Here’s some news from J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, and C. S. Lewis fandom that may be of interest to those who follow this blog.
According to www.theonering.net, Guillermo del Toro has resigned as director of the two films based on Tolkien’s The Hobbit. He may be replaced by Peter Jackson, the Oscar-winning director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I am a huge fan of Jackson’s work on the trilogy, so I am hoping that this bodes well forThe Hobbit film adaptation.
I recently finished reading Tolkien of Film: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, a brilliant essay collection edited by Janet Brennan Croft and published by The Mythopoeic Press. This is a book that I would recommend to all fans of Tolkien’s masterpiece who enjoy thought-provoking film criticism. These essays are beautifully written, clever, and entertaining. I gave this book 5 stars at www.goodreads.com. Visit http://www.mythsoc.org/press/tolkien.on.film/ for ordering information, reviews, and summaries of the essays in this collection.
Here’s a link to a blog about an amazing dolhouse, a miniature replica of Bag End from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The details are amazing! http://madshobbithole.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/my-hand-made-hobbit-hole-bag-end-from-lord-of-the-rings/ I’d like to thank Travis Prinzi for posting this link on his blog over at The Hog’s Head.
If you want to see the latest photos from the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, please visit http://community.livejournal.com/dhmoviepics. Warning: don’t view these pictures unless you like spoilers! I happen to be one of those fans who absolutely loves spoilers, so I visit this particular online journal frequently. It’s quite amusing to see the ”grown-up” versions of Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione, and Draco from the filming of the Deathly Hallows Epilogue. Many fans think that Harry, Ron, and Draco look too old. I’ll wait until I see them in the final cut of the film to decide what I think about that. I do think that the child actors portraying James, Albus Severus, Lily, Rose, and Hugo are quite adorable.
There’s a Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince version of this online journal you can visit if you don’t want to be “spoiled.” Visit http://community.livejournal.com/hbpmoviepics to see some rare behind-the-scenes photos from the sixth Harry Potter film and much more.
www.narniaweb.com has the latest news on Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which will be released on December 10, 2010. The most recent movie poster for the film has photos of some cast members that I did not expect to see, such as Peter, Susan, and The White Witch. I hope these three characters will have small cameo roles in the film. Those who have read the book know that Edmund and Lucy, along with their cousin Eustace Scrubb, will be the main human characters from our world who have an adventure in Narnia in this installment.
With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One in November followed by Voyage of the Dawn Treader in December, this should be a great winter at the cinema.