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Archive for April, 2010

LOTR Archive: Behind The Scenes – The Final Days – Part 1 of 2

Linuxelf sends along clips from a vast archive of NZ videos about LOTR. Take a look at ‘The Final Days of ROTK’.

Behind The Scenes – The Final Days – Part 1 of 2

A look behind the scenes, as the final scenes of rotk are filmed, and a final farewell to all.. interviews with cast and Crew, inc. Viggo Mortensen running errands, Isengard flooded close up shots, running joke of Elves always clean and tidy & Men always bloody, the 9 matching tattoos, Lawrence Makoare make up for Gothmog , Rohan Warriors play cards with Orcs, and characters filmed from left to right to show there journey forward. (more…)

Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Movie Return of the King, New Zealand

The Hobbit Releasing In December 2013? NO! UPDATE

The Wall Street Journal reports today that the Imax Corporation has signed a deal with studio Warner Brothers to release up to 20 films through 2013.

Among the 15 films whose release dates are pending confirmation are Dark Shadows, Superman, and Batman 3.

The remaining 5 films that have been “locked” are the last two installments of the Harry Potter franchise: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (in 3D), Happy Feet 2, and The Hobbit in December 2013.

The snippet of the article gives no indication about whether the December 2013 release time frame pertains to the first or the second Hobbit film, nor whether the films will be in 3D. Only subscribers to the Wall Street Journal have access to the entire article, so anyone with the ability to do so is welcome to send in any details concerning The Hobbit films that might be in there to

UPDATE: We’ve just received word that news about the 2013 release is WRONG, sorta. The FIRST Hobbit film is still set for 2012, and the second is set for 2013.

This was reported incorrectly on an IMAX press release and was picked up across the interweb.

No fear! The Hobbit 1 is set for 2012!

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Production, Rumors Spy News, Studios, The Hobbit

Good Knight Peter Jackson

What does Sir Peter Jackson do when he isn’t in pre-pre-production and scripting a pair of forthcoming “Hobbit” movies? He comes to terms with accepts his knighthood and wears one of those super cool Dracula-looking awards around his neck.
He talked to (on video here) and said, among other things:

“I feel incredibly humbled and the truth is making movies is not a solo effort – it involves hundreds of people, thousands of people, so I feel as though I’m accepting it on behalf of a huge industry,” Sir Peter said.

Congrats to Sir Peter and the thousands who helped and thanks to message board hero Ataahua for the tip.

Posted in Director news, Guillermo Del Toro

Serkis Says Filming May Begin Soon

Middle-Earth fans have been anxious for filming on The Hobbit to begin.  With the MGM situation uncertain and apparently no green light, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro have downplayed rumors cameras might start rolling this summer and suggested late 2010 as a more realistic time frame.  

E! News interviewed Andy Serkis at the Tribeca Film Festival for the North American premiere of Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll where he suggested things might get rolling sooner.

“It’s going to happen,” said Serkis.  “I think it’s due to start shooting in May. It’s going be exciting, especially working with Guillermo del Toro, who’s fantastic.”

Very unlikely, of course – but how wonderful a surprise would that be?  Read the article on E! News.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

The future of LOTR in your home

Michael Pellerin has long been a much admired figure for his work on the standard-setting “Lord of the Rings” Extended Edition DVDs and his contributions to our sister site “” where you can still see the final goodbye from the production diaries. He is a key figure in what the world knows about the whole LOTR production. With the release of the movie trilogy on Blu-ray, Pellerin has turned in a written account that covers a lot of ground that only he is in a position to explain. It is a great read, full of interesting information:
Such as:

“Peter (Jackson) and I began talking about LOTR on HD as far back as 2001 – during the making of the films. As we knew the film would eventually be released in some yet-to-be-determined HD format, we began planning The Lord of the Rings HD Box Set from the very beginning, nearly a decade ago.”

And this bit about the ultimate box set which does not yet exist:

“We had made a very conscious decision to make everything on the original Appendices Supplemental discs very specifically about the technical process of making the three films, as told by the many, many voices of the people who made them. Therefore, anything that was not specific to that goal, or approach, we saved for the Box Set.”

His own words can be read right here, so enjoy and thanks to message board members Patty and Oscarilbo for finding the interview.

Posted in Blu-Ray, DVDs, LotR Movies, Peter Jackson, Studios

LOTRO turns three years old

It is always nice to have the same birthday as a friend and as TORn turned 11, Lord of the Rings Online is celebrating its third anniversary. The massive multiplayer online role playing game opens Middle-earth to virtual exploration and social gaming. (They even properly call it “Middle-earth” not “Middle Earth” so yeah!). Jim Crowley, President and CEO of Turbine, Inc. says in a press release that the player base is up 15% this year.

Turbine is masterful as updating content and continues to open more Middle-earth to players. The game is celebrating through June 30 with incentives and gift. Read more below. (more…)

Posted in Gaming

Trilogy Marathon and Hobbit discussion this Saturday on TORn

Founder’s Day fun continues this weekend with the Sixth Annual Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy Marathon! (phew, that’s a long title!)

Join us Saturday, May 1, beginning at 9 a.m. EDT. in TORn’s chatroom “Barliman’s” as people from around the world sit down at their computers with one common goal: to virtually gather with other fans to watch all three Lord of the Ring extended editions straight through. Geeky? Yes. Fun? Absolutely. Find all the details on our Marathon FAQ.

But that’s not all! Also on Saturday night Barliman’s will be holding a special Hobbit discussion between “The Two Towers” and “Return of the King.” (approx. 5:30 p.m.):

Speculation and anticipation are mounting among Lord of the Rings fans as news about the Hobbit continues to dribble out. With scripts for the two films drafted, but the project still awaiting the studio greenlight, TORn’s Hall of Fire returns to host a discussion asking “what next?” What can we expect to see in the films? Who will take the lead role? And will it be wall-to-wall dwarves, or will there be additions and casualties? Come along, and bring your own rumours for discussion!

So please join us on the TORn IRC server this Saturday for two very special events! Read more

Posted in Barlimans, Casting Rumors, Events, Hall of Fire, Hobbit Movie, LotR Movies, Other Events, Announcements

Cameron Diaz A Childhood LOTR Fan

TORN readers certainly are fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary literary work The Lord Of The Rings as well as Peter Jackson’s cinematic version of the story.  Many grew up with Tolkien’s masterpiece as young adults.  And it’s interesting to learn even famous actresses like Cameron Diaz were entranced along with us.

During a session for her new movie Shrek Forever After, Hollywood Life happened to ask Diaz for a comment on what she read when she was a child.  And the answer? “When I was 11, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings was my thing”. 

Perhaps the next question should have been whether she is a TORN message board poster?   If not, we would happily extend an invitation to join us anytime.  Read the entire interview at Hollywood Life .

Posted in Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books

Keating Auditions For “The Hobbit”

Thanks to poster Woodyend for finding this nice tidbit of news.  Ronan Keating has apparently auditioned for a role in The Hobbit as part of his quest to move into the movie industry.  There was no mention as to what role he auditioned for or when he might hear back from the producers behind the two-part Lord Of The Rings prequel.

Keating said: “I don’t think I’ll get the role of The Hobbit. But I would like to take on roles which nobody would expect. I don’t want to be reduced to love stories. I’d like to try dark, edgy roles. I need a challenge.”  More.

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Saoirse Ronan, The Hobbit, Uncategorized Celebrates its 11th Birthday was established eleven years ago today, on April 26, 1999. When TORn reached its 10th year in 2009, we had so much fun at the festivities it was decided to make April 26 an annual holiday for the site and call it: “Founder’s Day” in honor of the four fabulous folks who created this place. Last year, we marked our first Founder’s Day with a gala 10-year anniversary event that drew some VIP visitors. This year, things are little more low key, but there are still plenty of activities and surprises in store — so grab your party hat and join the festivities!

Some details on this year’s event:

* Party posts can be found on three of our message boards — Main, Off Topic, and Feedback.   Look for “**FD” in the subject lines to spot them!

* New threads will be posted throughout the day, so check back often — and join in all through the week if you are late to the party!

* This year, we’re introducing a new logo for Founder’s Day designed by TORn members.  Ainu Laire is the creator of the tree, and the two leaves (one for each Founder’s Day) were designed by Elven and OhioHobbit . A new leaf will be added every year as we celebrate Founder’s Days in the future.

Thanks to the volunteers on the Founder’s Day committee who organized today’s events!

Posted in Uncategorized

Sequelcast Talks LOTR Animated

Uncle Milkshake, host of the Sequelcast, sends this in: All 3 of our episodes covering the animated Lord of the Rings movies are online. Thanks to your help, we were able to get Cliff Broadway on our Return of the King episode. Here are the links to the episodes if you (or TheOneRing.Net readers) want to take a listen! The HobbitLord of the RingsReturn of the King

Posted in Events, Lord of the Rings

Earth Day? Celebrate Middle-earth Day Instead

So today is Earth Day, and that’s a fine and wonderful thing. But we are geeks, so we don’t need much of an excuse to take the celebration of a holiday to an extreme.

Wired has now invoked the spirit of geekitude and taken it to an extreme. They ask: how should Middle-earth Day be celebrated by its residents?   And like The Nine rings of men, they have nine humble suggestions. (more…)

Posted in Miscellaneous, Uncategorized