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HOBBIT Dwarf Picture Time – Balin And Dwalin

Posted on 15 July 2011 by Rich Drees

This week’s worth of pictures of the dwarfs of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit is winding down with today’s release of a look at another pair of brothers, Balin (Ken Stott) and Dwalin (Graham McTavish). As the studio describes the pair –

Dwarf Lords in their own right, Balin and Dwalin are close relatives of Thorin. Beyond this, these brothers are two of his most loyal and trusted friends. An old warrior, Balin has lived through hard times and fought many battles, yet he harbors doubts about the wisdom of the Quest to retake the Lonely Mountain. Dwalin has no such forebodings – his belief in Thorin’s leadership is unshakeable. A powerful and bruising fighter, with a natural tendency to distrust anyone who is not a Dwarf, particularly anyone who might be an Elf, Dwalin is not someone to cross lightly.

Now all that’s left is the reveal of the party’s leader, Thorin Oakenshield whom I suspect will be presented to us at some point over the weekend or on Monday at the latest.

Via Time.

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More HOBBIT Dwarfs – Bombur, Bofur And Bifur

Posted on 13 July 2011 by Rich Drees

Haven’t had enough news about cinematic dwarfs today? How about the latest picture (via IGN) of some of the dwarfs to be seen in Peter Jackson’s adaption of The Hobbit?

Today we see Stephen Hunter as Bombur, James Nesbitt as Bofur and William Kircher as Bifur. And here’s the studio’s description of the three –

While most of the Company of Thorin Oakensheild is related to the royal and noble line of Durin, Bofur, his brother Bombur and their cousin Bifur most definitely are … not. Born and bred in the West, descendants of coal miners and iron workers, they have joined the Quest for the Lonely Mountain partly to seek their fortune and partly because they were told the beer was free.

So the count stands now at ten of the thirteen dwarfs whom Bilb Baggins (Martin Freeman) joins for an adventure across Middle Earth. That just leaves us waiting to see Dwalin, Balin and their leader Thorin Oakenshield but I’m reasonably sure we’ll be seeing them before the weekend.

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HOBBIT Dwarf Picture Parade – Fili And Kili

Posted on 13 July 2011 by Rich Drees

Here’s our next first look at a couple of the dwarfs from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. This time we get Dean O’Gorman and Aidan Turner as brothers Fili and Kili. The two are the youngest of the expedition of dwarfs whom Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) joins on an adventure to slay a dragon and regain a stolen treasure. As the youngest, you can see that their beards aren’t as full as the other dwarfs we’ve seen so far.

The official description of the pair is as follows –

Two of the youngest Dwarves, Fili and Kili have been born into the royal line of Durin and raised under the stern guardianship of their uncle, Thorin Oakensheild. Neither has ever travelled far, nor ever seen the fabled Dwarf City of Erebor. For both, the journey to the Lonely Mountain represents adventure and excitement. Skilled fighters, both brothers set off on their adventure armed with the invincible courage of youth, neither being able to imagine the fate which lies before them.

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More HOBBIT Dwarfs – This Time Oin And Gloin

Posted on 08 July 2011 by Rich Drees

Another day, another picture of some of the 13 dwarfs that Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) will accompany on a great adventure in Peter Jackson’s adaption of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. This time we’re treated to our first look at the brothers Oin (John Cullen) and Gloin (Peter Hambleton). Gloin is also the father of The Lord Of The Rings’ Gimil, played by John Rhys Davies in Jackson’s cinematic adaption, and there definitely is some family resemblance going on here. Click on the picture for a bigger view.

So that’s five dwarfs down. How do you think will we see next?

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First Look: THE HOBBIT’s Dori, Nori and Ori

Posted on 07 July 2011 by Rich Drees

We’ve already seen Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellan as Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s upcoming two-part Hobbit films, so it seems like the next characters we should be getting a look at are some of the 13 dwarfs that Bilbo accompanies on their journey. And right on time here is a picture of the first three – the dwarvish brothers Dori (Mark Hadlow), Nori (Jed Brophy) and Ori (Adam Brown).

The studio’s description of the brothers is as follows –

These three brothers, all sons of the same mother, could not be more different from each other.

Dori, the oldest, spends much of his time watching out for Ori, the youngest; making sure he’s not caught a chill or got himself killed by Wargs or Goblins.

Nobody quite knows what Nori gets up to most of the time, except that it’s guaranteed to be dodgy and quite probably, illegal.

Dori, Nori and Ori are intensely loyal to each other – and whilst they are perfectly happy fighting amongst themselves, woe-betide any anyone who means harm to one of these brothers.

So, which dwarfs will we get to see next?

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THE HOBBIT To Do Some Shooting In The UK?

Posted on 05 July 2011 by Rich Drees

One of the reasons that Peter Jackson shot his epic Lord Of The Rings films in his home country of New Zealand was to highlight the country’s stunning natural beauty. And it was generally assumed that he would be following suit for his adaptation of The Hobbit as well.

However, Elijah Wood has let something slip in an interview with Vulture that would lead us to believe that perhaps Jackson and company will be traveling to England for at least a small bit of the production. When asked when he was scheduled to film his part for The Hobbit, Wood stated –

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.

Take a moment to parse that sentence. While it could be taken as work on two different projects, the word “part” is what links the two and indicate that both shoots are for the same project.

Could Wood have misspoken? Possibly, though I don’t see any project that Wood has on his schedule that would shoot in England.

The folks over at TheOneRing are theorizing that a UK shoot might be happening to accommodate cast member Sir Christopher Lee, who at age 89 may  just be getting too old to travel half way around the world to New England for filming. Lee himself expressed concerns over his health allowing him to participate in the films earlier this year. However, there is no time when Wood’s character of Frodo Baggins ever interacted with Lee’s evil wizard Saruman, so I doubt that may be the reason.

More likely is that actor Ian Holm, who played Bilbo Baggins in Lord Of The Rings, may also be too old to travel to New Zealand for filming and Wood will be shooting his scenes with him there. I am, of course, basing this on the assumption that Wood and Holm’s roles in the two Hobbit films will be serving as bookends for the main story. Admittedly that raises the question if Woods scenes are bookends with Holm, why would he need to travel to New Zealand if he was going to England to accommodate shooting with Holm?

I’m sure we’ll get an answer to this mystery sometime before the first installment of Jackson’s two-part Hobbit adaption hits theaters in December 2012.

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First look: Martin Freeman As Bilbo In THE HOBBIT

Posted on 23 June 2011 by Rich Drees

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, today we’ve gotten our first look at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s two-part The Hobbit.

Judging by the dwarfs in the background, this picture is from early in the first film where the dwarfs, on the suggestion of Gandlaf (Ian McKellen), hire Bilbo to be their professional burglar on their adventure.

EW also had two other photos, one featuring Jackson and Freeman on the set of Bilbo’s home in the Shire and one of McKellen as Gandalf reclining against a tree.


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More HOBBIT Casting: Evangeline Lilly And Barry Humphries

Posted on 20 June 2011 by Rich Drees

So last week we thought we were done with the casting announcements for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Last night, Jackson proved us wrong by taking to his Facebook page to announce the addition of two more cast members to the production – Evangeline Lilly and Barry Humphries. We’ll let Jackson himself tell you all about it below, but in his announcement of Lilly’s role you can probably see why we didn’t anticipate a further casting announcement.

Yikes! I can finally get back to some postings! We’ve finished our first block of shooting and moved straight into location scouting. More on that soon… But today, I’m thrilled to announce two new cast members who will be joining us for our second block of shooting.

Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character—the Woodland Elf, Tauriel. Her name means ‘daughter of Mirkwood’ and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.) What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life.

I’m also highly excited that Barry Humphries will be portraying the Goblin King, in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum. Barry is perhaps best known for his business and social connections as the long-time manager of Dame Edna Everage. He has also been an ardent supporter of the rather misunderstood and unfairly maligned Australian politician, Sir Les Patterson. However, in his spare time, Barry is also a fine actor, and we’re looking forward to seeing him invest the Goblin King with the delicate sensitivity and emotional depth this character deserves.

Evangeline and Barry, along with Welsh actor Luke Evans as Bard and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, just about rounds out the major casting. I cannot wait to get stuck into these new scenes!

More soon, including a flurry of answers to your questions. Sorry for the delay!


Peter J

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Final HOBBIT Casting – Luke Evans And Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted on 17 June 2011 by Rich Drees

With production well underway for Peter Jackson’s two-part The Hobbit, we finally get word of the casting of the last two roles in the film. And interestingly enough, if you J R R Tolken’s book, you know that the two characters share an interesting relationship.

First up is Luke Evans landing the role of Bard, the Laketown archer who becomes an important participant in the story’s final chapters. Evans certainly appears to be on the cusp of making it big. We’ve already seen him in supporting roles in Robin Hood and Clash Of The Titans and he had been a finalist to take leads in both The Bourne Legacy and The Great Gatsby, only to loose the parts to others. Before The Hobbit hits screens, we’ll be seeing him as Aramis in a new version of The Three Musketeers. He is also currently shooting No One Lives with director Ryûhei Kitamura.

Meanwhile, it was also announced that British-actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been picked to supply the voice for Smaug, the dragon who has stolen the fabulous treasure that the titular hobbit Bilbo Baggins has been recruited to help retrieve. Cumberbatch’s participation was first leaked by Hobbit star Martin Freeman last month when he stated that his Sherlock BBC series co-star would be participating in the film. (My speculation that he may play Bard turned out to be wrong, obviously.) And excitingly it will pit Holmes versus Watson in the second Hobbit film.

What’s interesting about the casting of Cumberbatch is that many of the actors thought to be under consideration for the role of Smaug’s voice were older with more gravely voices with names like Bill Nighy being mentioned. When Guillermo Del Toro was set to direct the film, his Hellboy star Ron Perlman was the favored suess as to who would get the role. But Cumberbatch’s voice certainly doesn’t come into line with those expectations and I think it signals an interesting take on the character on Jackson’s part. Instead of sounding all old and obviously evil, he’s giving Smaug a more polished and potentially seductive voice. Cumberbatch will also be supplying the basis of Smaug’s facial expressions through motion capture performance.

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THE HOBBIT Films Get Subtitles And Release Dates

Posted on 30 May 2011 by Rich Drees

Peter Jackson’s two-part adaption of J R R Tolkien’s The Hobbit now has subtitles and release dates.And if you’ve even a passing familiarity with the book, the two titles should come as no surprise.

Part one is now known as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and will be hitting theaters on December 14, 2012. The second half will be in theaters a year later on December 13, 2013 under the title The Hobbit: There And Back Again.

Production continues on the film which will feature a cast that includes Martin Freeman, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.

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