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Peter Jackson heads back to Hobbitown in new production diary video


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All you little boys and girls must have behaved very well in 2011, because Peter Jackson put together a very special gift for you for Christmas. In addition to the release of “The Hobbit” trailer, he has put together the fifth installment of his video production diary for our viewing pleasure.

This behind-the-scenes segment focuses on shooting on location in New Zealand, and — as the video underlines — all the effort that goes into moving a large set around a fairly large island. Needless to say, “The Hobbit” team is managing to do it with flying colors and, apparently, a whole lot of booze.

But the video has a couple special treats for those willing to watch all twelve minutes of its length. It caught Elijah Wood‘s first visit to Hobbiton since it’s been rebuilt on camera, and it turned out to be a very emotional visit. Nothing quite highlights how much time has passed since “The Fellowship of the Ring” first hit theaters like Wood saying that he first came to set when he was 19, and now he is 30.

It’s also nice to see motion-capture actor Andy Serkis doing double duty as second-unit director as well. Hopefully he isn’t smoking too much of that pipe he’s carrying around in front of his sons Louis and Sonny, who make a brief appearance in the video in their hobbit costumes.

And for those of you who didn’t get enough dwarves, hobbits or Gandalf in the trailer, then this video should hit the spot. The production diary is jam-packed with shots of them moving around set both in and out of scenes, and it genuinely seems like the entire crew of the movie is having a great time filming it.

Those of you hoping to one day visit Hobbiton yourselves are in luck, too. In the video, Jackson explains that when they built the Shire set this time they used long-lasting materials so the set can stay standing even after filming on “The Hobbit” has finished. That’s probably the greatest Christmas gift any of us received this year. Don’t tell our families we said so.

Are you looking forward to “The Hobbit”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.)

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Wedding Planners

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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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