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GdT talks Landscapes in The Hobbit & his love for NZ food.

In a interview at WETA Cave Guillermo del Toro gives an insight to the ‘slightly different feel’ of the landscapes that will be seen in The Hobbit Movie. GdT said that they will evolve ‘little by little’ and by the second Hobbit Film hopefully they will be very different. They are currently also working on new technologies for the filming. (more…)

Posted in Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, The Hobbit, WETA Cave

Sohaib Awan Talks to Illustrator Michael Hague on The Hobbit

Illustrated by Michael Hague

Illustrated by Michael Hague

Fictional Frontiers Radio show host Sohaib Awan talked to Hobbit Illustrator Michael Hague about The Hobbit films. Below is the partial transcript, the bit regarding the Hobbit … Micahel is such a fan of the Lord of the Rings films and is looking forward to seeing the Hobbit films.

I’m just excited as a filmgoer to watch these films when they come out. I’m jazzed by it!

You can read the transcript below and discuss in the Main Forum.

Posted in Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Transcript: Sohaib talks with Anthony Moody about his GdT interview

If you didn’t catch the second part of Sohaib Awan, host of Fictional Frontiers Radio Show on WJNC1360AM, speaking to Anthony Moody from Indalo Productions about the recent interview he conducted with Guillermo del Toro, here’s your chance to read the transcript. Anthony speaks his thoughts about Guillermo’s ‘Magic Realism’, Monsters and the possible ‘tone’ of the upcoming Hobbit Films. There is a also a great story Anthony cites on what Guillermo would have liked to have done in the ‘Pale Man’ scene in Pans Labyrinth. This is the second installment from the 2 part interview with Anthony. Enjoy!


Posted in Director news, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Doug Jones Talks a little more on The Hobbit.

Doug Jones recently spoke in an exclusive interview with Eric Walsingham from on ‘Quarantine’ ‘Frankenstein’ and a little about his possible appearance in ‘The Hobbit Movie’.

We were on the red carpet of the Saturn Awards, in the press line on the way in and Guillermo came up and joined in an interview that I was already doing on camera.  The journalist said, “Oh Guillermo, what do you have for Doug in The Hobbit?” and put a microphone in his face, and we hadn’t talked about it yet.  I said, “This ought to be interesting.

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Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

GdT: ‘Hobbit’ film to be One Continuous Journey

Thanks to Compa Mighty for the heads up on the MTV Blog by Shawn Adler. Guillermo del Toro talks about the current progession on the Hobbit Movies …

The reality is that we stopped talking the first movie and second movie, and we just started taking about the movie – the two episodes, or two parts, as if they were a single piece of narrative,” he said of scriptwriting meetings between “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson, his filmmaking team of Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and del Toro himself.

Read the full article at MTV. [Read More]

Posted in Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie

GdT: “Hobbit Scripting Maybe Done By The Change of the Year”

The Hobbit Script is coming together MagicallyGreat news from the MTV Movie Blog today. We know that scripting has started on the Hobbit by the Fabulous Four – Jackson, del Toro, Walsh and Boyens, but news on the progress has been scarce. So its great to hear Guillermo give details of how things are coming along:

First thing is, sometimes we get all together in the same space or we all are in video conferencing. And those are sessions that can last two, three days,” del Toro said, opening up for the first time about the nuts-and-bolts aspect of the collaboration. “But after that, it’s almost like we take turns to a degree — or we each get big, big homework to do and then we come back. And then we exchange that homework and then we have input from that.

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Posted in Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Howard Shore is Working on Hobbit Score

Just this morning Sohaib Awan at Fictional Frontiers spoke to Howard Shore about his recent composition for Macy’s who are celebrating their 150th anniversary. During the interview, Howard had a few words to say about the Hobbit:

“Yes I am starting to work on the Hobbit. A lot of the group is coming back together to work on it. It’s really a wondrous occasion. It’s fantastic guide for me to be able to go back to Middle earth and create more music , ‘cause these films, the films, are placed before Fellowship of the Ring, so I have to go back into Middle earth a little earlier and pick up my writing, and write a piece that would grow and take you right into Fellowship of the Ring.”


Posted in Crew News, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, LotR Movies

Andy Serkis talks about The Hobbit and the role of Gollum …

According to a short video interview with Andy on ITN here, Andy Serkis is looking forward to reprising his role as Gollum:

Female Reporter: Was it very exhaustive being Gollum?

Andy: Yeah, yeah. It was physically very tiring. Physically and mentally and vocally. (laughs)

Male reporter: Being Smeagol, you being Smeagol as well – as an actor, that must be quite nice – to look like you, for once..

Andy: Well the fact of the matter is that I don’t know where they’re going to pick up the story – obviously Gollum in The Hobbit is Gollum – he has transformed into Gollum, so – but then there’s the prequel to The Rings as well, so we’ll have to see. It will be very, very interesting to see where the writing takes the development of the character. But I know they’ll come up with something very interesting.

We’re sure they will too, Andy.

Posted in Andy Serkis, Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies

“The most beautiful writing experience of my life” ~ Guillermo talks scripting The Hobbit

Our friends at Popcorn Taxi have come through with the audio of their August 18 Q&A with Guillermo del Toro regarding Hellboy II to transcribe. The biggest bombshell of the night came near the end of the 42 minute session: The first official news that the scripting team of Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro had begun writing The Hobbit. Here’s how Guillermo described the breaking news:


“Well the only thing I can say is that we are now finally and officially and merrily in progression on the scripting process. We are all actively working on it and having a grand time at it. It keeps transforming and changing and it is ‘the most beautiful’ writing experience of my life, I’m enjoying it tremendously – and there’s bound to be news soon enough.”


Without further adieu, here is the transcript in full of the Q&A session. The Hobbit news can be found at (41:21) on the last page. I would encourage everyone to read the full transcript as Guillermo talks in depth about his early interests in automatons and clocks, his characters, cast, monsters fairies and vampires, children’s books, CGI and effects, his childhood, The Golden Compass, spirituality, his inspirations and his perspective of the world he perceives.



Posted in Director news, Guillermo Del Toro

Happy Birthday Ian Holm

Today is Ian Holm’s birthday! Sir Ian Holm was born on September 12th, 1931 in Essex, England. That makes him 77 years old today! Happy Birthday Ian!

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Fictional Frontiers 8-31-08 transcript

Fictional FrontiersLarry Curtis did the honours from DragonCon for the installment of TORN’s bi-monthly radio show on ‘Fictional Frontiers with Sohaib’ – WNJC 1360 AM Philadelphia. Larry talks about the Hobbit Panels conducted by TORn, the fans, and the how he can now sleep at night knowing the Hobbit scripting has begun … and much more.

Posted in Conventions, DragonCon, Events, Other Events