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Gandalf almost falls off a bridge again in 'The Hobbit' trailer -- VIDEO

A new trailer for the first installment of Peter Jackson’s trio of films based on The Hobbit has hit the web.

The action-packed clip gives us an extended look at the famous battle with the trolls. In addition, we get a peek at Gollum’s (Andy Serkis) game of riddles with Bilbo (Martin Freeman), and Gandalf almost tumbles to his death. But what’s most telling is Radagast the Brown’s (Doctor Who‘s Sylvester McCoy) chilling declaration. “A dark power has found a way back into the world,” he says. READ FULL STORY

Toronto Film Festival: Johnny Depp just a friend sharing his support, Tater Tots for 'West of Memphis'

Johnny Depp has stayed pretty low key since his split with longtime partner Vanessa Paradis, but he came to the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, wearing his usual scarves and bracelets and a pair of blue-tinted sunglasses, to talk about something close to his heart: the documentary West of Memphis.

The doc — about three teen boys who were arrested, convicted, and sent to prison for allegedly killing three 8-year-olds in Arkansas and who served 18 years in prison before getting released — also premiered at the fest Saturday. Depp is good friends with one of the now men, Damien Echols, who joined Depp, the film’s director, Amy Berg, and Echols’ wife, Lorri Davis, at a press conference (director and big supporter Peter Jackson joined via Skype).

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'The Hobbit': Second film gets new title, third film gets release date

After Peter Jackson announced last month that he would be making a third film from J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit, the inevitable speculation began: How would the second film change, now that it was a middle chapter instead of a final one? What would the new film be titled? And when in the summer of 2014 would it be released?

Never fear, Tolkien fans, your questions have been answered — sparking an entirely new round of questions! READ FULL STORY

Peter Jackson announces a third 'Hobbit' film

Apparently, when it comes to Middle-earth, director Peter Jackson thinks three is the magic number. Last month at Comic-Con, Jackson teased fans with the idea that he was interested in pushing beyond his planned two-film adaptation of The Hobbit. Today, after weeks of intensive talks with Warner Bros., New Line, and MGM over how exactly that might be achieved, Jackson announced on his Facebook page that he is, in fact, going to turn The Hobbit into a trilogy.

“It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made,” Jackson wrote. “Recently Fran [Walsh], Phil[lippa Boyens] and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie — and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’” READ FULL STORY

Peter Jackson in talks about possibly turning 'The Hobbit' into a trilogy

Earlier this month, director Peter Jackson teased the crowd at Comic-Con with the news that he was interested in shooting additional material beyond his planned two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic The Hobbit. “There’s other parts of the story that we’d like to tell that we haven’t been able to tell yet,” he said. But as to the question of whether that extra footage could potentially translate into an actual third Hobbit film, Jackson wouldn’t go that far. “It’s very premature,” he said. “The discussions are pretty early.”

Well, it may still be early, but EW has confirmed that serious discussions between Jackson and Warner Bros. are indeed taking place to explore the possibility of turning The Hobbit into a trilogy. READ FULL STORY

'The Hobbit' behind-the-scenes diary: Comic-Con! Goblin-town! Yak hair! Legolas! -- VIDEO

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Fun fact! Over the 18 months of principal photography on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the production went through an estimated 450 miles of yak hair.

That’s but one of the many oddly illuminating details tucked inside director Peter Jackson’s latest video production diary from the New Zealand set. Though it mostly chronicles the final days of shooting, the video starts with a charming prologue at San Diego Comic-Con, capturing the whirlwind of interviews and signings for The Hobbit folk like Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis before their massive panel in Hall HREAD FULL STORY

'The Hobbit' Comic-Con panel: Peter Jackson gifts a bounty of footage upon Hall H

The Project: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again

The Panel: Director Peter Jackson, along with stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis (also second unit director), surprise guest Elijah Wood, and screenwriter Philippa Boyens. Moderated by the Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick

Footage Screened: The panel began with the latest behind-the-scenes video blog dispatch — which Peter Jackson has been posting regularly on The Hobbit‘s official Facebook page — on the final five days of production. We’ll post it on EW.com when it goes live, but there was a wealth of lovely moments, including interviews with Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, and Stephen Fry, all of whom seem to figure more prominently in the second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, which includes the climatic confrontation with the dragon Smaug. We also saw the final day of production on both the second unit — directed by Andy Serkis — and the main unit, including a scene between Bilbo (Freeman) and Gandalf (McKellan) with this dialogue (which was heard, but not seen):  READ FULL STORY

Peter Jackson unveils new 'Hobbit' Comic-Con exclusive: Check it out!

We at EW are not the only ones working ourselves into a frenzy over the arrival of this week’s San Diego Comic-Con. Peter Jackson took to The Hobbit’s official Facebook page this weekend to unveil a new poster for the highly anticipated film. Even better? Fans attending the Con can score one starting Thursday. See it below.

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'The Hobbit' movies wrap filming

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Peter Jackson just made it Facebook official. After 266 days of shooting, the director of the two upcoming Hobbit films announced the end of principal photography with a photo on his Facebook.

“Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support!” Jackson wrote. “Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!”

We interviewed Jackson, along with Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) and Ian McKellen (Gandalf), for this week’s cover story about the upcoming movies, which expand the world of the original 1937 book by drawing from the lore of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s other works.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in theaters Dec. 14. The second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again is slated for a Dec. 13 release in 2013. It has been nearly a decade since the last of the Jackson-directed Lord of the Rings trilogy films, The Return of the King, was released.

Read more on EW.com:
LEGO announces deal to reimagine ‘The Hobbit’ universe
Evangeline Lilly discusses learning elvish, breastfeeding on the set of ‘The Hobbit’
‘Hobbit’ titles: Tolkien touch or Lifetime drama?

'2001: A Space Odyssey' tech pioneer on 'Hobbit' footage: 'A fabulous and brave step in the right direction'

Douglas Trumbull knows a little bit about movie visual effects. In his mid-20s, he worked with Stanley Kubrick to create the look and feel of the final frontier in 2001: A Space Odyssey. He later helped craft the effects for Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the gorgeous futuristic visuals of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Last year, after nearly 30 years away from the Hollywood business, he collaborated with Terrence Malick for the symphonic visuals in The Tree of Life.

Trumbull has always been an innovator. For decades, he’s been tinkering with technology to enhance the audience experience, and he knows all about the recent hubbub over frame-rate after Peter Jackson unveiled the first extended footage of The Hobbit — An Unexpected Journey last week at CinemaCon. Jackson is shooting his Lord of the Ring prequels at 48 frames per second, twice the industry standard since the advent of talkies. But when audiences expressed skepticism about the new viewing platform — complaining of a glossy “TV soap opera” effect — one of Hollywood’s surest things suddenly found its Oscar-winning director asking for some faith and patience.

Trumbull must be chuckling a little to himself. Back in the early 1980s, he developed the Showscan system that filmed movies at 60 frames per second. Imagine if the CinemaCon crowd knew he was now plotting his own movie — a giant 3-D space epic shot digitally at 120 frames per second! The Oscar winning effects guru recently chatted with EW about his friend Peter Jackson’s ambitious movie, his own filmmaking, and the future of movies.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve been wrangling with these frame-rate debates for decades. Why did you initially look in this direction and what did you learn?
DOUGLAS TRUMBULL:
I got hooked on immersive cinema when I worked on 2001, which was initially shown on these Cinerama screens, which were all 90 feet wide and deeply curved. It was a spectacle that we don’t see today at all, even in IMAX. I was just an impressionable kid, and Kubrick was doing these lengthy sequences of pure visual effects — they called it the ultimate trip because it abandoned conventional cinematic wisdom in favor of a pure experience. That profoundly effected me, and I’m saying, “Holy sh–, this is so cool. I want to make movies like this, and I want to explore this cinematic language.” READ FULL STORY

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