Although officially all shooting for Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies wrapped at the end of pickups last year, the cast have always said that they expect to head back sometime this year. In his interview with TheOneRing.net last November, Richard Armitage said, ‘We have nothing official at the moment; but knowing Pete, knowing what that third movie needs to be like, you know, his taste and what he’s aiming for, I have no doubt in my mind that we’ll be going back to do more stuff … On the last day of the shoot, he [PJ] put his arms around me, and he gave me a big hug and said, ‘See you next year.’ And I was like, ‘What, do you mean for the Premiere?’ and he went, ‘No, no; we’ll be back here again…’ ’
Now there is the first hint of a confirmation that there will indeed be further pickups to complete the third movie, The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The business section of newspaper Irish Examiner contains this article about actor James Nesbitt’s entertainment firm Brown Cow Films Ltd; at the very end of the article is the line, ‘Nesbitt confirmed that he is returning to New Zealand in around May for the filming of the third Hobbit movie.’
There and Back Again indeed! It looks like New Zealand may be becoming Middle-earth, and the fellowship of companions may be gathering, for one last journey in a few months’ time. And that is an encouraging thought.
Posted in Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, James Nesbitt, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: There and Back Again
The latest writing from TORn’s friend and regular Tolkien blogger Michael Martinez’s considers the content of Peter Jackson’s not one, not two but three Hobbit movies. The criticism often made is that Jackson has ‘padded’ Tolkien’s brief story, to create enough content for three films; but what of the content from the book which has in fact been lost? And how many of Jackson’s additions could be seen as necessary exposition, required to clarify and render cohesive several somewhat ‘glossed over’ plot points from The Hobbit (upon which Tolkien himself expanded, in the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings, for example)? Is any of Jackson’s content actually gratuitous padding, simply there to spin out a short tale? You can read Martinez’s take on all this in his interesting blog, here.
Posted in Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, Tolkien
Today (January 4th) is actor Graham McTavish’s birthday – Happy Birthday to him from everyone here at TORn! Back at the start of December, our favourite tattooed dwarf sat down with TORn staffer greendragon, to chat about The Hobbit, about his latest project (playing Dougal MacKenzie in the Outlander series), and to reveal what it’s like to spend months working with a bunch of sweaty men in fat suits – and even to risk inviting them over for parties! Continuing greendragon’s ‘Inside the Middle-earth Actor’s Studio’ series, McTavish also discussed at length his approach to acting, what he sees as the greatest challenge in creating a role, and how he began his career on the stage. McTavish is an excellent raconteur, and there were many laughs during the conversation - read on to find out all that he had to say.
Posted in Adam Brown, Graham McTavish, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Jed Brophy, Peter Jackson, Production, Richard Armitage, Richard Taylor, Stephen Hunter, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
We know that Tolkien fans are a creative bunch – we’ve seen fan made paintings, drawings, sculptures, even cakes! The latest Hobbity handicrafts to come to our attention are the brilliant creations of a lady in Wales. Denise Evans knits characters from the Hobbit films, planning her own designs and sometimes taking over a month for one piece! Readers may have seen her work on twitter, where she is @KnittingWitchUK, and where Stephen Hunter and Graham McTavish have admired her knitted Dwalin and Bombur! Read more about her amazing work – and see some stunning photographs - in this article.
Share your own artistic endeavours from Middle-earth at our ‘Fan Art’ page on the message boards.
Posted in Characters, Creations, Fans, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, Stephen Hunter, The Hobbit
Last August, TORn Staffer Justin posted a list of cast members who tweet. In the spirit of festive greetings, we thought we’d reshare - and update – that list.
Posted in Adam Brown, Billy Boyd, Billy Connolly, Dean O'Gorman, Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Fans, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Jed Brophy, John Bell, John Callen, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Luke Evans, Manu Bennett, Ryan Gage, Sean Astin, Stephen Fry, Stephen Hunter, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Tolkien Family
TORn staffer ImladrisRose was lucky enough recently to see the ‘Two Plays in Rep’ on Broadway, starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart. Here’s her review:
New York City in December is nothing short of magical, and this year, for a limited time, you can see pure magic on the Broadway stage. No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot are two completely different plays, by two different writers, but with the exact same cast, at the historic Cort Theatre. Each performance runs subsequently one night after the other, and each show is a different experience.
The stellar cast just happens to include film and theatre legend Sir Ian McKellen (perhaps you have heard of him, he plays Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films and Magneto in the X-Men franchise), and film and television legend Sir Patrick Stewart (best know for playing Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor X in the X-Men franchise). These fantastic, cinematic greats are working together again on Broadway, and it is something that should be witnessed by every person who is able! There is a poignant line delivered by Patrick Steward in No Man’s Land that rings especially true: “You speak with the weight of experience behind you!” These two stage and screen masters certainly do.
Posted in Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Stage Productions, The Hobbit
Over at Radio Station Podastery, one can find the charming gents who host Country Squire Radio. These fellows are avid pipe smokers (and run a tabacco store); they are also huge Tolkien fans. When they wanted to discuss pipes, pipeweed and Middle-earth, they turned to TheOneRing.net, and staffer greendragon – not a pipe smoker herself, but the daughter of one! – answered the call. The conversation covers topics such as the latest Hobbit movie, the Rankin Bass animated Hobbit, how pipeweed first came to Middle-earth, and what Tolkien thought about pipe smoking. (Clue – he was a fan!) You can hear the chat they had in the latest Country Squire Radio podcast, which can be found here.
Posted in Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien
Thanks to all who entered our competition to win the complete set of new Hobbit publications from Harper Collins. We had thousands of entries – but alas, only four people could win, picked at random from all the correct answers. Congratulations to Karen in America, Asimakis in Greece, Liudmila in Russia and Teresa in America!
Posted in Books, Books Publications, Collectibles, Contests, Events, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop
Last Wednesday we told you that MSN UK was celebrating the opening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug by requesting Skype messages from fans, asking questions of actor Martin Freeman. See which questions were chosen from fans all over the world, and find out what Freeman had to say, in the video below.
Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Martin Freeman, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
TORn staffer ImladrisRose writes: Last year when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey had its US Premiere at the Ziegfield Theatre in New York City, I was fortunate enough to be on the black carpet representing TORn and covering the premiere. The event was busting at the seams with pure awesomeness and featured most of the film’s principal cast as well as Peter Jackson himself. However, there was no black carpet this year.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug had its world premiere extravaganza in Los Angeles this year and was covered by the Happy Hobbits. With the film’s cast and crew being sent on a whirlwind premiere tour after starting in LA, there was no mention of a New York premiere at all for this time around. I happened to stumble across a Twitter post from Evangeline Lilly on Tuesday afternoon which said “See you all at the #redcarpet in New York tomorrow night at the #timewarnercenter”.
Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Orlando Bloom, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Thanks to all who entered our competition to win an exclusive Hobbit collectible from the good folks at Trendsetter/Film Cells Ltd. We had well over a thousand entries! Congratulations to our winner, Cyra – enjoy your prize!
For those who didn’t win, Film Cells Ltd are still offering their special 10% discount on all Lord of the Rings and Hobbit collectibles at their website, just for TheOneRing,net’s readers! Enter this code at checkout: 1RING2013 The code is valid until December 24th. (Within the US there is also an offer for free shipping – use the code FREESHIP.)
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Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Contests, Events, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit
MSN UK are going to be chatting with Bilbo Baggins himself, and they want YOU to ask him a question. They are looking for the world’s biggest fans to pose questions via Skype; the best and most creative questions will then be shown to Martin Freeman, for him to answer. The only criteria for entry is that you must be 15 or older; and the deadline for questions to be submitted (via Skype’s video messaging tool) is TODAY (Wednesday 11th) at 6pm GMT – that’s 6pm in the UK. So get those thinking caps on and put your question to everyone’s favourite burglar!
The interview will take place tomorrow (Thursday 12th); we’ll share MSN’s video with you after it’s happened, so you can see if your question was chosen!
Click here for all details on how to record your question.
Posted in Contests, Events, Hobbit Movie, Martin Freeman, The Hobbit