The Hobbit

MGM studio in deal over The Hobbit movies

Troubled movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer said today that a federal bankruptcy court has approved a prepackaged bankruptcy plan in which its lenders will exchange nearly $US5 billion in debt for ownership of the company responsible for half of The Hobbit movies.

Hobbit agent sacked over colour bar

Hobbit agent sacked over colour bar

A casting agent for Wellington producer Sir Peter Jackson's planned film adaptations of The Hobbit has been dismissed after placing newspaper advertisements seeking extras with "light skin tones".

Real little people matter

Real little people matter

The Government moved swiftly to protect the fictional "little people" of the film industry, but has not showed the same commitment to the early education of New Zealand's own children, argues Darrell Latham.

Studios thank Key for Hobbit support

The US movie studios backing filming of The Hobbit have thanked John Key's government for its support of the project.

It was a hobbit-hole, and that didn't mean comfort

It was a hobbit-hole, and that didn't mean comfort

Thanks to his considerable political nous, his out-and-out pragmatism and his canny ability to strike a deal in the least favourable of circumstances, John Key largely escaped being the latest victim of what the film industry - from Hollywood to Wellywood - is calling the Curse of the Hobbit.

Parliament passes Hobbit labour law change

Parliament has passed a labour law change the Government says was an essential part of the deal to ensure The Hobbit movies stayed in New Zealand.

Death threats, abuse follow Hobbit row

Death threats, abuse follow Hobbit row

Some actors and unionists at the centre of the row over the Hobbit movie have been given extra protection after receiving death threats.

NZ film industry 'stronger than ever' after Govt action

NZ film industry 'stronger than ever' after Govt action

A Queenstown film technician has dismissed criticisms of the Government's $34 million tax write-off deal with The Hobbit producers Warner Brothers, saying the bargain has made New Zealand's film industry "stronger than ever".

Playing for keeps

Playing for keeps

It is unusual for governments and political figureheads to involve themselves in direct negotiations with companies or international organisations and, effectively, to be seen as "touting for business".

Jackson welcomes Hobbit decision

Jackson welcomes Hobbit decision

Filmmakers Sir Peter Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh have welcomed the decision that The Hobbit films will be shot in New Zealand and said public support made all the difference.

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