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2013-06-28 09:25:40 PM  
sad gandalf is sad
 
2013-06-28 09:29:43 PM  
too much sad for an old guy that's not even dead.
 
2013-06-28 09:29:47 PM  
I have to say that Ian McKellen as Gandalf was the best single cast in LotR, he's done nothing short of a phenomenal job of the role. He brought the character to life in a way I can't imagine anyone else having done. That said, I still think Martin Freeman as Bilbo is even better.
 
2013-06-28 09:32:37 PM  
If Ian McKellen is truly career-oriented, he will die shortly after Hobbit #2 comes out. He'll get that Best Actor Oscar after all, just wait a year.
 
2013-06-28 09:33:04 PM  
If I were Sir Ian, I ask to keep the costume so I could randomly wear it while out doing mundane things. Like everyone once in a while going grocery shopping dressed as Gandalf and stop just before the automatic doors to make some elaborate gesture with the staff before tripping the motion sensor.
 
2013-06-28 09:34:30 PM  
You done good, Dumbledore.
 
2013-06-28 09:36:57 PM  
Sir Ian is one of 5 actors from the LOTR films that I see in my head when I read the books. I can't think of a better compliment to give an actor.
 
2013-06-28 09:41:28 PM  
Clicked the link thinking he had died.

Don't DO that to me...
 
2013-06-28 09:49:13 PM  

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: Clicked the link thinking he had died.

Don't DO that to me...


^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 
2013-06-28 09:54:10 PM  

that bosnian sniper: I have to say that Ian McKellen as Gandalf was the best single cast in LotR, he's done nothing short of a phenomenal job of the role. He brought the character to life in a way I can't imagine anyone else having done. That said, I still think Martin Freeman as Bilbo is even better.


I rather liked Rhys-Davies as Gimli.

Then again John Rhys-Davies was basically playing himself.
 
2013-06-28 09:56:01 PM  
Ian McKellan's final image as Gandalf

Until they film "The Books of Lost Tales" and "The Similarion" and "Walking New Zealand Part VIII"
 
2013-06-28 09:58:33 PM  
I thought there was going to be three Hobbit movies? Wha?
 
2013-06-28 09:59:04 PM  
When I read the books, I hear Gandalf's lines in Sir Ian McKellen's voice.

That's kind of the test, really...
 
2013-06-28 09:59:21 PM  

Tax Boy: Ian McKellan's final image as Gandalf

Until they film "The Books of Lost Tales" and "The Similarion" and "Walking New Zealand Part VIII"


Admittedly, it's been a long time since I was young enough to care to read "Lost Tales" or "Silmarillion" but I'm pretty sure Gandalf doesn't feature in either of those....
 
2013-06-28 10:00:55 PM  

Tax Boy: Ian McKellan's final image as Gandalf

Until they film "The Books of Lost Tales" and "The Similarion" and "Walking New Zealand Part VIII"


From watching the first Hobbit film it seems that they have already incorporated a lot of material from Similarion and Lost Tales into the films. For there to be two more three hour films I'm guessing we're getting some more historical flashbacks from the Similarion in the next two films.
 
2013-06-28 10:01:39 PM  

bugmn99: I thought there was going to be three Hobbit movies? Wha?


There are.  There will be about ten months of effects work once they're done with the Smaug effects.  They're wrapping up the real people parts of the movie.
 
2013-06-28 10:04:02 PM  

Thrag: Tax Boy: Ian McKellan's final image as Gandalf

Until they film "The Books of Lost Tales" and "The Similarion" and "Walking New Zealand Part VIII"

From watching the first Hobbit film it seems that they have already incorporated a lot of material from Similarion and Lost Tales into the films. For there to be two more three hour films I'm guessing we're getting some more historical flashbacks from the Similarion in the next two films.


Yeah, they're incorporating everything they can into this trilogy.  I seem to recall a Peter Jackson interview where he said that they were going to fit as much as they could into it because when these films are done he doesn't want a reason to return to Middle Earth.
 
2013-06-28 10:05:58 PM  

bugmn99: I thought there was going to be three Hobbit movies? Wha?


I just wish Peter Jackass had read the one Hobbit book.

----------------------------------------------------

Stupid fart jokes in The Hobbit? Really, Peter? After all the great work you did in the LOTR series, I was looking forward to you doing The Hobbit. Waited almost 10 years for you to do The Hobbit. And when it finally hits theaters, what do we get? Stupid fart jokes. I wish Gollum would bugger you until your eyeballs pop out.
 
2013-06-28 10:19:25 PM  
I will not say, "Do not weep" for not all tears are evil.
 
2013-06-28 10:21:01 PM  
The more weight Peter Jackson loses, the more he looks like a rapist.
 
2013-06-28 10:27:32 PM  

Snapper Carr: Sir Ian is one of 5 actors from the LOTR films that I see in my head when I read the books. I can't think of a better compliment to give an actor.


For shiats and giggles - heere are the 5

McKellen - "head" Gandalf
Serkis - "head" Gollum
Astin - "head" Samwise
Lee - "head" Saruman
Dourif - "head" Grima Wormtongue


There are other great performances but they differ too far from the source material because of the script (Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies, David Wenham)
 
2013-06-28 10:30:24 PM  

PacManDreaming: bugmn99: I thought there was going to be three Hobbit movies? Wha?

I just wish Peter Jackass had read the one Hobbit book.

----------------------------------------------------

Stupid fart jokes in The Hobbit? Really, Peter? After all the great work you did in the LOTR series, I was looking forward to you doing The Hobbit. Waited almost 10 years for you to do The Hobbit. And when it finally hits theaters, what do we get? Stupid fart jokes. I wish Gollum would bugger you until your eyeballs pop out.


It's a KID'S STORY, man. The original book was a kid's story, and the movie is likewise a kid's movie, no matter how epic Jackson tries to make it. Don't pretend like it's some gigantic indignity, especially since they played the "that's what Bilbo Baggins hates" bit.

I do hope we don't have to shoehorn Frodo into the second and third movies, though.
 
2013-06-28 10:38:17 PM  
Just wait til Disney buys the rights and films LOTR Episode VII
 
2013-06-28 10:47:05 PM  

Thrag: If I were Sir Ian, I ask to keep the costume so I could randomly wear it while out doing mundane things. Like everyone once in a while going grocery shopping dressed as Gandalf and stop just before the automatic doors to make some elaborate gesture with the staff before tripping the motion sensor.


"It's a riddle...what's the Elvish word for 'Chocolate Milk'?"
 
2013-06-28 10:59:02 PM  

PacManDreaming: bugmn99: I thought there was going to be three Hobbit movies? Wha?

I just wish Peter Jackass had read the one Hobbit book.

----------------------------------------------------

Stupid fart jokes in The Hobbit? Really, Peter? After all the great work you did in the LOTR series, I was looking forward to you doing The Hobbit. Waited almost 10 years for you to do The Hobbit. And when it finally hits theaters, what do we get? Stupid fart jokes. I wish Gollum would bugger you until your eyeballs pop out.


There were fart jokes in The Hobbit movie? I don't remember any. Must not have had much of an impact on me. What part?
 
2013-06-28 11:10:52 PM  
This final image will be the first of 12 spread out over the next 5 years.
 
2013-06-28 11:16:28 PM  
 
2013-06-28 11:24:39 PM  

Rocket To Russia: There were fart jokes in The Hobbit movie? I don't remember any. Must not have had much of an impact on me. What part?


Right after the felching scene, during the meeting of the White Council
 
2013-06-28 11:37:41 PM  
Must be weird, watching a three hour movie and getting hung up on a fart joke. I don't remember it either.
 
2013-06-28 11:50:17 PM  

No Line For Beer: Thrag: Tax Boy: Ian McKellan's final image as Gandalf

Until they film "The Books of Lost Tales" and "The Similarion" and "Walking New Zealand Part VIII"

From watching the first Hobbit film it seems that they have already incorporated a lot of material from Similarion and Lost Tales into the films. For there to be two more three hour films I'm guessing we're getting some more historical flashbacks from the Similarion in the next two films.

Yeah, they're incorporating everything they can into this trilogy.  I seem to recall a Peter Jackson interview where he said that they were going to fit as much as they could into it because when these films are done he doesn't want a reason to return to Middle Earth.


There will be nothing from Lost Tales or Silmillarion in either movie. Jackson's rights are to the Hobbit and LotR. He couldn't even use the names of the blue wizards, which occasioned Gandalf's joke in the first Hobbit film about not remembering their names. He can mine the LotR appendices but that's it.
 
2013-06-28 11:57:38 PM  

PacManDreaming: bugmn99: I thought there was going to be three Hobbit movies? Wha?

I just wish Peter Jackass had read the one Hobbit book.



QFT.
 
2013-06-29 12:18:03 AM  

Marshal805: PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: Clicked the link thinking he had died.

Don't DO that to me...

^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


I knew he was still alive!

/no I didn't
 
2013-06-29 12:27:28 AM  

Manfred J. Hattan: He couldn't even use the names of the blue wizards, which occasioned Gandalf's joke in the first Hobbit film about not remembering their names.


To be fair, Gandalf is nowhere big enough a Tolkein nerd to remember Alatar and Pallando's names off the top of his head.

/but I am
 
2013-06-29 12:28:23 AM  

Strolpol: It's a KID'S STORY, man. The original book was a kid's story, and the movie is likewise a kid's movie, no matter how epic Jackson tries to make it. Don't pretend like it's some gigantic indignity, especially since they played the "that's what Bilbo Baggins hates" bit.


The Hobbit is a kid's story set in a dark and detailed fantasy world that can be made to fit as mature an audience as the director sees fit.
 
2013-06-29 12:32:43 AM  
I generally found the first part of The Hobbit to be a pure joy.  The whining by some people about it really confuses me.

Now, I think there wasn't much reason to have Azog around, but perhaps there will be more reason in the others.
 
2013-06-29 12:34:36 AM  

StrangeQ: Strolpol: It's a KID'S STORY, man. The original book was a kid's story, and the movie is likewise a kid's movie, no matter how epic Jackson tries to make it. Don't pretend like it's some gigantic indignity, especially since they played the "that's what Bilbo Baggins hates" bit.

The Hobbit is a kid's story set in a dark and detailed fantasy world that can be made to fit as mature an audience as the director sees fit.


The point being the director (and more importantly, the studio suits) want kids at these movies. They want kids buying toys and videogames and cereal with Hobbit logos and characters.

Lord of the Rings could pull off the "dark fantasy" bit because they actually were about saving the freakin' world from the lord of evil. The Hobbit is a story about a group of dwarves evicting a fire-breathing squatter in their cave. You can try all you like, but the stakes just aren't there, ESPECIALLY when the majority of the audience knows nothing bad's gonna happen to Gandalf, Bilbo, or really any character than has a smidgen of personality.
 
2013-06-29 12:34:54 AM  

PacManDreaming: I just wish Peter Jackass had read the one Hobbit book.


The Hobbit was a children's story.  And not even a very good one.  I'm glad they are incorporating Tolkien's  other material in the making of the movies.
 
2013-06-29 12:37:29 AM  

Confabulat: Must be weird, watching a three hour movie and getting hung up on a fart joke. I don't remember it either.


Easy, The Hobbit suffered the same damning problem as LotR:  its own farking fandom. The movie was damned if it did, damned if it didn't. Jackson did a fine job translating the source material from book to film, while preserving the "child's tale" element as best he could while reconciling expectations of a more mature story built up from the LotR films,  and keeping the film light on exposition.

Remember, these are people that biatched the dwarves' stay and council with Elrond in the movie was too short, when in the book that was eight pages; when a decade before they biatched the Council of Elrond in LotR was too long, when in the book that was  eighty pages of non-stop exposition.
 
2013-06-29 12:41:49 AM  
Strolpol: ...You can try all you like, but the stakes just aren't there...

Case in point, with my previous post.

Why on  God's green Earth do you think Jackson's pulling in the White Council and Dol Guldur material?  It gives the story context in the greater narrative beyond explain how the One Ring came to Bilbo's possession. Remember, in Lost Tales it's made clear Gandalf was making a long-term strategic move by supporting Thorin's retaking of Erebor and evicting Smaug.
 
2013-06-29 12:46:59 AM  
Weird to think Sean Connery was initially offered the role of Gandalf. I love Connery, but I'm so glad McKellen got the part instead. He's nothing short of sublime.

Same applies for his role as Magneto. Another actor was offered the part first, but had to turn it down due to a scheduling conflict. We nearly didn't have him in these movies.
 
2013-06-29 12:52:56 AM  

Thrag: If I were Sir Ian, I ask to keep the costume so I could randomly wear it while out doing mundane things. Like everyone once in a while going grocery shopping dressed as Gandalf and stop just before the automatic doors to make some elaborate gesture with the staff before tripping the motion sensor.


Well allow me to clue you in a bit about this. It's called "cruising" and the Friends of Dorothy (FoD) specialize (or specialise) in this amorous competitive sport.

Lady [excuse me] Sir Ian undoubtedly knows the moves. And practices them. A practicing - no, I'll sign off here.
 
2013-06-29 12:54:30 AM  

Thrag: Tax Boy: Ian McKellan's final image as Gandalf

Until they film "The Books of Lost Tales" and "The Similarion" and "Walking New Zealand Part VIII"

From watching the first Hobbit film it seems that they have already incorporated a lot of material from Similarion and Lost Tales into the films. For there to be two more three hour films I'm guessing we're getting some more historical flashbacks from the Similarion in the next two films.


Wait until they film the 4-part version of Smith of Wooten Major.
 
2013-06-29 01:05:03 AM  
Well, good that they are done filming the Harry Potter series.
RIP Gandalf.
 
2013-06-29 01:10:15 AM  

that bosnian sniper: Strolpol: ...You can try all you like, but the stakes just aren't there...

Case in point, with my previous post.

Why on  God's green Earth do you think Jackson's pulling in the White Council and Dol Guldur material?  It gives the story context in the greater narrative beyond explain how the One Ring came to Bilbo's possession. Remember, in Lost Tales it's made clear Gandalf was making a long-term strategic move by supporting Thorin's retaking of Erebor and evicting Smaug.


Yeah, though it was somewhat by chance.  Gandalf is at the Green Dragon Inn in Bywater.. 'Hmm, if Sauron comes back, he could cause massive destruction with that dragon.. something needs to be done with it..  say, is that Thror's grandson at the next table?'
 
2013-06-29 01:19:45 AM  

LonMead: Thrag: Tax Boy: Ian McKellan's final image as Gandalf

Until they film "The Books of Lost Tales" and "The Similarion" and "Walking New Zealand Part VIII"

From watching the first Hobbit film it seems that they have already incorporated a lot of material from Similarion and Lost Tales into the films. For there to be two more three hour films I'm guessing we're getting some more historical flashbacks from the Similarion in the next two films.

Wait until they film the 4-part version of Smith of Wooten Major.


Is that being released after the 15-season TV adaptation of Farmer Giles of Ham?
 
2013-06-29 01:46:11 AM  

Strolpol: Lord of the Rings could pull off the "dark fantasy" bit because they actually were about saving the freakin' world from the lord of evil. The Hobbit is a story about a group of dwarves evicting a fire-breathing squatter in their cave. You can try all you like, but the stakes just aren't there, ESPECIALLY when the majority of the audience knows nothing bad's gonna happen to Gandalf, Bilbo, or really any character than has a smidgen of personality.


The least you could do was say Spoiler Alert. Geez.
 
2013-06-29 02:00:25 AM  

Do the needful: Strolpol: Lord of the Rings could pull off the "dark fantasy" bit because they actually were about saving the freakin' world from the lord of evil. The Hobbit is a story about a group of dwarves evicting a fire-breathing squatter in their cave. You can try all you like, but the stakes just aren't there, ESPECIALLY when the majority of the audience knows nothing bad's gonna happen to Gandalf, Bilbo, or really any character than has a smidgen of personality.

The least you could do was say Spoiler Alert. Geez.


I could be wrong. Maybe Jackson will have some fun and call up George R.R. Martin to punch up the script with some random character murders.
 
2013-06-29 02:03:43 AM  

Strolpol: Do the needful: Strolpol: Lord of the Rings could pull off the "dark fantasy" bit because they actually were about saving the freakin' world from the lord of evil. The Hobbit is a story about a group of dwarves evicting a fire-breathing squatter in their cave. You can try all you like, but the stakes just aren't there, ESPECIALLY when the majority of the audience knows nothing bad's gonna happen to Gandalf, Bilbo, or really any character than has a smidgen of personality.

The least you could do was say Spoiler Alert. Geez.

I could be wrong. Maybe Jackson will have some fun and call up George R.R. Martin to punch up the script with some random character murders.


Well, the book and the 1977 movie had different body counts among the dwarves, after the Battle of the Five Armies.
 
2013-06-29 02:06:17 AM  

semiotix: Manfred J. Hattan: He couldn't even use the names of the blue wizards, which occasioned Gandalf's joke in the first Hobbit film about not remembering their names.

To be fair, Gandalf is nowhere big enough a Tolkein nerd to remember Alatar and Pallando's names off the top of his head.

/but I am


Beat me to it :)

I could have sworn they were in the LoTR appendices, though. I'll have to go check.
 
2013-06-29 02:15:27 AM  

Zavulon: semiotix: Manfred J. Hattan: He couldn't even use the names of the blue wizards, which occasioned Gandalf's joke in the first Hobbit film about not remembering their names.

To be fair, Gandalf is nowhere big enough a Tolkein nerd to remember Alatar and Pallando's names off the top of his head.

/but I am

Beat me to it :)

I could have sworn they were in the LoTR appendices, though. I'll have to go check.


Nope, I'm wrong. They're only in the Histories.
 
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