Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 29th Morning Post

Orthodontist appointment today for me. Yech. Otherwise, my summer is going beautifully.

News

 Well, the ROTK was in theaters last night. Below are a picture and two fan reactions, more here. Wouldn't it be lovely if TLOTR was in theaters every few years, and this time international?

Once again the theatre was full, a lot of familiar faces. Only glitch was a Windows crash message that popped up on the screen a minute before showtime which afforded the audience an excuse for catcalls and general amusement. Lovely message from Peter Jackson. The extra scenes were great – wonderful to have the full confrontation with Saruman and Grima, the Houses of Healing/Eowyn-Faramir, Aragorn confronting Sauron in the Palantir, and all the others. Nothing seemed extraneous or patched in, which made me realize how incredibly difficult it must have been to pare all the movies down to their theatrical release length.
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 Just got back from seeing the ROTK EE on the big screen for the first time and man it looked truly amazing seeing it on the big screen. Tonight, they moved us into a slightly smaller theater but it was still packed to the gills with Tolkien fans. We had new Q&A for this movie just like the others with the great TORn and Weta videos we’ve seen the last two weeks prior. This time when PJ talked it was about the stress of making sure the ROTK measured up to what people felt it should be after how well FOTR and TTT had been received by the public. As I said seeing this in all its glory on the big screen is truly amazing and I am so glad that I got a chance to do this again, because there is nothing at all like seeing these in a theater and experiencing it with other fans. As the movie came to a close and as the amazing art work in the I felt the same sense of sadness that the journey was over once again much like I did eight years ago at Trilogy Tuesday. Like eight years ago I had my Dad with me and for me that really adds to these moments as he and I look back at them down the road. Now, I look forward to going there and back again on Blu-Ray.



The Empire magazine has used pretty much the same Hobbit pictures as we have seen before, but they are a little different. The Bilbo and dwarves pictures has Bilbo now facing the front, and we can see more of the document in his hands. Check them out!


 “I’m exactly the same filmmaker as I was ten years ago,” says Jackson. “I’m trying to nail the same thing that I did before. I’m just telling the story.” The only difference is that this time he has a bunch of snarky dwarves to corral. "“They don’t know what to make of Gandalf, they think Bilbo is a wuss, and Elrond a prissy headmaster type,” laughs Jackson. 

"There's no way you can pace yourself for shoots like these," Jackson told Entertainment Weekly. "When we were going through the schedule for The Hobbit, I felt a terrible drop in my stomach when I saw that we'd be shooting for 254 days. We're only 12 days short of The Lord of the Rings even though we're only doing two movies. When I saw that, I had to sort of pick myself up off the floor and carry on."


Elijah Wood flew to New Zealand to film a small scene and told Movieline that catching up with his old pals with a 'whirlwind'. More.  By the way, do any of you know that Elijah advertised cheese as a child? :D


So what are the other LOTR actors/actresses up to? Billy (a.k.a Pippin) has launched a project to help Scotland's young carers. Viggo is playing in A Dangerous Method. Sean Astin is going to a celebrity charity event. I'm not watching the video, but it sounds to me like Dom, unfortunately, is turning into a porn star...so please pray for him! Liv will definitely not be in The Hobbit, and here is a recent article about how Liv makes herself beautiful, if you're interested (I'm not). Miranda is playing in The White Guard. Orlando is in The Three Musketeers. More recently, John Noble did an interview which you can read here.

And to see if you are all actually reading my full articles, I'm leaving this epic trailer to last. No matter how many times I watch an extended edition trailer, it still makes me shiver. Of course, the epic Requiem for a Dream music helps. Sorry that I can't put it on here, but the high quality will make up for it, I hope. Here!

And news about this blog: More has been added to the newsreel, and more funny pictures have been added to LOTR Funnies.

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