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'The Hobbit' US Premiere to Benefit AFI with Gala Event

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 4, 2012 at 3:23PM

The US premiere of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of the forthcoming trilogy, will benefit the American Film Institute with a gala event on December 6 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Benefit tickets and packages are available here (beware, they start at $500 per person). On December 14 the rest of the country can enjoy the film in theaters.
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Peter Jackson on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
Warner Bros. Peter Jackson on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

The US premiere of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of the forthcoming trilogy, will benefit the American Film Institute with a gala event on December 6 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Benefit tickets and packages are available here (beware, they start at $500 per person). On December 14 the rest of the country can enjoy the film in theaters.

"The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is included in AFI's list of the greatest films of all time.

Watch "The Hobbit" trailer below:

This article is related to: Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, AFI, News, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.