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The Hobbit Stays In New Zealand

Posted in Geek Films, Geek literature, The Hobbit with tags , , , on October 28, 2010 by Geek Tv

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The night is darkest ere the dawn… and dawn has ever been the hope of Men!

After days of closed door talks between New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Warner Bros. executives, the verdict is out today:

THE HOBBIT WILL BE MADE IN NEW ZEALAND.

Mr.John Key has only minutes ago announced at a press conference in the Beehive theaterette that Sir Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films will indeed be filmed in New Zealand.

Media outlets have yet to post links to any videos… but stay tuned to TORn for updates as more of the good news makes its way on to the interweb.

TODAY IS A PROUD DAY FOR KIWIS… AND A JOYOUS ONE FOR FANS AROUND THE WORLD.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ONE AND ALL.

For a sample of how news organizations around the world are reporting here are some links: CNN, TVNZ, Bloomberg and ABC to name just a few. Video of the announcement has been extremely slow to load. Peter Jackson’s team hasn’t released a statement yet but is expected to.

Peter Jackson Sets First Names For ‘The Hobbit’

Posted in Geek Films, Geek literature with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2010 by Geek Tv

By Mike Fleming at Deadline.com: BREAKING: While Peter Jackson and Warner Bros are figuring out where they’ll shoot back-to-back installments of The Hobbit, Jackson has begun to set his cast for the ambitious projects that will begin shooting in February for release in December 2012, and 2013. As Deadline told you last week, Martin Freeman is set to play Bilbo Baggins, the adventurous Hobbit whose adventures and discovery of the One Ring leads the story up to The Lord of the Rings. Freeman has appeared in films ranging from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Hot Fuzz to Love Actually.

Jackson has cast several other significant Dwarf characters.

Richard Armitage (MI-5 and Captain America: The First Avenger) will play Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the Company of Dwarves which sets off to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a thieving dragon. Aidan Turner (Being Human) and Robert Kazinsky (EastEnders) will play Kili and Fili, members of the Company of Dwarves. Graham McTavish (Secretariat) will play Dwalin, John Callen (Power Rangers Jungle Fury) will play Oin; Stephen Hunter (All Saints) will play Bombur, and Mark Hadlow (King Kong) plays Dori, while Peter Hambleton (The Strip) will play Gloin.

That casting has just beginning, and there will be much more. Word is that Jimmy Nesbitt and David Tennant are up for roles, and that Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are expected to reprise Gandalf and Gollum. Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Nighy is a possible participant as the voice of Smaug the Dragon, and Aiden Turner is in contention for the Elf King.

“Despite the various rumours and speculation surround this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us,” Peter Jackson said. There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave–exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit.”

Cakes that makes you wish you had that cool a cake on your birthday!

Posted in Battlestar galactica, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Doctor who, Geek literature, Geekery, Joss Whedon/Whedonverse, Stargate, Supernatural, True Blood with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2010 by Geek Tv

1. The Impala from Supernatural

Sam& Dean's badass car. I don't want to eat it, I want to drive it.

2. Lord of the Rings 

One cake to rule them all.
I really love the Boromir Ryan text

3.Battlestar Galactica

Fraking Awesome

4. Hobbit Hole

In a hole in a cake there lived a Hobbit. Then ate the cake for second breakfast

5. Hogwarts

If this person isn't patient then I don't know who is. Accio cake!

6. The TARDIS

I don't know if this will take you through time and space but it would surely score you awesomeness points if you presented it at your party! Unless you invited the school bullies. Which I can't see why you would.

7. Dalek Cake Goodness

RU-MI-NATE

8. Stargate

THIS is the cake I want. Want want want want. OMGWTFBBQ

9. Buffy

This is a fantastic cake to bring to a Twitard party. LMAO. Seriously now this cake is fantastic. I love the crisp details and colours!

10. True Blood

This is an awesome cake to make for the next True Blood Season Premiere party. I suggest you choose Red Velvet cake filling!

The Hobbit got the much awaited green light!

Posted in Geek Films, Geek literature with tags , , , , , , , on October 16, 2010 by Geek Tv

The two films are set to start shooting concurrently in February next year. And Peter Jackson has, according to the New York Times, signed his deal to direct, in addition to writing and producing the two films.

“Exploring Tolkien’s Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal film-making experience” Jackson said in a statement. “It’s an all-immersive journey into a very special place of imagination, beauty and drama. We’re looking forward to re-entering this wondrous world with Gandalf and Bilbo – and our friends at New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers and MGM”.

“There is no human being on the planet as qualified as Peter Jackson to direct these films,” concludes Warners’ Alan Horn. “Peter is incredibly talented and has the creative vision and experience to bring this beloved property to life in a way that no other filmmaker could. And the team of Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens has proven through their work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy that no one is more skilled at transforming Tolkien’s written words into a vibrant, living language that makes the audience believe they are not merely visiting Middle-earth, but actually living in it. We couldn’t be more thrilled and look forward to seeing The Hobbit take shape under Peter’s stewardship and the team he is putting together.”

But there is one small snag still sitting like Gollum, waiting to trip the production up – where to shoot. The union issues have yet to be resolved, and if they keep going, Warners and New Line will need to relocate the shoot somewhere else in the world, which will mean a budget recalculation. But wherever they’re shot, both films will indeed be in 3D, utilising the latest technology. Surprised? Us neither.

While no official casting announcements have been made, we know at least that Ian McKellen is waiting in the wings to play Gandalf and with casting having already kicked into high gear, we doubt it’ll be too long before Jackson is announcing who he’s picked to play Bilbo Baggins…

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Stephen King explains how to make vampires ‘scary again’

Posted in Comics, Geek literature with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by Geek Tv

The horror master offers tips on how to re-inject some bite into a genre ‘hijacked by a lot of soft-focus romance’

Here’s what vampires shouldn’t be: pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and work only at night; lovelorn southern gentlemen; anorexic teenage girls; boy-toys with big dewy eyes,” writes Stephen King in the introduction to his move into original comic book writing, American Vampire. “What should they be? Killers, honey. Stone killers who never get enough of that tasty Type-A. Bad boys and girls. Hunters. In other words, Midnight America. Red, white and blue, accent on the red. Those vamps got hijacked by a lot of soft-focus romance.”

King has clearly got a bit of a thing against the waves of romantically inclined vampires that have been proving so popular in recent years – in the past, he’s hit out particularly at Stephenie Meyer’s Twitlight books and the yearning teen romance that fills them. “Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good,” he said last year.

If you’ve been following by blog, you know that I wholeheartdely agree. I mean people have judged me on being a hypocrite because I like Harry Potter (but not Twitlight) but to be honest, JKR actually took the time to learn to write and she delivered a pretty damn good story. I also enjoyed reading the Vampire Diaries, despite them starting extremely boring and with an annoying protagonist, the characters developed and the plot was pretty good. Still I would recommend the Show instead 😛

American Vampire which is out next month is a fresh take on the vampire myth, producing a particularly American version which isn’t bothered by sunlight, sports rattlesnake fangs, and kicks the arse out of its tired European creators. “It’s all about giving back the teeth that the current ‘sweetie-vamp’ craze has, by and large, stolen from the bloodsuckers. It’s about making them scary again,” writes King. “Skinner Sweet [his American vamp] really sucks, and man, that’s a good thing.”

Coming from a man whose Vampire book Salem’s Lot gave me nightmares at 17 (SEVENTEEN!) this is a very good thing! I can’t wait to order my American Vampire copy :3

Harry POtter and the Deathly Hallows, 2nd Trailer

Posted in Geek Films, Geek literature with tags , , , on September 30, 2010 by Geek Tv

50 days to go :D:D:D:D

A Dark Tower Trilogy AND TV Series?

Posted in Geek literature with tags , , on September 9, 2010 by Geek Tv

Now this is a real jaw-dropper. In an age when uncertainty about budgets and success means most filmmakers are pruning projects back to the bare minimum to avoid costs and risks, Ron Howard and producers Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman are planning to turn Stephen King’s massive novel series The Dark Tower into a trilogy of movies. Oh, and a TV series that will run between them.

It was reported back in April that Howard, Grazer and the rest were cooking up an idea for a film and follow-on TV series, which was the only way they, through production company Imagine, could adapt the sprawling tale of Roland the gunslinger and his quest to save humanity by reaching the titular structure.

Now Deadline has more details, including the fact that Imagine partner Universal’s film and TV sections have won the deal to host the trilogy and the TV series, beating down Warners (which is where Goldsman has his production company) for the chance. We sort of hope they faced off with an actual gunfight given the material, but we’re pretty sure it was just boring business negotiation.

And here’s the even more intriguing part. The current plan calls for Howard to direct both the first film and at least the entire first season of the series, which he’s comparing to Peter Jackson’s efforts on Lord of the Rings. “What Peter did was a feat, cinematic history,” Howard tells the site. “The approach we’re taking also stands on its own, but it’s driven by the material. I love both, and like what’s going on in TV. With this story, if you dedicated to one medium or another, there’s the horrible risk of cheating material. The scope and scale call for a big screen budget. But if you committed only to films, you’d deny the audience the intimacy and nuance of some of these characters and a lot of cool twists and turns that make for jaw dropping, compelling television.

“We’ve put some real time and deep thought into this, and a lot of conversations and analysis from a business standpoint, to get people to believe in this and take this leap with us. I hope audiences respond to it in a way that compels us to keep going after the first year or two of work. It’s fresh territory for me, as a filmmaker.”

The three filmmakers apparently first considered adapting King’s series when they were working on A Beautiful Mind, but figured he’d never sell. Until, that is, King gave JJ Abrams the rights for $19. But Abrams and his collaborators could never make it work, so when the option became available again, Grazer and Howard jumped on the chance.

Right now, the thinking is to launch the story with a film, then run the first season on television (how many episodes has yet to be decided, and we’re not sure we see Howard making 22 of the blighters), then a sequel film, followed by a second TV season that will chart the younger days of Roland’s life, as chronicled in a prequel comic that King was involved in creating. But it would mean a big name signing on for both the first film and at least two seasons of TV.

Can it work? Is it too ambitious? If anyone can pull it off, it’s these three, but what say you? Good idea? Or will it collapse like a cowboy shot through the noggin?

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