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Evangeline Lilly: “Tauriel Is A Warrior”

Entertainment Weekly’s John Young recently caught up with Evangeline Lilly to discuss “Real Steel” which has arrived on Blu-Ray and DVD.  While there are many fans of that movie, Tolkien devotees want to hear more about her upcoming role in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  

EW turned the conversation to that very topic and asked if her new character Tauriel would be a type of elf warrior, which Lilly confirmed.  “Yes, she is a warrior. She’s actually the head of the Elven guard. She’s the big shot in the army. So she knows how to wield any weapon, but the primary weapons that she uses are a bow and arrow and two daggers. And she’s lethal and deadly. You definitely wouldn’t want to be caught in a dark alley next to Tauriel.”

Lilly went on to say her role has expanded from her original expectation and has only a small part at the end of the first Hobbit film, leaving the bulk of her participation for 2013′s The Hobbit: There And Back Again.  However, she could not confirm any involvement in the Battle of Five Armies, a highlight fans are looking forward to in the second film.  She did mentioned a return to New Zealand for five more months of filming.

You can read the entire article here at Entertainment Weekly.  And I know TORN fans will be discussing this on the message boards!

Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, Uncategorized

Sir Christopher Lee Interview On Forbes

John Farrell’s blog on Forbes has a delightful new video interview with Sir Christopher Lee, the first of a series planned over the next few weeks.  His initial interview included a discussion on new media and Lee’s early entrance into hosting a website with help from his son-in-law.

What caught my eye was an initial statement by Farrell on his blog.  He mentioned that Lee was “getting ready to reprise his role as Saruman in Peter Jackson’s two-part production of The Hobbit”.

While there is nothing on the video discussing The Hobbit nor is the statement itself a confirmation, the fact that Farrell recently spoke with Lee and chose this particular phrasing of words (without hedging) suggests this was part of their conversation and that Lee directly stated this.  It could be a case of an over-zealous Tolkien fan reading too much into that statement but TORN followers may want to scour any future videos for tidbits of information.  

Is this a backwards confirmation that Sir Christopher Lee will return as Saruman?   Talk about it on our message boards here!

Posted in Casting Rumors, Christopher Lee, Hobbit Movie

Figwit May Figure In The Hobbit

Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie is possibly being wooed by Peter Jackson to accept a role in The Hobbit, the Dominion Post has revealed in an article today.

The article did not speculate whether McKenzie would play a new role or reprise his Lord Of The Rings character, popularly known as Figwit.  That is an acronym for “Frodo is great … who is that?”, dubbed by a fan after his short appearance in the Oscar winning films.  

By coincidence McKenzie attended the opening of Miramar’s new Roxy theatre where Jackson and other Hobbit cast members were celebrating.  You can read the entire article here!  The Dominion Post

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Uncategorized

Liv Tyler Not Contacted For Hobbit

On a new interview with Collider.com, Liv Tyler was asked if she might return for even a small part in The Hobbit.  Considering many previous Lord Of The Rings characters were returning (including some not in the book) there has been speculation as to a potential appearance by Arwen.   

Alas, that likely is not the case.  “I haven’t heard from anybody” was her reply.  Informed there would be additional casting yet to come for the film, she  wasn’t optimistic on her chances.  She did express fond wishes to join old friends and colleagues and said she would “love to go back to New Zealand”.  The gift of foresight was lacking however as she was genuinely surprised to hear that filming started today.

For fans, Lord Of The Rings may be the last (and only) journey for Arwen Undomiel.  However, Peter Jackson and company are known to tweek scripts and add new ideas as filming rolls on.  So with more casting announcements coming down the pike, stay tuned to TORN for the latest updates throughout the production!

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Uncategorized

Vote “The Hobbit” on HCC website

With the NCAA college basketball tournament about to kick off this month in the USA, Harper Collins Canada has been having their own “March Madness” with famous books pairing off against each other.  Right now they are down to their Sweet Sixteen and The Hobbit is still in contention.  The match-up this time is against another well-known fantasy book The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.

Time for TORN fans to weigh in and enter the bracket.  So get voting!

HCC March Madness

Posted in Hobbit Book, Miscellaneous, Uncategorized

Daily Show Geeks On New Zealand

During a sketch called “Global Chaos Round Up” on The Daily Show, John Stewart brought up the recent government collapse in Tunisia and how that might sadden those around the world who wanted to visit the same desert where Star Wars was filmed. 

He then laments “what am I suppose to do for spring break now?  Go to New Zealand for the Lord Of The Rings tour … AGAIN?”.   He continues with a bit more on visiting Hobbiton, using the typical tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek satirical humor The Daily Show is known for. 

Thought joking, I’d bet Stewart really has attended a LOTR tour, maybe on the advice of Tolkien geek and Comedy Central buddy Stephen Colbert.  Check it out!  The Daily Show

Posted in Lord of the Rings, Miscellaneous

MGM Formally Announces New CEO’s

Ringer Tim alerts us to an update on Deadline that confirms Spyglass partners Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum are now officially MGM’s new chairmen and CEO’s.  In addition, there is an MGM press release attached to the blog reviewing the reorganization efforts.

Stay tuned to TORN for any breaking news as updates continue to come out.  One more step towards an expected announcement (and not-so-unexpected party among TORN members) regarding an official green light for The Hobbit!

Posted in Hobbit Movie, MGM, Studios, The Hobbit

The Hobbit End Game

Gordon Campbell with Scoop.co.nz has weighed in on recent events concerning what he phrases as the end game for The Hobbit.  He states the actors boycott is really just a “sideshow” and what matters is “the production incentives available in New Zealand compared to elsewhere in the world” as well as “the late intrusion of the 74 year old corporate raider Carl Icahn into the sale of debt-burdened MGM, which owns a major stake in The Hobbit project.”

You can read the entire article here.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, MGM, Peter Jackson

Sahara $2B Bid Reconsidered By MGM

Last week it was reported a two billion dollar offer from Indian conglomerate Sahara India Pariwar was rejected by MGM.  But now an article in Businessweek says the offer is being reconsidered by creditors.

Additionally, Sahara has chosen an investment bank in the United States to provide representation, according to Sahara spokeswoman Marcy DePina.  She also stated that “part of the quick rejection had to do with Sahara submitting documentation of its assets in rupees”

You can read the entire article here.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, MGM, Studios, The Hobbit

Spyglass Signs Letter Of Intent To Manage MGM

The Los Angeles Times reports today that Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, founders of Spyglass Entertainment, have signed a non-binding letter of intent to manage MGM, according to familiar sources.  They are also discussing a Chief Operating Officer position for veteran Hollywood executive Ken Schapiro. 

They write: “Schapiro is partnered with Amir Malin in private media investment fund Qualia Capital, which earlier this year proposed restructuring MGM with a $500 -million cash infusion to keep the studio alive as a scaled-back operation.”   The Hobbit production would need such an infusion of cash to get off the ground. 

There is more issues to consider before the deal can be approved and MGM’s sixth forebearance date (September 15th) is looming.  Read the entire story here.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, MGM, Studios, The Hobbit, Uncategorized

Peter Jackson Hopeful For Hobbit News Soon

Hobbit fans have been waiting for years to see progress on the movie version of Tolkien’s classic novel The Hobbit.  Or at least word on what final decision will be made.  There is now hope that some answers may be forthcoming.

Stuff.co.nz posted an interview with Peter Jackson mentioning that Warner Bros was  “making progress untangling the MGM situation, so we should have certainty with The Hobbit sometime soon”.  A decision on whether Jackson would direct the film has not been reached but that verdict likely would be part of any potential announcement.

According to the article, Jackson is anxious to finalize everything in order to “map out a five-year plan for projects that will keep many people very busy”.  That would be happy news for the movie industry in New Zealand and the very enthusiastic fan base. 

You can read the entire article here.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, MGM, Peter Jackson, Studios, The Hobbit

Guillermo del Toro on The Hobbit, 3D

Ain’t It Cool News sat down with Guillermo del Toro to talk about his upcoming projects and other topics, including The Hobbit.  As in other interviews, Guillermo expressed disappointment over his departure but reiterated his confidence in ultimately making the correct decision. 

However, he did mention there is still involvement in The Hobbit.  Not directing, of course.  And he would still love to see Peter Jackson take the reins.  Del Toro says he’s still “an active writer” as well as “an active partner in their quest” to get The Hobbit made.  He also remarked that while he is in favor of 3D overall, he felt it would be inappropriate for The Hobbit.  He said “it needed to be consistent with the trilogy” and that if used it could take “a little bit away from the classicism of the tale”. 

You can read the entire interview here.

Posted in Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit