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Hobbit’s five armies clash in Czech forest

DOKSY, The Czech Republic: Spears crossed, swords touched and arrows flew in a Czech forest over the weekend as hundreds of fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit reenacted a major battle. More than 1,000 people, dressed in costumes from Tolkien’s books, took part in the Battle of the Five Armies, according to organizers of the annual event, held in a forest near the Czech town of Doksy, 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Prague. They fought with wooden weapons and any sharp points were wrapped in plastic to avoid…

Amazon to launch ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV show

LOS ANGELES: Amazon said Monday it had acquired the global television rights to "The Lord of the Rings," based on the celebrated fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment. Set in Middle Earth, the adaptation will explore new storylines preceding Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring," the internet streamer said, adding that the deal included a potential additional spin-off series. "'The Lord of the Rings' is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through…

‘Hobbit’ roars to top of N. America box office

Los Angeles: The latest installment of the Tolkien epic series, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," claimed the top spot at the North American box office this weekend. The second part of The Hobbit film trilogy, starring Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman, earned a commanding $73.6 million in its opening weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations. The series, directed by Peter Jackson, follow on the heels of his other mega-hit trilogy adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings." Slipping to a…

Hollywood studio Warner sued over ‘Hobbit’ profits

Los Angeles: Studio giant Warner Bros accused Hollywood producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein of “trying to rewrite history” by suing for a share of profits from the blockbuster “Hobbit” movies. The Weinstein brothers filed a lawsuit against New Line and Time Warner seeking $75 million in damages over the companies' decision to split “The Hobbit” into three films, but only paying the Weinsteins for the first movie. “This case is about greed and ingratitude,” the Weinsteins said in the lawsuit, filed in New York, according to…