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Frozen Ices Paranormal

Also, it's cold out and a lot of you didn't go to the movies

(Newser) - Anyone else detecting a theme to the weekend ? Disney's Frozen has claimed the box office crown, reeling in $20.7 million. That was enough to put Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones in the No. 2 slot with $18.2 million; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was in... 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 »

Hobbit Crushes All Other Movies

'Frozen' falls to second, Tyler Perry film takes third

(Newser) - A wee hobbit ousted an animated princess at the weekend box office, says the Hollywood Reporter . Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($73.7 million) not only iced out Disney's Frozen ($22.2 million) domestically, it ranked No. 1 worldwide, banking a robust $131.2 million in 49 territories. Tyler ... 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 »

Weinsteins Sue Warner Bros Over 3-Part Hobbit Film

They say it was a plot to deprive them of money

(Newser) - If you thought you were annoyed when you heard Warner Bros. was turning a 300-page children's book into three epic movies, well, you're probably not quite as annoyed as the Weinstein brothers. In fact, Bob and Harvey are suing Warner over the decision to make three Hobbit movies,... More »

This May Be the Ring Behind Lord of the Rings

Roman gold ring said to have inspired JRR Tolkien

(Newser) - Could a Roman gold ring linked to a curse have inspired JRR Tolkien to create The One Ring? Britain's National Trust and the Tolkien Society have put the artifact on display this week for Lord of the Rings fans to decide for themselves. The gold ring is inscribed in... More »

Texas Chainsaw Slays Hobbit

Peter Jackson denied 4th weekend atop box office

(Newser) - Moviegoers started off the New Year with a healthy dose of blood and gore, pushing Texas Chainsaw 3D to the weekend's No. 1 spot with $23 million, reports the LA Times . That number dethroned Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which claimed $17.5 million and the... More »

'Hobbit' Wins a 3rd Week

As Hollywood cruises to a record-breaking year

(Newser) - Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey pulled in $32.9 million this week to rule the box-office roost for a third consecutive week, relegating Quentin Tarantino's controversial Django Unchained to the No. 2 spot, with $30.7 million. Les Miserables was close by in third place, with... More »

Crowds Love Jack Reacher, But Hobbit Still Wins

Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40' takes 3rd at weekend box office

(Newser) - Christmas weekend is weird for Hollywood because movies often gain traction as the holiday week goes on, the New York Times reports. Still, the box office looks plausible enough: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey held onto first with $36.7 million, ahead of Jack Reacher ($15.6 million) and Judd... 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.
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'Mount Doom' Neighbor Erupts

New Zealand's Mount Tongariro blows its top

(Newser) - Mount Tongariro, a neighbor of the New Zealand volcano used as "Mount Doom" in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, erupted today, the Australian reports. No significant damage was reported, and dozens of hikers—including schoolchildren—who were on trails near the mountain's base are safe. But flights... More »

'Mount Doom' Set to Erupt

'Lord of the Rings ' volcano could disrupt 'Hobbit ' premiere

(Newser) - Temperatures are fluctuating wildly at one of two volcanoes Peter Jackson used as "Mount Doom" in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, and scientists believe an eruption at Mount Ruapehu on New Zealand's North Island could happen any day. Ruapehu is the country's largest active volcano and... More »

Wranglers: Hobbit to Blame for 27 Animal Deaths

Wranglers blame unsafe farm conditions

(Newser) - 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 at a New Zealand farm filled with bluffs, sinkholes, and other "death traps." The American Humane Association, which... More »

Peter Jackson Splitting Hobbit Into 3 Movies

...Somehow

(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 »

Google Maps Advises Against Mordor Visits

Try searching for walking directions from the Shire

(Newser) - With The Hobbit trailer out , some among us may feel inspired to risk the trek to Mordor. But if you look for walking directions to it from the Shire on Google Maps, you'll be greeted with a warning: "Use caution—One does not simply walk into Mordor."... 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 »

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