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How The Hobbit‘s Goblin King Was Made, Pustule by Glistening Pustule

Not all that glitters is gold

Respect the work of Weta's designer and animators, and, if you can, rest in the assurance that your job does not require seeking out and looking at pictures of horrible skin infections. (via I Heart Chaos.)

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We Wants This Replica Orcrist From The Hobbit, Precious, Yessssss

Just What You've Always Wanted

Unfortunately it's $9,990, belt and scabbard sold separately. The scabbard is inscribed with runes reading "Born from the Maws of Dragons I am Always Hungry and Thirsty." Darnit WETA, why must you aways make awesome things that I cannot buy? Even the Magical Scarf of Gandalf the Grey is beyond my price range, never mind Thorin's sword. I'm just gonna go grump in the corner for a bit. (via: io9) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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The FX Team Of The Hobbit Had To Study Herpes [VIDEO]

Not all that glitters is gold

Bet that's something you weren't expecting to hear today. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the FX that went into creating the Goblin King for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Turns out, that involved the team researching things like herpes (don't worry, they don't show any of the research in the video). The LA Times has two more, one for Gollum, and one for Azog, plus an interview with Weta visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri. He said, “It was all about making him as disgusting as possible." (LA Times via io9) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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So The Writer of Moulin Rouge! and Weta Workshop are Making Game of Thrones With Joan of Arc

Buckle Buckle Swash Swash

Okay, I admit it. There is one part of that headline that may be a projection rather than indisputable. The fact is that Craig Pearce's series, adapted from Kimberly Cutter's recent novel The Maid, a version of the Joan of Arc tale that interweaves her perspective on the end of the Hundred Years War with the perspectives of "the international noble houses which battled for control of the French throne and ultimately the birth of a nation." I chose to simplify that sentence with the phrase "Game of Thrones but with Joan of Arc." The rest of it? Absolutely no hyperbole. The writer behind Moulin Rouge! is preparing a drama series about Joan of Arc, and Weta Workshop will be doing the design.

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Weta Digital Visual Effects Pioneer Eileen Moran, 60, Dies of Cancer


You may not realize it, but if you've watched and enjoyed many of the big-budget sci-fi/fantasy films from the last decade or so—say, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, District 9, or Avatar—you owe a lot to visual effects pioneer Eileen Moran, who passed away last Sunday in Wellington, New Zealand. She was 60.

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WETA Creates Hobbit Weapons, Maps, & Wizards You Can Own

My Precious!

Sure, you've seen the One Ring sold before (you might even own one) but WETA has a slew of new Hobbit related props to sell thanks to Peter Jackson's trilogy. Character statues, maps, weapons, and more are now available for purchase. Take a look at what they have to offer and see if you don't find a precious all your own. (WETA via Kotaku)

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Man Finds Enormous Giant Weta, Single Largest Insect on Record

Pictured above is a giant weta. Actually, it's a giant giant weta. You see, giant wetas are, as a species, larger than any other species of insect currently in existence. The one above is the largest particular giant weta, a goliath of goliaths. The specimen was found by former park ranger Mark Moffett on Little Barrier Island in New Zealand, the only place giant wetas are known to currently live. Surprisingly enough, Moffett was actually looking for the bugs, so the discovery was something to be celebrated, not something to be feared and haunted by, as I initially assumed upon seeing the picture.

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Geekolinks: 12/11

Half-Life Fan Trailer

Interested in seeing a Half-Life movie? Well, we can't give you that, unfortunately. We can, however, give you this fan-made trailer. What? What kind of trade off is that, you ask? It was put together by Marco Spitoni, who works for Weta. Yeah. Lord of the Rings and District 9 Weta.

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