Official Users 09/22/2012
5 Things You Should Know for Hobbit Day & Tolkien Week
The first full-length trailer for The Hobbit premiered online this week. Just in time for Hobbit Day, which kicks off Tolkin Week. I see what you did there, Warner Brothers. Very nice.
Anyway, the highly anticipated prequel is set to hit theaters December 14th. Many of the cast members from LOTR return while newcomers Martin Freeman, Evangline Lilly, and something called a Cumberbatch round out the billing. Of course, fanboys know this. They’ve already scoffed, cursed their computer screen, and moved along.
For those remaining – the more casual fans like myself – we’ve got a video of factoids surrounding the franchise from WatchMojo.com along with five that stuck out to us accompanied by some commentary from your favorite blogging Hobbit – or Hobblogit … me. Be sure to plug your ears and orifices before reading and be on the lookout for the ‘More You Know’ shooting star.
1. Stanley Kubrick and The Beatles Wanted to Adapt the Book
Wrap your head around that real quick. What if both ended up working on it? Trippiest movie ever? The janitors at movie theaters would’ve gone on strike for the amount of melted minds they’d have to swab away after each showing.
2. Daniel Radcliffe, Shia LaBeouf, and Tobey Maguire Were Almost Bilbo
You have a little cerebellum leaking out of your ear. *Wipes away* There ya go. What in the wide world of Mordor is Daniel Radcliffe thinking? Why would he EVER subject himself to another decade of fanboy pandemonium? To shed the Harry Potter stigma? Hey, let’s trade one life-defining role for another! For Daniel’s sake, I’m glad he either didn’t take it or wasn’t chosen. I want to see him live past 30.
3. Saramon Was Almost Gandalf
Christopher Lee was originally considered for the part now played by Sir Ian McKellen. I know what I’m about to propose would most likely get shot or cursed or poisoned since it deviates so dramatically from the books (I never read them), but why doesn’t Jackson gradually make each wizard look like the other until they’re indistinguishable. Or have a scene where they switch bodies? I’m a child of the 80s, that kind of genre is my generation’s swan song.
4. Yak Hair Was Used For Beards and Such
*Tries to do the Yak mating call from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls* Yaks are so foreign to us ‘Mericans that if you were to survey about 100 of us, we’d all say it’s a mythical creature. The unicorn is realer to us than a yak. I’ve always had a deep-seated distaste for hair, especially my own, so I can’t fathom ever gluing a yak’s to my face. No and also spank you. Yuck sauce. Yuck … yak … it all makes sense now.
5. 8 of 9 Fellowshippers Got Tats of Elvish Symbol For ’9′
Hey, I get this. Spend that long with someone, you’re gonna bond. You never want to let that bond fade away. Best way to permeate it is gettin’ ink done. But, who’s the 1 guy who backed out? You have Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Frodo (Elijah Wood), Boromir (Sean Bean), Merry (Dominic Monaghan), Sam (Sean Astin), Gandalf (Sir Ian), Gimli (JRD), Legolas (Mr. Miranda Kerr), Pippin (Billy Boyd). No way in the Shire are Viggo, Bean, or McKellen wussing out. Same for Rudy. Monaghan drowned to help Losties escape. John Rhys-Davies will eat your face and serve his you-loaded excrement to your family. So, that leaves Elijah and Billy Boyd. That’s a toss-up, friends. But, Wood’s shown some huevos. I’m going Boyd on that one.
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