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Frame by Frame: Production Video Number 2

With Peter Jackson’s release of the second production video from The Hobbit on Facebook, we found ourselves with a lot of new visuals from the upcoming films. Among the highlights are Hugo Weaving as Elrond, a peek at Legolas’s costuming, Goblin-town and more! We are taking a look at each picture individually and have offered our comments and suggestions.  Like you, we are purely speculating! Each pic has a number associated with it, and you can click on it for the super high res version. We’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions – just comment on this post, on Facebook and in our Forums! Reference the number when you comment, as we plan on updating this post with your thoughts as well. Oh yea, there be SPOILERS ahead!


Posted in Casting Rumors, Director news, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson, PJ New Line, Studios, The Hobbit, Warner Bros., WETA Cave, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

“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

Jackson confirms White Council and Attack on Dol Guldur!

Peter Jackson has started answering fan-submitted questions on his official Facebook page, and the first answer is a big one! Since learning there would be two films, most of us here at were dreaming we’d get to see The White Council and the attack on Dol Guldur. Well, as it turns out, we will! Not to take anything away from PJ’s official post, we won’t reveal more here in this article. (including the exclusive picture of The White Council). You’ll have to jump over to Facebook and see it for yourself. And don’t forget to ‘like’ on Facebook to get all the latest Hobbit updates! [PJ’s Answer] [ on Facebook]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Director news, Director Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit

Ian McKellen Confirms Elrond, Lindir/Figwit Casting

It’s been more than a month since Sir Ian McKellen posted an entry on his blog “Notes From Imladris” dedicated to his adventures filming The Hobbit. But the wait seems to have been worth it.

His latest blog entry “THE HOBBIT, 2 Elves, and another Wizard” is replete with a picture of Hugo Weaving, who’ll be returning as Lord Elrond, a screencap from ROTK of Bret McKenzie as the Elf Lindir, and a picture of  Sylvester McCoy who’s been cast in the role of Radagast the Brown.

Threads of interest follow:

  • Martin Freeman has left The Hobbit. No worries: he’ll be back in Middle Earth after our first hiatus… The rest of the cast remains on duty for another few weeks, working on hobbit-less sections of the film.  These involve dwarves of course but also elves, with Hugo Weaving back for a stretch as Lord Elrond.
  • Another slim-line elf returning from LOTR, is a local: New Zealand’s actor/comedian/singer Bret McKenzie. Now he is briefly back in Rivendell as a senior official at Elrond’s Court and he has a name “Lindir”, which means “singer”.
  • And there’s another wizard in town, preparing to make his appearance as Radagast the Brown, the eccentric friend of Gandalf’s, played by Sylvester McCoy. This week he has been trying out his make-up and costume.

The blog post makes for an amazing read, so be sure to click that link above and read the Grey Wizard’s notes in his own hand.

Posted in Bret 'Figwit' McKenzie, Characters, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Martin Freeman, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

Hobbit in 5 – Ronan says “no” to Hobbit, Hugo is back, Kili Character Study

On this episode of Hobbit in 5 we talk about Saoirse Ronan not taking part in The Hobbit, Hugo Weaving’s return, do a character study on Kili, and more!

May 6th, 2011 – Episode 16

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Posted in Characters, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, Peter Jackson, Saoirse Ronan, The Hobbit, TORN TV

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – May 1 2011

Founders Day and Lord ElrondWelcome 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!


Posted in Calendar, Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, Community

Hugo Weaving Confirmed as Elrond? is saying that Hobbit spokesperson Melissa Booth has confirmed that Hugo Weaving is back as Elrond!

“Hugo Weaving will reprise his role as Elrond the elf for the two-part Hobbit movie now being shot in Wellington. The Hobbit spokeswoman Melissa Booth confirmed that Weaving would feature in Jackson’s 3-D prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.”

The news nugget was buried in another story about the casting of Dean O’Gorman and Lee Pace. Take a look!

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, The Hobbit

Hugo Weaving On “The Hobbit” Set

Peter Jackson has just posted on his Facebook page a picture of an “old friend” who dropped by to visit him today.

TORn had earlier this week reported (by way of Jack from the Noldor Blog) that Hugo Weaving had been spotted in Wellington, New Zealand.

The pic PJ posted shows Hugo on the sets of The Hobbit.

While there hasn’t been any official confirmation of Hugo Weaving returning to portray the character of Elrond in The Hobbit yet, fans are keeping their hopes up for the same, so let’s hope his visit to the sets is an indication that things are indeed in motion.

What do you think? Discuss in our message boards.

Posted in Casting Rumors, Characters, Director news, Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, LotR Cast News, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Hugo Weaving Spotted in Wellington, NZ

Our friend Jack from The Noldor Blog has just posted a new blog entry concerning Hugo Weaving/Elrond who’s been spotted down in Wellington, New Zealand.

An excerpt follows:

About an hour ago I received news from one of my more reputable spies, and he has reported seeing Hugo Weaving here in Wellington this afternoon, shopping at Common Sense Organics, the fruit and vege market in Wakefield Street… it’s probably a bit too hasty to assume that he’s here to be in The Hobbit, but I can’t think of any other reason why he would come here right now, just when they’re discussing Rivendell scripts. It’s certainly not for the weather (it’s howling a cold southerly gale out there at the moment).

With Peter Jackson having mentioned in his Easter Break post over at his Facebook page that there’d be “Rivendell scenes coming up“, does it seem too far-fetched to assume that Hugo Weaving is down in NZ prepping for The Hobbit?

Don’t forget to read the entire blog post over at The Noldor Blog.

Posted in Casting Rumors, Characters, Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, LotR Cast News, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Hobbit in 5 – John Howe’s Smaug, Orlando Bloom, and Your Questions

On this episode of Hobbit in 5 John Howe reports that Smaug the Golden and Eowyn & the Nazgul are available again, Orlando Bloom considers being in the Hobbit, we have another fabulous contest to announce.

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Posted in Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Howe, Orlando Bloom, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Kennedy Center Season to Feature Pal Joey with Blanchett & Weaving

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced its 2011- 2012 theatre season March 8. The season will feature a Kennedy Center-produced revival of Rodgers and Hart’s Pal Joey, directed by Christopher Ashley and featuring a revised book by Terrence McNally; Sydney Theatre Company’s exclusive American premiere engagement of Uncle Vanya, adapted by Andrew Upton, directed by Tamás Ascher and starring Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving; the Mabou Mines production of Dollhouse, adapted by Lee Breuer and Maude Mitchell from Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House; the fifth season of Barbara Cook’s Spotlight series, featuring Broadway performers in an intimate cabaret setting; an all-star Stephen Sondheim concert celebration; and touring musical productions of Memphis, Les Misérables, Billy Elliot the Musical, La Cage aux Folles, Come Fly With Me and The Addams Family. More..

Posted in Cate Blanchett, Events, Hugo Weaving, Stage Productions