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Archive for June, 2008

Sir Ian McK becomes Companion of Honour

Ian McKellan Companion of HonourFrom Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has been made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and equality. The Order of the Companions of Honour consists of the Queen and only 65 other members, all outstanding talents in their fields from painters Lucian Freud and Sir David Hockney to acclaimed actress Dame Judi Dench. He’s known around the globe for his role as Wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which earned him an Oscar nomination in 2002. His other nomination was in 1999 for Gods and Monsters. Read More

Posted in Ian McKellen, LotR Cast News Talks to Del Toro about ‘Hobbit’ caught up with director Guillermo del Toro at the Saturn Awards and talked to him a bit about the upcoming ‘Hobbit’ films. Del Toro had this to say about his adaptation of ‘The Hobbit:’

“I’m trying to be faithful,” del Toro said in an interview after accepting the George Pal Memorial Award at the Saturn Awards in Universal City, Calif., on June 24. “Like, when I was trying to create a screenplay about Tarzan and people asked me, ‘Is it going to be horror?’ I said, ‘No, no, no.’ The thing is, I’m trying to re-create on the screen the feeling I had when I was 11 in my bed reading the book. How excited I got. How great I thought it was. That’s what I’m trying to honor.”

Read the full article over at [Read More]

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

Doug Jones ‘Unofficially’ Confirmed for ‘Hobbit’

Doug Jones and GDTIn an interview with, actor Doug Jones (who is one of Guillermo del Toro’s regulars) and director Guillermo del Toro had a wonderful banter about the possiblity of Doug Jones appearing in the Hobbit. Guillermo had this to say:

“I believe he (Doug Jones) will be there. I’ll give him a very hard thing (to do). That will be very difficult for him to pull off. He will suffer and he will spend long hours in make-up. That is all I can say.”

To this Doug Jones replied, “And what else is new?”

Thanks to forum member Empedocles for the heads up. For the complete video interview with Doug Jones and Guillermo del Toro about Hellboy II: The Golden Army, jump on over to []

Posted in Casting Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie

‘Hobbit’ Update: The Latest from Director Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro From The Hobbit, Hellboy II, a lifetime achievement award … it seems Guillermo del Toro is unstoppable. When the Oscar nominated director postponed his Los Angeles Film Festival appearance from Monday to Thursday we couldn’t wait to talk with him about his upcoming projects. Instead caught up with del Toro at the Saturn Awards where he was being honored for his life’s work. “It’s premature but I accept it anyway because I love the f*cking trophy,” he told us. ‘Hobbit’ Update: The Latest from Director Guillermo del Toro

Posted in Guillermo Del Toro

Peter Jackson is 14th Most Trusted…

Peter Jackson2From the Otago Daily Times: Reader’s Digest commissioned an independent research firm to survey a representative sample of 500 New Zealand adults. The Most Trusted survey asked respondents about three categories: individuals, professions and brands.

“Cuddly filmmaker Peter Jackson is right up there at 14, while Queen Elizabeth ties with Richie McCaw at 20th equal just ahead of food-in-a- minute merchant Allyson Gofton and Hayley Westenra.”

Most Trusted? Well, if a man is willing to bare his soul… or the soles of his feet, he’s pretty much an open book.

Posted in Director news, Peter Jackson

Reminder – “Fellowship” screening in Beverly Hills – June 30th

greattobenominated.jpgA reminder that “The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring” will be shown this coming Monday, June 30, by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences as part of their “Great to be Nominated” series. Since we first reported this story here the participants in the discussion panel have been finalized and what a panel it will be! From VFX

“Following the screening, producer Barrie Osborne, executive producer Mark Ordesky, film editor John Gilbert, supervising sound editor Ethan Van der Ryn, Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel and U.S. casting director Victoria Burrows will participate in a discussion about the film.”

Check out for more information. Thanks to message board member diedye for the reminder. Oh, and if any of you are lucky enough to be there, be sure to send a report to us at!

Posted in Barrie Osborne, Events, Film Screenings, Jim Rygiel, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Other Crew

Tolkien Flashback – June 14th-June 20th

This week’s LOTR movie news is kinda sparse, so I thought I’d add in some Tolkien stuff. I tried to concentrate on mostly on things related to LOTR, with a smattering of some personal (but public) info on Tolkien & family. (more…)

Posted in Events, Ian McKellen, John Rhys-Davies, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Rumours Spy News, Tolkien, Tolkien Family

Viggo Confirms Interest in Returning to Middle-earth

Viggo MortensenThe Review Journal caught up with actor Viggo Mortensen at CineVegas and got this juicy quote about his interest in ‘The Hobbit’ films:

Mortensen also said he would like to replay the “Lord of the Rings” part of Aragorn in future “Hobbit” movies that have been announced by “Rings” director Peter Jackson. “I’d rather not have another actor play the part I started out playing for Peter Jackson. And I had a lot of friends from that experience,” he said.

For the full article, please visit the Review Journal website. Thanks to Ringer Ainu_Laire for the heads up! [Read More]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Viggo Mortensen

Sunday Times Publishes Apology to Christopher Tolkien

Christopher TolkienThanks to Board Member Elven for sending along this ‘News in Brief’ from the

In our report of the litigation between the Tolkien family and New Line Cinema, producers of The Lord of the Rings (May 25), we did not make it clear that Christopher Tolkien is suing as a trustee of the Tolkien Trust, a registered charity, and the JRR Tolkien 1967 Discretionary Settlement. It was another member of the family who referred to the action as “one last crusade”, not Mr Tolkien, and the hearing on June 6 was to fix a date for the eventual trial, not actually to halt Hollywood plans to film The Hobbit. We apologise to the trustees and Mr Tolkien for these errors.
Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Hobbit Movie, Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Family

James McAvoy Continues to Deny Hobbit Rumors; Plans “Me-Time”

James McAvoy2James McAvoy is a popular interviewee these days thanks to his upcoming movie WANTED (Universal Studios). And, of course, the interviewers can’t resist asking him about the recent rumors that he’s a favored to play Bilbo in “The Hobbit.” In recent interviews with and the BBC, McAvoy continued to deny the rumors. Plus, the ‘A-list’ actor has indicated that he intends to take some time off from acting. From the BBC interview:

The 29-year-old was concerned the jobs were starting to rack up for years to come: “That was almost a possibility. “It was getting to the point where that was happening and I had to put an end to it.”

At the risk of starting yet another rumor: could he be keeping his options open for a certain role?

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

MTV Movie Blog wants your Questions for GDT!

Guillermo Del ToroShawn Adler over at the MTV Movie Blog is going to have an opportunity to interview Guillermo del Toro next week and he wants you to submit your questions:

Now it’s time to return the favor. Next week I’ll be speaking with newly minted “Hobbit” director Guillermo Del Toro, and I want you to give me some good questions that I can bring with me. No fair repeating a question he answered in our last chat or in his recent Q&A – we want news. So fire away, Tolkien fans. If you leave a name, I’ll tell him it came from you, and we’ll post video of his response online.

Read the full article over at the MTV Movie Blog. [Read More]

Posted in Director news, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie

Entertainment Weekly Names LOTR Trilogy No. 2 New Movie Classic

Sam and FrodoEntertainment Weekly has come out with a list of ‘The 100 New Movie Classics,’ and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, as a whole, has ranked No. 2. defines a ‘new movie classic’ as ‘films released in the past 25 years stand with the all-time greats.’ Here’s what they have to say about LOTR:

Peter Jackson did the impossible. He filmed an unfilmable novel, he conjured a dark, ravishing vision all his own without desecrating J.R.R. Tolkien’s, he made a nine-hour trilogy that truly lives and breathes like one movie, he got a riveting performance out of a slithery CG cave dweller with a split personality — and, what’s more, he made fantasy a box office monster.

See the full list over at Thanks to Ringer Julie for the heads up! [Top 25 List]

Posted in LotR Movies, Miscellaneous