Thursday, May 10, 2012

May 9th News

Help Recover LOTR Prop-maker’s Stolen Memorabilia

Ringers unite! A grievous wrong has been done to Dallas Poll, jeweler and prop-maker for the Lord of the Rings movies. On international Star Wars Day (May 4) thieves made off with thousands of dollars of movie memorabilia from his home in Paraparaumu, New Zeeland, including a replica sword he wielded while acting as an Aragorn double, and his precious stormtrooper outfit.

According to Mr Poll, a jeweller, spent seven years in the police but over the past decade has worked mostly as a prop maker on The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, the Narnia films and Avatar. “We have been well and truly done over,” Mr Poll said yesterday. “They seemed to know what they were looking for.”
Please read the article and if you come across any suspicious collectibles for sale, email the New Zeeland police.  Read More…

New Zealand to Market “The Hobbit” to Promote Tourism

While marketing “The Hobbit” movie to help New Zealand tourism comes as no surprise, this article from has some interesting insights as to where the majority of NZ visitors come from. Do those locations have the potential to translate box office dollars into tourism dollars? If not, maybe it’s time to buy a plane ticket to New Zealand. Come on – you know you want to!

“Tourism New Zealand is about to take a $60 million punt on an imaginary creature with short legs and furry feet. The first of Sir Peter Jackson’s widely anticipated two Hobbit movies – adaptions of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel – is due out in December and Tourism New Zealand is planning to ensure the world knows they were filmed here. Chief executive Kevin Bowler says they are working with Warner Bros and Wingnut Films, sorting out the finer details of what the advertising will look like, what Hobbit themes could be used with the 100% Pure brand.”  Read More…

Et Tu, Bilbo?

Latin geeks and Tolkien geeks (and Latin/Tolkien geeks?) unite! According to, an edition of J R R Tolkien’s The Hobbit translated into Latin and titled Hobbitus Ille, will be published in September by HarperCollins to mark its 75th birthday:

An edition of J R R Tolkien’s The Hobbit translated into Latin and titled Hobbitus Ille, will be published in September by HarperCollins to mark its 75th birthday. The publisher said the Latin version of the tale‚ which opens “In foramine terrae habitabat hobbitus” (In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit)‚ would be “great for students learning Latin, but also for fans who want to dip in and find favourite passages”. The translation, by classicist Mark Walker, will also see Tolkien’s songs and verses translated into classical Latin metre. Previous Latin editions includeDomus Anguli Puensis (The House at Pooh Corner) and Ursus Nomine Paddington (A Bear Called Paddington). Read More…

Cutting Edge Cinema: The Hobbit and 48 fps

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,”  one of the first feature film to use 48 fps technology, is high on the list of  ‘cutting edge’ film technology mentioned in this Wall Street Journal article.

“It’s beautiful—like night and day,” says John Knepp, president of Cleveland-based Cooperative Theatres Inc., a chain with around 300 screens, who saw 10 minutes of raw “Hobbit” footage that was shown at the higher frame rate at CinemaCon.”

Other new technology mentioned in the article includes laser projection and vibrating seats (yes, vibrating seats). The 48 fps jury is still definitely out but, would vibrating seats sway your vote? Which side of the debate do you come out on? Read More…

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