Here's brief web video that talks to the owner of the "real" Hobbiton--the New Zealand location where the sets of Hobbiton were built.
We don't have the details, but it seems that someone on the studio side was willing to make some compromises in order to make sure the Tolkien Estate is paid.
Not much new, but just a bit more confirmation that getting back into writing and working on Middle-earth is "comfortable".
Finally, some substantial information! Ian McKellen speaks to the fans in London
It's no secret that the now former CEO of MGM was a big support of The Hobbit and Peter Jackson. With his apparent ouster, will MGM's support for the film wane?
Screen Rant takes down the (pretty flimsy) rumors of Daniel Radcliffe being cast as Bilbo.
Really? Peter Jackson will direct a third part of The Hobbit to bridge it to The Lord of the Rings? Haven't we been down this path before?
"There's a lot material that we can retrospectively put into The Hobbit that doesn't actually exist in the novel which is fun--I mean this is fun stuff because it sort of expands The Hobbit in a way that makes it very much related to The Lord of the Rings."
Jackson speaks to 3 News about how easy it was to write in middle earth again.
The Tolkien Estate speaks out about it's intent to take New Line's rights to the upcoming film away.
Mark Sommer of Examiner.com recounts all we know about where the break between the two movies could be.
Peter Jackson obliquely tells us the first line of the script in a Comic-Con interview
"Guillermo's there not because I'm a mentor of him, but I just thought he would do a terrific job with that film. It wasn't the type of movie I [wanted] to give to a young, novice filmmaker and have them sort of godfather it through. I wanted someone who ... was established, who I could trust with it. ... With The Hobbit, I really don't want to ... be too involved in looking over the shoulder of the director."
Peter Jackson Spoke for a few minutes about the status of The Hobbit, including the script, the casting, and the timing. Click in to view the entire video!
Peter Jackson takes a moment to discuss the scripts and casting.