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Archive for February, 2012

Yet more from Mr Cumberbatch…

The initials BC must stand for ‘Busy Chap’.  Benedict Cumberbatch is set to become the darling of geeks everywhere (if he isn’t already); not content with being the star of Sherlock, with a lead part in the next Star Trek movie, and with not one but TWO roles in The Hobbit movies, rumours abound that Cumberbatch will be the next incarnation of The Doctor’s greatest nemesis, The Master.  According to this report, Britain’s Daily Express tabloid newspaper ran an article stating, ‘It’s fitting that the Doctor comes face to face with his ultimate enemy The Master for the 50th anniversary and it’s felt Benedict is the perfect choice if schedules can work.’

Exciting times for fans of Cumberbatch’s work!  Doctor Who, The Hobbit, Star Trek, Sherlock – where will he pop up next?  Hmmm – an actor from Star Trek taking a trip to Middle earth – remember the result the last time that happened?  What’s that – you don’t??  Well, let us remind you.  *insert evil laugh here….*

Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

New HOBBIT Vlog Coming Soon

Peter Jackson has just posted the following update on his Facebook page:

Hi everybody. We will have a new on-set video from THE HOBBIT coming here soon!

You can be sure will have the link to the video as soon as it hits. So keep your eyes peeled.

And don’t forget to come check out our message board where the discussion has already begun in right earnest.

Posted in Director news, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit

Benedict Cumberbatch is a busy man…

We reported last week that Gandalf was spotted in Manhattan; we also know that Smaug isn’t in Middle earth right now either!  Benedict Cumberbatch is busy in Los Angeles, where he has been filming his role in the forthcoming Star Trek movie.  Two of his previous movies were Oscar nominated this year (War Horse and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), and as he was in town, Cumberbatch went along to watch the ceremony from Elton John’s party.  Later, as he headed into the Vanity Fair party, he told BBC’s Radio Five Live Breakfast show that he got ‘incredibly excited’ about his first time being in LA for the event, and that the ‘glamour… doesn’t stop.’  (You can listen to the interview with Cumberbatch on the BBC’s website until March 3rd; it starts around the 20 minute mark of this programme.)  He also told television reporters from the UK that he found the event ‘overwhelming’ and ‘extraordinarily… high-octane glamour’.  If you’re in the UK, you can watch the television clip here; or you can read a report on what Cumberbatch had to say, as reported by digital spy.

Cumberbatch also told the BBC that it was a ‘great honour to be invited to the party’.  We know of a good Oscar party at which he’d be very welcome next year!  If he thought things were overwhelming this year, just wait until all the excitement for The Hobbit at the 2013 Oscars!

Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Oscar Parties, The Hobbit

Boston Trilogy Screening

Thanks to all who entered to win tickets to the Lord of the Rings trilogy screening taking place at Boston’s Coolidge Corner Theatre on Sunday 4th March.  The winners have been notified by email; so if you haven’t heard from us, sorry you weren’t one of the lucky ones!  At time of writing, there were still some tickets remaining for sale – so head over to the Coolidge’s website to snap them up!

Don’t forget the other movie showings leading up to Viggo Mortensen’s presence at the Coolidge on Monday 5th March; three of his movies are being shown this week, details of which can be found here.   Then the man himself will be there to accept the Coolidge Award on Monday 5th; the evening event is sold out, but you can still get tickets to the noon showing of Eastern Promises, which will be followed by a Q&A with Mortensen.

TORn looks forward to seeing you there!  Staffer greendragon will be at the Trilogy screening – so if you see someone wearing a shirt with’s logo on it in gold, feel free to come up and say hi!

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

Figwit (Bret McKenzie) wins an Oscar!

A decade ago with Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was making an impact in popular culture, few would have looked at the cast and extras and picked out New Zealand native Bret McKenize as the guy likely to win an Oscar.

But, at tonight’s Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles the fan favorite and one half of New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk parody duo (Flight of the Conchords) did just that for his song Man or Muppet which is really a question we all must answer for ourselves about ourselves.

McKenzie had a little fun at the microphone making a couple of jokes. He said he was excited to work with Muppets and was intimidated to meet Kermit The Frog.

“But he’s just a normal frog, and like many stars here, he’s a lot shorter in real life.” (Catch video after the break) (more…)

Posted in Bret 'Figwit' McKenzie, Events, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Oscar Parties, The Hobbit

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – February 26, 2012

Welcome 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 weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join in the fun!  (more…)

Posted in Calendar, Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, New Zealand, Sean Astin, The Hobbit, Community, Uncategorized

Happy Oscar-day!

It’s Tinseltown’s biggest celebration – the Oscars take place tonight!  And already here at TORn we’re busy planning and getting excited for our party next year!  In honour of today’s awards ceremony, and thinking back to the ‘Return of the One Party’ which TORn held in 2004, here’s a picture of the Oscar Annie Lennox won that night, for Best Original Song, ‘Into the West’.

The statuette was on display last year at London’s Victoria and Albert museum, in their wondeful ‘The House of Annie Lennox’ exhibit.   Let’s hope there’s another Middle-earth winner tonight; Bret McKenzie is up for Best Original Song for ‘Man or Muppet’.  Go Bret!

Enjoy the Oscars tonight!

Posted in Bret 'Figwit' McKenzie, Bret McKenzie, Events, Hobbit Cast News, LotR Movies, Oscar Parties

Hall of Fire chat: how much did Gandalf know?

A Maia, Gandalf would have witnessed the foundation of Arda. But when he was “embodied” in Middle-earth during the War of the Ring, exactly how much foresight did he have?

Today we ask in Hall of Fire: Just how much — or how little — did Gandalf know?

Throughout the events of The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings, his decisions often seem to have a hint of prescience.

We’re done for today! Thanks everyone who joined the discussion!


Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Happy Birthday Sean Astin!

Sean Astin (born February 25, 1971), and recently featured on TORn Tuesday with Quickbeam, is an American film actor, director, and Academy Award-nominated producer best known for his film roles as Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, the title character of Rudy, and of course Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. From your friends here at, Happy Birthday Sean!!

Posted in Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Other Events, Sean Astin

Where did Gandalf go when he wasn’t with the dwarves…?

Our spies are everywhere…  Our crebain from Dunland reported back to us that Gandalf, aka Sir Ian Mckellen, was spotted at a performance of ‘The Book of Mormon’ in New York City on Thursday evening.  Hopefully he’ll be back in Middle-earth before Bilbo and the gang get into too much trouble…

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Miscellaneous

Do you have plans Oscar Night 2013? Join us for ‘The One Expected Party’

If you have followed the history of, you know that Oscar season has a special meaning to us and our community. In the early 2000s, we were privileged enough to host three memorable events in Los Angeles: 2002’s ‘The One Party;’ 2003’s ‘Two Towers One Party;’ and 2004’s ‘The Return of the One Party.’ The last party, which corresponded with The Return of the King winning 11 Academy Awards, was such a success the LA Times called it ‘The hottest bash in town’ on Oscar Night. [LA Times] After the break, you can see a video of some highlights from that event. [Video] We are very excited to announce that we will be holding another party on Oscar night 2013 – ‘The One Expected Party.’ Like our previous events, we are making this a fan-centered celebration of all things Middle-earth, but also a celebration of the release of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ Even if no nominations are awarded to the first Hobbit film, the party will still take place! The planning and coordination to get the party going has been quite significant and is already in motion, however we would love to get your ideas and insight via the following form. If you have any interest in the party, please take a couple of minutes and submit the form below. Thank you for your participation and we will be updating you along the way as prepare for Oscar night 2013. In the meantime, enjoy this year’s Academy Awards on Sunday.

Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Meet Ups, Oscar Parties, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, Tolkien

Announcing The Middle-earth March Madness Tournament!

In the US, tournament frenzy hits every March with the onset of the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball March Madness tournament. We thought this year would be a good opportunity for the entire Tolkien community to participate in a special tournament of our own. So without further delay we are announcing the Middle-earth Madness Tournament! The goal is to settle, once and for all, which character is favored most by Tolkien fans worldwide. To start off the process, the staff at compiled a list of 46 finalists. We need to weed this list down to 32 total contestants. To do that, we are going to ask you to vote for up to three characters in the poll below. Voting will be open until Feb 29th at Noon ET. We will then compile the results and create our tournament bracket with seeding based on total votes. It should be noted, much like the men’s basketball tournament in, our Middle-earth Madness selection committee does reserve the right to adjust results a bit in the spirit of competition. (and like the men’s basketball committee, some of the decisions are sure to be controversial!!) So without further delay, let the voting begin!


Posted in Creations, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Miscellaneous, Other Events, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, Tolkien