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News for Oct. 12, 2003

Weekly eBay Items

10/12/03, 11:13 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! [More] [SHOP]

Weekly Cast Watch

10/12/03, 11:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Another chance to see your favorite LOTR star on the small screen this week! Take a look! [More]

World Soundtrack Award Results

10/12/03, 10:46 pm EST - Xoanon

The World Soundtrack Awards ceremony took place today in Ghent, Belgium. Here are the results:

Composer of the Year: Elliot Goldenthal (Frida)
Best Original Soundtrack of the Year: 'Frida' (by Elliot Goldenthal)
Best Original Song written for a Film: 'The Hands that built America' by U2 (Gangs of New York)
Public Choice Award: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (by Howard Shore)
Discovery of the Year: Antonio Pinto (Cidade de Deus)

Tolkien Author at Marywood University

10/12/03, 10:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Cara writes: I live near Scranton, Pa and saw this advertisment for a Tolkien Lecturer who will speak at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 12th at 7PM. 'Tolkien: Man and Myth' with JOSEPH PEARCE (Author and Lecturer), November 12, 2003, 7 p.m. Crystal Room, Nazareth Student Center. [More]

Get TheOneRing.net Newsletter Today!

10/12/03, 10:33 pm EST - Xoanon

The latest newsletter is ready to go! Do you want to receive our free weekly newsletter? Packed with tons of info to keep you up to date on the latest? Plus filled with exclusives from time to time! Join the crowd of over 18 200 mailing list members! Sign up now! [More]

LOTR: Favourite Books on BBC

10/12/03, 6:30 pm EST - Tehanu

News from Ian C. - "The BBC will reveal the top 21 books in the Nation's Favourite Books survey, in a TV special on BBC2 next Saturday (18th Oct). Clive Anderson is the host." Who else thinks LOTR is a strong contender? It'll be interesting to compare the way they discuss the "Rings" compared to the smug, jokey condescension it used to receive from journalists 4 years ago.

Marathon Reading in Cleveland, Ohio

10/12/03, 5:51 pm EST - Tehanu

This is much more than just a marathon reading of LOTR. There's workshops, a keynote lecture by Tom Shippey, "Mt. Doom Cupcakes," raffles....what a feast of entertainment! [More]

December 5th Screening of ROTK?

10/12/03, 11:17 am EST - Xoanon

supermaneight writes: The American Film Institute in Silver Spring MD is planning a screening of Return of the King on December 5th. These tickets will go on sale soon and will be available to members only of the theater. [More]

Reminder: World Soundtrack Awards Announced Today!

10/12/03, 11:05 am EST - Xoanon

'Gollum's Song' has been nominated in the Best Original Song category at the World Soundtrack Awards. The Award ceremony will take place today in Ghent, Belgium. [More]

Extended Edition Screenings in Puerto Rico

10/12/03, 11:02 am EST - Xoanon

Ghost of Deagol writes: Puerto Rico will get the extended editions. The premiere cinemas in Puerto Rico have it on their website. There's no word on the marathon trilogy. I had talked to the local distributor, World Pictures, and they had no idea yet, but the constant calls they get helps.

News for Oct. 11, 2003

More LOTR Footage To Be Filmed....NEXT YEAR?!?!

10/11/03, 9:36 pm EST - Xoanon

From aintitcoolnews.com: It seems there’s a strong possibility that many of the LOTR cast will return for additional filming next year. Why? Won’t RETURN OF THE KING have already been released? Seems the extra footage may be used in the DVD Extended Edition for ROTK. !!!SPOILERS!!! [More]

2003 West Florida Model Expo Images

10/11/03, 9:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Foster writes: I spent the day today at the 2003 West Florida Model Expo and took pictures of these two mini-dioramas from Lord of the Rings. The one with Frodo, Sam, and Gollum is only about 1.5 inches tall total!!! [More]

Where Has Sean Bean?

10/11/03, 9:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Lord of the Rings arrow magnet Sean Bean is set to leave Middle Earth behind for the Good Ol' U S of A when he joins Nicolas Cage in the Disney flick National Treasure. [More]

LOTR Boys Play With Toys

10/11/03, 9:19 pm EST - Xoanon

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Sala Baker, Andy Serkis & Elijah Wood

When these emails first popped into my mailbox and I read 'Collectormania 4 Images' in the subject line I groaned to myself "ugh...not MORE images...". But my feelings changed when I saw the quality and light-hearted nature of these pics...take a look at these! Thanks to Rosamunde Brownlocks (and Ms. Abandonada who inspired her!) [More]

TV Watch: All Cate All The Time

10/11/03, 8:41 pm EST - Xoanon

Those of you on the West Coast may be able to catch Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) on '48 Hours' on CBS. [More]

Meanwhile 'Bravo Profiles' had a look at Cate Blanchett early this morning at 6AM. [More]

And if that isn't enough, Pavel has sent along some images of Cate at the LA Premiere of her film 'Veronica Guerin'. [More] [And even More]

EE Screenings In Canada

10/11/03, 8:22 pm EST - Xoanon

To answer the 3001 emails from desperate Canadians looking for information on the Extended Editions theatre screenings in their area: We DON'T KNOW YET, as soon as Alliance Atlantis has their list ready they will inform us. The wait can be up to two weeks, so please be patient!

Tucson Line Party Kicks Off Saturday!

10/11/03, 8:15 pm EST - Tookish

If you live in Tucson, Arizona, or the vicinity, please join us Saturday 10/18 at Park Place Mall's big box bookstore, Borders. [More]

DIY Boromir Costume!

10/11/03, 8:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Speaking of Boromir, take a look at these detailed instructions on making your own Boromir costume for dirt cheap! Dimenthoniel writes: So, you want to be BOROMIR for Halloween, the Renaissance Faire, or the Premier of Return of the King – but do not have a clue to start, access to a sewing machine, or any creative talent whatsoever? I can help you [More]

SHOP: Boromir and Bilbo Ship

10/11/03, 5:51 pm EST - Calisuri

BilboBoromirSideshow/Weta Collectibles just announced that their long awaited statues of Bilbo Baggins and Boromir, Son of Denethor are now shipping. These specific figures have been available for pre-order for over two years! Now you can finally bring one home. [Boromir] [Bilbo]

Some Locations Not Yet Sold Out...

10/11/03, 11:46 am EST - maegwen

Tickets to the LOTR Marathon are still available in some locations neighboring major markets: Bakersfield CA, Williamsville NY (near Buffalo, also good for all you Toronto fans), Mobile AL, several towns in Lousiana, and other locales. For those of you willing to sit 9 hours in a theater, maybe a 3+ hour drive TO the theater is not out of the question. P.S. For most of the 100 locations, tickets DO remain for the EE individual showings. Check with your theater.

UPDATE: Henderson NV is now confirmed sold out.

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend

10/11/03, 7:52 am EST - Frode

Finally, the first official trailer for The Return of the King arrived on September 27th. Most ringers seem to agree that it is simply the best trailer even shown in a theater, and it's quite hard to disagree with them. First glimpse of Shelob, Minas Tirith under siege, the rohirrim massing before the charge on the Pelennor. Let's make the wait for this Christmas a bit more bearable by having a closer look at the trailer in #thehalloffire this weekend.[More]

Hard-core Fans Prepare for Marathon

10/11/03, 1:34 am EST - maegwen

From Kansas.com: Patty Ehrlich could easily have won the Best Mom in Wichita award Thursday, at least from her 14-year-old son. She was first in line for tickets to the one-time-only marathon showing of entire "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy at the east-side Warren Theatre. [More]

News for Oct. 10, 2003

Orlando of Troy

10/10/03, 11:45 pm EST - maegwen

Melda writes: Hi! I just thought you might be interested in this new picture of Orlando from his movie Troy. That's Helen next to him (Diane Kruger). It's from the November issue of Elle magazine (USA). [More]

Hidden Images in LOTR?

10/10/03, 11:01 pm EST - maegwen

Wild Bill writes: Hello, after reading a recent article on your site about a possible hidden image of Peter Jackson from what looked to be a still frame from TTT extended, I decided to email you 2 images that I have noticed to be just like that. The first is from the Fellowship, so if it's already been reported and I missed it, I apologize. [More]

LOTR Board Games on Sale

10/10/03, 9:53 pm EST - maegwen

mattman^ writes: Thought I would pass along that from 10/12-10/18 Toysrus will be having a Buy One, Get One Free sale on all board games from Milton Bradley, Hasbro, and Mattel. Which includes, LotR Chess, the new LotR Trivial Pursuit (which looks awesome), LotR Risk, and LotR Monopoly (which my store doesn't have yet but its at the wherehouse.)

Not One, But TWO Cautionary Tales...

10/10/03, 8:22 pm EST - maegwen

Two readers write in with what could potentially be very bad news: for eBay sellers and eBay buyers. Caveant Omnes! [More]

Sorry, Sean gets the 2 points now, for pointing out something complicated about 'Caveant' being the third person plural... :)

Las Vegas, Baby!

10/10/03, 7:06 pm EST - maegwen

Gil_Aglar writes: I am not sure who to send this to, or if I should even bother, but I know that I was willing to fly to New York if need be for this, so for any other rabid fans out there: Henderson Green Valley Ranch Station still has tickets at this moment. For anyone in Northern Arizona, Southern Utah or Southern Nevada, this makes it a possiblity for you to still do Trilogy Tuesday. The National Finals Rodeo is over December 14th, which means that you should be able to get hotel rooms in Las Vegas for around $40 during midweek. For those who aren't aware, Henderson is immediately adjacent to Las Vegas. GVR Station is about 8 miles from The Strip. ...Just in case any fans wanted to make a quick trip to Vegas in December... :)

A Tale of Major Woe in D.C.

10/10/03, 6:53 pm EST - maegwen

A real mess seems to be developing at the Uptown Theater in Washington D.C. A computer glitch and error by Fandango appears to have caused each movie in Trilogy Tuesday to be sold separately. Some folks bought tickets to film one, FOTR, assuming it would gain them entrance to the whole marathon. Some bought tickets to all three, just to be safe. People also bought tickets to ROTK or TTT, thinking there was a typo, but not to FOTR, because that had sold out! Confused? I know I am... Hear what our Ringer Spies in D.C. have to say [More]

Problems in Plano?

10/10/03, 6:19 pm EST - maegwen

William writes: I can attest to the fact that most, if not almost all, of the tickets to the Plano, Texas (a suburb of Dallas) Trilogy Tuesday were purchased by scalpers online. People from across the country purchased 10 tickets apiece even though they may live a thousand miles away for the sheer purpose of selling them on E-bay for profit. [More]

UPDATE: The manager of the Plano Cinemark responds to fans' concerns. [More]

Return of the Ringers REVIVED!

10/10/03, 3:41 pm EST - Tehanu

When we sold out of tickets for our Premiere Party in less than 48 hours, the battle was on! We had to find a way to fit more people in without losing our fantastic hilltop vantagepoint at the Skyline Restaurant. . After frantic phonecalls and some mighty wrestling with budgets, we prevailed. Our gracious hosts at The Skyline have organised a superb summer pavilion which will be set up to accommodate more guests. If you plan to be in Wellington to celebrate the World Premiere of Return of the King, why not join fans from all over the world and party with us? [More]

The Inevitable eBay Tickets

10/10/03, 1:06 pm EST - maegwen

We don't honestly know how we feel about this, but here you have it: 'Trilogy Tuesday' tickets can be found on eBay. Well, we're actually of mixed opinion about it. We understand that this might allow a few more of you to get your hands on tickets than have been able to... but on the other hand, maybe if people had only bought the amount of tickets they could personally use, there would have been more at the box office. Perhaps this could be a sign that MORE SCREENS should be added, don't ya' think?

BTW: If you live in Maryland, you're still in luck -- Tickets don't go on sale until TOMORROW. (And some other theaters reportedly still have tickets as well) Visit our Trilogy Tuesday page for details.

Inside Photoshop Goes Geek

10/10/03, 11:22 am EST - Xoanon

Rebmik writes: Here's an esoteric item for you, illustrating the pervasive influence of the LOTR movies. The new issue of Inside Photoshop (October 2003) includes an article based on the FOTR movie poster: "Text Effects: Combine Filters and Styles to Make Movie Poster Titles." The author, Jim Whitcomb, analyzes the text in the movie poster title and discusses the Photoshop layer styles and filters needed to make similar gold chiseled text. Thanks to Kimber for the pics! [More]

More On Lincoln Center LOTR Screening

10/10/03, 11:16 am EST - Xoanon

Odile writes: I spoke with someone at the Film Society recently and I thought you guys might be interested to know that tickets for the Film Society at Lincoln Center event in January will go on sale at their box office on Monay, October 27. No idea how much they will cost or what the availability will be, though. I was told that Viggo Mortensen and Elijah Wood are confirmed to be among the actors present.

Wenham Articles

10/10/03, 11:11 am EST - Xoanon

Jo does a terrific job of typing up these two articles for us, take a look! He may have wanted to be a footballer, but a knack for impressions and a gift for storytelling set actor David Wenham on a very different path, writes Trent Dalton. [More]

Reminder: JRD at FACTS Con in Belgium all weekend

10/10/03, 10:42 am EST - Xoanon

John Rhys-Davies is slated to appear at FACTS Con in Belgium this weekend, follow the link for more info. [More]

John Howe Exhibition in Switzerland

10/10/03, 10:25 am EST - Xoanon

Roland writes: I thought to send you a little note concerning a John Howe exhibition here in Switzerland. John Howe will be present on the following days... [More]

Special Super-Suit Screening of ROTK?

10/10/03, 10:15 am EST - Xoanon

The Balrog writes: My friend *snip* is the Managing Director of an AMC theatre in *snip*. He told me that they were getting a ROTK screening on Nov 6th at 10:00am or so for 1 person only, a big exec from AOL/Time Warner. He doesn't know who, but our guess is Ted Turner. I was curious if you had heard of any such thing. I had heard I think that they were still filming, and getting a print together on 11/6 seems unlikely, but I did go to a screening of Gladiator almost 6 months before it came out, so who knows.

TV Watch: Astin's 'Jeremiah' Premiere's Tonight

10/10/03, 10:12 am EST - Xoanon

Sean Astin will be premiering in the hit Showtime show 'Jeremiah' tonight at 10PM est. Check your local listings! [More] [Official Jeremiah Website]

News for Oct. 09, 2003

The Universe According to Tolkien

10/09/03, 10:37 pm EST - Xoanon

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is but one peak in a mighty range of mist-wreathed mountains. Although an estimated 150 million copies of Lord of the Rings have been sold around the globe, relatively few readers explore the vast structures of story that support this work and its prequel, The Hobbit. [More]

AOL ROTK 'First Look'

10/09/03, 10:36 pm EST - Xoanon

MacMax writes: AOL has a first look (combination old footage/interviews/some ROTK footage) for ROTK--just got the email a few minutes ago. Watch it here! (QuickTime required) [More]

All You Geeks are Mine

10/09/03, 10:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Thea writes: I know this may come as a big shock to some of you. Brace yourselves. (Perhaps some of you more faint-hearted types should take a seat.) Apparently, (and again, you may not be prepared for this revelation), I am not the only person on the Web who is eagerly awaiting this little Peter Jackson flick. Indeed. [More]

Great Collectormania 4 Images!

10/09/03, 10:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Cheshire Cat writes: Here are some of Cheshire Cat's pictures from Collectormania 4. It was without doubt the most exciting, exhilerating, nerve-wracking and completely wonderful experiences of my 39 years. I met up with 4 other TORNsibs who had become friends through the Discussion Boards and Jordan the Discursive had travelled from Alabama to the UK with the sole purpose of meeting Elijah. We had an incredible weekend together and thanks to TORN some great friendships have been formed as a result. [More]

Trilogy Tuesday: The Prognosis

10/09/03, 10:12 pm EST - maegwen

At the time of writing, over 50% of the venues participating in "Trilogy Tuesday" are reported or confirmed to be sold out. We wish everyone who obtained tickets a hearty "congratulations." To those who did not, we feel your pain. We will have more to report on the events of the day tomorrow, in the meantime, please continue to visit our Tuesday Trilogy details page for complete information. (p.s. There are tickets available in Hawaii!)

Go To Bed! Blanchett NOT On Leno

10/09/03, 10:11 pm EST - Xoanon

For some unexplainable reason, Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) will NOT be appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. We don't know why, when she was slated to be on according to the website and Leno himself.

TheOneRing.net chats with Andy Serkis!

10/09/03, 4:57 pm EST - leo

At Collectormania 4 TheOneRing.net got a chance to talk to British actor Andy Serkis (Gollum) for a few minutes, here's what I could make out from the tape! MAJOR SPOILER! [More]

DIY Hobbit/Elf Ears!

10/09/03, 3:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Dany writes: I saw your DIY Wraith Costume..so I thought I'd contribute help with Halloween Costumes. God only knows how many Elves we'll be seeing during the next few months, with the Trilogy Tuesday, ROTK Premiere and Halloween coming. Here is a little number, that has helped me allot. All the ingredients, along with were to buy them, are there. Also some illustrations showing the process. [More]

Grand Valley U's 24 LOTR Marathon

10/09/03, 3:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Grand Valley State University is having a 24 hour marathon reading of the LOTR trilogy as a fundraiser for local schools. GVSU is located in Michigan, just west of Grand Rapids. The marathon begins today and ends...well 24 hours later. [More]

Cate Blanchett, in a new light

10/09/03, 3:25 pm EST - Xoanon

TORONTO — Queen of England. Queen of Middle-earth. Cate Blanchett is royally flushed when it comes to film parts, but she hasn't exactly ruled the hearts of moviegoers yet. Unlike fellow Aussie imports Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts, this sloe-eyed blond still waits to claim her rightful place on the throne of full-blown fame. [More]

Sandy, Utah: LOTR Hot Spot

10/09/03, 3:23 pm EST - Xoanon

MrCere writes: Sandy, Utah, a burb of Salt Lake is the area's hot spot as fans couldn't wait to buy 9 a.m. tickets for Trilogy Tuesday. At least 48 hours before tickets went on sale, the staff at Megaplex 17 allowed a tent city to pop up in anticipation for the only theater with the trilogy in the state of Utah. [More]

GAMING: Special 5 Cover ROTK Issue of EGM

10/09/03, 3:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Crispin Boyer from Electronic Gaming Monthly writes: I wanted to give you a heads up on our December cover story. We have the exclusive first review of EA's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King game, which is due for PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance on Nov. 4. [More] [Gaming Havens]

Trilogy Tuesday: Ready, Set, BUY!

10/09/03, 12:18 pm EST - maegwen

Tickets are now on sale for nearly all U.S. Trilogy Tuesday venues. Ringer Spies across the states have been updating us with status reports, and we have all the data collected on our Trilogy Tuesday Details page! Check it out throughout the day as it is updated with information. [MORE]

Several theaters have already sold out. Earlier problems with Fandango reporting "sell outs" have been seemingly resolved. Stay tuned!

Howard Shore in Concert in Ghent!

10/09/03, 7:06 am EST - leo

The Filmfestival of Ghent, Belgium has just announced that they will host a live concert: Lord of the Rings, symphony in Six movements to be orchestrated by Howard Shore himself! The event will take place on April 16th 2004 and more information can be found at Dutch language community site TheFellowship.nl or at FilmFestival.be!

Alan and Michael Perry to appear at Ring*Con!

10/09/03, 6:49 am EST - leo

The established Games Workshop sculpturers Alan and Michael Perry, who were invited by Peter Jackson to show him how to design miniatures, will appear at Ring*Con 2003. They sculpted many miniatures for the Games Workshop's Lord of the Rings project. Look for more info on this already interesting event on www.RingCon.de!

A Sneak Peek at the Embassy

10/09/03, 6:15 am EST - Tehanu

Robert's kindly sent us these photos showing how the Embassy Theatre in Wellington is shaping up as it undergoes renovation to prepare it for the world premiere of ROTK. [More]

A Warm-up for the World Premiere?

10/09/03, 5:54 am EST - Tehanu

Frodo's Girl writes: One of the biggest medieval fairs ever held in NZ is will take place on 29 -30 Nov, the weekend before the world premiere in downtown Wellington. It starts out with a parade on Saturday morning from Civic Square to Chaffers Park - the venue for the fair.....there'll be knights on horses, stunt guys (some that worked on LOTR) and general medieval grog and festivities - looks like it is gonna be brilliant. So if you're in Wellington for the Premiere, you should check it out. [More]

SHOP: A little LOTR Monopoly Anyone?

10/09/03, 1:52 am EST - Calisuri

The official New Line Shop (LOTRShop.com) has posted The Lord of the Rings Monopoly for sale. I'm not sure how many Hobbit-holes make a Hotel, but I'm sure we'll find out! [More]

Tickets on Sale? It Seems So...

10/09/03, 12:23 am EST - maegwen

It seems clear that a number of theaters have elected to put tickets on sale earlier than their published "sale date." A notice on Fandango.com states, "Tickets to 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy marathon, are now on sale at www.fandango.com at several Fandango partner theaters (not available on 1-800-FANDANGO) and the remaining theaters will be releasing tickets through the official onsale date of October 9th, 2003." [Fandango]. Movietickets.com is also selling tickets for various locations. We advise checking to see if your theater is among those already selling these precious tickets. For more information, visit our Trilogy Tuesday details page. Good luck!

News for Oct. 08, 2003

DIY Wraith Costume!

10/08/03, 11:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Soul-Blighter writes: It is that time of year again and I tried to put together a "budget" version of the wraith outfit. I documented the process and put it on a site and thought I would share that information with you all. Hopefully it will help somebody out there in making one for a cheaper price. [More]

Organ Donor Awareness Campaign

10/08/03, 9:45 pm EST - Tehanu

When I posted a link to the GiveLife website in order to help the Organ Donor Awareness Campaign, the website was having problems. Now it is fine, so if you want to learn more about the charity that our Return of the Ringers party is supporting, here it is. [More]

The link to the commercial they made, as well as an interview with the young director [and protege of Peter Jackson, maybe] who made it, is here

We also have the latest news about the Organ Donor Awareness Campaign from its organiser, Andrew Tookey. [More]

Collectormania Insanity!

10/08/03, 8:43 pm EST - leo

Lots and lots of people have been writing us with their two cents about Collectormania 4 which took place in Milton Keynes, England last weekend. Some have been positive, some have been negative I’m sure most of you have read them by now. I was also present at this event and here’s my view on what happened and what didn’t. [More]

Tolkien fans suffering again

10/08/03, 8:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Norway's renowned Tolkien fanatics are already camping out in the gathering winter cold and gloom. This time the occasion is the premiere of the final part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Return of the King. Ticket sales for the Dec. 17 premiere go on sale Oct. 27, and enthusiasts have already started their three-week vigil for the best seats on opening night. [More]

ROTK Score Available To Pre-Order

10/08/03, 8:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Andie writes: The Return of the King soundtrack is available to pre-order on Amazon.com, to be shipped on November 25. Nothing I could find about a special edition yet, but at least there's a release date for the regular edition. [More]

Trilogy Tuesday: Countdown to Tickets

10/08/03, 6:52 pm EST - maegwen

It's been a labor of love (fueled by tea and Baskin Robbins ice cream), but we have posted a comprehensive guide to ticket sales for Trilogy Tuesday in the U.S. We're still adding info (and most likely will be updating throughout the night), but check it out [HERE]. Good Luck to everyone!

Trilogy Tuesday: Arclight Theater, Hollywood

10/08/03, 6:47 pm EST - maegwen

We have received so many conflicting reports about the Arclight Theater, I phoned them myself. Tickets are $40 (includes all 3 films & parking.) Details can be found at the Arclight website. Ticket sales will be at the Box Office and Online ONLY. No phone reservations will be accepted, as per the theater manager as of 2:30pm 10/8. The theater WARNS that if the website is swamped with traffic, most transactions will NOT go through -- their site isn't built to withstand the traffic. [More]

LOTR Fanbooks Need YOUR Help!

10/08/03, 4:13 pm EST - Tehanu

Attn. Elijah Wood and Viggo Mortensen fans! Jody is organising a unique gift to give to each of these fab stars at the world premiere of The Return of the King in Wellington, New Zealand in December and you have the opportunity to be involved, but time is running out so get yourself over to OrlandoBloom.co.nz for all the details. Quick! Go Now!

LOTR Locations Guidebook - bigger, better, revised!

10/08/03, 4:10 pm EST - Tehanu

Everywhere you go in NZ you see this book - and people following its directions to get to the film locations! Already fabulously successful, it's now been revised to include more detail about TTT and also has all the RoTK locations (and pictures). Spoilers in the book!. [More]

Parker Joins Boyd in London

10/08/03, 1:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Les writes: I just wanted to let you guys know Craig Parker (Haldir) has today been added for his 1st UK appearance alongside Billy Boyd (Pippin) in the lineup for London Expo on 18-19 October 2003. [More]

Shelob Size Comparison

10/08/03, 1:43 pm EST - Xoanon

11thIndian writes: Hey guys, I figured I've been reading for years, I should give back in some small way. To really get an idea of Shelob's size, I took the new hi-res still and overlayed it with the first frame from the same shot from the trailer. Using the skulls and bones on the floor I was able to match up the size and rotation to of the two pictures. Here's the result. !!!Spoilers!!! [More]

Sean Astin at Generations United Conference in DC

10/08/03, 1:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Rev. Rachel Wangen-Hoch writes: I am attending the Generations United Conference at which Sean Astin will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, Oct. 18 during the closing session from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. I have received permission from the organizers to bring youth under the age of 18 for free, as well as a limited number of chaperones. [More]

Another Collectormania 4 Report

10/08/03, 1:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Ahriell writes: ...We made our way to the place where Sala Baker (Sauron) and Lawrence Makaore (Lurtz) were signing autographs. We noticed that there were very few people queueing for Sala, so we started there. I introduced myself and the Scottish Fellowship to him, and explained about the dvd parties and auctions for the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. He was delighted when I gave him his honorary membership card... [More]

They Line Up EARLY in Norway!

10/08/03, 12:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Soso writes: On Tuesday (Oct 7th) at 1.00pm local time the first "liner" placed herself in front of the theatre in Oslo to make sure she will get the best tickets for RotK in Norway. Tonight at about 23.00 pm local time there were already 8 people in line... It is kind of cold (about 4C) but that won't keep the liners away. Unfortunately last years successful "Hobbitcamp" in a park nearby the theatre will not take place this year, but nevertheless, events are planned and it seems as if this line will not be a boring one either.

Cinema Watch: Wenham's 'Square' Opens Tomorrow in Oz

10/08/03, 12:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Jess writes: Just a reminder to all Faramir fans that David Wenham's (Faramir) latest flick "Gettin' Square" opens in Oz tomorrow, Thursday October 9th. [yourmovies.com.au]

News for Oct. 07, 2003

Repost: Trilogy Tuesday Information

10/07/03, 10:44 pm EST - Xoanon

You mail-bombed us, you begged, you offered us all of your LOTR memorabilia... all to get *any* information about Trilogy Tuesday. Well, thanks to your fellow Ringers and some frantic coding, we've pulled together EVERYTHING we could find out about upcoming ticket sales. This is still a work in progress, so please check back if you don't see information for your local designated theater listed. If you have information, please send it here. [More]

RePost: Exclusive interview and images from Greg Horn

10/07/03, 10:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Greg Horn is an artist making a splash in not only in the world of comic books but now in entertainment and art of all kinds. He is a big fan of Peter Jackson's Lord of The Rings movies and has illustrated three magazine covers for gaming publications, all featuring Tolkien's characters just as the ROTK games are heading into stores with fall pre-movie releases. [More]

Amazing High-Rez ROTK Trailer Stills!

10/07/03, 10:38 pm EST - Xoanon

These images originated over at film.msn.dk but we've scrapbooked them here for you to enjoy. Take a look at the detail in these! GREAT pictures of Shelob, Minas Tirith ans more! And do I have to say it?.. !!!SPOILERS!!! [More]

What Is This? New ROTK Poster? UPDATE

10/07/03, 10:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Some keen eyed fans have spotted what looks to be new ROTK poster art on a few movie theatre sites selling Trilogy Tuesday tickets. Take a look at this one. Warning..it is teeeny tiny. [More]

We've got a slightly bigger version for you to oogle over! [More]

LOTR Themes on Gilmore Girls

10/07/03, 10:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Before I get email #169 about this, let me post it up. Seems the folks who write for Gilmore Girls have managed to sneak their obvious LOTR obsession into the show again. There was a LOTR themed party on the show tonight, including a screening of TTT!

TV Watch: All Cate All the Time

10/07/03, 10:05 pm EST - Xoanon

It seems that Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) is doing some hard core TV rounds for her latest film 'Veronica Guerin'. You can catch her on the Tonight Show on NBC this Thursday, October 9th. She will be on 'Inside the Actors Studio' (check your lost local listings) and '48 Hours' on CBS this Sunday, October 12th. Set those TiVos!

Trilogy Tuesday Information

10/07/03, 9:42 pm EST - maegwen

You mail-bombed us, you begged, you offered us all of your LOTR memorabilia... all to get *any* information about Trilogy Tuesday. Well, thanks to your fellow Ringers and some frantic coding, we've pulled together EVERYTHING we could find out about upcoming ticket sales. This is still a work in progress, so please check back if you don't see information for your local designated theater listed. If you have information, please send it here. [More]

More Collectormania 4 Images

10/07/03, 9:39 pm EST - Xoanon

They are coming in one at a time, but reports and images from Collectormania seem to be filling my inbox tonight. Take a look at this batch of images thanks to Abi. [More]

LOTR Fighting Styles Designer Tony Wolf at Tufts U

10/07/03, 9:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Grandmotherweb writes: Flyers have appeared around Tufts University in Boston for the appearance of Tony Wolf, Fighting Styled Designer for LotR, on next Monday. "Tony Wolf, internationally known stage fight teacher will be at Tufts to speak about his groundbreaking role as the Fighting Styles Designer for the Lord of the Rings trilogy – the first occupation of its kind for a major motion picture. Hear anecdotes about working on the trilogy and how the fighting was done. Monday, October 13. 7:30-8:30 pm / Barnum Hall, Rm 008."

Hobbit Play in Santa Clarita

10/07/03, 9:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Lonestarr writes: Just a reminder for TORn and LA area ringers and beyond that the ambitious "Hobbit" stageplay at the Canyon Theatre Guild in Santa Clarita, CA is up and running! [More]

Media Watch: Daily Variety Talks ROTK...I Promise

10/07/03, 9:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Yesterday we posted a story from Daily Variety, we said it featured a Viggo Mortensen interview and an article on ROTK. We posted the Mortensen interview....and forgot about the other half! But fear not! It was WELL worth the wait. It contains some great never-before-seen behind the scenes images that will have you drooling! Take a look! !!!Spoilers!!! [More]

I Want My ROTK Kinder Surprise Goodness!

10/07/03, 8:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Carnimmrik writes: Suilad! This is Carnimmrik from the TORN boards, just letting you know that the RotK series of the Kinder Surprise Eggs are out. [More]

Michigan Trilogy Ticket Information

10/07/03, 6:36 pm EST - maegwen

Gaelowyn writes: ATTENTION Michigan LOTR Fans! The Lansing, MI, Celebration Cinema began handing out wristbands to purchase tickets to Trilogy Tuesday TODAY! Read on for information! [More]

Reminder: Jon Labrie Speaks at Content World Tomorrow

10/07/03, 5:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Jon Labrie, former CTO at WetaDigital - who masterminded the digital architecture behind the Lord of theRings films - is looking forward to meeting you at Content World in LA. Jon will be drawing on his experience with Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema to discuss the process of creating content for multiple delivery systems: film, DVD and Web, as well as examine the logical progression to his new venture, Kedidi Wireless. Jon's keynote presentation, "Something in the Air: Content for a Mobile Audience" is at10:30am on tomorrow (October 8 th). [contentworld.com]

Exclusive interview and images from Greg Horn

10/07/03, 5:10 pm EST - MrCere

Return of the King - Illustrated by Greg Horn

Greg Horn is an artist making a splash in not only in the world of comic books but now in entertainment and art of all kinds. He is a big fan of Peter Jackson's Lord of The Rings movies and has illustrated three magazine covers for gaming publications, all featuring Tolkien's characters just as the ROTK games are heading into stores with fall pre-movie releases. [More]

Collectormania: Pros and Cons

10/07/03, 3:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Quite a few people have sent along their experiences at the latest Collectormania. More than a few of them have been negative, and if you include the tales of woe from TORN pal Irascian and even TORN's own Leo (review coming soon), it seems not all is well in the Collectormania PTB's. [more]

What About Us Canadians, Eh?

10/07/03, 1:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Fear not, my fellow brothers and sisters of Canada, Xoanon is on the case and will find out what Canadian cities and theatres will host the Extended Editions of FOTR and TTT. Having just got off the phone with representatives from Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm (Canadian distributors of the LOTR films), they are working feverishly to dot all the "i's" and cross the "t's" to get everything together for us. So have no fear! And keep watching this space!

In the meantime, Ringers in or around Montreal can join the Montreal line party, over 225 strong and with great prizes and more! [More]

Urban playing nemesis in next 'Bourne' movie

10/07/03, 12:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Karl Urban (Eomer) is moving from Middle Earth to the middle of a spy game. The actor, best known as Eomer in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," is in negotiations to play Matt Damon's nemesis in Universal Pictures' "The Bourne Supremacy," sources have confirmed. The sequel to the hit 2002 film "The Bourne Identity" is expected to begin filming at year's end. [More]

Transformation: Cate Blanchett to Katharine Hepburn

10/07/03, 12:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Pavel sends along some stunning images of Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) in full makeup and costume as the young Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's latest film 'The Aviator'. These images were sent to us in October of 2003, the film is being shot in Montreal and Los Angeles. The film also stars Ian Holm (Bilbo) as a meteorologist Professor Fitz, a fictitious character. [More]

ROTK Score Complete?

10/07/03, 12:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Could it be? Could it be complete? Have the folks left Abby Road and has PJ headed back to NZ to finish his work first hand? Will Shore score LOTR no more?! Well according to our spy inside Anvil Studios the ROTK score is all but wrapped up! [More]

More TTT Promo Coolness in Tokyo

10/07/03, 12:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Ah to be in Tokyo right now...Oru sends along these images from the TTT DVD promotion in Tokyo. This 'light truck' (a truck used for advertising reasons only, its sides light up to get people's attention). Was seen in Tokyo in October 2003. The TTT DVD only went on sale in Japan on October 1st 2003. [More]

Just the FACTS for JRD in Belgium

10/07/03, 11:55 am EST - Xoanon

The folks from FACTS write: We are plesed to announce that John Rhys-Davies will be at FACTS, one of the biggest SF, anime & comics conventions in Europe, on October 11th & 12th 2003. John has played in over a hundred movies and tv-series, amongst which the Indiana Jones movies (as Sallah) and, of course, the Lord of the Rings saga as Gimli (and the voice of Treebeard). He will be signing autographs and participate in a Q&A session. [facts-convention.com]

Tasty Trilogy Tuesday Tibits And More To Come Soon!

10/07/03, 11:40 am EST - Xoanon

TORnados, we, like you, are in a tizzy planning and deciding what to do for Trilogy Tuesday. Can I get work/school/life off? Can I stay awake for ROTK after eight hours of Extended Edition goodness? Will I see the shows in the weeks prior of their limited release? When will they announce the rumoured Canada and Europe showings? [More]

It IS The Real McCoy!

10/07/03, 11:33 am EST - Xoanon

Yesterday we posted a story about an awesome Japanese ROTK poster. We weren't sure if the poster was official or really cool fan art. Well today we received word from a ton of Ringers in Japan that this poster is indeed real! Take a look! [More]

LOTR Trailer in Singapore

10/07/03, 5:46 am EST - Tehanu

Wubing, writes, "I just want to let you know that on this coming Wednesday 08/10/03, the official LOTR 3 trailer will telecast on Singapore's local Channel 5, directly after CHARMED ends.

It ends around 11pm. So directly afterwards, the TV premiere for LOTR 3 trailer will show to fans who don't have internet access to download the trailer. Bet it is cooler to see the trailer on TV Screen." [Yep, you bet. Saw it on the big screen today...Size DOES matter - Tehanu]

LOTR Art Competition in NZ

10/07/03, 5:38 am EST - Tehanu

New Zealand residents can enter for this art competition run by Harper Collins in association with Hoyts Cinemas and Games Workshop. Illustrate a scene from "The Return of the King." Entries will be judged by Alan Lee! [More] Thanks to "Sheepish Ringer" for the link.

The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-Earth

10/07/03, 2:23 am EST - Calisuri

Front CoverThe beginning of October marked the release of yet another top-notch item from Houghton Mifflin book publishers. Ringer staffer Thorongil had a chance to take a look at 'The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-Earth,' a beautifullly packaged collection of large, full-color maps from author Brian Sibley and artist John Howe. [More]

Seattle Trilogy Ticket Information

10/07/03, 12:08 am EST - maegwen

There has been precious little information from most theaters across the U.S. on exactly *when* or *how* tickets for the LOTR trilogy will be sold. Give a round of applause therefore for the Seattle Cinerama, which has actually set up a web page for its showing. [More]

Have any information on Trilogy tickets in your area? Send them here!

News for Oct. 06, 2003

Another Collectormania 4 Report!

10/06/03, 8:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Irascian writes: Collectormania 4 turned out to be a very different event from Collectormania 3, which I reported on back in May. Although the previous event had been extremely busy with long delays for many fan signings, this was largely mitigated by the excellent organisation that ensured very few fans had any real cause for complaint. [More]

LOTR & Pringles Goodness

10/06/03, 8:34 pm EST - Xoanon

princessofhalflings writes: I bought Pringles today and guess what I saw on the can? Return of the King, the EA game!! On the back of the can there are little boxes with codes in them! [More]

Julia Roberts May Replace Cate Blanchett in Closer Film

10/06/03, 6:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Academy Award winner Julia Roberts is currently in discussions to join the cast of the film of Patrick Marber's play Closer. Variety reports that Roberts may replace Cate Blanchett, who bowed out of the film last week. Blanchett departed the Mike Nichols-directed project because she is pregnant. [More]

Daily Variety Talks ROTK

10/06/03, 6:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Daily Variety Talks ROTK - Mortensen Cover
Daily Variety Talks ROTK

Ringer Spy Dany writes: The October 2003 issue of Daily Variety had an add-on magazine with a major Oscar-ramp-up article on Viggo Mortensen and another article on Oscar & ROTK. [More]

Collectormania 4 Report

10/06/03, 4:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Samantha writes: Amazingly this year not only do they manage to get Sean Astin to come along, but Elijah Wood too. Me along with some friends went down to Milton Keynes on the Sunday hoping to see the gorgeous and talented Elijah Wood, Although we got there early all the tickets had sold out![ More]

Click here to see all our images from Collectormania 3 & 4

Over 70,000 fans have booked a date at Middle-earth

10/06/03, 3:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Over 70,000 Lord of the Rings fans have so far booked to see The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy - The Exhibition - smashing all records for London's Science Museum. [More]

Reminder: Wenham on 'Rove Live' in Oz Tomorrow

10/06/03, 3:31 pm EST - Xoanon

David Wenham (Faramir) is set to make an appearance on Rove Live Tuesday evening (October 7th) Channel 10, 9.30pm EST.

Who's the Next Clint Eastwood?

10/06/03, 3:29 pm EST - Xoanon

MSNBC writes: Today’s hot shot action hero is quite different from the “cool, calm and collected” roles that Eastwood has played. Who’s the next screen actor to follow in Eastwood’s rock-steady ways? You can vote for Viggo Mortensen, Jennifer Garner, Orlando Bloom or Hugh Jackman. [More]

Richard Taylor on ROTK Progress!

10/06/03, 3:23 pm EST - Xoanon

Radagast sends in this direct quote from WETA frontman Richard Taylor. Seems the team down in New Zealand are going for perfection in their third outing! Take a look! [More]

The Real McCoy?

10/06/03, 3:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Pon sends along this great ROTK poster from Japan. It's a new style of poster we've never seen before, so it begs the question; is it real or just cool fan art? [More]

FEATURE: The Hobbit Movie: Been There, Coming Back Again?

10/06/03, 5:00 am EST - Tookish

Click HereThe multibillion-dollar question and a burning thought in so many minds of the fans of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy is, "Will there be a movie made of JRR Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' prequel, 'The Hobbit'?" My answer, pure speculation: how can there not be? [Fulll Article]

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