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Review: The Hobbit Is a Grand Adventure – That Takes Too Long

The Hobbit Is a Great Adventure That Takes Too Long to Arrive

Originally posted 12/14/2012 10:00AM

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The elegance of The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien's rousing tale of Bilbo Baggins helping a passel of dwarves reclaim their mountain home is that the epic spans just a few hundred pages.

Moviegoers, on the other hand, could have first breakfast, second breakfast and elevenses in the nearly three hours it takes director Peter Jackson to deliver the first third of this trilogy in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (Part 2 is slated for next year.)

It helps that the cast is so engaging, particularly Martin Freeman as Bilbo, a kind, fussy sort torn between the comforts of his divinely cozy hobbit hole and the promise of adventure.

And what adventure it is!

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Dashing Prince William Attends The Hobbit Premiere Without Kate | Prince William

Prince William Attends The Hobbit Premiere Without Kate

Originally posted 12/12/2012 03:40PM

With wife Kate resting as she copes with her pregnancy illness, Prince William stepped out solo on Wednesday evening for the premiere of The Hobbit in London.

The dashing young royal told guests at the special screening of the tale from Middle Earth that Kate would have "loved" to have attended the event. But the expectant mom has had to cancel a number of appearances while she battles severe morning sickness caused by hyperemesis gravidarum.

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Gollum Has a New Role: Official Airport Greeter (VIDEO)

Tolkien's Gollum Has a New Role: Official Airport Greeter

Originally posted 10/29/2012 12:00PM

Headed Down Under? Don't be frightened.

Wellington Airport, in New Zealand, has a new official greeter: Gollum, the misunderstood monster from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings novels and Peter Jackson's movie adaptations.

His arrival comes just ahead of Oscar-winner Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens next month. Like Jackson's Rings movies, it too was shot in New Zealand.

"Wellington Airport feels like the home of Gollum after spending so many months here during the last three films," Sir Richard Taylor, of the Weta Workshop – which manufactured and installed Gollum from Japanese fine arts sculptor Masayuki Ohashi's design – tells Wellington's Dominion Post.

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