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News for Oct. 21, 2001
Burger King/LOTR Details
10/21/01, 10:39 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Bob
sends along some interesting info on the future of Burger King's LOTR plans, including sweepstakes, merchadise, and more! Take a look! [More
LOTR Sword Pics & More
10/21/01, 10:23 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Jon
sends along some pics and sounds from LOTR toy sword available in stores now. Take a look, and listen! [More
10/21/01, 10:05 pm EST - Xoanon
I go to an all-girls private school in L.A. and on Friday Oct. 19 I saw a poster on the door to the gym. It caught my eye because it featured the new LOTR poster (with the Argonath pillars). The poster advertised that students could nominate people in their school to be "LOTR athletes of the fall," whatever that means. The poster also said that from this contest the school could win grants or the students could win trips. Pretty spiffy, and nice to see something LOTR related in school.
Gollum in Quake?
10/21/01, 9:20 pm EST - Tookish
From Gaming Havens Honcho Berendir
Check out the Gaming Havens for more info on how to shoot 'em up with Gollum, and to view amazing new pictures from the Age of Kings LOTR Mod.[More]
Miranda Otto's New Projects
10/21/01, 7:10 pm EST - Xoanon
) has signed on to two more projects to star in, La Volpe a Tre Zampe and Doctor Sleep. [More
Weekly Cast Watch
10/21/01, 6:59 pm EST - Xoanon
Another great chance to see your favorite LOTR stars this week! [More
Check Out the Line Party in Denmark
10/21/01, 6:10 pm EST - Tehanu
More photos and news from the people waiting in line for their FOTR tickets. [More
Teen Reading Week Makes an Impact
10/21/01, 5:45 pm EST - Tehanu
"From October 14-20 is supposedly 'Teen Reading Week.' Our High School suddenly popped up with all these posters, showing the theme of 'Make Reading a Hobbit' The posters had both Elijah Wood and Liv Tyler reading in their full get-ups. Fellow Ringers and myself all over our school went nuts, grabbing all the bookmarks and buttons we could get our hands on, though the 'Make it a Hobbit' theme is kinda cheesy. Our school will never be the same..." Thanks to ~§ Arabeth §~
English Release Date: December 19th
10/21/01, 5:39 pm EST - Tehanu
Maybe we can debunk that persistent 'Dec. 14' rumour, with help from Distant Angel: "Our local Warner Village has got the latest FOTR poster up and it has the release date as December 19th (which I think is the first time we've got the UK release date in black and white)."
FOTR Soundtrack Cover
10/21/01, 4:59 pm EST - Strider
German Lord of the Rings shop site Elbenwald seem to have gotten their hands on the cover of the Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack, which will be available from November 20th. Instead of a collage, it just features a still from the movie of all four hobbits on Weathertop. [More]
Lord of Literature
10/21/01, 2:53 pm EST - Xoanon
JRR Tolkien's good-versus-evil theme still resonates, especially now in the face of conflict. It began, as many things do, in a bar. An Oxford pub, circa 1940, called the Eagle and Child, or the Bird and the Baby to the locals. At Tuesday luncheons, one table was occupied by an odd assortment of men--a couple of middle-aged dons, a writer or two or three--who smoked and drank and read to each other from scratched-out, scrawled-down pages. The Inklings they called themselves. [More
[I'd argue with the writer's claim that 'without Tolkien there'd be no Ursula Le Guin'! - T] [More]
One Thing To Rule Them All
10/21/01, 1:48 pm EST - Xoanon
User friendly making a poke between Microsoft and Sauron .. (both evil overlords...LOL) [More]
10/21/01, 1:38 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Emaen
sends along this scan from the latest issue of 'Harley Quinn' (quite a cool comic if I do say so myself). Check out the special LOTR mention: [More
Potter VS Frodo Article #554457
10/21/01, 1:24 pm EST - Xoanon
Here is another article on the highly original concept of pitting two films against each other... there really must be a 'pooh-pooh disturber' department in every newspaper, magazine and tv outlet around the globe. This one apparently focuses on the merchandise war between Potter and LOTR:FOTR. [More
Media Watch: Sweedish Article Translated
10/21/01, 1:24 pm EST - Tookish
Thanks to Ringer fan Emma
we now have a translation of last week's article. No new info but still fun to read how the films are being reported around the globe. [More
More on Casa Loma
10/21/01, 1:05 pm EST - Xoanon
Alliance Atlantis Intives you to experience a journey to Middle-earth: Featuring an exhibit of props, costumes and artifacts crafted by the artists for the major motion picture event of this holiday season. [More
GAMING: Stormfront Studios Doing LOTR For Xbox?
10/21/01, 1:03 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Tool
sends along this interesting email he recieved from the folks at Stormfront Studios:
Right now we’re staffing our very cool title: Lord of the Rings. [More]
Norwegian FotR Ticket Sales Open November 5
10/21/01, 12:59 pm EST - Tookish
You'll have to pull some fact from fiction in this letter from huufsa
: I don't know if you have heard it yet, but in Oslo (cap. of Norway) the sales will start at 08.00 monday 5/11 at Norway's biggest cinema Colluseum. And strictly cash sale the first hours, 6 tickets for each. I'll absolutly be there. :)
The movie will have premiere exactly 00.01 the 19/1 (at Colluseum). And because of the timeline (or whatever it's called) that Norway is in it's said that Norway will be the place for the first public screening in the world. I'm not sure if this is right though. Yet I hope.
Sorry huffsa, but from recent news, I wouldn't get your hopes too high...
Media Watch: Irish Independent Enya Article
10/21/01, 12:46 pm EST - Tookish
French Ringer Stumbles onto Media Event?
10/21/01, 12:10 pm EST - Tookish
This just in from Cuivienor
: Oh my gosh: Today went as I wanted to (at) UGC Cine Cite in Paris... they showed the three trailers, including the last one, four times over: FOUR TIMES! And in subtitled English. Oh my Gosh!!!!
Alternate Address to FOTR Soundtrack Site
10/21/01, 7:16 am EST - Strider
It seems that LordoftheRings-Soundtrack.com
isn't the only address to the new Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack site. Reprise Records, the record label of Enya, seem to have a mirror of the site on their own site, RepriseRec.com
, at this address here
News for Oct. 20, 2001
Wicked Decipher Chat Log Posted!
10/20/01, 11:26 pm EST - Gamgee
For those of you unfortunate enough to have missed the live event, the chat went beautifully! But, if you would like to read the log of the chat, it's up for all to see! [More
Lord of the Rings vs. Harry Potter AGAIN!
10/20/01, 6:51 pm EST - Gamgee
The wonderful movie info site IMDB has yet another LotR vs. Harry Potter poll for us to win. So, go westward Ringers, and bring home the gold! [More
Ticket Mania Begins!
10/20/01, 6:02 pm EST - Tehanu
Thanks to Jonas who sends us this clip from Danish TV showing the fans camped out in their tent village outside the cinema, waiting to buy tickets to FOTR. And so it begins.....[More
] Meanwhile, the people from the GladBlad website are updating their website via laptop from the ticket line, and they're now reporting in English as well as Danish. [More
Live Chat with Decipher Today at 5:00 EST!
10/20/01, 2:07 pm EST - Tookish
Two of the many great folks at Decipher
will be joining us today in Barliman's
for a talk about their new Trading Card Game. These cards are awesome and the game is outstanding! Come meet and talk with TCG creators Tom Lishcke
& Chuck Kallenbach
For a great overview of the game check out this Gaming Havens report from WorldCon this summer. [More]
Finally, here are details on how to participate in today's chat: [More]
Russian Ringers Want Release Date Changed
10/20/01, 2:01 pm EST - Strider
, the webmaster of TORn Community Site Henneth Annun
has requested that we post this sad news about the changing of Russia's release date, and the reasons why New Line should keep the original date it promised of December 21st. [More
Checked out Games Workshop Lately?
10/20/01, 1:49 pm EST - Tookish
If you're a gamer... or if you're not... you have to take a look at the LotR creations from the wizards at Games Workshop
. I've had my hands on a lot of their first line product, and the quality and detail are outstanding. Gwaihir is HUGE! It feels like what we'll see in the films is what we can play at home. [More
Happy Birthday Viggo!
10/20/01, 1:21 pm EST - Xoanon
Today, October 20th, is Viggo Mortensen's (Aragorn) Birthday! Viggo was born on 20 October 1958, in Manhattan, New York. That makes him 43 today! Happy Birthday Viggo!
Franklin Mint Catalog
10/20/01, 1:01 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy irhobbitish
sends along a scan from the latest Franklin Mint Catalog. [More
New Blanchett Pics
10/20/01, 12:49 pm EST - Xoanon
) is really the star of the month!!! If you want to see some details about her new film 'Charlotte Gray' , the WB teaser site is up here (charlottegraymovie.warnerbros.com
). This film is about a Scottish woman who joins the French resistance during WW2 to find her boyfriend in the RAF who was shot down over enemy territory.
Balrogs! Cave trolls! Hobbits!
10/20/01, 12:47 pm EST - Xoanon
Critics get to see a 25-minute preview of December's much-anticipated "Lord of the Rings" movie. New Line Cinema showed clips from "The Fellowship of the Ring" -- the first part of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, which is scheduled to hit theaters Dec. 19 -- to critics this morning. The 25-minute reel suggests that the ambitious production may well be worthy of some of its advance ballyhoo. [More
Hall of Fire Chats for October 20th and 21st
10/20/01, 12:45 pm EST - Strider
Standing beside the tomb of Balin in the Chamber of Records, the Fellowship find themself in the heart of the Mines of Moria, a dread and horror in their hearts as they read the demise of Balin's company. Suddenly, doom boom boom goes a drum in the darkness, and the Fellowship make a hasty retreat through the flame filled lower levels of Moria. Just as it looks like they have escaped, suddenly a horrible spectre of fire and darkness emerges as the source of the flames themselves, and a stand off is made between Gandalf and the fearsome Balrog, one which neither wins. This weekend, the Hall of Fire Chapter by Chapter discussions reach arguably the most important chapter in the Fellowship of the Ring - Book II Chapter V: The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
Tyler: Rocker Chic
10/20/01, 12:44 pm EST - Xoanon
From: E! Online
Liv Tyler (Arwen)--in a pink sweater, gray pinstripe pants and hot pink-and-gray scarf--looks ever so lovely at the New York premiere of the play Dance of Death. But here's the best part: According to her publicist, the clothes are not designer (and nobody cares... -Xo). [More]
Coolio LOTR Merchandise
10/20/01, 12:41 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Atreieux
sends along these really cool scans from the latest catalog from the Noble Collection. Check out that REALLY cool wraith thingy (think it's a paperweight), [More
First Pics Of FOTR Ticket Lines!
10/20/01, 7:36 am EST - Tehanu
As we reported earlier, fans in Denmark are able to line up already and buy their tickets to the first FOTR screenings ahead of time. The good people at GladBlad
are upating their site with pics of their line....world's first line party, everyone! Tents and everything. The site's in Danish, just click on the pics. [More
Update: DUH! This is a better link! - T
News for Oct. 19, 2001
Enya Info On Official Site, Sort Of -UPDATE-
10/19/01, 8:54 pm EST - Xoanon
The Official site has updated with an almost un-noticable 'Soundtrack' link (www.lordoftherings-soundtrack.com
). Once there you can submit your email address and click on the submit link to get more info....that WOULD be possible if I wasn't getting 'FAILED' messages...I'm sure someone will get through. Rumor has it that you can hear a small sample of the Enya soundtrack.
Update You can now download 30+ seconds of the Enya song right here! Enjoy!!! [More]
Media Watch: Norway's TV2
10/19/01, 8:28 pm EST - Xoanon
About 15 minutes ago the largest norwegian broadcasting channel, TV2, had a short flick about LoTR, it was very cool. First there were clips from all trailers, then they interviewed a group of Tolkien fans sitting around a round table, with a Middle-Earthish atmosphere in the room, discussing various tolkien things. If I'm not mistaking this is the first time LoTR has seen the light from TV in Norway.
Media Watch: Swedish Papers Talk Tolkien
10/19/01, 8:25 pm EST - Xoanon
When I sat down to read the newspaper this afternoon I was surprised to see a large image of the infamous orcs on the last page. The article is called "Fairytale for grownups" with the subtitle "England got its own mythology". [More]
Live Decipher Chat!
10/19/01, 6:11 pm EST - DarthCaeser
Don't forget, Tomorrow (October 20th) at 5:00 pm EST (10:00 pm GMT), we're having a live chat with the Developers of Decipher's
Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game. You don't want to miss it!
And as always, the Gaming Havens is your place to go for LOTR Gaming News. We'll keep you up-to-date on all the happenings of the Tolkien Gaming Universe.
GAMING: InQuest Gamer Update
10/19/01, 5:51 pm EST - DarthCaeser
The next issue of InQuest Gamer is chock-full of Lord of the Rings Gaming goodness.
"We’re counting down to “The Fellowship of the Ring,” and the last few month’s of InQuest Gamer are as packed with Middle-earth stuff as Samwise after his third breakfast. And IQ #80, on sale November 7th, is the best yet." [More]
Lining up already???
10/19/01, 4:34 pm EST - Tehanu
Mads from Denmark wrote in to say that lines are forming to buy tickets to FOTR already! Hey, Danish Ringers, send us some pics please? The world's first lines for the first LOTR movie - it's news! [ooh, and......TWO MONTHS TO GO!!!]
10/19/01, 1:52 pm EST - Xoanon
Two months left!! TWO frikking months!!!! WOOO HOOO!!!! gives me NERD chills!!! wooo hooo!!!! That's only 61 days!!! 1464 hours!! 87840 seconds!!!!!!!!!
Ok...I'll stop now...
Media Watch: Cine Live
10/19/01, 1:49 pm EST - Xoanon
Here is a French ad for the movie "The lord of the rings" issued from the latest edition of the French magazine "Ciné Live". [More]
Holm's: 'From Hell' Out Today
10/19/01, 1:48 pm EST - Xoanon
The new Ian Holm
) film 'From Hell' has been released in North America today. [More
New Line Shop News
10/19/01, 1:40 pm EST - Xoanon
Here's latest news from New Line's official Lord of the Rings Movie Shop
. Today we've added two great new items to our shop. First, there's the fabulous bus-shelter sized version of the Pillars of Argonath poster. This poster measures an astonishing 48 x 72 inches, is Lithographically printed on both sides of 8 point Opaline stock, and is pre-packed in a super sturdy tube.
French LOTR Contest
10/19/01, 1:39 pm EST - Xoanon
Visit the french playstation website (www.fr.scee.com) for a contest (using shockwave 5 plug in) about the LOTR movie. Prizes goes from a trip to New Zealand to posters.
Trailer Sightings: Sweden
10/19/01, 1:37 pm EST - Xoanon
If you did not allready know they ran the new trailer on the swedish channel ZTV yester day night around 11:45. The movie critic Orvar also told us that the new trailer will be showing on swedish theatres next week in frtont of the movie 'Sprängaren'.
Premiere News: New Zealand
10/19/01, 1:36 pm EST - Xoanon
Take a look at this scan from the 'Wellington Evening Post'. There are a few details on when, where and just WHO will be there for the LOTR: FOTR premiere! [More
Thanks to John S
Media Watch: Harpers Bazaar (AKA Cool Galadriel Pic!!)
10/19/01, 1:31 pm EST - Xoanon
I found the October Cate Blanchett issue of Harper's Bazaar. The original image is about the size of a large postage stamp, so even the small scan enclosed is a 200 or 300% enlargement. !Spoilers! [More]
More on Casa Loma
10/19/01, 1:27 pm EST - Xoanon
From: Michael C
My dad just got back from a trip to Toronto, Canada, and while there he visited some place called Casa Loma. Starting Oct 31 they are opening an exhibit of props, costumes and artifacts used in FOTR!! This is gonna be so cool for any LOTR fans over there. My dad got a flier for the event here take a look. [More]
Media Watch: Daily Variety
10/19/01, 1:23 pm EST - Xoanon
Tripix, New Linw ink wide output deal: Check out this story from yesterdays 'Daily Variety' [More
Media Watch: The New Yorker
10/19/01, 1:18 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Daddy Twofoot
sends along this great pic of Ian McKellen
) in full costume (and dance) in his new play 'Dance of Death) take a look! [More
New posters on 'FantasyPlanet.cz'
10/19/01, 6:58 am EST - Tehanu
They really are new! The site is all in Czech, just wait for it to load and scroll down til you see Gandalf up to his armpits in snow. [More
Weta/Sideshow figures: Special deal for Kiwis
10/19/01, 6:51 am EST - Tehanu
Kiwi Ringers can take advantage of this great offer - which will help raise money for the Fighter Pilot Aviation Museum in Wanaka - which should please known aviation buff Peter Jackson. [More
10/19/01, 6:17 am EST - Tehanu
Two places where you can enjoy some LOTR humour: Debbie's 'Waiting for Frodo'
strip and the funny guys over at theforce.net
with their take on 'when trilogies collide:' [More
FOTR: Book Now, if you live in Denmark!
10/19/01, 5:56 am EST - Tehanu
Well, Denmark wins, folks. Anders "Merry Tee" said you could book for FOTR already and I didn't believe him. He wrote back: "I just booked 8 tickets for 18.dec(19.dec) at 24:01 o´clock on Biobooking.dk
. What I did was to select "Ringenes Herre" and then(!) "BioCity Tåstrup" (the theatre thats closest to me...) and then you indeed CAN choose the 18.dec!!! But it's gonna be sold out fast, I believe." 18th of December??? You betcha!
New Desktops over at the official site....
10/19/01, 5:19 am EST - Tehanu
"Gwaihir here - thought I'd let you know that the official site has 9 new desktops up of the Fellowship members: Pippin, Merry, Sam, Frodo, Gandalf, Boromir, Legolas, Gimli, Aragorn..." [More
Still having trouble signing up for the Fan Club?
10/19/01, 5:03 am EST - Tehanu
Don't like the thought of making a toll call? Decipher have come up with more ways to make it easy to join their fan club. [More
The Mushrooms are IN!!!
10/19/01, 1:05 am EST - Tehanu
Anyone else notice that about the Nazgul clip? The hobbits are about to fry up their mushrooms and.....!!! Now all I need is a brief appearance by the fox and my nerd instinct will be satisfied ; )
News for Oct. 18, 2001
Moviephone.com Ringwraith Video!!!
10/18/01, 11:50 pm EST - Xoanon
busts out with the scoop! Moviephone.com has a new documentaryish video on the Ringwraiths! This is some of the footage aired at ComicCon this summer. [More
Enya to Sing in Sindarin
10/18/01, 11:49 pm EST - Xoanon
: On the frontpage of Enya.org it is reported that Enya will be singing in Sindarin for the soundtrack to The Lord Of The Rings.
Blanchett's 'Shipping News' Is Reviewed
10/18/01, 11:48 pm EST - Xoanon
A review of the new Cate Blanchett
) film 'The Shipping News' has appeared online. Check it out at coming attactions. (scroll down to the bottom). [More
LOTR: FOTR Release Date Change?
10/18/01, 11:43 pm EST - Xoanon
E! news is now reporting that FOTR will premiere in the US on Dec 21st. Haven't heard any other news about this, and would like to believe it's a simple mistake on E's part, but I have a hinky feeling they're right, and the premiere has been pushed back 2 days.
Brazilian Release Date Delayed
10/18/01, 11:40 pm EST - Xoanon
Unfortunately it finally became official, the release date for Brasil is now January the 1st. Check www.warnerbros.com.br for confirmation. A friend of mine contacted Warner, and as it seems, this is the release date for ALL of latin america.
LOTR Premiere News: New Zealand
10/18/01, 11:37 pm EST - Xoanon
RINGS PREMIERE PLANNED
A massive street party will be held for the Australasian (For those non-Kiwi and Aussie ringers, 'Australasian' means the area of the world that includes Australia and New Zealand.) premiere of the first Lord of the Rings film in Wellington on December 19. In invitations sent out to media, Rings' film distributor Roadshow has revealed what is planned for the star-studded event at the Embassy Theatre. Actors such as Liv Tyler, Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Hugo Weaving are expected to attend, as well as Kiwi director Peter Jackson and producer Barrie Osborne.
Happy Birthday Howard Shore!
10/18/01, 11:34 pm EST - Xoanon
LOTR Composer, and all around cool Canuk Howard Shore was born on this day in 1946 in Toronto, Canada. But I won't hold that against him ;) [More
Citypulse TV Toronto Talks LOTR
10/18/01, 11:23 pm EST - Xoanon
On Citypulse at 6pm EST (and again at 11pm) here in Toronto they showed the Casa Loma Exhibit behind the scenes.
Xoanon here, I've actually just seen the story, it's quite interesting. From what I could see, they have the cart that Gandalf rides into Hobbiton with, some Orc masks, a Ring, and quite a few other props. Looks very cool indeed!
Media Watch: New Zealand Press Association
10/18/01, 11:22 pm EST - Tookish
RINGS PREMIERE PLANNED
A massive street party will be held for the Australasian premiere of the first Lord of the Rings film in Wellington on December 19. In invitations sent out to media, Rings' film distributor Roadshow has revealed what is planned for the star-studded event at the Embassy Theatre. Actors such as Liv Tyler, Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Hugo Weaving are expected to attend, as well as Kiwi director Peter Jackson and producer Barrie Osborne.
P-A-R-T-Y!! Let's see that invitation folks! :)
NPR Talks Tolkien
10/18/01, 11:21 pm EST - Xoanon
The NPR had an interview with T.A. Shippey Author of: J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century. Check out the RealAudio interview here! [More
Thanks to Thomas for the tip!
Wraith Toy Pics!
10/18/01, 11:19 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Ed
sends along some GREAT pics of the RingWraith and his evil steed! I have this Toy Biz Action Figure, and let me tell you, this thing KILLS any Star Wars toy I've ever seen. [More
Call to Arms: ABC.com Poll
10/18/01, 10:55 pm EST - Calisuri
ABC.com is asking, "Which film are you more eager to see?" Options: LOTR or Harry Potter. Well, we know who should win, but let's make sure. [More
Texas Round-up of LOTR Fans
10/18/01, 5:56 pm EST - Tehanu
Live in Texas? Want to see LOTR on the 19th in a theatre full of fellow-fans? Josephina's still taking bookings - and adds 'it's not just for Texans!' [More
Washingtonpost.com Talks Tolkien
10/18/01, 5:43 pm EST - Xoanon
From: The cool folks at washingtonpost.com
In anticipation of the films and the rekindled interest in Tolkien's work, Washington Post Book World Senior Editor and Pulitzer Prize winning literary critic Michael Dirda will be hosting a series of online discussions at washingtonpost.com focusing on "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. [More]
Spoof Cartoon Series on LOTR Launches October
10/18/01, 5:30 pm EST - Strider
chimed in to say that Scifi.com
are launcing a spoof cartoon series of our very own Lord of the Rings on October 25th. Check out the cartoon's own section on the site for more information.
"Join average little guy Edward and his somewhat loyal companions on their unlikely quest to destroy a legendary Token and save the world from the forces of the Dark Person."
Trailer Sightings Update 2
10/18/01, 4:42 pm EST - Strider
We start off down under in Australia, where the Fellowship of the Ring Trailer II is showing in front of Legally Blonde at Hoyts Cinemas. In Canada, just like in America the trailer's showing in front of Training Day. Finally, the trailer can be seen in front of Megiddo. Remember that this list does not guarantee the trailers will always show with these films, so check your local cinema first.
Thanks to Calindy, Jason and Joseph for the info.
Enya Article on ShowBiz Ireland
10/18/01, 2:35 pm EST - Strider
have posted an article on their site about Enya's upcoming tracks for the Fellowship of the Ring, and a very brief summary of the films. [More
Media Watch: Irish TV3
10/18/01, 1:45 pm EST - Xoanon
I was watching TV3 News here on Irish television and in the entertainment news, they showed about 30 seconds of the new trailer. They also gave the Official Website address! The same news will be shown at 23:05 GMT tonight, Thursday.
AOL Time Warner Sees 4Q Strongest Ever For Film
10/18/01, 1:42 pm EST - Xoanon
Subscription revenue in the third quarter rose 13% to $4.2 billion. Content and other revenue improved 6% to $3.2 billion. Advertising and commerce revenues declined 5% to $1.9 billion. [More
Tyler: 'SO Not Like Xena!'
10/18/01, 1:40 pm EST - Xoanon
From: non serviam
Liv Tyler (Arwen) is on the cover of the November issue of W Magazine, the fashion Mag. In a surprisingly insightful article, she discusses Tolkien and PJ's films at length. The interview includes the following reassuring-to-purists statement about how Arwen (or as dubious fans have dubbed her, XenArwen) will be portrayed in the films. !Spoilers! [More]
Lord of the Rings to Debut in London
10/18/01, 1:36 pm EST - Xoanon
LONDON (Reuters) - The first film in the ``Lord of the Rings'' trilogy will make its world premiere in London in December, the film's maker says. The reworking of JRR Tolkien's classic tale of hobbits, dwarves and wizards is expected to be one of the biggest films in years. "The world premiere will be in London on December 10," a spokeswoman for New Line Cinema said on Thursday. "We can't say any more at the moment." [More
GAMING: Decipher Ad In Germany
10/18/01, 1:33 pm EST - Xoanon
Attached is a scan of the promo poster of LOTR ccg. Together with the oversized promo-card Decipher gives this wonderfull poster for free at their booth at Essen Game Fair in Germany, you can find Decipher in Hall 6. The size of the poster is 69cmx69cm. [More]
Cave Troll Toy Pic! Sort Of...
10/18/01, 1:15 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Noah
sends along this secret pic he managed to get out of the endless terrain of the internet. Sadly mind you, the image has been blurred... just for this very reason... sigh... [More
'LORD' Of The Budget
10/18/01, 1:09 pm EST - Xoanon
AND you thought "Titanic" was big. Get ready for "Lord of the Rings," the biggest gamble in Hollywood history: a $300 million trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien tales. And that doesn't count the expected $150 million marketing budget. Though the first film doesn't open worldwide until Dec. 19 - on an unprecedented number of screens - the marketing push is already well under way. [More
MediaWatch: Daily Variety talks LOTR Costume Design
10/18/01, 10:58 am EST - Calisuri
In yesterday's Daily Variety, there was a great story titled, "Rings Cycle: Tolkien Trilogy posed an otherworldly challenge." The article focuses on costume designer Ngila Dickson's efforts creating the realism of Middle-earth. One of the more intriguing facts contained within the story: "... I think we made 15,000 costumes." Wow! (Can you send me one for Halloween??) I have attached scans for those of you who can't get yesterday's Variety.
Theater Review, 'The Return of the King'
10/18/01, 8:38 am EST - Xoanon
Because some 100 million readers have dipped into "The Lord of the Rings" since its initial publication in 1954, it's fair to say that the fantastical literature of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien has never needed any help from either Hollywood or a little Chicago theater. [More
McKellen Updates 'E-Post'
10/18/01, 8:36 am EST - Xoanon
) has updated the 'E-Post' section of his website Mckellen.com! Check out his answers to some of your questions! [More
Orlando Bloom: 'The Man' -UPDATE-
10/18/01, 8:33 am EST - Xoanon
Cleolinda sends us word that Orlando Bloom (Legolas) is featured in the latest issue of 'Interview Magazine': Orlando Bloom (Legolas in LOTR and, as it turns out, the “man” of Black Hawk Down’s tagline “Leave no man behind”).
Update Take a look at the scans here. [More]
Howard Shore Music In Melbourne
10/18/01, 8:27 am EST - Xoanon
Just heard on the radio this morning that a special Howard Shore composition is being performed at the Melbourne Festival in Australia
At the Iwaki Auditorium, the Australian Art Orchestra will continue its quest for new music with the world premiere of Orbit, composed especially for the ensemble by master film composer, Howard Shore; and Ross Daly and his ensemble will perform a concert which will evoke the beauty and mystique of the music of the Mediterranean and its hinterlands. [More]
Canadian Trivia Quest
10/18/01, 8:23 am EST - Xoanon
I was just watching the Food Network Canada of all channels when an ad came on for a LOTR "Trivia Quest" which is supposedly being launched on November 10th.
The ad basically showed a few clips from the most recent trailer as well as some flashes of some of the prizes (the only one I can remember is what looked like a customized VW Bug). It seemed sort of like a teaser for the contest, not giving out any details except to say that it was being launched November 10th.
News for Oct. 17, 2001
Franklin Mint Update
10/17/01, 11:22 pm EST - Tookish
From Barliman's regular irhobbitish: I received the new catalog for Franklin Mint figurines. They are selling a figure for each of the Nine Walkers. However, the pictures are not available on the Franklin Mint Website. Each figure costs $34.00 US.
Live Chat With Decipher!
10/17/01, 4:21 pm EST - DarthCaeser
This Saturday, October 20th, you're invited to join the developers of Decipher's
Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game and staff from TheOneRing.net in an exclusive event. This is your chance to ask your questions and learn first-hand from the direct source. The release of the game is drawing near, so don't miss your opportunity to interact with the developers themselves. Go Here
for details on how to join us on the 20th.
LOTR Chess Set
10/17/01, 1:28 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Voronwe sends along this very cool pic of the official movie LOTR chess set! So very cool! I want mine!
Toy Biz Press Release
10/17/01, 1:10 pm EST - Xoanon
Based On J.R.R. Tolkien's Best-Selling Book Series, The Highly-Anticipated Movie Event Features An All-Star Cast Including Cate Blanchett
, Sir Ian McKellen
, Liv Tyler
& Elijah Wood
Anyone Else Having Problems Signing Up? -UPDATE-
10/17/01, 11:34 am EST - leo
I've heard from a few people that they have been having problems singing up as a charter member of the Official LOTR Fan Club
, and I myself (and I'm falling in the group 'international members') have been sent back to edit either the country I'm from, the shipping address, the state, or what else numerous times. So if anyone else has been having problems or (even better) has the solution, please let me know
! I want my name on the DVD too!
Update From the Decipher folks: If you or others are having problems -- please tell people to call our telephone call center to register.
The numbers are 1-800-451-6381 (in the United States) and 303-856-2201 (outside the U.S.).
Thanks Decipher guys!!!
Official Fan Club Site Opens!
10/17/01, 9:43 am EST - Xoanon
Check out the Official LOTR Fan Club site run by the folks at Decipher! This site is as fresh as a newborn, so there's plenty of digging to find the goodies. Be sure to check out the bi-monthly "inside story" fan club magazine, or the news on the London sweepstakes; this is all very cool indeed! More to come! [Official LOTR Fan Club
Wanna See Your Name in the LOTR Credits?!
10/17/01, 9:33 am EST - Xoanon
The Lord of the Rings Director Honors Fans with Their Names in Credits of Films' DVDs. The Lord of the Rings Fan Club Launches Today.
(NORFOLK, Va. October 17, 2001) — Inspired by the one hundred million readers of The Lord of the RingsTM, Director Peter Jackson has become the first person in movie-making history to simultaneously write, direct and produce three films at one time. In another pioneering and Middle-earth-shattering move announced today, Jackson has decided to immortalize the most ardent Tolkien fans - charter members in The Lord of the Rings Fan Club - by placing their names in the film's credits on the DVDs. [More]
LOTR Phone Cards Ad
10/17/01, 8:21 am EST - Xoanon
sends along this pic from France with an ad for a phone card. Take a look! [More
New Legolas Pic
10/17/01, 8:15 am EST - Xoanon
The ladies (and apparently some men) never get tired of Orlando Bloom
). Here is another one thanks to Artemis
(via Yahoo! Clubs). Take a peek! [More
Unauthorized Tolkien DVD?
10/17/01, 7:27 am EST - leo
Ringer Spy Eric
sends in word about a new DVD about J.R.R. Tolkien...I was browsing upcoming DVD's on 800.com and caught this item. I thought you might be interested.
Movie.com's Most Expected Releases
10/17/01, 7:10 am EST - leo
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
has dropped an amazingly ten seats to number 17 in Movie.com
's most expected releases list. We are even lower then the very famous upcoming movie Jersey Girl
(okay, I admit, that was sarcasm). And what makes it even worse, the list is topped by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
... Let's see if we can turn this around by next Friday! [More
News for Oct. 16, 2001
Hollywood's Efforts to be Relevant
10/16/01, 8:45 pm EST - Xoanon
On the morning of Saturday, Oct. 6, a group of filmmakers, Hollywood executives and writers left little doubt that the age of irony should not be laid to rest just yet. The panelists took part in a discussion called “Making Movies That Matter: The Role of Cinema in the National Debate” at Avery Fisher Hall. [More
Christopher Lee Lends 'The Voice' -UPDATE-
10/16/01, 8:42 pm EST - Xoanon
Upon receiving my latest issue of Animal Times, a publication from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, I noticed that on the very first page is a photo of Mr. Christopher Lee
). Apparently, he has lent his voice to a video or commercial warning that donations to the American Heart Association are going towards experiments on animals.
Update You can have a listen to Christopher Lee's track he did for PETA on his official site. (RealPlayer Needed) [More]
New trailer appears to give Tolkien his due
10/16/01, 5:52 pm EST - Xoanon
Forget about New Line Cinema's strategy to release "The Lord of the Rings" in three successive December installments beginning this year. After the first movie debuts Dec. 19, moviegoers will demand that the two other parts be released without delay. [More
Your First Look: LOTR Fan Club Magazine
10/16/01, 5:50 pm EST - Xoanon
The cool folks at Decipher gave us a sneek peek at the premiere cover for the new LOTR Fan Club Magazine. Take a look at that! Be sure to check out decipher.com!
Media Watch: Wizard Magazine
10/16/01, 5:46 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy MN
sends along this scan from the latest issue of 'Wizard Magazine'. Take a look at the great Games-Workshop LOTR Game! [More
FOX LOTR Special -CONFIRMED-
10/16/01, 5:33 pm EST - Xoanon
FOX will be airing "Quest for the Ring" on Thursday, 11/29 at 8:00pm Eastern time in the U.S. It is a 1 hour "making of" featurette.
I know you guys have reported something about this special already, but I work at an Ad Agency and have contacts at FOX who confirmed this as the air date.
LOTR: FOTR Trailer In France
10/16/01, 5:28 pm EST - Xoanon
To have more information about the trailers showing in France's most important (bigger...methinks -Xo) cinemas. [More]
Barnes & Noble Newsletter Features LOTR
10/16/01, 5:15 pm EST - leo
I was in a Barnes & Noble today, and picked up their Oct/Nov SciFi/Fantasy newsletter called Explorations. In it, there is an interview with director Peter Jackson, a Lord of the Rings trivia contest and some other LOTR stuff. Just thought you would like to know.
Like to know? I'd like to get it scanned, so anyone with one of these newsletters and a scanner, please send it in!
Press Release: Plans for The LOTR Roleplaying Game
10/16/01, 4:38 pm EST - Xoanon
(NORFOLK, Va., October 16, 2001) The Lord of the Rings Adventure Game, the first of Decipher¹s roleplaying games (RPGs) for New Line Cinema¹s epic adventure, The Lord of the Rings, will hit stores December 2001. [More
LordoftheRings.net Gets New Hobbit Look
10/16/01, 4:30 pm EST - Strider
The official site LordoftheRings.net has changed its look, turning their menus into a beautiful collage of images of the hobbits in the Fellowship of the Ring. The beautiful forest images combined with the new white and green hues really give a new life to the site, so check it out. [Official Site]
Update - The new design appears at random when viewing the site, so you may have to refresh the page a few times before the new design is viewable.
MovieHeadlines.net Sees Cannes Footage
10/16/01, 4:26 pm EST - Xoanon
Chalk it up as yet ANOTHER person who has seen the Cannes footage besides poor old Xoanon (New Line Guys...let me see it!!). MovieHeadlines.net has posted a very brief, yet enthusiastic, review of the Cannes footage... code name: 'The Tails of the Chocolate Fish'. No doubt in refrence to the Chocolate Fish Cafe in New Zealand. Nice touch :) [More
Cate Blanchett IMDB's Celeb of the Week
10/16/01, 4:06 pm EST - Strider
After being the IGN 'Celeb of the Day' last week, it seems Cate Blanchett is the in-actress at the moment, being the Internet Movie Database's 'Celeb of the Week'. Between Cate and Liv, those Lord of the Rings gals really know how to make a name for themselves.
Germany's Kinowelt Lose Rights to Lord of the Rings
10/16/01, 3:41 pm EST - Strider
In a blow to ailing German distributor Kinowelt, Warner Bros. will immediately assume distribution of New Line Cinema features in all German-speaking territories, Eastern Europe and Russia. While the shift was anticipated (Daily Variety, Aug. 30), Kinowelt had planned on releasing Peter Jackson's first installment of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "The Fellowship of the Ring," in December. That film will now be the first title under the new arrangement. [More
Possible List of Stars at London & New York Premieres
10/16/01, 3:21 pm EST - Strider
It seems that the information on what Lord of the Ring stars will be attending the premiere of 'The Fellowship of the Ring' is available in a section on the new Turkish Lord of the Rings movie site. Could this be the definite list of people who will be walking down the red carpet in December? [More
If there is anyone out there has the power to confirm this list, please let me know!
Turkey Added to Lord of the Rings International Sites
10/16/01, 2:31 pm EST - Strider
New Line Cinema have added a Turkish website to the list of its International Lord of the Rings film sites. LordoftheRings.com.tr
becomes the ninth International site, alongside Germany, France, Spain, Japan, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. The site also confirms the Turkish release date: December 21st. [More
Thanks to Emre the Sorcerer for the great news.
IGN: Liv Tyler Celeb of the Day
10/16/01, 2:03 pm EST - Strider
TORn Staffer Pipesmoke
let me know in Barlimans
that beautiful Liv Tyler
) has become the second member of the Lord of the Rings cast to be named as IGN
's 'Celeb of the Day'. The mini-bio highlights Liv's work to date and just why she will produce such a good performance this December. [More
LOTR Needs Your Help!
10/16/01, 1:54 pm EST - Strider
Remember that Empire
poll from a few days ago? Well, thanks to you folks we managed to swing it from 75%-25% in 'Potter's favour to 78%-22% in LOTR's favour. But today I checked in to see how the poll was shaping up, only to see with near 14 thousand votes, Harry Potter has a slim lead over LOTR by 3%! Are we going to let this happen? If you've voted, vote AGAIN! Click "Hogwart sucks, Hobbiton rules," press vote and you're done. Empire are the biggest magazine in Britain, and we should let them know what the numero uno is this Christmas! [More
Media Watch: CNN
10/16/01, 11:39 am EST - Strider
I'm not sure if you all have heard about this yet or not, but I was watching CNN Headline News this morning (Oct 16) around 9:16 AM Eastern when Upcoming Movie Releases came across the news ticker at the bottom of the screen. Several were listed including "Fellowship of the Ring."
Blanchett Steals Show In Bandits
10/16/01, 8:34 am EST - Xoanon
From: The Australian Associated Press (AAP)
American critics have lavishly praised Australian Cate Blanchett for her versatile and convincing acting, and say she shines in her new film Bandits which opened in the US. [More]
Media Watch: Taiwan Television
10/16/01, 8:28 am EST - Xoanon
Of all places, I caught the second trailer sighting on a gossip show from Taiwan. My cable has access to shows in Taiwan, and while watching it about 15 minutes ago, the host Mathilda Tao showed off the LOTR pressbook and the second trailer. I think she said something about the movie opening in Taiwan in December as well. After the trailer, Mathilda proceeded to announce that she was giving out the pressbook to the first person who called.
Gov. Pataki Helps Heal A Grieving State
10/16/01, 8:27 am EST - Xoanon
All this summer, Gov. George Pataki and his son, Owen, 14, were reading together, for pleasure, Tolkien's 1,800-page fantasy epic, 'The Lord of the Rings.'' Since Sept. 11, the governor has found himself picking up the book at 4 a.m., unable to sleep because of the adrenaline surging in his veins, the worries filling his head. [More
Special screenings of LOTR trailers in France
10/16/01, 7:01 am EST - leo
Just to tell you that the official phone line of The Lord of the Rings here in France (the one for the phone cards contest - 0892 700 753) has just announced specials screenings of the 3 LOTR trailers this sunday morning in all UGC CINE CITE (big theaters across all France). The new trailer will be shown for the first time in theaters in France.
Thanks to Kaplan
LOTR promotional DVD review
10/16/01, 6:51 am EST - leo
found another review of the promotional DVD that New Line is sending out to people who buy their DVD-player at the New Line shop
. This DVD has already been reviewed by our very own Calisuri
, his review can be found here
Also check out our exclusive Oct 2nd review of this LOTR DVD. [More]
New Line Cinema is currently offering a promotion that will get fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy masterpiece The Lord Of The Rings to break out in sweat... [More]
Chapter-by-Chapter LOTR images.
10/16/01, 6:09 am EST - Tehanu
Beautiful work from Kalayna: "You posted a link to my site back in late May/early June when I did a set of webpages featuring the images from the May 25th Trailer which I'd reorganized into Chapter by Chapter order [as opposed to the sequential order of your frame-by-frame analysis]. Anyway, I've just finished doing the same thing for the latest trailer (from September 24th). [More
News for Greek LOTR fans....
10/16/01, 5:55 am EST - Tehanu
The LOTR movies are getting some attention in Greece, with magazine articles and of course the official website in Greek. [More
Advance sales of tickets in Norway.
10/16/01, 5:37 am EST - Tehanu
News from Norway thanks to Biophon: "I live in Bergen, the second largest city in Norway and here the tickets for FOTR are available from 20.November. I remember seeing some report [that they were available from] 5.11 in Trondheim, and that may be true, but according to the official page for Bergen Cinema
they will not be sold until later next month." That's a whole month later than Denmark!
News for Oct. 15, 2001
ALA Teen Read Week Underway!
10/15/01, 11:57 pm EST - Tookish
The American Library Association's Teen Read Week is on. This year's theme: Make Reading A Hobbit! [More
ET Talks Liv Tyler
10/15/01, 8:13 pm EST - Xoanon
On Entertainment Tonight this past Friday, Liv Tyler
) was shown attending the premiere of "Dance of Death" (with Ian McKellen). Nothing was said about LOTR, they were just quoting her about going on with life in NY after the terrorist attacks. But it was nice to see that she was attending the performance of one of her fellow LOTR cast members.
Chalkfarmgallery.com Talks Ted Nasmith
10/15/01, 8:09 pm EST - Xoanon
Ted Nasmith lives and works in Canada. As an illustrator he divides his time between architectural renderings and a variety of other forms of illustration, particularly the Tolkien paintings for which he has become renowned. "When I interpret Tolkien, I feel genuinely at home with it and I derive great satisfaction from exploring all potential aspects of Middle-earth. [More]
Media Watch: Starlog Magazine
10/15/01, 8:05 pm EST - Xoanon
The latest issue of 'Starlog Magazine' has 2 articles on our very own Ian Holm
) and Liv Tyler
), check them out! Be sure to check out the NEW Bilbo
ANCANAR: Trailer Stills
10/15/01, 7:51 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Telcontar
sends along these shots from the forthcoming ANCANAR Trailer, ANCANAR is the indie LOTR related film being made out in LA. [More
McKellen Tells Joy of Being on Broadway
10/15/01, 5:03 pm EST - Strider
In his latest update to his site, Ian McKellen
writes about he has always had a desire to be on Broadway, and how glad he is to be doing his current show, 'Dance of Death', at the moment. [More
Media Watch: The Telegraph
10/15/01, 4:21 pm EST - Strider
"Dominic Monaghan is a very busy boy. His mobile rings constantly, a pile of scripts are waiting to be read at home and he's even got a list of things to do scribbled in blue biro on his arm. Why? Simple, because he has a part in the biggest movie of the year (yes, that includes Harry Potter). The Mancunian actor reveals to T2 what it was like to appear as hobbit Merry Brandybuck in the epic adventure The Lord of the Rings". [More
Trailer Sightings: Australia, Chile, Norway & UK
10/15/01, 4:05 pm EST - Strider
Starting with Australia, and sends us word that he has seen Trailer II with the film 'Atlantis' (Lord of the Rings turned up after Harry Potter..it's a conspiracy I tell you..). Check your cinema to see if they have it first. From Australia to Chile, and all Chile Ringers should know that they can see the trailer in front of 'Planet of the Apes' at CineHoyts. Home (for me) to Europe, and Norwegians can see the trailer before 'AI: Artificial Intelligence'. Finally, 'Amelie' and 'Driven' are both showing the trailer in front of them in the United Kingdom.
Thanks to Tass, Israel & Debbie, Audun and Eowyn. If you know where Trailer II is showing in your area, send it in!
Another Potter Vs Rings Poll
10/15/01, 3:31 pm EST - Strider
both mailed us to say that Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet
have an online poll on their frontpage pitting Lord of the Rings Vs Harry Potter (not for the first or last time). Out of nearly 10 thousand people, 88% have gone Lord of the Rings way...but some swedish Ringers might want to notch up a few % anyway. [More
Also, I'll tell you the result of the Empire poll when it's finished...but suffice to say it's took a big swing in LOTR's favour!
10/15/01, 1:46 pm EST - Xoanon
Not LEGO, but Intelli-Blox, who knew there were more than one 'block building' companies...(although, megablocks was invented here in Montreal, I used to know a fair lady that was once a model for them in her youth...), ringer spy Patrice
sends along some of the interactive phrases and sound effects that the intelli-folks have incorporated with the product! [More
10/15/01, 1:39 pm EST - Xoanon
A long wait is drawing to a close. Ever since New Line Cinema announced its plans a couple of years ago to bring J.R.R. Tolkien's three-volume novel ``The Lord of the Rings'' to the screen, the buzz has been fierce. For example, on April 7, 2000, when the first theatrical trailer was made available online, close to 1.7 million people downloaded it during the first 24 hours. [More
Wise Words from Ian Mckellan
10/15/01, 1:36 pm EST - Xoanon
The great English actor Ian McKellen talks about getting into the character (and costume) of the wizard Gandalf. [More]
Ovation Cable Network Talks Tolkien
10/15/01, 1:33 pm EST - Xoanon
The Ovation Cable network is airing a documentary on J.R.R. Tolkien this month. The listed times are for Eastern Time Zone. Tuesday October 16th at 9 p.m repeating at 1 a.m.
Globalplus Mastercard Goes LOTR
10/15/01, 1:31 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Mr Tadpole
gets a nice surprise when he opened his Mastercard bill today! (hrm..all I get is bills...no fun stuff..) [More
Media Watch: Elle Magazine
10/15/01, 1:21 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy thewhiteladyofrohan sends along this scan of the Orlando Bloom (Legolas) article in the most recent issue of 'Elle' Magazine.
LOTR ad on NYTimes.com
10/15/01, 11:44 am EST - leo
has a nice Fellowship of the Ring web ad on its arts index page today. I thought I'd pass it along. [More
Thanks to JKN
10/15/01, 7:11 am EST - leo
wrote in to tell us that ComingSoon.net
has a poll on their front page asking 'Which movie do you think will come out on top at the Box Office?' At the moment Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
is losing to Star Wars Episode 2! Now there'll be no losing from Star Wars as long as we know about a poll, so let's turn this around and swamp them! [More
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