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‘Hobbit’ release dates announced

“Hobbit” fans need only wait seven months between the second and third installments of Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated trilogy.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures announced Friday that the final film in the series will be called “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” and released worldwide on July 18, 2014. The title was taken from the second installment, which will now be called “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

Here’s how it all breaks down:

• “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Dec. 14, 2012.

• “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Dec. 13, 2013.

• “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” July 18, 2014.

Usher returns with free London show

Usher’s had a turbulent few months, but now he’s back where he belongs: on stage.

On Saturday, the R&B singer kicked off the iTunes Festival in London, a month’s worth of free shows at the Roundhouse.

Over the summer, Usher coped with the death of his ex-wife’s son and a custody battle over his two sons, which he won.

He took time out to deal with these challenges, all while his fans were desperate for him to perform again.

Usher jokes: “Man, it’s like, ‘Shut up and entertain, we don’t care about your personal stuff.”’

Miller inspired by blush quotient

Lauren Anne Miller isn’t afraid to talk dirty.

The 31-year-old actress stars in the racy romp “For a Good Time, Call …” that she also produced and co-wrote with her former college roommate Katie Anne Naylon.

“You know girls … we talk about sex and we talk about dirty things and in the writing process I loved any moment that I could write something that made Katie blush or be like, ‘You wrote that?’ ” Miller said in a recent interview.

In the film, roommates Lauren (Miller) and Katie ( Ari Graynor) start a phone-sex company in their New York City apartment. The story is loosely based on the pair’s real-life friendship. (Naylon ran a phone-sex line out of her Florida State dorm room.)

“It’s our baby,” Miller said. “I like to say that we’ve been in labor for the past year and a half and this is our crowning moment.”

The birthday bunch

Singer Sam Gooden (The Impressions) is 73. Sportscaster Terry Bradshaw is 64. Actress Linda Purl is 57. Actor Keanu Reeves is 48. Actress Salma Hayek is 46. Singer K-Ci (K-Ci and JoJo) is 43. Actor Katt Williams (“Norbit”) is 39. Bassist Sam Rivers (Limp Bizkit) is 35.


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