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The Hobbit Reveals Final Dwarf, Thorin!

The Hobbit has revealed the last and most important of Bilbo Baggins' thirteen dwarven companions: Thorin Oakenshield takes the spotlight in the final dwarf-unveiling portrait, as an exclusive to TheOneRing.

Played by Richard Armitage, Thorin is the King in exile from the royal line of Durin who rules over the group of dwarves that were driven out of their homeland in the Lonely Mountains by the Dragon, Smaug. Now, with the help of Wizard, Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), he will be joined by Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) on a journey to retake those lands from the flying, fire-breathing treasure hoarder.

Anyone familiar with the book will know that Bilbo's friendship with Thorin becomes a critical foundation for much of the story's emotional drama. Look for that to be magnified in the two films.

Check out the full pic below.

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Worst Patronus Spells from Harry Potter

The end is near! No, we're not talking about the apocalypse, even though it sure feels like it. Can you imagine a world without any more Harry Potter movies? The final installment in the long running series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt 2, opens in theaters at midnight. After this film, there will be no more Hogwart hat sortings, muggle jokes, and wand waving. Even worse, when will we ever see another Expecto Patronum spell cast against the evil Dementors?

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People in costumes, celebrity guests, a line stretching around the block, a midnight launch... it's the newest Blizzard video game launch, right? Wrong. My friends this is the geekiest of geek films, the most anticipated set of all sets that has finally come to Blu-ray, and no I'm not talking about Star Wars. Those of you out there in the know are aware the The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition came out on Blu-ray at midnight last night, ushering in an entire new set of something you'll want on your shelf if you consider yourself a One True Nerd. I know I do.

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Merrie SwainHometown: Detroit, MI
Position: Production Assistant
Favorite Season: Spring… anything but summer, really.  Summer is evil to gingers.  All that nasty sunlight everywhere, it’s disgusting.
Least Favorite Nickname: “Mer.”  How is shortening my already short name attractive at all?  Is it really that hard to pronounce two syllables?  Be more creative, people!

What do you do on AOTS?
A zillion tons of paperwork that never ends, EVER. I’m shocked that my desk stays decently organized with all the various stacks of paper that pile up.
What is your favorite moment from the show?

I’m a sucker for awkward situations and hilarious train wrecks. I think I peed a little when Gilbert Gottfried was interviewed.

Do you have any passions outside of working at G4?

I model occasionally for fantastic photographers; otherwise I’m very passionate about dive bars and napping.

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Hangover 2: Screenwriter Craig Mazin Lists His Favorite Hangover Games

The Hangover Part 2 opens in theaters today, and I'm going to encourage you to just go out and see this right now. Don't read any reviews, because you know what? Haters gonna hate. I'm not sure why The New York Times is expecting Citizen Kane out of this sequel, but it's exactly what you expect from a followup to 2009's The Hangover sleeper hit. We went to screenwriter Crag Mazin, who not only sat down for a full interview, but also listed his five favorite games to play when you have a hangover. First up, Grand Theft Auto 4:

When you’re hung over and you’re just looking for some brainless fun, one of the most fun things to do…because when you’re hung over you just hate the world. You just regret everything and you just hate life. When the hangover is really bad, and you find yourself saying, "I wish I were dead" in between dry heaves, go ahead and load up a save where Niko has loads of weapons. Zip on body armor, find a great corner of a building or storage container to defend, then start killing people. When the cops come, unleash all of your self-loathing on them as well. When you finally can't take the amorality and head-pounding, rush out and get blown to shit by a hundred NOOSE guys. Oddly comforting. That’s fun. That’s a great way to just work through a miserable headache. 

Keep reading for the rest of Craig's Hangover game picks, and a full interview where he talks about Billy Joel, Ed Helms' singing ability, more video games, a possible Hangover 3, Rocketman, Game Boys, and more.

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Hey, AOTB fans!  We're back with another edition of A Snack of the Show, a bite-sized way to consume Attack of the Show for the entire week in about 2 minutes!  This time around, we bring you the week of April 25th, when among other things PSN was hacked, Candace grabbed her own booty and shook it uncontrollably, and Chris Gore revealed a ripe fondness for animals that none of us share and hopefully he's gotten over.

It's a quick little Friday pick me up, and a nice way to kick off the weekend.  Check it out!

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Wonder Woman: First Look At Adrianne Palicki In Full Costume!

Wonder Woman won't be twirling her way to NBC's primetime lineup this Fall. It's a fact we learned last week with no official explanation given. However, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt has now gone public regarding the axing of everyone's favorite amazon.

From what had been revealed over the past few months, the David E. Kelley-conceived drama starring Adrianne Palicki seemed laden with a campy, whimsical vibe which would be soundly rejected by legions of fans. Yet, the audience whose fate on which it ultimately rested, the NBC brass, were the ones who would see fit to put the kibosh on Diana of Themyscira's live-action return before it even had a chance to hit.

Find out why.

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Thor Easter Egg Scene: Kenneth Branagh Talks

The might and sculpted pecs of Thor proved enough to top the box-office this past weekend with a $66 million box-office win.

With it, the home-stretch to The Avengers in 2012 has officially gotten underway. It's a sentiment that's certainly proven true if you've managed to catch the film and its plethora of references to Marvel continuity. However, if you were hardcore enough and had the patience to sit through the end credits, then in true Marvel tradition, you were treated to an Easter Egg which shed a new light on the film. Specifically, in the case of Thor's Easter Egg, we have what perhaps may be the most critical game-changer, for its given film.

Director Kenneth Branagh discussed this key scene in an interview with Empire before the weekend. He's a bit guarded, despite the fact that he does get a bit spoiler-happy. However, if you've caught the scene, then you'll be able to read between the lines about what he's implying.

Caution: Spoiler Talk Ahead!

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NBC Universal & Julien's Auction Kick Off Partnership With Heroes & The Cape Memorabilia

NBC Universal and Julien's Auctions are partnering up to give fans a chance to own a prop and other memorabilia from their favorite television shows. Starting this weekend, the premiere auction house will serve as NBC Universal's official place where people can bid on live auctions for pieces that range from costumes, props, collectibles and other one-of-a-kind items from shows featured across the NBCU cable and broadcast networks.

If you're a fan of Heroes or The Cape, then it's time to get ready because the very first live auction kicks off this Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th in Beverly Hills. Some of the items up for grabs are:

  • Heroes Takezo Kensei's sword (estimated value $1,200-$1,500)
  • Heroes Various paintings (estimates range from $500 - $2,000)
  • Heroes Noah Bennet props (estimate $700-$1,000)
  • The Cape actual costume (estimate $2,000-$3,000)
  • The Cape Chess costume and chessboard (estimate $1,000 - $1,500)
  • The Cape comic books (estimate $200 -$300)

Interested buyers can either visit the live auction at Julien's in Los Angeles or check out their catalog and bid online at their website. This weekend's auction for The Cape and Heroes only marks the first of many sales to come, so I can't wait to see what will be available on the auction block next time. Perhaps the Twitter Wall? (I wish.)

Hope we've got you in the bidding mood because in the meantime, you can check out G4's ongoing Japan Relief Effort auctions featuring exclusive items and opportunities to help Japan recover from the earthquake and tsunami aftermath.

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G.I. Joe 2: Director Jon Chu Talks

Recently named director of the upcoming sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Jon Chu has been hitting the interview circuit discussing the project. Interestingly enough, for the director, best known for the recent teen-idolatry documentary, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, and a few entries in the Step-Up dance films, his first priority has been to brandish his own credentials as a fan of the G.I. Joe franchise.

Indeed, his appointment to the director's chair was a head-scratcher to many in the aftermath of the sudden departure of the first film's helmer, Stephen Sommers. Chu clearly had a lot to discuss in light of that, starting by dismissing rumors which stated that some of the primary cast of the first film (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Sienna Miller) were abandoning ship. (It's still up in the air.) Chu would also give what may be considered his mission statement for the film when he says that he wants to "give a new attitude to this movie."

With a budget that will likely be well below the $175 million of the first entry, Chu will be tackling a sequel to a film that experienced moderate success, but has a lot issues. He seems to have a vision for the film, and has expressed interest in going the 3D route, but a lot of things still need to be ironed-out.

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