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Greetings from the apocalypse! The spring equinox is upon us, and even though we know what it looks like from space what's more important is how it looks from Miami, Florida … bikinis and big booties, yo! This weekend there's lots in store for all my party peeps, unless you're on the east coast, in which case it might snow again. SPRING BREAK, Y'ALL! Get More »
This week: Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of three movies based on the classic fantasy novel "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, which features Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen reprising his role as the wizard Gandalf from "The Lord of the Rings."
For anybody who loves a good story, genealogy is a fascinating thing. There's nothing quite like the thrill of uncovering a tale of an ancestor's life and learning how they lived, how they came to America, where they worked, the wars they fought in or who they loved. There's something magical about it.
Now just imagine how magical it would be if your family was from Middle-earth. Get More »
As much as we love "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" and all that Middle-earth whimsicality, we have to admit that, frankly, we have just about no damn idea what's actually happening most of the time. Seriously, the first "Lord of the Rings" movie has a seven-minute prologue just to introduce the ring. Our high school history teachers would be amazed we stayed awake through that much backstory.
Well, if you're like us, then today is your lucky day, because once again the internet, in the form of LOTRProject.com's exhaustive explainers and graphics, has come to the rescue in the form of this amazing chart, detailing all 4860 years of the One Ring's deadly history. Get More »
You think you know Hobbits? Man, you don't know anything.
J.R.R. Tolkien may be known as something of a completist when it comes to his own Middle-earth mythology, but apparently there were a few tidbits about the little people of the Shire that he neglected to include. Luckily, we have a true Tolkien scholar to fill in those vast gaps of knowledge: Gary Busey. Get More »
In a reminder that you should never count out a maniac wielding a chainsaw, "Texas Chainsaw 3D" overturned the applecart at the box office this weekend, topping the charts with an estimated $23 million according to Film.com.
That meant that returning hits "Django Unchained" ($20.1 million), "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" ($17.5 million) and "Les Misérables" ($16.1 million) were all bumped down a spot. "Texas Chainsaw's" reign looks to be short lived, though, with "Gangster Squad" and "Zero Dark Thirty" both scheduled to go nationwide next weekend.
For a full rundown of this week's figures, including numbers for comedies "Parental Guidance" and "This Is 40" as well as the Matt Damon release "Promised Land," head to Film.com.
You see where this is going, don't you?
Long (well, not that long) before he was Bilbo Baggins or Dr. John Watson, Martin Freeman was Tim Canterbury, one of the long-suffering paper company employees of "The Office." And the editing wizards at Eagle Beaver Productions have found a way for Freeman to get back to his roots. Get More »
New Zealand filmmaker/inventor of the 3-hour genre movie Peter Jackson has a long, celebrated history of making cameo appearances in his films ala Alfred Hitchcock.
Whether he's a surly punk rocker in "The Frighteners" or getting shot by Legolas in "Return of the King," Jackson is always game to put himself front-and-center in some embarrassing way, and thanks to Reddit user KD87 we have now found Waldo… er, Jackson in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Get More »
With all the hype surrounding the release of "Les Misérables" on Christmas day, many movie fans expected the Tom Hooper musical to cruise to the top spot at the box office this weekend. But "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" upset the apple cart, earning its third box office title in a row with an estimated $32.9 million according to Film.com.
That's not to say that "Les Misérables" was a disappointment, as Hugh Jackman and company finished with a solid $28 million for the weekend. But that amount still left it behind both "The Hobbit" and Quentin Tarantino's bloodsoaked revenge epic "Django Unchained," which brought in $30.7 million.
For a full rundown of the holiday box office, including figures for "Jack Reacher" and "Parental Guidance," head to Film.com.
Bilbo Baggins and his band of hirsute buddies easily won the box office again this weekend, as according to Film.com, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" earned an estimated $36.7 million to take the top spot.
That was more than double the amount of second place finisher "Jack Reacher" ($15.6 million), while fellow newcomers "This Is 40" ($12 million) and "The Guilt Trip" ($5.4 million) also failed to make much of an impression on movie fans.
For a full list of this weekend's box office top ten, including numbers for returning hits "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," "Life of Pi" and "Skyfall," head to Film.com.