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Comic Con 2012

At Comic Con, PJ revealed a fantastic poster of Gandalf striding around the Shire (on his way, presumably, to knock on the round, green door of Bag End). 🙂

I was quite delighted to see this because it reminded me instantly of this art illustration by John Howe.

Artwork by John Howe

I so wished I could at least go and check out the Comic Con (if not manage to get a part in the movies itself – ahem, koff, koff), but it’s not to be. So any way, it started of on July 12, 2012. 🙂 I have a few lovely videos for you to check out:

After the full panel began, Jackson said that The Hobbitis a movie made by fans for fans.” He then introduced the cast of the movie, including McKellan and Freeman. Special guest Elijah Wood then joined the cast onstage to strong applause from the audience.

Freeman was soon asked a couple of questions about playing the title character. In talking about wearing the costume, he noted that for the first few days, “[the costume] feels like a fledgling duck“  but he became accustomed to it after a while.  When asked if he felt intimidated joining a cast and crew that had been working together for so long, he said that he didn’t feel a lot of pressure and never felt intimidated. He recognized that the filmmakers wanted him specifically to serve in the role and that’s why he wanted to do it.

The actor later said that it “feels like a special place where these films are made,” noting that he “had to find his way into it.”

Elijah Wood was then asked about seeing The Hobbit footage at Comic-Con and his impressions of it. “I was blown away,” he said.

An audience member then asked Jackson about the process of selecting scenes for his films and for the director’s cut DVDs.  He noted that he doesn’t shoot footage for only the special-edition DVDs. He just shoots a lot of footage, adding that they “write the script as [they’re] shooting.” He noted that the process is very organic and that it’s only at the end of the process that he decides what footage he’ll use for the theatrical release and which footage he will save for the DVDs. He later added, “We’re not very good at making short movies, unfortunately.”

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Screenshots from The Hobbit trailer

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Richard Armitage Talks The Hobbit

Cast as Thorin

Richard Armitage has spoken exclusively to Total Film about his role in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.

 

We recently sat down with the British actor to talk about his role as dwarf Thorin Oakenshield in the two-part Tolkien epic, and he told us: “There’s going to be quite a lot more humour.

 

“The book is so focused on the dwarves, so I think it’s a chance for Peter [Jackson] and Fran [Walsh] to really look at that whole race in more detail, their heritage and what they’re like as characters.”

 

The dwarves aren’t just there as comic relief though, as Armitage has learnt while wielding the Orcrist, Thorin’s legendary goblin sword.

 

“It’s bloody heavy!” he told us. “But it’s absolutely beautiful to look at. Every time they bring something new out everyone gasps. The armour that the dwarves emerge from the mountain wearing at the end of the film will be the armour of all armour.”

 

Tolkien fan Armitage said that he’s in his element shooting in New Zealand: “There was a scene in The Lord Of The Rings where they find the stone trolls, and they’re identical in The Hobbit.

 

“I love those moments, when you link into the world of the film that you’ve seen before.”

 

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The 13 Dwarves

The 13 Dwarves

Peter Jackson puts up the definitive version of the picture composite of the 13 dwarves.

(L-r) JED BROPHY as Nori, DEAN O’GORMAN as Fili, Mark Hadlow as Dori, JAMES NESBITT as Bofur, PETER HAMBLETON as Gloin, GRAHAM McTAVISH as Dwalin, RICHARD ARMITAGE as Thorin Oakenshield (center), KEN STOTT as Balin, JOHN CALLEN as Oin, STEPHEN HUNTER as Bombur, WILLIAM KIRCHER as Bifur, ADAM BROWN as Ori and AIDAN TURNER as Kili in New Line Cinema’s and MGM’s fantasy adventure THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Photo by James Fisher)

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First Look At Thorin Oakenshield

Thorin Oakenshield

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