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June 12, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
Warner Bros. debuted the first trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" on Tuesday afternoon, offering the first look at the second installment of Peter Jackson's massive adaptation of Tolkein's novel. Judging by the two-minute teaser, there will be plenty of high-def, special effects-enhanced action, full of elves, dwarves, wizards and goblins. Perhaps more to the point, there will be a dragon: specifically the fire-breather Smaug, voiced by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch who, before taking on the part of the great worm, was previously seen inhabiting the roles of Sherlock Holmes, Christopher Tiejens of "Parade's End," and the villain Khan in "Star Trek Into Darkness.
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March 26, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
MGM Holdings Inc., the parent of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., posted fourth-quarter net income of $12.2 million, down 70% from a year earlier, when MGM had net income of $40.2 million and benefited from the release of the blockbusters "Skyfall" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. " MGM reported revenue of $464 million in the fourth quarter, down 49% from $903 million a year earlier.  The film and television company produced two films that were released during the quarter that ended Dec. 31. It co-produced and co-financed "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" with Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema unit.
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December 13, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before pretending to do important things today. The Skinny: Caught a classic episode of "The Sopranos" last night. I think everyone anointing "Breaking Bad" the greatest drama ever needs to revisit Season 1 "The Sopranos. " Friday's headlines include the box -office preview and the push by "Saturday Night Live" to add black women to its cast. Also, Aereo wants to duke it out with broadcasters in the Supreme Court. Daily Dose: At an investor conference Thursday, DirecTV CEO Mike White suggested the satellite broadcaster is exploring the concept of launching its online video service.
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March 21, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Andy Serkis, the actor who breathed life into the computer-generated characters of Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" movies and Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and the upcoming "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," will make his directorial debut with a live-action adaptation of "The Jungle Book" for Warner Bros., according to the Hollywood Reporter. It is unclear if Serkis will star in the film, THR reports . Though he is best known as an actor, Serkis does have directing chops too: He served as a second unit director on Peter Jackson's two "Hobbit" movies, including the elaborate and widely praised barrel chase scene in "The Desolation of Smaug.
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December 16, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Almost as intriguing as the goings-on in Middle Earth has been the drama surrounding the “Hobbit" franchise itself. There was the fact that star director Guillermo del Toro walked off after a year of work. There's been a long-running lawsuit. And then, of course, that when it was finally almost ready last year, the production grew so expensive - er, epic - that director Peter Jackson and studio New Line saw fit to take what they had and slice it into three movies. That enabled more revenue and a longer life for the franchise, which will now span three holiday seasons through 2014.
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January 9, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
In a move to expand beyond 3-D cinema, Beverly Hills-based RealD Inc. is touting a new technology that it says will sharply improve the image quality on movies, whether they are shown in theaters or in the home. The technology, called RealD TrueImage, eliminates blemishes and artifacts (often called noise) when film and TV images are processed, creating a sharper and more detailed picture that is closer to what the filmmaker intended. The proprietary process already has the backing of one notable director, Peter Jackson, who used it for the recent release, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," both in 2-D and 3-D formats.
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December 13, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It looks like the air was thick with "Smaug" on Thursday night as the second part of director Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy rolled into theaters.  "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," a production of  New Line Cinema,  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer  and  Warner Bros. , made $8.8 million in ticket sales from midnight showings, according to studio estimates, indicating a strong start for the big-budget movie that continues the fantasy adventure of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey and the dwarves and elves of Middle Earth.  That's the second biggest December midnight haul ever, coming up shy of last year's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
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December 19, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Paramount Pictures' "Anchorman" sequel is on its way to a solid opening. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," is poised to gross around $45 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada over the five-day period ending Sunday, after taking in more than $8.1 million from showings on Wednesday.  Over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the movie is expected to generate $30 million to $35 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys,...
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January 14, 2014
"Gravity," "Pacific Rim," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" were among the nominees announced Tuesday morning for the Visual Effects Society's 12th VES Awards honoring visual effects artistry in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Nominated for outstanding visual effects in a visual effects-driven feature motion picture are "Gravity," "Iron Man 3," "Pacific Rim," "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
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December 2, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
 Air New Zealand hopes to get some tail winds from the next installment of "The Hobbit. " In a not-so-subtle marketing campaign tied to the movie, the self-described "airline of Middle-earth," has emblazoned a Boeing 777-300 aircraft with a 177 foot-long image of the dragon Smaug. The dragon-themed jet touched down at Los Angeles International Airport Monday morning in time for the premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It's the second film in the "The Hobbit" trilogy, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.
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March 6, 2014 | By Jevon Phillips
Proving that maybe the tastes of MTV are not so different from those of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, three Oscar-nominated films -- "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" -- are among the movie of the year nominees for the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. The male and female performance categories also echo the academy's choices as Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Amy Adams ("American Hustle"), Bradley Cooper ("American Hustle"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Stre et ")
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March 2, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
An Oscar, whether it is for lead actress or for makeup and hair, weighs exactly the same (8.5 pounds). A win in production design represents a level of achievement in a craft on par with best director. The night for all the winners is just as golden - same stars overhead. Yet there is a different, dimmer spotlight on the below-the-line contenders. Their red carpet walk will go unnoted, their gowns and tuxedo flair overlooked and their heartfelt speeches mostly unremembered or rudely cut short.
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February 27, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before asking Madonna for an invite to her Oscar party. The Skinny: "The Americans" lived up to my expectations and we all know how picky I am. Also good to have "Modern Family" back. I got through ABC's "Mixology," but after the first act I wanted to return my drink. Thursday's roundup includes a report on China's red-hot box office. Also, the Motion Picture Assn. of America is trying to woo more GOPers to its side. Daily Dose: If there is one pay-TV provider in particular that is unlikely to strike a deal to carry the new Dodger channel SportsNet LA it is Dish.
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February 26, 2014 | Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Not even two months into 2014, China's box office has topped $900 million, a blistering pace far ahead of last year, when receipts for the entire first quarter were about $830 million. The strong results are being powered by a number of films, including “The Monkey King,” which in the week that ended Sunday became only the fifth film to cross the 1-billion-renminbi milestone at the mainland box office, consulting firm Artisan Gateway said. That puts “Monkey” in rare company.
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February 25, 2014 | Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Smog seems to have helped Smaug at the Chinese box office this last weekend. "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug," raked in about $33.7 million from Friday to Sunday, consulting firm Artisan Gateway said Tuesday, putting it in first place. Intense air pollution covering much of northern China may have helped drive patrons to theaters, as the government advised people to limit outdoor activities. "Smaug" far outperformed the opening weekend of director Peter Jackson's first installment in the Warner Bros.
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January 17, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Movie ticket prices rose in the last three months of 2013, boosted by pricier 3D and Imax films.  The average ticket price in the fourth quarter was $8.35, representing a 3.7% increase from the same period during the previous year, according to the National Assn. of Theatre Owners.  The box-office success of several 3D movies helped skew the averages upward. Alfonso Cuaron's Oscar-nominated stranded-in-space drama "Gravity" was a significant driver, generating the vast majority of its revenue from 3D. The fourth-quarter 3D slate also included top-grossing pictures such as Disney's Hans Christian Andersen-inspired musical "Frozen" and Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
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December 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" didn't steal quite enough box office riches to beat the "Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" on Wednesday. "Wolf of Wall Street," the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring dark comedy from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures, grossed an estimated $9.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, coming in just behind "Smaug," which looks like it generated around $9.3 million in ticket sales.  "Smaug," the second part of the "Hobbit" trilogy based on the book by J.R.R.
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October 1, 2013 | By John Horn
Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" enjoyed one of the more anomalous releases in 2012. Despite the fact that many critics gave Jackson's adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic poor marks, the first of three "Hobbit" films was a global blockbuster, grossing more than $1 billion worldwide, nearly as much as "The Dark Knight Rises. " PHOTOS: Movie Sneaks 2013 The second installment in the trilogy -- "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" -- arrives in theaters on Dec. 13, and judging from the new trailer the film has more in common with Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films than the first "Hobbit" production.
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January 15, 2014 | By Susan King
"Gravity," "12 Years a Slave" and "Justin Bieber's Believe" were among the nominees announced Wednesday for the 61st Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards in feature film. Nominees in the TV, animation and computer entertainment categories will be announced Friday. Nominated for sound editing: sound effects and foley in an English-language feature are "12 Years a Slave," "All is Lost," "Captain Phillips," "Fast & Furious 6," "Gravity," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Iron Man 3" and "Lone Survivor.
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January 14, 2014
"Gravity," "Pacific Rim," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" were among the nominees announced Tuesday morning for the Visual Effects Society's 12th VES Awards honoring visual effects artistry in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Nominated for outstanding visual effects in a visual effects-driven feature motion picture are "Gravity," "Iron Man 3," "Pacific Rim," "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
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