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23rd November, 2012
There’s a new interview with Richard in Accion Magazine (Spain) for December which includes a gorgeous new photo of Richard. This pic of the article was posted as a preview on their site, hopefully we’ll get a scan soon so we can read the words and add it to our library.
New interview with Richard in the French Magazine L’Ecran Fantastique. Also awaiting translation…
22nd November, 2012
In a new interview with the Dominion Post in New Zealand, Richard talks about auditioning for the role of Thorin, about how he doesn’t think he’ll be recognized on the streets after the release of the film, and being in NY during the height of Hurricane Sandy.
21st November, 2012
Richard Armitage France has posted an excerpt from the November issue of Studio Ciné Live. It says (according to google translator):
In the November issue of Studio Ciné Live a record of 13 pages is devoted to the Hobbit. Peter Jackson talks about his film, the difficulties start work, script, actors, "Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin, is a very calm and very focused."
Richard tells the newspaper, "When I was 11, I read Tolkien's three or four times. This is what gave me the desire to become an actor, I wanted to embody her (sic) characters."
The Rolling Stone special issue is now out. It contains 12 pictures, most of which we've seen, including Thorin. But, it's still worth getting.
20th November, 2012
Richard will be appearing on 'Strombo' (George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight) on Monday, December 3. Free tickets can be ordered HERE (click on the drop down menu for show date to order). (Thanks Leslieg)
Looking for an Thorin iPad case?
19th November, 2012
There will be a special sneak-peek of The Hobbit during the show, Survivor, which airs in the U.S. on Wednesdays on CBS at 8:00 p.m. EST and PST, and 7:00 p.m. CST and MST. (TheOneRing.net)
New details of the plans for the November 28 World Premiere of the Hobbit in Wellington, NZ were released today and it has been confirmed that Richard will be attending. (The Dominion Post)
18th November, 2012
We have added the 6-page Sunday Times (England) spread to our Library. It's mostly about Martin Freeman but there are some Richard Armitage/Thorin quotes. You can navigate through the pages using the thumbnails. (Thanks to Alice)
Art Challenge 185 – John Thornton In One Icons – results now in the Gallery.
16th November, 2012
Yet a SEVENTH TV spot has now been released at The Hobbit's Facebook page!
15th November, 2012
Our friends at Hoyts in Oz have let us know they've added some new cinemas to those showing The Hobbit in the higher frame rate. Check out their Facebook page for further details and links."Check sessions online and look for the little HFR symbol when you hover over the session time.
See it in XTREMESCREEN at:
VIC: Frankston, Northland, Eastland, Chadstone, Watergardens, Melbourne Central
ACT: Belconnen, Woden
NSW: Broadway, Chatswood Westfield, Erina, Blacktown, Penrith, Wetherill Park
WA: Garden City, MilleniumSA: Norwood, Tea Tree Plaza
See it in IMAX at Hoyts Entertainment Quarter, Highpoint, Carousel"
There's a new US Weekly out with a mini-article on Richad as Thorin which we've added to our Library.
We've added screencaps for the 6th Hobbit TV spot to our Thorin Oakenshield gallery.
A sixth TV spot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been released.
14th November, 2012
The entire soundtrack for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been released online. However, it can only be heard as the full soundtrack.
12th November, 2012
Warners has included Richard with Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen for Best Supporting Actor nomination. (Thanks Monetsmum & 30Rock)
Rolling Stone has released Neil Finn singing The Song of the Misty Mountain, from the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack.
TheOneRing.net has assembled a complete international listing of theatres showing The Hobbit in HFR 3D, IMAX 3D, IMAX, and Dolby Atmos.
i09 has published 150 behind-the-scenes images from various new publications. We've uploaded 6 new Thorin images to our Gallery.
11th November, 2012
A new Thorin poster has been published along with 3 other character posters. We have uploaded this to our Gallery.
Yahoo 7 in Oz aired an interview with Dawn French in their Sunday night magazine program, 'Sunday Night'. It included footage from The Vicar of Dibley. Hopefully, people outside Oz can access this Catchup vid.
Collider.com's posted some new Hobbit posters including a new one featuring Thorin.
Aussies! Event Cinemas will be having state premiers for the Hobbit on 18th December and are running a competition for a couple of tickets. . Thanks Peppin for the heads up.
JW Braun ("Lord of the Films") has uploaded his review of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - The Movie Storeybook' to Youtube. It includes pictures of characters and he shows us one of Thorin.
Darkroom Challenge 65 - Rocks, Stones & Pebbles - results now in the Gallery.
7th November, 2012
TheOneRing.net's posted the extended 4th TV spot.
There's a short Richard/Thorin paragraph in businessinsider.com's article, "Meet the Dwarves Actors".
In an interview on collider.com (warning: major The Walking Dead spoilers), Sarah Wayne Callies mentions working with Richard on Black Sky. She says: I actually finished my next project already because I finished shooting The Walking Dead in the middle of June. At the beginning of July, I worked on a movie called Black Sky, which is my first experience doing a big-budget effects movie where somebody’s life is in jeopardy, pretty much every second. It’s about surviving a tornado and about the ways in which people who are strangers can become quite important to one another, quite quickly in crisis. I completed that just a couple weeks ago, with Richard Armitage ... I got cast in the movie and Andy [Andrew Lincoln] said, “Oh, you’re just going to love Richard. He’s marvelous.” And then, I met Richard and said, “Oh, didn’t you love Andy? He’s marvelous.” It’s just felt like we were all working in the same community, in a way.
Denny's Restaurants in the US have teamed with Warner Bros to have Hobbit-themed food at their restaurants. By scanning a QR code on their placemats, you can also get an exclusive behind-the-scenes video. The video is on youtube or you can download it HERE. Screencaps of Richard from the video are in the RAC Gallery.
6th November, 2012
Warner Bros has released 7 new images from The Hobbit as seen HERE.
We've just been advised by Hoyts Australia, tickets for The Hobbit go on sale tomorrow. You can go to the following links for tickets. We've been advised that the news for viewing the higher frame rate isn't good if you're in Queensland or Tasmania. Their Queensland cinemas aren't set up for it, some aren't even digital yet; and they don't distribute The Hobbit in Tasmania so can't say whether the cinema there is set up for 48 fps.
5th November, 2012
Comingsoon.net's posted a track from the forthcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, album.
Hoyts (Australia) has confirmed they will be showing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 48fps at the following Hoyts cinemas in Australia: (NSW) Penrith, Broadway, Chatswood Westfield; (Vic) Melbourne Central, Chadstone, Highpoint; (WA) Carousel; (SA) Norwood. If any more are added to the list, we'll let you know.
TheOneRing.net has tweeted they have the Regal (US) list of cinemas showing the Hobbit in the higher frame rate.
4th November, 2012
Art Challenge 184 - Jane Eyre (2011) Icons & Signatures - results now in the Gallery.
3rd November, 2012
Middle Earth News has announced that both the 2 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtracks - Special Edition and Standard Edition - are available for pre-order from Amazon now.
2nd November, 2012
The soundtrack for The Hobbit will be released on 11th December.
1st November, 2012
With many thanks to Alpa2 who took some wonderful photos at this year's San Diego Comic Con, we have finally uploaded them to our Hobbit Interviews & Extras Gallery. You'll also notice that we've done some tidying up in there, creating albums for the February 2011 Press Conference, Peter Jackson's video blogs, the trailers - and Comic Con.
31st October, 2012
Because of popular demand, The Hobbit will be released in New Zealand just a little bit early.
29th October, 2012
27th October, 2012
BleedingCoolNews has uploaded a vid of 4 clips from The Hobbit to Youtube. (Thanks to Monetsmum)
26th October, 2012
With many thanks to a very kind fairy, we've added caps for 2 of Richard's early roles, Dr Craig Parker in Casualty and Dr Tom Steele in Doctors, to our Gallery. You'll find Craig Parker caps HERE. And Tom Steele caps HERE.
25th October, 2012
Collider.com also published an article '70 Things to Know about The Hobbit from our set visit' which includes some interesting tidbits about Richard/Thorin.
In a Collider.com interview, Weta Workshop head Richard Taylor says, "Thorin has been our single greatest challenge, both at a prosthetic design level and an armor costume level."
24th October, 2012
The Empire Magazine Hobbit covers have been released today. There are five 3D lenticular covers - Bilbo, Gandalf, Galadriel, Gollum ... and Thorin! More about the covers and about the article HERE. The magazine goes on newsstands October 25.
Peter Jackson writes in Empire Magazine that the running time for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be 2 hours 40 minutes. The shortest of all the Middle Earth films so far.
It was also announced that The Hobbit will be shown in the new Dolby Atmos sound system.
23rd October, 2012
The Hobbit facebook page uploaded the first Hobbit TV commercial.
For Canadians, BBC Kids is repeating Robin Hood on Saturday nights at 9pm.
22nd October, 2012
ABC1 in Oz is repeating episode 1, part 2 (part 1 aired last night) of Chris Ryan's Strike Back, Sunday 28th October, 11.10pm. A special is being aired the following Sunday the current online schedule doesn't go to the one after that so we'll keep you posted about epis 2 & 3.
21st October, 2012
Art Challenge 183 - Corpse Bride Icons & Postcards - results now in the Gallery.
In a tweet from 18th October by @Todd Garner talking about the film's premier, Todd (producer of Black Sky) tweeted, "I adore Richard's fans and absolutely will keep you all posted!" (Thanks Catlcp)
Want your own LIFE SIZE Thorin cardboard cutout? Well, Advanced Graphic's now selling them on Amazon.com. (Thanks Catlcp)
According to Comicbookmovie.com, the official UK Hobbit Facebook page has announced that the film will be released in the UK on 13th December, one day earlier than previousl announced. You can see the international release dates at our Forthcoming Page.
Darkroom Challenge 64 - Rule of Thirds - results now in the Gallery.
19th October, 2012
TheOneRing.net has a preview, from Ringer Pousette, of a deck of Hobbit playing cards soon to be available.
18th October, 2012
RightEntertainment lists Richard as no. 4 in their list of 6 "Top British Actors and Why You Should Watch Them Closely!". (Thanks Chrysanthe)
A tweet from @DLMstyle alerts "Dedicated RA fans to look out for the December issue of @FAULTMagazine. (Thanks Chrysanthe) And, according to Shayne Benigno's Make Up FB page it's a 5-page spread! (Thanks Monetsmum)
17th October, 2012
The Hollywood Reporter has published a new article, "The Hobbit: Inside Peter Jackson's and Warner Bros' $1 billion gamble."
Our friends at The Geekest Link have added a bronze Thorin to their Hobbit merchandise. A real collector's item.
16th October, 2012
TheOneRing.net has published a special edition Hobbit magazine, on newstands in the US this week. They gave us a copy of the magazine at New York Comic Con this past weekend. The pages about Richard/Thorin are now in the RAC Library (5 pages, be sure to hit the next arrow).
Todd Garner, producer of Black Sky, has confirmed by tweet that the name of Richard's character is 'Gary Morris', and that "he is amazing". (Thanks to Tempestguy)
13th October, 2012
The people at The Geekest Link have a special offer for RA fans. They have been able to acquire a very limited number of the Gentle Giant Thorin bust and are offering a 10% discount if you put the words, 'RA' into the coupon box.
9th October, 2012
For those who want a cuddle, a 18cm and 25cm plush Thorin Oakenshield is available for preorder at thegeekestlink.com.
8th October, 2012
7th October, 2012
Art Challenge 182 - John Mulligan B&W Triptychs - results now in the Gallery.
5th October, 2012
TheOneRing.net has posted that the NZ Post's commemorative stamps and coins have now been released. (Thanks Rosiepig.) News of the stamps was first released on 11th September.
4th October, 2012
Warner Bros. has confirmed that the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey DVD Extended Edition will be available from the 4th quarter of 2013.
1st October, 2012
Robin Hood S3 airs for the first time in Spain beginning today. It will air every Monday at 22.35 on Boing TV.
Richard's been listed as 37th in Glamour's 100 Hot & Sexy Men for 2012 (Thanks Mirella Petkovic - RAC FB page).
30th September, 2012
Darkroom Challenge 63 - Looking Down - results now in the Gallery.
29th September, 2012
Warner Bros. have released a new Hobbit character scroll.
According to this article about William Kircher (Bifur in The Hobbit), it seems the actors may choose if they will be attending the Royal Performance. Perhaps Richard will be going? (Thanks Tempestgal)
28th September, 2012
Via a post on TheOneRing.net's forum, the New York premiere for the Hobbit is set for Thursday, December 6 at the Ziegfeld Theatre at 7pm. It will benefit the AFI (American Film Institute) with tickets starting at $500 per person. Tickets can be ordered here.
27th September, 2012
Peter Jackson posted a new Hobbit poster, featuring the 13 dwarves with Thorin in the middle, today on his facebook page.
25th September, 2012
Empire Magazine's Hobbit issue - "with the most spectacular cover of all time" - will go on sale October 25.
24th September, 2012
In an interview in the Telegraph, James Nesbitt talks about the Hobbit and about how he and the other dwarves - including "Dickie Armitage" formed a close bond during filming.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Hobbit will be screened for the Queen or other royal members at this year's Royal Film Performance, an event established to support the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund on December 12.
The Hobbit facebook page announced today that tickets for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will go on sale beginning Wednesday, November 7 at 12pm ET/9 am PT.
23rd September, 2012
It looks as though filming for the tornado thriller, Black Sky, has officially wrapped in Michigan. Producer Todd Garner (@Todd_Garner) has tweeted: Thanks to Michigan and the #RichardArmitage army!! This was a blast. Can't wait to get back here! #BlackSky #GoingHome
19th September, 2012
The new Hobbit trailer debuted today. It can be viewed on iTunes Movie Trailer or on The Hobbit official page. The Hobbit site also has 5 different endings to the trailer. Thorin is featured in both the Dwarves and Bilbo endings.
Screencaps from the trailer are now in the RAC Gallery.
18th September, 2012
2 new pics of Thorin, plus more from the film, have been posted on TheOneRing.net's facebook page.
According to The Hobbit facebook page, the new trailer will debut on September 19 at 7am Pacific Time/10 am Eastern Time on iTunes Movie Trailers.
16th September, 2012
On his facebook page, Peter Jackson put up a video about Tolkien week, adding that the new Hobbit trailer will premiere on September 19.
14th September, 2012
TheOneRing.net has posted that the Hobbit Trailer #3 is coming soon!
Our site has been chosen as Fan Site of the Day for September 14 at The Fan Carpet!
Take a tour of the Hobbiton film set on youtube.
12th September, 2012
11th September, 2012
WETA has announced that NZ Post will be issuing stamps featuring Hobbit characters later in the year.
10th September, 2012
Thanks to Sir Ian McKellen's Facebook page, which posted the final pic from the iPhone/iPad app Scroll featuring Thorin and Gandalf (it's a spoiler for the ending of An Unexpected Journey), we have uploaded the pic to our Gallery.
Would you like to join TheOneRing.net on their New Zealand jaunt for the Hobbit premier? "TheOneRing.net is excited to announce a once-in-a-lifetime, seven-day, six-night trip in New Zealand, to join in the festivities and fellowship for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” World Premiere in Wellington. (Note: tickets to the actual screening of the film are not included nor available to the public.)"
9th September, 2012
Darkroom Challenge 62 - By The Waterside - results now in the Gallery.
8th September, 2012
Apple and @TheHobbitMovie has tweeted it's release of a new iOS app for iPhone and iPad. It features a new ending for An Unexpected Journey and new stills. (Thanks to Monetsmum) We have added the wonderful new still of Thorin to our Gallery.
6th September, 2012
We have updated our Forthcoming page with links and information on Hobbit merchandise.
5th September, 2012
According to Ain't It Cool News, "The Hobbit from Bridge DirectOnline retailers have begun to take pre-orders on the new action figures based on the upcoming Hobbit movies. To whet your appetite The Bridge Direct released three new packaged pics of the 3.75-inch box set, Kili & Fili two-pack and Balin & Dwalin two-pack. Other figures available for pre-order include 6-inch versions of Thorin Okenshield, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and a 3.75-inch two pack of Bilbo and Gollum. All of these officially release on October 1."
We have added images of Thorin used in "The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Almanac 2013", published by Harper Collins Children's Books (2012), to both our Main Gallery (smaller versions) and our Salon (Hi Res) Gallery.
3rd September, 2012
According to TheOneRing.net, a Hobbit film clapperboard, signed by the cast, is being auctioned by Rubbermonkey, an online audiovisual superstore and film production company based in Wellington to support 4 NZ charities.
1st September, 2012
Warners and MGM have jointly announced that the title for the third Hobbit movie is, The Hobbit: There And Back Again. It will be releaesd worldwide on 18th July, 2014. They have also confirmed that the second Hobbit movie is entitled, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug".
31st August, 2012
The lucky blogger, RAFrenzy, has interviewed Todd Garner, producer of Richard's new movie, Black Sky. He talks about Richard, his attitude to his work, what he's like on the set, and his fans.
30th August, 2012
ComicBookMovie.com's posted some new character pics, tweeted by @JonasRJakobsen. It includes one group pics, of the entire Dwarf and Bilbo team. If you go to @JonasRJakobsen it will take you to a Flickr page with several character pics including the whole group and one of Thorin, Fili and Kili.
We have added a smaller version of the group pic of the whole team and of Thorin, Fili and Kili, to our Main Gallery, and a hi res version of the whole team and of Thorin, Fili and Kili to our Salon Hi Res Gallery.
28th August, 2012
Forum moderator, Suzi, met Richard today on the Black Sky filmset in Pontiac, Michigan. Details and pictures can be found HERE.
24th August, 2012
Ordeal by Innocence is airing in Oz on ABC1 on Sunday, 26th August at 8.30pm. (Thanks Peppin)
A new pic of Thorin with Orcrist has surfaced on a couple of sites. It's been published on Comicbook.com with some background; it's also been published by @Heirs_of_Durin and cbswords.com with pre-order details. We've added it to our Gallery.
23rd August, 2012
We've added @TheHobbit and The Hobbit Facebook page hi res pic of Richard/Thorin to our Salon Hi Res Gallery.
The Black Sky producer, Todd Garner, has tweeted a pic of Richard which we have uploaded to our Gallery (@Todd Garner). There's also a very nice comment from him, "I'm glad everyone likes the photo of RA. He has been awesome to work with. Stay tuned..." . (Thanks Monetsmum)
22nd August, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICHARD!!!!
Mead has announced that its Hobbit wall calendar is out of stock and won't be available online or in stores until Oct. 1. However, it is possible to pre-order it from Amazon (Thanks Monetsmum & Suzi12sq) -
21st August, 2012
The tornado thriller Richard is now filming in Michigan has been officially named, "Black Sky." (Nickutopia.com)
ThorinOakenshield.net has information on a new Hobbit calendar to be released this autumn. "The wall calendar features images of the new version of the map of Thror, as well as all the dwarves (grouped in twos and threes, with the exception of Thorin), plus Elrond (looking phenomenal in armor, if I may say), Galadriel, Legolas, Gandalf, Bilbo, and last but not least, Radagast, who is holding an appropriately gnarly staff topped by a blue crystal! Each group seems to get their own personal logo (e.g. Bilbo’s is an acorn). There is also a link to a wallpaper download of the full Company." If you live in the US, you can order it now from the manufacturer, Mead.
17th August, 2012
On Thursday, August 16, ItsJSforMe also met Richard on the set. She details her meeting and posted pictures on her BLOG.
On Wednesday, August 15, RAlover/Deb4317 managed to meet Richard on the set of the Untitled Tornado Thriller (aka 'Category Six'). This is her account of the meeting
I think this is one of the MOST EXCITING days of my ENTIRE LIFE!!!!
Last night my hubby said I should make up a sign to draw attention to myself....so I got a big piece of poster board and (crudely) wrote 'Richard Armitage' and he stapled a yardstick to the back of it and I took that to O Uni. I was waving that thing all over the place and making a general ass of myself! But it paid off!!!! That's how much I wanted to see Richard!
To make a very long story short, I saw someone taking pics at the 'used car lot' and it was ItsJSforMe! We had a very nice chat and she told me where the trailers were and that she had talked to the stunt coordinator. So my hubby and I went there.
We walked down the hill (bold as brass!) to the trailers where there were some crew members standing around. The men didn't know who RA was (yeah, sure!) but there was a woman there I chatted with. She told me to talk to this other woman (an assistant to RA I assumed) as she walked out of the nearest trailer. I explained to her why I was there and showed my sign and she laughed and said she loved it! Then she said she would text RA to see if he was available.
She walked away behind the bunch of trailers and a few minutes she CAME BACK WITH RICHARD!!!!!!! Just the two of them! I was dumbfounded! Couldn't believe my eyes!!! He is the sweetest, kindest, most gracious, MOST HANDSOME man alive! More so than I could ever imagine!! He shook our hands and asked our names. I welcomed him to Michigan and he said he loves Detroit! (? Uh, OK!) LOL
As he walked up to us I held up my dumb sign and he laughed. He said "What is this?" I said it's to get your attention! He said (laughing) "That's a rubbish sign....throw it away!" So I tossed it to the ground. But, hey, the sign worked!
My hubby asked if he could take a pic of us and he said yes, then RA asked my hubby to join us for a photo and his 'assistant' took it. Then I wished him an early Happy Birthday and he said "Shhhh, don't tell anyone!" Then he HUGGED ME!!!! MEGA-SQUEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!
For the photos he had his arm around my shoulder and I had my hand around his waist! So slim and firm! I was dying to smell him! I can report he had on no cologne and smelled very clean. He had on a t-shirt and dirty jeans.
I phoned ItsJSforMe but she had already gone home. She later told me she went back but was unable to get past the guards. I hope she gives it another chance tomorrow.
So I had a private meeting with Mr. Armitage behind his trailer!!
God was smiling down on me today!!!
With kind permission, photos of her encounter with Richard are in our Gallery - HERE
14th August, 2012
The Wrap lists Richard as one of its "5 Break Out Movie Stars for Fall".
12th August, 2012
Art Challenge 180 - Puss In Boots Postcards - results now in the Gallery.
10th August, 2012
Richard headlines for 'Category Six' (at least according to Patch). (Thanks to Monetsmum and JH for the info.)
1st August, 2012
An new, slightly updated, trailer has been released online for The Hobbit. It was released for cinema around 14th June. There's no new Richard footage. The Examiner details the new footage.
Possible titles for the 3 Hobbit films have been released today, along with some pics of the cool Hobbit-themed 3D glasses.(Screenrant)
31st July, 2012
Peter Jackson has confirmed all the recent rumours on his Facebook page that the Hobbit will now be released as a trilogy.
30th July, 2012
Dean Knowsley, a Hobbit stand-in, tweeted on 28th July that the final pickups for filing had been completed. (Thanks Lillianschild and TheOneRing.net).
29th July, 2012
Art Challenge 179 - Claude In One Icons - results now in the Gallery.
Darkroom Challenge 60 - Things With Wings - results now in the Gallery.
27th July, 2012
We have added Richard's thoughts from the Hobbit video blog # 8 to the Library. This transcription is only 1 page.
We have added Richard's excerpts from the Peter Jackson y El Hobbit Comic Con 2012 interview to the Library. It's 2 pages, so just click on the Library thumbnail to take you to p. 2.
We have updated the Hitfix Comic Con interview and it is now in the Library. It is 2 pages so, to navigate to page 2 just use the Library thumbnails.
23rd July, 2012
Caps of the latest vlog have now been added to our Gallery.
Stickam has posted a better quality video interview with Richard at Comic Con by QuickBeam of TORn on youtube.
Peter Jackson posted The Hobbit Production Video Blog #8 on his facebook page today. He says, "Hi everyone. I know that not everybody gets to Comic Con, so I thought I'd bring a little bit of Comic Con to you! Here's a bit of what I saw in San Diego, and what those in Hall H got to see of The Hobbit!"
21st July, 2012
TheOneRing.net reports that publishers Houghton Mifflin will be releasing Hobbit movie book tie-ins in November. Upcoming books include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion by Jude Fisher, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide by Brian Sibley, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Storybook by Paddy Kempshall, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Activity Book by Paddy Kempshall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey—The World Of Hobbits by Paddy Kempshall. More information can also be found at reviews.libraryjournal.com.
20th July, 2012
We have added caps from the www.lacosacine.com YT vid of a Comic Con panel interview to the Gallery.
18th July, 2012
Monsters & Critics have added new hi res stills from The Hobbit to their gallery.
17th July, 2012
We have uploaded caps from the GeekNation.com Panel vid to our Gallery.
GeekNation.com has posted a 28 minute vid of the Comic Con Hobbit panel (it doesn't include the screened footage of the movie). (Thanks Lillianschild)
A transcript for the Hitflix.com interview's now in our Library. It's a single page.
16th July, 2012
We have uploaded caps from the MTV and TORn/Quickbeam interviews to our Gallery -
We have added transcripts for the TheOneRing.net/Quickbeam interview, the EW.com interview and MTV interview to our Library. Each one is more than one page long and you can navigate to the following pages by clicking on the Library's thumbnail -
TheOneRing.net/Quickbeam (3 pages)
EW.com (4 pages)
MTV (2 pages)
In an interview with HitFix at Comic Con, Richard discusses the splitting of the Hobbit films.
Interesting interview with Peter Jackson on Deadline.com.
TheOneRing.net has also uploaded a full transcript of the Hobbit Comic Con Panel.
TheOneRing.net has linked to their Comic Con interview of Richard done by Cliff "Quickbeam" Broadway.
MTV has put up an interview with Richard and Martin Freeman from Comic Con.
We have uploaded transcriptions for the Fandango and the IGN Comic Con interviews to our Library. They are each 2 pages and you can get to the following page by clicking on the thumbnails.
15th July, 2012
The first 23 minutes of the Hobbit Comic Con panel are now up on youtube.
The WB has posted hi res pictures of Richard, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis signing autographs at their booth at Comic Con.
In this video, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson discuss "hot dwarves."
TORn has also posted some pictures from the Hobbit panel.
TORn has posted a vid taken by someone walking by the Comic Con 3D character posters.
Art Challenge 178 - House MD Icons and Signatures - results now in the Gallery.
EW.com has posted an article, "'The Hobbit Comic Con Panel': Peter Jackson gifts a bounty of footage upon Hall H" which recaps some of the footage shown from the film.
Screencaps from the IGN interview are now in the RAC Gallery.
A recap and some pics of the Hobbit panel are also on GeeksofDoom.com.
TheOneRing.net has posted some quick impressions of The Hobbit panel.
14th July, 2012
IGN interviews Richard at Comic Con.
We have now uploaded the vid of the EW.com Comic Con interview to our YT channel.
Caps from the EW.com Comic Con interview have been uploaded to our Gallery. We also have a vid which is being uploaded to our YT channel and will post the link shortly.
13th July, 2012
DarkJackal at TheOneRing.net makes an interesting find about the 1:6 scale Thorin Oakenshield miniature being made by WETA and currently on exhibition at Comic-Con.
Peter Jackson posted today on his facebook page that he is on his way to San Diego for Comic Con. He explained his decision to show The Hobbit reel in 2D/24fps rather than 3D/48fps and also mentioned that the next trailer should be released in September.
11th July, 2012
Richard is now represented by the WME for voicework in the US.
The Hobbit Facebook page has posted a Wallpaper Generator so you can customize your own graphics of the Scroll.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Richard has landed a role in an upcoming tornado thriller, directed by Steve Quale, a James Cameron protege. Richard plays a widowed father who, with the help of storm chasers, rescues his son from the aftermath of a string of tornadoes. IMDB refers to the film as 'Category Six.' (Thanks to Lilianschild)
9th July, 2012
TheOneRing.net has posted that they have a sneak peak of Badali Jewelry's recently licensed line of Hobbit jewellery, starting with Thror's Key. (Thanks Freda)
ToyWiz has confirmed it has filled its pre-order quota for its Thorin figurine. It advises anyone wishing to pre-order to keep a daily eye on their website in case there are any cancellations. Once its pre-orders have been dispatched in September, it will be issuing new orders.
TheOneRing.net has posted an announcement of a new Thorin bust figurine to be exclusively available from Gentle Giant for San Diego Comic Con.
EW.com has a first look at a beautiful panoramic scroll featuring 10 scenes of The Hobbit.
After some confusion, the release date in the UK for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been confirmed to be December 14, 2012. (MiddleEarthNews) You can find the international release schedule on our Forthcoming page.
8th July, 2012
EW.com has posted a photo gallery, "The Hobbit: Meet the Dwarves!" The photos are the first publicity stills, but the quote under Thorin's pictures is new. ''There are elements of Tolkien's description of Thorin that I'm trying to evolve,'' says Armitage. ''I'm trying to make him more human and less cantankerous the entire journey.''
In their newsletter, Weta Workshop announced they will be selling the first in their 1:6th line of Hobbit collectible statues. The first will be of Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, with shield. There will be a run of only 700 made worldwide. The first 500 will be sold at Comic Con and the other 200 at Weta Cave. The price will be US$249. A second version that doesn’t have the shield will be put up for sale this October to fans around the world through WETA's website. (TheOneRing.net and The Hobbit Blog)
Darkroom Challenge 59 - Green II - results now in the Gallery.
6th July, 2012
It's a wrap! Peter Jackson posted on his facebook page today that principal photography shooting for The Hobbit is done. "We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!"
4th July, 2012
The Entertainment Weekly Hobbit Comic-Con preview article (from July 13, 2012 issue) has been uploaded to our Library HERE. (11 page article, be sure to click the next arrows). It includes some iPad exclusive content. The 2 new publicity photos of Richard as Thorin can also be found in our Hobbit photo gallery HERE and HERE (iPad exclusive).
2nd July, 2012
Comingsoon.net has posted some pics from the EW issue including another one of Thorin in the background of a shot of Elrond.
The Hobbit (Gandalf and Bilbo) will be on the cover of next week's issue of Entertainment Weekly. EW will have exclusive images and on-set scoops from the first of the two movies. They also include a new pic of Richard as Thorin on their website.
1st July, 2012
Art Challenge 177 - RA Character CD Covers - results now in the Gallery.
The schedule for Comic Con's Saturday line-up has been announced (scroll down). The Hobbit will be between 2.30 and 5.00 pm, along with other Warner Bros productions.
30th June, 2012
The Hobbit Facebook page has posted that Peter Jackson and the Hobbit San Diego Comic Con team will be bring new Hobbit material with them!
Peter Jackson has posted a message on his Facebook page :D
"Looking forward to seeing you in Hall H at Comic Con in a couple of weeks. Who's coming?"
29th June, 2012
According to TheOneRing.net, the Hobbit panel for Comic Con has officially been announced. Richard will be attending, along with Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Peter Jackson and Phillipa Boyens. The panel will take place on Saturday, July 14.
21st June, 2012
TheOneRing.net reports that The Hobbit trailer will be attached to the new Pixar film, Brave, at US theatres, but it's not definite whether it will be the first trailer or the second.
According to www.slashfilm.com, Alberta Film Ratings has now given the second Hobbit trailer a classification. "The board gave the trailer a G rating, which means the trailer (not necessarily the movie) is suitable for all audiences, and it lists a runtime of 2:24".
20th June, 2012
An article in New Zealand's Southland Times reports that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's dvd will be released sometime in mid-2013 and will include a New Zealand tourism feature directed by Peter Jackson.
"The New Invasion": Richard Armitage is named one of five "Brits on the Brink" according to Cineplex.com. (Thanks to Lindasenora)
17th June, 2012
Darkroom Challenge 58 - Lying Down - results now in the Gallery.
15th June, 2012
Miss Marple: Ordeal by Innocence airing today on ITV3 & ITV3HD at 4pm and on ITV3+ at 5pm.
Not only are we now counting down the final 6 months to The Hobbit but TheOneRing.net has posted that the 2nd trailer is ready and will be released SOON!
13th June, 2012
In a recent article, Billy Connolly states that the Hobbit wrap party is July 7. Almost done with filming!
11th June, 2012
Art Challenge 176 - Fantasia 2000 Bookmarks - results now in the Gallery.
6th June, 2012
Screencaps of Richard as Thorin in the latest Peter Jackson vlog have been uploaded to our gallery.
Peter Jackson has uploaded the Hobbit Video Blog #7 to his facebook page.
Party time for The Hobbit in Wellington, New Zealand! The Red Carpet premiere is set for 28th November.
4th June, 2012
Will Richard be at ComicCon? This article in Total Film seems to suggest he will be. (Thanks to Monetsmum and tumblr_m52crhuemi1qgae0ho1_1280).
27th May, 2012
Art Challenge 175 - Gable & Lombard Icons - results now in the Gallery.
Wanna The Hobbit "200 days to go" t-shirt? TheOneRing.net is running a competition courtesy of the actor, Conan Stevens, to win one.
Darkroom Challenge 57 - Night Lights - results now in the Gallery.
Darkroom Challenge 56 - Kitchenware - results now in the Gallery.
20th May, 2012
Aussies! The second half of UK/TV's half-series 8 marathon starts today at 12.10 pm AEST (thanks Peppin).
19th May, 2012
Attention Aussies! UK/TV is showing a half-series marathon of Spooks 8 beginning today with epis 1-4 back-to-back from 12.10 AEST. (Thanks to Peppin for this info). We'll keep an eye out for next week.
27th April, 2012
TheOneRing.net has reported on the 10 minutes of The Hobbit footage shown at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week. Major spoilers in the article, including a few scenes of Thorin.
15th April, 2012
Art Challenge 172 - The Fifties Icon and Advertisements - results now in the Gallery.
1st April, 2012
Art Challenge 171 - Winter Art Cards - results now in the Gallery.
Darkroom challenge - Trees - results now in the Gallery.
20th March, 2012
Darkroom Challenge 54 - Shiny Things & Surfaces - results now in the Gallery.
18th March, 2012
Art Challenge 170 - Heinz Kruger Icons & Book Covers - results now in the Gallery.
11th March, 2012
Richard has narrated a programme called Trouble in Lemur Land which aired at 2am today on Eden TV in the UK. An excerpt from the programme can be found on youtube. It will air again on Eden TV on Friday, 23 March at 1pm, 5pm and 9pm.
Prof. Corey Olsen (the "Tolkien Professor") and Dave Kale from the Mythgard Institute have dedicated their 4th podcast to the character of Thorin. The free mp3 can be downloaded from their site or from iTunes.
8th March, 2012
Got some spare cash lying around? Costumes for Captain America, featuring Heinz Kruger's, are being auctioned by Marvel. (Thanks to Jeanlin)
Strike Back series 1 is being repeated in Oz on ABC1 at 9.30 pm starting Saturday, 9th March. You can find details of the series (including some caps and quotes from some of Richard's interviews) on our Strike Back Career page; downloadable interviews and John Porter ringtones/alerts from our Media page and lots and LOTS of caps in our Gallery.
5th March, 2012
2nd March, 2012
You can find a short vid of Richard Armitage bits from the 6th Hobbit vid on our Youtube channel.
The latest video blog (#6) from the set of The Hobbit has now been posted on Peter Jackson's Facebook page.
29th February, 2012
Peter Jackson has announced a new video blog coming soon!
An article in the Dutch newspaper Metronieuws.com features a picture of Richard in motion capture gear against a green screen. We have added it to our Library together with a translation. (Thanks to C2R)
For those who might not know it, yet, Spooks 7-9 are available on iTunes and Strike Back 1 is also available in selected regions (not yet in Australia).
Spooks 7 is being repeated in Australia on ABC1 on Monday nights at around 11.35pm.
22nd February, 2012
The Hobbit Movie.com has announced a competition for "the most creative Hobbit Movie themed Facebook Timeline profile cover". You can find all the details HERE.
19th February, 2012
Art Challenge 168 - Ziegfeld Follies Postcards - results now in the Gallery.
Darkroom Challenge - Pastels - results are now in the Gallery.
15th February, 2012
Too Poor for Posh School is airing in Oz on ABC1 at 10:00 pm, Sunday 19th February. It will presumably be narrated by Richard since he did the narration when it aired in the UK in March, 2010. You can listen to an excerpt on our Voiceover Audio page and download the excerpt from our Media page.
14th February, 2012
Spooks 7 begins repeating weekly on ABC1 in Oz at 11.35 pm, Monday 27th February. We've confirmed it by phone with the ABC.
Expedition Tiger, episode 2, which was moved to allow for a women's golf tournament, will now air at 5:15 pm, Sunday 19th February with episode 3 airing immediately aftewards as originally scheduled at 6:05 pm. Episode 3 will be repeated on Monday, 20th February at 2.00 pm. The ABC have no current plans to repeat episode 2 although episode 1 was repeated on Monday, 6th February at 2.00 pm and is available on iView. We've also confirmed this by phone.
8th February, 2012
Billy Connolly has been cast as the warrior dwarf, Dain Ironfoot, cousin to Thorin Oakenshield. (EW.com)
A new picture of Richard from the Recognise photoshoot is now on Stylist Daniel Higgins's website - danielhiggins.net.
5th February, 2012
Art Challenge 167 - Thorin Oakenshield Icons & Signatures - results now in the Gallery.
Spooks 8 is showing in Oz on UKTV (Foxtel/Austar, channels 103 & 156) on Thursdays at 7.30 pm (Eastern Daylight Saving Time). (Thanks to Ariadne)
Episode 1 of 3 part series 'Expedition Tiger' (aired in the UK as 'Lost Land of the Tiger') is airing in Australia on ABC1 6:05 pm Sunday nights beginning 5th February. You can listen to an audio excerpt on our Voiceovers page under 'Lost Land of the Tiger'.
29th January, 2012
Darkroom Challenge 52 results - Soft and Fluffy - now in the Gallery.
23rd January, 2012
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D will be released in Australian cinemas from February 9th.This is Richard's first movie apperance. If you want to know what 'blink and you'll miss' him moments to look out for, check out the pics in our Early Career page.
22nd January, 2012
Art Challenge 166 - Sherlock Holmes Icons & Signatures - results now in the Gallery.
17th January, 2012
The Russian RA site has added to their gallery new hi res promo pics of Richard as John Porter from Strike Back 2.
13th January, 2012
The 2012 Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly has a small article on The Hobbit as one of the movies "We Can't Wait For." (January 20, 2012 issue, page 30)
12th January, 2012
MTV.com spoke with Richard about his role as Thorin. The interview is posted with the Hobbit trailer. The vid might not be accessible if you're outside the US. However, you can see it on our Youtube channel. We have added the interview to our Library. It's 2 pages and you can navigate by clicking on the thumbnails.
11th January, 2012
Movies.com has published a Hobbit Countdown Character Study of Thorin Oakenshield. They say, "..the dwarf who is most likely to become a household name is the more fully titled Thorin Oakenshield and we think not only will we have an unforgettable character on the first Hobbit day (Dec. 14, 2012) but also the actor Richard Armitage will become a household name. While there are many who know and love the English actor, that day and the films, will change his career forever."
10th January, 2012
Netflix is launching itself in the UK with a deal enabling streaming of The Hobbit.
Strike Back series 1 is being aired in the United Arab Emirates. The National (an English-speaking newspaper based in Abu Dhabi) has reviewed the series and asked Richard what he thinks of John Porter:
"He's a great man. I wanted to make him somebody I could really aspire to be, and give him qualities that I would want, if I were a better person. So I put him up on a pinnacle. ..."
Strike Back series 1premieres on January 11, and will be broadcast on Wednesdays and Thursdays on OSN First HD, OSN First and OSN First +2.
9th January, 2012
Art Challenge 165 - Scarlet Art Cards - results now in the Gallery.
The 9-part television documentary series, HMS Ark Royal, narrated by Richard and which aired in the UK from February until April last year, is airing on Sunday mornings at 12.30 am in Australia on the Discovery +2 Channel 620 and Austar Channel 608. (Thanks to Ariadne) You can listen to an excerpt from the series and find details on where to purchase copies of the dvd from our Career Voiceovers page.
8th January, 2012
Darkroom Challenge 51 - Landscapes - results now in the Gallery.