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An Unexpected Party - Chat with PJ and GDT!!!
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Altaira
Superuser / Moderator


May 14 2008, 10:40pm

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An Unexpected Party - Chat with PJ and GDT!!! Can't Post

Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro invite you to a live internet chat about The Hobbit on May 24 (May 25 in Australia/NZ). Peter and Guillermo would love to answer your questions and hear your comments about our new adventure into Middle-Earth. Please register now to make sure you don't miss out on the Unexpected Party and get regular updates on the movies! Follow the registration link for instructions on how to submit a question. Check out the rest chat times around the world, and the text of PJ's letter, below.

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Weta are excited to be hosting this one-hour live online chat on our website http://www.wetanz.com/party/register/. Please check the start time for your time zone below:

Los Angeles (Pacific) - Saturday, 24 May 1:00 p.m.
New York (Eastern) - Saturday, 24 May 4:00 p.m.
London - Saturday, 24 May 9:00 p.m.
Paris, Berlin, Rome - Saturday, 24 May 10:00 p.m.
Sydney - Sunday, 25 May 6:00 a.m.
Wellington, Auckland - Sunday, 25 May 8:00 am
See you at the Unexpected Party!
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Text of PJ's letter:

Several years ago - it seems a lifetime now - I invited 20 questions from fans right at the start of embarking on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. For me, it was an important and enjoyable moment, when I was able to begin a relationship that helped define our attitude to that unique project. It gave me a sense of responsibility that stayed etched in my brain for the next 5 years.

Well, the time has come again! With us right on the cusp of beginning pre-production on The Hobbit, and its companion movie, it seems fitting to do the same thing again.

Its also fitting that our director, Guillermo Del Toro, will join me in answering the questions, since he will be bringing his considerable personal vision to these two movies. Its my moment to hand the baton to Guillermo. Its time for him to address your concerns.

So this is how it will work: we ask fans with an interest in The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings to send one question to this website. Ask us anything! Guillermo and I will select and answer the 20 most common questions, so we can both attempt to address the key issues as best we can.

Our answers will be released during a one hour live web chat, hosted by Weta, with both Guillermo and myself logged on. In addition to answering your 20 questions - for the entire hour, well take additional live questions and chat about the projects with anybody whos interested.

Please send us your questions and Register for the live chat - and well talk to you in a couple of weeks.
Cheers,
Peter Jackson


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Edited by Eledhwen on May 16 NZT: This thread is now a sticky to enable us all to discuss questions to submit. If it's popularity that's going to choose the questions, then perhaps submitting lots of the same few good ones will help those be asked! As there are questions in this thread already it makes sense to stick this thread rather than repeat in a new one.

So let's get our thinking caps on!


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase



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(This post was edited by Eledhwen on May 16 2008, 6:20am)


weaver
Half-elven

May 14 2008, 10:54pm

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Though I'm not as caught up in the Hobbit Hype as others around here (I haven't finished discussing the first three films yet!), I'm glad they are doing this.

Who knows, I may even submit a question -- thanks for letting us know we're invited to the party, unexpected or not!

Weaver



Voorhas
Lorien


May 14 2008, 11:00pm

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Not to Be a Nerd... [In reply to] Can't Post

...but it looks like the banner at the top of the registration page is the first "official imagery" for the film that we've seen. Not to imply that's the finished logo or anything!

"They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." -- E.A. Poe


merklynn
Lorien


May 14 2008, 11:16pm

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The art of asking questions [In reply to] Can't Post

At last, the time draws near when we will finally come of this dark period of speculation since the announcement in November of greenlighting of The Hobbit film. I know Guillermo has answered some questions, but this will be nice in that fans can ask some more specific questions and put an end to some of these speculation threads (even if it only leads to more).

For example, things I hope end up getting chosen would be:

"which character is the focus of the second film", and "what is the situation with material from the Unfinished Tales, and how will the copyrights limit the second film in particular?".

I think to be honest those are the only serious questions I have.

I doubt they have decided on anything smaller just yet, such as whether Beorn's beard should brown or black, whether Sauron will be physically represented in anyway, or whether animals will talk on screen, be telepathic, or simply not communicate at all. I think to set some fans at ease, we need to have some clearer idea of what the second film will be about.

Actually, I have some casting questions... "will Liv, Hugo, Cate, and Christopher" be invited back?"

Now I just have to pick which question of all the serious ones I listed, that I think others aren't as likely to ask, so that maybe then it will still get chosen. :-)


vtboyarc
Lorien


May 14 2008, 11:25pm

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exciting! [In reply to] Can't Post

I already registered and asked a question!!! Its weird how asking the questions is like an online chat thing. I can't wait to talk to GDT and Pete live!!! Its like, a dream come true!

Theres some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and its worth fighting for.


merklynn
Lorien


May 14 2008, 11:32pm

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What did you ask? - NT [In reply to] Can't Post

 


MrCere
Sr. Staff


May 14 2008, 11:49pm

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I wish there was an intercessory third-party who was sorting through the questions a little bit.

The "most popular" questions might not be the "best" questions. I wish somebody was going to sort through and find the BEST questions, not the most POPULAR, which may end up being, "Is Elijah Wood going to be in the movie?"

That is a valid question too, but, at least to my mind, the most important ones at this point.

I have no choice but to believe in free will.

The cake is a lie
The cake is a lie
The cake is a lie




overlithe64
Rivendell


May 15 2008, 12:12am

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Of course [In reply to] Can't Post

I have no idea what to ask as I'd not want to ask something dumb....but I'd love to be just watch the live Q&A...

I am not obsessed... If I am, I am in excellent company.


YodatheHobbit
Rivendell


May 15 2008, 1:27am

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Yeah!!! THE HOBBIT! [In reply to] Can't Post

CoolCoolCoolIT ACTUALLY SAYS THOSE WORDS ON A WETA SITE!!!!!!! CoolCoolCool

I'll defiantly try to be a part of this chat! That Hobbit site looks awesome! I've registered, and now need to give myself some time to think of a good question.

Heart

It's so great to know I'll be here for the beginning of these movies when I wasn't on torn for the preproduction and production of LOTR.

When the seas and mountains fall and we come to end of days, in the dark I hear your call calling me there, i will go there and back again.


(This post was edited by YodatheHobbit on May 15 2008, 1:30am)


elentari3018
Lorien


May 15 2008, 1:51am

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i've already signed up [In reply to] Can't Post

this is so exciting! :D

"By Elbereth and Luthien the fair, you shall have neither the Ring nor me!" ~Frodo

"And then Gandalf arose and bid all men rise, and they rose, and he said: 'Here is a last hail ere the feast endeth. Last but not least. For I name now those who shall not be forgotten and without whose valour nought else that was done would have availed; and I name before you all Frodo of the Shire and Samwise his servant. And the bards and the minstrels should give them new names: Bronwe athan Harthad and Harthad Uluithiad , Endurance beyond Hope and Hope Unquenchable.." ~Gandalf, The End of the Third Age , from The History of Middle Earth series


Compa_Mighty
Tol Eressea


May 15 2008, 1:59am

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You should ask... [In reply to] Can't Post

...the question about the copyright issues. It is a good one!

I'll start thinking of mine!

This is just beautiful!!!

Here's to Del Toro becoming the Irvin Kershner of Middle Earth!

Essay winner of the Show us your Hobbit Pride Giveway!

(This post was edited by Compa_Mighty on May 15 2008, 2:07am)


vtboyarc
Lorien


May 15 2008, 2:07am

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I asked.... [In reply to] Can't Post

....about will they do an online send in a video thing for casting, like audition for roles

Theres some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and its worth fighting for.


grammaboodawg
Immortal


May 15 2008, 2:08am

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This is fantastic!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm waiting for my ancient dialup to process the registration! *raps fingers on table*

I KNEW Peter would drop in for a visit :D This, to me, is the signal that things truly are in motion and the news of cast, locations, production will start! *twitch*

THANKS! *spins in chair*



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Trust him... The Hobbit is coming!

"Barney Snow was here." ~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."


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Compa_Mighty
Tol Eressea


May 15 2008, 2:11am

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Its my moment to hand the baton to Guillermo. [In reply to] Can't Post

What does this tell you all? Perhaps it would be interesting to ask what will be the actual role of Jackson, and how they will combine their visions. Perhaps I'll ask just that!

Here's to Del Toro becoming the Irvin Kershner of Middle Earth!

Essay winner of the Show us your Hobbit Pride Giveway!


Brass_Ring
The Shire


May 15 2008, 2:12am

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Registered! [In reply to] Can't Post

And ready to go!!!! I do like the title background graphic for the chat room.


StillCrazy
Bree


May 15 2008, 2:15am

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Thinking [In reply to] Can't Post

Of a good question, something about copyright might be helpful, but I want to know many other things. What are the ideas for Smaug for one.


Altaira
Superuser / Moderator


May 15 2008, 2:22am

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I suspect there's subtext in PJs letter [In reply to] Can't Post

...that they'll answer the 20 most popular questions that aren't just fluff, and/or that they *can* answer (given pre-production hasn't started yet). There will also be more opportunities for this kind of thing than there were for LOTR, so if a question gets missed, it could get picked up the next time around if the answer hasn't yet been revealed.


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase



TORn Calendar


Kelvarhin
Half-elven


May 15 2008, 2:32am

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Me too :D [In reply to] Can't Post

gonna have to set my alarm though, the chat's starting at 4am my time *doh*. Might see if hubby wants to sleep in the spare room that night EvilAngelic


There he stood
Proud and solemn
Yet happy and gay


GreenHeart
Rivendell


May 15 2008, 2:52am

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

I didn't find TORn until after TTT, so I wasn't around for all the excitement before the films. I am so very happy to be here for this! *does a little happy dance* I am registered!


Sunflower
Valinor

May 15 2008, 3:07am

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This is a dumb question but.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Never having done a live chat, the "ASK" button doesn't function until the actual chat, right? I mean, is this a "submit question beforehand" thing? , b/c I'm having trouble being able to type it in..won't let me. Am all registered though.

*Told you it was a dumb question...don't laugh PLEASE*BlushBlush

Can you find the link to the 20 Questions for LOTR, or has that been lost? Was it the same thing as the 20 Questions on AICN or was that later? I LOVE nostalgia:)

But Oh Lordy....the first HOBBIT LOGO! And it's PERFECT!!!!! Love the artwork! I'm getting the chills....

On a side note: I've been thinking: where is the media in the US? No Entertainment Weekly articles YET (and they were the ones with a "Middle-earth Watch", no USA Today story, etc. I've only seen blurbs on this whole thing on the Net. Huh?


(This post was edited by Sunflower on May 15 2008, 3:14am)


Kelvarhin
Half-elven


May 15 2008, 3:57am

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don't think it's a dumb question [In reply to] Can't Post

I've never done a live chat q&a before either, and I'm sure we're not the only ones *looks suspiciously around* so I'm interested in an answer to your question too.


There he stood
Proud and solemn
Yet happy and gay


Starling
Half-elven


May 15 2008, 7:01am

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And add me to that [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't really even know what it is, oh the shame. Blush
I'm off to register now...


Starling
Half-elven


May 15 2008, 7:28am

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How long should you have to wait for the confirmation e-mail? [In reply to] Can't Post

I have registered and it says the e-mail has been sent and I should follow the links in it, but I still haven't received the e-mail after half an hour.


Eledhwen
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 15 2008, 7:31am

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Oooh, that's early for a Sunday! [In reply to] Can't Post

But doable, I reckon ... at least I know PJ will be up too, just across Mt Vic! Cool

How exciting.

Akaroa jetty, New Zealand, March 2008

Akaroa jetty


Kelvarhin
Half-elven


May 15 2008, 7:39am

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Got mine straight away [In reply to] Can't Post

has it still not turned up? Might have to try again


There he stood
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Yet happy and gay

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