News and Site update Archives:
-Billy Connolly claims he is still not a Tolkien fan even after playing a dwarf in the films.
-James Nesbitt and Aidan Turner talk about partying in New Zealand.
-20 minute French TV special has more behind-the-scenes clips.
-45 minute German TV special has some behind-the-scenes clips that I have not seen before.
-Interview with Richard Armitage wherein he describes how it would not take a keen nosed dragon to recognize the “smell of dwarves” after a day of filming.
-Interview on This Morning from 12/13 with Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, James Nesbitt, Aidan Turner, and Peter Jackson.
-Michael Martinez of Xenite.org has a few words to say about the new and improved Thorin Oakenshield.
-John D. Rateliff, author of The History of the Hobbit, has written a series of reviews on the film, giving a very positive purist’s perspective.
List of expected scenes that did not appear in the first film
-Richard Armitage gave an interview on Empire’s podcast last week. The audio excerpt can be downloaded here (right click and “Save link as”).
-Looking to waste time while you are at work? Then follow the “Heirs of Durin” on Facebook in the guise of King Thorin Oakenshield, Fili the Dwarf, and Kili, Heir of Durin. We guarantee your productivity will lower because of it.
-Interview with Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis on Allocine.
-There is a hint about Aidan Turner’s Kili in the third film towards the end of this interview with Richard Armitage.
-Richard Armitage proves to be the biggest nerd out of Aidan Turner, James Nesbitt, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, and Peter Jackson in this Tolkien trivia question.
-Susan Messer Chan points out parallels she noticed between Peter Jackson’s Thorin and Norse warriors.
-Moviefone interview with Andy Serkis, Peter Jackson, and Martin Freeman.
-Susan Messer Chan discusses Thorin vs. Aragorn, and why, in her opinion, the disgruntled King under the Mountain comes out on top. Thorin Oakenshield: Tolkien’s Inimitable Hero.
-Interview with Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, and James Nesbitt on Digital Spy. Discusses going back to the roots of dwarf history from the Silmarillion, expansion of characters in the 2nd film, and where Bilbo and Thorin’s relationship is heading in the next two films.
-Didn’t like watching the Hobbit in HFR? Here’s why you should give it a try in old fashioned 24 FPS, according to photographer Vincent Laforet.
-Dwarf Costuming: Several new creations were added to the gallery from Andi Tan, Mistergrinn, and Aidan Moon.
-Fan Fiction: Jon brings us a new tale entitled “A Dwarven Love Story, Part One”. Summary: Thorin Oakenshield’s life and upbringing- from a scared young boy in Dunland, to a warrior.
-Neil Finn talks to EW.com about “The Song of the Lonely Mountain”: “They are a solid, earnest, hard-working, loyal bunch, but they’re also very fixated on getting back what’s theirs,” Finn said of the band of dwarves. “There’s a great wound in their psyche, so it seemed appropriate to refer to that in the lyric.”
-Fan Art: There are many additions to the Hobbit Art Gallery from these fine artists: Thomasmonteath, TiaAnthy, Harpokrates, Euclase, Aminawolf, Dermot Troy, Mathurin156, blueToaster, Pau-Norontaus, Art-Calavera, Naivara, BakaHoshi, NiJole-teh-drac, thecapturedspy, harveytolibao, Damaximos, and Luka Cakic. You can view all the newer works starting from here.
-IGN quizzes the Dwarf actors on their Tolkien knowledge.
-ArchedCory offers us this Essay: In Defense of Fili, Kili, and Thorin Oakenshield – an Appreciation beyond Hot Dwarves.
-Interview with Richard Armitage on Collider.com talks about preparations for filming the Battle of Five Armies (which will be the peak moment of Thorin’s redemption according to him) next year. Since I had some trouble getting the video to play the first 5 times I tried, I recorded the audio, in case anyone else had similar issues (right click and “Save Link As…”).
-Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage interview each other in these amusing videos from Cinemax.
-Are you already thinking about the next film? Here’s what Peter Jackson and the cast have to say about it on Total Film.
-Richard Armitage answered 5 questions for USA today last week, but here is a further interview in print.
-So what’s the score?? Sharp eared viewers and lovers of Howard Shore’s score have already noticed interesting themes cropping up in unexpected places in the film. Whatever do they mean? Doug Adams can’t give away all the information, but he assures everyone there is a purpose to it all here.
-Interview with Peter Jackson and Richard Armitage in Post-Gazette.com. Richard talks about using his Maori speech as part of the vocal preparations for Thorin.
-Canal+ has a 24 minute special on the making of the Hobbit (entirely in French). There are a few behind the scenes bits I haven’t seen before, like this one.
-Video of the visual effects work for the Hobbit:
-Here’s some tips from the cast on how to fit in as a dwarf:
-Empire Magazine has video interviews with the cast as well as scenes from the film. The first interview with Martin Freeman starts on this page, but if you go down to the bottom there is a whole menu full of further videos that you can scroll through.
-Another one that’s too good to ignore….Interview in the LA Times where Richard Armitage draws parallels between Thorin and Macbeth, and Thorin and himself as someone who fears failure. Talks about the evolving relationship between Bilbo and Thorin from the first to the third films.
-Oh well, one more link then. FXguide.com has lots of information and videos featuring the work Weta Digital did on the film.
-Uh oh, my Weta book The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Chronicles: Art & Design just arrived. These will be the last updates you’ll see for a bit while I wallow in all the details.
-Peter Jackson’s 10th V-log is out now featuring the Premiere in Wellington!
-Interview in GQ with Richard Armitage talks about beards coming back in style, and what his genuine obsession is.
-Interview on Hollywood.com with Richard Armitage talks about additional ideas for the relationship between Thorin and his nephews, and what we might see in the second film.
-Interview with Richard Armitage on Monsieur Hollywood talks about the makeup process.
-Richard Armitage was on the George Stroumboulopoulos show last week. In a world of typically great interviews, this one is especially insightful, going deep into the character’s qualities. Richard also gives his opinion about what is at the heart of Tolkien’s writing. And…once you get past all the gravitas, they talk about smokin’ weed, eatin’ shrooms, and Richard nearly kills George over a fan video. Best interview evah!
-Extended interview (originally listed under TrailerAddict Dec 11) with Richard Armitage on The Tribune.
-Very entertaining group interview by Ann Curry with Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving, and Andy Serkis before the Wellington premiere.
-Interview from last week with Richard Armitage on Cinema.de mentions one of his favorite things about filming was the change in perspective and finally getting to look up at other actors.
-Richard Armitage on CityTVOfficial last week, talking about preparing to be a dwarf, how Thorin would fare in the real world, and how polite the fans have been around the world.
-Entertainment Tonight has more interviews with Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage from before the premiere in Wellington.
-Interview with Richard Armitage on Flicksandbits.com where he talks about Thorin’s expectations on coming to Bag End.
-Martin Freeman on the Today Show last week.
-Peter Jackson interview with Ann Curry in New Zealand featuring a behind the scene look at motion capture and visual techniques.
-Peter Jackson on Access Hollywood.
-Richard Armitage on the Today Show from Dec 5.
-Interview with Richard Armitage on HeyUGuys.co.uk where he discusses his reaction to HFR and gives us a line in Khuzdul.
-TV Spot #13 from WarnerBrosPictures.
-An interview with Richard Armitage from Dec 3 also has a clip from the film between Balin and Thorin.
-A scene from the film. The dwarves sing the “Misty Mountains” song at Bag End.
-Mose at the Movies; Richard Armitage Interview pt 1.
-New interviews on TrailerAddict.
From the NY Premiere, B-roll footage and interviews:
-Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage
-John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Stephen Hunter, Peter Jackson, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Adam Brown
-L.A. Times interview with Peter Jackson at Comic-Con from this summer. Discusses Goblins and Smaug designs.
-Interview with Richard Taylor about the dwarf makeup process.
-Interview in the NYDailyNews with Richard Armitage.
-Text of the Japanese press conference with Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis, and Elijah Wood.
-Interview with Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage by Japanese press.
-Interview with Richard Armitage on CTV News.
-ClickTV interview with Aidan Turner.
-Interview with Richard Armitage on Middle-earth News. “Bilbo is absolutely the heart of the story. He’s the beating heart of the story that you want to protect and you want to make sure survives. Thorin is the soul, really. He’s the experience, he’s the spirit of the dwarves and their kingdom and this whole bowl that holds the heart in their hands. And that’s how I see it. And they sit in harmony with each other, I think, and are changed by each other.”
-Interview with Adam Brown in the Huffington Post.
-Interview with Richard Armitage on E! News.
-Fan coverage by TORn of the red carpet in NYC last week. Peter Jackson mentions his cameo comes in the first 7-8 minutes of the film.
-Hollywoodreporter.com interview with Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, Richard Armitage, Adam Brown, and John Callen.
-From last week, the Hobbit cast and their LEGO figures.
-Another very spoilery minute long scene from the film featuring the White Council.
-Aidan Turner answers questions, and mentions something about film two, in this interview with the Irish Film and Television Network.
-Empire has added more extended interviews with the dwarves. Take a look to see what you’ve missed.
-Five questions for Richard Armitage in USAToday video.
-Lots of actor interviews in the Making of Middle-earth Featurette.
-A recording of Richard Armitage on InnerSpace mentions his reasoning behind the song Thorin sings.
-Jakethemovieguy interviews Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Richard Armitage.
-Interviews with Andy Serkis, Jed Brophy, Stephen Hunter, Graham McTavish, Mark Hadlow, Jeff Robinov, Philippa Boyens during the red carpet in NY.
-Interviews with Ian McKellen (with Patrick Stewart), Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, and Liv Tyler at the U.S. Premiere.
-Interviews with Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman on the red carpet at the U.S. Premiere.
-TV Promo on WarnerBroIndia features Thorin and also gives a glimpse of Azog.
-Richard Armitage held court in Union Station, Toronto on Dec 3rd to the delight of commuters.
-Video interview with Richard Armitage on VancouverSun.com
-Similarities between Richard Armitage and Thorin on digitalspy.com.
-Richard Armitage discusses the meaning behind the names of Thorin and Thráin on movies.inquirer.net.
-Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman talk about the evolution of make-up for their characters on UPI.com
-I have many TV spots (and a load of screencaps) to catch up on. Here are numbers 10, 11, and 12 from WarnerBrosPictures:
-Interview in Metronews.ca with Richard Armitage who found himself dreaming in character. That’s subconscious dedication for you.
-Interview with Richard Armitage by Greendragon. Part 1.
Part 2 is an extended version of the interview in Twitchfilm.com posted Dec 5, the summary of which was as follows: He discusses how his character changes through the years, how keeping in character while on set was of paramount importance to him, and how he honors the character by always returning to the book. Also of note is his admiration for the role of Grima Wormtongue in LOTR (I didn’t think Richard could earn more points in my book than he already has, but that just did it).
-My account of meeting the cast of The Hobbit at the U.S. Premiere in NYC.
-Richard Armitage takes fan questions on WSJDigitialNetwork.
-14 minute interview on WSJDigitalNetwork with Joe Letteri, and Richard Armitage:
-Working link to the video first posted on the 6th. It is a 13 minute long TV special on the making of The Hobbit. Contains plenty of spoilers and film clips you have not seen.
*Serious Spoilers in the clip below*
-Interview with Richard Armitage on Twitchfilm.com.
-Here is a genuine treasure, or a curse, depending on if you are trying to avoid spoilers or not; Traileraddict.com has a ton of interview clips with the actors (taken on set) and also a bunch of B-roll footage that did not make it to the V-logs (really great behind-the-scenes stuff in here). If that weren’t enough, they also have 6 clips from the film. Links are on this page.
Unfortunately this will likely be it for updates for a few days. I must away ere break of day, and have much to prepare
-Interview with Sylvester McCoy offers some information about Radagast.
-Interview with Joe Letteri on the visual effects for The Hobbit.
-A “head-cam” interview with Richard Armitage at Union Station. He was gifted three things upon the completion of filming this year, one of which was the oaken shield.
-Another audio interview with Richard Armitage on 680News can be downloaded here.
-Audio interview with Richard Armitage below:
-Screencaps of the new warg scene shown during the Richard Armitage interview today are here.
-Richard Armitage was on The Marilyn Denis show this morning. Aside from the interview itself, there is also a great new scene from the film where the Company has to deal with the sudden appearance of wargs. *Spoilers* An HD version of the video can be seen here.
-Ian McKellen on the Today Show.
-3 more new Hobbit TV spots, with flashbacks to the coming of the dragon at Erebor, and more from Moria.
-Peter Lyon, interviewed on an Australian TV station, shows different scale versions of Orcrist and Thorin original dwarven sword, as well as a look at Bolg’s massive mace.
-Empire is counting down to the Hobbit release with an extended interview with the 13 dwarves (one per day with a little more info than was in their magazine last month).
-Interview with Adam Brown (Ori) in Express.co.uk.
-Interview with costume designer Ann Maskrey in the LA Times.
-Andy Serkis is interviewed by AFI.
-Part of the Japanese Premiere (in which Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, and Andy Serkis attended) has been uploaded to Youtube.
Part 1 (Peter Jackson films the premiere and Martin Freeman does a dance).
Part 2 (Richard Armitage explains how not all the onscreen blood is fake).
-Interview with Dean O’Gorman in the LA Times. On the relationship between Fili, Kili, and Thorin: “That relationship triangle does offer a lot of content,” O’Gorman said. “Especially the journey that Thorin goes on — Fili and Kili relate. They’re very much involved in Thorin’s journey, and that dynamic gets involved throughout the movie.”
-The press conference for the Japanese premiere was recorded by RACentral. (Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, and Elijah Wood attended). You can watch it in five parts on Youtube:
-New interview with Neil Finn about making “Song of the Lonely Mountain”. “They talked a lot about how the movie really, in many ways, is a tale of the dwarves, as much as it’s called The Hobbit,” Finn tells Rolling Stone. You can also listen to each song on the soundtrack separately from Rollingstone.com.
-Interview with Richard Armitage on the German site OutNow.CH has been translated into English by Servetus, and is available thanks to RAnet.com. Interesting mention of potential harp playing.
-Interviews with Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, and Richard Armitage on ZMTV, and with Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens.
-Where there’s a will…. 3 epic new TV spots not available online yet. *Spoilers*.
-Screencaps from TV spot #8 in the gallery.
-New TV Spot (#8) from WarnerBrosPictures on Youtube features new shots with Elijah Wood and Ian Holm, and some sword swinging by Thorin and Gandalf.
-The Hobbit will live up to expectations, according to Ian McKellen’s interview.
-Interview with Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis. Richard mentions how his life has been changed by the filming process, how he was made larger in order to be shrunk digitally, and how working with 2nd unit (directed by Serkis) was no less fun than Main unit.
-Interviews with Martin Freeman, Dean O’ Gorman, John Callen, Philippa Boyens, and Graham McTavish from the red carpet.
-12 minutes of the Press Conference from yesterday featuring Peter Jackson and the cast. Barry Humphries (Great Goblin) gets in some good lines. Martin Freeman addresses whether or not he is like Bilbo. Cate Blanchett talks about the appropriateness of the film for children. Elijah Wood and Hugo Weaving talk about how if feels to return to NZ. James Nesbitt gives NZ a good review. Peter Jackson on how Freeman’s Bilbo has that crucial sense of irony and the absurd needed to make the character work.
-Peter Jackson’s speech from the end of the red carpet yesterday.
-Interview with Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, and Elijah Wood on returning to work in Middle-earth.
-Interview with Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, and Richard Armitage. Richard identifies the film’s real hero, explains the differences between Thorin and Bilbo, and describes his character’s weakness and fears.
-Brief article recapping a bit of what was said on the red carpet last night.
-Cast of the Hobbit participating in a traditional Maori greeting.
-In a press conference, Cate Blanchett discusses whether or not the film’s scarier moments are suitable for children (not very spoilery, but does mention Azog).
-Interview with Mark Hadlow before the premiere yesterday where he describes his pride at having The Hobbit film in New Zealand.
-Album of Red Carpet photos posted on The Hobbit Facebook page. All your favorite dwarves, elves, hobbits, and more.
-Exclusive posters will be available at some midnight IMAX showings. More designs, and the list of participating theaters, are on The Hobbit Facebook.
-Lots of new/improved images in the Photo Gallery.
-The Hobbit Page has a free online game allowing you to practice combat tactics by pitting the dwarves against each other using just a few keys on your keyboard. I’m terrible at it, and so was inappropriately proud that Thorin defeated Balin here:
-Graham McTavish (Dwalin) answers several questions from the NZ Herald.
-Interview of Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Aidan Turner, Dean O’ Gorman, and John Callen while on the plane to Wellington.
-A clip from the film has been released on Youtube in which Bilbo receives Sting from Gandalf. *Spoilers* obviously, but not as far as new twists in the plot. Thanks to Mirkookrim91 for finding it.
-Andy Serkis filmed an add for Cinemark.
-Video interviews with several of the cast on YouTube
- Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis
- Second one with Freeman, Armitage, and Serkis
- Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood
- Second one with Weaving, Blanchett and Wood
- Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens
- Second part with Jackson and Boyens
- Third video with Jackson and Boyens
- Group interview with all the above.
-Interview with Andy Serkis in the Dominion Post.
-Interview with Weta General Manager Tim Launder.
-Article and video interview with Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, and Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis.
-Peter Jackson interviewed on Radio New Zealand.
-Great interview with Peter King and Tami Lane about Hobbit makeup. Mentions Cate Blanchett and Lee Pace’s Thranduil. Also describes Tami Lane’s stint as a dwarf extra during a scene in which Thorin Oakenshield leads a hundred dwarves down a mountain slope.
-Fan coverage of the pre-premiere party thrown by TORn in which Peter Jackson and a few of the cast attended. A video about preparing for the costume party features Jed Brophy, who was Master of Ceremonies, complimenting the “hardcore fans”. Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, and Jed Brophy greet fans. -Thanks very much to Erhan for keeping me informed of all these interviews!
-Here is a Costume Party report by fan Mulubinba who has traveled to Wellington to be part of the Red Carpet Tour and will be there for the excitement of the Premiere today!
-Jed Brophy (Nori) answers a few questions in the New Zealand Herald.
-John Campbell flew in on the Hobbit plane with the cast. Interviews with Royd Tolkien, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, Sylvester McCoy (Radagast), and Joe Letteri (visual effects). More video coverage of arrival.
-Air New Zealand has an album of images from the cast landing in Wellington.
-Dean O’Gorman and Aidan Turner are highlighted in this clip from the Hobbit plane arriving in New Zealand with much of the cast. More views of the cast departing.
-The New Zealand Herald has an album of pictures from the cast arrival yesterday.
-While it was a bit of a shock that Ian McKellen could not attend the World Premiere in Wellington, he offers this good news for us Yanks!
-William Kircher (Bifur) answers some questions in the NZHerald.
-An interview with Richard Armitage in the French magazine L’Ecran Fantastique gives us a wealth of insight into Thorin, and the joys and challenges of becoming a dwarf in Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth, in addition to a few spoilers.
-Peter Jackson has just posted Video Blog #9 on Facebook and Youtube.
-Dwarves on a plane: Air NZ unveiled its Hobbit-themed aircraft today (Bilbo and Gandalf are toward the tail of the plane) while a sombre choir gave a rendition of Misty Mountains. For more images, visit Weta’s gallery on Facebook.
-An interview with Richard Armitage in the Spanish magazine Acción Cine reveals a little more about the emotional burdens which Thorin carries throughout the films, and how real life pain may have improved his audition. With thanks to RAnet.com for compiling the information.
-Interview with Ian McKellen in stuff.co.nz reveals the beginning of the relationship between Bilbo and Gandalf which may or may not make it to the screen.
-Total Film announces their next issue (#201) will have a feature on the Hobbit.
-Join NowLive.com for streaming coverage of the Hobbit World Premiere next week.
-An interview with Richard Armitage in the Dominion Post discusses the changes the character of Thorin goes through during the course of the trilogy.
-Video interview in the NZHerald with Mark Hadlow (in Dori costume) talks briefly about the Hobbit film.
-Ian McKellen talks about returning to the role of Gandalf, from the NZHerald.
-Newzealand.com has a new interactive guide to Middle-earth which contains a wealth of information about the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit locations you can visit while in NZ, and also has some lovely new Hobbit concept art by Weta Workshop within the pages. Worth a look!
-Radio interview with Neil Finn about “Song of the Lonely Mountain”.
-Also from Stuff.co.nz – Philippa Boyens gives insight on learning to love The Hobbit; “I sort of had this eureka moment one day when I realised that it’s not about it being too many dwarfs but about there being too few. Once you shape the story and you understand that there’s only 13 of them and they are going to try to take back a mountain from a dragon you’re off.”
-Stuff.co.nz reports that jeweller Odette Anscombe-Smith will be making custom pieces for Hobbit producer and assistant director Carolynne Cunningham, but of particular interest to readers of this site, Odette spent time as an extra in the films “as a dwarf woman, complete with beard.”
-richardarmitagecentral.co.uk has scans of the Hobbit articles in the Sunday Times (Nov 18).
-Details on the LEGO set “Barrel Escape” now available.
-Great article, pictures, and video from the Dailymail.co.uk summarizing Prince Charles’ trip to New Zealand and meeting with Dori (Mark Hadlow). William Kircher and Peter Hambleton (Bifur and Gloin) were also in attendance, along with Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, and the Weta crew.
-Screencaps of TV spot #7 here.
-Another day, another TV spot. #7 from WarnerBrosPictures on YouTube and The Hobbit on Facebook. This one gives Dwalin a real reason to panic.
-Kili, Heir of Durin on Facebook shared a new image of Thorin from a German calendar, and reports that although this is the same calendar mentioned in the news from 11/12, it does not contain the images of Mirkwood and the barrels (which are no longer in the first film).
-Screencaps of the TV spot from earlier today now in the gallery.
-WB on YouTube and The Hobbit on Facebook released another TV Spot (#6 by their count) with plenty of new footage and some fine character building on the part of Bilbo. Bravo little hobbit! Watch below (screencaps will be added to my gallery later this evening):
-Prince Charles meets Dori (Mark Hadlow) during New Zealand visit.
-If by some chance you had no intention of listening to the entire Hobbit Soundtrack this early, then you won’t be interested in knowing that Empire claims to have the whole thing online for your listening pleasure right here. It is not for downloading, and I personally haven’t gotten it to work with my browser, but some people have, so there you go.
-Hobbit International TV Spot (Japanese subtitles) has yet more new moments. Video and screenies this way.
-Nearly lost in the rush of awesome today, Miruvorheron points out there are new photos of scenes from Mirkwood, (also here) and the barrels (as well as other new pics) in a calendar available from Elbenwald.
-Ian McKellen explains that Peter Jackson is still the same fellow who made LOTR, with the possible exception of one thing.
-The Hobbit is already making its bid for the Oscars. Read their list of submissions here (may the best dwarf win).
-The full “Song of the Lonely Mountain” by Neil Finn has been released online. Links to the song and my attempt at transcribing the lyrics are here.
-Scans from last month’s Empire magazine featuring brief interviews with each dwarf actor.
-Screencaps from the two new moments in the 60 sec TV spot from 11/7 now in the gallery.
-Aching to hear some of Howard Shore’s The Hobbit Soundtrack? Perhaps one minute previews of each track of the Extended version will soothe you.
-Extended TV Spot #4 (is this getting confusing yet?) is a minute long and has a moment or two of new footage.
-Weta Workshop is offering a new version of the Ring of Thorin in sterling silver.
-A clearer image of Fili and Thorin is now online, thanks to Fili the Dwarf on Facebook.
-One of the tracks from the Hobbit score is out already, featuring music for Radagast.
-As noticed by Gar-mogoth of TORn, the new TV spot (#4 by my count) has quick moments of the dwarves looking to cross a chasm as the stone giants fight it out (blink and you’ll miss it), more interaction between Bilbo and Gollum, and the Company arriving at Rivendell (which would be amazing except it is covered up by the end title).
-For those of you in France, Premiere magazine has a feature on The Hobbit coming up.
-17 of the character posters from Comic-con and Empire magazine are now in the Gallery.
-Ian McKellen blogs about “What it was like to be back.”
-Some of the 3D posters made for Comic-con can be viewed clearly on photographer Nels Israelson’s website.
-Complete track list for The Hobbit Soundtrack revealed.
-If you should find yourself flying Air NZ then you’ll be treated to this in-flight safety video. Dean O’Gorman (Fili) fans will want to watch closely! You might just see some of this guy:
(images from Air NZ on Facebook).
-After the critical reaction to the screening of 48 fps clips at CinemaCon earlier this year, Peter Jackson describes some improvements made: “We’ve completely re-designed the way we convert the data from the camera into the image. The highlights and shadows roll off more, giving it a much more filmic look.” Check out DGA.org for the full article.
-Fan art: New additions to the Hobbit Movie gallery include Fili by xforsty, Thorin by Anninhabs, and Ori by Artsy50. New works in the Tolkien-Inspired gallery include Thorin and the Great Goblin by Whistler Kenworthy, and Thorin and the Elvenking by Hedonistbyheart.
-Thinking about making a replica of Thorin’s costume, but feeling a little overwhelmed by the details? Perhaps the latest addition of Thorin to the Dwarf Costuming Gallery (yes there is such a thing!) will inspire you.
-James Nesbitt talks briefly about Bofur in Mirror.co.uk.
-After bringing us set reports and interviews from The Hobbit film, two reporters journeyed to Mount Doom with a determination almost as great as that of Frodo and Sam. Read about it in these articles from Cinemablend.com and Comingsoon.net.
-Weta creates Dwarf silhouettes for the NZ Post building.
-Ian McKellen blogs about 3D cameras.
-From Cinemablend.com comes the Guide to Recognizing Your Dwarves. There is overlap with the previously mentioned articles, but also more info about many of the dwarves which has not appeared in the list below (use the links toward the bottom of each page to get to the next dwarf).
-Armitage, Azanulbizar, and the Arkenstone. Some thoughts on the latest interview with Richard Armitage.
-Loads of interviews posted yesterday on Collider.com with:
70 things about The Hobbit (Set Visit)
-And on ComingSoon.net: From the Set – Plenty of great background info on each dwarf!
-From io9.com: Massive Secrets of the Hobbit Revealed. A lot of overlap of material but also some extra details (and you can’t beat the hand drawn illustrations!)
-Another rare and wonderful blog entry from Ian McKellen, going into more depth about his choice to revisit Middle-earth.
-Empire confirmed that the new covers are going to be 3D lenticular, which they say “appear to move and breathe on their own, which is rather lovely.” Lucky subscribers will also get their own collector’s cover featuring costume concept art of Bilbo.
-So, who’s going to be the first to let us Yanks know what’s in the pages of the upcoming Hobbit issue from Empire? 5 different covers to choose from. I’ve got mine picked out already.
As a teaser, Primetime.unrealitytv.co.uk has all the covers (in super large size) and a few quotes, including one by Richard Armitage:
In an exclusive interview with the magazine, he spoke of his excitement at working with Jackson: “I’d read The Hobbit over and over as a kid. Then I got into the Lord of the Rings as an adult, but sadly I was never in a position to even be considered for that trilogy.” He added: “There’s nothing that could have stopped me from doing Thorin. If I never do another piece of work again after this, I think I’ll be happy, genuinely happy. It feels like an arrival….It’s the fact that it’s Peter Jackson and he’s picking up Tolkien and doing what everybody wants to be done with it. It’s his vision, and it’s so so close, so close to my vision.”
-Lotrjewelry.com has several new sterling silver designs from The Hobbit, including rings, swords, and Thorin’s Key. The downside is they only ship to New Zealand and Australia. Also available at nzjewelleryonline.com.
-Last week Wetanz.com had a featured article on Steven Saunders, the sculptor who created the masterful 1/6 scale Gandalf statue. There is an interesting bit about how that statue was upscaled for the life-size one seen at Comic-con.
-Details from the third Hobbit LEGO set show “Riddles of the Ring”
-Interview with Martin Freeman on Radio Times.
-Fanart: Many new contributions to the Hobbit Art Gallery including Thorin and the Company in song by Felt-heart, Members of the Company by Artsy50, and Gloin by Allpacheco.
-Details from the second Hobbit LEGO set are up now, with the next soon to follow.
-Amazon.com is selling lifesized cardboard standees of the main characters in the Hobbit. You can get Thorin, Kili, Gandalf, Elrond, Bilbo, Galadriel, Gloin, or Nori/Dori/Ori. Some of these are made with previously unseen images. I think my lonely Captain Picardboard from 20 years ago is about to get a bunch of new buddies.
-The Noble Collection finally has their Hobbit catalog up and running. Great variety of jewelry, statues, replicas, and even a few inexpensive collectibles. Most items ship in December. I’m partial to the replica of Thorin’s ring.
-Pousette has given us scans of a new Hobbit playing card deck featuring new scenes, close-ups of a goblin, concept art of the Goblin King and a warg, locations, Galadriel, Bilbo, Elrond, Gandalf, and lots of dwarves.
-Matters of Trust: Exploring Conflict in “The Quest of Erebor”. Some of my speculations about what Gandalf and Thorin’s on-screen relationship will be based on.
-An interview with Hugo Weaving in Collider briefly mentions more Hobbit filming still to go.
-There were two audio interviews last week with Mark Hadlow on abc.net.au. The first briefly describes Dori’s personality in the film, while the second gives us a few more details about Dori, the strenuous nature of the shoot, and also a little preview of his in-character accent.
-If you are planning some Hobbit style LARP you will be glad to know a new line of “battle ready latex weapons…built from quality rubber around a fiberglass core” is coming in December. They include several Hobbit favorites such as Sting, Orcrist, Glamdring, Kili and Fili’s swords, and Fili’s hammer. Check them all out at Wicked Replicas.
-Just checked the official LEGO site, and am now in more danger of liking these plastic critters, especially when they are recreating scenes from the movie. They currently only feature the Unexpected Gathering set, but will be releasing more info about each set in the following weeks.
-Lots of images from the upcoming Hobbit LEGO sets on Flicker. I will admit I don’t get the LEGO obsession, and I find it vaguely disconcerting that I may have just viewed scenes from the film in LEGO form first. But I will say some of these figures are really cute (how can you not love the Goblin King?), and angry…and… okay maybe now I’m starting to see what everyone finds appealing about it. These little blocks fighting each other is utterly ridiculous, and sort of charming. Here’s the whole Company, Legoized.
-Thanks to DanielLB of TORn for pointing out a list of new collectibles from The Noble Collection which we can expect to appear everywhere very shortly. It includes letter opener sized versions of Orcrist, and Thorin’s original sword. There is also a Jewelry selection featuring Elven rings and brooches, as well as Thorin’s silver ring, and a pendant version of Thorin’s belt buckle.
-Need an iPhone cover with Thorin, Bilbo, or Gandalf on it? Yeah you do! How about a mug with your favorite hobbit, dwarf, or wizard? Check out the WB Shop for their latest Hobbit items.
-The soundtrack for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journeycan be pre-ordered from Amazon (2 discs, but not much more in the way of details yet). It has a shipping date of December 11. There will also be a Deluxe Edition.
-The Film Cell (a UK merchant) lists a preview of some of the new Hobbit items coming from the Noble Collection, including weapon and prop replicas. You can pre-order these items and more on their website.
-Just a reminder that The Hobbit Design Contest ends on October 15!
-Work on the film continues as the people at Weta polish up the Hobbit for presentation by the end of November.
-Info and images from a poster for the not-yet-released Hobbit Lego sets may give away spoilers for the films.
-4 new HD banners from the Hobbit Twitter are now in the Photo Gallery. Most are close-ups from the Scrolls, which is nice in itself, but there is a new image of Thorin as well (featured in the image above) and a reworking of the Gollum/Bilbo shot.
-You can order a stamp set from the New Zealand Post featuring Bilbo, Gollum, Gandalf, Thorin, Radagast, and Elrond, as well as collectible coins (including silver and gold) with the same characters, and more. The stamps show some new images of Gandalf, Radagast, Elrond, and Thorin.
-New officially licensed T-shirts are available from Amazon.com featuring many characters from the film. All the dwarves are represented, and there are quite a few great Thorin designs. A wide selection of these have been added to the Merchandise page.
-If you want to get your hands on a replica of Orcrist there will be multiple options coming your way.
-The French site Tolkiendrim has the scoop on the character of Yazneg, and some new figurines.
-With the release of more images of Bilbo’s Contract, I was able to add to the list of what we can read, with even more additions since yesterday.
-New poster of the White Council features Gandalf, Galadriel, Saruman, and Elrond.
-Ugh! So much merchandizing to catch up on, toys to hunt down in stores, descriptions to update, Contracts to decipher…. But for now enjoy this low-res version of an action packed new poster featuring heroes and villains from The Hobbit.
-New Hobbit prop replicas from Weta Workshop, including statues, weapons, maps, jewelry, and more!
-Added a text free (and high-res) version of the newest Scroll to the Photo Gallery.
-Another new Scroll is out! (not to be confused with the old new scroll) featuring the full Company at Bag End.
-William Kircher (Bifur) mentions he will be going back to film for about three more months next year in this article from Stuff.co.nz.
-Peter Jackson released a new poster featuring all the dwarves.
-A new Hobbit Strategy Game (and new concept art) is coming soon from Kabam.com.
-Spoilers: For anyone interested in seeing the new designs of Tauriel, Bolg, and Legolas you can check out full views of the Bridge Direct toys at JoeCustoms.com, while ComicBookMovie.com has pics of Grinnah and the Great Goblin. These figures are already on the shelves at some Toys R Us stores (which is why we are getting these images). Naturally there is no sign of them at MY local store.
-Billy Connolly is back at it! Read this interview in The Vulture to find out what he thinks of Tolkien, and how he intends to deal with obsessed fans.
-Interesting interview with James Nesbitt (Bofur) in The Telegraph, talking about the necessity of the Press, the impact of his family’s move to NZ, and a little about filming The Hobbit.
-If you had trouble viewing the alternate Hobbit trailer endings on the official site, you can watch them all here.
-Here are over 200 screencaps of the new trailer, plus the alternate endings.
-The new Hobbit Trailer is here! Click here for viewing info and some dwarf-centric screenshots!
-9 more new images featuring Bilbo, a wicked looking Gollum, oddly endearing Smeagol, more Gandalf and Galadriel, and Thorin and the dwarves!
-The Hobbit Facebook page just shared this image of Bilbo on a bridge from the upcoming trailer.
-Photographing the Hobbit: Find out who takes many of the wonderful images which grace our monitors.
-6 new Hobbit images from USA Today! Is this a peek at content from the new trailer?
-As Peter Jackson posted on facebook, the new Hobbit trailer is coming this week! Look for its debut on trailers.apple.com around Sept. 19th. MSN NZ claims it will have the trailer first (2am on Sept. 20 New Zealand time).
-Some dwarves are legendary fighters, while others are legendary…foodies. Bombur’s real worth to the Company is measured in teaspoons and cups, and he shares some of his hearty concoctions on the new website from WB, Recipes from Middle-earth.
-The Hobbit Monopoly game is coming! This is not what I needed to see. I already have two editions of the game, but I don’t see that stopping me from getting a third.
-Getting to know your dwarves: Official descriptions from the Hobbit app.
-Part II of an exploration into the history of the sometimes ill-fated Longbeards at In a Hole in the Ground.
-The folks at Elendilion.pl think they have deciphered the runes on Dwalin’s hands in the latest images from the Hobbit app.
-Dwarves riding war-ponies? What madness is this? Well, so far it’s been fun. Join me in my limited exploration of the Rohan Beta.
-4 more pics from the app (of Oin, Kili, and Gandalf) added to the gallery, from henneth-annun.ru.
-Over 30 new images are featured in the Hobbit app. Check them out here.
-Loads of new movie images can be seen on the official Hobbit app for use on iPad and iPhone.
-The Hobbit Annual provides another look at Thorin, as well as this description of the Arkenstone: “Although Thorin is looking to get all of his family’s treasure back from Smaug, there is one thing in particular he is looking for — the Arkenstone. A huge sparkling gemstone, it is also known as ‘The Heart of the Mountains’.”
I’ve been waiting for some sign the Arkenstone is definitely in the films (I’m likely the only one worried that it will be replaced by some other plot device). I won’t put all my faith in an activity book description being accurate, but this is a good sign.
-The Hobbit Annual may have also given us the first look at the Great Goblin. If you don’t want to know, don’t follow this link!
-Review of the Gentle Giant Thorin mini-bust by Elessar.
-Lots of speculation at DragonCon last week, maybe even some spoilers mixed in!
-The set of Dale will remain up longer than intended, according to this report.
-Amazon.com has the Bridge Direct figures available for pre-order now. They only have the 8 figures that were seen at Comic-con earlier this year. They should be shipping these in October.
-The Hollywood Reporter announced the three Hobbit films will be titled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”, with the final film to open July 18, 2014
-Calling all artists! You will definitely want to take a look at the official Hobbit Design Contest (open to residents in the U.S. and Canada). Share your Hobbit art with the world, and win prizes by Weta, Sideshow, and United Cutlery.
-Cirdan, of Herr-der-ringe-film.de, informed me of another wonderful dwarf costume replica. This very detailed outfit of Fili was made and worn at the last Ring Con by female fan Tony Sejari (that’s right ladies, dwarf cosplay doesn’t have to be a boys only activity). Photos were taken by Andreas Kinder.
Although I have only three examples so far, (I know there will be more in the future) I think it’s time for a new fan art category: Dwarf Costuming
-Fans in the UK got their first look at Lee Pace as Thranduil via an activity book. If you live in the US you may be able to purchase it from individual merchants here (I did). TORn member Bexlin shared the first images from it this morning, including some new ones of the dwarves. NZNoldor.com had more images of an Elvish nature.
-The version of Thorin’s key that was available for pre-order is no longer listed, but the runes almost certainly read “Durin Heir”. It may not be particularly clear at first, but once you try a translation using the Futhark runic system (which Tolkien used in The Hobbit) it becomes more obvious. Images of this key, and what is supposedly a Weta design can be seen on Herr-der-Ringe-film.de, and show markedly different runes.
-Richard Armitage will soon become known as the ultimate gruff dwarf, but in reality he’s a true gentleman. Read about one fan’s encounter on the set of “Black Sky”.
-FiliSonofDis and friends have created the first movie-version Dwarf costumes that I’ve set eyes on so far. This band of adventurers plan on cosplaying several dwarves at New York Comic-con in October (and of course making quite a visual impact at the premiere of the movie). Here is a teaser featuring Ori, and Bofur!
-Fanfic: If you have not yet discovered the Saga of Vaenomar I urge you to give it a look. Currently up to chapter 16, it is set years before the Quest of Erebor, and follows the fate of a human girl caught between the world of elves and dwarves.
-It’s Richard Armitage’s birthday today, and in celebration the official Hobbit Twitter page has given us a much higher resolution version of this image of Thorin!
-We all know how important the score was to making the LOTR films the masterpieces they are, so it gives me a little thrill knowing that Howard Shore is currently recording the Hobbit score! More info on Doug Adams website.
-In follow-up to the Azog questions from yesterday, Manu Bennett posted this picture on his Facebook page on Aug 4, with this caption:
“With Peter Jackson in his 1970′s Aston Martin – still have the motion capture dots on my face from doing filming for The Hobbit.”
-The latest rumor on the casting of Azog, the slayer of Thorin’s grandfather. This time it is Manu Bennett!
-Plenty of possible spoilers from a German website, including character descriptions of Radagast, Tauriel, Azog, Bolg, Beorn, and Thranduil.
-Good review (with pictures) of the Weta Thorin statue by Elessar. Having procured one of these myself, I can say that overall I am very happy with it.
-Added an Articles and Interviews tab to the Menu bar.
-Hobbit Movie Board Game available for Pre-order
-New Bilbo images in August 24 Entertainment Weekly
-Thror’s (or Thorin’s) map soon to be available from Weta Workshop. Here’s a comparative look at the new prop and Tolkien’s original.
-A peek at some dwarven looking 3D glasses for the Hobbit!
The Journey of Freryn hasn’t progressed much with all the Hobbit news demanding my attention, but I haven’t been entirely away from the Lord of the Rings Online game. Here are some updates to my version of Thorin in LOTRO, and an unplanned foray into Appendix A: Durin’s Folk.
-The rumor that the two Hobbit films will become a Trilogy is confirmed today by Peter Jackson.
-Here are high-res photos and scans of the September Empire Magazine interview with Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis.
-Allocine interviews Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, and Martin Freeman. I love how it is character focused, and also just happens to drop the Misty Mountains song right into the middle! Thanks France! And a big thanks to Ana Cris for finding this! Armitage on Thorin: “He’s bringing his people home. He’s coming back to reclaim their treasure and to take his people back to where they belong. So for me, it’s a story of revenge and loyalty, trust and honor. That’s been an amazing thing to try and portray; that sense of a burning ember that’s dying and he has to go and rekindle it.”
-The people on TORn who saw the film footage at Comic-con add to their initial reactions (and a few more spoilery details).
-Over 250 HD images now in the V-Log #8 Screencap Gallery.
-Richard Armitage talks to HitFix about singing dwarves and finding classical inspiration for his character:
-V-log 8 reveals Dwarf armies and a young(er) Thorin! First look at what is almost certainly a flashback
-Peter Jackson’s latest Video Log #8 has been posted on Facebook!!
I’ll be posting the usual pile of screencaps much later tonight (or tomorrow). –If you don’t feel like waiting for me to get my act together (I can’t wait for me either) then check out this link which already has a ton of caps up.
-Brief clips of interviews with Peter Jackson, Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage (who is now the king of the Hobbits, wouldn’t ya know!) on FoxNews
-Clips from the interviews TheOneRing.net did with Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, and Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens at Comic-con:
- Richard Armitage (full interview can be seen here courtesy of Bccmee)
- Ian McKellen
- Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens
-Second part of the LaCosaCine coverage of the Press Conference Q&A (first part listed under news for 7/17).
-Gig Patta has three videos on YouTube which cover the same material as the vids from thompsononhollywood listed under news for 7/18, but with a bit of additional material at the beginning, and some extended interviews with Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen at the end. The audio is still not the best, but clearer in places.
-Here is some information about upcoming Hobbit LEGO sets from The Brick Fan.
-A look at the smaller scale Bridge Direct action figures, including Fili & Kili, Dwalin & Balin, Bilbo & Gollum, Gandalf, and Thorin.
-Interesting look at how new technology is helping Weta create props for the Hobbit.
-New Thorin wallpaper by Tannni added to the Art Gallery.
-More interviews added to the Comic-con Video page.
-Another 2 sections of the Press Q&A with with Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Philippa Boyens as covered by thompsononhollywood (be warned, the audio is pretty bad):
-New Interview from LaCosaCine of the Press Q&A with Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Philippa Boyens.
-Geeknation.com has posted a clearer HD version of the Hobbit panel from Hall H on their site (still no film footage).
-A personal trainer on the film reveals the challenges of keeping The Hobbit’s dwarves up and running.
-Ain’t It Cool News reports on the behind the scenes reel and film footage shown at Comic-con. Mention of Bard, The Master of Laketown, Smaug’s attack on Laketown, and Bilbo’s lines standing on a mountain of gold in Erebor! Big long summary of the scenes shown. Thanks Quint!
-Article in Collider with Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis
-New interviews added to the Comic-con video page including:
Richard Armitage on HitFlix
Peter Jackson on SiriusXM and 3News
Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman on ITN
Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen on AP
Brief quotes by Richard Armitage and Ian McKellen on 7News
-The Hobbit Comic-con crew pose for Entertainment Weekly
-Interesting post on In A Hole in the Ground discussing Dwarven armor in the film
-Added images from Comic-con to the (mostly) high-res Photo Gallery.
-The Hobbit cast at Comic-con have done loads of video interviews this week. Here are all the ones I’ve found so far.
-Peter Jackson talks to Comingsoon.net about filming more Hobbit footage and the possibility of a third film.
-Spoilers Galore! Collection of the best reports of what was seen in the Hobbit footage shown at Comic-con.
-Here is a 25 minute video (shot in HD) of the Hobbit Panel at Comic-con. Note there is no footage from the films.
-Here are two neat videos showing the effects of the 3D character posters at Comic-con.
-The Hobbit Panel and footage shown at Comic-con revealed many things, most quite wonderful by the reports. I’ll try to have a summary of news items and images later today. In the meantime here are a couple of interviews with the cast, including Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Peter Jackson: The Hobbit cast on EW.com, and Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson on Fandango.
-Weta packaging reveals the Oaken Shield and Thorin’s backstory
-Reporting from Comic-con, Ain’t It Cool News has lots of close-up images of Bilbo’s trolls, and great views of the Bilbo, Thorin, Bombur, and Gandalf statues from Weta.
-Comic-con Preview Night! Hobbitcon Begins! New merchandise, posters, replicas, and more revealed by attendees
-TORn gets a preview of the Gentle Giant Dwalin and Thorin mini-busts at Comic-con, featuring lots of views of both, and several of Gandalf and Gollum in the making
-Bridge Direct Hobbit action figures revealed – first look at 6″ Bilbo, Thorin, and Gandalf
-Coming this December – extremely cute little blocky LEGO dwarves!
-It’s not entirely clear if this licensed version of the Key of Thrór by Badali Jewelry is movie accurate or not, but it’s certainly intricate!
-Just added an even larger version of the EW.com “10 scenes scroll” image to the Photo Gallery
-A new Thorin mini-bust from Gentle Giant just announced on TORn!
-10 new scenes from The Hobbit revealed on EW.com, including Beorn, Wargs, Eagles and more! Check out the images here.
-Weta Workshop announces their first limited edition Hobbit statue: Thorin Oakenshield, with shield. It will be available only at Comic-con and Weta Cave, but another version will be sold later in the year.
-New Thorin wallpaper (1024X768) based on the latest EW photo
-Peter Jackson released a new teaser poster featuring Gandalf walking along a path in the Shire that will be available only at Comic-con (until it is re-sold on ebay, I’m sure). High-res version now in the Photo Gallery.
-Want more information (and speculation) about the horde of new weapons which will debut with The Hobbit movie? Check out this post by Landon – “Arming the Crew: Thorin & Company’s Weaponry”
-The first Hobbit Action Figure is revealed (sort of!) It just happens to be invisible. You can get your first look (or not) right here! From TORn: “The Bridge Direct’s limited edition 6” scale figure of Bilbo Baggins will present the title character from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in his “invisible” state while wearing the Ring, which he holds in his hand. Available only at San Diego Comic-Con 2012, this intricately detailed transparent figure will be presented in a numbered collector’s edition box.” I’m sure if you want it bad enough, just check ebay after the event!
-Principle Photography comes to a close on The Hobbit!
-NZ band Claude Rains featured many of the dwarf cast (Adam Brown, Jed Brophy, Stephen Hunter, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, and Mark Hadlow) in their latest music video: You Say (Hobbit Version)
-2 new images of Balin & Dwalin, and one of Thorin from the EW tablet edition, all thanks to RichardArmitageNet.com!
-I don’t like waiting, and thanks to JasRangoon, I don’t have to! Scans from the EW issue here. As well as that big pile of images, and interviews with the big shots, the article also contains some interesting tidbits about dwarven personalities!
-Seems there might be a little longer to wait on that Entertainment Weekly issue (July 13/#1215). There’s now a slightly different Bilbo and Gandalf pic with hints that it might not come out till Friday.
-Images from EW.com added to the Hobbit Photo Gallery, though I expect to see much higher res versions sooner or later.
-EW.com has the preview of its next issue online (supposedly on sale July 3). With a Hobbit cover (Gandalf and Bilbo) and a full gallery of 10 new photos, including Gandalf and Thorin looking intense, Bilbo ready to go for a (long) walk, and dwarves in barrels!!
-WB made the official announcement of who will be at Comic-con from The Hobbit!
-From 2kiwis.com, here is another account of Ian McKellen at the Opera House, with some very professional quality photos.
-Loads of reports, video, and pictures of most of the main cast of The Hobbit sharing the stage with Sir Ian McKellen in Wellington.
-3News.co.nz has another interview with Connolly wherein he says of his character: “I’m covered in armour, its like wearing a Volkswagen. Dunno how I’m supposed to fight in all this stuff.” In the full video interview Billy reveals more of his previous perception of Tolkien’s works.
-In today’s NZ Herald Billy Connolly compares dwarves and elves in battle: “Blonde hair, braided and they’re all slimmy and extremely tall. And we’re very broad and low and f****n ‘Have that’ with our axes and they’ve got their skinny swords and all that.”
-Thanks to the posters on TORn, we can listen to the “Misty Mountain” song from The Hobbit trailer free of background noise.
-Incredible art that can’t be ignored – “The Death of Balin” by David Gaillet.
-A few more words from Connolly about Dain in an interview in the West Australian: “But let me say, this guy will terrify the life out of you. I have a Mohawk and tattoos on my head. You’ve got to see it.”
-A new interview “From Middle-earth to Vietnam” with Dean O’Gorman (Fili) about his photography exhibition which features fellow actors from The Hobbit, including Luke Evans and Adam Brown. There is also an MP3 interview here on Radio New Zealand (from June 3). Again, thanks to @eviebowman for the heads-up!
-Billy Connolly has been dropping a few hints as to the personality of Dain Ironfoot in several interviews (which mostly focus on the movie Brave) including;
The Australian.com:”It’s a rough and violent character,” Connolly says. “He’s a dwarf but he’s a bad ass. He’s a warrior.”
MSN NZ: “I have a war to fight. Elves to kill. Orcs to maim,” he says.
ABC Sydney: ”I’m a dwarf. The baddest dwarf you’ve ever met in your life. You’d run a mile if you saw this dwarf. He is a seriously bad-ass dwarf. His name is Dain Ironfoot and he sorts a few people out with his axe.”
News.com.au: “But you don’t feel like a little guy because you are doing big things like killing people and stuff. And you are wearing all that armour and make-up and everything. It was great fun. I arrive riding a wild pig.”
-A list of the many Hobbit merchandizing opportunities that WB has authorized so far
-Eaglemoss to make collectible chess pieces for The Hobbit
-Question and answer in No Magazine with Dean O’Gorman (Fili) who is about to put on an exhibition at Page Blackie Gallery in Wellington, June 19-23. Thanks to @eviebowman for the info!
-Billy Connolly (Dain) talks football while in Australia during a short break from filming in New Zealand.
-Guardians of Middle-earth and LEGO LOTR game previews posted by TheOneRing.net. The makers of Guardians state they have been in touch with WETA and Peter Jackson to make sure the Hobbit tie-ins are visually consistent with the new movie!
-Added the Hobbit Production Video #7 Screencap Gallery
-Quotes from Aidan Turner, Evangeline Lilly, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, and Benedict Cumberbatch about their Hobbit characters in the Summer Issue of Total Film, originally scanned by Cumberbatchweb, and RANet.com
-Guardians of Middle-earth Trailer: Who is The Dwarf? Answer: Thráin
-New Photos from the Dale Set? Take a look!
-WB announces the fall release of a Hobbit Tie-In Game, Guardians of Middle-earth
-Fanfic: Added “The Second Time I Saw You” by Jon, to the Fan-fiction page. Multi-part sequel to “The First Time I Saw You”, in which we meet Groin, and find out more about Thorin’s time spent in Bree…
-Added the Hobbit Production Video #4 Screencap Gallery
-‘Wizard’ McKellen Charms Audience, via nelsonmail.co.nz
-Fanfic: “Young Thorin in Love” a tale by Saraleee, posted on FF.net
-Fanart: Thorin art by Xanthe added to the Movie Gallery
-LOTRO: Part V of The Journey of Freryn posted
-Ian McKellen discusses recognizing his duty of reprising the role of Gandalf for The Hobbit at www.scene.co.nz
-Fanfic: Introducing The Saga of Vaenomar, by Oakenshield89, the story of a human woman raised by the elves, who is captured by a band of dwarven refugees from Erebor, led by Lord Thorin
-Many Hobbit spoilers revealed at CinemaCon
-Discussion: Who was the original owner of Orcrist?
-Larry D. Curtis talks with Conan Stevens (Azog/or maybe Bolg) in an exclusive interview.
-Collider interview with Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman) about the joy of filming The Hobbit, and watching footage at 48 fps
-Information from The Hollywood Reporter about what type of equipment it will take to convert theaters to the 48 frames per second format by December.
-A fan meets Billy Connolly (Dain Ironfoot) in New Zealand over Easter, from the Wairarapa Times-Age: “Comic tale to last lifetime.”
-Hobbit cast attends the First Olympic Street Party in the World. Picture of Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Adam Brown (Ori), and Graham McTavish (Dwalin). Also a brief interview with Ian about the Olympics, in the NZHerald.
-Here is the latest information I’ve found about Weapon Replicas in The Hobbit
-Landon Burgener speculates on who the “Mystery Dwarf” of v-log #6 is.
-Larry D. Curtis weighs in on “Who will be the breakout star of the Hobbit?”
-Brief filming in Nelson, NZ.
-Billy Connolly is in New Zealand for filming, according to the NZ Herald.
-Some thoughts on the Tolkien Professor’s podcast about Thorin.
-Story by Saraleee added to the Fan fiction page.
-Hobbit toy listings offer film spoilers.
-Added the Hobbit Production Video #6 Screencap Gallery.
-Painting by Amanda Tolleson added to the Hobbit Movie Fan Art Gallery.
-Some thoughts on Thorin and Richard Armitage: Warrior Extraordinaire.
-An exhaustively detailed analysis of the dwarf contract Bilbo is carrying.
-ShadowCa7 sings the full Misty Mountain song.
-Do you play Lord of the Rings Online? Do you like the tune from the Hobbit trailer? Now you can play it in game…
-A fan shares recent photos of the Hobbiton Movie Set.
-Several actors from The Hobbit recite a soliloquy from Hamlet.
-News about the casting of Billy Connolly as Dain Ironfoot.
-Article on the “50 things you need to know about The Hobbit” in SFX magazine.