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Archive for February, 2011

Rare behind the scenes photos of LOTR. Nostalgia levels rising

3Foot6 (the spy, not the company) sends this in: The popular website has a post today showing a bunch of old behind the scenes photos from the trilogy. I thought fellow fans would enjoy them. More..

Posted in Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Make Up, Models, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Zealand, Other Cast, Other production, Peter Jackson, Viggo Mortensen, WETA Workshop

John Rhys-Davies Talks The Hobbit

Bernie writes: Yesterday I attended the Sydney Armageddon Expo for 2011, in which John Rhys-Davies attended. At 11.30, he conducted a panel where he mentioned ‘The Hobbit’.

He said that he would love to return because he had such a brilliant time with ‘The Lord of the Rings’, but would be unable to, due to the toll that his prosthetic. Nothing new. To quote him, “I was asked to return as one of the 13 dwarves, and I thought, why would I want to be one of 13 when I could be one of one?” (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Conventions, Events, Hobbit Movie, John Rhys-Davies

Video: Ngila Dickson Interview

linuxelf sends along the video featuring Ngila Dickson’s interview where she drops the bomb that she is not working on the Hobbit.

Posted in Costume Design, Hobbit Movie, LotR Production, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Zealand, Ngila Dickson

Mikael Persbrandt’s ‘In a Better World’ takes home Oscar Gold

You may have noticed in last night’s Oscar broadcast that the actor who will play Beorn in the upcoming ‘The Hobbit’ films, was the lead actor in ‘In a Better World,’ the film which one The Best Foreign Language Award. In the film, Mikael Persbrandt (who plays Anton) is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work in a Sudanese refugee camp. Congrats to Mikael and the entire team involved with the film!

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Mikael Persbrandt, Oscar Parties, Other Events, The Hobbit

TORN TV: Digital Wanderlust: The Layers of the Rings

The folks from InRetrospect Podcast have kindly allowed us to post their latest Tolkien themed podcast on TORN TV, so be sure to take a look and visit them for parts 2 and 3 when they go online! Digital Wanderlust: The Layers of the Rings Part I Strider begins his longest journey yet, travelling through a book, two games, three films and around the world to examine the different landscapes of Middle-Earth. Part One of Three.

Posted in Gaming, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Tolkien, TORN TV

Hobbiton Set Report: ‘Perfect’

frodowen writes: I’m backpacking in NZ right now and recently did the Hobbiton set tour in Matamata. I saw a while back that you reported they were closed, but since the filmed was pushed back due to PJ being in hospital it’s been reopened. Well, because they should have been filming right now, the set is PERFECT. All the hobbit holes are complete, there is fruit on the trees and flowers in the gardens – it is like being in the Shire. They even have the (fake) tree above Bag End, and have expanded the set to include more hobbit holes than they used in LOTR. I can’t post pictures of course due to confidentiality contracts we had to sign, but I thought you might like to let other fans in the area know that now is would be a really great time to visit. It’s well worth the tour fee to see the set as it is now.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, New Zealand

Elf Casting Call: A Different Perspective

Morgan Loomis sends along this amazing panoramic shot of a recent Elf Casting call in Wellington. Click to view in super big mega version!

Posted in Events, New Zealand

Confirmed: Ngila Dickson NOT Working on Hobbit Costumes

Since production of The Hobbit began ramping up we have been getting emails from curious fashionistas about costume designer Ngila Dickson, will she be continuing stunning her work on The Hobbit? Our answer has always been ‘we’ll let you know as soon as we know!’. Well the answer now comes in the form of a ‘Reel Late with Kate’ interview. Moa hunter brings us the news: “Reel Late with Kate [TV3-NZ] last night included an interview with Ngila Dickson. At the end of the programme the presenter (Kate Rodger) said that Ngila Dickson would not be working on The Hobbit because of existing contractual obligations.”

Sad news indeed! So, who do you think should get the gig? Post on our Message Boards!

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Ngila Dickson

Foxtrot Goes Geek

Our pal Bill Amend has gone geek again for Tolkien, this time the boys are hedging their bets on winning a chance to be in The Hobbit with a little help from a certain hair growing formula. Click on the image to view it on

Posted in Hobbit Movie

Robert Kazinsky Answers Kids Questions

From Star of the new George Lucas epic Red Tails and Lord of the Rings prequel – The Hobbit, Robert Kazinsky takes time out from his filming schedule in New Zealand to answer ‘Random’ questions from ‘Kidz’ aged 3 to 12 years old. And a few about being in the biggest film of next year!!! More..

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Rob Kazinsky

Wellington Extra Casting Call Report

Markus writes: I know that a lot of people are extremely interested to hear from the extra casting in Wellington today. Well, I was there. But as we all had to sign a non-disclosure agreement I have to keep it vague and can only tell the obvious, visible from the outside and some heart-warming stories. There was some press-folks around and I noticed that they managed to find people telling them what happened, so I guess it will be in the news soon. It’s really not that exciting, though.

I was amongst the first people to get in and met some very friendly staff from 6 Foot 7. Everything was very organized and it didn’t take long. The biggest challenge for some people to get in was already at the entrance: Are you really tall enough? A quick check showed that 1m does not have to be the same everywhere. Even the impressive high heels of some of the girls had to be taken off and everyone became equal when trying to pass the minimum height line. Despite of that some people managed to sneak in, I don’t know what happened to them. (more…)

Posted in Events, Hobbit Movie, New Zealand

Hobbit Casting Includes Children

Moahunter writes: Tom Cardy’s blog in The Dominion Post says “There is also other casting going on behind the scenes and I’ve heard on good authority that several children, some as young at 19 months, have already been cast as hobbit extras. And while hobbit sizes means ages can get confusing, they are playing hobbit children and have even been fitted for their costumes and have giant furry hobbit feet!” More..

Posted in Characters, Hobbit Movie, New Zealand, The Hobbit