Friday, January 6, 2012

January 5 News (More)

Uhhhh...woah. My mailbox got SWAMPED with Hobbit news last night.

Benedict Cumberbatch Reveals Hobbit Tidbit?

From EmpireOnline: The following is both complete conjecture and a possible spoiler for The Hobbit: There And Back Again, so please think carefully before continuing. But when we spoke to Benedict Cumberbatch on set of Sherlock a little while back, we asked him about his roles in Peter Jackson’s new epic, and he said something that may very well be a spoiler, so let’s discuss that just a bit.
Cumberbatch said of his role,
“I’m playing Smaug through motion-capture and voicing the Necromancer, which is a character in the !!SPOILERS!! Highlight to ReadFive Legions War or something which I’m meant to understand. He’s not actually in the original Hobbit. It’s something [Peter Jackson]’s taken from Lord Of The Rings that he wants to put in there.”

New Book: The Traitor’s Heir

Author Anna Thayer sent along this press release about her new book ‘The Traitor’s Heir: Volume One of The Knight of Eldaran’ (ISBN: 9781849630894). Take a look!

In an epic tale, the young Eamon Goodman goes on a journey of discovery. A journey which sees him taking a pivotal role in the battle between the rival forces of the king and the master, and from being a young soldier in his home of Edesfield to being a fast-rising hero in the city of Dunthruik.
Through his journey, Eamon’s experiences lead him to question the nature and true meaning of the most important things in life – love and friendship, loyalty and honour, and who he really is. But will the answers he finds lead him to become a good man?

Anna Thayer (née Slack) graduated from the University of Cambridge with first class honours in 2005 before living and teaching in Sicily for two years. She writes and lectures internationally on the works of fantasists J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, and has edited a volume of essays on the latter’s work. Anna currently lives with her husband in southern England, where she teaches English at an independent school. ‘The Traitor’s Heir’ is the first in the trilogy ‘The Knight of Eldaran’, and her debut novel.

Bob Anderson Statement from Peter Jackson

This statement from Peter Jackson on the passing of Bob Anderson was sent to us a few days ago, unfortunately we were unable to post it until now, thanks for the kind words Sir Peter:
“It is a rare, even within the film industry, that you get to work with a legend which was why I was thrilled when Bob Anderson agreed to come on board The Lord of the Rings as our sword-master. In fact, it took a while for it to sink in that I was going to get to work with the same man who had helped create some of cinema’s greatest fight sequences – from Star Wars to ThePrincess Bride. Bob was a brilliant swordsman and a gifted teacher; I will remember him as a wonderfully patient man, possessed of a terrific sense of humour. It was a privilege to have known him.”

‘Star Trek’ nabs Benedict Cumberbatch

From the Hollywood Reporter: “Benedict Cumberbatch, who can currently be seen in theaters in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, has nabbed a major role in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek sequel. … Cumberbatch is clearly having a moment. The actor, who stars as Sherlock Holmes in BBC’s Sherlock, is also on screens with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and is voicing the characters of Smaug the dragon and the Necromancer in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.”

Nobel Prize for Tolkien dashed by ‘poor prose’

The Guardian writes that recently released documents reveal in 1961 Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” — nominated by friend and fellow fantasy writer CS Lewis — was rejected by the Nobel Prize jury “on the grounds of his second-rate prose.” The news organization reports that though LOTR was “crowned the UK’s best-loved book and sold millions of copies around the world,” the 1961 jury believed the book “has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality.”

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