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“The Hobbit” unveils 10 new images


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This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly puts “The Hobbit” front and center, having the upcoming movie be the focus of its cover story as well as debuting 10 new stills.

The images include famous scenes from the movie, like the dwarves escaping orcs in some barrels and Bilbo fending off spiders in Mirkwood Forest, as well as the reintroduction of familiar characters like Elrond, Galadrial, Gandalf and Gollum. We haven’t seen those faces since “The Lord of the Rings” films that were released almost a decade ago, but the actors who play them say they returned to their roles fairly easily.

“Gandalf is still the same guy [he was in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy],” Ian McKellen told EW. “He’s still got the same sense of humor and sense of urgency and concern — all those things that make him interesting.”

Andy Serkis had similar things to say about Gollum, saying, “He’s never really been that far away from me. He’s always been kind of lurking under my skin.”

Since “The Hobbit” has been split into two films, there has been a bunch of additional material added to the movie. Much like director Peter Jackson did in his “Lord of the Rings” films, he’s taken content from other Tolkein stories set in Middle-Earth around this time and added it to his big screen tale to flesh out the story. All will make sense when we see “The Hobbit” flicks hit theaters later this year and next year.

“In the movie we want these characters to have story lines and a little more substance than they do in the book,” Jackson said. “Almost everything we’re doing is from Tolkien somewhere, whether it’s in the book or the subsequent development that wasn’t published in ‘The Hobbit’ itself.”

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” hits theaters on December 14. It stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage and Aidan Turner, among many, many others.

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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

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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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