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Stephen Colbert The Hobbit the Desolation of Smaug
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See Stephen Colbert’s Cameo in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’!

As you're probably aware by now, Stephen Colbert of 'The Colbert Report' (and formerly of 'The Daily Show') is a huge fan of 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit,' so when given the chance to make a cameo in Peter Jackson's latest installment in the franchise, the satirical late night host jumped right on it. And thanks to the awesome power of the internet, you can now peep his cameo in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' without leaving the comfort of your home! 

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The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Review
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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Review

There comes a time when we must stop kidding ourselves. These 'Hobbit' films – with 'The Desolation of Smaug' representing the shank of the trilogy – are not real movies. These are exploitation films for Tolkien nuts, for enthusiasts of the original 'Lord of the Rings' movies and for audiences so hungry for high fantasy they'll gobble up whatever is served to them and ask for seconds.

As someone who has sympathy, but not empathy, for those who have such proclivities, I can get why someone might come away liking this picture. But that is more of an involuntary reaction to exposure to certain elements, not the summation of a film. Listen, there's a grey-bearded wizard who warns in low tones about a place that sounds like “Doggledoor.” And there's someone referred to as “Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror.” I love that geekorama stuff more than most. It's hilarious, and I'll probably refer to my cat as “Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror” for the next week. But this movie doesn't cohere – there's no forward momentum, no character development, no story happening. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a fibber.

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Smaug Graces Air New Zealand’s ‘Hobbit’-Themed Plane

The Air New Zealand team has always taken pride in the fact that Peter Jackson filmed his 'Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings' trilogies in their homeland, but they've taken it one step further for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.' While some of the trailers have refrained from showcasing the evil dragon in his full form, the airline has plastered him all over their new 'Hobbit'-themed plane.

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The Hobbit 2 Trailer Sneak Peek
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‘The Hobbit 2′ Trailer: Epic Adventures Come in ‘The Desolation of Smaug’

If you're like us, you may have been a little underwhelmed by the first 'Hobbit' movie, but the latest trailer for Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' seems not only action packed, but lacking in any scenes featuring long meals or songs.

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‘The Hobbit 2′ Trailer: Prepare for ‘The Desolation of Smaug’

Peter Jackson's latest trilogy continues as the new 'The Hobbit 2' trailer debuted online, featuring Martin Freeman's Bilbo and his band of dwarves still journeying to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug.

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The Hobbit 2 Posters
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‘The Hobbit 2′ Posters Hit Ahead of the New Trailer Premiere [UPDATE]

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' has released a brand-new poster for the continuing the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and his band of dwarves to slay the dragon Smaug. But what's more exciting is that Warner Bros. has revealed the new trailer will hit tomorrow, October 1!

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‘The Hobbit 2′ Trailer: First Footage of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’

The next installment of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' trilogy continues the journey of Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf and their company of dwarfs as they seek to rid the land of the evil dragon Smaug.

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‘The Hobbit 2′ Poster: Martin Freeman Faces the Desolation of Smaug

With the summer movie season in full swing, it's about time we got a poster for what's sure to be one of the big events of 2013. The first poster for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' has arrived, and it's sure to send a chill or two down the spines of Middle Earth fans the world over.

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Willie Nelson Gandalf
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Willie Nelson’s ‘The Hobbit 2′: Watch the Country Legend’s Stoned Gandalf Audition

" a good actor, but, hell, I'm Willie Nelson!" That's right, you are.

The legendary country star and marijuana enthusiast turns 80 years old on Tuesday, but instead of us honoring him with a gift, he's given the world the best thing ever -- a spoof audition reel for 'The Hobbit 2.' What would the Peter Jackson-directed films look like with Nelson in the role of Gandalf? Here's a taste.

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The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug Preview
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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Preview: Peter Jackson (and Stephen Colbert?) Tease the Next Film

A few weeks ago, director Peter Jackson held an online Q&A and preview for the upcoming 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.' However, if you wanted to watch or take part, you had to have bought 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' on DVD or Blu-ray and followed the proper instructions (you know, typing in codes and such). Although the entire event remains an exclusive, Jackson has posted a six minute excerpt to YouTube, letting everyone get a taste of the what it was like and get a glimpse of the new Middle Earth adventure.

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‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Has Made Over $1 Billion at the Box Office

Becoming the 15th movie in history to do so, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' passed the $1 billion mark this past week, the second in Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' films to do so. But how much further can it go?

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The Hobbit Pinball Artwork Revealed

Sure, we cover everything console, but we're not named Arcade Sushi for nothing! Check out the artwork for Jersey Jack Pinball's latest pin, The Hobbit!

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