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Peter Jackson responds to “The Hobbit’s” 48 frames per second skeptics


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Despite how excited Peter Jackson is about the fact he’s shooting “The Hobbit” in 48 frames per second, critics were less than enthused by the presentation of the movie at CinemaCon last week. Responses were mixed, but many said that the footage looked too real and didn’t have any of the cinematic qualities that made “The Lord of the Rings” a wonder to watch.

But Jackson isn’t throwing in the towel because of that. He said that viewers didn’t have enough time to judge the format from the 10 minutes of footage screened at the presentation. Since he’s been working with the film style for so long, he said that watching 48 fps just takes some getting used to.

“Ten minutes is sort of marginal, it probably needed a little bit more,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”

Saying “you get used to it reasonably quickly,” Jackson felt that some skeptics had already become used to the new format by the time the 10 minutes had finished running. In fact, some people told him that they liked the latter scenes better even though they were running at the same frame rate as the earlier one.

“We have obviously seen cuts of our movie at 48 and in a relatively short amount of time you have forgotten (the frame rate change). It is a more immersive and in 3D a gentler way to see the film,” he said, adding that when he sees 24 fps footage now, “I’m very aware of the strobing, the flicker and the artifacts.”

There was a backlash from some smaller cinema owners, who complained off the record to Entertainment Weekly that implementing the new film technology is going to be very pricy. However, the folks behind Regal Cinemas seem willing to give it a shot.

“At end of the day, we have to do everything we can to widen that experience gap between what you see in the theater and what you see in the home,” Regal Entertainment Group CEO Amy Miles told EW. “Bringing the option to our customer is what we’re doing. Ultimately, let’s be clear, that’s who decides what’s going to be successful going forward.”

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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

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Cancel it!

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

Forgotten America

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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

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

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