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TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – April 23, 2012

Welcome 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!

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Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community

Getting to know Julie James of Red Carpet Tours

Welcome to this months “Getting to know…” questions that need answering.

Julie and her daughter at Queenstown Feb 2012

Julie and her daughter at Queenstown Feb 2012 Tour

It’s based on the old Getting to know you threads that I used to post on the message boards here on TORn, so those familiar with them will know that the questions can be a little crazy and the answers even crazier.

This month we’re asking questions of Red Carpet Tours Julie James.

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Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Miscellaneous, New Zealand, Other Events, Premieres, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Tours

Official ‘You Shall Not Pass’ T-Shirt at WBShop.com

The official Lord of the Rings online store, at WBShop.com, has just posted a brand new Gandalf themed shirt! The exclusive black t-shirt features the infamous scene from The Fellowship of the Ring, and the phrase “You shall not pass!” as Gandalf blocks the path of Balrog. The shirt is available in all sizes and ships internationally. You can also snag a version of the shirt with just the artwork. Check them both out ! [You Shall Not Pass T-Shirt] [Gandalf Artwork Shirt]

Posted in Clothing, Ian McKellen, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring

Weta Cave big part of movie tourism in Wellington

Our story so far: Peter Jackson made three Middle-earth movies and people loved them. Now he is making two more and people already love them too. MrCere, Senior Staff, Writer and Photographer at TheOneRing.net (around since 1999) went to NZ to see what he could see. Landed in Queenstown, found lots of LOTR stuff, drove north to see the people of the ring, visited Hobbiton visited Wellington, center of NZ’s cinematic empire, and will soon leave NZ. However, much more content will follow.

I haven’t seen an insect weta before in my travels (until this trip, but not this story) but I have plenty of experience with the folks who run and work at the special effects shop who identify themselves as “wetas”. Several Comic-Cons, (including the 2011 edition in San Diego) lots of emails and various TORn functions have made the crew at Weta Workshop friendly acquaintances if not just plain old friends.

My time in Wellington would need to include a visit of some kind with the very busy people who are working on The Hobbit, but as I have often joked (even though it is at least partially true) Weta’s second best talent is making special effects for movies. What they are really best at is keeping secrets from TheOneRing.net. I had no illusions that anybody was going to tour me around the workshop (I asked anyway, just in case) during the height of The Hobbit production, but they were kind enough to invite me along to a group they were hosting from a cruise ship that included one of our own message board members. (Her identity is her own to reveal.) (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Crew News, Daniel Falconer, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Make Up, Meet Ups, Merchandise, Models, MrCere in New Zealand, Production, Richard Taylor, WETA Cave, Weta Collectibles, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

‘Lord of the Rings’ tours sparkle in Wellington

Our story so far: Peter Jackson made three Middle-earth movies and people loved them. Now he is making two more and people already love them too. MrCere, Senior Staff, Writer and Photographer at TheOneRing.net (Forged by and for fans since 1999) went to NZ to see what he could see. Landed in Queenstown, found lots of LOTR stuff, drove north to see the people of the ring, visited Hobbiton set and now is in Wellington, center of NZ’s cinematic empire.

It is pretty important while in Wellington for me to participate in what any visitor might and especially activities with a Lord of the Rings slant. The city is one of my favorites around the world, situated as it is on a bay of great natural beauty. I like the size because it feels pretty easy to get to know, but it has the advantages of a big city’s variety with excellent food and lots of travelers and plenty of full-time residents and all kinds of attractions.

This trip I enjoyed walking around the city and thumbing through vinyl records (ask your parents if those foreign objects are unfamiliar to you) checking out a variety of automobile dealerships including an upholstery shop with some interesting old cars, a comic book shop and a burrito joint with great architecture and melted candles. The nightlife here is crazy, including the Saturday morning I woke up early and discovered the Friday night revelry with its thumbing bass and cocktails hadn’t ended as I sought out breakfast.

It also, with its proximity to Peter Jackson’s filmmaking empire, was an important area in the making of The Lord of the Rings, but not just because of the production and effects studios across the harbor. I ended up heading out with
Wellington Rover
on its half-day tour to make a visit to filming locations. (more…)

Posted in Fans, Locations Sets, LotR Movies, LotR Production, MrCere in New Zealand, New Zealand, The Hobbit, Tours

Hobbiton clouded in secrecy

Dozens of small-statured folk are ready to dance their way onto the Shire next month, but even Matamata accommodation providers are in the dark as to exactly when the big influx of little extras will hit the region.

Publicist for 3 Foot 7 Ceris Price said 90 people were selected late last year from the 1200-odd who applied to be Matamata-based hobbit extras in The Hobbit, but because people turned up “from all over” for the auditions, she did not know how many were from Waikato. But like everyone else involved in the making of Peter Jackson’s latest film, if there was hobbits grooming their toe-hairs in the Waikato, they were doing it with their lips firmly sealed. Ian Brodie, media and communications manager for Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tours, said confidentiality contracts meant anyone involved in The Hobbit in any capacity was bound to silence. More..

Related: Take a look at our exclusive collection of Hobbiton set photos, going all the way back to 1999! [TORN Scrapbook]

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Locations Sets, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Zealand, The Hobbit

The Great Location Race with Ian Brodie

The Lord of the Rings Location Race took place 13th August 2011 at the WETA Cave in Wellington. Author Ian Brodie was there to judge the photos of the locations around Wellington and to sign collectibles.

Posted in Events, Fans, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Zealand

Collecting The Precious – Weta Orthanc Naming Contest

This Sunday, at 2pm PST, the new Orthanc Environment from the artists at Weta Workshop will go up for Pre-Order. As, I told you the other day, Weta wants your help to name this piece. Starting today and running through August 5th at 5pm PST, we will be helping them collect name suggestions through the link below. The winners will be chosen by none other than Orthanc model makers David Tremont and Daniel Falconer! The winner of the contest not only gets their name chosen for Orthanc but they will also receive a collectors edition of Bag End, and two runners up will receive a very cool Sauron T-Shirt. Good Luck!!! [Orthanc Naming Competition]

Posted in Collectibles, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Weta Collectibles

Collecting the Precious: Interview with Weta’s own Daniel Falconer

For the folks at Weta to be successful they need super talented people to help bring the world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to life. These folks are responsible for making the award-winning armor, weapons, costumes, and, of course, digital effects that have gained them so much acclaim. I thought for you all it would be great if we could sit down with one of these amazing individuals to find out what it’s like to help bring these worlds to life.

Well, Daniel Falconer one of the key artists at Weta has been kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions for everyone. As many of you may know Daniel been apart of amazing pieces like Bag End, Rivendell, Treebeard’s bust, and books like The Art of District 9. Having had a chance to own or see many of these pieces I was quite eager to sit down with Daniel and get his thoughts on being apart of helping Weta create  these amazing things. After, reading this Q&A I would suggest to all the readers to get one of these great collectibles Daniel and Weta have created. (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Collectibles, Costume Design, Locations Sets, LotR Production, Make Up, Merchandise, Models, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Zealand, Other production, Props, Studios, Weta Collectibles, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Weta’s Rivendell Environment Pre-Order Open Now! 300 Piece Limited Run

All right ringers, I told you a couple weeks ago, when profiling Weta Workshop, that the most impressive environment was going to be justaround the corner. Well, we’ve rounded the corner, and Rivendell is ready to be pre-ordered. If there was ever a must have environment this would be it!

Rivendell, the home of Elrond Half-Elven was found in 1697 of the second age where all the light of Middle Earth could go to have counsel during the darkness brought on by Sauron. Many of the most important characters of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings would take refuge here to rest their weary minds and bodies.  Then in 2001 Sir Peter Jackson and the amazing crew at Weta brought this critical place in Middle Earth to life. Follow the break for more images and details! (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, WETA Workshop

Peter Jackson Posts ‘Easter Break’

Peter Jackson has posted another note on his official Facebook wall. In it he talks about the three phases of filming, a few stories from FOTR filming and a hint at what will be filming next:

Just arrived at our four-day Easter break, which will be a nice time to recharge batteries and do a few script tweaks for future scenes.

We always find there are three distinct phases in the life of a film script. First, it exists before the film starts shooting. In this period, which can last from months to years, the script is a theoretical docum…

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Posted in Director news, Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Locations Sets, Peter Jackson, Sean Bean, The Hobbit

Daniel Reeve’s Wellywood Map

Wellywood Map

Been to Wellington? Couldn’t get that perfect memento of your visit? Daniel Reeve has filled a gap spotted by local tour company Rover Tours and Jack of the Noldor Blog, and created a Tolkien-inspired map of Wellington’s film sites. It’s in that authentic quill-pen, parchment style Reeve does so well. You can have fun translating the Reeves’ runes into real place names. No doubt there’ll be a mountain of Tolkien-themed goodies available when The Hobbit comes out, but in the meantime, there are a few of these available to buy right now. [See More]

 

Posted in Collectibles, Locations Sets, Merchandise, New Zealand, Posters Prints