"The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug," "The Lego Movie" and "300: Rise of an Empire" helped studio hit milestone
Mr. Smudge marks the end of a long journey that Jackson shared with fans through avid use of social media
The studios are fighting over naming rights to "The Butler," a dispute the Weinstein Company pushed to national TV
The actors, who play Legolas, Thranduil and Tauriel in the sequel, respectively, can't get enough of the over-the-top trailer reaction from two obsessed fans
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" will release its first teaser on June 11
The soon-to-be-spun-off Time Inc. reported a loss for the quarter
MGM reported strong financial results thanks to two blockbusters
The Tolkein tale steams toward $1B as "Good Day to Die Hard" adds $35.7M to lead the foreign box office
"The Hobbit" has currently grossed $960 million worldwide and opens in China this week
CAS Awards honor Tom Hooper's musical for sound mixing; "Brave" wins another animation award, while "Modern Family" and "Homeland" take TV honors
Average ticket prices topped $8 for the final quarter of the year
JP Morgan is working to up MGM's credit line from $500M to $650M in wake of success of "Skyfall" and "The Hobbit"
Foreign audiences are buying what Hollywood is selling, pushing the industry to a record-breaking year at the worldwide box office
Dolby, Lectrosonics and PureBlend Software are among the companies honored
"Lincoln" and "Zero Dark Thirty" also receive nominations from group honoring sound mixing; "The Lorax" and "Frankenweenie" get CAS animation nods
Middle-earth saga leads VES nominations with seven; "Life of Pi," "The Avengers" receive six
"Django Unchained" and "Les Misérables" look likely to cross $100 million domestically this weekend
Only one major release, "Texas Chainsaw 3D," will open in a crowded market
"The Master" also passed over; "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables" are among other films tapped
The top grossing holiday movies are roughly 25 minutes longer than they were two years ago
"Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained," trying to build on record-breaking Christmas debuts, will challenge two-time box-office champ "The Hobbit"
"Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained" blow past expectations with record-breaking Christmas Day debuts; "The Hobbit" is No. 3, just ahead of the other opener, "Parental...
The early numbers for "Les Miserables" in Japan compare with those of an earlier Universal blockbuster, "Mamma Mia"
Analysis: A broad lineup of strong movies, with several mature-skewing over-performers, has Hollywood heading for its biggest year ever at box office
"The Hobbit" is the likely frontrunner after the Academy releases its Makeup and Hairstyling shortlist; French art film "Holy Motors" should have been a contender
"The Hobbit" will shatter the record for the biggest December box office debut, has made $57M overseas and gets an "A" CinemaScore
"The Hobbit" has taken in $13 million domestically
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" bested initial estimates that had pegged the debut at $12.4 million
Reviews for "The Hobbit" are solid, but many critics hate higher frame rates
Warner Bros. will have "The Hobbit" on 4,045 screens in the U.S. and another 17,000 in 55 foreign markets by Friday