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Happy Birthday to Andy Serkis!

Andy SerkisToday, our favorite master of motion capture performance – Andy Serkis – turns 50!

Born on April 20, 1964, Mr. Serkis has long held a special place in all our hearts. The extraordinarily talented actor was originally brought in to supply the voice of Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, Andy became a much more integral part of Gollum’s creation than he could probably have ever imagined. Re-imagined through the use of motion capture technology, Gollum became much more than a digital creation. Those of us who sat in theaters on December 18, 2002, witnessed the birth of a new form of performance. What we saw was Andy, transformed into Tolkien’s iconic character. (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Calendar, Hobbit Cast News, Miscellaneous

Richard Armitage, Sean Bean and Andy Serkis at Wondercon

DragonOnShirtAnd so is TORn. Wondercon runs all three days of the Easter weekend here in Anaheim, California, just across the street from Disneyland. In fact, everyone outside was treated to Disneyland’s nightly fireworks celebration, Gandalf would have been proud. If you are coming to Anaheim this weekend for Wondercon, please remember to stop by our booth #1504, we nearly sold out of today’s supply of our Exclusive WonderCon Dragon shirt. More are coming on Saturday, don’t miss out, these shirts will never be sold anywhere else.

There have been some very last minute surprise guests announced from the big studios, three of which are of much interest to TheOneRing.net.

seanSean Bean was the first announced a few days ago to promote his new show “Legends” coming to TNT for a 10 episode run this summer. The panel will be at 2:30pm in room 300DE where they will show clips and have a Q&A with cast and creative team members. This looks like a really good spy-thriller series, so if you are attending Wondercon on Saturday, make sure to stop by. There is no indication if there will be a signing anywhere, but we will tweet @theoneringnet if that news becomes available.

 

Twentieth Century Fox just announced that “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” will be featured in their panel in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena on Saturday at 12:45pm. Andy Serkis will be a part of that presentation, followed AndyApedirectly afterwards with an Autograph signing session at the Boom! Studios booth #319. You have to buy the limited-edition Wondercon exclusive “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” print illustrated by Garry Brown. The autograph session begins at 2:30pm, but since this will be a ticketed event, stop by the booth in the morning.

And finally the Warner Brothers presentation, also in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena starting at 11am, will feature Richard Armitage as part of the cast presenting “Into the Storm” Not sure if he will drop in any references to “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” or not, but it would not be surprising if someone asked him a question about it. This looks like INTO THE STORMone heck of a natural disaster flick, should be a good panel. There is no indication if any of the films in the Warner Brothers track will be doing autographs, so again, watch our twitter feed at @theoneringnet.

And finally, at the end of the day at 5:30pm, TheOneRing.net will be hosting a panel of our own in room 300DE to talk about all things The Hobbit and Tolkien. This is the same room hosting Sean Bean’s presentation on “Legends”, and our own panel is sandwiched between the TV Guide’s Showrunners panel and the TV Writers Room panel, arrive early to guarantee you get a seat. We will try to post about the other panels mentioned here, but as you can see from the timing, it might be a wrap up post at the end of the night, since all of these run one right after the other. Please do remember to come visit us at our booth #1504 and get your TORn boothWonderCon Dragon shirt, the Free Bard shirt of the TORn Book club shirt, along with a Tauriel poster. We do have a few random bits of swag tucked away too, just to make things fun, especially for families (Hobbit activity books for the kids).

On Sunday, Sarumann will be hosting a special episode of the TORn Book Club from our booth, and then taking it out onto the exhibit hall floor. Barring any technical glitches, this will be taking place on Sunday at Noon, Pacific Time. It may be loud, mad and chaotic, but for those of you who have stuck through our SDCC live feeds already understands that. Hope to see many of you at the booth over the next two days, even if it’s just to drop by to say hello.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Andy Serkis, Clothing, Conventions, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Meet Ups, Richard Armitage, Sean Bean, Shop, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Warner Bros., WonderCon

Andy Serkis talks apes, animals and the rise of mo-cap

Andy Serkis Mo-Cap Tim Buttner of Marketslaw recently interviewed Andy Serkis at at CinemaCon.

Read on to learn Andy’s thoughts on Dwan of the Planet of the Apes, his new role directing The Jungle Book, his involvement in Animal Farm and whether the Oscars need a category specifically for actors in performance capture roles.

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Posted in Andy Serkis, Events, Hobbit Cast News

How would have Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit looked as a duology?

The Hobbit Bag End Door Originally, Peter Jackson intended his adaptation of The Hobbit to be a two-film effort — a duology.

We’ll never know for certain how it would have turned out, but in this feature TORn writer Captain Salt brings together the known facts to give us some idea of just how it might have shaped up.

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Posted in Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Andy Serkis, Barry Humphries, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, Casting Rumors, Cate Blanchett, Conan Stevens, Dean O'Gorman, Director news, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Graham McTavish, Green Books, Guillermo Del Toro, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, Jed Brophy, John Bell, John Callen, John Rawls, Ken Stott, Lawrence Makoare, Lee Pace, Locations Sets, Luke Evans, Manu Bennett, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, MGM, Mikael Persbrandt, Peter Hambleton, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Rob Kazinsky, Ryan Gage, Saoirse Ronan, Stephen Fry, Stephen Hunter, Studios, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Warner Bros., William Kircher

Andy Serkis set to direct new Jungle Book film

Andy Serkis Mo-Cap According to The Hollywood Reporter, Andy Serkis is set to take the director’s chair for a new live action version of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle book that Warner Bros. is underwriting.

Serkis will step into a role initially filled by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Babel”), who departed the project because of scheduling conflicts. (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Director news, Hobbit Cast News, Studios, Warner Bros.

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ wins Annie Award

The-Hobbit-GollumThat mischievous little sneaker known as Gollum (or Smeagol, depending on his mood) has another notch in his belt (er, loincloth). Even 10+ years after making a splash in Hollywood, he just can’t stop picking up awards.

Yesterday, the 41st Annual Annie Awards were held. The Annies celebrate achievement in film and television animation. The award for ‘Character Animation in a Live Action Production’ was given to Jeff Capogreco, Jedrzej Wojtowicz, Kevin Estey, Alessandro Bonora and Gino Acevedo for their work on Gollum in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Crew News, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, MGM, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Warner Bros., WETA Digital

Thirteen things we love about The Desolation of Smaug footage

live event To wrap up the week that saw an unprecedented live fan event where fans gathered in theaters around the world with cast and crew, here is a list of things that stood out for TORn staff.

During the event, fans were treated to costume displays, live Q&As, a preview of the end credit music video, and most importantly, 20 minutes of nearly complete, previously unseen footage. As stated in previous posts, this means movie spoilers are coming, so feel free to stop reading now if you wish to spend the next four weeks without knowing what’s to come. (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Ed Sheeran, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Howard Shore, Jed Brophy, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Martin Freeman, Meet Ups, New Zealand, Orlando Bloom, Other Events, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer, Wellington

‘Hobbit’ onslaught continues as Peter Jackson posts vid production diary #12

In case the new one-sheet posters, new trailer, live fan event, streaming fan event, interviews, magazine covers and actors around the globe wasn’t enough, Peter Jackson has posted Production Diary #12. You can see it right here. It looks to have some up-front action and then focuses on post-production. The behind-the-scenes team, as always has produced an excellent look behind the curtain, this one checking in at eight minutes long. All the usual subjects are there, like Andy Serkis, Lee Pace, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Jed Brophy and on and on. Enjoy!

Posted in Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Hobbit Movie, Lee Pace, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Live Event right here today!

300512id1_TheHobbit_TDOS_INTL_Tapestry_Keyart_7inH_x_38inW.inddThe LIVE world-wide Fan Event for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is happening today!

Eleven different cities will hook-up by satellite for the Live Event to celebrate the forthcoming release of The Desolation of Smaug. And fans can all watch the LIVE stream right here as it happens. (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Other Events, Press Conferences, Richard Armitage, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

Evangeline Lilly explains the challenges of playing Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’

Part one of this spotlight on Evangeline Lilly and her character Tauriel was published yesterday. Click here to read it.


(Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel.)

(Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel.)

In the first part of this story, Evangeline Lilly discussed her childhood love for “The Hobbit,” and her decision-making process that led her to move her family to New Zealand and work with director Peter Jackson as a character not found in J.R.R. Tolkien’s 75-year-old classic. She plays an elf in the forest kingdom of Thranduil where his son Legolas also lives.

How does an actor differentiate her character in a set of films stuffed full with grand, immortal elves?

“Somebody asked me, ‘Did you study a lot of the other elves? The performances of the elves from Rings to do this role?’ I said distinctly ‘no.’ I intentionally didn’t re-watch the movies because I was afraid of trying to copy someone’s performance and I wanted it to be original.”

bg_jFUFB“All the other elves you’ve ever seen in these movies are at least twice my age, at least twice Tauriel’s age, so they are very wise and they’re very well established in their power and their understanding of the world. I’ve intentionally tried to demonstrate that she’s not there yet. She’s young, she’s only 600 years old and in elven terms, that is so young. She’s just a baby.”

Lilly is even playing some layers of the role in a way she wants those diehard fans to understand.

“I like the idea of playing with a young elf, how would they behave? How would they be different from the aged elves? And I hope that it doesn’t come across as wrong, you know what I mean? I hope it doesn’t come across to people who really know the world as she’s not quite got it down. Because that’s my goal, to not quite have it.

“She wants to be as wise, she wants to be as much of a presence as all of her elders but she’s not. She’s a kid and there’s a part of her that is always a little too excited about things or maybe a little too engaged in the world, the way kids can get. And I think that was something I wanted to tell the really diehard fans.

“I want them to know that she is young so that when they look at the performance and they look at the character they understand the context.” (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Characters, Crew News, Evangeline Lilly, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Leith McPherson, Locations Sets, MrCere in New Zealand, Terry Notary, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien

Today is your last chance to enter many Desolation of Smaug LIVE event contests!

If you’re keen to attend one of the LIVE FAN EVENTS being held next week on November 4 in various (or November 5 in Sydney and Wellington), then best hurry as many of the competitions to win tickets close today.

Below are links to all the contests we know about right now (and if you know of one that’s not listed, please e-mail us at spymaster@theonering.net). Note: tickets to these events cannot be purchased.

hobbitcontests (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Director news, Evangeline Lilly, Hobbit Movie, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Announcements, Warner Bros.

Set Visit Exclusive — Bringing Lake-town to Life for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

© Larry D. Curtis, TheOneRing.net

(The outdoor Lake-Town wet set with extras and crew assembled for a night shoot on “The Hobbit.”)

WELLINGTON — The great cities of history have risen up around rivers, lakes and on coasts. Water holds vast and replenishing stores of food, improves transportation of people and goods, encourages trade, and of course keeps a population hydrated. Paris. London. Hong Kong. New York. Tokyo. Moscow. Boston. On and on.

Lake-town benefitted from excellent transportation and presumably a wealth of fish and food and clean, fresh water but it was built on water for a different reason.

Smaug_eyeDragons.

One dragon in particular: Smaug The Terrible.

Tolkien’s Lake-town, like real-world Venice, was built on wooden pillars sunk into water. The lake men — with the destruction of Dale seared forever into their memory — built on water for safety. We watched it in the prolog of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” while they had to live with the fear of dragon every day. Water-based living provided at least a chance against the great and terrible worm if he ever attacked again.

Survival was the challenge for the city builders in Middle-earth but for Peter Jackson’s film version of Lake-town, dragon-sized demands included creating visuals to sell a water-based town to the audience and to provide a playground to let actors fully realize characters and moments. (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Casting Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie FAQ, J.R.R. Tolkien, Locations Sets, Luke Evans, MrCere in New Zealand, Ra Vincent, Ryan Gage, Simon Bright, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug