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The Hobbit bosses in animal welfare row

The Hobbit bosses in animal welfare row

Nov 20 2012, 2:04am CST | by

Producers on 'The Hobbit' film series have been accused of letting up to 27 animals die needlessly by wranglers who worked on the trilogy.

Producers on 'The Hobbit' film series have been accused of letting up to 27 animals die needlessly. Four wranglers working on the film allege horses, goats, chickens and one sheep died at a farm...

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The Hobbit bosses in animal welfare row

Nov 20 2012, 2:04am CST | by

Producers on 'The Hobbit' film series have been accused of letting up to 27 animals die needlessly by wranglers who worked on the trilogy.

Producers on 'The Hobbit' film series have been accused of letting up to 27 animals die needlessly.
Four wranglers working on the film allege horses, goats, chickens and one sheep died at a farm near Wellington, New Zealand where they were housed for the movies because the facilities were filled with bluffs, sinkholes and other ''death traps.''
The crew members insist they repeatedly raised concerns about their farm with their superiors and the Warner Bros.-owned production company but the facility continued to be used.
While the American Humane Association (AHA) - which oversees the animal welfare of the films - said no animals were harmed during filming, they admit some of the deaths were ''needless and unacceptable'' but they have no power to monitor facilities where the beasts are housed and trained.
Matt Dravitki, a spokesperson for the trilogy's director, Sir Peter Jackson, acknowledged the deaths but said some where from natural causes.
However, the representative agreed that the deaths of two horses were avoidable, and said the production company moved to improve conditions after they died.
He said: ''We do know those deaths were avoidable and we took steps to make sure it didn't happen again.''
He also stressed the farm is no longer used by the company and that the director himself had adopted three of the pigs used in filming.
Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are now planning protests at the New Zealand, US and UK premieres of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'.
Kathy Guillermo, a senior vice president at PETA, said: ''We want to send a clear message to Hollywood that they need to be very careful when using animals and take all the precautions that need to be taken.''

 
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Peter Jackson Discusses His Middle-Earth Exit for the Battle Of Five Armies

Aug 18 2014 5:43am CDT | Source: movie pilot

In December of this year, director Peter Jackson will complete his second movie trilogy adaptation of the Middle-earth stories of seminal fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson's first trilogy was the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings, and his trilogy, and adaptatin of the The Lord of Rings' prequel The Hobbit, will conclude with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.At a recent press conference, Jackson discussed som ...
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We're one quarter way through the year and we've seen some really great films. From the impeccable blockbusters: Guardians of The Galaxy & Godzilla to the absolutely gut-wrenching comedies: 22 Jump Street & Bad Neighbors and interesting indie's such as: Chef and Bad Words. It's safe to say we've had a nice year for movies thus far that have grossed quite well domestically. Well, this article is to assure you we haven't se ...
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Watch Bilbo Baggins Get Trippy in this Hobbit Deleted Scene

Aug 6 2014 11:21am CDT | Source: movie pilot

Peter Jackson's never been one for brevity, and it seems he's proud, as he released this deleted scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which will appear in the extended version of the film.Featuring the hobbit himself, Martin Freeman, as he attempts to cross some treacherous (and rather trippy) waters:Bewitched by the dark magic of the forest, the gang begin to lose their sense of direction, ...
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Learn The Running Time Of Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended Cut!!

Aug 5 2014 11:50am CDT | Source: aintitcool

And when you can see it... Read the full article on AICN An interesting thing happens when Peter Jackson adds footage to his already plus-sized LORD OF THE RINGS / HOBBIT movies: their pacing seems to improve.  And, instead of feeling awkward or clunky (as is often the case when helmers push additional material into films to which we’ve already become familiar), said material usually results in a ...
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Comic-Con: Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom Talk THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

Jul 31 2014 11:32am CDT | Source: Collider

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the third in a trilogy of films that bring the masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, to life.  It is an epic conclusion to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves, who have reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, but have unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.  And there are even grea ...
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Jul 30 2014 4:00pm CDT | Source: Slash Film

Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: He’s More BBQ Than Man Now ‘The Expendables 3′ Torrent and the Techno-Utopian Delusion The Worst Badvert ...
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Warner Bros. Options Fantasy Series DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN

Jul 30 2014 10:44am CDT | Source: Collider

Could a Dragonriders of Pern movie be coming soon to a theater near you?  While Warner Bros. has worked hard to find some suitable franchise replacement for Harry Potter since the highest grossing film franchise of all time came to a close three years ago, it has thus far come up empty.  The studio bought some time when Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit adaptation expanded to three films, but that’s coming to an end this December with the release of The Ho ...
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Joe Cornish offered director's chair for King Kong prequel Skull Island

Jul 30 2014 6:20am CDT | Source: the guardian

In-demand Attack the Block director to decide whether to follow up Peter Jackson's fantasy blockbuster for his second feature film Joe Cornish to direct graphic novel adaptation Rust Joe Cornish to direct adaptation of sci-fi novel Snow C ...
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Warner Bros.’ New Franchise Play: ‘Dragonriders of Pern’ Book Series

Jul 29 2014 5:38pm CDT | Source: Deadline

Harry Potter, The Hobbit and now … Dragonriders of Pern? On an endless search to find big scale fantasy books that lend themselves to global franchises, Warner Bros. has optioned the Pern book series from the estate of American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. There is a lot to work with here, with 22 volumes that make it one of the biggest selling sci-fi series ever. The first book was published in 1968 and the focus is on an elite group of warriors who take to the s ...
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The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies Photos: Luke Evans Ready for War!

Jul 29 2014 2:35pm CDT | Source: movie fanatic

Hot on the heels of that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies teaser trailer, Warner Bros. is keeping the heat up on their December 17 release by releasing five new photos. Peter Jackson’s final chapter in his The Hobbit trilogy is also his final foray into the Middle Earth world he started with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. We’ve got five new photos from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and the highlights have to be Luke Evans’ return as ...
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