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Smaug's close-up
Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Poster
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Hobbit's Smaug Ready for his Close-up

The titular dragon of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug gets an extreme close-up in the newest poster for the film, featuring Bilbo reflected in Smaug's eye. The movie's newest poster will also be the cover of the official guide to the film, an encyclopedia of sorts that helps you tell your Gorbag Orcs from your Uruks. Smaug hits December 13, 2013.

One of ARROW's Season 2 Big Bads Revealed?

The title of Season 2 Episode 5 of Arrow has leaked, and it's a doozy: "The Demon's Head."

For those in the DC Comics know, that's the name of Ra's Al Ghul, head of the League of Assassins and perennial thorn in the side of one caped crusader (and featured in Batman Begins as such). This isn't the first thing to point toward Ra's and the League's involvement in Oliver's life - Merlyn is often closely associated with the League, and as we reported last week, Sin is also entering the mix in season 2, a young girl trained to be a new Lady Shiva, one of the top Assassins.

The episode, says, will feature a new Dark Archer called Awwal - but we bet someone else will make an appearance, or at least be a shadow in the darkness. There are two "big bads" according to co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim, and this may just mean Ra's is one of them.

Nick Fury: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Charlie?

If Samuel L. Jackson has anything to say about it, you'll see - or at least hear - Nick Fury on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. sooner rather than later.

In a "Sunday Geekersation" column with, Jackson made his enthusiasm for a series appearance very clear when he was asked whether or not he'd been talked to about being included on the show.

"No! I keep talking to them about it. I keep saying, "If nothing else, let me be Charlie of Charlie's Angels. Use my voice to send them off to do stuff sometimes." Joss just looked at me like, "Hmmm. Maybe.""

The actor talked with Brian Truitt about his extensive "geek cred," intimating that he visits a comic shop twice a month, plays video games, and his love affair with superheroes has never ended. He explains that it's his favorite part of the world because it shows "there is a fragment of our society that is alive and having fun and not just consumed by politics and crime and poverty. People are still having fun.""

His role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier will reveal more of how Nick Fury's day-to-day S.H.I.E.L.D. life is lived, and how he interacts with his agents, including Cap, who he "lies to all the time," says Jackson. He also confirmed he'll interact with Robert Redford's character, who is "part of the World Security Counsel" and Fury's boss, as well as an old comrade-in-arms of Fury's.

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