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Category Archive: General News

Tourism New Zealand’s Book of NZ campaign open to view in Los Angeles

To find out more about Tourism New Zealand’s new innovative walk-through, multi-media installation, and the who’s who you can find there, click here.

“Out of the Shire” – Tribute to Middle Earth Art Exhibition

Gallery Nucleus Presents Out of the Shire: A Tribute to Middle Earth Art Exhibition
taking place from December 14, 2013 – January 12, 2014 in Alhambra, CA
Details can be found here.

Hobbit News catch-up; Stamps, Motion Capture pics, PJ`s plans, Hobbit figure collectors unhappy, Cinematography Award, new vinyl figures, and PJ uuse of del Toro`s vison of the films

To get a look at New Zealand’s ‘Hobbit’ commemorative stamps and coins, click here.

For a behind the scenes look at Benedict Cumberbatch doing some motion capture work playing Smaug, click here.

Click here to read about Director Peter Jackson`s future plans.

Click here to find out why many Hobbit action figure collectors are unhappy with some of Bridge Direct`s recent roll-out decisions.

Andrew Lesnie, the cinematographer of both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies has just won another award to place alongside his Academy Award. For more information click here.

Click here for a look at Funko`s new POP! Vinyl Figures for `The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug`.

Director Peter Jackson recently discussed incorporating Guillermo del Toros designs and plans when filming The Hobbit. The discussion, which also includes more of the director`s thoughts about filming at 48 FPS can be found here.

(News submitted by Rivka, PotbellyHairyfoot and BerethEdhellen)

News Update for Oct. 20th 2013.

For the full synopsis of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG click here.

The new banner ad and poster for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG can be found here.

For information about the World Fantasy Convention to be held in Brighton England between Oct 31st and Nov 3rd click here.

Recent interviews with Orlando Bloom can be found here and here.

An article about an astronmer’s attempt to recreate the LOTR solar system and stars can be found here and the original paper on which the article was based can be found here.

Information on the total costs, to date, for filming The Hobbit movie trilogy can be found here.

Martin Freeman discusses a new ‘tougher’ Bilbo here.

(note that many of these articles were submitted by BerethEdhellen)

Deal close on N. Z. Lord of Rings museum

The long quest to build a Lord of the Rings museum in Wellington appears close to an end, with city councillor John Morrison confirming plans for a site in the city centre. You can find the details in article by clicking here..

Tolkien fans invited to Middle Earth

Brisbane Australia’s Tolkien fans can look forward to an evening surrounded by the creatures of Middle Earth.

Read more about the charitable event here.

End of August News Update;

Click here to read why PJ is unlikely to direct a ‘Dr. Who’ episode at any time in the near future.

Details on the ‘Festival In the Shire’ exhibition can be found here.

To view Brotherhood Workshop’s detailed re-creation of the ‘Desolation of Smaug’ trailer using Lego(R) blocks and characters just click here.

Click here for details on the upcoming re-release of five of the books that influenced Tolkien. A better look at the new covers can be found here, thanks to ‘Caustic Cover Critic’.

Thirteen newly released ‘Desolation of Smaug’ stills, including three of Tauriel, can be found here.

Click here for an estimate of what insurers might pay out for the damages seen in ‘The Hobbit; an Unexpected Journey.’

For’s look at how Gollum might critique the trailer click here.

A new still, reported to be of Beorn in bear form, has been posted on the internet and, thanks to Yahoo Movies, can be found here

Peter Jackson to direct a `Dr. Who` Episode.

To read about the unusual fee that PJ will receive for directing the episode, click here.

Chicago Symphony joins in LOTR fundraiser to help kids with cancer

At next weekend’s ‘Ravinia Festival’ fans of “The Lord of the Rings” can watch ‘The Two Towers’ while the Chicago Symphony simultaneously plays the score. Details can be found here.

Winter Lecture about the Hobbit

The University of Waikato, at the start of its Winter Lecture series, will discuss the benefits of filming ‘The Hobbit’ in the region. More information can be found here.