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Old August 2nd, 2012, 11:43 PM
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More on the decision to make the Hobbit a trilogy..

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2012...to-expect-now/
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Thanks Tonny! LOL, I did read the whole article and found it very interesting, as I'd been speculating to myself where they would split each movie and what parts they would put in extra - Dol Guldur! The Necromancer! MORE Battle of Five Armies! Awesome.
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Hollywood Reporter and various other outlets are reporting that July 18, 2014 will be the release date for the third Hobbit film.

In addition, they report that Warner Bros has announced that the third film will be renamed The Hobbit: There And Back Again.

The second film, to be released on December 13, 2013 will be called The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of International Distribution said in the press release: “The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be an action spectacle and an emotional conclusion for this already much-anticipated trilogy. Opening in the summer will maximize playability for what promises to be an event film for fans the world over.”
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Gawd we're talking about the 3rd movie and still is 4 months to the first one....too much anticipation...someone is not going to survive to see the five armies battle....
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from the guys at TORN , as usual, comes this info. These are the official character descriptions, and we can learn a bit about the stories of each of them. Also the covers of the upcoming books were released today.

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BILBO BAGGINS
Like all hobbits Bilbo Baggins appreciates his comfortable life. He is completely satisfied with a full pantry and a good book. When the wizard Gandalf shows up unexpectedly with 13 dwarves and asks him to accompany him on a dangerous adventure, Bilbo’s life changes from scratch. He is initially skeptical, but because he is adventurous, he joins the group of Thorin Oakenshield and becomes the "master thief" they need to outwit a ferocious dragon and to bring back the stolen treasure of the dwarves. To everyone's surprise - including his own - Bilbo turns out to be smarter and braver than the outward appearance would suggest.


GANDALF THE GREY
Gandalf is one of the most powerful wizards in Middle Earth. He participates in the mission to free the dwarf kingdom of Erebor and retrieve the vast treasure which is guarded there in stone halls by the fire-breathing dragon Smaug the Terrible. On his way Gandalf finds indication that the world could be haunted by an ancient evil. To get to the truth of the matter, Gandalf has to leave his companions on their own devices - his own path leads him into the darkest corners of Middle-earth, where he found his worst suspicions confirmed.


THORIN OAKENSIELD
As a young dwarf prince Thorin has witnessed the terrible devastation that has brought a fire-breathing dragon on the dwarf kingdom of Erebor. No one assisted the surviving dwarves - so the once proud and noble people had to go into exile. During the long years of misery Thorin grew into a strong, fearless fighter and revered leader. In his heart grew the burning desire to win back his homeland and destroy the beast, which is responsible for the plight of his people.


BALIN
Balin is a noble dwarf and one of the oldest members in the dwarf company. By nature wise and gentle, he had to get used to a military life, as he hovered constantly between life and death. As a close cousin of Thorin Oakenshield he is one of his closest and most trusted advisers. But deep in his heart the wisest and most faithful of the dwarves asks, whether it is wise to try to reclaim the Lonely Mountain.


DWALIN
The famous warrior Dwalin does not keep his opinions to himself. Anyone who messes with him should be on guard. His belief in Thorin's leadership is unshakable. The powerful, gruff warrior can dish it out and tends to distrust all non-dwarfs - primarily the Elves. He is proud, brave and one of the largest dwarves - he subordinates only to someone who he respects.


FILI
Fili is from the royal line of Durin and grew up under the watchful eye of his uncle Thorin Oakenshield. The brothers Fili and Kili are among the youngest in the group of dwarves. Fili has hardly traveled - he has never seen the legendary dwarf city of Erebor. For the experienced fighters the trip to the Lonely Mountain is an exciting adventure - he cannot imagine the least of the challenges and dangers that await him.


KILI
Kili is Filis younger brother and the faithful nephew of Thorin Oakenshield. The airily and even careless Kili has lived a sheltered and carefree life until now. He looks good, has strong muscles and is well provided with the invincible courage of the youth. As a capable fighter and an excellent archer he is familiar with weapons since his early childhood. As one of the youngest in the dwarf company Kili wants to distinguish himself and make an impression.


BOFUR
The sympathetic Bofur has the terrible habit to utter self-evident things - he babbles off without thinking. Bofur appreciates music and has a good singing voice, he gets into good food and good company, and above all, he remains optimistic in every situation. He is not particularly brave, but comes to everybodys aid when it is needed - above all, he supports his friends. With his brother Bombur and his cousin Bifur he accompanies the companions to lonely mountain, because he wants to make his fortune. He has also heard that there is free beer.


BIFUR
Bifur is from the west, and carries the rusted remains of an orc ax in his forehead. Since this he cannot speak anymore, and sometimes he gets violent! He communicates only through grunts and hand signals. Unlike the other dwarves in the company he is not related to Thorin and also does not come from a noble lineage, but is a descendant of miners and blacksmiths - ordinary people with simple needs.


BOMBUR
Bofurs brother and Bifurs cousin is the chef cook of the dwarf host. His huge size and his voracious appetite often bring problems with them - but the company like himself can laugh at it heartily. Although he's fat, he proves to be a surprisingly agile fighter - woe to those that keep him from his dinner!


GLOIN
Of all the fellows in the dwarf company heading out to the Lonely Mountain, Gloin is the loudest and most stubborn - fearless, he is questioning all authority. He has a quick temper, but is also strong, courageous and loyal. Gloin is one of the few married dwarves in the group (basically, there is a lack of female dwarfs). His wife is a famous beauty with a very fine beard. Gloin is the proud father of a young son named Gimli, who later becomes one of the famous Fellowship of the Ring.


OIN
This courageous dwarf from the north is like his brother Gloin a distant cousin of Thorin Oakenshield. They are members of Thorin & Co., because they feel obligated to their relatives, and because they have invested a considerable sum of money into the company. Oin is very well read, likes to ask questions, is the healer of the crowd and in doing so uses self mixed up ointments.


DORI
Dori is distantly related to Thorin Oakenshield and the is the elder brother of Nori and Ori. Dori is the strongest dwarf in the company and spends most of his time taking care of Ori, the youngest, so that he does not get a cold or is killed by the Orcs and Wargs. He is an eternal pessimist and always prepared for the worst - yet he is always ready to put his life on the line in order to fulfill his mission.


NORI
Of all the companions in Thorin Oakenshield’s company Nori is the most difficult to categorize. Again and again he comes into conflict with the dwarf authorities. Because he thinks it is necessary to leave his residence, he is at once ready to join the journey to the Lonely Mountain, since he does not understand that the problems that lie ahead of him are much more serious than the ones he wants to escape. No one really knows what Nori leads up to, except that it is risky and probably illegal. Dori, Nori and Ori hold unswervingly faithful together. Among themselves they are quarreling continually, but beware if anyone should dare to inflict any harm to one of the brothers!


ORI
The younger brother of Dori and Nori is artistically gifted - often we see how he draws or writes in his diary. Ori wrote a large part of the chronicle of the journey through Wilderland to the shores of Long Lake and the slopes of Lonely Mountain. Ori is polite, well educated and accustomed to being pushed around by his older brother Dori. Normally, he is obedient, but sometimes he surprises his companions with his courage and his determination.


RADAGAST THE BROWN
Radagast is forgetful, seems to be slightly absent-minded and very eccentric. He talks preferably with animals than with people. As a magician colleague and friend of Gandalf the Grey Radagast is one of the guardians of the great forests of Middle-earth. Often you meet him on his walks through the woods near his strange little house called Rhosgobel. The little wizard senses impending doom, because not everything is as it should be in the dark corners of Mirkwood.


SARUMAN THE WHITE
The venerable and mighty Saruman belongs with four other wizards to the Guardians of Middle Earth that care for order and balance in the world. Especially Saruman arranges the fate of the free nations at his own discretion. As head of the White Council, he fears with growing unease that Gandalf the Grey and Thorin Oakenshield’s companions could mess up his careful calculations. Saruman is indeed very old and wise but gives in to his subliminal weakness and is greedy for power - a greed that ultimately produces the most deadly of all unions.


ELROND
Elrond is one of the oldest and wisest Elves who still live in Middle Earth. He is the Lord of Rivendell, the last homely house east of the Sea. Thorin & Co. stay only for a short time in Rivendell, but Elrond offers Bilbo and the dwarves lodging and food. The dwarves have a natural aversion to the Elves, but accept their help gladly. Elrond responded suspiciously to the dwarves’ project to reclaim their stolen treasure, but he gives those secret information that Gandalf and Thorin need to reach the Lonely Mountain.


GALADRIEL
Galadriel is the oldest of the remaining elves in Middle-earth and has the gift of foresight. As the signs are increasing that doom threatens Middle-earth, she secretly supports Gandalf in his mission to track down the cause of evil. Galadriel knows of course that the Fellowship must succeed if the evil power shall not win the upper hand and the darkness dominates everything.


THRANDUIL
The mighty Elf-lord and legendary warrior Thranduil is Legolas 's father. As King of the Woodland Realm he rules over the north of a large forest area, once known as the Green Forest that now bears the ominous name Mirkwood. During the long years of darkness Thranduil has increasingly isolated from the outside world - he cares only about his own people. An ancient, bitter feud led to the situation that he basically rejects all dwarves - and especially a certain dwarf, namely Thorin Oakenshield.


LEGOLAS
Legolas is the Prince of the Woodland Realm and a high elf like his father Thranduil. However, you meet him rarely at the royal court - much rather he patrols the area with the forest guards of the Woodelves. The large and slim versed fighter is absolutely loyal to his father and his people. But the events of the outside worldby now leave traces in the isolated world of the Woodelves. Because he sees the disaster coming, Legolas faces the choice to follow either his father or his conscience.



TAURIEL
The female Woodelf of Mirkwood is as dangerous as beautiful. As a charge of King Thranduil and commander of the Woodland Realm protection troops Tauriel is very opinionated and passionate about representing what she thinks is right. The great warrior proves herself with the use of her two daggers and bows and arrows. Like Legolas, Tauriel turns to be extremely quick and agile in battle. She has lived for hundreds of years in Middle-earth, but is still one of the youngest of the Elves and has rarely ventured out of the great forest.


TROLLS
Tom, Bert and William are trolls who have settled in the Trollshaws and pillage and eat everything that crosses their path. As Thorin & Co. inadvertently disturb their evening meal, the trolls capture Bilbo and the dwarf band and begin immediately to make a feast out of them - they have no idea that Bilbo and his friends will hardly accept this without a fight.


GOBLIN-KING
The Goblin King is a huge, grotesquely bloated monster that in the years of his tyrannical rule over the miserable inhabitants of the Goblin town grew fat and flabby. The Goblin town is a collection of skew-whiff ramshackle huts deep in the caves of the Misty Mountains. He commands a bunch of foul, polluted, with scars and ulcers studded goblins. Basically, they are bandits, they live by what they can pick up from passengers on the passes through the mountains. The Goblin King and his followers manage to capture Bilbo and the dwarves. The Goblin King is more wily and smarter than it seems. He takes pleasure in torturing his prisoners - he almost succeeds to finish off Thorin Oakenshield and his companions.


GRINNAH
Grinnah is the interrogation specialist of the goblins. He ensures that Thorin & Co. are brought before the Goblin King. He constantly carries a barbed whip and takes every opportunity to use it. Although cunning and vicious, he is like all goblins basically a coward. Fawning and obsequious, he serves his master, the rich and moody Goblin King, but secretly he despises him.


AZOG
It was said that Azog the Desecrator fell many years ago in the great battle between the Orcs and the Dwarves. But now he appears again at the top of a deadly horde of killer orcs. For Gandalf begins a race against time because he has to figure out the connection between the most dangerous orc commander and the growing evil, which takes shape in the ruins of the fortress of Dol Guldur. One thing is totally clear: no one will deter Azog from his intention to destroy Thorin Oakenshield’s companions to the last dwarf.


FIMBUL
The exceedingly cruel orc Fimbul is one of Azog’s master hunters. He commands a horde of warg riders who trace their victims in the saddle of their gigantic wolf beasts. Fimbul has taken up the scent of Thorin Oakenshield & Co. and will catch the dwarves before they reach the Lonely Mountain.


BOLG
Bolg is the offspring of Azog the Desecarator - like his father, he is huge pale orc. He is the overseer in the dungeons of Dol Guldur - torturing is his hobby. He garnishes his armor with the bones and the blood of his victims. This husky Orc fears nothing and nobody - until he suddenly meets an unexpected opponent.


GOLLUM
Gollum was once a Hobbit-like creature named Smeagol - body and soul have been poisoned by a small, plain gold ring, which he hid in a gloomy cave in the Misty Mountains. Gollum does not know what is going on with "his treasure" - but he realizes that it is more valuable than his life. After the chance encounter with a strange enemy Gollum realizes that he has lost "his treasure", and rightly concludes: The hobbit Bilbo Baggins of the Shire has stolen it. So begins the hunt over mountains and through deserts that takes years and costs many lives, until in the end this miserable creature holds the fate of Middle-earth in his hand.


BEORN
The gigantic Beorn is the last of the ancient people of the skin changer: He can transform into a huge bear-like creature. He lives alone, only tolerates the company of his beloved animals and does not appreciate any visitors - especially not dwarfs. Gandalf knows that the companions have to take the risk and ask Beorn for help, because otherwise they will hardly survive their journey through Wilderland.


EAGLES
The ancient Great Eagles of the Misty Mountains are huge birds of prey, led by Gwaihir, the Windlord. The wild and dangerous animals owe nothing to anyone. Just because they hold true to Gandalf, the giant birds come to the aid of Bilbo and the dwarves in order to save them in last minute from the claws of a deadly enemy.


WARGS
The huge, fierce, wolf-like monsters are among the most fearsome predators in whole Middle-earth. The Orcs breed the Wargs to hunt in packs and to ride on their backs into battle. The most dangerous of these beings is the White Warg, a giant she-wolf, which the huge pale orc Azog the Desecrator is riding.


GIANT SPIDERS OF MIRKWOOD
In the course of many years, giant spiders nestled in the once peaceful Greenwood and helped that he got the eerie name Mirkwood. It is believed that these creatures are the offspring of the monstrous Shelob the Great. They devour unfortunate travelers who go astray in the forest. But when the big spiders catch a company of dwarves in their webs, they suddenly have to deal with an unusual, unseen opponent whose sting is even longer than her own!


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Old September 2nd, 2012, 09:30 AM
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Thank you Nel,is very interesting to read about all those characters--
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Exciting is the word!! thanks Nel!
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 05:08 AM
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I'm about ready to wrap my mind around diving into The Hobbit hole of anticipation with my full being. We are talking about such a long time... three films now!... I feel like Alice has got nothing on me / us! LOL! If I attach a rope to my ankles will someone pull me out?

LakeMorwen pauses to consider how this will effect her real life and daily commitments... runs off in excitement to get a rope and reread The Hobbit.
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Wow, thanks so much, Nel!

My poor boyfriend better gets himself some strong nerves. I'm definitely going to drive him insane.
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We must be ready. It seems the new Hobbit trailer debuts next Saturday, September 22 ...
what a b-day gift!
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Wolfsong has posted some pics of HOBBIT action figures.
They are here in the LOTR merchandise thread, where we can gather all the merchandising stuff !
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There's a new trailer on it's way!!!!!1
http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2012...pt-20-nz-time/
I swear if Legolas and/or Thranduil appears in that trailer even for two seconds the fangirl in me is going to scream at my laptop screen (my dad will wonder what on earth is going on) and then going into cardiac arrest.
Edit-It seems the trailer is going to hit the net sometime tomorrow (19th) according to Peter Jackson in the video at the top of his facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/PeterJacksonNZ?ref=ts

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You can watch the new trailer here:

http://www.flicksandbits.com/2012/09...journey/31646/

It looks great!!! But still no glimpse of Legolas
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Looks great indeed!I'm gonna enjoy it...though somehow I knew that Legolas is not going to be in the first movie,not now that is a trilogy....well Knowing Peter perhaps he appears in the last scene,leaving us all waiting for the next year... and what can we do?

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omg is soooo gorgeous!! despite there´s no elf YET , I am shaking!!!
the colors, the landscapes. the CGI! gasp! absolutely breathtaking *___*
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oh yeah , double posting...

but here are aditional scenes , to create a "custom" trailer (and yes, no elf neither)...

http://www.thehobbit.com/index.html

I must say Elrond looks so cool, and somehow.. hot
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It looks AWESOME, and beautiful and funny!
Martin Freeman is going to be fantastic.
I watched all the endings. They are all good!
They forgot one though *ggyouknowhwo*
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*is surprised Nel is still able to form coherent sentences*

Well... *clears throat*... I'm not. Not after this... My about 12 weeks...
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but here are aditional scenes , to create a "custom" trailer (and yes, no elf neither)...

http://www.thehobbit.com/index.html

I must say Elrond looks so cool, and somehow.. hot
muwah I knew I would win someone over in the end*giggling* but yes for moi tis a tie.. between Legolas and Elrond lol
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Just rewatched the newest trailer and that music... DARN, I want the soundtrack - NOW! Anyway - I'm quite curious to find out more about the original song, who is going to sing it... (hopefully no Adele *harrumph*...)
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MANY MISSING THINGS: Top 25 Gems Absent from the Trailer!
The new Hobbit trailer, judging by various responses from fans and non-fans alike, is a resplendent thing. I remember the phrase “an embarrassment of riches” being applied to The Fellowship of the Ring in an early review back in 2001 – and certainly that phrase fits here. It’s only a trailer, but man, is it stuffed to the brim! There are even five alternate endings, each offering more laughs and delights.

This second big trailer release gives away SO MUCH of Peter Jackson’s sprawling adaptation, I’m left wondering why the Bag End kitchen sink wasn’t thrown in as well…

But actually there’s quite a bit missing.

There’s much more in the nooks and crannies of this filmic Middle-earth and P.J. knows it… he’s just serving up a first appetizer here. But I can’t forget Gandalf’s words: “Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder.”

Here is our grand list of the TOP 25 MISSING THINGS we *really* wanted to see in the trailer but did not:
1.First and foremost we all missed Howard Shore’s score. Without his music, I was left with an even stronger desire to hear new themes and motifs around these beloved characters. Will Thorin have his own theme like Isildur did, becoming an iconic tune for the entire new Trilogy?
2.Items that clearly connect father/son Gloin/Gimli. It would help connect the characters in a very real way to see specific weapons or an article of clothing perhaps that is distinctly a father & son shared item.
3.Anything from Mirkwood Elves/Thranduil’s kingdom or his relatives. Nope, no Orlando Bloom to be seen here, nor the lovely Evangeline Lilly as new character Tauriel. These characters are victims of the shift from two up to three movies, and the editing of the whole narrative has shifted them to Film 2.
4.The Rivendell Elves singing/ performing (featured appearance by Figwit). I’m a fan of Flight of the Conchords, but not as much as a fan of Brett McKenzie’s genius songwriting for The Muppets. I suppose someone might have seen him in the background somewhere but I just want to see him pull out the lyre and *sing*.
5.Saruman — where the heck is he? Nothing is shown of the White Council, and I miss my nefarious White Wizard.
6.The Key that goes with that remarkable Dwarven Map. I just want to check out the cool design WETA has come up with.
7.Any fleck of fire or flame from Smaug. The infamous dragon is not in evidence besides his name being mentioned. Since his is the prime threat and the motivation for Thorin & Company, it would’ve been very appropriate to see just a tail swooshing or a shadow across the moon perhaps.
8.The Morgul Blade that purist fans have been chittering about (such a deviation from Tolkien, gasp!). It was shown full-on at San Diego Comic-Con, but here we don’t even get a glimpse.
9.The Sackville-Bagginses, anyone? You know they want Bilbo’s furniture as badly as Thorin wants that Arkenstone.
10.Glamdring gets named yet does not glow… Orcrist is particularly glorious as we see Thorin running through that wide shot across the wilderness. But no glowing! We would’ve really loved to see them both glow, but it seems P.J. will never show Glamdring with the same properties as Sting.
11.Some Great Goblin dialogue, because we see only his collapsing carcass! What does Barrie Humphries *sound* like??
12.A young Aragorn traipsing around Rivendell. Would he be introduced by Elrond to Bilbo (and thus the audience) — or would we just see him in a lingering shot in the background?
13.Thorin & Company walking past Weathertop (aerial footage). I figured we wouldn’t get the chance to revisit Bree, but I thought it would be exceptionally neat (and good for continuity) to show them marching past Amon Sul.
14.The glimmer of Dwarf-gold, perhaps a fuller shot of the dragon horde, maybe even a glimpse of the Arkenstone. We need to understand the Dwarves’ motivations, don’t we? A shot of the ultimate goal would do wonders for helping us understand the burning passion of Thorin’s heart.
15.Gandalf marking Bilbo’s door with that familiar “G” rune. “I just had that painted!”
16.Hearing the Trolls actually speak. I love their dialogue — it’s terrifically funny and I’ve heard plenty of it before with the SDCC footage, too bad we don’t hear them in this trailer.
17.I know it’s one of those stranger bits that makes “The Hobbit” different from “LOTR” in tone, but what about the Troll’s talking purse? Will it really say: “Ere, who are you?”

18.The glowing Moon Letters. Even though that glass table is very Fortress of Solitude, we missed seeing the secret message that’s on the map.
19.Bilbo’s hand accidentally groping and finding the Ring in the dark. We remember it so well from the prologue of Fellowship. An iconic moment indeed.
20.More of the giant spiders! Only one leg busting through the roof of Rhosgobel was not enough.
21.Gandalf coincidentally meeting Thorin in Bree. Well, that would be our one-stop jaunt to the Prancing Pony…22. Someone ordering “Cold chicken and pickles!” makes me laugh every time. Hearing this makes Bilbo feel even more like a flustered short-order cook stuck in a 1940′s roadside diner.23. We want to see the Gaffer working in Bilbo’s garden. Even if it’s just a “Howdy, Gaffer! How are the taters doing today?” from out the window.
22.“Struck by lightning! Struck by lightning!” Wouldn’t it be a hoot if the head-butting Howdy was done to Bilbo and he cried this out… or “WHITE LIGHT! WHITE LIGHT” like Orlando cried out remembering when Sala Baker head-butted him at Viggo’s encouragement. ou know that’s where the Dwarves’ head-butt comes from
23.Peter Jackson’s cameo! Wouldn’t that have been hysterical if we saw and recognized P.J. in the trailer?!
http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2012...m-the-trailer/
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An interesting article about the preparations for the Hobbit premiere in NZ:


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With only two months to go until the world premiere, work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is picking up pace, and fans are getting hints of what is to come.

Sir Peter Jackson has revealed more images from the film on his Facebook page.

Pictured in full costume and makeup are lead actor Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf, and the 13 dwarfs who visit Bilbo to convince him to go to the Lonely Mountain to recover treasure guarded by a dragon.

They include Kiwi actors Dean O'Gorman as Fili, Mark Hadlow as Dori, William Kircher as Bifur, Peter Hambleton as Gloin, and Jed Brophy as Nori.

Preparations for the film's November 28 premiere are also under way at Wellington City Council, which has set aside $1.15 million for the premiere.

Next month, the council will discuss road closures planned to be in place from 9pm on Tuesday, November 27, to 5.30am on Thursday, November 29. The current plan will see parts of Courtenay Place and Tory St, and several adjoining streets, closed.

Jackson has promised the premiere will be a "huge party", and several stars, such as Freeman and Lord of the Rings stalwarts McKellen and Orlando Bloom, are expected to attend.

The council is receiving written objections on the road closures until 5pm on Friday, September 28.

Just as Tourism New Zealand launches its "100% Middle-earth, 100% Pure New Zealand" campaign, the official poster for the upcoming Hobbit movie makes an unexpected detour to the English countryside.

The Northumberland Gazette has revealed that the backdrop of a teaser image for The Hobbit was not New Zealand, where the film had been shot and will premiere in November, but the view from Corby Crag near Alnwick, close to the castle that stood in for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies.

Earlier this year, Tourism New Zealand chief executive Kevin Bowler said a marketing budget of $65 million would underpin its bid to promote tourism to New Zealand through its association with the Hobbit movies.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment...t-in-countdown
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An interesting article about the preparations for the Hobbit premiere in NZ:


http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment...t-in-countdown
I think I may have to push convince TC a bit more..
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From Sir Ian Mc Kellen's blog.. he almost did not return to Gandalf!

http://www.mckellen.com/cinema/hobbit-movie/121024.htm

And fans would never have accepted anyone else playing Gandalf! that is just unthinkable..as any other LOTR character.
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