Why does every story have to be an Earth-shattering epic?

Lately, it seems like every story has to be massive, or nobody cares. Every Doctor Who story is about saving the entire universe. The latest Hobbit movie seemed to be trying to be a Lord of the Rings-style saga. Every action movie needs global stakes. Can we talk about our epic epidemic? » 12/24/13 8:00am 12/24/13 8:00am

The Hobbit proves you can like a movie even if it's not good

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is considerably better than the first movie in the trilogy. It has a more coherent structure, genuinely interesting character development, and fucking awesome dragon action. I liked it a lot — yet I was painfully aware of how bad the movie was. Here's what you'll enjoy in The Hobbit, … » 12/13/13 9:46am 12/13/13 9:46am

Leaked Hobbit Lego sets give a glimpse at The Desolation of Smaug…

Three currently unannounced Lego sets for the upcoming Desolation of Smaug line have made their way on to eBay Germany - giving us a tiny look at what's to come in the upcoming middle movie of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, albeit in brick form. » 10/19/13 11:14am 10/19/13 11:14am

How Desolation of Smaug adds Elves who don't appear in The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit doesn't mention many Elven characters by name, so for The Desolation of Smaug's journey to the land of the Wood Elves, Peter Jackson brought back Orlando Bloom's Legolas and created a female Wood Elf, Evangeline Lilly's Tauriel. We spoke to both actors about their characters and how they fit … » 10/17/13 10:00am 10/17/13 10:00am

Genre Actors Who've Owned More Than One Iconic Role

When an actor takes on a huge, break-out role, he or she runs a huge risk of getting typecast. This is what leads to things like Leonard Nimoy writing I Am Not Spock. But occasionally, an actor won't just play one iconic, famous character – they'll play two, or three. Here's a list of the genre actors who were either… » 9/13/13 12:35pm 9/13/13 12:35pm

A musher explains why Radagast the Brown's bunny sled isn't so ridiculous

A great many Tolkien fans were dismayed by the portrayal of Radagast the Brown in Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit, especially the invention of Radagast's mode of transportation: a sled pulled by superpowered rabbits. But is the notion of a woodland wizard traveling by bunny sled really that absurd? A… » 3/17/13 10:00am 3/17/13 10:00am

Martin Freeman is Tim Baggins when The Office goes to Middle Earth

This bizarre mashup video from EagerBeaverFilms, which pastes the faces and voices of characters from the British version of The Office over the bodies of characters from The Hobbit, gives us a double dose of Martin Freeman. But while David Brent the Grey may think he's the star, it's the perfect casting of Gollum… » 1/05/13 2:00pm 1/05/13 2:00pm

The Hobbit is a lot better once you realize it's a war movie

The Hobbit has officially joined the ranks of franchises like Star Wars that are so eagerly anticipated that they suffocate under the weight of audience expectations. So far, critical responses to The Hobbit have been terrible, and I think at least fifty percent of the hate is coming from people's outrage that this… » 12/14/12 9:01am 12/14/12 9:01am

A real-life Hobbit pub has opened for business in New Zealand

Hobbit fans looking to celebrate their victories by pouring back a cool one in the same tradition as Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin are in for a real treat. The Green Dragon, a New Zealand pub that recreates the look and feel of the same drinking establishment as seen in the Lord of the Rings films, is officially open… » 12/11/12 6:20am 12/11/12 6:20am

Dwarves invade Bilbo Baggins' house—and start rapping

This parody video by The Hillywood Show opens with Bilbo Baggins opening his door to Gandalf and a group of rowdy Dwarves. But instead of showing off their plate-throwing skills and singing haunting music, the Dwarves start pounding drinks to LMFAO's party rock anthem "Shots." It's a weird combination, but surprisingly… » 12/02/12 9:30am 12/02/12 9:30am