New Zealand Tolkien Lawsuit

November 20, 2012 - 10:34 PM
FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2007 file photo, a visitor looks at original studies of "Gollum" at the exhibition "The Lord of the Rings" at the Movie Park of Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany, during a press preview tour. The heirs of late author J.R.R. Tolkien are suing the producers of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movie trilogies over alleged exploitative merchandizing. The lawsuit, filed Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, comes a week before the premiere of the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in Wellington. The opening film in the trilogy hits theaters worldwide next month. (AP Photo/Sven Kaestner, File)