Quote: "It was a very long time ago and I do consider it one of the worst decisions ever made but I had just had my first child, and I don't know, I was a little housebound. But it is really, definitely a regret." Uma Thurman deeply regrets rejecting an offer to play Eowyn in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Fact: The Hobbit director Peter Jackson is offering 75 "ultimate fans" of the franchise the chance to attend a luxury screening of the final film The Battle of Five Armies. The fans will get a week-long tour around Middle Earth set locations in New Zealand before watching the movie in the capital Wellington with Jackson in December (14). The competition will launch on 25 August (14).
Fact: Comedian and Lord Of The Rings superfan Stephen Colbert dressed up in a Middle Earth costume on Saturday (26Jul14) as he stepped onstage at the San Diego Comic-Con event in California to moderate a panel discussion with The Hobbit stars Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis and Benedict Cumberbatch and filmmaker Peter Jackson.
Fact: The final installment of director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy will be titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The film, which was originally titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will hit cinemas in December (14).
Fact: The Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson met with British royals Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in New Zealand on Thursday (10Apr14). He showed them his vintage aircraft collection at Omaka Heritage Aviation Center on the third day of their tour Down Under.
Fact: New Zealand actor Dean O'Gorman originally auditioned for the lead role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit movies. Martin Freeman won the part, but O'Gorman was given a chance to play dwarf Fili after Brit Rob Kazinsky quit the Lord of the Rings prequel due to health issues.
Quote: "He was a shlock, gore director of the highest quality and wit. My character is an opportunity for sheer grossness. He had me eating testicles… gross appetites. I mustn't give too much away but I've got a bald cap and then on top of that a really bad combover wig and this wispy moustache and wispy beard and horrible blotchy skin and disgusting fingernails." Director Peter Jackson forced actor Stephen Fry to undergo a massive transformation for his role in upcoming movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Fact: The titles of Peter Jackson's highly-anticipated and delayed Hobbit movies have been announced - the two films will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again.
Quote: "Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I'm excited to announce... that we'll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more." Director/producer Peter Jackson confirms ongoing speculation that the British actor will appear in Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit.
Fact: Director Peter Jackson has confirmed New Zealand actor Dean O'Gorman will replace Rob Kazinsky in The Hobbit. Kazinsky recently quit the Lord of the Rings prequel due to undisclosed health issues.
Quote: "No, I'm not actually attached. I'm not confirmed. But they are introducing new characters. I know that... I think I could pass for an elf. I think if I had the right ears. I wouldn't want to be a hobbit. Certainly not." Irish actress Saoirse Ronan insists she hasn't yet signed a deal to appear in Peter Jackson's upcoming Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit.
Fact: Actress Saoirse Ronan is reteaming with her THE LOVELY BONES director Peter Jackson to shoot the Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit. The Oscar-nominated teenager will join Sir Ian MCKellen, Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood in the two films, which are currently in pre-production in New Zealand.
Fact: Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt has been announced as the latest addition to the cast of The Hobbit. The COLD FEET star will portray dwarf Bofur in the upcoming Lord Of The Rings prequel. Director Peter Jackson says, "James' charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles. We feel very lucky to be able to welcome him as one of our cast."
Quote: "I'm half-Hobbit myself. I don't have hairy feet. I get it waxed." Singer Natasha Bedingfield quips about the misconception people from her parents' native New Zealand must be Hobbits, simply because Peter Jackson shot his Lord Of The Rings trilogy there.
Fact: <p>Movie-maker Peter Jackson initially planned to sign up his entire Lord Of The Rings cast to star in his new epic King Kong, but admits, "The characters on Kong didn't quite fit any of them." </p>
Fact: <p>Movie maker Peter Jackson wanted original King Kong damsel in distress Fay Wray to utter the final line, "It was beauty killed the beast," in his new version, but the screen legend died before Jackson got the chance to record her voice. </p>