The Hobbit

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First Edition of Frankenstein Fetches a 'Hair-Raising Sum'

Heritage Auctions sets new high price for 3 beloved book titles

(Newser) - The only privately-owned first edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein became the pièce de resistance of a rare book auction over the weekend, selling for a "hair-raising sum" of $843,750, nearly triple the estimate, per UPI . Just three first editions of the horror novel are known to...

Pastry Chef: I'm 'Living My Dream' as a Hobbit in Italy

Nicolas Gentile is building a 'Shire,' with moral support from 'LOTR' actors

(Newser) - There's Netflix's My Unorthodox Life, TLC's My 600-lb Life, and now Instagram's "My Hobbit Life." That's the handle Italy's Nicolas Gentile uses on the social media platform, where he documents, well, how he lives like a Hobbit, the mythical human-like creature featured...

Gollum Voice Actor Reading The Hobbit Non-Stop

Andy Serkis charity event can be live-streamed on Friday

(Newser) - Fans of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings looking for something to do while stuck at home on Friday now have a tempting offer. Andy Serkis, who voiced Gollum in the movies, plans to read the JRR Tokien novel on which it was based non-stop for charity, reports the...

If You Don't Know Who He Is, Tolkien's Estate Is Likely Glad

Author's family and estate do not approve of the upcoming film 'Tolkien'

(Newser) - If you don't know who Nicholas Hoult is, the family and estate of JRR Tolkien is likely glad. The actor is starring as a young Tolkien in a film focusing on the author's "formative years," and the two entities on Tuesday put out a statement making...

Magic Hobbit Ring Leads to 9-Year-Old's Suspension

Texas boy said he could make friend disappear

(Newser) - Did a Texas school go a little too far over a boy's magical threat? Kermit Elementary School suspended 9-year-old Aiden Steward for making "terroristic threats" when, soon after seeing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, he told a classmate last week that he could make him...

Final Hobbit Goes Out With $56.2M Win
 Final Hobbit 
 Goes Out With 
 $56.2M Win 

Final Hobbit Goes Out With $56.2M Win

It's Peter Jackson's final visit to Middle Earth

(Newser) - Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" finale went out on top at the box office, debuting with $56.2 million over the weekend and taking in $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates today. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies cut its usual swath through the...

Hobbit Trilogy Ends With a Bang
 Hobbit Trilogy 
 Ends With a Bang 

Hobbit Trilogy Ends With a Bang

Critics mainly happy with Peter Jackson's finale (and happy it's all over)

(Newser) - The last of the Hobbit films is now playing in theaters, bringing with it an end to Peter Jackson's long foray through JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth (at least for now). How does the finale of the second trilogy compare to its predecessors? Here's what critics are saying about...

Sorry, Moscow, No 'Eye of Sauron' for You
 Sorry, Moscow, No 
 'Eye of Sauron' for You 

Sorry, Moscow, No 'Eye of Sauron' for You

'Demonic' glowing eye on top of skyscraper nixed after church protest

(Newser) - "Sadly, we are obliged to halt the Eye of Sauron" is both the best line from a press release you'll read all week and the worst. Russian creative art group Svecheniye has halted a "fan project" that would have placed a menacing, pulsing eye like the one...

Frozen Ices Paranormal
 Frozen Ices 


Frozen Ices Paranormal

Also, it's cold out and a lot of you didn't go to the movies

(Newser) - Anyone else detecting a theme to the weekend ? Disney's Frozen has claimed the box office crown, reeling in $20.7 million. That was enough to put Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones in the No. 2 slot with $18.2 million; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was in...

3 Avatar Sequels Will Be Made in NZ

Cameron wants first one out by Christmas 2016

(Newser) - New Zealand is about to get a major case of the blues—Avatar director James Cameron has announced that he plans to return to the country to shoot three sequels about the blue-skinned inhabitants of the fantasy world of Pandora. The director and Twentieth Century Fox have guaranteed that the...

Hobbit Crushes All Other Movies

 Hobbit Crushes 
 All Other Movies 
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Hobbit Crushes All Other Movies

'Frozen' falls to second, Tyler Perry film takes third

(Newser) - A wee hobbit ousted an animated princess at the weekend box office, says the Hollywood Reporter . Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($73.7 million) not only iced out Disney's Frozen ($22.2 million) domestically, it ranked No. 1 worldwide, banking a robust $131.2 million in 49 territories. Tyler ...

New Hobbit a 'Little Less Boring'
 New Hobbit
 'Little Less Boring' 
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New Hobbit a 'Little Less Boring'

Critics mostly approve of Jackson's latest

(Newser) - Peter Jackson's first Hobbit film didn't exactly wow critics . They're not gushing about Desolation of Smaug either, but most seem to agree that it's an improvement, with more action than its predecessor, and it's boasting a healthy 75% as of this writing on Rotten Tomatoes...

Weinsteins Sue Warner Bros Over 3-Part Hobbit Film

They say it was a plot to deprive them of money

(Newser) - If you thought you were annoyed when you heard Warner Bros. was turning a 300-page children's book into three epic movies, well, you're probably not quite as annoyed as the Weinstein brothers. In fact, Bob and Harvey are suing Warner over the decision to make three Hobbit movies,...

This May Be the Ring Behind Lord of the Rings

Roman gold ring said to have inspired JRR Tolkien

(Newser) - Could a Roman gold ring linked to a curse have inspired JRR Tolkien to create The One Ring? Britain's National Trust and the Tolkien Society have put the artifact on display this week for Lord of the Rings fans to decide for themselves. The gold ring is inscribed in...

Texas Chainsaw Slays Hobbit
 Texas Chainsaw 
 Slays Hobbit 

Texas Chainsaw Slays Hobbit

Peter Jackson denied 4th weekend atop box office

(Newser) - Moviegoers started off the New Year with a healthy dose of blood and gore, pushing Texas Chainsaw 3D to the weekend's No. 1 spot with $23 million, reports the LA Times . That number dethroned Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which claimed $17.5 million and the...

'Hobbit' Wins a 3rd Week

 'Hobbit' Wins 
 a 3rd Week 

'Hobbit' Wins a 3rd Week

As Hollywood cruises to a record-breaking year

(Newser) - Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey pulled in $32.9 million this week to rule the box-office roost for a third consecutive week, relegating Quentin Tarantino's controversial Django Unchained to the No. 2 spot, with $30.7 million. Les Miserables was close by in third place, with...

Crowds Love Jack Reacher, But Hobbit Still Wins

Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40' takes 3rd at weekend box office

(Newser) - Christmas weekend is weird for Hollywood because movies often gain traction as the holiday week goes on, the New York Times reports. Still, the box office looks plausible enough: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey held onto first with $36.7 million, ahead of Jack Reacher ($15.6 million) and Judd...

Hobbit Precious in $84.8M Debut

But not quite as precious as experts predicted

(Newser) - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey sailed through its first weekend with an $84.8 million haul, shattering the previous record for December but rather underperforming expectations that had pegged the $250 million blockbuster at somewhere between $120 million and $140 million. The good news: Those who did turn out loved...

The Hobbit No Match for Lord of the Rings

 The Hobbit No Match 
 for Lord of the Rings 
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The Hobbit No Match for Lord of the Rings

Too-long Peter Jackson fantasy burdened by expectations: critics

(Newser) - The Hobbit comes weighted with high expectations—and this lengthy prequel doesn't quite meet them, critics say. Though the film has some great visuals, it drags at times. And critics agree: Don't see it at 48 frames per second. It just looks too real.
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'Mount Doom' Neighbor Erupts
 'Mount Doom' Neighbor Erupts 

'Mount Doom' Neighbor Erupts

New Zealand's Mount Tongariro blows its top

(Newser) - Mount Tongariro, a neighbor of the New Zealand volcano used as "Mount Doom" in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, erupted today, the Australian reports. No significant damage was reported, and dozens of hikers—including schoolchildren—who were on trails near the mountain's base are safe. But flights...

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