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Quickbeam’s HOBBIT THEN & NOW Lecture at Valencia Library

 

hobbit_bbc_radio_4The third time’s the charm as our very own Senior Staff writer Clifford ‘Quickbeam’ Broadway is set to deliver an entertaining scholarly presentation on Dec. 10th on the various adaptations of THE HOBBIT that have been crafted over 76 years. In tandem with the excitement of the West Coast Premiere of “The Battle of the Five Armies” local residents of Southern California are welcome to attend this FREE event at the Valencia Library in Santa Clarita, just a little ways north of Hollywood.

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Posted in Contests, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lectures & Education, Miscellaneous, Out on a Limb, The Hobbit, TORn TUESDAYS Live!

Staffer Quickbeam talks Bakshi on Story 2 Screen this Saturday!

Our own Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway will be appearing the Story 2 Screen Movie Review Podcast this Saturday to discuss the 1978 animated Lord of the Rings film by Ralph Bakshi.

You’ll be able to grab the podcast (free) via itunes here. (more…)

Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community

Quickbeam’s Desolation of Smaug Film Review: Splendid Smaug Splits Fandom?

hobbit_the_desolation_of_smaug_ver16_xlg[Editor’s Note: Fear not, dear readers, TORn staffer Quickbeam presents our first official review of DOS *spoiler-free* until loudly noted in the later section (with plenty of buffer space) where inquisitive minds may read further with spoiler-iffic abandon.]

The Great Schism: Splendid Smaug Splits Fandom?
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Hobbit Version 2.0: Jackson Does it Differently

I know it’s been a long year to wait. Ringer fans are going into ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ with high hopes for another thrilling chapter in the ongoing saga adapted by our fellow fan, Peter Jackson. Indeed it is thrilling. And indeed it bears all the hallmarks of a P.J. film, replete with energetic action set pieces and gorgeously realized creatures and places that only cinema can properly provide to our senses.

Be forewarned Book Fans, because of the extent DOS deviates from J.R.R. Tolkien’s original, you can bet your bottom dollar there will be a very vocal fan reaction, if not an outright scream of frustration from one or two up in the balcony. The filmmakers have certainly delivered the goods; it is a very enjoyable movie that pretty much blows the audience away with well-crafted storytelling. It is by turns breathlessly paced and frightening and funny and gorgeous (Smaug especially has much of his “muchness”). But by the end credits, it no longer resembles the book you read as a kid, not by a long shot.
Which is something I must mention up front because of the laborious efforts towards fidelity in ‘An Unexpected Journey.’ In fact, much of the LOTR Trilogy was a concentrated effort to (mostly) honor the source material. True, there were odd bits that didn’t ring true to Tolkien; like Faramir dragging the hobbits to Osgiliath and Frodo sending Sam home (piffle) but what happens in DOS is just completely off the rails, especially in the third act.

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Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Media Reviews, Miscellaneous, Out on a Limb, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TORn TUESDAYS Live!

A Leisurely Jaunt With The Top Down: Quickbeam Reviews THE HOBBIT

Sometimes words just pour out of me when I type. Other times, I hesitate. Reviewing THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY required an approach unusual for me after twelve years contributing to TheOneRing.net. I let things gestate for several days, really, so as to refine my thoughts. The first part of this review will be blissfully *spoiler free* for those who don’t want to know the big changes; but after a warning I’ll get into the nitty-gritty with loads of spoilers.

I’ve been as excited as anybody, truthfully. THE HOBBIT: AUJ has *finally* come to the big screen – envisioned by the capable hands of a crafty Kiwi director, backed up by a super-group of WETA designers, enhanced by New Zealand’s gorgeous vistas. (more…)

Posted in Film Screenings, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Premieres, The Hobbit, TORn TUESDAYS Live!

*Live* on TORn TUESDAY Today: Quickbeam’s Grand Tour of NZ and Hobbit Set!

THERE AND BACK: today on our *Live* webcast TORn TUESDAY, our intrepid host Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway has just returned from New Zealand where many magical things were witnessed ON THE ACTUAL SET OF THE HOBBIT, but secrecy abounds! Be tantalized and teased with a unique 1st person account of travels to the real Middle-earth! We also pay tribute to our fallen friend and Memorial Day remembrance for our brave heroes abroad. Come join the show via Stickam (account “theoneringnet”) using your own Skype login or via our Live Event Page with our unique Barliman’s chat embedded in the show!

Tune into our show at 5:00pm PDT (that’s L.A. time folks — click here to see when it is in your city!), and just click to our Live Event page.

Posted in Adam Brown, Barlimans, Billy Connolly, Crew News, Director news, Fans, Green Books, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, John Callen, Locations Sets, Mark Hadlow, Miscellaneous, MrCere in New Zealand, Out on a Limb, Peter Jackson, Production, Richard Armitage, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, WETA Cave, WETA Workshop

Out On A Limb with Quickbeam: “Where Exactly Art Thou, Radagast?”

Greetings all, Quickbeam here.

Rumors are flying as far as the Great Eagle’s sight that our newest wizard, Radagast the Brown, will have a more prominent role in the first installment of THE HOBBIT: ‘An Unexpected Journey.’ I am very excited by what Sylvester McCoy may bring to the role. The rumors are strongly suggesting Radagast’s rustic home on the eaves of Mirkwood Forest — Rhosgobel — will be more heavily featured than first suspected.

Color me intrigued! This kind of “newly added” material in Peter Jackson’s film adaptation is not canonical, strictly speaking, within the pages of “The Hobbit.” Yet it is canon from another Tolkien book! This stuff comes from the Appendices in the hinter-lands of “The Return of the King,” and therefore the most intriguing as to how it’ll play out in the new films. Among purists it might be cause for alarm.

Let’s investigate what we know from Tolkien — keeping in mind what the Professor seemed to be confused about himself may leave us with a minor mystery. Let’s also speculate on how P.J. is going to make Rhosgobel fit into the narrative of his first HOBBIT installment.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS WARNING
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Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Out on a Limb, Rumors Spy News, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

Getting to know Quickbeam

Welcome to the first “Getting to know…” questions that need answering.  It’s based on the old Getting to know you threads that I used to post on the message boards here, so those familiar with them will know that the questions can be a little crazy and the answers even crazier.

This month we’re asking questions of our favourite Ent, and Host of TORn Tuesday, Quickbeam.

Once again, thank you for agreeing to take part in all of this Quickbeam.

Me: Remembering, of course, that your beautiful kitty passed on just before you left for “Where the Stars are Strange“. Do you have any cats or other pets?

Quickbeam: Ah yes, that was a blow. I remember very clearly how I wanted to just “close up shop” when my little feline friend died. The thought of pleasurable vacationing in New Zealand seemed out of bounds, but obviously I went. Perhaps that is a normal response for anyone who has taken guardianship of an animal… those are the bonds of love that are peculiarly the strongest. The idea then came to me of how I might be sharing my unique trip to Middle-earth with the spirit of my lost friend. Somehow it was therapeutic and indulgent at the same time.

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Posted in Conventions, Director news, Director Rumors, Fans, Green Books, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Miscellaneous, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, WonderCon

TORn TUESDAYS *Live* with Quickbeam today 5pm Pacific

Be part of the fun with long-time contributor Clifford Broadway hosting LOTR / HOBBIT artists, fans, fantasy authors, and other special guests on his innovative weekly *live* streaming show TORn TUESDAYS with QUICKBEAM! We launch our program at about 5pm Pacific time — today we are giving away a massive Collector’s Edition “LORD OF THE RINGS: WAR IN THE NORTH” PS3 video game boxed set — courtesy of Warner Bros. Interactive (this thing is about $140 retail value and comes with a leather quiver for arrows, a fantastic cloth-map of Middle-earth, special Blu-ray “music of the game” disc and an Art Book)! Yak it up with folks in Barliman’s chat room or come in via Skype. Check out the broadcast in our LIVE Event section right here every week: 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time!

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Events, Television, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

TORn TUESDAYS *Live* with Quickbeam today 5pm Pacific

Yes – it’s Tuesday and YES we have our live video streaming show where everyone can take part! At 5pm PST this evening tune in here for TORn TUESDAYS LIVE with Quickbeam! Be part of our live discussion with Clifford bringing on special guest commentator Nicholas Manelick to parse through the many amazing new things we have seen from Peter Jackson’s production diary (volume 4) and all those Spy Reports from different NZ locations! We’ll also feature some amazing artwork from Beyond Bree’s new Tolkien calendar as well as Professor Tolkien’s own artwork appearing in “The Art of The Hobbit” book!

Chat with folks in Barliman’s chat room LIVE and we can even bring you in via Skype. Check out the broadcast in our LIVE Event section right here every week: 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time!

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Events, Television, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

TORn TUESDAYS *Live* with Quickbeam today 5pm PDT

Where do Tolkien fans gather on Tuesdays for the hottest live chat “call-in” show covering all things Hobbity? Join the fun with TORn Tuesdays LIVE with Quickbeam! Be part of our live streaming show with Cliff offering analysis and wild speculation about the set report from Ain’t It Cool News, as well as a tidbit of inside information about a casting in The Hobbit for “The Old Bellringer” who warns the Men of Laketown of that dratted fire-drake!

Chat with folks in Barliman’s chat room LIVE and we can even bring you in via Skype. Check out the broadcast in our LIVE Event section right here every week: 5:00pm Pacific Daylight Time!

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Events, Television, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

TORn TUESDAYS *Live* with Quickbeam is Today! 5pm PDT

Where do Tolkien fans gather on Tuesdays for the hottest live chat “call-in” show covering all things Hobbity? Join the fun with TORn Tuesdays LIVE with Quickbeam! Be part of our live streaming show with Cliff discussing (A) the newest HOBBIT set pics, (B) external shooting near Marlborough, (C) upcoming 10-year anniversary of the LOTR Film Trilogy (D) exciting news from the LOTR: WAR IN THE NORTH video game & much more! As always talk with folks in Barliman’s chat room LIVE and we can even bring you in via Skype. Check out the broadcast in our LIVE Event section right here every week: 5:00pm Pacific Daylight Time! [LIVE Event Area] (See All Times)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Events, Television, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

TORn TUESDAYS Live with Quickbeam at a Special Time Tomorrow!

*Programming Change to 4:30pm PDT* Tomorrow’s installment of “TORn TUESDAYS live with Quickbeam” (our weekly streaming video call-in show) will feature a special guest producer from 4 TANKS AND A HEALER, the lovely Marisa Zakaria! We will discuss the history of fandom related to Fantasy Gaming, and how difficult it is to start up a brand new animated series! You can interact live and pose your questions in our Barliman’s chatroom, built-in to our LIVE event section at 4:30PM Pacific Daylight Time! [LIVE Event Area] (TORn Tuesday will take place from approx 4:30-5:30pm PT – See All Times)

Posted in Barlimans, Fans, Gaming, Green Books, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, New Zealand, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, TORn TUESDAYS Live!