Category: "LOTR"

The Hobbit Trailer is Here!



posted by | 12/21/11| 01:42:00 pm| Movies, LOTR| Leave a comment »


EW Hobbit Bilbo | /Film

After all the delays, rumors, hype, and everything else, now it seems real to me. Hooray!

posted by | 06/23/11| 09:45:00 am| Movies, LOTR| Leave a comment »

Things I'm Not Going To Buy - LOTR Theatrical Blu-rays

In addition to the iPad (what a silly name) I will not be buying the upcoming Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Blu-ray box set. While I'm sure they will look amazing in 1080p, this just seems like a giant step backward for me and a cash grab for those of us waiting for the Extended Editions but really wanting to see LOTR in HD. Well, while I did buy the theatrical releases on DVD out of desperation, I'm not falling for it this time. I've gone this long, I can wait until however long they decided to finally put these out. I know many people won't wait, and that's why studios keep doing things like this and the cycle continues.

posted by | 01/28/10| 02:32:42 pm| Movies, LOTR| 1 comment »

It's Official - Del Toro to Direct The Hobbit

Guillermo Del Toro Comes Out of The Hobbit Closet - Film School Rejects

Variety is reporting the announcement from Executive Producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, New Line president Toby Emmerich and MGM chief Mary Parent that Del Toro will helm not one, but two Hobbit films. The sequel, as the report states, will deal with the 60-year period between ?The Hobbit? and ?The Fellowship of the Ring?, which as you will remember was the first in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Del Toro will move out to New Zealand for the next four years to work with Peter Jackson and his Wingnut and WETA production teams on the two flicks, the first of which will probably not hit theaters until 2010.

I had the great privilege of attending the Hellboy 2 panel at New York Comic Con and Del Toro was being pretty coy about whether or not he would be directing The Hobbit or not. Apparently there was still some legal issues being worked through but he said we would know in the next 5 days. Looks like he's a man of his word. I've been a huge Del Toro fan since Gringo and I went to see The Devil's Backbone at the Ragtag. I'm an even bigger fan after seeing him in person. He reminds me a lot of Kevin Smith in the way he interacts with the fans. He's definitely one of us and he has a huge passion for movies. He's also really freaking funny. If there's ever a dream team to collaborate on something like The Hobbit, it's Del Toro and Jackson.

So now that the gears appear to be moving on the project, let the casting rumors begin! Ian McKellan has said he wants to return and I'm sure Andy Serkis will be there too. The big question is who will play Bilbo. If they can somehow make Ian Holm look younger, I think that would be cool. Hopefully they'll also be able to get Hugo Weaving to return as well. As far as new characters go, if Del Toro is on board how about Ron Perlman for Beorn? Then you have all the dwarves. I don't really know who would fit well in those roles. Feel free to comment with your ideas.

UPDATE: Check out this interview with Del Toro from Lots of good stuff there. Sounds like McKellan and Serkis are all but confirmed.

posted by | 04/25/08| 09:32:42 am| LOTR| Leave a comment »

Del Toro Likely to Direct Hobbit

Guillermo del Toro in Talks to Direct The Hobbit - Film Junk

We know Peter Jackson is not directing The Hobbit, and despite the rumours of Sam Raimi?s involvement, it looks like Guillermo del Toro is in fact the one who will be stepping to the plate. According to The Hollywood Reporter, del Toro is currently in negotiations to direct both halves of The Hobbit feature film, moving on to the project immediately after he finishes post-production on Hellboy 2.

I'm bummed Peter Jackson isn't directing The Hobbit but the guy has a lot on his plate so I guess I can understand. I'm sure he'll still be very hands on with the project and I can't be more excited about a collaboration between these two great minds. I think if anyone else is going to direct these movies, Del Toro is the right man for the job.

posted by | 01/28/08| 10:52:38 am| Movies, LOTR| Leave a comment »

Interview with MGM CEO about The Hobbit

EW has a very informative interview with MGM CEO Harry Sloan. Here's some choice quotes:

Can you tease us with who might be in line to direct? Guillermo Del Toro, Sam Raimi...

Well, those are the names that have been mentioned and they’re both top directors, excellent directors. It’s Peter’s project. Peter and Bob Shaye are going to oversee it creatively but in the end ... our choice had always been Peter. But if after he and Fran [Walsh, Jackson's wife] and whoever they work with develop the script, if Peter feels comfortable and Bob feels comfortable with another director, then there will be another director.

Is there any chance that Peter could direct the Hobbit sequel?

Well, he could direct either of them.

He’s been busy with The Lovely Bones, so has it been a scheduling thing?

Well, he’s got Lovely Bones, he’s got Tin Tin, he’s got two or three projects, but it is the right time for him to devote his intentions to developing the property and the script with himself and Fran and maybe other writers as well. And once the property is developed and there’s a picture that’s ready to go, he may consider directing it -- although the second film might be more likely due to scheduling.

I think it's very reasonable to believe that Jackson will direct one of the movies. I'd love to see either Del Toro or Raimi on board as well. After Pan's Labyrinth I would probably lean towards Del Toro. Many folks seem to believe that since Jackson is signed on to produce that he won't be writing or directing the movies and that doesn't really make sense to me. Since they haven't started any kind of production yet, they haven't made those decisions but I would be very surprised if Jackson, Walsh, and Boyens didn't write the scripts or at least have a hand in it. We'll see what happens as more information comes. These films are still at least a few years away.

posted by | 12/18/07| 07:37:17 pm| Movies, LOTR| Leave a comment »

Oh Glorious Day: THE HOBBIT IS ON!!!

What a great thing to wake up to:




Los Angeles, CA (Tuesday, December 18, 2007) Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson; Harry Sloan, Chairman and CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM); Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs of New Line Cinema have jointly announced today that they have entered into the following series of agreements:

* MGM and New Line will co-finance and co-distribute two films, “The Hobbit” and a sequel to “The Hobbit.” New Line will distribute in North America and MGM will distribute internationally.

* Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh will serve as Executive Producers of two films based on “The Hobbit.” New Line will manage the production of the films, which will be shot simultaneously.

* Peter Jackson and New Line have settled all litigation relating to the “Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) Trilogy.

Hallelujah. Yes it just says Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh are executive producing, but this was also the arrangement with LOTR. I'm pretty sure Jackson will be involved in every aspect of this production, including directing and writing the script. Given the LOTR love you've seen on this site in previous years, I'm sure this is the first of many, many posts regarding The Hobbit. Stay tuned and check out the official Hobbit blog here.

posted by | 12/18/07| 09:21:44 am| Movies, LOTR| 4 comments »

LotR Online: My Thoughts

So the NDA was lifted this week for the beta test of Lord of the Rings Online. I've been in the beta since November. Most folks are gushing about this game, and to be honest, I haven't been that impressed. Mind you, I have played probably once or twice since Burning Crusade came out. There are a few interesting things about it such as the achievements and expanded professions, but nothing that grabs me so much that I have to buy it and pay another monthly fee. I do like what they are doing with the founders program where you pay once and you are covered for the life of the game. The fact that you can't play as any of Sauron's forces or anything like that is kind of a bummer. Also, there aren't any true casting classes. You can be a minstrel or a storyteller but not a wizard or something like that. The game looks good, and it's cool to wander around Middle Earth. With all the positive buzz, I'll definitely have to give it another go.

posted by | 02/13/07| 06:43:15 pm| I Love Video Games, I'm a Big Geek, LOTR| 3 comments »

Crazy Weekend

This weekend was pretty busy. Saturday morning I worked at the park. It was super busy. That night Jon, Grace, Justin, Michelle, and I watched The Bad News Bears and ate pasta. The movie was great. I laughed a lot. After that I helped Jon move a bunch of computers at his work and I didn't get home until about 2 AM. Yikes. Sunday was even more insane.

After church I went to my friends Josh and Rachel's wedding party. We also were having a surprise party for Phil that afternoon so I left the wedding party early and went over to Phil and Janlle's place to set up and be there when people got there. Most of the guests were coming over from the wedding party and almost didn't make it in time before Phil and Janelle got there. Luckily the suprise went off quite well and Phil loved it. Phil hasn't watched the LOTR extended versions yet because he has been waiting for all of them to come out so he can watch them all at once. As you can guess, it's pretty difficult to block out 12 hours to watch the whole trilogy when you are married and have a pretty busy life. So on Sunday we watched the whole thing. We started at 4:23 PM and finished at 4:08 AM. Out of everyone who was there throughout the event, the only people who made it through the whole thing were Phil, Phil's brother Dave, and me. It was AWESOME. It was so cool to watch the movies all together and watch the extended editions with someone who hadn't seen them before. Phil proclaimed it as his best birthday ever, so that was great.

Also, the Chargers beat the Colts! That's freaking sweet. Their playoff hopes are still alive but they have to beat the Chiefs this week. Lets hope if they make it to the playoffs they don't lose in the first round like they did last year. Enough about football though. I'm working like 14 days in a row so things are going to be crazy until the holidays are over. Good times.

posted by | 12/20/05| 03:56:58 pm| Movies, LOTR, Anything Else| 1 comment »

Yet Another LOTR Post

I finally got around to watching the extras on the ROTK Extended Edition DVD. Mind you, my copy went on quite a spectacular journey around the world and back before it finally arrived in my hands late September, so it hasn't been sitting on my shelf that long. If anyone has any doubts over how amazing these films are and how much work was put into them all you have to do is watch just one of the featurettes. One of the most intriguing ones on this set for me was the one about the miniatures unit. An average minitures unit will film during pre-production and maybe during some of the production. The unit on LOTR filmed for the entire length of production, all the way up to the pick-ups for the Extended Edition in 2003 and 2004. It was over 1000 days of actual shooting. That's insane. Not only did all their work result in an amzing looking film, but I think it also helped create a renaissance of sorts for miniatures and other practical effects in films.

WETA has shown that while CG is a great tool, it's not the be all end all of special effects in movies today. The LOTR series at most times relies on miniatures and practical sets and then overlays them with CG. With many films today, especially the Star Wars prequels, quite the opposite is evident and I just don't think it looks as good. Hopefully Peter Jackson will continue this trend with King Kong. WETA is already continuing to show off their skills in The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe. It's films like these that embrace new technologies but also use what has worked in the past and looks good that really impact audiences. I can go back and watch a lot of Harryhausen's work (Jason and The Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, etc.) and still be amazed. Jackson has definitely taken that one step further without completely abandoning some of the old teqniques, unlike a certain someone I won't bother mentioning.

posted by | 11/12/05| 11:50:19 pm| Movies, LOTR| 1 comment »

Jackson sues New Line

The Lawsuit of the Rings - New York Times

Jackson is saying that New Line underpaid him as much as $100,000,000.

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posted by admin | 06/28/05| 01:51:56 pm| LOTR| Leave a comment »

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posted by | 05/31/04| 11:46:20 pm| LOTR|

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posted by | 04/22/04| 04:00:34 pm| LOTR| 1 comment »