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Sideshow Collectibles LOTR Updates

Dark Counsel DioramaSideshow Collectibles has started taking pre-orders for the ‘Dark Counsel‘ diorama – featuring Brad Dourif as Grima Wormtongue and Bernard Hill as Theoden. They have also posted a 360° turnaround of the piece (see image). In other LOTR updates, Sideshow has posted their production photography for the Sam and Frodo 12-inch figures – if you haven’t picked up you figures yet, now is the time. The Samwise Gamgee and the Frodo Baggins Exclusive Editions (only available via Sideshow’s website and have an extra accessory) are on second chance and should sell out shortly. Also on second chance is the popular ‘Treachery of Saruman‘ diorama which is getting some great reviews. And last, if you are on the fence about any of these collectibles, check out the ‘Backstage Pass‘ features. They are neat little videos that explain the figure and showcase what makes Sideshow items worth owning. [Dark Counsel Diorama] [Frodo 12-inch Exclusive] [Samwise 12-inch Exclusive] [Hobbit Backstage Pass Video] [Treachery of Saruman Diorama] [Treachery of Saruman Backstage Pass Video]

Posted in Bernard Hill, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lee, Collectibles, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Sean Astin, Sideshow Collectibles

Billy Boyd and Bernard Hill in “Save Angel Hope”

Anna writes in: “Save Angel Hope” – a new comedy starring Billy Boyd and Bernard Hill will premiere in the US at the Brooklyn International Film Festival on Saturday, May 31. The premier will be at 3:00 p.m. with a second showing on Sunday, June 8, at 7:00 p.m. Both showings will be at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema. Read More

Posted in Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Events, Film Screenings, LotR Cast News

Sideshow Unveils new Diorama – ‘Dark Council’ Theoden and Grima Wormtongue

Dark Council DioramaCollectors can look forward to a pretty realistic looking diorama coming soon from Sideshow Collectibles titled “‘Dark Council’ – Theoden and Grima Wormtongue.” From the looks of the piece, the sculptors have perfectly captured the likeness of Brad Dourif as Grima and Bernard Hill as the possessed Theoden. If Sideshow follows their regular schedule, we can expect this item to pre-order next week around 6pm PT. And if you are a Cate Blanchett fan, check out the Sideshow/Weta Polystone Statue of Galadriel, now listed at 35% OFF. [Dark Council Diorama] [The Lady Galadriel Statue]

Posted in Bernard Hill, Brad Dourif, Cate Blanchett, Merchandise, Sideshow Collectibles

Happy Birthday Bernard Hill!

Happy Birthday Bernard Hill! Bernard Hill (born December 17, 1944, Manchester, England, UK) is a British actor of film, stage and television. He attended Xaverian College although at the time it was known as “Xaverian School”. Hill is reportedly an experienced horseback rider and a purple belt in karate. He also attended Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama at the same time as Richard Griffiths. Hill came to prominence in the role of the unemployed Yosser Hughes, a working-class man ultimately driven to the edge by an uncaring system, in Alan Bleasdale’s BBC Play for Today The Black Stuff (1979) and its more famous series sequel (also by Bleasdale), Boys from the Blackstuff (1982). His character’s much-repeated phrase “giz a job” became popular with protesters against Margaret Thatcher’s government, because of the high unemployment of the time. Previously, he had taken smaller parts in a number of British television dramas, notably appearing as the no-nonsense Roman soldier Gratus in I, Claudius (1976). He also played the Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York in the BBC’s 1982 productions of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays. Also on TV, he played the part of Tom Higdon in The Burston Rebellion (1985).

Posted in Bernard Hill

Hill Nabs BAFTA Nom

Lion2b writes: It was recently announced that Mr Hill has been nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of former Home Secretary David Blunkett in ‘A Very Social Secretary’. [More]

Posted in Bernard Hill, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Old Main News

Bernard Hill’s First Crash

Bernard Hill has written a piece for the Times Online about his first car crash: “When I left school I planned to be a quantity surveyor but soon realised that I wanted to be an actor and was wasting their time and mine. I needed a stop-gap job and a friend of mine was a manager in a fish warehouse. Deliveries of fish would come into the warehouse in Manchester and were then sent to the shops…” [More]

Posted in Bernard Hill, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Old Main News

Happy Birthday Bernard Hill!

Today is Bernard Hill’s Birthday! Bernard was born on December 17th, 1944 in Manchester, England. That makes him 61 years old today! Happy Birthday Bernard!

Posted in Bernard Hill, Old Main News

Fellowship Festival Reports

Irascian writes: I’ve posted a series of “sound bite” interviews and photo’s from the Fellowship Festival which finishes in the UK today. Bernard “Theoden” Hill, Craig “Haldir” Parker and Sarah “Rosie Cotton” McLeod are featured, with a full report and a lot more pictures to follow. [More]

Posted in Bernard Hill, Conventions, Craig Parker, Events, Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Old Main News

This Weekend: Fellowship Festival-Weekend!

This weekend all things LOTR will gather around Alexandra Palace in London, UK for what promises to be a weekend of great fun and exciting events. If you haven’t done so already: get your tickets now! If you need some more convincing, check out the latest update from the organisers and head over to! See you there!

There are only two days to go to The Fellowship Festival and while it is pretty hectic here at Festival Towers, we just wanted to give you a quick update.

We have just been informed by Karl Urban’s agent that Karl has recently won a new film role which means that Karl will only be appearing at The Fellowship Festival this year so alongside Bernard Hill, Karl is now a worldwide event exclusive. We are very honoured to have both gentlemen join us at the show both have told us that they can’t wait to meet you all.

The event schedule has now been finalised. Due to last minute changes the full programme will be available when you arrive. We have organised question and answer sessions with the cast and crew that are held throughout the day and are repeated every day so you won’t miss out on a thing.

Some of the cast will be showcasing their special talents, check the schedule for times. Come and watch them strut their stuff; they have worked really hard to offer you a really new experience, a chance for you to see them in a new light.

The Tolkien Society have worked incredibly hard to give us many workshops and seminars where you can appreciate the works of Tolkien and Peter Jackson, huge thanks go to Ian and the team for all their hard work.

We are honoured to announce that Sarah McLeod will be singing “Into the West” exclusively at The Fellowship Feast. If you haven’t already got your ticket for the most memorable night of the year, you can buy it at the show from our stand.

Gino Acevedo from Weta Workshop will be transforming a lucky visitor into an orc before your very eyes every single day. We can’t wait to see the results.

The final touches to Mark Ferguson’s new comedy play “The Lord of The Rings 4: Return of The Towering Fellowship” have been finalised and we are looking forward to seeing Mark and some of the other cast members have us in fits of laughter.

EA GAMES are bringing one of their producers to The Festival who will talk to you about how they went about making the films into a game. Essential attendance for those of you who enjoy gaming. Don’t forget that they will also be demonstrating for the very first time, their brand new LOTR games, which are not being released until November.

For those of you who enjoy collecting, you can purchase exclusive items only available at the show and no-where else in the world brought to you by our friends at Cards Inc. You can also purchase official merchandise from our many exhibitors onsite.

Don’t forget, every Festival Ticket holder will be entered into a prize draw to win a holiday for two to New Zealand courtesy of our friends at Red Carpet Tours.

There is so much more that you can do at The Fellowship Festival, we sincerely hope that you make the most of the weekend, you enjoy all the activities that have been organised and have a wonderful time. We are very proud to be involved in such an amazing experience and look forward to seeing you all.

That’s not all folks, we still have some surprises up our sleeves…

Warmest wishes

The Fellowship Festival Team

Posted in Bernard Hill, Conventions, Crew News, Events, Fans, Karl Urban, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Old Special Reports, Other Cast, Other Crew

Theoden and Gamling the Old: A Reprise?

Bruce Hopkins aka Gamling the Old pointed out that since both he and Bernard Hill will be at the Fellowship Festival in London later this month, this would be a rare opportunity to see both of them actng together. Rumours are that some lucky fans may get to be involved in some interactive drama with them – but this is only a RUMOUR at this point. But if you want another reason to book a ticket to the Festival, just remember – every ticket purchased enters you in the draw for a free trip to New Zealand to tour LOTR locations – courtesy of Red Carpet Tours.

Posted in Bernard Hill, Bruce Hopkins, Conventions, Events, Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, New Zealand, Old Main News, Tours

Ala Lee To Attend Fellowship Festival!

Some might have already guessed it but none other than Alan Lee is the latest addition to the lineup for The Fellowship Festival:

We are proud to announce that Mr. Alan Lee, one of the world’s leading Tolkien Artists will be joining us at The Fellowship Festival from 28th-30th August 2004, at Alexandra Palace, London.

As all Tolkien fans out there will know, Alan illustrated the lavish anniversary edition of The Lord of The Rings. Alan also laboured on the New Zealand set of Peter Jackson’s film trilogy, The Lord of The Rings. As conceptual designer for the films, it was Alan’s job to create the distinctive “look” of Middle Earth.

Alan will be talking about his life and work in our Hall of Fire, along with meeting and signing for fans and attending the Fellowship Feast, the exclusive dinner for 90 fans and the cast and crew attending.

Most importantly, Alan, along with John Howe, the other conceptual artist who worked alongside Alan, will be the judges of the fan art competition.

Alan joins our other distinguished guests including:

Bernard Hill (King Theoden)

John Noble (Denethor)

Craig Parker (Haldir)

Mark Ferguson (Gil-Galid)

Bruce Hopkins (Gamling)

Sarah McLeod (Rosie Cotton)

Cameron Rhodes (Farmer Maggot)

Lawrence Makoare (Lurtz)

Jorn Benzon (Rumil)

Jed Brophy (Snaga/Sharku

Jarl Benzon (Glorfindel)

Sandro Kopp (Gildor)

Gino Acevedo (Weta Workshop)

John Howe (Conceptual Artist)

Come and meet Alan, along with the other 14 other The Lord of The Rings cast and crewmembers at the festival.

You can get your tickets here or call our hotline on +44 (0) 208 880 8150

For all event information and a full list of cast and crew attending go to:!

Posted in Alan Lee, Bernard Hill, Bruce Hopkins, Conventions, Craig Parker, Crew News, Events, Fans, John Howe, John Noble, Lawrence Makoare, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Old Special Reports, Other Cast, Other Crew

Win Two Silver Day Passes for The Fellowship Festival!

Still haven’t bought your tickets for The Fellowship Festival? Shame on you! But good thinking as well! Because today we will exclusively give away two Silver Day Passes for the festival, and all you have to do to win them is answer one simple question…

The Fellowship Festival is set to be this years convention-not-to-miss. With an amazing lineup including Bernard Hill, John Noble, John Howe and Alan Lee as well as many of the Kiwi actors we all love so much this will be a weekend not to miss. is proud to be allowed to give away two Silver Day Passes for this event, entitling you to the following:

* Numbered ticket allocated in the best available seat in the silver section
* Access to Hall of Fire Theatre activities hosted by Craig Parker and Mark Ferguson (includes Q+A sessions with all cast and crew attending)
* Access to The Talan Workshop and Seminars
* Access to The Pelennor Fields live demonstration Arena
* Entrance to the Official Licensed Exhibition where exclusive LOTR collectables are available
* Entry to the entertainment each evening, Saturday Bilbo Baggins sing along, Sunday, Galadriel‘s Ball and Monday, Minis Tirith Library Challenge.

All you have to do to win one pair of Passes is answer the following question:

Craig Parker and Mark Ferguson are co-hosting The Fellowship Festival. Craig and Mark made their convention-debut at the same time at the same convention. Please email us the name and year of this convention.

Entries can only be emailed to and must be in before sunday 11am GMT. The winner will receive notification from yours truly. Good luck and see you there!


Posted in Alan Lee, Bernard Hill, Contests, Conventions, Craig Parker, Crew News, Events, Fans, John Howe, John Noble, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Old Special Reports, Other Cast, Announcements