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Archive for January, 2010 Updates!

Don’t get too excited yet…but thanks to Ringer Nesse for pointing out that there is now an impressive splash page on featuring an ad for the upcoming Blu-Ray release of LOTR. Granted, it is just an ad, but it is something! [Check it out] [Discuss]

Posted in DVDs, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise

Star Wars vs. LOTR

In the age old battle of which ‘trilogy’ is better, we all know the correct answer is The Lord of the Rings. Of course, there is no comparison. Lucas destroyed his original invention with poorly executed re-editing, bad cg and….sorry, started getting off track there. (*cough* Let’s look at the Academy Award wins too folks…) But Anyway…. Ringer Elf Wannabee has posted a link to a video at Parallel Universe that attempts to solve the situation, once and for all, in a battle to the death. I won’t spoil it for you, but the video sucks. 😛 [View Video] [Discuss in our Forum] And if were not already aware, we have a whole forum devoted to these types of ‘battles.’ It’s called ‘The Arena‘ and is just waiting for you to chime in.

Posted in Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Miscellaneous, Community

Why Orlando Bloom should be in ‘The Hobbit’

PARK CITY, Utah — Orlando Bloom is was at the Sundance Film Festival promoting “Sympathy For Delicious,” an independent film directed by Mark Ruffalo. Bloom, of course, was launched to fame by his turn as practically divine (looking) Elf Legolas in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy, “The Lord of The Rings.”

And without a doubt (besides the obvious and absolutely vital return of Gandalf to the silver screen) he is the member of the Fellowship of the Ring who should be in Guillermo del Toro’s two-part adaptation of “The Hobbit.” Here is why: (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, Orlando Bloom, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit Radio Show Upcoming Radio Show upcoming slate for February is something not to be missed! Our next episode (Episode 6) will air on January 31st at 2PM. Our guests include creators and designers from Turbine Inc., creators of ‘Lord of the Rings Online‘ MMO.

On February 7th (Episode 7) our guest will be Jeff Moss, general manager for the new Montreal comic shop ‘The 4th Wall‘.

February 21st (Episode 8) will feature author/artist Ryan Sohmer (Looking for Group).

And as usual the show will have call-in questions and comments, latest news from and beyond. Tune in!

Posted in Events

The Puzzle Hub Goes Geek

Folks from The Puzzle Hub write: Hi there, We’ve made this up for Tolkien fans to test their knowledge with if you could post a link on your website news feed. More..

Posted in Creations

Keating auditions for The Hobbit

The Boyzone star is hoping to relocate to America with his wife, Yvonne, and his children this summer as he attempts to make the transition into films. But if his plan succeeds, he may end up having to pack up once again for New Zealand – where Guillermo del Toro’s Lord of the Rings prequel is set to be filmed.

He explains, “We are going there (to Hollywood) in July, Yvonne and the kids. We’ll get the kids enrolled in school there. It may be for six months or we could even give it a year. We’ll see what happens. I’ve done a couple of castings… I’ve done an audition for The Hobbit. That starts shooting in New Zealand in July so we’d be based there for quite a while instead of LA if it happens.” More..

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, Saoirse Ronan, The Hobbit

Reminder: Radio Show Sunday 2pm ET

Our next episode of ‘ Radio Show’ will air on January 24th at 2pm ET. Guests include author J.W. Braun (‘The Lord of the Films: The Unofficial Guide to Tolkien’s Middle-Earth on the Big Screen’). We’ll be taking phone calls, text messages and more! Click on the image above to view the radio show page. Catch the live feed on!

J.W. Braun was born in the area where Dungeons and Dragons was invented and became fascinated by fantasy before he had a handle on reality. After reading The Lord of the Rings as a child in the 1980s, he became convinced that the books would one day become blockbuster films and began watching for news of potential projects. As the would-be blockbusters began to come to fruition, he followed the reports from the project from beginning to end, savouring every moment.

Order ‘The Lord of the Films: The Unofficial Guide to Tolkien’s Middle-Earth on the Big Screen’ on (Kindle version)

Posted in Events, Fans, Lord of the Rings

LOTR Screenings in Santa Monica

Ricky writes: The Aero Theater in Santa Monica is having a marathon screening featuring the Extended Editions of FOTR and TTT on February 6. More..

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie The Two Towers

Peter Jackson interview on

Peter Jackson is tired. ‘He’ll probably lie on that,’ says his PA, indicating a voluminous sofa that dominates the London hotel suite we’re meeting in, and sure enough, no sooner is Jackson through the door than he’s curling himself into its contours and taking pallid sips from a cup of milky tea. He flew in from his native New Zealand the previous day and, as he gets older – he’s 48 now – his jet lag gets worse. ‘It’s particularly bad this time,’ he says, in his soft Antipodean lilt. ‘I mean, I couldn’t even stay awake for Top Gear on television last night and I love that show.’ More..

Posted in Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

Bafta Nominations for Serkis and Others

Annarepp sends along the news about the Bafta Nominations. Andy Serkis has landed a leading actor nomination for “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll”. Saoirse Ronan, leading actress and Stanley Tucci, supporting actor for “Lovely Bones”. District 9 nominated in 7 categories including best director. Take a look at all the nominations here!

Posted in Andy Serkis, Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

Cubicle 7 Entertainment and Sophisticated Games announce that they are developing The One Ring: The Lord of the Rings® Role-playing Game

Cubicle 7 Entertainment and Sophisticated Games are proud to announce that they are jointly developing The One Ring: The Lord of the Rings® Role-playing Game.

“We’re tremendously excited about The One Ring,” said Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Cubicle 7 Director. “Our aim is to give our audience an authentic Middle-earth gaming experience, one that really captures the feel of Tolkien’s world.”

The designer and lead writer of this project, Francesco Nepitello, is a games industry veteran, best known for the hugely successful and critically acclaimed War of the Ring strategy board game, which he designed with The One Ring co-designer Marco Maggi and Roberto di Meglio. More..

Posted in Gaming

Doug Jones Talks ‘Legion’, ‘Hobbit’ and ‘Frankenstein’

Fan favorite Doug Jones is only in Legion for about 90 seconds, but his role as a demonic ice cream man is the 90 creepiest seconds of the film. Of course he has loads of other awesome projects in the works to chat about. In addition to zombie webisodes and butcher slasher movies, Doug updated us (along with a handful of other journos) yesterday on his involvement in Guillermo del Toro’s The Hobbit and Frankenstein — among other upcoming films — and tells us how he reconciles his own religious beliefs with Legion’s apocalyptic storyline. More..

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