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Archive for February, 2010

The Big Bang Theory takes on The One Ring

Thanks to Ringer GrgOffr for alerting us to the upcoming March 8th episode of CBS’s ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ The episode is titled “The Precious Fragmentation.”  The story has the crew finding a replica of the One Ring at a garage sale.  You can imagine what follows. Check your local listings! [Official Website]

Posted in Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, Other Events, Television

The Official Lord Of The Rings Website Has Been Redesigned

The Official Lord Of The Rings website has undergone a major redesign in anticipation of the upcoming Blu Ray release of the Theatrical Editions of the films, available April 6, 2010.

Subscribers of the Warner Bros. newsletter will have received an official Lord of the Rings newsletter less than an hour ago with an alert to the same.

Much of the site is still in the process of being updated, and while most of the links currently display “Coming soon”, some of the newer links are relevant to the Blu Ray release such as “Bly Ray & DVD” and “The Restoration Process”.

Visit to view the newly redesigned website.

Posted in DVDs, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Uncategorized

Rumor: Clive Standen on the List for Bard

Just when things seemed slow, we get a report on a possible casting rumor for Bard! The rumor comes from Ringer Enidan who suggests Clive Standen (Doctor Who, BBC Robinhood) is one of the names being considered for Bard in the upcoming Hobbit Films. Enidan writes:

I have heared that Clive Standen not Richard Armitage is on a list for Bard the bowma. They both appeared in BBC Robin Hood but Clive Standen who played Archer (Robin Hoods appropriately named brother) was an expert archer/swordsman and horseman. So it makes sense if you look him up on imdb you can see he is connected / linked to pirates of the Caribbean 4 so maybe he is in contention for the hobbit? I have not seen this list but i have a reliable source working in casting.

Take it for what is is, a rumor. What do you think of the possiblities? Is Clive a good choice for Bard? Discuss it in our forums and let your voice be heard! [Wikipedia Listing] [IMDB]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Richard Armitage, Rumors Spy News

Tolkien Reading Day is March 25th

Tolkien Reading Day was set up to encourage people to get together and explore some of Tolkien’s stories at school, university, in reading groups, or as a family; the theme for 2010 is

“Tolkien’s Seafarers”

Reading Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to read together and share their thoughts about the story. As 2010 is the International Maritime Organization’s Year of the Seafarer the theme chosen gives people a chance to read and think about exploring the undercurrents in the Numenorean romance the “Tale of Aldarion and Erendis” from “Unfinished Tales”, the journeys and ships of the Teleri, the flight of the Noldor, and the voyages of Tuor and Earendil in “The Silmarillion”, or Bilbo’s poem about the latter in LotR. There are also the poems “The Happy Mariners” and at a pinch “Bombadil Goes Boating.


Posted in Events, Fans, Other Events, Tolkien

Matthew Goode Auditions For Bilbo Baggins

In an interview with the UK Daily Telegraph’s John Preston, actor Matthew Goode commented on some news that would be of great interest to those fans following developments on The Hobbit.  Preston writes:

“Now he’s a father, Goode doesn’t even like travelling that much. But just before we met, he’d auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s two-part film of The Hobbit. As he is the first to admit, he’s not an obvious choice – ‘Look at the size of me for Christ’s sake!’ If he got the part, he would, he says, find it almost impossible to refuse – despite the fact that it would involve him spending several months in New Zealand.”

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Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, Uncategorized

Academy Award for Weta Digital expert

Weta Digital’s Dr Mark Sagar is part of a team that has won a Scientific and Technical Academy Award for innovations in visual effects technology used on Avatar. The Sci-Tech Awards presentation has taken place in Los Angeles, two weeks before the Oscar ceremony. Sagar is part of a team honoured for innovations in visual effects technology used on the films Avatar and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. More..

Posted in WETA Digital Radio Show Welcomes Ted Nasmith!

We are ecstatic over the news that acclaimed Tolkien illustrator Ted Nasmith will be taking your calls and and texts for our Episode 12 on BlogTalkRadio! Episode 12 will air in exactly 1 month, March 21st on, click on the link above to visit our show. Be sure to listen in today at 2pm Eastern for our guest, comic book store manager Jeff Moss. Upcoming guests include paranormal author Lura Ketchledge, author Louis Hemsey and Colleen Doran! Stay tuned for more! [Listen Today]

Posted in Events, Headlines, Radio Show

Peter Jackson Donates Heart

Jack sends this in: Peter Jackson has joined other celebrities (including most of the cast from Lovely Bones) in signing paper hearts featuring Kermit the Frog, which are being auctioned off for charity. The proceeds will be going to Variety Kids. More..

Posted in Peter Jackson

Matchsticks + Minas Tirith = Awesome

Daniel writes: Patrick Acton, the matchstick man of Gladbrook, Iowa has finished his model of Minas Tirith! New photos of the completed model appear on his website at This is truly a labor of love. It looks beautiful. You now have a reason to take a road trip to Gladbrook to see the model in the museum dedicated to Patrick’s matchstick re-creations!

Posted in Creations, Fans

Lovely Bones Street Date: April 20th

Tom from sends along news the Peter Jackons’s ‘The Lovely Bones’ will be out on DVD and Blu-ray on April 20th. More details: Paramount Home Entertainment has announced 1-disc DVD ($19.99) and 2-disc Blu-ray ($29.99) releases of The Lovely Bones for the 20th April. We have no word on any extra material for the 1-disc DVD – if anything is included we’ll let you know just as soon as we hear anything. The 2-disc Blu-ray however will include an extensive production diary in 15 segments hosted by Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens that follows the film’s shoot and post-production work on the visual effects. More..

Pre-Order the DVD on [Blu-ray]

Posted in DVDs, Merchandise, Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films, Saoirse Ronan

Kiwi Stuntman Shane Rangi Article

Celebriel forwards an article on New Zealand stuntman and motion capture actor Shane Rangi, whom fans have seen in LOTR, King Kong, the Narnia films, and Avatar.

Speaking of his role as The Witch King of Angmar, Rangi says, “I thought I’d make a T-shirt with, ‘I stabbed Frodo’,” beaming good humour. “I go to conventions and talk to people who know who I am, and because they’re right into it they come up and go, ‘You killed Frodo.’ I say, ‘Look, don’t get upset with me, he survived’.” More..

Posted in LotR Movies, New Zealand, Other production

LOTR Online Update

Rick “Sapience” Heaton, Online Community Specialist for Turbine, writes: Greetings! Here’s this week’s round up.

Reminder: Scheduled Maintenance Tuesday February 23
As the final stage of our datacenter move, all Turbine games will be offline on Tuesday February 23, from 4:00AM – 4:00PM Eastern Time (-5 GMT). Websites, including, forums, wikis, and social networks will be available, but players may be unable to log in or access their account information during this time. We thank you for your patience while we complete the move! (more…)

Posted in Fans, Gaming