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Today’s News Roundup. PJ Refutes PETA Accusations, New Merchandising Lawsuit, Have a `Hobbit` Pint, and a Filmclip Compilation

On his Facebook page, Director Peter Jackson has refuted the allegations of animal abuse made against his production company. Details can be found here. The Tolkien Estate has brought a lawsuit against Warner Brothers, Saul Zaentz Enterprises, and New Line Cinema, claiming copyright infringement. Details can be found here. For an interesting story on craft beers […]

Peter Jackson Documentaries; ‘Hobbits Hippos and Heavenly Creatures’

Under the title ‘Hobbits Hippos and Heavenly Creatures’, NZ On Screen has made available a series of  clips, trailers and documentaries that show Peter Jackson’s  growth from a shy nerdy director of cheap slasher pics to a renowned director of Oscar winning epics masterpieces. To view the documentaries click here.

Another Busy News Day!; Royd Tolkien Interview, ‘Mount Doom’ about to blow, Who Will (and won’t) be attending the Premiere

For Digital Spy’s q&a with Royd Tolkien about his perspective on Jackson’s adaptations, click here. For information about the imminent eruption predicted for the New Zealand Mountain featured as Mount doom click here. Information on some of the stars attending and not attending the premiere of ‘The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey’, click here and here.

Wranglers say ‘Hobbit’ animals died on unsafe farm

Animal wranglers involved in the making of “The Hobbit” movie trilogy say the production company is responsible for the deaths of up to 27 animals, largely because they were kept at a farm filled with bluffs, sinkholes and other “death traps.” Peter Jackson has stated that The American Humane Association, which is overseeing animal welfare […]

Simon Tolkien on the Dificulty of Growing Up as Tolkien’s Grandson

According to author Simon Tolkien, the immense popularity of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies was like; “being hit by a juggernaut.” Click here to read the entire article in The Telegraph.

New Sculpture unveiled at Embassy Theater in Wellington NZ

For a set of pictures of the new sculpture click here to be taken to the theater’s Facebook Page. For an article about the various preparations in and around Wellington for the Premiere of ‘The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey’ click here to read the most recent article on Bonus item – The seventh trailer […]

Jewels On Show At Hobbit Premiere

According to TV NZ News;  handcraft jeweller  Odette Anscombe-Smith, who spent some time as a featured extra in the Hobbit films – as a dwarf woman, complete with a beard, has created three  pieces for her friend Carolynne Cunningham, who is a producer and assistant director on The Hobbit. The jewellery was inspired by ‘The […]

Queen’s son meets Dori.

For more information on Prince Charles’ visit to WETA Studios click here.

Entire Soundtrack Now Available!!

Click here to go to Empire Online’s site to be able to listen to the entire soundtrack of ‘The Hobbit; an Unexpected Journey’. NEWSFLASH!! Nov 20th; The soundtrack is now available on YouTube; click here to give it a listen. (Special thanks to cellindor for locating the soundtrack)

‘Song of The Lonely Mountain’ now available online.

Thanks to an article in Rolling Stone magazine, Neil Finn’s ‘Song of The Lonely Mountain, the closing track from the soundtrack to ‘The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey’,  is now available for your listening pleasure. To learn about the track, listen to it, and learn the details on how to order your own copy click here.