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Jed Brophy aka Nori talks about his career and The Hobbit 3

Jed Brophy This interview with Jed Brophy (aka Nori) looks at the burgeoning New Zealand film industry and is a bit of a retrospective on the kiwi actor’s 25-year career and how how his path led him to develop a close working relationship with Jackson.

From tongue-in-cheek zombie splatterfest Braindead (possibly my favourite Peter Jackson film) to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Brophy has worked on almost every Peter Jackson film. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

TheOneRing.net joins the FantasyCon parade, seeks costumers

ParadeWith only 10 days left until the largest gathering of Middle-earth actors, artists and other talents converge on Salt Lake City for FantasyCon, TheOneRing.net is joining the ranks for the event’s July 4 parade. TORn submitted an entry in the walking parade that features 40 or more groups of costumers marching the morning of July 4 from the streets of the city into the mammoth convention hall where the celebration of Fantasy awaits. (more…)

Posted in Adam Brown, Conventions, Elijah Wood, Events, Fans, FantasyCon, Graham McTavish, Jed Brophy, Peter Hambleton, Sylvester McCoy, William Kircher

Planet of the Apes revisited

1403244334268.jpg-300x0 Andy Serkis chats about playing Caeser in Planet of the Apes and why the films are “not just bang-for-your-buck popcorn entertainment”.

 


London was burning when actor Andy Serkis landed in his hometown on a global whistle-stop tour to promote the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011. The London riots were at their height as the film opened – a reboot of the iconic franchise about the collapse of human authority and the rise of a new world order.

“Camden was on fire,” Serkis recalls. “It was extraordinary.” (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Hobbit Cast News

Collecting The Precious – Gentle Giant’s Bilbo Baggins Mini-Bust Review

IMG_9712I love Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. He’s just simply been so outstanding in the role of Bilbo Baggins that jumping on a few collectibles of him playing this character was a no-brainer. Today, I have for you a review of the Mini-Bust by Gentle Giant of Bilbo from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

For me, this is a case of the production piece showing improvement over the pictures on the box, as well as what we saw of the prototype. You can still get this bust from Gentle Giant’s website for just $70, and with an edition size of just a little over 500 pieces, it won’t last for long.
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Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Gentle Giant, Hobbit Movie, Martin Freeman, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Denver Comic Con Recap

Our first glimpse of Colorado came with the Rockies where what appeared to be the Lonely Mountain peeked out of the cloud-cover. As the three of us travelling together (my sister, Fili, and our mother “Dis”) are known by Dwarven names, we took this as a good omen. After all, the people of Colorado are mountain folk.

Lonely Mountain (Rockies)

Upon descending on our eagles, we took some time to adjust to the lay of the land before the start of the convention. Having only really experienced the 150k strong crowds at San Diego Comic Con, we didn’t know what to expect from DCC. As it was, the massive line waiting to get in on Friday morning was intimidating. However, upon seeing a Gandalf among the cosplayers, our nerves were set to rest. We were among our people. Our mom even made up her own Dwarven costume for Dis!

dis TORn panel HH panel

 

We joined up with Bofur (Justin!) and hosted our first panel of the day that discussed the history of TheOneRing.net. Given that this year is the site’s 15th anniversary, there was a lot to cover! Many of the folks who attended enjoyed reminiscing about the old days of anonymous set reports that often spurred fan rage online. With time comes perspective, and it was fascinating to look at the response Arwen’s intended presence at Helm’s Deep received vs. the introduction of Tauriel in the new Hobbit films.

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Posted in Events, Fans, Happy Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Tolkien, Uncategorized

Denver Comic-Con news: Sylvester McCoy set for July pickups

denver_post_pic A few minor snippets about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies out of Denver Comic Con last weekend.

Sylvester McCoy, who is not travelling to San Diego Comic Con, indicated that he’ll be in London around July 18 for pickup work. It seems as though Philippa Boyens will be there to directing the additional dialogue recording with Peter Jackson overseeing things from New Zealand.

We also hear Jackson may schedule a trip to London around the time of San Diego Comic Con. (more…)

Posted in Conventions, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Collecting The Precious – Gentle Giant’s Azog the Defiler Mini-Bust Review

IMG_8431Depending on where you stand on these Hobbit films the character Azog the Defiler can be a point of excitement or irritation. For me I have to say I do like the character as a whole, so that’s why when Gentle Giant put the Azog Mini-Bust up for order I had to get it.  As you’ll hear me say in the review I truly believe this bust to be one of their best items ever. As far as collectibles go this one is quite affordable coming in at $85 and he has an edition size of just 780 pieces, which is quite small in high-end collectibles.
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Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Gentle Giant, Hobbit Movie, Manu Bennett, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Manu Bennett to do pickups in July

Azog the DefilerRinger Matt sent us this little snippet from a chat he had with Manu Bennett at the Sydney Supanova last weekend.

I was able to have a quick chat with Manu Bennett (AKA Azog) whilst I was getting his signature. He said he had not completed filming for Azog yet on the final film and he was set to return to New Zealand next month to finish up.”

Come and share your opinion about this on our Hobbit Movie Board over on our Message Boards.

Posted in Conventions, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Manu Bennett, Rumors Spy News, Supanova, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

DJ E-Wood? FantasyCon lands Elijah Wood for its opening night party

DJEWoodSALT LAKE CITY — Elijah Wood isn’t joining fellow Fellowship actors Billy Boyd, Sean Astin and John Rhys-Davies for autographs and panels at FantasyCon July 3 – 5, but he is joining the adventure in other ways. The Daily Herald broke the news yesterday that Wood will DJ an evening event the night before it all starts to get FantasyCon rolling.

The event follows an invite-only charity event that same evening for seven different children’s charities that helps kids get access to FantasyCon that otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend an event like a big public convention. You can read more about Wood’s event RIGHT HERE and read more about the guests at FantasyCon here. Those who purchase VIP tickets (ticketing here) to FantasyCon look to have access to the event that will likely have very limited availability to the public. (more…)

Posted in Adam Brown, Billy Boyd, Concerts, Conventions, Elijah Wood, Events, Fans, FantasyCon, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, John Callen, Ken Stott, Meet Ups, Peter Hambleton, Sean Astin, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, TheOneRing.net Community, William Kircher

The top 10 reasons for Tolkienites to attend FantasyCon

FantasyCon logoTheOneRing.net is a major part of FantasyCon coming up on July 3 – 5 in Salt Lake City and there is a pretty incredible lineup of of Middle-earth content at the show. We are counting the top 10 reasons to attend one of the largest Tolkien gatherings in the history of conventions. (more…)

Posted in Adam Brown, Billy Boyd, Conventions, Events, FantasyCon, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, John Callen, John Rhys-Davies, Ken Stott, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Peter Hambleton, Sean Astin, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, William Kircher

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Fili the Dwarf Statue Review

IMG_9385I’ve put together another video review for you all today, this time it’s of the second member of the Hot Dwarves duo, with Fili joining the previously released Kili in our collection. Fili, as has been the case with the other statues in this line, came out really well done with a superb overall paint/detail-work as well as a great likeness to Dean O’Gorman. Fili like most of the Dwarves is a limited edition piece with just 1000 pieces worldwide and comes in with a price tag of just $249. He is in-stock so you can get him right now if you’re looking to add another piece from The Hobbit Trilogy. Fili is the eighth Dwarf to be completed in this line of statues and ninth overall to be completed, which is not what I say in the video a couple of times. Nori the latest release is on his way and we should have a review of him up soon!
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Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Dean O'Gorman, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

Christopher Lee marks his 92nd birthday with a new metal album

S1SFpYVJBxtSsNJgBSjIqZJjOCBPSjKPJ1_o Christopher Lee turned 92 just last week. Naturally, he marked the big day with the release of a new mini-album — Metal Knight.

Lee is well-known for his devotion to fantasy and heavy metal themes, and already boasts a number of album releases and collaborations in the genre — the first with Italian Symphonic Metal band Rhapsody of Fire a decade ago. In June 2010, he received the Spirit of Metal gong at the Golden Gods Awards from Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) for his work on Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross and his contribution to metal themes on the silver screen.

And last Christmas, his rendition/affectionate parody of Jingle Bells (retitled Jingle Hell) peaked at number 18 in the Billboard Charts. That feat made Lee — at the age of 91 — the oldest performer to ever chart on Billboard. (more…)

Posted in Christopher Lee, Hobbit Cast News