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Ralph Bakshi looks back at “The Lord of the Rings” for its 40th Anniversary

The 1978 animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, created by acclaimed filmmaker Ralph Bakshi, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary, and the director took time to speak at length with The Hollywood Reporter about the journey to get the film made, beginning with his love of Tolkien and how the novels influenced one of his earlier projects.

“As far as realistic adult fantasy, Tolkien certainly was the best I’d ever read,” says Bakshi, who regularly consumed sci-fi and fantasy like Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian pulp novels in the ‘50s. “There was a very big fantasy kick going on in the underground and in popular culture [in the ‘60s and ‘70s]. That kick eventually had me make the picture Wizards.”

The $1.3 million budgeted, politically acute Wizards incorporated a number of Tolkienesque characters in its post-apocalyptic setting, from fairies and elves and dwarves to the title characters themselves.

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Posted in Director news, Headlines, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Miscellaneous, Ralph Bakshi, Tolkien

Thomas Newman to compose score for J.R.R. Tolkien biopic

Composer Thomas Newman will write the music to Finnish director Dome Karukoski’s upcoming biopic Tolkien, according to Film Music Reporter.

Newman, a multiple Oscar nominee, has written the music for such films as The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, The Green Mile, Finding Nemo and Skyfall. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, J.R.R. Tolkien, Miscellaneous, Production, Tolkien

“Gollum” on the brink of extinction

No, it doesn’t reside in the depths of the Misty Mountains, or mutter “My precious, my precious…” in the dark.

However, the possible fate of a particular toad from Malaysia, that gets its name from everyone’s favorite duplicitous, conniving, yet lovable, precious-coveting character from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, is concerning scientists after becoming the latest to join a list of animals at great risk of extinction.

This amphibian, which is known as Ansonia smeagol, was given its name due to the similarities scientists saw between it and Professor Tolkien’s famous creation. (more…)

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Miscellaneous

Happy Birthday Peter Jackson!

 

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Today, Sir Peter Jackson turned 54 years old! We here at TORN hope he had a most wonderful day and wish him many happy returns. (May the hair on his toes never fall out!)

Thank you, Peter, for all you’ve gifted us with – from the very first online preview for The Lord of the Rings to the Extended Cut of The Battle of the Five Armies. May the coming year, and those after, be most prosperous for you. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Miscellaneous, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Happy Birthday to Sir Christopher Lee!

Christopher LeeJust a couple of days on the heels of another wizard’s birthday, Sir Christopher Lee turned 93 today. He was born in Belgravia, Westminster, London on May 27, 1922.

A true titan of cinema if there ever was one, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the shoes of the great wizard Saruman the White. We hope you had a wonderful birthday and we wish you many happy returns, Sir Christopher! (more…)

Posted in Christopher Lee, Headlines

Happy Birthday to Sir Ian McKellen!

 

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

We here at TheOneRing.net would like to wish the wonderful Sir Ian McKellen a very Happy Birthday! Ian was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire. Today he turns 76.

Thank you Ian for all that you’ve done for the fans of Middle-earth. You’ve led us there and back again, and we couldn’t have had a better guide. We wish you many happy returns. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Ian McKellen, Miscellaneous

Author George R.R. Martin to gift First Edition “Hobbit” to Texas A&M University

Any Texas residents who live near the A&M University may want mark February 27th on their calendar – particularly those of you who are fans of author George R.R. Martin (the creator of the Game of Thrones universe).

The University has announced that he will stopping by on that date for a ceremony beginning at 11 A.M., which will see him presenting a first edition copy of Professor Tolkien’s The Hobbit as a gift to the university. It will be the University Libraries’ 5 millionth acquisition. (more…)

Posted in Events, Headlines, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit

Stephen Colbert interviews Smaug the Magnificent

smaug colbertIn a rare move, Stephen Colbert was granted an interview (er…audience) with none other than Smaug himself on his American television show “The Colbert Report”. As many of you know, Stephen is a great Tolkien fan, and Smaug seemingly left his last press interview of the day just for him.

The two share some of their common political interests, and Smaug discusses some of the difficulties of working on the Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy – as well as his distaste for several “pretender” Hollywood dragons. (more…)

Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Miscellaneous, Television, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, WETA Digital

Update: Variety, Empire and now Hollywood Reporter review ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’

BilboBOTFAPosterIt’s that time of the year again…

Following the World Premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, reviews have begun pouring in – and here we have two from Variety and Empire. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, J.R.R. Tolkien, Martin Freeman, MGM, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Premieres, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Warner Bros.

Music Video for Billy Boyd’s “The Last Goodbye” in High Definition

BillbyBoydTheLastGoodbyeEarlier today, the music video for “The Last Goodbye”, the end credits song for the last chapter in The Hobbit Trilogy, premiered exclusively on EW.com.

As much a farewell to Peter Jackson’s entire Middle-earth filmography as the Hobbit films themselves, the video features our beloved Mr. Boyd singing his wonderful tune to images of the entire saga.

Including footage ranging from the incredibly familiar to the previously unseen, the music video is a beautiful reminder of the journey we’ve all been on and a celebration of everything the cast and crews from both trilogies have accomplished. (more…)

Posted in Billy Boyd, Headlines, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Movies, MGM, Miscellaneous, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Music, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Warner Bros.

First ‘Battle of the Five Armies’ TV Spot

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“And…here….we….go.”

Following on the heels of last week’s release of the final Theatrical Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Warner Brothers has released the very first TV Spot for the final installment. Much of the footage has been featured in the previous trailers, but there are a few new bits of dialogue (notably including a new line from Balin) as well as some additional shots not seen before. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, MGM, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Warner Bros.

‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ Soundtrack up for pre-order on iTunes US Store with 90 second samples!

BOFA Standard OST Cover Art30 seconds not enough for you? Perfectly understandable. So for those of you who want just little bit more of a taste of Howard Shore’s final score in the Middle-earth Saga, iTunes has granted your wish.

The Special Edition Album of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now up for pre-order in the iTunes US store, and along with that pre-order come 90-second samples for each track. This provides a much clearer idea of what to expect from this score – and if you ask me, the word you’re looking for is BIG. Or EPIC. Or GARGANTUAN… (you get the idea). (more…)

Posted in Billy Boyd, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, J.R.R. Tolkien, MGM, Miscellaneous, Music, New Line Cinema, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, Warner Bros.