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The Hobbit Actor Arrested For Alleged Assault


The Hobbit Manu Bennett

The New Zealand-born actor was in town for the Alamo City Comic Con and attended an after party at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where the incident reportedly occurred around 4.30am.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Bennett became embroiled in a spat with a 29-year-old man, but it is unclear as to why he allegedly punched him in the face.

Bennett, who played Azog in The Hobbit trilogy, was taken in to custody and charged with assault causing bodily injury.

Aidan Turner's Girlfriend: 'I'm Not Engaged'


The Hobbit Aidan Turner Sarah Greene

Reports emerged over the weekend (21-22Mar15) suggesting The Hobbit star was set to wed Greene, his girlfriend of three years, after proposing during the Christmas holidays (14).

The pair appeared at a panel discussion during the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival on Tuesday (24Mar15) and Greene was noticeably without an engagement ring on her left hand.

Speaking after the event, Greene told Gossip.ie, "I'm not engaged."

Jamie Oliver Turned Down Hobbit Role


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British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver turned down the chance to make a cameo appearance in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy because he was too busy.

The Tv cookery expert was asked to play one of the pint-sized people in the fantasy film series in 2011 in exchange for catering the director's 50th birthday party in New Zealand, but Oliver had to turn the job down due to other commitments.

During an episode of his Tv show Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast, Oliver reveals, "The worst thing that happened to me was that I got phoned up by the exec (sic) producer and asked did I want to go and cook for Peter Jackson's birthday?... And if I did, they would fly me over and I could be a hobbit in the film... but I was working, I just couldn't get out of it.

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The Hobbit Finale Charges To The Top Of The U.s. Box Office


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The third and final The Hobbit film has debuted at the top of the U.S. box office to become the year's (14) number one Christmas film in America.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies earned over $90 million (Gbp60 million) since its release on Wednesday (17Dec14), and $56.2 million (Gbp37.5 million) over the weekend.

The final chapter of Peter Jackson's film series has opened well ahead of another sequel, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which took in $17.3 million (Gbp11.5 million) to come in second.

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'The Hobbit' Storms The Box Office In Its Opening Three Days


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In news that will cheer the film industry after what has been a tumultuous week, the new Hobbit picture is performing extremely well, leading the box offices in its opening week.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the final instalment of Peter Jackson’s widescreen depiction of J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic work of fiction, has taken $51 million since its opening in the States on Wednesday, including $16.6 million on Friday alone.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is racing away at the top of the box office charts

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Martin Freeman Combines The Office And The Hobbit Characters For Saturday Night Live Sketch


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British actor Martin Freeman revisited his comedy roots this weekend (13-14Dec14) by combining his characters from Tv sitcom The Office and blockbuster movie franchise The Hobbit for an hilarious sketch on America's Saturday Night Live.

The 43 year old, who served as Snl's guest host, reprised his role as paper salesman Tim Canterbury in the original U.K. version of The Office, but gave his character a Tolkien twist by donning his shaggy wig and pointed ears from The Hobbit films in a segment titled The Office: Middle Earth.

The flashback sequence featured other Snl regulars dressed up as Middle Earth characters, including Bobby Moynihan as wizard Gandalf to portray company boss David Brent, who referred to Freeman as "Dildo Baggins", and Taran Killam, who played Gollum, complete with a high-pitched voice.

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Evangeline Lilly Pinched Rune Stone From The Hobbit


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Actress Evangeline Lilly pocketed a precious rune stone from the set of The Hobbit and told director Peter Jackson she had lost it on a beach.

The actress plays woodland elf Tauriel in the final two films in the trilogy and she was desperate to take home a keepsake to remind her of her time on set.

She decided to pinch a black moon rune stone used in the film when no one was looking, and then concocted an elaborate excuse to convince her angry director that she had lost it.

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Billy Boyd Had Tough Time Writing Final Song For The Hobbit Franchise


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Scottish actor/singer Billy Boyd struggled to find the right words to bid a fond farewell to Middle-earth as he sat down to write the song which will play over the end credits of the final movie in The Hobbit trilogy.

The star, who portrayed the hobbit Pippin in the Lord of the Rings films, teamed up with director Peter Jackson and writers/producers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens to pen the fittingly-titled The Last Goodbye for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies soundtrack, but he reveals it took them some time to get the lyrics and tune just right as it not only marked the end of The Hobbit sequel, but also the conclusion of the entire fantasy series based on the books by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Boyd, who fronts the band Beecake, explains to Ew.com, "We had to get the song just right, to send the audience out of the movie theatre in the most perfect way we could...

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Martin Freeman Chastised Amanda Abbington Over Money Troubles


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The Hobbit star Martin Freeman was furious with his wife Amanda Abbington when he found out she had run up tax debts of $198,400 (£124,000) and was on the verge of bankruptcy.

The Mr Selfridge castmember was declared bankrupt in March, 2013 after failing to settle the huge bill, and recently confirmed she has now resolved her money troubles.

Abbington has now revealed her actor husband was extremely angry when he learned the extent of their financial problems.

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Sylvester Mccoy Donates Doctor Who Goods To Charity Auction


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British actor Sylvester McCoy is auctioning off memorabilia from Doctor Who and The Hobbit to raise funds to help vulnerable families in winter.

The screen veteran, who played the seventh incarnation of the Time Lord in the 1980s, is backing Barnardo's Great Winter Stock Appeal, a drive which urges Brits to clear out their winter closets and donate warm clothes.

MCCoy has handed some of his own items over for auction, including his iconic colourful scarves and tank tops from his Doctor Who days, as well as items collected during his time playing wizard Radagast the Brown in The Hobbit franchise.

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Stephen Fry And Ian McKellen At The Premiere Of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" At Odeon, Leicester Square, London, England

Stephen Fry, An, Ian McKellen, The Hobbit, Odeon, Leicester Square, London and England Wednesday 12th December 2012 Stephen Fry and Ian McKellen at the premiere of "The Hobbit: An unexpected journey" at Odeon, Leicester Square, London, England

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Stephen Fry, An, Ian Mckellen, The Hobbit, Odeon, Leicester Square, London and England

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The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey and Arrivals Thursday 13th December 2012

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The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey and Arrivals

Featuring: Richard Armitage Where: New York City, NY, United States

The Premiere, The Hobbit, Unexpected Journey and Ziegfeld Theater - The Premiere of 'The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater Thursday 6th December 2012 Featuring: Richard Armitage Where: New York City, NY, United States

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Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington and Ziegfeld Theater
Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Peter Jackson, Sir Ian Mckellen, Richard Armitage and Ziegfeld Theater
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