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Hobbit in 5 – Middle Earth Beer Festival, LOTR LEGO Info, Dwalin Bust from Gentle GiantHobbit in 5 – Middle Earth Beer Festival, LOTR LEGO Info, Dwalin Bust from Gentle Giant

New Hobbit in 5! Take a look!

Posted in Hobbit Movie, New Zealand, The Hobbit

A TORnTASTIC H5 — Billy Connolly Joins the Cast of The Hobbit!! Sean Astin interview

The latest episode of H5 is online!

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, TORN TV

NUREMBERG 2012: Now Ravensburger signs The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has partnered with Ravensburger, for the upcoming films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, productions of New Line Cinema and MGM, as well as The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ravensburger has the rights to produce 2D and 3D puzzles and card games based on the two films being directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, with product on shelves in time for the December 2012 film release and for The Hobbit: There and Back Again that will follow in December 2013.

The licence also covers The Lord of the Rings trilogy – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. More..

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Toys

Wellington Movie Tour Video

Ever wanted to know, what a Wellington Movie tour is like? Check out this episode on German TV, the story on Lord-of-the-Rings and Hobbit fans starts around 10:50. Treetop Media and their team followed a group of die-hard-fans to several film locations and the WETA Cave. They also filmed the Hobbit casting in Wellington, which caused major traffic jams on the motorways. Produced by www.treetopmedia.co.nz

Posted in New Zealand, Television, Tours

TV Watch: Bret McKenzie Is An Oscar Nom AND Tolkien Elf!

Bret McKenzie is a young man, and his bucket list is almost complete.

Posted in Bret McKenzie, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Television

Hobbit in 5 – Nicolas Cage, James Cameron & More!

The latest episode of Hobbit in 5 is now online! Take a look!

Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, TORN TV

Hobbit in 5 – Evangeline Lilly talks Tauriel, Peter Jackson and “West of Memphis”

The latest episode of ‘Hobbit in 5′ is now online! Take a look!

Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Hobbit Movie, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films, The Hobbit, TORN TV

Book Review: The Genesis of Oblivion Saga Maxwell Alexander Drake

This month, the Bookshelf comes to you from the site of the Super Bowl, where J.W. (part owner of the Green Bay Packers) tells you all about The Genesis of Oblivion Saga, a series of fantasy books by Maxwell Alexander Drake. (By the way, J.W. apologizes to the good people of Nevada for mispronouncing the state’s name. Hopefully J.W. won’t ever have to talk about a literary executor from Nevada, because then he’ll be in a lot of trouble.)

Posted in Books Publications, Merchandise, TORN TV

Sylvester McCoy Talks Hobbit

Martin writes: Sylvester McCoy talks The Hobbit in new interview. More..

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

Nicholas Cage Was Almost in LOTR…

Allanon sends this along: Here is a link to an Empire interview with Nicholas Cage. He mentions that he turned down a role in The Lord of the Rings.

terrence green says: I’m sure you have turned down films in the past, but is there one that you have thought “Damn, I wish I took it…”? NC: The only reason why I tend to pass on a movie is either I don’t think I’m right for the material and can’t play it honestly, or because of time constraints with personal things in my life. There were two movies that asked me to go to Australia or New Zealand for long periods of time. One was Lord Of The Rings and one was the Matrix. But I was actively involved at that time raising my family and I couldn’t really take that time out. Full Transcript

Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers

Warner bros. Interactive Entertainment and Turbine Unveil LOTRO: RIDERS OF ROHAN™

New Expansion to The Lord of the Rings Online™ Launching Fall 2012

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment unveiled today The Lord of the Rings Online™: Riders of Rohan™, the latest expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) developed by Turbine. Riders of Rohan expands the online world of Middle-earth where players join forces to ride into the Plains of Rohan. Riders of Rohan launches in the Fall of 2012 with an increased level cap, the vast plains of Rohan including iconic locations such as Amon Hen and Fangorn Forest, the new Mounted Combat system and much more!

“2011 was another banner year for The Lord of the Rings Online with consistent growth for the game, a successful unification of our European and North American services and the success of Rise of Isengard, our best selling expansion to date.” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online. “This is going to be another outstanding year as we celebrate our fifth anniversary and introduce a wealth of new content throughout the year, ending with our arrival in Rohan. One of our largest expansions ever, Rohan is expected to be twice the size of the recent Rise of Isengard expansion and includes the most new game systems and technology we’ve introduced since 2008′s Mines of Moria.” (more…)

Posted in Gaming

Taupo’s rapid allure to hobbit

Filming for Peter Jackson’s latest movie The Hobbit took to the Aratiatia rapids near Taupo for a scene using spill gates from a dam. Publicist Melissa Booth said the film crew dropped 20 to 25 barrels down the rapids at a time yesterday for the scene. “We shot the scene every time there was a dam release which was at 10, 12, 2 and 4.”

She said no actors or stunt crew were forced into the barrels to venture into the extreme conditions.

“I think we would have had some issues with OSH if that were the case.” The scene was the only part of The Hobbit to be filmed in the area. Mrs Booth said the rapids were an ideal setting for the scene because the spillway turned the otherwise dry gorge into a fast flowing waterfall. More..

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, New Zealand, The Hobbit