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Saoirse Ronan Might Get Literary With Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2011 8:29 AM
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If everything comes together as planned, Joe Wright will get his adaptation of "Anna Karenina" this fall and he's amassing one helluva cast. He's already got longtime collaborator Keira Knightley on board, and Aaron Johnson and Jude Law are also vying for roles. Wright tends to be fiercely loyal to the actors he works and he may adding a rising talent to his film.

Peter Jackson Wants 'Flight Of The Conchords' Star Bret McKenzie For 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2011 9:49 AM
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It was a blink and you miss it moment from "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," so you'll be forgiven if you missed it, but "Flight of the Conchords" star Bret McKenzie was in the film. During the council meeting where Frodo says, "I will take it!" the camera pans over to a pouty elf. The story goes that a fan said, "Frodo is great ... who is that?" thus spawning the nickname of Figwit. He reappeared in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" alongside Liv Tyler and that has been his extent so far in the franchise, but perhaps not for long.

'The Hobbit' Begins Its 14-Month Shoot In New Zealand

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2011 1:19 AM
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Well, ordinarily, a film beginning production is hardly a newsworthy event, but when it's "The Hobbit" some exceptions have to be made. Surviving the near collapse of its home MGM, Guillermo Del Toro leaving last year, union woes and Peter Jackson getting hospitalized in January with a perforated ulcer, at times, the problems around the film seemed unsurmountable. But unlike, say, "Men In Black 3" the new production start date has held and things are finally underway.

Do 'The Hobbit' Films Now Have Two (Totally Boring) Titles?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2011 1:56 AM
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After suffering bankruptcy, a director exiting the film due to production delays and a sidelining ulcer, Peter Jackson's long gestating "The Hobbit" films are set to begin this month and we're only at the tip of the iceberg of rumors and news that will continue to trickle out in the coming months. My precious indeed.

Saoirse Ronan Says She's Still Not Confirmed For 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2011 8:09 AM
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The "is she? isn't she?" game of whether or not Saoirse Ronan will join "The Hobbit" continues. Last month, casting agent Ros Hubbard said that Ronan has been cast—or is intended to be cast—in “The Hobbit" saying, “[W]orking with Peter Jackson is like working with a family. So they’ll have a great time. Saoirse’s family will go too. Everyone is very close and very loving on those sorts of jobs. It’s not like typical studio movies at all.” Well, looks like it's still not official.

First Look At The Entire Cast Of 'The Hobbit'; Ian McKellen Plans On A Play During Filming Downtime

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2011 6:25 AM
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Take a good look. These are the faces (and names) that are going to dominate the movie blogosphere for the next couple of years. With Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" now set to lens next month after the director had a minor medical setback, the cast assembled for a press conference this week in New Zealand and a few photos were snapped of the entire crew. Aren't they a pleasant looking bunch? Obviously these are key players so if you're wondering where Elijah Wood and Cate Blanchett are, just remember, their appearances in the film are likely not going to be very large.

Following Peter Jackson's Hospitalization, 'The Hobbit' Will Now Start Filming On March 21st

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2011 4:04 AM
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Bankruptcies, defecting directors and stomach ulcers -- the road to getting "The Hobbit" in front of cameras has been a long and rocky one. Last week it was reported that the film faced another setback when director Peter Jackson was hospitalized with a perforated stomach ulcer, a rather painful ailment that's caused when a hole is burned through the stomach lining, allowing acid and food to enter the abdominal cavity (and we thought the five tacos we had last night for dinner was brutal on our insides).

Guillermo Del Toro May Not Have His 'Mountains Of Madness' Green Light Yet

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 1, 2011 7:27 AM
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The Director Also Talks About What Would Have Been His Version Of 'The Hobbit' & More In Massive New Yorker TomeIf you haven't heard by now there's a massive dissertation-sized profile piece on filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro in the latest issue of the New Yorker. A fascinating read, the story, penned by Daniel Zalewski, touches on all facets of the 46-year-old filmmaker's life, from his obsession with monsters and macabre expertise in human and animal anatomy that started as a child growing up in Mexico; to his struggles with weight, his painful experiences on leaving "The Hobbit" and his Sisyphean task of bringing "At The Mountains Of Madness" to the big screen. The profile is about 20 pages long printed out and it's a full meal to digest to say the least. Touching upon "Frankenstein," to “Saturn and the End of Days,” the article doesn't even mention half the myriad projects Del Toro is working on, but one does get the sense from that filmmaker almost has too many irons in the fire and wants to make six movies at once. You're likely too busy surfing the web on your lunch break to read it all, but this is why you've got us to parse the most interesting need-to-know greatest hits of the profile.

Casting Agent Says Saoirse Ronan Confirmed For 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2011 10:44 AM
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While it's not concrete and official just yet, it looks like all signs are pointing to Saoirse Ronan reuniting with Peter Jackson for his massive two-part "The Hobbit."

Peter Jackson Hospitalized With Perforated Stomach Ulcer, 'Hobbit' Start Likely To Be Pushed Back

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 27, 2011 2:01 AM
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Possibility Increasing That Hobbiton Was Built On Sacred Indian Burial Ground Man, can a multi-billion dollar franchise not catch a break? After years of delays, following the financial uncertainty over rights holders MGM, followed by the bailing of original helmer Guillermo Del Toro, and controversial labor issues in New Zealand, the two-part adaptation of "The Hobbit," the prequel to "Lord of the Rings" finally seemed to be moving ahead. Original cast members like Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis were finally locked in, and they were joined by new additions like Martin Freeman, in the lead role of Bilbo Baggins along with an extensive cast including Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott and Aidan Turner.

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