New Zealand The Hobbit Premiere

October 8, 2012 - 3:34 AM
This graphic released Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 by Wellington City Council shows a logo designed by Daniel Reeve, an artist who worked on the cartography and calligraphy for "The Hobbit" trilogy. New Zealand's capital is preparing for the world premiere of the opening film in "The Hobbit" trilogy by showcasing an artisan festival selling all manner of small-folk paraphernalia, laying a red carpet that will extend 500 yards through central Wellington and even renaming the city itself after the trilogy's fictional setting of Middle-earth. Wellington is planning to spend 1.1 million New Zealand dollars ($900,000) to mark the Nov. 28 premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" at the Embassy Theatre. It's a fitting venue for the movie directed by Wellington resident Peter Jackson and filmed throughout New Zealand. (AP Photo/Wellington City Council) EDITORIAL USE ONLY