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LOTR, Check; Hobbit, Check: Now How About a Little Three-quel Love for Gollum?

Andy Serkis as Gollum in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’/Image © 2003 New Line Cinema
Andy Serkis as Gollum in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’/Image © 2003 New Line Cinema

The full trailer for "The Hobbit" (part one of three, below) contains many treats, but few surprises. Do you think after this we could get Peter Jackson to do an original three-quel all about Gollum? Andy Serkis' characterization continues to be one of the best things about this franchise.

Alice in Wonderland is the latest in a series of magical childhood yarns being adapted to gritty police procedurals. As the AVClub points out, the CW television network is maybe stepping on its own toes, considering that they're also remaking the "Beauty and the Beast" TV series from the '80s, which is also about a female cop who discovers a fantastical realm beneath her city. What next, Ariel enforcing maritime law in present-day Chesapeake Bay?

This week Outside Online checks in on how Mount Everest expeditions have changed in the sixteen years since Jon Krakauer's grim first-person account Into Thin Air. The bottom line: Mountaineering conditions are safer than ever before, but even so, ten people perished attempting the climb in 2012. So high is Everest's death toll that hundreds of unclaimable bodies -- perfectly preserved by the cold -- can be seen along the climb, and are even used as landmarks by other hikers (Warning: these photos are not for the faint of heart).

Den of Geek insists that "Unrated" DVD versions are actively harming our film-going experiences, allowing theaters to pander to younger audiences for a boost in ticket sales, and then placate more mature viewers with the possibility of a gorier, raunchier cut on home video. Not only is this a 180-degree turn from the way things worked thirty years ago, but our cinema is being actively massaged and blanded to fit this new mold. And what use does anyone have for "Die Hard" movies that don't feel like "Die Hard" movies?

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