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The Lord of The Rings

(1978 )

Director(s)
Ralph Bakshi
Stars
Christopher Guard
William Squire
Michael Scholes
Simon Chandler
Dominic Guard
Norman Bird
Michael Graham Cox
Anthony Daniels
David Buck
Peter Woodthorpe
Fraser Kerr
Philip Stone
Michael Deacon
Andr� Morell
Alan Tilvern
Annette Crosbie
John Westbrook
John A. Neris
Sharon Baird
Michael Lee Gogin
Paul Gale
Patrick Sullivan Burke
Billy Barty
Donn Whyte
Trey Wilson
Albert Ash
Patty Maloney
Jeri Lea Ray
Felix Silla
Mike Clifford
Larry Larsen
Art Hern
David Dotson
Tommy Madden
Gary Jensen
Aesop Aquarian
Santy Josol
Stan Barrett
John L.
Herbie Braha
Sam Laws
Hank Calia
Terry Leonard
Frank Delfino
Peter Looney
Russ Ernest
Dennis Madalone
Robert Big Buck Maffei
Edoardo Faieta
Jerry Maren
Carmen Filpi
Harry Monty
Ruth Gay
Frank Morson
Leonard P. Geer
Walter Robles
Harriet Gibson
Mic Rodgers
Bob Haney
Angelo Rossitto
Chuck Hayward
Peter Risch
Eddie Hice
Jack Verbois
Loren Janes
Greg Walker
Louie Elias
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The Hobbit series of movies has never quite been the box office kings that The Lord of the Rings Series was, but The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies this week flies in as the top film of the weekend.

Taking a very respectable £9.8 million the third and last film in The Hobbit, and The Middle Earth saga manages to beat everything else with ease, and it also beats the second of The Hobbit films but not the first.

The new number one film takes over from last weeks top film Paddington which falls a single place after two weeks at the top, it's total gross so far is £14.3 million.

Also new this week is Tinker Bell and The Legend of The Neverbeast at 7.

Historical box office

A year ago
New at the top was The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on it's debut weekend, it knocked Disneys Frozen from the top.

Five years ago
A Christmas Carol went back up to the top after four week bouncing around the top three, it knocked off Paranormal Activity.

Ten years ago
Blade flew in at the top of the box office and knocked The Incredibles down to the runner up spot.

Fifteen years ago
The World Is Not Enough spent it's third week at the top of the box office while Arnie starred in End of Days which was the highest new film at two.

With a membership that is getting ever longer by each year the latest Transformers movie has now taken over $1 Billion in global box office takings.

Transformers Age of Extinction has performed well in Europe and America where most of the films on the list make their money, but where it has really shone is in China where it has become the biggest film ever.

There are now 18 films that have made over a billion but still only 2 that have taken over $2 Billion, the James Cameron duo of Avatar and Titanic.

Of the other 16 most notable are Frozen which is the top animated movie Batman which has 2 films on the list, Middle earth which has 2, one of the Lord of the Rings films and the first Hobbit film, Skyfall which the is top British film, unless you count Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Possibly by the end of the year we'll have a top 20 of $1 Billion grossing movies, although the films with the best possibilities, The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 could miss the mark and we'll have to wait for Avengers Age of Ultron and Jurassic World next year?

It's not been an easy journey for The Hobbit to reach movie status, unlike The Lord of the Rings which seem to come out of nowhere and wow us.

There were legal problems, changes in director, 2 films became 3, the third film was moved to a Christmas release and now we have title change.

Peter Jackson has announced on his Facebook page that he is going to rename the last film in his trilogy The Battle of the Five Armies.

In the post he states that Tolkien (the original author) saw There and Back Again as the full adventure, "As Professor Tolkien intended, There and Back Again encompasses Bilbo's entire adventure, so don't be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies."

Anticipation is great for the third film in The Hobbit series, and probably final film from Middle Earth. The three Lord of the Rings films were huge box office hits and although The Hobbit films haven't been as big they have still earned fans across the world.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has a worldwide release on 17th December 2014.

For those that missed the news on Friday/Saturday Peter Jackson has named and dated the 3rd Hobbit film, but it's not that straightforward

The new film will actually be inserted into the middle of the trilogy and so become the second film and the once second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again will now be the third film.

The title of the new film will be The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and will be released in December 2013, as was always the case with part 2 albeit previously with the old title.

Now part 3 will be release, not in December 2014 as many had thought, but on July 18 2014 and will be a big summer film instead. This is the thing that is actually causing the most controversy.

I actually agree, to have a Middle Earth film in July will feel wrong, the beauty of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was the build up and excitement through the year and the seasonal release of the films added to the splendor, this July release will seem odd, and out of character.

Despite this and the fact that the bit Hobbit fans are claiming that there simply isn't enough material for 3 films and he's using a lot of material that is not directly The Hobbit, I am really looking forward to these films so roll on July 18th 2014 when they will all be released.

As with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be shown to the public for the first time at the Embassy Theatre Wellington in New Zealand, the date, 28th November 2012 with the world premiere of the film.

The prequel to the Rings trilogy has been a long time coming due to legal problems. Peter Jackson is directing although Guillermo del Toro was originally due to take the helm.

Another taster of the production from Peter Jackson has been released as a new video diary/blog which can be seen in HD on The Hobbit Facebook page.

This week Steven Spielberg's War Horse notches up another week at the top of the UK box office making it 3 in a row, while the highest new film is George Clooney in The Descendants at 2

Check out the top 15 box office.

This time last year Disney's Tangled debuted at the top of the charts.

Five years ago Rocky Balboa stayed at the top while Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Blood Diamond which had the highest debut at number 2

Ten years ago Vanilla Sky went straight in at number 1 on the box office finally ending The Lord of the Rings reign at the top.

As expected, mainly because it was pre-announced, the first trailer, and true glimpse, of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has gone live on iTunes today. The Hobbit in case you don't know is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy that director Peter Jackson brought to the big screen in the early 2000's.

The production has had a difficult time but destiny chose Peter Jackson to direct the movies which are shooting in New Zealand probably as we speak. The first of the 2 films is probably the most anticipated film of next year (sorry Batman).

Of course the good thing about Jackson returning as director is that the connection between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings couldn't be stronger and most of the cast from the original films are back, and to open up this teaser we have Ian Holm, the original Bilbo Baggins doing a voice over. The trailer certainly ticks all the boxes, we see Frodo (Elija Wood), we see Bilbo young and old (young played by Martin Freeman who looks incredible) we see Gandolf (Ian McKellen) looking the same as he did in the Rings Trilogy. We get introduced to all the gang that will be in the new film, accompanied by a song!

What astounds me the most is that besides some clear productions values what will get sorted before release this just simply looks like it could have been part of the original Trilogy, it simply loks that good. To top things off we get to see briefly the Ring from the original series and Golum. Watch it, it's great, and there is only a year before we get to see the full feature. Also scroll down the page as the first poster for the film has also been released. Oh and check out the trailer here on iTunes.

The latest Pirates of the Caribbean film has this week joined the movie Billionaire club, a figure that for many years only Titanic held the honor.

This is now the 7th film to reach the mark, and more impressively the Pirates saga is the first film series to have 2 entries, although a uniqueness that will most likely only least a 12 month, The Dark Knight Rises, out next July, may join The Dark Knight, then, if you count the new Hobbit movies as part of The Lord of the Rings Saga, another Rings movie may join Return of the King.

Currently only one director has 2 film up there, and they happen to be in the top 2 slots, James Cameron's Avatar at the top and Titanic in the runner up spot, but again he could be joined next year by Chris Nolan and Peter Jackson, infact Jackson could be the first director to manage 3 film in the club then the second Hobbit film is released in 2013, only time will tell.

Giving an unfair advantage to this is the 3D tax being paid for these movies, of the 8 billion dollar films 4 were 3D so ticket prices had an unfair advantage, and despite the public decline in 3D it's still enough to give them a boost.

All these billion dollar movies still fall well short of Avatar which not only managed to get over 2 billion dollars but came close to the 3 billion dollar mark.

It's good to see that filming of The Hobbit has started after what seems like an endless stream of delays from copyright issues to ill health from the director.

The journey so far has been well documented and includes scripting issues, rights issues, director issues but the film is in the right hands and come Christmas 2012 we should be enjoying the first of the 2 movies.

The original films were an unknown quantity at this stage of production, and little known director Peter Jackson was spreading the word as much as he could that he was making the Lord of the Rings trilogy, no one could have anticipated how the film would re-write cinema history.

Hype for the two new films will reach fever pitch, anticipation will be higher than Star Wars Episode 1, but Jackson is a better director than Lucas and the feeling that these films will be nothing short of amazing is strong.

There is still a year and nine months until we get to see the films but expect the first production still soon and no doubt video vignettes and diary's to keep us interested. The original films had a web cam on set at the Hobbiton village; I'd like to see that return.

Within the coming months for the people involved this will be the first of many family photos, yesterday in New Zealand the cast of the soon to start filming The Hobbit posed for a picture ahead of filming which starts on March 21st.

Front and foremost is Martin Freeman who is set to play the lead role of Bilbo Baggins. Also flying the British flas was James Nesbit who will play Bofur.

Peter Jackson was missing from the Press Conference as he's recovering from a recent operation, also the reason why filming has been delayed. Also not in the shot is Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood who all reprise roles from the Lord of the Rings movies.

Check out Stuff.co.nz for a 3 minute clip of the Hobbit get together.

This is the start of the gold rush for pics, stay tuned to the hype mill as I suspect there will be a lot more to come.

As if there was ever any doubt about the involvement of the major players from The Lord of the Rings series, but Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis (Gandalf and Gollum) certainly held out, but they will reprise their roles in Peter Jacksons The Hobbit.

Martin Freeman has been on board since day 1 and former Doctor Who Sylvester Mccoy also having a role. Frodo himself Elijah Wool has also signed which is something of a mystery as Frodo is never mentioned in The Hobbit, what with this being a prequel to the Rings Trilogy, clearly Jackson is taking some artistic license.

The film has had a troubled pre-production with copyright issues stopping production for many years, and a loss of original director, but with Jackson on board and the continuing cast list 2012 will be a great year for fans of the Tolkien world.

For many fans The Lord of the Rings is the greatest trilogy of films ever and when Peter Jackson announced that we would not direct the prequel, The Hobbit, the fan based moaned, then he announced that Guillermo del Toro would be directing and the fans cheered, then the series lost del Toro and the fans are sad again.

What's happened? It seems because of the legal problems with the rights to the film with MGM and Warner it's taken so long to get the ball rolling on the film del Toro has simply run out of time and had to leave.

Jackson and his staff are naturally all on board still and fighting to get the film made but the loss of the director is a massive blow, del Toro's films like Hellboy and Pans Labyrinth have proved that the director is more than capable of handling the film and in actual fact would have given the production the perfect style to accompany Jacksons originals.

Where will the films go now? Who knows, Sam Rami has been connected, will be interesting to see where it goes with him, Spidey trilogy shows he can miss on occasions but Evil Dead and Drag Me to Hell can show he has style, but maybe, just maybe Jackson will take the helm himself.

This is a big blow for the production and puts things on rocky ground; del Toro will still help with the script, which is something. Let hope a director can be found who can deliver, Neill Blomkamp anyone?

Mark this week down in cinema history, James Camerons 3D movie Avatar has becomes the highest grossing film ever, beating the directors previous film Titanic.

13 years ago when Titanic became the highest grossing film ever no-one could have even thought how the next 13 years in cinema were going to pan out, and the history of cinema that has unfolded this week is quite unique.

First of all the headline news is that after 6 weeks of release Avatar has, with ease, toppled Titanic as the biggest box office movie of all time, and strangely in a battle with himself James Cameron is the writer/director of both films.

What is even stranger is that Cameron hasn?t made another film in the past 13 years to try and beat Titanic, so his last 2 films are not the top 2 biggest grossing films. There have been other pretenders to the throne over the years like The Lord of the Rings films, The Pirates of the Caribbean films and the Harry Potter films but no, Cameron come back after his sabbatical and hits the top again. Does this make Cameron the most commercially successful director ever? 2 films making over a billion dollars in the worldwide box office, no other director has come even close to this. One last note on James Cameron, he was the first director to make a film which took over $1 Billion worldwide and it now looks like he will be the first to have a movie make over $2 Billion at the box office, it really is just a matter of time.

Despite the fact that it took him over 10 years to follow up on Titanic, which is the highest grossing movie of all time, it seems he hasn't lost his Midas touch as Avatar reaches the magic $1 Billion mark in world grosses.

Not only has it reached the magic milestone that so few films before it have done, this is only the 5th, but it has done it in 17 days of release. It has to date taken $1,022,314,898 in world grosses, and at this rate could become the 2nd highest grossing in no time.

This must be pleasing Fox, and a sigh of relief for Cameron who gambled a lot on this film, and gave it a production cost of $230,000,000, at the current box office rate and potential home video sales it will redeem its budget easily.

Will it challenge Titanic's box office crown? There is a strong possibility, the ship disaster movie was a film that people went and saw again and again, Avatar seems to be doing the same, it must be for the stunning 3D effects rather than the story.

This is also truly a cinema film and people wont want to wait to watch it on their home cinema system regardless of how good, or big a screen they have, the movie theatre experience cant be beaten on this occasion.

For the record here is how the top 5, billion dollar grossing films stack up as of 5th January 2010,

  1. Titanic - $1,835,300,000
  2. The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King - $1,129,219,252
He's been quiet for a bit clearly prepping upcoming project, but then after spending 5 years or more creating one of the greatest cinematic trilogies of all time he can be forgiven, but today we get the trailer for Peter Jacksons next directorial effort, The Lovely Bones.

Jackson has become the darling of Tinsel Town since the Lord of the Rings trilogy and he's working with the best of the best in Hollywood at the moment. Let's forget about King Kong and say that He hasn't yet set a foot wrong in cinema and judging from this trailer it looks like this trend is about to continue.

Based on the 2002 novel by Alice Sebold the story centres around a young girl who once murdered watches her family and friends from heaven. The trailer looks great and let's hope this December the film lives up to the promise.

Catch the trailer here

Some years ago I was fortunate enough to be in New Zealand very soon after I had seen the last of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and while there I went to a small town called Mata Mata and when on a tour of he farm where the Hobbiton scenes in the film were filmed.

The village itself was barely still standing other that the area where the actual Hobbit houses themselves were, but he trip was well worth it as many of the workers who were on the farm had good stories to tell and despite the appearance of disrepair you could still get a good sense of being in Hobbiton. Unfortunately the weather and roaming sheep had not been kind and things were deteriorating fast.

The good news this week is that the set builders are back on the farm and are re-building the village ready for work of Guillermo del Toro The hobbit which starts filming next year. This really is exciting news as hopefully the owner of the farm will have a better say on things being removed this time and next time I go to New Zealand I can visit a fully realised village which would be wonderful.

The Hobbit is being readied for a 2011 release so there is still a lot of time before we get to see this but as you can imagine as Tolkien film produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Guillermo del Toro is a tasty prospect.

For some great pictures check out theonering.net.

This one could have been predicted, and it seems that the love of Harry Potter has not been lost by the world in the 2 years since the last film as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price breaks opening weekend records across the world.

With a world taking of nearly $400 million which beats former record holder Spider-Man by a good $20 million dollars. This figure further cements the Potter series of films as the most successfull series in history with each film performing as if it could have been the first in the series proving interest just isn't waning.

In the US the film took just shy of $160 million since it's opening last Wednesday to Sunday. Uk figures are yet to come in but there is good money on it breaking the opening weekend record set by previous Potter film The Prisoner of Azkaban which took £23,882,688 in 2004.

With Warner Bros. splitting the last book of the series into 2 film to milk the series just a little further this little cash cow is coming to an end, but the shame is the quality of the films is increasing and like The Lord of the Rings I think that cinema will miss this series of films when it's gone.

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