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'The Hobbit' films get release dates, official titles

tbd-peterjackson060111.jpgBecause The Juice* is a refuge for nerdery, we giddily tell you release dates for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit have been, um, released. Expect the first of two parts to show up in theaters Dec. 14, 2012, with the second coming 364 days later on Dec. 13, 2013. That is, if the Mayan apocalypse doesn't destroy us all.

Not only that, but the two movies have names, Deadline.com says: Part one of Bilbo Baggins' battle with Smaug the dragon will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Martin Freeman is playing Bilbo, while the site says there are rumors Bill Nighy may be the voice of Smaug. There's no telling if that's true, though.

Expect to see some other Lord of the Rings faces to return to their roles, like Ian McKellen, Cate BlanchettElijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee and Hugo Weaving, although we have no idea how Wood would fit in. We do expect a lot of short actors to be employed, however, what with all the dwarves and hobbits running around.

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