Welcome Ringers to the latest installment of our LIVE show TORn TUESDAY, with host Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway. Today’s show will investigate and celebrate the community building effort that was the #votebilbo campaign that lit the fires of Tolkien fandom around the globe. You can pop into our Barliman’s Chat Room that is built-into our Live Event page here, bring your questions and comments during our webcast! The fun begins at approx 5:00pm Pacific Daylight Time right here – we’ll see you there! Follow Cliff on Twitter at @Quickbeam2000!Posted in Barlimans, Blu-Ray, DVDs, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, WonderCon
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The MTV Movie Awards just announced that Bilbo beat out all the other contenders, including Iron Man, The Hulk, Catwoman, Batman, and Snow White, for the coveted “Best Hero” award. A massive fan effort that spanned continents lead to Bilbo’s victory by a margin of more than 100,000 votes. Using the hashtag #votebilbo, fans cast their votes on Twitter and Instagram and forged a dedicated fellowship committed to showing the world that even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
With more than 1.63 million votes, Bilbo was the clear winner, much to the chagrin of legions of Kristen Stewart and Twilight fans who gave our little hobbit a run for the money. In addition to tweeting, fans created thousands of images that they uploaded to Instagram to share their love for our favorite hero. We’ll have a gallery of some of our favorites online soon.
It’s been a true adventure riding the wild voting rollercoaster, and it’s brought many Ringers together and strengthened our community. From #votebilbo, we’re now united under #BilboTheHero. Click to read about how TORn’s MrCere went from thinking this campaign was “harmless but pretty useless,” to wholeheartedly jumping on board the #votebilbo train as, “A funny thing happened during the process: It became really fun on Twitter to #VoteBilbo!”Posted in Characters, Clothing, Clothing, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Ian Holm, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Martin Freeman, Merchandise, Shop, Television, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community
Gentle Giant tonight put up for pre-order the next Mini-bust in their line of collectibles based on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. As fans know Gentle Giant has already released or placed for pre-order Thorin (Comic-Con 2012 Exclusive), Dwalin (PGM 2012 Exclusive), Gandalf the Grey, and Gollum. Well, now the first bad guy is joining those ranks with The Goblin King! He is a massive bust coming in at 9″ high and a price of $99 for non-PGM members or $89 for PGM members. If you order directly from Gentle Giant you will also get the awesome looking Goblin Scribe Mini-Bust. Both of these items are not due to ship until the fourth quarter of this year.
Just this week with the arrival of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles, Creatures & Characters , fans got a sneak peek at an upcoming statue for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The character that was shown was Gollum, fully enraged at something down in his cave. Tonight, fans get to order this statue - and it’s a great companion, as you can see in the pictures, to the Bilbo statue previously released. Gollum comes in at $249 and will be shipping sometime in May/June. There is no announced edition size with this statue.
In the new publication The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles, Creatures & Characters, near the back of the book, it appears that Weta has pictures of products that you can order, and even some upcoming items. The one product catching the eyes of those who have received the book is what appears to be a statue of Gollum, from the ‘Riddles in the Dark’ sequence. This is the first 1:6th statue of Gollum, and it already looks to be a great representation of him ready to attack Bilbo as he leaves the cave. No word on price or availability, but as soon as we know, you will as well!Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, The Hobbit, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop
Today, Weta Workshop released the latest art print in their Middle-earth themed art print line. The print, which fans can order right now. captures a scene from The White Council when Galadriel and Gandalf talk about choosing Bilbo. This beautiful print was created by Paul Tobin, who was one of the core creators on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The print comes in at $50, is in-stock and will ship shortly after purchase. Don’t miss out - buy your Dawn Council at Rivendell Art Print today!Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Posters Prints, The Hobbit, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop
We are very privileged today to share with you an exclusive spread from HarperCollins’ April 9th release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles II: Creatures & Characters. Compiled by one of our favorite people at Weta, Daniel Falconer, this follow-up to the first Chronicles book highlights all of our favorites from the film. Check out the Bilbo Baggins spread below (click for a larger version) and pick you your copy on the 9th! [On Sale at HarperCollins.com]
In addition, HarperCollins and Warner Bros. are teaming up to give away 10 Blu-ray™ Combo Packs of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as well as these first two books in the Hobbit series. The giveaway runs now through 4/9. [Giveaway]Posted in Books Publications, Casting Rumors, Director Rumors, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community
Welcome Ringer to the most innovative and fun live webcast this side of the River Bruinen! Our live show TORn TUESDAY, which starts in half an hour, features Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway and special guest actor Matt Musgrove (who stormed the stage during our Oscar Party), covering all the recent news in the world of Tolkien fandom. We will revisit the wonderment of WonderCon from this past weekend, dish the dirt on the stunning DVD Hobbit sales this week, and offer a glimpse into the future of how dragons may appear (or not appear) in future advertising for THE HOBBIT Trilogy! You can pop into our Barliman’s Chat Room that is built-into our Live Event page here, bring your questions and comments during our webcast! The fun begins at 5:00pm Pacific Daylight Time (that’s in about half an hour, folks) right here – we’ll see you there! Follow Cliff on Twitter at @Quickbeam2000 and you can follow Matt at @MUSGROVIAPosted in Barlimans, Blu-Ray, DVDs, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, WonderCon
If you missed the Live Sneak Peek at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on March 24, and you can now access the archived version of the event at http://thehobbit.com/sneak if you have an access code from purchasing one of several versions of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. But for those of you who have not yet had the opportunity to get your hands on a copy of the film (perhaps you’re holding out for the Extended Edition, or you are in a country that it hasn’t been released in yet), don’t despair! Peter Jackson has released an excerpt from the live event on YouTube. The 6-minute clip includes Peter answering several “fan” questions, including those from Stephen Colbert and Billy Boyd.
Peter Jackson says, “Warner Bros have kindly let me post a six-minute excerpt of the Live Event we did to preview The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, to give anyone who missed it a sense of what it was like.”Posted in Blu-Ray, DVDs, Events, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, John Howe, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Other Events, Production, The Hobbit
HAPPY EASTER and welcome to WonderCon! Join us today as we bring amazing Hobbity goodness to all the attendees waiting for a real insider’s scoop! Today, March 31st, join TORn Staffers Garfeimao and Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway at WonderCon in Anaheim, California, for our special panel presentation at 12:00pm PDT in Room 207. The panel is titled TheOneRing.net’s Unauthorized Sneak Peek: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This will be a wildly fun discussion regarding all things Hobbit… with special insights from those who have been on the New Zealand sets!
WonderCon is one of three conventions hosted by Comic Con International, the others being APE (Alternative Press Expo) and San Diego Comic-Con. Wondercon follows the same general format as San Diego Comic Con, but on a much smaller size, making it easier to attend the panels you wish and still have time to shop. It is returning to the Anahim Convention Center for the second year while the Moscone Center in San Francisco is getting a major renovation. If you have had problems getting into San Diego Comic Con the last few years, this is a really great alternative. See you all on Sunday.Posted in Blu-Ray, ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, MrCere in New Zealand, Other Events, Production, WonderCon
The fantasy flick, which earned $302.7 million in U.S. theaters and was directed by Lord of the Rings helmer Peter Jackson, easily outsold several other high-profile theatrical features that also bowed on disc the same week.
Demand was high for all three titles, but Hobbit was clearly the cream of the crop. Nielsen figures show Les Miserables sold just 33.8 percent as many units as Hobbit, while Zero Dark Thirty trailed with 21.4 percent. (To be fair, Les Mis came out on a Friday, so it didn’t have a full week of sales in the tracking period.)Posted in Blu-Ray, DVDs, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, John Howe, LotR Books, Merchandise, Other Events, Production, The Hobbit
If you missed the Peter Jackson hosted first look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, or just want to watch it over again, a modified version is now available and archived on the Trilogy’s official website: www.thehobbit.com/sneak. To access the footage, use your UltraViolet code on your copy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack or 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. Please note, you will only be able to access the footage three times per code. So make good use of your opportunities! You will also notice the footage is now twenty minutes shorter than the live counterpart. And of course, if you want to geek out a bit celebrating the teasing of Smaug (aka Peter’s Dragon) check out our latest T-Shirt in our Emporium! [Hobbit Sneak] [T-Shirt]Posted in Blu-Ray, DVDs, Events, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, John Howe, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Other Events, Production, The Hobbit