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'Hobbit' 101

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10 important things you need to know about the movieBy Bryan ReesmanSpecial to MSN MoviesDirector Peter Jackson's long-awaited cinematic return to Middle-earth is upon us. "The Hobbit" arrives on Friday, and Tolkien buffs and "Lord of the Rings" movie fans are champing at the bit to see what the epic results will be like. Beyond the fan buzz, the film has generated controversy for its new filming techniques as well as the fact that the singular book is being turned into a trilogy of films, with the third installment bridging the gaps between "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings." There's a lot to talk about with Jackson's latest endeavor, so let's dive into 10 things you need to know about it, whether you're a longtime fan or just joining the Tolkien/Jackson party.Bing: More about 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' | More about 'The Lord of the Rings'For more movie news, follow MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter. (Warner Bros.)
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