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Archive for July, 2011

Total Film Names ‘The Hobbit’ the 9th Project to ‘Rock Your World’

Maria writes: Heads up for the next issue of Total Film (#184) they have a feature ‘The Future 100’, “the 100 people, projects & trends that will rock your world over the next 12 months” The Hobbit is in at number 9.

Posted in Books Publications, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, The Hobbit Andy Serkis on His Hobbit Directing Duties

On Friday, moviegoers will be able to see how Andy Serkis brought Caesar to life in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and later this year he’s playing Captain Haddock in Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin. He follows that up with his anticipated return to Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit films, movies which he is also directing the 2nd Unit for. talked to Serkis this weekend about taking on the additional duties. More..

Posted in Andy Serkis, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Collecting The Precious – Orthanc Pre-Order from Weta

Alright, Ringers today is the day! The Orthanc Pre-Ruin environment has gone up for Pre-Order! Orthanc of course is the newest environment to join the environment line with amazing pieces like Bag End and Rivendell. The price of this Orthanc is $250 and for the first 400 orders you will get a 24k gold Sauron Eye pin as well as a numbered piece. After this the piece will be an open edition but don’t wait too long as this will be a piece you will be kicking yourself if you never add it to your collection. Don’t forget after you order to enter what you want the official name of this piece to be when it ships. The contest ends August 5th at 5pm PST! [Orthanc naming contest]

Posted in Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Uncategorized, WETA Cave, Weta Collectibles, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Bard boarding for ‘Hobbit’ soon

Luke Evans, playing the role for Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films, is ready to head to New Zealand. We think the authentic @Mr_Luke_Evans Tweeted:

photo shoot for Dazed and Confused with awesome photographer Rankin tomorrow in LA before I fly to NZ for the Hobbit. Bring on the Bard!!!!!

More evidence that the long stretch of filming is about to ramp up! Follow Evans @Mr_Luke_Evans TORN @theoneringnet and thanks to Astrid for the tip.

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie

Collecting The Precious – Weta’s Bag End Collector’s Edition Review

In 2010, the artisans at Weta, brought to life through help of the members of the Shadow and Flame forum, one of the most well loved places in Middle-Earth. That place would be none other the hole under the hill, Bag End. The home of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins would finally be turned into something The Lord of the Rings fans could bring into their collection.

Weta would not settle though for just making one version of Bag End for collectors to choose. They would go out and make a traditional open edition, and for the collector who wanted just a little bit more they also made a Collector’s Edition. The difference between the two types is the collectors edition has an edition size of 1,111 to help honor Bilbo’s 111th birthday, and on the backside of the environment you also get some truly finely sculpted rooms in Bag End.

Oh and by the way, you can win one of these if you enter our naming competition with Weta for the brand new Orthanc Environment.


Posted in Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

Stephen Fry heading to ‘Hobbit’ set

With the break in filming (that including filming in the U.K. with Christopher Lee) players in the two-part Hobbit movie are heading back to New Zealand. Word is that Peter Jackson is there now after his surprise stop at Comic-Con and we learned today from his own Twitter (@stephenfry) that Stephen Fry as the Master of Laketown is headed there at well. He tweeted:

Flying from Cape Town to Jo’burg to Sydney to NZ tomorrow. Will be Tuesday by the time I land in Wellington. Hobbitry beckons.

Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman) told us at the Con that he hasn’t stepped a foot on set yet but is scheduled for training and costume fitting soon. We do know the production is busy with decorating sets and getting costumes and extras ready for the ramp up of another 200 days of filming.

Posted in Characters, ComicCon, Conventions, Director news, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Hall of Fire Hobbit chat now!

We’re about to start our book chat on chapter 9 of the Hobbit — Barrels Out of Bond. Come along and join the discussion as we trace Bilbo’s adventures through Thranduil’s deep halls!

We’re done! Thanks to everyone who came along. But if you missed out, you join our main chat anytime here.

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire chats the Hobbit Chapter 9 tomorrow!

Tomorrow in Hall of Fire we’ll finally return to our chapter-by-chapter discussion of the Hobbit with Chapter 9 — Barrels out of Bond.

After nabbing Thorin, the Wood-elves capture the rest of the Company — except Bilbo. Bilbo secretly follows the elves as they take the dwarves to Thranduil’s underground realm.

Bilbo realises it’s up to him to save everyone — again. Wearing the ring constantly, he soon comes up with and carries out a daring escape plan. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Comic-Con 2011 Hobbit Panel by

1,000 lined up, 480 got in, 57,000 watched online at! kicked off San Diego Comic Con 2011 with the very first panel of the convention, Thursday 10 a.m. in room 7AB. Over 1,500 people lined up to secure one of only 480 seats in the room! Hosted by Larry D. Curtis (MrCere) and Cliff Broadway (Quickbeam), with special guest Daniel Falconer of Weta and our friends at Warner Brothers, previewed all the Hobbit actors in character and demoed a voiceover clip from Benedict Cumberpatch, the voice of Smaug doing a reading. TORn also announced its fan event surrounding two Sideshow/Weta Gandalf statues that fans in the U.S. and Europe can participate in. ( Each fan at the panel was then invited to an exclusively War In The North event and prizes were awarded from Badali Jewelry.

Comic-Con 2011 Panel Pt 2
Comic-Con 2011 Panel Pt 3
Comic-Con 2011 Panel Pt 4

Posted in Characters, ComicCon, Contests, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, Community

Hobbit in 5 Lite – Richard Armitage, Saoirse Ronan, Luke Evans

On this episode of Hobbit in 5, we talk about Richard Armitage’s “menacing” face, Saoirse Ronan is disappointed about the Hobbit, and Luke Evans’s online audition! We also talk about TORn’s red carpet coverage! We’ll be back to normal next week!

Posted in Andy Serkis, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Premieres, Community, TORN TV

J.W. Braun to Appear at Gen Con’s summer of conventions continues with TORN TV’s own J.W. Braun appearing at Gen Con, the world’s premier gaming convention, August 4-7 in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Braun will appear all four days and be located next to the main aisle at the center of the Exhibit Hall, giving attendees the latest info on the Hobbit films and signing copies of his book about the Lord of the Rings movies, The Lord of the Films. (Mention, and you can get Braun’s book for only $9.99. Or for $14.99 – while supplies last – you can get a Collector’s Set that includes the book, a DVD, original photos, chapters deleted by the publisher, a Lord of the Films bookmark, and a couple other surprises.) Braun will also have all the details on the latest Lord of the Rings Blu-ray release. So say hello to J.W. and enjoy the games!

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Posted in Books Publications, Conventions, Events, Fans, Merchandise

Movie City News Talks Tintin, WETA & NZ

RingerDingerDoo! writes: David Poland at Movie City News was invited to Wellington to meet with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson to talk about Tin Tin and see some new footage. He took some pictures that reference Weta. More..

Posted in New Zealand, WETA Digital