These would be from the Dept. of Xmas Yet To Come:
Peter Jackson will be making The Hobbit, in fact two films worth. Yay! The Hobbit is a miniature - an "essay in the craft before it was full-grown", with a story line slight by comparison with LOTR. On the other hand, Jackson will have the time and budget to lavish on going deeper into backstory on the dwarves and wood elves. Can't wait for Smaug and the Battle of Five Armies. Yes, I'm a Tolkien geek from way back. There's a first printing of the Ballantine ROTK paperback around here somewhere...
The writers' strike is beginning to yield the hoped-for fruit: Startups, using the Internet to challenge the incumbent studios and distributors. Do you smell a HBS case in the making? I do. HT: Marc Andreessen.
(I've been heads down working on a project due Xmas Day, hence the quiet around here. Enough blowing off - back to work.)