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‘Hobbit’ stays on top at N. America box office

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” held off “Anchorman 2” on a busy weekend at the box office. AP

The latest installment of the Tolkien series, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” retained the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, according to industry estimates Sunday.

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‘The Hobbit’ stays atop box office for third week

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This film image released by Warner Bros., shows Ian McKellen as Gandalf in a scene from the fantasy adventure "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Filmmaker Peter Jackson's decision to shoot his epic three-part J.R.R. Tolkien prequel in the super-clear format that boosts the number of frames per second to 48 from the current standard, 24, has some unintended consequences. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., James Fisher, File)

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” continues to rule them all at the box office, staying on top for a third-straight week with nearly $33 million.

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Hobbit was almost filmed in Britain, director reveals

An undated handout photo obtained from Warner Bros on November 23, 2012 shows actor Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's new movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which has its world premiere in Wellington on November 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO / WARNER BROS

“The Hobbit” director Peter Jackson on Tuesday said the low point making his Tolkien epic was when the production almost moved from his native New Zealand to Britain because of a union dispute.

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Peter Jackson avoids talk about ‘The Hobbit’

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TORONTO – Filmmaker Peter Jackson avoided questions on Saturday about his decision to split J.R.R. Tolkien’s 300-page fantasy novel “The Hobbit” into three feature length films, amid growing fan criticism.   The director of the epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy said the decision to make three films was possible because of the extended appendices [...]

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Tintin goes native, Belgium red carpet for Spielberg film

BRUSSELS – Belgium rolls out a royal red carpet Saturday for Tintin, its most celebrated son, when Steven Spielberg premieres his blockbuster movie in the comic book hero’s home capital. Posters of the intrepid boy reporter with the quiff and funny pants are plastered across town, and a parade of vintage cars, as portrayed by [...]

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