29 November 2010

Entertainment News

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AUCKLAND -- Shooting has been suspended indefinitely on Peter Jackson’s long-awaited film The Hobbit, a “prequel” to his immensely successful Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–03), based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novels. Producers cited safety concerns stemming from Julie Taymor’s Broadway stage musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, currently in previews.

New Zealand actors’ unions confirmed a general concern that actors performing risky stunts in Spider-Man might injure hobbits performing in Jackson’s film. Hobbits, a diminutive race of humanoids, are not typically represented by any labor union and are often uninsured, meaning that a Spider-Man chorus member falling from a single failed slingshot stunt might crush as many as six or seven hobbits, leading to significant production delays.

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Production on The Hobbit has been delayed or suspended several times in recent years, due to the scheduling conflicts of principal actors, directors, and screenwriters; financial difficulties at MGM Studios; construction and other technical setbacks; and by the presence of hydrogen in the earth’s atmosphere.

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Featuring music by members of the rock band U-2, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been plagued by accidents even before previews began, yesterday. The show follows in the tradition of Broadway musicals with high injury rates and poorly conceived titles, including My Fair Turn-Off (12 dead, 73 injured); West Side Disappointment (6 dead, 27 injured); A Little Night Mucus (3 dead, 47 injured, 12 still missing); and Rags (no survivors).

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