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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.
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Cumberbatch says he played like a kid during 'Hobbit' shoot

Cumberbatch says he played like a kid during 'Hobbit' shoot

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch likened recording his animated role of the fire-breathing dragon in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" to "playing like a kid."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.
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Oscar-winning sound editor Michael Hopkins killed in rafting accident

Oscar-winning sound editor Michael Hopkins killed in rafting accident

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning sound editor Michael Hopkins, a frequent collaborator of filmmaker Peter Jackson, was killed in a rafting accident in New Zealand, police said.
'The Hobbit' to be three films

'The Hobbit' to be three films

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 30 (UPI) -- The big-screen adaptation of "The Hobbit" will be told in three films shot in New Zealand, instead of two as initially planned, producers said Monday.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.
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Peter Jackson to return to Middle Earth

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- New Line Cinema, MGM and New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson announced they are planning a big-screen version of "The Hobbit."

Peter Jackson may yet direct 'The Hobbit'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Director Peter Jackson may yet collaborate with the Hollywood studio that released the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy to create a film version of "The Hobbit."

Plans for 'Halo' movie scrapped

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Plans for a movie based on the "Halo" video game have been scrapped after the two Hollywood studios that were financing the project dropped out of the deal.

Peter Jackson to produce 'Halo' flick

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The creative team behind the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, were named Tuesday as executive producers of the "Halo" movie.

Winners at the 76th Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Here is a list of winners at the 76th Acadmey Awards, which were presented in Los Angeles Sunday at the Kodak Theater:

Annie Lennox to perform at Oscar ceremony

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Annie Lennox will perform during the 76th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producer Joe Roth announced Tuesday.

'Lord of the Rings' wins 4 Golden Globes

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- "Lord of the Rings" proved lord of the movie side of the Golden Globes Sunday in Hollywood, winning four awards including best picture and best director.

'Rings' wins Producers' Guild Award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" snagged the top honor at the 15th annual Producers Guild of America Awards ceremony.
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