Tag Archives: The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

Peter Jackson recuperating, but ‘Hobbit’ still delayed

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Peter Jackson reportedly is on the mend following surgery for a perforated ulcer. The Oscar-winning director of the “Lord of the Rings” franchise is recovering in Wellington Hospital’s intensive care unit, where he was admitted with acute stomach pains, according to the New Zealand Herald. A Wellington Hospital spokeswoman[...]

Ian McKellen comments on “Hobbit,” reveals start date

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: It wasn’t exactly “breaking” news, as “Lord of the Rings” fans no doubt anticipated official announcements long before they came in – but we found out recently that “Rings” veterans Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis will join Peter Jackson as he toils away on a two-part “Hobbit”[...]

Cate Blanchett one of several confirmed for Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit”

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Big casting news on the “Hobbit” front, as Warner/New Line has confirmed that Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy and Mikael Persbrandt will appear in Peter Jackson’s planned film adaptations. Here’s the release (via ComingSoon.net): Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy and Mikael Persbrandt have joined the cast of[...]

“The Hobbit” confirmed for 3D, using EPIC cameras

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: The Shire will have an added dimension when Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” hits theaters in 2012. RED Studios Hollywood revealed that the “Lord of the Rings” director will shoot both parts of “The Hobbit” in 3D, and will use the EPIC Digital Cameras. More from the release (via ComingSoon): RED[...]

Ian McKellen on being gay and happy with it in Hollywood

By Greg Hernandez HollywoodNews.com: Ian McKellan was 49 when he came out publicly as a gay man and has since enjoyed the most successful phase of his acting career. He’s been a part of two huge blockbuster franchises: ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘X-Men,’ earned two Academy Award nominations (for ‘Gods[...]

“Hobbit” adds two more actors, yet Sir Ian McKellen remains unsigned

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Cast members continue to be added to Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” production while one key player has yet to enter into a contract. Before we get to the absentee star, let’s touch on those we know will be part of “The Hobbit” when it reaches theaters in 2012. Jackson[...]

“Hobbit law” passes, changes New Zealand legislation for Peter Jackson

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: New Zealand’s Parliament officially closed the books on the labor dispute that almost shut Peter Jackson and his crew out of the country, passing what has come to be known as the “Hobbit law” on Friday morning by the vote of 66-50. The vote amended an existing law[...]

Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” staying in New Zealand, PM reports

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Peter Jackson’s Shire isn’t going anywhere. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced today that, after days of negotiations, “The Hobbit” will film in New Zealand after all. “I’m pleased to announce an agreement has been reached between the New Zealand Government and Warner Brothers to enable the two[...]

Thousands of “Hobbit” fans rally in New Zealand

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Jon Stewart can have his “Rally to Restore Sanity.” We’d rather attend the rallies to retain “The Hobbit” that are going on today in New Zealand. Thousands of fervent supporters – some dressed as characters from the “Lord of the Rings” universe – reportedly have taken to the[...]

Why Peter Jackson directing ‘The Hobbit’ may not be so positive

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: I’ve been down this road before, but now that it’s official, it’s worth repeating. After years of speculation and attempted pawn-offs, Peter Jackson is in fact directing “The Hobbit.” As of yesterday, MGM and Warner Bros. have reached a deal to fund two films based on “The[...]
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