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Archive for September, 2009

Shore on the Score: The Music of Lord of the Rings

The Paley Center for Media Presents in association with New York Comic Con: Shore on the Score: The Music of Lord of the Rings: Thursday, October 1, 2009, at 6:30 pm. In anticipation of composer Howard Shore’s live performances of the full score of The Fellowship of the Ring at Radio City Music Hall on October 9 and 10, Shore will stop by the Paley Center to share his insights into his craft, and the creative challenges posed by the Lord of the Rings. In Person: Kurt Loder, moderator; Doug Adams , author, The Music of the Lord of the Ring Films; Billy Boyd, Peregrin “Pippin” Took; and Howard Shore, composer/conductor, The Lord of the Rings films. Tickets are available at $20 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members. (more…)

Posted in Events, Howard Shore, Lectures & Education

MTV: Talk ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ With Howard Shore And Billy Boyd

From MTV: In just a few short weeks, New Yorkers will get a rare treat. Howard Shore’s Oscar-winning score for “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” will be performed live at Radio City Music Hall by more than 300 musicians while the movie plays on a 60-foot screen above them. The performances — spanning two evenings — are the centerpiece of a week-long series celebrating the trilogy. More..

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Posted in Billy Boyd, Concerts, Events

History Channel to Air Episode on Tolkien, LOTR

J.R.R. TolkienThanks to our friend Corey Olsen at The Tolkien Professor for alerting us that The History Channel will air an episode on J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings as part of its “Clash of the Gods” series. Corey and Michael Drout are among Tolkien scholars who are interviewed as part of the program. The episode airs at 10:00 p.m. EST, Monday, October 5 and again at 2:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, October 6.  You can see The History Channel’s schedule here and check out more about the series at the production company’s site,

Posted in Events, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Television, Tolkien

MGM Teetering on Bankruptcy

MGM LogoMGM’s financial woes continue to worsen according to Nikki Finke over at Deadline Hollywood. MGM had a conference call yesterday with its bond holders for the benefit of the lenders: “MGM made a desperate plea for money because the studio had missed its numbers and was going to be out of funds very soon. “The implication was that it’s teetering on bankruptcy,” one source told me. MGM said it needed $20M in short-term cash flow to cover overhead, and an additional $150 million to get through the end of year and continue funding its projects, and to start Peter Jackson’s Hobbit.” Read More

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Studios, The Hobbit

Ian McKellen on The Hobbit

mckellen_pengilley_104842aFrom Joe Utichi at Sir Ian McKellen is spending the week at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain, where he was last night presented with a special Donostia Award in recognition of his career as an actor. RT was in town to catch the presentation, and earlier in the day we sat down with McKellen to discuss the award and his work. Of course, as Guillermo del Toro readies to direct The Hobbit, which will see McKellen pull on the cloak and hat of Gandalf the wizard for the first time in seven years, we couldn’t help but look to the future and find out how things were going with the project. In fact it was McKellen who raised the wizard’s name before we asked, rather controversially declaring to RT, “I don’t want to play Gandalf again.” But before a million Rings fans cry out in terror at the thought of another thesp stepping into the role, McKellen was actually discussing the risk of typecasting the wake of a big success. “If you play a part that gets an awful lot of attention,” he explained, “forever after you’re being asked by directors to play the same part in their movie. But I played the best wizard, and I’m happy to revisit him, which I shall do in The Hobbit with Guillermo del Toro.” More..

Posted in Casting Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, The Hobbit

Frodo vs. The Joker at

Cynthia sends this in: has posted the next stage in their “The Best Male Performance of the 00’s” poll: The Final Four. Elijah Wood’s Frodo is pitted against Heath Ledger’s Joker. Voting ends Wednesday, September 30. Go here to vote, and vote often!

Posted in Elijah Wood

Stage Door: The Lord of the Rings

On Oct. 9 and 10, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring hits Radio City Music Hall in a multimedia extravaganza. Howard Shore’s Oscar-winning score will be performed synchronized with the hit film, showcased on a 60-foot screen. Conductor Ludwig Wicki will oversee 300 musicians that include the 21st Century Orchestra, which specializes in film music, The Collegiate Chorale, renowned soprano Kaitlyn Lusk and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The epic-sized event neatly dovetails with this fall’s release of Music of The Lord of the Rings Films, a book by musicologist Doug Adams. More..

Posted in Billy Boyd, Concerts, Events, Fellowship of the Ring, Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings

Viggo Mortensen A Bit Behind The Times On Plans For ‘The Hobbit’

Viggo MortensenFor the record, there’s nothing wrong with “The Road” star Viggo Mortensen not knowing much about the plans that Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro have in place for their two-part big screen telling of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” Aragorn, his “Lord of the Rings” character, doesn’t actually factor into that story. That doesn’t mean he can’t be written in, but clearly no one’s mentioned anything to Mortensen. More..

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, Viggo Mortensen

95 years ago, ‘The Voyage of Eärendel the Evening Star’

J.R.R. TolkienWhile not quite as famous as the anniversary of the publication of ‘The Hobbit,’ J.R.R. Tolkien penned what would become an important part of his larger mythology 95 years ago. Marc wrote to remind us of the event which is talked about in John Garth’s “Tolkien and the Great War,” and according to Marc, “Tolkien’s Gedling.” The poem, published in “The Book of Lost Tales Part 2,” contained the linguistic and imaginative seeds that helped inspire Middle-earth. In short, celebrate Tolkien today and perhaps read of Eärendel!

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien

Meet ‘Lord of the Films’ Author J.W. Braun in WI

The Lord of the Films: The Unofficial Guide to Tolkien's Middle-Earth on the Big Screen (Paperback)Author J.W. Braun will appear at The Book Cellar in downtown Waterford, Wisconsin Sunday, October 11, 2009 from 10AM to 1PM to sign copies of his new book, The Lord of the Films, which will be available for 20% off the cover price ($15.00).

Order ‘The Lord of the Films: The Unofficial Guide to Tolkien’s Middle-Earth on the Big Screen (Paperback)’ now on (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers

Ian McKellen honoured at Spanish film festival

Ian McKellenSAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AFP) – British actor Ian McKellen was Wednesday honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the San Sebastian film festival in Spain. The 70-year-old “Lord of the Rings” star received the festival’s Donostia Award, which goes to “a great film personality in recognition for their work and career.” “I’m very gratified for this Donostia Prize because it’s not just for a character, but for a career,” he told a news conference. More..

Posted in Events, Ian McKellen

Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Q&A event

Guillermo del ToroFrom Guillermo del Toro has agreed to help out a struggling team of filmmakers by participating in a fundraising event. The film is Roots, Rock and Harmony, to be directed by local director Bonnie Slater. The event will be billed as “An Evening with Guillermo del Toro,” though also onstage will be Jonathan King, director of the horror film Black Sheep (a fun, gory film in the early Peter Jackson mode) and the upcoming fantasy adventure Under the Mountain (due for a December 10 release in New Zealand). This Q&A event is scheduled for November 11 at the Paramount Theatre in Wellington. That’s a classic old movie theater on Courtney Place, the wide street familiar to many, since it ends at the Empire Theatre and was covered with a red carpet for the world premiere of The Return of the King. More..

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, Guillermo Del Toro, New Zealand