ourdramaqueen: (drama queen)
From the official PBS twitter:




I hope I'll be able to watch it online somewhere once it aired, as we don't have any TV connection currently.

I know I know, I still need to put together a fandom post... although by now both The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug and Sherlock S3 are almost an old hat (well, S3E3 of the latter aired in the US tonight, but many Americans have seen it already anyway...) but I would still like to put down some of my reactions/thoughts. As much as I remember them, hee. Oh, and Benedict has written the foreward for Weta's upcoming book about the design/creation of Smaug for DoS - can't wait to hold that book in my greedy little hands!
ourdramaqueen: (the hobbit bilbo sting poster)
Weta just added a whole bunch of Hobbit merchandise to their shop - check it out here (there's a second page too)! Ooooh to have spending money... They have Thorin's Map and The Contract of Bilbo Baggins as prop replicas, personally reproduced by Daniel Reeve! *drools*


ETA: You can win the Key to Erebor and Thorin's Map - Parchment Art Print (i.e. the less costly, but no doubt still very wonderful version) by entering TORn's contest!
ourdramaqueen: (nz there and back again)
This Saturday, the 22 September, is Bilbo and Frodo's birthday, and PJ announced that this Tolkien/Hobbit week will be An Interesting Week! I guess they premiere the trailer on the 19th (Wednesday) instead of the 22nd so it can be shown in cinemas with films opening that weekend, but either way - a new trailer, wheee!

MSN NZ to “debut trailer first” on Sept 20 (NZ time)

Upcoming Hobbit Trailer To Feature Epic Music From “Quantum”


For those who'd like to celebrate Bilbo and Frodo's birthday in true Hobbit style, A taste of cinematic Middle-earth: official recipes

Six new photos from The Hobbit via USA Today!

Middle Earth is closer to home than you think

Wellington is preparing a big welcome to the world for Hobbit Premiere
ourdramaqueen: (nz there and back again)
ARGH! I was almost finished with putting together a Hobbit update post, when LJ suddenly sent me to the polls page - no idea how I landed there - and when I returned and hit "restore from saved draft", it went back to the version which only had the introductory sentences! So my apologies, but I will not redo the whole long thing again, and instead point you to the following sources which are currently covering The Hobbit at San Diego Comic Con:

TheOneRing.net as well as the Facebook Pages of Weta Workshop, Peter Jackson, and The Hobbit.
ourdramaqueen: (Default)
http://www.wetanz.com/parchment-map-of-middle-earth


Daniel Reeve's Map of Middle-earth is well known to fans of The Lord of the Rings.

The Shire, Rivendell, Lorien, Rohan, Fangorn, Gondor - they are all there, the familiar milestones along the Fellowship's journey to Mordor, exactly as seen in the films and in the DVD extras.

This map is a direct scan from the original map hand drawn by Daniel Reeve.

Printed right here in Middle-earth (New Zealand) on high quality parchment paper with die-cut deckled edges.

The map comes rolled in a sturdy tube to ensure it arrives in pristine condition.

Artist info for those who don't know Daniel... )


*drools*
ourdramaqueen: (lotr frodo rotk grey havens smile)
http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2011/07/18/46315-weta-workshop-a-single-dream/

Weta Workshop – A Single Dream

July 18th, 2011 by xoanon 0 Comments and 0 Reactions



An unnamed spy sent us this YouTube video of the WETA ad that was played at the beginning of the extended LOTR editions in cinemas. Take a look! Some old friends in those clips!
ourdramaqueen: (aotearoa bag end door odq bday 2009)
http://www.facebook.com/?sk=h#!/notes/peter-jackson/48-frames-per-second/10150222861171558

48 Frames Per Second
by Peter Jackson on Monday, 11 April 2011 at 20:12

Time for an update. Actually, we've been intending to kick off with a video, which is almost done, so look out for that in the next day or two. In the meantime, I thought I'd address the news that has been reported about us shooting THE HOBBIT at 48 frames per second, and explain to you what my thoughts are about this. [...]



http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2011/04/11/43404-elijah-wood-says-the-hobbit-is-going-to-feel-very-familiar-and-different-as-well/

Elijah Wood Says The Hobbit Is “Going To Feel Very Familiar, And Different As Well”

April 11th, 2011 by Earl | Source: ComingSoon.net | Discuss | 1 Comment and 8 Reactions

ComingSoon.net has an exclusive interview with Elijah Wood who’s going to be reprising his character of Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit films. [...]



Also, Orlando Bloom Confirms His Involvement In The Hobbit, and JRD wonders, Did Gimli cause Jackson’s ulcer?


Last but not least, a little update on the Rivendell environment from Weta: RIVENDELL - 24,000 TILES AND COUNTING
ourdramaqueen: (nz there and back again)
Just dropping a few links here very quickly, as I really do need to go to bed:

I'm sure all of you have heard about the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch from a few days ago. It's heartbreaking for me to read/look at/watch any press coverage about something so tragic happening so close to 'home'... The first three links are therefore both earthquake and Hobbit related:

THR: NZ Quake Does Not Appear to Affect Hobbit Movie

TORn provides links to various organisations who accept donations: New Zealand needs your Help! and WETA unsurprisinlgy are joining in the effort: Weta Auctions in support of The Red Cross Earthquake appeal


To conclude on a lighter note, Ian McKellen was Partying with dwarves (and a hobbit) !
ourdramaqueen: (lotr frodo bronwe athan harthad odq bday)
In between Bag End and Rivendell, Weta also produced the Prancing Pony, but apparently it's already sold out! So here's the link to the first two Rivendell updates, by Daniel Falconer:

A RIVENDELL PROGRESS UPDATE BY DANIEL FALCONER

A RIVENDELL UPDATE - WHEN BIG JUST ISN'T BIG ENOUGH

Yes, this one is really going to be big!
ourdramaqueen: (aotearoa bag end door odq bday 2009)
http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2010/10/27/39779-sir-richard-taylor-and-tania-rodger-convey-their-heartfelt-thanks/

Sir Richard Taylor And Tania Rodger Convey Their Heartfelt Thanks

October 27th, 2010 by Earl | Source: wetanz.com | Discuss | 0 Comments and 0 Reactions

Below is the statement just released by Sir Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger over at wetanz.com: [...]




http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2010/10/26/39720-gdts-approval-of-martin-freeman-as-bilbo-baggins-is-100/

GDT’s Approval of Martin Freeman As Bilbo Baggins Is 100%

October 26th, 2010 by Earl | Discuss | 1 Comment and 4 Reactions

Here’s word on what once-upon-a-time-Hobbit-director Guillermo del Toro has to say about the casting choices revealed for The Hobbit films thus far:

Read more... )




http://www.kristinthompson.net/blog/?p=1787

Lions Gate plans to finance Hobbit–but how long would it take?

The New Zealand Herald has just posted a report that Lions Gate’s letter detailing its plan to merge with MGM, filed Monday, contains assurances that Lions Gate could finance the studio’s share of the Hobbit costs: [...]
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: (domlijah rotk la hug anim)
Congratulations to Sir Richard Taylor!!!

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/7355018/another-knighthood-for-weta-stable/

Another knighthood for Weta stable

Five Oscars and four Baftas are recognition for a body of work in the film industry, but a knighthood for Weta Workshop's Richard Taylor is reward beyond the realm of his imagination.

Sir Richard, 45, who has won the movie awards for his work with Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, has been knighted in this year's Queen's Birthday honours list.

It comes after he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004, and was Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2007, among other honours.


Details and Richard's reaction at the link. I am very chuffed for him! :D



http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2010/06/06/37064-a-message-from-guillermo/

A Message from Guillermo

June 6th, 2010 by Altaira | Discuss

As Guillermo Del Toro promised on the day the story broke here at TheOneRing.net of his departure from The Hobbit, he stopped by our message boards today with a few more comment for the fans:


Read his message at the link.

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