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The Jig is up, April Fools day is now over

april-fools-day_GarfAs many of you might have guessed, there were a couple of stories posted today that were a few facts shy of truthfulness, courtesy of your very tricksy TORn staff on the occasion of April Fools Day. Currently, Warner Bros has no plans to move the release date of “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” to July 2015 or any other date, and no, Peter Jackson has not hired Leonard Nimoy to reprise his “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” song for the closing credits. We also had a little fun over on the message boards, highlighted by this post by DanielLB. Turns out there were April Fools jokes all over the inter webs today, and even a few with actual advertising, such as the Cheeteau perfume, that smells like Cheetos. None for me, thank you very much. A quick google search should come up with some of the best, but this reporter rather liked the the PBS report on Dolphins shooting rainbows out of their beaks, or Westjet converting to Metric time and giving you a mathematical equation to figure out the time conversion. So if you were scratching your head, wondering if something we said was true or not, rest assured that the two stories mentioned above were not true, but the interview with Luke Evans and the spoiler analysis from Cinemacon were true. And if you would like a walk down memory lane to April Fools past, you can find them on the TORn Mathom-house Wiki.

And for anyone wondering why Garfield the Cat is being used here, the answer lies in my nickname.

Posted in ComicCon Rumos, Conventions, Director news, Fans, Fool, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Original TORn, Other Events, Parodies, Peter Jackson, Premieres, soundtrack, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Warner Bros.

Leonard Nimoy confirmed to perform end credits song for The Hobbit: There and Back Again

PJNimoy It’s confirmed. It is most certainly not Enya. Instead, Leonard Nimoy, the world-famous actor who is perhaps best-known for his portrayal of Mr. Spock in Star Trek, will perform the end credits song for The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

The final film in The Hobbit trilogy might still be more than six months away, however we now know for certain that Nimoy will perform his cult song The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins over the film’s end credits.

This was an April Fool gag, and is not a true story. It is false, and all details have been invented. We hope that everyone enjoyed the joke.

While in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, women (Enya, Emilíana Torrini and Annie Lennox) performed each of the credits songs, Peter Jackson continues to employ male voices for The Hobbit. For An Unexpected Journey, the credits song was sung by Kiwi musician Neil Finn; on The Desolation of Smaug, it was the British singer Ed Sheeran. Now There and Back Again, will feature none other than Nimoy himself performing The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins. (more…)

Posted in Ed Sheeran, Fool, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Enya is not involved in the next Hobbit film

Enya Yesterday we reported on a web-rumour that Irish singer-songwriter might be reprising her Oscar-winning end credits involvement in Middle-earth — returning to sing the exit music for The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

However, it appears there is no strength to the rumour whatsoever. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Rumour: Enya to return for There and Back Again?

Enya A film website is reporting that Enya is set to record the closing song for The Hobbit: There And Back Again. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, soundtrack, The Hobbit

Ed Sheeran’s Oscar-snubbed Hobbit song ‘I See Fire’ tops Spotify list

Ed-Sheeran NME reveals that Ed Sheeran’s Hobbit soundtrack is the most streamed movie soundtrack of the last 12 months.

Yahoo!’s Daniel Wood writes: The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is up for three Oscars, however it’s missed out on several categories, such as costume, make-up and set design. However perhaps one of the strangest nomination snubs regarding the Hobbit at this year’s particular Oscars is the absence of a nomination for Best Original Song. (more…)

Posted in Ed Sheeran, Hobbit Movie, soundtrack, The Hobbit

EXCLUSIVE – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Home Video release

DofS box set2Read about it here at TORn before this information is available anywhere else! Thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, we can now bring you all the official information about when you will be able to take home The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  These are the release dates worldwide:

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Posted in Blu-Ray, Collectibles, DVD/Blu-Ray, DVDs, Ed Sheeran, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Peter Jackson, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

Polish composer Wojciech Kilar dies, aged 81

220px-Wojciech_Kilar_2 Polish classical and film music composer Wojciech Kilar has died aged 81 after a long illness.

Kilar became known internationally as the author of dozens of film soundtracks such as Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, Jane Campion’s The Portrait of a Lady, and Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He also composed symphonic music, chamber works and works for solo instruments.

He was also, for a time, a frontrunner to compose the score for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings films. (more…)

Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Old Main News, Old Special Reports, Old Spy Reports, Original TORn, Production, soundtrack

Peter Jackson releases final Production Video of 2013!

Production Video Howard Shore
Just a couple of hours ago, the Hobbit Production Video #14 popped up on Peter Jackson’s Facebook page. This final video blog covers the recording of Howard Shore’s magnificent musical score for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The score was recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by renowned orchestrator/composer Conrad Pope. We’ve got the video for you just below in HD, courtesy of Peter Jackson’s YouTube page. Enjoy! (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, MGM, Miscellaneous, Music, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Production, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

Unboxing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Soundtrack

Soundtrack Cover ImageFollowing on from our review by Aragorn the Elfstone, of the Desolation of Smaug special edition soundtrack, our Happy Hobbits and Cliff “Quickbeam” Broadway were lucky enough to go to Water Tower Music and have an exclusive preview of The Hobbit DOS soundtrack! Purple packaging, unlockable videos, and Howard Shore’s triumphant return to Middle-earth!

Enjoy 10 minutes of the extended soundtrack now!

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Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, Merchandise, Music, soundtrack, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community

‘The Desolation of Smaug’ Special Edition Soundtrack reviewed by Aragorn the Elfstone

Soundtrack Special EditionHoward Shore’s score for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was, for many of us, a nostalgic trip back to Middle-earth. Regardless of the differences between some of the music on the album and the final film,
the score brought us back comfortably to musical territory that we knew – while also setting up a number of themes that would come back full force in the next films.

Let me tell you – if any of you were hoping for more original material from Mr. Shore, you’ve got your wish. In spades. (more…)

Posted in Ed Sheeran, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, MGM, Miscellaneous, Music, New Line Cinema, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien, Warner Bros.

New Desolation of Smaug TV Spot featuring Ed Sheeran’s ‘I See Fire’

109A mere two days ahead of the film’s U.S. release, we have, for your viewing, a new
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug TV Spot. This latest spot features several new shots and uses singer Ed Sheeran’s closing credits song “I See Fire”. Check just below to watch it in High Definition, courtesy of Warner Brothers UK Trailers’ YouTube page. (more…)

Posted in Ed Sheeran, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, MGM, Miscellaneous, Music, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer, Warner Bros.

JW Reviews the New Hobbit Soundtrack

J.W. here. Today the second Hobbit soundtrack by Howard Shore has been released, which to me makes this day the equivalent of Christmas morning. As I said in my book, The Lord of the Films, I believe Shore’s music for The Lord of the Rings is the finest film score of all time. And the music for the first Hobbit movie? You can read my thoughts about that one here.

But now it’s time for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. And here is my track by track analysis for the Special Edition, with one asterisk indicating a track not available in the Standard Edition and two asterisks indicating a track that has been extended. As of this writing, I’ve not yet seen the film it scores. So away we go!

DISC 1

1. The Quest for Erebor (3:23)

Full of sadness and mystery, this track is reminiscent of the prologue music in the previous films and serves as somewhat an overture, introducing the main themes. It leads right into the next track…

2. Wilderland (4:56)

This could be called “The Quest for Erebor Part II”. It picks up the tempo in the second half, creating a sense of urgency and danger with its percussion driving the brass and strings. Definitely a good one!

3. A Necromancer (2:54) *

Descending broken thirds mean you know who. (Actually the familiar Sauron theme is buried within the texture here, though it peeks through the surface from time to time.) Obviously this is one of those evil themes, with rumbling brass and high strings being Shore’s music of choice for such occasions.

4. The House of Beorn (4:52) **

This low key and mysterious piece isn’t very memorable. It’s sort of “A Necromancer Part II”, with more of what we just heard in the previous track.

5. Mirkwood (5:31) **

Like the forest itself, this dark, creepy piece serves its title well, using a choral backing to set the mood. It’s sort of The Hobbit’s version of “The Paths of the Dead”.

6. Flies and Spiders (9:35) **

This one is very Star Wars like! It begins somewhat heartwarmingly before getting going, and then it’s like John Williams scoring a space battle, with the violins flying around their E strings and working the sixteenth notes. Curiously the Smaug motif appears here as well, brief but memorable. Overall, it’s one of the standout tracks of the album.

7. The Woodland Realm (5:15) **

This begins with the familiar choral backing we’ve come to associate with the Elves, with the texture reminiscent of Rivendell and Lothlórien but also new and different. It quickly becomes dark and dangerous, however, playing out even more creepy than Lothlórien, which suits the forest it is in.

8. Feast of Starlight (2:48)

Dark and somber, yet uplifting all the same, this piece is highlighted by solo woodwinds and a female voice. and is quite beautiful. It reminds me of “Aníron” from The Fellowship of the Ring. Curiously, the history of the Ring theme works its way into the end.

9. Barrels Out of Bond (1:50)

Full of staccato and anticipation, this little number is the audio equivileant of the question “What’s going to happen next?!” It doesn’t last long, but what’s here is exciting.

10. The Forest River (5:10) **

What happens next is a brisk tempo, with excitement in every note. This one is sure to be a crowd pleaser, with a spirit of adventure so bold, you could mistake it for the film’s climax. The piece builds throughout before a thrilling, percussive finale.

11. Bard, a Man of Lake-town (3:18) **

Somewhat anticlimactic after the last piece, this is dark and somber and pure filler.

12. The High Fells (3:38) **

The circular strings that introduce this piece create a lofty sense of anticipation before a creepy voice works its way in and out, creating a sense of mystery and suspense that’s heightened by tremolo strings. It’s not the most memorable piece, but it’s one of my favorites.

13. The Nature of Evil (3:20)

This is highly reminiscent of the black riders chasing Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring, with low rumbling evil themes and high strings that will make you scream, “Get orf the Road!” It picks up momentum as it continues and becomes jarring.

14. Protector of the Common Folk (3:37)

This lighter fare works its way into a little string jig. It comes across as a harmless, filler track.

DISC 2

1. Thrice Welcome (3:34)

This rhythmic piece works its way into the familiar chromatic theme from the Unexpected Party, though it mostly just dances around a new, short descending motif.

2. Girion, Lord of Dale (4:15) **

Dark and somber (like much of the album) there’s a majestic quality here that reminds me of the Argonath.

3. Durin’s Folk (3:04) **

A standout. Building into a force of Middle-earth, this piece features a rare use of distortion by Shore. With its boldness and self importance, you can almost see the Lonely Mountain as you listen to it.

4. In the Shadow of the Mountain (2:15)

This reflective (and short) piece starts off sprite and fun before getting dark and moody.

5. A Spell of Concealment (3:22) **

With screeching strings and a feeling of anticipation, there’s no mistaking this one for anything but a dangerous, evil piece. Sauron’s themes (including Barad-dûr) return in full force as the track works its way into a frenzy.

6. On the Doorstep (7:46)

As you can imagine, this track is filled with anticipation and wonder, though a lot of it is low key and mellow. Still, it’s quite pretty and one I could listen to over and over.

7. The Courage of Hobbits (3:00)

Beginning with the Shire motif, this gets dark and mysterious in a hurry, working in a chiming gamelan. This leads us to…

8. Inside Information (3:48)

… which begins with more of the same before working its way into the Smaug theme. The track is a marvel, unlike anything Shore has done in Middle-earth before and quite frankly knocked my hobbit shoes off. It weaves together its themes and instruments in a unique way to create a sense of awe and wonder.

9. Kingsfoil (2:25)

One of the few warm, heartlifting pieces, “Kingsfoil” includes a female voice and is quite comforting, a refuge from the more frightening pieces of the soundtrack.

10. A Liar and a Thief (3:41)

Returning to low brass and high strings, there’s no doubt what’s going on here: anger and rage building itself into a terror. Shore takes his time, not rushing a single note, and the result is JW ducking for cover by the end.

11. The Hunters (9:55) **

Combining several different themes, this pulse raising adventure track will go on my ipod in my workout playlist. Backed by a recurring percussive rhythm, the piece is full of suspense and danger.

12. Smaug (6:29) **

It’s curious that Tolkien didn’t use “Smaug” as a chapter title (opting instead for “Inside Information”). I realize he didn’t want to give away any of the story with the chapter list at the beginning of the book, but a Smaug chapter is a foregone conclusion from the beginning. Personally, I think “Smaug” as a title would have a simplistic beauty, like “Mount Doom” in Return of the King. Ah well, the soundtrack uses both titles!

This track is not quite as memorable as “Inside Information”, but gets going towards the end and builds towards something powerful, with percussion and voices in overdrive mode.

13. My Armor Is Iron (5:16)

This is just an extension of the previous track, with more of the same and a resolution. (Actually, I think I like this one more, because it’s more to the point.)

14. I See Fire (5:00)

Ed Sheeran sings this one well, but I can’t say I like the song as much as Neil Finn’s “Song of the Lonely Mountain”. (The fans on youtube sure like it, however, so what do I know?) It’s a fine song on its own (and lends itself to covers), but I’m not sure it makes me think “Hobbit”. It’s more bluesy than the other closing songs. Then again, I’m sure some people find it a nice change of pace.

15. Beyond the Forest (5:27)

Oh, this one is pretty. A female voice opens it up, and it develops into a somber run through of the film’s themes.

Closing Thoughts:

I must say that this album wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s better! It knew it would be darker than the first Hobbit soundtrack, but I didn’t think it would be so different and so rich. The Smaug theme, which recurs throughout, is the standout, perfectly capturing the awe and wonder of the dragon. But there’s something more. There’s a build and development in the music, almost like a story in itself, that is lacking in the first Hobbit soundtrack. By the latter half of the second disc, I’m listening not only to hear the beauty of the music, but to hear what happens next. There’s a sense of urgency and importance that I couldn’t turn away from. Is there some filler? Yes, particularly early. But overall, I couldn’t be more happy with what Shore has done here. Now I just have to see the movie!

Posted in Ed Sheeran, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, soundtrack, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug