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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.

2012's Most Promising Pop-Culture Picks?

What’s your most anticipated pop-culture event of 2012? Some options to get you thinking: November’s final Twilight movie (for both lovers and haters, it. will. end!); this spring’s long-awaited new episodes of Mad Men; Kiefer Sutherland’s midseason return to TV with Fox’s Touch; Game of Thrones‘ second season debuting in April; July’s arrival of The Dark Knight Rises; or the December delivery of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? Or maybe the iPad 3?

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LEGO announces deal to reimagine 'The Hobbit' universe

For years now, LEGO-playing fans of Tolkien’s universe have been forced to re-enact their favorite Middle-earth scenes with Han Solo, Dobby the House Elf and other franchise’s miniatures. But beginning next June, those days are history. Warner Bros Consumer Products has finally relented to bring all your favorite elves, hobbits, dwarves, wizards, and gollums to your precious LEGO universe. “It’s particularly exciting to now be able to create sets based on the fantasy worlds and characters from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the two films based on The Hobbit, not only because we know they will foster collectability and creative play, but also because these are two properties that our fans have been asking us to create for years,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. “

A LEGO Lord of the Rings site has been set up, with the promise of upcoming announcements and details. For now, bask in the glow of your LEGO-ized precious. READ FULL STORY

Evangeline Lilly discusses learning elvish, breastfeeding on the set of 'The Hobbit'

For the rest of her natural life, Evangeline Lilly is going to have to answer questions about Lost. Did the numbers ever really matter? Why did Kate have to ruin everything? Lucky for her, those questions may subside for a while so that incessant queries about The Hobbit can take their place.

Lilly, who stars in this weekend’s robot-boxing movie Real Steel, fielded a few of them during her visit to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday. The actress told Leno that after Lost had wrapped, she’d intended to take time off, but she got an offer she couldn’t refuse. “Pete Jackson called and said, ‘Would you like to be an elf on The Hobbit?’ and I said ‘Yes, I really do. I really do want to do that,” Lilly recalled.

The new mom (early in the interview Lilly explains that she pulled a Claire, skipping the hospital entirely and having a natural home birth for her son) talked a little bit about her role as the new Woodland Elf Tauriel and breastfeeding her four-month old in full elvish attire. According to the star, her baby “freaked out” when he looked up an saw a mysterious, pointy-eared woman who resembled her. Lilly said that her partner (boyfriend Norman Kali) later joked, “You know his internal dialogue is, ‘Mom you wouldn’t believe what happened to me today.”

Check out the full interview below. But, if you don’t want to listen to Leno imply he can have sex for 30 hours (Good morning, PopWatchers!), skip to the three-minute mark to hear all talk of Tolkien. Watch: READ FULL STORY

Boxing hobbits! Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan 'beat the s--' out of each other at Fantastic Fest -- VIDEO

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A couple of weeks back, Fantastic Fest organizer Tim League spoke to us about his then upcoming debate and boxing match with bare knuckle pugilist James Quinn McDonagh, star of the Austin, Texas fest’s selection Knuckle. What League neglected to mention (the swine!) was that another of the night’s bouts would feature Lord of the Rings co-stars “Relentless” Elijah Wood and “Domineering” Dominic Monaghan.

That’s right, on Saturday, Frodo and Merry stepped in the ring to first argue the merits of World of Warcraft and then, in the words of Wood, “beat the s— out of one other.”

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