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Before I hit the mattress, I thought I should finally post at least some of the Hobbit/LotR related links that I have in my tabs!

Benedict Cumberbatch 3x )

Red Carpet Tours:

Hobbit Premiere Tour: Plans are being laid

Viggo Mortensen 5x )

Hobbit merchandise:

Description of ‘Hobbit’ movie toys hits online

And last but not least, some NZ TV footage from the TORn Oscar party in 2004! Oh the nostalgia...

Bed now - night night/good morning/good afternoon, depending on where you are! :)
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Elijah Wood on the Colbert Report - they start out talking about Happy Feet 2, but then curiously veer off into another little film Elijah recently shot a few scenes for... ;)

Hobbit star Orlando Bloom spotted in Queenstown

Bret McKenzie Talks The Hobbit

Not that this is news - Benedict has mentioned it before - but here you go: Smaug to be performance capture not just voice work says Benedict Cumberbatch (Why won't it play the video for me?! I only get the Hugo preview and then the player gets stuck on buffering... *sob*)

Viggo Mortensen will not be in ‘The Hobbit’ - Oy, PJ, give Viggo a call, will you? :(

And a little speculation about the Hobbit teaser that Andy Serkis mentioned: Remember the first LOTR teaser? We do! Now its time for a ‘Hobbit’ version - this is actually the first time I've seen the first LotR teaser!
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Congratulations to Viggo - this is well deserved, IMHO! :D

Viggo Mortensen: Danish Knight

April 17th, 2010 by xoanon

Frederik writes: Hi, I’m a danish fan of the rings and I’m writing to inform you that the cast of the rings has gotten another knight today. In the event of Queen Margrethe II’s 70 years birthday, a good deal of people were knighted and Viggo Mortensen (being half Danish after all) was one of the lucky ones. The title given to Viggo is “Ridder af Dannebrog” which translates into “Knight of the Danish banner”.

More LOTR Video Goodness

Linuxelf sends along another batch of LOTR archive clips: Weta Digital on CGI Animation, Weta Team On Oscar Wins and future projects & Peter Jackson talks about FOTR Premier. Enjoy!
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The Hobbit Pushed to 2012?

December 1st, 2009 by Altaira | Discuss

The Hobbit Movie LogoA few days ago, we reported here that Peter Jackson has indicated filming for The Hobbit will be delayed to mid-2010. Doing the math on how long it took to film The Lord of the Rings movies was sobering with respect to achieving a 2011 release, but we found reason to be optimistic in the fact that many sets, set designs, etc. won’t have to be created from scratch. Today, however, we’ve been alerted to more sobering news on the release from the WaxWord blog over at thewrap.com:

Read more... )

Also, for those who haven't heard about it yet, watch Viggo being interviewd by Tavis Smiley on PBS.org. The clip playing immediately is a web exclusive of 4:23min regarding Viggo's publishing venture, Perceval Press, but check out the full-length interview to the right. I haven't had time to watch the full thing myself yet so while I've heard that - not surprisingly - they talk about The Road, I can't say if there are serious spoilers involved.
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So there’s the second link dump - again loosely LotR related.

April 2, 2009

Viggo Mortensen: first Good - and then goodbye?

Viggo Mortensen hasn’t accepted a movie role for a year, and may never make one again. Why, asks our correspondent

Business leaders honour Weta's Taylor

Published: 10:17AM Thursday April 02, 2009

Source: ONE News

The force behind Wellington's Weta Workshop, Richard Taylor, has won the supreme award at the World Class New Zealand awards.

And it’s one he designed himself! :D

Del Toro was right choice for The Hobbit, says Raimi

By David Bentley on Mar 25, 09 06:47 PM

SAM RAIMI, who was on the shortlist of directors for the big-screen remake of The Hobbit, says Guillermo del Toro was a brilliant choice to make the film.

Obviously the second film will now not cover the time between the end of The Hobbit and the beginning of Fellowship of the Rings, but if you’re interested in that time period, there’s fan film The Hunt for Gollum which will be released as a streaming film on Dailymotion.com on 3rd May. You can also find the trailers and more information at http://thehuntforgollum.com

That’s it for this round - I’d have liked to add a few more, but this already took me about an hour because my laptop isn’t so much running as CRAWLING!!! *sigh*


May. 21st, 2008 07:21 am
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Variety reported today that Guillermo Del Toro will be co-producing Hater, based on the David Moody novel, along with Mark Johnson. Read more... ) Interviewed by Daily Variety, GDT revealed a few specific bits of Hobbit-related information that I hadn’t heard before.

Here’s the relevant part of the story. Discussing Hater, GDT said:

“I’ll carry my weight on the creative side, in choosing elements and storyboarding, but it will be up to Mark and the director we choose to execute the day to day,” he said. “The Hobbit” is a “monumental task, and I don’t want to do anything that detracts from my attention to that.”

Pre-production is about to get under way on the two-part “Hobbit.” Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are expected to pen the scripts under the direction of Peter Jackson and del Toro. Preliminary contact has already been made with at least three actors whose “Lord of the Rings” characters also appear in the “Hobbit” storyline: Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Andy Serkis (Gollum).

“We will all be involved in the script in some fashion but the exact definition is about a week away,” said del Toro. “I am all for keeping the actors who originated the parts, as much as availability and their willingness will allow.”

It sounds as though work on the Hobbit project is moving at last. Pre-production to start soon, Viggo Mortensen approached to play Aragorn again, other actors perhaps contacted, and firmer plans for the scripting responsibilities due in about a week. Sounds exciting!

And Liv Tyler would be interested in coming back if they find a place for Arwen - see this IGN article:


Liv Tyler Talks The Hobbit
Will Arwen make an appearance in the new films?

by Scott Collura

May 20, 2008 - IGN caught up with actress Liv Tyler yesterday in New York City to discuss her new horror film The Strangers, but while we had her pointy Elven ear we just had to ask her about whether or not she'll be returning to the Lord of the Rings universe as Arwen for the upcoming pair of recently announced Hobbit films.

Read more... )
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*pre-orders DVD, film unseen and book unread*

Stars follow 'The Road' to Presque Isle

gerry.weiss@timesnews.com [more details]

If you happen to see Viggo Mortensen on the streets of Erie this week, it's not a mirage.

The "Lord of the Rings" star and Academy Award-nominated actor will be at Presque Isle State Park on Thursday, shooting critical scenes for the major movie production of "The Road."

Mortensen, as well as actor Guy Pearce, who starred in "L.A. Confidential" and "Memento," will be here with a film crew of 75 to 100 members, said Andrew Ullman, location manager for "The Road."

The shoot at Presque Isle is scheduled to last about six days, not including weekends, wrapping up on May 1. The cast and crew will stay in hotels in the Erie area throughout filming before heading to Conneaut Lake Park for a two-day shoot on May 2 and 3.

"The Road," an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is scheduled to be in theaters nationwide in November.

Read more... )

ETA: Charlize Theron is in it too as Viggo's wife, plus Robert Duvall (rumoured, according to IMDB), and it's the same director who did Guy's film The Proposition - whoot! /ETA

In non-news, yet more snow and, I estimate, about four hours of +/- "good" sleep. Oh and I have an End of Course Assignment to deliver by Friday noon (UK time), in other words Friday morning before work, and haven't had been able to wrangle up the energy/concentration to work on it at all so far, except for looking at it. Will be an interesting three evenings...
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I'm using this occasion to present my new Viggo icon: There's a very nice article about Viggo in Men's Vogue March issue. I'd SO love to get the opportunity to spend a few hours with this fascinating man, just talking, like that journalist did!

The Great Dane

Viggo Mortensen can swing a broadsword as Aragorn or neatly fillet a Russian mobster. But off-screen, the Oscar contender is a life-giving force, playing big brother to a band of poets, painters, and searchers like him. By Phoebe Eaton

Is that a yawn? O.K., so Viggo Mortensen's yawning. He's seriously tired and in some kind of mood, and let's respect that, roll with it, because the hours he's keeping here in New Mexico have just been preposterous. First, there are the 4:00 A.M. wake-up calls he's grimly endured on the set of Appaloosa. And the locals hired to work Mortensen's cowboy picture (who plainly adore him) say they've never seen such a hard-partying cast and crew as the Appaloosans, and God only knows what happened last night, but there he goes again. Another yawn. This is his only day off and it kind of got shot and he didn't get to do some stuff he really wanted to do, and then, his obscure Argentine-concert CD got stuck in the player inside his trailer, because he's never not two-timing the movies with all the rest of his esoteric interests. Some union characters finally smashed the thing open and fished the CD out and he tipped them mighty good, but he's still got an hour-and-a-half drive ahead of him back to Santa Fe in his Dodge pickup—that is, after he figures out just where and how we're going to while away the next few hours together.

You can read the full article at their website.
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Our craptastic cinema's flyer caught my eye today at the post office, and when I looked at the program for this week I almost keeled over in surprise - they're showing Eastern Promises. In English with subtitles. o_O Guess they noticed the Oscar nominations! I may have to go see it again... :)

And speaking of Viggo. *giggle*
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Filming of 'The Road' leads to Pittsburgh
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
By Barbara Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Apocalypse, here we come.

Pittsburgh has landed "The Road," a big-screen adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy best-seller of the same name that will star Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and a young Australian actor named Kodi Smit-McPhee.

2929 Entertainment, which is producing the movie, and the Pittsburgh Film Office yesterday confirmed rumors "The Road" will shoot in Southwestern Pennsylvania for eight weeks starting in late February to take advantage of the cold and snow. The film also will spend a week in Louisiana and a week in Oregon.

The movie is budgeted at under $30 million and will feature 15 or so speaking roles along with background players. It is set to arrive in theaters at the end of the year.

Read more... )

Looks like Guy will only come in late in the movie - I hope he'll have some good screen time though - and with Viggo, 'cause it would be great! And Charlize Theron too, eh? Plus the director of The Proposition, which I liked a lot - sounds like a great combination to me! Now of course the question is which way the writer's strike will influence the start of shooting.
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Watched Indian Runner earlier - still not an easy film to watch, but Viggo is great - and I had completely forgotten that Patricia Arquette is in it, hee!

And now I am watching my Sandokan DVDs, which arrived today - aaaaaaaah it's still as good as it was back in the late 70s/early 80s, when I saw it on TV! Cut to spare you my fangirly ramblings about the miniseries in general and Kabir Bedi in particular ) I really need to take some screen caps to share his gorgeousness... :)


Dec. 27th, 2007 03:05 pm
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Idiot me (I don't think I can blame this one on the migraine) forgot to thank [livejournal.com profile] selmak for the virtual LJ gift in yesterday's post. Thank you my dear! *hugs* And "because it's kinky" - ha! Now if only I knew what this thing was for! Then again, I'm sure I'll find some use for it... ;P

I slept 2-3 hours last night.

Oh, and since my mood image has Viggo in it: Eastern Promises is a fantastic film, even better than A History of Violence IMHO, and Viggo SO deserves to win the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, and I would be very happy if he would get an Oscar nomination, because he's just amazing, very nuanced in his characterization of Nikolai. I want to post more but maybe later, because I have to get back to work now.
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An Evening With ... Viggo Mortenson
November 28, 2007
Focus Features, Back Stage West, and The Hollywood Reporter invite you to join Eastern Promises star Viggo Mortenson (A History of Violence) for a screening on Thursday, Dec. 6, in Los Angeles.

Read more... )

Also, congrats to PJ for being #35 on EW.com's list of the 50 Smartest People in Hollywood! :)

And last but not least, I can't wait to see the film Robert Rodriguez is making/will make based on one of the fake trailers which they apparently showed with his and Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse double feature: Machete, starring Danny Trejo. The trailer - which is NOT WORKSAFE - just looks so delightfully cheesy and late-70's/early-80's-cheap-action-flick. :)

Favourite lines: "They just f**ked with the wrong Mexican!" and, "Please Father, have mercy!" - "God has mercy. I don't!" BLAM! *snigger* Yes, I obviously can have a very sick sense of humour... :D And can I just say I love it when Danny wears his hair open? *whimper*
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No, not like that... ;)


Viggo: I got lucky
Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Viggo Mortensen is very matter of fact when he talks about his life changing role as Aragorn in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy - saying he just "got lucky".

"I was 45 when it happened and had been working steadily in films and theatre before that, then something comes along and you just get lucky," said the actor, who is currently starring in Russian gangster flick Eastern Promises.

"It changed my life because of the friendships I made and memories I now have. But the main thing is that it helped me to get roles like this, because it did so well we all got the chance to do other things."

The enigmatic star, who plays a driver working for one of London's established crime families in his new movie, hasn't ruled out the possibility of Aragorn's return.

"I heard talk of a Hobbit film and, yes I'm curious about it," he said.

"I don't know where Aragorn would fit into that, but if it happens then Peter Jackson would be the best person to direct it."

Eastern Promises opened the London Film Festival with a glitzy premiere in Leicester Square last week.
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Will Aragorn Return In ‘The Hobbit’? Mortensen Leaves Open The Possibility

3 Comments | Published by Shawn Adler on Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 10:01 am.

Since he doesn’t actually appear anywhere in the book, hardcore fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth legendarium might scoff at the notion of seeing Aragorn in a “Hobbit” film.

Not “Lord of the Rings” star Viggo Mortsensen who has at least left the door slightly ajar.

“I’m curious about it,” he told MTV News about his potential involvement in a long rumored “Hobbit” flick. “LOTR’ borrowed from other sources. There was dialogue and set pieces that came from work outside of ‘Lord of the Rings,’ or took from the appendices. You never know.”

Read more... )

If they really do a second film connecting The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, then yes, it makes total sense to have Aragorn in it!
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SOURCE: Reprise

Sep 12, 2007 08:00 ET
"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - The Complete Recordings" Set for Release November 6, 2007 on Reprise/WMG Soundtracks
Available for the First Time!

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - September 12, 2007) - Howard Shore's complete Oscar®-winning score for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," from the epic film trilogy "The Lord of the Rings," will be available for the first time in a deluxe five-disc edition from Reprise/WMG Soundtracks on November 6, 2007.

Details behind the cut. )


Also: Viggo on Letterman tonight! I hope it will be on Youtube soon!
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Viggo Mortensen May Hit 'The Road'

A rep for the "Lord of the Rings'' star confirms that the actor is in talks to star in the John Hillcoat-directed movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's best-selling novel

By Missy Schwartz

A rep for Viggo Mortensen confirms that the Lord of the Rings star is in early talks to star in the big-screen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's best-selling, Oprah-approved novel The Road. The story, about a man and his young son traveling through a desperate, post-apocalyptic world, is being adapted by Joe Penhall (Enduring Love). Aussie John Hillcoat, who helmed last year's down-under Western The Proposition, will direct.

In April, Variety reported that the producers, Nick Wechsler and Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, were waiting to cast a star in the role of the father before seeking a distributor. But signing Mortensen may require some tricky scheduling since the actor, who currently stars in David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises and is next set to head to New Mexico to shoot the Ed Harris-directed Appaloosa, recently told EW, ''I'm a busy person.''

Posted Sep 10, 2007

I have no idea about this book, but I have seen The Proposition (which starred Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone and Danny Houston, among others), and omg the prospect of its director working with Viggo has me all excited!!!

Note to self: I need another Viggo icon.
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Waaaaaaaaaaah how long until I can see this film?! Probably until the US DVD release, unless I'm lucky and can catch it in Zurich...

Eastern Promises

(U.K.- Canada)
A Focus Features (in U.S.) release presented in association with BBC Films of a Kudos Pictures/Serendipity Point Films production in association with Scion Films, in association with Astral Media, Coros Entertainment and Telefilm Canada. Produced by Paul Webster, Robert Lantos. Executive producers, Stephen Garrett, David M. Thompson, Jeff Abberley, Julia Blackman. Co-producer, Tracey Seaward. Directed by David Cronenberg. Screenplay, Steve Knight.

Nikolai - Viggo Mortensen
Anna - Naomi Watts
Kirill - Vincent Cassel
Semyon - Armin Mueller-Stahl
Helen - Sinead Cusack
Azim - Mina E. Mina
Stepan - Jerzy Skolimowski
Yuri - Donald Sumpter


A superbly wrought yarn set in the milieu of first-generation Russian mobsters in London that is simultaneously tough-minded and compassionate about the human condition, "Eastern Promises" instantly takes its place among David Cronenberg's very best films. Same could be said for Viggo Mortensen, whose tightly coiled star turn recalls the magnetic work of Hollywood's greats of yore. Appreciation by the director's fans and a wide specialized viewership is assured, but there's enough intrigue and blood and guts here for Focus to have a shot at an ever bigger audience.

Read more... )

Go Viggo go!!!

Oh and if you would like more, [livejournal.com profile] trailer_spot posted links to the hi-res trailer (in 480px and 720px size) and five clips of the film, here. :)

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