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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
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For those of you in the US who don't know Bilbo-to-be Martin Freeman (or only know him from his comedy roles like The Office (UK original) or The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and get PBS, do tune in over the coming three Sundays to get an idea of his more serious acting chops:


Martin Who? See Freeman in Action

October 22nd, 2010 by xoanon 0 Comments and 0 Reactions

Cathy sends this in: The timing couldn’t be more perfect for the announcement of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. His most recent work in Sherlock will be premiering in the US this coming week on PBS. Check your local listings for Masterpiece Mystery, which typically airs on Sunday evenings, but here in Los Angeles, KCET will be airing it next Thursday evening. The first episode up is Sherlock: A Study in Pink, where we first meet Afghan war vet Dr.John Watson and his soon to be flat mate Sherlock Holmes. It’s a stunning piece of work for both actors. So for those of you who don’t yet know who Martin Freeman is, check this out and take notes.

PS: Don't complain to me if as a side effect, you get totally hooked on Sherlock and/or Martin and/or his co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch. ;)

Also a heads up hat the tickets for next spring's Howard Shore festival in Lucerne, Switzerland have gone on sale:


Howard Shore Festival Tickets

Tickets to next year's Howard Shore Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland are now available in single ticket, LOTR trilogy tickets, and Festival Pass variations. [...]

Some more info and link to the ticket sale at Doug Adams' website above. Unfortunately it's highly unlikely that I will be in Switzerland around that time, but I can't recommend these performances enough, so if you can find the time and money to go, I can assure you that it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Hopefully Doug Adams and Howard Shore will both be able to attend and do some Q&As before the performances. Plus Lucerne itself is a lovely city with many historical and natural sights that are well worth exploring.
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Lions Gate makes another run at MGM

October 12th, 2010 by Altaira | Source: LA Times Company Town blog | Discuss | 0 Comments and 0 Reactions

The LA Times is reporting that Lions Gate has thrown its hat in the ring one more time for control of MGM.


SPADA and Actors Equity New Zealand to Meet

October 12th, 2010 by Altaira | Source: tv.co.nz | Discuss | 0 Comments and 0 Reactions

The New Zealand actor’s union has accepted an invitation to meet with the Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA).

And if anyone is interested, Doug Adams has posted video clips of his and Howard Shore's talk at Barnes&Noble in New York last Thursday, October 8th, at the occasion of the signing of Doug's "The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films" book. I can personally attest that it was well worth attending, so do take a look! :) Plus Doug is very very cute.
ourdramaqueen: (lotr frodo fairer than most)
First of all regarding The Hobbit:

Thanks to Kristin Thompson: Ian McKellen contributes reassuring tweets

From Deadline.com: Two Studios Trying To Talk Peter Jackson Into Helming 'The Hobbit' Films (Say Yes!)

And from ContactMusic.com: Yates Not Directing The Hobbit

The latter two links are courtesy of Doug Adams, author of the (finally) upcoming book "The Music of the Lord of the Rings films". Check out Doug's revamped website/blog and his teaser info for the book (scroll down a bit), which will be revealed in full this coming Monday, 21 June! Here are some more tidbits and a link to the blog of Gary Ellison, designer/art director of the book, who has his own teaser info.

And for those who don't subscribe to the Weta newsletter: they now sell Frodo's and Sam's hobbit ears! :D
ourdramaqueen: (lotr frodo rotk grey havens smile)
via Doug Adams:

Monday, May 18, 2009
ROTK Live World Premiere Now Official
The dates for the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King -- Live to Projection are now set! Mark your calendars for Lucerne, Switzerland on February 5, 2010 (7:30 p.m.), February 6, 2010 (7:30 p.m.) and February 7, 2010, (11:00 am and 6:30 p.m.)

Ticket pre-orders are now being accepted at Art Productions' website.

[livejournal.com profile] shirasade? Anyone else? Need to tell ex-coworker and ask around in the team if anyone else would like to join, I know at least one colleague was interested to come. Pre-sales actually will start on 1st August - I sure hope they won't sell out while I'm still in NZ! ;)

Oh and [livejournal.com profile] shirasade - they'll have two more FotR Live concerts in September - maybe you can catch up then? :)
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are here.

Just finished tonight's ep of Prison Break (the second-to-last of the writer's strike shortened season 3 - and thank goodness they're airing season 4 right afterwards), now I'll go crash. Night night!

Back home

Mar. 15th, 2009 02:29 pm
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"The Two Towers Live" was fantastic. Only have a few pics of Howard Shore from when we were queueing for autographs, because during the concert we had one of the staff sitting just two rows behind us to the side and she was all "no photography allowed in the concert hall omg", hrmph. [livejournal.com profile] shirasade was able to sneak some in during the Q&A, hope to be able to share those soon. Was thinking of you LSR several times, sooooo great!

Am knackered due to not enough hours of sleep last night, piled on top of several weeks of bad sleep, plus the trip, so I'll go and try to doze a bit. Until later!


Mar. 13th, 2009 10:05 pm
ourdramaqueen: (torchwood captain jack mischief)
I'm so stupid. There I was wondering if I should take my LotR leatherbound edition or the TTT Complete Recordings (or at least the booklet) with me to have signed by Howard Shore tomorrow, when I already had all three CR booklets signed at the FotR Live concert last year! Ah, my brain, it is going... *mad snigger* Well, question solved - the book it is, then. :)

Will be leaving for Lucerne shortly after noon tomorrow. Still have to print train tickets and pack - but I've made a list, at least. Yes, including the tickets... ;) omg and I haven't decided what to wear yet. Eeep. Well I'll get up early enough to get everything done tomorrow.

I have several emails I need to write, but they will have to wait until Sunday, when I'll be back. For now, it's beddie byes. Until then - have a good Saturday! :D
ourdramaqueen: (lotr eomer fierce heart)
The Two Towers screening with live score performed by the 21st Century Orchestra will take place in Lucerne, Switzerland (of course) on Friday, 13. March 2009, 19.30h, Saturday 14. March 2009, 18.30h, and Sunday 15. March 2009, 11.00h. Ticket sales likely to open in September. If anyone would like to join me, do let me know - I'll be sure to mention it again before getting a ticket for myself, I'm sure. :D Hopefully Howard Shore will be there again...


May. 7th, 2008 07:15 pm
ourdramaqueen: (lotr merry rotk victory)

Fortsetzung der Filmmusik-Live-Aufführungen von Lord of The Rings:
«The Two Towers» im März 2009
mit dem Kinofilm auf Grossleinwand

Vorverkaufsbeginn voraussichtlich September 2008


Continuation of the film soundtrack live performances of Lord of the Rings:
«The Two Towers» in March 2009
with the film projected on cinema screen

Opening of presale probably September 2008

Again at the KKL in Lucerne, of course. I know it's almost a year yet, but still - wheeeeee!!! Everyone who would like to join me, take note please - I'll set a reminder in Outlook for myself so I won't forget to check in September, and I'll give a heads up as soon as I found that the presale has opened! :)

Speaking of the LotR soundtracks - as you all know, I tend to be forgetful, so I have created a feed for the blog of Doug Adams, author of the upcoming book "The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films":


If you add it to your friendslist, you'll see all Doug's updates among your other friends' posts - no having to remember to trek over to his blog to check for them yourself. :) Apparently information about the "release timeframe" (quoting Doug) should be coming soon. *bounce* Some info is in this recent TORn interview with Doug - which I completely missed, somehow!
ourdramaqueen: (lotr eomer fierce heart)
Gah, I'm so behind - therefore in one swell foop fell swoop I present to you four articles of interest (at least to me, hee hee) that are Hobbit/LotR related in some way.

Two articles courtesy of TORn - first, more del Toro:


Universal caught off-guard by Del Toro Hobbit news?

February 24th, 2008 by Altaira | Source: Variety.com | Discuss

Sounds like Guillermo Del Toro being courted for “The Hobbit” may have cast a bit of a cloud on the silver lining of optimism at Universal Studios. Check out this excerpt from a story at Variety.com:

Read more... )

Followed by an update and warning from Howard Shore:


Howard Shore Concert Updates - And Beware of Fakers!
February 26th, 2008 by xoanon

From the folks at HowardShore.com: We at HowardShore.com feel it is necessary to alert fans and followers of The Lord of the Ring Symphony that there are a number of concerts touring Germany that have no association with Howard Shore. The promoter, Gastspiel- und Theaterdirektion Gerhartz GmbH, calls these concerts “Herr der Ringe von Howard Shore in Concert” in effect confusing the ticket buyer. Please be warned, Howard Shore has nothing to do with these concerts. The music that they play is assembled from commercially available sheet music.

Read more... )

Then two new blog entries by Kristin Thompson, author of "The Frodo Franchise":

Progress in the Time Warner/New Line situation?

In a story concerning the delayed release of a New Line film (Gavin O’Connor’s Pride and Glory), Variety refers in passing to the situation with the studio’s parent corporation. “Execs are in the final stages of negotiating a new deal with Time Warner and its topper, Jeff Bewkes, that could conceivably downsize the company. A resolution seems reasonable within the next two weeks.”

Read more... )

And this one's about another area of filmmaking on which LotR had a big impact - I only copied the first paragraph FYI, go to the link for the full article:


Digital grading and the colors of Middle-earth

In The Frodo Franchise, I devote a brief section of Chapter 9 to discussing the impact that the technical innovations devised for The Lord of the Rings trilogy had on the film industry. Two of those innovations, the Massive program for generating realistic crowd scenes and the skin-simulation system used for Gollum, are fairly familiar to fans. One other crucial innovation, however, has perhaps been even more important to the way films look in the post-Rings era: selective digital grading.
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I'm on TORn. :)

My pictures from last night are now up here. Sorry for the blurriness particularly of the after-concert photos - some I just had to include anyway because I liked them for some reason. However the few I took at the signing came out pretty good. :)

I owe hugs and thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ladysunrope and [livejournal.com profile] ismenin for getting me the John Barrowman autobiography - thank you darlings! It arrived on Friday but in the pre-trip chaos I forgot to let you know. I read it all on the trip - I'm certain there were others on the train wondering who that madwoman was who kept giggling and mouthing things to herself, but hey, at least I didn't talk to myself out loud! There certainly are some episodes which I'd love to hear more about... and not just the one of John and Scott in a tree. ;)
ourdramaqueen: (lotr merry rotk victory)
I got back about an hour ago and am knackered - got to bed sometime after 1:30am, only slept lightly, and then whoever was next door at the hotel didn't turn off their bloody alarm for about a minute at 7am, so I ended up rising (but certainly not shining) an hour earlier than intended! However, oh was this a trip worth taking!!! *happy sigh* For now here's my report, as typed up in the wee hours after getting back to the hotel, and edited slightly while on the train later in the (real) morning. I'll have to sort through my pictures but will post them asap after I had some food and a nap - but in the opposite order, I think. :)

Oh - these twp points I have to post outside, the cut, particularly because the second one may be of interested to many of you...



More about the second point later in the report. :D

Proceed to my long and rambling but hopefully coherent report, if you dare... )
ourdramaqueen: (lotr frodo fairer than most)
Will go to Lucerne tomorrow for the world premiere of the "Fellowship of the Ring" concert, preceded by a talk with Howard Shore which is moderated by Doug Adams - yes, the man who did the liner notes and Annotated Score for the Complete Recordings DVDs, and will publish a book about the LotR soundtrack. Wheeeeeeeeee! I'm SO looking forward to this!!!

I'll be back sometime Sunday. Be good everyone, and have a great weekend! :D
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iF Magazine Chats with Howard Shore about ‘Hobbit’ and ‘LOTR’

In an IF Magazine interview with LOTR composer Howard Shore, the interviewer asks Howard Shore about his potential involvement with the upcoming ‘Hobbit’ films:

“iF: Do you hope to be scoring THE HOBBIT for Peter?

SHORE: Yes, of course. The book is wonderful and I’ve dreamed of writing music for it.”

Consider this reporter happy to hear Howard Shore is willing to participate - lets just hope things fall in place so it can become a reality. Thanks to Ringer David for the heads up on this story. [Read Complete Interview]

Consider this fan happy to hear that too! :D And of course if Saruman appears, then he has to be played by Christopher Lee:


Christopher Lee willing to return as Saruman?
February 5th, 2008 by xoanon

stormcrow20 writes: Popmatters has an article on the career of Christopher Lee. Relevant excerpt: Lee not only has impressive knowledge of golf and film, he also in something of an expert on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien.

“I remember first reading `The Lord of the Rings’ back in the 1950s,” Lee said. “I thought they would make great movies, but technically it couldn’t be done back then. I envisioned myself playing Gandolf (eventually played by Ian McKellen) but I did end up getting the part of Saruman.”

Noting that it was recently announced that Peter Jackson had agreed to film a couple of prequels about “The Hobbit,” Lee said he hoped that “Mr. Jackson” might found a place for him in those movies.

“I don’t know if that will happen but I would certainly be interested in doing it,” Lee said.

It would be surprising if Jackson couldn’t find a part for Christopher Lee, a man who has been a movie icon for more than 50 years and is still going strong. [Full Article]
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Two links via TORn (which after a critical hardware failure and resulting 3-day long offline status is back and has a new look):


Sam Raimi Dishes on Spidey 4, Grudge 3 and The Hobbit!
Written by Stephanie Sanchez
Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Today in Los Angeles, Sam Raimi held a press conference to talk about his latest producing project 30 Days of Night out from Columbia Pictures on October 19th!

The IESB, along with some of the other online journalists, couldn’t help but hit him up with a few questions regarding some other hot properties he may or may not be working on right now including Spider-Man 4, Grudge 3 and The Hobbit.

Here's the lowdown - )

And a similar article at the MTV Movieblog, which includes this about The Hobbit:

Read more... )

And here's the relevant video clip:


Oh, and for those in Sweden... Howard Shore will be conducting the Lord of the Rings Symphony on 25th November in Stockholm!
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The LOTR Symphony will be in Lucerne on 4th, 5th and 6th May!!!!!!! And there are still tickets - EEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! I'M SO GOING!!!! It's not cheap and I'll have to stay the night so that means getting a hotel room but I don't care, I've been waiting for so long for it to come this way and I HAVE to see/hear this!!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now I'm not sure if Howard Shore will actually be there conducting himself because the details page says "Ludwig Wicki, Leitung" - anyone know if Howard has been at recent shows or if it's usually someone else? It would be the ultimate to have him there, though of course the music is still fantastic even with another conductor. The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra will be playing.

[livejournal.com profile] shirasade - how about it?! It would be great to see it with a fellow fan! Not like others there won't be fans, but... you know. :) And of course the same question goes out to anyone else who might happen to be "in the area" around that time! :D

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! *bounce bounce bounce*

THANK GOODNESS I was rewatching my LOTR DVDs or I wouldn't have gone to look up Howard Shore's website!
ourdramaqueen: (lotr frodo rotk bronwe athan harthad)

Peter Jackson appears in LA over the Weekend!

12/04/06, 1:37 pm EST - Celeborn

A few Ringers spotted Peter Jackson in Los Angeles over the weekend. Could Peter be in town to talk more "Hobbit" with the powers-that-be at the studios? Only time will tell!

*hopes hopes hopes*

ETA: IMDB Daily Poll results: Would you go see a big-screen version of The Hobbit if Peter Jackson wasn't directing it?"

AND: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/artsentertainment/2003457516_shore04.html

"LOTR" music an ongoing adventure for composer Shore
By Jeff Shannon

Special to The Seattle Times

The "Lord of the Rings" movies have been out of theaters and on DVD shelves for years.

Howard Shore already composed a symphony based on the scores, and it's even been more than two years since the Oscar-winning film composer conducted that "Lord of the Rings Symphony" in Seattle's Benaroya Hall.

But the story behind the music behind Frodo Baggins and his quest to destroy the One Ring is not over yet, as Shore is still completely immersed in the score he wrote for Peter Jackson's epic fantasy film trilogy. Following last year's release of "The Fellowship of the Ring: The Complete Recordings," Shore went right to work assembling "The Two Towers: The Complete Recordings," a three-CD/one-DVD set released last month. "The Return of the King" will get the same deluxe treatment next year, with a four-disc set that will, for the first time, contain Shore's complete score from the films in its impressive entirety.

"Lord of the Rings" music has been readily available in single-disc soundtrack releases, but Shore always knew he'd eventually assemble the scores, not merely to satisfy "Rings" fans, but to give himself an opportunity to hear his work, 10 hours from start to finish, as he'd never heard it before.

"The scores were recorded in sections, and not chronologically," Shore said by telephone from his office in New York, "so the first edit [of the complete recordings] was the first time I'd ever heard the whole piece. That was an interesting feeling, because I'd never heard the score in its entirety. You hear most of it in the films, but there are other sound elements in that context, so this was our first pure listening."

Read more... )

After the complete "Return of the King" score is released next year, Shore (who is currently orchestrating an opera inspired by David Cronenberg's film "The Fly," which he scored) will eventually record the two-hour, 10-minute "Lord of the Rings Symphony," which is still being performed to sellout crowds around the world.

Unfortunately, it's unlikely that Shore will score the proposed film version of "The Hobbit." Due to legal conflicts between Peter Jackson and New Line over profit distributions, the creative team behind the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy will not be involved.

Jeff Shannon: j.sh@verizon.net

Copyright © 2006 The Seattle Times Company

Now I'm assuming that the latter is conjecture and not fact - I really don't think anything is set in stone yet.

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