The Hobbit

The Stouffer family, of Maple Park, is trying to get a sneak preview of "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" to finish a family tradition of watching all the "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" films together, before Scott Stouffer (far left) dies of cancer. His daughter, Jessy, (right) launched a social media campaign dubbed #HobbitMovieLastRequest.  (Family Photo)

Student’s Wish For Dying Father: Sneak Peek At Final Hobbit Film

Like many people, Jessy Stouffer and her family have a tradition of watching “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” movies around the holidays, but the final installment doesn’t come out until mid-December and the 21-year-old Northern Illinois University student said she’s worried her father won’t live to see it.

10/10/2014

Activists with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protest outside the AMC River East 21 movie theater on the opening day of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," claiming 27 animals died during filming of the movie. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

PETA Protests ‘The Hobbit,’ Claiming Deaths Of Animals During Filming

The activists were not asking people to boycott The Hobbit. They said they just want the film industry to stop using animals.

WBBM Newsradio–12/14/2012

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Best Ways To Bring Middle-Earth To Chicago

For those excited about the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” there is no need to travel to Middle-Earth to celebrate the movie’s premiere in style. While you might not immediately associate Chicago with the Shire, the Windy City still offers plenty of ways to prepare for the movie’s opening on December 14.

12/10/2012