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It would appear that Entertainment Weekly is doing its best to get audiences ready for the slate of big films that are set to come out in the rest of 2013. Last night the magazine debuted a new look at the hotly-anticipated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, revealing Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen sitting in some kind of strange chair, and today they have unveiled new and first looks at huge upcoming movies like Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, David O. Russell's American Hustle and George Clooney's Monuments Men.
First up top we have a still from this December's trip back to Middle-earth. As is suggested by the image, the race of Elves will be playing a much more important role in the second part of The Hobbit trilogy and will feature both some new and old faces. On the right side of the shot, of course, is Orlando Bloom's Legolas - part of the Fellowship from the Lord of the Rings movies - but standing next to him is Evangeline Lilly's Tauriel, an elf that was created explicitly for the big screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's novel (most likely to make up for the fact that the book has no major female characters). This is the second time in recent months that she has played a key role in one of the movie's stills, and we look forward to seeing how she fits into the plot come the film's release on December 13th.
Next up we have a new image from American Hustle, which has been getting a ton of buzz thanks to the amazing debut trailer that arrived online recently. While the cast of the movie is absolutely amazing, the film also featuring Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence, this new pic focuses on the characters played by Russell veterans Christian Bale and Amy Adams (who both earned acclaim for their roles in The Fighter) and Bradley Cooper (who got the best reviews of his career for his performance in last year's Silver Linings Playbook). Surprisingly, the movie is currently schedule to come out on December 13th as well, but we wouldn't be too surprised if that changes in the coming months.
Lastly we have what is actually our first ever look at The Monuments Men, the historical thriller about a World War II platoon that is assigned a mission from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to recover priceless artwork that has been stolen by the Nazis. While Clooney has always been able to assemble awesome casts, he has truly outdone himself with his latest directorial effort, as you can see in the above still (which features Clooney, John Goodman, Matt Damon, Bob Balaban and Dimitri Leonidas). Also set to be in the film are Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and Hugh Bonneville. Look for it in theaters December 18th.