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Philippa Boyens talks There and Back Again with Empire Online

Philippa BoyensOur good friends over at Empire Online have posted a great little story: co-writer and producer Philippa Boyens is talking Hobbit movie number three!  Boyens’ passion for Thorin (and for actor Richard Armitage!) is clear in her comments about the Dwarf-who-would-be-King’s storyline, and she hints at the darkness to come in The Hobbit: There and Back Again.  She also talks about the rift which opens up amongst the dwarves, and reminds us that Peter Jackson is hard at work even as you read this, cutting and shaping this third and final visit to Middle-earth.

Read the entire, (spoiler-free) article here.

 

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Philippa Boyens, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

More magical work from the Knitting Witch!

knitwitch3Back in January, we told you about the amazing figures created by a fan in the UK  – incredibly detailed characters from The Hobbit movies,  all made by knitting!  (Check them out in our article, here.)  Now Denise Salway, known as ‘The Knitting Witch’, has created another amazing piece – a jacket, telling the tale of The Hobbit in details all over this fabulous item of clothing. Denise says:

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Posted in Characters, Creations, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Limited Collector’s Edition EXCLUSIVE OFFER!

DofS box setAs we get ready for next month’s Home Video release of  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you may have been thinking of preordering the Limited Edition Collector’s gift set (with the Noble Collection bookends), but wondering if you could afford it.  We’re happy to tell you that our good friends at the official Hobbit shop have the Limited Edition set available for pre-order; and the great news is that it’s available at a discounted price! AND they’ve given us an exclusive coupon for TORn’s readers to use to get a further discount; so if you pre-order from the official store, at the sale price of $79.99, and enter the code Hobbit10 at check out, you get a further $10 off!  And free shipping!  Here’s their official blurb:

Don’t miss the Middle-earth Fan Sale happening now at HobbitShop.com and also Preorder The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Limited Edition Collector’s Gift Set (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Combo Pack)!   Enter code Hobbit10 at checkout and take $10 off $50 this week!  Exclusions apply.

This coupon is only valid March 11 to 14 – so what are you waiting for? From tomorrow morning (Tues 11th), head on over to the Hobbit shop and pre-order your Collector’s gift set!  (Sadly, the Collector’s Edition will ship within the US only.)

[Click here to order from The Hobbit Shop]

[UPDATE - apologies, the coupon was not working as it ought! It will be working by 3am PST on Tues 11th March.  Thanks for your patience!]

Posted in Blu-Ray, Collectibles, Collectibles, DVD/Blu-Ray, DVDs, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Uncategorized

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Home Video release – preorder in the US

DofS box setYet more information on all those different versions of the Blu-ray and DVD of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!  Various versions are available for pre-order in the US; Target has the Limited Collector’s Edition (with the Noble Collection bookends) and the set of Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet with LEGO Legolas figure listed as available for pre-order online. (They will also be selling the 3D Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet pack, the regular 2 disc DVD and the regular Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet combo pack in stores.) Check out all Target’s Hobbit Home Video sales info here.  (Thanks to Ringer spy Nathaniel for sending along the information.)

Also – see our post above for a great offer to buy the Limited Collector’s Edition from The Hobbit Shop at a discounted price!  If you were wondering if you could afford to splash out – now you can!

 

 

Posted in Blu-Ray, Collectibles, Collectibles, DVD/Blu-Ray, DVDs, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

From the makers of Rise of the Fellowship – a new project

rangers posterMany Middle-earth fans will be familiar with the independent film Rise of the Fellowship, from director Ron Newcomb, who is himself a passionate Tolkien fan.  Newcomb has teamed up again with producer Scott Mathias to launch a new project, which should appeal to all fantasy lovers.  The proposal is for a web series about a group of Rangers guarding an ancient realm; The Lord of the Rings, George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, and Dungeons and Dragons are all cited as influences for this new tale.  Going by Newcomb’s previous award winning work, The Rangers should be something to look out for!  You can read more about this project here; and take a look at the teaser trailer, below:
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Posted in Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, Miscellaneous

Catch Billy Connolly (aka Dain Ironfoot, the dwarf we have yet to see!) on the radio Wednesday

Billy-ConnollyActor, musician and comedian Billy Connolly, (who will be seen in The Hobbit: There and Back Again as dwarf Dain Ironfoot),  is currently performing on the West Coast of  the US with his one man show, ‘The Man Live’.  This weekend, he’ll be performing at the Montalban Theatre, Los Angeles – tickets are available here.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, Connolly will be appearing on the radio show ‘Kevin & Bean’ on radio station KROQ. Their website states that he’ll be on at 9am (that’s Pacific time); you can tune in at 106.7fm, or listen via their website. Catch up with the latest from the Scot known as ‘The Big Yin’; and check out his other tour dates, to see if he’ll be appearing near you – he’ll also be touring New Zealand later this Spring/Fall.

[Billy Connolly's official website]

Posted in Billy Connolly, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

WB’s Desolation of Smaug motion movie poster

DofS box setIn anticipation of the Home Video release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros. have created a very cool motion movie poster.

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Posted in Blu-Ray, Collectibles, Collectibles, DVD/Blu-Ray, DVDs, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Home Video release – more international information

DoS DVD coverFollowing on from our posts earlier this week, we now have information from official press releases from Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary and Germany.  Here are the details:

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Posted in Blu-Ray, Collectibles, Collectibles, DVD/Blu-Ray, DVDs, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Home Video release – some worldwide information

Continuing on from our post earlier today about the Home Video release of the Theatrical Edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, here’s some further information we’ve gathered about different versions which will be available around the world.

In the UK, where the release happens on April 7th (one day earlier than anywhere else!) it looks like there will be the same editions available as will be in the US – namely Blu-ray 3D combo pack (£18.00), Blu-ray combo pack (£16.50) and DVD (£14.50).  It seems likely there will also be a Collector’s Edition in the UK – most likely those same Noble Collection Dwarven bookends – but we don’t have exact details on that yet.

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Posted in Blu-Ray, Collectibles, Collectibles, DVD/Blu-Ray, DVDs, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

EXCLUSIVE – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Home Video release

DofS box set2Read about it here at TORn before this information is available anywhere else! Thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, we can now bring you all the official information about when you will be able to take home The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  These are the release dates worldwide:

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Posted in Blu-Ray, Collectibles, DVD/Blu-Ray, DVDs, Ed Sheeran, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Peter Jackson, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

WIN TICKETS to see Orlando Bloom – coming to cinemas across America

Romeo and JulietAt the end of last year, Orlando Bloom was appearing on Broadway in Romeo and Juliet – here at TORn, we even gave away tickets so some lucky fans could go along and see the production. For those who didn’t make it to New York to see Shakespeare’s tragic play, the good news is that the show was filmed on November 27th 2013, and will be broadcast this February (13th to 19th) in cinemas across the United States.

The even better news is that TORn is once again giving away tickets!  We have two pairs of tickets to give away, so two lucky winners can go (with a friend – or a date!) and see the broadcast of Romeo and Juliet at the cinema nearest then.  (A full list of theatres and dates for the screenings can be found here.) What more romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day than watching the tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers?

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Posted in Contests, Events, Film Screenings, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Orlando Bloom, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

‘Misty Mountains’ performed by some smaller dwarves!

elementary school dwarvesKevin, who runs a music club at an elementary school in Arkansas, recently sent us this video of his 4th and 5th graders.  He tells us, ‘In my recording studio, I arranged and recorded my music club singing “Misty Mountains Cold”, and then the school district videographer came down and we made a music video! The kids dressed up as dwarves, and we spent an entire afternoon shooting the video just before Christmas! I’m so proud of these kids.’

There are some adorable costumes in this video (check out Dwalin around the 50 second mark!), and the kids do a great job. You just can’t help but smile when you watch them; have a look at their performance here.

Posted in Creations, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey