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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2012 file photo, director Peter Jackson, left, and actors, from left, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis, pose for photographers upon arrival for the Japan premiere of their film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" in Tokyo. Many fans are eagerly anticipating a return to the fictional world of Middle-earth with next week's general release of the first movie in �The Hobbit� trilogy, the precursor to �The Lord of the Rings� movies.