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HobbitCon 2 in Bonn, Germany – April 19-21

hobbitconlogoAs staffer Garfeimao stated in the post below, convention season is getting going! The same weekend that some TORn staff will be at WonderCon in Anaheim, there is a very exciting convention taking place in Germany – HobbitCon! Message boarder kiwifan attended last year, and shared the fun of this exclusive event with us.  Here’s what she had to say:

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Posted in Adam Brown, Conventions, Crew News, Dean O'Gorman, Events, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, John Callen, Ken Stott, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Mark Hadlow, Meet Ups, Other Cast, Peter Hambleton, Richard Taylor, Stephen Hunter, The Hobbit, WETA Workshop, William Kircher

Richard Taylor, Craig Parker, Dean O’Gorman, Billy Boyd and more at Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo

M-e EXPOMiddle-earth is coming to Canada this Spring, April 24-27, and staff from TheOneRing.net will be there to join in the fun! Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo will be taking place at the BMO Center in Calgary’s Stampede Park; you can find out full details at their website.

There are several guests from both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies who will be attending, and of particular interest to Middle-earth fans is a very special event which will be held on the evening of April 25th: ‘Middle-earth EXPOsed’.  From the organiser’s press release:

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Posted in Billy Boyd, Conventions, Craig Parker, Crew News, Dean O'Gorman, Events, Fans, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Mark Hadlow, Other Cast, Other Events, Production, Richard Taylor, Sean Astin, The Hobbit, WETA Workshop

Sneak-preview Cinefex Issue 137 and go behind-the-scenes on The Desolation of Smaug

137_Cover We’re delighted to bring you this excerpt from Cinefex’s forthcoming behind-the-scenes account of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Written by Joe Fordham, the 25-page feature draws on in-depth interviews with key effects artists who worked on the film, and is accompanied by behind-the-scenes photos and frame clips — many of them exclusive.

Here’s a little teaser for you! (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Desolation of Smaug receives eight Saturn nominations

220px-Saturn_Award The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films has just released the nomination list for the 40th annual installment of the Saturn Awards, and The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug has tied with ‘Gravity’ for the most nominations. Both received eight.

The gongs that The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug is up for are: (more…)

Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Crew News, Dan Hennah, Director news, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fran Walsh, Guillermo Del Toro, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, Joe Letteri, Other Events, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Production, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Costume Designers Guild nominates ‘The Desolation of Smaug’

Master of LaketownAmong other awards groups announcing their nominations today, the Costume Designers Guild also released their nods. Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor, and Bob Buck were nominated for their work on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, along with the costume designers of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Oz the Great and Powerful. (more…)

Posted in Ann Maskrey, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Miscellaneous, Other Events, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Graham McTavish talks exclusively to TheOneRing.net

Today (January 4th) is actor Graham McTavish’s birthday – Happy Birthday to him from everyone here at TORn!  Back at the start of December, our favourite tattooed dwarf sat down with TORn staffer greendragon, to chat about The Hobbit, about his latest project (playing Dougal MacKenzie in the Outlander series), and to reveal what it’s like to spend months working with a bunch of sweaty men in fat suits – and even to risk inviting them over for parties! Continuing greendragon’s ‘Inside the Middle-earth Actor’s Studio’ series, McTavish also discussed at length his approach to acting, what he sees as the greatest challenge in creating a role, and how he began his career on the stage. McTavish is an excellent raconteur, and there were many laughs during the conversation - read on to find out all that he had to say.

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Posted in Adam Brown, Graham McTavish, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Jed Brophy, Peter Jackson, Production, Richard Armitage, Richard Taylor, Stephen Hunter, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug nominated for 5 Critics’ Choice Awards

Critics Choice AwardsThe Broadcast Film Critics Association has announced their nominees
for 2013, and The Desolation of Smaug has received 5 nods for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Make-up, Best Visual Effects,
and Best Actress in an Action Movie (Evangeline Lilly). (more…)

Posted in Ann Maskrey, Dan Hennah, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Miscellaneous, Ra Vincent, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, WETA Digital

Johnny Fraser-Allen: from school to Weta Workshop

Hohnny Fraser-Allen. Photo: FAIRFAX NZ.

Johnny Fraser-Allen. Photo: FAIRFAX NZ.

Johnny Frazer Allen is a rising star in Tolkien fandom and the art world. He won a lot of hearts at San Diego Comic-con with his generosity and authentic fan enthusiasm, providing insight into the design of Radagast while signing with author/actress Evangeline Lilly. TheOneRing.net even covered his Gloaming exhibition earlier this year.

Johnny has a standing invite to appear on TORn Tuesdays to further chat with fans, when he’s able to break free from his many obligations!

Here, mainstream magazine Stuff now profiles Frazer-Allen’s rising career.


There is a fairytale-like feeling to the story of 28-year-old Johnny Fraser-Allen. A chance encounter with Weta Workshop’s Sir Richard Taylor at the airport, and the pivotal decision to miss a flight home so he could talk to him, landed Fraser-Allen his dream job at Weta at the age of 19. Nearly a decade on, he has put working for the creative company on hold to focus on his latest adventure – writing and illustrating children’s books, and gearing up for his second exhibition.

Landing his dream job at Weta took a touch of fate for Fraser-Allen. He had flown from Christchurch to Wellington, hoping to show Taylor his final high school design portfolio at a photography exhibition by Lord of The Rings star Viggo Mortensen, but Taylor was a no-show.

Despondently waiting for his flight home, he spotted Taylor at the airport. “I had the choice of missing my flight or talking to him, so I missed my flight.”

The meeting was a turning point.

“Richard took a lot of time with me, gave me a lot of advice, then he gave me his card and told me to bring my portfolio up in person.”

When Fraser-Allen got home, he scrapped his portfolio and started again, based on the Oscar winner’s advice.

When Taylor eventually looked at his portfolio, he said Fraser-Allen’s skills weren’t good enough for the design room, but he employed him based on his enthusiasm.

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Posted in Crew News, Evangeline Lilly, Hobbit Movie, Production, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, WETA Workshop

Exclusive video with Richard Taylor, Daniel Falconer and Peter Lyon of Weta Workshop

TheOneRing.net with Galatia Films offer this exclusive interview with the always phenomenal Richard Taylor, Daniel Falconer and Peter Lyon of Weta Workshop. If you watch the video you will learn about Weta’s first meeting with Peter Lyon and how “The Lord or the Rings,” behind-the-scenes videos were created, developed and even changed people’s lives. The original interview was done for Galatia’s Live Reclaiming the Blade Day. Check out its Kickstarter page for more details and the full interview. Tomorrow we will release another interview from the live broadcast, this with one of the stars from “The Lord of the Rings” film. Tune in tomorrow to find out which one! You can also support the Kickstarter campaign for a new film that will feature “The Hobbit” swords and Narnia actors Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian) and William Moseley (Chronicles of Narnia).

Weta Workshop has produced well over fifteen thousand museum quality weapons for projects within the creative industries of film, gaming and replica collectibles, including Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “King Kong,” Peter Weir’s “Master and Commander,” Edward Zwick’s “The Last Samurai,” Andrew Adamson’s “Chronicles of Narnia,” Guillermo del Toro’s “Hellboy,” Stephen Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” the Microsoft Halo 3 short films and, more recently, James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9.”

Posted in Daniel Falconer, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, Production, Richard Taylor, WETA Workshop

Getting to know Magnus Hjert

MagnusWelcome to the latest “Getting to know” – questions that need answering. It’s based on the old Getting to know you threads that I occasionally 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 self-described Online guy at Weta Workshop and all round top bloke, Magnus Hjert.

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Posted in Collectibles, Events, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Locations Sets, Locations Sets, LotR Production, New Zealand, Other Crew, Premieres, Props, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, Wellington, WETA Cave, Weta Collectibles, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Researching The Frodo Franchise: Part 3, Places Full of Magic

Once again it has been a long time since I posted in this series, but what with the run-up to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure and the reaction to it, TheOneRing.net has been a busy place, and now we’re coming up on The One Expected Party on Oscar night! But I’ll delay no longer.

In the first entry I recalled getting the permission to interview the filmmakers and going down to start my work, back in September-October of 2003. The second one dealt with my first interview and tours of the Three Foot Six office building and the Stone Street Studios. Now, more of the facilities I visited.

The Film Unit

Film Unit Oct 2003My third full day in Wellington was Wednesday, October 1. Melissa Booth called and said I could come to the new Film Unit building to meet Barrie Osborne. He, as I cannot stress often enough, was the one responsible for getting me New Line’s permission to interview the filmmakers for my book. This meeting, though, wouldn’t be for an interview. (I interviewed Barrie twice for the book, first a couple of weeks later and again during my third Wellington visit in December, 2004.) He was driving out to the old Film Unit facility that afternoon to give the people working there, sound mixers, editors, and other post-production crew members, a pep talk.

As most readers know, the race to finish The Return of the King was on by that point, and a lot of people were working long hours. I was told that Barrie often gave these pep talks, and the filmmakers really appreciated them; it was part of what gave the production that feeling of being one big family. I could at least introduce myself to Barrie and ride with him to the Film Unit; the half-hour drives there and back would allow us time to talk about my project. (more…)

Posted in Barrie Osborne, Daniel Falconer, LotR Movies, Models, Other production, Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Richard Taylor, John Rhys-Davies tied to ‘Glastonbury’ film

Richard TaylorRichard Taylor and John Rhys-Davies are both connected to the film project “Glastonbury: Isle of Light,” which is in development. Taylor is in place as part of the team that handles design, production and marketing that also includes Star Wars casting director Robin Gurland.

Rhys-Davies recently was in the region and talked about the film and its importance to the region and the help it might lend tourism. You can view that video right here. A full press release about the film can be found here.

Posted in John Rhys-Davies, Richard Taylor