Science and Sauron! Never would have thought the two would overlap… but that’s geekery for you I guess. Thanks to Ringer Entwife for the heads-up.
A team of scientists, led by Dr Sebastian Hoenig from the University of Southampton, have developed a new way of measuring precise distances to galaxies tens of millions of light years away, using the W. M. Keck Observatory near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Continue reading “Eye of Sauron provides new way of measuring distances to galaxies”
Here’s the transcript of a long but very interesting roundtable question and answer session that Ian McKellen conducted with a number of reporters just before his final day on the set of the Hobbit as Gandalf.
The transcript traverses not just his role — and legacy — as Gandalf, but also his Shakespearean endeavours, living in New Zealand, meeting Edmund Hillary, and the challenges that Sean Connery might have faced if he’d ever taken on the Gandalf role.
Continue reading “Ian McKellen talks on Gandalf’s last day”
By now you have no doubt seen the new Star Wars teaser for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, and if not, it’s time to shake off that Turkey Coma from Thanksgiving yesterday and get thee to a theater, or you can find it here: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ The biggest question that has set off the inter webs since it’s debut is ‘Who is narrating this?’ It sounds like Smaug, er, that is, it sounds like Benedict Cumberbatch. He has not been officially attached to the film, but did visit the set and was extremely coy on a recent installment of the Graham Norton show about any possible involvement, which can be seen here: BC on Graham Norton. In a recent article today, Collider.com says the narration comes from confirmed cast member Andy Serkis, quoted below:
Contrary to rumors that began spreading right after the trailer hit, the actor providing the ominous voiceover narration is not Benedict Cumberbatch. It is in fact confirmed cast member Andy Serkis. With regards to his character’s allegiance, his words are rather ambiguous. It’s easy to imagine that voice belonging to either an old shaman-type Jedi or an age-old Sith. Which is it? We likely won’t find out for a very long time.
Read more at Collider.com’s Burning Questions answered
Of course, the narration could be anyone really, well, anyone with a nice, deep accented voice that could be equal parts menacing or world weary. As soon as we have a confirmation, we’ll pass it along. But in the mean time, what are your impressions of the new trailer? BTW, that new Sith Lightsaber is very cool with the feel of an old school broadsword.
Update: Hitfix has confirmed Collider’s story that the narration was performed by cast member Andy Serkis, but was unable to give any further details on what role he plays beyond being a pivotal character and not having much screen time. You can find more info at Hitfix story confirms Andy’s narration.
A reminder to SAVE THE DATE and get ready to celebrate at The One Last Party – There and Back Again.
As we posted last week, TheOneRing.net is hoping to hold a Party of Special Magnificence next February — a final toast to all SIX movies, both The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy.
This will be on Saturday 21st Feb 2015 – the day BEFORE the Oscars — at a venue in Los Angeles, TBA. There will be music, food, drink, entertainment and all kinds of fun! But here’s the thing… Continue reading “SAVE THE DATE – The One Last Party, February 2015!”
Here’s the latest news for those either attending the World Premiere for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, or for those planning to watch the live stream:
If you’re attending, Warner Bros. will be issuing wrist bands on Sunday 30th November from 12noon. Access to red carpet ‘pens’ will be based on wrist band numbers – and camping out in Leicester Square over night will NOT be permitted. Read details here.
On Monday 1st December, the live stream from the red carpet will begin at 5.30pm (GMT). You can tweet comments or questions for cast using the hash tag #OneLastTime. Details here.
Don’t forget TORn’s pub moot at Waxy O’Connor’s, 6pm on Sunday 30th. There will be some television and press folks there, hoping to chat with fans, and we’ll have prizes for the best costumes. Find us in the Cottage Bar – if you’re lost, look for the gal with pink hair and a ‘greendragon’ tshirt! Details here.
Only a couple of days to go…
Have you finished all of your Christmas shopping yet? Or are you yet to start? If you’re like us, you’ll definitely have a few more things on your list and what better way to complete the task than buying some Hobbity presents. TORn’s staffers deej, Elessar and Kelvarhin scoured the internet to find the perfect presents to celebrate the holidays and the release of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and we were astounded by how many wonderful choices there are. So, without further ado, here are some lovely gift suggestions for your favourite Hobbit fan (even if that happens to be you). Prices are in U.S. dollars, except the Golden Smaug Pop Figurine and the presentation pack of stamps.
Continue reading “TORn’s Hobbity Christmas Gift Guide for 2014”