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“The Hobbit” star Benedict Cumberbatch talks playing Smaug the dragon

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Back when “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy came out, the motion capture technology director Peter Jackson used to transform Andy Serkis into Gollum blew us all away. Now we get to see him use that same technology to even bigger results in “The Hobbit”: turning Benedict Cumberbatch into the dragon Smaug.

During a recent interview with Total Film, Cumberbatch opened up about the process of using motion capture to create a character. Unsurprisingly, it’s a very different experience to shooting, say, “Sherlock.”

“You just have to lose your shit on a carpeted floor, in a place that looks a little bit like a mundane government building,” Cumberbatch said. “It was just me as well, with four static cameras and all the sensors. Then the boys at Weta work their magic… It’s very freeing, once you put the suit on and the sensors. I’ve never felt less encumbered, actually. And you have to be. You have to be free.”

Cumberbatch also stands by his tease of Smaug’s first appearance that we first heard about back in August. Then he said that we won’t get our first real glimpse of the dragon until “The Desolation of Smaug” but that we will see a tease of him in “An Unexpected Journey.”

“I think my eye will open at the end of the first film, and then you’ll get the rest of me in the second,” he confirmed again to Total Film.

That’s something we can’t wait to see, and hopefully won’t be spoiled in the movie’s marketing materials. We’ve been dying to see Smaug ever since The Lonely Mountain was first teased in “Fellowship of the Ring,” and now we only have two and a half more months to wait.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is due out on December 14, with “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” hitting theaters on December 13, 2013 and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” due out on July 18, 2014.

Are you glad there will be a tease of Smaug in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”? 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…