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News From The Shire: Peter Jackson To Shoot 'The Hobbit' On 3D RED Cameras, Ian McKellen Confirmed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 29, 2010 3:20 AM
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After something of a roller coaster year, with an endlessly sliding start date, the bailing of director Guillermo Del Toro, and nearly losing preferred lead Martin Freeman, "The Hobbit" is finally gearing up to shoot in the new year, with Freeman joined by new cast members like Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt and Aidan Turner, as well, possibly, as the rumored likes of David Tennant, Michael Fassbender and Saoirse Ronan.

Howard Shore Returns To Score Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2010 6:14 AM
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While the faces will be different in Peter Jackson's forthcoming two-parter "The Hobbit," the behind scenes talent will largely remain the same. With the project now gearing up to shoot in the longtime home of Middle Earth New Zealand, and with Jackson set to work with the same crews he utilized on those films, it's no surprise that a familiar name is returning to score the film and help replicate the magic of "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy.

Guillermo del Toro Admits He Didn't Want 3D For 'The Hobbit,' Doesn't Want It For Frankenstein'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 3, 2010 4:01 AM
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Filmmaker Says He Doesn't Want 'Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,' Or 'Frankenstein' To Be In 3D, Is On The Fence About 'Slaughterhouse Five' Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is perhaps today's biggest genre-centric multi-tasker. If his projects file were a kitchen it would be jam-packed with several sous-chefs working on dishes in different states of readiness; many still marinating, trying out different sauce combinations, with some tested in various iterations and ready to to go on the grill.

James Nesbitt & Adam Brown Join 'The Hobbit'; Ian McKellen Says He's Still Without A Contract

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2010 2:42 AM
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More good news from The Shire. With Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" having a firm greenlight and also settling the union woes that once threatened to move the production from New Zealand, two more names have been added to the growing cast for the film.

Peter Jackson Talks Casting Richard Armitage As New Heroic Figure In 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2010 9:20 AM
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Director Says Heartthrob Actor Could Rival Legolas Or AragonWhen the first round of casting for "The Hobbit" was announced last week most of the names were unknown (but check out our handy guide to figure out just who these folks are) but for those of us familiar with Richard Armitage, he seemed to be a strange fit. Best known perhaps for his role on the Brit spy series "Spooks" ("MI: 5" in the United States), the decision to have him play the crabby old dwarf Thorin Oakenshield seemed slightly odd. We weren't quite sure what to make of Armitage being tasked to play a four-foot codger, but of course, Peter Jackson knows exactly what's he doing.

It's Official: 'The Hobbit' Will Stay In New Zealand

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 27, 2010 1:02 AM
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Warner Bros. Seems To Have Received The Good End Of The Wizard StickNew Zealanders looking forward to an economic boost and fans of a homegrown Middle Earth staying put can rejoice. "The Hobbit" is staying in New Zealand. The New Zealand government announced last night that it had reached an agreement between director Peter Jackson, Warner Bros. — who were threatening to take the two films offshore — and the NZ labor unions that the production had been warring with and endangered to derail the picture.

Who On Middle-Earth Are They? A Guide To The New Cast Members Of 'The Hobbit'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 25, 2010 5:33 AM
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After a few years of rumors, scuttlebutt, delays and crises, the first official cast members for "The Hobbit," the two prequel films to "Lord of the Rings," were announced on Thursday. Originally intended to be directed by Guillermo Del Toro, who bowed out in the summer, Peter Jackson eventually agreed to pick up the reins again, and as with the casting for the first film (of whom only Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis, and potentially Hugo Weaving, are likely to return), he's picked a mix of semi-familiar faces and relative unknowns.
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Rallies Begin To Save 'The Hobbit' In New Zealand, PM Says 50/50 Chance Of Production Staying

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2010 1:51 AM
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Sylvester McCoy Confirms He's Been Offered The Role Of Radagast The BrownEven with the first bit of official casting news arriving late last week for "The Hobbit," the biggest issue yet to be solved is just where to shoot the two movie, $500 million production. Following a union blacklist earlier in the month against the film, which charged that it was an "anti-union" production leading to acting guilds advising their members not work on it, Warner Bros. has made good on their threats to investigate alternate options to shooting the film in New Zealand.
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