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'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' was 2013's most pirated movie

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Congratulations are in order, sorta, for Peter Jackson and his Hobbit team. According to TorrentFreak’s annual list, the first film in their trilogy was downloaded well over eight million times in 2013, making it the year’s most pirated movie.

It wasn’t, however, a runaway victory. An Unexpected Journey was followed closely by Django Unchained, which has an estimated download count of 8.1 million — just 300,000 fewer than The Hobbit, even though The Hobbit‘s worldwide box office take was more than twice what Django made. Two blockbuster sequels — Fast and Furious 6 and Iron Man 3 — plus a surprisingly high-performing Oscar nominee (Silver Linings Playbook) round out the top 5.

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Martin Freeman is one tricksy hobbit in this supercut -- NSFW VIDEO

Anyone familiar with The Hobbit official production videos and/or the generally great character that is Martin Freeman knows that the Bilbo Baggins actor has a propensity to “flip the bird” in behind-the-scenes footage.

A YouTube user uploaded a supercut featuring many, if not all, of Freeman’s flipping moments during The Hobbit filming and promotional experience. What could come across as an exasperated actor venting his frustration on being put on the spot, Freeman makes light of it, crafting the use of the middle finger as a delightful running joke.

Check out the video now, ahead of it becoming an inevitable DVD/Blu-ray extra. Warning: NSFW for explicit gesture (but you knew that already):
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Google Middle-Earth: Explore the lands of 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' in epic detail

Ever need to pull up directions from your place in Bree to your friend’s hut in the Trollshaw Forest? Well, now you can! Well, not exactly, but this partnership between Google and creative minds of The Hobbit franchise brings you pretty close.

Google’s latest “Chrome Experiment” provides viewers an interactive 3-D guide through the world of hobbits, dwarves, trolls, and more. Available searchable locations include Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell, and Dol Guldur with Thranduil’s Hall, Lake-Town, and Erebor to be unlocked in the future. (Hint: the unlocked locations are featured in the upcoming prequel-sequel, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.)
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This Week's Cover: 'The Hobbit,' 'American Hustle,' and more holiday movies

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For movie lovers, ’tis the season to be very jolly indeed. The studios are stuffing the cineplexes with a lot of high-profile films, from Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to more intimate Oscar bait like Stephen Frears’ Philomena starring Judi Dench. In our annual Holiday Movie Preview, Entertainment Weekly looks at the biggest movies and key figures behind them. Plus, our resident Oscarologist Anthony Breznican details all the front-runners in this year’s Oscar race. Check out what’s in store for the Holiday Movie Preview:
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Join us for a Google hangout with Orlando Bloom!

Currently making his Broadway debut in Romeo and Juliet (just a little play you may have heard of…), Orlando Bloom is stopping by EW for a Google+ hangout with us and a few lucky fans on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 4:30p.m. ET.

You can also submit questions in the comments below, on the Google+ event page, or tweet us @EW!  Use #EWtalksRomeo to be part of the conversation. Watch live and join the chat below!
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Entertainment Geekly podcast: Fall Movie Preview and 'Big Brother'

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On the latest episode of the Entertainment Geekly podcast, me and co-conspirator Jeff Jensen look ahead at the geekiest movies of the fall and rate our excitement, using a system based around the X-Men movie franchise. Said rating system is brilliant, highly accurate, and utterly confusing. (Put it this way: The Hobbit isn’t quite X2 but it also isn’t X3, which makes it just about The Wolverine. See? Accurate!) We also dig into the current season of Big Brother and try to parse out the good (Helen!) from the bad (Andy!) and the ugly (Aryan Aaryn!)
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This Week's Cover: Ron Burgundy anchors EW's Fall Movie Preview

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Ron Burgundy and his news team are finally heading back to the big screen, and, well, it’s kind of a big deal — which is why we put it on the cover of EW’s annual Fall Movie Preview issue.

It’s been nine long years since the 2004 cult comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy introduced the world to Will Ferrell’s blow-dried, sexist, jazz-flute-playing San Diego TV newsman and his action-news gang: weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), sportscaster Champ Kind (Dave Koechner), and field reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd). Though only a modest success at the time, the movie went on to become one of the most beloved — and frequently quoted — comedies of the past decade. Yet for years, Ferrell and director Adam McKay struggled to get a sequel off the ground. “We all resigned ourselves to the fact that it was never going to happen,” says Carell. “It just didn’t seem to get any traction.” READ FULL STORY

Orlando Bloom says goodbye to Legolas ... by 'Taking the Hobbits to Isengard' -- VIDEO

As Hobbit reshoots wrap up, Peter Jackson’s cast seems to be checking items off a fan wish list before taking their wigs and makeup off for the last time. First, there was the in-costume response to a gushing fan trailer reaction. Then, there was a pic of Ian McKellen’s last day as Gandalf.

Now, Orlando Bloom is taking things to new meta heights by singing along to the 2006 fan-made music video “They’re Taking the Hobbits to Isengard” to celebrate his final day as Legolas.

“A day after saying goodbye to Gandalf and Tauriel, it was time to farewell Legolas,” Peter Jackson wrote on his YouTube page, where the video was uploaded. “What a great day it was, with Orlando battling a serious Orc for all 12 hours of shooting – part of the Battle of the 5 Armies for the third Hobbit movie. When we finally got the day done, we said goodbye to Orlando, had a couple of beers … and couldn’t resist doing this!”

See it for yourself below:
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'The Hobbit' actors provide squee-tastic response to fan-made trailer reaction video

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Fans capturing their live reactions to first viewings of long-anticipated movie trailers is nothing new. But here’s something you probably haven’t seen before: Movie stars responding to the fans with their own reaction video.

When the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hit the Internet on Tuesday, two fangirls recorded themselves watching the trailer and posted that video on YouTube. Some genius on the set of what appears to be additional filming for The Hobbit decided to play the fans’ video for three of the movie’s cast members and then film the actors’ response to the fan reaction video.

Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, and Evangeline Lilly (all in costume for their elf characters) provided a giggly response to the fan video, complete with quoting their own lines. READ FULL STORY

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