1. Behold the first trailer, which contains many geek out-worthy elements:
3. Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel!
4. This! Delightful!
6. Thorin finally cutting loose and having fun
7. And a first look at Smaug the dragon
- Turkey hopes to ease tensions with Russia after it shot down a Russian warplane earlier this week. The countries have differing accounts of the incident. ›
- France and Russia have agreed to coordinate their airstrikes with the U.S. against ISIS. ›
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