'The Hobbit' Wraps Principal Photography

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The Hobbit movies are that much closer to completion. Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page that principal photography for the two Hobbit movies is finally done. Now, he can look forward to being holed up in the editing room to assemble the movies together.

Here's what he wrote:

“We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!”

Noticed that bit about Comic-Con? That's next week, from July 12 to July 15. Warner Bros' Hobbit panel is scheduled for the 14th, so maybe Jackson will reveal some new footage of the first movie then, which I'm sure is the plan. Stay tuned for the coverage.

It has been nine years since LOTR: The Return of the King, so the kinder, gentler Hobbit movies will be a nostalgic trip back to Middle Earth for fans.

The first movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will come to theaters on December 14, 2012 and the second one, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, follows a year later on December 13, 2013.

Since the Hobbit movies will be the first major motion pictures to be shown in 48 fps, I can't wait to see what the experience will be like. While the 10-minute preview at the higher frame rate divided those who've seen it, I believe that's where cinema is heading and there'll be no turning back. Just like the transition from film to digital.

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