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Archive for October, 2009

DETAILS: Q&A with Ian McKellen

Ian McKellenTaylor writes: The November issue of DETAILS hits stands this week, and we Legendary British actor Ian McKellen. McKellen opens up to DETAILS about coming out, getting ink and making the bible gay-friendly, one copy at a time. More..

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Sir Ian McKellen Visiting Tallahassee

Ian McKellenA theatrical legend is in the Capital City looking to inspire the future of the entertainment world. Sir Ian McKellen, who is most notably known for his role as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings and Magneto mag-neat-oh from X-Men, spoke with FSU theatre students Tuesday afternoon sharing his journey from live theatre to the silver screen. “it’s unbelievable. Especially since he’s an Oscar nominated actor, he’s been in Oscar movies, it’s just so unbelievable,” says FSU Theatre student Alyssa Morris. More..

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Weta seeks advanced research for movie graphics

WETA LOGOWellington’s Weta Digital computer graphics workshop is launching a working group aimed at bringing advanced research together with movie production. The new group, Transfx, is headed by Sebastian Sylwan, who has joined Weta as head of research and development, Variety Magazine reported today.

Sylwan was most recently senior industry manager for film and television at United States software developer Autodesk, where he led work on stereoscopic 3-D. Weta is already working on an innovative 3-D movie, James Cameron’s Avatar, as well as Steven Spielberg’s Tintin. Transfx will be partly funded by the Government but mostly by Weta, Sylwan said. More..

Posted in WETA Digital

Tolkien festival planned for town

The influence the Welsh language had on books by JRR Tolkien is to form part of a major new festival in Powys to honour the author. The Festival in the Shire will celebrate themes inspired by Tolkien, whose novels included Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Fans of the writer, leading academics and illustrators are expected to attend the planned event in Machynlleth. It is being organised by local book dealer Mark Faith for next August. More..

Posted in Events, Exhibits, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien

TV Watch: Doug Jones on Reelz Channel

David Ferry Jr. of the Reelz Channel writes: I just thought I’d let you know that Doug Jones is making an appearance this week on Movie Mob, a show about movies on Reelz Channel. Tune in to see if he says anything about The Hobbit!

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Television, The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien Makes Forbes list of Top Earning Dead Celebreties

J.R.R. TolkienJ.R.R. Tolkien was the fifth top earning dead celebrity on Forbes’ list, earning $50 Million last year. From Forbes.com: The creator of hobbits and Middle Earth languages left a lasting legacy for his fans and family with The Lord of the Rings franchise. The Tolkien estate and publisher HarperCollins recently reached a settlement with New Line Cinema over allegedly unpaid royalties from the Lord of the Rings movies. September’s agreement was reported at over $100 million, meaning J.R.R. Tolkien earned a sizable income in the last year. His earning potential isn’t dimming: The Hobbit is rumored for release in 2011, with directors Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson at the helm. More…

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien

Tolkien fights evil again… this time with Don Quixote

Shadow Dragons“The Shadow Dragons (Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica),” released October 27, 2009, is the fourth installment of James Owen’s The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica. In this installment, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, members of the Ancient Society of the Caretakers of the Imaginarum Geographica, are back to protect the Archipelago of Dreams and our world. Legendary Caretakers, past and present, will have to join forces with the mythical Don Quixote to prevent Mordred and his lieutenant, Sir Richard Burton, from rebuilding the collapsed Keep of Time and take over the world –both the Imaginary and our own. Time, space, legendary writers and larger than life characters meet as the Inklings take on the adventure of The Shadow Dragons.

Posted in Books Publications, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, Tolkien

When Dr. Grordbort Comes Calling…

Last week I came home to discover a mysterious package propping my front door open. It seems Dr. Grordbort has made a house call all the way up from New Zealand. Seems he has a mission for me…more news on that, reviews and pictures to come soon! In the meantime..feast your eyes on ‘The Righteous Bison‘ and the ‘Victorious Mongoose‘!

The Righteous Bison

Victorious Mongoose

Posted in Merchandise, WETA Workshop

Radio NZ Talks to ‘Queen of the Geeks’

Philippa BoyensJack M writes: On Sunday 25th of October, Radio NZ broadcast an extended interview with Philippa Boyens; An extended interview with Philippa Boyens, an integral member of the trio of filmmakers who put New Zealand on the map with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong. Philippa talks about the trio’s dynamics and looks ahead to the release of Peter’s next film, The Lovely Bones. (duration: 24′41″). The interview is available for streaming on here or on Apple iTunes PodCasts by searching for Radio NZ’s Arts On Sunday program. Be quick though, it’ll only be available for a couple of weeks.

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Tolkien Art Exhibition Event: The Edge of the Wild, Moreton-in-Marsh

Malcx sends this in: Now into its seventh year, our annual Art Exhibition is held at The Redesdale Hall, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, a wonderful Victorian building both on the outside and inside, making it an ideal location with free parking too. This year’s theme is “The Edge of the Wild” with Ted Nasmith’s wonderful image “Bilbo and the Eagles” leading the way and consisting of Original Artwork and Limited edition Prints from Tolkien artists: Ted Nasmith, Ruth Lacon, Jef Murray and Peter Pracownik. The artwork is displayed upstairs (there is a chair lift for disabled access) and completely fills the space – well decorated with flags and banners, with a showcase of historical Tolkien artifacts too. (more…)

Posted in Events, Exhibits, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Tolkien

Sean Astin Talks Spitzer Space Telescope

Sean AstinTim writes: Thought you’d be interested to know, Sean Astin just did another comedic NASA video, again for the Spitzer Space Telescope. This time, he provides a voiceover role to support Felicia Day, as she explains some of the science behind what happens when galaxies collide with each other. We have YouTube links as well as Quicktime/iTunes HD files here.

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Breast Cancer Auction Featuring Billy Boyd

Billy BoydLisa writes: This year, I walked in my 16th and 17th Avon Walks for Breast cancer… each walk is a 2-day, marathon and a half (39.3 miles) walk to raise money and awareness to fight breast cancer. Since 2002, I’ve raised more than $130,000 for the cause. (more…)

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