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Third 'Hobbit' film receives new subtitle

Third 'Hobbit' film receives new subtitle

PUKERUA BAY, New Zealand, April 24 (UPI) -- "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" has been renamed "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."
Annie Martin

Oscar-winning producer Saul Zaentz dead at 92

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Saul Zaentz, who won three Oscars after becoming a movie producer in his 50s, died Friday in California, his nephew said.
Lilly explains why 'Smaug' needed a new female elf character

Lilly explains why 'Smaug' needed a new female elf character

Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly says she understands why some fans of "The Hobbit" initially balked upon learning she was to play a female elf heroine created specifically for the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novel.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Stephen Colbert wasn't joking about that 'Hobbit' cameo

Stephen Colbert wasn't joking about that 'Hobbit' cameo

Dec. 30 (UPI) -- As promised, the comedian makes a brief appearance in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."
Kate Stanton
'Desolation of Smaug' passes $500M at global box office

'Desolation of Smaug' passes $500M at global box office

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" has grossed in estimated $500 million at the global box office in two weeks in release, Hollywood's Variety said Friday.
'Desolation of Smaug' to air on TNT in 2016

'Desolation of Smaug' to air on TNT in 2016

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- TNT says it has secured the U.S. network television premiere window for the blockbuster, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."
Polish prankster SA Wardega posts 'Gandalf: You Shall not Pass' viral video

Polish prankster SA Wardega posts 'Gandalf: You Shall not Pass' viral video

Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Polish YouTube video, "Gandalf: You Shall not Pass" from prankster SA Wardega goes viral.
Evan Bleier
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
Benedict Cumberbatch's dramatic reading of R. Kelly lyrics is just what you need

Benedict Cumberbatch's dramatic reading of R. Kelly lyrics is just what you need

Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Benedict Cumberbatch, whose devilishly high cheekbones and sultry British voice has made him one of the Internet's favorite actors, was the perfect person to perform a dramatic reading of R. Kelley's track "Genius."
Kate Stanton
Evangeline Lilly in Middle-earth postage stamp, feels 'honored'

Evangeline Lilly in Middle-earth postage stamp, feels 'honored'

Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly said she was "honored" to appear in a New Zealand Post stamp that marks the premiere of her forthcoming film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Veronica Linares
Smaug painting adorns the sides of New Zealand Air plane

Smaug painting adorns the sides of New Zealand Air plane

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Air New Zealand unveiled a custom-painted Boeing 777-000 aircraft with a 177-foot-long dragon emblazoned on both sides at Auckland airport Monday.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.
By United Press International
1.6 million-plus view new 'Desolation of Smaug' trailer

1.6 million-plus view new 'Desolation of Smaug' trailer

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) -- More than 1.6 million people have viewed the trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" since Hollywood's Warner Bros. studio posted it online Tuesday.

'Hobbit' fans treated to Q&A session with the actors at Armageddon

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, June 3 (UPI) -- Teenage "Hobbit" aficionados enjoyed seeing actors from the movie and asking them questions at the Armageddon Expo in New Zealand, officials said.

Visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen dead at 92

LONDON, May 8 (UPI) -- Visual effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator Ray Harryhausen has died in London, his family announced on Facebook. He was 92.
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Peter Jackson
New Zealand director Peter Jackson arrives for the premiere of his new motion picture fantasy crime thriller "The Lovely Bones", at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on December 7, 2009. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Sir Peter Robert Jackson, KNZM (born 31 October 1961) is a New Zealand film director, producer, actor, and screenwriter, known for his Lord of the Rings film trilogy, adapted from the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. He is also known for his 2005 remake of King Kong and as the producer of District 9.

He won international attention early in his career with his "splatstick" horror comedies such as Bad Taste and Braindead, before coming to mainstream prominence with Heavenly Creatures, for which he shared an Academy Award Best Screenplay nomination with his wife, Fran Walsh. Jackson has been awarded three Academy Awards in his career, including the award for Best Director in 2003.

Jackson, an only child, was born on 31 October 1961. He grew up in Pukerua Bay, a coastal town near Wellington. His parents - Joan, a factory worker and housewife, and William (Bill) Jackson, a wages clerk - were both immigrants from England. His father was a veteran of the Siege of Malta in World War II. As a child, Jackson was a keen film fan, growing up on Ray Harryhausen films as well as finding inspiration in the television series Thunderbirds and Monty Python's Flying Circus. After a family friend gave the Jacksons a Super 8 cine-camera with Peter in mind, he began making short films with his friends. Jackson has long cited King Kong as his favourite film and around the age of nine he attempted to remake it using his own stop-motion models. Also as a child the young Jackson made a WWII epic and a James Bond spoof named Coldfinger.Most notably though was a 10 minute short called 'The Valley' which won him a special prize because of the shots he used.

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