An Unexpected Party
Calling all Tolkien fans: Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro, the masterminds behind the forthcoming films based on "The Hobbit" and various other works by good ol' J.R.R., are hosting an online chat at WETA Workshop's Web site on May 24. You can submit questions in advance and register for your virtual seat in the chat room when the two bearded wonders talk about their new prospective blockbusters.
The registration page also unveils what looks to be the poster art/logo for the new flick; it looks like they're maintaining the same feel, but aging it even further.
Much has been made about who should play Bilbo in the new movies. Let's face it, Ian Holm is just too plain old to play the part, considering when filming begins he'll be almost ten years older than he was when "The Lord of the Rings" went before the cameras. Some have suggested "Atonement" star James McAvoy as a good choice; I can't help but think that Michael Emerson, who plays Benjamin Linus on "Lost," would make a fabulous Hobbit, but he's probably too sinister for Bilbo. (Of course, at this point, I would watch Michael Emerson read the phonebook.)
Speaking of "Lost," I won't be able to see tonight's episode until the wee hours of the morning. Torture! Sheer torture!