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Archive for May, 2008

Jack Black (and Guillermo Del Toro) deny “Hobbit” Rumors

Jack BlackThe names of Jack Black, James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe were making the rounds in the media this week, as rumors about who will be cast as Bilbo in the upcoming movie of “The Hobbit” begin to fly. According to Black, however, there’s no truth to that rumor. Black: “No, no. There’s no talk of it,” the comic proclaimed, denying the article’s validity. Of course, we could have told everyone that, as GDT posted the same thing on our message boards the day the original story came out:

“We will not choose casting until after we finish the scripts. Period. So, no- No talks are bound to take place with any actor to play Bilbo in the near future. Pages come first.” And, in another comment: “When its a fact- You’ll hear it from me first- and, very likely, right here.”

Read and participate in the discussion in this thread on our boards, or in Barliman’s chatroom. Thanks to message board member Elven for cluing us in to Black’s recent comments which can be found on MTV Movies Blog along with a video of the interview.

Posted in Casting Rumors, Director news, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie

Sideshow Collectibles LOTR Updates

Dark Counsel DioramaSideshow Collectibles has started taking pre-orders for the ‘Dark Counsel‘ diorama – featuring Brad Dourif as Grima Wormtongue and Bernard Hill as Theoden. They have also posted a 360° turnaround of the piece (see image). In other LOTR updates, Sideshow has posted their production photography for the Sam and Frodo 12-inch figures – if you haven’t picked up you figures yet, now is the time. The Samwise Gamgee and the Frodo Baggins Exclusive Editions (only available via Sideshow’s website and have an extra accessory) are on second chance and should sell out shortly. Also on second chance is the popular ‘Treachery of Saruman‘ diorama which is getting some great reviews. And last, if you are on the fence about any of these collectibles, check out the ‘Backstage Pass‘ features. They are neat little videos that explain the figure and showcase what makes Sideshow items worth owning. [Dark Counsel Diorama] [Frodo 12-inch Exclusive] [Samwise 12-inch Exclusive] [Hobbit Backstage Pass Video] [Treachery of Saruman Diorama] [Treachery of Saruman Backstage Pass Video]

Posted in Bernard Hill, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lee, Collectibles, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Sean Astin, Sideshow Collectibles

LOTR Online Updates

LOTR ONLINE LOGO Meghan from Turbine writes: In addition to Tuesday’s update covering the warg Baugarch, aka the demise of many a lowbie in the Chetwood (a good friend of mine Leroy Jenkins’d him and got us killed!), today we added a profile of the NPC Ada Musgrove, our Bree Festival grounds Dance Leader, to the LOTRO Lorebook. The Lorebook is available at

The bigger news is that Eleventy-seven Morsels is the third minigame on the Unlock the Mines of Moria site! Players can earn deeds leading to another star on the gate, which will unlock an exclusive Mines of Moria poster. The Mines of Moria site can be visited at!

Posted in Gaming

Mortensen to Receive Half-Life Award in Vegas

viggomortenson.jpg pipnlvr writes: Just wanted to give your readers a heads up that Viggo Mortensen will be honored with a “Half-Life” award during the Cinevegas Film Festival here in Las Vegas held from June 6-12, 2008. Tickets for Viggo’s panel and award are now for sale on the Cinevegas website. I’ve already bought mine!!

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, Viggo Mortensen

Bilbo Baggins = James McAvoy?

James McAvoySo we know PJ and GDT are on the same page with who they want to play Bilbo Baggins…but have they let that information leak? There are a few stories out today that peg fantasy-genre veteran James McAvoy as the leading candidate for the starring role in the upcoming ‘Hobbit’ Films. Check out the following links and then discuss the possiblities with fellow Ringers in our board and chatroom! [Showbiz Spy] [MSN Entertainment] [IMDB] Thanks to Mallory, Leah-Anne and Luis for the heads up!

Posted in Casting Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Movie

Del Toro: “We’ve Agreed on our Choice for Bilbo”

Guillermo del ToroSeveral of you alerted us to this story from Empire online: As part of an exclusive chat with Del Toro for the next issue of Empire, on sale Friday, we spoke to him further about many details, including the casting of Bilbo.

“I can tell you that it’s down to a few names that we all agree upon. And that our first choice…completely, magically, we said the same name. All of us!”

Be sure to check the news stands for more this Friday. Read More

Posted in Casting Rumors, Director news, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit

Creatures of Middle-earth: Baugarch

LOTR ONLINE LOGO The folks from Turbine write: Wandering through the Chetwood and the Blackwold camp is a vile Warg that came with Éogan out of the North. Many an unwary woodsman has vanished in the Chetwood, taken by the evil Baugarch. Learn more about this terror in this week’s content update! Creatures of Middle-earth: Baugarch

Posted in Gaming

Empire Magazine Talk ‘Hobbit’

Empire Magazine Logo Seán writes: The interview in the upcoming Empire is presented in a preview on On Bilbo: “In writing the part I obviously am thinking Old Bilbo and Ian Holm. We are writing based on that performance, but other than that, we have ideas. I can tell you that it’s down to a few names that we all agree upon. And that our first choice…completely, magically we said the same name. All of us! We said this is the guy we would talk to, but until the pages are there you have to let the character tell you who he wants to be played by. You can expect at least a year before we announce any casting.”

Posted in Casting Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Ian Holm, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

McKellen & Astin Named ‘Sexy Vegetarians’

PETA Logo Matt from PETA Europe write: Sir Ian McKellen and also Sean Astin have both been nominated for the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity title for 2008! You can check out the contest here. You might want to post the link on your site for everyone to vote for them – last years winners were Russell Brand and Fiona Phillips.. This year the running is wide open.

Posted in Ian McKellen, Sean Astin

Happy Birthday Christopher Lee!

Christopher Lee ‘Wizard Week’ continues with the birthday of movie icon Christopher Lee. Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ (born May 27, 1922) is an English actor. He initially portrayed villains and became famous for his role as Count Dracula in a string of Hammer Horror films. Other notable roles include Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man, Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun, Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel trilogy as well as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Lee’s most important role, according to him, was his portrayal of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah. His most recent film is The Golden Compass, where he plays the Magisterium’s First High Counselor. Despite a critically acclaimed career that spans over seven decades, Lee has never been nominated for an Academy Award. At his peak he was 6’5″ tall and is ranked along with Vince Vaughn as the tallest leading actor of all time.

Posted in Christopher Lee

REVIEW of LOTR: FOTR score performed live with film

Reports have been coming in regarding the U.S. premier of The Fellowship of the Ring screening with the score performed live at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts last week. Below is an excerpt from one Mary sent us. Follow the “Discuss” link for forum member Magpie’s report about additional reviews at Doug Adams’ Blog site.

Mary: “I am a lover of movies and movie music. So when an opportunity to attend The Lord of the Rings – the Fellowship of the Ring in HD with the musical score performed live came along, I grabbed it.”


Posted in Concerts, Crew News, Events, Howard Shore, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring

Happy Birthday, Sir Ian McKellen!

ianmckellen.jpgOn May 25th, 1939, in the town of Burnley in northern England, the talented and beloved Sir Ian McKellen was born. Here’s to an amazing life, an amazing career, and to hoping you had a wonderful birthday!!

Posted in Ian McKellen, LotR Cast News