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Andy Serkis to feature on NPR’s Ask Me Another

Gollum NPR has something rather precious happening in Brooklyn next week.

Ask Me Another, their energetic, borderline rambunctious quiz show, is taking actor and director Andy Serkis from the big screen and putting him in the trivia hot seat at a live event on July 8 at The Bell House in Brooklyn. (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Events

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

IMG_9873Nori the Dwarf recently arrived to join our collections and brings us to nine of the thirteen Dwarves in Thorin’s Company.

The character design for Nori is one of the most unqiue that Peter Jackson went with when creating these characters for The Hobbit Trilogy. Our friends at Weta Workshop have done a fantastic job of taking that look and turning it into a great 1:6th scale representation of the character played by Jed Brophy. Nori is a limited edition piece with an edition size of just 1000 pieces world wide and can be purchased right now for $250.

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Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

Fancy owning Gandalf’s horse from The Desolation of Smaug?

321795790 Well now you can.

Ringer Rohan Refugee sends us this report from TV3 New Zealand.

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans are some of the most loyal and devoted of them all.
They have spent hundreds of millions seeing the movie and they come to New Zealand in their droves to see where their beloved films were made. (more…)

Posted in Fans, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Andy Serkis Channels Gollum & Caesar The Ape on The Conan Show

GollumAndCaesar Check out this hilarious clip from the Conan Show, where Andy Serkis shows how to be an ape and then channels a conversation between Gollum and Caesar the Ape :D

Posted in Andy Serkis, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News

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