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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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Ian McKellen on Not Needing Treatment for His Prostate Cancer

Ian McKellen Has Prostate Cancer

Originally posted 12/11/2012 09:50AM

Sir Ian McKellen has revealed that he suffers from prostate cancer.

McKellen – who played Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and reprises the role in the soon-to-open The Hobbit – tells the Daily Mirror that he's had "prostate cancer for six or seven years."

But the 73-year-old says the diagnosis is far from a death sentence.

"When you have got it you monitor it and you have to be careful it doesn't spread. But if it is contained in the prostate, it's no big deal," he says.

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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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