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    The Hobbit Finally Begins Filming, Peter Jackson Posts Pictures to Prove It

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    The Hobbit is happening!

    When it was announced last month that cameras would begin rolling on the highly anticipated two-part Lord of the Rings prequel on March 21, naturally, there was a lot of "We'll believe it, when we see it" talk. After all, this is a production that has seen more than its share of setbacks thanks to such things as set fires, threats of union strikes and perforated ulcers.

    But, sure enough, principal photography did indeed start today at the Stone Street Studios in Wellington, New Zealand, with director Peter Jackson himself taking a moment to post pics to his Facebook page from the film's set. 

    The first flick is due to hit theaters in late 2012. Assuming, of course, everything goes smoothly from here on out.

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