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David Bowie Auditioned for LOTR

According to Dominic Monaghan

(Newser) - David Bowie had many iconic roles in his lifetime, and Dominic Monaghan says the singer tried to add one more to the list. Monaghan, who played Merry in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, tells the Huffington Post that while he was auditioning for the role, he saw David Bowie... More »

10 Most-Thanked People in Oscar History

And the winner is ... Steven Spielberg

(Newser) - In anticipation of the Oscars on Sunday, Vocativ analyzed all 1,396 acceptance speeches the Academy has archived on its website to figure out which Hollywood bigwigs get thanked the most. The results:
  1. Steven Spielberg: He's been thanked 42 times—and even by people who have simply been inspired
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Hobbit Trilogy Ends With a Bang

Critics mainly happy with Peter Jackson's finale (and happy it's all over)

(Newser) - The last of the Hobbit films is now playing in theaters, bringing with it an end to Peter Jackson's long foray through JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth (at least for now). How does the finale of the second trilogy compare to its predecessors? Here's what critics are saying about... More »

Hobbit Director's Plane Joins Jet Search

'We may never know cause,' Malaysia warns

(Newser) - More resources are being thrown into the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, though the search chief warns that the plane may never be found . Britain has sent its HMS Tireless submarine to help search the Indian Ocean for the missing Boeing 777 and its black boxes, reports the BBC... More »

3 Avatar Sequels Will Be Made in NZ

Cameron wants first one out by Christmas 2016

(Newser) - New Zealand is about to get a major case of the blues—Avatar director James Cameron has announced that he plans to return to the country to shoot three sequels about the blue-skinned inhabitants of the fantasy world of Pandora. The director and Twentieth Century Fox have guaranteed that the... More »

New Hobbit a 'Little Less Boring'

Critics mostly approve of Jackson's latest

(Newser) - Peter Jackson's first Hobbit film didn't exactly wow critics . They're not gushing about Desolation of Smaug either, but most seem to agree that it's an improvement, with more action than its predecessor, and it's boasting a healthy 75% as of this writing on Rotten Tomatoes... More »

Hobbit Precious in $84.8M Debut

But not quite as precious as experts predicted

(Newser) - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey sailed through its first weekend with an $84.8 million haul, shattering the previous record for December but rather underperforming expectations that had pegged the $250 million blockbuster at somewhere between $120 million and $140 million. The good news: Those who did turn out loved... More »

The Hobbit No Match for Lord of the Rings

Too-long Peter Jackson fantasy burdened by expectations: critics

(Newser) - The Hobbit comes weighted with high expectations—and this lengthy prequel doesn't quite meet them, critics say. Though the film has some great visuals, it drags at times. And critics agree: Don't see it at 48 frames per second. It just looks too real.
  • The film "is
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Peter Jackson Splitting Hobbit Into 3 Movies


(Newser) - Fans of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth flicks are about to have a lot more to love. The director has confirmed that he's going to split The Hobbit into three movies, Deadline reports. Jackson had dropped hints about such a move at Comic-Con. Of course, it remains to be... More »

Hobbit Trailer Has Arrived

Long-awaited trailer reveals much about An Unexpected Journey

(Newser) - An early Christmas gift for Lord of the Rings fans: The first official trailer for the first part of Peter Jackson's two-part adaptation of The Hobbit has been released, reports Wired . An Unexpected Journey, one of 2012's most hotly anticipated releases, stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and... More »

First Hobbit Movie Hits Theaters Dec. 2012

Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' will be split into two films

(Newser) - Peter Jackson's two-film adaptation of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit has release dates. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released Dec. 14, 2012; its sequel, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is to be released Dec. 13, 2013. The films have suffered repeated delays over studio funding problems,... More »

Wanna-Be Film Extra Told She's Too Dark to Be Hobbit

Race row hits New Zealand production

(Newser) - A woman who wanted to be an extra in The Hobbit was told by the casting crew on the New Zealand production that while she was short enough to play a hobbit, she wasn't white enough. "The casting manager basically said they weren't having anybody who wasn't pale-skinned,"... More »

New Zealand Will Keep The Hobbit

Government works out a deal with Warner Bros.

(Newser) - The protests full of people who wanted to keep The Hobbit in New Zealand apparently worked: The country’s government worked out a deal with Warner Bros. to ensure the Peter Jackson-directed endeavor will film there. A labor dispute threatened to kill filming two months ago, and Jackson threatened to... More »

Labor Row Could Kill Hobbit Films

Peter Jackson warns union 'power grab' threatens NZ productions

(Newser) - Producer Peter Jackson has warned that a labor dispute could force him to shut down production of his two-movie Hobbit project or shift filming from New Zealand to eastern Europe. The Screen Actors Guild and six other unions have urged actors not to work on the films, saying that the... More »

Peter Jackson to Direct The Hobbit

'Lord of the Rings' mastermind takes over project from del Toro

(Newser) - Lord of the Rings fans, rejoice: The Hobbit will be directed by Peter Jackson himself, Deadline reports. Jackson is negotiating a deal with Warner Bros, New Line, and MGM, and the studios are reportedly willing to spend big on a two-part Hobbit picture from J.R.R. Tolkien's most accomplished... More »

11 Possible Hobbit Directors

The movie is cursed, so surely the choice will be terrible

(Newser) - Now that Guillermo del Toro has quit The Hobbit, who will take over as director? Considering the movie is in jeopardy, since doomed MGM holds the rights, del Toro's replacement "has to be somebody who doesn't have much to lose in taking on a project with a 50% probability... More »

Director Del Toro Quits The Hobbit

Blames ongoing delays; will help with screenplay

(Newser) - The highly anticipated Hobbit movies have found themselves without a director. Guillermo del Toro quit “in light of ongoing delays,” he announced, calling it “the hardest decision of my life.” Del Toro will still assist with writing the screenplays for the two prequels, the Dominion Post... More »

Top Conservative Flicks of the '00s

Even Hollywood can make movies for the non-'lily-livered:' Nile Gardiner

(Newser) - "Hollywood may well be a bastion of liberalism, but it does continue to occasionally produce major films that advance conservative principles," Nile Gardiner writes in the Telegraph . His best of the aughts:
  1. Master and Commander, 2003: The Peter Weir flick starring Russell Crowe is "an epic tale
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There Will Be Blood Best of the Best: Critics

Eternal Sunshine and Lord of the Rings tie for second

(Newser) - Back in the day, P.T. Anderson’s There Will Be Blood wasn't even unanimously considered the best film of 2007. But it comes out on top in Gawker 's aggregation of critics’ “Best Films of the Decade” lists, “its straw in the whole damn cinema’s milkshake.... More »

Lovely Bones Hits and Misses

Peter Jackson's adaptation meets mixed reviews

(Newser) - Peter Jackson's crafts a fantastic vision of the afterlife in The Lovely Bones, say critics, but some feel it came at the expense of the human side of the story of a murdered teen, adapted from the book by Alice Sebold.
  • "By turns warmly sentimental, serial-killer sinister, and science-fiction
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