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Evangeline Lilly: The power of elf belief
Evangeline Lilly: The power of elf belief

Purists of the J.R.R. Tolkien novels may baulk at the creation of Tauriel, one of the integral elf characters in the upcoming…

Hobbit films' creators in new lawsuit
Hobbit films' creators in new lawsuit

Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema is facing a new lawsuit from two men who say they're owed a share of the profits from the…

Peter Jackson stands by 48 frames-per-second
Peter Jackson stands by 48 frames-per-second

Has Peter Jackson reflected on the massive chunk of his life that he's devoted to Hobbits? "You're not going to make me…

Hobbit review: The Desolation of Smaug
Hobbit review: The Desolation of Smaug

There aren't many films which introduce the title character, having a snooze, almost two hours into the movie. Is Smaug…

The Hobbit

Stars arrive for Hobbit premiere

Stars arrive for Hobbit premiere

Stars of the second Hobbit movie in the trilogy have started walking the red carpet for the film's New Zealand premiere in Wellington tonight.

Good early reviews for Hobbit

Good early reviews for Hobbit

International critics are praising Sir Peter Jackson's second instalment of The Hobbit trilogy, with the dragon Smaug called "stupendous" in the film's first reviews. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiered…

The Hobbit's clash of the kings

The Hobbit's clash of the kings

He's renowned as a meticulous method actor who painstakingly prepares by creating detailed biographies of the characters he plays. But no amount of homework or training could prepare Richard Armitage to play Thorin Oakenshield…

Hobbit cast confess to pinching props (and socks)

Hobbit cast confess to pinching props (and socks)

Several sets of sticky fingers have been at work on the New Zealand set of Peter Jackson's new Hobbit film. But the pilferers weren't intruders - they were the stars of the movie. The Kiwi director was left shaking his…

The Hobbit delivers

The Hobbit delivers

Peter Jackson has delivered the goods with his second Hobbit film, says one of the first reviews of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Evans shooting to stardom

Evans shooting to stardom

His heroic archer role in The Hobbit has been the making of Welsh actor Luke Evans, writes Des Sampson.

McKellen hated Hobbit shoot

McKellen hated Hobbit shoot

Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen offered to walk away from his role in The Hobbit movies on the first day of shooting.

Hobbit star calls Smaug a 'napalm bomb of destruction' (+pics)

Hobbit star calls Smaug a 'napalm bomb of destruction' (+pics)

Stars of the second film in The Hobbit trilogy - The Desolation of Smaug - have spoken about making the movie from the red carpet at its premiere in Los Angeles.

Live stream: Hobbit premiere

Live stream: Hobbit premiere

The worldwide premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is to get underway in Los Angeles this afternoon, and we'll be livestreaming the event right here. Red Carpet coverage from Hollywood's Dolby Theatre includes…

Hobbit plane touches down ahead of premiere

Hobbit plane touches down ahead of premiere

Air New Zealand's latest Hobbit themed aircraft touched down in Los Angeles this morning to great anticipation and much fanfare.

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