Archive for July, 2010

The LOTR Name Quiz

Saturday, July 31, 2010 21:06

Here’s the “Can you name the top 50 characters in the Lord of the Rings series by number of mentions?” quiz, which is absurdly difficult. So how did I do?

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Gen Con

Friday, July 30, 2010 17:45

Gen Con is just days away. The gaming convention began in my area, and I first went in the 1980s when attendance was between five and ten thousand people a year. By 1995, attendance was 30,000 people a year and it was hard to even move around the building. (That’s partly why they moved the convention to Indianapolis. Another consideration was hotel space.) This will be the first year I’ll attend the convention away from home (You can read more about that in the press area.) Here’s a link to TheOneRing.net reporting about my appearance.

The MGM Mess

Thursday, July 29, 2010 21:39

The Financial Times has this great story on their website giving a history of the MGM mess that is delaying The Hobbit films. Of interest:

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Karl Urban Will Be Judge Dredd

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 19:23

Karl Urban, who played Éomer in The Lord of the Rings and Dr. McCoy in the latest Star Trek Film, has confirmed that he will be playing Judge Dredd in a new film about the iconic comic book character. Here’s the story.

What’s Going On With The Hobbit Movies

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 9:00

In my book The Lord of the Films, I explain the fascinating story of how the Lord of the Rings films came to be, and I also touch upon the upcoming Hobbit films. In the last year, however, there have been some twists and turns in the development of The Hobbit film project. (It looks like the journey The Hobbit is taking to the big screen is just as extraordinary as The Lord of the Rings!) I’m going to take this opportunity to bring everyone up to speed on just where the project is at.

Following the immense success of the Lord of the Rings films (as well as the Star Wars prequels) it seemed only natural that The Hobbit itself (written by J.R.R. Tolkien well before he wrote The Lord of the Rings) would be made as a prequel film. However, the same reason Jackson couldn’t make The Hobbit before The Lord of the Rings (the original idea) existed after the trilogy was completed: the rights to a film adaptation of The Hobbit are broken up and in the hands of a tangle of players. Worse yet, following The Lord of the Rings, Jackson had a falling out New Line Cinema, owner of some of the rights to The Hobbit, and he declared he wouldn’t be a part of any Hobbit film project.

Then in 2007, fans of Tolkien rejoiced when it was announced that everyone had gotten on the same page and The Hobbit was scheduled to be made into two films which would be released in 2011 and 2012. Peter Jackson was named the films’ producer, and Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) was named the director. Preproduction began in 2008… and seems to be endlessly continuing! So what’s going on here?

The problem is that MGM, which holds some of The Hobbit film rights, began losing money in the 1990s and has officially put itself up for sale. With the other financial players involved with The Hobbit not knowing what will become of MGM, they’re unwilling to move The Hobbit project past the preproduction stages. Unfortunately, Guillermo del Toro is decided it’s not his best interest to play the waiting game and has left the project.

Meanwhile, preparations for the films continue. Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are waiting patiently, having verbally agreed to reprise Gandalf and Gollum. Peter Jackson is considering directing the films himself and has even been auditioning actors for the other parts. There’s even a rumor that Sylvester McCoy, who was nearly was cast as Bilbo for the Lord of the Rings movies, will play the Bilbo in the prequels. So, the movies may be in a holding pattern, but don’t count them out just yet!

Coming Soon to this Blog…

Friday, July 23, 2010 21:54

A while back I looked back at the time period when the Lord of the Rings movies were out in theaters. And that was fun. Coming up, however, I have a more comprehensive and, in my opinion, more interesting series: a look back at when the Star Trek films were in theaters. I’ll cover each of the eleven films one day at a time. Even if you’re not a fan of the Star Trek films, you might find this bit of “time traveling” to be interesting. It certainly illustrates how the popular culture developed the last thirty years.

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Star Trek Sequel to Start Shooting in January?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 21:09

Bruce Greenwood, who played Captain Pike in the last Star Trek film, is saying the next Star Trek film is going to start shooting in January. Check out the story here.

Jackson Meeting with Hobbit Actors?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 20:44

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Peter Jackson is meeting with actors for The Hobbit.

According to the article:

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Patrick Stewart Turns 70

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 18:28

Sir Patrick Stewart turns 70 years old today, which just doesn’t seem right. (It doesn’t help that I watch Star Trek The Next Generation all the time, and actors never age when you’re watching them on an old DVD if you know what I mean.)

Meanwhile, Harrison Ford is just behind him, turning 68 today.

Here’s what’s interesting to me:

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Star Wars In Concert

Sunday, July 11, 2010 12:20

I went to Star Wars in Concert last night in Milwaukee. It was fantastic, though it was nearly identical to a DVD I have. I’ve listened to the music of Star Wars literally thousands of times throughout my life while doing such things as homework, housework, walking the dog, going to sleep, waking up, and what have you. I’m a fan of the Star Wars films as well, but it doesn’t compare to how much a fan of the Star Wars music I am; I know every note. So it was quite an experience to have it played live before me with Anthony Daniels (who was most impressive) personally introducing each number. (The funny thing is Anthony didn’t even get the biggest reaction from the fans. The audience was pretty mellow throughout the night, but for whatever reason – probably because she was cute – when they showed the girl playing the triangle up on the big screen during the encore, somebody just spontaneously shouted “Oww!!!” at about 200 decibles and the whole audience broke out in laughter and applauded her. It was actually kind of funny to see her try to keep her concentration but break into an embarrassed smile.) Anyway, Here are some photos from the event:

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