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Note to movie studios: Give trolls their due!

Trolls are having a moment. Yesterday, DreamWorks announced that Anna Kendrick would star in Trolls, an animated musical based on the creepy children’s toys. Last week, Laika released the trailer for The Boxtrolls, which combats trolls’ reputation as monsters, depicting them instead as silly magical creatures living peacefully in the sewers. And last year, Frozen featured a gaggle of friendly, wise trolls who adopted leading man Kristoff and gave leading lady Anna a hand when she needed their help.

All of these creatures stand in pretty sharp contrast to various Old Norse myths, which establish a few basic trollish characteristics: they’re magical, strong, not very smart, human-hungry, and vulnerable to the sun, which turns them into stone. While this cuddly new breed of trolls may be magical, they’re also cute and amiable. And that’s a shame.

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Viggo Mortensen calls 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy a 'mess'

Thirteen years since the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, star Viggo Mortensen isn’t holding back in expressing his true feelings for the Peter Jackson trilogy. In a candid interview with The Telegraph, the 55-year-old actor calls the process of making the epic films an epic disaster.

Mortensen, who portrayed Aragorn in the trilogy, says Jackson and producers “were in a lot of trouble” before the first film proved to be a massive hit with both critics and moviegoers. “Officially, [Jackson] could say that he was finished in December 2000 — he’d shot all three films in the trilogy — but really the second and third ones were a mess,” Mortensen says. “It was very sloppy — it just wasn’t done at all. It needed massive reshoots, which we did, year after year. But he would have never been given the extra money to do those if the first one hadn’t been a huge success. The second and third ones would have been straight to video.”

All three LOTR films were nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards, with the final installment, The Return of the King, taking that top prize, as well as a best director statue for Jackson. But Mortensen has a decidedly different take on the quality of the films. He believes The Fellowship of the Ring is the best movie in the franchise, in part because Jackson relied less on special effects for that outing. READ FULL STORY

'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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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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Martin Freeman says farewell to Bilbo Baggins -- PHOTO

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Here’s a bittersweet bit of second-breakfast dessert: A few hours ago, Peter Jackson revealed that Martin Freeman had just shot his last scene as Bilbo Baggins.

This marks the end of the Sherlock actor’s two-and-a-half-year journey to and from Bag End — and nearly the end of Jackson’s own Tolkien immersion as well. “We have said goodbye to our elves, humans, wizards and now the hobbit. We now enter our final 2 weeks of pick-ups,” Jackson writes on Facebook. The good bad hairy news: From here on out, he adds, “it’s wall to wall dwarves.” (Dwarfs are very upsetting.)

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See a pic of Ian McKellen's last day as Gandalf

Ian McKellen has spent fifteen years playing Gandalf the Grey (and then the White) – one of the major character links between the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit. Today, he filmed his last scenes in the role. READ FULL STORY

'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

Watch Peter Jackson answer Stephen Colbert's question about the next 'Hobbit' movie

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Over the weekend, Peter Jackson answered some questions about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second act of his ever-expanding Hobbit prequel saga via live video chat. One fan in particular had an incredibly in-depth question about the elves of Mirkwood, and specifically whether the film would differentiate between the Sindarin elves and the Nandor elves — who are completely different, duh. The fan who asked that question? None other than Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report and lifelong Tolkien fan.

Check out Colbert’s question and Jackson’s response in the video below, which also includes behind-the-scenes looks at Bard the Bowman (played by Luke Evans) and the return of Orlando Bloom’s Legolas. Alas, still no sign of Smaug, a.k.a. Benedragon Cumberbatch. READ FULL STORY

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