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Here are the lucky 14 from THE HOBBIT!!! NOW With Video!!!

So Weta just sent all their subscribers an email with a link to the video introducing of their cast and here's the Weta page where you can read their story and photos concerning it all!!!

Hey folks, Harry here...  with this bit from New Zealand...   This picture represents one Hobbit and 13 Dwarves...   and boy, I can't wait for the first press release image of them all in costume on a set...  posed around some stone trolls.   Right?
Hey Harry, 
Just a small bit of news from New Zealand A.K.A Middle Earth. The cast of The Hobbit did their first public appearance/short news conference today in Wellington. Peter Jackson was absent though as he was in "house arrest" recovering from his ulcer surgery. Here's the link to the story with a photo of the cast (Bilbo and the dwarfs) from the local news site. 
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  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Post 0


    Here's the 14 travelers from THE HOBBIT!

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by theMovesMusic


  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by Dr_Proteus

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    So much Delays?!

    by Bruce Wayne

    I cant see how anyone would want to give $ to this picture, especially after they way they did Del Toro! Hey Harry you any closer to those push ups?

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Good looking cast

    by greyspecter

    I like Martin Freeman as Bilbo. He's got mad skilz

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    I WON

    by Orionsangels


  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Let's not go over the top with the curly hobbit hair, mm-kay?

    by gruntybear

    Martin Freeman would look incredibly silly with, say, Pippin curls.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    "Didn't recognize PJ there" because HE'S NOT IN THE PHOTO

    by golden tribw

    It says right under the picture that Jackson was absent.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I hope this is gonna be good for Sylvester McCoy.

    by V'Shael

    I'd like to see him get some proper geek cred.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Boycott The Hobbit!

    by Bruce Wayne

    Viva La TORO!

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I'm not going to be excited about this

    by CherryValance

    I just don't like Freeman. So no matter how much I love the trilogy, every time I see him, I'm underwhelmed. Oh well, I hope it turns out good anyway.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by Juggernaut125

    I am muchly looking forward to this movie. I am certain (despite my personal dislike for PJ's 'King Kong') that this movie is in good hands and that we will get to view a faithful, beautiful adaptation of Tolkien's first foray into Middle Earth.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST


    by vango

    As in, I am.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Lovely Bones Anyone?

    by Bruce Wayne

    How could you put your faith in PJ to begin with, the LOTR'S films were not faithful to the books in anyway shape or form, to be faithful to the book they would of had to made a mini series of at least forty hours. PJ took Tolkien's work and marketed to an audience of low IQ! All PJ has done was create an industry off of another man's work, so how at all is he original or creative?! The only hope I had for The Hobbit was Del Toro, and even though he wasn't a fan at first it looked like we was going to go with book 100%, not change shit around to feed his own ego! Viva La TORO!

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    I'm gonna say it ....


    Disappointing cast ..... They have everything to prove.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    there is something missing in that photo...

    by emeraldboy

    hmmm.....could it be the lack of women.....? as we all due to the times the books were written in the 1950s, womens lib was positively discouraged. womans place was in the home and all that.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Is this movie still being made? Weird.

    by Mike_D

    thought it went into developement hell along with GB3

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Is there anyone left to make British TV?

    by Steve Rogers

    Seriously, is there where all our fucking actors are??

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    A good sign of things to come! There and Back Again!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Viva Del TORO!

    by Bruce Wayne

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Where's the damn wizard?

    by pushthebuttonmax

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Hugo Weaving?

    by tomandshell

    I hope so.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Which one is Grumpy?

    by Ingeld

    He was my favorite.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    About fucking time!

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    LOTR movies sucked

    by KinjoAlcoholicNinja

    Their treatment of Aragorn and the fact that they even considered having the Witch King break Gandalf's staff showed they had no clue. This still has me excited tho. I'm such a tool.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST


    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Yeah, you are.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    too many white people

    by _Venkman

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    LOTR movies sucked?

    by Primogen

    By all objective measures -- box office, industry awards, Rotten Tomatoes ratings -- they were tremendous critical and financial successes. Sorry if they weren't your particular cup of miruvor, though.

  • *snore*

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    yay, dwarves we won't recognize!

    by Ihsahn

    Nice pic, but the only one we're gonna recognize underneath all that make-up is Martin Freeman, whose only real prosthetic challenge is the furry feet. Good to see the faces behind the dwarves though. That being said, I think Martin Freeman is a great choice. I've never seen any of his work, but his face speaks volumes to me. Looks like he can capture both the cheeky hobbit-nature of Bilbo as well as his semi-heroic side. And of course his (I hope VERY gradual) descent as a slave of the Ring. Re-read the Hobbit: you'll be stunned how many times Bilbo uses the Ring compared to Frodo in LOTR. Which is part of the genius, because no-one knows the true power of the Ring yet. I really hope they bring out that aspect. And if not, they can still redeem themselves with Smaug. If they don't get that one right I've officially lost faith in humanity. I'll get back to drinking beer now..

  • I third kinjo’s toolhood. Braindrain: the movies are obviously going to be made. Spengler and Venkman are both in this TB. Cool.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    6-7 Dwarves in this film with be nothing more than

    by Gerry

    glorified extras.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Is that "Mitchell" from Being Human?

    by fanboy71

    The UK one, not the US remake.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Does anyone else think the Rankin and Bass one is...

    by ufoclub1977

    ... is awesome! I have that shit on DVD, the soundtrack on vinyl... Those songs were so catchy. How else can you imagine the songs? "Chip the glasses, crack the plates." or the melody of "Far over Misty Mountains cold..."

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Best geek news of the day

    by Mr Soze

    If you fellow nerds aren't excited about this movie then you shouldn't come to this site. The Hobbit is the best thing JR wrote

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    It is Mitchell

    by fanboy71

    He plays Kili. Is it rude to answer my own question? What if it was rhetorical?

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by Mr Soze

    So let it be written, so let it be done

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Peter jackson has been working out

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I didn't even recognize him in the bottom left of the picture

  • Just saying.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    The Hobbit was written in the 30's...

    by Righteous Brother

    but I see what you're saying.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Where's Brian Cox???

    by Mr Soze

    Or the red head from Braveheart???

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Yes it IS Mitchell, aka Irish actor Aiden Turner

    by performingmonkey

    He's a brilliant actor! I hope this leads to him getting worldwide recognition. He's playing either Fili or Kili, and they are surely destined to be the Merry and Pippin of these movies. Though it's gonna be interesting to see how much screen time each of these 13 Dwarves are gonna get... Probably the likes of Oin and Gloin will have just a handful of lines. What they've got to try to achieve is getting the actor's personality across through the beard and prosthetics. It worked with John Rhys-Davies but you can't have all the Dwarves looking the same.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    As with the LOTR films, what "important" parts are going to be left out of "The Hobbit"? I remember all the bitching about no Tom Bombodil in the movies. Then I read the book. I'd have left his stupid ass out too. He served NO PURPOSE in that book. NONE. What parts of "The Hobbit" serve no purpose? Are there any? I don't think I have to say I never read the book. (However, in a strange twist of irony, I just said it.)

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Taking Bets...

    by Mr Soze

    How many of these poor fellows wont have a single line in the whole movie???

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Where will Jackson leave us at the end part 1???

    by Mr Soze

    Bilbo in the apple barrel in the river.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    I dislike those zero posts from Harry

    by Keats

    They always just restate what the article is about. Excited for The Hobbit. Casting looks good. Filming starts March 21st.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    I am hoping the first movie will end

    by Keats

    after they get to Lake Town. Then the whole second movie can focus on Smaug and the aftermath of his death. That part of the book is by far the best I think, so I want to make sure they have time to do it correctly.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Is that James Nesbitt in the middle?

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    Certainnly looks like him.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Where the f--ck is Gandalf????

    by TaLoNe

    Guess McKellen couldn't make it to the junket. Oh well, at least we know he's signed...

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Who's gonna be Beron???

    by Mr Soze

    No Ron Pearlman please.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    They look like the first 14 dudes in line for "The Houston 500"

    by AzulTool

    I know because I was #15.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Make it classic this time

    by godhelpus

    Seriously not trolling here. When I first saw this pic I got excited much like when the lord of the rings trilogy came out I loved them. But honestly, I haven't gone back to them very much over the years. I was interested in Guillermo del toro directing because I thought it might be a chance to break from the style of the other films. Now with Peter jackson directing, I feel he will match them up to the others. The other ones are not classic like Excalibur or Conan. The effects also look faker over time. Just thoughts, at least gonna go see it because the hobbit is also a better story then lord of the rings. Just hope it's not too lord of the ringsy.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Every Zero Post is just a "First" post.

    by Timmy Chicago

    It breaks my spleen to see them.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    nicole williamson

    by godhelpus

    audio of him reading the hobbit, amazing

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    hey look, white guys!

    by DrPain

    the racist saga continues.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Hobbit needs to be told with a healthy dose of...

    by Larry Knowles

    ...wonder, fear and suspense. Little person in a big world far away from home. And there's some really scary shit out there that will probably kill you.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    The Rankin Bass movies had moments of inspired perfection.

    by Larry Knowles

    And other moments of sloppiness or limitations. I'm always oddly drawn to movies like those because it feels like I am tasked with tryying to figure out how to keep what works well and rework the parts that don't.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    LOTR movies sucked? Compared to the books...

    by LowDevil

    Everything sucks. The films were great and i have read LOTR every holiday season for over 20 years. Now this film (with i hope to God Del Toro's art and conceptual still holds) will go down as the best of the past decade.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Hobbit is very similar in tone to Fellowship..

    by darthwaz1

    Both in book & movie form.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    This movie better be good...

    by Rabbitcakes

    ...because it's taking up Freeman's valuable time and pushing back the production of more episodes of Sherlock. And I say that as a fucking Tolkien fan of the highest order and a PJ fan from the Bad Taste days. More Sherlock!

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Ha! Dr. Pain is dumb.

    by Keats

    He probably got his doctorate from a state school.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    larryknowles ...

    by ufoclub1977

    what parts of The Hobbit (1977) did you not like?

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    The game is afoot, Watson

    by SmokingRobot

    Kindly bring your service revolver....

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST


    by happyboy


  • Feb. 10, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    ufoclub1977, he was sitting with dad and Harry

    by pw

    crying his eyes out. Being the younger of us three, he just couldn't handle the scary bits. He shit himself! hahahahahahaha... I'm serious.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Looks like a good company of Dwarves

    by D.Vader

    Though the idea of Thorin as a younger, heart-throb of a Dwarf is far an away from what I imagined.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Harry's 0 comments...

    by D.Vader

    Are the most redundant and empty posts yet. I find them worse than the FIRSTs, because at least the FIRSTs provided bits of comedy when someone was actually 3rd or 4th. Harry's 0 posts just feel so loaded with false enthusiasm, and I doubt he ever reads the stories for which he posts (which is obvious with the Arthur trailer fiasco). Bleh. So useless.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    What?? Why are we talking about this??

    by Russman

    Drive Angry comes out soon. That's Nick Cage' Drive Angry. Nick Cage motherfuckers!! Come on!!!

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Don't trust Freeman in this. He's not a good enough actor.

    by moonlightdrive

    Big gamble.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Those are some pretty fucking giant dwarves

    by BenBraddock

    Just watch the video!

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Mixed bag

    by goatherdingclownhunter

    Del Toro's Hobbit was the Hobbit film that I was dying for. The recent New Yorker piece makes me feel all the more acutely that Jackson's operatic directorial style might not suit this story as well as Del Toro's more imaginative, fairy-tale take. Will it suck? I doubt it. However, right now, I don't see it equaling the LOTR trilogy. I worry about all of these LOTR cameos. Frodo, but no (confirmed) Hugo Weaving-as-Elrond appearance? What is up with that?

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Lookin good

    by Kontarsky

    I hope they at least give us a 40-50 minute tea party thing in the extended editions. The first time i tried reading it I couldn't get past it and quit. The second time I was slightly high and loved every page of it. Anyway I like the Hobbit more than LOTR, content-wise, stoked for this. They should have made it first, though.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Hoo baby II: Richard Armitage and Aidan Turner.

    by AnnoyYou

    Whoa, I hope Jackson doesn't sully their great now-hairy beauty in this movie. That would be a damn shame. Still gonna see it for them and Freeman, though,

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 2:58 a.m. CST

    No Brian Blessed!?!!? A POX ON THEE!

    by ianlegend

    Still think he'd have been awesome in these films. A missed opportunity IMO.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 3:14 a.m. CST

    benbraddock, what date is it in your world?

    by pw

    We have things called Visual Effects. Did you not see lord of the rings? I don't want to spoil it for you, but John Rhys-Davies is not 4ft tall.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Too many women in this movie :o

    by DC Films

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 4 a.m. CST

    cate blanchett is supposed to be in this

    by emeraldboy

    but my guess is that she is being used as the narrator. which sucks. what does it say about peter jackson, that he didnt change that aspect of the books. in which, despite one female character, they all were kind of kept in the background. ie they were minimal. i know that these were written in a different time. but i am not sure why jackson kept to that.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Brian Blessed is rumoured to be playing Dain

    by bestbond

    on imdb.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 5:13 a.m. CST

    they should have hired

    by emeraldboy

    bill bailey.doh!

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 5:15 a.m. CST


    by Errol

    It was written in the 20's and 30's, why WOULD women be in it? The characters are men who are going about in a time building up to war. If you understood the back story, you will understand why there are no dwarf women (and it's not because of "the beards") present in the storyline (it's because they are few in number, dwarves are insanely jealous and they will not risk their women fold travelling out into the wider Middle Earth, world, save at great need). To all those tired old "racist" posts. Fer christsakes, look at the skin colour of people in Northern Europe. THAT is where the Geography of the Western parts of Middle Earth were set. It is not racist to suggest that the native inhabitants of Norway probably have fair coloured skin. THAT is what the West of Middle Earth is based on. North West Europe. The Southrons etc were considered darker skinned because they were far to the South, in the much hotter climes... It has nothing to do with racism and everything to do with reality if you can be bothered to understand that Middle Earth was meant to represent "real earth" and it is reality that the native peoples of Africa have darker coloured skin than those of Northern Europe. You guys are making the mistake of imposing YOUR opinions on work that never had any of the intentions you ascribe to it... Cheers.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 5:19 a.m. CST

    "It was written in the 20's and 30's"

    by KilliK

    one more reason that Tolkien's work is filled with racism as a product of its time.last time i checked his books,most if all of the evil mobs were dark colored.correct?

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Dark colored evil mobs

    by auraboy

    I'd say most of the evil mobs in his books tend to not be human and colour isn't represented that often, be it orcs, goblins or floating great eyes or dragons... But the southern armies in LOTR were suggestibly 'african'. That said the principal evil in his books tends towards traitors and 'mechanised' inhuman forces. There was an established level of racism at the time, but Tolkien isn't particularly notable for it. Certainly less than CS Lewis.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 6:15 a.m. CST


    by emeraldboy

    hated the invention of the internal combustion engine, which he demolished as evil. back to lord of the rings. i think jackson should have updated the story in some way.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    There is discussion of race and anti-semitism in Tolkien's

    by Dingbatty

    letters, which is an interesting read that I would recommend. Snippets: "... No. 102: From a letter to his son Christopher Tolkien 9 August 1945 As for what you say or hint of 'local' conditions: I knew of them. I don't think they have much changed (even for the worse). I used to hear them discussed by my mother; and have ever since taken a special interest in that part of the world. The treatment of colour nearly always horrifies anyone going out from Britain, & not only in South Africa. Unfort[unately], not many retain that generous sentiment for long. To Christopher Tolkien in South Africa: I must say the enclosed letter from Rütten and Loening is a bit stiff. Do I suffer this impertinence because of the possession of a German name, or do their lunatic laws require a certificate of 'arisch' origin from all persons of all countries? ... I do not regard the (probable) absence of all Jewish blood as necessarily honourable; and I have many Jewish friends, and should regret giving any colour to the notion that I subscribed to the wholly pernicious and unscientific race-doctrine. No. 30: Letter to Stanley Unwin (1938-07-25); Tolkien's German publishers had written to ask him whether he was of "Aryan" origin. I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by 'arisch'. I am not of Aryan extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. ... But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people. ... I have been accustomed, nonetheless, to regard my German name with pride, and continued to do so throughout the period of the late regrettable war, in which I served in the English army. I cannot, however, forbear to comment that if impertinent and irrelevant inquiries of this sort are to become the rule in matters of literature, then the time is not far distant when a German name will no longer be a source of pride. One of two draft letters (1938-07-25) written for Stanley Unwin to select as a response to his German publishers inquiry about his ancestry. The other letter refused to answer altogether on his ancestry; since the quoted letter persists, it seems that the other letter was sent. I have in this War a burning private grudge — which would probably make me a better soldier at 49 than I was at 22: against that ruddy little ignoramus Adolf Hitler (for the odd thing about demonic inspiration and impetus is that it in no way enhances the purely intellectual stature: it chiefly affects the mere will). Ruining, perverting, misapplying, and making for ever accursed, that noble northern spirit, a supreme contribution to Europe, which I have ever loved, and tried to present in its true light. ..."

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 6:36 a.m. CST

    No way, is that Sean Slater from EastEnders?

    by masteryoda007

    Hope so, he was one of the better characters on that soap.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Racism is boring

    by brobdingnag

    Seriously, if you are concerned about racism you don't have any real problems, just sand in your pussy because you are a failure and looking at everyone else for the reason why instead of in the mirror.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST


    by auraboy

    So other than Elijah Wood are we looking at any Americans in this at all? Seems to be entirely British/Australian/Kiwi. I guess they don't need the US actors to secure money like they did during casting for LOTR.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Tolkien was a chauvinist pig

    by Seven Sisters

    another sign of the mores of his day. <P> Thank Eru PJ's adding some wimmen and romance. The hobbit needs to show some lovin to draw in the ladies. All you manly men know your ladies need something to fanatize about when they're having sex with you.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    well, you know

    by Seven Sisters

    if any of you ever have sex.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I don't think Tolkien was a chauvanist

    by rev_skarekroe

    He just didn't know how to write women. But it's true, there are no vaginas in The Hobbit. Also, AICN's spellcheck thinks "vaginas" is incorrect.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    couldn't get ANY DWARVES...

    by SapGoblin play DWARVES???

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Cool stuff!

    by BradZuhl

    Kinda surprised at how old some of the "dwarves" look. But I can't wait to see some set pix for this. Can The Hobbit finally, really be happening?

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Smaug should be...


    German. Tolkien lifted the character from Fafnir in the Ring cycle specifically and the whole wider German tradition of gold loving 'wurms', so he should be a German. Knowing PJ's love of re-using actors I'd say he should probably be calling about Thomas Kretschmer about know.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Germanic dragon

    by auraboy

    I didn't know that about Smaug. German accent might actually work. I was thinking something rather nordic might help - to sound imperial but slightly alien (well apart to Nordic audiences obviously).

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Fuck yeah, I love the old animated Hobbit

    by D.Vader

    "We must away ere break of daaaaaay, To seek the pale enchanted gold." Yeah that opening Dwarf song when Gandalf just "appears" feels so ancient and fitting.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    "most if all of the evil mobs were dark colored.correct?"

    by D.Vader

    Yes, and most of them had been either tricked or forced into service by Sauron.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    too many ridiculous posts in this thread to address

    by Keats

    So I’ll just ignore them and say that Cate Blanchett is not narrating, she is playing Galadriel. The films will include the scene in which Gandalf and the rest of the White Council cast the Necromancer (Sauron) out of Mirkwood. I think Ian Holm might be narrating, and the films may be framed by him telling the story to Frodo. I’m not sure how the aforementioned white council scene would work in that context, though, since Bilbo wouldn’t have been there. Maybe he can tell it as it was related to him by Gandalf.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    you spelled 'women' wrong. 'Wimmen' is actually Swedish for cum rag. It's true I looked it up.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    tvs frank

    by emeraldboy

    ok. so that is at least one woman. one woman in a cast dominated by men. which speaks very loudly.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Its a men on a mission movie

    by D.Vader

    There's no large place for women in that kind of story. Also, as has been said emeraldboy, Galadriel will be at the White Council.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Not All Dwarves

    by mara69

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Wish for a Blu-Ray of Rankin and Bass Hobbit...

    by ufoclub1977

    NOW! I see that my illustrated The Hobbit large book (tie-in with their feature length cartoon) is worth approx $200! Pretty good for the $4 I spent. I'll never sell it.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Not All Dwarves

    by mara69

    I don't see Richard Armitage. But I do see Sylvester McCoy who will play Radagast, another wizard. Also, Michael Perbrandt, a Swede, is playing Beorn.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Dwarves aren't just short humans.

    by Ironhelix

    The Lord of the Rings suffered BADLY

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    What I MEANT to say was...

    by Ironhelix

    The lord of the Rings suffered BADLY because Gimli looked retarded. This will be no different.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST


    by Seven Sisters

    I apologize, I'm not Swedish. But I'll take your word on it since you must have more knowledge of such things than I. <P> So, do you use sock or wimmen?

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    DAIN does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    BRIAN BLESSED AS 'DAIN OF THE IRON HILLS'?!<p> If this news is true then he will be forgiven for spraying spittle everywhere as the Gungan king.<p> ps. to the 'Tolkien was racist', 'Tolkien was sexist' whiners who always crawl out of the woodwork in these threads. You're really tiresome. Please shut up.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST


    by Styrophoamicus


  • Feb. 11, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    ironhelix, you think Gimli looked retarded?<p> And you're comparing this against the dwarves in Snow White? Or maybe against the dwarf in HAWK THE SLAYER?!<p> John Rhys Davies suffered hellishly to be Gimli, at least give some examples of dwarves who dont look retarded, or is your point that 'all' dwarves look retarded? In which case that's kinda mean because dwarves are born that way and most conduct themselves with great nobility in spite of the hand they've been dealt in life.<p> They may be small but they stand tall. Dwarves rock!

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Tall ass dwarf in the white shirt you got there...

    by BurnHollywood

    Just saying.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    John Rhys Davies was a tall ass dwarf too, BurnHollywood

    by D.Vader

    And you know it. Just sayin.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Link to the video

    by Russtavo

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    official link from tv3 news in N.Z.

    by chadiwack

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by Ironhelix

    What I mean is, fantasy dwarves are described as being stouter than a man. Gimli looked exactly like what he was, a regular human made to look shorter through forced perspective. He didn't look at all like a different species that made their living by hollowing out the entire inside of a mountain. Maybe it's just me, but in my mind, dwarves are far more burly than the stoutest of humans. Explain to me how an army of Gimli's from the LotR movies could have ever stood a chance against even men, let alone orcs and goblins. Gimi looked downright comical at times, mainly because we were supposed to believe that he was some kind of great warrior. He looked like a child in that stupid armor and make-up.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Racism? Sigh...

    by SA_Rhyno

    eveyone knows Hobbits are Asian... or is it the other way around?

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST


    by auraboy

    I think the problem was the 3 different re-sizing methods. The forced perspective worked, because JRD was genuinely quite burly with all the crap on. Next to most of the cast he looked blocky. The issue was using the small extras and the pretty rough VFX shrinking. The extras were just slim and made Gimli look like a hobbit in armour and the VFX just scaled JRD as a tall guy, making him look slim as well. Hopefully with the big improvements in the body morph they have now (like Captain America but in reverse) they should be able to keep the dwarves looking short but stout as described by Tolkien.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Well, Bryan Singer won't be going to see this movie.

    by Darth_Nader616

  • Feb. 12, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins!

    by Jeremy Davis

    Yes that will be fucking perfect! He was awesome in the Sherlock series for the BBC

  • Feb. 12, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Martin Freeman as Bilbo

    by Henry Fool

    I wouldn't mind at all if Peter did some post Ring tinkering to include Martin as the younger Bilbo seen at the beginning of Fellowship.<br /> <br /> I understand why some fans hate Lucas for adding Ian McDiarmid to Empire, altering his lines to mesh with events in Episode III. I tend to share their feelings although I appreciate that he was trying to thread all six films into a single, consistent narrative.<br /> <br /> I love the casting of Martin Freeman. Between "The Office", Hitchikers and this, he's now on his third iconic role. Since Ricky Gervais did the American office, I hope Martin Freeman shows up and banters with John Krasinski.<br /> <br /> I love Guillermo Del Torro and I tend to prefer his films to those of Peter Jackson, who I've been a big fan of since Dead Alive and Heavenly Creatures. Just the same, I'm glad he left the project. I'd rather he develop the Lovecraft project or worked on one of his original creations.<br /> <br /> Since Peter Jackson started this, it's appropriate that he return to finish it. I didn't love the Lord of the Rings movies but I still liked them quite a bit. Since, I've always preferred "The Hobbitt" to the trilogy, I'm hoping I'll feel the same way about the films. And I love the idea of telling the story of how Gandalf and his crew dispelled the Necromancer only to discover his true identity as Sauron. I believe in Jackon's ability to tell that story intelligently, which will be difficult since that part of the story isn't really described in much detail (i.e. they're going to have to make it up).

  • By the real sherlock holmes i mean the british Tv show SHERLOCK and byt the real BEING HUMAN i mean the british version of the show, now in it's 3rd season. And those two actors are really good.

  • Feb. 12, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST

    thejewhunterresurrected, it's El Toro, you ignorant ass!

    by AsimovLives

    "La" is for feminine genre words, and Toro (= Bull) is a masculine gender word, thus the use of "El". "Del" is a contraction of ""De" and "El", and it means "Of The" in masculine form, or else it would be "De La". You native english speaking cunts love to kick foreingers when they goof grammar, but then you show the most crass ignorance about any other language then your own. Bloody hypocrites!

  • Feb. 12, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Gettin a boner lookin at all these Middle Earthlings!!!!

    by david_boreanez_cunt_hairz

    Hope they deliver...

  • Feb. 13, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST


    by workshed

    ...has to be seen at the cinema. Been trying to get my 7-yr old to watch them but even on a 42" screen it's too crowded and you don't get the immense scale. No-one who saw TTT at the flicks could fail to appreciate the amount of work that went into bringing Helm's Deep into life. I'm sure that PJ will bring da noize just like the first time around but The Hobbit is a very different kind of story to LotR. For one, there isn't the imminent threat of Armageddon looming over the whole proceedings.

  • Feb. 13, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Burton Superman an abortion

    by corvette63

    Complete lack of respect for the source. What a shitty, gimicky, take on the Man of Steel. So glad that it wasn't made.

  • Bunch of fukken motards around here

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    THE HOBBIT Is Actually A Stronger, Tighter Story Than LOTR

    by NeonFrisbee

    I read the whole shebang over again when the movies came out, and man, the LOTR main story books are actually kind of a mess. Not a *bad* mess, it's still a cool story, but The Hobbit is much more straightforward and tighter than the sprawling LOTR which is rather unfocused and meandering. Too bad the filmmakers aren't striving to make this into one, solid 3 hour (tops) flick instead of needlessly breaking it up into two, most like 3 hour long, films. Raping the cash cow is what it feels like. I'll see it, of course, I almost feel obligated too. And even though I doubt I'll ever watch LOTR again (kinda over it, and I'm more into sci-fi ideas than fantasy ideas), it's undeniably a masterfully made fantasy film series.