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Sylvester McCoy added as DragonCon guest

Sylvester McCoy, Radagast the Brown in the two upcoming films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, has been added as a guest to the annual celebration of popular culture known as DragonCon. Ralph Bakshi is also a guest and of course is also attending as it has for the last decade and we will make every effort to catch a chat with McCoy.
He is best known as the seventh Doctor Who but has worked extensively on the stage and in television. It is not yet known if he will appear as part of the Tolkien Track of programming (but he is more than welcome to take the stage during either of the two TORn panels on The Hobbit) but he will doubtless be asked a few Middle-earth questions even if he is involved with Doctor Who content.
Expect a lot more DragonCon content from TORn through the conclusion of the convention including the TORn road trip to DragonCon. (more…)

Posted in Character Q&A, Conventions, DragonCon, Events, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie FAQ, LotR Movies, Rumours Spy News, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, Announcements

The Hobbit Filming resumes

In relation to the post below “Evangeline Lilly, precious son in Wellington for ‘The Hobbit’the [Stuff] website also reported this juicy and exciting tidbit

“Jackson’s spokesman would not reveal which celebrities were currently in Wellington, but said filming had resumed last week and would continue until December. “

Posted in Casting Rumors, Director news, Director Rumors, Evangeline Lilly, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Production, Rumours Spy News, The Hobbit

Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the dragon character Smaug?

With Benedict Cumberbatch unofficially joining the cast of The Hobbit, early reports suggests he will be the voice for Smaug.

Early reports suggest Cumberbatch will voice the dragon character Smaug but the actor refused to specify his role, insisting, “I can’t say at the moment, thank you very much.”

A red-faced Freeman later told reporters, “I knew I was a sort of a big mouth but I didn’t realize to what extent I was a big mouth, and I’ve just ruined everything. I might not actually go back to a job – they might have just sacked (fired) me.”

[Full Report]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Characters, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Rumours Spy News, The Hobbit, Tolkien

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – May 15 2011

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! (more…)

Posted in Film Screenings, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Zealand, Production, Rumours Spy News, The Hobbit, Community, Uncategorized

The Hobbit – Possible Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Cameo?

Another one for the rumor mill? On ‘Reel Late with Kate‘ last night, she let it slip that Simon Pegg & Nick Frost visited the Hobbiton set while in New Zealand during filming of Tintin. Could this be for a possible cameo in The Hobbit or just curiosity? Click on the link for the Video. [YouTube] [Reel Late with Kate]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, Rumours Spy News, Television, The Hobbit

Hobbit in 5 – Weta Auctions for NZ, Spy Shots, Dori, and More!

On this week’s episode of Hobbit in 5 we look at more ways to help New Zealand earthquake victims, Mikael Persbrandt wins and Oscar, more character studies, and Ringer Spy HobbitWatch gives us a glimpse of a very special Hobbit action sequence with Bilbo and the Dwarves. Hobbit in 5

Posted in Characters, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Mark Hadlow, Mikael Persbrandt, New Zealand, Rumours Spy News, The Hobbit, TORN TV

Exclusive: Barrel-Riding Test Photos at Aratiatia Rapids

A few weeks back, we posted a story from the NZ Post about how the Aratiatia Rapids, a popular tourist destination, would be shut down for four days during peak tourist season for The Hobbit filming. Adding further credit to that report are these images from Ringer Spy Hobbitwatch. In the photos, you can see a crew performing some kind of tests with pink barrels at the Falls.  Here is the full report from Ringer Spy Hobbitwatch:

Just sending you a few pics of the activity going on at the Aratiatia Rapids where they have started filming for the barrell scenes in The Hobbit,  they had heaps of safety people there as pretty dangerous stuff, mostly all wound up when I took the pics, but shows the barrels they were using for when the Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves, rode the rapids in barrels to get away from the orcs I think it was.  the barrels are pink so as to allow for them being digitalized apparently.  the hyab truck was in place to maybe film up the rapids, anyway, they used both ends of the rapids to do the job, as you will see. there are big barrels on the truck, plus a small one, I guess for scaling for Hobbit size??  A couple of pics also of the crew, both safty and filming by the looks of it having smoko.

Dont’ forget to see all the photos after the break!


Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Rumours Spy News, The Hobbit

Will A Wellywood Sign Come to Be?

Something new to see the next time we’re all in NZ??? Celebriel forwards information on a possible Wellywood sign in the Miramar Hills.

A massive Wellywood sign celebrating Wellington’s success in the film industry will greet tourists as they fly into the capital. But not everyone agrees on the sign, which will sit on a cutting above Miramar wharf in the seaside eastern suburbs.

Only 44 percent of nearly 9000 respondents to a online survey were positive about the idea. More..

This has been cited in other online sources as well. There’s already a Facebook page against it here.

It did cross my mind that this is an early April 1 story from our friends….Maybe we should do a poll on this one.

Posted in New Zealand, Rumours Spy News

TORn Comic-Con presentation on video

Comic-ConSlave Boy Films was at Comic-Con last week and crept into’s presentation on an unofficial look at the pair of Hobbit movies. The TORn presentation was Thursday, only hours before Peter Jackson arrived at city of geeks (120,000 strong) who had assembled at San Diego to drink deeply of all the flavors of popular culture. TheOneRing filled every one of the 400 seats in its assigned room with plenty left standing outside in a line but thanks to Slave Boy, the presentation is now available for anybody and everybody. (Click inside to see the videos!) (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Clothing, Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Director news, Director Rumors, Events, Fans, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Production, Richard Taylor, Rumours Spy News, The Hobbit, WETA Cave, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

TORn podcast! Comic-con! Shirts! Contests! PJ!

(Note: If you think, ‘This seems like a lot of posts smashed into a single post?’ then you are thinking well. I have a plane to catch but this is must read stuff!)

Like always, Comic-Con is set to open with hoards and masses about to storm the white towers of the San Diego Convention Center. Somewhere around 140,000 people will decend on the convention in the next week and will be there and bring as much of it to you as we can. We have shirts, panels, podcasts, Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Weta and contests to tell you about so read on! (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, ComicCon, Contests, Conventions, Director Rumors, Events, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Merchandise, Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Rumors Spy News, Rumours Spy News, The Hobbit, WETA Workshop

Viggo Mortensen sighted in New Zealand

The latest Red Carpet tour had the worst weather ever, but they did get to pick up a couple of LOTR rumours on their way round the country. Viggo had recently visited the stables where the LOTR stars worked on their riding skills and kept their horses, and he also dropped in to his favourite Wellington steak house, the Green Parrot, according to staff there. He was able to say that he was in New Zealand on movie business, but wouldn’t say more….

Posted in New Zealand, Rumours Spy News, Tours, Viggo Mortensen

Peter Lyon to return as Hobbit swordsmith?

Peter Lyon, the man responsible for translating John Howe’s visions into LOTR’s workable weapons props, says he is looking forward to working on the Hobbit.The comment came in a reply to a recent fan mail, where he said that, all going well, he was looking forward to “completing the circle” to that part of his life. Lyon did not say whether his involvement was confirmed, but his words do sound hopeful!
Thanks to Josh for the news.

Posted in Crew News, Other production, Props, Rumors Spy News, Rumours Spy News, Uncategorized