Ian McKellen Finally Hangs Up His Wizarding Robes and Departs Middle-Earth

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Today has marked the end of an era. Our Gandalf (Ian Mekellen) finished his last scene on the Hobbit set today. It was obviously a very emotional time for the cast and crew working on this trilogy, Especially Peter Jackson, who, soon after finishing Gandalf’s final shot, posted this picture and its caption on Facebook.

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“Seconds ago we finished our last shot with Gandalf. The end of an incredible adventure that began in 1999. I’m feeling very sad right now.”

“Adam Brown, who plays the Dwarf Ori added on Twitter”:

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Ah yes, Ian McKellen really is a legend. From the moment in 1999 he first took the role as Gandalf, there was never any doubt in his ability to portray one of the most powerful beings in Middle-Earth. We love you, Ian! Now matter how many movies you star in, you will forever be Gandalf!

Original article @ Moviepilot.com

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Hobbit dwarves all together in a banner, with all the names

We’ve challenged you before to name all the dwarves in The Hobbit, and now — thanks to a new Hobbit banner — we can show them to you.

Here’s a vertical image of it, so you can see all the dwarves up close:

Here’s some hilarious commentary about all the dwarves from CinemaBlend.com:

I remain a little mystified by Kili, who looks like he’s wandered straight off the set of Gossip Girl– how can you even maintain that kind of artful stubble when you’re trekking through Middle Earth in search of a dragon? He’ll at least be easy to tell apart from the others, which is more than i can say for Thorin Oakenshield, who is the leader of the pack and clearly has that rugged hero thing going for him, but is also saddled with all the beard and fur that will make him hard to distinguish. Keep reading!

Dwarves! Lots of dwarves!

How do you like this Hobbit poster, featuring a full assemblage of dwarves? Their expressions range from “Wizard of Oz” munchkin silly, to inquisitive, to (in the case of Thorin Oakenshield) ruthlessly determined. There’s something for everyone.

Challege: Can you identify all of them by their dwarf names? Can you name all the actors? Speak friend and enter!

(Shhhh…you can check your answers by looking at the tags below)

VIDEO: The Hobbit – Production Video #6

 

The first production video of 2012! Peter Jackson first starts off talking about shooting in… Lake Town! But unfortunately, he won’t show you that, which is just as well, because you don’t want to be spoiled with too much of the 2nd movie anyway.

This video mainly consists of all the location shooting throughout all of New Zealand, including Piopio, Central Otago, Queenstown, Te Anau, Twizel, and Nelson. So, if you’re wondering if New Zealand is truly that beautiful as they’ve shown in LOTR, then you’ll be able to see how real it is in this video. I’ve been there myself, so I definitely know it’s beautiful.

Plus, you get to see some of the cast: William Kirchner (Bifur), Aidan Turner (Kili), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Adam Brown (Ori), Jed Brophy (Nori), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Mark Hadlow (Dori), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), and Stephen Hunter (Bombur).

Andy Serkis, who’s work goes beyond that of Gollum, explains part of his job as 2nd Unit Director.

One interesting note: On day 127, they are exactly halfway through shooting (both films together).