Entries in Lord of the Rings (4)


"Star Wars," "Lord of the Rings" Treasures Bring "Titanic" Prices at Auction

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Some extremely valuable pieces of Hollywood memorabilia generated big bucks at an auction over the weekend.

"Profile in History's Drama, Action, Romance: The Hollywood Auction" put pieces like an extremely rare X-Wing fighter model from Star Wars and the bow used by Orlando Bloom in the Lord of the Rings films under the hammer, and the prices fetched were nothing short of blockbuster.

Bloom's bow -- which was plastic, but painted to look like wood -- was sold for $372,000, including the auctioneer's fee, more than double what was expected, The Hollywood Reporter notes.

A dress Kate Winslet wore in Titanic went for $330,000, while the X-Wing -- thought to be one of just a few to survive -- was sold for $270,000, far exceeding the $120,000 it was thought to fetch.

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Lord of the Rings Director Makes Hobbit Homes Permanent

Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage(QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand) -- When Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson first filmed Hobbiton, the town in which the reluctant hero Frodo Baggins lives, the village was like many others made for movies: torn down after filming. However, now that Jackson has returned to Hobbiton for his new Hobbit prequel films, he's making the set a permanent attraction for tourists to New Zealand.

In an extensive behind-the-scenes video post on his Facebook page, Jackson gives fans a sneak peek at the prequels  -- and what it's like to move the entire cast and crew to the New Zealand countryside to shoot the film. Jackson and star Elijah Wood express how bizarre it is to be walking on a set they first visited more than a decade ago, which Jackson jokingly says is, "the nearest thing I'm ever going to come to a time machine."

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and its follow-up The Hobbit: There and Back Again are scheduled for release in December of 2012 and 2013, respectively.

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'The Hobbit' Trailer Hits the Internet

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The trailer for the first Lord of the Rings prequel debuted on the Internet Tuesday night.

The two-and-a-half-minute preview of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey mainly showcases the relationship between Ian McKellen's Gandalf and Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman. Freeman's previous credits include The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the U.K. version of The Office.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters next December. Its follow-up, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, opens in late 2013. Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson returns to helm both flicks.

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'The Hobbit' to Get Underway in 2011

Photo Courtesy - HarperCollins Publishers(NEW YORK) -- After various production delays that cost the film its original director, Guillermo del Toro, The Hobbit is back on track.  Peter Jackson, who directed the Oscar-winning Lord of The Rings films, will now direct the prequel, beginning in February 2011.

The Hobbit tells the story of how Bilbo Baggins found the ring of power at the center of Lord of the Rings, and is based on author J.R.R. Tolkien's literary prequel.

Jackson had already signed on to co-write and produce the film version, but stepped in for co-producer del Toro to direct The Hobbit, which will be made into a pair of 3D films.

"Exploring Tolkien's Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal filmmaking experience," said Jackson in a statement. "It's an all-immersive journey into a very special place of imagination, beauty, and drama."

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