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Stephen Colbert to make a cameo appearance in “The Hobbit”


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Stephen Colbert is heading from “The Colbert Report” to the set of “The Hobbit.” The self-professed “Lord of the Rings” fan has been confirmed for a small role in the upcoming movie according to a source close to the production.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, but has no additional details about what character Colbert will play or how big his role will be. We won’t be finding out this winter, either, as the cameo won’t appear until either film two, “The Desolation of Smaug,” or film three, “There and Back Again.”

As Jackson determined that he wanted to expand “The Hobbit” into three films and thus needs to film more material, our guess is that Colbert isn’t playing a major character. Instead, he’ll likely be portraying someone introduced in the appendices at the end of “The Return of the King” novel that Jackson is culling from for his extra scenes. Considering Colbert can reportedly read Elvish and is a huge J.R.R. Tolkien junkie, he probably knew exactly who the character was and is duly excited about it.

Colbert spilled the details about his appearance in a new interview with Playboy. In it, he talked about being invited by Peter Jackson to visit “The Hobbit” set in New Zealand.

“I flew out and watched them shoot some scenes and went to some locations,” Colbert explained. “I saw a 25-minute cut, and it was amazing. Jackson knows I’m a big fan of the films.”

When asked for confirmation that he’d filmed a cameo in the movie, Colbert only coyly replied, “Could be.”

Who do you think Colbert could be playing in “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.)

Couples Dinner

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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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.

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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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