Thursday, 28 November 2013

Feature: Cool Hobbit Fan Art #1

I'm going to be starting a new feature on this blog called Cool Hobbit Fan Art. I've seen a lot of amazing artwork done by Tolkien fans in the past little while and I think it would be cool to showcase it here. I'll try to make this into a weekly series. Feel free to comment below about what you think about this idea and about the artwork.

Here are the pictures for the first round of Cool Hobbit Fan Art:

The Hobbit: DoS Google Hangout with Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman and Evangeline Lilly

It was recently announced that there will be a Google hangout for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on December 4th with Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman and Evangeline Lilly. New footage of the upcoming film will be shown and fans can ask questions via Twitter that the three hosts will answer. A few lucky fans will be able to ask their questions on the actual hangout through video. If you want to be in the video chat you can sign up here: If you want to attend the event sign up here:


Saturday, 23 November 2013

Fox Searchlight Is Developing A J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic

That’s right: bouncing off the box office success of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and no doubt in anticipation of the records that Peter Jackson’s follow-ups will smash, Fox Searchlight Pictures are developing a J.R.R. Tolkien biopic simply titled, Tolkien.

The LA Times is reporting that David Gleeson, a “Tolkien superfan and scholar of sorts about the author” is currently writing the script, with Peter Chernin (Oblivion, Planet of the Apes, The Heat) and his company Chernin Entertainment set to produce the piece.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Why did Ian McKellen nearly quit acting during production on 'The Hobbit?'

Sir Ian McKellen
A few days ago, a video of an on-set disagreement between Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis made the rounds. It was said to be a special feature for the extended edition release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. At first, I thought little of it, but apparently the frustration demonstrated by McKellen in that moment is symptomatic of a much larger distress he felt during production.

Talking to Radio Times, the 74-year-old thespian admitted that working within the confines of the film’s many post-production effects was nearly too much for him to bear. He referred to the production as “green screen land,” and admitted to being “pretty miserable” during shooting to the point that he considered giving up on acting altogether. Apparently much of the trouble stemmed from the new methods by which Gandalf is made to appear larger than his dwarf co-stars. The simple force perspective used to make him so much taller than the hobbits in the original Lord of the Rings trilogy was no longer an option given the 3D cameras used for The Hobbit trilogy.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Seven New Hobbit Posters Released

Seven new images have been released for The Hobbit: DoS via the official Facebook page. The pictures feature seven of the main characters of the upcoming film. See them below:

New Deleted Scene for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition

A new deleted scene that will appear on the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been released recently. Without saying too much, it involves the dwarves at Rivendell. It's a wonderful scene and you can see it below. You can get the extended edition of the first Hobbit film here.

Here is another deleted scene (released a few days ago) about a young Bilbo.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

There and back again: An Interview with Shane Rangi

Often enough, stuntmen and stuntwomen play a vital part in some of the most iconic scenes in films. Yet, stuntmen and stuntwomen are invisible to the audience due to the magic of movie making. Unknown to many, Shane Rangi is an experienced actor, stunt man, and motion capture performer from New Zealand with an impressive filmography. He worked on projects such as The Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Wolverine, Spartacus, and The Hobbit.

Returning to Middle-earth as an orc in The Hobbit, Shane first set foot into Middle-earth a Harad leader or as one of the Nazguls in LOTR. Middle-earth News had the opportunity to talk with Shane about The Hobbit, conventions, and his work as a stuntman and motion capture performer.

Shane Rangi in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King