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$70-MILLION OPENING FOR HOBBIT PREDICTED

December 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Forecasts that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will earn more than $70 million at next weekend’s box office were underscored on Tuesday when online ticket seller Fandango said that the movie accounted for 76 percent of all sales. Coming in a distant second was the musical Les Miserables. Fandango also reported that despite the controversy […]

WILL MOVIEGOERS BUY TICKETS FOR 48 FPS HOBBIT?

December 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Many box-office pundits are predicting that Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be packing the more than 4,000 theaters screening it next weekend. But whether those moviegoers be heading for the 450 theaters screening it at 48 frames per second remains an open question. About 60 percent of social media discussions about the […]

JACKSON DENIES HOBBIT ANIMALS WERE HARMED

November 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Animal activists were up in arms Monday following accusations by wranglers working on The Hobbit that animals used in the production had been killed or suffered injuries at a ranch far from the actual sets of the movie. The American Humane Association, which is monitoring the welfare of the animals on the set, said that, […]

THIRD HOBBIT FILM GIVEN A TITLE

September 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

That third Hobbit film now has a title. It will be called The Desolation of Smaug, and actually it will be the name of the second film in what is now a trilogy. The first film, An Unexpected Journey, will be released on December 14 of this year. Smaug will be released a year later […]

JACKSON EXPANDING THE HOBBIT TO THREE FILMS

July 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Peter Jackson says he has now found a way to extract three films from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It was originally planned as a two-partner. The first two films are scheduled to be released in December of this year and December of next year. The third film will now be released in the summer of […]

FANS CHEER HOBBIT PREVIEW AT COMIC-CON

July 15, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Reports coming out of Comic-Con about the screening of 12 minutes of scenes from director Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel(s), The Hobbit, had as much to do with fan reaction as with the preview itself. The Associated Press’s David Germain wrote, “If reaction to The Hobbit footage at Comic-Con is any indication, Peter […]

JACKSON PREVIEWS THE HOBBIT FOR THEATER OWNERS

April 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

At CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Peter Jackson presented a 10-minute preview of scenes from his upcoming The Hobbit that were shot at 48 frames per second, double the 24 frame rate per second that has been the standard in motion pictures since the advent of talking pictures in the late 1920s. To some in the […]

THE HOBBIT: WHAT YOU HEARD MONTHS AGO IS TRUE

May 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

On a slow holiday news day, MGM, New Line and Warner Bros. confirmed what had already been bandied about for months: that the first of the Lord of the Rings prequels will be titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the second will be titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again. They will be released […]

THEATER OWNERS GAIN BACKING FROM DIRECTORS IN VOD FIGHT

April 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Association of Theatre Owners has mustered an impressive list of movie directors and producers to back the exhibitors’ efforts to persuade the movie studios to abandon their plans to roll out premium video-on-demand on cable, satellite, and the web. On the same day that DirecTV introduced its own Home Premiere package with Just […]

JACKSON HOSPITALIZED; HOBBIT DELAYED AGAIN

January 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Production of The Hobbit, the two-part prequel to the Lord of the Rings saga, which has been delayed numerous times by a dispute over distribution rights, wrangling over union representation, and most of all by the financial health of MGM, has been delayed yet again — this time by the physical health of producer-director Peter […]

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