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Peter Jackson Denies 27 Animals Died From Mistreatment During Hobbit Filming

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Peter Jackson and the producers of the upcoming Hobbit trilogy are denying a report that claims nearly 30 animals died from mistreatment during production of the highly-anticipated movies.

On Monday, the Associated Press reported that 27 animals died due to unsafe conditions on a New Zealand farm where they were kept while not on set in 2010 and 2011.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer

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TRAILER

A trailer just debuted for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The HIGHLY anticipated fantasy-adventure from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins and features actors including Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Evangeline Lilly, Stephen Fry and Andy Serkis.

Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines Show Support as West Memphis Three Freed

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The West Memphis Three have been freed after 18 years in prison for the murders of three Boy Scouts, a crime they’re widely believed to be innocent of committing.

Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder and Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, who along with a slew of other celebs have long proclaimed the men’s innocence, arrived at court today to show their support for Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley.

‘The Hobbit’ Movies Get Titles, Release Dates

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‘The Hobbit’ films finally have titles and release dates.

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ will open on December 14, 2012.

‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ will open on December 13, 2013.

‘The Adventures of Tintin’ Trailer

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VIDEO

Steven Spielberg’s next movie is ‘The Adventures of Tintin,’ based on the internationally beloved series of comics about an intrepid young reporter.

The motion-capture film features the voices of Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg and Jamie Bell as the title character.

‘The Hobbit’ – First Video from Set!

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VIDEO

Peter Jackson has posted a 10-minute video taking viewers behind the scenes as filming begins on The Hobbit, the two-movie epic scheduled to hit theaters in 2012 and 2013.

Peter Jackson ‘Doing Well’ After Surgery

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Peter Jackson is in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a New Zealand hospital.

The “Lord of the Rings” director underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer last Wednesday after complaining of severe stomach pains.

A rep for Jackson said he was “doing well,” but would remain in Wellington Hospital for a few more days.

In Other News…

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In today’s lineup, “Skins” is supposedly safe, ‘The Hobbit’ is delayed, and Javier Bardem is epic.

‘The Hobbit’ Casting Announced; Martin Freeman to Play Bilbo Baggins

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Peter Jackson has announced casting for The Hobbit.

Martin Freeman is set to play Bilbo Baggins, the story’s hero.

Richard Armitage will take the role of Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the Company of Dwarves.

Peter Jackson Officially Set to Direct ‘The Hobbit’

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BREAKING!

After numerous setbacks, The Hobbit has been given the green light, with Peter Jackson’s deal as director finalized and production expected to begin in February.

An unresolved labor issue in New Zealand, where the two-part epic had been set to film, is the only remaining hurdle to clear.

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