The Hobbit

Dual role for Serkis in 'The Hobbit'

Dual role for Serkis in 'The Hobbit'

Andy Serkis reprises his role as Gollum in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," to be released worldwide this week, but his main role this time was as a second unit director, shooting battle sequences in 3D for director Peter Jackson.

Air NZ wins quick benefits from Hobbit

Air NZ wins quick benefits from Hobbit

Air New Zealand says it is already benefiting from The Hobbit, even before the movie's wide release.

The Hobbit: A visual feast of cinema

The Hobbit: A visual feast of cinema

I hope those who were excited about seeing The Hobbit are still so, after all the hype and negative publicity.

Star-gazers thrilled at red-carpet premiere

Star-gazers thrilled at red-carpet premiere

A gentle Wellington zephyr flapped flags welcoming the traveller all the way into the "Middle of Middle-earth" as Gandalf waved his wizard's staff from atop the Embassy Theatre.

Red carpet welcomes 'Hobbit' cast and crew

Red carpet welcomes 'Hobbit' cast and crew

On the red carpet for the world premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' in Wellington yesterday.

Photos by Craig Baxter; prints available from otagoimages.co.nz.

 

 

Jackson races to finish final cut of Hobbit

Peter Jackson has finished his final cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, just days out from the film's premiere in Wellington.

Peter Jackson 'mortified' over journalist's blacklisting

Sir Peter Jackson was "mortified" to hear that a journalist was blacklisted from covering The Hobbit premiere for writing too many negative stories about the movie.

Animal handler 'never meant to harm Hobbit'

Animal handler 'never meant to harm Hobbit'

A wrangler at the centre of claims animals were mistreated during filming of The Hobbit stands by his allegations, but says he never intended "tarnishing" the movie or Sir Peter Jackson.

NZ out to capitalise on 'Hobbit' fever

Queenstown and Glenorchy as Isengard and Lothlorien, the "ridiculously beautiful" drive between them and Hobbit-style hiking experienced in the Wakatipu are promoted in the latest evolution of Tourism New Zealand's "100% Middle-earth, 100% Pure New Zealand" campaign.

Hobbit producers deny mistreatment of animals

The Hobbit and its director Sir Peter Jackson are making headlines around the world amid allegations the production company is responsible for the deaths of up to 27 animals. 

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