Support TheOneRing.net - A not for profit fan community!
Join us in our forums!
LEGO Lord of the Rings Collection
Thranduil Statue

News Alerts

Get emailed with every new post!

Weekly Newsletter

Select a list:

Archive for the ‘Stephen Fry’ Category

Set visit exclusive — Extras: Living large in the background of ‘The Hobbit’

Bilbo looks over the trees in Mirkwood Forest.

Bilbo looks over the trees in Mirkwood Forest.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of many set visit reports that will publish weekly from now until the premiere of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” We will update this post with photos from the set visit as soon as possible.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

WELLINGTON — Thousands of creative hands will have touched “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” by the time it hits movie screens. For those making the film it means long hours, pushing the limits of creativity, people and technology. It is accurate to say every frame is filled with passion, lots of passion.

Despite all the love for the project from every quarter, there is a group that may be the least-heralded, most overlooked, and yet whose passion for the project is surpassed by no man — or woman. They will receive no awards, no fame, no recognition and yet, they loved their work on “The Hobbit,” and legions of fans would have willingly taken their place in a heartbeat.

They are called “extras,” and for these films that meant extra passion, extra time and extra fun.

How would I know? Well, I was one of them!

I am a staffer here at TheOneRing.net (TORn), contributing for over a decade to the all-volunteer, not-for profit website forged by and for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien. In that time I formed a bond of trust and friendship with people on all sides of the production.

Warners Bros. and the production team on “The Hobbit,” invited me, as a representative of TORn, to not only visit the set but to be embedded there as a journalist for five weeks. Every working day for a month and a week in 2012, I woke up and reported to set near Wellington, New Zealand where Peter Jackson and his team of filmmakers were putting together the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved children’s book, “The Hobbit.”

I can hardly believe this happened even though I remember it with incredible clarity. It seems surreal now — as it did every day when I arrived, showed my badge to security and walked into the grounds where Middle-earth would be created for audiences world wide. Each day was appreciated.

For me, it was absolutely life changing.

Repeating for emphasis: Life changing. (more…)

Posted in Casting Calls, Director news, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie FAQ, J.R.R. Tolkien, MrCere in New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Ryan Gage, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

In case you haven’t seen the trailer yet, let these lovely gents introduce it to you!

As if we weren’t excited enough about the new The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug trailer, there are some lovely chaps who’d like to share the anticipation with us. The delightful Stephen Fry would like to show you the trailer:

(more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer

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

Stephen Fry has never completed The Hobbit

Stephenfry The Desolation of Smaug star Stephen Fry has admitted that he has never read The Hobbit.

Fry — who appears as The Master of Laketown in the second instalment of the film trilogy — confessed that he only skim-read the parts of the novel that featured his character.

Speaking on Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Podcast, the 55-year-old said: “I usually read scripts. But The Hobbit, I’m not sure I should say this, but I’ve never read The Hobbit. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Sneak Peek – Full Transcript

It was an interesting journey the filmmaker and Hobbit actorTHE HOBBIT_ AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY-1 Jed Brophy took us on in one hour, we where guided along the stages and rooms of Park Road Post in Miramar, Wellington, to where we finally ended up in Peter Jackson’s’ home away from home the editing room in his traditional bare feet.

Jed was a great host along side Peter Jackson who explained certain things on the way to the editing room, we saw snippets of work in progress, Azog and an Orc in motion capture, some Pre-Viz of Smaug the Dragon, of whom we only saw snippets of in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is akin to the unfinished Gollum in his first but brief appearance in Fellowship of The Ring, before he was fully realized as a digital character in the Two Towers, he was a mere shadow of himself you could say..

(more…)

Posted in Billy Boyd, Cast Q&A, Casting Rumors, Character Q&A, Dominic Monaghan, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Peter Jackson, Stephen Fry

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – April 8, 2013

13DwarvesWelcome 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!

(more…)

Posted in Barry Humphries, Billy Connolly, Characters, Conventions, Events, Fans, Green Books, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Meet Ups, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit, Tolkien

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Sneak Peek – commentary

monstrous-nightmareWant to relive what you saw this afternoon?  Reflecting on some of the moments, and trying to remember what was what?  Well, don’t forget that, if you missed the Peter Jackson hosted first look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,  or just want to watch it over again, a modified version will be archived on the Trilogy’s official website  www.thehobbit.com/sneak  To access the footage, use your UltraViolet code on your copy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack or 2-Disc Special Edition DVD.

Meanwhile, staffer Rasputin the Evil Balrog shares with us some commentary on the footage:

(more…)

Posted in Aidan Turner, Billy Boyd, Blu-Ray, Director news, Dominic Monaghan, DVDs, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Lee Pace, LotR Cast News, Luke Evans, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Merchandise, Orlando Bloom, Other Events, Peter Jackson, Production, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit

A running commentary during the Live Desolation of Smaug Sneak Peek

The countdown, how exciting!

  • Live Stream starts now… with Jed Brophy at the Post Production house
  • Peter is reading the newspaper
  • spoiler alert, it’s great weather on Monday
  • Cricket scores shared for the English fans
  • Motion capture stage visited, with Azog and another Orc, more fighting with the orcs, including orc archery
  • Dam Busters, someone should remake it so Jed can be in it.
  • James Bond walk of fame is rather cool
  • Pre-vis department, Pre-visualisation (animated sequences)
  • I see Smaug poster
  • Rather comic version of Smaug on a computer screen (psych)
  • the T-Rex with wings look a bit like Pete’s Dragon
  • Rivendell library is rather cool looking, even if never used
  • Jed loves Goldfinger
  • And then we enter the Editing room with Jabez Olssen
  • One Million years B.C was the poster over PJ’s bed as a kid
  • Now to see editing happening
  • Bard is taking the Dwarves and their barrels across the river, in a boat.
  • Bilbo – I should never come along, we have a saying in the Shire “never venture east”.
  • He seems rather miserable
  • “I should never have left Bagend. We have a saying in the Shire, we learn it from birth, Never Venture East.”
  • Peter and Jed agree that Aidan is one of the Hot Dwarves (Lisa)
  • Jed looks very waterlogged
  • We get the final cut – and it’s Bard saying “So Master Hobbit, why did you venture East?”
  • Yeah Luke, sends a little message to say hello to the fans. The One Ringer, that’s us!
  • Jed teases that Bard is out of the film but Peter says that Bard is one of the cool things about the next film
  • Here come the video questions.
  • Chris asks about problems with a middle film?
  • PJ answers – middle films are complicated, but with multiple story lines different character arcs and plot lines take over.
  • Thranduil on his throne, awesome.
  • elf troop, with Legolas and Tauriel, fighting orcs
  • Laketown and the Master looking smarmy, and his manservant looks a bit like Grima.
  • Stephen Fry says he’s taking over from Orlando as the most desirable man in the films
  • Stephen sends a video, and mentions that England is decimating NZ in Cricket
  • Chinese girls ask questions about Legolas and Orlando and why he was cast and whether or not he’s similar to his Elf
  • Orlando sends a video to ask PJ a question – he wants to know what image he is most excited to see onscreen.
  • PJ says fans are most excited to see Smaug and Bilbo together and so is he.
  • Stephen’s video has been running in the background because he’s so wordy, but he says he has no idea if he’s in the last film
  • Marina in Canada – asks about new characters
  • PJ answers – Thranduil, Bard (part of the family now), They’ve made Bard like Robin Hood, is he good or bad. And of course, Tauriel is new, a new creation. Yay for her costume, finally getting to really see it.
  • Tauriel wears a leather
  • Brazilian kids asking questions, call it LOTR and pronounce it as a word
  • The kids ask about PJ’s favorite weapons, theirs is Gimli’s and Gloin’s axe.
  • PJ loves Theoden’s sword, with the horse motifs.
  • And back to London and Stephen Fry’s video still running 😉
  • PJ was punishing Stephen about his comments about the NZ Cricket team
  • Twitter question about how difficult it is to stay on track or schedule
  • They mention the Flood in Nelson as one thing that messed up shooting
  • Surprise question with from Stephen Colbert – asks about the Sindar Elves and the Avari elves? PJ says yes about the Elves
  • So PJ rags on Stephen Colbert about two different sizes of mugs on his show, and how the quality of the printing on the mugs is poor quality
  • Twitter question – does he edit barefoot?  Yes, he can be barefoot.
  • Lee Pace, woohoo, looking rather fab, as usual. Lee is looking forward to seeing the animosity of Dwarves and Elves in his own halls.
  • Twitter question – would Jed like to inflict any dwarf torture on PJ?
  • Jed says maybe, but has to say no because he wants to continue to work with him.
  • Great story about the Dwarves on the spit, and how Mark Hadlow got sick and asked to take a break and no one heard him. Poor thing
  • Billy Boyd sends a video question – In FOTR, they went as far as the Misty Mountains, but he knows in The Hobbit they go further East. Billy wants to know about any new Wildlands.
  • PJ answers about Mirkwood, and shows artwork the darkness and foreboding nature of Mirkwood. Misty and mirky and hard to walk through, to be sure.
  • Evangeline sends a question – What will Thranduil’s realm be like?
  • PJ mentions that Green Screens is why she does not know what the realm looks like. The artwork shows a bridge over a raging river to a structure like Rivendell, but inside the forest. The realm looks like Rivendell and Lorien mixed together, but underground.
  • Dom Monaghan asks a question, he is holding the camera himself.
  • What is the best PJ rumor you’ve heard that is not true?
  • What are you happiest about in transferring book to film?
  • PJ answers about the craziest rumor – people asked him if he was going to move his family to a ship off the coast to avoid paying Taxes. He gets too seasick to do that.
  • Twitter question – will the Necromancer play a bigger part, and PJ says yes and nothing else.
  • Here comes a look at the movie, but the Trailer is not ready yet.
  • PJ says that Gandalf goes to see the tombs of the Witch-king
  • Gandalf in a cavern, showing a dark doorway that appears to be blown open from within. He then goes inside, and sees a bird flies out of broken stonework, and then sees Radagast. The Nine tombs were broken open from the inside.
  • The vlogs will be starting up again, even though this is very much like one.
  • Sequence of action from throughout the film concluding with ‘We are the Dwarves of Erebor, we have come to reclaim our homeland’
  • Ran for about 55 minutes

Remember, if you missed the Peter Jackson hosted first look at “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,”  or just want to watch it over again, a modified version will be archived on the Trilogy’s official website  www.thehobbit.com/sneak. To access the footage, use your UltraViolet code on your copy “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack or 2-Disc Special Edition DVD.

Also, be sure to stay tuned to TheOneRing.net for a detailed analysis. Coming soon!

Posted in Billy Boyd, Cast Q&A, Characters, Dominic Monaghan, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Peter Jackson, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit

Charity auction: film clapper signed by Hobbit cast

Rubbermonkey, an online audiovisual superstore and film production company based in Wellington, is currently auctioning a film clapperboard signed by the Hobbit crew to raise money for four local charities — the SPCA, SAFE, NICU, and Ronald McDonald House.

The IKAN clapperboard wasn’t used on the Hobbit, but has been signed by members of the Hobbit cast, including Martin Freeman and Ian McKellan.

The auction is running now on Trade Me, and closes on Monday September 10 at 3:51pm. (Some of you might also be interested in the twin charity auction of a filmclapper signed by the All Blacks.)

[Charity Auction] | [Rubbermonkey Blog]

Posted in Aidan Turner, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Graham McTavish, Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, Lee Pace, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Peter Hambleton, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, Sylvester McCoy

Fry lends voice to safe cycling in Wellington videos

Stephen Fry  (The Master of Laketown) lent his voice to narrate The Friendly Cyclist film series — a tongue-in-cheek series of cycling safety videos that follow the adventures of Mrs Penny Farthing as she learns how to cycle safely around Wellington.

Little Fighter Films wanted “a proper English voice”, and had Fry in mind when they wrote the scripts, but they unsure if they could get him involved in the project. They sent a “cheeky request” through a friend working for Wingnut films asking if he’d like to help. “Inexplicably, he did,” directors Mike and Hilleke Townsend told Stuff.co.nz.

[More]

Posted in Film Screenings, Hobbit Cast News, Stephen Fry

Entertainment Weekly new scrolling Hobbit scenes

Our message board members were quick to pick up on this very cool scrolling montage of pictures from the upcoming Hobbit movie over at Entertainment Weekly.com. What’s cool is there are new scenes we’ve never seen before. What’s even cooler is you can scroll over the pictures to get a closer look. Check it out and let us know what details *you* pick out on the very active thread in progress on our Hobbit discussion board! Read More…

Posted in Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Andy Serkis, Billy Connolly, Cate Blanchett, Conan Stevens, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, John Callen, Ken Stott, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Mikael Persbrandt, Peter Hambleton, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, Stephen Hunter

Stephen Fry finishes filming, bids a fond farewell to Middle-earth

British actor Stephen Fry, who will appear as the Master of Laketown in the upcoming Hobbit movies (though perhaps only in the second one?? – just a guess…), has – according to the press – finished filming in New Zealand.  He’s clearly sad to go, as reported here.   (If you’re curious about Fry’s comments about broadband services, as mentioned in the article, you can read more here!)

What this means regarding what is ‘in the can’ and what is still to be shot can only be speculated.  Are all Laketown scenes filmed?  Have the technical wizards already started adding in a CGI Smaug?  Might Fry be called back for pick-ups after the first movie has been released?  Right now, the question I’m pondering is this: once he’s back in Britain, I wonder how soon the actor will find time to stop by the Hobbit pub in Southampton?  Perhaps he’ll wait till cast mate Ian McKellen can join him, later in the summer….

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit