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Tourism New Zealand is opening the Book of New Zealand in LA

100_percent_middle_earthA very unique art installation is about to open in LA, brought to you by Whybin/TBWA, Tourism New Zealand and 3 Foot 7 Ltd. The concept is that of a Pop-up book that shows four different New Zealand filming locations, along with the four corresponding actual film sets from the upcoming film ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug”. This event is mostly by invitation only, with a big Press Opening on Saturday, November 30 and running for 5 days. Luckily, on Wednesday, December 4 there will be a Public Day for fans to see. The point of the whole art installation is to show off the beauty of New Zealand, the fun to be found in New Zealand, and on occasion, the Middle-earthness of New Zealand. To see more details regarding this event, you can read more about it at: Yahoo NZ

So far, the only way to get into that public day appears to be by heading over to the TCL Chinese theater box office and uttering the ‘secret password’. This will get you an entry to win a pass to the event. Make sure to head over this weekend because they will do the drawing on Monday and contact winners then. See the image below for details.


Posted in Artwork, Events, Exhibits, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Meet Ups, New Zealand, Other Events, Press Conferences, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Orlando Bloom worried he wouldn’t fit into old Lord of the Rings elf costume after 10 years

Legolas in vlog #8 courtesy of DarkJackal It seems even Hollywood elves get worried about packing on the weight over the years!

When Orlando Bloom was asked how it felt to portray Legolas in The Hobbit trilogy after a decade, knowing he’s 60 years younger than he was in Lord of the Rings, he was justifiably anxious.

“The first thing I did when I got to New Zealand was try on my old Legolas costume, because I wanted to see if it would still fit,” the 36-year-old joked at yesterday’s live Hobbit global fan event. (more…)

Posted in Events, Hobbit Movie, Orlando Bloom, Press Conferences, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Listen to and buy The Desolation of Smaug closing credits song I See Fire on iTunes!

Desolation  of Smaug soundtrack special edition As you probably know by now, the closing credits song for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a tune entitled I See Fire by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

At yesterday’s Fan Event, Peter Jackson said Sheeran became involved in the production after his daughter Katie introduced the artist to her parents after attending one of his shows back in March/April.

“She said that I just had to listen to him, and that he could be the perfect fit for the end of the film… and she was right.”

They noted at the time that Sheeran had a “great voice” and “great sensitivity”, then put it on the back-burner for a few months.

As Peter told fans in Wellington, the musicians always see the film before they write and record their tune. Inevitably that means it occurs late in the production process. (more…)

Posted in Events, Headlines, Press Conferences, soundtrack, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Wellington

Watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Live Event right here today!

300512id1_TheHobbit_TDOS_INTL_Tapestry_Keyart_7inH_x_38inW.inddThe LIVE world-wide Fan Event for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is happening today!

Eleven different cities will hook-up by satellite for the Live Event to celebrate the forthcoming release of The Desolation of Smaug. And fans can all watch the LIVE stream right here as it happens. (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Other Events, Press Conferences, Richard Armitage, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

Getting to know MrCere

MrCereOnTheRoadWelcome to this months “Getting to know you” Q&A, this month we’re talking to Senior Staffer and all round great guy, MrCere.


Posted in Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Line Party, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, MrCere in New Zealand, Oscar Parties, Other Events, Premieres, Press Conferences, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Community

Popcorn Taxis Hobbit Q&A with Richard Armitage

To celebrate the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Australia on May 1st, Popcorn Taxi had a special showing of the film with a Q&A session with Richard Armitage.  RingerSpy and long time message board member, Deleece Cook aka Elven, was lucky enough to attend and sent us the following report on the night.


Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Cast Q&A, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Director news, DVD/Blu-Ray, Elijah Wood, Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, John Howe, Martin Freeman, Mikael Persbrandt, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Press Conferences, Richard Armitage, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Richard Armitage interview on the Dan and Maz show

Richard Armitage from ONTD photoshootYesterday afternoon Richard Armitage was interviewed by 2DayFM on the Dan and Maz show.  They discuss how big a Hobbit fan Dan is, The Hobbit movie and then play a game of “Ikea Furniture or Lord of the Rings Character”.  The podcast is in two parts and can be listened to here or you can download the podcast here


Posted in Cast Q&A, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, Press Conferences, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Cast discuss the darkness of ‘Desolation of Smaug’

Richard ArmitageTORn staffer Saystine found us another great interview video from Yahoo! Movies UK in which Hobbit cast members Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, and Andy Serkis discuss how the second film in the trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, will differ from An Unexpected Journey.

“It will get more dangerous and dark as Bilbo gets further away from home and in more jeopardy,” says Andy Serkis, who, in addition to playing Gollum in the films, is Second Unit Director on the trilogy.

Will we enjoy the departure from the more lighthearted nature of Unexpected Journey? Well Richard Armitage will, at least. He says, “Obviously I favor the dark.”

[Yahoo! Movies UK: Hobbit stars on ‘dark’ sequel]

Posted in Andy Serkis, Cast Q&A, Character Q&A, Crew News, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie FAQ, Hobbit Movie Rumors, James Nesbitt, Lord of the Rings, Press Conferences, Production, Production Q&A, Richard Armitage, Rumours Spy News, The Hobbit

Getting to know greendragon

THEGreendragonWelcome 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 our one and only greendragon.

Thanks so much Kirsten for agreeing to take part this month 🙂




Posted in Brad Dourif, ComicCon, Conventions, DragonCon, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, Meet Ups, Oscar Parties, Press Conferences, Richard Armitage, Sean Astin, The Hobbit, The One Expected Party, Community

NZ Chance to watch Hobbit Sneak Peak with pre-order

Attention NZ fans! You can now get a chance of watching theTHE HOBBIT_ AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY-1 30 minute live webcast sneak peek at ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ hosted by Peter Jackson, if you pre-order The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from these stores The Warehouse or The Mighty Ape.

There are a limited number of access passes from both websites, with The Warehouse ending this offer at 12pm on 22/03/13. There are  a limited number of 500, so pre-order soon.

The webcast will be held on Monday, March 25th at 8am! NZTime.



Posted in Contests, Director Rumors, Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Media Reviews, Other Events, Press Conferences, The Hobbit

James Nesbitt talks to

We’re not wishing to rub salt in the wounds of those who are not yet able to get their hands on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – but for many folks, Middle-earth is coming home today!  If you’re a proud owner of a Hobbit DVD or Blu-ray, and a social media user, show us your pics of you and your preciousss by using the tag #TORNDVD

Meanwhile, to distract those who are still waiting, we’ve been sharing some interviews with various cast members.  You can see our chats with Richard Armitage here and with Andy Serkis here, while a conversation with Bilbo himself, Martin Freeman, can be found here.

Our final interview is with the man who brought Bofur to life, James Nesbitt. This charming fellow chatted with staffer greendragon about the delights of being made into an action figure, what he hopes to see in the Extended Edition, and why three movies just aren’t enough.  He even has a word to say about TORn’s own Oscar celebrations – and how he might party with us in future!


Posted in Andy Serkis, Blu-Ray, DVDs, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, James Nesbitt, Martin Freeman, Merchandise, Press Conferences, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit

Martin Freeman chats with

Martin FreemanThe wait is over and the day has finally arrived as the official release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is here! Special guest, Mr. Bilbo Baggins himself, Martin Freeman, answers several questions by Ringeer Peter Genovese, including whether or not he ever read “The Hobbit” before he was cast for the movie, his experience when he found out that he landed the role of Bilbo, mental preparations for playing a Hobbit, and his most memorable experiences on set.

Peter: Did you ever read the Hobbit before you auditioned for this movie?

Martin: No, I didn’t, no actually, especially to you, is the wrong answer! <laugh> I didn’t grow up a Tolkien fan. Obviously I knew of him. You certainly can’t be English and not know that name. No, it wasn’t part of my upbringing particularly but I obviously read it before I started the movie. <laugh> I came into it as an adult.

Peter: Do you recall the moment when you found out that you landed the role of Bilbo Baggins and what was your experience with that?

Martin: Well it was slightly staggered because I had found out that I had gotten the part early on. From the moment that I went on tape for Guillermo, when Guillermo was still director, all the way through for months and months there was no other traffic on the road, you know, it was me and I was being told by the artistic team “we want this to be you, there is nobody else we want it to be” but then it came to the point where I couldn’t do it due to my commitments to Sherlock which was a show I was doing in the UK and so I had to walk away, I had to turn it down, I had to not do The Hobbit anymore which was gutting and a very tedious statement of affairs. But, the real sort of changing call was that I was rehearsing a play in London at the time and my London agent Michael had called me and said that “Peter has rearranged the whole schedule around your availability on Sherlock and that you could do both” so I was delighted of course and very excited and very surprised, yeah.

martin-freeman-bilbo-baggins2Peter: With respect to mentally getting into character, did you do anything to make yourself feel smaller with respect to the size of a Hobbit, to get into a smaller frame of mind for the character?

Martin: No, because he (Bilbo) doesn’t think he’s small, of course. He is normal sized. You feel smaller when your house is inundated with Dwarves and bigger people and more imposing warrior figures so that makes you feel small but Bilbo is a very reactive character. Part of the pleasure of Bilbo and part of the comedy of it is in the reaction. I do what I do which probably doesn’t really bare a lot of talking about because it would be very boring but one does what you need to do to kind of feel that you’re something else. A lot of that is physical and a lot of that is just the doing of it. There wasn’t particularly a psychological thing, I just felt a way, I knew the way I wanted him to move and I knew that I wanted him to be slightly tentative and slightly cautious and if you walk around tentative and cautious, after a while, you mentally feel tentative and cautious so that was my way.

martin_freemanPeter: Many years from now when you think back on the experiences of making the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the upcoming two movies, was there anything that really stuck out with the whole experience that you’ll cherish, whether it be the wonderful cast that you worked with or even just the locations/scenery that you got to experience working at?

Martin: All of the above, really. I saw some beautiful geography in New Zealand, met some delightful people who I hope will stay friends with and got to work with one of the main directors of my time on one of the main books of our time. I’m kind of spoiled, really. And then there’s the films that are coming out, you know, that whole experience of going around the world and opening the films and doing the premieres was on a scale that few people get to see with the sort of madness of that, enjoyable madness, but it is still a kind of madness. All of that is so memorable and I’ll never forget any of that. I’m a very lucky man.

Make sure to get your copy of  “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and 2-disc DVD Special Edition on TODAY! [Official Site] [Full Listing of Available Versions]

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Q&A with Peter Jackson 

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson will host a live first look at “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second film in “The Hobbit” Trilogy, on Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern/12pm Pacific at   Just added: The live event will now include a Q&A with Jackson and fans! Video questions can be submitted beginning March 12 through March 19 on “The Hobbit” Facebook page, or through the Vine mobile app using the hashtag #askPeterJackson. Fans can also Tweet links to video questions using the hashtag #askPeterJackson.  The live event will be limited to holders of an UltraViolet™ code, available by purchasing “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and 2-disc DVD Special Edition on March 19.  Visit for more information.

Posted in Andy Serkis, Blu-Ray, DVDs, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, James Nesbitt, Merchandise, Press Conferences, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit