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'The Hobbit' Wraps Production in New Zealand, Peter Jackson Looks to Comic-Con

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 6, 2012 at 1:47PM

That's a wrap! Peter Jackson announces (via Facebook) that shooting of "The Hobbit" has concluded while giving a shout out to Comic-Con...
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That's a wrap! Peter Jackson announces (via Facebook) that shooting of "The Hobbit" has concluded while giving a shout out to Comic-Con. "We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con! Cheers, Peter J."

The two-part prequel will be released as "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (December 14, 2012) and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" (December 13, 2013). Like the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the prequel was shot in Jackson's homeland, the majestic New Zealand. Unlike "LOTR," these films will be in 3D and were shot at 48fps (we got a taste at Cinemacon). Jackson tells THR, "A lot of the critical response I was reading was people saying it’s different. Well, yes, it certainly is,” adding that "ultimately, it is different in a positive way, especially for 3D, especially for epic films and films that are trying to immerse the viewer in the experience of a story." The problem is that it will cost some theaters more money to display the technology appropriately.

Here's our look at "The Hobbit"'s cast, Immersed in Movies on the higher frame rate and one of Jackson's production video diaries.

This article is related to: Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, Peter Jackson, News, Sequel, Comic-Con

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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.