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JACKSON FIRES HOBBIT CASTING MANAGER

November 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A casting manager looking for extras to play Hobbits in the forthcoming Lord of the Rings prequel(s) The Hobbit has been fired after video footage caught him telling those who showed up for an open audition, “We are looking for light-skinned people. I’m not trying to be — whatever. It’s just the brief. You’ve got […]

NEW ZEALAND TO REMAIN STAND-IN FOR MIDDLE EARTH

October 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In an announcement that no doubt touched off sighs of relief throughout his country, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said today (Thursday in New Zealand) that he had reached an agreement with Warner Bros. executives “that will enable the two Hobbit movies to be directed by Sir Peter Jackson to be made in New […]

JAMES CAMERON TO RETURN TO PANDORA

October 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Just as Peter Jackson appears to be a captive of Middle Earth for the next several years, so too does James Cameron appear to be confined to Pandora — for an even longer period. Daily Variety reported today (Wednesday) that Cameron’s next two movies will be Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, the first to be […]

RALLIES BRING OUT THOUSANDS OF NEW ZEALAND FILM WORKERS

October 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Thousands of workers in New Zealand’s film industry staged rallies throughout the country today (Monday) as Warner Bros. executives arrived to consider moving the production of the two The Hobbit movies to a different country. Actor Mark Harrison, who organized the rallies, told The Australian newspaper, “With Warner Bros. coming here to have crisis talks […]

WILL THE HOBBIT LEAVE THE SHIRE?

October 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Warner Bros. and New Line indicated on Thursday that they would not participate in talks between New Zealand’s Actors’ Equity Union and the Screen Production & Development Association, which represents New Zealand film producers. Earlier this week the union said that it would call off its boycott against Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit as a precondition […]

JACKSON SAYS HOBBIT MOVIES WON’T FILM IN NEW ZEALAND

October 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

UPDATE: Late today, the New Zealand actors union said that it will not boycott The Hobbit production. SAG and AFTRA immediately issued advisories to its members saying that they were now free to work on it. However, Daily Variety reported that Warner Bros., New Line and MGM have not yet decided whether to keep the […]

HOBBIT GREENLIT

October 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite reports that Warner Bros./New Line has “officially” given the green light to start production on the two-part Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, no date was mentioned in the studio’s announcement. Published reports said on Friday that MGM and Warner’s have reached an agreement on financing the movie, and the film’s producer/director, Peter […]

U.S. ACTORS UNIONS ORDER MEMBERS NOT TO WORK ON THE HOBBIT

September 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Throwing their considerable weight behind the New Zealand branch of Australia’s actors’ union, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) have notified their members not to accept work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit. Jackson quickly […]

EISNER TO HEAD TRIBUNE?

August 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Michael Eisner, who was forced out as CEO of the Walt Disney Co. in 2005, may become the next chairman of the Tribune Co., the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday), citing several people with knowledge of the situation. The Times is owned by Tribune, as are seven other newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, and […]

PETER JACKSON GOES CASTING FOR “HOBBIT” PLAYERS

July 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

While the future of MGM remains an enigma, producer-director Peter Jackson nevertheless is continuing to make preparations for the production of The Hobbit, which is expected to be MGM’s first production when and if it ever goes back into business. (It is producing the film with Warner Bros.) The Hollywood Reporter reported today (Wednesday) that […]

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