Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.
First off, Martin Freeman is fabulous. It now seems rather obvious that he was meant to play Bilbo Baggins but two years ago, Peter Jackson was so convinced that he rearranged The Hobbit shooting schedule to accommodate Freeman’s Sherlock schedule. Freeman brings so much complexity and charm, insecurity and common man sensibility, excuse me, hobbit sensibility to Bilbo that he continues to grow and grow right in front of you; as any great protagonist should. Of course some of that credit should go to Tolkien himself, the screenwriters, and Jackson’s direction. But it’s Freeman who wins our hearts on that huge screen. Read more
The Hobbit: In case you haven’t heard, after much speculation Peter Jackson confirmed that The Hobbit will be expanded into three movies instead of the originally planned two. Despite my love and trust for Jackson and the whole Lord of the Rings team, my response to this announcement is a big weary sigh.
I know they had lots of extra footage from Lord of the Rings, thus the 3 hour theatrical releases and the 4 hour extended cuts (which I consider the True Movies) but the Lord of the Rings books were more than 3 times longer than The Hobbit. Once again they have lots of extra footage, as well as details they want to pull from the Appendices; Tolkien wrote volumes of notes about Middle Earth outside of his novels. Although I remain skeptical, I already know that Jackson, et al will be getting a lot of my money over the next couple of years. They probably just tripled the amount.
Doctor Who: Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! Read more
A second production video blog has been posted on Peter Jackson’s Facebook page. Another ten minutes full of behind the scenes. It’s really amazing how much work and coordination have to go into these films but it shows in the end products. Also nice to see a lot of the major players in the crew returning like DP Andrew Lesnie, Tolkien artists John Howe & Alan Lee, and Art Director Dan Henneh. Yay!
In case you didn’t know, they are currently filming J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in New Zealand. After several years of pre-production woes, lawsuits, and a revolving door of directors, filming finally started in March. Peter Jackson, who was originally slated as producer, is directing. All is well with the world. The man who spent more than a decade bringing The Lord of the Rings Trilogy to the screen should be in charge of its prequel. The Lord of the Rings had a huge impact on me creatively, spiritually, and in many other ways. The commitment, passion, craftsmanship, and excellence poured into that story is inspiring. And it appears the same care is being taken with The Hobbit. As proof, I offer this squeal-inducing video published on The Hobbit Blog a few months ago which you can watch here.
I’m happy to report that a huge number of the original cast are returning, at least appropriate cast. Read more