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Archive for October, 2013

Evangeline Lilly explains the challenges of playing Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’

Part one of this spotlight on Evangeline Lilly and her character Tauriel was published yesterday. Click here to read it.

(Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel.)

(Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel.)

In the first part of this story, Evangeline Lilly discussed her childhood love for “The Hobbit,” and her decision-making process that led her to move her family to New Zealand and work with director Peter Jackson as a character not found in J.R.R. Tolkien’s 75-year-old classic. She plays an elf in the forest kingdom of Thranduil where his son Legolas also lives.

How does an actor differentiate her character in a set of films stuffed full with grand, immortal elves?

“Somebody asked me, ‘Did you study a lot of the other elves? The performances of the elves from Rings to do this role?’ I said distinctly ‘no.’ I intentionally didn’t re-watch the movies because I was afraid of trying to copy someone’s performance and I wanted it to be original.”

bg_jFUFB“All the other elves you’ve ever seen in these movies are at least twice my age, at least twice Tauriel’s age, so they are very wise and they’re very well established in their power and their understanding of the world. I’ve intentionally tried to demonstrate that she’s not there yet. She’s young, she’s only 600 years old and in elven terms, that is so young. She’s just a baby.”

Lilly is even playing some layers of the role in a way she wants those diehard fans to understand.

“I like the idea of playing with a young elf, how would they behave? How would they be different from the aged elves? And I hope that it doesn’t come across as wrong, you know what I mean? I hope it doesn’t come across to people who really know the world as she’s not quite got it down. Because that’s my goal, to not quite have it.

“She wants to be as wise, she wants to be as much of a presence as all of her elders but she’s not. She’s a kid and there’s a part of her that is always a little too excited about things or maybe a little too engaged in the world, the way kids can get. And I think that was something I wanted to tell the really diehard fans.

“I want them to know that she is young so that when they look at the performance and they look at the character they understand the context.” (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Characters, Crew News, Evangeline Lilly, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Leith McPherson, Locations Sets, MrCere in New Zealand, Terry Notary, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien

Simpsons Hobbit Parody

SimpsonsDoTheHobbitCheck out this hilarious parody of The Hobbit from The Simpsons episode “Four Regrettings and a Funeral”.

Thanks to Ringer Toddmiester for sending it to us.


Posted in Parodies, The Hobbit

Happy Birthday Sir Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson - Peter Jackson Taught Serkis To Direct While Filming The HobbitDirector Peter Jackson is 52 today!  Many happy returns from all your friends here at!    

Happy Birthday Sir Peter!  



Posted in Director news, Peter Jackson

Collecting The Precious – The Noble Collection Plethora of Thranduil

NN1358MWe’re pleased to team up with our friends at The Noble Collection to show off for the first time some brand new items that will be up for sale very soon. These beautiful items are all related to the Elven King Thranduil himself and will all be items you can wear the night The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug comes out.  We have four new items with three of them being some highly detailed rings and a beautiful looking broach. We should have details on price and availability as soon as they go up.

If you want to check out all the news for The Noble Collection stop by and like The Noble Collection Facebook page.

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Jewelry, Jewelry, Merchandise, Shop

Evangeline Lilly gets personal with TORn about Tauriel and ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel.

(Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel.)

Desolation of Smaug poster artworkWELLINGTON, New Zealand — Those outside of the movie making business often don’t understand what The Producer does on a film. The quickest answer is: They get the movie made. They get things done.

In the case of Zane Weiner on “The Hobbit,” it meant getting in touch with someone nobody was meant to get in touch with.

Evangeline Lilly.

Living in Hawaii, she was a month removed from the birth of her child, email turned off, not taking calls about work and still confined to bed rest.

“So I was still in bed with the baby,” she told in full Tauriel outfit and gear during a lunch break on a full day of filming on “The Hobbit.”

This lunch tent, while perhaps not glamorous, is an essential part of Stone Street Studios and making Peter Jackson movies, designed to feed and shelter quite an enormous crowd. Breakfast was served there for anybody wanting to start the day off right. Coffee and tea were available on any sound stage but also in the tent — a first stop for many on a shoot. (more…)

Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Fran Walsh, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mark Hadlow, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, MrCere in New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien

See TV spot #4 and #5 for The Desolation of Smaug

Thorin_Oakenshield Warner Bros. Pictures has released two more TV spots for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The first appears wholly a recut of existing material, but the second features new lines from both Balin and Bilbo. To my mind it indicates more heft is being given to the Balin character and the friendship that we see between the pair in Tolkien’s novel.

Given what Balin says to Bilbo in the second clip, it’s probably worth briefly revisiting the official character description of Balin from mid-2011 (so long ago!). I’ve hidden it under white text for those avoiding spoilers — highlight the section to read. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Today is your last chance to enter many Desolation of Smaug LIVE event contests!

If you’re keen to attend one of the LIVE FAN EVENTS being held next week on November 4 in various (or November 5 in Sydney and Wellington), then best hurry as many of the competitions to win tickets close today.

Below are links to all the contests we know about right now (and if you know of one that’s not listed, please e-mail us at Note: tickets to these events cannot be purchased.

hobbitcontests (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Director news, Evangeline Lilly, Hobbit Movie, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Announcements, Warner Bros.

Happy Hobbit: Caramel Apples (Halloween Special)


Crickhollow Witch Happy Hobbit

You just might be in for a frightful tale if you’re brave enough to join Fili and Kili to learn how to make caramel apples… Happy Halloween!  If you want another thrilling tale, check out Kili’s book here. WARNING: This caramel is dangerously sticky/chewy! The recipe is below if you’d like to try it out yourself! (more…)

Posted in Fans, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Community, Tolkien, Uncategorized

Oakentoon #10 – They’re Taking The Hobbit, Oakentoon #11 – Majestic Equipment, Oakentoon #12 – Minty Unleashed

oakentoon_logo_by_peckishowl-d6ljafpWelcome to your latest dose of the Oakentoons 🙂

Don’t forget to check out the Oakenstills and Oakencrossovers while you’re there and to say hi to PeckishOwl.
As always just click the images to see the full size ones.


Posted in Creations, Fans, Oakentoons

UK cinemas programming 160 mins for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; UK tix on sale from Nov 1

bg_wxFiK Ringer Rohirrim Rider — an insider in the UK cinema industry — provides the following news that provides additional support for our October 18 report about the running time for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

We’ve now got our Hobbit screenings programmed in — we’re working with a runtime of 160 minutes.


Posted in Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Rumors Spy News, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

Check out Empire Magazine’s four covers for their Desolation of Smaug edition!

Empire Mag DOS cover art Empire Magazine is debuting a special The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug edition this week, and (similar to last year), their talented artists have created four different limited-edition Hobbit covers.

Your choices are Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) in Mirkwood, Gandalf the Grey in the dark domain of Dol Guldur and Bilbo clutching Sting as he treads through Smaug’s lair in Erebor. Last but not least is Luke Evans’ Bard the Bowman, a debutant in the second part of Peter Jackson’s trilogy, seen here defending Lake-town from fiery menace.

Empire’s December issue will be on newstands both physical and digital from Thursday. (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

See a young Bilbo in this high-definition clip from the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

HobbitEE_1400x2100_US Courtesy of Warner Bros., we have this glorious high-definition clip of a very young Bilbo watching fireworks and pestering Gandalf at one of The Old Took’s famous parties from the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (more…)

Posted in Blu-Ray, DVDs, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Warner Bros.