Category Archives: Sir Ian McKellen


Sir Ian McKellan evidently didn’t get the memo that filming of The Hobbit films had been delayed for 5 weeks, due to Sir Peter Jackson‘s emergency perforated ulcer operation. Sir Peter was advised by doctors to spend five weeks in recovery from his Op. Well Sir Ian’s already back in Middle Earth.

Says, the rogue, character actor of the UK on his…  blog (what else?)…

“A wizard is never late: but I hadn’t intended last Thursday to arrive in Wellington for The Hobbit filming, five weeks early.

Yet, what’s new?  Just a year ago, touring New Zealand with Waiting for Godot, I had expected to start shooting in July 2010, with Guillermo del Toro in charge.  I was staying at his spare house on Breaker Bay, close to the Jackson compound.  There he told me why he was abandoning Middle Earth, as Warner Brothers and MGM got perilously close to postponing The Hobbit forever and he worried about his commitments to other work.  So my plan to jump straight from Beckett to Tolkien had to be abandoned and I flew home for a prolonged break.

A year on, filming was to start at the end of February 2011.  I curtailed a holiday in India to make sure I would be on time.

Then, while I was away, Peter Jackson had his stomach operation.  The insurance company has insisted on five weeks recuperation.  Which is why, yet again, I¹m here early.  Waiting for Bilbo.

I was hoping to see Peter up and kicking at the party Philippa Boyens threw last week for the actors and again the following day, when Graham Mactavish and Gwen had a house-warming party in their garden and house overlooking the Wellington harbour.  No luck: but there were many others to say hello to; beginning with 13 dwarves.

To be continued.”

The BBQ invite list for Sir Ian in Aotearoa, must be hotter than the Royal Wedding RSVP invites updates list right now in the UK. He’s a bit of big star in NZ.

[Sir Ian's pic appears courtesy of The Charlie Rose show]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California, USA. 2.24.11~



“At the coral reef, the beach tide was low like the flat Injun prairie plains of Boise, Idaho.”–Horiwood, a novel.

“You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated. It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”–Sir Edmund Hilary‘s humility as wisdom in Hollywood.

What’s up with this picture? It’s like when the cast of Mad Men went for berry martinis at The Abbey with the Hollywood Maori Harry Potter blogger guy, on the way to the Arclight theater to see a film with hobbits in it in 3D. That’s too many alluvial-intellectual levels of a horticulturalists nation’s, pop cultural quircke.

Anyways, in more simpler news. Ten Hollywood entertainment news posts, you’re sharing as culture right here on Horiwood.Com via social media are:

1. Kiwi Humor – A vintage Hollywood movie postcard for Sir Peter Jackson

2. The physics of super heroes - when good scientists become movie geek experts too

3. Benjamin Franklin & Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki quotes

4. Sir Ian McKellan will reprise the grey power fierce, for The Hobbit in 3D

5. Wisdom from the book In The Presence of a Gorilla

6. Yale Women’s Rugby Team & Rugby World Cup excursions 2011

7. Nesian Mystik music

8. Harry Potter‘s Daniel Radcliffe for Trevor Project teenagers

9. Maori Hollywood actors, the Courage to Love Novel, catching up with 3D star Cliff Curtis

10. Nicole Kidman joins Jon Hamm for presenting duties at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011

Bonus Post: Starbucks for AfricaRox in a Box lyrics with The Decemberists good folks band

Other Hollywood news websites, blogs and media outlets who sometimes share Harry Potter, Twilight Saga, The Hobbit news too are: E!Hollywood NewsHollywood ReporterAccess HollywoodHollywood.ComET OnlineDeadline.ComCelebrity GossipYoung Hollywood.; HuffPo.

[Photo of Elijah Wood courtesy of Elly's Elijah Wood Site. Pic of double taiaha Maori, martial arts, future action movies combat weaponry, courtesy of Aotearoa New Zealand]

~@Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.27.11~



With all that majestic scenary in 3D about to light up the screen in The Hobbit films I was wondering who could do it all some justice? Today though my angsty anxieties as a Kiwi living in Hollywood with hobbit-haka feet were all dissolved. The Celebrity Cafe reports: ‘Sir Ian McKellen, 71, will reprise his role as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit. McKellen confirmed the news on his website Tuesday. The 71-year-old actor wrote on his website that his “worry that I could not easily escape from Middle Earth was lifted.”’

Exciting news for Lord of The Rings fans worldwide. Production begins next month (February). For more on Sir Ian, his own website is pretty blingy. Check it for more on a cinematic great.

[Photograph - courtesy of New Line Cinema via New York Daily News]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.11.11~