Sun, 25 Nov 2012 6:27p.m.
While it's on track to make millions, The Hobbit has faced its fair share of controversy, including a damning new book out this weekend.
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26/11/2012 3:02:29 p.m.
The only winners that came out of this dodgy deal by the Key national government are the warner brother and Peter Jackson.
26/11/2012 11:59:10 a.m.
Anyone else thinking when will this embarrassment stop? Next minute we will need the Big Boys permission to pee. What a joke.
26/11/2012 8:30:09 a.m.
Look at the complaints and what they involve.If it wasn't for the excessive damage done by the actors union, then NZ wouldn't have needed the red carpet service performed by our govt. We already had the hobbit, and the damage by the union lost it and only red carpet and negotiation would get it back.We have a complaining union who prefer to be have unemployed than to have people work.48 frames per sec? This gives better quality so they complainers complain. If they had a brain in their head, or worked with CGI, they would know that more quality to work with produces better results. Higher frame rate gives smoother/better results. No doubt unions would be supporting Kodak not following the digital age as they always play ostrich with their head in the sand. How well did it turn out for Kodaks union staff? Oh wait, they are unemployed! Was over 100,000 employed in Kodak world wide, and the union there didn't want to use digital technology as it raised productivity and would cost jobs, so through union head in the sand, Kodak complying with the union, they folded. Today one either adapts or they get left behind.The PETA claims? Didn't even involve on the set, and was basically animals injured off-set when the wranglers etc were looking after them. The claims were so major, they didn't even bring the claims to anyones attention when they happened! When a problem was identified warners paid for improvements.Take the wages/work NZrs have earned, even the PAYE/GST paid, and NZ has done okay from the films. The govt will have collected much more tax than they spent to have Warners film here. So its win/win for NZ.The complainers dont like NZ having any win/win situation, and were supporting overseas bids for the hobbit, or didn't want the hobbit made at all.
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