Chocolate Fish Cafe to Close? Kristin Thompson writes: Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes has made some statements about apparently downsizing New Line. I’ve tried to make sense of those and offer some relevant background on The Frodo Franchise.

Chocolate Fish Cafe to Close? Kristin Thompson writes: New Line has now denied that rumor that circulated last week, the one about Time Warner possibly ousting Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne and absorbing its subsidiary into itself. I thought your readers might like a little more information about where that rumor came from. I try to put it in context on the Frodo Franchise blog.

Contrary to previous reports on IMDB there is “no truth” to the rumor that New Line Cinema’s Bob Shaye & Michael Lynne were being sacked, and all projects, including The Hobbit were moving completely over to the Warner Bros. camps. A New Line spokesperson stated via email to us today that the story was false, and they are seeking a correction on IMDB.

From IMDB: Following a planned meeting this week with new Time Warner Chairman Jeff Bewkes, New Line Cinema founders Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne are expected to be terminated and New Line’s projects, including The Hobbit, folded into Warner Bros., L.A. Weekly columnist Nikki Finke reported on her Deadline Hollywood Daily blog Monday, citing no sources. With the exception of last year’s Hairspray, New Line has had a nearly uninterrupted string of financial failures since its Lord of the Rings franchise ran out.

D.L. writes: Just thought I would give you guys a head up but I found a report about New Line joining the Blu-ray camp. The LOTR Trilogy can’t be far behind. Warner’s (and New Line) Goes Blu-ray

2007 has been quite an exciting year for Tolkien fans! There’s been an abundance of news and events from across the globe including openings of musicals, new book releases and new movies in the pipeline: something to satisfy just about any geeky preference! As a thank-you for following all the developments of the year with us, we thought we’d put together a retrospective of the top Tolkien stories of 2007 in one convenient list. The list below is in chronological order.

Here’s to a 2008 that’s just as exciting! Stay tuned! Continue reading “Top Tolkien Stories of 2007”