msilverstar: (elijah-pete hee!)
Peter Jackson: "I know I speak for a company of hobbits, dwarves, elves and orcs when I say that this city holds a special place in all our hearts. We cannot think of a more perfect way to send The Hobbit off into the world than to celebrate with a huge party here in Wellington, where the journey began."

source: Party in wings for Hobbit premiere (NZ Dominion Post) via TORn

(I am trying to break my fandom drought, come squee with me?)

ETA: added PJ as the source of the quote

ETA2: I didn't mean to say I could go to NZ, it's all virtual online squee for me
msilverstar: (sean bean)
Orlando, Elijah and Liv as if in Classical European Paintings Includes Orlando in Renaissance garb, Elijah as a Regency gent (he should do more costume dramas!) and Liv in something very frothy that might be Georgian but maybe I'm dreaming and it's Victorian.

Elijah & Zooey Deschanel at CCTV awardsElijah's doing a ton of PR for his new series, Wilfred (starts on the 23rd on FX TV US) Tons of good links on Always & Forever // Elijah Wood, but my fave, for Ces and ana: Elijah and Zooey Deschanel at the Critics' Choice TV Awards from

Sean Bean also around doing Game of Thrones PR lots of links on The Mighty Bean, the skype interviews are particularly fun to watch.

And I'm willing to give Peter Jackson, Fran, Philippa, et al., the benefit of the doubt on Hobbit movie casting. I didn't think I'd like the Haldir changes in LOTR, or Arwen, and I now love them both. Making The Hobbit a little bit less of a Boy's Own Story is fine by me.

WH Auden seems to have written a really explicit poem, The Platonic Blow. It reminds me of excellent slash fic, in quatrain rhymes.

ETA to fix mighty bean link, thanks splix!
msilverstar: (elijah-pete hee!)
Monaboyd Month! dom and billy [ profile] monaboyd_month is a celebration of the fictional slash relationship and real life friendship of the actors Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan. Please sign up. They start making the posting schedule next week, so the deadline for claiming your date is April 15.

Dreamwidth people: I made a feed, [syndicated profile] monaboyd_month_lj_feed for your circle reading convenience

The Hobbit has started filming! And Peter Jackson made a video about it!

It looks really gorgeous: Bag End and Gollum's caverns and parts of Rivendell that we never saw before, Dwarves doing fight training, Jed Brophy!, and Martin Freeman wearing an abominable suit but (or maybe therefore) looking very Hobbity! I wasn't around during the original LotR filming, so intend to enjoy this a whole bunch.

on the dreaded Facebook (I have a fake account there, they're relatively easy to make) / on YouTube / embedded here just because I can )

I am feeling better, thank you for the hugs.

ETA: old youtube link was pulled, so I put in a new one. Hrmph, facebook, hrmph
msilverstar: Viggo and Sean Bean, laughing, from the Empire Awards, Feb 2009 (viggo-bean 09)
but just in case,
Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa said: "We really felt there was an opportunity for a bigger British action film. The ambition is to make a powerful commercial movie with the best of British talent."

Production on the remake, which has yet to find a director, is set to begin this autumn.

The Professionals film, produced by Callum McDougall (Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace) and Richard Whelan (Captain America), will show how British military-trained mercenary Bodie and former detective Doyle unite to work for covert security unit CI5.
Casting speculation fever is wild for this one, names mentioned include Liam Neeson, Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, and Jason Statham.

Belfast Telegraph article (and casting speculation) article (mostly casting speculation)
msilverstar: (ian-dom oscars)
Yay! Even the conservative part of the US has realized that not letting people fight and die in the military because of their sexual orientation is stupid and wrong. DADT is dead, finally!

In more fannish news, [ profile] lobelia321 posted her [ profile] help_haiti, Beer, Sweat and Tears (Orlando/Dom), it's an angst fest, satisfyingly unromantic, and wonderfully written.

I posted the May 2010 Lotrips listing, and am very slowly catching up. We still have a hell of a lot of fics, hidden in pairing communities and personal journals.

random other stuff )
msilverstar: (LOTR: Merry eyes closed)
[ profile] help_pakistan is a fandom auction set up to help Pakistan recover from the recent floods, with 180% of normal monsoon season rain. Apparently the causes include deforestation, population growth, and climate change. The community is a nice way to give together.

Fanvid! Love the Way You Lie, The Gay Hobbit Remix - Merry and Pippin instead of Dom and Megan Fox, it's fabulous!

Orlando 'really excited' over baby )

Late to the party: we saw Inception. We didn't buy most of the premises and the emotional distance, and even Ed got bored with the video-game chases, shootouts, and bombs. Inception is full of hot men (yay!), and Ellen Page and Marion Cotillard (yay!), but wow, it needs lots of fix-it fic, and my slash goggles are apparently non-existent. Eames/Arthur??? Convince me?
msilverstar: (LOTR: Frodo)
Another popular request, and I had already done most of it. This picspam is from [ profile] karin_woywod. Many of the pictures are by the late photographer Pierre Vinet, much loved by LOTR cast and crew. Some of the photos are in costume and character, others are the actors playing themselves. Karin is an Elijah fan, so he goes first:

1999 to 2003 - 50900 LOTR LOTR2 PHOTOS CAST SS-7563 F by Pierre Vinet
1999 to 2003 - 51400 LOTR LOTR2 PHOTOS CAST SS-6946 F by Pierre Vinet
1999 to 2003 - 50900 LOTR LOTR2 PHOTOS CAST SS-7563 F by Pierre Vinet

[2657 x 3300 pixels]
1999 to 2003 - 51400 LOTR LOTR2 PHOTOS CAST SS-6946 F by Pierre Vinet

[2666 x 3378 pixels]
1999 to 2003 - 51501 LOTR LOTR2 PHOTOS CAST SS-6936 F by Pierre Vinet
1999 to 2003 - 51501 LOTR LOTR2 PHOTOS CAST SS-6936 F by Pierre Vinet

[263 3 x 3330 pixels]

Viggo, Liv, Karl, Miranda, John, Bernard, Brad )
msilverstar: (LOTR: Aragorn)
While I'd love to see a high-definition version of LotR, the one they released is just the theatrical version, and no new extras. It's $60, they think fans will buy it and the Extended Edition on blu-ray, but I refuse to be treated like a cash cow!

A bunch of people at Amazon are also saying the same thing 2,277 one-star reviews out of 2,538 total reviews, and ultimate-fan Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News calls it wholly unsatisfying In fact, his rant is so good, I will copy it here )
Dumb, stupid, greedy film studio shenanigans, they don't understand the relationship of the fans and the movies. But props to [personal profile] sandelwood. (Stern!Aragorn icon is not amused).
msilverstar: (LOTR: Aragorn)
Richard Taylor! Viggo! Bob Anderson! Swords! I so wanted to like this.

Shame that Reclaiming the Blade does the ponderous narration thing. It's mostly the script, which keeps making portentous statements and generalizations about how The Blade was So Amazing before those Awful Guns. They kept reaching for dramatic tension, instead of just relaxing and letting their passion show. The Netflix version didn't have any special features, but I doubt they'd be worth actually paying much for.

Also, the term "European Martial Arts" does not need to be used every five minutes: we get it, OK?

(Yes, I'm in a rotten mood today, but the documentary really was disappointing.)
msilverstar: (LOTR: Aragorn)
Positive news, Tolkien estate settles 'Lord of the Rings' wrangle, so there's no legal shadow over The Hobbit film going ahead. It seemed like this was coming, but is good to see it happen.

Also, Guillermo Del Toro went onto the TORn forums, talking about the the episodic nature of the Hobbit as a story. He says,
Thorin & Co repeatedly go:

BANQUET-TRAPPED-FREED (Trolls, Goblins, Spider, Elves)
when studying for PANS LABYRINTH, I found out that the "predictable outcome" of these episodes is part of the charm of this particular form of tale. So, don’t be afraid, we are truly trying to preserve the charm of it- the whimsy of it
We need to make sure there are "long lines" emotionally (growth, friendship, etc) amongst Thorin & Co and dramatically (how episodes "build" upon each other ) that will make everything feel more fluid.

(there's more, all good.) This is very reassuring, and gives me hope that they'll get it right.
msilverstar: (hp smut approved)
As per kidlet's request we went to see Half Blood Prince last night. The best part was watching it with her, holding hands, and knowing what was going to happen. I was amused by the shipping setups they are firmly establishing, now that we all know who's going to do what (or who).

Kidlet bookpicked like mad (she's on her fourth read of the series). She wanted more fidelity.

Ed had never read that book and so was exceedingly confused about the Prince business, we had to explain a lot because the movie completely left it out. He also noticed how grey and brown it was.

Oh cool, [ profile] cleolinda wrote Half Blood Prince in 15 Minutes, and it's damn funny!

*uses slightly inappropriate HP icon*
msilverstar: (viggo-elijah 08)
[ profile] dashery rocks! I so needed something cheerful this week :-)

Boom De Ya Da (I Love the Whole World) - LOTR )

Dom & Billy - I Got U )

PS - Viggo was much more coherent on the BBC on Monday morning, and that night's cinema panel on Good than he was at the Sunday night awards show. Which is a good thing, cos wow.
msilverstar: (ian-billy kiss)
We actually made it to I Sell the Dead at the SF Indie Film Festival, and it was quite good. Darling, even. More comedy than horror, so I didn't have to hide too much. I didn't realize Dom narrates the whole thing, and I do love his voice. I even wrote a review on IMDB, I liked it that much :-)

Together, clowning around at the Independent Spirit Awards. Squeeeee! Small pictures now, I'm sure there are more to come. [ profile] spikessweetgirl brought those first links.

Good is playing at the Contra Costa Jewish Film Festival, March 5 (scroll way down or do a page search for Viggo). It's way out in the plastic suburb of Pleasanton, but I'm going anyway. If anyone else is going, I'd like to meet up.

Ian's King Lear is showing on PBS Great Performances in March. It's on KQED, on Wednesday, Mar 25, at 8:00 pm. As they are broadcasting in High Def, and we have a new TV, I am hosting a Viewing Party, and hope some people will join me. Note that he did not do that scene nude, for whatever reason.

There. I feel much better!
msilverstar: (dom lolly)
Dom's horror/comedy independent film, I Sell the Dead was at Slamdance, the low-rent adjunct of Sundance. So there are a ton of interviews and photos from Utah today, mostly in [ profile] dom_media, and I especially direct your attention to the tight leather trousers ones :-) [ profile] nothing_to_say has been very good to us tonight.

I Sell the Dead is coming to the SF Indiefest in Fabruary, and I read somewhere on their site that they might have some of the actors showing up, but who knows? I will try to keep checking, and update in various places if I find out. Let's see if we can get a fangirl contingent to go and squee together.

Fri. Feb 13 2009, 11:45 pm | Roxie Cinema
Thu. Feb 19 2009, 9:30 pm | Roxie Cinema

For tickets, click on the buy tickets button or go to
msilverstar: (miranda)
That quote is from Miranda Otto's Love Serenade, which is neither a comedy nor a romance, it's more of an oddly dark slice of life in small-town Australia. The three lead characters are all deeply flawed, which makes the story that much more interesting.

There was one spot where I could just tell that the director was a woman: during intercourse, Miranda's character got bored. I've never seen a sympathetic woman portrayed that way, just prostitutes and comically awful wives, checking their nails. She looked just the way I felt, wayyy back when I had selfish boyfriends.
msilverstar: (hobbits-grind)
Hobbit spam! Screenshots from the trilogy: all Hobbits, all the time. Great captions cracked me up, but the pictures made me all nostalgic.

I'm reading a very satisfying Dom/Billy WIP Boston by [ profile] eff_reality. And I don't just say that because I suggested the name. It's Billy the film history graduate student, and Dom, the mostly-cheerful prostitute, but it plays with the conventions and there are missed connections and it avoids a lot of romantic clichés.

omg bandfic? me? well, just these two AUs )

Also, I'm sorry that the feed msil_fanfic_rec (LJ) and msil_delicious (IJ) kinda went crazy, and started sending out tag links, alphabetically. It's, and I don't know how to keep it from happening again :-(
msilverstar: (LOTR: Earendil)
A full transcript of the online chat that Peter and Guillermo del Toro held to answer fan questions about the Hobbit movies. Links & interesting thoughts from [ profile] ithiliana and [ profile] sandelwood.

summary in bullet points )

Will the actors reprise their roles? (Short answer: yes!) )

Me: I read this as saying that the Elves could appear, but really very few of the Men and Hobbits would make it, even into the second film. They're just too young. The Hobbit events occur in 2940 of the Third Age, and LOTR in 3018. Aragorn, who was born in 2931, could show up. But Frodo wasn't born until 2968 and Boromir in 2978. Plus, the actors are all ten years older. I'm hoping that the ones whose characters aren't around will at least get to do minor roles. Ah well.

And Christopher Tolkien trying to terminate film rights to The Hobbit because New Line has been playing fast and loose with the accounting. Silly man. Royd Tolkien, OTOH, is a hottie.

[ profile] matildabj points out that release dates are 2011 for the first one and 2012 for the second, and in fact there's a bit in the Q&A where some fan asks if they meant to use the 10-year-anniversary of LOTR, and Peter says, no but it's a clever idea.

ETA: [ profile] caras_galadhon points out that the last bit is from Pete, not Guillermo, fixed.
msilverstar: (leaf)
TORN has it from Variety and also from (which has an interesting picture of Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson)
msilverstar: (dom c4 close)
As I may have mentioned, I broke my left knee and then I slipped on the crutches and broke my left right heel. So I'm sitting a lot.

Fan happiness: Dom lunching with Liev Schreiber in Australia, yay for new co-stars!

Book that got me through the long day of tests: Beat Until Stiff - a really good murder mystery set in San Francisco, written by a friend of mine. The insights into the SF restaurant scene are fascinating and I even like the first-person narration, which usually bugs me.

Other things that have been amusing me )

ETA: Happy Birthday [ profile] beizy!!!
msilverstar: (ian and peter)
You, like I, may be wondering what on earth they mean by the Hobbit and sequel.

According to TORn's Hobbit slideshow at Dragon*Con (last slide):
  • First film will be an adaptation of 'The Hobbit'
  • Second film will be a 'bridge' film to 'The Lord of the Rings'
    • The White Council
    • Expulsion of the Necromancer (Sauron)
    • Introduction to 'Fellowship' cast
    • Gollum backstory expanded
    • Frodo and Shire events
Speculative discussion followed.

I'm somewhat dubious about this, as it would involve getting the older Fellowship actors back again, and if human, looking younger, or if non-human, looking unchanged. Ian McKellan, Viggo and Cate have all said they would want to participate, which is way cool. So I'm interested in seeing what Pete and Fran and Philippa come up with.

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