The lord of the rings

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It was very sad news yesterday when it was revealed that Christopher Lee had passed away. The iconic actor had more than 280 roles to his name in a career that spanned 67 years with parts on TV, in movies, and for video games. Part of Lee’s continued popularity in recent years was his appearance in Middle Earth films directed by Peter Jackson, in which he played the wizard Saruman the White, so you can imagine that the filmmaker would have a very emotional reaction to such an important key to his films succeeding passing away. Indeed, Jackson posted a very touching tribute to Lee, and how much the actor’s involvement in the Lord of the Rings series meant to him over the years. (more…)

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And by the way, don’t point out the irony of hating franchises after completing two movie trilogies because Peter Jackson‘s already aware of that! Yeah, this is something that Jackson said in a recent interview while promoting the third film in The Hobbit trilogy, and the sixth Middle Earth film overall, The Battle of the Five Armies. Considering that Jackson owns a pretty big share of the credit for the Hollywood obsession with huge franchise pictures with big budgets and bigger box office, his comments are either bold self-examination, or hypocritical B.S. from someone who’s sold out and has too many regrets to allow himself to be able to live with them, so he’s spreading the guilt around. Either way, yes, The Hobbit director now says that franchises are ruining the business. Deal with it. (more…)

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey featured a lot of folks who appeared in The Lord of the Rings trilogy but had nothing to do with the Hobbit story, folks like Saruman, Galadriel, Elrond, and Frodo, and future installments of The Hobbit will feature the return (preturn?) of Legolas. But what about Aragorn? Was their no room for King Elessar Telcontar of Gondor in the prequels?

Well, The Guardian went out and got a genuine answer for the curious from Aragorn’s portrayer, Viggo Mortensen.

“Before they started shooting, back in 2008, one of the producers did ask if I would be interested. I said, ‘You do know, don’t you, that Aragorn isn’t in The Hobbit? That there is a 60-year gap between the books?’”

Bazinga! Take that Hollywood producers. Viggo Mortensen, with logic, for the win.

But alas, it would have been cool to see Mortensen suit up as Aragorn, right? Perhaps you disagree (and I encourage you to weight in with your opinion below).

Source: Blastr

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This might be the strangest thing you’ll see on the Internet today, as long as you don’t Google anything with the words “Two Cups” in it. King of Teh Ringz Triduum isn’t new to the Internet, but I’m betting most of you haven’t seen it yet. It’s one of those things that some of you will absolutely love and some of you will absolutely hate.

Those of you that remember this little gem might recall that it disapeared off the Internet grid for a bit, never found out why, just couldn’t ever find it, until now. Give it a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Via: GeekTyrant

We all remembered those extended editions of The Lord of the Rings, right? Well, that book is a 1,000 page tome that only a combined running time of nearly 12 hours could do any justice to.

The Hobbit, meanwhile, is a 300 page book, and the first film that’s based on it, the first of three, comes in at 2 hours and 49 minutes. So what could possibly be left to say in the finished film? Surely there won’t be a litany of deleted scenes or the chance for an extended edition this time like there was with the first Rings trilogy.

Or will there?

An enterprising fan put together a montage of stills from the trailers for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Imgur that reveals just how much may have been cut from the finished film. Surprised? Horrified? Bored? Take a look at the slideshow below and ponder, just how long a director’s cut of An Unexpected Journey might be…

Source: Cinema Blend

The first television spot for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has hit small screens everywhere, but with many Nerd Bastards’ readers streaming television from the internet, it’s just easier to catch it here instead of dusting off the remote and flipping through television channels hoping to stumble across it.

With such a short TV spot time, around 30 seconds is average, you can bet that the marketing gurus are going to mention The Lord Of The Rings connection as many times as they can. Remember that these television pieces are aimed at the general populace and not fan boys and girls.

It’s an interesting look at what the powers that be think the general public will want to see in the movie. There’s a lot more action and less of the character items that make the “Ringers,” as some Tolkien fans are known, OHH and AHH.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theater screens December 14th, with advance tickets going on sale November 7th if you really want to ensure your seat.

The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Via: /Film

Finally it’s here!

One of the most anticipated films of the upcoming year (other than Batman & The Avengers) has released a high quality trailer for everyone to count their pennies for the 2012 Holiday season. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, trailer is here first for all you loyal literary/mythological nerds to salivate over. I know it may seem like such a tease, but after so many video/blog posts of the film production, the release of this trailer finally gives us a solid look at the Lord of the Rings universe that left an aching hole in our hearts since Lord of the Rings: Return of The King.  Take a gander and share with other nerd friends, ’cause Peter Jackson just gave you the best pre-Christmas gift ever, or Hanukkah gift for all our Jewish folks out there.

The film stars Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, andStephen Fry.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14, 2012.

Official Synopsis:

“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Stephen Colbert and Frodo Baggins Geek Out

Last night’s guest on The Colbert Report was Elijah Wood and he was there promoting his latest film Happy Feet 2. And that was all he and Stephen Colbert discussed. The end.
Ha! Yeah right. As you should know, Stephen Colbert (The real one, and I guess his pundit persona as well.) is a HUGE J.R.R. Tolkien nerd. Usually he works this into his act in an expected arrogant manner as he believes himself to be the ultimate Tolkien fan. In the video below he and Elijah Wood geek out hardcore about the secrets they know and can’t share concerning The Hobbit films and whose got the better Sting. Mini sword fight ensues.
Oh, and I’m apologize for that tiny bit of Happy Feet 2 you were forced to sit through.

An epic journey across the ocean, sets the premise for our next wonderful bit of nerdy news surrounding the most anticipated prequel to hit the big screen “The Hobbit”. This tidbit of news is part of  Ain’t it Cool News‘  weekly column on all things Tolkien, and on this week’s  adventures in New Zealand we get to see all the behind the scenes photos and some excerpted highlights of adventures on the set.

The first exciting siting  in the movie was none other than… Frodo Baggins!

“Ain’t it Cool News” reporter states:

“The crew was setting up a crane out on the narrow walkway in front of Bag End for their first shot actually in Hobbiton in over 10 years. Because of the narrow and steep path down, the crew had to bring crane parts down and assemble much of it there. It took a little while, but before too long the familiar circular green front door of Bag End cracked open and out stepped an even more familiar face.

Munching on jellied toast, Frodo Baggins sauntered out and hopped down the steps leading to the mailbox, grabbed some mail and headed back inside.What’s Frodo doing in The Hobbit? I don’t want to spoil too much, but I can say that Frodo is part of the connecting tissue between The Hobbit and Fellowship of the Ring.”

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While Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was an astounding end to a beloved franchise, does it deserve the prestige of being named Best Picture of the year? Well, Warner Bros. sure thinks so.  They have gone all out in their campaign to get nods from the Academy for a nomination. Now according to Variety,

“Warners will ‘absolutely, hands-down, across-the-board’ push the last installment of Harry Potter hoping Academy members will consider a vote for Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as a wider nod to the entire franchise, a notion that very much helped propel Return of the King to Oscar glory.”

While it may assuredly claim a nomination, it seems a bit of a stretch to assume that they will take Best Picture.  It will surely sweep a good many other nominations in the categories for visual effects, art direction, editing, sound and other technical categories.  Warner Bros. wishes to attain notoriety for this last film in the Harry Potter franchise the way Lord of the Rings managed to take Best Picture for their last film, Return of the King.

I must say that I liked the last film, but I never saw it as anything that could hold a candle to what Return of the King did for the end of  franchise/trilogy. Harry Potter was touching and  made my eyes water a little bit, but did not deliver pure awesome sauce oozing from its theatrical pores.

What do you all think about Deathly Hallows Part 2 being pushed for Best Picture? Do you think it has a chance of winning?