I’ll never forget sitting in my fifth grade classroom twenty five years ago today, taking a social studies test with 20 questions. As I was deep in personal thought, I suddenly heard my teacher say, “Yes?” I could tell by her voice that she was a little annoyed. I figured that one of my classmates had raised his or her hand, and that my teacher, rather than quietly approaching the student’s desk to ask what the problem was, decided to embarrass the student for asking a question during a test (a no-no) by focusing everyone’s attention on the matter.
Peter Jackson was admitted to a New Zealand Hospital last night with acute stomach pains and underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer, according to a statement issued to the media. The statement also said:
“Sir Peter is currently resting comfortably and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery. Sir Peter’s surgery is not expected to impact on his directing commitment to The Hobbit beyond a slight delay to the start of filming.”
For those of you who don’t really care much about the NFL but watch the Super Bowl for the stars and the commercials… or even if you don’t care about the Super Bowl at all, let me let you in on a secret:
Making the Super Bowl is hard. Really hard. Let me explain…
Say it ain’t so! I’m used to bookstores selling The Lord of the Films on e-bay, but someone is selling his personal copy of my book, along with five others, on the popular auction site. Why would anyone want to be without my book? Is he crazy? Did he have a bad Middle-earth experience? Is his new girlfriend not a fantasy fan? (And all these books for only $1.99? Aren’t Tolkien and I worth more?) I need to know these things, darn it!
28 teams eliminated. Four left. Three games to play to determine the champion.
It was quite a weekend of football. For four teams, their games ended in jubilation. Four teams that have won Super Bowls before and know that they are so close to returning to the mountain top. For four other teams, it was the agony of defeat. Two of them, teams that have never won the Super Bowl.
The AFC and NFC have mirrored each other, with the 1 seeds losing, and the 2 and 6 seeds advancing the championship games. It is only the second time in NFL history that the two 6 seeds simultaneously knocked off the two 1 seeds.
The Digital Bits is reporting that The Lord of the Rings Extended Editions will finally be released on Blu-ray:
Our sources are NOW telling us that WHV (and their now in-house New Line label) is ALSO planning to release Peter Jackson’s long-awaited The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Extended Editions on Blu-ray sometime this year. No kidding. We suspect that, now that The Hobbit films are finally about to begin filming, the studio is eager to get more product on store shelves to keep the franchise fresh in the minds of fans. The Extended Rings films on BD are the obvious choice for this year. Farther down the line, of course, there will be the obvious Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D versions of The Hobbit films, and sooner or later an “ultimate” box set of all the films with all new extras custom created by Jackson. Anyway, our sources tell us to expect some kind of official news on all this from the studio in the next several weeks.
And what could go better with those Blu-ray movies than a copy of The Lord of the Films, right?
It’s been a busy couple of days for casting announcements for The Hobbit films!
The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that Sir Ian McKellen has signed on to return as wizard Gandalf. Meanwhile, Andy Serkis finalized his contract and will reprise Gollum. And Sir Christopher Lee’s website is reporting that, so long as he retains his good health, he will reprise Saruman.
There are also rumors that Ian Holm will appear in the films as an older Bilbo, and that David Tennant will be playing Thranduil the Elvenking.
McKellen says on his website: “I am happy to say I start filming in Wellington on February 21 2011.”
Wood said in an interview: “We thought we were finished and the character doesn’t even exist in The Hobbit, so it was not even a pipe dream to imagine the possibility would be there for me to reprise the role of Frodo. But they’ve come up with something that I think is kind of interesting and I think very fitting that doesn’t necessarily infringe upon the integrity of the original novel. It’s great. I’m really excited.”
And to think some not too many months ago, it seemed all the news about The Hobbit was bad news!