bakshi. The maverick cartoonist and filmmaker, who became famous — and infamous — after 1972′s smash X-rated ‘toon, Fritz the Cat, never liked to color within the lines, so to speak. He was the anti-Disney back then, filling his stories with provocative themes, raunchy humor, and curvacious broads that would make Russ Meyer blush. His bold 1975 blaxploitation satire Coonskin was driven from some theaters by critics who deemed its racial elements offensive, but filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino adored the film, and Bakshi’s artistic style and spirit lived on in the work of admirers who went on to make cartoons like The Simpsons, Ren & Stimpy, and Rango.

Now 74 years old, Bakshi has been in exile for more than a decade, focusing on his painting at his New Mexico home after one-too-many frustrating and disappointing Hollywood experiences. He hasn’t made a feature film since 1992′s Cool World, and he seemed to call it quits for good after his short-lived HBO series Spicy City went belly-up in 1997. But he still has a story to tell — a great one, he says, that will “push the boundaries of 2-D animation.” READ FULL STORY

Peter Jackson on the tragic loss of two colleagues -- EXCLUSIVE

Director Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and his WETA Digital team suffered the loss of two esteemed colleagues last month: VFX producer Eileen Moran, 60, who died of cancer on Dec. 2, and sound editor Mike Hopkins, 53, who was killed in a rafting accident on Dec. 30. In honor of their contributions to films like The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, Jackson emailed EW these memories of his departed friends. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'The Hobbit' outdraws 'Django' and 'Les Mis' with $32.9 million

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Despite the arrival of two holiday heavyweights, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey retained the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row.

Warner Bros.’ $250 million fantasy prequel was held out of the top spot from Tuesday until Thursday by Les Miserables, but over the traditional weekend frame Hobbit dipped only 11 percent to bring in $32.9 million, and its domestic total now stands tall at $222.7 million. After 17 days, The Hobbit is performing well ahead of 2001′s The Fellowship of the Ring, which had earned $189.3 million at the same point in its run (though that number climbs to about $260 million after accounting for inflation), but it still trails the 17-day cumes of The Two Towers ($243.6 million), and The Return of the King ($272.8 million). Notably, those films did not have 3D or IMAX surcharges boosting their totals. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'The Hobbit' journeys back to No. 1; 'Django' and 'Les Mis' stay strong

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Snowstorms in the northeast may be limiting moviegoing attendance this weekend, but inclement weather won’t stop Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf from ringing in the New Year in style.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey returned to the top of the box office on Friday, crossing the $200 million mark in the process. The $250 million Warner Bros. release grossed an estimated $10.7 million on Friday, putting it on pace for a $31 million weekend, which would bring its total to about $221 million and lift its worldwide cume past $600 million. READ FULL STORY

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