The Hobbit

Andy Serkis to direct The Jungle Book

AMAZING

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9 things we learnt at the Desolation of Smaug fan event

On Monday night, Middle-Earth fans across the country were treated to their best glimpse yet of forthcoming dragon-laden caper The Desolation of Smaug. Sarah Deen, our Hobbit in the field, was there – and here’s what she found out about Bilbo’s next adventure.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug first poster!

Infinite cash Vs Probable agonising death. Quick cost benefit analysis… Let’s send Martin Freeman in instead

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The Hobbit journeys to $1 billion milestone

Bilbo and co are making tons of dough

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BAFTA 2013 nominations; a lot of Skyfall

Anna Karenina seems to have been added one too many times

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Why The Hobbit is like masturbation

“It can be a lot of fun, but it’s not a game.” Twenty-first century sage Jim’s Dad speaks for us all; but is he talking about the time-honoured traditions of self-abuse, or the oeuvre of JRR Tolkien as projected through the slightly smeary lens of Peter Jackson? Our newest writer Will Donovan is risking the wrath of ten million Bilbo fanboys as he explains why our latest trip into Middle-Earth has more than a little in common with that time your mum caught you balls-deep in a microwaved watermelon.

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Cheat Sheet: Sir Ian McKellen

A national treasure, a gay icon, a Shakespearean behemoth, a level 4 magnetic mutant and Mithrandir himself, Sir Ian McKellen is one of the greatest actors of all time. At the age of 73, our 5 foot 11 inches undertaker continues to astound, most recently in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Did you know that Sir Ian attended Cambridge University where he studied English, and that he only got a 2:2? NO!? Then you’d better read our Ian McKellen Cheat Sheet!

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is undoubtedly an event-movie, but can it overcome the ridiculously high expectations and accusations of technological awkwardness surrounding its release? Yes. Yes it can. All the criticisms leveled at the first film in The Hobbit trilogy might be justifiable, but Peter Jackson has still created a worthy prequel to the Lord Of The Rings. Big flashy set pieces, enjoyable and complex characters and an accessible yet captivating script add up to a movie you will be proud to one day have as the cornerstone of your DVD collection. You’ll never be so glad to return to Middle Earth.

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The Hobbit amasses $84.8 million in 3 days

Martin Freeman to sign up with Cash Money Records, Ian McKellen to buy a sold gold yacht

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Tintin adventuring once more in 2015, says Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson will be suffering from exhaustion any day now

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