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It's been almost four months since the first trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" appeared before our eyes, and since then the summer movie season distracted us from the fact that the second installment of Peter Jackson's prequel trilogy was quickly approaching.

And here we are, nearly two months away from "The Desolation of Smaug," and it's time to get excited for a return trip to Middle-earth. The middle portion of J.R.R. Tolkien contains some of the book's most iconic imagery, including the spiders of Mirkwood Forest and Smaug's cave of gold. There's also Gandalf's side story, which can play out at any speed Jackson and his writers desire.

We'll get another look at the second installment tomorrow, when the second trailer debuts at 9 a.m. ET. MTV News will have the trailer as soon as it goes live, so stick right here. Until then, enjoy the new banner, which teases trouble in the woods for Bilbo and the gang.

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" opens on December 13.

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By Alex Zalben

After last night's blockbuster finale, it's clear that not only did "Breaking Bad" end the right way, there's almost no other way the show COULD have ended.... Except, as it turns out, creators Vince Gilligan had a few other outs up his sleeve, according to a post-game interview with EW. Here's a rundown of how Heisenberg might have met his ultimate fate, if things hadn't turned out quite as perfectly:




The first photo of Mark Wahlberg with the young cast from "Transformers: Age of Extinction" went online over the weekend, giving us a look at the new group of attractive people that will run away from Autobots, Decepticons, and Dinobots when they all return next summer.

It's a cool photo. Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor are in the background looking pretty and distracted, while Wahlberg stares off into the distance. At what? We don't know exactly.

So since this is the most revealing piece of official promotional from the highly anticipated sequel, we decided that it's worth diving into what Wahlberg could possibly be look at off on the desert horizon.


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By Ryan Rigley

With the rumored return of Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the highly-anticipated "Star Wars VII," it would seem a fairly safe bet to make that the smuggler's famed Wookie compatriot, Chewbacca, will also be returning in the new trilogy. Last week, Den of Geek found a casting call put out by Walt Disney Pictures that describes attributes similar to that of a Wookie: "Male, 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus."

Although early rumors of original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew being replaced in the new trilogy due to a serious illness have been popping up recently, Mayhew himself has now squashed those rumors stating "I intend to pursue the role of Chewbacca for Episode VII." That said, what other notable Wookies might be showing up in the new "Star Wars" trilogy? Our vote is for Snoova, the infamous Wookie bounty hunter!


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Don Jon

By Amelia Mularz

Because your fantasy football team can probably power on without their all-knowing couch-side coach, take some time away from the games and catch a movie. Here's what to watch:

On the Big Screen: "Don Jon"
Between a movie about porn addiction ("Don Jon"), and a flick about race cars ("Rush"), your local theater will be transformed into a massive man cave this weekend. But while both films are equally dude-friendly, we've gotta go with The Don. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a porn-obsessed juicehead, and he also wrote and directed the movie. No fool, Gordon-Levitt cast Scarlett Johansson as his leading lady. She plays a gum-poppin' Jersey girl with her own addiction to rom-coms. To play the part of his character's Italian dad, Gordon-Levitt tapped the ultimate boss, Tony Danza.



Bill Hader is generally known to be a pretty funny guy. His new movie, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," is a testament to that, but his sense of humor goes right out the door when it comes to his food allergies.

Hader stopped by the MTV News offices to chat with Josh Horowitz, but then something goes terribly wrong. The "SNL" alum meets an untimely end, and it forced to haunt Josh and the offices for all eternity.

How do the two get on in such an awkward situation? Find out in the latest After Hours.


Disney and director Rob Marshall have become production on the next big Broadway music adaptation, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's "Into the Woods," which tells a twisted version of classic Grimm fairy tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and more.

The film is absolutely stacked with talent and includes Johnny Depp as the big bad wolf, Anna Kendricks as the princess, and "Star Trek's" Chris Pine as the prince.

But perhaps most importantly, Meryl Streep is starring as the Witch, and Entertainment Weekly just debuted the first look at her in full costume. It's a pretty typical look for a witch, but it is acting legend Meryl Streep under the all of that hair and prosthetics.

Click past the jump to read the official synopsis for "Into the Woods."


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Jurassic World

A "Jurassic Park" movie is never really about the people running from the dinosaurs as it is about those resurrected prehistoric beasties, but for "Jurassic World," the upcoming continuation of the series from director Colin Trevorrow, the first potential cast member has us caring a little more than usual.

According to TheWrap, perpetually underrated actress Bryce Dallas Howard is in early talks to star in "Jurassic World."

Though the trade site doesn't specify which role Howard is in talks to take, this is the first solid information we've received about the cast to the highly anticipated sequel.


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Paranormal Activity

The month of October is almost upon us, and you know what that means. Another low-budget thrill ride from the "Paranormal Activity" series must be around the corner. For the past four years, we've barely survived found footage encounters with a demon named Toby, but this October will be more trick than treat.

That's because "Paranormal Activity 5" won't be hitting theaters until next October. So what the hell is going on?


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Disney has started to find its footing again in the animation world, even without the help of Pixar. Both "Tangled" and "Wreck-It Ralph" captured some of the magic of the old-school Disney cartoons that you remember growing up with.

"Tangled," in particular, put Disney back in the business of princess musicals, their old bread and butter, and their new film, "Frozen," looks to continue that trend with another single-adjective-as-a-title movie.

The new trailer for "Frozen" just debuted over at Yahoo! Movies and fleshes out the story of Anna and the frosty kingdom of Arendelle.

Click past the jump to read the official synopsis.



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