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Archive for June, 2008

Is Silver Surfer an Elven King?

doug-jonesForummer Elven has shared with us a great piece that appeared in MTV Movies Blog. In interview, Doug Jones, a regular in Guillermo del Toro’s movies, and better known for his roles as Silver Surfer, Abe Sapien in Hellboy and the Faun in Pan’s Labyrinth, said that while nothing is official yet,

“There’s been lots of speculation. I wouldn’t want to ruin anything. Guillermo creates things with me in mind and he’s got a better image of what I can do than I do,” […] “However, there might be an elf king, father of Legolas kind of character that I would love.”

That would be King Thranduil of Mirkwood. What do you think? Do you like Doug Jones as the Elven King? Come discuss it in our forums! [MTV Movies Blog] [TORn Forums] [Doug Jones on]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Dambusters filming set for next year

Christian Rivers and Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson has finished filming The Lovely Bones, and is now moving on to producing the first Tintin film as well as The Dambusters.

Actor Andy Serkis, who will play Captain Haddock in the Tintin films, told BBC radio that filming will begin in September in Los Angeles, with Spielberg as director and Jackson as producer. Serkis, best known for Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, said Jackson will direct the second Tintin adventure, and Jackson and Spielberg may jointly direct the third.

Read the full story at

Posted in Andy Serkis, LotR Cast News, Other Crew, Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

New Line wins Round One

Message board member Voronwe the Faithful has come through for us once again. He’s the first to report on the results of hearing on New Line’s Demurrer and Motion to Strike, held on June 24.

“Well, it looks like my take on the demurrer that New Line filed in the case filed against it by the Tolkien family and publisher was pretty darn accurate. The court sustained the demurrer with leave to amend within 20 days. The court explicitly held that the allegations in the Complaint support nothing more than a breach of contract cause of action. Assuming that the plaintiffs are unable to satisfactorily amend the complaint to assert new allegations that support the fraud and/or breach of fiduciary duty causes of action (a virtual impossibility), those causes of action are out, and New Line is protected from the possibility of an award of punitive damages.”

If you missed it, be sure to read the article Voronwe shared with us on Clearing up Misconceptions Regarding the Tolkien vs. New Line Lawsuit. And, as always, if you have opinions or concerns to share on the topic, be sure and check out the discussion underway on our message boards.

Posted in Studios, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Family

Could there NOT be a second film?

Guillermo Del Toro HobbitDefamer is reporting an interesting bit Guillermo del Toro said this week at the Los Angeles Film Festival, first mentioned by Del Toro himself more than a month ago right here on the TORn message boards. When asked about the second movie, Del Toro answered:

We believe there is a second movie, if there isn’t, there will not be. If we find it, we will shoot it, but by God, if we do not find it, we will not shoot it. I am anxious to shoot the book, and I’m willing and able to dedicate myself to shooting the [second film].

Guillermo Del Toro also confirmed what material can be used for building the second film:

In the four books that are in the domain of the copyright, there are appendices and ideas and things that can be traced without risk. But I have to be careful not to overstep. We believe there is a way to create this film and make it interesting, but it’s too early.

The article goes on to mistakenly say Jackson owns the rights to those four novels, but as we know, the rights are owned by Saul Zaentz and can be used by New Line Cinema through a concession. Language warning for those who follow the link. [Defamer]

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

TORn on ‘Fictional Frontiers’ This Weekend – For Real!

Fictional will be providing a segment on this Sunday’s broadcast of ‘Fictional Frontiers with Sohaib,’ on WNJC 1360 AM, Philadelphia at 11AM ET. This week, Sohaib will be speaking with Calisuri about the latest news and rumors concerning ‘The Hobbit’ movies. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls and giving away some gift cards from Sideshow Collectibles. As always, the show is broadcast live via the internet via the WNJC website. Hope you can join us! [Fictional Frontiers] [Netcast] Join us in chat while the show goes on! [Live Chat]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Director Rumors, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, Sideshow Collectibles, Announcements

New Line still has irons in fire… and the million dollar question

Warner New LineVariety is reporting on New Line’s present and near future status, clearing up several things that have been said in the past several months:

“There’s no mandate to make a particular kind of movie,” Horn states. “We’re not going to wind up bidding against each other across the table. And New Line will not just be doing genre, since that’s a space filled pretty well by Lionsgate, Screen Gems and Dark Castle […] There’s no budget number required. They’ll be doing about six per year, though the number may go from four to seven; it’s not going to be 10.

The article also touches an aspect many have wondered about in our forums:

There are also the two “Hobbit” films and a possible sequel to “The Golden Compass”. The question is how much Warner Bros. will get involved in those tentpoles.

We will just have to wait and see! [Variety]

Posted in Production, Studios

Weta Digital is helping children to walk

andyserkis-in-mocapFrom the New Zealand Herald: Animation technology used in blockbuster movies such as Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings is now helping children to walk. The Gait Laboratory at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane uses animation technology developed at Weta Digital in Wellington to see why some children, as young as 3, have trouble walking. Gait Laboratory director Dr Robyn Grote said the technology was reducing the number of times children had to undergo surgery because of its precision in mapping a child’s motion. Read More

Posted in WETA Digital

Video Interview with Del Toro from the Saturn Awards

gdt-saturn-awardsWe’re getting lots of emails about what Guillermo Del Toro said at the Saturn Awards. This one, from, seems to be the interview everyone else is quoting. The best thing about it is that you can see the questions being answered by the Hobbit director himself. Thanks to message board member PWOKristy for posting it. Watch the interview Here

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie

TV Watch: GDT on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Guillermo Del Toro diedye sends along word that Guillermo del Toro will be a guest on ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!‘ tomorrow (Friday, June 27th) and then as a repeat on Thursday July 3rd. He is no doubt there to talk about ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’, but Jimmy will undoubtedly ask him about ‘The Hobbit’. ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ airs on ABC weeknights at 12:05AM/11:05PMc.

Posted in Guillermo Del Toro, Television

The Moria Orc Premium Format Figure Pre-Sale

Moria Orc Premium Format FigureThe Moria Orc Premium Format figure is now available for pre-order at the Sideshow website. More importantly, the EXCLUSIVE edition of this piece is available for pre-order and it features a interchangeable extra head with helmet for alternate display. That piece is only available via the website and they usually sell out pretty fast. Here’s a brief description of the piece from their website:

The Moria Orc Premium Format figure is a stunning 1:4 scale reproduction. Standing 20 inches tall atop the display base, the Moria Orc posed in the heat of the battle, ready to attack any man, hobbit, or wizard foolish enough to enter Moria. Each figure is hand-painted and hand-finished, and individually hand-numbered for authenticity.

If you collect the Sideshow Premium Format line-up, you won’t want to miss this one! Perfect to display with Frodo or Lurtz. [Pre-Order]

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Sideshow Collectibles

Sideshow Collectibles Running Frodo and Sam Giveaway

Samwise FigureSideshow Collectibles has launched a giveaway for the exclusive editions of their Frodo and Sam sixth-scale figures. Jump on over to to particpate – the contest ends on Monday. [Enter]

Posted in Collectibles, Contests, Merchandise, Sideshow Collectibles

BBC Radio Interviews Andy Serkis on Tintin, The Hobbit and More

Andy SerkisMessage board member FarFromHome alerted us to this interview with Andy Serkis by BBC Radio 5 Live. During the seventeen minute interview, Andy answers questions about the challenges of motion-capture acting, his role in Tintin, his portrayal of Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” and, yes, the prospect of reprising that role in “The Hobbit.” Read More (scroll down to Andy Serkis)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, LotR Cast News