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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Three ‘Hobbit’ movies, and more movie news

A Monday-morning roundup:
— Peter Jackson has confirmed that “The Hobbit” will be three movies, rather than two as previously announced. The third movie will be released in the summer of 2014. Guess he’s just in the habit of trilogies.
— Warner Bros. has signed Laeta Kalogridis, screenwriter of “Shutter Island,” to write a prequel to “The Shining” — 32 years after the Stanley Kubrick original film (based on the Stephen King novel, to which King will soon release a sequel, “Doctor Sleep”). King famously didn’t like Kubrick’s movie; wonder if he’s in the loop for the new one. Warner Bros. downplayed the prequel plans to the L.A. Times, saying they were in a very early stage. Hmm.
— “The Master,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s much-buzzed movie about a young war veteran (Joaquin Phoenix — hey, didn’t he quit acting a while ago?) and a religious leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who may or may not be based on L. Ron Hubbard, is beng moved up in the fall schedule: It’ll bow Sept. 14, probably just in New York and L.A. We’ll likely see it in Seattle a few weeks later.

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