Friday, November 25, 2011

November 25, 2011 News

“Hobbiting” Around the Christmas Tree

Put some cheer into your “Black Friday!” To kick off the holiday season, we’ve cast some of the Hobbit gang in a musical revue guaranteed to put a smile even on the grumpy ole’ Necromancer’s face. From to you, go forth and make merry! Enjoy!

Jackson buys Bats from Buffaloes

Sir Peter Jackson has saved Wellington’s Bats Theatre from eviction, buying the theatre company’s building for $1.1 million. The non-profit, charitable company that runs the 84-seat theatre had a month left to move out of its home of 22 years, come up with funds to buy the building or close, after its long-term landlord decided to sell. The theatre has fostered such talents as Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Robyn Malcolm and Tim Balme. More..

‘Hobbit’ crew big spenders

More than $1 million is estimated to have been pumped into the Wakatipu economy while the main film unit of The Hobbit shot on location in Paradise, near Glenorchy, and more money is expected to be spent when the second unit begins filming in the next few days. Academy award-winning director Sir Peter Jackson, of Wellington, and stars including Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, James Nesbitt, Mikael Persbrandt and Sir Ian McKellen were among 450 cast and crew who arrived early and filmed for three days on the remote Arcadia Station, 66km from Queenstown. More..

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