In yesterday's article, Newcomb wrote:
The massive J.R.R. Tolkien novel was originally slated to span two films, but an announcement came last week that Warner Bros. planned to expand the franchise into a trilogy, allowing Jackson to explore both the book’s original text and the wealth of stories in the appendixes.
Massive? Jeez. How do you get a job writing for Time Magazine without ever having read the Hobbit? Or even having seen a physical instance of it? How is this possible? During the Lord of the Rings movie runs the book was prominently displayed at every major book chain in the United States. And this lasted for years. Note that his complete ignorance causes him to miss the real story, which is precisely how weird it is to make a trilogy out of such a slim volume. I mean the run-time for the original 1970s animated film was a paltry 77 minutes, and I don't think anything of substance was left out.