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Archive for November, 2011

LA area Ringers, come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of FOTR will be hosting a party to celebrate the 10th Anniversary release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring at Ye Olde King’s Headin Santa Monica, CA. This will be on Saturday, December 17 at 1pm. There is limited space so it is necessary to have you all pre-purchase your tickets, which you can do by clicking on our handy, dandy ticket form . If you have any questions, please contact me at 


*I should probably add that pre-purchased tickets are $22 per person, where as the cost will be $25 per person at  the door, if there is any space remaining at that time.


Posted in Uncategorized

Otago Daily Times: Secrecy Surrounds Hobbit filming

From Otago Daily Times: Up to 250 members of The Hobbit film crew were working on Treble Cone, in the Matukituki Valley, yesterday but those in charge were keeping mum about who was in town and what part of J.R.R. Tolkein’s popular story was being filmed.

The second production unit of Peter Jackson’s company, 3Foot7 Ltd, began setting up camp in a Cattle Flat Station paddock at the base of the Treble Cone ski area access road on Monday.

The film crew began arriving on Tuesday for a single day’s filming, but visitors were kept out by security guards.

Unit manager Belinda Lee Hope apologised for having to decline to give any details about the unit’s activities, but said she could understand if locals were excited about the film crew being in the area and that Wanaka locations could appear in the film. more..

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, New Zealand, Production, The Hobbit

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – November 29, 2011

Gandalf the WhiteWelcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week. If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights. Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions. Watch this space as every week we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join in the fun!


Posted in Calendar, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, Community

Ian McKellen’s collaborator Keith Stern joins us for TORn Tuesday! LIVE 5pm PT

Join us LIVE at 5pm PT tonight as we welcome Ian McKellen’s webmaster and collaborator Keith Stern!

Keith Stern has produced some of the most popular biographical websites on the Internet. Since 1997 he has been collaborating with Ian McKellen on that actor’s autobiographical website, He also has also produced websites for Lynn Redgrave (, Sean Astin (, Andy Serkis (, Spinal Tap (, Gods and Monsters ( and others for movie stars and movies.

Host Clifford Broadway, aka Quickbeam, will be discussing the HOBBIT production and possibly a few secrets from the set! We launch our program at about 5pm Pacific time — There’s a built-in Barliman’s chat room or come in via Skype. Check out the broadcast in our LIVE Event section right here every week: 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time! [LIVE Event Area] (See All Times)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Events, Sean Astin, Television, The Hobbit, Community, Tolkien

Ian McKellen Updates “Hobbit” Blog

Ian McKellen‘s new blog entry, titled “Moving On“, chronicles a portion of his travels along New Zealand’s North Island where location filming for The Hobbit is currently on. Excerpts follow:

Our first filming destination was Matamata, where eleven years ago Gandalf the Grey made his entrance into The Fellowship of the Ring, greeting Ian Holm’s Bilbo on the doorstep of Bag End. 

All our trucks, trailers, generators, dining tent and loos were hidden behind and below the surrounding hillocks but it was nostalgic to clamber up the path that leads to Bag End where this time Martin Freeman’s Bilbo will be surprised by Gandalf.

We filmed there for less than a week, this time leaving everything behind, so future visitors do not have to guess at but actually see Hobbiton in its glory. They will even be able to get a snack at the Green Dragon.

Read more of Gandalf’s adventures by clicking the link provided above.

Posted in Characters, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, Production, The Hobbit

Elwood: ‘Hobbit Trailer Before Tintin’

Elijah Wood has confirmed that the first trailer for The Hobbit will debut in front of The Adventures of Tintin in the US. The Happy Feet Two star, who will reprise his role as Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings prequels, admitted that he hasn’t yet seen the teaser footage.

“I have not seen it. I have spoken to people about the trailer, I have a sense of what’s going to be in it, he told Digital Spy. “I think it’s going to be in front of Tintin when it’s released in the States.” The Adventures of Tintin, which is produced by The Hobbit’s Peter Jackson, will open in US cinemas on December 21. More..

Posted in Elijah Wood, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

AICN Hobbit set report #5

Beware, thar be Spoilers ahead, read at your own Peril!

Welcome back to Middle Earth! One more report from Denize Bluffs (aka Mangaotaki Rocks) before we move on to the next (and pretty awesome, I might add) location.

This day was fairly unique as far as location shooting goes. Typically you go out in the wild to get big establishing shots, which is why a whole lot of the footage I’ve seen so far involves running. With the quickly changing light, fast moving clouds, uncooperative weather getting anything but quick bits is often difficult and will make even the most adventurous director long for the controlled confines of a studio.

More. . . (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Production, The Hobbit

TV Watch: Elijah Wood Talks TORN Oscar Parties

Elijah Wood was on The Graham Norton Show to promote ‘Happy Feet 2’ when the discussion turned to Oscar. Much to our surprise and enjoyment, Wood mentioned TORN’s Oscar Parties, and even mentions us on TV! Catch the clip above, and thanks Elwood! (We’re cool now, so we can call him Elwood).

Posted in Elijah Wood, LotR Movies, Movie Return of the King, Oscar Parties, Television

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop ‘The Argonath’ Review

Frodo, the Argonath! Long have I desired to look upon the kings of old. My kin.
– Aragorn to Frodo while sailing down the Anduin February 25th, 3019 TA

As we approach the Christmas Holiday the truly awesome folks at Weta have given fans a chance to get items that they may have missed. One of the items was the Argonath environment, which came back as part of their first Christmas Special last week. This was great for someone like me who had missed it before and was  kicking myself for not ordering it.

The Argonath, which portray Isildur and Elendil, relatives of Aragorn,  marked and guarded the northern boundary of Gondor. This was inform strangers they could not come south of the Argonath without permission. As the power of Gondor declined these imposing figures could no longer be enforced. As the Fellowship came upon the Argonath, Frodo would notice that Strider no longer was sitting beside him, but instead it was Aragorn, son of Arathorn, a King who was returning from exile.


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

“Hobbiting” Around the Christmas Tree

Put some cheer into your “Black Friday!” To kick off the holiday season, we’ve cast some of the Hobbit gang in a musical revue guaranteed to put a smile even on the grumpy ole’ Necromancer’s face. From to you, go forth and make merry! Enjoy!

Posted in Aidan Turner, Andy Serkis, Hobbit Movie, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Stephen Hunter, The Hobbit

Jackson buys Bats from Buffaloes

Sir Peter Jackson has saved Wellington’s Bats Theatre from eviction, buying the theatre company’s building for $1.1 million. The non-profit, charitable company that runs the 84-seat theatre had a month left to move out of its home of 22 years, come up with funds to buy the building or close, after its long-term landlord decided to sell. The theatre has fostered such talents as Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Robyn Malcolm and Tim Balme. More..

Posted in New Zealand, Peter Jackson

‘Hobbit’ crew big spenders

More than $1 million is estimated to have been pumped into the Wakatipu economy while the main film unit of The Hobbit shot on location in Paradise, near Glenorchy, and more money is expected to be spent when the second unit begins filming in the next few days. Academy award-winning director Sir Peter Jackson, of Wellington, and stars including Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, James Nesbitt, Mikael Persbrandt and Sir Ian McKellen were among 450 cast and crew who arrived early and filmed for three days on the remote Arcadia Station, 66km from Queenstown. More..

Posted in Hobbit Movie, New Zealand, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit