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Archive for December, 2010

Trilogy Screen in LA

Janeta writes: A grand start to the New Year: The Egyptian Theater will be screening “the director’s cut” of LOTR on January 22, starting at 1:00. From the website: Saturday, January 22 – 1:00 PM: The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), marking its 30th anniversary, has selected the 30 Most Significant Independent Films(tm) from around the world produced over the past three decades. Director Peter Jackson and a brilliantly talented cast and crew brought to cinematic life J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure of good against evil. The future of civilization rests on the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries, and powerful forces are unrelenting in their search for it. Fate has placed it in the hands of a young hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), who undertakes a heroic quest through Middle Earth. With Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen. Tickets

Triple Feature: 10th Anniversary! THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, 2001, Warner Bros., 208 min. Dir. Peter Jackson. [35mm]
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, 2002, Warner Bros., 223 min. Dir. Peter Jackson. [35mm]
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, 2003, Warner Bros., 201 min. Dir. Peter Jackson. [BluRay]

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

TORn waves the year goodbye with ‘Fictional Fronteirs’

Sohaib at Fictional Frontiers keeps asking us back to his radio show and podcast and when it comes to popular culture and talking about the works and adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien, how can we say no? This week, among many other things, we chatted about our hopes and fears for “The Hobbit” film including a tie to those crazy Burger King toys. You can hear the conversation, which already aired live on the radio, right here as a podcast.

Posted in Christopher Lee, Fellowship of the Ring, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, Toys

Govt clears way for 40 foreign Hobbit actors

The Government has made another concession to the makers of the Hobbit movies as it paves the way for them to be made here. The head of Immigration New Zealand, Nigel Bickle, has confirmed that approval has been given to Three Foot Seven Ltd to recruit 40 overseas actors for the movies. Mr Bickle says the department followed its usual practice of asking both Actors’ Equity and Work and Income to comment on the request to allow the actors into the country. He says the union opposed the request but Work and Income supported it. The matter then went to the Associate Immigration Minister, Kate Wilkinson, who approved it. While the department followed its usual practice, Radio New Zealand’s political editor says, apparently the union did not get access to the information it normally gets. It couldn’t be sure local actors were being given an equal opportunity to audition for all 75 speaking parts, and that apparently is why it opposed the request. More..

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, New Zealand

The Sun reports Dwarf Training to begin in January

The Sun is reporting that James Nesbitt is about to embark on a month of dwarf training:

He said: “We’re going for dwarf training for a month. It’s an adventure and I can’t wait for it. I’ve never done a massive film like it.”

The Northern Irish actor will move across the globe with wife Sonia and their two daughters.

James, who stars alongside The Office’s Martin Freeman – who plays the title role, added: “It’s a once in a lifetime thing. Not just for me but for the family.”

[Read the Full Article]

Posted in Hobbit Movie, James Nesbitt, The Hobbit

How to be a holiday superhero to the geek in your life

(CNN) — What would truly delight the geek in your life? It’s nearly impossible to know if you don’t share his or her peculiar tastes. It’s not good enough just to get them a Rubik’s Cube or copy of “The Hobbit.” (You know they could solve a Rubik’s Cube by the time they were 7, and they already own the complete collection of Tolkien in hardback.) Show them you care by learning about the things they like and demonstrating that knowledge with your gift choice. Start by determining what the geek in your life is obsessed with. Geeks are passionate about niche interests, and a little digging on your part is sure to result in a wide-eyed, bouncy, emphatic “thank you!” when it’s time to open presents. More..

Be sure to read our own Altaira‘s quote in the CNN article, and a link to our Tolkien Gift Guide!

Posted in Merchandise, Tolkien Gift Guide 2010

Q&A with War in the North Dev Lead Scott Crawford has a Q&A with Scott Crawford from LOTR: War in the North. Translated into English below. More..

Posted in Gaming

MGM Restructure Complete, Roger Birnbaum And Gary Barber Take Reins With $500 Million To Spend

LOS ANGELES, CA, December 20, 2010 – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (“MGM”) today announced that the company’s restructuring has become effective, with exit financing of $500 million in place. The company’s “pre-packaged” plan of reorganization (the “Plan”) was confirmed on December 2, 2010, by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

“MGM is emerging from one of the most challenging periods of its storied history. We are honored and inspired at the opportunity of leading one of Hollywood’s most iconic studios into its next generation of unforgettable filmmaking, global television production and distribution, and aggressively pursuing, developing and exploiting new digital entertainment platforms,” said Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of MGM. More..

Posted in Hobbit Movie, MGM, Studios, The Hobbit Updated: Now with a Press Release

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Snowblind Studios have re-launched the official website for the upcoming Action/RPG video game The Lord of the Rings: War in the North. Fans awaiting this epic game will find current news, a rich community and more at

A place of fellowship and the definitive community destination, the website is a hub for in-depth information about the game and the development team. A gathering ground for the latest news from Snowblind’s Middle-earth, visitors will find the site a haven of news, screenshots, story details and more to ensure they have the most up-to-date information about the War in the North. Dedicated forums provide the perfect venue for camaraderie and discourse. (more…)

Posted in Gaming

Bruce Hopkins Gets Merry

Bruce Hopkins writes: This is my down home version of a video card to you all trusting that you will have a wonderful Christmas and a superb 2011, performed without talent but sent with love, much love and happiness to you wherever and whomever you are.

Posted in Bruce Hopkins

Character Profile: Bilbo Baggins

Today’s featured character profile is none other than Mr. Bilbo Baggins! As a small point of order for all of our character profiles, if you are not familiar with The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, then you may find that some of this information should be considered spoiler material.

Bilbo Baggins
aliases: Elf-friend, ringbearer, thief
DOB: 22 September, T.A. 2890
Race: Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins was a very well-to-do hobbit living a contented life in the peaceful lands of the Shire when his accidental wish for adventure (that he didn’t even know he possessed) came true with the unexpected arrival of a Wizard and a clutch of Dwarves. Bilbo was descended from the Took line of Hobbits on his mother’s side — indeed the fabulous Belladonna Took was friends with Gandalf the Grey before Bilbo was born — which contributed to his latent wanderlust, a trait considered deeply counter to Hobbit sensibilities.

He lived in a luxurious (by hobbit standards) dwelling known across the countryside as Bag End, which was built by his father, Bungo. In 2941, Bilbo was recruited by Gandalf to operate as a Burglar in the Quest for Erebor (the Lonely Mountain) — and his many adventures truly marked the beginning of the Hobbits’ involvement in the affairs of the world outside their insular Shire.

[Read the Full Profile]

Posted in Characters, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Martin Freeman, The Hobbit

Showmasters LOTR Convention Next Fall

Abstractharmony writes: Showmasters, the premiere convention organisers in the UK have announced a new event for 11-13 November 2011. More..

Posted in Conventions, Events

WB Games Updates War in the North Website

The folks from WB Games have let us know that has been updated. From the website: As you’ve probably already noticed, we’ve updated to better reflect the distinct visual style of War in the North. The new homepage makes it easier to see what’s new, whether it’s the latest trailer, community video, or additional info about the characters, enemies, locations, or features in the game. A new community tab highlights a member of community, shows the latest Facebook updates, and provides quick access to our forums.

Most importantly, we’re looking to make sure that the site is updated regularly. 2011 is going to be full of exciting news about the game that we can’t wait to share with you, and you’ll find it all here on More..

Posted in Gaming