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Wednesday
Feb202013

"The Hobbit" Leads Nominees for Saturn Awards

Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The Hobbit's journey is leading it to the Saturn Awards.

The Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the leading nominee for the 2013 Saturn Awards, honoring films in the sci-fi, fantasy and horror genres.  It received nine nominations, including in the best fantasy film category, from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Life of Pi earned eight nominations, and the James Bond film Skyfall picked up seven.

The recently-concluded Fox series Fringe is tops among all TV nominees, with six nods.

The Saturn Awards will be presented sometime in June.  An exact date and location have yet to be announced.

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Monday
Dec312012

"The Hobbit" Tops the Box Office for Third Straight Weekend

New Line Cinema/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey triumphed at the box office for the third consecutive weekend, earning an estimated $32.9 million.

The Lord of the Rings prequel finished ahead of all three Christmas Day releases, including Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, which landed in the runner-up spot with $30.7 million.  Django Unchained has made $64 million since its debut.

Les Miserables rounded out the top three, collecting $28 million over the weekend.  It has earned $67.5 million since Christmas Day.

The Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy Parental Guidance finished in fourth place, raising $14.8 million over the weekend.  It has made $29.6 million in its first five days of release.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $32.9 million
2. Django Unchained, $30.7 million
3.Les Miserables, $28 million
4. Parental Guidance, $14.8 million
5. Jack Reacher, $14 million
6. This Is 40, $13.2 million
7. Lincoln, $7.5 million
8. The Guilt Trip, $6.7 million
9. Monsters, Inc. 3D, $6.4 million
10. Rise of the Guardians, $4.9 million

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Monday
Dec242012

"The Hobbit" Repeats as Box Office Champ with $36.7 Million

New Line Cinema/MGM/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The Hobbit's adventures as box office champ will continue for at least another week.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was number one for the second straight weekend, earning an estimated $36.7 million.  It has made close to $150 million at the domestic box office to date.

The Tom Cruise thriller Jack Reacher opened in second place, collecting $15.6 million.

This Is 40 rounded out the top three, with a $12 million debut, while another comedy, Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand's The Guilt Trip, bowed in the sixth spot, with $5.4 million.

These films will face plenty more competition on Tuesday -- Christmas Day -- when three movies open: Django Unchained, Les Miserables and Parental Guidance.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $36.7 million
2. Jack Reacher, $15.6 million
3. This Is 40, $12 million
4. Rise of the Guardians, $5.9 million
5. Lincoln, $5.6 million
6. The Guilt Trip, $5.4 million
7. Monsters, Inc. 3D, $5 million
8. Skyfall, $4.7 million
9. Life of Pi, $3.8 million
10. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, $2.6 million

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Monday
Dec172012

"The Hobbit" Enjoys Record $84 Million Debut

New Line Cinema/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The Hobbit made an expected trip to number one at the box office over the weekend.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opened in first place, earning an estimated $84.8 million.  That's a record debut for a December release, surpassing the $77.2 million raised by the Will Smith movie I Am Legend during its opening weekend in 2007.

The total also represents the most successful debut of any film in the Lord of the Rings franchise.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of three prequels from Peter Jackson, and is screening in 3D.

Last week's box office champ, Skyfall, fell all the way to fourth place, with $7 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $84.8 million
2. Rise of the Guardians, $7.4 million
3. Lincoln, $7.2 million
4. Skyfall, $7 million
5. Life of Pi, $5.4 million
6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, $5.2 million
7. Wreck-It Ralph, $3.3 million
8. Playing for Keeps, $3.2 million
9. Red Dawn, $2.4 million
10. Silver Linings Playbook, $2 million

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Friday
Dec142012

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Now in Theaters

New Line Cinema/MGM/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- After much anticipation, the first film in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy opens this Friday.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey -- based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel The Hobbit -- is set in Middle-earth 60 years before the events of The Lord of the Rings.  British actor Martin Freeman plays the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who is accompanied by dwarves while on a mission to reclaim a treasure from a dragon named Smaug.

Returning cast members from The Lord of the Rings films include Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the only film that opens in wide release Friday, is screening in 3D and in IMAX theaters.  It is rated PG-13.  [Click here to read a review]

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Tuesday
Dec112012

Judge Blocks Release of "Hobbit" 'Mockbuster'

New Line Cinema/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- A month after the producers of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey sued a California company for its film Age of the Hobbits, a Los Angeles judge has temporarily blocked the Tuesday DVD release of the so-called "mockbuster."

The block could become a permanent ban after another hearing in January, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema, MGM, and the Saul Zaentz Company -- the studios behind the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies -- claimed the low budget film from The Asylum was a "confusing and misleading" knock-off.  The studios demanded the Hobbits' producers cease using the word "Hobbits" in its film, and to destroy all ad materials and packaging that features the trademarked word.

The Asylum defended itself by saying that it had fair use to use "Hobbits," saying the word referred to a real-life human subspecies, Homo Floresiensis, discovered in 2003 in Indonesia.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Judge Phillip Gutierrez disagreed, ruling in a Los Angeles court on Monday that, "The majority of factors weigh in favor of a finding of likelihood of confusion" between the straight-to-video adventure film and the big-screen adaptations of the J.R.R. Tolkien book.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
opens in theaters on Dec. 14.

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Thursday
Dec062012

Warner Bros. Responds to Nauseating "Hobbit" Rumors

Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- In response to reports that The Hobbit has caused dizziness and nausea among moviegoers due to its high-speed 3D technology, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema have released a statement defending its film.

It reads in part, "[F]eedback has been extremely positive, with none of thousands who have seen the film projected in this format expressing any of the issues described by two anonymous sources in media reports."

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens in the U.S. on Dec. 14, has a frame rate of 48 frames per second, as opposed to the normal 24 frames per second.

For his part, Oscar winning Lord of the Rings series director Peter Jackson, who is also calling the shots on The Hobbit films, insists he's finding "anyone under the age of 20 or so doesn't really care" about the change.

He says the film speed change isn't "an attempt to change the movie industry," but says the new frame rate "actually allows 3D...to achieve the potential it can achieve," and makes for a visually more enjoyable experience.

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Tuesday
Nov202012

Wranglers Say "The Hobbit" Killed 27 Animals, Producers Deny It

Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Although the American Humane Association, which is policing animal welfare on The Hobbit, said no animals were killed during filming, wranglers associated with the film claim that 27 animals died due to farming conditions, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Director Peter Jackson said on Monday that he "completely rejects the accusations" that the animals died of mistreatment, reports Deadline.com, instead blaming the deaths on natural causes.

In a statement released Monday, Jackson along with other producers of The Hobbit trilogy said that they "have always pursued the highest standard of care for animals in their charge.  Any incidents that occurred that were brought to their attention as regards to this care were immediately investigated and appropriate action taken.  This includes hundreds of thousands of dollars that were spent on upgrading housing and stable facilities in early 2011."

"No animals died or were harmed on set during filming," the statement continued.  "We regret that some of these accusations by wranglers who were dismissed from the film over a year ago are only now being brought to our attention.  We are currently investigating these new allegations and are attempting to speak with all parties involved to establish the truth."

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first film in the $500 million trilogy, is set to premiere in the U.S. on Dec. 14.

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Wednesday
Nov072012

Advance Tickets for "The Hobbit" Go On Sale Wednesday

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK)-- The time has arrived for fans of The Lord of the Rings to reserve their tickets for its prequel.  Advance tickets for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey go on sale Wednesday at noon Eastern time.

Fandango is one of the outlets through which you can pick up tickets.  Harry Medved with Fandango says The Hobbit will likely rank as one of the top advance sellers of the year, alongside The Hunger Games, The Dark Knight Rises, Marvel's The Avengers and the upcoming Twilight film, Breaking Dawn -- Part 2.

Medved is certain that The Hobbit will clean up at the box office when it premieres next month.

He says, "The Hobbit has all of December to itself, I think that's no question about it going to be the biggest movie of the December season."

Medved notes that six different versions of The Hobbit, the first of three films in a planned trilogy, will be released, including IMAX, IMAX 3D, and plain old 3D.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens Dec. 14.

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Tuesday
Jul312012

Peter Jackson Reveals There Will Be a Third "Hobbit" Film

Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Much to the delight of his fans, director Peter Jackson made a special announcement on his official Facebook page Monday revealing that there will indeed be three Hobbit films.

The Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings director wrote, "On behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of The Hobbit films, I'd like to announce that two films will become three."

The third film will be based on the book and supplemental materials author J.R.R. Tolkien penned in an effort to bridge the events in The Hobbit with the goings on in his darker follow-up, The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Jackson added, "It has been an unexpected journey indeed," and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, "a tale that grew in the telling."

Jackson's first Hobbit film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opens on Dec. 14 and will be followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again one year later.  The third Hobbit film is expected to be released in the summer of 2014.

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