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Then and Now

Saturday, March 30, 2013 14:52
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Then and Now

“Then” was 2006. Most women like the short hair more – but I think that’s because they’re jealous of those great locks of hair I had.

LOTR Chapter by Chapter: Minas Tirith

Saturday, March 30, 2013 13:44
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You’ll never guess where this chapter takes place!

The Return of the King, Book 5, Chapter 1: Minas Tirith

Chapter synopsis: After a long and swift ride Gandalf and Pippin arrive to the great city of Minas Tirith in the early hours of the morning and have an audience with Denethor, the Lord and Steward of Gondor, the father of Boromir and Faramir. Denethor is a man of great power and lineage, who can guess much that is hidden behind one’s words. Pippin tells about their journey, and about Boromir, and swears an oath of fealty to Gondor. Then Gandalf goes about his business, and Pippin goes out to explore the City. He meets Beregond, a soldier of the city guard, who has been sent to keep him company for a while. They talk about Gondor and its customs, and about Pippin’s journey and the distant lands he had seen, and the war that is drawing near and in which Gondor seems to have no hope. Later, when Beregond has to attend to his duties, Pippin meets his son, Bergil, and together they go to the city gates to watch the armies of Gondor coming to strengthen the defence of the City. In the evening Pippin returns to his lodgings, and in the night Gandalf returns as well, seeming worried and concerned.

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April Fool’s Day Joke

Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:01

It’s a tradition at that we run an April Fool’s Day fake article every year. This year, Mike Goble submitted a write-up for one just this week. We’ve been working on another one, so I don’t know if we’ll use it. (But it’s brilliant, and I will share it with you.)

Wellington, NZ (April 1st, 2013)–

In response to the lukewarm critical reception of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, Peter Jackson has announced that he will begin wearing his eyeglasses again. “It was a public image decision, ” Jackson says. “Fran and Philippa and I sat down and brainstormed, trying to figure out why the critics had panned the first ‘Hobbit’ film, despite its commercial success. And then we suddenly realized it wasn’t the film at all! The critics weren’t saying it out loud, but subconsciously they missed the ‘old’ Peter Jackson. And that means they wanted to see the eyeglasses.”

While Jackson hasn’t worn glasses for years and no longer uses his old prescription, he has planned a workaround to the problem. “I can simply pop the lenses out of my old frames, and we’ll be good to go– that is, if I can find them!” he laughs.

But putting the glasses back on is only the first step. Plans are also underway to add glasses back on to all of the behind-the-scenes footage of Peter that has been shot for the Extended Edition DVDs. Since Weta digital is already too busy working on effects shots for films two and three, Richard Taylor and Weta workshop have been placed in charge of the eyeglass project.

“We want fans to feel like they’ve returned to the film-making world they have become acquainted with, ” Taylor says. “Realistically inserting eyeglasses into Peter’s interview shots and B-roll footage will add that final crucial element of familiarity that will make this a truly nostalgic behind-the-scenes experience for the extended DVDs.”

Using a recently perfected technique combining advanced facial-recognition software with a slave-motion camera rig, the glasses will be added to Peter’s face using green screens and carefully crafted models. Taylor has already commissioned a special 18-inch wide “bigature” of Peter’s glasses to be used in the project. “The miniatures department had felt a bit neglected lately, and they were overjoyed to take this on. One has to appreciate the exquisite craftsmanship that is going into this model. Every screw and hinge, every curve of the frame is faithfully reproduced in larger-than-life detail.”

Early fan reaction to the news so far has been positive, and representatives from Warner Bros. were optimistic as well, and in a statement dated April 1st have expressed confidence that the reintroduction of spectacles to Jackson’s image is the right way to go. Will the glasses really make all the difference? Only time will tell.

LOTR Chapter by Chapter: Choices of Master Samwise

Saturday, March 23, 2013 11:42

Sam chooses to kick a giant spider’s ass.

The Two Towers, Book 4, Chapter 10: The Choices of Master Samwise

Chapter synopsis: Sam runs back to the path and finds Shelob over Frodo’s body. This drives Sam mad with rage, and he attacks the giant spider; he could hardly have harmed her, but just when he is standing below her the monster throws herself down to crush him. Sam holds his sword up, and it gives Shelob a deep wound; she retreats into a hole, defeated. Sam turns back to Frodo, who shows no signs of life. Sam despairs and can’t decide what to do; at last, knowing that everything will perish otherwise, he decides to continue the Quest, and takes Frodo’s sword, the Phial of Galadriel, and the Ring. After making the first few steps, however, he hears voices of Orcs coming near, and puts on the Ring. It seems that there are two companies, one from the watch-tower on the pass and one from Minas Morgul. They take Frodo’s body and carry it into a tunnel; Sam follows them, and listening to the Orc-captains he finds that Frodo is probably still alive, and will be imprisoned, not slain. The company of Orcs then passes through large double doors, which close before Sam could go through as well. .

Tolkien’s Take:

Not much of interest here. Sam fights a spider. Tolkien tells us that Frodo has died. No big deal.

Oh wait… it hits the reader like a ton of bricks on the head.

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LOTR Chapter by Chapter: Shelob’s Lair

Saturday, March 16, 2013 11:00

Luckily, Sam has a really big glass and a sheet of paper.

The Two Towers, Book 4, Chapter 9: Shelob’s Lair

Chapter synopsis: Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, reach a great mountain-wall, where the path continues through a tunnel. A terribly foul stench is coming from the it. The tunnel is very long, with side passages here and there. The hobbits, walking a few steps behind Gollum, notice that the stench is becoming worse and worse, until they reach a side passage where the reek seems to be coming from. They pass it by, and the air starts to improve; but soon they come to a fork of the main tunnel. Gollum seems to have abandoned them, and they try one of the passages and find that it is blocked. At that moment they notice the eyes of some terrible creature behind them. Frodo approaches it with the Phial of Galadriel in one hand and Sting in the other, and the eyes retreat from the light. The hobbits continue quickly up the tunnel, but find the exit blocked by a barrier which turns out to be a giant spider’s web. Frodo cuts the threads with his sword, and starts running towards the pass which is only a few steps away. Sam comes after him, yet so does the creature they’ve seen in the tunnel: Shelob, a huge spider. Shelob appears out of a side entrance into the tunnel and starts running towards Frodo. Before Sam can help him he is himself attacked by Gollum; after a desperate fight Gollum runs away.

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Review of Hobbit Chronicles Book

Sunday, March 10, 2013 17:32
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Here’s my latest book review for it’s about The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Chronicles by Daniel Falconer and Weta Workshop. The book is about 200 pages long and is published by Harper Design.

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U.S. Residents Can Now Purchase a signed copy of The Lord of the Films for $5

Or Purchase the Book From These Retailers:
Barnes & Noble | Powell's Books | Amazon: US | US Kindle | Canada | UK | UK Kindle

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