27th October, 2010

Josh Rottenburg spoke with Peter Jackson for EW.com about choosing Richard Armitage for the role of a dwarf. “Thorin Oakenshield is a tough, heroic character, and he certainly should give Leggie and Aragorn a run for their money in the heartthrob stakes — despite being four feet tall …”, Peter Jackson explained.
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TheOneRing reports that The Hobbit will be filmed in New Zealand!

According to TVNZ, an announcement on the location for The Hobbit is expected this evening at a press conference to be held at 7.20 pm (NZ time).

26th October, 2010

Vicky Frost of The Guardian’s TV & Radio Blog reviews Spooks episode 6. She says about Lucas: “…when it comes to Vaughn and Maya, he’s acting like a first-time internet user confronted with a Nigerian phishing scam.”

Den of Geek reviews Spooks episode 6. “For the first time this series everything seems to be tying together.”

The Digital Spy reports that the Hobbit film will shatter budget records. The two-part adaptation is said to be   budgeted at $500 million (£315 million).
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Doug Lambert in ATV Media & Network news reports that Spooks episode 6 “… edged ahead of Whitechapel as the spy-drama had a new ratings victory … The BBC One drama starring Richard Armitage and Max Brown pulled in 5.1 million viewers.”
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Mark Sainsbury of Close Up interviews Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh about the Hobbit labor dispute in New Zealand. (Youtube)

25th October, 2010

The Guardian reports on the rally in New Zealand, and adds near the end that Ian McKellan is returning as Gandalf, though it hasn’t been confirmed by Peter Jackson.

The Hobbit will be shot back-to-back and in 3-D reports The Day. R
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For Australian fans, the English Women’s Weekly with the 2-page spread interview with Richard is now on sale in Australia. (Thanks to Theeyeshavit)

The media ringtones page has been updated with ringtones from Spooks 9, episode 5.

The One Ring website has first news from the Auckland rally, which has just ended, to keep The Hobbit location in NZ.

Radio NZ reports on the Hobbit rallies in Auckland and Wellington.

The Waikato Times reports on the Hobbit rallies in, “Hobbit rally fights battle of the beach”.
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Sir Richard Taylor, Managing Director of the Weta workshop, spoke at the Wellington rally urging Warner Bros to keep the Hobbit location in New Zealand, reports Stuff.co.nz.
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The New Zealand Herald also reports on the Hobbit rallies.
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22nd October, 2010

News reports and announcements from lots of sources are being published about the casting of The Hobbit as well as information about the recent industrial dispute between New Zealand Actors Equity and Sir Peter Jackson which may mean that filming will move from New Zealand:

For information on casting (our thanks to Sandrac and Lady Gisborne):

United Agents (Richard’s agents)
Filmonic

TheOneRing.net
(for the cast) (RAC Library)
TheOneRing.net (for an idea on how Richard might look)
www.MusicOfLOTR.com
First Showing.net
Hollywood Reporter.com
RopeOfSilicon

Herald Sun
Perth Now
EW.com
Guardian.co.uk
The Independent B
BC.co.uk

Sydney Morning Herald
LA Times
sfx.co.uk
Cinemablend
Coventry Telegraph
The Wrap
Mail Online (also reports on possible location shift from NZ)
Gossip Jackal (which also refers to Richard’s role in Captain America: The First Avenger as ‘co-starring’)
MonstersAndCritics
EmpireOnline
The Indian
MTV.com

For information on the industrial dispute and possible filming sites (our thanks to Sandrac and Lady Gisborne):

Stuff.co.nz
Watford Observer
Ninemsn.com.au
NZ Herald Sky News

Vulture reports that Richard Armitage will play ‘the heroic dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield’. RAC Library

Further to the Deadline New York, release, Christian Tobin in Digital Spy, “Warner Bros confirms ‘Hobbit’ cast, reports that the film will be split into two.
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Strike Back, in which Richard stars as John Porter, has been scheduled for airing on Showcase Canada. (Thanks Leslieg). Airing dates for episodes 1 & 2 are:

Episode 1 – Friday, October 22, 2010 11:00 AM ET/PT
Episode 1 – Friday, October 22, 2010 5:00 PM ET/PT
Episode 1 – Friday, October 22, 2010 10:00 PM ET/PT
Episode 1 – Saturday, October 23, 2010 2:00 PM ET/PT
Episode 2 – Friday, October 29, 2010 11:00 AM ET/PT
Episode 2 – Friday, October 29, 2010 5:00 PM ET/PT
Episode 2 – Friday, October 29, 2010 10:00 PM ET/PT
Episode 2 – Saturday, October 30, 2010 2:00 PM ET/PT

21st October, 2010

TheOneRing.net has provided detailed bios for the main Hobbit cast members. (Thanks Monetsmum)
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Peter Jackson, director of The Hobbit film, announced that Richard has been cast as Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the Company of Dwarves which sets off to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a thieving dragon. Of Armtage, Jackson said: “Richard is one of the most exciting and   dynamic actors working on screen today and we know he is going to make   an amazing Thorin Oakenshield. We cannot wait to start this adventure   with him and feel very lucky that one of the most beloved characters in   Middle Earth is in such good hands.” (Deadline New York)
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Kevin Wicks in an article in Anglophenia reports that Richard has been cast as Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Martin Freeman will play Bilbo Baggins.
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