ourdramaqueen: (the hobbit smaug eye opening)
If you don't have the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition (yet), but would like to see Benedict Cumberbatch's audition tape for Smaug, check out the video in this Moviepilot article. I was SO happy to find that they included it on the EE, and - well I'm obviously a teensy bit biased *cough*, but he's utterly brilliant!

Gah, a month and a day until I get to see The Battle of the Five Armies (can only do the Saturday after opening, due to hubbie's current weekday schedule)! Can't wait and yet don't want it to end, if you know what I mean...

I'm working on a personal update, so hopefully I'll be able to post it before the end of the month. *fingers crossed*
ourdramaqueen: (drama queen)
Just a few highlights from the past weeks:

Wellington Town Hall “off-limits” as NZSO records for The Hobbit

Analysing the role of The Necromancer in The Hobbit

Benedict Cumberbatch to be honoured with Britannia award
- Congratulations Benedict! This is well-earned! :D

Peter Jackson receives New Zealand’s highest honour - And congratulations to PJ too!

Researching THE FRODO FRANCHISE: Part 5, Watching Peter Jackson Direct - Links to parts 1-4 of Kristin Thompson's series of entries about the research for her book are at the start of this entry. If you haven't read the book, it's well worth getting!


Loosely related:

Are the studios trying to kill Blu-Ray? (The answer is certainly a "YES" if you look at the Star Trek Into Darkness release - commentary only with the iTunes version WTF???!!!)

Someone made a suggestion for a Sherlock Lego set - click the "Support" button if you want to see it realized! :D
ourdramaqueen: (the hobbit bilbo sting poster)
‘Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition’ release dates, content, pricing announced - November 5 for the US, possibly November 4 in the UK (TBC) - details at the link.

And in loosely related news, Newly discovered spider named after Dominic Monaghan - I'm sure he was absolutely thrilled to bits about that! :)
ourdramaqueen: (drama queen)
All right, so this is the last one - trailers for the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release.

Video: Warner Bros teases The Hobbit DVD-Blu-ray release
ourdramaqueen: (the hobbit smaug eye opening)
Middle-earth theme park a definite possibility

Own The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu-ray Combo Pack 3/19. Available for early download in HD 3/12!


In relation to the DVD/Blu-ray release, there will be a Live Sneak Peek at The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug with Peter Jackson on March 24th. You need an access code from the Bru-ray/DVD to watch it. Sadly we'll be on our flight back from Switzerland when it happens (if everything goes according to plan this time), but an edited version will be posted on the official Hobbitwebsite afterwards, from what TORn mentioned on their FB Page.
ourdramaqueen: (aotearoa bag end door odq bday 2009)
Before I need to drag myself away from LJ etc. and get productive, here's the second Hobbit links post, as promised:

TheOneRing.net, ‘Hobbit’ stuff at Comic-Con: Full details! - and in latest ComicCon rumours, More evidence for Freeman and Armitage at Comic-Con plus video of the ‘Hobbit’ cast on stage — together I wonder if Elijah will be there, and if so, if he'll join them on stage, even if only briefly? :)


First Hobbit DVD set for mid-2013 release


Hobbit trailer to show in US theatres with Brave. But which trailer? - added this one just for completion's sake. The current status is: Confirmation: ‘Hobbit’ trailer #2 not new material and What’s different in Hobbit trailer #2? - One more reason to go see Brave!


Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop announces The Fellowship of the Ring Diorama Set 1 Oh, to have spending money #5657...


Join TheOneRing.net in Wellington for ‘Hobbit’ world premiere event, further adventures in New Zealand


There will be one more post after this one (hopefully later today), where the focus of several articles is on Billy Connolly's recent hints about Dain Ironfoot.

Guess...

Nov. 22nd, 2011 08:08 am
ourdramaqueen: (tinker tailor soldier spy hand mouth clo)
what I just preordered? Still have to wait until December 9th for its US release, but at least now I know that I'll be able to enjoy it as often as I like from about two months later on!

That's the kind of news you want to hear when you get up! :D
ourdramaqueen: (tinker tailor soldier spy hand mouth clo)
Benedict Cumberbatch has been a very busy bunny lately (and will continue to be so well into next year, from what I can gather). And with the impending UK release of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, he and his fellow cast members have been in the media quite a lot. So here are a few links.

This one obviously contains spoilers:

Empire Big Screen’s Exclusive Footage Report - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Secondly, we saw a nail-bitingly tense scene, with Benedict Cumberbatch's Peter Guillam click on lj-cut to read the brief, spoilery summery of the scene ) [...} Cumberbatch is terrific, and has more than enough screen charisma to hold his own against Oldman.



The same scene (which was one of my favourites in the book) is mentioned in The Telegraph review:

There’s a terrific extended set-piece scene involving Smiley’s young colleague Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch) brief spoilery summary behind cut again ). It’s funny, seductive and suspenseful all at once.

Benedict's performance has been praised in pretty much all reviews that I've seen so far - also in The Guardian:

Benedict Cumberbatch is mesmerising as the well-groomed gentleman conspirator coming slowly apart at the seams.

And yes, Gary Oldman is lauded too - and I haven't seen any cast member singled out negatively anywhere. The film was shown today at the Venice Film Festival, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Golden Lion! There's a summary of Benedict's questions and answers at the press conference on YouTube -the same source also has these for Colin Firth and Gary Oldman.

Too bad that they decided to push back the US release date from November to December... I get why, but omgidontwanttowaitanothermonth!!! *pouts* Well, I'm sure it will be worth it, at least!


In Third Star news, Western Edge Pictures have put together a little something special for us fans. It's nice seeing the fans and their/our efforts acknowledged so appreciatively. [livejournal.com profile] _doodle, is that your quote appearing in the fan reviews? :) The DVD will be out in the UK on the 12th - I hope it won't take long to ship to NYC!


There's some other BC related stuff but this is long enough already, so I'll put the rest up some other time.
ourdramaqueen: (lotr eomer king)
As some of you may have heard already, AMC theatres will show the three LotR EEs over three weeks in June, in celebration of the upcoming release of the EE Blu-rays. TORn just announced that they will send a private ticket sale offer to their newsletter subscribers! This means you will be able to reserve your tickets a full 5 days before the general public has a shot! There "may" also be a special video from Peter Jackson before the screenings. More info here.
ourdramaqueen: (lotr eomer king)
http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2011/01/14/41695-lotr-extended-blu-ray-coming-soon/

LOTR Extended Blu-ray coming in 2011

January 14th, 2011 by MrCere | Discuss | 12 Comments and 42 Reactions

Our sources are telling us that the always reliable (and great) film-on-disc website www.digitalbits.com is correct its Lord of The Rings Blu-ray news. Bill Hunt released the info in his column today. We had not heard a final decision had been reached but Hunt knows his stuff and can be trusted. This is both good and bad. [...]
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http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2010/05/20/36694-actor-bill-bailey-auditioned-for-gloin/

Actor Bill Bailey auditioned for Gloin

May 20th, 2010 by Ataahua | Source: Stuff.co.nz | Discuss

Black Books star Bill Bailey wants to play a dwarf in The Hobbit.

Bailey, who is bringing his comedy show Bill Bailey Live to Wellington in June, told The Dominion Post he had auditioned for the part of Gloin the dwarf in The Lord of the Rings prequel.

“I went along for a read-through of The Hobbit. The first read-through was for Gloin,” he said from London.

Bailey, who can be seen in television series Skins and the movie Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, joked that he didn’t need any makeup to be a convincing dwarf. “I saved myself a few quid over here.” [Full Article]



http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2010/05/23/36721-crumbses-and-tidbits-hobbit-start-date-casting-3d-discussions/

Crumbses and Tidbits: “Hobbit” Start Date, Casting, 3D Discussions

May 23rd, 2010 by Earl | Source: Deadline.com | Discuss

LA Weekly columnist Nikki Finke seems to have some new information that even the Eagles, ahem, the rest of the inerweb hasn’t caught wind of yet. Reporting over at Deadline.com on Peter Jackson’s plans for the new King Kong 360 3D attraction at the Universal Studios Hollywood studio tour, she digresses to update fans on a few things “Hobbit”, all of which seem to indicate that serious matters are ongoing even as we wait and watch and speculate.

Read more... )



And for those interested and who haven't seen this article yet: More hints about an ‘Ultimate’ hi-def LOTR box set that may never happen

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