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No pick-up filming as Jackson prepares to farewell Middle-earth

Thorin Bus Shelter HDOS-1 For those hoping for more pick-ups for The Hobbit, it seems as though we’ve reached the end. In an interview in Las Vegas, Richard Armitage indicated that filming was complete, with only motion capture and ADR work left to be done.

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Posted in Events, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Other Events, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Warner Bros.

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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More filming pickups for May this year?

James NesbittAlthough officially all shooting for Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies wrapped at the end of pickups last year, the cast have always said that they expect to head back sometime this year.  In his interview with TheOneRing.net last November, Richard Armitage said, ‘We have nothing official at the moment; but knowing Pete, knowing what that third movie needs to be like, you know, his taste and what he’s aiming for, I have no doubt in my mind that we’ll be going back to do more stuff … On the last day of the shoot, he [PJ] put his arms around me, and he gave me a big hug and said, ‘See you next year.’  And I was like, ‘What, do you mean for the Premiere?’ and he went, ‘No, no; we’ll be back here again…’  ‘

Now there is the first hint of a confirmation that there will indeed be further pickups to complete the third movie, The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The business section of newspaper Irish Examiner contains this article about actor James Nesbitt’s entertainment firm Brown Cow Films Ltd; at the very end of the article is the line, ‘Nesbitt confirmed that he is returning to New Zealand in around May for the filming of the third Hobbit movie.’

There and Back Again indeed!  It looks like New Zealand may be becoming Middle-earth, and the fellowship of companions may be gathering, for one last journey in a few months’ time. And that is an encouraging thought.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, James Nesbitt, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Could the final Hobbit film be scrapped or delayed because of recent litigation? Not a chance

moneyWith all the rumours running around the interwebs lately about the latest Hobbit law suit and the claim that it could scuttle the release of The Hobbit: There and Back Again. We asked attorney Douglas C. Kane, who posts here on TORn as Voronwë the Faithful on our Message boards, if there was any truth to these rumours.

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Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, New Line Cinema, Studios, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Warner Bros.

UK cinemas programming 160 mins for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; UK tix on sale from Nov 1

bg_wxFiK Ringer Rohirrim Rider — an insider in the UK cinema industry — provides the following news that provides additional support for our October 18 report about the running time for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

We’ve now got our Hobbit screenings programmed in — we’re working with a runtime of 160 minutes.

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Posted in Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Rumors Spy News, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

See new, high-res artwork for The Desolation of Smaug LEGO sets!

Ringer Mr Spielbrick lets us know that we can now check out high-resolution artwork for the four movie tie-in LEGO sets for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug courtesy of user “HothBricks” over on Flickr. (Low-res versions have been floating round the internet for a couple of days but weren’t much more than a pixelated blur). (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, LEGO, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Brand-new poster artwork for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!

bg_HGEYA We’ve all been wondering at the relative absence of poster artwork for The Desolation of Smaug. Well, this new poster featuring Thranduil, Legolas and Tauriel may help whet the appetite! (more…)

Posted in Conan Stevens, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Merchandise, Posters Prints, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug runtime is 156 minutes?

desolation of smaug poster Amidst talk over on BoxOffice.com about The Hobbit, one user has revealed that a “For Your Consideration” booklet circulating around Hollywood for The Desolation of Smaug lists a run-time of 156 minutes.

I RSVP’d to a screening on the WB lot and it lists 156min as the runtime.

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Posted in Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

New reports take us on-set for two days for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Tauriel and LegolasWe all like to keep some things secret (and keep them safe); movie studios are no different.  As we get closer to the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros. are finally lifting embargos and allowing interviews and content to be posted, which reveal spoilers, and drop hints, about what we can expect when the next film hits the big screen in December.

Our own staffer MrCere spent three months on set last year; stay tuned for some exclusive reports from him, coming soon.  Meanwhile, here are several interviews on which the press embargo has just lifted, covering a two-day set visit for members of the press early last year.

Please note, there are movie spoilers to be found within. You have been warned!

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Posted in Director news, Evangeline Lilly, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Ian McKellen, Locations Sets, Luke Evans, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Warner Bros. full synopsis for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug provides some plot hints?

desolation of smaug poster I can’t recall if this has been previously revealed, but this official synopsis — more complete than the short version currently on The Hobbit website — actually has some really interesting implications if you have a read through and examine who’s listed and (more importantly), who’s not.

As folks observed after the debut of the second Desolation of Smaug trailer, Guillermo del Toro is back in the credits for his work on the screenplay. There’s a co-producer nod for the late Eileen Moran as well. Highlight the space below to read the key omissions, and some fairly hefty spoiler analysis of what those omissions could mean for the movie.

 


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. (more…)

Posted in Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dean O'Gorman, Evangeline Lilly, Fran Walsh, Graham McTavish, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Howard Shore, Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, Jed Brophy, John Bell, John Callen, Ken Stott, Lawrence Makoare, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Manu Bennett, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Mikael Persbrandt, Peter Hambleton, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Richard Armitage, Stephen Hunter, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, William Kircher

Rumor: Middle-earth theme park at Disney?

Interior of the next Disney Princess castle?

Could the Disney theme parks be the next potential location for a Lord of the Rings-themed attraction? We reported back in January and also in February that tongues were wagging about a possible Middle-earth theme park partnership between Warner Brothers and Universal. There was even documentation that the Saul Zaentz Company had registered “several uses for Middle-earth properties that includes theme parks.” But those rumors seemed to have fizzled.

Now it seems that, “Disney and Warner Brothers have either signed or are very close to singing an agreement that will bring “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movie-inspired areas to the Disney Parks.”  WDW News Today is reporting that the partnership has been in the works since late last year and is now practically a fait accompli. The story claims that Disney may incorporate a Middle-earth attraction as part of an overhaul at the California Adventure park in Anaheim, CA. It also suggests that Disney may be looking for Hobbits to give them an edge over Hogwarts in order to compete with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter area at Universal Studio’s theme park.

WDW News today says, “As with any rumor, you should take this with a grain of salt until it is actually announced.” Is it likely that Disney would be able to overcome the hurdles that have hung up similar ventures? That they could overcome the long-held anti-Disney prejudice from within the Tolkien Estate itself? TORn staffer Demosthenes points out Tolkien’s Letter #13, where he famously insisted that he would “veto anything from or influenced by the Disney Studios (for all whose works I have a heartfelt loathing).”

Additionally, should the supposed negotiations be happening on the studio level, making an end-run around the Tolkien Estate, it seems unlikely that Warner Brothers  would be keen to work together after Disney stole Oz out from under them when they released Oz the Great and Powerful earlier this year. “The Walt Disney Company did not own rights to the original 1939 The Wizard of Oz movie but moved stealthily to mount an audacious raid on the story and leave a rival studio flat-footed.”

Tolkien signs with Disney? April Fools'!But perhaps TheOneRing.net’s April Fools’ story this year was actually prescient and we will enter an era where Hobbit feet and Mouse ears can coexist in one big glorious theme park universe. Or maybe we’ll all just have to aspire to visit the real Hobbiton for a while longer.

[Read the original story here.]

Posted in Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Rumors Spy News, Rumours Spy News, Studios, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, Uncategorized, Warner Bros.

Get an unofficial sneak peek at The Desolation of Smaug at Comic-Con today!

NYCC - New York Comic-Con At 12 noon today, TheOneRing.net staff will be presenting An Unofficial Sneak Peek: The Desolation of Smaug in Room 1A14 at the New York Comic-Con.

Join us then! But if you’re going to NYCC, be sure to get in line early — the room may be full!

Plus a quick reminder: swing by the TORn stand at the Con at Booth 3008, particularly if you’re on the hunt for our merchandise. As we’ve previously announced, many of our current designs are being retired and this will be your last opportunity a whole bunch of our awesome t-shirts, buttons and other goodies! (more…)

Posted in Conventions, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, NYCC, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Announcements