For years now, LEGO-playing fans of Tolkien’s universe have been forced to re-enact their favorite Middle-earth scenes with Han Solo, Dobby the House Elf and other franchise’s miniatures. But beginning next June, those days are history. Warner Bros Consumer Products has finally relented to bring all your favorite elves, hobbits, dwarves, wizards, and gollums to your precious LEGO universe. “It’s particularly exciting to now be able to create sets based on the fantasy worlds and characters from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the two films based on The Hobbit, not only because we know they will foster collectability and creative play, but also because these are two properties that our fans have been asking us to create for years,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. “
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Boxing hobbits! Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan 'beat the s--' out of each other at Fantastic Fest -- VIDEO
A couple of weeks back, Fantastic Fest organizer Tim League spoke to us about his then upcoming debate and boxing match with bare knuckle pugilist James Quinn McDonagh, star of the Austin, Texas fest’s selection Knuckle. What League neglected to mention (the swine!) was that another of the night’s bouts would feature Lord of the Rings co-stars “Relentless” Elijah Wood and “Domineering” Dominic Monaghan.
That’s right, on Saturday, Frodo and Merry stepped in the ring to first argue the merits of World of Warcraft and then, in the words of Wood, “beat the s— out of one other.”
From covering Lady Gaga to pimping out dormice: Everything you need to know about on tour British comic Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey is one of the most popular comedians in the U.K. thanks to his appearances on shows such as Black Books, Spaced, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks and his surreal, hilarious, stand-up routines. This month, Bailey is visiting these shores with dates in New York, Chicago and Boston. “There’s something for all tastes,” he says of his current show, Dandelion Mind. “There’s intellectual comedy. There’s observational stuff. Music. Lots of visuals. It’s a multi-media romp!” The tour will also be opportunity for audience members to see why Bailey is routinely mistaken for Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. “Oh yeah, that’s happened many times,” he admits with a chuckle. “You’re Lars!’ ‘No, I’m not.’ ‘Yes, you are!’ ‘No, I’m not.’ And then eventually you go, ‘Yeah, alright, f— it, I am. I’m Lars!’”
Here are five more things you need to know about Mr Bailey: READ FULL STORY »
On the same weekend that the blandly labeled The Hangover Part II was cleaning up at the box office, Peter Jackson revealed the titles for his two Hobbit films: An Unexpected Journey and There and Back Again. Many Tolkien fans rejoiced, as There and Back Again was the subtitle for the original 1937 novel, and An Unexpected Journey echoes the title of the book’s chapter, “An Unexpected Party.”
But are these epic movie titles, on par with The Fellowship of the Ring, and The Return of the King? Because An Unexpected Journey and There and Back Again could also pass as Lifetime movies starring Meredith Baxter.
Did Jackson nail it, or are you crinkling your nose at these titles? Vote below. READ FULL STORY »
It looks like the part of me that’s been hoping to see Lee Pace back on TV soon might be waiting quite a while. This weekend, Peter Jackson announced via Facebook that the Pushing Daisies alum had been cast as Elven King Thranduil in The Hobbit. ”Casting these Tolkien stories is very difficult, especially the Elven characters, and Lee has always been our first choice for Thranduil,” Jackson wrote. “We loved his performance in a movie called The Fall a few years ago, and have been hoping to work with him since.” READ FULL STORY »
When Bret McKenzie of the Flight of the Conchords comedy duo was reported to be a castmember in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, there were at least two different but equally enthusiastic reactions. The non-obsessive casual Lord of the Rings fan response may have been, “Wow, he’s got the perfect look for a hobbit. With that bushy hair, he practically looks bred in the Shire.” Diehard Middle-earthlings, on the other hand, knew better and may have greeted the news with a triumphant shout-out: “Figwit!” For though you can hardly recognize him, McKenzie previously appeared in two of the LOTR films, playing an unnamed elf that fans adopted and christened, Figwit. READ FULL STORY »
The U.K. version of Being Human returned last night with a big shocker: While saving Annie (Lenora Crichlow) from Purgatory (where she’s been stuck since last season’s finale), Aidan Turner’s Mitchell discovered that, unlike most vampires, he’s going to die. And a werewolf is going to kill him—which is pretty problematic because he lives with two. So does this mean that Turner, who recently landed the major role of dwarf Kili in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit could be leaving the cult hit? The actor chatted with EW from the movie’s New Zealand set to straighten things out, talk a bit about The Hobbit and spill some more details about Mitchell’s new storyline, the much-hyped return of his bloodsucking season 1 foe Herrick (Jason Watkins), his blossoming relationship with ghost Annie, and more (SPOILER-phobes beware).
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You were sporting a pretty impressive beard at the Hobbit press conference. Is that for Kili?
AIDAN TURNER: Yeah, it is. I’m growing out the beard. We’re giving it a chance, seeing what it looks like. READ FULL STORY »
Thank you, Sir Ian McKellen, for saying 'Yes' to 'The Hobbit.' Thank you even more for telling us why.
on playing Gandalf in the upcoming Hobbit films? Well, yes, actually. Certainly because his performance, especially in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, was my favorite part of the entire trilogy, but also because his absence might have made his reflective and forthright blog posts about the subject unnecessary. Beginning his latest entry with “All I had to decide was what to do with the time that is given me,” he has the gift of writing in his own singular voice, as I can’t read his thoughts without hearing Sir Ian whispering them. READ FULL STORY »Would I have been crestfallen if Ian McKellen had passed
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