The actor, twice nominated for an Academy award, joins diversity debate saying homophobia is as much a problem as racism in Hollywood.
Hobbit feet and Frodo's sword are among the "Lord of the Rings" items that will go on auction in Beverly Hills.
Hobbits, elves and dragons appear to be coaxing tourists to New Zealand as fans await their first glimpse of the second movie in "The Hobbit" trilogy.
A hotel celebrates the famous author, but there's little else to mark the city as Tolkien's birthplace.
Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins, who worked on the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, has drowned after a rafting accident in New Zealand.