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Quickbeam’s Desolation of Smaug Film Review: Splendid Smaug Splits Fandom?

hobbit_the_desolation_of_smaug_ver16_xlg[Editor's Note: Fear not, dear readers, TORn staffer Quickbeam presents our first official review of DOS *spoiler-free* until loudly noted in the later section (with plenty of buffer space) where inquisitive minds may read further with spoiler-iffic abandon.]

The Great Schism: Splendid Smaug Splits Fandom?
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Hobbit Version 2.0: Jackson Does it Differently

I know it’s been a long year to wait. Ringer fans are going into ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ with high hopes for another thrilling chapter in the ongoing saga adapted by our fellow fan, Peter Jackson. Indeed it is thrilling. And indeed it bears all the hallmarks of a P.J. film, replete with energetic action set pieces and gorgeously realized creatures and places that only cinema can properly provide to our senses.

Be forewarned Book Fans, because of the extent DOS deviates from J.R.R. Tolkien’s original, you can bet your bottom dollar there will be a very vocal fan reaction, if not an outright scream of frustration from one or two up in the balcony. The filmmakers have certainly delivered the goods; it is a very enjoyable movie that pretty much blows the audience away with well-crafted storytelling. It is by turns breathlessly paced and frightening and funny and gorgeous (Smaug especially has much of his “muchness”). But by the end credits, it no longer resembles the book you read as a kid, not by a long shot.
Which is something I must mention up front because of the laborious efforts towards fidelity in ‘An Unexpected Journey.’ In fact, much of the LOTR Trilogy was a concentrated effort to (mostly) honor the source material. True, there were odd bits that didn’t ring true to Tolkien; like Faramir dragging the hobbits to Osgiliath and Frodo sending Sam home (piffle) but what happens in DOS is just completely off the rails, especially in the third act.

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Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Media Reviews, Miscellaneous, Out on a Limb, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TORn TUESDAYS Live!

TORn TUESDAY *Live* DOS Trailer Frame-by-Frame Discussion!

TORN-Tuesday-300-250An exciting chat is in store for Tolkien fans on TORn Tuesday, our weekly livestream webcast! So much to discuss as we take an unflinchingly close look at the newest HOBBIT: DOS Sneak Peak (or trailer #3, if you will) that is delightfully Bard-centric! A bevy of U.S. and international fans join us to discuss details with geeky abandon in the built-in Barliman’s chat room on our Live Event page here..

Join us on theonering.net/live as Cliff “Quickbeam” Broadway and Justin “Almost Finished Reading It” Sewell as we bring all aspects of pop-culture knowledge to bear on a lively conversation on the effectiveness of this newest trailer!

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Join Our LOTR EE Marathon Currently Underway on TORn TUESDAY

20130924-173417.jpgTime for our live webcast
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This week on our live show we invite you into our living room to enjoy an interactive 3-movie Extended Edition LOTR marathon! Currently underway actually in Van Nuys at Matt & Chris’ place (our talented actors who appeared onstage with me during our Long Expected Oscar Party) — we invite you to watch and chat with us during the entire playback. Yes, it will be going live continuously until about 1:00 or 2:00am Pacific Time so drop on by anytime! You can even synch up your DVD at home, we will tell you when we switch discs (we are just finished with FOTR Disc 2 and are about to begin TTT Disc 1). We are already href="http://www.theonering.net/live"> live: so come say hello to your host Clifford
“Quickbeam” Broadway and Matt Musgrove (@Musgrovia on Twitter) and Chris Carwithen — Our innovative href="http://www.theonering.net/live">live show
includes worldwide fans who join us on the href="http://www.theonering.net/live">Live Event page
with a built-in IRC chat (affectionately known as Barliman’s Chat
room). Be part of the fun and mischief every week!

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Peter S. Beagle LAST UNICORN on *Live* Webcast TORn TUESDAY!

lastunicornposterTime for our live webcast TORnTUESDAY! This week we are thrilled to have our friend join us for a special talk about Hobbits and Unicorns. Certainly Peter S. Beagle has stood at the intersection of many fandoms over his amazing career, including writing “The Lord of the Rings” screenplay in 1978 for Ralph Bakshi and then going on to write for Star Trek: The Next Generation during its heyday. Fans of THE LAST UNICORN will surely delight in his wit and playful manner, as Peter always brings out the lyrical found in every day things.

On the eve of a special event tomorrow at the Newport Beach Film Festival (see more here), Peter is going to screen the animated film based on his most famous book at USC tonight! We are going to sit and catch up with him a bit.

We launch TORn TUESDAY every week at 5:00PM Pacific: brought to you by host Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway and producer Justin “That There is a Bear” Sewell — Our innovative live show includes worldwide fans who join us on the Live Event page with a built-in IRC chat (affectionately known as Barliman’s Chat room). Be part of the fun and mischief every week as we broadcast *live* from Meltdown Comics in the heart of Hollywood, U.S.A.!

And yes our YouTube channel will have this archived later.  You can find us on www.youtube.com/the1nering

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Posted in Blu-Ray, Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Other Events, TORn TUESDAYS Live!

Let’s Talk Beorn *Live* on TORn TUESDAY Webcast

Time for our live webcast TORnTUESDAY! Every week we bring all the news and rumors from within (and without) Ringer fandom — this week we have dissent among the ranks. Better to say we have *many* different opinions on the leaked photo of Beorn, the shape-shifter who was given a not-so-convincing posterior thumbnail image on the back of a 2014 wall calendar that will soon hit store shelves….

Our reactions within the ranks of the TORn Staff have been across the board (both cold and hot). Watching how fans react on the Message Boards and on our Facebook timeline is fascinating!

We launch TORn TUESDAY every week at 5:00PM Pacific: brought to you by host Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway and producer Justin “That There is a Bear” Sewell — Our innovative live show includes worldwide fans who join us on the Live Event page with a built-in IRC chat (affectionately known as Barliman’s Chat room). Be part of the fun and mischief every week as we broadcast *live* from Meltdown Comics in the heart of Hollywood, U.S.A.!

And yes our YouTube channel will have this archived later.  You can find us on www.youtube.com/the1nering

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Posted in Barlimans, Calendars, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Merchandise, Mikael Persbrandt, Miscellaneous, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, TORn TUESDAYS Live!

DEJA VU: 12 Year-old Writes Delightful Review of THE HOBBIT

225px-The_Hobbit_(1937)This new story caught my eye because of its parallel with the original situation that got THE HOBBIT published in 1937 — all because of a child’s honesty in reviewing the book! Over at The Guardian website their Children’s Book section features all-kid reviews. Rather smart to provide children a proper voice in a marketplace directed at them. Young writer Krazy Kesh turns in a delightful review of THE HOBBIT after experiencing the thrill of the first movie in the “Hobbit” film trilogy [click here to read]. (more…)

Posted in Characters, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Tolkien

Tom Bombadil – Master and Mystery

Tom Bombadil by Alan Lee
  Continuing a series of articles from our international fan-base, contributor and TORn TUESDAY friend Tedoras brings us a thorough look at the most bemusing/amusing character in all of Tolkiens’ legendarium: the master of the Old Forest himself, Tom Bombadil.

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Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, Headlines, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Miscellaneous, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, TORn TUESDAYS Live!

TWO YEAR Anniversary of Our Live Webcast TORn Tuesday!

SDCC2013 016It is hard to believe, but the little live webcast that could, TORnTUESDAY, has reached a new milestone! Two years non-stop, ongoing live coverage of major fan events such as Comic-Con and Dragon*Con — as well as bringing you a bevy of stars such as Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd and his band Beecake, Royd Tolkien, “The Last Unicorn” and LOTR writer Peter S. Beagle, “Hellboy” star Doug Jones, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” creator Kevin Eastman, the Happy Hobbit girls, “Lord of the Rings” Living Card Game designers, and many more!

To mark this special anniversary we will have a lot of material to cover, and let’s all take a closer look at the Extended Edition of THE HOBBIT: AUJ that is coming out — so please bring your questions and comments to the chat!

We launch TORn TUESDAY every week at 5:00PM Pacific: brought to you by host Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway and producer Justin “Nothing Up My Sleeve” Sewell — Our innovative live show includes worldwide fans who join us on the Live Event page with a built-in IRC chat (affectionately known as Barliman’s Chat room). Be part of the fun and mischief every week as we broadcast *live* from Meltdown Comics in the heart of Hollywood, U.S.A.!

And yes our YouTube channel will have this archived later.  You can find us on www.youtube.com/the1nering

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Posted in Barlimans, Conventions, DragonCon, DVDs, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, NYCC, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, TORn TUESDAYS Live!

Live Webcast TORn TUESDAY With End Of Filming News & More

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Everyone gather round for our weekly live webcast TORnTUESDAY! We have some great footage from our livestream at San Diego Comic-Con and above all we have coverage of the final days of shooting THE HOBBIT films down in New Zealand.  They just completed all their photography a couple of days ago.

We will have lots of mischief today — so please bring your questions and comments to the chat!

We launch TORn TUESDAY every week at 5:00PM Pacific: brought to you by host Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway and producer Justin “I Make Damn Good Shirts” Sewell — Our innovative live show includes worldwide fans who join us on the Live Event page with a built-in IRC chat (affectionately known as Barliman’s Chat room). Be part of the fun and mischief every week as we broadcast *live* from Meltdown Comics in the heart of Hollywood, U.S.A.!

And yes our YouTube channel will have this archived later.  You can find us on www.youtube.com/the1nering

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Posted in Aidan Turner, Barlimans, ComicCon, Conventions, DragonCon, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, John Callen, Locations Sets, Other Events, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, TORn TUESDAYS Live!

Special Guests Royd Tolkien Joins TORn TUESDAY Live Webcast!

RoydTolkien02Today we need a bigger guest couch as ROYD TOLKIEN (Great- great- grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien) joins our show along with the delightfully funny Kili & Fili (THE HAPPY HOBBITS girls) for our weekly webcast TORn TUESDAY. We have just come back from a whirlwind tour of craziness and fandom at San Diego Comic-Con!  Our presentation for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG was the only thing representing Tolkien at the entire show, and we were mustered like the Rohirrim, baby!

I promise a fantastic and off-the-cuff show today — so please bring your questions and comments to the chat!

We launch TORn TUESDAY every week at 5:00PM Pacific: brought to you by host Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway and producer Justin “Up All Night To Get Lucky” Sewell — Our innovative live show includes worldwide fans who join us on the Live Event page with a built-in IRC chat (affectionately known as Barliman’s Chat room). Be part of the fun and mischief every week as we broadcast *live* from Meltdown Comics in the heart of Hollywood, U.S.A.!

And yes our YouTube channel will have this archived later.  You can find us on www.youtube.com/the1nering

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Posted in Barlimans, ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TORn TUESDAYS Live!

Today We Speak of Happier Things on TORn TUESDAY Live Webcast!

thisisourfight-18x24-flatToday join us and Kili and Fili (THE HAPPY HOBBITS girls) for our weekly webcast TORn TUESDAY, as we are on the eve of San Diego Comic-Con!  We have so much to talk about to raise your spirits, even with the ironically titled THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG!

We are going to have a lot to discuss before our presentation! Bring your questions and comments to the chat!

We launch TORn TUESDAY every week at 5:00PM Pacific: brought to you by host Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway and producer Justin “I’ll Read It Someday” Sewell — Our innovative live show includes worldwide fans who join us on the Live Event page with a built-in IRC chat (affectionately known as Barliman’s Chat room). Be part of the fun and mischief every week as we broadcast *live* from Meltdown Comics in the heart of Hollywood, U.S.A.!

 

And yes our YouTube channel will have this archived later.  You can find us on www.youtube.com/the1nering

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Posted in Barlimans, ComicCon, Conventions, DragonCon, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TORn TUESDAYS Live!

San Diego Comic-Con & More on TORn TUESDAY Weekly Webcast!

TORN-Tuesday-300-250Today join us again for our weekly webcast TORn TUESDAY, as we our big presence at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con as we present all the juicy dish on THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG!

Let’s have a closer look at what brings such huge interest and different fandoms together at this amazing show — and prep you for what we will reveal during our presentation! Bring your questions and comments to the chat!

We launch TORn TUESDAY every week at 5:00PM Pacific: brought to you by host Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway and producer Justin “I Make Excellent T-shirts” Sewell — Our innovative live show includes worldwide fans who join us on the Live Event page with a built-in IRC chat (affectionately known as Barliman’s Chat room). Be part of the fun and mischief every week as we broadcast *live* from Meltdown Comics in the heart of Hollywood, U.S.A.!

WE APOLOGIZE that there is no available archive of this particular installment on our YouTube channel —- it was a “sneak preview” after all!

 

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Posted in Barlimans, ComicCon, ComicCon Rumos, Conventions, Director news, Director Rumors, DragonCon, Events, Fans, Green Books, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, MrCere in New Zealand, Out on a Limb, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, TORn TUESDAYS Live!