Welcome friends to our innovative streaming video webcast TORn TUESDAY, starting in about an hour at 5pm Pacific Time right here on our Live Event page. We heard that Ian McKellen is officiating over Patrick Stewart’s wedding, and we have the scoop! Also today, as the wind reversed from the West, the ravens were seen flying back to The Mountain, and the Home Video Gods were pleased with our morning sacrifice, and lo! WE HAVE THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY out now on DVD and Blu-Ray Combo Pack (at least in North America)!!!! Your amiable host Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway, with producer Justin “I Love Jar-Jar” Sewell will review the home video versions and discuss all the new packaging & content. Let us guide you to making the right choice! Don’t be confused by all those many packages and review sites. The fun begins *live* at 5:00pm Pacific with our built-in Barliman’s Chat Room right here [Live Event Page], where you can chat and bring your questions.Posted in Barlimans, Blu-Ray, DVD/Blu-Ray, DVDs, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, Warner Bros.
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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
Middle-earth Madness officially starts today! We’ve split our field of 64 characters and objects into four divisions: The Shire, Erebor, Angmar and Mordor.
As noted in previous comments and on FB, there are some very interesting match-ups in this first round. In a semi-rematch, can the brave Hobbit Merry take out The Witch-king in a division that includes his own name? Who will win in the battle of brothers as Kili and Fili face off in the Erebor division? And what about last year’s champion Samwise Gamgee?! Can he really take out the ever popular Balrog of Moria? Imagine what “Bullroarer” Took will do against Shelob in the Mordor division. Can the dragon Ancalagon the Black take out Legolas’s father Thranduil in The Shire division?
A note to those of you whom may not know some of the names in the bracket. A great way to educate yourself on the vote is by simply googling the name. We found that Wikipedia has a plethora of information on each character.
Voting in Round 1 will remain open until March 21st at 10pm ET. At that point, we’ll calculate the winners and post the next round on March 22nd. Follow after the break for a complete bracket image (download it), and to vote on all of our Round 1 match-ups! [Round 1 Bracket] (If you are interested in how we came up with this bracket and why some characters are left off (*cough Legolas*), check the note at the bottom of this post)
The 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.
Peter: 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.
Peter: 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]
Also, don’t forget to submit your questions to Peter Jackson by today. Here’s more info:
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 www.hobbit.com/sneak. 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 thehobbit.com/sneak 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
Still eagerly awaiting the precioussss, aka a copy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey of your very own? Although the release date in the USA is tomorrow, fans in other parts of the world have to wait a little longer. To help ease the wait, earlier today we shared a video of Thorin himself having a chat with a staffer from TORn. Here’s a second video from that press junket: Andy Serkis talks about what he is keen to see in the Extended Edition, what he’s working on next, and with whom he’d rather be locked in a room – Gollum or Smeagol??
James Nesbitt video coming tomorrow!Posted in Andy Serkis, Blu-Ray, DVDs, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, James Nesbitt, Merchandise, Press Conferences, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit
If you recall, the brave Samwise Gamgee came out as the 2012 victor after a series of amazing match-ups and votes that were decided by a single vote!
After weeks of deliberation, our Selection Committee have chosen our combatants and assigned them appropriate seeding on our 64 character/object tournament sheet. Yes, that’s right, we decided that instead of seeding the tournament with only ‘popular’ characters, we should shake things up a bit and offer a more diverse range of characters and objects that span the entire history of Middle-earth.
This year’s divisions are geographic based: The Shire, Angmar, Erebor and Mordor. Like the NCAA Tournament, being assigned into a division does not necessarily mean the character or object comes from that area.
Get ready for a few weeks of unique match-ups and non-stop excitement! Voting will start tomorrow right here on TheOneRing.net, so download your bracket today and fill it out. See if you can predict who will be our 2013 champion! [Download Bracket] [Last Year's March Madness Results] (And of course, feel free to rant and rave against our Selection Committee in our comments – after all, that is also part of the whole March Madness experience!)Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Other Events, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien
Exciting times for Hobbit fans! Last week the Digital Download of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey became available, and tomorrow (March 19th) is the date when American fans can take home copies of the movie on DVD and Blu-ray; plus of course we’re all eagerly awaiting Peter Jackson’s live first look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Sunday 24th March! To help pass the time till then, TORn has some videos to share!
Staffer greendragon was fortunate enough to meet recently with Thorin, Bofur and Gollum – also known as those charming gents Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt and Andy Serkis. They discussed topics such as how it feels to be part of a billion dollar grossing movie, what they hope to see in the Extended Editions, and what went into creating the roles they play. In the first of three videos, here’s what Richard Armitage had to say.Posted in Andy Serkis, Blu-Ray, DVDs, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, James Nesbitt, Merchandise, Press Conferences, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit
A cool new infographic for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has just become available. This one details each of the key characters from the film, along with a succinct line that gives an insight into the personality of each character.
Still, I must nitpick. Galadriel is not “the oldest of all the Elves in Middle-earth”. At the time of the Third Age, the oldest of the Eldar still in Middle-earth (that we know of), is the Telerin elf, and Lord of the Grey Havens, Cirdan the Shipwright. And we do see Cirdan briefly in the film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings — initially in the prologue sequence where the Three Rings are distributed by Celebrimbor (see here) and then at the end of The Return of the King when he greets the departing Frodo, Gandalf and co as they take ship for Valinor (see that one here). So Cirdan the Shipwright certainly exists in the movie universe.
You can read a little about speculation about the age of Cirdan in this old Greenbooks post by Staffer Turgon. Basically, Cirdan undertook The Great Journey (but stayed in Middle-earth); Galadriel was born in Valinor after the Vanyar, Noldor and some of the Telerin elves finished The Great Journey and reached Aman. Ergo Cirdan is the older of the two.
Anyway, arguments over canon aside, this is cool. Enjoy!Posted in Blu-Ray, Characters, DVDs, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, The Hobbit
Greetings all! Sad news that our wacky and informative TORn TUESDAY will not be aired today due to technical problems and shifting staff schedules. Your amiable host, Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway has been working with producer Justin “I Love Jar-Jar” Sewell to create a new and better webcast with surprising guests coming up soon! We will resume our regular showtime next Tuesday, March 19th, at 5:00pm Pacific Time. In the 2+ years we have been bringing you the best live streaming show in all fandom, we have only missed *one* broadcast. A rather sterling record, as you can imagine the work of hand-crafting a new show every week is not easy. Trust that exciting news and information will continue to be posted here on TheOneRing.net, with exclusives and surprises you will not see anywhere else on the web, as we continue to create a fan community FORGED BY AND FOR FANS of J.R.R. TOLKIEN. Thank you for all your continued support.
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Posted in Barlimans, Events, Fans, Headlines, Miscellaneous, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TORn TUESDAYS Live!
Greetings all you happy Hobbits, ribald Ringers, and talkative Tolkienites! Today we host our weekly live webcast TORn TUESDAY, which gives fans around the world a chance to join us live for exciting interviews, news updates, special announcements and the occasional forging of a Ring of Power (no kidding). Your host Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway is joined by producer Justin “I Love Jar-Jar” Sewell for a discussion about THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY passing the $1 Billion mark worldwide, and special offers on some amazing things you can acquire from our recent The One Expected Party! Join the community of Tolkien fans who love to debate, praise, criticize, and above all playfully banter — its the most lively live streaming show you’ll ever see! And you’re part of the show! You can watch and participate in the built-in Barliman’s Chat room right here on our Live Event page, starting at 5:00pm Pacific Time! See you there!Posted in Barlimans, Blu-Ray, DVDs, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, Oscar Parties, The Hobbit, The One Expected Party, TORn TUESDAYS Live!
Richard Armitage (who you should all undoubtedly know by now as The Hobbit’s Thorin Oakenshield) will be answering your questions tomorrow on @TheHobbitMovie on twitter.
If you have a burning question that you’re desperate to ask, follow @TheHobbitMovie on twitter (https://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie), and send in your question now using the hashtag #AskThorin.Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit
Announcing the *last day* on a special fan-driven fundraiser for the upcoming comedy THE THROBBIT, being created by Tim Richardson and produced by Kiran Shah (delightful actor and scale double for all the hobbits in LOTR, among many other great fantasy roles like NARNIA)! The guys who brought the funny with DORK OF THE RINGS are ready to spoof “The Hobbit” in grand style — here’s your chance to support their remarkable parody. Starting pledges at $5 are affordable and easy! You can help make THE THROBBIT happen full-tilt!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – Award-winning independent film company Richardson Productions has 1 day remaining for the online fundraising campaign for our 12th feature-length film entitled “The Throbbit,” a parody of the wildly popular HOBBIT franchise. We also produced “The Dork of the Rings,” which screened worldwide at film festivals and fantasy conventions.
Please consider being a sponsor starting at just $5, every little bit helps and this is the final push. You can see all our amazing level rewards and details at http://rpstudios.net/thethrobbit/throbstarter/
You can pay there by credit card, or mail me a check.money order: Richardson Productions 26065 Kirkland Dr. Edwardsburg, MI 49112. Just e-mail me the amount if you pay by check/money order so I can include your sponsorship in the tally before the end of the campaign.
The production, which has an all-volunteer cast and crew, is offering levels starting at $5.00 which will help with the costs of making the film: sets, costumes, puppets, make-up, on-set meals, marketing, and more. In exchange for contributions, backers receive signed DVDs and posters, digital downloads movies and music, credits in the film, and pieces of memorabilia. We have launched our “Throbstarter” (like Kickstarter) campaign on our website at www.thethrobbit.com and hope to reach $3,500 or more by March 1, 2013. Filming takes place this summer and the finished film will be released in 2015.
We are also pleased to announce that London based film actor Kiran Shah has once again joined our cast and signed on as an Associate Producer. Kiran recently acted in “The Hobbit”, “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Lord of The Rings.” Other films include “Legend,” “Titanic,” “Return of the Jedi” and more. He starred as Dumpy the Houseschmuck in our recent film “Harvey Putter and the Ridiculous Premise.”
For questions contact us at email@example.com and visit our website at www.thethrobbit.comPosted in Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit