Just when we thought that there was going to be no new spoilers for a while, Peter Jackson surprises us all by screening 10 minutes of footage at the CinemaCon.

So this weekend, on Saturday May 5 at 6.00pm EDT (New York time), Hall of Fire will be delving into what was shown and try to sort what all these spoilers could mean for the movie plot.


We’ll be taking a closer look at what our own Quickbeam had to say on everything from talking trolls and the characterisation of Bilbo, to whether “bunnysleds” fit with the tone of the Hobbit and just what on earth is going on with the Dol Guldur plotline.

And we’ll take a look at what Jackson is saying in reply to the 48fps critics.

So join us on Saturday May 5 at 6pm EDT for wall-to-wall movie rumours and speculation!

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