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“The Hobbit” unveils alternate trailer

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It’s been about eight and a half months since the first trailer for “The Hobbit” hit the web. Now we have a new trailer for the flick, due out on December, but we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t markedly similar to the first.

There are a few scenes in particular in the teaser that have changed from the first one, which our friends over at TheOneRing.net were kind enough to point out. Bilbo’s reaction to Gandalf’s arrival is new and so is the view of the dwarves when Thorin Oakenshield starts to sing. We can also see the titular hobbit hiding from something in a tree in Mirkwood Forest as well as he and his allies, Gandalf and the dwarves, running through a forest.

It turns out that this is the same trailer that was shown a few weeks back at Comic-Con. The decision not to show more footage in the second trailer released is an interesting one, especially in light of the recent decision to turn “The Hobbit” into a trilogy. We’ve seen more of the movie in pictures than we have in video, and as the calendar ticks closer to “The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey’s” December 14 release date, we’d really like that to change.

In fact, we’d really love to see the lengthy sizzle reel that was shown both at CinemaCon and at Comic-Con to promote the film. Director Peter Jackson opted not to show the footage in 48 frames per second the second time around because he wants his audience to see the movie in its full form at the new frame rate instead of making judgments early on.

“Ten minutes is sort of marginal, it probably needed a little bit more,” he said in a recent interview. “Another thing that I think is a factor is it’s different to look at a bunch of clips and some were fast-cutting, montage-style clips. This is different experience than watching a character and story unfold.”

Even so, we’d really love to have a tease of the movie at 48 fps and in 3D before we have to dole out probably close to $20 for a ticket to see it in the special formats. James Cameron had an “Avatar Day” prior to the release of “Avatar” to convince fans the 3D was worth their time and money, so why not do the same for “The Hobbit”? And maybe give us some new footage to mull over at the same time.

What did you think of the new “Hobbit” trailer? Do you want to see more of the film than you already have? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…