The official announcement comes from Peter Jackson’s Facebook page:
We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!
News has been coming in at an ever-increasing rate (compared to the trickle it has been) about the upcoming Hobbit movies. New photos have emerged from the production, and Jackson has announced his involvement in the upcoming Comic-Con in San Diego. I hope to post a detailed article about the latest news (including my thoughts on the new photos&emdash;including one which shows colored cloaks on some of the dwarves) later this weekend. So be looking for it!