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There are now lifesize cardboard cutouts for characters from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Thorin and Kili stand at the dwarvish heights of 59 inches and 56 inches, respectively. But if they aren’t to your taste, you can also purchase Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gloin, Elrond, Galadriel, or the three dwarf brothers – Nori, Dori, and Ori. (Lily Milos)

Cinefamily is hosting a screening of the horror remake Maniac on October 24, 2012. Elijah Wood, who stars as the film’s killer, will be present after the screening for a Q&A, along with director Franck Khalfoun. (Evie Bowman)

The Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, is hosting a pre-The Hobbit marathon of The Lord of the Rings trilogy on December 8, starting at 10:30pm. One ticket for all three films combined is about the same price you’ll pay for admission to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey a few days later. (Lily Milos)

This plush red dragon looks a bit like Smaug the Terrible. And you can purchase him for your very own, if you also happen to be sitting on a mountain of gold. (Rifflo)

We reported back in June about well-known “mockbuster” producer, The Asylum, and their upcoming film, Age of the Hobbits. Not surprisingly, New Line Cinema and The Saul Zaentz Company have taken notice and are threatening legal action. (Lily Milos)

If you’re lucky enough to live in France, you’ll get to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 12, joining countries like Belgium, Norway, and The Netherlands. Lucky Brits also got some good news this week; the UK release date has been pushed forward to December 13. (Britta)

This version of Thorin’s ring is now available for pre-order. They used Anglo Saxon runes, otherwise known as Cirth or Angerthas; it’s turned side ways – the “bottom” rune (that kind of looks like a P stands for TH (Thorin) and the top rune stands for an O (Oakenshield) (Rifflo, with rune translation by Arwen Kester)

After audiences reacted poorly to screened footage of The Hobbit at 48fps, Polish production company FlyFilm is testing out a new method by shooting a film in 3D at 50fps (frames-per-second), then trimming every other frame, resulting in a 25fps action sequence. (Evie Bowman)

The video game Guardians of Middle-earth has announced a released date of December 4. It will be available for purchase at select North American retailers, as well as via download on Xbox LIVE® Arcade and PlayStation®Network. (Lily Milos)

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  1. Always one of my favorite reads.