Records reveal The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit might never have been written had JRR Tolkien not fallen ill with “trench fever”Read the full story ›
Martin Freeman and Stephen Fry were among the leading stars gracing the green carpet for the premiere of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, at the Odeon Leicester Square in central London this evening.
Movie director Peter Jackson has said he will tweak the ending of Bilbo Baggins's journey. Jackson said the original title of The Hobbit finale, There And Back Again, felt misplaced since Baggins arrived at his destination in the second film.
The title better suited a film that wrapped up a two-part story instead of a trilogy, he said.
So the final film based on the JRR Tolkien fantasy adventure is being renamed The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. Jackson wrote on Facebook that he and the studio, Warner Bros, kept an open mind until a cut of the film was ready.
They watched it last week before agreeing on the new title. The film premieres in December.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was the most pirated film of 2013, according to filesharing news site TorrentFreak.
The Peter Jackson-directed movie was downloaded 8.4 million times last year, the site said.
Film site Box Office Mojo estimates it grossed around £618m worldwide from a budget of up to £180m.
Django Unchained (8.1m downloads), Fast and Furious 6 (7.9m), Iron Man 3 (7.6m) and Silver Linings Playbook (7.5m) make up the rest of the top five.
TorrentFreak notes that the download figures do not include internet users who streamed the films and so the piracy totals will likely be "significantly higher".
The new trailer for Peter Jackson's second Hobbit film has been released by Warner Bros.
The Desolation of Smaug, which will premiere in December, follows Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen dwarves on a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Director Peter Jackson wraps up filming of his Hobbit trilogy by sharing pictures of his last day on set with his Facebook fans.Read the full story ›
The Duke of Cambridge attended the UK premiere of the new Hobbit film on his own tonight, saying his pregnant wife Kate "would have loved to have been here if she could".
William joined the stars of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for the screening in London's Leicester Square while the Duchess, whose pregnancy was announced last week, continued to rest at St James's Palace as she is suffering acute morning sickness.
Martin Freeman talks compliments from Sir Peter Jackson, starring as Bilbo Baggins and hobbit feet at the UK premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at London's Leicester Square:
The movie is an epic fantasy-adventure film directed, co-written and produced by Peter Jackson and based on J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit.
Editor of Hello! magazine Rosie Nixon has tweeted that the audience at The Hobbit screening has applauded as Sir Ian McKellen conveyed his best wishes to the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, who was unable to attend the event after suffering from acute morning sickness.