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Report: McKellen to reprise Gandalf role
Yahoo ^ | Wednesday April 30 3:16 PM ET

Posted on 04/30/2008 1:56:53 PM PDT by JenB

Ian McKellen will again take up the robes of Gandalf the Wizard in the cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic "The Hobbit" a British film magazine reported Wednesday.

But McKellen's publicist warned that final arrangements were yet to be made.

"Of course he wants to do it, but nothing's been agreed or signed," Clair Dobbs said.

(Excerpt) Read more at movies.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies; The Hobbit Hole
KEYWORDS: gandalf; lordoftherings; lotr
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Woot!
1 posted on 04/30/2008 1:56:53 PM PDT by JenB
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To: ecurbh

Ring ping please?


2 posted on 04/30/2008 1:57:15 PM PDT by JenB
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To: JenB

Wouldn’t be the same with any other actor.


3 posted on 04/30/2008 1:59:56 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (What if Tony Almeida is the 12th Cylon?)
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To: Corin Stormhands

Nope, not the same. Which is why I was happy to see this.


4 posted on 04/30/2008 2:01:19 PM PDT by JenB
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To: JenB; Lil'freeper

"I am Gandalf the White and I come to you now at the turn of the tide."

5 posted on 04/30/2008 2:05:25 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words". ~ St. Francis of Assisi)
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To: JenB

I’d just as soon he didn’t. After reading his comment about Gandalf being a homo, I lost all respect for him.


6 posted on 04/30/2008 2:06:26 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall cause you to vote against the Democrats.)
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To: JenB

McKellen was indeed a perfect Gandalf, in spite of his personal evils.

I’d be just as happy if they lost Andy Serkis, though, but doubt that will happen. I don’t think he quite “got” Gollum; I know he didn’t get what “gollum” was (i.e. swallowing, not coughing).


7 posted on 04/30/2008 2:12:32 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: BibChr

I was wondering about that too. Plus, I sort of feel that the whole book The Hobbit has a very different feel than LOTR. Its a much more innocent little story, and Gollum, scary as he is, is almost a comical figure. It really is much lighter fare. I wonder if Del Toro gets that. His Pan’s Labyrinth was truly dark.


8 posted on 04/30/2008 2:16:02 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: babble-on

Yes; “Pan’s” shows he’s quite the artist, but it is a miserably unhappy story.

However, Hellboy is (paradoxically) much lighter, more comic.

So, I’m not gloomy about it.

(c:


9 posted on 04/30/2008 2:19:26 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: BibChr

I have had Pan’s Labyrinth on my DVR for some time now. I was wondering if I should take the time to watch it or just delete it to make room.

Do you recommend it? Is it worth my time?


10 posted on 04/30/2008 2:22:52 PM PDT by Skooz (Any nation that would elect Hillary Clinton as its president has forfeited its right to exist.)
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To: Skooz

Ohhhh, boy; I don’t think I know you well enough to answer usefully. It’s very artistic, has a lot of imagination and humanity and beauty — but it’s also very violent and, in the end, VERY unhappy.

Artsier types will give you a different answer. It really depends on what you like and are looking for. Creative, artistic, well-crafted, horribly depressing: that’s my summary.

Hope that’s of some use.


11 posted on 04/30/2008 2:24:54 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: big'ol_freeper
"I am Gandalf the White and I come to you now at the turn of the tide."

Dude. You just gave me a chill.

I hope McKellen signs on. It will be an awesome film.

12 posted on 04/30/2008 2:25:42 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (The secret of Life is letting go. The secret of Love is letting it show.)
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To: BibChr

Thanks.

Sounds like my kind of flick.

Artsy and depressing.


13 posted on 04/30/2008 2:27:28 PM PDT by Skooz (Any nation that would elect Hillary Clinton as its president has forfeited its right to exist.)
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To: Skooz
Is it worth my time?

No.

14 posted on 04/30/2008 2:28:22 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (The secret of Life is letting go. The secret of Love is letting it show.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Yes, he is an outstanding actor.


15 posted on 04/30/2008 2:29:11 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words". ~ St. Francis of Assisi)
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To: BibChr

I wonder if the guy who did Gollum’s voice for the BBC radio dramatization is still around. Can’t remember the name - but his voice is what Goillum should sound like.


16 posted on 04/30/2008 2:29:45 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Nope. Not gonna do it.)
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To: Skooz

Visually stunning, but a dark, violent, brooding and melancholy fantasy. If you are into graphic novels and adult fantasy, then definately see it.


17 posted on 04/30/2008 2:30:11 PM PDT by ozzie
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
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Who wants to be a wizard when you can be fabulooooso

Yes, that actually is Sir Ian.

18 posted on 04/30/2008 2:31:18 PM PDT by PanzerKardinal
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To: MEGoody

You mean Grandolf the Gay?


19 posted on 04/30/2008 2:38:35 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: MEGoody
Gandalf being a homo when did this happen?
20 posted on 04/30/2008 2:39:45 PM PDT by SF Republican
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To: JenB

Any rumors yet as to who will be Bilbo?


21 posted on 04/30/2008 2:43:42 PM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: JenB

Good to hear. Will be very interesting to see who gets the other roles. I’m sure if we are hearing about this, they are heavily involved in the casting right now.

I heard that Guillermo del Toro has agreed to move to New Zeland for 4 years to film the two movies.

Can’t wait to see them.


22 posted on 04/30/2008 3:01:16 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Skooz

Well... there y’go, then.

(c;


23 posted on 04/30/2008 3:09:33 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

Yep; a little over the top, but yes, I think he caught Gollum. Peter Woodthorpe, who also did Gollum for the Bakshi version.


24 posted on 04/30/2008 3:11:49 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: JenB

He’s as queer as a $3 bill, but he does a great Gandalf.


25 posted on 04/30/2008 3:12:55 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Tolkien fan)
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To: Corin Stormhands

I dunno. The Harry Potter movies had to switch Dumbledores because Richard Harris died.


26 posted on 04/30/2008 3:15:16 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (Indiana: "Bring your picture ID to the polls . No ID, No vote.")
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To: mollynme
Any rumors yet as to who will be Bilbo?

I think James McAvoy (Atonement) would be perfect, but he may not want to do it, after doing Mr. Tumnus in Narnia.

27 posted on 04/30/2008 3:16:25 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Tolkien fan)
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To: JenB; Corin Stormhands
Nope, not the same. Which is why I was happy to see this.

When I first saw "The Fellowship of the Ring," I couldn't believe it. "How the heck did they get Gandalf the Gray to play himself?!?!" I'm being series here... While other actors might be able to play the role, NOBODY else IS Gandalf.

Mark

28 posted on 04/30/2008 3:22:17 PM PDT by MarkL
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To: Skooz

You will like it if you are into foreign, artsy films. Actually I thought because of the trailer and commercials, that it was a fantasy movie for children, but upon seeing it this was far from the truth. It is an excellent movie but violent, do see it. Other good choices: Lives Of Others and Lumumba./Just Asking - seoul62.......


29 posted on 04/30/2008 3:24:34 PM PDT by seoul62
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To: CholeraJoe
I dunno. The Harry Potter movies had to switch Dumbledores because Richard Harris died.

Richard Harris WAS Dumbledore, while the new one (I can't remember his name off-hand) just doesn't do it for me. It seemed like Harris "got it" far better.

Mark

30 posted on 04/30/2008 3:25:57 PM PDT by MarkL
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To: Corin Stormhands

No, it wouldn’t, and I hope they get the same actors for Elrond and Gollum as well. It would also be nice to see cameos for whoever played Legolas and Arwen (the kind of cameos where they’re just there, not doing anything special) because it’s entirely plausible for them to have been around.


31 posted on 04/30/2008 3:26:23 PM PDT by Hyzenthlay (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
2 Movies? I read about The Hobbit, but what other movie is del Toro filming?
32 posted on 04/30/2008 3:27:51 PM PDT by Tallguy (Tagline is offline till something better comes along...)
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To: mollynme

Orson Bean.


33 posted on 04/30/2008 3:30:52 PM PDT by DryFly
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To: Tallguy

Hobbit is going to be two movies.


34 posted on 04/30/2008 3:35:44 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: JenB
I was not impressed with the performance in LOTR by McKellen to be honest. Probable puts me in a minority opinion, but I can't help it.

Sorry to hear he is gay though. Ouch..

35 posted on 04/30/2008 3:42:22 PM PDT by LowOiL ("I don't need Mr. Keyes lecturing me on Christianity. That's why I have a pastor." — Barack Obama)
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To: JenB

Better than doing The Hobbit they should film some of the great stuff they missed in the trilogy. For instance:
1. Tom Bombadil
2. Saramon’s speech after the Destuction of Orthanc.
3. The “Voice of Sauron” at the gates of Mordor.
4. The Scourging of the Shire

They could release it as: “A Hobbit’s Recollection”. Each scene could be introduced by Sam, Merry or Pippin as they sat discussed their adventures over a mug of beer. Then they could edit it for re-release on DVD as a more complete and seamless Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Don’t get me wrong; I love The Hobbit but there was just too much great stuff left out of the trilogy films.


36 posted on 04/30/2008 3:54:18 PM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: DryFly

Naah - he’s even older than Sir Ian!


37 posted on 04/30/2008 4:48:10 PM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Thanks, Proud. It wasn’t clear to me what was going on from the article.


38 posted on 04/30/2008 5:04:55 PM PDT by Tallguy (Tagline is offline till something better comes along...)
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To: JenB

Awesome! I don’t care if he is a great poof, no one else can play Gandalf but McKellan.


39 posted on 04/30/2008 5:09:23 PM PDT by Boagenes (I'm your huckleberry, that's just my game.)
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To: 2Jedismom; 300winmag; Alkhin; Alouette; ambrose; Anitius Severinus Boethius; artios; AUsome Joy; ...

Ring Ping!!

Anyone wishing to be added to or removed from the Ring-Ping list, please don't hesitate to let me know.

40 posted on 04/30/2008 6:22:10 PM PDT by ecurbh (Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.)
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To: JenB

Most excellent! Now, will he be able to get Ian Holm to play Bilbo? After all, he would have looked the same at the time of the Hobbit as he did at the beginning of LOTR. Remember Gandalf’s words to Bilbo when he arrived in Hobbiton; “You haven’t aged a day.”


41 posted on 04/30/2008 6:32:33 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Tallguy
I've heard two reports -- The Hobbit will be split into two films, or the two films will be The Hobbit and another film based on other Middle Earth material by Tolkien.
42 posted on 04/30/2008 6:34:35 PM PDT by Rocko ( "Where's the global warming? It's freezing in here." -- Bob Dylan)
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To: JenB; Corin Stormhands; All

Copied from another forum:

“My message is simple: If you don’t think Peter did a fabulous job, very likely you won’t think I will. If you think he did, I will do my best to make you proud of me.” Del Toro talking to MTV.

Other news he mentions that Andy Serkis (shown right) returns as Gollum and as we already know but it was nice to get it confirmed, Sir Ian Mckellen will be back as Gandalf. As I’d suggested though, he is worried Sir Ian Holm might be too old for the casting of Bilbo but won’t let on who he has in mind for the part.

Regarding doing the story in 2 parts he says he wants to nail The Hobbit in the first movie and then move into the era where times start to turn dark and Sauron grows in strength. Del Toro calls it a “very interesting period in time” as civil war starts to break out. He and Peter Jackson have outlined the story they want to tell and how they want to tell it but no firm plans as yet.


43 posted on 04/30/2008 6:36:48 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Good news. McKellan ~owns~ the role as Gandalf. In fact if somebody else were cast that alone would make it distracting.

Good about Serkis too.

I wonder who’ll be Smaug?


44 posted on 04/30/2008 6:49:44 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: MarkL
Richard Harris WAS Dumbledore, while the new one (I can't remember his name off-hand) just doesn't do it for me. It seemed like Harris "got it" far better.

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but the "new" Dumbledore was McKellan. :-)

45 posted on 04/30/2008 6:56:08 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: CholeraJoe
The Harry Potter movies had to switch Dumbledores because Richard Harris died.

Well, there's the kicker ain't it? Richard Harris wasn't around to play Dumbledore. So far, Sir Ian is.

46 posted on 04/30/2008 7:52:32 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (What if Tony Almeida is the 12th Cylon?)
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To: MarkL; CholeraJoe
Richard Harris WAS Dumbledore, while the new one (I can't remember his name off-hand) just doesn't do it for me.

Michael Gambon.

He's good, and I think an okay replacement. But he's not the same as Richard Harris.

47 posted on 04/30/2008 7:54:43 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (What if Tony Almeida is the 12th Cylon?)
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To: Ramius
I wonder who’ll be Smaug?

It'd be a good role for Michael Moore...

48 posted on 04/30/2008 7:58:01 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (What if Tony Almeida is the 12th Cylon?)
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To: Ramius
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but the "new" Dumbledore was McKellan. :-)

If yer not kidding, yer wrong. But you know that don't you?

49 posted on 04/30/2008 7:58:40 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (What if Tony Almeida is the 12th Cylon?)
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To: JenB

Peter Jackson is out of this one, right?


50 posted on 04/30/2008 8:02:31 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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