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Ian McKellan to play Gandalf in The Hobbit

It’s official: Ian McKellen will again take up the robes of Gandalf the Wizard in the cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic “The Hobbit,” Empire recently reported. We can all breathe a sigh of relief now!

Trilogy screening

Starting at 23:30pm on 3rd May the BFI IMAX in London, UK, is showing all three of the Lord of the Rings movies. There are further details here.

For a chance to win tickets to the screening enter the prize draw here.

Del Toro’s vision for The Hobbit movies

In an interview at Guillermo Del Toro talks about his vision for The Hobbit movies including what the second movie is going to be about. He reveals that Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Howard Shore and John Howe will be involved and the thing he’s been most excited about are the spiders of Mirkwood

It’s official – Del Toro will direct The Hobbit movies

Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh along with executives from New Line Cinema and MGM have announced that Guillermo del Toro will direct The Hobbit movies. Peter and Fran said “We have long admired Guillermo’s work and cannot think of a more inspired filmmaker to take the journey back to Middle-earth. We are delighted ‘The Hobbit’ is in such trustworthy hands.” You can read the full story here.

Del Toro and The Hobbit – news expected soon

In an interview with IGN Guillermo Del Toro has revealed that a definitive answer regarding his involvement with The Hobbit movies will be, “coming in the next four or five days”. You can read the full story and watch a video of the interview with Del Toro here.

Happy birthday Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis celebrates his 44th birthday today. Andy was born on the 20th of April, 1964, in Ruslip Manor, England. You can view some pictures of Andy here and pictures of Andy as Gollum/Smeagol can be viewed here.

Happy birthday Andy!

Shadowfax visits Wisconsin

Shadowfax from the LotR movies, (known as Blanco in real life), will be appearing with his trainer Cynthia Royal from April 25th to April 27th at Merrimount Morgans Stable in Wisconsin. Friday 25th will be a family night with clinics being held on 26th and 27th. There are further details here.

Happy birthday Sean Bean

Today, April 17th, is Sean Bean’s birthday. Sean was born in Sheffield, England in 1959 and is 49 today. You can view some pictures of Sean here, of Sean in the role of Boromir here and you can read his CoE cast bio here.

Happy birthday, Sean!

Comics on CoE

Day not going so well? Laugh it up in the Comics Section! We have a variety of original comics that are sure to tickle your funny bone. Remember to check out our newest comic strip, The Silma…What?! by 7hot_feanorians!

Climbing one of the Two Towers

Perrott’s Folly in Edgbaston, UK, is said to have been Tolkien’s inspiration for one of the Two Towers. Now open to the public you can take a trip up the tower. Reporter Graham Young relates his experiences of climbing the tower in this article at