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The Real Gandalf hits set on Feb 21st, 2011 to shoot THE HOBBIT!!!

Hey folks, Harry here..   Oh man, Ian McKellen just tweeted his side of the story about being cast as Gandalf for THE HOBBIT 2-parter.   It is so nice to think that perhaps again in this life, I'll be able to sit down and watch Gandalf the Grey - as he is meant to be, on screen again!   But this is little more than an excuse to link to Ian's own blog.   Click below...



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  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST



    GANDALF THE GREY's not so secret identity tells the story of his attachment to THE HOBBIT!!!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST


    by capocapocapo

    whoa. good news!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Actually, I have a question or two..

    by capocapocapo

    Does Harry's comment officially count as the "FIRST"? If so, does he do it to negate all of us losers who post "FIRST" comments? Or does his comment get thrown out as he's part of the staff? Hmmm. Questions, questions.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Nice! Glad to see he's on board. What about Andy Serkis?

    by Mahaloth

    I hope he does his part, too.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    I also accept any form of payment

    by Phil


  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Most Anticipated

    by bod33

    If i could watch any future film right now, it would be the Hobbit.<p>Can't wait.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Finally, some news that NO ONE can bitch about.

    by Sardonic

    Well, someone will.

  • Or will I just have to sit through 40 minutes of Bilbo preparing a tea party?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by Drunken Irishman

    It wouldn't have been the same movie if he Sir Ian didn't participate.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST


    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Damn right, it's cool news!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Someone please block WeiWei37 and his spam!!

    by Splungeman

    Please...dude....go away. C'mon Harry....get him!!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST


    by capocapocapo

    EW posted this already.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    This sucks. McKellen is totally miscast as Gandalf

    by Star Hump

    The role should have gone to Michael Parks.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST


    by capocapocapo

    Reply to talkback doesn't really work all that well. :\ Gollum is back as well.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    What a terrible website!

    by blackwood

    McKellen's could use a bit of work too.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

    by ATARI

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Isn't it time for a LOTR "reboot" first?

    by locke815

    The Hobbit will be like "Batman & Robin." It's time to let Christopher Nolan have a shot at "The Fellowship."

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Just when you thought this crapfest was over...

    by Heckles

    ...more midgets and walking trees.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    thanks Harry for no more lamer virgins posting first!

    by eoneon

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST



    At least that sounds way more exciting than your tired ass. You've got to be the dumbest person I've ever seen posting on Ain't It Cool. Do you have a life? If so, what do you do with it besides filling this place up with your dung?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Truth hurts


    dont' it, Ryan?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST


    by room23storeblogspotcom

    Andy Serkis was also confirmed at the same time as Ian McKellen.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Was there really any doubt?

    by FlickaPoo

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Role of a lifetime for McKellan

    by Nachokoolaid

    So good to hear he's back and we'll get the pleasure of watching his Gandalf two more times.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Ain't It Bale News Is Dead


    How is your loser life workin' out for you, bitch?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Cock Drainage you ignorant buffoon

    by Xiphos_2

    Way to fall for a bad impostor snitchy, that isn't the real Dickblood you stupid ass. Way to be continually retarded fucking clown shoes.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Awesome news!

    by bubcus

    Thanks for the link to the tweet. Good read. Cheers!

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Huge sigh of relief...

    by Plathismo

    I mean, I always assumed that McKellen's casting was a given, but after all this time I was starting to get worried. I was on my honeymoon in New Zealand just a couple of months ago, and was lucky enough to tour Hobbiton (actually a sheep farm in an area of the north island called Matamata). All the hobbit holes had already been rebuilt precisely as they were in the trilogy, in anticipation of shooting this year. We also got to see five new hobbit holes built for the new production (now featuring such architectural innovations as porches!). The Green Dragon in was there, and the stone bridge Gandalf rides over in his cart in FOTR was back in place. Magical stuff.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    I'm not gay, but...

    by MagicJesus

    I dig Sir Ian... I'm pretty sure I'd let him blow me.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:16 a.m. CST

    the budget just went up

    by rur

    For all the CGI work they are going to do on his face. Happy to know that he is onboard.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Dear Star Hump - please get fucked

    by flatulence

    >>This sucks. McKellen is totally miscast as Gandalf Michael Parks isn't fit to taste the pre-cum of Sir Ian.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    And the world rejoices.

    by pushthebuttonmax

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:22 a.m. CST

    I concur Harry, Yippee indeed.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    hopefully the world will still be here to enjoy it.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:27 a.m. CST

    McKellen's the anchor of the series...

    by justmyluck more than ever. Definitely a good luck charm for the labored pre-production. rur: as long as they don't bobble-head him like TRON:L's Jeff Bridges, Weta's free to work their wonders.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Not surprised

    by freekydeeky

    at all. Really.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST is still going?

    by Creepytinman

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:54 a.m. CST

    more like gandalf the gay

    by Orion

    Hey oh!

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Thought he wrote "READ THE WORDS OF GANDALF THE GAY!!!

    by schulzcreative

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Just saw and the sad thing is....

    by Creepytinman

    that the news there is more up to date then AICN. What happen to you Harry?

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Hobbiton does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Plathismo, I'm green with envy. I'd love to visit the Hobbiton set. And the Tellytubbies land too.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Every movie site ...


    Is more up to date than this shit hole ....

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 5:01 a.m. CST

    oh what a relief,finally i can sleep well in the nights.

    by jack black

    kidding aside,great news although it was a given.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Gandalf the Grey > Gandalf the White

    by elsewhere

    Give me more of that grumpy, grizzled wizard I loved in Fellowship of the Ring!

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    A wizard is never late and shit

    by Psycho_Kenshin

    BOUT TIME baby

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST

    His demand for a pink desssing room

    by cookylamoo

    was finally agreed to.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST


    by Star Hump

    You actually took that seriously? You're not that bright, are you?

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Why didn't the Eagles simply fly the ring into Mordor?

    by darthwaz1

    Thus rendering the entire LOTR story pointless..

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Does anyone care that Michael Gambon wasn't Dumbledore first?

    by Snake Foreskin

    Yes! I wish Richard Harris hadn't died and that the producers and directors hadn't seen fit to replace him with Michael "Poo-finger" Gambon. Gambon was all wrong for Dumbledore the entire series through. He was teerible. I won't go so far as to say that he can't act; he just couldn't act the part of Dumbledore. It was a sore spot of the remainder of the series. So, with all due respect to Sir Ian McKellan, that was a terrible example to use!

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by longloaddropper

    Now I just hope that they film this sucker in good ole' fashion 2D. Any word on that?

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Eagle does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Darthwaz1, the Eagles into Mordor tactic is usually disregarded because:<p> a/ The Eagles were too haughty and simply weren't 'up for it'.<p> b/ The Nazgul, Fell Beasts, Eye of Sauron were patrolling the skies.<p> However I think there's another reason. Hobbits are described as being 'remarkably resillient' to the evil corrupting power of the ring. The Eagles would likely have picked the ring up and instantly gone into some insane pecking frenzy about who got to keep it. You've seen seagulls fighting over a crust of bread? There'd been feathers everywhere.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Is there a new policy about Harry being first in the TBs?

    by moorE12

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Now thats...

    by Mr Soze

    Cool news, PJ dont fuck it up, (like The Reurn Of The King)

  • At least I can save money on my Ambien prescription.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Juan Piquer Simon :(

    by Gorgomel

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    His involvement

    by richievanderlow

    is crucial to me buying in to these movies. Without him, I'm not sure it would feel right. This is good news.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST


    by Keats

    And Christopher Lee and Ian Holm are probably going to be back as well. Fuckin. A.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    christopher lee will never work with Peter Jackson again..

    by emeraldboy

    Why? any director who edits down Sir Christopher Lee goes on the Lee List of people for whom lee has personal grudge. On top of that list is Lord Deeley, followed by the director and editor of the original whickerman. and followed by a list of others then peter jackson.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    philip frenchs reviews of the lord of the rings movies..

    by emeraldboy

    in the UK's observer are simply the finest reviews ever put on paper. articulate, intelligent and well written.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Lost interest in this when del Toro bailed....

    by Jack Desmondi

    Oscar(s) be damned, LOTR was an overblown, repetitive, overlong mess. And don't even get my started on that titanic ape fart that was Jackson's King Kong remake. Hell, I'd take the Jessica Lange version over that one any day. Before he bailed, del Toro had my interest based on how focused and tightly woven, yet creative he was on the Hellboy projects. Pass

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Spoiler Dialogue

    by the_booger_in_your_egg_salad

    "I am not some sodomizer of cheap tricks! Oh, wait, I am."

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    And Elijah Wood's back too...

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    ...apparently narrating, reading from his recently-bestowed-by-Bilbo copy of "There And Back Again":

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Only mystery left: who's voicing Smaug??

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    Heard Bill Nighy was in talks, but that's as speculative as anything else... any better intel out there??

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Now the big question:

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Is Ian Holm in or not? I'd much rather have older Bilbo narrate his OWN story than have Frodo or Sam do it. 1) it makes more sense 2) Ian Holm is one of the great actors alive today. Neither Wood nor Astin are. 3) The bridge between new Bilbo and old Bilbo needs to be made for continuity. Holm-Bilbo could choose to make his younger self look any way he'd like: younger, trimmer, more like Freeman...

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST


    by Le Grande Zombi

    Ah, you forget though: del Toro helped write the script and was key in the monster designs. But--yeah--the LOTR films have a lot of problems in retrospect. Wish del Toro was still directing...

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    if frodo isnt in the hobbit...

    by emeraldboy

    wont it be disconcerting if he's narrating. peter jacksons handling of the ending of lotr was atrocious. isnt frodo dead? and isnt there and back again billbos story? if so why is frodo narrating? seems odd....

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Nimoy does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    greatwhitenoise, according to this website Leonard Nimoy is voicing Smaug...<p> <p>It also say The Hobbit is being shot in 3D...

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Christopher Lee

    by The_Red_Avenger not pissed at Jackson. He even agreed to do some interviews for the Extended DVD's in which they explain about the cutting of his scenes and even though he wasn't happy he goes on to say how you will see those scenes in the extended cut. He then met PJ at a showing of ROTK and again later at a reading. So there is no bad blood there. Plus if they have the White Council then Saruman should be there along with Radagast, Gandalf, Galadriel, Celeborn, Cirdan, Glorfindel and Elrond amongst others. As for the cash-cow of two films. The first is pretty linear in storytelling -journey from Hobbiton to Lake Town. The second (and Im guessing -will be the arrival at Laketown and the film will centre on the Mountain. Tolkien rote a lot of stuff that happened elsewhere at the same time as the events in the book that it's not a massive stretch to incorporate these into the films. There's also a few flashbacks to Moria and the Dragon burning Dale and settling on the mountain so two films is a good idea. Plus as The Hobbit starts of more whimsically it gets progressively darker towards the end where you really are in full LOTR prose. So the first film can be adventurous and the second epic with the Dragon and battle and the White Council v The Necromancer. So bring it on I say. Oh and don't care that much for 3D but it will also be shown in 2D so I'm cool with that.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    "Lost interest when Del Toro bailed"

    by GWARHOL


  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    he_red_avenger something tells me that

    by jack black

    we are going to see the fight with the Dragon in the first movie and the Battle in the second movie exclusively.PJ is not going to leave his best ticket-bait for the second movie... or unless there is going to be a round 1 fight with the Dragon in the first movie,some of the heroes are killed (like in FOTR) so that the first-part movie ends in drama and despair with the characters in their lowest point,and then in the sequel movie we get the round2 with the Dragon where he is killed and the big Battle. after all we are talking about mainstream popcorn movies here...

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Albert Finney for voice of Smaug -

    by MisterBlue

    Go to the end of OCEAN'S TWELVE (last five minutes or so) and listen to his voice - it is perfect for Smaug -

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Jackson + unlimited budget = UH OH

    by la_sith

    I have faith as most of the old players will be returning. But an open wallet for Peter Jackson can spell disaster. KING KONG was a bloated, boring, ugly fucking mess.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    gorgomel re: RIP Juan Piquer Simon

    by la_sith

    REST IN PIECES! There should be something about him on AICN. He was like the spanish Ed Wood.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    hhmmm someone with sith in their name attacking jackson

    by slappy jones

    what a surprise....

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    i love people who complain about LOTR being long and boring

    by slappy jones

    especially those who saw all three films. i have repeated this multiple times but if you saw fellowship and thought it was long and boring and you hated it and it was the worst film ever and jackson sucks why the fuck would you go and see a further two installments both of which were longer than the first film, pretty much all filmed at the same time with all the same talent involved. why? you spent over 9 hours on something you apparently hate. amazing.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    "why is frodo narrating?"

    by Dreamwriter

    He's reading Bilbo's book, seems as good a narrator as any. Bilbo in fact didn't finish writing the book until a ripe old age, this way they don't have to have the new Bilbo actor dress up as a really old hobbit and use an old-man voice.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST


    by shran

    there was much rejoicing. I won't bother with reading the TB as I know there will be a bunch of people trying to convince me and possibly themselves how the Rings trilogy were bad films. I simply won't have anyone pee in my Cheerios. I loved those films and still do. You can just about pause the films at any point and have a beautiful shot that borders on classical art. I probably swoon a bit too much about these films but I don't care. I love them and I also see so much drek like Paul and Your Highness get released that I can't help but try to send my own little brand of encouraging good karma into the universe that more great films like LOTR get made and that I get to see them.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    golden-voiced homeless guy for Smaug

    by CountryBoy

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Christopher Lee

    by Shaw

    In. That's what his website says anyways. Can't believe it. Great news.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    RE: Slappy Jones

    by Nico Toscani

    I saw the first one and gave up. One was more than enough for me.