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News for Jan. 13, 2002

The best movie of all time? 'Lord,' no!

1/13/02, 9:20 pm EST - Xoanon

JGloverWright writes: Ebert's "Movie Answer Man" column features two LotR-related questions today. [More]

Orlando Bloom's Birthday!

1/13/02, 5:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Today, January 13th, is Orlando Bloom's (Legolas) birthday! Orlando Bloom was born on 13 January 1977 in Canterbury, England. That makes him 25 today! Happy birthday Orlando!

TV Watch: Ian McKellen On 'Larry King'

1/13/02, 5:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Be sure to catch Ian McKellen (Gandalf) on 'Larry King Live' tonight at 9pm EST. on CNN. [More]

Elijah Wood: Best Actor Of All Time

1/13/02, 5:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Hillary writes: Elijah Wood (Frodo) was at Harvard University today at the invitiation of the Harvard Lampoon! The Lampoon awarded Elijah their "Best Actor of All Time" award. [More]

Call me a hobbit

1/13/02, 4:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Sitting recently in a darkened cinema, I had a horrible revelation, which was this: were I to visit New Zealand at any time in the next year or so, I would be certain to be invited to be an extra in The Lord of the Rings. [More]

LOTR:FOTR Soundtrack Sells Big In Oz

1/13/02, 4:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Falin Myor writes: The LOTR soundtrack has flown up from number 43 to number 9 in the past week on the Australian charts. [More]

Four of a Kind

1/13/02, 4:11 pm EST - Xoanon

With only one new wide release in theaters this weekend, look for ''The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' to make it four straight weeks at the top of the box office, as the film continues to climb the all-time top grossers chart. [More]

LOTR:FOTR Nabs Two More Awards

1/13/02, 4:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Kim writes: LOTR has won two more awards. At the Broadcast Film Critics Assocation Awards Ceremony on January 11th, LOTR tied for best song and won for best composer. The movie was also nominated for Best Picture, and Best Director, Peter Jackson. The Ceremony will be aired on "E!" this Monday at 7p.m. ET/PT.

Media Watch: Maxim Magazine

1/13/02, 3:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Shawn writes: In the new Maxim Swimsuit edition, they have a Gandolf vs. Gandolfini (Sopranos) section, with the wizard coming out on top 5-4.

Media Watch: Backstage

1/13/02, 3:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Gearwen writes: I found this in BACKSTAGE; the preforming arts weekly, and I thought I'd pass it along. It is a full page picture of Ian McKellen in an Oscar 'for your consideration' ad for best actor. [More]

Grab Your LOTR Displays Soon!

1/13/02, 3:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Scorpio writes: Alas, our little movie has been out for nearly a month now...and the stores are starting to feel it necessary to discard their Lord of the Rings promo displays...*sigh*...all the better for fans to get their hands on some! [More]

Ian McKellen Book Signing

1/13/02, 3:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Attention LA Ringers! Your chance to meet Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and get his autograph! [More]

LOTR in two hours.....

1/13/02, 3:28 pm EST - Tehanu

Rosie sent along a vision of what LOTR could have been like if PJ HAD stuck to the two-hour timelimit that New Line set initially. It's here on Netfunny

Liv Tyler enchants as a 'Lord of Rings' elf

1/13/02, 3:27 pm EST - Xoanon

A few years ago, when Liv Tyler first started getting noticed in films and music videos, I didn't think too much of her. In fact, the daughter of Aerosmith lead-singer Steven Tyler, didn't appeal to me one little bit. [More]

StudioLA Interviews Elijah Wood

1/13/02, 3:22 pm EST - Xoanon

StudioLA's Jim Ferguson chats with Elijah Wood, who plays the role of Hobbit Frodo Baggins, in the live action epic The Lord of the Rings, based upon J.R.R. Tolkien's books that have enchanted millions of fans worldwide for generations. The trilogy already shot, will be released one film per year. [More]

LOTR Making Some 'Friends'

1/13/02, 3:17 pm EST - Xoanon

In the 'I could care less department' Thorongil sends along this bit of news about Jeniffer Aniston and Brad Pitt. [More]

TV Watch: Cate Blanchett on Rosie O'Donnell

1/13/02, 3:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Laura writes: I Just writing in to tell you that Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) was on the Rosie O'Donnell Show Friday. [More]

Media Watch: People Magazine

1/13/02, 3:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Jen writes: In the Jan 5 01 Issue of People magazine with Katy Couric on the cover,there is a feature on Sean Astin (Sam) called Hobbit Forming that shows him at home with his wife and daughter. In 'Chatter' theres a nice photo of Elijah Wood (Frodo) where he talks about how he does understand Trekkie fans and how the fans surrounded him at Comic Con this past summer.

Winter 2002 ALA Graphics

1/13/02, 2:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Firiel writes: This is from the Winter 2002 ALA Graphics, the American Library Association's catalog of merchandise promoting libraries, literacy and reading. [More]

Elijah Wood Oscar Push

1/13/02, 2:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Davey sends along this ad pushing Elijah Wood (Frodo) for an Oscar for 'best supporting actor' [More]

Rejoice! FOTR Rules the Box Office!

1/13/02, 1:23 pm EST - Calisuri

Brandon Gray

Great news! "The Lord of the Rings" hung in there to top the box office for the fourth straight weekend despite the close call on Friday. New Line Cinema is estimating "Rings" pulled in $16.15 million for the weekend (Friday through the end of today), pushing its 26-day total to $228.3 million! [More]

Marquette University's JRR Tolkien Archives

1/13/02, 1:54 am EST - Jincey

Marquette University, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, holds one of the world's premiere collections of JRR Tolkien's manuscripts and working drafts, including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Farmer Giles of Ham. [more]

News for Jan. 12, 2002

FOTR Box Office Update

1/12/02, 10:59 pm EST - Calisuri

Brandon Gray

"The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" relinquished the top spot for the first time after a 23-day reign as the new MTV comedy "Orange County" surprisingly bowed at No. 1 on Friday with an estimated $5.39 million from 2,317 theaters. [More]


1/12/02, 8:56 pm EST - DarthCaeser

I finally managed to get some scans of the LOTR articles from the February issues of Electronic Gaming Monthly and the Official Xbox Magazine. They have all kinds of new info on the upcoming LOTR video games, including never before seen screen shots and concept art. [More]

DND Creators On Fellowship Of The Ring

1/12/02, 8:35 pm EST - Strider

SK writes: For some reason, the makers of Dungeons and Dragons (Wizards of the Coast) have decided to give a (primer? history? movie review?) of the LOTR movie on their website. Inexplicably though, they've decided to break it up into 3 parts to be released weekly! [More]

Free Fellowship Video With Daily Mirror

1/12/02, 8:32 pm EST - Strider

Kevin writes: Today in Scotland I got a free videotape that accompanied the Daily Mirror. About 10 and half minutes into it there is a clip where two Weta technicians are pointing at a screen with what looks like an early rendering of (spoiler) Gandalf falling into Khazad Dum. It was a shot from the side so it wasn't from FotR.

FotR Trailer #2 Of 2001 - The Trades

1/12/02, 8:24 pm EST - Strider

Cory notes that The Trades has decreed the Fellowship of the Ring's trailer was the second best of 2001 - behind '40 Days and 40 Nights'. [More]

Variety Oscar Poll

1/12/02, 8:18 pm EST - Strider

Iggy sends word that a new Variety poll has been posted regarding the Fellowship of the Ring and the Oscars. Vote away. [More]

May It Be On Windows XP (That Rhymes)

1/12/02, 8:13 pm EST - Strider

TheStrider writes: I just upgraded my system to WindowsXP and entertained myself for a couple of hours with an incorporated movie maker program. It has the first verse and first chorus of the song (it’s still incomplete) and it’s like an introduction to the members of the Fellowship. I uploaded it here.

Hall of Fire Chats for January 12th & 13th

1/12/02, 2:29 pm EST - Strider

We all knew as soon as production started for Fellowship of the Ring that Peter Jackson would take some liberties with certain characters to help Tolkien's story become more like a cinematic piece; the expansion of Arwen's role, the removal of Tom Bombadil, the reduction of Glorfindel's role, and so on. This weekend, the Hall of Fire staff are discussing (at a new time) one such character who experienced some extra character development: Saruman the White [More]

Rejoice in Argentina!

1/12/02, 12:53 pm EST - Calisuri

Ringer fan Namo sends in this good news for Tolkien fans in Argentina: "Finally, Argentinian "Tolkiendilis" will see the movie in January 31. This notice has been confirmed by Warner Bros. Argentina."

Lord of the Rings tour guides....

1/12/02, 11:25 am EST - Tehanu

It all started in our own Barliman's chatroom one day - I met Gloin, Gloin showed me and some other Barliman's regulars around some Queenstown locations.....now he's set to make a living at it. [More] The tour company is the one I'm involved in, [Red Carpet Movietours]

GAMING: Exclusive Decipher Card Images

1/12/02, 1:34 am EST - DarthCaeser

Due to a mix-up between New Line and Decipher, we had to take down the Mines of Moria wrapper image for the time being. But to help make up for it, Decipher sent along two new exclusive card images from their league kits. [Bill the Pony] [The Prancing Pony]

News for Jan. 11, 2002

The Science behind the One Ring.

1/11/02, 7:19 pm EST - Tehanu

Thanks for Ellenillor for this funny Rings reference on Scifi.com [More]

Mystery Contest Winners Revealed!

1/11/02, 5:11 pm EST - Calisuri

Congratulations to the following fans who unknowingly entered into the 2001 Mystery Contest by posting an opinion of Fellowship of the Ring in our Ringer Reviews.

  1. Old Reader (View the Review)
  2. AtlantaFrodo (View the Review)
  3. Jay Potter (View the Review)

A special thanks to Fantasy Pewter and Houghton Mifflin for donating the great prizes to make this contest possible.

And as a reminder, only a few more days to enter the 2001 Sideshow/Weta Holiday Contest! [Enter]

Dork Tower Talks Tolkien

1/11/02, 1:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out todays 'Dork Tower', it takes a poke at, shall we say, the purist fan in all of us? [More]

Which Wizard Beats 'Em All?

1/11/02, 12:55 pm EST - Xoanon

It has been such a bad time in so many ways that it feels a bit odd to point out that it has been a very good time for wizards. [More]

TV Watch: Ian McKellen On 'Larry King Live'

1/11/02, 10:59 am EST - Xoanon

You can catch Ian McKellen (Gandalf) on 'Larry King Live' Sunday, Jan 13th on CNN. Ian will be talking to Larry about the Oscars and who he thinks will win. 'Larry King Live' is on at 9pm EST on CNN.

Bean, McKellen Nominated

1/11/02, 10:46 am EST - Xoanon

Sean Bean (Boromir) and Ian McKellen (Gandalf) have been nominated as Best British Actor for LOTR for the 2002 Empire Awards. The Empire Awards are voted for by you, the paying audience. You can vote online at www.empireonline.co.uk

Couple who hushed boys in cinema are beaten up

1/11/02, 8:49 am EST - Xoanon

Horrible news story to report from the UK:

A couple were viciously attacked by two adults after asking two boys to be quiet while watching The Lord of the Rings in a packed cinema. [More]

LOTR Goes To The Olympics

1/11/02, 8:46 am EST - Xoanon

Liz writes: On Wednesday the 9th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Todd Eldredge won the men's division of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships with a program choreographed to music from Howard Shore's 'FOTR' score. This gives Eldredge a berth on his third Olympic team.

The-Trades: LOTR:FOTR Second Best Trailer In 2001

1/11/02, 12:16 am EST - Xoanon

The-Trades.com has listed the LOTR:FOTR trailer (not sure which one) as their second favorite trailer in 2001. It lost out the first place prize to the trailer for '40 Days and 40 Nights'. [More]

Handheld LOTR Trivia

1/11/02, 12:12 am EST - Xoanon

spm writes: I'm not sure if this was mentioned already on the site, but I found a LOTR Trivia game download on the Palm website. It looks rather amusing. [More]

News for Jan. 10, 2002

SW vs. LOTR: Readers respond to Salon.com

1/10/02, 8:12 pm EST - Tehanu

We had a lot of mail about the Ms. Tang's article in Salon.com which compared LOTR unfavourably with Star Wars. Most correspondents were SW fans, but they didn't agree with her conclusions. [More]

Hey! It's That Guy!

1/10/02, 4:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Cleolinda writes: Sean Bean is this week's featured Hey! It's That Guy!. (And given that they did an all-Harry Potter Galaxy of Fame before taking off for Christmas, I wouldn't be surprised if an all-LOTR Galaxy showed up next week.) If you've never been to Fametracker, trust me, it's hilarious. [More]

Humbled by the Hobbits

1/10/02, 4:20 pm EST - Xoanon

This just has to be killing the Mouse. "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" is arguably the best reviewed film of the 2001 holiday season, and it's making beaucoup bucks (more than $205 million during its first three weeks in domestic release). And all that loot could have been going straight into Mickey's pocket. [More]

Rings Movie Opens World Eveys To NZ

1/10/02, 4:14 pm EST - Xoanon

NZPA: Interest in Queenstown from international movie makers has soared following the release of Fellowhship of the ring, the first in the Lord of the Rings trilogy filmed in New Zealand. [More]

Nobody Beats the Wiz

1/10/02, 4:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Go to New York's Times Square. Nod in deference to the two-story ''Lord of the Rings'' billboard looming above. Then turn onto 44th Street, slip down the circuitous back stairs of the Broadhurst Theatre, and you will find Ian McKellen in his dressing room. [More]

Fellowship of the Ring Nominated For Sound Editing Oscar

1/10/02, 3:57 pm EST - Strider

Beverly Hills, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the seven films being considered for Achievement in Sound Editing for the 74th Academy Awards®. The list includes The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

Thanks to TORn staffers Pipin Took and Gandalf for the tip.

TV Watch: Orlando Bloom On 'Regis'

1/10/02, 2:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Orlando Bloom (Legolas) was a special guest on 'Live With Regis & Kelly' this morning (Jan 10th). He was there to promote both LOTR and his latest film 'Blakhawk Down'. Check out the full report with pics! Orlando in a dress? [More]

TORN Digital Producer Interview

1/10/02, 2:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Orphmedia® founder (and TORN Digital Producer) Peter Orphanos will be interviewed live from MacWorld 2002:San Francisco at 4:12pm (Pacific)/7:12pm (Eastern). [More]

McKellen may have to return to New Zealand for more Rings shooting

1/10/02, 1:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Variety columnist reports that Sir Ian McKellen ends his Broadway run in Dance of Death Sunday, but the actor may soon be flying back to New Zealand for pickup shots for the second film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But McKellen says he's having too much fun to mind. [More]

NYC Trip Bonus

1/10/02, 1:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Collin H sends us a report on his trip to New York City, a small review of Ian McKellen's 'Dance of Death' and what he saw during the play! [More]


1/10/02, 1:26 pm EST - Xoanon

The PGA (Producer Guild of America) have relased their nominations for best motion picture of the year. LOTR is nominated! Check out the rest of the nominees here (oscarwatch.com). Hos sent me an interesting bit of trivia you may like to know 'Winners of the PGA award have gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars 8 times in 11 years'.

LOTR Theme For Windows XP

1/10/02, 1:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Joseph sends us a link to a downloadable WINXP theme site, one of its most popular themes is LOTR. [More]

TTT: Great Stills From The NY Post!

1/10/02, 10:51 am EST - Xoanon

MicktheQuick sends us this great article and amazing picture from The NY Post! It's a great still from The Two Towers!! Look closely and you can see Miranda Otto (Eowyn), Bernard Hill (Theoden), Karl Urban (Eomer), Orlando Bloom (Legolas) and John Rhys-Davies (Gimli)! [More]

TTT: Elijah With Faramir's Men?

1/10/02, 10:41 am EST - Xoanon

Rosie sent us a link to a really great picture of Elijah Wood (Frodo) seemingly captured by what can only be Faramir's (David Wenham) men. Take a look! [More]

Boondocks Get 'Bored'

1/10/02, 10:34 am EST - Xoanon

Take a look at the latest 'Boondocks' comic. It seems the writer has a thing for LOTR, and most certainly NOT for 'Ali'. [More]

TTT: Helms Deep & Emyn Muil?

1/10/02, 10:31 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Brendon sends us these amazing pictures from New Zealand taken at Easter 2000. Take a look at the Helms Deep set as well as what appears to be the location for Emyn Muil. [More]

SHOP: ToyBiz Action Figue News

1/10/02, 9:58 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Mr. Limpet was kind enough to send us this information from Action-figure.com regarding the ToyBiz LOTR toys. [More]

What Are The Odds?

1/10/02, 9:51 am EST - Xoanon

goldderby.com gives us the odds on the Golden Globes' winners, how does LOTR:FOTR and PJ stack up? Take a look! [More]

McKellen Updates 'E-Post'

1/10/02, 9:44 am EST - Xoanon

Ian McKellen (Gandalf) has updated the 'E-Post' section of his website. [More]

TTT: Rohirrim Rider Pic!

1/10/02, 9:39 am EST - Xoanon

Passon sends along this great pic of a Rohirrim rider (perhaps Eomer) from The Two Towers! Take a look! [More]

'Rings' too scary for some viewers

1/10/02, 9:32 am EST - Xoanon

Pioneer Press writes: I was about to write that I took my son to see "The Lord of the Rings" last week, but the truth is, he took me. [More]

TV Watch: Ian McKellen On 'Conan'

1/10/02, 1:41 am EST - Xoanon

Ian McKellen (Gandalf) was on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' tonight (Jan 9th). Check out a full report with pics! [More]

TV Watch: Orlando Bloom On 'Regis'

1/10/02, 1:06 am EST - Xoanon

Fans of Orlando Bloom (Legolas) have a chance to see him on 'Live with Regis & Kelly' Thursday, January 10th on ABC. Check your local listings.

News for Jan. 09, 2002

"Fat Beats from the Dark Tower"

1/09/02, 11:54 pm EST - Tehanu

You thought Tolkien and hip-hop don't mix? Think again - thanks to Morgan Phillips. [More]

The Inevitable Backlash

1/09/02, 11:26 pm EST - Tehanu

Salon.com posts an article comparing LOTR and Star Wars with a controversial conclusion - "LOTR lacks humanity." [More]


1/09/02, 10:54 pm EST - Tehanu

Tehanu's back to '"normal" with a house, a computer and email again. What does this mean for you? More news, and a higher probability that your emails will be answered! And to answer the 3 most frequent questions we get: 1. The trailer music is by Chris Field, it's not on the soundtrack album and it's not for sale. 2. The next two LOTR films have been shot already. 3.TORN can't offer you a job on the set.

Cast News: Lawrence Makoare's New Number: 007

1/09/02, 7:35 pm EST - Xoanon

In an exclusive interview with Lawrence Makoare (Lurtz) this afternoon with TORN, the NZ actor announced that he will be playing a baddie in the next James Bond film! Lawrence told us that he will soon be flying to Iceland and LA to film the next 007 film.

Look for the FULL interview with Lawrence Makoare soon right on TORN!

Academy Awards Announces Oscar Contenders

1/09/02, 6:04 pm EST - Xoanon

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced eight films being considered for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 74th Academy Awards. (NOTE: These are the FINALISTS, not the nominees. The Academy committee will choose 3 of these 8 films for the actual nominations.) [More]

Media Watch: Starburst Magazine

1/09/02, 5:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Healy sends along these scans from the latest issue of 'Starburst Magazine'. [More]

Ian McKellen is a magic man

1/09/02, 5:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Relaxing in his dressing room, between matinee and evening performances in the Broadway production of "Dance of Death," Sir Ian McKellen seems as comfortable as a hobbit in his den. [More]

Orlando Bloom On E!

1/09/02, 5:29 pm EST - Xoanon

Being in a Hollywood blockbuster sounds like an absolute miracle for a virtually unknown young actor. Well, how does three or four blockbusters sound? [More]

Backblocks movie switch ensures the show goes on

1/09/02, 5:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Each day, somewhere in the holiday traffic, two men are driving towards a rendezvous in the small Far North township of Kaeo. [More]

GAMING: Universal's LOTR Site

1/09/02, 3:57 pm EST - DarthCaeser

The website for Universal's Lord of the Rings video games has gone live, you can find all kinds of new info there, including screen shots and concept art of many of the characters from the Fellowship of the Ring for Xbox. [More]

2 Even Cooler Ebay Listings!

1/09/02, 1:29 pm EST - Xoanon

(dare I say I use the word 'cool' too much? -Xo) Check out these listings on some very interesting items on eBay! Remember, my birthday is only 6 months and 9 days away!! [eBay 1] [eBay 2]

TTT: Helms Deep Set

1/09/02, 1:24 pm EST - Xoanon

It's unbelieveable that after all this time some folks still have set pics that they've never sent to me! Amy sends along these stills from the Helms Deep set at the Haywards Hill quarry in New Zealand. They were taken sometime in 2000. If you have any set pics that you want to send to us, simply email them to me at Xoanon@theonering.net! [More]

VERY Cool Ebay Item!

1/09/02, 1:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out this very interesting item up for sale on eBay! 'Leather NOTEBOOK and greenstone NECKLACE handed out as a departing gift to visitors to the set of LOTR'. [More]

TV Watch: Ian McKellen On 'Conan'

1/09/02, 11:33 am EST - Xoanon

Ian McKellen (Gandalf) will be a guest on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' tonight on NBC. Be sure to stay up late for that. Conan airs at 12:35 am on NBC.

LOTR Soundtrack Sales Update

1/09/02, 11:18 am EST - Xoanon

Lindulan writes: LOTR jumped up to #29 on the current album chart this week (despite a decline in sales - typical for the post-holiday period). It was #2 in Internet sales and #2 on the soundtrack chart. BTW, the #1 soundtrack is "O Brother Where Art Thou", which was recently certified 4x platinum and is up for several Grammy awards. It's been #1 almost every week for the past year!

TV Watch: Cate Blanchett On David Letterman

1/09/02, 12:57 am EST - Xoanon

Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) was on 'David Letterman' tonight (January 8th). She was there to promote her film 'Charlotte Gray' wich will be released this Friday. Check out a full report with pics! [More]

News for Jan. 08, 2002

BarliBash 2002... SEATTLE!!

1/08/02, 8:27 pm EST - Jincey

Well, folks, the votes are in and tallied. Come July 24th-28th, Ringers shall descend upon Seattle, Washington like some sort of geeky plague! [More]

Decipher's Moria Foil!

1/08/02, 3:41 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks at Decipher have sent us this great foil wrapper for the Mines of Moria expansion due in March 2002! Take a look at this amazing scene of the Balrog and Gandalf at the Bridge of Khazad-Dûm! [More]

TTT: Helms Deep Construction

1/08/02, 9:55 am EST - Xoanon

Now that FOTR is out and we're all enjoying it's amazing beauty and adventure, we can take some small steps and look ahead to the next film due out in less than 11 months, 'The Two Towers'! [More]

TV Watch: Cate Blanchett On David Letterman

1/08/02, 9:44 am EST - Xoanon

Be sure to catch Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) on 'Late Night with David Letterman' tonight at 11:35 PM on CBS.

The Cave Troll At Dawn

1/08/02, 9:33 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Lester sends along these amazing pics from the Cave Troll at the Wellington theatre in New Zealand. Take a look! [Pic 1] [Pic 2]

Official Site: Concept Art Picture

1/08/02, 9:30 am EST - Xoanon

The official LOTR site has a very cool image of concept art take a look! [More]

WETA Tours & Premiere Reports

1/08/02, 9:26 am EST - Xoanon

Ian Apperley sends along these great reports from the WETA tour and media screening of LOTR, press pit at the premiere and the after party, and the press conference and interviews. He also sends us links to a gallery of stars and VIP's at the NZ premiere. [More]

Media Watch: The NZ Listener

1/08/02, 9:15 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Sil sends along these scans from the latest issue of 'The Listener'. [More]

Ticket Stub Contest Winner!

1/08/02, 12:35 am EST - Xoanon

A big thank you to ALL that participated in our Ticket Stub Contest! The winner was chosen randomly from hundreds of entries! [More]

Submit Your Own Punchline!

1/08/02, 12:18 am EST - Xoanon

John Cook writes: I've published a cartoon spoof of the 'Matrix wire fight' between Gandalf and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings movie. Readers can submit the final punchline of the cartoon and the funniest punchline is chosen by readers in a week's time. [More]

Havens Holiday Contest Winners

1/08/02, 12:14 am EST - DarthCaeser

The results are in for our Gaming Havens 2001 Holiday Contest. Three lucky winners have LOTR Trading Card Game prize packages from Decipher on the way, and they are... [More]

TechTV's 'Screen Savers' Review LOTR

1/08/02, 12:12 am EST - Xoanon

Be you friend or foe of hobbits, "Lord of the Rings" is ruling the box-office. Read on to discover various Screen Savers' takes on the film. [More]

Tourists in Rings rush

1/08/02, 12:05 am EST - Xoanon

Tourists are lining up for Lord of the Rings tours to New Zealand with United Kingdom companies reporting a 20 per cent increase in bookings since the film first screened. [More]

Pierre Vinet Exhibit!

1/08/02, 12:02 am EST - Xoanon

Attention Santa Monica LOTR fans! Track 16 Gallery is hosting 'Pierre Vinet: A Lord of the Rings Photographic Journey Featuring still photography by Pierre Vinet from the film, Lord of the Rings.' next week! [More]

News for Jan. 07, 2002

Victoria U Talks Tolkien

1/07/02, 11:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Richard writes: I Thought I'd let you know I just found out that Victoria University in Wellington have a Tolkien paper on offer this year. [More]

21st Century Bag End

1/07/02, 11:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a look at this detailed description of a hobbit hole you can have for your very own! [More]

TV Watch: Ian McKellen on 'Regis'

1/07/02, 8:41 pm EST - Xoanon

Ian McKellen (Gandalf) was on 'Live with Regis & Kelly' this morning. Take a look at the report with a ton of pics! [More]

LOTR Gets 'Commited'

1/07/02, 5:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Michael Fry has penned a new 'Commited' comic today, and it's LOTR related. Take a look! [More]

Flatscreen IMAC Goes LOTR

1/07/02, 5:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Michael U writes: Adobe's presentation at the MacWorld Expo keynote (where Jobs rolled out the new iMac) showed their various tools running splendidly on Mac OS X -- the images they used to show off their stuff? The onesheet LotR movie poster! When the demo started, with the LotR title on the screen, there was some applause.

Cutting Room Floor Victims

1/07/02, 5:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Mike writes: I was just going over these quotes from the 'FOTR' calendar that you posted a long while back on your site. Most of the quotes were exact quotes from the film, but some were not in the film and were obviously cut because of length. [More]

John Rhys-Davies Makes A Fan's Day

1/07/02, 5:41 pm EST - Xoanon

Liam writes: I was in dublin the day of the irish premiere of the fellowship on the 18, and I had brought the hardback version of lotr with me to read on the bus. [More]

Weekend Round-Up

1/07/02, 1:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Follow the link for our complete weekend coverage that you may have missed! AFI Awards, The Mystery Contest riddle is solved, and much much more! [More]

Sideshow/WETA Contest Continues

1/07/02, 9:59 am EST - Calisuri

[ Click Here for Official Rules and Prizes ]

One week left to enter the Sideshow/Weta Holiday contest! [More]

Media Watch: NY Times

1/07/02, 9:38 am EST - Xoanon

The New Zealand director Peter Jackson's 2 hour 58 minute adaptation of the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy epic beat out nine other finalists for the honor in voting by a panel of several dozen filmmakers, scholars, performers, critics and industry executives. The film has seen its Oscar chances rise perceptibly in recent weeks on the basis of strong reviews and persistent popularity. [More]

Media Watch: People Magazine

1/07/02, 8:39 am EST - Xoanon

After auditioning for the part of hobbit Samwise Gangee, the loyal and stout pal of hero Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, in 1999, Sean Astin heard that "a fat guy in London" was his main competitor. [More]

'Rings' posts another win

1/07/02, 8:35 am EST - Xoanon

Those Hobbits are making a habit of winning. For the third straight frame, New Line's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings" topped weekend box office rankings, with an estimated $23 million. Cume for "Rings," which also copped an American Film Institute best pic win Saturday, is $205.5 million through just 19 days. [More]

AFI 'Rings' in kudos season

1/07/02, 8:33 am EST - Xoanon

It was "Rings" a-ding-ding at the inaugural AFI Awards, as New Line's "The Lord of the Rings" won three prizes, including best pic. However, the biggest winner was HBO, which nabbed six of the seven TV trophies handed out Saturday night at the Beverly Hills Hotel. [More]

TV Watch: Extra's 'Hunk of LOTR' -Update-

1/07/02, 8:31 am EST - Xoanon

Kirsten writes: I Just heard this morning that Extra Television (and not E! as earlier reported) will be running a special tonight on the "Hunk of LOTR" Viggo Mortenson (Aragorn) at 6:30pm EST.

TV Watch: Ian McKellen on 'Regis'

1/07/02, 8:29 am EST - Xoanon

Ian McKellen (Gandalf) will be a guest on 'Live With Regis & Kelly' today at 9AM est. Check your local listings.

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