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Archive for August, 2009

Bones fleshed out despite doubts

Philippa BoyensOscar-winning Kiwi screenwriter Philippa Boyens has revealed that she introduced The Lovely Bones to Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, but she did not believe the novel could be turned into a film. It was only after Walsh and Jackson had read the book and both believed it could be a film that Boyens, who co-wrote The Lord of the Rings and King Kong with the couple, changed her mind. Boyens discussed details about The Lovely Bones and The Hobbit, the script for which she is also co-writing, at a writers talk at Te Papa yesterday just hours before she was to watch a final cut of the film, to be released in December. More..

Posted in Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, PJ's Other Films

Byzantine Fresco Tolkien Art

Byzantine Fresco Tolkien Art Jay writes: My name is Jay and I’m a designer and managing partner of a marketing agency in Newcastle in the North of England. I’ve been a Tolkien fan since my teens and have been collecting his books since college. These illustrations are a personal love and hobby and have never been seen before either in print or on the net. The concept for the style came from Tolkien himself. My understanding is he tried to convince people that The Hobbit was originally a translated manuscript such as Beowulf. More..

Posted in Creations, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien

Sean Astin in Athens, GA Tomorrow

Sean AstinTK writes: I wanted to let the TORN community know that Sean Astin will be speaking tomorrow night at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. More..

Posted in Events, Lectures & Education, Sean Astin

Happy Birthday Billy Boyd!

billyboyd4 Happy Birthday Billy Boyd! Billy Boyd (born 28 August 1968) is a Scottish actor and musician most widely known for playing the characters Peregrin “Pippin” Took in the film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and Barrett Bonden in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

Posted in Billy Boyd

Put those 3D rumors to rest, so says Guillermo del Toro

3DBilboThe interwebs have been astir with rumors and sources claiming that “The Hobbit” is being planned as a 3D movie experience. An unscientific but fun poll showed conclusively that almost 75 percent of TORn poll takers didn’t like the idea. Then, the same pot was stirred again with more “sources” backing the original information and a flurry of e-mails landed in our inbox ( if you have a hot tip!) beating the same drum. Not wanting to disrupt the creative process going on around a pair of films based on “The Hobbit,” we nevertheless asked Guillermo del Toro just what exactly, if anything, was up with 3D Hobbit movies. Since he is the director of the films in question (you know, the guy who picks the director of photography, the cameras and formats and all that movie stuff) we thought he might know.
Turns out he did and he told us, “I can safely say that, as of this moment, there are absolutely NO conversations about doing the HOBBIT films in 3D.”
Put that baby to bed and turn off the light.

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

Oxonmoot on the horizon

Our friends from Tolkien Society have written to remind everybody that Oxonmoot is on the horizon and bookings close next Friday. Here is all the details

Oxonmoot 2009
25th – 27th September, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Last Week to Register!
Bookings Close 4th September!

Oxonmoot is the special event of the Tolkien Society year held on a weekend close to Bilbo & Frodo’s birthdays. There is a range of activities such as academic talks & papers, workshops, new, second-hand and rare book dealers, an art show (with professional and amateur works), plus a quiet area where you can drink tea, fill up the corners and chat with old or new friends. Of course there is also a party including a masquerade (costume is optional) and entertainments. It is a great time for making new friends in the Society. On Sunday there is a wreath laying and short act of remembrance, Enyalië, at Tolkien’s grave. (more…)

Posted in Conventions, Events, Lectures & Education

‘Hunt For Gollum’ to premier at DragonCon

hfgPoster artist Paul Vicenti has written in with news on fan film, “Hunt For Gollum” at DragonCon where will also be presenting a panel (twice) on the very latest news on “The Hobbit”.

He writes: ” ‘The Hunt for Gollum’ will have it’s East Coast (US) premier at the Dragoncon Film festival this coming labor day weekend. Currently at over 3 million views online, this is a chance to see it as it should be seen- BIG! It is slated to show during the 10 AM screening block on Sunday morning September 6th. Though the actual filmakers will not be there, I will be representing the film ( I was one of the poster artists – see attatched) and will be happy to meet with and discuss the film with any interested parties.

I am sure all LOTR fans attending Dragoncon would appreciate a bit of notice, so they can fit it into what promises to be a very busy weekend indeed! (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Conventions, Director Rumors, DragonCon, Events, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Lectures & Education, Locations Sets, Rumors Spy News

LA Area Bilbo Baggins Birthday Announcement

Bilbo Baggins Birthday in LA AreaSouthern California Tolkien fans are invited to join in the merriment of TORN’s Annual Baggins Birhday Bash, which will take place on Sunday Sept 20 starting at noon in Griffith Park near the Merry-Go-Round. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be bestowed upon the most beautifully or most creatively attired lads and ladies. There will also be fun and games, as usual, and maybe even the traditional impersonation contest (if partygoers are up to it). There will be lots of wonderful prizes to be won. The picnic is potluck so bring something to share. RSVP to Please let me know what you plan to bring so I can make sure we’ve got all bases covered for a good, Hobbity meal.

Posted in Events, Fans, Lord of the Rings, Meet Ups, Other Events, Announcements, Community

And Bilbo is . . . Tom Cruise?

tom-cruise-2With MGM involved in financing “The Hobbit,” and Tom Cruise heading its United Artists division, its been a TORn staff hobby to joke about Tom Cruise playing Bilbo. Far fetched? Perhaps, but, he just flew to Wellington to meet with Peter Jackson. No joke.

The pair could be talking about anything. Jackson could be giving Cruise advice on New Zealand real estate, they could be talking about “Dam Busters,” or the speculated-on “District 10,” that would serve as a sequel for the Jackson-produced hit “District 9.” Maybe he wants the juicy role of The Necromancer. Nobody really knows the reason behind the meeting but we do know everybody will be talking about it. You can read the article right here or you can read on for some more story. (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

Bruce Hopkins Interview on NDB Radio

Roger D. Noriega writes: In Association with MBL Entertainment LLC & NDB Media (NDB Radio), present: Bruce Hopkins, Gamling in the Lord of the Rings, Jubilee, This is not a Love Story, Warm Gun, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: The Warrior Princess, Young Hercules, The Westside Story, Peter Pan, Romeo & Juliet and much more – joins the hosts of the Sunday Night Conversation on Blogtalkradio’s: the Star Trek channel! On August 28, 2009 @ 7:00 P.M. PDT. Show call-in #: 347-215-6508

Posted in Bruce Hopkins, Events

Lord of the Rings Scriptwriter to give talk

From Scoop Books: Philippa Boyens, MNZM, co-wrote the screenplay for the Lord of the Rings trilogy with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, for which the trio won an Oscar in 2004. She also worked on the screenplay for King Kong and the adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones, and is collaborating on The Hobbit. She talks to Ken Duncum about her scriptwriter’s dream run. Where: The Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, Cable Street, Wellington (please note that no food may be taken onto The Marae). The Writers on Mondays series is presented by the International Institute of Modern Letters and The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Each session is open to the public and free of charge.

Posted in Events, Lectures & Education, New Zealand, Philippa Boyens

Tolkien Fans Agree…No 3D

Bilbo - The Hobbit 3dLast week, with the release of James Cameron’s AVATAR trailer, we asked you, whether the Hobbit films ‘should’ be in 3D. As of this morning, with nearly 3400 of you chiming in with your votes, the resounding result is ‘No’. 74% of you either flat out don’t want a 3D hobbit or strongly dislike the idea. Only 13% of you think it should be in 3D. Obviously we aren’t scientifically polling our audience here, but the trend is quite interesting. As we are told by James Cameron and others that the ‘next generation’ of 3D will blow us away, seems like most of us are not too excited when it comes to our favorite topic. We’ll revisit the poll after AVATAR is released in December and more of you have had a chance to see the ‘new’ 3D. You can still vote in the poll on the right side of this page if you haven’t voiced your opinion. We’ll be swapping in a new poll shortly.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, Announcements, Community