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News for Oct. 28, 2001

Welcome To Middle-earth, New Zealand

10/28/01, 11:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Tehanu is about to become a resident of Middle-earth, for a little while anyway. Check out this article sent in by Niki B, seems the folks in Auckland are going LOTR mad. (I wonder if I can get Pointe-Claire to change it's name to Bree for a while...) [More]

Parker Joins 'No One Can Hear You'

10/28/01, 11:30 pm EST - Xoanon

Craig Parker (Haldir) has joined the cast of 'No One Can Hear You'. [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

10/28/01, 11:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a gander at this weeks pickings of LOTR Stars' films to catch on the silver screen! [More]

Media Watch: CinePremiere Magazine (AKA COOL Gandalf & Saruman pic!)

10/28/01, 9:56 pm EST - Xoanon

RosaNegra sends us these great scans from CinePremiere Magazine, take a look as some of those cool new pics! [More]

Book An Entire Cinema

10/28/01, 9:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy PT gives us the skinny on just HOW you can book an entire cinema for you and 290 something of your friends! [More]

High-Definition LOTR Trailer

10/28/01, 9:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Hawq sends in his tale about having the opportunity to catch a LOTR trailer on a HDTV, lucky, lucky man. [More]

Trailer & Ticket News: New Zealand

10/28/01, 9:22 pm EST - Xoanon

BG sends along this bit of insider info from the Roadshow Film Distributors camp in New Zealand. [More]

All About Dwarves

10/28/01, 9:17 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Witchy_Tigger

I don't know if you've already got this one, but RPGnet have done another species archetype type article, this time about dwarves. [More]

Age of Kings LotR Mod Image

10/28/01, 5:48 pm EST - Tookish

Berendir put together an image update from Age of Kings. Very Jacksonesque! Check it out. [More]

Fan: Fan Art Update

10/28/01, 4:23 pm EST - Calisuri

[ Click to View Complete Story ]Just in time for Halloween, Fan Art gets a 40 image update. This time around, we have an impressive set of varied renderings from all over the world. [More]

FOTR Posters #1 in UK's Movie Market

10/28/01, 3:16 pm EST - Strider

DS chimes in with some more news from the UK:

In Movie Market poster shop in the UK the number one selling poster at the moment is the Fellowship of the Ring poster (the Pillars of Argonath). Trailing at number two is Harry Potter, at number three ANOTHER Lord of the Rings poster (the one were the Fellowship are walking up a mountain), and at number four ANOTHER Lord of the Rings poster, this time it's a collage of six different characters from the movie (Arwen, Frodo, an Orc, Saruman, Galadriel, and a Dark Rider).

Fan: Major Wallpaper Update

10/28/01, 1:40 pm EST - Calisuri

Today we added an additional 9 pages of fan made wallpaper/desktops to our collection. Thats a whopping 78 more images! [More]

Christopher Lee: 'The Greatest EVER'

10/28/01, 1:36 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Dimitris

I just wanted to report that in a Christopher Lee's (Saruman) interview (Sunday 28th) in a greek channel 'ANT1' the famous actor was asked about his future projects. [More]

Media Watch: South African TV-Guide

10/28/01, 1:31 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Miriel

I'm from South Africa and I just wanted to let you guys know that the TV guide for M-net subscribers (a variation of the one with the pic of Gandalf in) has a similar promo for LOTR but this one has a new pic of Frodo in Lothlorien and Galadriel in the background.

Chalk Farm Gallery Report

10/28/01, 1:29 pm EST - Xoanon

Pippin SkyWalker recently attended the Ted Nasmith exhibit in London at the Chalk Farm Gallery. She has written a report, in the style that only she can, about the whole event, check it out! [More]

Media Watch: Total Film Magazine

10/28/01, 1:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Alistair C sends us a scan from the latest 'Total Film' Magazine. Take a look! !Spoilers! [More]

Chapters Canada Covers LOTR

10/28/01, 12:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy IronParrot sends us this scan from a Canadian paper, it seems that all Chapters stores will be going LOTR mad soon...good! [More]

Hobbits In Passing

10/28/01, 12:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Chris just wanted to call to our attention an article in yesterdays 'New York Times' which makes a passing mention of Hobbits and Big People. [More]

Finding God in 'The Lord of the Rings'

10/28/01, 12:34 pm EST - Xoanon

It was a dark and stormy night. Well, windy, at any rate. On the grounds of Magdalen College, Oxford, two tweed-jacketed, pipe-puffing professors go crunching down the gravel path known as Addison's Walk, under the deeper shadows of a grove of trees. [More]

Win A Trip To NZ, If You Live In Holland

10/28/01, 12:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Mirjam is reporting that gaan.nl is advertising that locals can win a trip to Middle Earth. You get a camera to film at the locations in New Zealand, and that film will be aired on Holland TV. [More]

Israel Gets FOTR December 20th?

10/28/01, 7:51 am EST - Strider

From Yossy:

I wanted to inform you that the openinig date of the LOTR film in Israel is scheduled to the 20th of december so I think we will be one of the first countries to see it after the opening in the US on the 19th. I am pretty sure this is an official date as I heard it in a TV program.

Enya To Appear On CBS Sunday Morning

10/28/01, 2:08 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Daggerz chimes in to tell us to tune in this Sunday to watch Enya on CBS Sunday Morning. Check your local listings!

News for Oct. 27, 2001

Empire Magazine - The Ultimate Movie Poll

10/27/01, 5:27 pm EST - Strider

The 'Ultimate Movie Poll' conducted by Empire, the number one film magazine in Britain has been concluded after more than two months of voting. One of the most prestigous polls out there, the cast & crew of Lord of the Rings featured very well in most fields. Hugo Weaving's The Matrix was in the top five films and also appeared in the best soundtrack and trailer fields. Brad Douriffs's One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, Bernard Hill's Titanic, Ian Holm's Alien and John Rhys-Davies's Raiders of the Lost Ark came in 49, 34, 23 and 11 in the top 50 respectively. Cate Blanchett was voted the 15th best actress, Peter Jackson was the 23rd best director, and Lord of the Rings itself picked up the number one spot for the Best Trailer. [More]

Holland's Yorin FM LOTR Giveaway

10/27/01, 4:45 pm EST - Strider

From NiteAngyl:

The people of the site www.Starring.nl announced that on the 17th and 18th of November that there will be a Lord of the Rings weekend on Yorin FM, a local radio. They will give away prices, tickets to the movie and the most exciting thing of all: A luxury ten-day trip to New Zealand to make a travel-documentary of the country. The people at this radio doesn't give much information yet, but we'll see within a month, right?

Daylight Savings and Hall of Fire Chats

10/27/01, 3:45 pm EST - Strider

As a lot of you may or may not know, this weekend sees the introduction of Daylight Savings Time to quite a lot of countries around the globe, and after a lot of calculations I've tried my best to tinker with the times with these changes in hand. So to make sure you don't show up an hour early/late for the chat you want, follow the link for more information. [More]

GAMING: Decipher Packaging!

10/27/01, 12:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Decipher's added all new pics of the Fellowship of the Ring packaging! The stuff looks great, the boxes alone are worth getting into the game.[More]

Ticket Sales: Germany

10/27/01, 11:52 am EST - Xoanon

Jan writes: Tickets for LOTR will be available in Germany on November the 22nd, the opening day of "Harry Potter".

SHOP: Movie Market Shop Has LOTR Posters

10/27/01, 11:50 am EST - Xoanon

DS sends along news that the Movie Market Shop in the UK has some very cool LOTR: FOTR posters to buy. [More]

Finnish Newspaper Counts Down

10/27/01, 11:44 am EST - Xoanon

From: Pekka

The biggest Finnish newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, has a LOTR ad in the Saturday (Oct 27) issue on movie pages. The ad picture shows silhouettes of the Fellowship walking on a ridge. Over the picture there's text (in Finnish):

"53 days to Middle Earth. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring. In theaters December 19."

White Dwarf Covers LOTR

10/27/01, 11:43 am EST - Xoanon

Black Wolf chimes in to report that Games Workshop's monthly magazine (November #262) has a whole section about the new LOTR game! Take a look! [More]

Hall of Fire Chats for October 27th and 28th

10/27/01, 5:25 am EST - Strider

The great thing about casting actors for characters is, every has a different opinion on it and a prime example of this was in the early stages of making Lord of the Rings into a movie, when every person seemed to have their own opinion on a role. This weekend the Hall of Fire discusses the Cast of Lord of the Rings. [More]

News for Oct. 26, 2001

Casa Loma Article & Cool Rivendell Pic!

10/26/01, 11:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Maragret sends along these great scans from the Toronto Star, take a look! [More]

LOTR: FOTR Trailer Attachments

10/26/01, 11:28 pm EST - Xoanon

IGN Movies has a story that the folks at 'Blade 2' may want to attach their trailer to copies of our LOTR: FOTR. [More]

Glasgow Boys Clash

10/26/01, 11:21 pm EST - Xoanon

There is a report today 26/10, in Glasgow's Evening Times newspaper featuring an interview with Billy Boyd (Pippin). The article focuses on Billy and fellow Glaswegian Sean Biggerstaff who plays Oliver Wood in Harry Potter. It is titled "Glasgow boys clash swords in the biggest box office duel for years". Anyone with a scan of the article send it along!

Media Watch: Homme Arena

10/26/01, 11:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Marie sent an email telling us that Orlando Bloom (Legolas) is in the latest issue of 'Homme Arena Magazine'. If anyone has a scan of this article send it along!

LOTR Socks

10/26/01, 11:16 pm EST - Xoanon

What can I say...LOTR socks..I'm going to bed soon... [More]

Barnes And Noble Ad

10/26/01, 11:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Jeff L sends us an ad from his local Barnes & Noble ad for LOTR Day on November 8th. And a word from me on how the footage you guys will see is NOT the Cannes footage. [More]

Tickets Sales In UK Nov 16?

10/26/01, 10:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Torper sends along some info regarding just WHEN you can buy tickets for LOTR: FOTR in the UK! [More]

Take a walking tour through Middle-Earth

10/26/01, 7:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Walk north from the village, under a bridge and follow the maple-laden knoll around the bend till you see a clearing in the gnarled branches. There, perched atop a plateau, is a mighty castle of gates and towers and turrets. [More]

New Chris Lee Interviews!

10/26/01, 7:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Quite a few people have sent me along these GREAT interviews with Christopher Lee (Saruman). There are, however, two catches, one: you'll need RealPlayer to view them, and two: You'll have to know french in order to enjoy them. [Interview 1] [Interview 2] [Interview 3] [Interview 4]

Move Over Spielberg

10/26/01, 7:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out this coverage of the Embassy theatre's Cannes footage screening. [More]

Media Watch: American Rifleman Magazine

10/26/01, 7:34 pm EST - Xoanon

I tell you, LOTR shows up in the most odd places...ah well. Ringer Spy Bob sends along this scan from American Rifleman Magazine. More from the Noble Collection. [More]

More on Elizabeth Frasier

10/26/01, 7:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Rory sends us some info on the onther vocalist listed alongside Enya. [More]

Media Watch: Playboy

10/26/01, 7:16 pm EST - Xoanon

The december playboy has an advertisement for lord of the rings merchandise. It is listed under the Noble Collection, Holiday 2001, and includes: Sting, The Sword of Frodo; Quest for the Ring; and The One Ring Mirage Holographic Image Chamber.

(these are, in fact the same Noble scans that we have posted earlier this week -Xo)

Meet the designers of Middle Earth

10/26/01, 7:13 pm EST - Xoanon

They gave elvish swords an art nouveau feel; dwarves' equipment was more Celtic. Dan Hennah loves to brandish the sword of Gandalf the Grey. Hennah confidently slashes the aluminum sword through the air as he stands surrounded by fantasy props he helped design, such as a demon's mask, elf suits, and an orc's torture chamber. [More]

CityTV Covers LOTR

10/26/01, 7:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy RVD gives us the skinny begind CityTV's coverage of the Casa Loma exhibit in Toronto. [More]

Viggo Mortensen Art Gallery

10/26/01, 7:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Frosty brings us news on the Viggo's latest art exhibit, take a look! [More]

Wenham's 'Rouge!' Gets Re-Released

10/26/01, 3:04 pm EST - Xoanon

The David Wenham (Faramir) musical 'Moulin Rouge!' will be re-released in four cities, IMDB.com is reporting today. Just in time for the rest of us to catch it on home video December 18th.

SHOP: New Journals from New Line

10/26/01, 12:09 pm EST - Calisuri

The official Lord of the Rings shop has added two great looking journals to its inventory. [More]

New Official Screen Savers

10/26/01, 11:40 am EST - Calisuri

Word comes from Ringer fan Ken of two new screensavers at the official site. One about Orcs and and the other of the Eye. [More]

MediaWatch: Focus Magazine Dec 2001

10/26/01, 3:22 am EST - Calisuri

Thanks to a good spy, we have a sneak peak at the December edition of Focus Magazine's (http://www.focusmag.co.uk) article "Special Effects of Middle-earth." [More]

FAN: Home-made Promotions

10/26/01, 2:00 am EST - Calisuri

Talk about Tolkien fans. Check out this homemade standee that Ringer fans Mike and Will made for their local theater. They have plans on making more! [More]

GAMING: Games Update!

10/26/01, 1:06 am EST - DarthCaeser

Want more info on Stormfront Studios? Want to know what happened to the Sierra games? Then take a peek inside for the latest on the LOTR Video Games. [More]

MediaWatch: Satellite TV Guide Magazine

10/26/01, 12:07 am EST - Calisuri

South African Ringer Mike sent us an email today with a scan from the Satellite TV Guide Magazine. In it, you can find a rather cool Lord of the Rings promo featuring an image of Gandalf. [More]

News for Oct. 25, 2001

Win a Trip to NZ... if You Live in Malaysia and...

10/25/01, 11:04 pm EST - Tookish

From Ringer Oleanara!

... It's really easy and the grand prize is a trip to NZ for 2 and (there are) thousands of free tickets!... [More]

New Zealand Screening News I

10/25/01, 8:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy TeeBee sends along this review of the Cannes footage from New Zealand! !Spoilers! [More]

New Zealand Screening News II

10/25/01, 8:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Taniwha from New Zealand sends along the personal invite to the Cannes footage screening he recieved a few days ago. Ooh lala! [More]

Making-of on TV in Holland?

10/25/01, 8:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Arvedui sends along word of a very cool tv happening this weekend; set those VCRs! [More]

Lord of the Dairy

10/25/01, 8:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Remember how upset I was about those LOTR cookies? Well we now have milk to wash it down with. Apparenlty the Swedish dairy commision has a LOTR theme going, and you can win tickets to the LOTR premiere. Drink Up! [More]

FOX 30 Minute Special Details

10/25/01, 7:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy bob (does no one take the time to come up with some really good nicknames anymore?) gives us some very COOL info on the FOX 30 Minute special airing November 29th [More]


10/25/01, 7:53 pm EST - Xoanon

CTV Canada aired a small report on LOTR, and Phyoras was so excited about it, he had to tell us about it! [More]

New LOTR Pics

10/25/01, 7:47 pm EST - Xoanon

My buddy Garth has posted a few pics from LOTR (via Hoyts Australia), check them out, real beauts! [More]

Fellowship of the Ring Looks Good

10/25/01, 7:45 pm EST - Xoanon

MONTREAL -- Director Peter Jackson has adopted an old phrase from his native New Zealand to keep him focused on the mammoth undertaking that is his film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved fantasy trilogy, Lord of the Rings. [More]

What Are You Tolkien About?

10/25/01, 7:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out this hilarious 'personal LOTR' site that Sim sent to us, simply answer a few questions and like magic (or a car accident), you've added yourself into LOTR! [More]

SHOP: Woolworths Goes LOTR As Well

10/25/01, 7:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Not to be out-done by Wall Mart, the good folks at Woolworths are going LOTR as well, James tells all. [More]

Official Soundtrack Page Update

10/25/01, 7:30 pm EST - Xoanon

A small update on the soundtrack page of the official site, there is now a track listing and a yummy 'coming soon' box as well. [More]

Sean Bean Talks LOTR

10/25/01, 7:27 pm EST - Xoanon


I just thought I'd let you know there was brief feature on the Fellowship of the Ring on Channel 4's 'The Big Breakfast' show this morning. They showed a small section of the latest trailer and some of the original trailer.

There were also clips of Sean Bean interviewed about his role as Boromir and how he thinks the film will be received. He said it was amazing to work on an epic such as this and talked briefly about Boromir's complex character and his struggle with the ring.

Casa Loma Ads

10/25/01, 7:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Count Dooku sends us two ads for the Casa Loma exzibit in Toronto. [More]

Media Watch: Film and Video Magazine

10/25/01, 7:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Ashron sends along, as promised, the article from 'Film & Video' Magazine, check it out! [More]

All Weathertop All The Time

10/25/01, 1:57 pm EST - Xoanon

The official site has gone Weathertop mad and posted a behind-the-scenes doco and photo gallery from the first really dark scenes we'll see in FOTR. [More]

McKellen and Astin To Attend Bookstore Events

10/25/01, 1:52 pm EST - Xoanon

From Megan at HMC

Just wanted to pass on the great news that Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Sean Astin (Sam) will be helping to celebrate Lord of the Rings Day at 1:00 p.m. on November 8th! McKellen will be appearing at the New York City location (Barnes & Noble, 33 East 17th Street) and Astin will be at the Los Angeles location (Brentano's, 8500 Beverly Boulevard) for the exclusive video event!

Finnish National Opera Goes LOTR

10/25/01, 1:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Mikko sends along word from the Finnish National Opera. [More]

More From The Noble Collection

10/25/01, 1:45 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Bernie sends along a scan from the folks at the Noble Collection. Take a look at some of this stuff..I'm not sure if I really like it or if I really hate it. [More]

LOTR: Relevant?

10/25/01, 1:41 pm EST - Xoanon

Is Entertainment relevant anymore? In the days following last months terrorist attacks in the United States, Ty Burr, a senior writer at Entertainment Week wrote in an article headed 'Trivial Pursuit'. [More]

Decipher Article

10/25/01, 1:40 pm EST - Xoanon

You oughta be in pictures. And now you can -- for just $39.95. A Denver-based company, Decipher's Fan Club Studio, is signing up subscribers for the Lord of the Rings fan club, which officially launches today. If you plunk down the dough, your name will appear in the credits on the DVD version of the much-anticipated movie. [More]

Want The LOTR: FOTR Trailer on DVD?

10/25/01, 1:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Stephan sent us one of the cool DVD's, it's chalk full of stuff not just LOTR, check it out! [More]

GAMING: Games-Workshop News

10/25/01, 1:33 pm EST - Xoanon

DVDrew sends along some news regarding the coolio folks working hard at making those neat LOTR miniatures! [More]

LOTR Soundtrack Press Release

10/25/01, 1:30 pm EST - Xoanon

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- On December 19, 2001, audiences everywhere will be taken on a journey unlike anything they have ever witnessed when New Line Cinema releases the epic adventure, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. On November 20, Reprise Records will release the soundtrack that will let people everywhere live this dazzling experience -- a breathtaking album showcasing two new songs from multi-platinum recording artist Enya, as well as an all-new original score by heralded composer, arranger and conductor Howard Shore. [More]

'Making Of...', Toys That Is

10/25/01, 1:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out these two articles from toymania.com which feature the process involved in getting details into those teeny tiny toy faces (Xoanon action figure coming soon) [Article 1] [Article 1] Thanks to Bobbi

Serkis Joins WWII Thriller Movie

10/25/01, 1:25 pm EST - Xoanon

News regarding the latest Andy Serkis (Gollum) movie, a WWII thriller. [More]

LOTR Tours to NZ: Correction!

10/25/01, 12:46 pm EST - Tehanu

Just to clarify that there's some wishful thinking in this article where it says "The Evening Post understands this may include access to Weta Studios in Miramar." We wish too! But it's not part of the tour we're developing however.

SHOP: Bud-K Sword Catalog

10/25/01, 8:43 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Gnome sends along this catalog of those coolio LOTR swords and knives! [More]

Media Watch: Internet World

10/25/01, 8:34 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Jenny sends along word of the November issue of Swedish magazine 'Internet World'. [More]

Media Watch: Tolkien Archives Article

10/25/01, 8:29 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Corsair of Umbar sends along an article about the Tolkien archives at Memorial Library in Milwaukee. [More]

News for Oct. 24, 2001

Hobbit Stage Play In Edmonton

10/24/01, 11:34 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Mike H

I read a review in the Edmonton Sun this morning for a children's play titled "The Hobbit". [More]

WHSmith News

10/24/01, 11:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Elom sends along news regarding WHSmith's plans to promote LOTR. [More]

Tehanu comes out of the closet....

10/24/01, 10:25 pm EST - Tehanu

Time to come clean with you all ! This is what I've been working on for the past few months - developing tours to NZ for Tolkien fans. [More]

Shop: Danbury Mint Figures

10/24/01, 2:29 pm EST - leo

Ringer Spies Gothmog and Wife sent in some details about a new line of LOTR-figures.. [More]

Premiere news: Chile

10/24/01, 2:17 pm EST - leo

from Prometeo

I just saw a morning news program here with a little something about Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I didn't care 'bout the first one, so I don't have a clue when HP will be shown, but LOTR, they said will be here January 1. Bummer! Well, that's as much official as you can get here. The news added that the premiere will be big: 50 copies will be shown nation wide.

Tolkien vs. Rowling

10/24/01, 2:05 pm EST - Xoanon

It won’t be long before furry-footed Frodo challenges goggle-eyed Harry Potter for the hearts and wallets of film-goers around the world. [More]

Media Watch: Film and Video Magazine

10/24/01, 2:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Ashron sends along the cover (with a promise of the rest) from the latest issue of 'Film and Video Magazine'. It's got a story on the GREAT folks at WETA! Take a look. [More]

A Tolkien Funny

10/24/01, 1:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out Matt's "Area337" for a LOTR related comic. Funny stuff! [More]

Media Watch: M! Magazine (AKA Viggo Mortensen Interview)

10/24/01, 1:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Lothario sends along this GREAT interview with Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) [More]

'Bandit' shows busy Blanchett's versatility

10/24/01, 1:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Oscar-nominated actor Cate Blanchett is on the phone, and we're talking hair — specifically, the fiery-red tresses she sports in the comedy "Bandits," now in theaters. [More]

Media Watch: W Magazine

10/24/01, 1:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Erik sends along scans from the latest "W" Magazine with Liv Tyler (Arwen) on the cover. [More]

Media Watch: TQS Television Quebec

10/24/01, 8:40 am EST - Xoanon

From: Caroline

I saw on TV that tonight (Wednesday, 24 of october) at 6:30 on TQS (French canadian channel) there would be something on LOTR at Flash (a french canadian tv show...).

Montreal Cannes Footage Reviews

10/24/01, 8:38 am EST - Xoanon

From: Eric L

Hi, just to give you two links of reviews of the cannes footage shown in Montreal (of which I missed the chance to attend!! -Xo) from La Presse & TVA (RealPlayer Needed). Please note, both sites are in french only.

Premiere News: Sweden

10/24/01, 8:33 am EST - Xoanon

From: Stefan

A friend of mine e-mailed the Swedish movie theatre association asking about the booking of tickets to the premiere and got the following answer; The tickets will probably be released around the end of November, these tickets are tickets for the release date December 19th and for the following couple of weeks. This means that you can't order the tickets, you have to pick them up directly at the movie theatre. The reason for this is that the movie still isn't ready and approved by the Swedish censorship. And according to Swedish law you can't buy tickets before that. When all details concerning the release of tickets are clear, this will be advertised in all major Swedish newspapers.

Official site updates!

10/24/01, 7:20 am EST - leo

The official site has updated with two photo galleries, one with pictures from Hobbiton and one with pictures from Bree. Some of these pictures we've seen before, others are new! Click on the thumbnails to see the entire photo. !!SPOILERS!! [More]

Trailer news: Holland

10/24/01, 7:05 am EST - leo

According to Maurice from LordoftheRings.nl Dutch Ringer fans can catch the latest trailer on Starring (on Yorin, 17:55pm CET). Also, 187 copies of the trailer have been sent to various theatres although it has not yet been confirmed in front of which movies it will play... [More]

News for Oct. 23, 2001

Aussie Trailer News

10/23/01, 7:46 pm EST - Xoanon

From: PT

All Aussie Cinemas showing the new trailer will be presenting it in FULL, PROPER SCOPE as per the cinema wide screen standard that the film will be presented in. It is one thing to see the trailer on the big screen! It is another to see it in it's intended screen format. The trailer starts playing this Thursday with "Don't Say a Word" in ALL cinemas.

New Sean Astin Site

10/23/01, 7:44 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Keith Stern

I am very pleased to tell you that we've launched Version 1.0 of the Official Home Page for Sean Astin (Sam) at http://www.seanastin.com, And we'll have lots of additional material coming online over the next couple of months. Hope you enjoy it.

Pic From Holm's 'New Clothes'

10/23/01, 7:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Here is a new official shot from "The Emperor's Eew Elothes" with Ian Holm (Bilbo).

LOTR Tickets In South Africa

10/23/01, 7:35 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Mike

A friend of mine went to see 'Moulin Rouge' at a cinema here in Cape Town, South Africa last Saturday. We already new that the new (and old) Teaser Posters were up at all the cinemas here and that the films are definitely being released here on December 19th as well, but we didn't really know when the other forms of marketing were going to begin (besides articles in newspapers, which I'll get to later). [More]

Casino At Rivendell?

10/23/01, 7:22 pm EST - Xoanon

No, it isn't some new change to Tolkien's work that we will see on film, casinocom.com has some custom art you can print out and glue onto your favorite chips the next time you play poker! [More]

Hall of Fire Chats for October 27th & 28th

10/23/01, 5:53 pm EST - Strider

Two years ago, casting rumours were rife as the production of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was in the head of Peter Jackson, and media awareness was almost nil. Week after week, a new name would be thrown into the hat for a new character...from the unknowns, to the Hollywood stars, to the extreme, to the awful. Two years later, and with an established cast of unknowns, respected actors and Hollywood stars, the casting for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy seems to have been perfect. [More]

And The Winner Is......

10/23/01, 5:03 pm EST - Strider

Remember that Empire Online poll that I plugged last week between Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter? Well the final votes are in, and after an insane amount of people voting (last time I checked ther as 91,000 votes) the winner is...Lord of the Rings beating Harry Potter 54% to 46%. Hopefully the Empire Magazine folk give some recgonition to this in their next issue! [More]

FOTR Soundtrack & Enya Site Updates

10/23/01, 2:12 pm EST - Strider

On the official Fellowship of the Ring Soundtrack site, links to both the official movie site and Enya's official site, Enyamusic.com which similarly has added links on its front page to the official FOTR Soundtrack site, and the official movie site...phew.

Matrix 3 Title Named & Hugo Weaving on Special DVD

10/23/01, 1:33 pm EST - Strider

The final installment in the Matrix Trilogy, of which Hugo Weaving (Elrond) is one of the main characters, has had it's name revealed: The Matrix Revolutions. Also the upcoming Matrix DVD, Matrix Revisited which will be released November 20th (the same day as the FOTR Soundtrack...interesting...) will feature footage of Weaving in intensive martial arts training for the original Matrix movie.

Aspiring moguls play on Hollywood Stock Exchange

10/23/01, 1:23 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tired of Wall Street's poor performance this year? It might be time to get some stars into that investment portfolio. The Hollywood Stock Exchange offers participants the chance to play at being movie moguls by investing in the careers of the Tom Hankses and Drew Barrymores of the entertainment world. [More]

Media Watch: American Library Association Magazine

10/23/01, 1:21 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Asarina

The American Library Association's Library Journal has a bibliography for us in the October issue. It lists books by and books about JRR Tolkien plus a great writeup about the enthusiasm already seen for the upcoming movies and a suggestion to stock up on the books as the first movie's release date gets closer. And, a big round of applause as TheOneRing.net is touted as "the best web page hands down" for movie information by Library Journal's Senior Editor Michael Rogers.

American Library Association's New Poster

10/23/01, 1:16 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Kyle Brandybuck

Here's a scan of the brand new Gandalf poster and bookmark available from the American Library Association catalog.

LOTR Factor of Geekness...Apparently

10/23/01, 1:12 pm EST - Strider

Streyeder sent me an address in the mail of an online poll to determine how much of a Geek you are. Why? Because on of the thirty questions is 'Have you read Lord of the Rings more than once? [More]

The Latest Word from Norway

10/23/01, 12:44 pm EST - Strider

Lars sends us some info from Norway:

Presale begins Monday, November 5th. Sunday night "Nova Kinosenter" will open the doors for the fans, that way they get them in from the cold outside. There will be sale of food, and there may also be some entertainment through the night. Me and some friends are planning to start the line Friday night. In Trondheim, LotR: FotR will have premier 1 minute over midnight, probably because of the world-premier... Wow, this is really going to be big, Trondheim Cinema says this might be the biggest opening of a film ever, and are saying that we shouldn't be surprised if we see Orcs, Ringwraiths and Wizards around soon...

Tolkien's Middle-Earth Comes To Life

10/23/01, 12:42 pm EST - Strider

From Ozark:

Do you yearn to live on the Withywindle? Or maybe Hobbiton Hill? The link below is to a map of a town in Essex, England right out of LOTR. [More]

Where Do You GET This Stuff?!

10/23/01, 11:39 am EST - Xoanon

I know not EVERYONE has read LOTR, I've run into hundreds of people like that, that's fine. But if you write for a magazine, or newspaper or website, and are doing a story on these films...could you AT LEAST manage to get the plot right!

From the brain trust known as: sfgate.com

"The Fellowship of the Ring" (Dec. 19): Not to be outdone by all things "Harry Potter," Peter Jackson ("Heavenly Creatures") unleashes the first loop in his already-filmed "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. What else is the J.K. Rowling series if not a less gothic and byzantine dilution of J.R.R. Tolkien's collection? This first installment focuses on Frodo (Elijah Wood), the Hobbit, who embarks on a quest to destroy the One Ring before the evil Gandalf (Ian McKellen) can get his hands on it.

WHSmith LOTR Goodies

10/23/01, 8:28 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Elom sends along a great link to the WHSmith site in the UK, take a look at all the coolness you can but online! [More]

Release date news: Israel

10/23/01, 6:09 am EST - leo

Ringer Spy Guy sends in word about the latest trailer being shown in Israel and the release date for LOTR:FOTR there..

Yesterday on the Israeli cable channel 3 on an entertainment show called 'Erev Tov' (Good evening) they showed the latest trailer, and added that the movie will be Opening in Israel on December 20th 2001!!

News for Oct. 22, 2001

Wanna See A Cannes Footage Invitation?

10/22/01, 10:59 pm EST - Xoanon

The very cool folks at Alliance Atlantis were kind enough to invite me to the Cannes footage screening tomorrow (October 23rd). I am now bald due to my hair being pulled out...I cannot go...BUT, they will hopefully set me up soon. Anyway..the point is, take a look at this coolio invitation! (and no, sorry to all those who asked, you cannot get this invitation, it was specifically given to me, it is not open to the public, sorry!) [More]

Weekly Ebay Items

10/22/01, 10:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a look at all the goodies you can get at eBay this week! [More]

Media Watch: Teen People Magazine +

10/22/01, 5:33 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Anonymous

Just a short mention of LOTR:FOTR in Teen People Magazine. Also to add, Orlando Bloom (Legolas) will be mentioned in the February issue as 'New Talent' due to come out in early 2002. I will send along the pics of him in the article before the issue comes out.

Official: FOTR Postponed to January 1st in Brazil

10/22/01, 5:23 pm EST - Strider

After the blow to Russian Lord of the Ring fans early last week when it was revealed they would not receive the Fellowship of the Ring until February 7th, it seems Brazilian fans will also suffer a release changed as Warner Brothers have confirmed on their website that the first installment in the 'O Senhor Dos Anéis" trilogy will not be out until January 1st, 2002. [More]

Thanks to Jeanpasc for letting us know about this.

Media Watch: Starlog Magazine

10/22/01, 4:39 pm EST - Strider

From Robert.L.F:

I hadn't seen anything posted, but last Friday I picked up the latest issue of Starlog and there were 2-3 page interviews with both Ian Holm AND Liv Tyler. There were a few good pics as well. If I can get access to a scanner, I'll see if I can get you some scans.

Trick or Treat Green Books!

10/22/01, 3:26 pm EST - Quickbeam

Tastier than candy corn… Enjoy the new October Green Books:

Anwyn’s Counterpoint rebounds a tirade of readers who agree/disagree with Anwyn: "Fallout."

Turgon’s Bookshelf concerns the serious altering of Tolkien’s work for the movie: "What I Fear Most About Peter Jackson’s Films."

Tookish’s Ticklers: If you want funny, we’ve got funny. Comics, wacky Top 10 Lists, jokes and songs for all.

Huzzah! Enjoy 19 new Questions & Answers, including:

I just carved out a huge pumpkin in the likeness of Círdan the Shipwright — and yes, I gave him a beard. I don’t care if Elves don’t have beards: Círdan does! Happy Halloween kiddies!

Much too hasty,

26 Minute FOTR Preview at ShowEast

10/22/01, 2:58 pm EST - Strider

On November 1st, New Line Cinema will host a 'Lord of the Rings' dinner party in conjuncture with Fine Line Features after debuting their new movie "I Am Sam" at the AMC Pleasure Island 24 Theatre Complex, Orlando Florida. The evening also will include a 26-minute preview of New Line's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

Sideshow/WETA Display in LA

10/22/01, 2:07 pm EST - Calisuri

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If you live in LA and you have some time in the next few weeks, get your butt over to The Puzzle Zoo, on the Third St. Promenade in Santa Monica. The Puzzle Zoo has a completely unique store display, built for them by the folks from Sideshow/WETA Collectibles. The display is absolutely gorgeous and, thanks to help from Quickbeam and his friend Robert, we have some great pictures! [More]

SHOP: LOTR Goodies In France

10/22/01, 1:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a look at this french site with tons of LOTR goodies, pick some up aujourd'hui! [More]

LOTR Bar Promotion

10/22/01, 1:38 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Murky Past

If you are interested, this is a copy of an e-mail sent to the University of London Union about a bar promotion for LOTR.

'Fellowship of the Rings' The Lord of the Rings Part 1 Bar Promotion Nights.

Guaranteed to fill your bars up of real ale drinking computing studies students (and for some reason I suspect Ents Staff too) faster than you can say Bilbo Baggins. (who writes this stuff? -Xo) [More]

LOTR: FOTR Ads In Toronto

10/22/01, 1:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Ryan L sends along word about all the LOTR: FOTR coolness being seen in the Toronto area, I've got to say, the city that always sleeps seems to be getting LOTR fever...I hope Montreal catches on. [More]

Burger King To Stop Online Campaign?

10/22/01, 1:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Insiders in the Burger King camp are telling us that the big BK may be halting it's online LOTR: FOTR Campaign. No word yet on its other ventures regarding the film. More info as it comes!

McKellen and Mirren as marital combatants

10/22/01, 1:23 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK - Millions of the Tolkien faithful around the world are eagerly awaiting the prospect of Sir Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf in the film version of The Lord of the Rings. Whatever McKellen does on the screen when the film opens Dec. 19, it's hard to imagine him matching the spellbinding power of his plunge into the tortured soul of Edgar in August Strindberg's Dance of Death. [More]

Thanks to Felagund for the tip!

Media Watch: Wellington Weekend Post

10/22/01, 1:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Super Ringer Spy PH couldn't help but notice these two articles in Saturday's Wellington Weekend Post. One describes the fervor over the Toy Biz figures and the other goes into detail about the special screening of FOTR for Embassy Theatre Trust members, being held immediately after the official New Zealand premiere. The tentative LOTR vip guest list for the premiere is listed as well!

Denmark ticket line pics

10/22/01, 1:12 pm EST - leo

Barlimans regular Oscar let's us know that more pictures of Danish fans waiting in line to get their tickets to Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (I wonder if they'll wait till December 19) are available on the Danish movie site Jubii.dk. [More]

Seattle to host a Tolkien conference

10/22/01, 12:26 pm EST - leo

On Nov. 9-10, come explore Tolkien's masterpiece at the "Celebrating Middle Earth" conference on the campus of Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Hosted by the C.S. Lewis Institute, the conference will examine the rich literary background of The Lord of the Rings, its moral and spiritual truths, and the fascinating life of the man who created Middle Earth

Thanks to Kat for that! [More]

Warner Brasil To Change Release Date?

10/22/01, 10:22 am EST - leo

Ringer spy Igor brought the following (if true), sad news under our attention:

Warner Brasil is wanting to postpone the LOTR premiere here to, believe, january 4 2002! This is of course an outrage, and I would like to gather atention to this, since they were promising since the announce of the film that it would premiere here 21 december.

If you have any information on this, let us know!

Movies.com ranks LOTR no. 1

10/22/01, 10:09 am EST - leo

Movies.com's list with most expected releases is once again topped by Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Probably not because we paid attention to the list but because they make up their own list and apparently someone on their staff got to see the Cannes footage and based on those grounds we are number one again. We'll see how long it lasts. Thanks to everyone who send this in! [More]

Holm's 'From Hell' Is Number 1

10/22/01, 8:31 am EST - Xoanon

``From Hell,'' starring Johnny Depp (and Ian Holm) as an opium-addicted Scotland Yard detective on the trail of the celebrated Victorian serial killer, opened at No. 1 with $11.6 million in ticket sales for the three days beginning Friday. [More]

Enya Interview

10/22/01, 8:29 am EST - Xoanon

After quietly selling millions worldwide, singer is now in the spotlight thanks to 'Only Time.' Ever since the success of her 1988 single "Orinoco Flow," Enya's been one of the world's most popular artists, quietly selling more than 50 million albums while staying, for the most part, out of the spotlight. But now, with her latest single — the gently reassuring "Only Time" — becoming part of the soundtrack to the post-September 11 world, Enya's very much at the center of attention. [More]

Sew Your Own Galadriel Costume

10/22/01, 6:35 am EST - Tehanu

According to Ringer spy Jackie, you could adapt this to make your own Galadriel costume...[More]

"And there they brew a Beer so Brown...."

10/22/01, 6:19 am EST - Tehanu

For all you home brewers, ArcherSam shares his recipe for the beer from the Green Dragon, or so he reckons. Ah, but is it a regular 1420? I'm expecting feedback from y'all in the next 2 weeks....[More]

AOL offering lucky winners a trip to the NZ Premiere

10/22/01, 6:06 am EST - Tehanu

Great news from Vespertillian: "I just upgraded to AOL 7.0 on my computer, and when I connected to the internet for the first time, I was given the chance to enter a contest to win 1 of 7 trips to see the premiere of FotR!!"

Foxtrot Comic does LOTR again.

10/22/01, 5:56 am EST - Tehanu

Bill Amend's comicstrip has another look at LOTR fans [More]

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