The Oscars are this weekend and we’re placing our bets on Anne Hathaway to win Best Supporting Actress. Her rendition of “I Dream A Dream” in Les Misérables had us crying like little babies in the theatre. Except unlike babies who are adorable even when they’re crying (minus the wailing. That’s never fun), it was a full blown ugly cry session (Think Lauren Conrad with the single mascara tear running down her face).
This video of YouTuber Ijameswalters singing “I Dream A Dream” has us crying for other reasons. He had the brilliant idea to sing the iconic song as Gollum from Lord of the Rings. His facial impressions are pretty priceless. If the studios ever re-make the series (please don’t) and Andy Serkis, the actor who plays Gollum via CGI technology, isn’t available, we hope that Ijameswaters get the role.
Watch Gollum Sing “I Dream A Dream”
They say never to judge a book by it’s cover and I think we’ve found the reason why. This 80′s cover of The Hobbit is somehow simultaneously terrifying and hilarious:
I may be judging this cover a little unfairly considering I’m going to use some references from the 2000s (about 20 years after this cover came out) to describe what is going on. Basically, it looks like Saturday Night Live’s Horatio Sanz (as Bilbo Baggins and pre-weight loss) is in some creepy romantic relationship with the Green Goblin (as Gollum) from the Tobey McGuire Spider-Man movies. I also truly believe there is some weird The 50 Shades of Grey-esque relationship going on because not only is Bilbo carrying his elvish dagger, but the cover looks like it’s been done in the cheesy romance novel style.
Did I just make this really weird and creepy? Good because it totally is. But is this cover creepier than this one:
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If The Hobbit ended the way HISHEdotcom imagined it,The Lord of the Rings would have been a much different story. Do you ever wonder what would have happened if Gandalf had prodded Bilbo about the mysterious ring in his pocket? Perhaps they would have destroyed it right away, saving Frodo from all his future troubles. Plus, they would have discovered that gigantic dragon in the dwarves’ mountain saving both the wizard and dwarves.
Return to the Shire with Bilbo, Gandalf, Gollum and the gang to see how The Hobbit should have ended in this hilarious sketch by the YouTube channel.
Watch it here
The characters in The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings aren’t particularly attractive. But what if your life depended on being involved with one of them?
Playing a funny game with stars Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis and Sir Ian McKellen, MTV’s Josh Horowitz gave the actors a hard time in choosing whether they would F*ck/marry/kill characters like Gollum, the Eye of Sauron, Smaug or Bilbo Baggins.
There obviously isn’t much to choose from (because really, who would want to kiss an Orc?), but I agree with McKellan for marrying the dragon Smaug.
Although villainous, Smaug is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch and that man is BEAUTIFUL.
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Challenge: How quickly can you name all the dwarves from The Hobbit? EmpireMagazine asked some of the cast members to list them off as quickly as possible. While all the cast members, including Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman, got them correct, there was a clear winner.
Aidan Turner listed everyone off in an astounding THREE SECONDS!! See if you can beat that. The film came out on Dec. 14 and set a December box office record. How fast can you name the dwarves?
Watch it here
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has finally arrived to grace the eyeballs of my fellow nerdlingers. But for those who didn’t get their hands on advance tickets (totally not me or anything), there are ways to savour The Hobbity goodness that awaits on the Internet. This week, TheWarpZone has blessed us with a random One Direction-Hobbit mash-up that is actually unbearably catchy.
The video shows Frodo and Bilbo fighting over that “one ring,” which is supposed to be a pun for “One Thing” by One Direction. The writers behind this video are just too good. It’s like they’ve hit the hearts of every fangirl who happens to love 1D and The Hobbit simultaneously. At least now we have something to listen to whilst we weep until we finally get to see “The Hobbit.”
Is it just me, or is it becoming increasingly impossible to keep waiting for “The Hobbit” to hit theatres? Cue overly dramatic, inner nerdling reaction here:
The amazing people of the internet are not making this process easy either. Just a few days ago, I came across this glorious Hobbit-Goonies mash-up made by YouTuber Lance Ford. Today, the Internet has presented us with “Unlikely Quotes From The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Official Parody 2012.” That was a mouthful. But it’s worth every second.
In the video, made by Octavarius Comedy, Gandalf, Thorin, and Bilbo Baggins go on an unexpected journey to what appears to be a city. Misery ensues — but along the way, the characters basically namedrop a bunch of famous movie quotes and characters that would never, ever be mentioned in the real film. Not even you, Lord Voldy. The characters also use some pretty explicit language that I think would only send fans into fits of laughter if they were included in the actual film. The parody is just making it that much harder to wait for the film to come out. But I’m glad the wonderful people of the internet are doing what they do best.
Watch the video here:
It really does suck to be an avid Lord of the Rings fan who doesn’t live in New Zealand. While it’s easy to live the life of a dedicated LOTR fangirl, apparently they are just living it up in New Zealand, where the films were actually filmed. Oh and the weather is really nice there too, according to this Elvish weather man.
PureNewZealand uploaded this awesome news report that features a Sindarin speaking weather man who let’s everyone aware of the beautiful summer ahead in Middle Earth. The language is usually exclusive between the elves, but clearly this weather man wants to share his talents with the world. The report is basically coming just in time for the release of The Hobbit. Don’t be surprised if you hear people brushing up on their Sindarin for this long-anticipated film.
Watch the weather report here:
I can barely contain my excitement for The Hobbit to come out, let alone write something about the highly anticipated film. But what if The Hobbit met with the 1985 gem The Goonies? The epicness is too much for my mind to handle, so I’ll let YouTuber Lance Ford explain.
Basically, in “The Hobbit and Goonies Movies Trailer Mashup!” Ford combines the world of Bilbo with the adventures of Mikey and the gang and before you know it, tears are streaming down your face at the realization that one man has created a match made in heaven. Now some of you are probably thinking this:
But before you diss the idea of Bilbo teaming up with The Goonies, just watch the mashup trailer and imagine the wonderful world of total adventure and discovery that would ensue. With lots of weird creatures along the way, of course.
Watch the trailer here:
In the world of celebrity news, there’s no shortage of hits and misses. This week, Jennifer Lawrence gets in a fender bender because she thought she saw Honey Boo Boo and One Direction calls Piers Morgan stinky.
HIT: Jennifer Lawrence car accident caused by wishful Honey Boo Boo thinking
With each and every uninhabited Jennifer Lawrence interview, the actress continues to give us more and more reasons to love her. This week, The Hunger Games starlet had to explain how she rear-ended a family in Georgia because she thought she saw Honey Boo Boo. On the 0.00001 per cent chance Lawrence reads this, we can totally be BFFs, nerd out on Harry Potter and watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo together. Call me!
MISS: CNN’s Piers Morgan vs. One Direction
On the heels of the news that David Beckham was leaving the L.A. Galaxy, CNN’s Piers Morgan tweeted, “No serious top flight team would sign Beckham for football reasons any more- he should retire gracefully.” 1D’s Liam Payne and Harry Styles harmlessly replied to Morgan saying that Beckham is their hero. Apparently, that was enough for Morgan to throw in a couple of unwarranted 1D quips of his own, including a suggestion that Beckham should join the group and Harry should grow a pair. Was it a feeble attempt on Morgan’s part to finally get some publicity in America since joining CNN? Maybe, maybe not. But we do know the boys got the last laugh as #PiersMorganisSmelly trended on Twitter.
HIT: Journalists go crazy on 777 tour
Hands down some of the best stories of the week had to be the ones filtering out of the 777 Boeing airplane Rihanna and her crew hired to take her, 150 or so journalists and fans to seven cities in seven days for her 777 tour (see where she’s going with the 7s?). While the singer stayed up till 6 a.m. slinging out shots from behind the bar, some music journalists were going crazy due to lack of sleep and access to the singer. During one airplane ride, a radio DJ from Australia went streaking down the airplane aisles to the delight of his tired and frustrated peers. Another reporter, this time from GQ, somehow managed to keep typing a story out on his laptop even though he was falling asleep. At the end of the tour on Tuesday, Rihanna apologized for her absence and mentioned that she would do it all again (I can hear the invitations being ripped apart now).
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1. Obama’s head on a woman’s body whilst dancing on pizza. Just take that in.
The “no f*cks given” face on Obama is priceless. And now I’m really hungry after watching the spinning pizza.
Taking your laptop to the park is one thing, but a typewriter? Who are you impressing?!
3. A kind stranger and a dry car.
If a stranger ever did this for me, my soul would be warmed for an eternity.
4. Harry legs.
This is so punny it hurts my soul. So many Harrys.
5. The best air-guitaring Cat ever.
Gusto NYC found this little guy freaking out over nothing. So he gave him a guitar.
Air New Zealand teamed up with Peter Jackson and his digital effects company to produce a Hobbit-inspired flight safety video, with cameo appearances from Gollum and Sir Peter Jackson himself. Dean O’Gorman, who plays Fili the Dwarf in The Hobbit, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s great grandson, Royd, also make cameos. I think they’re on to something because it’s one of the few flight safety videos I’ve managed to pay attention to in its entirety. Crew-members were given a Middle-earth makeovers in order to get into character for this video, which coincides with New Zealand’s premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at the end of November.
In fact, I think every country should create personalized safety videos based on movie culture. The United States would naturally have Top Gun with Tom Cruise pre-scientology, and Britain could probably work something out with Bridget Jones’ Diary or Snatch (mashup?). I’d like to say Canada would have something — anything — with Ryan Gosling. But we’d probably end up with something like Men with Brooms.
Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes out on Dec. 14.
Watch it here
If you, like me, indulge in marathon weekends of watching The Lord of the Rings trilogies roughly once a year, you’re probably incredibly excited for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Bilbo Baggins journeys to the Lonely Mountain on a hunt for stolen treasure with a bunch of Dwarves. Although the new trailer is only a little more than two-minutes in length, the Peter Jackson-directed movie looks like it will include all the stunning cinematography and realistic CGI effects we’re used to.
The film stars Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom and will be out on Dec. 14.
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Everyone is already raving about how good the trailer looks, so when the two-part epic “The Hobbit” finally hits theatres next December, it will surely break box-office records.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” features Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins (a good casting call, if you ask me) and Ian McKellen returns to the “Lord of the Rings” franchise as Galdalf.
Of course the film couldn’t have been directed without Peter Jackson, who has filmed all three previous LOTR films. In fact, many familiar faces band together once again for “The Hobbit”, such as Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will premiere December 14, 2012 and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” will be released December 13, 2013. It seems like we’d have to wait forever for these films but I guarantee it will be well worth the wait.
God dangit Peter! Don’t you know you that millions of the world’s biggest, greasiest, lamest, acne-filled, Gandalf-worshipping geeks are patiently waiting for their film version of “The Hobbit”?
Sure you do, but you had to go and have an ulcer. How convenient for you, Sir Peter, to be able to take time off whenever the hell you please? Must be nice to be able to abandon one of the world’s largest film-crews in the treacherous mountains of New Zealand to schedule a doctors appointment when you have a little tummy ache.
How selfish can a film director be? Does he knot know that I, along with many others, in anticipation for the Hobbit, have almost burned out the bottom of our “Return of the King” special edition dvds because we’ve watched them too many times. With full commentary. From Gollum.
Apparently, Peter Jackson doesn’t realize any of this. Because E online is reporting that Jackson was indeed admitted to a to a New Zealand hospital “after complaining of stomach pains”. After some poking and prodding, it was determined Jackson would need emergency surgery for an ulcer.
The Oscar-winning director’s publicist, Melissa Booth, said that only a “minimal” delay is expected and the first of the two movies is still scheduled for release in December 2012, with the second due a year later.
It all sounds optimistic, but a “minimal” delay in Middle Earth can really turn into a to-do.
Guillermo del Toro, who was handpicked by Peter Jackson to steer The Hobbit movies, has decided to leave his directing post for the two-part Lord of the Rings prequels because of ongoing troubles at the two studios behind the highly anticipated films, reports Eonline!
The studios are MGM and New Line.
“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming The Hobbit, I am faced with the hardest decision of my life,” Guillermo announced on TheOneRing.net fan site. “After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures.”
To prep the films with Jackson, del Toro moved with his family to New Zealand. And shooting was planned to take way this summer for a holiday 2012 release. But problems with MGM and New Line began as they couldn’t get their act together, and del Toro couldn’t wait any longer.
“The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project,” del Toro said. “I wish the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product .”
Aside from all of the problems, del Toro will remain as a co writer on the project, along with Jackson and his LOTR partners, Fran Walsh and Phillippa Boyens.
But for now, the hunt for a new director has begun. Possible candidates: Gandalf the Grey.
It seems that Peter Jackson isn’t the only person New Line Cinema failed to give a proper cut of profits.
The film studio is now being sued by the estate of the late J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, reports USA Today.
The Tolkien Trust and HarperCollins, who originally printed the books, filed the lawsuit Monday. The suit claims that 7.5% of the gross receipts from the films is still owed to the estate and other plaintiffs. With the films bringing in billions of dollars, that’s a huge chunk of change.
It took Jackson years of fighting with New Line before he got the money that was owed to him by New Line, but their relationship has been repaired. Jackson will the be producer on “The Hobbit,” also by Tolkien. No word yet on whether this new lawsuit will affect production.
Guillermo Del Toro may have won a ticket to Middle Earth.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker is in talks to take the reigns from Peter Jackson and direct “The Hobbit.” The J.R.R. Tolkien novel will reportedly be split into two films, with Jackson producing.
Del Toro has already built a strong following in the science fiction and fantasy crowd, with the Oscar-nominated “Pan’s Labyrinth” and cult hit “Hellboy.”
Jackson, who co-wrote and directed the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is already committed to several other projects, so he will not be able to write the “Hobbit” script. The process of picking a writer will be fast-tracked once the Writer’s Guild of America strike has been resolved.
In the meantime, Del Toro already has a full plate with 12 projects in various stages of development.
Peter Jackson will get to travel back to Middle Earth for “The Hobbit” and its sequel after all.
The Oscar-winning director has settled his issues with New Line Cinema, which were preventing him from joining the project. New Line owed him considerable profits from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and there was a public falling out that had many fans outraged.
Now that the partnership is back on, Peter Jackson and collaborator Fran Walsh will indeed be on the team as the producers, according to the press release out today. Jackson stated, “I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to put our differences behind us, so that we may begin a new chapter with our old friends at New Line. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is a legacy we proudly share with Bob and Michael (the New Line CEOs), and together, we share that legacy with millions of loyal fans all over the world. We are delighted to continue our journey through Middle Earth. I also want to thank Harry Sloan and our new friends at MGM for helping us find the common ground necessary to continue that journey.”
No official word has been released on who will direct. Sam Raimi was rumoured to have the job, and said he would refuse if Jackson was not producing.
Head of film studio New Line BOB SHAYE insists THE LORD OF THE RINGS Oscar winner PETER JACKSON will never be allowed to direct THE HOBBIT while he is at the company.
Jackson and his production company Wingnut Films are currently embroiled in a legal dispute with New Line Cinema over royalties from The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. And the lawsuit has enraged the film studio so much they won’t allow the Jackson a chance to the upcoming fantasy prequel.
He fumes, “He’s got a quarter of a billion dollars paid to him so far, justifiably, according to contract, completely right.
“And this guy… turns around without wanting to have a discussion with us and sues us and refuses to discuss it unless we just give in to his plan.
“I don’t want to work with that guy any more. Why would I? So the answer is he will never make any movie with New Line Cinema again while I’m still working at the company.”
Lord of the Ring stars SIR IAN McKELLEN and ELIJAH WOOD have already expressed their disappointment at the news.
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