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'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Extended Edition Gets Surprise R-Rating

Just what are those sneaky little Hobbitses up to? As reported by multiple sources including The Wrap, the "Extended Edition" of last December's "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" has received an eyebrow-raising R-rating; up from its previous PG-13. Of course, that's not for language or sex -- though, feel free to speculate on that possibility if you wish -- but, as the MPAA's Classification and Rating Administration has proclaimed, "some violence." It's the first R-rating in the typically family-friendly franchise.

Exactly how much violence merits reclassification as an "R" film remains to be seen until the extended edition is released Oct. 20 on Digital HD, and Nov. 17 on Blu-ray and DVD. The extended edition adds 20 (presumably bloody) minutes to the original.

Peter Jackson's final film in J.R.R. Tolkien's famed fantasy world of Middle-Earth, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" was released last December, and earned $955.1 million in worldwide box office.

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