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Around the Common Room: December 7, 2012

In the cheerful spirit of Happy Hoggy Days, here’s a gift many a Harry Potter fan should enjoy: a Harry Potter and Philosophy podcast put together by Keith Hawk at MuggleNet, starring our own Carrie-Ann Biondi and two of her students! Says Carrie-Ann:

It’s kind of a survey-ish discussion among the five of us ranging over a variety of questions and issues in philosophy and literature that John Granger came up with, so it’s very accessible to a wide audience.

Listen and enjoy! And now, here’s your roundup of the week’s news:

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Titles and Release Dates For the Hobbit Films Announced; White Council & Dol Guldor Confirmed!

The studios behind The Hobbit films announced the titles and release dates of Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved classic novel. The two films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again will be released on December 14, 2012 and December 13, 2013 respectively. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, also directed by Jackson, also had release dates in December around Christmas. The films will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D as well as in 2D. Continue reading

McKellen May Quit Hobbit

Not sure how accurate this story is but there’s a report that Ian McKellen may quit The Hobbit film citing delays and his desire to move onto other projects.  Of course, this contradicts a story from a month ago where McKellen assured fans in a tweet that the movie was moving along and might even start shooting by the end of the year.  Love to hear your thoughts on this possibility.  Do you think if McKellen would back out as Gandalf that that would signal the death knell for The Hobbit movie?