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THE HOBBIT HOPS BACK TO FIRST PLACE

December 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey may have taken a back seat to two newcomers, Les Misérables and Django Unchained on Christmas Day, but it came galloping back, overtaking both films over the weekend with an estimated gross of $32.9 million to record its third consecutive weekend box-office victory. It was down just 8.6 […]

HOBBIT FULFILLS GREAT EXPECTATIONS, SETS DEC. RECORD (Updated)

December 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There was nothing unexpected about the box-office triumph of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey over the weekend. Tracking surveys and movie analysts had predicted that it would set a December ticket-sales record, and it did, taking in an estimated $84.8 million and thereby eclipsing the previous December record of $77.2 million set by I Am […]

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, […]

HOBBIT COINS: INSTANT INFLATION

October 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The New Zealand post office is taking advantage of the country’s setting as Middle Earth for the upcoming The Hobbit movies. As reported by today’s (Thursday) Los Angeles Times, New Zealand Post has begun minting coins and printing stamps featuring characters from the movie that are due to go on sale on Nov.1, about six […]

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 […]

WARNER BROS. SLASHING PRODUCTION

March 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Warner Bros. is aiming to cut production costs by reducing the number of movies it turns out annually by 26 percent — from 27 movies per year in 2008 to 20 ASAP, Jeff Robinov, president of Warner’s motion picture group, has told the London Financial Times. The studio has already reduced the number of films […]

HOBBIT CASTING CALL CANCELED OVER SAFETY FEARS

January 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

An open casting call for women under five feet tall and men under five feet four inches to appear as extras in the Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, had to be abruptly canceled in New Zealand today (Tuesday) when more than 3,000 people turned up. According to NZ Newswire, the producers had expected […]

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