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Archive for March, 2009

The Hobbit…..TRILOGY?! *UPDATE*

Yes, as many of your predicted, this was our April Fools joke for 2009! We hope we ‘got you’ for at least a little bit!

For a few months now, we’ve all been wondering why there’s been such a cloud of secrecy from Guillermo and PJ regarding progress on The Hobbit. Well, today we got wind of what could be the biggest story so far about this much anticipated film: a report that negotiations are under way for a third film!

On condition on anonymity, our source revealed that some of the main sticking points include amendments to PJ and GDT’s contracts requiring an additional 3 months of principal photography, and temporarily suspending some of their other projects.

Our insider also mentioned some legal wrangling with the Tolkien Estate to acquire additional rights to materials not currently under license which would provide the bulk of the plot for the third movie. What specifically this could be is a guess, but our source seems to imply delving into the back-story of the Istari (Wizards) including Gandalf and Saruman’s youth in Valinor. The inclusion of other young wizards at the academy would provide an opportunity for cameos from LOTR actors who’s story arc doesn’t fit into The Hobbit. The latter would go a long way toward explaining recent cryptic quotes from LOTR actors about possible appearances in The Hobbit.

We’ll keep you up to date as this story progresses. Our source is sending us an update tomorrow.

Posted in Fool, Guillermo Del Toro, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Peter Jackson, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit

Turbine LOTRO Book 7: Leaves of Lorien – Crafting Screenshots

Jackie writes: Today Turbine released new assets from Book 7: Leaves of Lόrien, the latest major content update for subscribers of The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO): Mines of Moria. The screenshots depict new crafting instances found in Book 7.

Book 7, delivers the next installment to the epic story of LOTRO, a new 12-player raid, the Spring Festival, access to the full region of Lothlorien, and major gameplay enhancements. It is available now to subscribers in North America and Europe.

Posted in Gaming

Sean Bean is Zeus

Sean BeanCelevon writes: Sean Bean has been cast as Zeus in the new fantasy film: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. It’s based on a series of children’s books by Rick Riordan. Sean Bean is Zeus

Posted in Sean Bean

Don’t Forget! The Reclaiming the Blade Giveaway Ends Soon

Reclaiming the BladeTheOneRing.net is teaming up with Galatia Films to celebrate the DVD release of ‘Reclaiming the Blade’ by giving away the ‘Late 15th Century Bastard Sword’ from Albion Swords! A prize worth nearly $500! Entering the contest is super easy – you don’t even need to answer any questions! ‘Reclaiming the Blade’ is narrated by John Rhys-Davies and features appearances by many LOTR veterans: Viggo Mortensen, Karl Urban, Bob Anderson, John Howe and Richard Taylor of WETA Workshop. The DVD will be released on March 30th, but you can place your pre-order today at the Galatia Films website. So after you enter the contest, secure your copy of the DVD today! [Contest Page] [Pre-Order the DVD]

Posted in Contests, LotR Movies

Viggo Mortensen: Empire Icon

Empire Awards 2009 Mortensen BeanAt this year’s Jameson Empire Awards, the winner of the “Empire Icon” award was kingly indeed. Viggo Mortensen was presented the award by non other than Boromir (Sean Bean) whom also became part of Viggo’s acceptance speech:

“Let’s talk about Sean Bean. Empire magazine was an early and ardent supporter of Lord of the Rings before it even came out. Now as far as I know we’re not in The Hobbit but they’re going to try and find a way, just for fun. I’m not necessarily against the idea. They may try to link that book to the book we were in. But I was looking at Tolkien’s version of the world. In order to do a prequel to The Lord of the Rings, I’d probably have to be changing Boromir’s diapers because I live longer or whatever. “

You can see a video of the acceptance speech as well as read it on Empire Online.

Posted in LotR Cast News, Sean Bean, Viggo Mortensen

Updated Kansas City Symphony News

Jeff sent us updated information on the Kansas City LOTR Concert this May.

THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY & CHORUS PRESENTS THE LORD OF THE RINGS SYMPHONY THURSDAY, MAY 7 & FRIDAY, MAY 8 AT 8PM MUSIC HALL, DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY

Join the Kansas City Symphony & Chorus on a musical journey into the realm of Middle Earth! Since its premiere in 2003, Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings Symphony has received standing ovations on four continents. The musical experience is heightened with projected illustrations, storyboards and more than 200 performers on stage. Tickets: $28-$88, plus all applicable taxes and fees. Tickets available now through Ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000!

In related news Howard Shore will be at the Radio City Music Hall event this fall in NYC. Watch FOTR with a 300 member orchestra and Howard shore! Tickets Available at Radio City Music Hall or Ticketmaster.com

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Posted in Concerts, Events, Howard Shore

Matchstick Man Creates Minas Tirith

Matchstick Man Creates Minas TirithDaniel writes: Patrick Acton, the Matchstick Man of Iowa has posted three new photos at his website of the progress on his matchstick re-creation of Minas Tirith. The photos were posted on March 1st, 2009. Enjoy! Here is the link.

Posted in Creations, Fans

Orlando Bloom heads to ‘Main Street’

One of Horton Foote’s last works is adding cast and moving closer to production. Producers on “Main Street,” the late playwright’s new and final screenplay, are in negotiations to cast Orlando Bloom and have signed Andrew McCarthy ahead of the project’s planned April shoot. The pair join an ensemble that already includes Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson and Colin Firth. It has yet to cast the central character, a young-girl role. Foote’s drama centers on a group of people in a small town in North Carolina whose lives are shaken up when a stranger arrives. Bloom will play a small-town policeman, while McCarthy will play a Lothario business manager. Orlando Bloom heads to ‘Main Street’

Posted in Orlando Bloom

Howard Shore Talk Added to Royal Albert Hall Event

Howard ShoreEva writes: Fantastic news. Howard Shore is going to do a talk before the Albert Hall Concert on Tuesday, April 14. I booked my ticket in October and got this email on March 26: From the Newsletter – Thank you for booking your tickets to the live UK premiere of ‘The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring’ at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 14 April 2009.

In related news Howard Shore will be at the Radio City Music Hall event this fall in NYC. Watch FOTR with a 300 member orchestra and Howard shore! Tickets Available at Radio City Music Hall or Ticketmaster.com

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Posted in Concerts, Events, Fellowship of the Ring, Howard Shore, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Music

Syracuse Tolkien Reading Day II

Sean Kirst from The Post-Standard writes: Another Tolkien Reading Day is upon us, as discussed in today’s column – attached in “extended reading.” We’re holding this year’s version Sunday at 1 p.m. on the second floor of The Palace Theatre in Eastwood. Admission is free, and the focus is participation, not fundraising, especially in these tough financial times. But if you want to throw any change into a hat, all proceeds will go toward a couple of local literacy projects: The Ted Grace Reading Grove, and a GED program at the Learning Place. We’ll be reading from “The Hobbit,” and we’ll go for as long as everyone holds out. Right now, we’re thinking three pages per reader. The point is certainly to honor Tolkien, but it’s also to recall the sheer joy of reading. Retired English professor Tony Annunziata, the focus of today’s column, recently noted that Tolkien exemplifies the power of reading: His work demands an intense creative process for anyone who flips open the books, and the payoff is a lifetime bond. Syracuse Tolkien Reading Day II

Posted in Events, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien

Announcing the ‘Reclaiming the Blade’ Giveaway!

Reclaiming the BladeTheOneRing.net is teaming up with Galatia Films to celebrate the DVD release of ‘Reclaiming the Blade’ by giving away the ‘Late 15th Century Bastard Sword’ from Albion Swords! A prize worth nearly $500! Entering the contest is super easy – you don’t even need to answer any questions! ‘Reclaiming the Blade’ is narrated by John Rhys-Davies and features appearances by many LOTR veterans: Viggo Mortensen, Karl Urban, Bob Anderson, John Howe and Richard Taylor of WETA Workshop. The DVD will be released on March 30th, but you can place your pre-order today at the Galatia Films website. So after you enter the contest, secure your copy of the DVD today! [Contest Page] [Pre-Order the DVD]

Posted in Collectibles, Contests, DVDs, Headlines, John Howe, John Rhys-Davies, Karl Urban, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, Merchandise, Props, Richard Taylor, Viggo Mortensen, WETA Workshop

Legolas Premium Format Figure Coming to Sideshow!

Legolas Premium Format Figure

Tomorrow at 10am PT, Sideshow Collectibles.com will launch their latest Lord of the Rings Premium Format Figure – Legolas Greenleaf. According to their website, the piece is based on Legolas as he appears in the Mines of Moria, with the exclusive edition featuring an orc skull. With a pretty striking sculpt of Orlando Bloom as Legolas, and a limited edition of 500 pieces, they expect the exclusive to sell out very quickly. For more information, check out SideshowCollectibles.com! [Learn More] [Full Gallery and Description]

Posted in Collectibles, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Orlando Bloom, Sideshow Collectibles