Whether it was the photoshopped image of JRR Tolkien signing a document, many years after his passing, or the last line of this release, this was one of our 2013….
Global leader in high-quality family entertainment agrees to acquire world-renowned Middle-earth Enterprises, including THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT franchises.
Acquisition continues Disney’s strategic focus on creating and monetizing the world’s best branded content, innovative technology and global growth to drive long-term shareholder value.
Middle-earth Enterprises to join company’s global portfolio of world class brands including Disney, ESPN, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and ABC.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN TO MIDDLE-EARTH feature animated film targeted for release in 2016.
Burbank, CA and Berkeley, CA, April 1, 2013 – Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Middle-earth Enterprises in a stock and cash transaction. Middle-earth Enterprises, formerly known as Tolkien Enterprises, is a division of The Saul Zaentz Company, headquartered in Berkeley, California.
Under the terms of the agreement, the transaction value is $10 billion (US). The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.
“Middle-earth Enterprises reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of JRR Tolkien, the greatest author of the 20th century,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”
Kiwi satire website The Civilian pokes some fun at Peter Jackson, envisioning a scenario where the three Hobbit screenwriters plan to novelise the three Hobbit films.
AWARD-WINNING New Zealand director Peter Jackson has said he’s considering a novel adaptation of his popular film trilogy The Hobbit.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first film in the series, was released late last year to widespread popularity, grossing more than $1,000,000,000 worldwide at the box office. That success has inspired Jackson – who was reportedly “captivated” by his story – to make it available in other mediums. (more…)
Comic writer and artist Josh Edelglass has recently published a series of a dozen or so spoof and parody comics of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey over on his website. They’re really rather clever — go check them out. Just click the comic below to see the rest.
Via Ringer CanadianLOTR: Made in honour of the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, screenjunkies Honest Trailers has taken on all three Lord of the Rings movies and told what they honestly believe they are. (more…)
Hobbit parodies must be the new black. Here’s a new one, this time of I Love It, a tune by Australian Hip Hop outfit Hilltop Hoods. Director Alex Gabbott tells us he and his crew spent two months making the video, with a solid three weeks spent on on digital effects. They also enlisted the help of a few YouTube celebrities, and Stephen Hunter (that’s the actor who plays Bombur) has seen it as well. (more…)
Looking for a little bit of humor today? Check out the latest creation from Ian McKellen impersonator Hunter Davis! In his latest YouTube creation, we find Gandalf the Grey and Gollum performing the Queen classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ with some very amusing results. You can see Hunter live in Hollywood at our ‘The One Expected Party,’ February 24th 2012 where he’ll share the stage with other great acts like Billy Boyd in Beecake, Emerald Rose, The One Man Lord of the Rings, Dorian Mirth and others! [Party Details] [Hunter’s YouTube Channel]
We just had to share this wonderfully naughty composition from Frog Island as part of the ‘Hobbit Week’ celebration. Titled ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Rap,’ this video will either have you busting out laughing or crying in offense. It will speak for itself, but please note, this is NOT for the feint of heart. It contains both adult themes and language. If you do not have a sense of humor for this type of parody, we suggest you DO NOT watch it. Fair enough warning? You may recognize Gandalf the Grey is performed by master McKellen impersonator Hunter Davis. Yup, that’s right, the very Hunter Davis who will be performing at ‘The One Expected Party‘ in February! Enjoy the clip! [YouTube]
Have you ever wondered what the Ringwraiths were up to during the rest of the Fellowship of the Ring? They’re among the most fearsome and terrifying beings on Middle-earth, yet little is known known about what goes on inside a Ringwraith’s head.
Until now. Discover why being a Nazgul is not nearly as easy as it seems…
So, you’ve heard all the latest rumours from The Hobbit. Some of them — like the ones about Azog, and Billy Conolly’s talk about Dain — are pretty out there. Not to mention the whole plotline with the Nazgul.
In the spirit of trying to see who could invent the maddest rumour, our staff have put their heads together to try and come up with the most unbelievable rumour of all. (more…)
Noted satire website Daily Mash has taken aim at Peter Jackson’s plans for three hobbit films.
DIRECTOR Peter Jackson has announced plans to tell the story of The Hobbit across a variety of media including chinaware.
Despite the Tolkien’s original novel of The Hobbit being far shorter than Lord of the Rings, Jackson has insisted that telling the tale of Bilbo Baggins via an array of expensive things is the only way to fulfill his vision of fabulous wealth.
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Word has reached us on the latest happenings with regard to The Hobbit pub in England. Officials from the Saul Zaentz Company visited the pub a week ago, to ‘assess the situation’; presumably to check exactly what references to The Hobbit – apart from the pub name – there are at the venue, which the SZC claims is breaking licensing laws. Now, in a totally unexpected turn of events, we hear that the SZC have put in an offer to buy the pub and take over management. ‘We just fell in love with the place,’ a representative told us. ‘As we own the rights to the name, it seems right that we should own the pub itself. It would certainly be a solution to the current copyright infringement. Our intention is to use it in our advertising campaign for the movies. We plan to ship the pub and all interior fittings to LA … We hope to have it up and running there in time for the opening of the first Hobbit movie at the end of the year.’
Shipping a building, brick by brick, is certainly costly but not unheard of. The most famous such occurrence was of course the shipping of London Bridge, in 1962, via boat to California and thence to Arizona. There’s no word as yet to the exact location intended for the relocated Hobbit pub; TORn is keeping an eye on events in the hope that it might be a possible location for Oscar happenings next Spring! Meanwhile, we have yet to see how the current owner – and supportive regulars – will respond to this purchase offer. It seems unlikely that they would let their beloved local go without a fight. As ever, we’ll bring you the latest as we hear it!
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