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EXCLUSIVE: From Middle-Earth With John Howe

Best known for his role as conceptual designer for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, John Howe first got “a real spark” from the Hildebrandt calendars and began illustrating his own versions from the inspiration of iconic artists. Through the years, John’s works have included illustrations for such classics as The Silmarillion, The Lion, the ...

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Into the Mystical Realms: An Interview with Artist, Jef Murray

(Originally posted in 2010 on the “Rifflo Presents” blog) Jef Murray is a fantasy artist and illustrator who is best known for his Tolkien themed art. You can see his work featured in publications such as Amon Hen, Mallrn and Parma Nole and in Catholic publications such as St Austin Review and the Georgia Bulletin. Along with many other achievements, ...

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EXCLUSIVE Interview with Steve Saunders of Weta Workshop

Steve Saunders is the Collectibles Sculpture Supervisor for the legendary Weta Workshop. Originally from South Africa, Steve made a powerful entrance at the New Zealand workshop with his first Gandalf and Strider creations for the Lord of the Rings collection. Working closely with all collectibles at Weta, and as The Hobbit nears its world premiere release, Steve created his new Gandalf the Grey for The Hobbit line. ...

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Stephen Colbert is a "Tolkien Geek", says Peter Jackson

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Peter Jackson made the statement, “I have never met a bigger Tolkien geek in my life,” Jackson says. “Philippa Boyens is our resident Tolkien expert, and when Stephen came down to visit the set, we put him head to head with Philippa on a Tolkien quiz—and Stephen triumphed. I have to say, his encyclopedic ...

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Getting "Wild" with Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan is set to star in the BBC production, “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan”. Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan is a travel-adventure show that explores some of the most remote corners of the globe. This documentary series follows actor Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings) as he searches for the biggest, baddest and weirdest insects on the planet. ...

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V & A Hollywood Costume Dinner with Andy Serkis

Hey U Guys.co.uk reports from the red carpet for the V&A’ Hollywood Costume Dinner. The launch dinner for the event showcased iconic costumes from The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, James Bond and more. The exhibition will open on October 20 – January 27th. Jon Lyus catches famed actor, Andy Serkis (Gollum) as he enters the event to ...

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"Luxury Hobbit Feet" for Frodo – According to Astin

According to Hollywood.com, at the recent NYC Comic Con, Sean Astin recounted his experience with the first generation of Hobbit feet that he wore during the filming of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. While filming a scene in the Lord of the Rings and climbing a hill while wearing the glued on feet, Astin stated, “When you sweat, ...

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Sideshow Collectibles – Frodo and Samwise

Coming soon from Sideshow Collectibles… From the Lord of the Rings collection – Frodo and Samwise “Frodo and Sam were forced to disguise themselves in Orcish armour and wandered through the barren wasteland of Mordor. They were overtaken by a company of Orcs heading to meet the forces of the West, but escaped. Gandalf and Aragorn’s distraction plan had worked; ...

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Feast Week, Day 8 – The Prancing Pony

After the Hobbits harrowing escape from the Shire, they finally arrive at the famous Prancing Pony where they are to meet Gandalf the Grey to continue their adventure… but first, some warm food! “They were washed and in the middle of good deep mugs of beer when Mr Butterbur and Nob came in again. In a twinkling the table was ...

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