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James McAvoy rumored to play Bilbo

According to an article on, actor James McAvoy is rumored to play the star, Bilbo Baggins, in the upcoming Hobbit movies directed by Guillermo del Toro. Both del Toro and producer Peter Jackson have not let slip their final choice yet.

Christopher Tolkien to halt the Hobbit filming?

Christopher Tolkien will appear in a California court on June 6th and ask a judge to terminate any filming rights to “The Hobbit” over unpaid royalties from the three Lord of the Rings movies. You can read the full story here.

Happy birthday Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee was born in London, UK on 27th May 1922 and today is his 86th birthday. In the CoE gallery there are pictures of Christopher here and of Christopher in the role of Saruman here.

Happy birthday Christopher!

Happy birthday Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen was born on 25th May 1939 in Burnley, UK and today is his 69th birthday. You can read about Ian in the cast list. In the CoE gallery there are pictures of Ian here and pictures of Ian in the role of Gandalf here.

Happy birthday Ian!

Chat Transcript Available

If you didn’t get a chance to go to the chat this afternoon, and want to read a transcript of the chat, it is available here. Both PJ and GDT had some very interesting things to say, so it’s worth a read.

Seven things to want in The Hobbit

An article on speculates about seven things to see in the upcoming Hobbit movies, nailing it down just right on what we fans want to see in it.

Weta invites you to a live chat!

Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro invite you to a live internet chat about The Hobbit, to be held on May 24th. They want to answer your questions about the upcoming movies. To register for the chat as well as to submit your question(s), please go here. More information can be found if you click Read More.

Happy Birthday Cate Blanchett

May 14th is Cate Blanchett’s birthday. She was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1969 and is 39 years old today. You can read Cate’s CoE bio here. There are pictures of Cate here and of Cate in the role of Galadriel here.

Many happy returns Cate.

CoE Store Item of the Month

For the month of May the CoE Store will be featuring a great addition to any LotR collection. The Trilogy Film Cell Presentation features mini posters from each of the movies along with hand picked original 35 mm film from the movies. This set is nicely framed and includes a titled and numbered nameplate. Also available in our collectibles section are individual movie film cell presentations. So stop by the CoE Store today.

Happy birthday John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies celebrates his 64th birthday today. John was born in Wiltshire, England, on the 5th of May, 1944. John’s cast biography can be viewed here. You can view pictures of John here and pictures of John in the role of Gimli here.

Happy birthday John!