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Archive for November, 2007

Site Claims Jackson to Helm ‘The Hobbit’ in 3D

Jackson Hobbit in 3dWhat?! Yea – that’s what we said. A website called MarketSaw is reporting that Peter Jackson is confirmed to be directing two films based on ‘The Hobbit’ and both will be presented in 3D format. Then, after The Hobbit films are released (2010,2011 respectively), the original trilogy will be converted to 3D after the release of the two Hobbit Films. Let’s not get too excited quite yet. If we judge this website based on the amount of junk advertising, we can pretty much write this off as an unconfirmed pipe-dream. But, ya never know! On a personal note, the PJ directing The Hobbit sounds great to me…the 3D, not so much. Check out the full story over at MarketSaw. [PJ Directing Hobbit Rumor]

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Scottish Collector Wins Complete Raygun Set

Scottish Raygun fan Daniel Leyden literally danced with excitement when he received the email from Weta Customer Services telling him he had won Weta’s ‘Complete Your Raygun Set’ competition. “I was at work when I found out”, he says excitedly. “I just jumped up and down shouting ‘I’ve won! I’ve won!’”

Daniel is a games programmer for a mobile phone company, and it was here that he got his initial Raygun delivered, the F.M.O.M Industries Wave Disrupter Raygun, much to the fascination of his colleagues, who share his open planned office. “A few of my colleagues like, ‘you’re buying WHAT!@? They were certainly questioning why I was buying a Raygun! But for me, it was more of a ‘I just want this cool thing.” (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Other Merchandise, Toys

Sideshow Announces ‘The Treachery of Saruman’ Diorama

Gandalf vs SarumanThe latest addition to The Lord of the Rings Diorama series from Sideshow Collectibles is ‘.’ Sideshow previewed this item for the first time last night and we expect it to start pre-ordering next Thursday with their newsletter launch. Click on the following link to view the full preview and while you’re there, check out the other LOTR dioramas. [] []

Posted in Christopher Lee, Collectibles, Ian McKellen, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Sideshow Collectibles

Shop with Sideshow’s Rotating Discounts

If you are still on the hunt for great LOTR collectibles this holiday season, check out . They have alerted their customers that the page will be updated daily at 9am PT until mid-december with new discounts every day. The latest discount is 45% off the Shelob Sideshow/Weta Statue. (That sale ends at 9am PT today) []

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, Sideshow Collectibles

No Regrets For McKellen In Turning Down Harry Potter

No Regrets For McKellen In Turning Down Harry Potter Soon after actor Richard Harris died, there was a lot of talk that Ian McKellen — another premier British actor — could take over the role of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films. For McKellen, however, it was never an option. “People say to me, ‘Don’t you wish you’d played Dumbledore? I say, ‘No!’ I played Gandalf. The original.” McKellen shared those comments with Ireland Online about this character from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But McKellen’s refusal to take on the role seemed to have more to do than simply what character from which franchise was superior. No Regrets For McKellen In Turning Down Harry Potter

Posted in Ian McKellen

Hollywood crew shoots movie scenes in Montgomery County

ROYERSFORD, Pa. (AP) – Shooting is under way in Montgomery County for a Hollywood movie. A stretch of Main Street in the tiny community of Royersford has been made over for “The Lovely Bones,” directed by Peter Jackson. Publicist Claire Raskind says the production needed a certain authenticity, and many of the buildings in Royersford still resemble those of the 1970s. The ones that don’t, Raskind says, have been painted so they do look like those of the era. Furniture store operator Roger Lebow says the movie crews have added a Chinese restaurant and have turned a former gas station into a bus depot. The movie has been in production in the Philadelphia suburbs for about a month, but shooting in Royersford began Wednesday. “The Lovely Bones” is due out in early 2009.

Posted in Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

An Evening With … Viggo Mortenson

An Evening With ... Viggo Mortenson From Focus Features, Back Stage West, and The Hollywood Reporter invite you to join Eastern Promises star Viggo Mortenson (A History of Violence) for a screening on Thursday, Dec. 6, in Los Angeles. A crime thriller from A History of Violence director David Cronenberg, Eastern Promises tells the story of Nikolai (Mortensen), a mysterious driver for one of London’s most notorious crime families. When Nikolai crosses paths with a young midwife, he finds his loyalties tested as he is drawn into the family’s dark secrets. (more…)

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, Viggo Mortensen

PJ is one of EW’s Smartest People In Hollywood

deej wrote in to let us know that PJ ranked number 16 in‘s The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood. PJ’s entry

Posted in Peter Jackson

Exploring Middle-earth: Dol Haedir

LOTRO Book 11: Defenders of Eriador Release Notes Now Available! Meghan S. Rodberg, Online Community Manager for Turbine, Inc. writes: Dol Haedir, found in the far in the north-west reaches of Evendim, plays host to the vicious Gauredain, wild men who have long troubled this region. Travellers would be well-advised to avoid Dol Haedir unless they are prepared to meet these vicious eaters of flesh. Exploring Middle-earth: Dol Haedir

Posted in Gaming

Sam Raimi Talks ‘The Hobbit’…Again

Sam Raimi Talks 'The Hobbit'...Again Gerry writes: As part of an interview with Comic Book Resources posted on November 27th, Sam talks about ‘The Hobbit again :

Sam: It’s not really my choice. The Hobbit has always been Peter Jackson’s picture, and I believe from what I’ve read that he is back in negotiations with New Line Cinema, and like all fans of his, I’m hoping that he’ll make it. So until I hear differently, I’m going to assume that’s what’s going to happen. Now, if he ever decides not to make it, I would love to be considered for it. Sam Raimi Talks ‘The Hobbit’…Again

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie

Rick Porras Chat Part 2

Kristin Thompson, author of ‘The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood’, writes: I’ve posted on the Frodo Franchise blog the second part (of three) of my conversation with Lord of the Rings co-producer Rick Porras. We talk about international distributors getting tours of the filmmaking facilities and about the Cannes preview of 2001, plus we begin fielding questions from the audience. Rick Porras Chat Part 2

Posted in Rick Porras

Sheldon Goes Geek

Chocolate Fish Cafe to Close? Nairn writes: Looks like the Sheldon comic strip is going for a week of LOTR related fun. Sheldon Goes Geek

Posted in Creations, Fans