In this Los Angeles Times article, Peter Jackson explains why, when casting ‘The Hobbit’ films, he chose Martin Freeman to play Bilbo.
Looking for a holiday rental with a difference? Steve and Christine Michaels spent £250,000 building a Hobbit House in Montana and you can rent it for £149 per night. You can read the full story and see pictures of the house here. There are more photos of the house on the Hobbit House Facebook page here.
Orlando Bloom, currently in New Zealand working on The Hobbit movies, has backed efforts to save the UK’s threatened butterflies by sponsoring a book, written by his mother, aimed at helping children engage with the natural world.
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Steven Hillard, author of the controversial novel “Mirkwood,” has reportedly signed a deal with EMO films after settling an earlier dispute with Tolkien Estates. Hillard states that “the adaptation of Mirkwood will follow the template of the novel, but will delve considerably deeper into Tolkien’s little-known back story, such as his original plans to become a codebreaker in World War II up through the writing of his enduring works.” Hillard recently came under fire with the estate for using J.R.R Tolkien as the main character. The article can be found here.
Stephen Fry has arrived in New Zealand to start filming the in his role as the Master of Lake Town. He has been tweeting about his experiences but reveals that he is “sworn to secrecy” about the “marvelous wardrobe and makeup fittings”. You can read the full story here.