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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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'Lord of the Rings' vs. 'Game of Thrones': George R. R. Martin says who'd win in a fight

Who’s a finer swordsman: Aragorn, son of Arathorn, or Kingslayer Jaime Lannister? Could red priestess Melisandre take on wicked wizard Saruman the White? Are creepy ringwraiths better suited for battle than creepy White Walkers? And which honor-bound nobleman would prevail in a duel to the death — brooding Boromir or brooding Eddard Stark?

Unfortunately, J.R.R. Tolkein isn’t around to answer these burning questions. (Also, he’d have no idea who half of the characters listed above are.) But George R. R. Martin — author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the series on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based — is. Watch below to see who Martin would bet on in ten matches that pit his characters against Tolkien’s —  though if you’ve only seen the TV show or read just the first two Song of Ice and Fire books, you might want to skip to 00:36 in order to avoid a major spoiler.

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Learn airplane safety from elves, hobbits, and orcs, courtesy of Air New Zealand

Forget giant eagles. Citizens of Middle Earth have stepped into the future and are now flying aboard 777s. Or at least they are in Air New Zealand’s new in-flight safety video, “An Unexpected Briefing.” The video, which was created in anticipation of the December release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, starts screening on Air New Zealand flights this week.

In the video, the elven flight attendant starts with a message we’re used to hearing in safety videos (“Even if you flight with us often, be sure to keep a sharp eye on the briefing”) but aren’t used to obeying. But this video is different — orcs, hobbits, Ringwraiths, dwarves, and elves have a way of boosting entertainment value.

Check out the video below to see Peter Jackson put on the one ring, some gorgeous Aragorn-like hair whip back in the breeze, a Gollum cameo courtesy of Weta, and an obligatory quoting of Gandalf’s most airplane-applicable line. Dean O’Gorman, who plays Fili in The Hobbit, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s great-grandsons Mike and Royd also make an appearance. READ FULL STORY

Creepy Gollum sculpture welcomes you to New Zealand -- Love it or hate it?

The first of Peter Jackson’s 75,000 Hobbit movies is nearly upon us and what better way to celebrate than to build a 43-foot sculpture of Gollum in your airport?

Wellington International Airport in New Zealand (where The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy were filmed), unveiled the awesome/nightmarish creation from Japanese artist Masayuki Ohashi on Friday. Made out of polystyrene and epoxy resin, the sculpture features three 13-foot fish suspended in front of Gollum’s head and single arm, along with some bubbles for good measure. It was designed by Weta Workshop, the special-effects company behind Jackson’s two trilogies. All in all, it took crews four months to assemble the entire piece.

Why the airport placement, you ask? Weta co-founder Richard Taylor explains: “Wellington Airport feels like the home of Gollum after spending so many months here during the last three films.” He went on to add that he hopes the sculpture will encourage more New Zealand filmmaking in the future. “We spend months out in the world championing what our industry can offer and this is a flagship of that to the world.” Watch a video of the installation below:

You have to admit, it is pretty amazing. And yet, there’s something undeniably creepy about a giant hand reaching out over your head while you wait at baggage claim. Couldn’t they have built an ent or something? In any case, if you want to check it out, be sure to visit New Zealand in the next few months.

Is this more or less over-the-top than Denny’s Hobbit tie-in menu?

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‘The Hobbit’ trailer: A deep dive into the new clip

A precioussss video: Andy Serkis reads 'The Hobbit' as Gollum

Gollum is alive and well and freaking out children in London! At least, his disembodied voice is. Which might be even creepier.

This Saturday, motion capture magician Andy Serkis appeared at an event celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Lord of the Rings books. And though the actor admitted that he had difficulty getting into character for Peter Jackson’s upcoming Hobbit movies — “Twelve years later … I’ve heard that many impersonations [and] people ask me to do that many telephone messages for them. So the first days of getting back into the character are really hard” — Serkis had no trouble busting out his Gollum voice for an audience of rapt kids. Here’s him reading a selection from The Hobbit in that signature nasal rasp:

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'The Hobbit' trailer: A deep dive into the new clip

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The ultimate endpoint of the upcoming Hobbit movies is not going to be a surprise. J.R.R. Tolkien’s book was already an extremely popular book before the Lord of the Rings turned halflings into movie stars, and it’s a good bet that most people have at least a vague memory of how The Hobbit ends. (Spoiler alert: There’s a battle! Like, a huge battle!) But since Peter Jackson and Co. decided to stretch Tolkien’s book into a full trilogy, the real question is: What are they going to add in? Jackson has said that they’ll draw from some of the mountain of supplementary material that Tolkien wrote. (However, Jackson doesn’t have the rights to The Silmarillion. So, alas, The Hobbit will probably not feature a lengthy sequence where Melkor leads his renegade group of Ainur against Ilúvatar only to be defeated by the power of music. Sorry to disappoint you, nerds!)

The newest trailer for The Hobbit (which you can watch in full here) offers some hints about new subplots while also overdosing on eye-popping imagery. Let’s take a look shall we?

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Entertainment Geekly looks at 'The Hobbit,' 'Cloud Atlas,' and the other geeky fall movies

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In the next few months, some of the great icons in film history will return to big screens across the country. James Bond. Gandalf the Grey. Quentin Tarantino. Paul Thomas Anderson. Bruce Willis. And whoever Milla Jovovich plays in the Resident Evil movies. On this week’s podcast, Jeff Jensen and I take a week-to-week look at the upcoming movies. Spoiler alert: We’re excited for Looper. Double spoiler alert: We are somewhat less excited about Twilight 4.2. Triple spoiler alert: We talk about Speed Racer. READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: Thoughts on the 'Hobbit' trilogy, and an argument for the greatness of Paul Verhoeven

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Jeff Jensen is on vacation this week, possibly still recovering from our 90-minute Dark Knight Rises breakdown last week. But don’t worry, listeners, Entertainment Geekly has got a special treat for you! Joining me this week is special guest star Keith Staskiewicz, hotshot EW reporter, cinephile, and basket case. Our main topic was supposed to be a look back at the greatness of the original Verhoeven/Schwarzenegger action classic Total Recall, but then we started talking about Peter Jackson’s decision to turn The Hobbit into six trilogies and a quartet, and things took a turn for the serious. Listen to the complete podcast below, or check us out in the iTunes store. READ FULL STORY

COMIC-CON: HULK VS. HALL H!

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EVENTUALLY, THE TWO OF US HAD TO DO BATTLE.

HALL H IS COMIC-CON’S MASSIVE CONVENTION ROOM THAT SEATS APPROXIMATELY 6,500 PEOPLE. IT IS WHERE THEY HOLD ALL THE BIGGEST PANELS FOR THE HIGH-PROFILE MOVIES AND PRESENT THEIR FOOTAGE TO THRONGS OF SCREAMING FANS… AT LEAST IN THEORY. BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS THAT SO OFTEN THERE ARE A GOOD DEAL OF PEOPLE IN HALL H WHO ARE JUST THERE FOR SOME OTHER PANEL.

WHY DOES THAT HAPPEN? BECAUSE THE SHEER LOGISTICS OF HALL H DICTATE THAT ONE MUST REALLY COMMIT TO ARRIVING WAY BEFORE THE PANEL THEY ACTUALLY WANT TO SEE. THUS, THE POLITICS OF WHAT PANEL GOES BEFORE WHAT CAN SERIOUSLY AFFECT HOW ONE’S PANEL MAY GO.  FOR INSTANCE, AFTER THE FIRST YEAR OF TWILIGHT MANIA, THE CONVENTION DISCOVERED THAT THESE UBER-COMMITTED FANS WOULD LINE UP SO EARLY FOR THE PANELS THAT THEY WOULD DOMINATE THE LANDSCAPE. NOT ONLY THAT BUT THEY WERE SO COMPLETELY DISINTERESTED IN ALMOST ANY OTHER PROPERTY THAT IT MADE THINGS PRETTY MUCH HORRIBLE FOR ANYONE ELSE. (THIS ISN’T A SWIPE AT TWILIGHT MIND YOU, JUST THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THEIR FANS’ COMMITMENT). THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE IT WORK IS HAVE THE ANNUAL TWILIGHT PANEL OPEN HALL H ON THE FIRST DAY OF COMIC-CON AND THAT HAS NOW BECOME THE TRADITION (ALONG WITH PEOPLE CAMPING OUT FOR WEEKS BEFOREHAND). THE OTHER THING THEY HAVE LEARNED IS TO GROUP ALL THE BIGGEST, MOST MAINSTREAM PANELS ON SATURDAY, WHICH IS THE ALSO THE MOST HIGHLY ATTENDED DAY OF THE CON.

AND WITH SO MANY HIGH-PROFILE FILMS THERE ON SATURDAY THERE WAS NO BETTER DAY FOR HULK TO SPEND THE ENTIRE DAY IN HALL H. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: 'The Hobbit' -- plus our annual Comic-Con preview

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Nearly a decade after the last of the Lord of the Rings trilogy hit theaters, it’s time to go back to Middle-earth. The Hobbit doesn’t come out until December, but in preparation for Comic-Con (July 12-15 in San Diego) we’ve got exclusive images and on-set scoops from the first of the two movies— An Unexpected Journey — including interviews with Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), and director Peter Jackson.

To expand the classic J.R.R. Tolkien book so that it could support two feature films, Jackson drew from a range of Tolkien’s writings, adding characters not present in the Hobbit book, including Orlando Bloom’s elf Legolas and Cate Blachett’s elven ruler Galadriel. “In the movie we want these characters to have story lines and a little more substance than they do in the book,” Jackson explains. “Almost everything we’re doing is from Tolkien somewhere, whether it’s in the book or the subsequent development that wasn’t published in The Hobbit itself.”

Adds McKellen: “A lot of people weren’t even born when we were filming Lord of the Rings and only know the movies from watching them on DVD…. They’ll see Middle-earth on the big screen in The Hobbit, and I guarantee there will be a lot of minds blown wide apart.”

For even more on The Hobbit, as well as EW’s jam-packed guide to Comic-Con—including sneak peeks of Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, The Walking Dead, and Arrow—pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Tuesday, July 3.

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