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Contest: VIP tix to early preview of ‘The Hobbit’ could be yours!

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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 3:45 pm | Updated: 8:01 pm, Sat Dec 8, 2012.

It’s called “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” But with director Peter Jackson back at the helm, this 2012 blockbuster figures to be yet another epic along the lines of Jackson’s three “Lord of the Rings” takes.

Hitting theatres nationwide Friday, Dec. 14, be among the firs tin Arizona to see this Academy Award contender with a pair of free VIP tickets to an early screening on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Harkins Theatres at Tempe Marketplace.

From New Line Cinema and MGM, “The Hobbit” is set in middle earth 60 years prior to the events that would culminate in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The film follows Bilbo Baggins and his quest to reclaim Erebor, the lost dwarf kingdom.

All you have to do to enter to win a pair of free VIP tickets: (1) Like the Facebook page for the East Valley Tribune's "Get Out" entertainment and things-to-do section (your home for the what, when and where of what's happening in the East Valley and beyond). It's at Then, (2) considering that each Lord of the Rings movie was more than three hours long, what’s your favorite epic feature film that topped the three hour mark?

That’s it! Anyone who completes those simple tasks will be entered in our drawing to win two tickets to see the film, courtesy of Allied Integrated Marketing and the East Valley Tribune!

Winners will be notified via Facebook after names are drawn Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. and must arrive at the Harkins Tempe Marketplace with photo ID on Tuesday, Dec. 11 no later than 6:50 p.m. (screening starts at 7 p.m.). Because of the availability of first-come, first-serve seats, any VIP guests with reserved tickets who don't arrive 40 minutes prior to showtime are subject to lose their seats.

From the Internet Movie Database ( “Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities.”

Watch the “The Hobbit: An unexpected journey” trailer here, or visit the film's official website here.

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