The Hobbit

Five book franchises other than Divergent we’d love to see adapted to the small screen

September 19, 2016

Popular novels don’t always translate well on the big screen. While some adaptations turn into new and interesting beasts, others crumble and leave devout audiences with a bad taste in their mouth. While book to film adaptations appear to be receiving a lot of criticism as of late – take the Divergent franchise for example […]

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Seven things I learned on my day trip to Hobbiton, New Zealand

July 1, 2016

Hobbiton. It’s a real place. You want to know why? Because I totally went there. Hobbits are real, end of discussion. And they’re beautiful. OK – well, sort of real. Alexander Farm is a 1250 acre property in Matamata, New Zealand, and is home to the set of Hobbiton from the Lord of the Rings […]

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This Week’s DVD Release Picks: Detectives Galore (20th November 2015)

November 20, 2015

This week’s DVD releases feature detectives of all shapes and sizes, and from all across the (Middle) Earth. THE HOBBIT TRILOGY (AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES) This successful trilogy, based on JRR Tolkien’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings, features a group of unlikely friends (a hobbit, […]

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Exclusive Interview: Stephen Hunter And Jed Brophy Reflect on The Hobbit Trilogy And Fan Interactions

September 29, 2015

We caught up with Stephen Hunter and Jed Brophy during their time at Oz Comic Con to discuss their experiences playing dwarves and interacting with fans. We kicked off the interview discussing the legacy of The Hobbit films, and their impact on film history. “I hope that they stand the test of time like the […]

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The Iris Interview: Billy Boyd on returning to Middle Earth as a musician and more!

April 17, 2015

  As one of the beloved cast members of Peter Jackson‘s first venture into J.R.R Tolkein‘s fantasy universe of The Lord of the Rings, Scottish actor Billy Boyd was lucky enough to be able to return through to Middle Earth and The Hobbit, albeit not onscreen as Pippin, as many fans will know. Boyd, also a seasoned musician, added an extra […]

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Watch the legacy trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, out Thursday!

December 22, 2014

They’re really getting on the nostalgia train to promote the final in The Hobbit trilogy aren’t they? Well, this recent trailer is no different. Highlighting the journey from Lord of the Rings to now, the featurette is a culmination of everything leading up to the defining chapter of the Middle-earth legend. In their own promotional […]

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Film Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (USA/New Zealand, 2014)

December 22, 2014

One Last Time. It’s the hashtag that’s being used to promote the last film in the epic Lord of the Rings universe – a reference to a line in the film, but also a clever reminder about how we’re supposed to feel about the film. NOSTALGIC. This is (hopefully) the last time we’ll have the […]

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Smaug the Magnificent waits to surprise travellers at Wellington Airport, New Zealand

November 11, 2014

Smaug the Magnificent has made himself comfortable in Wellington Airport’s busy terminal. The sculpture was revealed in front of 200 of the world’s biggest Hobbit fans this week, who made their way to New Zealand as part of the global Hobbit Fan Fellowship competition. Under the art directions from Richard Taylor and Rob Gillies, Smaug […]

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The Iris Interview: Peter Hambleton (NZ) on the end of The Hobbit ahead of Armageddon Melbourne!

October 14, 2014

Armageddon Melbourne is coming up this weekend, giving fans of sci-fi, pop culture, anime and more the chance to meet some amazing actors, animators, illustrators and more. Taking place at the Melbourne Showgrounds on October 18th and 19th, you can bet that there are going to be some killer cosplays, hilarious panels and more coming […]

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The Iris Interview: Dean O’Gorman of The Hobbit trilogy ahead of Melbourne’s Oz Comic-Con!

July 2, 2014

  I don’t feel like I’m speaking with a member of a multi-million blockbuster film franchise when I’m speaking with New Zealand’s Dean O’Gorman. His role as Fili in Peter Jackson’s recent film adaptation of the Tolkien-created mythology that is The Hobbit is now golden fodder for fanfic writers around the world and with the […]

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The Hobbit’s Dean O’Gorman returns to Australia for Oz Comic-Con!

June 25, 2014

Dean O’Gorman may as well be an Australian citizen, let’s be real. The NZ born actor who is currently making The Hobbit fans’ hearts melt alongside Aidan Turner as ‘Fili’ has had a long-running connection with us over the pond, having starred in McLeod’s Daughters back in the day, which saw him stationed just outside […]

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Peter Jackson announces new title for third Hobbit film

April 25, 2014

The production of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit has not been without its fair share of changes, the most prominent being the expansion of the two-film series into a full-blown trilogy. Initially met with confusion and scepticism by fans and critics alike, the restructuring of the films has allowed Jackson to flesh […]

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Film Review: The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug (M) (New Zealand/USA, 2013)

December 24, 2013

There’s a lot riding on the second installment in The Hobbit trilogy. The first film, An Unexpected Journey, did fairly well (if grossing over a billion dollars worldwide is your definition of “fairly well”) but received some less than favourable reviews, primarily due to its length and some issues with the High Frame Rate technology. Though […]

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The Iris Interview: Dean O’Gorman of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (USA/New Zealand, 2013)

December 23, 2013

Back in November, Supanova took over Adelaide for another year, drawing the pop culture geeks out in force for three days of pure awesomeness. As well as sitting in on some great panels and avoiding being stalked by Chewbacca, I had a chat with Dean O’Gorman, one of the ‘Supa-Star Guests’. O’Gorman, as many of you will […]

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The Iris Interview: Jed Brophy of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (USA/New Zealand, 2013)

December 23, 2013

While at Supanova in Sydney all the way back in June, Larry Heath sat down with one of the dwarves from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy to talk about the films, New Zealand based actor Jed Brophy who plays Nori. We address some fan disappointment in the first film, how that might be addressed in the future, and what […]

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