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Peter Jackson launches “Hobbit” video diary


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Now that Peter Jackson’s buckling down and settling in as the director of back-to-back “The Hobbit” productions – after a long, long wait – it appears he’s ready to give fans of Tolkien and the entire Shire something they really haven’t had before.

Access.

Sir Ian McKellen has been blogging about what he’s seeing in the effects department. Elijah Wood is talking about concept art he witnessed on a trip to New Zealand. And now, Jackson has recorded a 10-minute “welcome to the start of production” video from the set of the film and posted it on Facebook. See it here:

There once was a time when footage like this would be impossible to find. I particularly remember how strange it was to see Steven Spielberg, on a DVD extra for “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” toasting the cast and crew with champagne on the first day of the shoot. It felt like we were spying on something we weren’t supposed to see. Like we had access.

But Jackson’s being transparent on “Hobbit” so far, and it’s great. Just so long as he keeps surprises up his sleeve. It is a two-part film. Let’s not see all of it online before we ever get to a theater!

Anyway, Jackson promises that this is the first “video diary” from the set, so expect more. It’s a film lover’s dream, and a must for “Hobbit” and “LOTR” fans.

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