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News for Feb. 02, 2003
Bulgarian Box Office Smash!
2/02/03, 11:52 am EST - Tookish
writes in to let us know how TTT fares in this Eastern European nation: "... it has grossed exactly 501 144 Bulgarian Levs..."
The Boy With The Bow
2/02/03, 11:40 am EST - Tookish
From Ringer Nimrodel
: Here's a superb article on archery and Legolas. Cheers!
Towers Breaks Fellowship's US Record
2/02/03, 6:24 am EST - Demosthenes
In Box Office news, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers has finally passed the US mark set by its predecessor Fellowship of the Ring. [More
CollinsEducation Teacher's Guide
2/02/03, 5:14 am EST - Tehanu
A great resource online for people wanting to learn or teach LOTR. If the link's playing up weirdly, go to www.collinseducation.com and look round their 'Free Downloads. [More
Arwen As She Might Have Been
2/02/03, 4:49 am EST - Tehanu
A spy report from Ithil Draug discusses a version of Arwen's character that seems to have been filmed then discarded. [More
Bean To Play Odysseus In Troy?
2/02/03, 4:42 am EST - Demosthenes
Sean Bean was very recently on the Jonathan Ross radio programme on UK's BBC2 and mentioned that his next project may be Troy
in the part of the Greek hero Odysseus. Troy already has Orlando Bloom cast in the role of Paris. Thanks to Nona for the heads up. [More
How Good is Gollum's Animation?
2/02/03, 4:34 am EST - Tehanu
Interesting point of view on this from a Ringers who have a particular reason to care that Gollum's movements be as accurate as possible - and their verdict is 'Kudos to the Weta animators!' [More
Gollum's Traffic Report
2/02/03, 4:22 am EST - Demosthenes
Ringer Spy Funky Monkey sends us this sound file of Andy Serkis hamming up a traffic report in his best Gollum voice. Andy talks about Two Towers, does the voices, then is persuaded to do the traffic reports using the voice of Gollum. (This file requires Realplayer
Arda's Guide to TTT
2/02/03, 4:19 am EST - Tehanu
A reminder from Ringer Spy Alex: " The Encyclopedia of Arda
has finally posted its Two Towers Movie-Goers Guide, listing all the plot changes and little winks to the audience that the movie contains."
LOTR Props Exhibition Extends Stay, then Tours.
2/02/03, 4:11 am EST - Tehanu
The very popular LOTR props exhibition will stay in NZ a while longer, then tour overseas. [More
Who Got Fuzzy a Weta T-shirt?
2/02/03, 3:04 am EST - Tehanu
Cat and Dog lovers probably know about the cartoon Get Fuzzy....Looks like the creator Darby Conley is a HUGE Rings fan....or he has friends who work for Weta. [More
The Art of the Two Towers.
2/02/03, 2:56 am EST - Tehanu
Y'all hanging out for this book? William sends us what he reckons is the cover art for Gary Russell's TTT book. [More
Elijah Wood Jumps Off his Pedestal.
2/02/03, 2:48 am EST - Tehanu
Tanya sends us this transcript of an interview with Elijah from a few weeks back. If you don't want to learn that Elijah can chew his toenails, read no further! [More
News for Feb. 01, 2003
In Memory of the Columbia Astronauts
2/01/03, 5:23 pm EST - Quickbeam
A statement of grief and sympathy at the loss of the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia. [More]
Serkis On Creating Gollum
2/01/03, 10:28 am EST - Demosthenes
Ringer Spy Daddy Twofoot writes that he recently saw an installment of FLICKS, a syndicated between-show feature on PBS produced by his local TV station, WHYY, in Wilmington/Philadelphia. This particular installment showed Andy Serkis explaining how Gollum was brought to life. He also managed to find a link to video of it on the web. Requires RealPlayer. [More
Shore Grabs UK Classical Charts Crown
2/01/03, 10:08 am EST - Demosthenes
Ringer Spy Aniron writes: I thought it would be of interest that The Two Towers score is the ClassicFM Chart Number One this week. The chart is compiled from all classical music sales in the UK! [More
2/01/03, 9:50 am EST - Demosthenes
The official site has updated with four gorgeous Ent-themed wallpapers. Go get yours now! Thank to Ringer Fan Farlig for the link. [More
Two Towers Snares Rottentomatoes Award
2/01/03, 4:12 am EST - Demosthenes
Popular movie site Rotten tomatoes
recently announced its fourth annual best (and worst) film awards. Two Towers scored extremely well with the critics! Read on to discover which movies the critics rated the best of 2002. [More
Some NZ Two Towers Premiere Pics
2/01/03, 2:10 am EST - Demosthenes
Perhaps, a little bit on the late side, but Robert Catto took some lovely snaps of the NZ premiere of Two Towers. Check them out this short photoessay. [More
2/01/03, 1:58 am EST - Demosthenes
Jazi writes from New Zealand: I know this is really short notice, but today (1st of February) there is a free concert "Starlight Symphony" in the Auckland Domain with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and a massed choir. As part of their programme they're playing some of Howard Shore's FoTR score. Anyone living around Auckland might be interested - it starts at 6.30pm and goes until 10.30pm.
Okay, we're a bit late with the post, but there's still time to catch some if you hurry! - Dem.
RoTK Two Towers Preview Rumours
2/01/03, 1:46 am EST - Demosthenes
In March last year, Peter Jackson attached a four-minute Two Towers preview to the end of Fellowship of the Ring. It's starting to seem quite likely that he'll be doing the same for Two Towers. This, of course, gives us something to look forward to in just over a month's time. Check out this spoilericious report about what we can expect from the boards of Comingsoon.net.
] Major Spoilers!!
News for Jan. 31, 2003
Sean Astin On MTV UK & I's Screenplay
1/31/03, 1:14 pm EST - Strider
If you happen to be watching MTV
UK & Ireland this weekend, try and keep an eye out for their film show Screenplay. Why? Because Sean Astin
takes us on a trip of Blockbuster Video and picks out some of his favourite films. When asked to pick his preferred three, he chose Gandhi, L.A. Confidential and Patton. What can I say? The man has taste...
Andy Serkis Chat On Scifi.com
1/31/03, 12:41 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: There will be a live chat with Andy Serkis
on SciFi.com tonight @ 9 EST. SciFi's servers are VERY bad, so I wouldn't advise many people to go on there at once. [More
The Man Behind the Gollum Is Shakespearean Actor
1/31/03, 12:38 pm EST - Xoanon
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For a classically trained British actor, it can be a lot of work to play a shriveled-up, power-mad freak of nature with bulging eyes and a bad comb-over hairdo, especially when it is not you on screen but a digitally done animation. [More
Canadians love Hobbits and Orcs
1/31/03, 12:35 pm EST - Xoanon
LOTR 2 tops box office for 6 weeks. While Americans flock to see movies about a rap-singing kangaroo, oversexed honeymooners and a child-stealing witch called the Tooth Fairy, Canadian moviegoers are sticking to The Lord Of The Rings, with Chicago closing quickly in the box-office rankings as it moves into more theatres. [More
What Peter Did Next
1/31/03, 12:33 pm EST - Xoanon
So how do you follow the eye-popping grandeur of a three-year labour of love the size of The Lord of the Rings trilogy? Let your ego expand to the size of Jupiter, recklessly go hell for leather at another huge project and land roundly on your arse? Not if you're Peter Jackson
, you don't. [More
The One Exhibit Reaches 90 000 Visitors
1/31/03, 12:27 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Thought you might like to know that The One Exhibit currently going on here with the props/artwork from the movies has been extended a month, until the 31st of March. They have had 90 000 people through since it opened the day after the premiere, and despite needing some of the props for pickups for ROTK, looks like we have another month to try and see if the prosthetic Boromir
News for Jan. 30, 2003
Hugo Weaving Article
1/30/03, 9:08 pm EST - Xoanon
The often over-shadowed Hugo Weaving
) gets a well deserved magazine article dedicated to him, take a look at this scan sent in by Helen
Tolkien Lectures At QU
1/30/03, 8:44 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: There will be two lectures on Tolkien, Spirituality and his Philosophy. They're taking place at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario on Feb 4th at 3pm and 7pm. [More
Middle-earth Vacation Photos
1/30/03, 8:38 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Sends along these amazing photos from his NZ trip last December, he was lucky enough to visit the locations used for Hobbiton, Rivendell, Anduin and more! [More
Sean Astin Appointed To Bush Service Council
1/30/03, 3:58 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: One does not normally expect to hear the words "Frodo
's friend Sam
" out of the mouth of White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, but that's exactly what I heard this afternoon when I had the White House press briefing playing in the background on the TV. Seems Sean Astin
has been named to serve on the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. [More
Richard Taylor Talks Uruk 'Genes'
1/30/03, 3:53 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: The January issue of Post has a 2 page interview with Richard Taylor. Not much new here but there is one interesting quote regarding the Uruk-Hai. [More
All Gollum All The Time
1/30/03, 12:52 pm EST - Xoanon
is popping up everywhere these days. Take a look at this article
from AICN. And there is this article from Thehotbutton.com
SHOP: Howard Shore Tickets On eBay!
1/30/03, 12:41 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I'm trying to find a home for two tickets that I am not able to use which I am sure would be of interest to LOTR fans in the UK. [More
Brand New Play Along LOTR Figures Released
1/30/03, 12:36 pm EST - Xoanon
) has some great images from the next round of TTT toys hitting the market soon. These toys are NOT from Toy Biz, but instead a company called Play Along. Take a look! [More
Tolkien's Eldest Son Dies
1/30/03, 12:31 pm EST - Xoanon
The eldest son of The Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien has died at the age of 85. Father John Tolkien, heir to the multi-million family estate, died after a 50-year career with the Catholic church in the Midlands.
Our sympathies go out to the Tolkien family.
Click here to leave a message or simple word of dedication.
Movies: Location, Location
1/30/03, 12:28 pm EST - Xoanon
Hollywood’s as trendy about film locations as it is about velour track suits. And the latest hot spot turning heads? New Zealand. Tom Cruise and Gwyneth Paltrow are filming their respective films there, and it’s Disney’s and CBS’s pick for some upcoming TV movies. Studio execs were wowed by the variety of stunning landscapes they saw in “Lord of the Rings”—beaches, mountains, glaciers, farmland—all of which are close to cosmopolitan cities. So now the buzz is that when it comes to a location that’s both cheap and chic, New Zealand is the new Australia (which, coincidentally, used to be the new Canada). [More
Mother Goose Goes Geek
1/30/03, 12:14 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: This syndicated comic strip appeared in newspapers Wednesday (Jan 29). Not terribly funny, I would say; but an important indicator of LOTR's present death grip on popular culture. [More
1/30/03, 12:10 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: We ran across this "Daily Offerings" at a local Starbucks in Downtown Seattle. Seems that the chain has been able to break into the Middle Earth Mordor Market. [More
Two Towers - One Party : Discounted Tux Offer
1/30/03, 10:38 am EST - Calisuri
Worried about getting a tux for the Two Towers - One Party...or paying out the nose for it? Well, no need to worry any more! Ringer Sarumann has our back! Gingiss Formalwear has provided a special group discount rate on rental tuxedos for people attending this year's Oscar Party! [More
News for Jan. 29, 2003
Oscar Snubs 'Two Towers' In Makeup Voting
1/29/03, 1:39 pm EST - Xoanon
Apparently the makeup work for "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Men in Black 2," or "The Hours" weren't enough to impress the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2002. Only two films -- "The Time Machine" and "Frida" -- have been selected by the Academy's makeup awards committee as finalists for the Best Makeup Oscar nominations. [More
Empire Magazine Nominations Announced!
1/29/03, 1:34 pm EST - Xoanon
The voting for the nominations for the Empire Awards 2003 has closed, and Two Towers has picked up 7 nominations. [More
Best Film - The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
Best Director - Peter Jackson
Best Actor - Viggo Mortensen
Best Actress - Miranda Otto
Best British Actor - Sir Ian Mckellen
Best British Actor - Andy Serkis
Sony Ericsson Scene Of The Year - Gollum’s debate
Sean's Pants For Auction
1/29/03, 1:27 pm EST - Xoanon
And we're talking the UK version of 'pants', as in, underpants...boxers..draws..undies..you get the idea. Greylady
writes: Sean Bean
and several other British celebs have signed various pieces of undergarments which are now up for auction to help the Bristol Cancer Help Center. The auctions lasts until Feb. 14. The auction is in UK pounds and you have to call a British telephone number to place a bid. At last view, Sean's knickers were going for L120, the third highest bid. Nowhere is it indicated that Sean has actually worn these. [More
Turkey Votes TTT #1
1/29/03, 1:24 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: TTT has been chosen as the Best Film of 2002 by the Turkish viewers! Via the biggest movie-film site of Turkey www.beyazperde.com, more than 4000 people voted and TTT has become #1 among the other films of 2002. The second one is A Beautiful Mind and the third is Episode II.
Ian McKellen Updates E-Post!
1/29/03, 7:36 am EST - leo
Sir Ian McKellen
) has updated his LOTR-section of e-post, in which he answers questions emailed to him by fans. Be sure to read this installment here
Official Site: Isengard
1/29/03, 7:32 am EST - leo
The official site, LordoftheRings.net
, has been updated with a nice feature about Isengard. It includes a nice interview with Brad Dourif
(Grima) and an article about the people behind the Isengard 'miniature', you can check it out here
Craig Parker Birthday Project.
1/29/03, 6:03 am EST - Tehanu
Haldir Fans, stand up and be counted! Anelith has set up a website to organise for the "Craig Parker Birthday Project" [More
Craft Corner: Building Miniature Hobbit Holes
1/29/03, 5:54 am EST - Tehanu
More cute stuff that anyone can do with sufficient patience and a steady hand. Thanks to Lady Druadan at The Gap of Rohan (where stylish Elves shop?). [More
"The Art of The Two Towers."
1/29/03, 5:47 am EST - Tehanu
There's a lot of people looking foward to this book after seeing last year's "Art of FOTR" and according to Buy.com it's coming out from March 13. [More
BAFTA Noms: Sir Ian Announces.
1/29/03, 5:27 am EST - Tehanu
"This BBC website has some interesting info about the BAFTAs and also a video of Sir Ian McKellan announcing the nominees and answering questions about the British film industry. He was very composed while announcing anything to do with TTT: great actor : )" More
The video is there under "WATCH/LISTEN". You can also vote for which movie you think should win the Best Film - TTT is currently in the lead! Make sure it stays that way!
Thanks to Nash for this.
Listen to The Silmarillion.
1/29/03, 5:21 am EST - Tehanu
The Silmarillion is a long read, some people find. Now it's being offered as an MP3 audiobook, with a very fine reader, according to Larry. [More
NPR's Marketplace Review interview Andy Serkis.
1/29/03, 5:06 am EST - Tehanu
From NPR's Jan 28 news: "Reporter Kim Masters talks with the actor who portrays Gollum in the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy about his potential nomination for "Best Supporting Actor" -- controversial, since Gollum is more pixel than person." [More
] Thanks to Elverson for this.
1/29/03, 5:01 am EST - Tehanu
Be like Gollum: Torment yourself with constant reminders of the thing you care about more than anything else in the world. Yes, Clockdown.com is offering a download of the Return of the King Countdown Clock so you can mark the passing minutes....hours.....days.....months....ARRRGH! [More
News for Jan. 28, 2003
1/28/03, 7:04 pm EST - Tehanu
There's a picture doing the rounds of the Net with George Bush's hand shown in closeup, wearing the One Ring. It's been used as a poster image at peace marches in the US and elsewhere, and of course Ringers forward us 5 or 6 copies of it daily, which clogs our mail a bit. We posted that image more than a year ago and it triggered an orgy of insults and namecalling between Ringers who are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Not a pretty sight nor one I want to see repeated - most people come here to relax, after all. So please, STOP SENDING US THE "FRODO FAILED" picture. Thanks!
TV Watch: Orlando On 'So Graham Norton'
1/28/03, 12:56 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I noticed last night that the 'So Graham Norton' episode with our own Orlando Bloom
) will be re-broadcast on BBCAmerica at 11pm Eastern TONIGHT (Tuesday, Jan. 28).
A Warning To Fans
1/28/03, 12:49 pm EST - Xoanon
A web site http://www.fanfestautographs.com/viggo.htm
is claiming to have arranged a private signing session with Viggo and is pre-selling autographed photographs for $25.00 plus S&H. Viggo asked me to post the following. [More
TTT Wins RT Award
1/28/03, 12:36 pm EST - Xoanon
The winner of this year's RT Awards is The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers! With 184 reviews (as of this writing) and 179 of them Fresh, The Two Towers stands as the best-reviewed movie of 2002. This shouldn't be too surprising, since most critics have said the movie leaves them wanting more. [More
SHOP: Pre-Order TTT In The UK
1/28/03, 12:33 pm EST - Xoanon
has the TTT DVD available for pre-order, take a look! [More
'Hobbit' Stage Play In Ireland
1/28/03, 12:28 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Here is some information for Tolkien fans from Ireland. The tickets for the stage show of 'The Hobbit' in Belfast's Grand Opera House are now on sale. The show runs from 3rd to 7th June. The information is not on the website yet but if you call their ticket office you can book over the phone or call down to book. goh.co.uk
TTT Premiere: Poland
1/28/03, 12:24 pm EST - Xoanon
Piotr "Aragorn" S
writes: I just wanted to let you know that today is official Polish premiere of TTT.
An Interview with Andy Serkis
1/28/03, 12:19 pm EST - Xoanon
Few people have partaken of the latest installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy without departing the theater blown away by a single character: Gollum
. Leaving such digital window dressing as Jar Jar and Dobby far, far behind, Gollum
is an honest-to-gosh living, breathing screen presence. He thinks, he feels, and he leaves audiences entranced by the sheer artistry at play. [More
TTT Nabs SAG Award Nom!
1/28/03, 11:35 am EST - Xoanon
TTT has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for 'Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture'. Take a look! [More
Happy Birthday Elijah Wood!
1/28/03, 9:29 am EST - Xoanon
today, January 28th is Elijah Wood's (Frodo) Birthday! Elijah Jordan Wood was born on January 28, 1981 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That makes him 22 today happy birthday Elijah!
News for Jan. 27, 2003
SHOP: Weekly eBay Items
1/27/03, 8:31 pm EST - Xoanon
Each week, I scour Ebay looking for the hot Tolkien items up for sale. I post the most interesting here for you to bid on. You can click on any item you wish, it does not mean you are bidding for the item. Have fun and keep checking back here every week! [More
Weekly Cast Watch
1/27/03, 8:14 pm EST - Xoanon
Take a look at all the films from your favorite LOTR stars you can catch on the small screen this week! [More
Pirate Lord of the Rings DVDs flood UK markets
1/27/03, 7:37 pm EST - Xoanon
Pirate DVDs of the new Lord of the Rings film have been copied from a disc sent to Oscar judges. More than 10,000 illegal copies of The Two Towers have been seized in Britain according to the Federation Against Copyright Theft. [More
Hobbit Hole Birthday Cake
1/27/03, 7:21 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I thought some of you might be interested in the Cake that my little friend bought for me on my b-day I was 42, he is only in the 2nd grade but loves the LOTR as much as I do. He saved his allowance and had his mom (one of my best friends) buy this for me. It is a hobbit house with Sam
standing beside it and Gandalf
standing beside the path further down. [More
Middle Earth Meets Raider Nation
1/27/03, 6:55 pm EST - Xoanon
A little late for the SuperBowl I admit, but this is a great article from San Francisco Chronicle. Can you tell the difference between Middle-earth's nastiest and a typical Raiders' fan? [More
It's Lard of the Rings
1/27/03, 6:41 pm EST - Xoanon
the White (or should that be The Milky Yellow?) has been carved out of lard! Chef Gary Schofield spent three days carving the 60cm high statue as part of his entry in the Culinary World Cup, held in Luxembourg. [More
Box Office Reports: Norway
1/27/03, 1:16 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Of Norway's 4,5 million people, have 830 305 people watched TTT so far. That is almost 20% of the entire population and it had only been running for 6 weeks. And it have been number one for 6 weeks as well.
Andy Serkis At ArcLight: Report II
1/27/03, 12:59 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: On Saturday, (January 25th) my daughter ran into my room yelling, “Mom, Mom guess who will be at the ArcLight tonight? Andy Serkis
, can we go, can we go?” After a few minutes of sorting details with my husband, he hopped on the computer and we were fortunate to get front row – almost exactly center tickets! [More
TTT gets 9 BAFTA Nominations!
1/27/03, 10:42 am EST - Calisuri
The BAFTA nominations were announced today and The Two Towers
received an impressive 9 nominations. 'Gangs' and 'Chicago' both received 12 nominations. The Two Towers
is nominated for Best Film, Direction, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Editing, Sound, Visual Effects and Make-up/Hair. The BAFTA winners will be announced on February 23rd, exactly a month before the Oscars! [More
1/27/03, 12:45 am EST - Xoanon
Missed all the news this weekend? Too busy looking at the SuperBowl Commercials? (we all know that's what you really watch). Take a look at the latest Weekend Roundup guaranteed to be football free! [More
Roger Corman Q&A At Archlight
1/27/03, 12:34 am EST - Xoanon
Not very LOTR related, but interesting anyway! If you are in the LA area on Feb 7th you have got to get your tickets to a live taping of "Hollywood's Master Storytellers" featuring a Q&A session with the master of horror, the man who discovered Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and Peter Lorre. The one and only Roger Corman! [More
Agent Smith Returns
1/27/03, 12:22 am EST - Xoanon
Unless you've been living under a mountain for a few hundred years you caught that amazing Matrix 2 trailer either online or during the Superbowl. Take a look at our own Hugo Weaving
) as Agent Smith 2.0! [More
SNL Goofs On Gollum At Half-Time Show
1/27/03, 12:19 am EST - Xoanon
was portrayed on the Saturday Night Live halftime show (played by Chris Kattan -Xo). He wanted one of those rings they give the winners, and then debated a la Gollum
and Smeagol over who he wanted to win.
LOTR Themed 'Pre-Game' Superbowl Show
1/27/03, 12:17 am EST - Xoanon
Naomi writes: On the ABC pre-game show they played clips from The Two Towers inter-twined with players from the Oakland Raiders referring to "The Ring" which they so craved. It had a very "Lord of the Rings" theme to it, great stuff!
Andy Serkis At Arclight Report
1/27/03, 12:13 am EST - Xoanon
writes: My family and I attended the showing of TTT with Andy Serkis
at the Arclight last night. Andy was great. He did a lengthy Q&A after the screening, and stayed to sign photos, for hours afterwards. !!Spoilers!!
Drawn to the magic of Tolkien
1/27/03, 12:08 am EST - Xoanon
Tolkien's working life seems to be generating almost as much interest as his books. Just about any day, Oxford's Eagle and Child pub is likely to be frequented by some of the more eccentric residents of - and visitors to - the ancient university town. [More
Box Office Records: Croatia
1/27/03, 12:03 am EST - Xoanon
writes: TTT is breaking box office records in Croatia. In the first weekend of the showing (it started on 16th January), the movie had taken the first place removing Titanic from #1. More than 61 620 viewers went to see TTT in the first weekend, in the first weekend Titanic had around 53 741 viewers. The number of viewers is increasing and its impossible to get any tickets even 5 days in advance.
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