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'The Hobbit' (OT)
« on: December 03, 2012, 09:20:49 AM »
Who else is excited to see The Hobbit? Talk about it here.
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2012, 09:21:14 AM »
'Hobbit' star's hopes for gay marriage in Middle Earth

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Posted at 12/01/2012 11:21 AM | Updated as of 12/01/2012 11:21 AM

WELLINGTON - "Hobbit" star and gay-rights advocate Ian McKellen has expressed hopes of being able to get married in New Zealand.

In a video message to a marriage equality conference in Wellington, where parliament is considering whether to legalize same-sex marriage, McKellen said he supported the "exciting prospect".

"I hope that by the time I get back to Middle Earth I might even be able to get married," he said in the message reported Saturday on the GayNZ.com website.

McKellen, who has spent considerable time in New Zealand playing the role of Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films, referred to the country as his "spiritual home" in the video recorded in London.

He said that as New Zealand was the first country to give women the vote, the world has looked to it for "social advancement".

On his website, McKellen describes his most urgent concern as "legal and social equality for gay people worldwide".

He did not attend this week's world premiere of "The Hobbit" in Wellington as he is touring schools in England "attacking homophobia in the playground", GayNZ said.

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Re: Hobbit (OT)
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2012, 09:21:51 AM »
'Hobbit' may bring a Hollywood ending to 2012 box office

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Posted at 12/02/2012 11:07 AM | Updated as of 12/02/2012 11:08 AM

LOS ANGELES - It took more than a decade, two directors and a lawsuit before "The Hobbit" made it to the big screen. Hollywood executives are crossing their fingers that the culmination of that journey will help smash movie box office records this year.

The film, which opens on December 14, is expected to contribute to the first annual box office increase in North America in three years, a sign that big movie studios have made more films enticing enough to get people into theaters and away from their TVs, games and the Internet.

"The Hobbit" follows this year's other big box office successes "The Avengers," which became the industry's third-largest film with $623 million in U.S. sales, and "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Hunger Games" which both passed $400 million.

Hollywood analysts predict the two months of the year that include "The Hobbit" and the finale of the "Twilight" vampire series may lift U.S. and Canadian ticket sales above the $10.6 billion record set in 2009.

"The fourth quarter is just gangbusters," said box office watcher Phil Contrino, editor of the boxoffice.com website. "One movie after the other is exceeding expectations."

Annual receipts are on track to end 5 percent above last year at $10.8 billion or more, projects Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com. Ten films have already passed $200 million in ticket sales, compared to seven last year, when no film passed the $400 million mark.

That would be the first yearly box office increase in three years, and would be from a jump in admissions rather than a hike in ticket prices that traditionally fuel box office growth. Ticket prices are averaging $7.94, a penny increase from last year, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners.

Hollywood has raked in $9.7 billion so far in ticket sales and sold more than 1.2 billion tickets in the North American (U.S. and Canadian) market, 5.5 percent up on a year ago.

The industry thought it had a record in sight last year, only to see underwhelming performances from holiday releases such as thriller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and animated movie "Hugo," which left ticket sales at a three-year low.

Off the couch

Studios face a difficult entertainment landscape in which consumers have an array of competing outlets for movie watching that includes DVR recordings, game players and movies streamed over computers and mobile phones.

Services like Netflix Inc have also made a dent in trips to the theater by offering cheap monthly rentals that make it easier to stay on the couch.

What has got people out of their homes, Hollywood moguls say, is a rise in the quality and variety of what is on screen.

This year, studios offered up a rush of big-budget blockbusters including "Skyfall," the highest grossing of the 23 James Bond films that is still selling well with $227 million in domestic sales.

"Ted," about a foul-mouthed stuffed bear, was a surprise winner with $219 million. Several mid-sized hits that won critical acclaim, including Steven Spielberg's historical drama "Lincoln" and the Iran hostage thriller "Argo," became box office darlings.

"There is something for everyone," said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at News Corp's 20th Century Fox studio. "When we achieve that as an industry and the movies are of good quality, that's when good things happen."

Sony oiled up its Spider-Man franchise and collected $262 million by rebooting it with new stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in "The Amazing Spider-Man." Disney's Pixar unit struck it big again with the animated movie "Brave."

Hollywood did not escape some box office bombs. Two big-budget bets - board-game inspired thriller "Battleship" and outer space adventure "John Carter" - ranked among the most costly flops in movie history.

The mass killing at a Colorado movie theater in July marred the release of Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." But the film eventually grossed $448 million domestically, ranking as the year's second-biggest.

Hollywood also overcame summer doldrums. The season that accounts for the bulk of yearly sales slumped 5 percent behind 2011. The second weekend in September produced the lowest-grossing weekend since 2001.

The pace quickened at the start of the holidays - the second-biggest movie going period - with "Twilight" finale "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" and James Bond movie "Skyfall" leading record Thanksgiving sales of $291 million over five days.

"Four Quadrant" film

That has got the industry's hopes up for the Christmas season when families gather and shoppers fill malls. Comcast Corp's Universal Pictures is releasing the musical adaptation "Les Miserables," and The Weinstein Company offers up the Leonardo DiCaprio thriller "Django Unchained." A street-brawling Tom Cruise returns in "Jack Reacher" from Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures.

But it is the dwarves and wizards from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," that Hollywood is banking on to generate movie going mania. Set 60 years before the Oscar-winning "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the movie is the kind that studios love - a "four quadrant" film that appeals to male, female, young and old, said Contrino of Boxoffice.com. He projects $137 million in opening weekend domestic sales, rising to $475 million through its theatrical run.

The film, based on the fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien about the travels of hobbit Bilbo Baggins, almost did not make it to the screen at all. Director Peter Jackson made the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy when producers could not get "The Hobbit" rights that were held by MGM's United Artists unit.

"The Hobbit", also a trilogy, has been produced by MGM and Time Warner Inc but only after Jackson settled a lawsuit against Time Warner's New Line Cinema unit in a dispute over profits from the "Rings" trilogy.

Now all the film has to do is delight fans with a new hobbit adventure across Middle Earth and deliver a record year for Hollywood.
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Re: 'The Hobbit' (OT)
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2012, 09:21:49 PM »
Richard Armitage portrays the legendary Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Written By Admin on Monday, December 10, 2012 | 14:00

British actor Richard Armitage (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) is on the verge of Hollywood stardom as he portrays the legendary Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield, in Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”


Thorin is the direct descendent of the line of Durin, the Dwarf Kings of Middle-earth. He is also King-in-waiting to the throne of Erebor, who witnessed the kingdom’s destruction under the dragon Smaug’s terrifying onslaught, losing both his father Thráin and grandfather Thrór in the aftermath.

“Thorin inherited a quest of vengeance from his father, to reclaim what’s theirs and take his people back to Erebor,” Armitage says. “And that burden is quite a lonely thing to carry. Thráin disappeared trying to do the same thing a hundred years ago. So Thorin feels like it’s now or never. I think he’s like a dying ember. He has the potential to reignite into a huge furnace, but if he doesn’t do it now, that ember will die.

“Interestingly,” Armitage adds, “the translation of Thráin is ‘yearner’ and Thorin is ‘darer.’ Thráin is the one that yearned for it, but wouldn’t achieve it. Thorin is the one that would dare to do it.”

“Thorin is an extremely noble and flawed character,” comments producer-screenwriter Fran Walsh. “His is a tragic story and very moving. He is fighting for his people, who were rendered homeless and wandered without status for so many years. His story is about Erebor and his dream of fulfilling that homeland.”

Handsome, regal, and tall for a Dwarf, Thorin is a brave leader worthy of respect. But, rather than rallying an army around him, he has only managed to raise an eclectic collection of 12 Dwarves. “There is always building within him this paranoia that he’s not a good enough leader, and that weighs him down,” Armitage says. “I have experienced that same feeling as an actor in this role. There were times when I felt like I was on very shaky ground. But what I find fascinating about working with Peter is that he has the whole film in his head, so you know you’re in safe hands. He knows the character better than I do, and the subtle guidance that he gave me just filled me with confidence.”

The gravity of his journey made Thorin’s casting particularly crucial for the filmmakers. “Thorin is the leader of this band of Dwarves, and we needed someone who inherently had that strength and authority,” Jackson comments. “And those qualities are very much reflected in the way Richard completely owns the character of Thorin. He’s the most wonderfully quiet person in real life, and yet when he steps into the boots of Thorin Oakenshield, he totally takes control of that group.”

Richard Armitage has been a favorite of critics and audiences alike in the UK for several years. With several highly anticipated projects upcoming in the United States, Armitage is quickly rising as a leading man in Hollywood as well.

Most recently, Armitage wrapped production on the upcoming tornado disaster film “Black Sky,” in which he stars opposite Sarah Wayne Callies. The Steven Quale-directed feature is due out in 2013. He also reprises the role of Thorin Oakenshield in the second and third installments of the trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.”

For his first U.S. film, Armitage appeared in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” directed by Joe Johnston. Armitage played Heinz Kruger, Captain America’s nemesis.

A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be released in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012.

The second film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” will be released on Dec. 13, 2013, to be followed by “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” on July 18, 2014.
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2012, 06:05:08 AM »
'Hobbit' tops PH weekend box office

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Posted at 12/17/2012 8:14 PM | Updated as of 12/17/2012 11:06 PM



MANILA, Philippines – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” soared to the top of Philippine box office in its opening weekend, earning P55 million on more than 300 screens, including six IMAX theaters, Francis Soliven, general manager of Warner Bros. (F.E.), Inc., reported on Monday.

That figure represents the biggest opening ever for any film in the canon of “The Lord of the Rings.”

"The Hobbit" is the acclaimed first film in Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings.”

“Audiences everywhere have been excited by the prospect of returning to Middle-earth and these results speak to the incredible enthusiasm out there for this new adventure,” Soliven said in a statement.

In the U.S., “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” dominated the weekend with an estimated $84.775 million domestically and $138.2 million internationally, for a worldwide estimated total of $223 million, including a record-breaking $15.1 from IMAX theaters worldwide.

In the Philippines, the top-performing cinemas are SM Mall of Asia (P4.16 million), SM North EDSA (P3.16 million), Trinoma (P3 million), Greenbelt 3 (P2.22 million), SM Cebu (P2.16 million), Glorietta 4 (P2.02 million), SM Megamall (P1.82 million), Power Plant (P1.73 million), Newport (P1.64-M) and Eastwood (P1.53 million).

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings,” with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.

Also reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” are Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as Old Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2012, 07:19:30 AM »
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” earns P55-million

Written By Admin on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | 01:33

MANILA, Dec. 17, 2012 – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), soared to the top of Philippine box office in its opening weekend, earning P55-million on more than 300 screens, including six IMAX theatres.  That figure represents the biggest opening ever for any film in the canon of “The Lord of the Rings.”

The announcement was made today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. (F.E.), Inc.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is the acclaimed first film in Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s epic “The Hobbit” Trilogy, based on the timeless novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second, the film was released in High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select theaters, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX®.

Soliven stated, “Peter Jackson and his team of actors and filmmakers have delivered another superb film in the canon he established with ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy.  Audiences everywhere have been excited by the prospect of returning to Middle-earth and these results speak to the incredible enthusiasm out there for this new adventure.”

In the U.S., “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” dominated the weekend with an estimated $84.775 million domestically and $138.2 million internationally, for a worldwide estimated total of $223 million, including a record-breaking $15.1 from IMAX theatres worldwide.  Domestically, the film broke records for largest December opening in motion picture history, including Christmas/holiday weekends.

Back in the Philippines, the top-performing cinemas are SM Mall of Asia (P4.16-M), SM North EDSA (P3.16-M), Trinoma (P3.00-M), Greenbelt 3 (P2.22-M), SM Cebu (P2.16-M), Glorietta 4 (P2.02-M), SM Megamall (P1.82-M), Power Plant (P1.73-M), Newport (P1.64-M) and Eastwood (P1.53-M).
They are followed closely by Alabang Town Center (P1.41-M), Gateway (P1.242-M), SM Southmall (P1.241-M), Robinsons Galleria (P994,816), SM Clark (P940,995), Shang Cineplex (P916,080), Robinsons Ermita (P850,310), Ayala Cebu (P849,474), Robinsons Magnolia (P845,407) and Theatremall (P782,932).

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.  The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.  Also reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” in “The Hobbit” Trilogy are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as Old Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.  The international ensemble cast of the Trilogy also includes James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, Barry Humphries, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Manu Bennett and Conan Stevens.

The screenplay for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh.  The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

The creative behind-the-scenes team returning to Jackson’s crew included director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, conceptual designers Alan Lee and John Howe, editor Jabez Olssen, and makeup and hair designer Peter Swords King.  The costumes were designed by Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor and Bob Buck.  Taylor also oversaw the design and production of armour, weapons, creatures and special makeup, which were once again made by the award-winning Weta Workshop.  Weta Digital took on the visual effects for the film, led by senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri.  The visual effects supervisor was Eric Saindon, with David Clayton serving as animation supervisor.  The film features the song “Song of the Lonely Mountain,” performed by Neil Finn.

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a WingNut Films Production, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”  All three films in “The Hobbit” Trilogy, also including “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and the final film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production.  Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.
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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2012, 08:22:11 PM »
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2012, 01:08:04 AM »
'The Hobbit' tops PH box-office, grosses P55-M on first week


Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" dominated the Philippine box-office last week, grossing P55 million on its December 12-16 run, Box Office Mojo revealed.

Coming in at second place is DreamWorks animated film "Rise of the Guardians," which grossed P6.29 million on the same week. The film has already accumulated P63.28 million on its third week of showing.

Japanese film Ruroni Kenshin occupied the third spot with P6.02 million. It has already grossed P26.6 million for two weeks.

Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola's film "D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers...Weh!?" came in at fourth with P2.5 million, grossing P35.6 million in three weeks.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" which was still shown in a few theaters, managed to accumulate P1.78 million and since its showing five weeks ago, grossed a whopping P339 million box-office sales.

The film is the second-highest grossing movie to date in the Philippines, only behind "The Avengers" which was released last April.
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