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Box office preview: 'The Hobbit,' 'Annie,' and 'Night at the Museum' arrive

It’s the battle of the three wide releases at this weekend’s box office: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Annie are all opening in at least 3,000 theaters each.

These huge releases will kick some of the top five mainstays, like The Hunger Games and Penguins of Madagascar, down on the list, and will kick off what’s likely to be a successful couple weeks at the box office: Unbroken, The Gambler, and Into the Woodsall films opening in at least 2,000 theaters eachare all opening Christmas week.

While Night at the Museum and Annie open Friday, The Hobbit already started arriving in theaters Wednesday and has made $24.5 million domestically.

As for smaller releases, Wild is expanding into over 1,000 theaters this weekenough to earn it a place closer to the top five, but not quite enough to earn it a place in the top five. Here’s the movies that should have top five-worthy weekends though: READ FULL STORY

Ten things Andy Serkis can say about 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

“Who does Andy Serkis play in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?” is one of the thousand questions fans have been asking about next year’s Episode VII. And the actor himself seems to be bursting with the desire to talk about which galactic denizen he’ll be inhabiting.

But Serkis, best known as Gollum from The Lord of the Rings trilogy (and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), the giant ape from Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and the smaller but more sophisticated simian Caesar from the new Planet of the Apes films, has been tight-lipped about Star Wars so far.

He’s also likely to be the highest-grossing actor of 2015, as he’s the only person with supporting roles in both The Force Awakens and the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron.

When Entertainment Weekly caught up with him recently at the premiere for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Serkis did offer a few Star Wars teases—and happily debunked some of the rumors making the rounds. Here’s what we learned … READ FULL STORY

Bilbo risks his life to save the Dwarves in new 'Hobbit' clip

In a new clip from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Gandalf has bad news for the Dwarves. After telling Thranduil that Thorin needs to be warned before the dwarves are overrun, it seems Thranduil isn’t willing to do the warning. As he puts it, he’s done spilling Elf blood. Luckily, there’s Bilbo, who not only volunteers to make the risky journey, but denies Gandalf’s pleas to rethink his decision.

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See the exclusive music video for 'The Hobbit's 'Last Goodbye,' with Billy Boyd and goosebumps aplenty

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When it came to finally bid farewell to Middle-earth after 16 years and six epic films, Peter Jackson gave the last word to one of the original members of the Fellowship. Billy Boyd, who portrayed loyal hobbit Pippin in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, collaborated with Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens to write “The Last Goodbye,” the song that will play over the credits when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens on Dec. 17.

“We had to get the song just right, to send the audience out of the movie theater in the most perfect way we could,” says Boyd, in an e-mail. “But I don’t think it was until I was sitting on the long flight down to New Zealand that I started to really think about what the song would be. Luckily all the Middle-earth movies were on the flight so I could remind myself of them as I flew south.”

If you thought the ballad stirred some powerful goosebump emotions when it debuted online last week, you haven’t got a prayer this morning. EW has the exclusive music video for the franchise-capping song, and it includes Boyd’s performance, mixed with classic scenes from the series and touching behind-the-scenes footage of your favorite characters. This is the moment when you suddenly panic that the amazing journey is really coming to an end.   READ FULL STORY

War breaks out in the new 'Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' trailer

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It doesn’t look like Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, and company will have an easy end to their journey.

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'Lord of the Rings' actor Billy Boyd to write and perform 'The Hobbit' end-credits song

Billy Boyd, the actor who played hobbit Peregrin Took in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, is reteaming with the director in a new capacity: singer. Boyd will perform the end-credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, according to a press release from WaterTower Music. The song is titled “The Last Goodbye,” and he co-wrote it with the filmmakers.

In the release, the filmmakers are quoted as saying, “It is hard, after 16 years and six films, to know exactly how to say goodbye. We knew that we wanted to speak directly to all those who have taken this journey with us, especially to the fans whose love of these films has so often kept us going. This is why we asked Billy Boyd, who has been with us from the very beginning, and whose portrayal as Peregrin Took in ‘The Lord of The Rings’ films is so beloved, to help write and perform the final song in this trilogy. Billy is not just a wonderful actor but also an extremely accomplished singer/songwriterwe are so glad he agreed once again to share his talent with us.”

“I wanted the song to be a goodbye to all the fans who have been part of this amazing journey and to the whole world of Tolkien as it has been told in the cinema for our generation,” says Boyd in the release. “No one knows the world of Tolkien better than Peter, Fran and Philippa, and I feel incredibly touched and honored to be asked to write and perform this song, and to be at the start and end of these beautiful, historic stories. To once again work so closely with them has been one of the true honors of my working life.”

“Into the West,” the end-title song from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, was performed by Annie Lennox and won the Oscar for Best Original Song. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies hits theaters on Dec. 17; the soundtrack album drops Dec. 9.

Peter Jackson walks us through his battle plans for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

Imagine Peter Jackson in a general’s cap, planted wide-stanced in front of a huge New Zealand flag, teeth clenched around a cigarette holder as he rallies his troops of CG artists. While the reality is less Patton-esque, designing and creating the 45-minute fight at the climax of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is much like preparing for an actual full-scale assault. “There’s a lot of logistics that have to be thought through,” says Jackson. “We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics.”

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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch record Smaug's movements via motion-capture for 'Hobbit'

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Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t just lend his voice to the role of Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The actor put his full body into the villainous dragon, lending his talents to the motion-capture process in as wonderfully ridiculous form as would be expected.

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Prepare for the end with the first 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' teaser

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First seen in the hallowed halls of Comic-Con, the first teaser trailer for Peter Jackson’s final movie set in Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, has hit the wider world. Get ready for some nostalgia.

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The last 'Hobbit' movie has a new title

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Peter Jackson’s first two Hobbit movies collectively grossed almost two billion dollars, proving once and for all that people can’t get enough of wacky dwarf action mixed in with the occasional dragon. (Also that one-handed orc, remember him?) And the third Hobbit movie promises to be even more of a box office bounty, what with the fact that stuff actually happens. READ FULL STORY

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