December Force of Hobbit (UPDATED) - Budgets, Dwarves and Palantír Staffs

This month's Force of Hobbit report features an extensive interview with producer Barry Osborne, a shorter interview with John Rhys-Davies , and a brief mention of your favorite Tolkien website. It's mostly things you've heard before if you've been a faithful visitor to Tolkien Online -- except for another disconcerting reference to palantír staffs.

UPDATE: I just received an email from John Forde, E! Online's on-the-set reporter, assuring as that they've seen the errors in this month's report (ie "Sean Astin as Frodo") and that they'll be corrected as soon as possible -- Jonathan

  • On Location: An extensive interview with Lord of the Rings producer Barrie Osborne. He gives his thoughts about Peter Jackson's directorial style, faithfulness to Tolkien's source material, and the delicate balance between artistic ideals and fiscal reality.
  • The Latest Word: A brief interview with John Rhys-Davies about his role as Gimli the dwarf; principle photography is still scheduled to be completed by December 22; John Noble begins filming his role as "King" Denethor this month; Peter Jackson's nightmares; a teaser trailer is expected to be in theaters this December; and your favorite Tolkien website is mentioned for its spy report about the 20-minute trailer shown in Sydney.
  • Ask the Insider: A potential Middle-earth museum in Los Angeles; confirmation that Gollum will be computer generated; total running length for all three films will be 7 to 8 hours; and Saruman is not then only wizard with a palantír staff -- Gandalf will have one to light his way through the mines of Moria!

Follow the link below to read the latest report from E! Online.


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