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Elijah Wood’s ‘Family Reunion’ Filming The Hobbit

Elijah WoodElijah Wood thought it was "bonkers" to return to New Zealand to film The Hobbit.

The 31-year-old actor visited Hobbiton, New Zealand, to reprise his role as hobbit Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings prequel, and he admitted it was like a "family reunion" being back with his fellow castmates.

"I was there 11 years ago. That's bonkers! And it hasn't changed. It was really amazing! It was a remarkable experience, and a great family reunion. It felt like stepping back into time. It was a gift. It was awesome!"

Elijah has also been filming animated project TRON: Uprising, a prequel to the TRON: Legacy blockbuster, and he found it was "super-cool" to be part of a mythological world he is so familiar with whilst voicing new character Beck for Disney's upcoming animated production.

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Elijah Wood Confirmed for Hobbit Role

Elijah Wood as Frodo BagginsIt has been confirmed that Elijah Wood will appear in The Hobbit.

The 29-year-old actor, who played Frodo Baggins in the Lords of the Rings film franchise, will definitely appear in the forthcoming movie prequel, despite his character not featuring in the original J.R.R. Tolkein novel.

Producers are rumored to have written the film with an opening sequence in which Frodo begins to read about his uncle Bilbo Baggins' adventures.

A statement by Elijah's representatives confirmed his involvement and also revealed that he is set for a busy few months as he will also feature in a TV mini-series of Treasure Island alongside Eddie Izzard. "Wood is confirmed to star in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, to be shot in New Zealand. In addition, he has signed on to play Ben Gunn in Stewart Harcourt's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island alongside Eddie Izzard. The two part/ four hour miniseries will be airing on Sky TV in the UK," the statement read.

Filming for The Hobbit - which will be split into two parts and also stars Martin Freeman and Cate Blanchett- is due to begin in New Zealand next month.

This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 14, 2010

Prince of Persia DVDHere are some of the options available today:

  • Delicatessan: Blu-ray
  • Jacob’s Ladder: DVD, Blu-ray
  • James and the Giant Peach: DVD
  • Just Wright: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Letters to Juliet: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Blu-ray
  • Monster House: Blu-ray 3D
  • My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?: DVD
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Seven: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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David Yates Rumored to Direct The Hobbit

David YatesDavid Yates is being lined up as the new director for .

The filmmaker is reportedly the top replacement choice for studio MGM, as they search for a suitable candidate to oversee the highly-anticipated two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy tales - a prequel to The Lord of the Rings movies.

Previous director Guillermo del Toro pulled out of The Hobbit last month after continued delays with production, believed to be caused by studio MGM’s financial difficulties. Since then, David has been cited as the best candidate to replace him.

The English director has worked on the final three movies in the wizard franchise ,which he will continue working on until next year. This is expected to give MGM enough time to raise funds ahead of his involvement.

Meanwhile, Sir Ian McKellen - who is due to reprise his role as Gandalf in the fantasy prequel - took to his account recently to reassure fans the film won’t be affected by the change of director: “Hobbit sets are ready, script ready and movie is casting this month. Fans are not to worry. The films will get made. I suspect we’ll start shooting at end of this year. (sic)”

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Guillermo Del Toro Exits The Hobbit

Guillermo Del ToroWill The Hobbit ever be made? Just when Andy Serkis reports that filming will be delayed until the end of the year, director Guillermo Del Toro calls it quits. Thankfully, however, Del Toro will be sticking around to finish co-writing the screenplays.

“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming , I am faced with the hardest decision of my life. After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wish the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director.”

No word yet as to who is to take over Del Toro’s job, but executive producer revealed the reasoning behind Del Toro’s decision: “[Del Toro] has compromised his commitment to other long term projects… The bottom line is that Guillermo just didn’t feel he could commit six years to living in New Zealand, exclusively making these films, when his original commitment was for three years.”

The film, which is to be released as two separate movies, is still expected to hit theaters in December 2012 and December 2013.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: April 6, 2010

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans DVDHere are some of the options today:

  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Cocoon: Blu-ray
  • Dreamscape: Blu-ray
  • Flight of the Intruder: Blu-ray
  • Jade: Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings (1978 animated version): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy: Blu-ray
  • The Natural (Director’s Cut): Blu-ray
  • Poseidon: Blu-ray
  • The Relic: Blu-ray
  • The Thomas Crown Affair: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Moulin Rouge Tops Decade List

Moulin Rouge

Baz Luhrmann’s has been voted Best Film of the Decade in a poll conducted by LOVEFiLM.

The 2001 musical - which starred Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman - topped a survey of 150,000 movie fans, narrowly beating Batman epic and British zombie spoof Shaun of the Dead.

Two movies from the franchise - Fellowship of the Ring (#4) and Return of the King (#6) - also made the list.

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Dominic Monaghan Talks About the Lord of the Rings Prequels

While he’s quick to point out that The Hobbit is “not Lord of the Rings,” told MTV that he is open to joining the upcoming adaptations.

Monaghan, who played Merry in the three LOTR films, said neither the fans nor his former coworkers should worry about their popular trilogy being diluted. “It’s being produced by Peter Jackson, who obviously made the first films, and his special-effects company are making it,” he explained. “It’s directed by Guillermo del Toro, who I think, outside of , would be the number-one person to give this any amount of the tenderness that it deserves. Obviously, Ian McKellen’s going to be back for it, and Andy Serkis is going to be back for it.”

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Will Ian McKellen Return to The Hobbit?

Ian McKellen, GandalfIf you were hoping to see Ian McKellen in the future adaptation of The Hobbit, you can rest comfortably.  The actor is more than willing to participate in the project.  Now it’s just a matter of him being asked.

On his personal website, the veteran of the Lord of the Rings trilogy expressed a desire to once again travel back in time and resurrect his Oscar-nominated role.  And if has any say, he will.  But the two scheduled prequels are now in the hands of an entirely new director (Guillermo del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth), and he has yet to give McKellen the greenlight.

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