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And I always thought hobbits were meant to be cheerful, delightful little fellas. Guess Martin Freeman has a different opinion of adventuring across Middle Earth with a bunch a stinkin’ dwarves and wizard baked out of his mind. For more – oh yes, there’s plenty more – of Freeman flipping the bird head over to The Mary Sue where they’ve amassed an amusing gallery of just that. But first, hit the jump for more Hobbit News!
As the December 13th premiere date for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug approaches fans are choking at the bit to get even a glimpse of what’s coming. Director Peter Jackson is all too well aware of this and has announced a global fan event for Monday, November 4, at 5:00 pm EST to preview a full 15 minutes from the film. Cinema Blend has the details of not only the worldwide simulcast but also which of the film stars will be participating,

Cinemas in Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington will simultaneously host the event, with special guests from the film present at all four locations. Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield in the film, and Orlando Bloom, who returns as Legolas from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, will take part from New York; Evangeline Lilly, who plays the new Elf character Tauriel, will be in Los Angeles; Lee Pace, who portrays Elf King Thranduil, will be broadcasting from London; and Luke Evans, who plays Bard The Bowman, Andy Serkis and Peter Jackson will be in Wellington. The entire event will be hosted by CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper. 

But while those four locations will be the ones hosting talent from the movie, they won’t be the only ones able to participate in the event. Audiences in Brussels, Belgium; Hamburg, Germany; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City, Mexico; Miami, Florida, USA; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Sydney, Australia; and Toronto, Canada will be able to go to their local cinema and not only watch the nearly 15 minutes of footage from The Hobbit but also participate in the Q&A with the stars and filmmakers. The conversation with the talent will also be broadcast online, but rather than having the full 15 minutes they will only be able to see an edited version of the scenes shown. 

That’s a great line-up of talent for the Q&A, especially since many of their characters will debut in Desolation of Smaug. For me, Thandruil’s tiny part in An Unexpected Journey doesn’t count. And sure, we all know Legolas, but we don’t know this Legolas; I’m intrigued by how his character will be different from what we saw him in LOTR. I’m also curious what the difference will be between the minutes screened in theatres and the edited version the rest of us will be able to catch online.

Don’t forget the date, Monday 11/4 at 5pm EST! For more details keep checking the official Hobbit website as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Another new face we’re expected to meet in The Desolation of Smaug is Stephen Fry‘s Master of Laketown, and lookie! The first official image of Fry in his full ensemble has been released (via CBM),

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That’s quite the combover you’ve got going on there, Fry. This new image comes from the latest issue of Empire Magazine which is chocked full of Hobbit-y goodness. At least that’s my assumption, judging by these exclusive covers,

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Lastly, as the promotional push continues,  we’ve got two more television spots for Smaug (Y’know, speaking of, did you see those behind the scenes images of Benedict Cumberbatch bringing Smaug to life?). Coming Soon shared these new spots earlier today. I can’t say I noticed any new footage within them, but that doesn’t mean I won’t enjoying watching them, repeatedly.

I loved An Unexpected Journey, unlike some who felt the pace too slow and that there wasn’t enough action. I can’t imagine anyone will be able to wage the same complaints against The Desolation of Smaug, though, as it appears to have plenty of action. And a dragon. What is there not to love about a dragon!?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug releases nationwide December 13th. Are you gonna see it opening day? Weekend? In what format: 2D, 3D, or HFR 3D?

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