'Hobbit' Premiere Proves Hollywood's New Competition: The Shire

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Hollywood? Overrated. New York? Ancient history. Sundance? Small potatoes. And, oh yeah, Cannes, Venice and Paris can all suck it as well. No, when it comes to the movie capitol of the world, there's just one city on Earth that can command the title.

And that city is... Wellington, New Zealand?

Okay, so that might not have been your first guess, but when November, 2012 rolls around, Wellington is going to be the center of the cinematic universe, because Peter Jackson has just announced that his home town will host the world premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

Wellington, of course, is no stranger to the spotlight, having previously hosted the world premiere of "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" back in 2003. That film, of course, was one of the most popular and successful movies of all time, winning 11 Oscars are earning over $1.1 billion worldwide.

Suffice it to say, then, that Warner Bros. was pretty okay with the idea of premiering "The Hobbit" there as well.

"I think Warner Bros. In particular were blown away by the "Return of the King" premiere," Jackson said in an interview with SkyNews. "I mean, no one, I don't think, in the international industry could quite believe how the country got behind that moment. And I think everyone involved was quite honestly keen to let New Zealand have the premiere of the first "Hobbit" movie based on the incredible reception that we had with the last "Lord of the Rings" film."

All the top stars, glitz and glamor of a world premiere, heading to Wellington, New Zealand? Now that's truly an "Unexpected Journey" indeed.