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

“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


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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