Hobbit

Actor Ian McKellen in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Mark Pokorny)

‘The Hobbit’ holds box office lead, adding $29M

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After six weeks in theaters, “Frozen” slid back into the No. 2 spot at the box office, but it failed to dethrone “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” from its hold […]

12/30/2013

Sandra Bullock in a scene from the film, "Gravity." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, File)

Hollywood poised for best-ever box-office year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite a string of summertime flops, Hollywood is expected to have a banner year at the domestic box office, coming in just shy of $11 billion, the largest annual take ever. […]

12/27/2013

Martin Freeman, left, and John Callen in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Mark Pokorny)

Weinsteins sue Warner Bros. over ‘Hobbit’ profits

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey and Bob Weinstein sued Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema on Wednesday, claiming they’re owned a share of the profits from the second and third “Hobbit” films. In the lawsuit filed […]

12/11/2013

In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, released by Air New Zealand, an image of the dragon Smaug from Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy is shown on the side of an Air New Zealand plane in Auckland, New Zealand. The image was unveiled to celebrate the premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,"  which screens Monday in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Air New Zealand)

New Zealand airline reveals image of Hobbit dragon

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s national airline unveiled a giant image Monday of the dragon Smaug on one of its planes to celebrate the premiere of the second movie in the Hobbit trilogy. […]

12/01/2013

Hollywood sticks to tried and true in 2013 lineup

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s not really news that Arnold Schwarzenegger is back this year. Everybody else in Hollywood is, too, so why not the former California governor?

01/09/2013

Ian McKellen as Gandalf in scene from movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (Warner Bros. Ent./AP Photo)

‘The Hobbit’ stays atop box office for third week

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” continues to rule them all at the box office, staying on top for a third-straight week with nearly $33 million.

12/30/2012

Ticket rush: Film fans hand Hollywood record cash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The big deal for Hollywood is not the record $10.8 billion that studios took in domestically in 2012. It’s the fact that the number of tickets sold went up for the first time in three years.

12/26/2012

J.R.R. Tolkien in 1967 (AP Photo)

Tolkien class at Wis. university proves popular

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The vast collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts initially sold senior Joe Kirchoff on Marquette University, so when the school offered its first course devoted exclusively to the English author, Kirchoff wanted in. But it was full.

12/14/2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Super-clear format can puncture ‘Hobbit’ fantasy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One thought struck me as I watched the new “Hobbit” movie in the latest super-clear format: “The rain looks fake. It’s not hitting their faces!” That is just one consequence of Peter Jackson’s decision to shoot at a higher frame rate.

12/07/2012

Tolkien estate sues studios over 'Rings' slots

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The estate of J.R.R. Tolkien is suing the Hollywood studio behind “Lord of the Rings,” alleging that the film company is not authorized to license casino and online gambling games featuring […]

11/20/2012

Wranglers say 'Hobbit' animals died on unsafe farm

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Animal wranglers involved in the making of “The Hobbit” movie trilogy say the production company is responsible for the deaths of up to 27 animals, largely because they were kept […]

11/19/2012

Air New Zealand finds magic in hobbit safety video

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Perhaps hairy-footed hobbits can teach us all something about safety. Most regular travelers pay little attention to those snooze-inducing inflight safety videos. But Air New Zealand has found some magic […]

11/02/2012

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