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Sunday
Nov062011

'The Hobbit' video blog 4 - Peter Jackson on filming in 3D and 48 FPS 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit theaters for another year, but Peter Jackson and his crew have already released a number of pictures and videos about the making of the films. The fourth video blog, which was released Friday, talks a bit about what it’s like to film in 48 frames per second and 3D. 

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Tuesday
Sep142010

Sir Ian McKellen says The Hobbit may start filming in January

That's the goal, at least. The prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy has seen many delays due to the financial meltdown of MGM, which co-funds the project. Things are finally looking up. Peter Jackson, the presumed director of The Hobbit, has been quietly casting the two films since July and MGM seems to be sorting itself out, with Spyglass stepping up to restructure much of its debt. The studio will vote on the debt restructuring, bankruptcy plan later this month.

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Tuesday
Aug312010

The Hobbit's hellish 73-year journey to the silver screen (infographic)

Getting The Hobbit from book to screen has been a drawn out and difficult process. Lucky for us, Blastr has made a Candyland-ish map to guide us through the many delays, false starts, and animated ghettos that have plagued J.R.R. Tolkien's original Middle Earth tale. The sad part is, we don't know if this is the end or just the beginning of the troubles. With the money troubles at MGM, Peter Jackson's two-part adaptation of The Hobbit has been delayed for some time now. The director promises news soon, but it's difficult to say when this film will be made. Click on the image to expand. 

Tuesday
Aug312010

FoxTrot meets Inception

I've never been a huge FoxTrot fan, but this is damn clever. I think I've actually had this dream. Big thanks to TheOneRing for the link. Check out a lot more Bill Amend's comic online at FoxTrot.com. Click on the picture to enhance. 

Friday
Aug132010

Will Lord of the Rings get its own Wizarding World theme park?

Now we're talking. I've heard fun things about Universal Orlando's "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" park, but I've always been a Tolkien loyalist. If Harry and Frodo dueled to the death, I'd be right there to help the little halfling out. Harry Potter may solve a few mysteries after class, but Frodo saves all of Middle Earth. Pit Gandalf against Dumbledore and we know who'd win. For these reasons, and more, I'm very happy to learn that Universal and Disney are considering a Lord of the Rings attraction at their theme parks. Perhaps I won't have to go to New Zealand to travel the path to Mordor after all. 

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Sunday
Aug082010

Physics professor figures out the Beacon of Gondor's speed in LOTR

And I thought I over-analyzed Lord of the Rings. Rhett Allain, an associate physics professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, watched Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on TV again and got to wondering just how long it would take for the Beacon of Gondor to travel from Minas Tirith to Rohan. But he didn't just wonder, he figured it out in exhaustive detail on his blog (via TheOneRing). You remember, they're the giant torches on top of mountains that Pippin has to light. A few of his results are below.

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Thursday
Aug052010

20 films that make BBC readers cry, and yes, The Notebook made the list

When Lord of the Rings tops a list of tearjerkers, I take notice. Partly because, well, I love LOTR, but also because it never made me cry. This makes me wonder just how many British men are big pansies. Hit the jump to read BBC's top 20 list

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Friday
Jul162010

Trailer Mashup: Harry Potter 7 and Lord of the Rings (video)

When the new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer came out a couple weeks ago, I made a big deal out of how similar it looks to Lord of the Rings. This is proof that someone agrees with me. The sound editing is a bit sketchy, as are some cuts, but it's all in good fun. Behold! Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings, to be presented in 9 parts!

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Thursday
Jul082010

Avatar is coming back to theaters with 8 extra minutes of footage

James Cameron is re-releasing Avatar in 3D equipped theaters on August 27 with eight minutes of bonus footage crammed inside it. Fox executives explain:

"Avatar: Special Edition is especially gratifying, because not only has Avatar become one of the most beloved films in history, but after its initial theatrical release we have been inundated with requests to re-release the film in theatres in 3D.  Equally important, we're thrilled that Jim Cameron is able to give audiences even more of what they loved about Avatar." - Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen and CEOs Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman

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Tuesday
Jun292010

Finally! Harry Potter becomes Lord of the Rings (new Deathly Hallows trailer)

I've been waiting for the Harry Potter films to get as epic as Lord of the Rings for a decade. Finally, it might happen. If not, this trailer is a big liar! Granted, I haven't read the books, because I want to see the entire series in movie form first, but I've always thought the movies stopped short of being true epics. Some get close (Prisoner of Azkaban), but others fall short (Half-Blood Prince). Still, few of them retain the magic of the books either, or so I'm told by "book readers." I say, if you aren't going to stay true to the novels, at least make some epic shit. It looks like Deathly Hallows, the two-part finale, might end the series on the climactic note it's deserved for some time now. Am I crazy?

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