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Archive for November, 2013

‘Hobbit: DOS’ world premiere to be heard in Dolby Atmos, nobody is surprised

Dolby Atmos LogoDolby Laboratories sent a press release today that might rank among the least surprising press releases ever. Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” will resoundingly ring out at its world premiere in Dolby Atmos. Some of here at TORn are big fans of the Atmos sound experience with its ceiling mounted speakers that allows sound engineers the ability to create a sound landscape, a step beyond surround systems.

Thranduil, King of the Wood-elves.

Thranduil, King of the Wood-elves.

If you want to find a Dolby Atmos theater, you can just CLICK HERE and find one near you. If you live in Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota or South Dakota, enjoy your road trip.

Most people go to films and are happy just to make it through previews, “clever” ways to tell viewers to shut their phones off and then watch Dolby’s promotion for what audiences are about to hear. But being the movie nerds we are around here, some of us celebrate motion picture sound and the chance to be further transported out of the theater and into a three dimensional auditory experience. No surprise, Peter Jackson embraces new technology and never misses a chance to tell the most vibrant story possible. So, just as with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” DOS will have the newest, best sound experience at the premiere and select theaters.

For those readers who aren’t sound nerds, Atmos allows technicians to create sounds anywhere in the theater, not just where speakers are. This sounds too good to be true, and we can’t explain it here, but in the right theater you can listen carefully to the Radagast sequence where he is dashing through the undergrowth and spiders crawl on his house to appreciate it. You will hear it. Anyway, this is great news even if it surprised nobody. Not paid anything by Dolby (but hey Dolby, feel free) I intentionally seek out the Atmos theater in my city whenever possible.

Dolby also has this page dedicated to Atmos and AUJ if you want to do a little home work. And below is a video of director Guillermo del Toro talking about the sound. Below that, the full press release from today. (more…)

Posted in Director news, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, MGM, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Production, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

New Desolation of Smaug photos from Empire Online and more!

Hobbit Sky Movies PhotoWe have a slew of new pictures from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for your viewing pleasure today, courtesy of Empire Online, Digital Spy,, & Sky Movies. Thanks to Sander Postema for sending in the links!

These latest images give us a look at Bilbo, Gandalf, the dwarves, Bard and the Master of Laketown (more…)

Posted in Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, John Callen, Ken Stott, Luke Evans, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, MGM, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, Peter Hambleton, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros., William Kircher

Happy Hobbit: Pumpkin Pie (Thanksgiving Special) – Episode 31

happy hobbit pumpkin If you’d like to make a pie from sugar pumpkins for your Thanksgiving, then you’ve come to the right place! Join Kili and discover how to make your own puree. And if you think pumpkin pie smells delicious, you’re not alone.

Someone else has the same idea and is trying to track down Kili’s pie… but we won’t say who!

We’ve reproduced the recipe below so you can try it yourself if you want. (more…)

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

Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart on Charlie Rose tonight

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in Waiting for GodotIan McKellen dropped fans a line on his Facebook page today – letting us know that he and Patrick Stewart will be appearing on Charlie Rose tonight, to discuss their two Broadway plays Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land.

The show will air at 11 P.M. eastern time on WNET Channel 13 in New York. For other areas, check your local listings.


Posted in Events, Hobbit Cast News, Ian McKellen, LotR Cast News, Stage Productions

Collecting The Precious – United Cutlery Helm of Sauron Contest

SauronhelmHave you ever wanted to be Sauron? Well, if you have now is your chance to at least have his helm. That’s right! We’ve teamed up once again with United Cutlery to give away another fantastic replica from Middle-earth. Starting today and running for one week only you can enter and roll the dice you just may bring home this $350 item. Thanks to United Cutlery for allowing us to give this awesome item away.

Enter to win your own: Helm of Sauron

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, Shop

Win tickets to the World Premiere of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Dolby_Theatre_Wide_Shot_a_lWomen’s Health Magazine is currently running a sweepstakes for one lucky winner to receive a pair of tickets to the World Premiere of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug on December 2 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. They invite you to join some of the film’s stars, including Men’s Health Magazine December cover star Luke Evans and Women’s Health Magazine January/February cover star Evangeline Lilly. Simply go to the Magazine’s sweepstake page to enter. The Dolby Theater can hold up to 3400 people and is equipped with Dolby 3D and the Dolby Atmos sound system, so the winner will get an awesome movie going experience.

You have until midnight on December 1 to enter and they will contact the winner by phone on December 2. Since that is the same day as the actual premiere, you will probably want to already be in Southern California, or able to get here very quickly. The prize is just the tickets to the premiere, no flights or hotel or anything but the tickets. This contest it is open to all US and Canadian residents, with a few small exclusions, so make sure to read the rules before registering to win a chance to sit in one of the seats shown below. Personally, I’d shoot for a seat in the middle about half way back to get the full effect of the 3D and actually be able to see Smaug towering over above while hearing every single gold coin sliding all around you.

Dolby auditorium


Good Luck to each and every one of you, and if you do win, make sure to tweet us @theoneringnet so we can look for you walking the Red Carpet.

Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Luke Evans, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Charity Screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug supporting Life Flight

image003Join the team from Life Flight at The Embassy on the opening weekend of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for a special charity screening supporting Life Flight. Book here.

William Kircher (who plays Bilfur the Dwarf) and Joe Letteri ONZM (Weta Senior Visual Effects Supervisor for The Hobbit) will be attending and there’ll be an exclusive Q&A session with four-time Oscar winner Joe before the film.

Embassy Theatre, 10 Kent Terrace, Wellington
Friday 13 December 2013
Event begins 5.15pm. Film starts 6.05pm
Cost: $30 (includes 3D glasses)
Life Flight receives $9.50 from every ticket sold
The 3D film is the second in a trilogy of movies adapting the ever-popular masterpiece The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves on an epic quest to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor.

Click here to book your tickets today

Please contact Niall Mackay or 04 920 2237 if you have any questions.

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Joe Letteri, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, William Kircher

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Radagast the Brown Pre-Order Information

radLate last night our friends at Weta Workshop sent out a special email with information regarding the details on the final new collectible from Comic-Con 2013. The last of the characters fans will be able to get their hands on is the loveable Wizard himself Radagast the Brown. Radagast was sculpted by the amazing Steven Saunders who has already turned out multiple winners from both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The Wizard comes in with a price of $275 and an edition size of only 1,000 pieces worldwide, with expected shipping in February 2014. Having seen this in person at Comic-Con this past July I really think fans are going to love having this in their collections. Its a superb looking statue.


Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

The Desolation of Smaug TV Spot #9 “Dragon” is here!

Bilbo and Smaug A new day, a new TV spot for The Desolation of Smaug. This one features some previously unseen footage of Bilbo making his way down into the depths of Erebor towards the lair of Smaug. Appropriately, Warner Bros. have titled it Dragon.

Movie spoilers, of course!

Thanks to Ringers Xpayne, Sander and Huan for the heads-up. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, MGM, New Line Cinema, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

Shakespeare, performance capture and getting back on stage – Richard Armitage talks to

Richard Armitage from ONTD photoshootAs readers will know from this post last week, Richard Armitage recently took the time to chat with TORn staffer greendragon. As ever, Armitage was gracious and erudite. His respect for his fans is evident, and he seems always ready to acknowledge their support, and share some time with them if possible.

The interview covered the topic of getting ready for the upcoming release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and whether there might be even MORE pick ups next year in New Zealand. Also discussed at length was Armitage’s theatre training, and his approaches to the craft of acting. His first love, it seems, is classical theatre; and fans can expect to see him back treading the boards sometime in the not too distant future. Here are the highlights of what he had to say.


Posted in Characters, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Production, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

First review: Howard Shore’s soundtrack for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Desolation of Smaug standard edition soundtrack Six notes transform Howard Shore’s Desolation of Smaug soundtrack from adequate to awesome. That might sound a big call, but they could just form the tensest, eeriest leitmotif that you’ll hear this year.

A lot of folks noted (or if you prefer, complained about) the lack of new motifs in An Unexpected Journey. “Give us a hook, just something new to whistle!”, the people seemed to cry. (more…)

Posted in Green Books, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The potential of JRR Tolkien’s story-telling in The Hobbit movies

The Hobbit Book CoverIn our newest TORn Library feature, Brian Tither discusses the effectiveness of portraying Tolkiens’ story-telling via cinematography.


Posted in Green Books, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, Tolkien