Week beginning 1st January 2013
January 1st: "Hobbit ramps up interest in travel to NZ" Stuff.co.nz
January 1st: "Sir Peter Jackson pays tribute to drowned award winning sound editor" New Zealand Herald
January 2nd: "Newhaven film fan interviews stars of The Hobbit" Sussex Express.
January 2nd: "'The Hobbit' makes exceedingly large amounts of money" The Vine
January 2nd: "Tolkien devotee backs bid to name NZ peak" Stuff.co.nz
January 3rd: "Hobbit's critics forget how fairytales feed our humanity" Canberra Times.com.au
January 3rd: "'The Hobbit' retains UK box office top spot - top 10 in full" Digital Spy
January 3rd: "Marlborough keen for Hobbit boost" Stuff.co.nz
January 3rd: "The Hobbit blasts box office results" Sunshine Coast Daily
January 3rd: "Peter Jackson honours sound editor" Sky News.
January 4th: "The Hobbit Star Richard Armitage: Exclusive Interview on The Hobbit" VIDEO from Glamour
January 5th: "Dukes actor returns to big screen in The Hobbit" Lancaster Guardian
January 5th: "James McAvoy says he wants to play Gandalf in The Silmarillion" Total Film
January 6th: "New adventures in New Zealand" Herald sun
January 6th: "Person of interest: Janet Brennan Croft, Tolkien scholar" Pittsburgh Gazette
Week beginning 7th January.
January 7th: "Watch Now: How Quickly Can The Cast of The Hobbit Name The Dwarves?" Geeks of Doom.com
January 7th: "Avengers, The Hobbit Dominant in Visual Effects Society" Comicbook.com
January 7th: "Hobbit leads VES nominations" Variety
January 8th: "The Hobbit lands seven Visual effects Society nominations" 3News
January 8th: "The Hobbit and Skyfall help Cineworld bounce back" The Guardian
January 8th: "'The Hobbit' stays top of the Australian box office" DigitalSpy.com.au
January 8th: "'The Hobbit', 'Lincoln', 'Les Miserables' among Cinema Audio Society Awards nominees". Gold Derby.com
January 9th: "Kiwi fans vote The Hobbit best film of 2012" NZ Herald.
January 9th: "'The Hobbit' voted New Zealand's favourite 2012 film" 3NEWS
January 9th: "The Hobbit up for audio award" MSN.co.nz
January 9th: "'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' receives 3 BAFTA nominations" TheOneRing.net
January 9th: "The Hobbit gets Kiwis' vote" Stuff.co.nz
January 9th: "'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' tops UK box office" DigitalSpy.com.au
January 10th: "The Hobbit tops UK box office for fourth consecutive weekend" 3NEWS
January 11th: "Three Oscar nominations for 'The Hobbit'" the Otago Daily Times
January 11th: "Hobbit fans angered by lack of Oscar nominations" TVNZ
January 11th: Fan transcript of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" The Hobbit Movies.
January 11th: "Doug Adams discusses The Hobbit: AUJ soundtrack" From Tracksounds.com. Thanks to TheOneRing.net
January 13th: "Hobbit is already snared by pirates" Stuff.co.nz
January 13th: "The Hobbit Now Sits at $886.1M, Tracking well for $1B Gross" ComicBookMovie.
Week beginning 14th January.
January 14th: "New Zealand opposition wants $53 million in Hobbit movie subsidies" The Australian.
January 14th: "Hobbit's 3000 job claims defended" New Zealand Herald
January 14th: "'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Coins available from The Perth Mint". The Perth Mint Coin Collector Blog.
January 14th: "Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' Nails down China release Date" The Hollywood Reporter.
January 16th: "First Details Of The Hobbit Blu-Rays Arrive - UPDATED" BleedingCool.com
January 16th: "'Hobbit' FX wiz Joe Letteri on Gollum, the Goblin King and Azog" Hero Comples LATimes.
January 17th: "'Argo', 'The Hobbit' in contention for Golden Reel awards" Los Angeles Times.
January 18th: "'Hobbit' nominated for excellence in fantasy film by Costume Designers Guild" TheOneRing.net
January 19th: "Hobbit make-up artist stands tall as Oscar nominations revealed" The Age
January 19th: "A Precious little earner" Sydney Morning Herald
Week beginning 21st January.
January 21st: Weta Newsletter
January 21st: "'Hobbit' star Richard Armitage recalls time on set of 'Star Wars: Phantom Menace'" uk.movies.yahoo.com
January 21st: "Hobbit to hit billion dollar B.O. by March" Variety
January 21st: "Hobbit trilogy inspires another boom" Stuff.co.nz
January 22nd: "Hobbiton: A home fit for a Hobbit" New Zealand Herald
January 22nd: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Set to Cross $1billion by March" Flicks and Bits
January 22nd: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' fan Art Centering on Richard armitage's Thorin Oakenshield" Flicks and Bits
January 23rd: "Kiwis spend $170m at box office" New Zealand Herald.
January 25th: "Park Road Post, SGO co-developed new tools for 'The Hobbit'" AsiaOnscreen
January 25th: "Martin Freeman praises fantastic scripts on BBC's Sherlock" Coventry Telegraph
Week beginning 28th January.
January 28th: "'The Hobbit' passes Two 'LOTR' Pics at Worldwide Box Office" Deadline.com
January 29th: Weta Newsletter 29th January
January 30th: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Unveils Blu-ray Cover and Release Date" Worst Previews.com
January 30th: "Richard Armitage: Hesitant Hero" Oh No They Didn't.livejournal.com
January 31st: "Hobbits turn New Zealand even more attractive for tourists" TravelDailyNews
January 31st: "Side Effects of Oscar changes: "Hobbit' added to vfx longlist although few had seen it" Variety
January 31st: "Why Did 'The Hobbit' Become the Most (Unjustly?) Ignored Movie of awards Season?" PopMatters
February 1st: "Early signs of tourism impact from 'The Hobbit'" NewsTalkZB
February 1st: "Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Hobbit help UK cinema audiences increase in 2012" Radio Times
February 1st: "Ra Vincent up for an Oscar for The Hobbit" Stuff.co.nz
Week beginning 4th February.
February 4th: "Editorial: Film and Government" Marlborough Express
February 5th: "The Hobbit Blu-rays Officially Announced and Detailed" Blu-ray.com
February 5th: "Time Warner 4Q Earnings Preview: Higher Profits And 'Hobbit' Hype" International Business Times
February 5th: "The Hobbit actor Andy serkis answers fan questions as Gollum" Yahoo Movies
February 6th: "Cannock man Mark gets big break in "The Hobbit" Express and Star
February 7th: "New Zealand Official Orders 'Hobbit' document Release" Hollywood Reporter.
February 8th: "Threats fly over 'Hobbit' document release" New Zealand Herald
February 8th: "Hollywood Hobbit threat to Government" Stuff.co.nz
February 8th: "An Unexpected nomination puts make-up artist in Oscar's sights" Sydney Morning Herald
February 8th: "Creating The Hobbit's Oscar Nominated Yak Beards, Hand Painted Blood Vessels, and Glowing Elf-Skin Makeup" Vanity Fair
February 8th: "Warner, Wingnut warn against releasing Hobbit docs" 3News.co.nz
February 8th: "Hollywood's magicians have their day at the Oscar sci-tech awards" Science.nbcnews
February 9th: "PM unconcerned about 'Hobbit' documents going public" NewstalkZB
February 10th: "Martin Freeman Talks 'The Hobbit' and the Return of 'Sherlock'" ComplexPopCulture
Week beginning 11th February.
11th February: "The Hobbit picks up technical Oscar" BBC News.
12th February: "The Making of Orcrist" Weta News.
13th February: "Back to The Hobbit Hole: Eric Saindon talks about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" FlickeringMyth.com
15th February: "New VFX Featurette For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' From Weta Digital" Flicks and Bits
16th February: "OSCARS: 'Hobbit' Production Design" Deadline.com
17th February: "Video Exclusive: 'Hobbit' actors reveal how movie fellowship was commemorated" TheOneRing.net
Week beginning 18th February.
18th February: "The Hobbit Crosses $300M Mark Domestically, Closing in on $1B Worldwide" The Wrap.
19th February: "Oscar Countdown: Weta Digital's artistry displayed in 6 videos" TheOneRing.net
19th February: "Weta Digital's Joe Letteri on The Hobbit" Studio Daily
February 19th: "'The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey' tops Saturn noms" variety.com
20th February: "Hobbit Fever Tipped To Turn Around Dip in Tourism" Stuff.co.nz
20th February: "The Hobbit earns $12m for Wellington - Council" New Zealand Herald
20th February: "Hobbit Premiere earned Capital $11.7million" Dominion Post
22nd February: "Meet Tami Lane, the Oscar-Nominated, Out Makeup Artist Behind 'The Hobbit'" SheWired.
24th February; "The Hobbit debuts with $17.8M at China Box Office" TheWrap
Week beginning 25th February.
25th February: "Oscars: Hobbit's digital wizards up for glory" The New Zealand Herald.
25th February : "Oscars: The Hobbit misses out" The New Zealand Herald.
26th February: "Oscar Treat for Hobbit Designer" NelsonMail
26th February: "Govt. 'comfortable' with handling of Hobbit dispute" TVNZ
26th February: "The Hobbit documents released: Jackson's frustrations revealed" The New Zealand herald.
28th February: "Third 'Hobbit' movie release moved from July to December 2014" TheOneRing.net
3rd March: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' passes $1 billion worldwide" EW.com
Week beginning 4th March.
March 5th: Exclusive video: Martin Freeman on The Hobbit" Crave Online.
March 6th: "Martin Freeman On standing Up To The Geek Mafia for 'The Hobbit'" Buzzfeed
March 7th: "Freeman back on 'The Hobbit' in June and July" TheOneRing.net
March 7th: "Richard Armitage on Lorraine" Youtube (Thanks to Morrighan Muse)
March 8th: "The Hobbit hangout with Sylvester McCoy" IGN
March 8th: "Behind the scenes of The Hobbit: the special effects masters" Techradar UK.
Week beginning 11th March.
March 12th: "Andy Serkis answers fan questions" TheOneRing.net and UK Hobbit
Week beginning 18th March.
March 18th: "Richard Armitage talks to TheOneRing.net"
March 18th: "Andy Serkis Talks to TheOneRing.net"
March 18th: ""The Hobbit's Martin Freeman Talks Film's Sweaty Costumes" EOnline
March 18th: "Martin Freeman Talks THE HOBBIT, working with Peter Jackson, Lego Sets, Deleted Scenes and more" Collider.com
March 19th: "Martin Freeman chats with TheOneRing.net"
March 19th: "James Nesbitt talks to TheOneRing.net"
March 19th: "Richard Armitage has long history with The Hobbit" Reality TV World
March 19th: "'Hobbit' Star Richard Armitage hopes film will stand test of time" Hero Complex LA Times
March 20th: "Hobbit stars gush over NZ in Tourism Feature" TVNZ
March 24th: Release of DVD in US and UK.
March 24th: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey wins Best SciFi/Fantasy film at Jameson Empire Awards" TheOneRing.net
March 24th: "The Hobbit: Peter Jackson reveals First Footage from Sequel "Desolation of Smaug'" Hollywood.com
Week beginning 25th March.
March 25th: "Empire awards 2013: Skyfall and The Hobbit big winners" The Telegraph
March 25th: "Peter jackson gives sneak peek at Smaug" 3News
March 25th: "The Hobbit's Adam Brown says he'll get fit for battle" BBC Newsbeat
March 25th: iTunes interview with Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage and James Nesbitt in iTunes store.
March 30th: Hobbitcon commences in Bonn
March 31st: "Hobbit dominates Blu-Ray, DVD Charts" TheOneRing.net
Week beginning 1st April.
April 1st: Hobbitcon concludes.
April 1st: "'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Preview Peter Jackson Answers Questions" www.slashfilm.com
April 2nd: "Jackson excited about Hobbit 3" Irish Independent
April 2nd: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Chasing Smaug" IGN.com
April 2nd: "Desolation of Smaug sneek peek" by Peter Jackson on The Hobbit Blog
April 2nd: "The Hobbit ring that may have inspired Tolkien put on show" The Guardian
April 3rd: "Sir Ian McKellen feels the power of his characters" Express.co.uk
April 3rd: "Ian McKellen: Benedict Cumberbatch is very impressive as Smaug" Metro News
April 3rd: "The Hobbit - Andy Serkis Interview" SFX
April 4th: "Sir Ian McKellen: The Hobbit needs to be a trilogy" Metro News.
April 4th: "Sylvester McCoy talks 'The Hobbit': 'Radagast is an eccentric hippie'" DigitalSpy
April 4th: " The Hobbit Stars on 'Unexpected Journey' and 'Desolation of Smaug'" Digital Spy video interview with Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt and Andy Serkis.
April 5th: "Weta Digital's Joe Letteri Gives Us A Cutting Edge Digital FX 101 - The Hobbit and Beyond" BleedingCool.com
April 5th: "Exclusive: Hobbit stars explain why film HAD to be long" Yahoo Movies UK
April 5th: The Hobbit: Bofur - James Nesbitt Interview SFX.co.uk
April 5th: Richard Armitage talks to Sarah-Jane Crawford BBC Radio 1xtra
April 6th: "New Images of Desolation of Smaug" Collider.com
April 6th: "The Hobbit stars talk sequel 'The Desolation of Smaug' - video" DigitalSpy
April 7th: 'Richard Armitage: "I wish I could jump out of character; I'd be more popular'" The Independent.
April 7th: "Andy Lea talks to The Hobbit's Andy Serkis" Daily Star
Week beginning 8th April
8th April: Release of Blu-Ray DVD of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' in UK.
April 8th: "The Hobbit Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri TalksGollum, 48 Frames/Second Challenge" Huffington Post UK
April 8th: "Steve Wright chats to Hobbit Star Richard Armitage" BBC Radio2
April 8th: Video. "Richard Armitage Interview - The Hobbit and Unexpected Journey" Jon Lyus from HeyUGuys.
April 9th: "New Zealand: a journey to the Middle Earth" Hellomagazine.com
April 9th: Video "Exclusive: Hobbit stars on 'dark' sequel Desolation of Smaug" Yahoo Movies UK
April 9th: "The Hobbit's Baddie Talks!" Interview with Manu Bennett on EmpireOnline.
April 10th: "Richard Armitage Talks The Hobbit" Rick Astley Magic Radio
April 10th: James Nesbitt Interview: "I went Up For The Hobbit Kind of Reluctantly" DIY Film
April 11th: "James Nesbitt interview: The Hobbit, dwarves, Peter Jackson" Den of Geek
April 12th: "Hobbit-themed gala dinner in Beijing" Newstalk ZB
April 12th: "Let Sir Peter direct Dr Who, say Time Lord actors" Stuff.co.nz
April 12th: "Amy Hubbard on Casting The Hobbit" Middle-Earth News
April 12th: Podcast 56: Eckhart and McCoy" EmpireOnline
April 13th: "Time Lords rally for Sir Peter" Stuff.co.nz
Week beginning 15th April
April 15th: "Martin Freeman wins best Hero at MTV awards" RadioTimes
April 17th: "UltraViolet tech expands Hobbit experience" Stuff.co.nz
April 19-21st: Supanova Gold Coast featuring Weta, Stephen Hunter, Dean O'Gorman, Grahame McTavish and Sylvester McCoy.
Week beginning 22nd April
April 22nd: "William Kircher: Rock 'n' Roll dwarf" Nelson Mail Stuff.co.nz
April 22nd: "Musicals star Luke Evans gets a bite at Hollywood" London Evening Standard
April 22nd: "Sir Ian McKellen Talks The Hobbit Trilogy Expansion and Benedict Cumberbatch's Screen Test for Smaug" ComicBookMovie.com
April 25th: "Hobbit brings surge in Tourist Interest and Arrivals" Stuff.co.nz
April 25th: "Sir Peter Jackson's Anzac Day family ties" Stuff.co.nz
Week beginning 29th April
April 30th: "The Vine - Richard Armitage and The Hobbit: "It's mind blowing the things we did" The Vine.com.au
April 30th: "Dan & Maz Interview Richard Armitage" Fox.com.au
May 1st: "The Hobbit's Richard Armitage" on MSN Video
May 1st: "Richard Armitage: "I told Prince William he'd make a good elf in The Hobbit" Moviefix
May 1st: Scotty and Nige Rewind (Richard Armitage Grill)
1st May: Q&A with Richard Armitage in Sydney hosted by Popcorn Taxi.
May 2nd: The Vine - Richard Armitage answers your tweets The Vine.com.au
May 2nd: "James Nesbitt tours his 'Hobbit homeland' for new ITV Series" ITV.com
May 2nd: Richard Armitage: "Making The Hobbit No Picnic Says Actor" Music.com.au
May 3rd: "The Hobbit's Richard Armitage Answers Your Questions" Warner Bros Home Entertainment. Warnerbros.com.au. Thank you Mr A for answering my question !!
May 3rd: "Warner Bros Boosted by Big Hobbit Sales" Stuff.co.nz
May 3rd: "Richard Armitage Interview" CNET Australia
May 3rd: "The Hobbit's Richard Armitage on Thorin and Peter Jackson" MMGN Australia
May 3rd: GO POP: Full Interview with Richard Armitage. SF Australia
May 4th: Transcript of Popcorn Taxi's Q&A with Richard Armitage on May 1st in Sydney with thanks to Elven over at TheOneRing.net
May 4th: "The Crow flies with Luke Evans" Deadline.com
Week beginning 6th May
May 6th: "When GF met The Hobbit's Thorin Oakenshield" Girlfriend Magazine
May 8th: "Call goes out for Hobbit extras" NZ Herald
May 8th: "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug sneak peek - Full Transcript" Many, many thanks to TheOneRing.net
May 8th: Video "Richard Armitage talks Thorin Oakenshield and THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG" ComicBookMovie.com
May 8th: "Richard Armitage talks Thorin & 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug'" Flicks and Bits
May 9th: "Hobbit film calls for faces with character" NZHerald
May 9th: "Could this be Smaug?" TheOneRing.net
May 10th: "Preparing for battle" SydneyMorningHerald
May 12th: Video: Martin Freeman at 2013 BAFTAs
Week beginning 13th May
May 13th: "Enter the Dragon, Tolkien Style" Interview with Benedict Cumberbatch. Wall Street Journal
May 14th: "NZ Post and Weta bring a slice of Middle-earth to China" Scoop News.
May 14th: "The Hobbit: First look at Bard the Bowman, Tauriel and other new characters" Yahoo Movies UK
May 14th: "Pick up filming has begun! And - we might get to see Aragorn ...?" Thanks to Greendragon over at TheOneRing.net & Tolkiendrim.
May 16th: "Hobbit star Back Again?" Nelson Mail
May 16th: "MGM Quarterly Results Best Expectations After 'Skyfall'. 'Hobbit'" Hollywood Reporter.
May 18th: "Perfect Woman hopefuls put talents to test" Otago Daily Times
May 18th: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Costume & Weapon Designs" ComicBookMovie
Week beginning 20th May - FILMING RESUMES
May 21st: "Back on set for our last Hobbit pick-ups" Peter Jackson posts on his Facebook page
May 21st: "Push for movies at Iconic Theatre" - NZ International Film Festival campaign to raise funds for Christchurch Isaac Theatre. The Press.co.nz
May 21st: "Goblin King & Unused Goblin Designs For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" ComicBookMovie
May 22nd: "Benedict Cumberbatch Fumes Over Hobbit Dragon: it was More Than My Voice!" Entertainmentwise.com
May 22nd: "Benedict Cumberbatch: 'I lent more than my voice to The Hobbit roles'" Express.co.uk
May 26th: "Spotlight on film studios out west" NZHerald
Week beginning 27th May
May 29th: "Viggo Mortensen Interview" The Guardian. (Small mention of The Hobbit)
31st May: "Wellington Street History: Courtenay Place" Dominion Post
June 2nd: "The Hobbit Panel at Armageddon Expo" MyMiddleEarth
June 2nd: "Hobbit fans get fix at Armaggedon" The Dominion Post
Week beginning 3rd June:
June 5th: Updated profile photo of Peter Jackson on his Facebook page
June 5th: "Evangeline Lilly's elf warrior in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" EW.com
June 6th: "The Hobbit: Evangeline Lilly's warrior elf revealed" NZHerald
June 7th: "The Hobbit Filming Resuming This Month in Wellington" StuffNZ
June 7th: "Hobbit movie draw card for tourists" 3News
Week beginning 10th June
10th June: "New Zealand tourism up thanks to "Hobbit"" CBS News
10th June: "NZ misses out on second Hobbit premiere".
10th June: Poster of Desolation of Smaug released on Peter Jackson's Facebook page.
11th June: "8 New High-Resolution Images from THE HOBBIT" Collider.com
12th June: "Happy Elves" Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily and Lee Pace watching the "Happy Hobbits" reaction to the trailer. From Peter Jackson's Youtube page.
Week beginning 17th June
16th June: "Stephen Fry has never completed The Hobbit" DigitalSpy
17th June: "Sir Ian McKellen checks on Christchurch theatre rebuild" TVNZ
18th June: "Photo of James Nesbitt covered in cobwebs" Work on pick ups continuing. Peter Jackson's Facebook
June 21st: "The Hobbit's dwarf stars hit town for Supanova expo" TheTelegraph.com.au
22-23rd June: SYDNEY SUPANOVA - Jed Brophy, Aidan Turner, Adam Brown to attend.
22nd June: "A gaggle of dwarves gathering to watch playback of the latest shot". Photo posted on Peter Jackson's Facebook page.
24th June: "Park Road Post Production nominated for IBC2013 Innovation Award for work on 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" OnScreenAsia.com
24th June: "The Desolation of Smaug Empire Cover Lands!" EmpireOnline.com
24th June: Video "Interview withAdam Brown and Jed Brophy from The Hobbit" Capsule Computers.com.au
25th June: "THE TRIBAL MIND ARCHIVE 2013: Australia's Favourite Movies" BrisbaneTimes.com.au
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey = Australia's 2nd highest box office takings for 2013 just behind 'Skyfall' at $43million.
2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - 12th on list of "all time top grossing films at the Australian box office"
25th June: "Peter Jackson on The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey's extended Edition" EmpireOnline
25th June: "Orlando Bloom reveals Hobbit fears" TV3 Xpose Entertainment
25th June: "The AU Interview: Jed Brophy of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" theaureview.com
26th June: "Sir Ian McKellen 'pleased' with Chch Theatre progress" TVNZ
26th June: "McKellen gets behind WTF campaign" Stuff.co.nz
26th June: "Matamata i - SITE Gatehouse plans revealed" Waikato Times
27th June: "Sir Peter Jackson makes Forbes top 100 powerful celebrities" NZHerald
June 27th: "The Hobbit panel at Sydney Supanova" Thanks to Middle-earth News
June 27th: "Beyond Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit': Why Hollywood is Staying in New Zealand" Hollywood Reporter
June 28th: Sir Ian McKellen completes filming on The Hobbit. Peter Jackson Facebook
June 29th: "Sir Peter, Sir Ian 'sad' to say goodbye to Gandalf" TVNZ
June 29th: "McKellen, Bloom finish Hobbit shoot" Stuff.co.nz
June 29th: Sir Peter Jackson posts farewell video to Orlaando Bloom on his facebook page.
June 30th: "McKellen wraps Hobbit role in end of an era" NZHerald
Week Beginning 1st July
July 1st: "Michael Winslow: Police Academy funnyman keen to help Jackson" Stuff.co.nz
July 2nd: Sir Peter Jackson posts Production Video #11 on Facebook
July 2nd: "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is darker, says Peter Jackson" Digital Spy
July 5th: Interview with Martin Freeman - Independent.co.uk
July 7th: "I get more fanmail from Sherlock than The Hobbit" DigitalSpy
July 7th: "The Hobbit's Tauriel is dangerous" The List
Week beginning 8th July
July 10th: "Hobbit actor Ken Stott backs Hearts fans takeover" Scotsman.com
July 12th: "NZSO Hits High Note with Hobbit Sequel" Stuff.co.nz
July 12th: Martin Freeman finishes filming The Hobbit. Peter Jackson's Facebook
July 12th: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on Bilbo's final day. Peter Jackson's Facebook page
July 13th: Premiere of World's End with photos of Hobbit cast. Dominion Post
July 14th: "Premiere at end of the world" NZHerald
July 14th: "A-listers in time for the end of the world" Stuff.co.nz
Week beginning 15th July
July 19th: "Evangeline Lilly on entering the 'Hobbit' world as a Tolkien fan" EW.com
Week beginning 22nd July
July 24th: "Will fans Embrace Evangeline Lilly's 'Hobbit' Elf" ETOnline.com
July 25th: "International visitors flock to New Zealand following Hobbit success" BreakingTravelNews
July 26th: "Hobbit filming wraps up for final time" Radio New Zealand
July 26th: "Jackson live blogs final Hobbit shoot" New Zealand Herald
July 26th: VIDEO: "Matt Dravitzki talks The Hobbit" 3News.co.nz
July 26th: "Hobbit crew celebrate as filming finishes" TVNZ
July 26th: "Peter Jackson: I want to make movies with everyone the same height in the future" Stuff.co.nz
July 26th. FINAL DAY OF SHOOTING. PETER JACKSON blogs on his Facebook page as follows: (Links will show full posts with his photos)
1. "Dawn over Wellington - the view from our bedroom. Just after 7.00am. Have to chuck some clothes on, and think about going to work. When I'm shooting I have a funny superstition about wearing pretty much the same wardrobe every day. Last year I bought two shirts when I went to ComicCon. A white one, and a blue one.
Today feels like a white day."
2." 8.20am. Leaving home. Mr Smudge is waiting on the stairs to say goodbye to me. He does it everyday, and he's usually waiting by the door to welcome me home at night."
8.20am. Not my favourite time of the day. Read more ..."
10.30am. Had to race to A Stage to try and explain to Graham and Christian why they were shooting their Dwalin fight against green screen, and not our beautiful expensive set as planned. .... Read on ...
Midday. We're shifting from K Stage to F Stage right now, and I took the chance to spot music with Howard Shore. He's in New York, and busy writing the score for Film 2.... Read on...
2.00pm. Just breaking for lunch, with the first shot on F Stage complete. A daunting number to go. .. Read on...
9. Goodbye Dwalin! "The very lovely Graham McTavish just competed his last shot with honours.
Main Unit and Splinter are running neck and neck. Each with 4 shots left. It's going to be another 3 hours or so. Which ever unit finishes first gets to drink all the beer.
7.30pm ... Boxing on ..."
Aidan and Dean nail their first shot today. They've been waiting patiently since lunchtime. 3 more to go for Splinter.
2 more shots to go. Main Unit shooting Thorin, Splinter Unit shooting Fili and Kili.
9.21pm. Getting very near the end ...
Big monitors, main unit. Small screens bottom right, splinter.
We're neck and neck ... Shooting our final shots at the same time.
No, wait ... Done! While I was typing this, we shot more takes and finished! Richard was fantastic. Splinter almost done. Minutes away.
Smiles and happiness... And sadness. Yikes, very sad.
A 20 hour day ... 15 years of Tolkien ... 771 days of shooting ...
... And we arrive home exhausted, to a house full of teenagers! It's going to be a long night!
A long day. A great day. Thank you all for being part of it! Now for some sleep!
July 27th: "Journey's end for Hobbit movies" Dominion Post
July 28th: "Nelson Jeweller Lord of the Ring-makers" Stuff.co.nz
Week beginning 29th July
July 31st: "Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition" release dates, content, pricing announced" TheOneRing.net
2nd August: "Official 'Hobbit' Extended Edition Packaging images" TheOneRing.net
4th August: "Orchestra drops concert for Hobbit" NZHerald
4th August: "Secret Cameo roles of superstar Hollywood director revealed by Midland film fan" Birmingham Mail
6th August: "Hobbit gets extended by 13 minutes" NZHerald
7th August: "New photo from The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" revealed". Entertainment Weely & Superherohype.com
7th August: "Major 'Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' spoilers revealed" TheOneRing.net
9th August: "SD calendar reveals a new image of Beorn? In human form?" TheOneRing.net
10th August: "'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' World Premiere in Los Angeles" TheOneRing.net
NOVEMBER 27th (?) WORLD PREMIERE IN LOS ANGELES
DECEMBER 12th: RELEASE of "THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG" in New Zealand