‘The Hobbit’ Soared To #1 Online On Its First Day Of North American Ticket Sales

Going into this weekend’s box office, Fandango tells me that James Bond’s Skyfall scooped up 65% of all online ticket sales before opening today. Not opening for another week, Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn Part 2 has 17%, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took in 15% even though it won’t be released for more … Read More »

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‘Hobbit’ Advance Tickets Available Today

By | Wednesday November 7, 2012 @ 1:15pm PST

I already told you this was happening today beginning at noon ET for the first film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which Warner Bros will release December 14. Tickets are now available online … Read More »

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Air New Zealand Gets In ‘Hobbit’ Spirit: Video

By | Wednesday October 31, 2012 @ 8:42am PDT

To say the Kiwis are all-in over native son Peter Jackson‘s locally shot The Hobbit trilogy is putting it lightly. Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, is calling itself The Middle Of Middle-earth, and there’s a giant clock atop the … Read More »

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‘The Hobbit’: 2nd TV Spot

By | Saturday October 27, 2012 @ 7:51am PDT

Warner Bros has posted a second TV spot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This and the initial TV spot released Tuesday appear to be the first to note on the closing title page that the movie will be presented in HFR 3D (high-frame-rate/48fps) as well as RealD … Read More »

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IMAX Beats Q3 Forecasts As New Theater Orders Remain Strong

You wouldn’t know that Q3 was a tough period for exhibition companies based on the results out this morning from IMAX. The large-screen theater provider reported net income of nearly $15M, up 78.6% from the period last year, on revenues of $80.7M, +19.6%. The revenue figure beat the $76.1M that analysts expected. And earnings per share, at 22 cents, exceeded forecasts by a penny. IMAX says it installed 28 new theater systems in Q3, up from 25 in the period last year, and expects to add 46 in Q4. That would result in a 110 new theaters for all of 2012. It also signed contracts for 32 new systems. The company told analysts that it expects to to build as many as 125 theaters next year, not including digital upgrades. On the movie side, the gross box office at IMAX theaters was $173.2M, +15.9% from last year — but slightly shy of some analyst estimates. IMAX says that it will end this year having run 31 titles including this holiday season’s James Bond film from Sony, Skyfall, Lionsgate’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, and Warner Bros’ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D. Read More »

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‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’s Royal Screening Will Benefit UK Industry Charity

Just ahead of its official bow, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will screen for Britain’s royal family as the 65th Royal Film Performance. The event will take place December 12 and benefits the Cinema and … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

By | Wednesday September 19, 2012 @ 7:00am PDT

The latest tease for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey dropped this morning. The merry dwarves are back along with menacing monsters and fresh footage since the first trailer from last December. This one also has extra Gollum. This will be the first picture in … Read More »

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‘The Hobbit 3′ Scheduled For July 18, 2014

Warner Bros and MGM Pictures jointly announced today that the final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of the JRR Tolkien novel is now titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again. It will be released worldwide on July 18, 2014. … Read More »

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‘Pacific Rim’, ‘Man Of Steel’, ‘The Hobbit’, ‘Godzilla’: What Comic-Con Was Made For

Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con.

For the Warner Bros/Legendary panel Comic-Con‘s big screen expanded to Cinerama proportions to impress fans with Pacific Rim and Godzilla teases while Man of Steel moved at least one fan to tears. For good measure, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey footage mixed familiar and new. Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick, dressed as David Tennant’s Doctor Who, moderated what was probably the most anticipated panel of the convention. He came in with a Sonic Screwdriver remote control, and suddenly two extra giant side screens were revealed as the black curtains peeled back. (Sort of like the Terminator 3D screen at Universal Studios.) This feels like what Cinerama was always supposed to be.

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Legendary’s Thomas Tull came onstage, saying that his having a mic up there was a sign of the apocalypse, then briefly showed off how all the screens worked together for a Pacific Rim tease (metallic panels, serial numbers, vague sketches of pods – a mere taste for what was coming). Then Guillermo del Toro came out to say, in his inimitable, profane-comic fashion, “I’m shitting in my pants right now.” As he spoke and was pictured on the center screen, production designs and on-set footage flanked him on the side screens. He said it was important to have a sense of romantic adventure — not a war movie. And that it was important to have a sense of awe in a movie with giant robots and monsters. Del Toro said this will be the only thing shown until Christmas, and that this footage was just for us at Comic-con. Admonished “you motherfuckers with the James Bond cameras in the glasses, take them off.”

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There was a huge reaction for Charlie Day coming out, and Ron Perlman (only in cavernous Hall H). Charlie Hunnam and Rink Kikuchi followed. Cheers for them too, but not quite as extra loud. How does Perlman feel about coming to Comic-Con? “It’s a miracle I’m still invited.” He says Guillermo’s standards are clearly plummeting since he keeps inviting Perlman back. Read More »

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Comic-Con: Movies, More On Display

Here are a few more snapshots from Deadline contributor Luke Y. Thompson of booths or displays set up so far. They’re fairly obvious, but clockwise from … Read More »

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‘The Hobbit’ Principal Photography Finished

The Hobbit movies have finished filming in New Zealand, director Peter Jackson announced on Facebook. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theatres December 14th followed a year later almost to the day … Read More »

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Quentin Tarantino, ‘Iron Man 3′, ‘The Hobbit’, ‘Pacific Rim’, Juice Comic-Con Saturday

Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage. This year’s event runs July 12-15.

Ever since 20th Century Fox showed the naked wrestling scene from Borat a few years ago at Comic-Con, the convention has been a lot stricter about R-rated clips, and companies like The Weinstein Co. and Lionsgate have scheduled off-site events for edgier genre fare such as Machete and the later Saw sequels. But when an icon of pop culture asks for a panel at the biggest pop-cultureDjango Unchained convention, well, you give Quentin Tarantino a Saturday slot in Hall H to show Django Unchained clips. Cast members who’ll attend were not announced in the Saturday lineup posted today. That may mean they probably don’t know if Jamie Foxx’s schedule will allow it for sure (last time I remember him coming down was for Stealth. Remember that one?). Similarly, the special guests for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 panel also remain anonymous so far, though I’ll be amazed if Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t show up, as he tends to make appearances every year. Expect that Marvel panel to also show something for Thor 2, and maybe make a more formal announcement about Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man and the Russo brothers’ Captain America sequel.

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The Warner Bros-Legendary panel is shaping up as the must-see of the show, with footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Zack Snyder’s Superman movie Man Of Steel the obvious draws, and Pacific Rim (aka Guillermo del Toro’s “giant fucking monsters against giant fucking robots”) likely to please. Rumors have been circulating that there may be another giant monster in the house, as Legendary has a Godzilla remake in the pipeline. Read More »

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‘Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ To Premiere In New Zealand On Nov. 28

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 5:09pm PDT

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will have its world premiere November 28 in New Zealand — two weeks before its U.S. debut and on Jackson’s home turf. Warner Bros bows the film in the states December 14, 2012; … Read More »

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Peter Jackson To ‘Hobbit’ Naysayers: Wait Until You See The Whole Movie

By | Friday April 27, 2012 @ 8:25pm PDT

After less than glowing audience reaction to clips of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey screened in ultra-high-resolution at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, director Peter Jackson says “Nobody is going to stop. This technology is going to keep evolving.” … Read More »

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Hot Video: Latest ‘The Hobbit’ Production Diary Looks At Cast, Crew Logistics

By | Monday December 26, 2011 @ 12:29pm PST

Peter Jackson and others describe the massive undertaking of transporting equipment, sets, cast and crew as well as providing shelter, food and water to remote locations in New Zealand.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

By | Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 8:51pm PST

UPDATE: Coding has been fixed. Here’s something many people have been waiting for so here you are. Doesn’t really need an introduction but this packs a lot into 2½ minutes.

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Are These The Most Anticipated 2012 Films?

Most Anticipated Films of 2012Thousands of film fans responded to the survey, which was posted on Fandango.com during the first weeks of December. According to male moviegoers, the most anticipated blockbuster of 2012 will be Warner Bros’ The Hobbit, while for … Read More »

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Peter Jackson Working Toward “A Complete Pardon” For Damien Echols Of The West Memphis 3

Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh Financed Legal Support To Free West Memphis 3

Peter Jackson disclosed Friday that he was working with one of the West Memphis 3 toward obtaining a full pardon. “We’re doing investigative work, we’re doing forensic … Read More »

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‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ World Premiere Set For New Zealand

By | Friday October 28, 2011 @ 10:26am PDT

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to premiere in Wellington in late November 2012, director Sir Peter Jackson and Prime Minister John Key announced today at the Hobbiton set in Waikato. Wellington previously hosted the world premiere of

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