April182012

turrner:

→ “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Cast

Martin Freeman, Aidan Turner, James Nesbitt, Ian Holm, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, John Callen, Jed Brophy, Ken Stott, Bret McKenzie, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, Billy Connolly, Ian McKellen, Dean O’Gorman, Evangeline Lilly, Hugo Weaving, Mark Hadlow, Mikael Persbrandt, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, William Kircher, Robin Kerr, Elijah Wood, Sylvester McCoy, John Bell, Peter Hambleton. 

Directed by Peter Jackson.

Writing credits, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro.

Original Music by Howard Shore.

And J.R.R.Tolkien. Our Eru. One author to rule them all.

(via couslands)

February122012

"This time because I had a proper part I got to hang out with the other actors," he says. "So I was going to go to town with Ian Mckellen and Hugo Weaving. We were joking about ideas for "The Hobbit" the musical. So we passed a bit of time singing potential hobbit musical songs while we were waiting for Peter Jackson to call action. Hours would go by where they were setting up 3D cameras and stuff… and we were just in hysterics… and by the time Peter Jackson would call action we were all just giggling. We did the scene and Peter Jackson would yell, ‘Cut. Elrond is giggling in the scene.’ That was a really fun day.”We had to know one of the song titles. “Gandalf’s one we were working was “It’s A Lovely Day In Rivendale.” We didn’t get that far. It was very early days. There’s nothing funnier than seeing Gandalf singing a song.”

Read the full article here.

"This time because I had a proper part I got to hang out with the other actors," he says. "So I was going to go to town with Ian Mckellen and Hugo Weaving. We were joking about ideas for "The Hobbit" the musical. So we passed a bit of time singing potential hobbit musical songs while we were waiting for Peter Jackson to call action. Hours would go by where they were setting up 3D cameras and stuff… and we were just in hysterics… and by the time Peter Jackson would call action we were all just giggling. We did the scene and Peter Jackson would yell, ‘Cut. Elrond is giggling in the scene.’ That was a really fun day.”

We had to know one of the song titles. “Gandalf’s one we were working was “It’s A Lovely Day In Rivendale.” We didn’t get that far. It was very early days. There’s nothing funnier than seeing Gandalf singing a song.”

Read the full article here.

(Source: twitter.com)

May102011
THE HOBBIT, 2 Elves, and another Wizard

Martin Freeman has left The Hobbit.
This is not another April Fool, just a May Fact.  Before signing as Bilbo, Martin had agreed to make three 90-minute TV films in London, again playing Dr Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes.  No worries: he’ll be back in Middle Earth after our first hiatus, during which Peter Jackson will have spare time to edit the scenes already completed.  The rest of the cast remains on duty for another few weeks, working on hobbit-less sections of the film.  These involve dwarves of course but also elves, with Hugo Weaving back for a stretch as Lord Elrond.
Hugo was recently onstage as Astrov in Chekov’s Uncle Vanyafor the Sydney Theatre Company, whose director, Cate Blanchett, played Yelena.  Before she returns as Galadriel, they will reprise their production at Washington DC’sKennedy Center in August.  I shall miss the revival, because of my own play, Eduardo De Filippo’s The Syndicate at Chichester Festival Theatre and a short UK tour.
Another slim-line elf returning from LOTR, is a local: New Zealand’s actor/comedian/singer Bret McKenzie.  Last time, he was an extra at Rivendell, the elven Last Homely House in the East.  Under a tree at the Council of Elrond, he silently witnessed the forming of the Fellowship.  Wordless maybe but not unnoticed by fans of the beautiful, who gave him the acronym F.I.G.W.I.T. (“Frodo Is Great! Who Is That?”)  I confess Gandalf didn’t take much notice, distracted by the main action that involved all the main characters.
I only joined Bret’s fan-base, when he joined up with Jermaine Clement in their hilarious tv seriesFlight of the Conchords.  Now he is briefly back in Rivendell as a senior official at Elrond’s Court and he has a name “Lindir”, which means “singer”.  Tolkien has plenty of songs in The Hobbit but the script doesn’t indicate that Lindir will be singing any of them.  If, as he promises, Bret makes a Conchord feature film ere long, I shall angle for a non-speaking part as BIGWIT.  (“Bret Is…” etc.)
And there’s another wizard in town, preparing to make his appearance as Radagast the Brown, the eccentric friend of Gandalf’s, played by Sylvester McCoy who was last in Wellington in 2007, King Lear's Fool in the Royal Shakespeare production in which I was his nuncle, now Sylvester's nick-name for me.  This week he has been trying out his make-up and costume.  At the prospect of our scenes together, Nuncle couldn't be happier.

— Ian McKellen, Wellington,  10 May 2011

THE HOBBIT, 2 Elves, and another Wizard

Martin Freeman has left The Hobbit.

This is not another April Fool, just a May Fact.  Before signing as Bilbo, Martin had agreed to make three 90-minute TV films in London, again playing Dr Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes.  No worries: he’ll be back in Middle Earth after our first hiatus, during which Peter Jackson will have spare time to edit the scenes already completed.  The rest of the cast remains on duty for another few weeks, working on hobbit-less sections of the film.  These involve dwarves of course but also elves, with Hugo Weaving back for a stretch as Lord Elrond.

Hugo was recently onstage as Astrov in Chekov’s Uncle Vanyafor the Sydney Theatre Company, whose director, Cate Blanchett, played Yelena.  Before she returns as Galadriel, they will reprise their production at Washington DC’sKennedy Center in August.  I shall miss the revival, because of my own play, Eduardo De Filippo’s The Syndicate at Chichester Festival Theatre and a short UK tour.

Another slim-line elf returning from LOTR, is a local: New Zealand’s actor/comedian/singer Bret McKenzie.  Last time, he was an extra at Rivendell, the elven Last Homely House in the East.  Under a tree at the Council of Elrond, he silently witnessed the forming of the Fellowship.  Wordless maybe but not unnoticed by fans of the beautiful, who gave him the acronym F.I.G.W.I.T. (“Frodo Is Great! Who Is That?”)  I confess Gandalf didn’t take much notice, distracted by the main action that involved all the main characters.

I only joined Bret’s fan-base, when he joined up with Jermaine Clement in their hilarious tv seriesFlight of the Conchords.  Now he is briefly back in Rivendell as a senior official at Elrond’s Court and he has a name “Lindir”, which means “singer”.  Tolkien has plenty of songs in The Hobbit but the script doesn’t indicate that Lindir will be singing any of them.  If, as he promises, Bret makes a Conchord feature film ere long, I shall angle for a non-speaking part as BIGWIT.  (“Bret Is…” etc.)

And there’s another wizard in town, preparing to make his appearance as Radagast the Brown, the eccentric friend of Gandalf’s, played by Sylvester McCoy who was last in Wellington in 2007, King Lear's Fool in the Royal Shakespeare production in which I was his nuncle, now Sylvester's nick-name for me.  This week he has been trying out his make-up and costume.  At the prospect of our scenes together, Nuncle couldn't be happier.

— Ian McKellen, Wellington,  10 May 2011

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