Delayed 'Hobbit' films get release dates, titles

Delayed 'Hobbit' films get release dates, titles

June 3rd, 2011 by Associated Press in Chattnow Movies

NEW YORK - Peter Jackson's two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" has release dates.

New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. and MGM announced Monday that "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will be released Dec. 14, 2012. The sequel, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," is to be released Dec. 13, 2013.

The films have suffered repeated delays over studio funding problems, a threatened actors' boycott and ulcer surgery for Jackson. Shot consecutively, they began filming in March in New Zealand.

The 3-D "Hobbit" films are prequels to Jackson's Oscar-winning "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The movies star Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom.

Film on bin Laden, Black Ops set for 2012 release

LOS ANGELES - Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's movie about the Black Ops hunt for Osama bin Laden is set for release next year.

Columbia Pictures, which acquired the domestic distribution rights to the film earlier this week, says the untitled movie will come out at the end of 2012.

Bigelow and Boal each won a pair of Oscars for producing, directing and writing last year's Best Picture, "The Hurt Locker." The two began developing the film about the Black Ops' mission to capture bin Laden in 2008.

Co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal says Bigelow and Boal "have an outstanding perspective on the team that was hunting the most wanted man in the world."

Tribeca, ESPN launch on-demand sports film fest

NEW YORK - Tribeca Film and ESPN are establishing a video-on-demand sports film festival.

Tribeca and ESPN announced Tuesday that the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will debut June 23 and run through Aug. 25. It will feature five films, available in some 40 million homes.

Among the films is Alex Gibney's scapegoating documentary "Catching Hell." The other films are: the Little League documentary "Boys of Summer," West indies cricket documentary "Fire in Babylon," transgender tennis player Renee Richards' documentary, "Renee," and "Turkey Bowl," a touch-football film in limited theatrical release today.

Films that earlier ran as part of ESPN's documentary series "30 for 30" also will be available.

Tribeca Film is a distribution arm of Tribeca Enterprises, which presents the annual Tribeca Film Festival.