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Dwarvicise: New 'Hobbit' video diary is a riot

Despite a hectic production schedule for the remaining "The Hobbit" movies, Peter Jackson and crew take time to create a behind-the-scenes video showing sets, pick-up shooting, and dwarves doing jazzercise.

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If you've never seen sweaty, headband-wearing dwarves dance to cheesy music, then you should check out the latest "The Hobbit" video diary from Director Peter Jackson.

Though primary shooting for the next two movies wrapped in 2012, Jackson, the actors, and the crew returned to New Zealand in May to kick off a 10-week pick-up shooting schedule.

After many months of inactivity, it takes a lot of work to get a billion dollar movie franchise rolling again -- especially in a remote locale like New Zealand. To ensure Jackson gets those perfect shots needed to complete "The Desolation of Smaug" and "There and Back Again," crews must reopen and modify existing sets and actors must revisit familiar scenes.

Several highlights in the latest diary include: Dwarvicise (5:01); getting Radagast's poo-covered face just right (6:34); and re-creating a scene in which the dwarves are captured in a spider web (8:00).

View previous "Hobbit" production video diaries at Peter Jackson's YouTube channel. Also, in case you missed it, see Orlando Bloom's amusing viral-video tribute to fans after wrapping up shooting, and a picture of Jackson and Ian McKellen after the scenes featuring Gandalf wrapped up.