We'll have to wait just a little bit longer for the gossip, set photos and spoilers that will inevitably come out of The Hobbit, because Peter Jackson has been hospitalized, delaying the production.
Jackson is suffering from a perforated ulcer and has undergone surgery to repair it. According to a statement from his production, as reported by Deadline magazine, his recovery shouldn't delay the film for long: "Sir Peter's surgery is not expected to impact on his directing commitment to The Hobbit beyond a slight delay to the start of filming."
Wikipedia says, "A perforated ulcer ... is a very serious condition where an untreated ulcer can burn through the wall of the stomach (or other areas of the gastrointestinal tract), allowing digestive juices and food to leech into the abdominal cavity. Treatment generally requires immediate surgery."
Also from Wikipedia comes this eerie coincidence ... J.R.R. Tolkien died of a perforated ulcer.