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See Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen talk Hobbit trailer on NBC Today!

Gandalf at Dol Guldur As you might recall, when the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug debuted during the week, actors Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen went on the Today show to have a chat about the filming, share exclusive sneak peek of the trailer itself. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer

Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen on TODAY show tomorrow, Tuesday

ian mckellenThe excitement just keeps coming! Sir Ian McKellen just tweeted as follows:

Time to set those DVRs, and catch Gandalf and Legolas on tv before you watch the latest trailer!

Posted in Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Television, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer

Exciting giveaways at TORn’s party in New York – 10th October

ian mck partick stLots of folks have already bought their tickets to join TheOneRing.net and fellow Ringers at our annual party in Manhattan!  We’re hard at work planning a special event, and can’t wait to see everyone there.  Everyone attending will receive a goody bag, and in addition to this, as ever, we will have some amazing prizes to be won; and we just got news of a very exciting giveaway to include in that raffle.   We will be giving away TWO TICKETS to see Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart on Broadway!  The lucky winner (and companion of their choice!) will be able to pick a date to go along and see Gandalf and Picard, (or Magneto and Professor X), live on stage!

There will be more amazing giveaways at the party – stay tuned for further details!  Your ticket to the party – at The Oak Cellar, Manhattan, on Thursday 10th October – includes two entries into the raffle, as well as your goody bag, your first drink, plentiful finger food throughout the evening, and of course a great time with fellow fans!  Numbers are strictly limited in our private room this year, so buy your ticket now!  We look forward to seeing you in New York in a couple of weeks.

[Click here for all details, and to buy tickets to Ringers Take Manhattan]

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Meet Ups, NYCC, Other Events, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

Company of Tweets: Follow Your Favourite Hobbit Actors on Twitter

twitter TORN iconAs you are aware, many Hobbit cast members have their own twitter accounts. After Evangeline Lilly participated in a live Twitter Q&A the other day, we thought it would be a great time to remind you of the official accounts. As far as we know each actor manages their twitter personally, offering a great way to keep up with them. (more…)

Posted in Adam Brown, Billy Boyd, Billy Connolly, Conan Stevens, Dean O'Gorman, Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Jed Brophy, John Bell, John Callen, Luke Evans, Manu Bennett, Mark Hadlow, Sean Astin, Stephen Fry, Stephen Hunter, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, TheOneRing.net Community, WETA Workshop

Shooting wrapping up gradually in New Zealand – and some clues for the next movies?

Word reached us that Sir Ian McKellen shot his final scene as Gandalf on June 28th in Wellington, goodbye has also been said to Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel, and now Orlando Bloom has finished his last day as Legolas.  Somehow it feels like the end of an era; and of course the cast and crew want to celebrate the journey they’ve been on together.  Peter Jackson posted this video – not tears but laughter as Legolas bids farewell! Also there’s some information about what Legolas might be doing in future films – SPOILER below the video!

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Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Production, The Hobbit

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – June 3, 2013

PJGandalfAndDwalinWelcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week. If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights. Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions. Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join in the fun!

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Posted in Books, Fans, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Locations Sets, Other Merchandise, Other Tolkien books, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, TheOneRing.net Community

Happy Birthday, Sir Ian McKellen!

Ian McKellen as Gandalf without BeardOn May 25th, 1939, in the town of Burnley in northern England, the talented and beloved Sir Ian McKellen was born. Here’s to an amazing life, an amazing career, and to hoping you had a wonderful birthday!! If you haven’t already, send your Birthday wishes directly to Ian on Facebook or Twitter.  [Ian McKellen Facebook] [Ian McKellen Twitter] And as a small mathom, here’s a rare pic of Ian as Gandalf without his beard!

Posted in Ian McKellen, LotR Cast News

Our Own Documentary RINGERS: Lord of the Fans Now on iTunes!

finalopeningtitleIn 2005 we premiered our very own documentary feature film RINGERS: Lord of the Fans at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, where  it was quickly snapped up by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for worldwide distribution on DVD and cable! It is finally available on iTunes after 7 years of hopeful waiting… you can also find it on Amazon Instant and on VUDU.

What a fun movie! Dominic Monaghan (Meriadoc Brandybuck) came on board to be our wonderful narrator! Actually this film is a time capsule of many decades of pop culture history — giving us the full story on how the world has embraced Tolkien’s masterpiece THE LORD OF THE RINGS over 50 years and more!

Winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival, RINGERS was produced in association with TheOneRing.net — this remarkable little film was forged BY fans and FOR fans, just like our website, with the production/writing talent of Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway (who hosts TORn TUESDAY every week), Jeff Marchelletta, and supercool director Carlene Cordova. It was executive produced by X-Men/Transformers guru Tom DeSanto.

With a wonderful rock-driven score and detailing all the outpouring of love bestowed on Tolkien over many generations, this film is a must-have for your digital collection! Get it on iTunes now for only $9.99!

From the original Sony Press Release:

RINGERS is comprehensive, entertaining and informative pop culture history.”
The Toronto Star

 

“…Will always be a salient part of ‘LORD OF THE RINGS’ history…
See it, absorb it, love it.”
FilmThreat

 

RINGERSonesheetWinner of “Outstanding Achievement” Award at the
Newport Beach Film Festival

 

RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS

 

FASCINATING DOCUMENTARY CAPTURES THE HISTORY, INFLUENCE AND PHENOMENON THAT IS LORD OF THE RINGS

 

CULVER CITY, Calif. (September 12, 2005) – Sony invites you to return to the Shire with the release of the feature-length documentary RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS, direct to DVD.  In association with the popular fan-site TheOneRing.net, Carlene Cordova produced, directed and wrote this award-winning film with executive producer Tom DeSanto(X-Men, X2: X-Men United and Transformers), which charts the incredible influence and ripple-effect that Lord of the Rings has had on worldwide pop culture over the past five decades.  Whether you are a fan or first timer, critics agree, RINGERS, stands as the most comprehensive film documenting the ongoing impact of J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary achievement.

Dominic Monaghan (star of ABC’s Lost and the Academy Award® winning Lord of the Rings trilogy) narrates the documentary as it looks behind the curtain between Lord of the Rings and how it inspired so many artists of different mediums.  The film moves beyond “cult classic” and through different generations unearthing the way legendary rock musicians, filmmakers, professors, actors and authors all unite under the banner of ‘Ringer.’  Interviewees included in the film are Lord of the Rings trilogy filmmaker Peter Jackson as well as Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin and David Carradine.  Infused with a dynamic rock-driven score, irreverent cut-out animation (á la Terry Gilliam), and a centerpiece audience sing-a-long, RINGERS is a genre-busting documentary that shows how a single literary work continues to spark the minds and hearts of millions.

RINGERS continues the momentum of the motion picture trilogy Lord of the Rings, a winner of 17 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Peter Jackson, who made history as the first person to direct three major feature films simultaneously. 

 

From the official synopsis:

 

Ringers: Lord of the Fans is a feature-length documentary that reveals the ongoing cultural phenomenon created by The Lord of the Rings.  Very funny and often moving, Ringers shows the hidden power behind Tolkien’s books — and how after 50 years a single literary work continues to spark the minds and hearts of millions, across cultures and across time.

 

6919cliffsalamorganShot with groundbreaking new digital technology in 24P, Ringers explores the real foundations of Middle-earth; a community of true fans who share a common bond.  Moving beyond “cult classic” and over several different generations, the film unearths academics, musicians, authors, filmmakers, and a plethora of pop junkies — the people gathered under the banner of ‘Ringer.’  From the hippie counter-culture to the electronic age; from the Bakshi animated film to Jackson’s epic trilogy; this documentary brings together extensive footage from across the globe.  With units in Los Angeles, San Diego, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Bonn, Germany, Wellington, New Zealand, and Oxford, England, our cameras capture the most fascinating “Ringers” and Lord of the Rings events.

 

What began as the private amusement of a tweedy Oxford professor has now become a new mythology for the 21st century. Ringers: Lord of the Fans shows how an adventure story published in 1954 has had dynamic ripple-effects through Western pop-culture.  Ringers carefully pulls away the veil between Tolkien’s book and the creations of art, music, and community that have been inspired by it.

 

Check out the official trailer here:

Posted in Andy Serkis, Barrie Osborne, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, DVDs, Elijah Wood, Fans, Headlines, Ian McKellen, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Noble, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Media Reviews, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Zealand, Orlando Bloom, Other Merchandise, Other Tolkien books, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Sean Astin, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Viggo Mortensen

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.

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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

Willie Nelson wants to replace Ian McKellen as Gandalf – Team Coco Video

TeamCoco.com, aka Conan O’Brien, one of America’s most popular late-night talk show hosts, got their hands on Willie Nelson’s audition tape for, what they call, ‘The Hobbit 2.’ In the video, Willie suggests to Peter Jackson that he may make a better Gandalf than Ian McKellen. (Strong language and content warning!) [Direct Video Link]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Director news, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey wins Best SciFi/Fantasy film at Jameson Empire Awards

Martin Freeman Jameson Empire Awards 2013Whilst most of us were busy being excited about Peter Jackson’s ‘sneak peek’ going on live today, over in the UK our friends at Empire were busy with their very own movie awards! The Jameson Empire Awards 2013 were held tonight at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in a cold and snowy London.  These awards are voted for by movie fans themselves – and in a demonstration of the impeccable taste of fans everywhere, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was awarded Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Film. Sir Ian McKellen was there to collect the award, and he gave a shout out from the stage to his two cast mates who also attended the ceremony, Martin Freeman and Adam Brown.

Freeman soon had his own moment in the spotlight, as he beat nominees including Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln to win the award for Best Actor! In typically tongue-in-cheek style, Freeman commented, ‘I always wondered if it was possible to quantify the best actor, and now I realise that it is, and it’s me! What a load of old rubbish I was in with…’  He later went on to say, modest as ever, ‘It’s possible that my performance was not the best of the year, but I’ll take it!’  What a charming chap he is; ever ready with a wink and a smile, as Empire’s picture of him shows!

Empire’s blog of the awards ceremony can be read here; check back to their homepage later for more pics and reports from the night, and to find out who the other winners were.  Many congratulations on their awards, to Martin Freeman and to all our friends involved with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey!

Posted in Adam Brown, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Other Events, The Hobbit

A Big Fat Geek Wedding: Gandalf to Officiate Cpt. Picard’s Wedding

reg_1024.Stewart.McKellen.mh.031913From EOnline.com: Ian McKellen, wedding officiant? A positively magnetic idea, Patrick Stewart says.

The thesp behind Magneto’s alter ego in the big-screen version of X-Men reveals that he’s been tapped to officiate at the upcoming wedding of his pal Stewart—with whom he costarred in the hit superhero flicks—to singer Sunny Ozell.

McKellen shared the news during an appearance on U.K.’s Jonathan Ross Show, and it turns out the 73-year-old has got some bona fides when it comes to overseeing weddings.

X-Men: Days of Future Past adds Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen to Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender flick

“I’m going to marry Patrick,” he said. “I am going to officiate at his wedding.”

[Read More] (Thanks to Pearl Sandybanks for the heads-up!)

Posted in Ian McKellen, TheOneRing.net Community