Saturday, July 2, 2011

July 1st and 2nd News

Variety: ‘Rings’ proves mettle

Peter Debruge of Variety revisits The Lord of the Rings Trilogy a decade later and shares his thoughts:

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since a humble B-movie director named Peter Jackson came along and reinvented the fantasy film genre. Before tackling Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Jackson was best known as the guy who had made “Dead Alive,” “Heavenly Creatures” and a couple of foul-mouthed puppet pics — a background that shows in the approach he took to “The Lord of the Rings.”

Revisiting “LOTR” a decade later — thanks to the three-week series of theatrical screenings tied to the extended-cut Blu-ray release — I was struck by how remarkably well the three films hold up. If anything, they’ve gotten better with age, which I never would have guessed at the time they bowed.

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“The Hobbit” Filming In The UK This October?!? has a new interview up with Elijah Wood who’ll be reprising his role as Frodo in The Hobbit, and perhaps the most interesting bit is his response to the question about when he’ll be going down to New Zealand to shoot his scenes.

Here’s what Elijah said:

October. I’m going to the U.K. first to do some shooting, but then I’m going down in October for the New Zealand part.

Not to jump to any conclusions, but does this potentially mean Sir Christopher Lee will be shooting his scenes in the UK this October? What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comment box!

Hall of Fire this weekend: Bilbo Baggins!

Want to discuss Bilbo online with other LOTR fans? Here.

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WB Sweepstakes to Win Trip for Two to NZ for LOTR: War in the North

In celebration of the upcoming action/RPG The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Snowblind Studios are offering fans a once in a lifetime chance to win a trip for two to New Zealand to visit the Hobbiton movie set! To enter, go to and click on the giveaways tab or enter directly using this link: The sweepstakes ends on July 27. Only one entry per person and limited to residents of the United States.

The Grand Prize winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two people to New Zealand, 4 nights hotel stays, and a rental car. During the trip they will travel to the North Island of New Zealand to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. More.

Hobbit cameo feels like ”family reunion”: Elijah Wood 

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London, Jun 28 (PTI) Actor Elijah Wood feels he”s heading to a “family reunion” as he prepares to film a cameo for ”The Hobbit”.

The 30-year-old actor will be seen in a small role in the film and he feels at home on the sets because he grew so close to many of the cast and crew during his ”Lord Of The Rings” days.

“It feels like a family reunion that I”m going back for. A number of the cast members are coming back. I went back (to New Zealand) a year ago in February just to visit. I was down in Australia, so I went over for nine days and caught up with a bunch of people. It was wild, man, to be back in that whirlwind, see all those people, but working in Middle Earth again. It was really cool to be back there, and I feel like it”s going to feel the same. More.

A really cool article coming soon! 

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