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There is unrest in Middle-earth. Lord of the Rings filmmaker PETER JACKSON has sued New Line Cinema (a unit of Time Warner, TIME's parent) for breach of contract, alleging the studio mishandled home-video sales, video games and merchandising for The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment of the LOTR trilogy, which grossed nearly $3 billion. New Line declined to comment on pending litigation, but Jackson's complaint isn't the first. In 2003, 18 LOTR actors reportedly banded together and demanded better pay. (They got a bonus.) Actor Sean Astin still grumbled later that he made a measly $250,000 for all three...

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