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Ian Holm & Christopher Lee Shooting The Hobbit, Today?!

Elessar sends along a curious tweet from artists/illusionist Derren Brown, not 2 hours ago he tweeted the following:

@DerrenBrown Off to watch some Ian Holm and Christopher Lee being filmed for The Hobbit. HOW EXCITING!

The tweet gives us a little more info on the apparent ‘UK shoot’ taking place sometime soon (maybe even today). Along with news that Elijah Wood is heading to the UK soon, and of course word that Christopher Lee wants to be involved in The Hobbit, save for traveling to New Zealand. No official word can be gleamed from the production (trust me, I tried), let us hope we learn more soon!

Posted in Christopher Lee, Hobbit Movie, Ian Holm, Locations Sets, Rumors Spy News

“Will PJ’s Tolkien Tinkering Make Or Break The Hobbit?”

That’s the big question posed by Ben Child of The Guardian!

To begin with, fans have long known that Peter Jackson’s vision for his two-part adaptation of The Hobbit involves plans to include the activities of the White Council and the Necromancer of Dol Guldur, a rather sketchy storyline that minimally involves Gandalf, Saruman, and Galadriel, and occurs parallel to the main story of Bilbo’s journey with the thirteen Dwarves to the Lonely Mountain.

But while it could be argued that the White Council storyline is at least canon, what can be said about the surprising inclusion of Frodo, his father Drogo, an older Bilbo (played by Sir Ian Holm), and Legolas?

In his article Ben poses genuine questions that most fans (on at least) have been pondering over for months now:

What shape will Sauron take – Tolkien offers no clues – as he will presumably not yet have assumed the form of a great eye in which he appears in Lord of the Rings?

Does this mean that the 89-year-old Christopher Lee has made the trip to New Zealand after all to reprise his role as Saruman?

Going further than questioning the practicalities of filming this prelude to the Lord of the Rings, the article delves deeper into the question at the heart of the much-anticipated cinematic phenomenon – by pulling us away from the central story, will the films present The Hobbit through a very different prism than what was originally intended?

Posted in Characters, Director news, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Cast News, Orlando Bloom, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Official Film Titles Announced – March 2nd Titles Confirmed

Right smack dab in the middle of the Memorial Day Holiday in the US, Warner Brothers has announced the official titles for the two upcoming ‘The Hobbit‘ films. As previously reported in March, they are ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ and ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again.’ Click ‘continue reading’ for the full release!


Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Locations Sets, Orlando Bloom, Other Cast, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

PJ Confirms Ian Holm in The Hobbit

In a Facebook comment just posted moments ago, Director Peter Jackson confirms Ian Holm’s involvement in The Hobbit films and clarifies the voice at the end of last week’s video:

One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end—many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, that recording was actually Martin Freeman’s voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure who it was when I first heard it, either. Cheers, Peter J

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Posted in Casting Rumors, Director news, Hobbit Movie, Ian Holm, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Sir Ian Holm Awaiting His “Hobbit” Call

The Telegraph reports today that Sir Ian Holm, who portrayed Bilbo to perfection in the Lord of the Rings, was contacted previously to reprise his role as an “older Bilbo” in the upcoming Hobbit films, but he hasn’t heard back from the producers since. Excerpts from the Telegraph’s article follow:

“I don’t know what’s happening,” the 79-year-old actor admitted to me at the Saatchi Gallery. “I haven’t heard anything for weeks.”

“I had great fun playing Baggins in the first two films and the plan had been, with Martin Freeman playing Young Baggins, I would be the Old Baggins,” he adds. “I suppose the earthquake in Christchurch couldn’t have helped with communications.”

Sophie de Stempel, Sir Ian’s wife, tells me: “I worry that the film has run into so much bad luck that they might have missed their chance altogether.”

Here’s hoping we get to see Sir Ian Holm in the character of the memorable old Bilbo once again. In case you’re interested, the topic is already being discussed over at our message boards.

Posted in Casting Rumors, Characters, Ian Holm, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, The Hobbit

Counting the Stars

Graphic representations of how movie stars and their critics rate, according to is an acclaimed Web site that combines thousands of media reviews of entertainment offerings — movies, games, books and albums — into a Metascore, a sort of weighted average of critics’ reviews that ranges from zero to 100. Analysis of just a small subset of the site’s information shows the power of numbers to confirm — or defy — expectation. More..

On the star list: Elijah Wood (#1), Viggo Mortensen (#3), Ian Holm (#4), Ian McKellen (#31), Cate Blanchett (#38)

Posted in Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, LotR Movies, Viggo Mortensen

Review: Re-Release of the BBC The Lord of the Rings

The world is excited.  I feel it in the water.  I smell it in the air.  For much that once was, is rereleased…

As the world of Tolkien fandom eagerly prepares for the coming of The Hobbit movie(s), the BBC is helping us to fill in our time by re-releasing its fabulous radio dramatization of The Lord of the Rings.

Originally broadcast in 1981, this production is almost as classic as the books themselves.  It is THE quintessential radio dramatization.  Brilliantly acted, with atmospheric music and clever sound effects, this series has not dated at all.  Brian Sibley expertly adapted Tolkien’s writing into a script; narration is kept to a minimum and pacing is maintained through active dialogue, but at the same time as much as possible of Tolkien’s original text is included.  Book fans will love hearing cherished, familiar lines, and movie fans will enjoy spotting dialogue which made it into both Peter Jackson’s movies and this dramatization. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Ian Holm, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, Other Merchandise, Tolkien

Empire Magazine Talk ‘Hobbit’

Empire Magazine Logo Seán writes: The interview in the upcoming Empire is presented in a preview on On Bilbo: “In writing the part I obviously am thinking Old Bilbo and Ian Holm. We are writing based on that performance, but other than that, we have ideas. I can tell you that it’s down to a few names that we all agree upon. And that our first choice…completely, magically we said the same name. All of us! We said this is the guy we would talk to, but until the pages are there you have to let the character tell you who he wants to be played by. You can expect at least a year before we announce any casting.”

Posted in Casting Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Ian Holm, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Hobbit chat with Peter Jackson and G. del Toro peppered with big news (and little details about both films)

Future “Hobbit” director Guillermo del Toro and former “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson sat down with a world-wide internet audience and answered a lot more than the announced “20 questions” this weekend.

Hosted by Weta, there were a lot of minor details and significant confirmations and revelations about the gigantic production that will yield two “Hobbit” related movies, one in 2011 and the second in 2012.

Peter Jackson said,

“2009 will be dedicated to pre-production on both movies and 2010 will be the year we shoot both films back to back. Post productin follows one film at a time with The Hobbit being released Dec(ember) 2011, and F2 (film two) release(d) Dec(ember) 2012.”


Posted in Alan Lee, Andy Serkis, Casting Rumors, Characters, Crew News, Director news, Director Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Howe, John Rhys-Davies, Locations Sets, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Make Up, New Zealand, Other production, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Production, Props, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Tours, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Happy Birthday Ian Holm!

Holm at Cannes
Happy Birthday Ian Holm! Sir Ian Holm, CBE (born 12 September 1931), is an Academy Award-nominated and Tony Award-winning English actor known for his stage work and for many film roles, including the hobbit Bilbo Baggins in the first and third films of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Sir William Withey Gull in From Hell, Father Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element and as the android Ash in Alien.

Posted in Ian Holm, Old Main News

Holm Event in London Scrapped

Folks from the National Theatre write: Unfortunately owing to sudden filming commitments, Ian Holm is now unable to do the Platform at the National Theatre scheduled for 5th October at 6pm. There is a possibility of another date before Christmas, but nothing definite at the moment. Apologies for any inconvenience. I will keep you posted. []

Posted in Events, Ian Holm, LotR Cast News, Old Main News, Stage Productions

Holm’s ‘Acting My Life’ Book On Sale

Irascian writes: Sir Ian Holm’s book “Acting my Life (The Autobiography)” hits the British bookstands today. One of Britain’s most distinguished actors (he played the original Frodo in the BBC radio dramatisation before going on to play Bilbo in Peter Jackson’s movie, but has a slew of lauded film roles like Alien and Chariots of Fire behind him) Holm has always refused to discuss the process of acting until now so this will prove a fascinating read for long-standing fans of his. [Order from]

Posted in Books Publications, Ian Holm, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Old Main News