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April 14, 2007 - October 09, 2007

Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Trilogy Screening in Michigan - Xoanon @ 14:18 PST
Proceeds to Benefit the Arc of Central Michigan

The Academy Award winning trio of films known as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is making their way back to the big screen. We invite you to join us on Sunday, October 21, 2007 for this one-day event which will include all three movies, a costume contest, give-aways, and discounted concessions!

The screening, to be held at Celebration! Cinema in Mt. Pleasant, MI, kicks off at noon with The Fellowship of the Rings, and is followed at 3:30 pm by The Two Towers and concludes at 7:00 pm with The Return of the King. All three movies will be presented in their original theatrical release versions and brought to big screen through our state-of-the-art digital DLP projectors.

Tickets to this event are $10 for all three movies, or $4 for individual tickets. All proceeds will benefit the Arc of Central Michigan (www.arcofcentralmi.org), a non-profit advocacy group serving individuals with disabilities in our community.

Tickets are on sale now at our box office, on-line (www.celebrationcinema.com), and by phone at (989)779-0905.

Our Mission Statement

We strive to better our communities by creating a superior shared entertainment experience.

For more information e-mail ccouling@bigscreenmovies.com.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Cruise to Middle-earth Update - Xoanon @ 20:21 PST

Garfeimao writes: It has been a month since the Cruise to Middle earth in November, 2008 was announced and the response has been phenomenal. I have been getting a lot of response from single travelors, some willing to travel alone and some reticent to travel alone but unsure how to find travelling companions.

Well, I've got an answer to that. I've set up a Yahoogroup specifically for people interested in the Cruise to Middle earth. Questions can be posted there and I'll do my best to answer them all. More importantaly, it's the first place you and your travelling companions will have to meet and get to know each other before embarking on this Voyage of a lifetime together. And for those who can't find a traveling companion, this is the best place to find someone willing to share your journey, and share the cost as well.

From the starting page on TORn you can go to the cruise page on my work website and find the Yahoogroup info at the bottom there. Don't let the absence of a traveling companion automatically eliminate you from considering this trip, there is plenty of Fellowship to be had. [Cruise Update] [Complete Cruise Details]

Saturday, September 01, 2007
WIN Free Tickets to KNIGHT QUEST! - Xoanon @ 12:18 PST

September 9th, 2007 - Janetville, Ontario

TheOneRing.net and dragonworld.tv present The KNIGHT QUEST Contest!

KNIGHT QUEST is a one of a kind Medieval Festival & Tournament.

Win 2 tickets to participate as an audience member in the first episode of our new medieval-combat based reality TV series!

The Tournament will consist of our Masters of Horse, Lance, Bow, Sword and Shield entertaining you with a demonstration of the chivalric martial arts, and you will also get to meet the Cast of our reality series on the very first day they begin their Quest to become a Knight.

Also provided will be a Festival featuring performers and artists in a Medieval village that you may walk among and enjoy. The public is encourage to bring and wear their own medieval costumes for the day.


Simply send an email to xoanon@theonering.net with the subject KNIGHT QUEST. A winner will be drawn at random on Friday, September 7th.

Fine Details


DragonWorld.TV is bringing this reality series to the internet soon, and is making it available for licensing to networks around the world.
More information, including driving directions, can be found at dragonworld.tv

DragonWorld.TV, a fantasy and medieval-genre internet television channel, and its production partners Chivalry House Productions and Magik Morn, are in the final weeks of pre-production for an exciting new reality series called Knight Quest.

The show, to be filmed near Lindsay, Ontario this September, is gearing up to train a few score of competitors in the western martial arts of medieval combat.

As in the Middle Ages, you will see tournaments where chivalry and honor count, and not only strength of arms but strength of heart will win the day. See our competitors rise through the ranks as peasants learning the skills of horsemanship, as pages learning to fight with the sword, the bow and the lance, and then as squires using all their skills to face the dreaded Gauntlet. Watch the Final Four fulfilling their quest for knighthood, and engaging in the final confrontation of an all day battle for glory, for honor, and for the prize of a custom-made, authentically designed full suit of armor. Many will come to take part in this Knight Quest, but only one Champion will emerge.
Filmed in High Definition, the 13-episode series will be available online at DragonWorld.TV, and is available for licensing by networks around the world.

DragonWorld.TV is a joint venture between IPX Entertainment and After Rain Films. Visit dragonworld.tv for more information.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Cleveland LOTR Symphony Review - Xoanon @ 17:00 PST
Penny writes: I just wanted to let everyone know that I attended the LOTR Symphony performance at the Blossom Festival in Cleveland this past weekend and it was brilliant!! I have now seen the symphony 5 times around the midwest and this was the best every performance. Perhaps this can be attributed to the talent of the Cleveland Orchestra and their attending choirs, perhaps it can be attributed to the fact that this orchestra and performed it before, or perhaps we can attribute it to the passion of the conductor, none other than composer Howard Shore. I have a feeling it was all three of these factors plus the incredible setting of the outdoor venue that really enhance the feel of the music.

I met my two wonderful friends from Toronto there, whom I first met at ORC three years ago. We enjoyed a beautiful day exploring the area, including a trip to Brandywine Falls, fittingly enough. We saw no Buckleberry Ferry, but there was a Brandywine Bridge. We arrived early for the concert in order to explore. Unfortunately, there was no LOTR Symphony related merchandise available, however, the setting was marvelous. The Blossom Festival is situated at the south end of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, so the outdoor venue is surrounded by the forrest and many lovely gardens. Perfect for a Tolkein inspired event. Also, the weather was nearly flawless, warm without being hot, no humidity (a rarity in Ohion in July!), and by the end of the night, downright cool!

I knew as soon as they began that the performance was going to be special. All of the sections were extremely sharp and crisp sounding, but still blended beautifully. The choir was miked, so there would be no problem of not enough volume as there was in Louisville earlier this year. There was some problem after the first movement as Howard paused while latecomers were allowed to get to their seats. (this concert started at 9PM for heaven's sakes, how hard is it to arrive on time?!!). You could tell this delay slightly distracted the orchestra and choir as they began the Rivendell music, but they quickly got over it. The Mines of Moria section was incredible and well really, everything was incredible. Soloist Kaitlyn Lusk was as usual incredible and heart-moving. The flute soloist had the purist tone I've ever heard and the violin was gorgeous. My friends and I were moved to goose bumps so many times they were perpetual. Howard and the orchestra received much applause and standing ovations after the show. I thing the whole audience really enjoyed the performance, even those who were no Ringers!

I hope everyone gets a chance to experience this symphony, especially if you get to experience such a wonderful performance as this one was. I am glad I decided to attend!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
MARS Production Update: Middle Earth Idols & Dragon*Con - Xoanon @ 19:45 PST
We're just a few weeks away from Dragon*Con 2007. The M.A.R.S. Productions film "Middle Earth Idols" is the feature film at the Tolkien Track film festival this year.

"Middle Earth Idols" stars Kiran Shah (LOTR), Daniel Reeve (LOTR), Michael Regina (TheOneRing.net), Dean Haglund (X-Files), Alexis Cruz (Stargate), Grant Wilson (TAPS/Ghost Hunters) as celebrity guest judges, with special musical guest, Emerald Rose.


Tolkien Track

"Middle Earth Idols" will be shown at the film festival on Saturday night (10pm-2am). Check the schedule for the location. Grab some popcorn and join us to see who the next Middle Earth Idol will be!

Saturday, September 1st 10pm-2am
Middle Earth Idols

If you're new to Dragon*Con, check out our short film for the event, produced for TheOneRing.net:

Dragon*Con Short Film

Dragon*Con is a "don't miss" event for all fans of Sci-Fi & Fantasy! Some of this years featured guests are: Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, Lance Henriksen, James Marsters, Kevin Sorbo, Alexis Cruz, TAPS and more... Programming tracks cover everything from Lord of the Rings to Star Trek!

See you there!

M.A.R.S. Productions

Sunday, July 01, 2007
Sept 22 Birthday Plans in Centralia, IL - Xoanon @ 20:48 PST
Garrett D. Anderson, Community Development Director for the City of Centralia, IL, writes: The City of Centralia, Illinois Recreation Department hosts outdoor movies at the Band Shell in Library Park through the Summer and Fall each year. This year, because our distributor finally picked up New Line Cinema Movies – we are proud to announce that we are showing The Fellowship of the Ring as a free outdoor movie in the park. And what better day to show this movie than on Bilbo and Frodo’s Birthday’s; Saturday, September 22nd, 2007.

So – everyone is invited to Centralia, Illinois to join us for a Birthday Party! We will have a costume contest, Trivia Contest, and other activities for LOTR fans. As always, we have non-alcoholic refreshments, popcorn, nachos, etc. We only have permanent seating for about 100, but plenty of open space for more, so bring your chairs or blankets, bring your hauberks and helms, and enjoy The Fellowship on a 40+ foot outdoor screen (for free). It will be dark enough to start the movie at 7:30 p.m. but come early to share Costumes and Trivia at 6:30 p.m.

Please contact Garrett Anderson at Centralia City Hall for information about Centralia, including hotels and restaurants, or how to get here. The Band Shell is at the corner of Sycamore Street and 2nd Street behind the Centralia Municipal Library. Centralia is just over 1 hour east of St. Louis, MO.

Saturday, April 14, 2007
Children of Hurin Events in the US - Xoanon @ 18:12 PST
The folks from Houghton Mifflin Company write: In addition to the big event in NYC on Tuesday that you already know about, a few other bookstores are also hosting events to mark the release of THE CHILDREN OF HÚRIN. These stores will be hosting "READ-A-THONS" and other celebratory activities. Each of these stores will have 5 signed bookplates (signed by Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee), which they will be using as prizes at their events.

April 17, 2:00 p.m.
The Booksmith
1644 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

April 17, 6:00 p.m.
132 E. Winchester
Murray, UT 84107

April 17, 7:00 p.m.
University Bookstore
990 102nd Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

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