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IMAX BOASTS RECORD-SETTING QUARTER

October 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

IMAX’s third quarter revenue and profits turned out to be as big as its screens. The company today (Thursday) said that adjusted net income rose 12.2 percent to $11 million from $9.8 million for the same quarter a year ago on record third-quarter revenue of $67.5 million, up 32 percent from $51.1 million last year. […]

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 […]

TWO DIFFERENT TITLES FOR THE HOBBIT?

March 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The upcoming The Hobbit two-parter may not be called The Hobbit: Part 1 and The Hobbit: Part 2, as had been expected. Instead, according to the Lord of the Rings fansite TheOneRing.com, the films may be titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again and The Hobbit: An (or The) Unexpected Journey. Those titles, the website […]

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 […]

MGM WON’T HAVE TO FUND THE HOBBIT AFTER ALL

January 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

MGM has handed over foreign distribution of the two The Hobbit movies to Warner Bros. in exchange for Warners’ putting up the entire $530-million production budget for the movies, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Friday). A previous agreement called for the two studios to split the production costs, with Warners getting domestic distribution and […]

COURT APPROVES MGM’S “PREPACKAGED” BANKRUPTCY

December 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A federal bankruptcy court in New York has approved the so-called prepackaged bankruptcy of MGM that effectively makes the historic studio’s lenders its new owners and lifts Spyglass Entertainment founders Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum to co-CEOs. The approval allows MGM to return to the business of producing and distributing movies and television shows, including […]

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 […]

HOBBIT STILL HOMELESS

October 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

After meeting with ten Warner Bros. executives who had flown to New Zealand to participate in crisis talks over the filming of The Hobbit in that country, Prime Minister John Key told reporters that, while the talks were “constructive,” chances of the production remaining in New Zealand were no greater than 50-50. Although Key had […]

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