IMAX theaters around the USA will be giving out limited edition hand-drawn prints at the 12:01 showings while supplies last. The four gorgeous monochrome prints, reminiscent of the beautiful Alan Lee sketches that graced the credits of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” depict Gandalf, Bilbo, Thorin and Gollum. You can find a list of theaters participating in the giveaway here. To find a midnight showing Line Party where you can watch the movie with fellow fans, check out TheOneRing’s Line Party site here (also accessible in the drop down “Community” link on the Home Page). Also, check out the other three prints after the break. Line up early, line up often!Posted in Andy Serkis, Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Line Party, Martin Freeman, Meet Ups, Merchandise, Posters Prints, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit
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Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report will present four nights of Hobbit-themed programming (Dec. 3 to Dec. 6), pegged to the Dec. 14 release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, EW has learned. Guests will include stars Ian McKellan (Dec. 3), Martin Freeman (Dec. 4) and Andy Serkis (Dec. 6), along with director Peter Jackson (Dec. 5). Said Colbert in a statement: “Elen sila lumenn‘ omentielvo*… I mean that sincerely.” For those of you who aren’t quite fluent in Elvish, that means, “a star shines on the hour of our meeting.” Read more…Posted in Andy Serkis, Director news, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson, Television, The Hobbit
A sneak preview from The Hobbit that aired on the SyFy channel during the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. is now available online. The 41 second clip shows a nice interchange between Gandalf and Bilbo as they explore the treasures found in the cave of the three trolls and Bilbo gets a very nice and valuable gift indeed!Posted in Events, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Television, The Hobbit
Breaking news from Warner Bros is that Sir Ian McKellen, who plays the wizard Gandalf in The Hobbit movies, will not be attending the world premier of The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey, in Wellington later this month. In a statement from Warner Brothers today, McKellen said he was envious his co-stars could attend. “It is thrilling that Peter and my other friends from the cast and crew will be re-united for the world premiere,” he said. “I know they will have a wonderful welcome from the fans and I envy them. As ever, my heart is in Wellington, and I send my love.” Warner Bros. announced the cast and crew members who will be attending the premier including Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins). Ten of the remaining 12 dwarf characters will also attend the premiere, as well as Barry Humphries, who plays the Goblin King.Posted in Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Ian McKellen, The Hobbit
Warner Brothers has kicked off their Awards Season website for many of their films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey among them. The page links to the Official Website and trailer, gives a brief synopsis of the story, and then lists all the names of the people who worked in eligible categories, from the Writers to the Sound Effects people, and a few of the actors. And just as a tease, there is a list of screenings, but those screenings are for Academy voters and members of the various Guilds (Screen Actors, Writers, Directors, etc) only. A full list of eligible names and categories below. Hopefully this means we will have a lot to celebrate at our own Oscar Party! [Website]
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In his latest blog, Ian McKellen addresses a question he must be getting asked rather a lot of late: “Has Peter Jackson changed?”. His answer? “The basic answer is No: he’s still the same Kiwi, who loves nothing more than making films in his native country, surrounded by faithful colleagues whom he trusts and admires.”
There is one difference apparently.
“Oh, one surprising change I have noticed. Shoes are optional in New Zealand and most days Peter shot LOTR barefoot as a hobbit. But on The Hobbit filming he was always well shod, padding through the leaf mould and rubble of the sets in regular footwear.”
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If you missed them, here are 17 (count them!) fabulous character posters that provide yet another look at the principal characters. In addition to Bilbo, Gandalf and all the dwarves of the party, the posters include Galadriel and Gollum. Maybe that’s a hint of Galadriel’s importance in An Unexpected Journey. Or maybe it’s just indicative of Cate Blanchett’s star power. (more…)Posted in Aidan Turner, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, John Callen, John Rawls, Ken Stott, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit
In his latest post in his website, Ian McKellen writes about his anticipation of the Wellington, New York and London premieres of The Hobbit. He also talks about the heavy media commitments that come with the film:
I’ve been busy talking to journalists (about 70 so far) and reminiscing about the shoot. Their opening question is usually identical: “So, what was it like going back to New Zealand, a decade after LOTR. Did it feel the same?”
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The last two items that United Cutlery has up for order right now are the staff which Gandalf will carry during The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Thorin Oakenshield’s Orcrist. Gandalf’s staff has been recreated using the exact prop Sir Ian McKellen used during filming. It measures an incredible 73″ tall and will come with an Elven style wall display showing his G-rune.
After escaping from three troll,s Thorin and company take shelter in what turns out to be the troll’s cave and hidden horde of loot which would include the sword Orcrist. This amazingly good looking sword has been recreated from the replica used by Richard Armitage during the filming of the movie. Orcrist measures 38 3/4” long and features a 25 7/8″ stainless steel blade which, of course, has the etched runes in the blade. Orcrist is due to ship in December of this year with a cost of $175 while Gandalf’s staff will also ship in December with a price tag of $140. Both items can be found at our friends at Budk.com!
“Bilbo Baggins. I’m looking for someone to share in an adventure.”
-Gandalf to Bilbo before a possible unexpected journey
One of the many statues Weta Workshop had at Comic-Con 2012 for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was Gandalf the Grey. On October 1st, 2012, fans around the world got the chance to order this amazing statue, as Gandalf was one of three statues that were in-stock that day. Thankfully, Gandalf is an open edition statue, allowing those of us who badly want this item a chance to add him to our collections.
On March 15th, 2941 at the Prancing Pony in Bree, Thorin Oakenshield met with Gandalf the Grey where a discussion took place about reclaiming Erebor. Gandalf was able to convince Thorin to make the journey to reclaim Erebor and help secure the North from potential future problems. Once again Gandalf would help play a pivotal role in helping make sure Middle-earth would not face certain dangers.Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Merchandise, Shop, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop
Here’s some new, unpublished images from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey courtesy of Cinemarcado! The new photos reveal scenes with Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf The Grey and a photo of a very youthful-looking (and slightly creepy) Frodo Baggins. Some of TORn’s chatters suggest that the images may not have been colour-graded yet.Posted in Elijah Wood, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman