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No Wellington premiere for Desolation of Smaug

Desolation of Smaug Hot on the heels of the poster release and trailer news, we’ve received word via Stuff.co.nz that Wellington will not host the premiere of the second Hobbit movie.

Part of a deal signed with Warner Bros and New Line Cinema said at least one of the world premieres had to be held in New Zealand.

Jackson’s spokesman Matt Dravitzki this morning confirmed the second premiere would not be held in New Zealand this year.

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Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, MGM, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Premieres, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros., Wellington

Researching THE FRODO FRANCHISE: Part 4, Now It Can Be Told: Secrets and Spoilers

Fell Beast being hoistedOf the three trips I took to New Zealand in 2003 and 2004 to conduct interviews for my book, only the first happened before the release of The Return of the King. I didn’t go thinking that I would suddenly be privy to spoilers and secrets. Shooting was over, I assumed (wrongly), and I figured my interviewees would not tell or show me anything confidential.

But at times they did. In my previous installment of this series, “Places Full of Magic,” I wrote about the facilities I visited. Now it’s time to reveal a few things I learned there—and kept quiet about. (more…)

Posted in Daniel Falconer, Movie Return of the King, Other production, Wellington, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Eleven Dwarves and a Wizard to Appear at NZ Armageddon Expo

There is a large companyArmageddon Expo 2013 logo of dwarves and a jittery wizard marching down on Wellington weekend June 1 – 3 at the Armageddon Expo. (It just so happens to be the Queen’s Birthday as well!) By purchasing an exclusive “Hobbit Upgrade” ticket you can meet the following Hobbit Cast:

Jed Brophy (Nori), Adam Brown (Ori) Mark Hadlow (Dori), Dean O’Gorman (Fili) Aidan Turner (Kili) John Callen (Oin), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), William Kircher (Bifur), James Nesbitt (Bofur),  Graham McTavish (Dwalin).

Also Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown) will be there doing a panel and is signing autographs all 3 days.

Resident hot dwarves Aidan Turner (Kili)  and Dean O’Gorman (Fili) will be signing and hosting photo sessions individually on Sunday only.

Check out the official website for more info! [Official Site] [Tickets]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Conventions, Events, Exhibits, Fans, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, The Hobbit, Wellington

Getting to know Magnus Hjert

MagnusWelcome to the latest “Getting to know” – questions that need answering. It’s based on the old Getting to know you threads that I occasionally post on the message boards here on TORn, so those familiar with them will know that the questions can be a little crazy and the answers even crazier.

This month we’re asking questions of self-described Online guy at Weta Workshop and all round top bloke, Magnus Hjert.

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Posted in Collectibles, Events, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Locations Sets, Locations Sets, LotR Production, New Zealand, Other Crew, Premieres, Props, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, Wellington, WETA Cave, Weta Collectibles, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Getting to know Peter Kenny

Tolkien shopWelcome to the latest “Getting to know…” questions that need answering. Based on the old Getting to know you threads that I used to post on the message boards here on TORn, so those familiar with them will know that the questions can be a little crazy and the answers even crazier.

This month we’re asking questions of uber fan from Brisbane Australia, Peter Kenny.

Hi Peter and thank you for joining in :)

Kelvarhin:  What piece of Tolkien ephemera began your collection?

Peter: My very first Tolkien Book was a single volume paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings given to me as a gift in 1976. I still have that original copy in my collection.

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Posted in Collectibles, Conventions, Creations, Events, Exhibits, Fans, Film Screenings, Green Books, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, New Zealand, Oscar Parties, Other Merchandise, Other Tolkien books, Premieres, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The One Expected Party, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Tours, Toys, Wellington

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – Special New Years Edition!!

Welcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past year.  We’ve collected together some of 2012′s most popular posts on 10 of our Message Boards.  You’ll be surprised at what captured the attention and imagination of our members.  Come and have a look back at what has kept us busy, as we impatiently awaited the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We actually did manage to talk about many fascinating things, besides The Hobbit, so just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions for 2012. Continue to watch this space as every weekend we spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join the fun!

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Posted in Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Merchandise, Premieres, The Bridge Direct, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Tolkien Family, Wellington

Kiwi catapults to Hollywood

Kiwi actor William Kircher returned from a whirlwind 10 days at Hobbit world premieres to news he has landed a lead role in a new Hollywood movie. Kircher — who plays dwarf Bifur in the latest Peter Jackson fantasy hit — returned to Wellington on Wednesday after mingling with the stars on the red carpet in New York and London.

He hardly had time to draw breath before being told about his plum part as a smooth-talking villain in an upcoming American thriller, alongside an Oscar-winning actress.

“It is really exciting to get a break like this and I hear being in The Hobbit certainly helped,” Kircher told The New Zealand Herald on Sunday.

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Posted in Oscar Parties, Premieres, Wellington, William Kircher

Ever wonder what it was like to be in New Zealand during Hobbit Premiere Week?

Many fans traveled to New Zealand from around the world in the days and weeks leading up to the Premiere, just to be there on that fateful day. One such person is Dr. Lynnette Porter, author of a new book “The Hobbit: The many lives of Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin” (review forthcoming) and previously a speaker at one of TORn’s Lord of the Rings related conventions. She has just posted an in-depth article on why so many Tolkien fans flock to New Zealand and just what made Premiere week so special. You can check out her article at Popmatters to read about ‘What happens when Humans go a-Hobbiting’.

And for those wondering, it is likely that TheOneRing.net will mount another tour of New Zealand, but whether that is in conjunction with a Premiere or not is still to be determined. Wellington would first need to secure one of the two remaining film’s World Premiere to justify the level of activities they hosted this time around. But then, the locations are always there, and if not a tour, a Cruise to Middle-earth is a very relaxing way to see such a delightful and beautiful country. Keep an eye out, we will post something if the omens look favorable.

Posted in Fans, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Meet Ups, New Zealand, Premieres, The Hobbit, Tours, Wellington

Watch The Hobbit: production video #10

Peter Jackson has just uploaded his latest Hobbit production video — #10!

This one delves into the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Wellington and reveals that production vids will resume next year as the team ramps up all over again to complete The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. (more…)

Posted in Events, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson, Premieres, The Hobbit, Wellington

Hobbit Week: Video greetings from stars to fans at World Premiere of ‘Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

With the public screenings now on in New Zealand and England and a day away in the U.S. and Canada, it seems a good time to continue to celebrate Hobbit Week and share some of the footage we gathered on the red carpet in Wellington, New Zealand. And this time instead of speaking to the media in general, they are speaking directly to you, the community that makes up TheOneRing.net. We have saved this footage for just the right time but here in the states it feels like ‘Hobbit Eve’ and there hasn’t been a lull in the media for weeks so it is now or never! Hope you enjoy some short visits and appearances by Adam Brown, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, James Cameron, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Peter Hambleton, Richard Armitage, Stephen Hunter and William Kircher. Enjoy!

Posted in Adam Brown, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Peter Hambleton, Premieres, Press Conferences, Richard Armitage, Stephen Hunter, The Hobbit, Wellington, William Kircher

Richard Taylor talks about Weta’s work

Ever wondered exactly what they do at Weta Workshop and Weta Digital? Richard Taylor talks about their work in this neat little clip. Plus there’s some footage and red carpet interviews from the Wellington premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that you may not have sen previously. (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Events, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Hugo Weaving, Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson, Premieres, Richard Armitage, Richard Taylor, Wellington, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Staffer Garfemaio reviews The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

TheOneRing.net staffer Garfeimao and long-time TORn friend Nancy Steinman were able to secure tickets to the World Premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Here are Garfeimao’s largely spoiler-free thoughts on what she saw. (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson, Premieres, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, Wellington