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Archive for April, 2008

‘To be Continued’ Radio Interview Transcript

To Be Continued Logo Ringer Spy Elven was kind enough to transcribe the ‘To be Continued’ interview from last week where I discussed our exclusive chat with ‘Hobbit’ director Guillermo del Toro. Take a look! (more…)

Posted in Alan Lee, Andy Serkis, Casting Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, Ian McKellen, Locations Sets, LotR Movies, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Rumours Spy News, The Hobbit, WETA Digital

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Posted in Announcements, Community

Rohan Locals Threatened by Development

Rohan Steve writes: This may or may not be of interest to you. Currently there is a resource consent application for two massive dwellings up at the Poolburn Dam – Central Otago, site of some scenes from Rohan. Locals are very unhappy about this because the developments are completely out of character with the surrounds and the developer is intending to fence off and restrict access to this part of the Dam which to this point has been open to all public. There have been articles about this in the Otago Daily Times and details of the consent application can be found here (reference RCO80072). Given that the developers are from Auckland you could say that Rohan is now under attack from the Aucks.

Posted in Locations Sets, New Zealand

Confirmation – Ian McKellen will Reprise Role as Gandalf

ianmckellen.jpgEmpire Magazine caught up with Sir Ian McKellen at the UK Premiere of Speed Racer at which he had this to say:

“Yes, it’s true,” he said. “I spoke to Guillermo in the very room that Peter Jackson offered me the part and he confirmed that I would be reprising the role. Obviously, it’s not a part that you turn down, I loved playing Gandalf.”

The other great tidbit of news is that we have a timeline for the script development – about 6 weeks. Make sure to read the full story and intereview at EMPIRE! (Thanks to Mr. Platt for the heads up!) [Read More]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen

Characters of Middle-earth: The Sackville-Bagginses

LOTR ONLINE LOGO The folks from Turbine write: Now that Frodo Baggins has moved to Crickhollow, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins and her son, Lotho, have finally taken ownership of the beautiful Hobbit-hole of Bag End. Learn more about this famous family in this week’s content update! Characters of Middle-earth: The Sackville-Bagginses

Posted in Gaming

Giant Weta just got bigger

Weta’s special effects arm is continuing to grow with the addition of even more computing power, according to a report in 
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Posted in The Hobbit, WETA Digital

So about that Article…

Hobbit PartyOur good friend Kristin Thompson, author of The Frodo Franchise and preeminent Tolkien blogger, has posted a response to the article by Andrew O’Hehir. If you are were unaware, the piece, titled ‘Guillermo del Toro to make “Hobbit” films: Bleah!’ takes the stance that fan-favored director (see poll on right side of TORn) Guillermo del Toro is not a good match for ‘The Hobbit’ movies. Here’s one reporter who is looking forward to the discourse in the Tolkien community as we head into a few years of Hobbit fun! [Frodo Franchise] [ Article]

Posted in Hobbit Movie

MTV gets its turn with GDT

The Grey Pilgrim sent MTV’s interview with Guillermo del Toro our way where the communicative director had yet more to say about some “Hobbit” movies he is working on. The MTV writer Shawn Adler (with reporting by Josh Horowitz) is one of the few mainstream writers that knows that Middle-earth has a lowercase “earth” and like our own Xoanon asks some questions with real background knowledge. I think I detect a Tolkien fan. Anyway, addressing several of the same issues that have been discussed on our own forums such as GDT’s feelings about high fantasy and casting, we give you MTV. Click Here.

Posted in Andy Serkis, Casting Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, New Zealand, The Hobbit

Life and Limb: 12 Mighty Pop-Culture Trees has published a ‘top’ list in honor of Arbor Day (April 25th). The new list is titled ‘Life and Limb: 12 Mighty Pop-Culture Trees,’ and guess who show up first? None other than the Ents!

Sure, these giant walking-and-talking trees take too friggin’ long to make any sort of decision — it’s a good thing they don’t wear clothes, or millennia could pass before they left the grove — but once they do get off their stumps, they’re a force to be reckoned with. Just ask Saruman (Christopher Lee).

Check out the full list and plant a tree! [Full List]

Posted in Books Publications, Lord of the Rings, Movie The Two Towers

Serkis Confirms ‘Hobbit’ Involvement?

Andy Serkis During our recent interview with ‘The Hobbit’ director Guillermo del Toro, he mentioned that Andy Serkis was ‘all but confirmed’ to be returning as Gollum. Well Andy Serkis has gone one step further by adding a new listing to his film work. ‘THE HOBBIT – Director: Guillermo del Toro – Role: Gollum’ has been spotted on! Take a look for yourself!

Posted in Andy Serkis, Casting Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Headlines, Hobbit Movie

FOTR Symphony to Film Winnipeg Concert Review

Zack writes: The FOTR with a live symphony and choir on April 24th in Winnipeg, Canada was amazing. They performed everything in the movie from loud themes to background music in audio scenes. This is supposedly the first of the North American tour. If anyone else is able to see this tour don’t be disappointed that sound effects are turned down (this created a few awkward moments, mostly just at the Farwell party and battle scenes) and that there are sub titles because what you hear is mostly the symphony. The Conductor, Ludwig Wicki was the first conductor to perform the FOTR music along live with the full movie just earlier this year and has worked with Howard Shore in preparation. The soloists sang very well, including a 10 year old boy singing the male soprano solos. Overall it was very well done and I hope they come out with the Two Towers soon.

Posted in Howard Shore, Movie Fellowship of the Ring

‘Frodo Baggins’ The Horse Injured During Race, Later Euthanized

Ringwraith on SteedEmily sends along this sad news: I have never sent anything to you guys before but I thought it was a story you might want to know about. I attend the Rolex Three Day Event in Lexington, Ky every year. We just had a tragic accident here yesterday during cross country, here is a press release. (more…)

Posted in Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Other Cast