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TheOneRing.net headed for embed on Hobbit set

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Apr 6 2012, 11:08pm

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TheOneRing.net headed for embed on Hobbit set Can't Post

TheOneRing.net is pleased to announce it is headed to an embedded set visit in Wellington, New Zealand during the filming of "The Hobbit: There And Back Again,". The site and writer Larry D. Curtis accepted the invitation from Warner Bros. and Wingnut Films. The production is currently filming the second of the two films in studio, so all of the content from the visit will reach audiences in 2013, after this year's release (December 14) of the first of the pair of films, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

The films are a two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," celebrating its 75th year of publication in 2012. Peter Jackson is directing the films after helming a three-part adaptation of Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," book that appeared in print 17 years after "The Hobbit." Jackson scripted the films with his writing team of Phillipa Boyens and Fran Walsh with the addition of one-time-director Guillermo del Toro. Fans will remember the many agonizing delays before the film's start that eventually forced del Toro to bow out.

Curtis, reporting from the film set, is part of TORn's Senior Staff, a writer and photographer known to the TORn community at MrCere. He has contributed to TheOneRing.net for more than a decade in a variety of roles. In December he visited and toured New Zealand including an exclusive report from the Hobbiton Movie Set after being granted permission to publish impressions and photos from the site, rebuilt for "The Hobbit." The location can be visited as a fully dressed film set accessible to by tour. The first block of filming on "The Hobbit," included production from the site, set on a working livestock farm near Matamata, New Zealand.

TheOneRing.net is a not-for-profit website that serves as the hub for Tolkien communities online as well as the physical world. It was founded in 1999 by Erica Challis (Tehanu) in New Zealand, Canadian Mike Regina (Xoanon) and Wiliam Thomas (Corvar) and Chris Pirrotta (Calisuri) from the U.S.. The foursome's website quickly vaulted to fame in an internet age when the relationship between fans and films and movie studios was rapidly evolving. The all-volunteer staff manages the site that includes a live chat room, message boards, news updates about all things related to Tolkien and the fan community world wide.

TORn will make a series of convention appearances including the San Diego Comic-Con, DragonCon in Atlanta and the New York Comic-Con. TheOneRing also used the internet to organize grass-roots fan parties around the world for the premiere of the LOTR films and anticipates doing so again. We also have a Wellington, New Zealand world premiere party planned with Red Carpet Tours and an Oscar Party set in Los Angeles in February.

TheOneRing.net and MrCere wish to thanks Warner Bros. and Wingnut for the invitation, including many individuals inside each organization, and for fans worldwide for their support. While only one representative can serve to communicate the stories and images from the set, we feel strongly that an invite to a fan site is a compliment to the work of many staffers and the whole of the fan community.

Follow us at Facebook and Twitter. Curtis will not be Tweeting from the set, but will be living and relating experiences in Wellington, New Zealand. He tweets from @MrLDC. And, hang on tight!


Apr 7 2012, 7:00am

Post #2 of 20 (2144 views)
How great! [In reply to] Can't Post

Have a great time MrCere - I am immensely jealous. Look forward to a news/snippets you can give us Smile


Apr 7 2012, 11:58am

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Magnificent news [In reply to] Can't Post

Now we're talking! Congrats to Mr. Curtis!


Apr 7 2012, 2:09pm

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This is so exciting [In reply to] Can't Post

and what a compliment to the staff and community of ToRn! Smile
Have a wonderful time MrCere.

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Apr 7 2012, 8:11pm

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I can't think of a better person [In reply to] Can't Post

to be reporting from the set. Congrats, MrC!

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Apr 7 2012, 9:59pm

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Fantastic! [In reply to] Can't Post

I agree with everyone above. Thos is great news - congratulations Mr Cere!

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Apr 7 2012, 10:23pm

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Excellent news! Congrats! should be a fascinating experience. [In reply to] Can't Post


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Apr 7 2012, 11:14pm

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Agreed! [In reply to] Can't Post

Loved the LotR reporting, and this should be just as good. And, on top of that, we'll probably get the reports before Quint posts his others...(just kidding, Quint, we know you've been busy Tongue)

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Apr 8 2012, 1:12am

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Looking forward to reading about it! [In reply to] Can't Post

Should we watch for a cameo appearance? Not that we would even know about it till much later from now.


Apr 8 2012, 3:31am

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Embedded? Like war, covering film productions is hell! [In reply to] Can't Post

Can't think of a better person for the job. Your friends are with you Mr Cere.



Apr 8 2012, 7:57am

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Congratulations TORn - looking forward to the reports! // [In reply to] Can't Post



Apr 8 2012, 8:36pm

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Excellent! [In reply to] Can't Post

Even though we might not get specifics on what is being filmed for awhile, I do hope there are some items he will be able to share.

It is great to have TORn and the fans recognized like this.

Congratulations to Larry and TORn! Can't wait to see/hear more.

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Apr 9 2012, 12:42am

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Thanks [In reply to] Can't Post

Having moral support is worth quite a lot more than you realize. Can't overstate that.

You aren't the first to associate war with being embedded. The term is broader than that, but that is the most common use.

So, for the record:

Dictionary.com says:

1. to fix into a surrounding mass: to embed stones in cement. 2. to surround tightly or firmly; envelop or enclose: Thick cotton padding embedded the precious vase in its box. 3. to incorporate or contain as an essential part or characteristic: A love of color is embedded in all of her paintings. Evil

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Apr 9 2012, 12:45am

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would you be willing to elaborate on 'embed' in terms of what you are doing? [In reply to] Can't Post

I was trying to get some links down into the TORn History wiki and immediately wished I had a good definition for 'embed'. When I looked it up I found 'embedded journalism' and it was all about war.

I would love to get a better definition for this purpose. The ones you provide are specific enough for this project.

thanks, MrCere.


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Apr 9 2012, 12:53am

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That's so cool! [In reply to] Can't Post

Congrats, Larry! I'm so excited for you and I am really looking forward to reading your reports when they're released! What a great opportunity. Cool


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Apr 9 2012, 6:39am

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Can't think of a more deserving guy on TORn! [In reply to] Can't Post

Have a blast Larry, and I have no idea how I'm gonna wait until 2013 to read about your time down there Cool

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Apr 9 2012, 1:15pm

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WOW lucky lucky people :D [In reply to] Can't Post


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Apr 9 2012, 11:55pm

Post #18 of 20 (1796 views)
Well, better from Mr Cere [In reply to] Can't Post

than from me... but it seems the term implies that he will have unfettered access but also that there are rules governing what he can say and when he can say it -- most likely to preserve whatever marketing strategy WB has worked up. Nobody wants a tell-all, behind-the-scenes expose (who was seen coming out of who's trailer, speculations about baby bumps, and so on...); at the same time however, we can expect to be treated to info that is privileged.

As well, embedded journalists know how to stay out of the way of the action... how not to make the story about themselves. There's a lot of trust required in such a relationship.

Good judgement is probably the main requirement for the gig. This, along with having a knack for insightful understatement, solid writing skills and zero tendency towards pretentiousness are what make Mr C an excellent choice for the assignment.


Apr 10 2012, 5:06am

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Congrats [In reply to] Can't Post

And well-deserved!


Apr 10 2012, 9:04pm

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great! [In reply to] Can't Post

Looking forward to new reports and news!

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