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Warner Bros. Pictures has set up a special site called For Your Consideration designed to promote its films to Academy Awards voters. One of the things they think voters should consider nominating is a Best Original Song contender from The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. The song is The Last Goodbye which is written by screenwriters Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, and actor Billy Boyd who also sings the tune.

You might remember him singing All Shall Fade in the original trilogy which may have brought tears to your eyes. Expect the same this time around, and have a box of tissues at the ready.

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It’s important to study if you hope to get good grades, but a lot of parents spend far too much time trying to convince their kids to crack open their books. Here’s the perfect solution. Watch as Ian McKellen breaks out his best Gandalf to the delight of the kids at Chew Valley School in Bristol. If he can’t convince these kids, then no one can.

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Peter Jackson’s take on The Hobbit is anything but short. He’s extended a single book into three films, and you could probably read the book faster than you could watch the first two movies. The team at Brotherhood Workshop decided to put together their own version of the J.R.R. Tolkien book with LEGO bricks. They cover the entire story in 72 seconds and manage to hit all the important highlights.

If you haven’t read The Hobbit, note that this video contains spoilers.

Watch the much shorter version of The Hobbit after the break.

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The beautiful image you see above is just one piece of the incredible tapestry poster that was created to promote the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which opens on December 17th. Instead of releasing a bunch of separate posters, they created one with individual scenes that roll into one another in a way that makes the story feel truly epic. From Nerdist:

From left to right we’ve got Smaug facing off against Bard the Bowman, Gandalf and Galadriel reenacting some weird Shakespearan tragedy scene at what looks to be Dol Guldur with Elrond and Saruman in the background, Thorin looking dramatic on the throne inside Erebor (he’s surrounded by piles of gold, why so sad, Thorin?) with Bilbo in the foreground, Legolas and Tauriel with very serious expressions, Thranduil at the head of an Elven army, Thorin, Fili, and Kili in the middle of battle with Azog standing over them, and then Gandalf and Bilbo again. Whew.

Whew is right. It’s just three more months until we get to see the film, and if you weren’t excited about it before, this poster will likely have you counting down the days.

See the full poster after the break (and make sure to click and enlarge):

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Pate-keetongu is quite a Tolkien aficionado: he spent nearly two years completely recreating Bilbo Baggins and his compatriots using only LEGO. These custom minifigs are truly one of a kind: after the break, make sure to check out all of the extra details that he added to each characters. It’s pretty astounding stuff!

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Behold, the terrible and beautiful Smaug in giant toy form! This large scale Smaug figure from The Hobbit has a wing span of 22 inches and is sure to strike fear in the hearts of your other toys. He has ten points of articulation and though he’s plastic, the core of Smaug is wire and able to be posed. The dragon Smaug comes with a surprise 1.5 inch action figure (maybe Bilbo or Bard?) and is part of a limited edition run of 3,000 pieces. You can pre-order now to receive a Smaug of your very own in December.

See more photos of the magnificent beast after the break.

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The official teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is here and it’s all out war as the name suggests.

Check it out after the break…

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