Hobbit filming under way - finally

Hobbit star Martin Freeman.

After a series of setbacks and difficulties, filming of Sir Peter Jackson's The Hobbit movie begins today.

Yesterday, Warner Bros issued a photo of director Sir Peter on set, saying his health was "good" after a health scare which put him in hospital a few weeks ago.

Filming is taking place in Wellington but the set is secretive and little news is leaking out. 

Actors have been in Wellington for some time, several of them helping out at this month's Basin Reserve cricket fundraiser for Christchurch earthquake victims.

British actor Martin Freeman will play Bilbo Baggins, the adventurous hobbit, with Andy Serkis as Gollum, Cate Blanchett playing Galariel and Orlando Bloom as Legolas.

The Hobbit is based on a book by British author J R R Tolkien, published in 1937.

Recognised as a classic in children's literature, The Hobbit follows the quest of home-loving Baggins to venture into dangerous territory in search of treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug.

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Where can I find the picture that Warner Bros. released?

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more celluloid CGI rubbish coming out of Wellington.

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Thank goodness you'll be in the minority on that. The rest of us will look forward to excellence coming out of Wellington soon.

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Oh we are all sick to death of Hobbiting On- it's going to go on and on for years before the films are even finished. By then the country will be older and greyer, and some of us dead.
I am more xcited about seeing world cinema films, rather than over-hyped franchise-ridden 3d american-style films about vertically challenged tinies squeaking in the Matamata undergrowth, with Enya cooing on the soudtrack.

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Oh we are all sick to death of Hobbiting On- it's going to go on and on for years before the films are even finished. By then the country will be older and greyer, and some of us dead.
I am more xcited about seeing world cinema films, rather than over-hyped franchise-ridden 3d american-style films about vertically challenged tinies squeaking in the Matamata undergrowth, with Enya cooing on the soudtrack.

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