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WB, MGM, and New Line sue The Asylum over their knock-off Age of the Hobbits

Nov. 7, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Seriously, what the f*ck is wrong with The Asylum? It was just six months ago that the "studio" was getting sued for their BATTLESHIP rip-off AMERICAN BATTLESHIPS. Now, The Asylum is trying to capitalize on Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY by releasing their timely film AGE OF THE HOBBITS.

According to THe Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros, MGM, and New Line Cinema along with producer Saul Zaetz are suing The Asylum for use of the word hobbit.

According to the lawsuit: "The Asylum has been and is promoting and advertising its low-budget film using the confusingly similar and misleading title Age of the Hobbits, in an intentional and willful attempt (i) to trade on the popularity and goodwill associated with the Tolkien novels, the extraordinarily successful Lord of The Rings film trilogy, and the famous HOBBIT mark, (ii) to free-ride on the worldwide advertising campaign in connection with the forthcoming Hobbit films, and (iii) to divert customers and potential customers away from the Hobbit films."

The Asylum countered with this brilliant move: "Age of the Hobbits is about the real-life human subspecies, Homo Floresiensis, discovered in 2003 in Indonesia, which have been uniformly referred to as 'Hobbits' in the scientific community," a rep for The Asylum told THR in a statement when the legal dispute first erupted. "As such, the use of the term 'Hobbits' is protected under the legal doctrines of nominal and traditional fair use. Indeed, a simple Google search of Hobbits and archaeology reveals dozens of articles containing the term "Hobbit(s)" in the title."

Wow, that actually is a pretty well thought out rebuttal. Well played, Asylum. So, I decided to check out the trailer for AGE OF THE HOBBITS to see for myself. What the hell? Is that the dude from STARGATE: SG-1? And Bai Ling?

Plot: “In an ancient age, the small, peace-loving Hobbits are enslaved by the Java Men, a race of flesh-eating dragon-riders. The young Hobbit Goben must join forces with their neighbor giants, the humans, to free his people and vanquish their enemies.”

The Asylum are no fools. They know their film is a clear attempt to cash in on the popularity of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. If this was their first offense, then maybe their argument would have a chance. But, seeing as this is at the very least the third time they are being sued for the same thing, they are going to lose this battle. It also doesn't help their movie looks like a honking pile of crap.

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5:04PM on 11/08/2012

Terrible

Why don't these guys try to make something at least orginal, it looks like they are on the threshold of actually developing something kind of cool, but then you get flying dragons and crap looking action shots. I wonder if everyone there has just lost all of their love for making movies, they should try to develop and small original movie and stop ripping off everybody's else s ideas. We should have classes that inform and educate the parents and grandparents of the world so that they can stop
Why don't these guys try to make something at least orginal, it looks like they are on the threshold of actually developing something kind of cool, but then you get flying dragons and crap looking action shots. I wonder if everyone there has just lost all of their love for making movies, they should try to develop and small original movie and stop ripping off everybody's else s ideas. We should have classes that inform and educate the parents and grandparents of the world so that they can stop buying imitation movies and toys, it would save millions and millions, And the kids would be happier for it.
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3:13PM on 11/08/2012
will they really make profits with these fake movies?
will they really make profits with these fake movies?
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12:52PM on 11/08/2012
Are there really that many naive grandparents that keep mistakenly buying this stuff?
Are there really that many naive grandparents that keep mistakenly buying this stuff?
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12:51PM on 11/08/2012
I feel sorry for Teal'c and I miss Stargate. The Asylum are a pile of crusty Y-Fronts in my opinion.
I feel sorry for Teal'c and I miss Stargate. The Asylum are a pile of crusty Y-Fronts in my opinion.
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8:26AM on 11/08/2012
Are the 'flesh-eating dragon-riders' also based on scientifically justifiable sources?
Are the 'flesh-eating dragon-riders' also based on scientifically justifiable sources?
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8:00AM on 11/08/2012
"In an ancient age, the small, peace-loving Hobbits are enslaved by the Java Men, a race of flesh-eating dragon-riders."
^I'm a quarter half Javanese Indonesian and that is just f**ing bullshit.
"In an ancient age, the small, peace-loving Hobbits are enslaved by the Java Men, a race of flesh-eating dragon-riders."
^I'm a quarter half Javanese Indonesian and that is just f**ing bullshit.
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9:07AM on 11/08/2012
Um, whats "a quarter half"?
Um, whats "a quarter half"?
5:24AM on 11/08/2012
I'll be watching this high out of my mind assuming I don't pass out or sober up mid-movie. The only thing that impresses me about the Asylum are dvd/blu-ray cover design which I gotta admit sometimes look better than the movie posters they are ripping off.

I guess that's their secret right there.
I'll be watching this high out of my mind assuming I don't pass out or sober up mid-movie. The only thing that impresses me about the Asylum are dvd/blu-ray cover design which I gotta admit sometimes look better than the movie posters they are ripping off.

I guess that's their secret right there.
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11:32PM on 11/07/2012

Admit it

When the Hobbit guy hugged his daughter... you cried. I'm getting emotional just typing this up.
When the Hobbit guy hugged his daughter... you cried. I'm getting emotional just typing this up.
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11:32PM on 11/07/2012
Friggin' double post!
Friggin' double post!
11:26PM on 11/07/2012

Admit it

When the Hobbit guy hugged his daughter... you cried. I'm getting emotional just typing this up.
When the Hobbit guy hugged his daughter... you cried. I'm getting emotional just typing this up.
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11:00PM on 11/07/2012
One imagines that Teal'c got stranded on some alien planet........
One imagines that Teal'c got stranded on some alien planet........
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10:40PM on 11/07/2012

fuck Asylum

there is no worse studio out there and they put out THE worst films ever known to man. Just horrid, annoying, headache inducing crap. It's disgusting.
there is no worse studio out there and they put out THE worst films ever known to man. Just horrid, annoying, headache inducing crap. It's disgusting.
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1:09AM on 11/08/2012
They honestly do not care.
They honestly do not care.
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10:31PM on 11/07/2012
Judge: Mr Gambini, that is a lucid, intelligent, well thought out objection.
Vincent: Thank you
Judge: overruled
Judge: Mr Gambini, that is a lucid, intelligent, well thought out objection.
Vincent: Thank you
Judge: overruled
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10:26PM on 11/07/2012
Asylum movies usually look sort of entertaining in trailer form, in some kind of weird way, but this one just look like a cheap rip-off of Xena or something like that.
Asylum movies usually look sort of entertaining in trailer form, in some kind of weird way, but this one just look like a cheap rip-off of Xena or something like that.
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9:57PM on 11/07/2012
These guys need to be shut down. It's really sleazy to build a whole film "studio" based around making cheap knockoffs.
These guys need to be shut down. It's really sleazy to build a whole film "studio" based around making cheap knockoffs.
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