The Hobbit

ATTN: The real New Zealand is now indistinguishable from parody

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If you had any doubt that the real New Zealand is exactly how it was Wellington, where director Peter Jackson and much of the post production is based, has renamed itself "the Middle of Middle Earth", as fans held costume parties and city workers prepared to lay 500 m (550 yards) of red carpet.

Robots

Say Hello To MechBass, The Robot That Plays Bass Guitar

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James McVay has designed the MechBass, a bass guitar playing robot, which plays Muse's "Hysteria" surprisingly well.

TWILIGHT KILLS

A homeless man drank himself to death at a Twilight screening

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I don't want to make light of a man's death if he doesn't deserve it, but in the abstract, this story about a homeless man drinking himself to death during Twilight is almost comically dark.

#Animals

Close Encounter With Killer Whales

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A group of orcas scare a diver out of the water before chasing a dog back to the beach in New Zealand.

WETA

Wellington Airport’s Gollum sculpture celebrates New Zealand’s first-ever contribution to culture

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This 12-meter (39-foot) gollum sculpture created by <a href="http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2012/01/james-franco-calls-andy-serkis-the-che-guevara-of-chimps" target="_blank">WETA</a> (the same company that allows Andy Serkis to infuse gollums and chimps with the soul of a thespian) now greets arriving passengers at the Wellington airport in New Zealand's capital.

SIMON HO

Discovery Of DNA Half-Life Destroys Our Dream Of Cloned Dinosaurs In A Jurassic Park

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Our hopes of a real-life Jurassic Park have been dashed after palaeogeneticists discover the half-life of DNA, but there's a silver lining.

The Hobbit

New Zealand puts Hobbits on their coins, commemorating the only interesting thing ever to happen there

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Most countries' currency depicts famous landmarks, war heroes, or political leaders, but in New Zealand, they choose their leaders via an annual sheep-shearing contest and its most famous landmark is Tom Reynolds' hayride, behind the Forest of Yawns.

#gifs

Gif Reactions To Peter Jackson’s Offer To Make A ‘Doctor Who’ Episode

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We react to the news that Peter Jackson offered to direct an episode of 'Doctor Who' in the most appropriate way... with GIFs.

unnecessary sequels

NY Times profiles James Cameron’s effect on New Zealand

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In case you didn't know, James Cameron is planning to shoot Avatar 2 and 3 (and possibly 4) in New Zealand.

The Hobbit

The Newest ‘Hobbit’ Video Blog Wraps Things Up Beautifully, Leaves Many Cold Yaks In Its Wake

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The eighth and final production video from 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' is going to make us cry, will also shear every yak in Bhutan.

#IAN MCKELLEN

'The Hobbit' Will Also Have A Dwarf/Elf Romance Subplot

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<a href="http://www.uproxx.com/gammasquad/2012/06/the-hobbit-kili-tauriel-romance/hobbit-fili-and-kili" rel="attachment wp-att-68964"></a>Evangeline Lilly (above) is playing a Woodland Elf named Tauriel in The Hobbit, a character created by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens for these two Hobbit movies.

ouch my groin

And That's Why You Always Wear A Cup

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New Zealand cricketer Kane Williamson is one of the luckiest men on Earth today.

WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE

Look At These F*#$&@% Hipsters: The 2012 World Naked Bike Ride

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Over the weekend, while we were busy with more important things like Tiger Woods’ knee, Peyton Manning’s jet and Dwight Howard’s flip flops, people were gathering in major cities across the globe to help preserve a better future for our billionaire athletes and us to live in.

NEW ZEALAND

The Greatest Catch In Cricket History, According To People Who Understand Cricket

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I don't know what a domestic T20 match is or what it means to have a 74-run partnership.

WEIRD NEWS

Friday Nightmares Starring: The Giant New Zealand Weta

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So you know how earlier today you were concerned about those unpaid parking tickets and your winter heating bill.


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