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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

'The Hobbit' at 48 frames per second: Are you recommending it to friends?

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Warning: This story contains some minor discussion of scenes featured in The Hobbit. If you have not seen the film and want to remain entirely unspoiled, we recommend returning after seeing the movie.

This weekend, I deliberately sought out a theater that was showing The Hobbit in 48 frames per second. After all the buzz, I refused to see it in any other format. (Call me a sheep.) So I braved the crowds of Times Square to check out a 48fps 3D viewing of the film with my colleague, Mandi Bierly. Like many, my reaction was strong. (EW’s movie critic Owen Gleiberman shared his thoughts here.) READ FULL STORY

'Hobbit'-ized children's books: Check out these grown-up adaptations of 'Charlotte's Web,' 'Butter Battle Book,' and more

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The Hobbit is a children’s book. Or at least it used to be. Before J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantastical Middle-Earth saga became fodder for a billion-dollar-grossing, Oscar-winning, New Zealand labor-law rewriting mega-franchise, The Hobbit was a classic of juvenile literature, written in a conversational style that was perfect for young readers. If you read the book as a kid, you almost certainly wanted to see it adapted into a movie. Today, your wish is finally granted. Kind of. There is a Hobbit movie in theaters. But it’s hardly a kids’ movie. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a massive battleground epic, replete with vengeful monsters and sword fights; it’s also merely the first of three movies adapted from the slim book, which ran 310 pages in its first edition. READ FULL STORY

'The Hobbit': Andy Serkis reveals Gollum's holiday travel tips -- EXCLUSIVE

Generally speaking, cave-dwelling, certifiably insane ex-hobbit Gollum is sort of a homebody. But when travel guide mecca Lonely Planet recently interviewed Hobbit actor Andy Serkis about filming and trekking around in New Zealand, the publisher couldn’t help asking how Serkis’s most famous character would prepare for a trip. The motion-capture expert answered the question as Gollum himself — proving once more that we will never, ever get tired of hearing Serkis’s signature gurgling hiss. Even though it’s pretty weird to see it coming from a normal-looking guy instead of a terrifying gray-skinned creature.

Check out the video below, exclusively on EW.com:

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'The Hobbit': Five things you should know about 48 frames per second

Unless you’ve been hiding out in a hobbit-hole or held captive by a cave troll, you’re undoubtedly aware that director Peter Jackson’s long-awaited return to Middle-earth, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is opening next week. And you’re probably also aware that Jackson shot the film in a new format, 48 frames per second, which has kicked up a fair bit of fuss among early reviewers, not all of it positive. But what does 48 frames per second even mean? Is it actually a better way to experience the film? Here are five things you should know before buying your ticket. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: Hobbits, holidays, and 'Homeland'

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — not just because the holidays are around the corner, but also because mid-season finales are at hand on TV, and a certain breed of small, fuzzy-footed creature is making its way back to the big screen. Check out our picks for the week below, including the all-star Hurricane Sandy benefit and the much-anticipated Homeland finale. Have a great week! READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: Go inside 'The Hobbit'

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If you think all of the amped-up anticipation and feverish speculation surrounding Peter Jackson’s long-awaited return to Middle-earth with The Hobbit has been intense — well, just imagine being Martin Freeman. From the moment he was cast as the reluctant hobbit hero Bilbo Baggins in Jackson’s epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved children’s book, the British actor has been doing his best to shut out all of the noise for his sanity’s sake. Going on-line to eavesdrop on the fans’ expectations and armchair-quarterbacking of The Hobbit is “a suicide mission,” he tells EW. “If I read one bad thing about me — it can be one person’s opinion in Idaho — I’m like, ‘Jesus, why does everyone hate me?’ ” he says. “If you read four of those, you think, ‘Everyone in the solar system hates me!’ Then even if you read 80 people saying, ‘I think he’s wonderful and I really want to f— him,’ you’re still thinking, ‘But that person in Idaho…’ ” He pauses and adds drily, “In short, I don’t really seek out the Hobbit stuff.”

With the Dec. 14 release of the first installment, An Unexpected Journey, finally almost here, this week’s issue of EW goes deep into “the Hobbit stuff,” exploring the film’s long, difficult road to the big screen and the critical, sometimes controversial creative decisions Jackson has made along the way — most notably, his surprising decision to turn the planned two-film adaptation into a full trilogy. That decision took even Freeman aback at first. “At first, I must say, I was like, ‘Why?’ ” the actor says, adding that he quickly came around. “You kind of think, ‘I’ve already put this much of my life into two movies. What am I going to do now — not put it into three?’ In for a penny, in for a pound.” READ FULL STORY

Colbert's Hobbit Week kicks off with Sir Ian McKellen, a.k.a. 'Gandalf the Gay' -- VIDEO

Can every week be Hobbit Week on The Colbert Report?

Last night, Stephen Colbert launched a full week of episodes dedicated to dissecting Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — complete with a set elaborately decorated to look like The Shire, where Middle-earth’s most fuzzy-footed creatures make their home. The fake pundit — and real Tolkien superfan — welcomed as his first guest Sir Ian McKellen, a celebrated actor who’s best known in geek circles for playing Magneto in the X-Men movies and Gandalf in Jackson’s Tolkien adaptations.

Though he never broke character, Colbert was obviously psyched to share his second breakfast table with McKellen. After showing a clip from the new movie, the actor and the host chatted about everything from why Gandalf the Grey is more fun than Gandalf the White, whether Colbert or McKellen knows more about the character’s mythology, and McKellen’s work as a gay rights advocate. The highlight: McKellen quipped that a new Jackson sequel will star “Gandalf the Gay”: “And you get to find out who is his favorite dwarf.”

For all this, plus McKellen’s assessment of who would win in a fight between Magneto and the White Wizard, click below. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' and more

In a way, Batman is sort of like Santa Claus. He’s cloaked in mystery, sorts through the naughty and the nice at night, and has helpers who build his magnificent toys. Also — little known fact — the real Santa delivers his “Ho, ho, ho’s” in an Eastwoodian whisper. So it makes some sense that The Dark Knight Rises arrives on Blu-ray just in time for it to become the stocking stuffer of the holiday season. (Yeah, like you’re going to wait that long to watch it again.)

Check out what else this week has in store.

SUNDAY, Dec. 2

Boardwalk Empire season finale, HBO, 10 p.m.

Empire has demonstrated that it knows how to close. Every season, HBO’s gangster prohibition drama eases into the action, patiently setting up the game’s pieces during the first few episodes, before thundering towards an emotional climax. Expect more fireworks tonight. READ FULL STORY

Go medieval in Middle-earth! 'Guardians of Middle-earth' game trailer -- EXCLUSIVE

With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey landing on the big screen in less than two weeks, it’s little surprise a new Lord of the Rings videogame is also hitting the market. Rather than serving up the usual movie-tied mediocrity though, Guardians of Middle-earth is a complementary experience more focused on sword-swinging, spell-spitting action than frolicking through the Shire in short-pants.

A multiplayer online battle arena—or MOBA, as us game geeks call it—Guardians pits two teams of five against each other in epic melees that allow players to litter the cobblestones with corpses from behind class-specific weapons and powers. Those who found Lego Lord of the Rings too tame for their tastes should appreciate the opportunity to tear Gandalf a new one with Gollum’s “My Precious” power—something I’m pretty certain you won’t see in the forthcoming film. Check out the exclusive launch trailer below.
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