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'Hobbit' has new look. Angus Jones bites hand that feeds him.

November 27, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • Director Peter Jackson, right, is changing the way movies are made.
Director Peter Jackson, right, is changing the way movies are made. (Warner Bros. )

After the coffee. Before auditioning for "Two and a Half Men."

The Skinny: Isn't the week after Thanksgiving the most depressing of the year? You had this great short week and now this week will feel like two. That's weak! Tuesday's headlines include a look at why "The Hobbit" will look different from any movie you've seen before; Warner Bros. renews with Village Roadshow; and "Two and a Half Men" co-star Angus Jones would like a new gig.

Daily Dose: Lifetime's "Liz and Dick" movie starring Lindsay Lohan drew 3.5 million viewers in its Sunday premiere. While on the surface that sounds like a decent number for an original cable movie, given the amount of promotion dollars Lifetime pumped into the film, the harsh reviews and the various headaches that came from working with Lohan, odds are they weren't popping champagne at Monday unless it was to celebrate being able to now divorce itself from the movie. 

A new look. If you go to see "The Hobbit" and the screen looks busier than it should be, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. "The Hobbit" was shot with a new technology that lets director Peter Jackson squeeze in 48 frames per second, which is double the industry norm. "The difference is obvious and dramatic," John Fithian, president of the National Assn. of Theatre Owners, told the Los Angeles Times. "The question is whether or not it's a difference that drives patrons to the theater."

THE ENVELOPE: The awards and industry insider

The show must go on. Village Roadshow Pictures, one of Warner Bros.' biggest movie partners, has signed a new deal with the studio that runs through the end of 2017. Village Roadshow movies in coming years include "Gangster Squad" and "The Great Gatsby." Details on the agreement and what it means for the studio from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.

Bad dream. The stock of animation production company DreamWorks Animation took a hit in the aftermath of the disappointing debut of its new movie "Rise of the Guardians." The movie took in just over $30 million, which was a far cry from what the company and the industry were expecting. More from the New York Post.

Paramount plan. Viacom's Paramount Pictures is wrapping up a year which will finish in seventh place among movie studios in terms of market share. But executives over on Melrose Avenue argue that market share doesn't tell the entire story. Variety on Paramount's strategy. 

Angry Angus. "Two and a Half Men" co-star Angus Jones is not a fan of the show. Jones, who has become affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, criticized the show's risque content and told people not to watch it. Not sure how the show's executive producer Chuck Lorre will feel about that, but if he does have something to say it will probably show up during the end credits on the show's vanity card, where he often leaves messages. USA Today and TV Guide on Jones' remarks. 

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Being a member of the studio audience of the "Jeff Probst Show" is akin to having a spa day.

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