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    YES! YES! YES! The Hobbit to be made into a movie!!!

    Just talking about this over the weekend!!!

    Legal settlement clears way for 'Hobbit' movie (Reuters) - Yahoo! Movies
    Legal settlement clears way for "Hobbit" movie (Reuters)

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Hollywood studio behind a film based on "The Hobbit" and trustees for author J.R.R. Tolkien's estate said on Tuesday they had settled a lawsuit that clears the way for what is expected to be a blockbuster movie based on the book."The Hobbit" is a 1937 book by Tolkien about a diminutive character named Bilbo Baggins who goes on a treasure-seeking adventure, and it sets the stage for Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, with its epic tale of magic and warfare.
    The "Lord of the Rings" books were made into three films released by New Line Cinema between 2001 and 2003 that made about $2.9 billion at worldwide box offices, and similarly "The Hobbit" is widely expected to be a blockbuster hit.
    But in February 2008, the trustees of the Tolkien's estate filed a lawsuit against New Line, a division of Time Warner Inc, seeking more than $150 million in profits from the "Rings" movies, it claimed it was owed.
    The lawsuit also sought to block filming of "The Hobbit," which will now be made into two movies by Guillermo del Toro, the filmmaker behind "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Hellboy."
    Financial terms of the settlement were not released, but the author's son, Christopher Tolkien, said in a statement that as a result of the agreement, "New Line may now proceed with its proposed films of 'The Hobbit.'"
    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, a publisher of Tolkien's works, joined trustees of the Tolkien estate in the lawsuit. The Tolkien Trust, a charity tied to the late author's estate, has given away more than $8 million in the last five years.

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    Good news indeed, but 2 films might be stretching it a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    "The Hobbit," which will now be made into two movies by Guillermo del Toro, the filmmaker behind "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Hellboy."
    Hellboy was cheap hollywood fair...

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    I never enjoyed the film version of books untill the lord of the rings, hell, I even paid for the original cds for them, well 1 of them, the other I bought a copy version in Malaysia and the other downloaded, but I would have bought all originals, might see if the dvd version is available for download

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    cnuts dead and they are still claiming money - this copyright is fcuked

    childrens stories anyway - to be read before you turn 15

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    any news on a release date, i thought the hobbit lived under the stairs at the nana plaza and came out now and again to welcome tourists into the first gogo on the left

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    Jolly good show. I can't remember how old I was when I first read the book, Secondary school-ish I suppose, but it is well thumbed now. Not so fast paced as 'the Rings' but essential reading for anyone who like a good adventure.

    It has got to be better than the cartoon attempt, that only took the story so far, and left it hanging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loombucket
    It has got to be better than the cartoon attempt, that only took the story so far, and left it hanging.
    It's a shame they never finished that, it was actually pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tao
    It's a shame they never finished that, it was actually pretty good.
    I believe you're talking about the LOTR cartoon? They did finish it in the end, but it is crap. I think I've got the Hobbit cartoon as well somewhere, but that was even crapper - had an annoying Seppo narrator.

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    actually The Hobbit cartoon was quite useful to understand the origin of the ring,

    I recently watched it and it was very useful

    also watched the original cartoon of LOTR, that didn't age too well, despite interesting special effects at the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    I believe you're talking about the LOTR cartoon?
    Oh fek... quite correct Marmite. I'll get my coat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    actually The Hobbit cartoon was quite useful to understand the origin of the ring, I recently watched it and it was very useful
    I read the book about 10 times when I was a kid.

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    Hobbit titles get thumbs up from fans

    Hobbit titles get thumbs up from fans



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    Last updated 09:21 09/03/2011



    FROM OFFICE TO FOREST: Martin Freeman will play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, and Peter Jackson says it is a role he was born to play.

    Tolkien phrases look likely to form the titles of the two Hobbit movies, according to web reports.

    Fan site TheOneRing.net reports that New Line Cinema has registered two titles for the films - The Hobbit: The/An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

    The first is a riff on the opening chapter of the book - called An Unexpected Party - in which Bilbo is visited by the wizard Gandalf and 13 dwarfs before setting off on his epic adventure.

    The second, There and Back Again, is author JRR Tolkien's alternative title for the whole tale. It was also used in The Lord of the Rings as the name of Bilbo's memoirs.

    Fans greeted the prospective titles warmly on internet message boards, though they almost unanimously preferred An Unexpected Journey to The Unexpected Journey for the first film.

    "Almost exactly as I envisioned it back when they announced there was going to be two movies," a fan wrote.

    "I can just see it now," wrote another. "The Howard Shore music slowly building as The Hobbit pops up on the screen just as The Lord of the Rings did, and then the Shire music takes over as An Unexpected Journey pops up while hobbits work diligently in the spring weather."

    Some saw omens in the titles about how the movies' stories would unfold.
    "Yet another clue that Film One will surely end before the company arrives at Erebor," wrote a fan. Erebor is the mountain where the dragon Smaug lives - and the object of Bilbo's adventure.

    Others had clever takes on the names. "An Unexpected Journey seems exquisitely appropriate given Jackson's last-minute role shift," wrote a fan. Sir Peter Jackson took over directing the movies last year after original director Guillermo Del Toro quit.

    Another fan thought the titles might be lengthened further - for the worse. "What makes me think this is going to have a title like The Lord Of The Rings: The Hobbit: Part I: The Unexpected Journey?" he wrote.

    A Hobbit spokeswoman refused to comment on the titles.

    Meanwhile, she said Jackson's recovery from stomach surgery in January was going well, with the director starting to do some work. Plans to start filming on March 21 were still on track.

    "He's around the studio occasionally. He's fine . . . We have no concerns."

    As a thank-you for Wellington Hospital's care, Jackson gave a coffee machine to its intensive care unit.

    With winter approaching, filming at the Hobbiton set in Matamata has been put off until summer.

    Matamata-Piako Mayor Hugh Vercoe said he was relaxed about the later date. "It's not causing us a lot of bother. It will be great when it does start."

    Russell Alexander, general manager of Shire Tours, said filming was due to start at the Hobbiton set late in the year. Tours would continue until then.

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    Fans greeted the prospective titles warmly on internet message boards, though they almost unanimously preferred An Unexpected Journey to The Unexpected Journey for the first film.
    At which point they put an anorak on over their tank tops and corduroys, and went down to the local corner shop to pick up a tin of beans, a loaf of bread and some margarine, before returning home to feast in solitude.

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    I assumed this was an adults forum. Who gives a fuck about children's books and movies.

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    And the same people are already stocking up with kleenex with the news that....

    Tomb Raider, which is already being rebooted in its original video game format, is now about to be resurrected for the big screen.

    Square Enix, the company that owns the Tomb Raider game franchise, has just sold the movie rights to GK Films, which is aiming for a 2013 release.

    Graham King, the producer of the new film said in a statement: "We are very excited to be rebooting what is already a hugely successful film franchise and continuing the Tomb Raider phenomenon." King said he hoped to "create daring new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft", a remark that has been taken to mean he would be making an origins tale.

    The Tomb Raider reboot will be the third film in the series, which starred Angelina Jolie as big-busted British archaeologist Lara Croft. The first film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, was panned by critics when it came out in 2001, but grossed $275m worldwide, making it the second most successful videogame adaptation ever.

    Tomb Raider: the Cradle of Life followed two years later, and although it received more favourable reviews, took a disappointing $157m.

    The film rights to Tomb Raider are something of a hot property following the announcement in December of a new video game - the eleventh since the series debut in 1996 - to be titled simply, Tomb Raider.

    Inevitably, the talk now is of "a far darker and more serious" film than the originals – a tone that would fit nicely into King's oeuvre, which includes movies like The Departed and Traffic.

    There has been talk of a new Tomb Raider film for at least two years, with Megan Fox being touted as a possible Lara Croft. More recently, Tron: Legacy star Olivia Wilde was linked to the part, although the rumour was quickly denied.

    As for who will play Croft now that King has acquired the rights, there is so far no word, although since the character is British – and virtually every other superhero role in the past few years has gone to an actor from these isles - perhaps Gemma Arterton wouldn't be a bad bet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dug View Post
    I assumed this was an adults forum. Who gives a fuck about children's books and movies.
    The hobbit was written for kids and adults. Kinda like the Harry Potter of its day but with a darker, more epic tale...

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    One of my favourite books when I was a kid. Looking forward to the movie.

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    Lights, camera, action for Hobbits
    SARAH HARVEY Last updated 05:00 20/03/2011



    The shire is built, the Hobbits have arrived, and production of one of the biggest films ever to be made in New Zealand is set to begin tomorrow.

    After a torrid few weeks at the end of last year when a spat between director Sir Peter Jackson and the New Zealand actors' union threatened to drive the film overseas, filming will now start on The Hobbit – the two-part prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    Overseas media have described The Hobbit as possibly the biggest movie franchise ever and Key said last year the amount being spent on the films was "off the scale", even for Hollywood.

    Sets have again been created at a sheep and beef farm near Matamata and other, as-yet to be announced, locations around New Zealand will be used during the more than year-long filming.

    Several of the stars of the film are already in the country, including English actor Martin Freeman who will play Bilbo Baggins. Three of Jackson's favourite actors will return to play alongside Freeman, including Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Elijah Wood as Frodo.

    There are obvious tourism payoffs, although the actual benefit is hard to measure.

    It is most obvious in Matamata where visitor numbers rose from about 50,000 a year before the release of the first Lord of the Rings film, to 364,000 people in 2004.

    The first instalment of The Hobbit is expected in December 2012, while the second will be released in 2013.

    - Sunday Star Times

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