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‘Hobbit’ up for 3 Golden Reel Awards

MPSE Golden Reel Awards logoThe Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild announced its nominations for its 2013 Golden Reel awards with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” nominated in these three categories:

–  Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film.
–  Best Sound Editing: Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film
–  Best Sound Editing: Music in a Feature Film

Several films are competing against TH:AUJ in these categories, including “Argo” “Life of Pi” “Lincoln” and “Skyfall”.

For a full list of nominations that include animated films you can click right here.

Posted in Events, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

‘Hobbit’ nominated for excellence in fantasy film by Costume Designers Guild

The Costume Designers Guild have announced this years nominees for its annual costume design Cotume Designers Guild logo awards with Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor and Bob Buck being nominated for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in the excellence in fantasy film category.

Also nominated in the same category and vying for the award is Kym Barrett and Pierre-Yves Gayraud for “Cloud Atlas,” Eiko Ishioka for “Mirror Mirror” and Colleen Atwood for “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

For a full story and list of nominations, which include Television productions you can click right here.

Posted in Events, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Tolkien scholar Janet Brennan Croft consultant for Hobbit trilogy

Sharon Eberson from the Pittsburghjanet-brennan-croft_420 Post-Gazette interviewed “Tolkien scholar” Janet Brennan Croft she is a consultant for the film-makers of the Hobbit movie trilogy.

Her job for “The Hobbit” filmmakers is to make sure that writers are not bringing in outside sources because the rights are for specific Tolkien works.

She said has made continuity suggestions as well. “They have fixed some of the things I have mentioned [in the first film], but I don’t know if it was because of what I noted,” she said. “They are changing things all the time; the film was different than the last script I saw.”

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Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie FAQ, J.R.R. Tolkien, Story Changes Q&A, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Middle-earth: these worlds take a lot of work

Production designer Dan Hennah and Joe Letteri from Weta Digital spoke to Medakdo Murphy from the New York Times about the challenges of bringing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey HFR 48fps to the big screen by using a combination of digital sets and normal sets and merging the two together.

Mr. Hennah supervised the building of a flexible set. “We set it up so that we could make every component something we could move, lift up, turn around, interchange,” he said. They had two studios full of these movable elements, from the rock walls to the walkways and ladders. A digital version of some of those elements was created by Mr. Letteri’s team and blended together with the on-set props to create a seamless environment. Spoilers ahead.

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Posted in Hobbit Movie, Joe Letteri, Production

Weta Digital Joe Letteri: 48 FPS Enhances 3-D, But ‘It’s A Choice’

Talking to Shawn Adler from, Weta Digital visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri talks about the use of 3D HFR in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He explains why it takes some getting used to, and why he feels it’s a big step forward for films, like the transition from black and white to color.

“If you grew up seeing films in black and white and suddenly start seeing films in color, some people are going to have the reaction ‘Wow, that’s great!’ and other people are going to have the reaction, ‘That’s not moviemaking! Films should be made in black and white! You’re losing the mystery of how to deal with tonality, you’re sacrificing that to deal with color!'”  [Read more]

Posted in Crew News, Hobbit Movie, Joe Letteri, Production, Production Q&A, The Hobbit, WETA Digital

Video: TORn on the red carpet

UPDATED: We at where lucky enough to snare a really good spot right next to the three trolls created by Weta Workshop, on the Red Carpet at the Wellington Premier of the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on the 28th of November. In these videos are some of the actors we met, plus a few that flew past (Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Any Serkis) like the wind! I think I can safely say it was an amazing experience for all off us.

At party two nights earlier we were able to meet a few of these actors. So they recognised us as they went past — and as luck we where at the right place at the right time.

Watch our exclusive video from the red carpet below:

Posted in Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Director Rumors, Events, Fans, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Other Events, Premieres, Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, Wellington

Tolkien’s grandson says Rings films ‘a juggernaut that tore my family apart’

Simon Tolkien The grandson of JRR Tolkien said he felt ‘suffocated’ by the legacy of his famous relative and feared never being able to emerge from his shadow.

Barrister-turned-novelist Simon Tolkien said the unstoppable success of the film adaptations of his grandfather’s classic Lord of the Rings trilogy caused a bitter feud within his family.

Mr Tolkien said the problems led to an ‘incredibly, dreadfully painful’ feud with his father Christoper.

The 53-year-old author of The Stepmother and the Inspector Trave trilogy said ‘nothing could prepare’ his family for the release of the films, which he said was like being ‘hit by a juggernaut’.

He said the success of the films, which grossed almost $3 billion worldwide, made him feel as if he had ‘disappeared’.

He told The Sunday Times: ‘It was like being hit by a juggernaut. One minute, I was Simon Tolkien, a barrister from London. The next, I was JRR Tolkien’s grandson. This might sound strange, but I began to lose sight of who I was. It was as if I — me, Simon — had disappeared. I felt suffocated.’

It was reported at the time that the family row stemmed from Mr Tolkien’s willingness to cooperate with director Peter Jackson despite opposition from the rest of the estate. However this was later denied.

Mr Tolkien said: ‘Maybe some people assumed it was about money…I don’t know.

‘In hindsight, I think all of my anger was being driven by this feeling that I was trapped. All I ever was going to be was the grandson of a very famous writer. That was the sum total of my achievements.’

He and his father have since managed to reconcile their differences and he even dedicated his latest book to his father. He said: ‘I guess I feel lucky that I got the chance to put things right with my dad.

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Posted in Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Tolkien

A Q&A with Royd Tolkien

Royd Tolkien in Return of the King

Royd Tolkien in Return of the King

J.R.R. Tolkien’s great-grandson Royd Tolkien has developed a long-standing relationship with the team behind Middle Earth’s big-screen adaptations, and even appeared as a Gondorian ranger in the third film The Return of the King.

Digital Spy sat down with Royd to get the Tolkien family perspective on Jackson’s adaptations, and discuss the time he spent in New Zealand bonding with the Lord of the Rings cast and crew.

When did you first get wind of Lord of the Rings being adapted as a live-action film? It was a very long development process…

“It was years before they filmed. I’d known Peter Jackson because I’d been a fan of his from Bad Taste and Braindead, from when I was younger. But I really had no involvement in the films at that stage – my first connection with them was at the first premiere in London, for The Fellowship [of the Ring]. That’s where I met Peter and other people from New Line.”

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Posted in Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Tolkien

How a sleepy country town became Hobbiton

A decade ago, Matamata was a sleepy country town in the middle of the North Island, well-placed for travellers in need of a comfort stop and a takeaway snack. Today, it is better known as Hobbiton and is one of the country’s star tourist destinations, attracting 1.9 million visitors over the last 10 years. It is poised for a fresh invasion starting this Christmas which seems certain to top that number over the next decade.

It all began in 1998 when movie director Peter Jackson took to the sky in a small plane in search sites to film his planned trilogy of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

His target was a piece of countryside untouched by concrete buildings, power poles and roads that he could transform into Hobbiton, the primitive village home of Tolkien’s small, hairy, Hobbit people.

A family farm outside Matamata, set about halfway between the provincial capital, Hamilton, and the tourist city of Rotorua, and complete with Tolkien’s so-called “party tree” and a lake, proved perfect. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, New Zealand, The Hobbit

Dori makes a request from a Prince

While visiting Wellington in New Zealand, Prince Charles – who is here for the Queen’s diamond jubilee tour – made a stop over at Weta Workshop, where he meet Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor, and Dori (Mark Hadlow), who makes a special request of the Prince. Watch below!

Prince Charles clearly enjoyed his time at Weta Workshop; it made an unusual part of his 64th birthday celebrations, which he also spent with 64 New Zealanders who shared the same birthday.  You can read more about the Prince’s visit to Wellington here, here and here (if you look closely at that last article, you may notice some interesting concept art and some familiar faces on the wall behind Prince Charles and Peter Hambleton!)  Thanks to all the Ringers who emailed us about this news!

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Peter Jackson, Production, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit

MSN NZ to “debut trailer first” on Sept 20 (NZ time)

MSN NZ tells us it’s getting the new Hobbit trailer FIRST. when will it debut? This Thursday, September 20, at 2am in New Zealand standard Time. We expect the trailer to pop up elsewhere shortly afterwards. For those who aren’t good at time zones, that’s 10:00am EDT, 7:00am PDT and 3:00pm BST.


Special announcement: TORn will also be hosting a LIVE trailer party chat in Barliman’s to celebrate and discuss the new trailer as soon as it hits the internet. Stay tuned for more details!

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, Trailer

Middle Earth is closer to home than you think

From Northhumberland Gazette: Reader Phil Murray spotted something that looked very familiar when he pulled out the A3  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey poster that came with the Total Film magazine, the fields of the shire in the background of the poster reminded him of Edlingham Castle with the old Alnwick to Wooler railway viaduct and the Simonside Hills which can be seen in the atmospheric artwork as the ruined keep.

“The level of detail in such a large version of the picture piqued my curiosity and I dived onto my computer to hunt for a picture I’d taken of the castle a couple of summers ago to see if my hunch was correct. I was stunned when it matched up perfectly – even the field boundaries immediately around the castle were the same in the poster as in real life” 

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Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Peter Jackson, Production, Studios, The Hobbit, Warner Bros.