Hobbit cast and crew have been arriving in Tokyo for the Japan premiere of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” According to Warner Bros., the premiere in Japan will be attended by Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Richard Armitage (Thorin), Elijah Wood (Frodo) and Hugo Weaving (Elrond). The premiere is being held at the TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills and will be preceded by a red carpet event similar to the one held as part of the world premiere this week in Wellington, NZ. Live streaming will be available here.
Wellington Ringers: if you enjoyed our first band at the Red Carpet / TORN Premiere Party, the Shire Waytes are performing more folk/medieval/Shire music at Te Papa in Wellington, noon, Saturday 1 December.
Just when you thought the excitement level for all things Hobbity has reached a peak, we at TheOneRing.net are privileged to announced an giveaway to celebrate the release of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey!’ Two lucky Ringers will walk away with a Troll’s horde of treasure from the film, ranging from a Fur Hat to a comfy travel throw! The prize list, like Bilbo’s contract with Thorin and Co., is long and diverse – check it out below. While the list of prizes is extensive, we’ve made it super easy to enter. Just fill out the form below and you are automatically entered for a chance to win. Winners are announced December 18th 2012 right here on TheOneRing.net. Good luck!
In the third installment of their ComicCon interview with Peter Jackson Hero Complex/L.A. Times reveals tidbits of PJs comments about Smaug. “The trouble with redesigning dragons I’ve found is… you very quickly can go into science fiction territory, and I don’t want to do that,” the filmmaker said. “I want to present the most venal, scary, decrepit, nasty dragon I possibly can.” In the interview, PJ also confirms a ‘small cameo’ by the dragon in the first film. Could this be the same Smaug sighting by many of our readers in a new TV spot reported here? The linked article includes a 5 minute video of the interview. Check it out here…
Reports continue to come in via our discussion board members of new TV spots showing tonight. These are in addition to the new spot featuring glimpses of Smaug that we reported on here. One new commercial was spotted on Fox 2 during Glee and contains a few new seconds of footage between Galadriel and Gandalf. The other spot contains more Riddles in the Dark footage between Bilbo and Gollum and was seen on ABC during Last Resort. Warner Bros. continues to tease us by inserting bits of new footage between scenes we’ve already seen – and we love it! All we can say is: keep the TV ads coming.
IMAX theaters around the USA will be giving out limited edition hand-drawn prints at the 12:01 showings while supplies last. The four gorgeous monochrome prints, reminiscent of the beautiful Alan Lee sketches that graced the credits of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” depict Gandalf, Bilbo, Thorin and Gollum. You can find a list of theaters participating in the giveaway here. To find a midnight showing Line Party where you can watch the movie with fellow fans, check out TheOneRing’s Line Party site here (also accessible in the drop down “Community” link on the Home Page). Also, check out the other three prints after the break. Line up early, line up often!