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CASTING ANNOUNCED!

So Martin Freeman will be Bilbo! But I have to say I never dreamed Richard Armitage would also be cast (as Thorin Oakenshield)

The Company of Dwarves are Aidan Turner (TV's Being Human) and Rob Kazinsky (TVs EastEnders) who play Kili and Fili, respectively. The remaining dwarves will be played by Graham McTavish (Secretariat and TV's 24) as Dwalin; John Callen (TV's Power Rangers Jungle Fury) as Oin; Stephen Hunter (TV's All Saints) as Bombur; Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori; and Peter Hambleton (TV's The Strip) as Gloin.


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Hobbit Set to film 2011

Okay I was going to post the article but I didn't want to copy paste it. Basically Peter Jackson states filming should be set to begin February 2011 but the actors union still could present a problem.

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So there are reports that the Hobbit still might leave NZ which I'm sure none of us here want. There is a petition going around to end the boycott of the Hobbit here

To read the full article about how both NZ and Australia have gone "quiet" about this (read as I'm too lazy to copy past the full article) click the source.



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Another road block

But I am NOT giving up on this film!




At least half a dozen countries, including Australia, are lobbying to win the right to film The Hobbit and Hollywood accountants are now doing the numbers of rival offers, the movie's co-producer and co-writer Phillipa Boyens says.
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PETER JACKSON TO DIRECT HOBBIT

As if it could be anyone else


After months of negotiation and delay, Warner Brothers and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer are on the verge of an agreement that would allow the director Peter Jackson to begin shooting a two-part version of J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Hobbit” early next year.

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Just when you get your hopes up

Perhaps Bilbo Baggins' tale of wanderlust won't be leaving the Shire after all. Numerous international unions, including SAG and AFTRA, have sent out alerts advising members to ditch work on Peter Jackson's highly anticipated production of The Hobbit.



Here's what the unions had to say:

Members "are advised not to accept work on this non-union project," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The Alliance agreement for large-budget international studio films...provides for residuals that are equivalent to those under the SAG agreement. The residuals proposed by the producers of The Hobbit are less in every respect."

Complaint letters have been sent by various unions objecting to the fact that the film's producers have refused to sign union contracts for the J.R.R Tolkien adaptation.

Casting has begun on the Lord of the Rings perquel while MGM and Warner Bros. continue to seek financing and explore distribution options for the film currently slated for release in 2011.


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It almost seems like everything that could prevent this film from happening IS.

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Hobbit to be Featured on Empire Cover



Apparently the issue will have "news" but whether or not it's stuff we already know we'll just have to wait and see.

He lives in a real Hobbit House

The picture below is a link to a great video about the artist Dan Price. Check out his Hobbit house. He's also got an amazing drawing technique you should try.

a great video with dan price on oregon public broadcasting



Dan's site: Moonlight Chronicles

Dan's Zine Page: Moonlight Chronicles Zines
There are years of past issues for only $5 each. Check out the covers.


He also has a Moonlight Chronicles book




Moonlight Chronicles by Dan Price

Rumor is just that, a rumor

So over at theonering.net Guillermo Del Toro has stated that there is no 2012 push back release date for part 1 of The Hobbit.

Thanks to msilverstar for the correction!

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Date Change!

Rumor has it that the first enstallment of The Hobbit's production schedule has been pushed back meaning the release date will be in 2012 and not 2011. This however is still just a rumor at this point. If anyone hears otherwise or has any new info please share!