Archive for April, 2011

Hobbit in 5

Friday, April 29, 2011 16:14
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Rebekah’s back with another Hobbit update. A correction, however: she says Robert Kazinsky was going to play the dwarf “Kili”, but actually he was cast as “Fili” before he had to leave due to personal reasons.

Photo of the Week

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 19:03
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In an interesting coincidence, an acquaintance of my wife happens to know Ralph Bakshi’s daughter. So I was able to contact her and get photos for my book, The Lord of the Films – including this one, taken in 1977, of Ralph hard at work on his animated Lord of the Rings film.

Ralph Bakshi

Conway Twitty

Sunday, April 24, 2011 9:00

You know, this just might be my favorite “Conway Twitty as a truck singing a Bette Middler song” video on youtube:

I’m glad when I woke up this morning and had the idea to do this sort of thing I did a quick search on the internet and found out someone had beat me to it.

Hobbit in 5

Friday, April 22, 2011 16:26

Here’s something interesting from Peter Jackson:

“One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end—many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, that recording was actually Martin Freeman’s voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure who it was when I first heard it, either. Cheers, Peter J”

And now to Rebekah, for the latest Hobbit news. You can tell this week’s script was a tough one, because she’s not very smooth reading the teleprompter. But when you look like Rebekah, you could read the phone book and still have a devoted following.

Photo of the Week

Thursday, April 21, 2011 9:00
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John Howe and Alan Lee

This week’s photo comes from my book The Lord of the Films, and is of artists John Howe and Alan Lee. These two were my favorite Tolkien artists for many years before the Lord of the Rings films began production, and I was thrilled to learn they’d be part of the project. I was also happy when I learned I could get a photo of them together for my book. Interesting fact: before working together on the movies, they had never met before!

Hobbit in 5

Friday, April 15, 2011 6:50

Here’s all the latest Hobbit news!

PJ Shares Hobbit Production Footage

Thursday, April 14, 2011 18:27
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I remember over ten years ago when I saw the first footage of The Lord of the Rings project in an online sneak preview. There was something so emotional about seeing what the project was like and knowing the filming was actually underway.

Now it’s happening again. This time for The Hobbit. Here’s footage you’ve got to see. This takes me right back to the first Lord of the Rings preview. I can’t wait until the new films are in the theaters!

Photo of the Week

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:00

This photo was taken by Ian Smith, and as soon as I saw it, I had to get it in my book The Lord of the Films! It’s Dom Monaghan and Gandalf. And a guitar. What more could you ask for? This was taken at’s party following The Return of the King’s Oscar win.

Dom and Gandalf

Hobbit in 5

Friday, April 8, 2011 6:56

Here’s the latest Hobbit update with Rebekah. By the way, a couple notes that came in too late for her this segment are:

A. Orlando Bloom has confirmed that he’s preparing to appear in The Hobbit.

B. The Hobbit will be shot at 48 frames per second! (I talked about what 48 fps means in this blog entry.)

Photo of the Week

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 9:00

This week, here’s a look behind the scenes of “Hobbit in 5” hosted by Rebekah Platt, who averages three marriage proposals for each video posted. From left to right you can see the teleprompter, an ironing board for Rebekah’s awesome shirts, the green screen and Rebekah (standing by her mark, in front of the backlight), and a slightly more expensive camera than the one I use to shoot my videos for

Hobbit in 5

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