Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hobbit Vlog #8 and MORE

‘Hobbit’ Vlog #8!!!

Hobbits Deal with Government Compliance

Thanks to Ringer David H from Auckland NZ, we have this linkto a wonderfully revealing and in-depth PDF from The Department of Welfare and Housing Te Tari Kaupapa Whare. The document is titled: Compliance of barriers to a bridge located on a former film set at 501 Buckland Road, Matamata. You see, the bridge made famous in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was considered to be not complying with Clause F4 Safety from falling of the Building Code, and and as a result seemed to ultimately be required to make some adjustments to allow public use. However, after a lot of discussion, notes and analysis, you’ll see that Manager Determinations John Gardiner has reversed a previous decision and decided the bridge, in its current form, qualifies for code compliance! Hobbits of Hobbiton rejoice! The bridge will remain open!  [PDF]

Air NZ Boeing 777s become flying Hobbit billboards

Mondo’s stunning LoTR-themed posters

Mondo, the Alamo Drafthouse’s poster house, debuted a set of three new posters at Comic-Con, designed by artist JC Richard. Each was themed around the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

In an interview, Mondo’s creative director Justin Ishmael said he understood the trilogy meant a great deal to fans and was delighted to provide a follow-up to an earlier poster centered around a Lego version of the Lord of the Rings.

These posters are directly based on the Peter Jackson’s filmed version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classics. Ishmael notes an earlier version of the Balrog was knocked back by parent film company Warner Bros, because the artist’s interpretation was closer to Tolkien’s description than what was pictured in Jackson’s film.

Hobbit Figures

These are just gorgeous!!!

Jackson’s okay The Hobbit is the 3D 48fps guinea pig

Talking to USA Today’s Brian Truitt in San Diego, Peter Jackson talks about raising the bar for The Hobbit, with a new movie technology. Peter Jackson says using 48 fps “gives you an illusion of life that’s so much more vivid than 24 frames does,” he says.

“The entire industry is in some respect waiting to see what happens with The Hobbit. I’m very happy to be the guinea pig.”

Jackson predicts that by the time The Hobbit is released, there will be several tent-pole studio movies that will be using the technology.

If not, he says that the industry might as well throw in the towel. Read more [here]

Weaving on Elrond, Matrix agent and other roles

I'm definitely going to look out for these!!!

Alyianna: No offence to Aragorn fans, but I don't see him as much of a King and a leader in the movies...

Gollum Makes EW’s ‘Top 50 Most Vile Movie Villains’

One can always count on Entertainment Weekly to compose some intriguing ‘Top’ lists. Their latest is the ‘Top 50 Most Vile Movie Villains,’ and sure enough, many classic villains are well represented.  Among the top 50, only one Tolkien ‘villain‘ makes the list at No. 10:
He may only be a CGI character, but the conflicted, bipolar Gollum managed to be both cute and scary — a feat we hadn’t seen accomplished since Gremlins. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that his tendency to break out into cheerful song in between ruthlessly chasing the ring of power was, well, precious. Plus, he bit off Frodo’s fingers. And that’s pretty bad-ass. —Kate Ward
This reporter never really saw Gollum as a ‘villain’ per se, but hey, to each their own! For the complete list, jump on over to EW.com today! 

Theme from The Lord of the Rings Featured in ‘Man of Steel’ Teasers

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