Archive for the ‘LotR Movies’ Category
Nominations for the 2014 MTV Awards have just been announced, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is up for four of those golden popcorn buckets.
This year, The Hobbit has snared nominations for: (more…)
Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Other Events, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Born on February 25, 1971, Sean Astin turned 43 yesterday!
Astin — actor, director, voice artist and producer — is, of course, best known to Tolkien fans as Sam Gamgee in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, but has also made his mark in a career spanning more than 70 films roles, including The Goonies, Toy Soldiers, 50 First Dates and as the indomitable, never-say-die working class hero of Rudy. (more…)
Posted in Sean Astin
Welcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the week ending February 23, 2014. If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch up on the highlights. Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the link 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 the fun!
Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Other Tolkien books, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien
If you’re a die hard fan of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth adaptations, chances are you probably know the name Joe Letteri. Winner of four Academy Awards, Mr. Letteri has been an instrumental part of bringing the magical world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books to life through the art of visual effects.
Now Mr. Letteri has once again been nominated for his work – this time for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The Los Angeles Times’ Cristy Lytal took some time to ask him some questions ahead of the Oscar ceremony – which will be held on March 2nd. Naturally, the interview focused mostly on the creation of the film’s visual centerpiece – Smaug. (more…)
Posted in Crew News, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joe Letteri, LotR Movies, Miscellaneous, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien, WETA Digital
Many fans will know this guy as ‘Skully the Orc’! Fans got their first look at Skully, (real name, apparently, ‘Guritz’), during The Return of the King back in December of 2003, and eleven years later we’re finally getting a chance to add a figure of this character to our collections. Skully joins a quickly growing list of characters from Asmus Toys in their expanding collection of characters from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. As with the other figures in this line, he has 36 points of articulation, various fabrics making up the outfit, a spot-on likeness to the character, and a very cool Orc Flag. You can place your pre-orders for Skully right now from various online retailers, like our friends at Alter Ego Comics for only $137.99.
Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Return of the King, Shop
Warner Home Video is set to release the Blu-ray extended edition of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in steelbook format for the first time in the UK.
The region-free five-disc blu-ray steelbook will hit the market on March 24. Pre-order here.
From the press release:
One of the most magical, intensely spectacular epic adventures in motion picture history comes alive when this extended edition explodes onto Blu-ray Disc with unsurpassed high definition picture and sound. Now fans can see and hear the extended version of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring at home the way it was meant to be seen. Based on the length of the extended edition feature film and in order to present the film in the highest possible picture quality, the film is presented on two Blu-ray Discs. (more…)
Posted in Blu-Ray, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, New Line Cinema, Studios, Warner Bros.
Let ‘forge the golden dwarf’, join ‘jump the shark’, and ‘nuke the fridge’ in our lexicon for describing when a once-great creative force reveals itself truly spent.
The Desolation of Smaug, and the Hobbit trilogy as a whole, only makes sense as the world’s most expensive satire on the vast canvas of a contemporary film industry increasingly supported by so-called ‘tentpole blockbusters’. In true Kiwi fashion, the trilogy achieves this through an amazing capacity to laugh at itself… but quite literally at the audience’s expense.
Posted in Green Books, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien
At the end of last year, Orlando Bloom was appearing on Broadway in Romeo and Juliet – here at TORn, we even gave away tickets so some lucky fans could go along and see the production. For those who didn’t make it to New York to see Shakespeare’s tragic play, the good news is that the show was filmed on November 27th 2013, and will be broadcast this February (13th to 19th) in cinemas across the United States.
The even better news is that TORn is once again giving away tickets! We have two pairs of tickets to give away, so two lucky winners can go (with a friend – or a date!) and see the broadcast of Romeo and Juliet at the cinema nearest then. (A full list of theatres and dates for the screenings can be found here.) What more romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day than watching the tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers?
Posted in Contests, Events, Film Screenings, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Orlando Bloom, Stage Productions, The Hobbit
In our latest Library feature, Robert Repici writes about the narrative and thematic force in Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring.
Posted in Green Books, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring
Monday afternoon New Zealand time, a severe earthquake hit the North Island of New Zealand, with its center in the Palmerston North area. The 6.3 (or 6.2, according to some reports) magnitude earthquake caused damage to roads and buildings, creating rockfalls and bringing down chimneys and power lines. The quake was felt in Wellington, where one of the giant eagles displayed at the airport, to promote The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, became detached from the ceiling. You can read a full report of the quake, and the extent of the damage which is known so far, here. Fortunately it seems that no one was seriously hurt. We are thinking of all our friends in New Zealand and hoping that all are ok! [New Zealand Herald report]
Posted in Hobbit Movie, Miscellaneous, New Zealand, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Happy Birthday to Orlando Bloom, who turns 37 today!
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is an English actor. He had his break-through roles in 2001 as the elf-prince Legolas in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and in 2003 as blacksmith Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. He subsequently established himself as a lead in Hollywood films, including Elizabethtown and Kingdom of Heaven. He appeared in the ensemble films Black Hawk Down; Troy; New York, I Love You; Sympathy for Delicious; and Main Street. Bloom made his professional stage debut in West End’s In Celebration at the Duke of York’s Theatre. St. Martin’s Lane, which ended its run on 15 September 2007. On 12 October 2009, Bloom was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He reprised his role as Legolas in parts two and three of The Hobbit film trilogy, and was most recently seen on Broadway in the 2013 production of Romeo and Juliet. (wikipedia)
Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Orlando Bloom, The Hobbit
Peter Jackson stands on the set of Lake-town.
In our latest Library feature, TORn columnist Timothy Furnish writes about his reaction to The Desolation of Smaug and why he feels it is the least “true” of the five Middle-earth films that Peter Jackson has produced so far.
Posted in Green Books, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug