Fact: Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood is planning to kick off 2015 by debuting his new Dj duo on a short U.S. club tour. Wood formed Wooden Wisdom with fellow Dj and music enthusiast Zach Cowie, and the act has booked five shows in January (15).
Fact: Comedian and Lord Of The Rings superfan Stephen Colbert dressed up in a Middle Earth costume on Saturday (26Jul14) as he stepped onstage at the San Diego Comic-Con event in California to moderate a panel discussion with The Hobbit stars Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis and Benedict Cumberbatch and filmmaker Peter Jackson.
Quote: "Kids... see things, between the ages of one to four..., that aren't there... A friend of mine had a two year old who walked into their neighbour's house and looked in the corner and said, 'Make the scary man go away'. That's really frightening... There was no one there." Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood on the inspiration behind his new comedy horror movie Cooties, in which a group of killer zombie children attempt to take over a school.
Fact: The white horse which featured alongside Sir Ian McKellen in the Lord Of The Rings movies has died. Blanco, who played Gandalf's steed Shadowfax in the film franchise, had to be euthanised this week (ends13Apr14) after falling ill.
Quote: "I got a star right in front of a sweet shop and he is obsessed and mad for candy right now, so he was excited for that. Trying to keep him from having too much, though." Lord Of The Rings star Orlando Bloom admits his three-year-old son Flynn was more excited about the potential of stocking up on sweets than his dad receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 2,521st star was unveiled on Wednesday (02Apr14), with Bloom's Zulu co-star Forest Whitaker on hand to honour the actor.
Quote: "I found it mesmerising, and it transported me into this incredible world. It's extraordinary that I'm getting a chance to bring it to the screen." Lord Of The Rings star Andy Serkis confirms reports he's directing a new movie version of author Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.
Fact: Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and Lord Of The Rings star Sean Astin will be among the 25,000 runners hitting the streets of Los Angeles on Sunday (18Mar12) for the city's 27th annual Honda L.A. Marathon. This year's big event begins at Dodger Stadium and ends blocks from the Santa Monica Pier. The run will be Astin's third - he also competed in 1998 and 2010.
Fact: Lord Of The Rings star Sean Astin is dedicating his Los Angeles Marathon efforts to all the people who have sent him heartfelt messages via Twitter.com asking him to think of their ailing and late loved ones. The actor will take take on the challenge on Sunday (18Mar12).
Fact: A YouTube.com series featuring appearances by Lord Of The Rings actor Martin Freeman and '80s pop star Boy George is set to be turned into a big screen movie. Svengali, written by and starring actor Johnny Owen, follows a man from Wales who travels to London with dreams of managing the best band in the world. The independent film adaptation will begin production in London next week (begs27Feb12).
Quote: "It's been rebuilt for The Hobbit, but with sustainable materials - with real wood - so it'll always be there. So from now on you'll actually get to see Hobbiton and visit it as a real place. You can't stay there but they are turning the Green Dragon pub into a visitor centre." Actor Elijah Wood reveals movie bosses built the New Zealand set of the upcoming Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit with green materials to ensure the iconic landmarks could become a tourist hotspot.
Quote: "Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I'm excited to announce... that we'll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more." Director/producer Peter Jackson confirms ongoing speculation that the British actor will appear in Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit.
Quote: "No, I'm not actually attached. I'm not confirmed. But they are introducing new characters. I know that... I think I could pass for an elf. I think if I had the right ears. I wouldn't want to be a hobbit. Certainly not." Irish actress Saoirse Ronan insists she hasn't yet signed a deal to appear in Peter Jackson's upcoming Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit.
Fact: Actress Saoirse Ronan is reteaming with her THE LOVELY BONES director Peter Jackson to shoot the Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit. The Oscar-nominated teenager will join Sir Ian MCKellen, Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood in the two films, which are currently in pre-production in New Zealand.
Fact: Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood has signed on to join Eddie Izzard in a new TV adaptation of literary classic TREASURE ISLAND. The actor will play Ben Gunn opposite Izzard's Long John Silver in the mini-series, which will shoot on location in Ireland and Puerto Rico.
Fact: Lord Of The Rings star Dominic Monaghan performed a Thanksgiving Day musical plea to save turkeys with a puking bird on U.S. late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (23Nov10). In the ditty, titled Turkeys Are People Too, the Brit boasted turkeys make great pets, can speak Chinese and are good at math.
Fact: Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt has been announced as the latest addition to the cast of The Hobbit. The COLD FEET star will portray dwarf Bofur in the upcoming Lord Of The Rings prequel. Director Peter Jackson says, "James' charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles. We feel very lucky to be able to welcome him as one of our cast."
Quote: "She goes, 'Orly, you should have a mohawk. You’d look really cute.’ It was Liv Tyler telling me to get a mohawk! I was like, 'I’ll have a mohawk, please!'" Orlando Bloom reveals his Lord Of The Rings co-star inspired him to go for a punk look.
Fact: Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood will be showing off his DJ-ing skills at Los Angeles record store Amoeba on Sunday (08Aug10) as part of the Amoeba Sunday Sound Matinee series, which also features former Salt-N-Pepa star Spinderella.
Quote: "I actually had the chance to meet him in the mid-'90s. The meeting wasn't great, I have to say. He was very much out of order. He didn't suffer fools, put it that way, and he'd had a few to drink. But I was very glad, when I got to play the role, that I'd seen that side of him." Lord Of The Rings star Andy Serkis on his less than friendly meeting with punk icon Ian Dury, who he plays in biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll.
Quote: "That should have started in April but they didn't contact me about a contract until a few weeks ago and we're in negotiation... I've read the script, or as much as had been written, they sent it to me, which was very accomplished and good, I thought, and a wonderful part. But I don't have a contract and I don't have a start date, so there we are. We're in a bit of limbo at the moment." SIR Ian McKellen on the slow progress of Lord Of The Rings prequel, The Hobbit, in which he hopes to reprise his Gandalf character.
Quote: "When I've been asked what should be on my gravestone, I've said, 'Here lies Gandalf. He came out. Two big achievements.'" SIR Ian McKellen hopes to be remembered for his Lord Of The Rings role and his homosexuality.
Fact: Ray Winstone and Olivia Williams have joined the cast of the upcoming Ian Dury biopic, in which Lord Of The Rings star Andy Serkis will play the late British punk. Naomie Harris will play Dury's girlfriend and Winstone will portray his father in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, which will also feature Pirates of the Caribbean star Mackenzie Crook.
Fact: Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood returned to Chile on Wednesday (08Oct08) to open new fashion exhibition War and Seduction in the capital of Santiago. The actor was previously on hand to open the show's venue, the Museum of Fashion, back in May (08).
Quote: "I can't stand waiting in lines. I hate people talking inanely about Lord Of The Rings. I hate people whistling. I'm not like this because I am famous, I've always been a grumpy b**tard." British funnyman Ricky Gervais has a lot of pet peeves.
Fact: GREASE star Stockard Channing will replace Lord Of The Rings actor Sean Astin as the narrator of nature series MEERKAT MANOR when the fourth season of the show airs in America next month (Jun08).
Quote: "There's a good argument for not doing it - it's distracting. How can an audience not look at genitalia on display when they have the license to do it in a darkened theatre." SIR Ian McKellen on why he opted not to follow his Lord Of The Rings co-star SIR Ian Holm's example and bare all for a 20 minute sequence of SHAKESPEARE tragedy King Lear. Instead, MCKellen briefly strips in his role as Lear, offering just a glimpse of his naked form.
Fact: PIERS CROMBLEHOLME, the dreadlocked great-grandson of Lord Of The Rings author JRR TOLKIEN, has admitted in court in England to possessing a variety of drugs including cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and the horse tranquilliser Ketamine, after police raided his home and found a cannabis growing operation.
Quote: "I've got a sword from all these (Pirates Of The Caribbean) movies and a bow and arrow from Lord Of The Rings, so I'm all armoured up now. Nobody wants to try and break into my house." Orlando Bloom on the 'weapons' he's claimed from his epic movies.
Quote: "I took Hologram to a secluded part of the island, and I was kinda sad as I let him go." Lord Of The Rings and Lost star Dominic Monaghan bid a fond farewell to his beloved chameleon Hologram after the pet died in Hawaii.
Quote: "It's been three, four years since the movies came out and I literally hear it every day... I'm pretty sure a month ago a homeless man called me FRODO." Actor Elijah Wood is always recognised as Lord Of The Rings hero FRODO BAGGINS.
Quote: "I'm half-Hobbit myself. I don't have hairy feet. I get it waxed." Singer Natasha Bedingfield quips about the misconception people from her parents' native New Zealand must be Hobbits, simply because Peter Jackson shot his Lord Of The Rings trilogy there.
Fact: <p>Movie-maker Peter Jackson initially planned to sign up his entire Lord Of The Rings cast to star in his new epic King Kong, but admits, "The characters on Kong didn't quite fit any of them." </p>
Quote: <p>"Boy, am I glad there wasn't a fourth episode of Lord Of The Rings." Spider-Man 2 visual effects supervisor JOHN DYKSTRA is relieved the JRR TOLKIEN film trilogy is over as he accepted the Best Achievement in Visual Effects ACADEMY AWARDS. </p> <b>28/02/2005 14:32</b>