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Archive for January, 2008

The LOTRO Loading Screen Contest

The LOTRO Loading Screen Contest Vanessa “Saffron” Price, Online Community Representative for Turbine, Inc. writes: We’re pleased to announce the LOTRO Loading Screen Contest! LOTRO fans, it’s time to show your favorite pictures: Just submit an in-game screenshot and it may be featured as the next new loading screen in LOTRO! See rules below. Good luck and we look forward to seeing your screenshots! The LOTRO Loading Screen Contest

Posted in Contests, Gaming

Watch FOTR with Live Music in Germany

German Flag Composer Howard Shore brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary imagination to vivid life with his Academy®- and Grammy® Award-winning score to Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Shore crafted a fully-developed musical epic that related the classic tale with moving and intricately related themes for each of Middle-earth’s cultures and charted the One Ring’s journey with an exhilarating flourish. [] (more…)

Posted in Concerts, Howard Shore

Cate Blanchett Photo from Indy 4

Indy 4 Pic‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and LOTR alum Cate Blanchett seems to have a rather significant role. Check out this photo of Cate as Agent Spalko. She doesn’t look too happy with Dr. Jones! [View the Pic]

Posted in Cate Blanchett

Tehanu’s Notes: My Vote’s with Guillermo Del Toro

Tehanu’s NotesI hope I wasn’t the only person jumping with joy at the news that Guillermo del Toro is 99% confirmed to direct ‘The Hobbit‘.

I’m hoping this will be the start of the a similar ‘dream run’ to what we saw with LOTR, when so many decisions, one after another, just felt so right. After seeing his work on Pan’s Labyrinth last year, I’m incredibly excited to think of him directing one or both Hobbit movies.

Pan’s Labyrinth is one of those movies that realises the unique potential of film. Any director that could make something so powerful and exhileratingly magical as Pans’ Labyrinth would do amazing things with The Hobbit. I walked out of that film haunted and moved by images that stayed with me for days. No one thing by itself made the movie great: it was a combination where the sum of the whole was greater than the parts. The result was something that I don’t think I could experience in any other way. No music, no book, no theatre, nothing could quite have given me the same experience. I had to go back and see it again to try and absorb all it was trying to say. (more…)

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

TORN exclusive: Del Toro “99 percent certain” says NL insider.

Del ToroBarring any earth-shattering or unforeseen changes Guillermo del Toro will direct “The Hobbit.” However, the contracts are not signed and the deal is not final according to a source close to the film.

In a conversation with, the source called it a 99% probability that del Toro would be helming the double picture but in Hollywood nothing is final until it is final. The official announcement, which – New Line Cinema will be eager to make when all the t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted – will come after the writer’s strike is settled. [Digg This ] (more…)

Posted in Director Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

“Guillermo will direct ‘The Hobbit’…”

The following YouTube video confirms that Guillermo Del Toro will be directing ‘The Hobbit’ films. UPDATE An inside source has sent us an update. [Click Here]

See below for the video – The important part starts around :40

UPDATE Please note, in this video, you will see the Director of ‘The Orphanage’, Juan Antonio Bayona is on the left – to his right is the star of the movie, Belen Rueda – and Guillermo Del Toro is standing next to her.

Female Translator: Today it is our pleasure to announce something that everyone was hoping for, Guillermo will direct ‘The Hobbit’


Female Translator: And he will give a small role to (the Spanish translator)

Posted in Director Rumors, Exhibits, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

So is it Del Toro or What?

Del ToroThere is a lot of buzz in the Tolkien community with the news yesterday that Del Toro was in ‘talks’ to direct the two ‘Hobbit’ films. Unfortunately a majority of the buzz is a case of bad reporting – as many have taken the title from the Hollywood Reporter article (‘Del Toro doubles up for ‘Hobbit”) as an official announcement. However, read the first sentence and we see he is not confirmed, only in ‘talks.’ Now another rumor has surfaced that Del Toro has verbally confirmed he will be directing both films during a screening of his new movie ‘The Orphanage.’ This news has surfaced on a French Tolkien website, which may be another case of lost in translation! So is it Del Toro or What? We don’t know – but we’re working hard to find out. If anything has been officially said by Del Toro we probably can expect announcement pretty soon! [Original Hollywood Reporter Article] [First Del Toro Rumor] [More Confirmation Rumors]

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Happy Birthday Elijah Wood!

Elijah WoodToday is Elijah Wood’s birthday! Elijah Jordan Wood was born on January 28, 1981, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That makes him 27 years old today! Happy Birthday Elijah and we hope you get all your wishes this year – including a part in the new ‘Hobbit’ films!

Posted in Elijah Wood

Del Toro doubling up for ‘The Hobbit’?

Del ToroI know there are a lot of different opinions in the LOTR community about who (if not PJ) should direct ‘The Hobbit’ films, but this reporter is hoping Guillermo Del Toro is on the short list! A new Hollywood Reporter article states:

Guillermo del Toro is in talks to direct back-to-back installments of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” which is being co-financed by New Line and MGM. Del Toro’s name was on a short list of directors who could tackle the project, one of the most anticipated literary adaptations of the past decade.

This should make a lot of Ringers happy, as Del Toro came in second place on our informal Director poll. [See Poll Archives] [Hollywood Reporter Article]

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Sean Bean to star in another Sharpe adventure

Sean Bean to star in another Sharpe adventure ITV is producing another Sharpe tale starring Sean Bean scheduled to screen later in 2008. Sharpe’s Peril takes up where the 2006 two-parter, watched by seven million viewers, left off. Sharpe and Harper lead an East India Company train through enemy territory and face off the inevitable bandit attack. The adventure is part of a new raft of dramas scheduled by ITV for the autumn. Sean Bean to star in another Sharpe adventure

Posted in Sean Bean, Television

Gandalf (the Horse) wants to go to the Olympics

Gandalf (the Horse) wants to go to the Olympics Horsegirl writes: Olympic champion Event rider, Mark Todd (of New Zealand) has a new mount he’s going to try to go to this year’s Olympics with. The horse’s name is GANDALF! Fits, doesn’ it- being a New Zealand -bred horse. There’s an American rider who rides a horse called Frodo Baggins. And it goes on and on… [Mark Todd’s Olympic Profile]

UPDATE: It turns out that “Frodo Baggins” is a 13 year old black New Zealand bred Thoroughbred who actually starred as one of the Black Rider’s mounts in FOTR!! He even walked down the red carpet at the premiere of the film with Elijah Woods himself.

For more about “Frodo Baggins” and his rider Lainey Ashker, go here.

Thanks to Roheryn for doing a little more digging!

Posted in Events

New Kristin Thompson Blog

Chocolate Fish Cafe to Close? Kristin Thompson writes: New Line has now denied that rumor that circulated last week, the one about Time Warner possibly ousting Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne and absorbing its subsidiary into itself. I thought your readers might like a little more information about where that rumor came from. I try to put it in context on the Frodo Franchise blog.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News