Monthly Archives: November 2012

More Hugo Weaving Photos; Wellington Hobbit Premiere Coverage

Note: this is an archived entry. Some links might not still work, but I have tried to ensure scan and video embeds are still in place. If any linked material is unavailable, please let me know and I’ll attempt to find a copy in my personal archives.

Sorry about the absence… had to put in some serious time taking care of Real Life Issues (and sleep) after my overnight spent on the last post. Unfortunately I'm not finding as much uncut footage of the Wellington premiere and press conference as I'd hoped (though the NowLive broadcast was fine). 3 News NZ has a large assortment of clips mentioned in the previous post, including a brief red carpet interview with Hugo and Peter Jackson's full 15 minute cast introduction and speech from the end of the live broadcast. There are tons of lovely new photos to share, though, many from fans who attended, so I'll get right to work cross-posting those.

Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Elijah Wood onstage at the end of the Hobbit World Premiere red carpet in Wellington, NZ, 28 November  (Photo: SuicideBlonde via Tumblr)

ForceDirected via Tumblr


Reuters/Mark Coote

Steampowered Hobbit via Tumblr

Hugo Weaving and Sylvester McCoy (Radagast) at the Wellington Press Conference (NineMSN NZ)

Wall Street Journal/Ross Stetford/AP
Yes, still finding more antics-with-Nesbitt photos! They really need to work together again… maybe a more actor-driven piece. Maybe he can understudy Roxburgh for Godot. (Except that a. Roxburgh is perfect for the role and b. is a certified, prolific workaholic who has probably never missed a jpob due to illness or anything else in his career.) 😉

Reuters via Straits Times (plus photo below)

Jacqui/Dougal Mclovin via Twitter

Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald

Damian Bray via Twitter

Kaitlyn ‏@McSchnieders via Twitter

Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving onstage at the end of the red carpet event (Mira Christine via Tumblr)

MakeSureNotToBlink via Tumblr

Kerry McCabe via Twitter

A great collage created from the Weaving/Nesbitt red carpet pics by Gizthegunslinger at World in My Eyes/Tumblr:

Note: fans interested in photos of the other actors in the film should click on the links below the photos, particularly those linked to news sites, because many of these images came from lengthy photo galleries. Fans of Hugo's acting collaborators often help find the best material (and in this case, some were on hand and took the pics themselves. Getting a lot of assists (intentional and accidental) from the Richard Armitage collective this time around, just as I have from the James D'Arcy, Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh and other actors' fans and fansites in the past. No one person could cover an event of this magnitude alone, so thanks to everyone else who's shared photos or passed along links. I hope some of these links help you guys find new stuff too.

Another note: I've tried my best to credit original photographers and websites in sharing photos, but in some cases I only have names/user IDs of other sharers, and can't be certain they actually took the photographs. I always try to make corrections as I go, and apologize for any inadvertent crediting mistakes. I wish all fans would provide source information and context for their material… I know from personal experience that you can get into trouble if you're not thorough… also, it's important to give full credit where credit is due. Tumblr is often a minefield of unsourced, uncredited photos shared with no contextual info. This drives the archivist in me me completely mad. 😉 I know in the case of the premiere, a lot of these are authentic fan photos shared by those who took them, and that's wonderful and very generous. But if you repost press photos without any credit or source info… GRRRR! 😉 You make my work an other fansite operators' work harder.

Other press reports on the Wellington premiere (many including photos of actors and fans) can be found at:
The New Zealand Herald (preparations and movie trivia),
Behind the Themes (photos),
Alt Film Guide,
CNN (video here),, 3 News NZ (initial reaction to the film),,
Perth Now,
New York Daily News (Hugo Weaving: "It feels more like a national holiday today…Maybe you should have this as a national day every year."),
Associated Press (an event overview reposted on news sites worldwide),
Courier Mail (Hugo Weaving: "It feels like a country celebrating its own culture [in New Zealand tonight].", James Nesbitt: ""I was surprised there wasn't more dwarf sex, actually."),
The Huffington Post (photo gallery, interviews with Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis and Peter Jackson),
3 News NZ (red carpet interviews with Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis (yes, he does the Gollum voice), Barry Humphries; Hugo is quoted by the reporter but not interviewed on camera),
Stanthorpe Border Post (photo gallery),
Daily Mail Online (lots of great, large photos of the cast),
Premiere (French-language coverage),
Wall Street Journal,  MSN New Zealand (brief comments from Cate Blanchett, who jokingly threatened to "stalk" Peter Jackson if Galadriel wasn't in ther film, and Hugo, who says of Jackson, "[Working with him is liberating because] "He doesn't hold on to things either, he'll let them go if there's something better there,"Also: multiple photo galleries),
New Zealand Herald (red carpet coverage),
The Age (includes brief video overview) Hugo quote: "Peter [Jackson] has so embraced his own culture and put it up on the screen. This film is so much a part of this country … I don't think you could make The Hobbit anywhere else – you wouldn't want to….I think actually it's more like a national holiday rather than a celebration of a film – it's a celebration of a culture and a country."),
Coming Soon's Italian-language site featured interviews with Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Elijah Wood–likely translated from the Australian TV interviews. Hugo says, of the Elves, ""They have a strong self-awareness and are imbued with a profound melancholy, feel a sense of insecurity because they know that their presence in this world is almost over. [In The Hobbit, that feeling] The Hobbit is imperceptible, while the Lord of the Rings becomes apparent."),
The Straits Times (The AP article but with a different set of photos)

Coverage of the press conference preceding the premiere, which featured many cast members, can be read at the New Zealand Herald (which included the only lengthy video excerpt), 3 News NZ (another article quoting cast members here), Byron Shire News (includes video preview and photo gallery of the press conference), Sydney Morning Herald (brief video clip), and AAP/The West Australian.

Sites featuring new high-res images of previously-shared from the film: IGN, and Beyond Hollywood.

Here's a selection of embeddable video from the Hobbit premiere and related press interviews:

Sunrise 7 compiled clips from previously screen Channel 7 cast interviews with Hugo, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis and added behind the scenes footage:

NewZealandMedia coverage of the premiere features interviews with Jackson, Armitage, Nesbitt, Freeman, Wood, Serkis and Weaving, all enthusing about New Zealand:

…Also includes footage of Andy Serkis's attempt to break the world record for high-fiving, which so enlivened the premiere feed.

This is the only bit of Hugo's official red carpet interview (from the live broadcast) that's I've yet found, from Trailer Addict… a tiny 19 second snippet. Surely someone somewhere will post the whole thing. If they don't… heh heh… we'll have to see. 😉

Note: LJ has become increasingly anal about not allowing embeds from various sites. If you don't see the clip, click on the link in the description. Sorry about that!

Here's an endearing, well-assembled fan report by Catiesaurus0 via YouTube; she's an Elijah Wood fan (and she got her money's worth on that front!) 😉  Hugo is briefly glimpsed:

Lo Res compilation of interviews from Turbinados Videos (Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis)

(Yes, I'll keep looking for the full interview with Hugo that isn't abruptly cut off.) 😉

ComingSoon compiled live feed clips of most major cast members (Hugo is at 3.19 in) :

HitFix and posted identical footage.

Here's a photo montage, also featuring most of the cast (UKthebestone via YouTube)

Amazing fan video from Melmelmax via YouTube featuring strategic use of hairy feet (and a leg infection!?) to secure autographs from an astonishing number of actors (Freeman, Wood, Weaving, Armitage, WETA's Richard Taylor)… and a high-five from Andy Serkis:

Hobbit Wellington Premiere Pics, Video, Interviews

Note: this is an archived entry. Some links might not still work, but I have tried to ensure scan and video embeds are still in place. If any linked material is unavailable, please let me know and I’ll attempt to find a copy in my personal archives.

I've had a bit of an epic quest of my own getting my video software up and running again, but I think I have everything set for the Red Carpet Replay. 😉 I'm not going to try and test my system by recording the whole thing again, so I have a few minutes to look for new pics before it's Hugo's turn… I actually don't mind watching the whole thing again, or at least listening. 😉

Mark Tantrum/WireImage (plus next 2)

Mia Lossen via Twitter

Hobbit Press Conference pic; Alice Tynan via Twitter

Dominion Post (MAARTEN HOLL/Fairfax NZ)

Gaporter via Tumblr

Perth Now

Mark Tantrum/WireImage (plus next photo)

Closeup/enlargement of one of the Mark Tantrum Getty pics, via Newsday

"It feels more like a national holiday today," said Weaving. "Maybe you should have this as a national day every year."


Hagen Hopkins, Getty Images

TV One

PeopleofNZ via Twitter

Pure New Zealand via Twitter

Seanna Cronin/Stanthorpe Border Post

Some of the official press photos are starting to roll in, so I'll keep the post open a bit longer… I'm a bit more relaxed now that I have a copy of Hugo's red carpet interview from the live feed… I continue to hope that a high def version (or any official, embed-able version) will be posted eventually. I taped Jed Brophy (Nori)'s full interview as well because he went directly before Hugo and Hgo could be seen mulling around in the background. So, obviously, I'm a bit overzealous. (Anyhow, it's about time Jed Brophy got some media attention .. he almost certainly has a larger role in the films than Hugo does.) 😉  And would it kill NZ News 3 to post their clips in higher resolution? No matter what I do, they look blurry. (The live feed, by contrast, was good quality with only a few minor audio glitches.)

Anyhow, it's been a lot of fun and the whole cast seems to be in good spirits (and I'm not talking about the sort Hugo and James Nesbitt were getting into on their nights off… oh to have been a fly on the wall for that!) 😉 Hugo was more relaxed than I've sometimes seen him at these sorts of events. He sounded slightly hoarse, but he'd probably been giving interviews for a couple of days nonstop. I'll keep looking for anything I can embed and will share links here and on my Twitter feed. I'm hoping that press conference makes YouTube soon. You can watch News NZ's clips of Hugo Weaving red carpet interview (different from the live feed's), and they have Peter Jackson's speech and cast introductions from the premiere. (Hugo doesn't speak in the clip, but you can see him taking panorama photos of the crowd.)  Hugo's also briefly seen and quoted (though not interviewed) in this overview clip. Apologies for a mistake in an earlier version of this post: they do NOT have footage of the November 27 press conference, but of one from 2011 before filming began.

Collider (and some other sites) have posted high res versions of the new Hobbit stills that debuted earlier today (I posted the Elrond pics in an earlier entry) as well as the Gandalf/Bilbo preview scene.  The Sydney Morning Herald posted an excerpt from the press conference featuring Peter Jackson discussing filming challenges. (None of the actors' comments are featured.)

Hey… Look what just turned up at Zimbio!

(Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images– larger version here)
Heh heh… guess I should be careful what I wish for? (Thinks a minute…) No. More please. 😉

(And then, ten minutes later, THIS happened!)

(Ross Stetford/AP via Jakarta Post); XL version here

This is probably just the tip of the iceberg… more as soon as I get some rest. 😉

But first… here's some of the Channel 7 Morning Show interview footage (of Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis) repackaged with behind the scenes footage and host tomfoolery:

My recording software died again when I tried to grab Peter Jackson's speech and cast intros from the rebroadcast (there is a third replay ongoing… but I'm beat) ;)… but Tolkien Brazil already has a copy on YouTube:

I wanted to get some sleep. Honestly. But more Hugo Weaving/James Nesbitt pics turned up!

(Rex Features, via Daily Mail Online)

Splash News via Daily Mail Online

Splash News via Daily Mail Online

AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford

Here's press conference footage, via New Zealand Herald… alas, embed code doesn't work in LJ. So go straight to the webpage… another one I hope makes it to YouTube soon. 😉

Hugo Weaving at Hobbit World Premiere Red Carpet and Press Conference, Wellington NZ

Note: this is an archived entry. Some links might not still work, but I have tried to ensure scan and video embeds are still in place. If any linked material is unavailable, please let me know and I’ll attempt to find a copy in my personal archives.

While we're waiting for the live feed to start, here's a brief preview clip from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey featuring Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Ian McKellen as Gandalf:

 There was press conference for the film earlier today featuring Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, James Nesbit, Aidan Turner and others; you can see the full 40 minute video at 3 News NZ; here are a few still frames courtesy

(Much later) I've just suffered a major setback– was recording the full red carpet premiere when my browser and recording softeare crashed, taking all my footage with it. I was lucky enough to catch Hugo Weaving's NowLive red carpet interview before this happened, but will have to rely on replays or other media sources for the footage. The red carpet premiere is still ongoing and has been thoroughly entertaining, with all cast members (apart from the absent Ian McKellen), Peter Jackson and some folks from WETA chatting about the film. I'll post some fan screencaps of Hugo while we await the more formal stuff. I hope some of you have been able to enjoy the live stream.

Warner Bros SG via Twitter

(screencap: Fererico Filartiga via Twitter)

Vanessa/@gingerbatched via Twitter

Andreas Kruck via Twitter

Julia M Wetherell via Twitter

RipItUpNZ via Twitter

Alice Tynan via Twitter

Patrick Gower via Twitter

Adam Bray via Twitter (plus next one)

Talitha Cummins/7News via Twitter

Nupur Trivedi via Twitter

According to some sources, Hugo was briefly trending on Twitter; a lot of the tweets about him were about his beard. To which I say… where have you people been, exactly? 😉 He's had a beard for years now and has done most of his recent interviews/press junkets with one. Since V for Vendetta at least. In fact, he only shaves for roles. Most regular readers here know these things… I'm always a bit astonished that some fans think actors always go around looking/acting like their most famous characters 24/7. Much as I'm looking forward to seeing this film, and much as I think Hugo does a brilliant job portraying Elrond… he looks better without the tiaras and questionable braided hair. Over the years I've grown to accept that Hugo is more "himself" with a beard.

Hugo's interview comments were gracious and bemused; he discussed his kids briefly and his history reading Tolkien. (Interestingly, I had the opposite experience: I read The Hobbit first at 13 or 14 but only really got addicted with Lord of the Rings, which I compulsively re-read several times through my teens… I haven't read either in many years though. Perfectly content to go with Peter Jackson's version for now.)  He also commented on the perception that the Dwarves had Celtic qualities while the Elves were more English, though the films didn't take that theme too literally.

We're still waiting for the Official Speeches; the Red Carpet portion is completed and I have to compliment NowLive (which streamed through and for a largely glitch-free three hours… wish I could say as much for my video software, which seems to be toast. Will run searches for additional photos and interview footage as I try to get things fixed here…since my live feed wasn't high-res, it was always a fail-safe; I hope somene somewhere (ideally the original site) provides HD footage. Pretty much every actor in the film got interviwed, some twice (Hugo only once, alas, but it was one of the longer ones.)

There's a new Red Carpet interview with Hugo Weaving at 3 News NZ here; alas, they don't allow embedding. I'll look for alternate sources but by all means click the link in the meantime.   (They also have video interviews with many other cast members, so do check the site out thoroughly.) I'm still working on getting my screen recording software working, so I'll save the post in progress for now so you can enjoy the new pics and links. I have a feeling other Hugo/Hobbit fans all over the world have more than covered obtaining new video clips even if I can't restore my software in time… fortunately there's a rebroadcast of the full premiere right now. Click here to check it out… Neil Finn is singing at the moment. Yes, that does make me a bit nostalgic, I'm afraid. 😉    


Hobbit Cast Australian TV Interviews

Note: this is an archived entry. Some links might not still work, but I have tried to ensure scan and video embeds are still in place. If any linked material is unavailable, please let me know and I’ll attempt to find a copy in my personal archives.

While we wait anxiously for the premiere to begin (see previous entry for specific times… though I suspect anyone who's interested already knows) 😉 I thought I'd embed some of the early cast interviews featuring Hugo Weaving which have appeared on Australian TV. Some fans have kindly transferred lo-res versions over to YouTube… I'll provide links for both. As was the case on Cloud Atlas press junkets, the enormous cast has been divided into smaller groups for interviews. Hugo has been logically paired with fellow Elf Cate Blanchett, with Elijah Wood thrown in.

Australian Channel 7:

They also interviewed Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis and Richard Armitage and Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens. (+ Part 2)

Here's Channel 9's interview with Hugo, Cate and Elijah:

Their interviews with Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis and Richard Armitage; Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens

Thanks to Mr BBi for the YouTube uploads.

New Hobbit press articles/overviews at The Age, Mashable (an examination of the new 3D technology used in filming), Breaking News USA (the overabundance of tourist hype/product placement/etc), (cast interviews with actors who arrived via the "Hobbit plane" yesterday), 3 News NZ (a group interview with Freeman, Serkis and Armitage, and a separate one with Jackson and Boyens… one hopes there's a third they're holding back ;)… ) another Post piece on the film's makeup effects, a Deadline interview with the VFX creators, a 20 minute radio interview with Peter Jackson at Radio NZ National …and a lovely Ian McKellen interview at Vanity Fair. I know this is probaboly just scratching the surface. I hope to scrounge out a bit of time before the premiere starts tonight to add any new material. Unfortunately I have very little time at present.

Back soon! 😉

Last minute addition: some great new set pics courtesy IGN:

(Yes, I know the second one isn't new, but I think it's a better version than previously posted)

Again, you can see the full lot here.

Hugo Weaving in New Zealand for Hobbit Premiere; Live-Stream Info; Hobbit & Cloud Atlas Articles

Note: this is an archived entry. Some links might not still work, but I have tried to ensure scan and video embeds are still in place. If any linked material is unavailable, please let me know and I’ll attempt to find a copy in my personal archives.

Wanted to share some key information in time for fans to make practical use of it: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will premiere November 28 in Wellington, NZ. Most of us won't be able to make the trip. but we will be able to see the event live-streamed on the internet. Several websites will carry the feed, including, SuperHeroHype, Hero Complex (LA Times),, NowLive, Middle Earth Network and many others. Because it's November 28 in New Zealand well before it is in the US, Americans will want to tune in tomorrow at 9.50pm EST (6.50 PST). Fortunately I'll be available to live-tweet and update here… providing an anticipated winter storm doesn't knock our power out. 😉 But I hope many of you will be able to catch it for yourselves. MyMiddleEarthNews has helpfully compiled a listing of worldwide schedules for the live footage. (UK fans will have the toughest time with a 2.50 AM GMT start time, while any NZ fans not physically at the premiere can watch it online starting at 3.50 PM NZDT.) They also have a complete schedule of events at the premiere; actors are scheduled to arrive about an hour in.

BREAKING NEWS: The German website Cinemaxx plans to live-stream the 12 December Royal Premiere in London in addition to the 28 November World Premiere in Wellington. No word yet on which actors will aattend the London event, though Sir Ian McKellen has suggested he probably will.

Beyond that, the most exciting find in recent days is this pic of Hugo with castmates Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood and Richard Armitage at the NZ wildlife sanctuary Zealandia. The Dominion Post provided a brief account of the visit:

"Hobbit stars pour into Wellington

11:02 27/11/2012

Hobbit Zealandia
Hobbit actors Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Zealandia's Lauren Schaer, Elijah Wood and Richard Armitage pay a visit to Wellington's Zealandia.

The stars of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are pouring into Wellington ahead of tomorrow's world premiere.

Actors Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis and Richard Armitage flew into the capital on Sunday and spent yesterday with Hugo Weaving at Zealandia.

Zealandia spokeswoman Lauren Shaer said the group were filming an interview for an American show at the wildlife sanctuary.

'They were all really lovely. Hugo was especially interested in our conservation work as he is involved with similar projects himself.

'One of their security asked me if the kiwi was a saltwater or freshwater bird. I'm still not sure if he was pulling my leg but you don't want to mess with a big guy in a suit.'

'The takahe popped out to see what all the commotion was about, but all eyes were on the Hobbit stars.'

Wood and director Sir Peter Jackson, surprised guests at last night's pre-premiere party organised by fansite

This morning, a Hobbit-themed plane will arrive at Wellington Airport, bringing more stars into the city."

Yes, I'm already trying to find out which "American show" conducted the interview at the sanctuary, and I'll post details (and, ideally, the eventual clip) when they become available. (I'm assuming this will be closer to the December 14 release date, or maybe on/near the December 6 NYC premiere.) A lot of the actors were photographed at the airport arriving for the premiere, but Hugo seems to have slipped by undetected. 😉  I also hope the actors didn't have issues with Keas savaging their rental cars in the wildlife sanctuary parking lot. ;).

You can read additional Hobbit premiere preview articles at, Channel 24, The Hollywood News,, (in which Peter Jackson admits that the first film won't be finished until… well, maybe this minute) ;), The New Zealand Herald, One News and Canberra Times. I should note that many identical articles seem to be cross-posted across several affiliated websites, and I've tried to avoid duplication.  You can read more about the pre-premiere fan costume party attended by Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood (with video) here, here, here, here and here. Most video focuses on the fans rather than the actors in attendance. The NZ Herald has a selection of fan photos. features video with comments from Wood and Jackson.

Fans will also want to check out Peter Jackson's ninth Production Video, which provides a glimpse of the many aspects of post-production work, including visual effects, score, editing and sound design. No Elrond sightings, but very entertaining and insightful without a lot of spoilers. And if you're in need of Goblin Torture Devices, you're in luck. 😉

There are also several new Cloud Atlas articles, including an enthusiastic podcast at Everyone Question, Variety notes Hugo and Jim Broadbent as possible dark horse candidates for Supporting Actor Oscars (I'd consider that an extremely long shot, but would love to be wrong, Collider debates the film's public perception and artistic success vs "soft" box office,  another video of Tom Hanks and Halle Berry discussing Hugo and Jim Strugess's wackiest character costumes/makeups here, a prfile of Lana Wachiwski at PolicyMic, and a compare/contrast of Cloud Atlas with the Steampunk genre (and what looks like Old Georgie's furniture set) here. There are also reviews at Next Projection, Movie Review Today, and Screaming Critics.

Back tomorrow night for the festivities!