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Box Office: The Hobbit Continues to Dominate; 47 Ronin Bombs

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continued its domination of the box office this weekend, landing at No. 1 for the third straight week despite a slew of new releases that came out on Christmas Day. The Peter Jackson-helmed sequel took in $29.9 million, bringing its three-week total to $190 million, Box Office Mojo reports. The only other movie that was able to stay in first place for three straight weeks in 2013 is Gravity.

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Box Office: How Well Did The Hobbit Sequel Do?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug had an impressive opening at the box office this weekend, but still fell short of the original film's debut.

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Check Out the Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The trailer for the second movie in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy features Benedict Cumberbatch as you've never seen him before: in dragon form.

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The Last Samurai's Billy Connolly Undergoes Surgery for Prostate Cancer

Billy Connolly

Scottish actor and comedian Billy Connolly has undergone surgery for prostate cancer and is being treated for the "initial symptoms" of Parkinson's Disease, his spokeswoman said Monday.

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Wow! Check out Evangeline Lilly's New Hobbit Makeover

Evangeline Lilly

A nearly unrecognizable Evangeline Lilly showed off a new hairstyle at the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in New Zealand Wednesday. The former Lost star, known for her flowing brunette locks, now dons a super short, wavy look tinged with blond highlights.

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Oscar Surprises and Snubs: Gary Oldman Gets His Due, But Leo Sits This One Out

Gary Oldman, Leonardo DiCaprio

Just after the Oscar nominations were read on Tuesday morning, Albert Brooks tweeted:  "And to the Academy: "You don't like me. You really don't like me." The Drive star seemed to be a near-lock for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, but his name wound up on the wrong side of the shortlist. "I got ROBBED. I don't mean the Oscars, I mean literally. My pants and shoes have been stolen," he continued to quip on Twitter. But Brooks' omission wasn't the only big shocker. Here are our top surprises and snubs:
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The Hobbit Trailer: Bilbo Baggins Heads Out on An Unexpected Journey

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Welcome back to Middle Earth!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey won't hit theaters for another year, but you can feast your eyes on the long-awaited teaser trailer now.

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Evangeline Lilly Cast in The Hobbit

Evangeline Lily

Lost's Evangeline Lilly has joined The Hobbit.

"Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character—the Woodland Elf, Tauriel," director Peter Jackson announced on Facebook. "Her name means 'daughter of Mirkwood' and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.) What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life."

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Hobbit Films Get Names, Release Dates

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Peter Jackson's pair of films based on J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, now have their official titles and release dates, according to The Hollywood Reporter...
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Orlando Bloom to Return As Legolas in The Hobbit

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom has signed on to The Hobbit, director Peter Jackson announced.

"Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I'm excited to announce today that we'll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more," Jackson wrote on his Facebook page. "I'm thrilled to be working with Orlando again. Funny thing is, I look older—and he doesn't! I guess that's why he makes such a wonderful elf."

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