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Archive for August, 2009

ReelzChannel Goes Geek on Bilbo Casting

Folks from ReelzChannel, a cable network and website dedicated to movies and movie fans, dropped us a line: ‘As you well know, rumors about who will be playing Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit have been running rampant for quite some time now. Because of this, we decided to take a stab at who we think could take on the role – some serious, some a bit more tongue in cheek.’ More..

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Interview with Benjamin Harff of ‘Edel-Silmarillion’

Benjamin Harff's Edel-SilmarillionAnne Marie writes: It is always good to know some extra languages, especially when you are interested into Tolkien. The works by J.R.R. Tolkien have long been translated in many languages and are being read and loved all over the planet. Once in a while I read Tolkien related books or website articles in other languages – because outside the English speaking realm there are many fans who are active in there local area. On one of my wanderings around the internet I stumbled upon the article “Edel-Silmarillion als Diplomarbeit”. As by chance I discovered the most beautiful copy of The Silmarillion I had ever seen. More..

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien

WETA’s Smaug in Bronze…Amazing!

From the folks at WETA: We first launched this range last month at the San Diego Comic Con. At that time, we were only able to offer a Bronze option, as we had a few unresolved issues to sort out. Fortunately these issues have been resolved, so we are now able to offer these sculptures in both Bronze and Faux Bronze. Click here to pre-order. (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, John Howe, Merchandise, The Hobbit, WETA Workshop

SnagFilms Snags LOTR Docos Online

The folks at SnagFilms, an online documentary distributor, contacted us recently. They wanted to let us know that “Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” and “Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”, the National Geographic documentaries that explore the real life parallels between history and fantasy behind the epic tale, are embedded and are free to watch at These are currently available on DVD or as extras on the various LOTR DVD collectors editions. However now you can catch them online anytime at Take a look!

“Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring”
“Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”

Xoanon asks, how come ‘The Two Towers never’ never gets any love?

Posted in LotR Movies, LotR Production, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Zealand, Television

Elijah Wood: No, I don’t want to play Bilbo

Elijah WoodRinger Diedey reports: has an interview with Elijah about his latest movie 9 and whether or not he would be interested in taking on the role of Bilbo for The Hobbit…

Q: As Frodo hasn’t been born yet, does that mean you won’t be in The Hobbit?

Elijah: Somebody actually asked me, “Would you want to play Bilbo?” No, I don’t want to play Bilbo. That would be far too weird. Yeah, Frodo doesn’t exist. He’s not born yet. For awhile, there was talk of a bridge film that was being bantered about, with the notion that the second film that they would make would chronologically bridge the gap between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, so conceivably some of the characters could exist. But, I don’t think that’s going to happen now.

Certainly, if they found a way to make the character work, I would love to be a part of it, but I’m just excited that they’re doing it. I’m so excited that they’re getting so many of the original team back together, creatively, because it’s really I think going to help to keep the continuity of what was already established. I think it’s going to be great. I love Guillermo del Toro. I think he’s amazing.

There is a lot of great info in the full interview, read it over at and discuss it in our forum. []

Posted in Casting Rumors, Elijah Wood, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News

PJ Interview Video on

Thanks to forum member Theodred for tuning us into this video. In it, PJ talks about hid anxiety revisiting his most successful venture to date, but once they got under way on ‘The Hobbit’ they felt very comfortable revisiting Middle-earth.

Posted in Director news, Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson Talks to Neill Blomkamp

Neill Blomkamp From Feel that District 9, the Peter Jackson-produced sci-fi box office hit about alien refugees in Johannesburg, South Africa being made to live in squatter camps has too much of an open-ended ending? Then don’t fear. According to director Neill Blomkamp the studio already “wants” a sequel! And who can blame them? Boasting some impressive special effects by Jackson’s WETA outfit, District 9 was made for a mere $30 million and has already scored an impressive $37.4 million at the US box office over the weekend making it the number one hit, edging out GI Joe: Rise of Cobra to the number two spot in the process. (In contrast the budget for GI Joe was rumored to be $170 million!) More..

Xoanon here, of note is the fact that Blomkamp mentions that filming for The Hobbit is expected to last 370 days, starting in April 2010.

Posted in Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit

Live in Raleigh, NC? Watch LOTR for a cause!

UNCThe North Carolina Fellowship would like to remind you that tickets are still available for a Lord of the Rings Trilogy Showing at Raleighwood Cinema Grill in Raleigh, NC! Tickets are $15 and proceeds will benefit the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. If you’d like to purchase tickets, please click on the following link. There are a limited number of seats left in this intimate and uniquely comfortable venue, so get yours before they are all gone. [More Info…]

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, LotR Movies, Community

Elijah Wood: Keeping an Eye on the Hobbit

Elijah WoodFrom OF THE RINGS star ELIJAH WOOD may have moved on to other things (like the animated sci-fi film 9) but he’s still keeping an eye on Middle Earth. We spoke to WOOD recently about what he’s been up to and he talked about how much he’s looking forward to the PETER JACKSON/GUILLERMO del TORO collab on THE HOBBIT. More..

Posted in Casting Rumors, Elijah Wood, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit

Exclusive Video of Sir Ian Confirming Hobbit Rumors

Facebook | Videos Posted by Karl Falconer_ Ian McKellen at the BFI All-Night LOTR Movie MarathonRinger Karl Falconer, who attended the BFI IMAX LOTR All-night screening managed to snag the following video of Sir Ian McKellen at last night’s event. The video is on Karl’s Facebook page, so I’ll need to login to see it – but its worth it! First off, Sir Ian revels he will be in New Zealand in March to begin filming for approximately a year, with the first of two films being released Christmas 2011. (as expected, but great to hear from Ian!) As our earlier reports have revealed, Sir Ian also states he ‘pretty well knows’ who will play “Frodo” (maybe a small slip up, and he meant Bilbo) and that we will be happy with the casting (2:22 mark of video). A huge thanks to Karl for sending us the link to his video. [Ian McKellen Video] And while you are on facebook, don’t forget to become a fan of! [TORn on Facebook]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Events, Film Screenings, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit

McKellen says Bilbo is cast; ‘Hobbit’ script likely finished

greenlight3We heard some rumors this week, that remain unverified, that the script for “The Hobbit,” has been delivered to the studio. The rumors indicate that the first draft that Peter Jackson talked about at Comic-Con is in the process of having a budget built from it. Is this true? Can you bank on it? We don’t know for sure, but we have a hunch this is the case.

Then we received the following e-mail tonight from Ringer spy Olli from an all-night LOTR screening which seems to confirm everything we have been hearing and he was definitely not the source of our earlier rumors. He says, “Currently at the all night screening at the bfi IMAX, London of lotr. Ian McKellan dropped by earlier and revealed he is currently re-Reading the hobbit and is expecting to be back in NZ in march. App(arently) he also knows who they’re getting to play Bilbo & that he should be seeing the script within the next week. Well it’s 3:30am – TTT is about to begin so bye!” Big thanks to Olli and our other unrevealed whisperers.

Ian McKellenAgain, we cannot confirm this but we believe Sir Ian. We think the script is finished, the studio likes it (more or less), Bilbo has been chosen. “The Hobbit,” may have a green light, there may be may be a Bilbo who has agreed in principal (or more officially perhaps) and pre-production might have started or be about to begin! (We think it may have started.) If anybody knows more or know differently, send us word immediately! (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Production, Rumors Spy News

EXCLUSIVE: More Pics from Hobbiton Rebuild

Hobbiton Set Being RebuiltGotta love the return of our Spies to the wonderful sets of Middle-earth! Ringer Spy Periadoc Took sends in the following report from the Hobbiton set in Matamata:

I was in Matamata this weekend and went to Hobbiton, truth be told I wasn’t extremely surprised to see these upgrades but still a good sign.

Not only have they started putting plywood screens with spraypainted “hobbit hole” openings on them as per these pictures, but as you can see they have also planted new trees that will then be relocated and used for the set, the grass here is what they used for thatching as well during the movies, so once again a great sign of things moving on.

They have also, within the last weeks started strengthening the ground around Bag End and put wooden supports up, it seems things are all getting set for a start sometime of the middle of next year!

Check out the gallery of pictures in our scrapbook! [Hobbiton Rebuild Gallery]

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Production, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit