When vulture.com cornered Billy Connolly for an interview, they got an ear full about his role as Dain Ironfoot in the upcoming Hobbit movies. According to Connolly, he has yet to finish his battle scenes, so he’ll be returning to New Zealand next year. When asked if he’d ever read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, he replied: “I could never read Tolkien. I always found him unreadable,” though he did say the scripts are brilliant, Martin Freeman is brilliant and the 3-D is stunning. Maybe some audio books are in order? We’ll gladly send you a set, Billy, if you’re interested. Read more…Posted in Billy Connolly, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit
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Rubbermonkey, an online audiovisual superstore and film production company based in Wellington, is currently auctioning a film clapperboard signed by the Hobbit crew to raise money for four local charities — the SPCA, SAFE, NICU, and Ronald McDonald House.
The IKAN clapperboard wasn’t used on the Hobbit, but has been signed by members of the Hobbit cast, including Martin Freeman and Ian McKellan.
The auction is running now on Trade Me, and closes on Monday September 10 at 3:51pm. (Some of you might also be interested in the twin charity auction of a filmclapper signed by the All Blacks.)Posted in Aidan Turner, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Graham McTavish, Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, Lee Pace, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Peter Hambleton, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, Sylvester McCoy
Our message board members were quick to pick up on this very cool scrolling montage of pictures from the upcoming Hobbit movie over at Entertainment Weekly.com. What’s cool is there are new scenes we’ve never seen before. What’s even cooler is you can scroll over the pictures to get a closer look. Check it out and let us know what details *you* pick out on the very active thread in progress on our Hobbit discussion board! Read More…Posted in Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Andy Serkis, Billy Connolly, Cate Blanchett, Conan Stevens, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, John Callen, Ken Stott, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Mikael Persbrandt, Peter Hambleton, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, Stephen Hunter
As we know, Billy Connolly has been doing the rounds with various media interviews about his new movie Brave and his role as ‘Dáin Ironfoot‘ in The Hobbit. Here he’s funny as ever in a largely spoiler-free interview with local NZ TV station TV3.Posted in Billy Connolly, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit
Billy Connolly is a quote machine, and a publicist’s dream. Seriously. Now, speaking to the NZ Herald, he’s dropped a few more wonderful lines about his experience playing Dain Ironfoot. No real spoilers in this article, unless you’ve not read the Hobbit, but perhaps some more indication of what we can expect from the Battle of the Five Armies.
“What an experience,” he says of filming The Hobbit. “It’s a huge undertaking. It’s like a war.”
He says as a dwarf, he’s doing a lot of fighting.
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With only a few weeks before the San Diego Comic-Con, TheOneRing.net is excited to formally announce that we have been invited to present a “Hobbit” panel at SDCC. The website also has extensive plans to bring the experience to fans who can’t attend.
With a time slot that has become something of a tradition, the fansite will open the show on the first hour of the first day. Thursday, July 12, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., in room 6DE, TORn will talk Hobbit. The room holds 1,000, and like every year, especially this year, a capacity crowd is expected with many unable to get in. Being the first event of the day also means that if the room is full early, we can start early and stretch our hour into more if possible. Another great feature of being the first event of the day, the convention is more liberal about giveaway items.
TORn will also be present at not one but two table locations on the 500,000 square foot dealers floor where supports can buy shirts, buttons and talk to a large contingent of staffer. (More details later, but one table next to Badali Jewelry and one table with Weta Workshop! Expect new tshirts, details to follow!)
But what to expect from a TORn presentation?
* It will be 100% re-written, not a duplicate of any previous presentation
* An audio and visual extravaganza (not people just talking)
* It is expected to feature video content from Weta Workshop
* It may contain pictures from New Zealand
* It will feature around 6 TORn staffers (the most ever) with several more in the audience if we need them
* Special guests have been invited
* Two panelists have been on “The Hobbit” set
* A significant segment of Q&A, time for fans
More about Comic-Con after the break including info for audience at home: (more…)
Billy Connolly, The Big Yin, loves a big laugh. So is that all that’s behind the strange tidbits about Dáin Ironfoot that’s emerging from the interviews that Connolly’s been doing for Brave recently?
It could be. But what if it isn’t? Let’s summarise what’s trickled out over the last few days, and see what we can conclude. Needless to say, this analysis involves spoilers. (more…)Posted in Billy Connolly, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit
Ever-charming comedian and actor Billy Connolly, who will be playing the role of Dain Ironfoot in The Hobbit, chats with the Sydney Morning Herald about the new Pixar film Brave.
No additional Hobbit spoilers in this interview, but he is very funny as usual. And who doesn’t love a Scots accent?
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He saves the best for last though, dropping a bombshell spoiler about his role as Dain Ironfoot in the Hobbit. It’s just so outrageous that maybe, just maybe, he’s pulling our leg?Posted in Billy Connolly, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit
Billy Connolly returned to New Zealand today after a brief tour to promote the animated movie “Brave,” which was three years in the making. He was glad to be back to complete his role as Dain Ironfoot.
“I have a war to fight. Elves to kill. Orcs to maim,” he says.
And he has really enjoyed working with Peter Jackson, who obviously sets a high standard.
“He knows what he wants and he stays on the case until he gets it. It’s highly technical and we do a lot of takes. It’s not like normal movies where you just have to get your words right and avoid the furniture.”
But Billy isn’t sure how long he will be in New Zealand although he hasn’t done much sightseeing yet and revealed he has an invitation to “The Hobbit” wrap party on July 7th. So only a little while longer for Billy to be a dwarf warrior. Pickups are expected to take place after the official wrap, so some filming will go on after the July 7 party.Posted in Billy Connolly, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, The Hobbit
THERE AND BACK: today on our *Live* webcast TORn TUESDAY, our intrepid host Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway has just returned from New Zealand where many magical things were witnessed ON THE ACTUAL SET OF THE HOBBIT, but secrecy abounds! Be tantalized and teased with a unique 1st person account of travels to the real Middle-earth! We also pay tribute to our fallen friend and Memorial Day remembrance for our brave heroes abroad. Come join the show via Stickam (account “theoneringnet”) using your own Skype login or via our Live Event Page with our unique Barliman’s chat embedded in the show!Posted in Adam Brown, Barlimans, Billy Connolly, Crew News, Director news, Fans, Green Books, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, John Callen, Locations Sets, Mark Hadlow, Miscellaneous, MrCere in New Zealand, Out on a Limb, Peter Jackson, Production, Richard Armitage, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, WETA Cave, WETA Workshop
Billy Connolly has finally arrived in New Zealand to film his part as Dain Ironfoot as the Herald on Sunday reports:
Comedy superstar Billy Connolly will squeeze into a fat suit to make him look shorter for his role as a dwarf in The Hobbit.
The New York-based funnyman travelled to New Zealand last week to prepare for filming.
The 1.8m tall Scot – nicknamed the Big Yin – will be transformed into the Wee Yin when he plays tiny warrior Dain Ironfoot in Peter Jackson’s two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings.
“Billy is a pretty tall guy and he has been measured up for a fat suit so he’ll appear a lot smaller on screen,” a source close to Connolly told the Herald on Sunday. “He has been fairly tickled by it all.”
For battle scenes, the 69-year-old comic and actor has also been kitted out in a suit of armour that he described as “weighing a ton”.
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