30th May, 2011

New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM released a statement today officially announcing the 2 titles for The Hobbit and the official release dates. The first film, titled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” will be released on December 14, 2012.  The second film, titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is slated for release the following year, on December 13, 2013.

Peter Jackson has begun to answer fan questions about The Hobbit. Don’t forget to check out the first image of Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel brandishing an array of fearsome Elvish weapons.

Richard is voicing a new advertisement for Pilsner. (Thanks to Kings12 and Monetsmum)

25th May, 2011

The Audie finalists have been announced. Sadly, Venetia, the abridged audiobook of the Georgette Heyer novel read by Richard Armitage, nominated in the category of Best Adaptation, did not win. However, don’t forget to check out the review at the link, “Richard Armitage’s voice aptly conveys the attraction between Venetia and Damerel, making the most of the novel’s rich dialogue and clever turns of phrase. Armitage manages to express all of Heyer’s opinions about her characters with a subtle sense of the ridiculous. Exchanges between Venetia and Damerel emerge as especially intimate and wonderful. …”. You can find excerpts from the audiobook and information on how to buy a copy from our Career Audio page. And you can download ringtones and excerpts from our Media page.

Sella.co.nz has put up for auction the copy of The Hobbit signed by the cast for the Rise Up Christchurch charity. Richard has signed it, “For Christchurch, love, Richard A” and Sir Ian McKellen has drawn a picture of Gandalf. Registration on sella.co.nz is only open to residents of New Zealand and Australia. The auction ends at 8:00 pm Thursday, 2nd June, 2011.

22nd May, 2011

Art Challenge 150 results for Robert Mitchum Icons now in the Gallery.

We have added caps of the dwarves costumes to the RAC Gallery 🙂

Sir Ian McKellen and Mark Hadlow were interviewed for Rise Up for Christchurch while donating a copy of The Hobbit novel signed by the cast and Sir Peter Jackson allowed a special, exclusive look at the dwarf costumes. Only a little tongue-in-cheek, maybe :D. We’ve uploaded the vid to the RAC Youtube page. It is rather wonderful! We have also uploaded the section featuring the dwarves in their ‘costumes’ to Youtube.

During the Rise Up for Christchurch telethon today in New Zealand, a video was shown of the Fill the Basin charity cricket match that took place this past March. Ian McKellen can be seen in the video and Martin Freeman and Mark Hadlow are interviewed. We have uploaded the video to the RAC Youtube page.

In the latest issue of SFX Magazine, Captain America star Hayley Atwell talks about her Peggy Carter role. When asked about any injuries, she replies, “Yes, I had a bullet-shell fired off near my head, when I stepped too close to Richard Armitage’s gun…which was a bit dumb. And I had a mark there. And I had whiplash and a bruised rib from some other things. So yes, I’ve been in the wars a bit!” (Comicbookmovie.com)

19th May, 2011

A superb pic of Lucas North has been posted with the Sydney Morning Herald’s Entertainment Guide preview of Spooks episode 8 series 9. We have set up a new album for Sundry images and uploaded it to the Gallery. (Thanks to Peppin for getting this for us and to Smitkit and RichardArmitageNet for information.)

Peter Jackson has added 3 new cast members, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage (now apparently playing an additional role since he is already listed as playing Drogo Baggins), and Conan. We have added the details to our Forthcoming page.

16th May, 2011

A short preview of Spooks series 9 episode 8, with a pic, has been published in The Canberra Times and uploaded to our Library. (Thanks to Beachbaby).

Another Strike Back 2 preview has been released on sky.com. It has also been uploaded to the RAC youtube channel and you can download it from our media – tv page.

The Dominion Post has announced that a telethon to raise money to help those affected by the earthquake, “Rise Up Christchurch – Te Kotahitang” will be held on Sunday 22nd May. Sir Ian McKellen and the cast of The Hobbit have pledged support, there will be a dance-off at Te Papa with Shane Cameron and Candy Lane of Dancing with the Stars, Neil Finn will also be performing and Prince Edward will be sending a message of support. It will be webcast all day at http://www.riseup.org.nz/