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Archive for February, 2008

Exploring Middle-earth: Goblin-town

Exploring Middle-earth: Echad Candelleth Vanessa “Saffron” Price, Online Community Representative for Turbine, Inc. writes: Deep within the Misty Mountains lies the entrance to Goblin-town, one of the strongest goblin-kingdoms remaining in Middle-earth. Adventurers who explore here should be cautious, as Bilbo Baggins and his company of dwarfs can attest! Exploring Middle-earth: Goblin-town

Posted in Gaming

New Line Folds: The Big Question…What About ‘The Hobbit?’

Epleterte sends us the snippet from Variety’s article ‘Warner Bros. gobbles up New Line’: “The Hobbit” has Guillermo Del Toro in talks to direct, and the picture will be unaffected by the ouster of Shaye and Lynne. Though the films won’t be scripted until a director is hired, and Jackson wraps “The Lovely Bones,” the expectation is that the films will be ready for release for Christmas 2011 and 2012. Harry Potter will have wound down at WB by then, and the corporation will surely welcome another fantasy franchise that has an eager global audience waiting. New Line will distribute domestically, while MGM has international rights.

Posted in Director Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson

Warner Bros. gobbles up New Line

From Variety: New Line’s 40-year run as an independent studio ended Thursday when Time Warner said it would fold the company into Warner Bros. New Line will become a unit of Warners, maintaining separate development, production, marketing, distribution and business affairs operations. Warner Bros. gobbles up New Line

Posted in Hobbit Movie’s Top Actors Under 30 – Elijah Wood

Elijah WoodEntertainment Weekly has posted a listing of the top thirty actors/actresses under the age of 30. And guess what? Elijah Wood makes an appearance.

The Lord of the Rings franchise made Wood a megastar, but the actor has used his box office power for good instead of evil in off-beat movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Everything Is Illuminated (2005).

See the full list over at Thanks to Jane S for the heads up! []

Posted in Elijah Wood

Sideshow Charity Auction – One-of-a-kind Item Up for Grabs

Battle Above the Black GateSideshow Collectibles is honoring the memory of a fallen co-worker by holding a charity auction to benefit the Diane Kamahele Memorial Fund – a fund set up to support Diane’s four children. One of the items will be of particular interest to LOTR fans:

This auction is for a one-of-a-kind treasure, an early sample of the faux-bronze version of the Battle Above the Black Gate Diorama. Our product development team tested several engineering solutions for this product, to ensure the product could be properly packaged for safe shipment. In this sample, the Fell Beast’s wings were designed to be detached from the body, intended to be packed separately for shipment to the collector … This is the only ‘detachable wing’ engineered sample of the Battle Above the Black Gate Diorama that exisits, or ever will exist, and you have the opportunity to own this archive-quality piece, which nicely illustrates the design & engineering present in every Sideshow product.

If you are a LOTR collector, this is a one of a kind item that you may not want to miss out on! And if you are simply feeling generous, the Memorial Fund accepts donations. [Black Gate Diorama Auction] [All Auctions] [Memorial Fund]

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, Other Events, Sideshow Collectibles

Characters of Middle-earth: Bob and Nob

Exploring Middle-earth: Echad Candelleth Vanessa “Saffron” Price, Online Community Representative for Turbine, Inc. writes: When Barliman Butterbur gets busy, he relies on two hobbit assistants, Bob and Nob, to take care of guests at the Prancing Pony. Read about this merry pair, who help keep the Pony running smoothly for its absent-minded proprietor! Characters of Middle-earth: Bob and Nob

Posted in Gaming

Howard Shore Concert Updates – And Beware of Fakers!

From the folks at We at feel it is necessary to alert fans and followers of The Lord of the Ring Symphony that there are a number of concerts touring Germany that have no association with Howard Shore. The promoter, Gastspiel- und Theaterdirektion Gerhartz GmbH, calls these concerts “Herr der Ringe von Howard Shore in Concert” in effect confusing the ticket buyer. Please be warned, Howard Shore has nothing to do with these concerts. The music that they play is assembled from commercially available sheet music.

This situation is frustrating and disheartening for Mr. Howard Shore and his associates, who are committed to presenting only the highest quality performances of The Lord of the Rings Symphony created by Howard Shore himself from his award-winning composition. (more…)

Posted in Concerts, Howard Shore

Parker switches roles

Parker switches roles Haldirriel sends this in: Handsome actor Craig Parker is versatile when it comes to acting. The Shortland Street star is in the grips of drug addiction as Guy Warner on the soap but when time is called on that gig, he’s working on the American fantasy film Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. Parker switches roles

Posted in Craig Parker

Happy Birthday Sean Astin!

Guillermo Del Toro Today is Sean Astin’s Birthday! Sean Astin is an American film actor, director, and Oscar-nominated producer best known for his film roles as Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, the title character of Rudy, Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Drew Barrymore’s steroid-juiced brother in 50 First Dates. In television, he guest starred as Lynn McGill on the fifth season of 24.

Posted in Sean Astin

Universal caught off-guard by Del Toro Hobbit news?

Guillermo Del ToroSounds like Guillermo Del Toro being courted for “The Hobbit” may have cast a bit of a cloud on the silver lining of optimism at Universal Studios. Check out this excerpt from a story at

U also was caught off-guard after they aggressively courted Guillermo Del Toro, the filmmaker behind “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy.” The studio gave him a first-look deal, picked up a sequel to “Hellboy” with a budget of more than $80 million, and even bought the rights to his dream project, the H.P. Lovecraft epic, “At the Mountains of Madness.”

But U brass was stunned to suddenly see Del Toro emerge as the likely director of the next two “Hobbit” movies for New Line and MGM. That would lock him down for four straight years in New Zealand.

Langley acknowledges, “We’re in discussions with how to rectify that with Guillermo.”

Thanks to board member ‘Compa Mighty’ for the scoop. The full article can be found at [Read More]

Posted in Director Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Rare Tolkien Items to be Auctioned

tolkientree.jpgMessage Board member ‘And Back Again’ pointed us to the following story at Times Online:

A rare first edition of The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien is expected to raise £30,000 at auction. The last photograph of Tolkien is also being auctioned at Bonhams, London, on March 18. It was taken in 1973 by his grandson Michael in the Botanic Garden, Oxford, and shows him standing beside his favourite tree. A note on the back written by Priscilla, his daughter, says: “For Elaine with love from Priscilla.” The book is also dedicated to Elaine Griffiths, the friend who urged him to have The Hobbit published. Other lots include illustrations by Tolkien and a copy of Farmer Giles of Ham.

Read the full story at Times Online. [Read More]

Posted in Events, J.R.R. Tolkien, Other Events, Tolkien, Tolkien Family

Howard Shore Talks ‘Hobbit’ in Switzerland

Howard ShoreRinger Chris sends along this intriguing spy report that seems to confirm that Howard Shore will be scoring ‘The Hobbit’ films:

Hi there! I was at the world premiere of the Fellowship of the Ring performed live to the film concert in Lucerne/Switzerland last night, at which Howard Shore was present. Before the concert there was a brief talk with him, during which he mentioned that “WE are going to start on the screenplay soon,” when asked about The Hobbit. Imagine my Ringer heart taking a leap of joy. At the signing taking place after the concert, I did ask, just be sure, if I had heard correctly, and Howard confirmed that yes, he will be scoring The Hobbit. He’s hopeful that New Line will work something out with the Tolkien Estate’s because, “It’s too important a project.” Let’s hope he’s right! I should not neglect to mention that the concert was amazing and conductor Ludwig Wicki, the 21st Century Orchestra and Choir, the Luzerner Saengerknaben choir and the soloists got a standing ovation for at least 5 minutes. I can’t wait for March 2009, when The Two Towers concert is tentatively scheduled.

Additional reports are coming in from the event with the same information, you can read more in the forums. [Forum]

Posted in Concerts, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News