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UK stars hit the green carpet for The Hobbit premiere

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.

Martin Freeman signs autographs as he arrives on the green carpet for the premiere of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. Credit: PA
Stephen Fry arrives on the green carpet for the premiere of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, at the Odeon Leicester Square in central London. Credit: PA

Peter Jackson tweaks end of Hobbit's journey

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.

Peter Jackson has changed the name of the final movie. Credit: Warner Bros

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.

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The Hobbit is most pirated film of 2013

British actor Martin Freeman played Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. Credit: PA

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".

William: Kate would have loved to have been at premiere

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".

Prince William attends The Hobbit premiere at London's Leicester Square. Credit: Reuters

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.

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Stars sends best wishes to Kate at Hobbit screening

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.

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