Welcome to this months “Getting to know you” Q&A, this month we’re talking to the amazing and wonderfully talented couple, William and Nicole Kircher.Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, William Kircher
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Since news for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is starting to flood out the door (we posted 15 new stories yesterday), we thought we’d try to recap the big news for readers. We’ll be doing this every day or two from now up until the movie debuts on December 13 to make sure you don’t miss out on anything just because the pace of news is pushing material off our frontpage.
Without further ado, here are the big headlines for yesterday, December 4. (more…)Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
You might recall that we’ve previously profiled the incredible Middle-earth LEGO dioramas of Blake Baer here on TheOneRing.net.
Now he’s back with his biggest piece yet — a 56-inch-tall model of Erebor made from 80,000 pieces of LEGO that weighs close to 200 pounds! This time he’s working with fellow LEGO aficionado Jack Bittner.
When we saw the first movie last year, we loved it too much not to build a scene from it. Of course, we couldn’t build any thing less than the iconic dwarf city. So here it is, our third and latest collaboration (our first was Amon Hen, our second was Rivendell). We chose Erebor for many reasons, not the least of which was that we love building mountains [sarcasm]. This build was a ton of fun, and we hope you enjoy it. And now, it is our pleasure to present Erebor, the dwarven hall of kings.
We had the chance to ask Blake a few questions about his and Jack’s Erebor diorama. Here’s what he had to say:
TORn: How big is it? Is it your biggest yet?
Blake: It most certainly is our biggest yet at 56″ tall, and close to 80,000 pieces totaling close to 200 pounds of LEGO.
TORn: How long did it take?
Blake: It took my friend Jack Bittner and I close to 400 combined hours to get the model designed, built, photographed, edited, and uploaded.
TORn: How difficult was conceptualizing the design?
Blake: We had the movie to rely upon for reference, so a lot of the design stages was just us watching the movie, haha. It obviously isn’t an exact replica, but it captures the essence of Erebor. We had the general layout of where we wanted Dale, the rivers, the mountains, etc. to be, but much of that changed as we built. We didn’t work off of any blueprints, so we were converting directly from imaginations to bricks, so many changes occurred.
TORn: What inspired the concept?
Blake: Large amounts were drawn from the movie portrayal of the Hobbit. The style of the facade of the gates of Erebor, for example, were drawn from the movie. In addition, representing Dale as a Sicilian-style city with terracotta roofs was drawn from the movie.
TORn: Will you be showcasing it anywhere?
Blake: We currently don’t have any plans to put it on display, but we hope to keep it together for a while so that we can possibly take advantage of any possibilities that may arise. The public unveiling was at Brickfair, VA, earlier this summer, but Erebor hasn’t seen any action To get an idea of the scale, check out the photo below that Blake supplied us. Amazing!
You can see even more photos of Erebor by Blake and Jack on their Flickr account.Posted in Creations, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, The Hobbit
Earlier today, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage and Evangeline Lilly participated in a Google+ Hangout – answering questions from fans and debuting a new clip from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which
you can view here). The Hobbit Movies has written up a rough transcript
of the hangout (they describe the quotes more as “summaries”, than exact quotes). (more…)
Two Great Eagles swooped into Wellington Airport’s main terminal building on Monday morning, giving Gandalf a glimpse of the runway.
The sculptures show Gandalf atop one of two Great Eagles, bringing news to the Middle of Middle-earth.
Weighing in at one tonne each with a wingspan of 15 metres, they have been developed by Weta Workshop and Wellington Airport to accompany Gollum in welcoming visitors to the Wellington region and New Zealand.Posted in Events, Exhibits, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, WETA Workshop
It featured a glimpse of a very memorable moment from the book, as Bilbo helps the dwarves escape from the Mirkwood Elves. The clip has now popped up on YouTube in high definition, and we’ve posted it for you here. Enjoy! (more…)Posted in Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, James Nesbitt, Jed Brophy, John Callen, Ken Stott, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, MGM, New Line Cinema, Peter Hambleton, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Stephen Hunter, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros., William Kircher
Over the past week or so, various press screenings for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug have been occurring all over the globe. Strictly speaking, everyone (including several TORn staffers) is supposed to be under embargo and NDA until December 8 at 12.01am PST, but in a clever (and seemingly successful!) work-around, TIME magazine has dropped the film in at the number 10 spot on its top films of the year.
So what did they have to say about the film? It’s a teeny bit spoilery, and actually quite complimentary. (more…)Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Join Peter Jackson, Evangeline Lilly and Richard Armitage later today at 10.15am PT (check here for when that is in your timezone) for an exclusive Google+ Hangout.Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Further to our post last week about the Life Flight Hobbit Charity Screening, Niall Mackay from Life Flight has sent us information about an auction they’re running in the lead up to the film for two lucky fans to attend the event sitting next to Bifur himselfPosted in Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, William Kircher
Today is the big day! The world premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be upon us at 6.30pm PST (Check the time for your own timezone).
The LIVE event is over. But you can still rewatch the footage in full below. (more…)Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Ever wonder what you gave Luke Evans for his birthday? Few realized it, but the staff and readers of TheOneRing.net gave him a present back in April of 2011.
Evans celebrated his 32nd year with a party at Gas Works, a bar and grill just walking distance from Stone Street Studios, the movie lot where Peter Jackson makes movies, including the forthcoming “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
In the mess tent of that set, on the white refrigerator that holds cream and milk and sundry items, near the always playing iPod, there hung a solicitation for all eyes to see: An open invitation from Luke Evans to celebrate his birthday on a Saturday night. (Regrettably I didn’t take a photo of the fridge.) The invitation was right there in perhaps the most trafficked spot on the lot, available for all, specified for none.
Are on-set reporters invited to cast and crew events? Advised by somebody from costume that it was absolutely okay (Jasmine I think, a real favorite), I decided to go only if could find a suitable gift from all of us, readers and staff of TORn. What would you buy an actor on behalf of the largest online Tolkien community? What does a guy making a living acting in New Zealand and away from home really want or need anyway? (more…)Posted in Character Q&A, Characters, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie FAQ, J.R.R. Tolkien, James Nesbitt, John Bell, Locations Sets, Luke Evans, Mary Nesbit, MrCere in New Zealand, Peggy Nesbit, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien
A new day, a new TV spot for The Desolation of Smaug. This one features some previously unseen footage of Bilbo making his way down into the depths of Erebor towards the lair of Smaug. Appropriately, Warner Bros. have titled it Dragon.
Movie spoilers, of course!
Thanks to Ringers Xpayne, Sander and Huan for the heads-up. (more…)Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, MGM, New Line Cinema, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.