bilboWhat exactly is going on with the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit? The world seems to be holding its breath in anticipation, including us, but as the calendar turned to November, we turned to a trusted rock-solid inside source and found a dragon’s treasure of updates. Continue reading “Exclusive Hobbit update: Casting, monsters, costumes!”

Guillermo Del Toro would like to send Happy Birthday wishes to Hobbit director Guillermo del Toro! If you’d like to send along your well wishes, take a moment to post on the thread that has already been started in our forums. (He visits them quite often!) Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, which makes him only 45 as he moves into his second year of ‘Hobbit’ film development.

3DBilboThe interwebs have been astir with rumors and sources claiming that “The Hobbit” is being planned as a 3D movie experience. An unscientific but fun poll showed conclusively that almost 75 percent of TORn poll takers didn’t like the idea. Then, the same pot was stirred again with more “sources” backing the original information and a flurry of e-mails landed in our inbox ( if you have a hot tip!) beating the same drum. Not wanting to disrupt the creative process going on around a pair of films based on “The Hobbit,” we nevertheless asked Guillermo del Toro just what exactly, if anything, was up with 3D Hobbit movies. Since he is the director of the films in question (you know, the guy who picks the director of photography, the cameras and formats and all that movie stuff) we thought he might know.
Turns out he did and he told us, “I can safely say that, as of this moment, there are absolutely NO conversations about doing the HOBBIT films in 3D.”
Put that baby to bed and turn off the light.

Peter JacksonThe plan was to be impartial and emotionless in the printed word and provide interested parties (hopefully you dear reader) all the facts and information from Peter Jackson’s un-press conference in San Diego as possible.

After all, he had 40 or so of us delighted to be trapped in a room with him in a small but luxurious hotel a few hundred meters from the convention center where the world’s biggest celebration of popular culture was taking place. It was the end of the first day of the four-day event and Jackson had swooped into town, showed off his first ever public screening of “District 9,” and then convened Geek Court. Continue reading “Peter Jackson speaks”

The multitasking, multimedia storyteller and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and author and co-writer with GDT on “The Strain,” Chuck Hogan, have delivered to New York Times readers an op-ed contribution about “Why Vampires Never Die.” Ringers Rock brought it to our attention on TORn’s message boards and we wanted to share it with everybody. Continue reading “GDT picks up the pen for NY Times”

Guillermo Del ToroRinger spy Michelf has sent us the link of Guillermo del Toro chatting with Charlie Rose. The interview features a great but short collection of clips and then the two jump into the rich soil of GDT’s imagination. Rose is his usual warm self and the director of the two “The Hobbit” movies is passionate about monsters, movies, writing, life and the horror of banal reality and tabloid existence. GDT talks about science fiction and fantasy and drops such gems as, “I am not a hardware guy. I am a biologically perverse guy. I am into squishy things.” Click here to enjoy.