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Video of the Day: Location Scouting 'The Hobbit'

Okay, we’re about to completely reveal our secret (not so secret?) geekiness here, but we’re pretty darn excited by this just-released second production video from the set of The Hobbit (watch the first one here). In it, we fly with Peter Jackson over hill and dale, searching for the perfect spots in the Southern alps for the 80% of filming they have left to do. Not all of the video is amazing — at the risk of being indelicate, we can’t say we’re overly interested in what each cast member is doing with their break — but it’s a rare chance to get an insider view of what location scouting is like. Plus, you get to watch Peter Jackson flop around on the rocks and talk about keeping Gandalf away from the port-a-loos. Priceless. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Hangover Part II, which grossed $86 million over the holiday weekend, set a box-office record for both the biggest opening ever for a live-action comedy and an R-rated comedy. [via MTV News]

2. Jersey Shore star Snooki crashed her Fiat into a police car in Florence over the weekend. Nobody was… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. We’re not sure what to think about the fact that Lenny Kravitz has been cast as Cinna, Katniss Everdeen’s subversive stylist, in the forthcoming film adaption of The Hunger Games. Says director Gary Ross: “When I saw Lenny’s work in Precious I was just knocked out. It was quiet and strong and understated and… Read More

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10 of the Funniest Horror Movies Ever

We scored a ticket to a preview screening of Rubber this week. For those who’ve not heard of it, it’s the debut feature film for Quentin Dupieux, better known as Mr. Oizo (and responsible for “Flat Beat,” which anyone of a certain age will remember as “that song with the puppet in the video”). Rubber is very silly and very postmodern –- it’s a horror film about a killer tire (yes, you read that right) and a bunch of people watching said killer tire do its killing. The film doesn’t so much break the fourth wall as comprehensively demolish it and encourage its characters to wander back and forth through the wreckage. As one of the characters says in the intro, the film is an “homage to the great cinematic ideal of ‘no reason,’” and as such it’s the latest in a long line of truly, entertainingly ridiculous horror films. Here’s a selection of some of the funniest (whether intentionally so or otherwise). … Read More

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This Week In Buzz

Editor’s note: Each Friday, our internet-savvy friends over at BuzzFeed curate a post for us that’s filled with links to some of their favorite items on the web that week. Enjoy!

On Saturday, reports abounded of a Supermoon: a moment when the moon comes 14% closer to the Earth than average, which we’re told occurs once every 18 years. People were quick to post photos of the rare occasion, though it should be noted that a telephoto lens can make the moon look huge at any time of year. … Read More

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A Chronology of R-Rated Animals in Pop Culture

Beyond the big bad wolves of medieval folk tales, animals are mostly appropriated these days for innocent children’s entertainment. From Looney Tunes‘s Bugs Bunny to Ratatouille‘s Remy, fuzzy woodland creatures are now regularly stripped of their primal natures in the name of cuddly, moral-leveraging amusement. But David Sedaris’s Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary — essentially an R-rated answer to Aesop’s Fables — reaffirms that pop culture has had an equally engaged, if somewhat less overt, relationship with animal characters intended for mature audiences. From books to comics, movies to street art, and puppets to paintings, the following artists have created a spectrum of grown-up animal iconography that’s best kept away from young eyes. … Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were intrigued by a video game adaptation of The Great Gatsby but confused about what the goal would be. We agreed that whatever your problem is, it’s probably our fault for being female. We learned that, trustafarians be damned, in the 21st century, worker = hipster. We… Read More

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10 Great Films That Were Never Made

You might not believe in heaven, but you should believe in development hell. This is a place where entertainment-industry ideas go to die. Since most people are already familiar with the greatest films in movie history, we decided to look at the greatest films that, for various reasons, unfortunately didn’t survive the production phase.

Just recently, Slate published a post on the Worst Movies Never Made. While this might be a good thing, our list is a bit more of a downer if you’re a cinephile. So grab a bucket of popcorn, put your feet up, and witness what you could have been watching this weekend if it was a perfect world. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. It’s official: Sam Raimi has been hired to direct Robert Downey Jr. in Disney’s Wizard of Oz 3D prequel; Downey will play the Wizard, pre-Oz. [via Deadline]
2. Perez Hilton tweeted a link to an upskirt photo of Miley Cyrus, who’s still a minor. Because it’s legally considered child pornography, he could… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. French-born American artist Louise Bourgeois — known for her abstract sculptures — died yesterday at the age of 98. [via NYT]
2. Last night Apple shut down Lala, the streaming music service it acquired back in December, replacing it with nothing. [via MediaMemo]
3. Check out the trailer for This… Read More

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