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Archive for April, 2008

Del Toro’s TORN Poetry in Variety

Variety Logo Compa_Mighty sends this along: Nothing new, actually, but I thought it might be cool for everyone to know that Del Toro’s riddle posted at TORN and the Hellboy message boards was featured on Variety. It’s nice to get that kind of coverage! Del Toro’s TORN Poetry in Variety

Posted in Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie

Xoanon talks about del Toro interview on ‘To Be Continued…’

To Be Continued LogoLast week we reported that would be providing a bi-weeky segment on the radio show ‘To Be Continued…’ with Sohaib and Stuart. Tonight, our own Editor and Chief, Xoanon was on the show talking about his recent interview with Guillermo del Toro. There were a lot of great calls and great questions – join us in two weeks for our next segment on the show! ‘To Be Continued…’ with Sohaib and Stuart airs on WNJC 1360 AM, Philadephia from 7:30-8:30pm ET. (Parental Notice – The content on this station before and after this show is not necessarily appropriate for all ages.) [Click Here] [Live Stream] Chat while the show is on in Barlimans! [Live Chat]

Posted in Events, Hobbit Movie, Community

Guillermo del Toro Chats with TORN About ‘The Hobbit’ Films!

Guillermo Del Toro 2In an exclusive interview with, Guillermo del Toro talks about Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Howard Shore, Animatronics vs CGI, the ‘tone’ of the upcoming ‘Hobbit’ films and much more!

We had the opportunity to chat with Guillermo del Toro this morning from his current HQ in London. He’s hard at work putting the finishing touches on ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’ and taking interviews from news outlets about that film, and the recent announcement that he’ll be doing ‘The Hobbit’ and a subsequent Hobbit sequel down the line.

First things first, YES, that is him on our message boards, he told me he intends to post there as often as he humanly can. And yes, he is as cool and approachable as he sounds. Take a look at my interview! (more…)

Posted in Alan Lee, Andy Serkis, Casting Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, Ian McKellen, John Howe, Locations Sets, New Zealand, Other Crew, Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Ian McKellen Confirmed to Reprise Role as Gandalf?

gandalf.jpgAstute TORn message board member Gethsemane has noticed something particularly exciting on Ian McKellen’s official website. Looking through the Cinema section on the ‘2000’s’ film listing page, he noticed:

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Role: Gandalf

This is unlikely a typo, as Sir Ian McKellen is known for his very active and up-to-date website. Now we just have to wait for the official announcement! []

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

Guillermo Posts a Message for TORn

Guillermo has just posted a personal message to community over in our forums. Check it out! [Read More]

Posted in Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

It’s Official! Del Toro to Direct Hobbit Films!

Guillermo del Toro and Peter JacksonVariety and are reporting that the deal is done, and fan-favorite director Guillermo del Toro will take on the ‘Hobbit’ films!

From [Full Story]

In a major step forward on “The Hobbit,” Guillermo del Toro has signed on to direct the New Line-MGM tentpole and its sequel.

The widely expected announcement came Thursday afternoon jointly from exec producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, New Line president Toby Emmerich and Mary Parent, the newly named chief of MGM’s Worldwide Motion Picture Group.

Del Toro’s moving to New Zealand for the next four years to work with Jackson and his Wingnut and WETA production teams. He’ll direct the two films back to back, with the sequel which will deal with the 60-year period between “The Hobbit” and “The Fellowship of the Ring,” the first of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

New Line is overseeing development and will manage production. Both pics are being co-produced and co-financed by New Line Cinema and MGM, with Warner Bros. distributing domestically and MGM handling international.

From [Full Story] (Image above courtesy of

The official announcement was made in Hollywood by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson – who will co-produce The Hobbit – fellow producer Fran Walsh, and executives from New Line Cinema and MGM.

Jackson and Walsh said del Toro was “a genuine storyteller” of outstanding ability.

“A true original, Guillermo is a cinematic magician who has never lost his child-like sense of wonder. He understands that the fantastic must be grounded in the real and that all stories are only ever a reflection of ourselves,” say Jackson and Walsh.

“We have long admired Guillermo’s work and cannot think of a more inspired filmmaker to take the journey back to Middle-earth. We are delighted ‘The Hobbit’ is in such trustworthy hands.”

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Posted in Guillermo Del Toro, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

‘The Music of the LOTR films’ book nears completion

Doug Adams likes his life, he says so on his professional and personal blog and its obvious when you speak to him. Chances are if you appreciate the “Lord of the Rings” films’ soundtracks, you would like his life too. He will soon be the published author – instead of the hard working unpublished author he has been for several years – of the landmark “The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films,” which is an in-depth study of the Howard Shore magnum opus that accompanies Peter Jackson’s film trilogy. (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Concerts, Conventions, Crew News, Events, Film Screenings, Howard Shore, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Premieres

‘Hobbit’ not confirmed, Del Toro considers alternative projects

Comments coming out of ComicCon reported by IFMagazine: “It is my personal belief that in the next four or five days it’ll be like watching the end of AMERICAN IDOL with a very fat singer. In the next four or five days, we will know if we were able to conclude every legal thing that is pending for me to be able to do it or not. It can go either way, but I can assure you very soon we will know and that’s all I can say about that. I hope I get to do it.” Read More

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, LotR Movies, The Hobbit

MTV Rough Cut Video with Guillermo Del Toro

Guillermo talks Hobbit at NYCC 2008The ‘Reckoning’ is upon us! MTV caught up with Guillermo del Toro at the New York Comic-Con and got yet another snippet concerning ‘The Hobbit’ films. And is it just me, or would Ron Perlman make a perfect Beorn? Let me be the first to throw it out there that if Guillermo del Toro is in fact the director of ‘The Hobbit’ films, we can expect to see Perlman involved in some capacity. He’s a talented actor with a great range and an established fanbase in our genre. Check out the video over at MTV Rough Cut! [Click Here] (Thanks to Forum member BuckyUnderBelly for the heads up!)

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

Microsoft Hiring A ‘Halo’ Team For Peter Jackson?

nullFrom MTV Multiplayer: A few days ago, Microsoft quietly added several job listings to its careers website. The company is looking for a Creative Director, Producer, Game Engineers and more to “help develop a new experience in the Halo universe.” Microsoft just contacted MTV Multiplayer with an official statement, confirming the prospective hires will work on Peter Jackson’s “Halo” project. Thanks to MrCere for sending this one in. Read More

Posted in Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

TORn braves airwaves with bi-weekly segment on ‘To Be Continued…’

To Be Continued is proud to announce we will be providing a bi-weekly Lord of the Rings and Hobbit update on the radio show ‘To Be Continued…’ with Sohaib and Stuart, a pop-culture broadcast from WNJC 1360 AM, Philadelphia. Don’t live in Philly? No big deal! The show is streamed via the WNJC website on Sunday at 7:30pm ET. Various staff from will report on the latest happenings in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien – and yes, that includes the latest and greatest news about ‘The Hobbit’ movies. Look for further updates from us on the exact time we’ll be on the show. In the meantime, check out the ‘To be continued…’ website. [Click Here] [Live Stream]

Posted in Events, Announcements

Transcript from Del Toro Interview for Voice of Krypton

nullMessage Board member Elven was kind enough to transcribe the April 20 interview with Guillermo Del Toro from the Voice of Krypton site, posted on TORN here.

“we are down to the last points, but they are very hard points…we are going to be respectful of every single thing that is paradigm. But within that paradigm it will be a movie of mine, and it will be a movie I enjoy making …”


Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit