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Just recently bought the book to read it before I watch the film.
You won't be allowed to go on set. But you can go to The Weta Cave to see some other LOTR stuff in Miramar.
Watch the First Video Blog From the Set of THE HOBBIT
Peter Jackson has posted his first video blog from the set of The Hobbit and if you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings, you’re about to be very happy. Included in the ten minute blog are the soundstages (including Bag End, Rivendell, and another set you might know…) the costume department, and you can watch as Jackson blocks a scene with Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and a huge number of Dwarfs.
^that video blog made me so excited for the movie. Rivendell, Bag End.
There Will be Two Bilbos in 'The Hobbit'
Martin Freeman is playing the lead character of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, which is finally filming after years of wondering and waiting. However, Freeman won't be the only one playing Bilbo this time around as a familiar face will be returning to Middle Earth.
Ian Holm will be returning to the role he played in all three of the Lord of the Rings features and speculation is already leading most to believe he'll be featured in scenes alongside Elijah Wood who's returning as Frodo for the film. Holm will reunite with returning “Lord of the Rings” actors including Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom.
Peter Jackson made the announcement on Facebook earlier today:
One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end — many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, that recording was actually Martin Freeman's voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived. I have to admit, I wasn't sure who it was when I first heard it, either. Cheers, Peter J
“The Hobbit” prequel will be divided into two parts. The first part is scheduled for theater release on December 19 next year and with the second part a year later in December.
Thanks for the video blog. I'm really excited for this.
The one thing puzzles me though is why split the story in two. Oh I wonder why. I read the book and from my point of view, it can fit as a single movie.
Anyway, I'll watch this for sure!
Why two movies?
$$$$$$. That's why.
Guaranteed box office na because everyone who watched the first 4 will now feel obligated to watch the last one.
"It seems like a lifetime ago now, but way back at the beginning of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, I agreed to answer 20 questions sent into the Ain't It Cool website. Harry Knowles sorted through them and gave me his pick, which I did my best to answer, even though we were in the very early pre-production stage.
I thought you might like to do the same thing again with THE HOBBIT, using this Facebook page. So let's get into it... if there's anything you'd like to know about the movies we're making, please send me questions (on this page) and we'll start answering 20 of them. Who knows—if we have fun, why stop at 20?
Let's get it underway. Over to you...
Peter J "
Orlando Bloom Now Confirmed to Return as Legolas for 'The Hobbit'
Director Peter Jackson announced actor Orlando Bloom will reprise his role as Legolas, the elf archer, in the upcoming prequel “The Hobbit.”
Here is what Jackson wrote on his Facebook page:
Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I’m excited to announce today that we’ll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more. I’m thrilled to be working with Orlando again. Funny thing is, I look older—and he doesn’t! I guess that’s why he makes such a wonderful elf.
Bloom will reunite with returning “Lord of the Rings” actors including Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Ian Holm.
Two injured in explosion at Hobbit studios
Last updated 12:35 24/05/2011
Two people have been hurt in a small explosion at the studios where the Hobbit is being filmed.
The Fire Service confirmed they were called to an "industrial explosion" at the Stone St studios in Miramar.
Wellington Free Ambulance said two people were treated at the scene and were taken to hospital.
A small fire followed the explosion but it was out when firefighters arrived.
A spokesman for Wingnut Films said the explosion was in a workshop, not on set, and filming was continuing.
An investigation had been launched. The two people were taken to hospital as a precaution, the spokesman said.
- The Dominion Post
The first film will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and will be released in December next year.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again is scheduled to be out in December 2013.
Benedict Cumberbatch (TV's Sherlock Holmes) has been confirmed for The Hobbit. He'll be supplying the voice of Smaug!
Luke Evans, who plays Aramis in Paul W.S. Anderson's upcoming The Three Musketeers, will play Bard the Grim (aka Bard the Bowman), a skilled archer and the heir of King Girion of Dale.
The man behind Dame Edna Everage will need to lose the sparkly glasses and pink wig for his new role in The Hobbit.
Sir Peter Jackson this morning announced two new cast members would be joining the production team in its second block of shooting.
Barry Humphries, the man behind Dame Edna Everage, will play the Goblin King. Sir Peter this morning described him as a "fine actor" and likened his upcoming portrayal of the role to the way Andy Serkis created Gollum.
"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 Lilly, from the hit drama Lost will take up the role of a new character, Tuariel, a woodland elf.
"Her name means 'daughter of Mirkwood' and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing!" Sir Peter told fans on his Facebook page.
The crew have now finished their first block of shooting and are location scouting before the second block starts.
The announcement of the two newest cast members, along with the news that Welsh actor Luke Evans will play Bard and Benedict Cumberbatch will play Smaug, means most of the major roles have now been filled.