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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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Star Wars Bits: Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch and a Cantina? Plus After Party and Peter Jackson

Nov 4 2014 4:00pm CST | Source: slash film

Lots of awesome Episode VII talk highlights this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following. Some fun rumors pop up about Episode VII cameos for Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch and the role of Warwick Davis. A full, rumored scene is described as well as a hint at the film’s opening. Read some news and see some photos from the Star Wars Episode VII wrap party. Mark Hamill has shaved his Star Wars Episode VII beard. ...
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Watch 27 Minutes of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Extended Scenes

Nov 4 2014 10:00am CST | Source: Slash Film

At 161 minutes, Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug isn’t exactly brief to begin with. But for those who’d like to spend still more time in Middle-earth, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray promises nearly half an hour of additional footage. Want more of Thorin’s backstory, Gandalf’s badassery, or Bard’s cunning? Extra time in Mirkwood, Lake-town, or Beorn’s house? It’s got you covered. Hit the jump to watch 27 minutes of The Hobbit: The Desolation of ...
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The Hobbit 3: Lego Reveals Movie SPOILERS!!

Oct 29 2014 6:03am CDT | Source: movie pilot

When it comes to Lego, there aren't too many ways of making it any greater than it already is. Certainly, if you'd asked my eight-year old self whether there was anything better, I'd have laughed in your face, and gone back to building my own multicolored X-Mansion.And then, Lego started making licensing deals with some of the geekiest, coolest and all-around most awesome entertainment brands around. And, suddenly, not only ...
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Peter Jackson on Bringing The Hobbit's Battle of Five Armies to Life

Oct 28 2014 12:00am CDT | Source: ign

New poster and Billy Boyd is back, too. Director Peter Jackson on pulling off the trilogy's epic final battle. Plus, a new poster and word o ...
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Bringing The Hobbit's Battle of 5 Armies to Life

Oct 27 2014 12:56pm CDT | Source: ign

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ends with an epic, 45-minute battle between, well, five armies. Director Peter Jackson recently shed some light on the herculean efforts it required to pull off the trilogy's bloody finale set at the Lonely Mountain. “Before we could loose the first arrow, we had to design the landscape itself and figure out, 'Okay, if we have 10,000 orcs, how much room are th ...
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Peter Jackson Reveals his Plans for 'The Hobbit's' Epic, 45-Minute Final Battle

Oct 27 2014 10:36am CDT | Source: movies.com

Peter Jackson is set to wrap up this Hobbit trilogy this December, and he’s going out with a bang, ending with a 45-minute battle sequence that finds five different armies engaged in combat to the death. If you thought the battle of Helm’s Deep was a spectacle, you haven’t seen anything yet. Jackson recently spoke with EW, and the director was candid when discussing the balancing act required to pull off such a massive battle sequence. “There’s a lot of logistics that have to be thought th ...
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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Battle is 45 Minutes Long; See Battle Plans

Oct 24 2014 6:30pm CDT | Source: slash film

Peter Jackson doesn’t shy away from the idea of making epic-length stories, and of creating conflicts within them that match the overall scope of his Middle-Earth films. The Lord of the Rings films are known for absolutely massive battles, but the final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the only one which actually features the word “battle” in its title. Accordingly, the actual Battle of the Five Armies wi ...
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Billy "Pippin" Boyd Returns With a Tolkein Song for Final 'Hobbit' Movie

Oct 24 2014 6:16pm CDT | Source: yahoo

Lord of the Rings Hobbit Billy Boyd is back for some big-screen J.R.R. Tolkein fun — but this time he’s forgoing the hairy feet. Instead, the 46-year-old performer, who fronts a band called Beecake and has made music for twoRings soundtracks, will be showing off his pipes for the end-title song inThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Aside from singing, Boyd co-wrote the aptly named “The Last Goodbye” with ...
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'The Hobbit' Has 'Batman v. Superman' Teaser & 45-Minute End Battle

Oct 24 2014 12:05pm CDT | Source: First Showing

If you weren't already planning on seeing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in theaters, Warner Bros. Pictures might have a good reason for you to show up. Aside from being the final installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic, Forbes has heard that there will be some sort of teaser trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice attached to the film. ...
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THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Ending Features a 45-Minute Battle Sequence; Billy Boyd to Write and Perform End Credits Song

Oct 24 2014 11:51am CDT | Source: Collider

With a title like The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, there are pretty high expectations for a rather epic-looking battle sequence.  Indeed, Peter Jackson has revealed that the film concludes with a 45-minute fight during the climax, as the various armies of Middle-earth all descend upon the Lonely Mountain now that the dwarven treasure of Erebor is no longer being guarded by that fearsome dragon Smaug.  Jackson is currently putting the finishing ...
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