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Go Back to the Shire with These 10 Facts From ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

Before Peter Jackson took the reigns of the franchise, Guillermo del Toro was supposed to direct The Hobbit, and planned to bring his friend and longtime collaborator Ron Perlman to voice the dragon Smaug. But financial problems and delays at MGM eventually forced del Toro from the project; after Peter Jackson, king of The Lord of the Rings, signed on to direct in his place, he replaced Perlman with Benedict Cumberbatch. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which takes you on an unexpected journey behind the scenes of the first film in The Hobbit trilogy!

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Art by Andrew Cieslinski
Art by Andrew Cieslinski
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Local Author Creates Kickstarter for Graphic Novel ‘Holidaze’ [Photos]

Utica natives Dave Dellecese and Andrew Cieslinski have teamed up to bring your idea of childhood holiday icons to a whole new level. Dave tells the story through words and Andrew through his artwork of the bar that all the holiday celebs go to unwind after a long day at work! To get their story out to the world, they need your help!

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Photo Credit: Kristine Bellino
Photo Credit: Kristine Bellino
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Local Author Donating Proceeds to ‘Pit Bulls and Parolees’ [VIDEO]

A local actor is hoping to spread the word about karma, or rather Karma - with a capital "k," a pit bull who has helped change his life.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Producers Confirm HBO Series Will Spoil Final Books

Once upon a time, Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin would casually dismiss notions that HBO’s fantasy smash could ever catch up to his novels. Now, with Season 5 burning to debut on April 12, and two books remaining in Martin’s series, Game of Thrones producers confirm the show will inevitably overtake, and spoil at least some material for readers.

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20 New ‘Star Wars’ Books Will Bridge the Gap Between ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’

With Star Wars: Episode 7 less than a year away, Disney and Lucasfilm are facing a conundrum: just how many billions do they want to make from ancillary merchandise? Get ready for Star Wars bedsheets and Star Wars lunch boxes and, of course, countless new Star Wars action figures. You will be able to fight other adults in the toy aisle at Target like never before! However, Star Wars aficionados hoping to celebrate their fandom in a quieter way will also have their fair share of options, namely 20 new books bridging the 30-year gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

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Sir Terry Pratchett, Titan of Fantasy, Meets Death at 66

Sir Terry Pratchett, British fantasy author and satirist best known for his forty-volume series of Discworld novels, which included The Colour of Magic, Hogfather, and Snuff, passed away today after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

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Harper Lee Releasing First Novel Since ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

The woman who wrote 'To Kill a Mockingbird' will publish her second novel more than 50 years after the Pulitzer Prize-winning book was first released.

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Tatiana Maslany Conan Fairy Tales
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‘Orphan Black’ Star Tatiana Maslany Shares Horrific German Fairy Tale on ‘Conan’

Fairy tales may seem fun and whimsical and sweet now, but the histories of most of them are dark and truly terrifying. Perhaps you are familiar with Hans Christian Andersen, who penned the original 'Little Mermaid' fairy tale, one that ended, well, it just ended very differently than the Disney version. But Andersen wasn't the only author who used his fairy tales to freak kids out. Over in Germany, Heinrich Hoffmann did the same thing with his 'Der Struwwelpeter,' and guess who grew up reading it?

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P.W. Creighton
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Local Author Has Free Copies Of His New Book ‘Bad Reputation’ Available Online

Local author P.W. Creighton was born in California and has spent most of his life traveling all across the United States. His latest series of mystery novels is called "The North Shore" series and two of the three books are now available. The first of the three is called Bad Reputation and you can get it for free online!

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The Best Ways to Buy Textbooks — Stores, Online, E-Readers and More

Buying textbooks can be a difficult, uncertain, expensive process, especially if you're an adult going back to school for the first time in a few years. To help you out, we've gathered some of the best ways to buy or access textbooks.

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