Ian McKellen Mr HolmesThere’s a lot going on in the next week or so for Ian McKellen fans. This Wednesday, July 15th, he’ll be taking part in a Q&A session on reddit’s “AMA” (Ask me Anything). The session runs from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST, so be sure to collect your questions for him and ask them here. The Q&A comes two days before the opening of Sir Ian’s new movie Mr. Holmes on Friday, July 17th. Adapted from Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” Mr Holmes has Sir Ian playing a 93 year-old, retired Sherlock Holmes, trying to piece together what happened during his last unsolved case, 30 years in the past. If you live in the L.A. area, Sir Ian  and fellow Mr. Holmes actor Laura Linney will be appearing in person after the 7:15 showing at The Landmark theater, Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles. Tickets can be purchased here, and you can watch the trailer at the Mr Holmes official site.

With the opening of Mr Holmes, there are sure to be more interviews and appearances which we’ll bring to you as we hear about them. Here’s one with the Minneapolis Star Tribune to start them off: Ian McKellen talks ‘Mr. Holmes,’ Gandalf, Guthrie and gay marriage.

IMG_7056Asmus Toys is proud to present the next figure in their 1:6th action figure line for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Previously Asmus released two bad guys, the Morgul Lord and Gothmog. Now we get the first good guy in Gandalf the White. Gandalf comes with a really good likeness to Sir Ian McKellen, Glamdring, staff, hands galore, and a very cool severed Orc head that will fit on a regular 12″ body. No word yet on when Gandalf will go up for order or price but once he does, we will certainly let you all know.

The full breakdown for Gandalf the White looks like this:

Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Gandalf the White from The Return of the King.

  • Asmus Toys  KP01A+ male body
  • Approximately 30 cm tall
  • Over 36 points of articulation

Features :

  • An authentic likeness of actor from the film.
  • One pair of relaxed posture hand
  • One pair of weapon holding hand
  • One pair of random posture hand
  • One Orc head (can be equipped on regular 12” body)

Special features on Clothing:

  • One white cape
  • One pair of long sleeved under-vest
  • One pair of  long underpants
  • One special patterned movie realistic vest
  • One pair of special skirt
  • One belt plus sheath holder
  • One pair of boots

Special features in weapons:

  • One  sword – Glamdring
  • One sword sheath
  • One  Gandalf the White’s wizard staff


  • One interactive custom base
  • One Asmus Toys figure stand

Ian McKellen homeless 2 sm Back in 2010, a photo of Ian McKellen in his Waiting for Godot get-up and apparently being mistaken for a homeless person as he sat on a bench outside a Melbourne theatre raised some eyebrows in the press.

McKellen was apparently sitting in his tramp costume taking a break when a passer-by gave him an Australian dollar.

Now, as he prepares to reprise Samuel Beckett’s famous absurdist play on Broadway, the same photo is causing a stir all over again on several news sites — with some seemingly unaware that the events in the photo occurred three years ago. Continue reading “Sir Ian McKellen “homeless” photo causes a stir all over again”

Facebook | Videos Posted by Karl Falconer_ Ian McKellen at the BFI All-Night LOTR Movie MarathonRinger Karl Falconer, who attended the BFI IMAX LOTR All-night screening managed to snag the following video of Sir Ian McKellen at last night’s event. The video is on Karl’s Facebook page, so I’ll need to login to see it – but its worth it! First off, Sir Ian revels he will be in New Zealand in March to begin filming for approximately a year, with the first of two films being released Christmas 2011. (as expected, but great to hear from Ian!) As our earlier reports have revealed, Sir Ian also states he ‘pretty well knows’ who will play “Frodo” (maybe a small slip up, and he meant Bilbo) and that we will be happy with the casting (2:22 mark of video). A huge thanks to Karl for sending us the link to his video. [Ian McKellen Video] And while you are on facebook, don’t forget to become a fan of TheOneRing.net! [TORn on Facebook]