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Middle-earth Talk Radio Episodes 13 thru 15

Due to changes in URLs the most current links to various Middle-earth Talk Radio episodes are being maintained at Xenite.Org’s Middle-earth Talk Radio category.

I haven’t been able to keep up with announcements for Middle-earth Talk Radio like I had hoped. We’ve released three more episodes since my last announcement.

Middle-earth Talk Radio Episode 13 was recorded on July 13, 2009. Topics included:

  • Tolkien & RPGer negative clichés
  • Harvard offering Tolkien course
  • RPG Research Project
  • “Agent Elrond”
  • London Bridge & Tolkien tie-in with Osgiliath
  • Other Minds Magazine Issue 7 out this week
  • MerpCon V July 24-26
  • Live broadcast youth Tolkien panel
  • Broadcasting next Middle-earth Talk Radio LIVE from MerpCon on Sunday, July 26th 4:00 pm (we say 3:00 pm, but to allow for setup time, it will be at 4:00 pm)
  • MerpCon V will be the LAST MerpCon. Becomes TolkienMoot in the future
  • MerpCon will have live audio, video, and interactive chat
  • Xenite Hobbit News website redesigned and includes related news archives

You can download Middle-earth Talk Radio Episode 14 here.

Episode 14 was recorded live at MERPcon.

  • Hobbit movie script weeks away from completion
  • Hobbit movies still unfunded
  • Hobbit movies threatened by Tolkien Estate lawsuit
  • Tolkien & C.S. Lewis
  • Why doesn’t Frodo just ride an eagle?
  • The rebuilding of Hobbiton
  • Various topics and discussions from the studio and online audience.

You can view a news release and download link here.

We recorded Episode 15 on September 1, 2009.

  • Post MerpCon V Tolkien Moot 2009 discussion
  • Raw Hobbit now available for download
  • Spokane Tolkien Society Youth Panel now available for download
  • “Live recorded” Middle-earth Talk Radio episode 14 available for download
  • Other Minds Magazine Issue 7 available. Discuss overview of contents
  • Middle-earth Radio streams outages status update, explanation, and plans
  • Government Program, Middle-earth Stimulus program “Cash for Orcs”…
  • J.R.R. Tolkien’s anniversary of his death.
  • DragonCon showing “Hunt for Gollum”
  • DragonCon showing “unauthorized peak at the upcoming Hobbit films”
  • Tom Cruise playing Bilbo Baggins
  • L.A. Tolkien Fans celebrating Bilbo’s B-day again on the wrong day.
  • Any Serkis to be in C.S. Lewis production of “Screwtape”
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Beautifully hand “Illuminated” copy of the Silmarillion
  • Ian McKellin says he knows who’s cast in the Hobbit, but he’s not telling (yet)
  • Comments about “The Examiner”
  • Hobbit not going to be done in 3D.
  • Tentative settlement between Tolkien Estate and New Line Cinema

Look for the Middle-earth Talk Radio Episode 15 download link here.

We just recorded Episode 16 this past weekend. I’ll post a separate notice when it has been published.

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UPDATE: Due to changes in URLs at Middle-earth Radio, the most current links are being maintained on Xenite.Org’s Middle-earth Talk Radio category.

Middle-earth Talk Radio Episode 14
For those who missed out on the live broadcast from MerpCon V Tolkien Moot 2009, the podcast is now available. You can also still download the “Raw Hobbit” session as well. I’m also working on putting together the Tolkien Youth Panel podcast soon.

This is podcast #14 of Middle-earth Talk Radio. This is also our first live broadcast with a live studio audience, and live remote audience interacting with questions through the chatroom and from the local audience. This took place at the tail end of MerpCon V Tolkien Moot 2009.

128 bit MP3 format filesize: 54.3 MB (56,896,172 bytes).

Duration: 59 minutes 15 seconds.

Topics:

  • Hobbit movie script weeks away from completion
  • Hobbit movies still unfunded
  • Hobbit movies threatened by Tolkien Estate lawsuit
  • Tolkien & C.S. Lewis
  • Why doesn’t Frodo just ride an eagle?
  • The rebuilding of Hobbiton
  • Various topics and discussions from the studio and online
    audience.

View news release and download link here:
Middle-earth Talk Radio Episode 14

Middle-earth Talk Radio Episode 15
Greetings fellow Tolkien enthusiasts on this Tolkien Memorial Day,

A busy week for our audio releases too.
In addition to Episode 14, Raw Hobbit, and the Youth Panel, now episode
15 is available, just recorded late last night.

In this episode Michael and I cover:

  • Post MerpCon V Tolkien Moot 2009 discussion
  • Raw Hobbit now available for download
  • Spokane Tolkien Society Youth Panel now available for download
  • “Live recorded” Middle-earth Talk Radio episode 14 available for
    download
  • Other Minds Magazine Issue 7 available. Discuss overview of
    contents
  • Middle-earth Radio streams outages status update, explanation, and
    plans
  • Government Program, Middle-earth Stimulus program “Cash for
    Orcs”…
  • J.R.R. Tolkien’s anniversary of his death.
  • DragonCon showing “Hunt for Gollum”
  • DragonCon showing “unauthorized peak at the upcoming Hobbit films”
  • Tom Cruise playing Bilbo Baggins 😛
  • L.A. Tolkien Fans celebrating Bilbo’s B-day again on the wrong
    day.
  • Any Serkis to be in C.S. Lewis production of “Screwtape”
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Beautifully hand “Illuminated” copy of the Silmarillion
  • Ian McKellin says he knows who’s cast in the Hobbit, but he’s not
    telling (yet)
  • Comments about “The Examiner”
  • Hobbit not going to be done in 3D.
  • Tentative settlement between Tolkien Estate and New Line Cinema

Download Middle-earth Talk Radio Episode 15 now.

Swing by middle-earthradio.com to download all these episodes, and the special pieces from MerpCon V.
Cheers!

Peter Jackson talks about “The Hobbit”

This excerpt was published by The Examiner on August 10, about 8 days before MarketSaw published the rumor that Peter Jackson wants to direct a 3rd “Hobbit” film. I just think the interview is interesting enough that I should say something here (even though it’s not longer hot news).

Here is an excerpt from the interview that concerns “The Hobbit”. I have excised some portions of Peter’s comments because you really should visit the site and read the full interview:

…I know you’re probably going to have a lot of questions about “The Hobbit.” …

…We’re about three or four weeks away of delivering our first draft of the first movie to Warner Bros., because the film’s not greenlit yet. You know, we have to submit a script, the studio has to read the script and like it. …

… I just want to be able to say … we haven’t gotten to the stage where we can offer anybody a role yet …. So we’re still three or four weeks away from delivering that draft. Then we can start the process of the budget. Probably in about two months is when we’re going we’ll be able to start to offer people roles. So despite everything you might have read and all the gossip and everything else, literally, honestly, [we] have not offered anyone a role in this film at this stage.

We are doing two [“Hobbit”] movies, just to clarify … because one of the things that is interesting, as you know, is that [J.R.R.] Tolkein wrote “The Hobbit” first in 1936, and then about 20 years later, he published “The Lord of the Rings.” And he expanded and developed the world of Middle Earth way bigger and larger and more detailed than he knew about when he wrote “The Hobbit,” ….

But one of the things we were really excited about when we got to thinking about [doing “The Hobbit” movie] is we can take that expanded information that he developed later on and we can apply it to “The Hobbit” and make it fuller and more epic and put “The Hobbit” in the context of the greater activity that is happening in Middle Earth at that time. To do all that, we figured that we needed two epic films to be able to really tell that story … I just wanted to clear a couple of things up.

Read the full article here.

Now, let me point out that Peter Jackson and his writing team almost completely rewrote the history of Middle-earth for the LoTR movies. In their very slimmed down version of Middle-earth history, there was no long line of kings in Gondor — it was ruled by Stewards all along. And Arnor and its subsequent division into three smaller kingdoms also was transformed into a realm that vanished completely upon Isildur’s death.

How much the very abbreviated history Peter and his co-writers went with could affect their “Hobbit” extensions I don’t know. To be honest, they are probably free to invent any new history they want (because the license from the Tolkien Estate really doesn’t allow them to use all the canonical history but neglects to forbid creating new history).

Is this important? Don’t mistake what I’m writing here for Tolkien Purist doom-and-gloom. Rather, I think we should all look for some surprises in whatever material Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro decide should be included in the backstory for “The Hobbit” (and any third “bridge” movie that may appear).

It’s probably safe to assume that faithfulness to the books died many deaths long ago. There were some elements of Peter’s movies that I felt were more faithful to the books than many other fans (including the spirit of Arwen’s character, but that’s a whole different topic). Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro will extend Peter’s Middle-earth in ways Tolkien did not foresee. And I think that as long as people enjoy the movies that should be okay.

Would I love to see a completely faithful adaptation of the Tolkien stories? Absolutely. And I think all the arguments about how the books are too long have long since been proven to be nonsense. Clearly, people don’t want their favorite film franchises to vanish into the woodwork. You could easily bring six “Lord of the Rings” movies to the big screen.

The continuity issues could probably be resolved in various ways. I don’t believe it’s necessary to follow every character all the way through every movie. But a little rearrangement could probably handle that objection, too.

Still that’s just wishful thinking. We have the movies we have and I am looking forward to seeing what Guillermo del Toro brings to the silver screen. He has some large boots to fill, but I’m confident he is up to the task.

Rumor: Peter Jackson to direct 3rd Hobbit movie

First of all, sorry for not posting much lately. I’ve just been very busy at work and a little under the weather at home.

Anyway, tonight I stumbled across this rumor which suggests that Peter Jackson and trying to persuade Guillermo del Toro to go along with Peter directing a third Hobbit film, one that supposedly bridges the stories between the books (covering material contained in the LoTR appendices).

I don’t know whether to believe the rumor or not. It’s just as likely to be debunked within a day or two as to be confirmed in a month or six.

Keep an eye on Xenite’s Hobbit Movies News site for more information — it may show up in the headlines there before I can share it here.

Xenite’s Hobbit Movie news expanded, redesigned

One of the reasons why I’ve been so quiet on this blog lately is that I’ve been working on Xenite.Org. Launched in 1997 to serve as a central repository for several hobby sites I had created in late 1996 and early 1997, Xenite has proven to be an ever-growing science fiction and fantasy resource. We spun off the SF-Fandom forums in 2001 and other sites have grown out of the Xenite network along the way.

But it seems like there is always a need for something new at Xenite.Org itself. Our Lord of the Rings Movie News site was the first continually updated site, existing from January 1998. In fact, I was ever only able to find one older site, launched in late 1997, but after announcing itself that site never updated again. Among the many firsts we enjoyed was breaking the news that Peter Jackson had signed with New Line Cinema on the Saturday before Harry Knowles announced it. Alas! Due to heavy traffic the server crashed soon after the story went up, but Ain’t It Cool News had the larger audience anyway.

Xenite has nonetheless worked with several small film studios and stage productions through the years to help keep fans informed of science fiction and fantasy events, but I have to admit that I just don’t have the time or staff available for all that work any more. We used to have 30 volunteers helping with forums, fan fiction, news, and more. The forums still have a great volunteer team but they are all that remain.

All of which is a long-winded way to say that it was way past time for updating the LoTR movie news site, which had not really been redesigned since 2005. I’m pleased to announce that our new Hobbit Movies News site now looks much better, offers far more news than ever before, and has several new archive sections that will preserve the news headlines we’re carrying.

As 2011 (the projected release year for Guillermo del Toro’s first of two “Hobbit” films) approaches, it becomes increasingly imperative that Xenite return to its roots and help fans stay on top of as much Tolkien-related news as possible. So to that end I’ve added two new sub-sections to the Hobbit movie news section, and each of the three main topics now has its own archive.

In addition to the main focus of the site (Hobbit Movies News), we’re now covering J.R.R. Tolkien News and Guillermo del Toro News.

You might ask why I even bother, and all I can say is that I’m just not yet ready to throw in the towel. Besides which, I’ve been wanting to try out these ideas for a long time.

You can browse the new archives, which are updated daily, through these links:

What I think is most interesting about all this is that you CAN still find fresh news about J.R.R. Tolkien, whose son Christopher (along with The Tolkien Estate and The Tolkien Trust) continue to publish JRRT’s work decades after his death. Tolkien-related news doesn’t just concern the author and his heirs, however — there are other events, research, and many topics that fall under the broad category of “Tolkien News”.

So, I hope you’ll find the expanded site useful (and easier to use than the previous version). I’ll also appreciate your sharing it with your friends. I have put a LOT of work into updating the various sections of Xenite.Org.

Thanks for all the support through the years.


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Hugo Weaving to play Elrond again

Monsters and Critics reports that Hugo Weaving will reprise his role as Elrond in the upcoming “Hobbit” movies, joining Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis as cast members from the Peter Jackson “Lord of the Rings” movies who are slated to appear in Guillermo del Toro’s “Hobbit” movies.

Okay, Geeks of Doom covered the story first, but I just like the name “Monsters and Critics”. Geeks of Doom noticed that 8 months’ work has already elapsed on creating the dragon Smaug.

I wish I had more to report but that’s really all I know about the story at this time.

Elrond, of course, is a minor character in the book but I can imagine he has a larger role to play in the movies since some of the background material will be fleshed out. For example, we should expect to see Elrond in any White Council segments since he was supposedly a member of the council (according to Tolkien, who should know). Will Cate Blanchett be asked to reprise her role as Galadriel, I wonder?

Smaug should be more interesting than the Balrog of Moria was in Peter Jackson’s movies because, frankly, the Balrog just sort of came and went (as in the book). Smaug is a more substantial player in the Hobbit tale.


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