Weekend Roundup: New M.I.A. song, No Hobbit for Del Toro

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Weekend Roundup: New M.I.A. song, No Hobbit for Del Toro

All kinds of craziness this Memorial Day weekend:

Del Toro exits Middle Earth

Bad news for Tolkein fans. reports that Guillermo Del Toro will no longer be directing the two Hobbit, though he still plans to co-write the screenplays.

“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming “The Hobbit,” I am faced with the hardest decision of my life”, Del Toro told The Lord of the Rings fansite. “After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wish the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director”.

No word on who that director will be, but I’d be happy to see Peter Jackson just do it himself.

M.I.A. follows phone-number tweet with a new song

You can hear snippets of Lynn Hirschberg ordering fries on M.I.A.’s website. Maya hasn’t stopped piling on her interviewer after a critical feature ran in the New York Times. First, she Tweeted Hirschberg’s phone number and now there’s a brand-new song with the lyric “Why the hell would journalists be thick as shit / Cause lies equals power equals politics,” reports The Wrap. Her website also features New York Times headlines documenting the atrocities in Sri Lanka.