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Biblical epics, Hercules films, Lady Gaga, Godzilla to hit screens this year

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“NOAH,” shot by Oscar-nominated Filipino-American cinematographer Matthew Libatique, stars Russell Crowe (right) in the title role and Logan Lerman.

(Part 1 of a series)   LOS ANGELES—Two biblical epics (one shot by Oscar-nominated Filipino-American cinematographer Matthew Libatique), two Hercules movies, “Godzilla,” “Jersey Boys,” “The Hobbit,” “Transformers,” “Spider-Man,” “RoboCop,” Lady Gaga in a “Sin City” prequel/sequel, “Princess Grace” and more are coming to your local cineplexes this year.   “Noah,” with Russell Crowe in the [...]

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‘Hobbit’ tops North American box office for 3rd week

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Martin Freeman, left, and John Callen in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which continued to top the box office, landing at No. 1 over the Christmas holiday for the third weekend in a row.  AP PHOTO/WARNER BROS. PICTURES, MARK POKORNY

Fantasy blockbuster “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” ruled the North American box office this weekend, holding off a strong festive season challenge from Disney’s animated musical “Frozen,” estimates showed Sunday.

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New Zealand airline reveals image of Hobbit dragon

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New Zealand’s national airline has unveiled a giant image of the dragon Smaug on one of its planes to celebrate the premiere of the second movie in the Hobbit trilogy.

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Hobbit fans get sneak peek at new movie

A barefoot and relaxed film director Peter Jackson (below white shirt and projected onto the screen) answers questions about his latest movie "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" at a fan even in Wellington, New Zealand, on November 5, 2013. AFP

Director Peter Jackson gave fans a sneak peek of his latest Tolkien epic Tuesday, revealing he is working non-stop to get “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” ready to premiere next month.

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Hobbits help draw tourists to New Zealand

In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, a giant sculpture of Gollum, a character from "The Hobbit," is displayed in the Wellington Airport to celebrate the upcoming premiere of the first movie in the trilogy, in Wellington, New Zealand. AP FILE PHOTO

Hobbits, elves and dragons appear to be luring tourists to New Zealand as fans await their first glimpse of the second movie in “The Hobbit” trilogy.

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‘The Hobbit’ stays atop box office for third week

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This film image released by Warner Bros., shows Ian McKellen as Gandalf in a scene from the fantasy adventure "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Filmmaker Peter Jackson's decision to shoot his epic three-part J.R.R. Tolkien prequel in the super-clear format that boosts the number of frames per second to 48 from the current standard, 24, has some unintended consequences. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., James Fisher, File)

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” continues to rule them all at the box office, staying on top for a third-straight week with nearly $33 million.

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From Gandalf to ‘Vicious Old Queen’

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MCKELLEN. About to do star in a new sitcom.

When Ian McKellen opted to stand up throughout our recent press conference with him, it was like watching a private one-man show of one of the greatest British actors of all time.

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Hobbits, superheroes put magic in NZ film industry

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In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, a giant sculpture of Gollum, a character from "The Hobbit," is displayed in the Wellington Airport to celebrate the upcoming premiere of the first movie in the trilogy, in Wellington, New Zealand. AP FILE PHOTO

A crate full of sushi arrives. Workers wearing wetsuit shirts or in bare feet bustle past with slim laptops. With days to go, a buzzing intensity fills the once-dilapidated warehouses where Peter Jackson’s visual-effects studio is rushing to finish the opening film in “The Hobbit” trilogy.

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Peter Jackson avoids talk about ‘The Hobbit’

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TORONTO – Filmmaker Peter Jackson avoided questions on Saturday about his decision to split J.R.R. Tolkien’s 300-page fantasy novel “The Hobbit” into three feature length films, amid growing fan criticism.   The director of the epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy said the decision to make three films was possible because of the extended appendices [...]

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