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An Open Letter To Peter Jackson On Splitting 'The Hobbit' Into Three Movies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 25, 2012 10:02 AM
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As big fans of your work all the way back to "Bad Taste" (in fact, of your work, the only film we're not fond of is "The Lovely Bones," and let's face it, every filmmaker gets a misfire at some point), we wanted to drop you a line after hearing about some recent events. Like many film fans, we're looking forward to your return to Middle Earth, with the first of your two-part adaptation of "The Hobbit," when it comes to theaters in December.

Comic-Con '12: Peter Jackson's Cameo, The Role Of Women, Extended Cuts & More From 'The Hobbit' Presentation

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 16, 2012 9:24 AM
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To say the Comic-Con crowd is a little excited about the long-awaited release of the first “The Hobbit” movie this holiday season would be the understatement of the century. Saturday morning’s Hall H line was quite possibly the longest in the convention’s history, which could be attributed partially to other big guns such as “Django Unchained” and “Man of Steel,” but it’s hard to imagine the legendarily loyal Tolkien faithful didn’t play the biggest part in the mob scene.

Will Peter Jackson Turn 'The Hobbit' Into A Trilogy? Director Pushing WB To Let Him Shoot More Footage In 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2012 7:46 AM
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It's interesting how full circle Peter Jackson has come on "The Hobbit." Originally done with the world of J.R.R. Tolkien after "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and ready to pass the torch on to Guillermo del Toro while staying on as a producer, a series of events found Jackson back in Middle Earth and sitting in the director's chair. And he has thoroughly seized the opportunity. On the technical side, he's bringing 3D and advanced 48 fps technology to the upcoming films, and creatively, he's gone outside the bounds of "The Hobbit," using additional Tolkien writings to help flesh out and give a framework to the story that will span two movies. Or is it three?

Gollum, Gandalf, Galadriel & More In 10 New Pics From 'The Hobbit'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 3, 2012 9:04 AM
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With this week’s release of “The Amazing Spider-Man” -- and "The Dark Knight Rises" just around the corner -- we’re at the halfway point of the summer blockbuster season. But there will be big spectacles to come right through to the end of the year, including Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

'The Hobbit,' 'Man Of Steel,' 'Oz,' & 'Pacific Rim' Expected For Comic-Con But No 'Dark Knight Rises' Or 'Star Trek 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 11:12 AM
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Have you booked your tickets and hotel room yet for the San Diego Comic-Con? No? Well, you're probably shit out of luck as that thing has been sold out for a while now. So whether you'll be on the floor basking in geek heaven or sitting enviously at home, here's what can be expected at this year's festivities. Thus far, there is really nothing in the way of truly big surprises.

Peter Jackson Considering Giving 3D Sound To 'The Hobbit' With Immersive Dolby Atmos

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 2, 2012 2:22 PM
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It's abundantly clear at this point, after the tepid reaction to his “The Hobbit” visual showcase at CinemaCon, that Peter Jackson now faces an even more intense public battle in his push for increased frame rates in film. True to his pioneer spirit though, Jackson has continued to seek innovation, and now it's reported that he looks to add a new auditory element to the nuclear testing ground that is “The Hobbit.”

Billy Connolly Joins 'The Hobbit' As Dwarf Warrior Dain Ironfoot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2012 10:05 PM
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So just how long and massive has the production on Peter Jackson's two-part, 3D "The Hobbit" been? Well, we're nearly at a year since it first went in front of cameras, it's still shooting and yes, still casting.

Evangeline Lilly Says Her Character Tauriel Is Head Of Elven Guard In 'The Hobbit' & Features Mostly In Part 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2012 12:24 PM
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If you think you know the story of "The Hobbit," guess again. While Peter Jackson is bringing the tale to the big screen via a massive two-part, 3D epic, he's also tinkered with the source material, not only creating a bridge to "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy of films but also conjuring up brand new characters to populate the world. Sacrilege? Perhaps only to the most die hard of dorks. While there has been a ton of press about this movie already, its secrets are still under wraps.

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