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Archive for November, 2009

Podcast: TORN on

JoBlo Movie Podcast I was recently invited to do a podcast with the guys from These guys are hardcore movie fans after my own heart and I had a blast chatting with them, take a listen! From If you’ve ever looked for something on the internet related to the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy you’ve probably ended up on our guest’s website.’s Editor in Chief and founder, Michael Regina joins Moreno and I to talk about the site, dish out some juicy HOBBIT info, and let us know how he’s planning on macking Jenna Busch. Strong language warning here! More..

Posted in Fans, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien Inspired “Born of Hope” to Premier Exclusively on Dailymotion

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dailymotion today announced that “Born of Hope,” a professionally-produced feature-length film based on the Tolkien Trilogy, Lord of the Rings, will be screened on the popular global video entertainment site beginning December 1, 2009. This exclusive follows the high successful launch of another Lord of the Rings fan film, The Hunt for Gollum, in May of 2009.

“Born of Hope” tells a Tolkien-inspired original prequel story with a host of characters never before seen on screen. The 70 minute prequel is the story of Aragorn’s parents, Arathorn and Gilraen, along with the characters who sacrificed everything to keep Aragorn safe. More..

Posted in Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings

2 Hemispheres, 2 Seminars, 2 Calls for Papers

The Tolkien Society Seminar for 2010 is happening in two parts, one in the UK and one in Australia arranged by the Tolkien Society in partnership with Tol Harndor: The Australian Tolkien Society. The Tolkien Society Seminars provide academics, students and independent scholars with a venue for interdisciplinary dialogue. (more…)

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

TV Watch: Mortensen on Tavis Smiley

Viggo MortensenInki writes: Viggo Mortensen will be on PBS’ Tavis Smiley show DEC 1st! From the website: Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen talks about his new feature film, The Road, and shares how he was able to maintain emotional fragility for his role. More..

Posted in Television, Viggo Mortensen

Hobbit Filming Delayed to Mid-Summer

Peter JacksonSeveral reports are coming in that filming for The Hobbit will be delayed from the original estimate of March 2010 to mid-summer 2010, possibly July. The German site,, reports that, as part of an interview regarding The Lovely Bones,  PJ estimates filming will begin towards the middle of next year:

“We’re currently working on the second script which we hope to have completed by the end of this year or beginning of next.  When the scripts are completed, we can begin with the exact calculation of the necessary budget.  We hope to start filming in the middle of next year. However, we’ve received no green light from the studio yet.”  (- translated from German – read the original quote here).

PJ didn’t elaborate on whether this will affect the proposed release dates of December 2011 and 2012. More than two years elapsed between the start of filming for The Lord of the Rings movies in October, 1999, and the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in December 2001. However, they are only tackling two films this time, plus the previous movies provide them a head-start on on a number of pre-production items such as some of the set and location designs (Bag End, Rivendell). This is sure to cause quite a bit of buzz! Be sure to join in the discussion in our Barliman’s Chat or our Hobbit Movie message board.

Posted in Director news, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lovely Bones’

Peter JacksonPeter Jackson is making the rounds promoting his film “The Lovely Bones.” Thanks to all those who are sending in the many stories from around the world regarding Jackson and his films. Some critics have savaged it and others (like Total Film, love it. Wherever he goes Jackson is getting questions about all his projects including his producers role on the two-film adaptation of “The Hobbit”. But Jackson fans (many of our readers) want to know first-hand what he has done with Alice Sebold’s novel so we have a few glimpses to hold you over until you can see it in theaters for yourselves on December 11. (more…)

Posted in Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

Peter Jackson’s ghostly encounter

Wellington film-maker Peter Jackson says he saw a real ghost once. In London for the premiere of The Lovely Bones – a film he has directed from Alice Sebold’s story in which a murdered teenage girl gives her viewpoint from heaven – Jackson said he did not know what a real soul was like. But he told Britain’s Channel 4 TV that while he could not swear the spirit in the movie was 100 percent accurate, he had seen a real ghost. More..

Posted in Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

Video: Peter Jackson Talks Future Projects

Andrea writes: We met Peter Jackson today in Rome, and we asked him about his new projects. You can see his answer in this video!

Posted in Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

Middle-earth Weekend and Staffordshire Hoard

A note from Vivienne Wilkes, one of the many organizers of the Middle-earth Weekend, with details of next year’s event. This will be held as usual at:

Sarehole Mill in Birmingham, England
and will be open from 11.00am until 5.00pm on
Saturday and Sunday
15th and 16th May 2010.

Vivienne is not taking an active role in the organization this year since she is instead following in the footsteps of Rosie Cotton. Rosie’s husband Sam Gamgee as, you will recall, became Mayor of Michael Delving in the years following the Hobbits’ adventures in ‘The Lord of the Rings’. By strange coincidence Viv is married to this year’s Lord Mayor of Birmingham. Of course a major difference is Michael Wilkes will be Lord Mayor for one year only whereas Sam was Mayor for many, many years. (more…)

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

A another candidate for a dwarf?

StephenfryStephen Fry’s name has long been bandied about by fans as a possible and worthy choice to play a Dwarf in the upcoming two-movie film project “The Hobbit.” Today, spy “Dave” sent in a bit from the Twitterverse that leads us to think Jackson’s team and the project’s director Guillermo del Toro may be thinking the say way. (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films, The Hobbit

Peter Jackson: First Hobbit Script Is Completed

Peter Jackson November 2009Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson has confirmed the first script for the two films based on JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit has been completed. Pan’s Labyrinth helmer Guillermo del Toro is to bring the novel to the screen while Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens will co-write and produce the films, having won 17 Oscars for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. “The Hobbit will be two movies and we’ve written the first script and delivered it to the studio who seem to be happy with it,” the New Zealander told reporters. “We’re now halfway through the second script and Philippa, Fran, Guillermo and myself are doing the scripts and having great fun.”

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Posted in Director news, Fran Walsh, Guillermo Del Toro, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Rumors Spy News

LOTRO Expansion New Screens – Epic Story

LOTRO Expansion New Screens - Epic StoryTurbine has just released new screenshots for The Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood, the upcoming digital expansion to the award-winning MMO, which will launch on December 1st in North America. The images depict scenes from the epic story in Mirkwood.

Siege of Mirkwood will expand the online world of Middle-earth where players will join forces to press further eastward into the dark, foreboding and treacherous forest of Mirkwood and take part in the epic conclusion to Volume II of The Lord of the Rings Online. More..

Posted in Gaming