Peter Jackson screened 10 minutes of 3D footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at CinemaCon, the National Association of Theater Owners' annual convention -- including a lot of the helicopter shots foreshadowed in his production videos, plus a new scene that didn't appear in Tolkien's original book.
As fans of the book know, the wizard Gandalf tends to disappear for long stretches of time, leaving Bilbo and the Company of Thorin to fend for themselves. Well, Jackson has inserted some of Gandalf's adventures into An Unexpected Journey.
In one of the scenes shown at CinemaCon, Gandalf tells the White Council about his journey to the Crypt of the Witch-King, and then he's shown in the crypt, where he encounters Radagast the Brown, the nature-loving wizard who was written out of the Lord of the Rings films.
The footage ended with Bilbo meeting Gollum, who apparently looked amazing in 3D at 48 frames per second.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14, 2012, followed by There and Back Again on December 13, 2013.