Topic: Peter Jackson

Gallery: The Entirety of Middle-Earth Built Out Of Legos

Gallery: The Entirety of Middle-Earth Built Out Of Legos

Okay, I lied: It’s not ALL of Middle-Earth, but it’s pretty damn near most of it. In one of the most impressive acts of nerdery I’ve ever seen, a whole bunch of Lord of the Rings/Lego enthusiasts built pretty much the entire landscape of Tolkien’s universe as part of BrickWorld 2011 in Wheeling, Illinois. I think the only locations not pictured here are Weathertop (where Frodo gets stabbed in Fellowship of the Ring) and Lothlorien (where Galadriel hangs out), but everything else from Hobbiton to Mount Doom itself is there. Want to see how accurate the Lego renderings are? Fine– included are also images from Peter Jackson’s films. I wonder if they’ll do the Misty Mountains once The Hobbit comes out… More »

Snap This: Your Complete First Look at ‘The Hobbit’

Snap This: Your Complete First Look at 'The Hobbit'

Ever since Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Hobbit finished up its first block of shooting, first-look images have been trickling out bit by bit (I’ll say this for the film’s PR folk: They certainly know how to keep their drooling fans begging for more). You’ve probably already seen the first one. which gave us a glance at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins; what it didn’t give us was a more detailed look at the giant party of dwarves behind the hobbit that seem to have taken over his dining room table (oh, Entertainment Weekly, you tease!). Who are these dwarves? How did they get there? What on Middle-Earth is going on here?! Read on to meet the dwarves! More »

Video: Peter Jackson’s Second ‘Hobbit’ Video Blog

Video: Peter Jackson's Second 'Hobbit' Video Blog

Back at the beginning of June, The Hobbit finished up its first block of shooting, and in honor of the occasion, Peter Jackson has just posted his second video blog chronicling the production process. Interesting things to note here include the crew’s commemorative jackets (“54 days down, 200 to go!”), the fact that Andy Serkis is the second unit director as well as Gollum, and what the cast and crew are planning on doing during their break. The next block of shooting begins on September 5, and since it’s going to involve a whole lot of location shooting, a good chunk of the blog gives an inside look about what goes into location scouting. Sometimes this means watching Peter Jackson juggle a cup of tea miraculously without spilling it as he goes trooping through the mountains. It’s pretty amusing. There’s also a few more images of Martin Freeman (who will presumably be using his break to shoot the next season of Sherlock) and Hugo Weaving as Bilbo and Elrond. Check it out after the jump! More »

Nerd News: ‘The Hobbit’ Finishes Casting; Gains a Lostie, a Drag Queen, a Greek God, and a Detective

Nerd News: 'The Hobbit' Finishes Casting; Gains a Lostie, a Drag Queen, a Greek God, and a Detective

There’s been rather a lot of casting news and rumors for The Hobbit flying around of late; but hey, guess what? Peter Jackson himself has sent word that the major casting is pretty much done! Joining Martin Freeman, Ian Holme, Lee Pace, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Bret McKenzie, and all those dwarfs, we have Evangeline Lilly (so much for retiring from acting), Barry Humphries, Luke Evans, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Exciting! More »

Nerd News: Dwarf Quits ‘The Hobbit;’ Bilbo Gets a Clone

Nerd News: Dwarf Quits 'The Hobbit;' Bilbo Gets a Clone

So hey, remember when The Hobbit was finally able to start shooting after getting delayed eight zillion times? Well, it’s possible that it may be delayed again, because Rob Kazinsky, who had been playing the dwarf known as Fíli, has quit the film for personal reasons. Boo! But on the other hand, Sir Ian Holm has been confirmed as playing an older version of Bilbo at some point in the film. Hoorah! More »