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News for Nov. 10, 2002

Media Watch: Germany's 'Marie-Claire'

11/10/02, 11:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Albertine writes: Liv Tyler (Arwen) is on the cover of the November issue of German Marie-Claire. The article is about her part as Arwen.
Anyone with scans of the article send them along!

You Will Be Watching Gollum!

11/10/02, 11:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy DSH sends along this great scan from a magazine, great pics of Gollum inside! !!!Spoilers!!! [More]

Video Ezy 2003 Calendar Pics

11/10/02, 11:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Myprecious writes: About a week ago I purchased the Video Ezy Annual LOTR 2003 Calender. Its full of great TTT pics. I've sent along some scans of my favorite characters. The others include: Gandalf, Aragorn, Arwen, Eowyn, Eomer, Easterlings, Faramir, Saruman and some really ugly Orcs! [More]

Media Watch: Movie Magic

11/10/02, 11:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Shawna writes: Here are some scans from a magazine called Movie Magic. The article is mostly old info, and in some cases not terribly accurate. One pic caption claims the movies were made in Sydney. Tch! [More]

Sir Ian McKellen's life under the lights

11/10/02, 11:09 pm EST - Xoanon

From playing Gandalf in the blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy, to his one-man-show fund raiser for the Vancouver Playhouse, no performing challenge is too big -- or too small -- for the veteran actor. [More]

Game Boys

11/10/02, 11:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Bonnie sends along this great pic of Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan at the EA launch of the TT game. [More]

Famous Players Canada Selling TTT Tickets

11/10/02, 10:58 pm EST - Xoanon

IronParrot writes: This may be old news, but Famous Players theatres in Canada are already selling tickets to The Two Towers, with several theatres offering 12:01AM Tuesday night / Wednesday morning screenings.

South Island high on British wish list

11/10/02, 10:55 pm EST - Xoanon

The South Island has been ranked fourth on a list of 50 places Britons want to see before they die in a survey by the British Broadcasting Corporation. The mainland has been rated ahead of Sydney, Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Venice, Hong Kong, and Hawaii, and landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, and the Pyramids. [More]

Peter Jackson's TTT Cameo?

11/10/02, 5:27 pm EST - Demosthenes

TORn's Spanish community member has done some great detective work on PJ's cameo. Leandro writes: "This Unknown Dunlending Arsonist ... where have I seen him before? Maybe in Bree, eating a carrot? Really, maybe he is not PJ, but they must be brothers, then." [More]

Updated! Thanks go to the eagle eye of Ringer Spy Rosamunde Brownlocks, who spotted a wildman/Dunlender looking suspiciously like PJ brandishing a torch in this still! [More]

Official Site Switches To TTT

11/10/02, 5:22 pm EST - Demosthenes

Michaela wrote in to let us know that the LoTR official website has begun showing banners from the Two Towers on its flash front page. You don't see them every time, but they do pop up now and again. [More]

Polls Everywhere! Go Vote!

11/10/02, 4:36 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy Silicon Gollum reports that IMDb's daily poll today is "What film had the best, most ominous castle?" FOTR is one of the choices, and already has made an impressive start. :-) [More]

More TTT Images

11/10/02, 4:36 pm EST - Demosthenes

There's some great scans of TTT pictures on War of the Ring taken from the Visual Companion that was published last week. Go check them out. Of course, if you want to see them in all their printed glory, you should buy the book! [More] Here be spoilers!

More UK Booksignings

11/10/02, 3:56 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy Irascian sent along the list of all current dates for talks/booksignings by Brian Sibley (Making of Movie Trilogy) and Jude Fisher (Visual Companion). If you're in the UK and nearby ... be sure to get along! [More]

TTT Photo Guide - Script Overview Or What?!

11/10/02, 12:38 am EST - Demosthenes

For anyone who wants to know all the spoilers, the TTT Photo Guide seems to be the book: it includes practically a scene-by-scene overview of the whole film. Aunt Dora Baggins from the TORn discussion boards wrote up this spoiler-filled summary for us. [More] Here be Major Spoilers!!

TTT Edition of the Sunday Times Magazine

11/10/02, 12:10 am EST - Arathorn

Ringer Spy Bellerophon sends in some amazing photos from today's special Two Towers edition of the Sunday Times Magazine. !!!SPOILERS!!! [More] Updated! (and again!)

News for Nov. 09, 2002

Hall of Fire Chats Nov 9&10

11/09/02, 10:27 pm EST - Demosthenes

Okay, we're a little late this week, but better than never, eh?

Book Four: Chapter VIII: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol

It's a turning point in the quest to destroy the Ring, most notably with Gollum making an irrevocable decision. However, Frodo also makes one of his own. [More]

Sibley & Fisher In Cambridge Tuesday 12th

11/09/02, 12:42 pm EST - Strider

felice writes: Brian Sibley and Jude Fisher are appearing at the Borders bookstore in Cambridge, UK (note, not the Massachusetts Cambridge!) on the evening of Tuesday November 12, at 6.00pm. They'll be discussing the making of LOTR and also giving sneak peeks of the next two installments of the trilogy. The event itself is free and tickets are not required - just turn up.

Great New Gollum Pic!

11/09/02, 10:01 am EST - Strider

Erik sent in this link to an article on Norwegian site Nettavisen which features a very good image of Gollum squirming as Frodo holds Sting to his throat. !!SPOILERS!! [More]

LOTR:FOTR Extended DVD Ships

11/09/02, 8:23 am EST - Strider

Reports are coming in from 'Ringers across the globe saying that they have just received their pre-ordered editions of the FotR Extended DVD from Amazon and BlackStar. Hence, if you ordered the DVD in advance, your copy should be winging it's way to you asap.

Extended Edition Review and Screencaps

11/09/02, 6:12 am EST - Demosthenes

Nerwen writes: F-S film has a very detailed review of the LOTR:FOTR special extended edition at their site and they also have lots of pictures. The review won't be much of help to anyone who can't read Finnsih, but I believe people would love to see these pictures. [More]

New Line Auctions World Premiere Spot

11/09/02, 5:12 am EST - Demosthenes

Want to attend the New York City World Premiere of TTT? New Line is auctioning a spot. The winner - plus his or her guest - will join cast, crew and VIPs for the December 5 premiere. The auction closes on 11/22/02 at 7:00 PM EST. [More] Also, check out the great time that last year's winner, Pippin Skywalker, had! [More]

Pollitis Anyone?

11/09/02, 4:09 am EST - Demosthenes

There seems to be online polls everywhere right now. Of the ones involving LoTR, take your pick among Empire, Fandango, IGN and Moviefone!

London Booksigning Report

11/09/02, 4:01 am EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Fan Kat also attended the London booksigning event on November 6. She managed to ask Andy Serkis a few questions. Here's her report. [More]

Media Watch: The Power Of Towers

11/09/02, 1:20 am EST - Demosthenes

Entertainment Weekly has just published a great story about the forthcoming LoTR installment The Two Towers. Best quote: "I dream about it every single night ... I'm lying in bed and all I want to do is sleep and I have the crew standing around the bed wanting some direction". [More] Spoilers!!

Middle-earth Cookbook Release!

11/09/02, 12:12 am EST - Jincey

We've been keeping you up to date with news about Diamond_T's new cookbook "Regional Cooking from Middle-earth: Recipes of the Third Age". The cookbook is now available for preorder from the locations she has listed at the end of her letter: [More] Updated!

News for Nov. 08, 2002

Opening of TTT

11/08/02, 11:27 pm EST - Tehanu

Lexequine noticed something in the latest LOTR "Making of" book where Alan Lee mentions a 'roller-coaster tracking shot' to 'foundations of stone' that sounds like the 'great plunge' opening that was hinted at by the screenwriters....[More]

Tom Shippey in Chicago Tomorrow

11/08/02, 11:13 pm EST - Tehanu

In Chicago tomorrow, as part of the Humanities Festival, Tom Shippey is giving a talk entitled "Trees, Chainsaws, and the Vision of Paradise in J.R.R. Tolkien." It's from 1 to 2 pm and it's at Harold Washington College, 30 E. Lake St. Tickets are no longer available online so if anyone wants some they should go at least a half hour early! More info here Thanks to Tygrestick for the info.

IMDB Correction: TTT Is Finished

11/08/02, 11:09 pm EST - Demosthenes

Okay, IMDB has corrected its earlier story. It writes that, according to a New Line Cinema publicist, reports that TTT was incomplete are erroneous. According to New Line, the movie will make its December 18th release on schedule, with no delays of any kind. [More]

Unreleased 'Rings Tops Norway Sales

11/08/02, 2:31 pm EST - Strider

'The second in the Lord of the Rings trilogy has topped box office sales in Norway, six weeks before its release. Tickets for The Two Towers are outselling tickets for all other films currently showing in the country. More than 35,000 tickets were bought during the first day of sales.' [More]

The Sunday Times Returns To Middle-earth

11/08/02, 2:14 pm EST - Strider

Ringers from Great Britain and Ireland will remember with fondness the superb supplement on Lord of the Rings that was published with The Sunday Times in advance of the release of FotR. Well the chaps at The Times are doing it again, with this weekend's Sunday Times Magazine the first of three editions featuring a pull-out supplement dedicated to The Two Towers, with a free poster to boot! A must-buy this Sunday for all Tolkien fans in GB&I.

Steve Martin Academy Awards 2003 Host

11/08/02, 1:54 pm EST - Strider

Steve Martin has been officially announced as the host for the Academy Awards ceremony 2003, the ceremony which Tolkien fans around the world hope The Two Towers will scoop the so-far elusive Best Picture and Best Director Oscars. Martin also hosted the 2001 awards, while Whoopi Goldberg played host this year. [More]

Special Edition DVD Comercial!

11/08/02, 1:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Homme sends along this FOTR: Extended Edition DVD comercial! Take a look at the fold-out DVD goodness! (Quicktime needed) [More]

Norwegian Line Party Madness!

11/08/02, 11:50 am EST - Xoanon

Vibeke Olason writes: As you may have noticed by now, the Norwegian Line Party for TTT was something special. Here follows a brief report from “the inside”. [More]

TTT Spoilers In Topps Cards?!

11/08/02, 11:04 am EST - Xoanon

Amaruk writes: Got the complete basic set of movie cards yesterday and there are some interesting indications of what is to come! !!!Spoilers!!! [More]

Singapore's Power98FM Goes Geek

11/08/02, 10:59 am EST - Xoanon

Ray writes: Heads up for Singapore LOTR fans, if you're a SAFRA member, then tune in to Power98FM from Nov 23 - Dec 06 for a password. Be one of the first 50 people to give this password at any SAFRA club on Saturday, Dec 7 at 2pm, and you'll get a pair of free tickets to watch The Two Towers Before anyone else in Singapore.

Media Watch: NY Times

11/08/02, 10:57 am EST - Xoanon

Barkie writes: Today's NY Times has an article on the extended DVD. Attached is the article. Opens with a great first line...[More]

Lord Of The Rings show a hit

11/08/02, 10:50 am EST - Xoanon

It was meant as a promotional appetizer for the cinematic smorgasbord to come, and the feeding frenzy it's provoked bodes well: Six days into its four-week run, the Lord Of The Rings exhibit at the McLaughlin Planetarium has already drawn nearly 30,000 visitors to its polystyrene recreation of Middle-earth. [More]

Midwestern Towers Premiere Celebration!

11/08/02, 8:39 am EST - Demosthenes

TORn staffer Anwyn invites all Midwestern Ringers to the Lorraine Theater in Hoopeston, IL, for a night of Fellowship, Towers, and fun! Get your tickets for reserved seats in advance, hear readings from FoTR and TTT, and participate in a costume contest with terrific prizes! Grand Prize is a Gollum Gold One Ring from Badali Jewelry! [More]

GAMING: The Two Treebeards!

11/08/02, 8:37 am EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy 431 sent in a scan of an alternative Treebeard card from the Decipher Trading Game. It's called "Treebeard Earthborn". We've put them both together, so you can double the Treebeard enjoyment! [More] Here be Major Spoilers!!

Movie Spoilers from the Visual Companion

11/08/02, 5:49 am EST - Demosthenes

TORn Discussion Board member Lacrimae Rerum bought the Visual Companion the other day and wrote up a fascinating post that contained many hints of what might happen in TTT. [More] Here be Major Spoilers!!

German TTT (mini) Trailer

11/08/02, 3:01 am EST - Demosthenes

If your German is decent, you might care to check out this mini trailer. It's hard to tell whether any of the scenes are new, (perhaps one 'over the shoulder' shot of Treebeard) but it sure looks fine! Thanks to Fraggle for finding the link! [More] Spoilers! Requires Quicktime.

News for Nov. 07, 2002

Extended DVD pre-sales outstrip Star Wars II?

11/07/02, 11:34 pm EST - Tehanu

Not to promote pointless comparisons, but one TORNado noticed the interesting fact that SW2 and FOTR:SE go head-to-head in stores on the same exact day, and so far the super-hyped high-profile SW2 first release is being outsold (at least according to Amazon.com's numbers) by the less-hyped follow-up release for FOTR. [More]

TTT Running Time: More Speculation

11/07/02, 11:27 pm EST - Tehanu

A Norwegian film website is stating that TTT will be 3 hours and 10 minutes long, whereas Ringer spy Mordo has access to information that suggests that the figure we posted earlier today of 2 hours 59 may in fact be very close. [More]

TTT Plot Spoiler?!

11/07/02, 11:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Our own ringer spies bring this little bit of interesting news in regards to wargs, Aragorn, and Helms Deep! !!Spoilers!! [More]

'Lord of the Rings II' goes down to the wire

11/07/02, 11:16 pm EST - Xoanon

They're taking it down to the wire to complete "Lord of the Rings II: the Two Towers" in time for its Dec. 18 debut. "It's really a nail-biter for me," admits producer Barrie Osbourne of the flick in which Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellan and Orlando Bloom reprise their roles from last year's blockbuster. [More]

Media Watch: Script Magazine

11/07/02, 11:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Shawna from bagendinn.com sends along these scans from Script Magazine, take a look! [More]

And The Winning Hat Is ...

11/07/02, 9:57 pm EST - Demosthenes

TORn has been running a hat competition with New Line Cinema for the past couple of weeks, and the results have just come through. To discover which of these entries received the most votes from TORn voters, click here.

Borders Bookstores: LOTR Book Sale

11/07/02, 7:11 pm EST - Tehanu

I guess this might just be in the States, but check anyway. "Borders Holiday Sale -- Friday, November 8-Monday, November 11 -- For four days only, visit any Borders store for fantastic values ....· Buy 2 selected Lord of the Rings paperbacks, get the 3rd Free* *Least expensive items are free or discounted..." Thanks to Kim for the news.

Reviews, Reviews, Reviews...

11/07/02, 6:43 pm EST - leo

They just keep on coming, here are the latest Extended DVD reviews from people who saw the extended cut during the Moviefone/AOL screenings... !!spoilers!! [More] Updated!

Booklaunch: Andy Serkis, Brian Sibley, Jude Fisher

11/07/02, 6:42 pm EST - Tehanu

Ringer Spy Tim reports on this event in London, including some interesting comments from author Brian Sibley. [More]

Swedish News: TTT Running time 2hrs 59mins?

11/07/02, 5:53 pm EST - Tehanu

Niklas writes: "Just recieved an e-mail from SF (The swedish filminstitute) who is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, cinema-chain here in Sweden. They were sending out mails that tickets will be available to buy starting November 18th. But most important, they clearly stated that the running time is 179 min." [Maybe that's including credits? So many other sources have stated that the movie runs for 2hr. 43 minutes. But on the other hand...16 minutes of credits? Who knows? - T. ]

Gollum the Rock-climber

11/07/02, 5:39 pm EST - Tehanu

Seems to be a day for Andy Serkis news. As well as finding cats an inspiration for voicing Gollum, he confessed to doing a lot of rock-climbing and spending time alone in the wilderness to get inside Gollum's character, according to this ABC News article. [More] Thanks to Curi for the link.

Ian McKellen At SFU

11/07/02, 1:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Saoirse writes: Just thought I'd pass on some information regarding an Ian McKellen event here in Vancouver, Canada. He'll be a guest speaker on Wednesday the 13th at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby for a screening of 'Richard III'; the film society web page claims that he will introduce the film as well as take questions afterward. [More]

Update: Any Ringers travelling far to see this show? Want to speak to a journalist about your experience? If so, email Mark at nwseniorlife@aol.com

TTT Exhibit & Party Pics!

11/07/02, 1:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here with my photos and small report on the TTT exhibit and party we had last weekend in Toronto. A small group of LOTR nuts got together at the Playdium in Mississauga to shoot some aliens and have a beer or two (or three) and talk LOTR. Take a look at the pics! [More]

Cats inspired Lord Of The Rings actor

11/07/02, 1:25 pm EST - Xoanon

The actor who provides the voice of Gollum in the new Lord Of The Rings film says he used his cat as inspiration. Andy Serkis has voiced the character in all three Lord Of The Rings films but fans will really get a chance to see Gollum in The Two Towers. [More]

PRI Talks Tolkien

11/07/02, 1:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Jennifer writes: I was flipping through the members magazine for my local public radio/tv stations, and noticed that this Sunday's "Sound and Spirit" program is about LOTR: "Join Ellen Kushner for an exploration of how musicians, artists, and writers have been inspired by Tolkien's masterwork, and discover how Tolkien found his own inspiration in our world's mythic traditions." It also has a link to stations/times where one can listen to it over the internet. [More]

Three Ring Serkis

11/07/02, 1:12 pm EST - Xoanon

It's 6.25pm at Waterstones in Piccadilly, London and a long queue of people are getting nervous about the planned talk from Brian Sibley and Jude Fisher. Or, more accurately, about a rumoured special guest. That guest is Andy Serkis (Gollum) and the rumour is that although he had been booked for an earlier children's talk, he has stayed on past his original 4pm deadline - and MAY make a surprise appearance at the adults' evening talk too. [More]

Royal Selangor Goes To Khazad-dum!

11/07/02, 1:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Suriana writes: Royal Selangor has produced limited edition sets of new pewter figures from its LOTR sculpture collection - "Battle at Khazad-dum", only 500 pieces. They look really good and can be purchased only thru the Net! This is the official description from the company's website: "Vividly captured in all its menacing glory, the Balrog looms over Gandalf, wielding a sword and deadly whip. Gandalf stands firm on the Bridge of Khazad-dum, brandishing his sword, Glamdring, in defiance. The Bridge forms the base of the sculpture and is cleverly crafted to portray its slender structure, without any rail or kerb." [More]

South Park Goes Geek

11/07/02, 1:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Many folks have written in with the following: Previews of next week's episode of "South Park" show the boys playing at being in LOTR, their quest is to return 'The Lord of the Rings'...to the video store. Watch at your peril! "South Park" airs on Comedy Central at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific time, 9 p.m. Central time.

EXCLUSIVE: Amazing Decipher Trading Card Images

11/07/02, 7:07 am EST - Demosthenes

Check out on some fantastic new cards that Decipher is about to release! If you don't want to see either Treebeard or Oliphaunts, stay right away from this link! [More] Now updated with two new images! Here be Major Spoilers!!

More Extended Edition Screening Reviews!

11/07/02, 5:31 am EST - Demosthenes

Here's the rest of the reviews from the Moviefone/AOL screening. From what I can gather, we're really in for a treat. A big thank you to everyone who wrote in! [More] Spoilers!

It's Poll Time!

11/07/02, 1:34 am EST - Demosthenes

What movie are you most looking forward to seeing this fall/winter? (Nevermind that it's spring here - Dem.) Thanks to Ringer Spy Thoumike for the link. [More]

News for Nov. 06, 2002

TTT Sunday Times Poster

11/06/02, 8:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Adele writes: The Sunday Times (UK) is giving away free double-sided LOTR:TTT glossy posters over the next 3 Sundays plus a chance to win VIP tickets to next month's UK TTT film premiere! [More]

Amazing TTT Exhibit Photos!

11/06/02, 8:41 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spies Hoggie & Erendira sends along these amazing pictures from this years LOTR exhibit in Toronto! Take a look at these! [More]

Official site updates

11/06/02, 7:18 pm EST - Tehanu

There's a whole lot of stuff on Edoras and some new desktops from the extended DVD which have just been posted on the lordoftherings.net

The Road Goes Ever On

11/06/02, 6:37 pm EST - Tehanu

In the UK, Harper Collins is re-issuing the songbook by JRR Tolkien and the musician Donald Swann. According to the synopsis, "Professor Tolkien ... added a tune of his own, decorated the book in his own hand and added a glossary of Elvish terms and lore that appears nowhere else. " [More]

Norwegian Line Party gets a treat!

11/06/02, 6:14 pm EST - Tehanu

As you may know, the Norwegian fans started lining up for TTT so early that the film distribution company there helped them build a 'hobbit village' in a city park near the cinema. [More] As an added treat, last night the faithful fans got to see the extended version of FOTR on the big screen, in a special showing just for them!

Aussies and Kiwis: Prepare to Raid Your Newsstands!

11/06/02, 5:53 pm EST - Tehanu

Auckland magazine Pavement wrote in to tell us about the mouth-watering 30 pages of LOTR goodness that they have planned for their December issue. Looks very, very good. [More]

More Reports From The UK Book Event

11/06/02, 5:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Irascian sends along this picture from todays LOTR events in the UK. Take a look! Drat! You guys are fast. I rush straight back from the event … to find you already have a report! It's going to take a good 4 hours for me to sort out all my pictures and write up my web log report ('Three Ring Sirkis'). Here’s a nice shot taken after her interview of Jude Fisher (aka Jane Johnson), Andy Serkis and Brian Sibley at the event. [More]

Andy Serkis Talks Gollum!

11/06/02, 2:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy OBI-WAN360 writes: I visited the book launch at the Piccadilly Circus branch of Waterstones today to catch a glimpse of Gollum. Brian Sibley and Jude Fisher did a fantastic job of holding the Q and A on the movies and the new books, and really kept the kids attention. Then Andy Serkis arrived, and wow were we treated! [More]

First Batch of Extended DVD Reviews!

11/06/02, 1:26 pm EST - leo

Wow.. we've literally been flooded with reviews from people who saw the Extended DVD during one of the ten screenings that took place all over the US last night, and don't worry; we'll be posting them all! And just to prove that we will; here's the first batch of them for everyone's reading pleasure. But beware of the !!spoilers!! [More]

Media Watch: Variety Magazine Talks New Zealand

11/06/02, 12:24 pm EST - Xoanon

grammaboodawg writes: There's a HUGE ad in Variety magazine (Nov. 4-10, 2002 issue) highlighting New Zealand. The caption reads: "New Zealand: In our December 16 issue, Variety spotlights New Zealand, with the latest trends impacting the showbiz industry. [More]

Miami Mofo Talks FOTR: Digital!

11/06/02, 12:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Miami Mofo here to say that I have seen (and heard) the future! I am refering, of course, to last evening's screening of the digitally projected, special extended version of 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.' [More]

SHOP: 2003 Daily Calendar Cancelled?

11/06/02, 12:13 pm EST - Xoanon

EAdamns writes: I thought you might be interested in the following disappointing bit of news in my e-mail this morning. Greetings from Amazon.com. We are sorry to report that the release of the following item has been cancelled: "Lord of the Rings 2003 Daily Calendar" [More]

Merry Chocolate Goodness!

11/06/02, 12:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Vittorio sends along this Cadbury wrapper with our very own Dominic Monaghan (Merry) on it, take a look! [More]

Potter Mania Vs. The One Ring

11/06/02, 11:56 am EST - Xoanon

Melissa writes: This is an excerpt from a Times article on LoTR and Harry Potter: The competition between Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter- the sibling rivals of the AOL Time Warner entertainment family- is intense... [More]

GAMING Media Watch: PocketGames Magazine

11/06/02, 11:48 am EST - Xoanon

Simpetarwen writes: I went out to get the PlayStation Magazine for the TTT DVD game thanks to your posting on TORn and found this on the newsstand as well: PocketGames Winter issue (on newsstands until Jan 1, 2003) - cover article "LOTR:TTT World-exclusive First Review - Every tough level mapped & boss strategies outlined!" [More] [Gaming Havens]

Aragorn Chocolate Goodness!

11/06/02, 11:41 am EST - Xoanon

Jan writes: The Two Towers cards in the Cadbury chocolates are starting to appear in the shops in Brisbane, Australia. Here is a copy of the Aragorn card. [More]

For Viggophiles Everywhere!

11/06/02, 8:57 am EST - Demosthenes

Way back when Viggo Mortensen was last in Wellington, the people at Antipodean Viggophile took some video of the occasion. The video has been set to music and the result is a quirky four-part view of the day Antipodean Viggophiles converged on Wellington. [More]

Croatian FoTR Poster

11/06/02, 3:33 am EST - Demosthenes

Okay, apparently we got it all wrong! Martina wrote to tell me this is in fact a Croatian poster promoting the DVD and VHS release from September. Hopefully, all the details are right this time. Thanks to TORn Staffer Alvie for sending the poster into us. We miss you Alvie! [More]

Extended Edition Viewing Report

11/06/02, 3:29 am EST - Demosthenes

A small number of very lucky people in 10 cities across the USA got to watch the Extended Edition of Fellowship of the Ring in the theatre earlier this evening. Switz sent in this report for us. [More]

If you attended one of these one-off showings, e-mail us your report as well and we'll publish it!

Chris Lee Talks About Those Saruman Rumours

11/06/02, 2:32 am EST - Demosthenes

Christopher Lee has put up this Quicktime audio file on his site where he discusses those rumours about what may or may not happen to his character, Saruman, in the Two Towers. Thanks to Holly for the link! [More] Alternatively, read the transcript here!
Here be Spoilers!!

News for Nov. 05, 2002

HM Book Day Store Listings!

11/05/02, 5:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Thanks to elf_wannabee from our own message board, we have the list of Houghton Mifflin Book Day events for tomorrow's big launch! Take a look! [More]

Don't forget that there's local book events organised all over the world as well. For more information - and to find your local line - check our Line Party page! [More]

Fabricating the Weapons and Armor of The Lord of the Rings

11/05/02, 1:33 pm EST - Xoanon

For sword smith Peter Lyon, work on The Lord of the Rings movies came naturally, almost as if his life was preparing him for this role. At 38, he makes his living selling handcrafted weapons, mostly to people who participate in historical re-enactments. In his free time, he teaches combat techniques to fellow members of the Wellington Medieval Guild and practices jousting with the Order of the Boar, both in his native New Zealand. [More]

Andy Serkis Confirmed For UK Booksigning Event Tomorrow!

11/05/02, 1:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Andy Serkis (Gollum) has been confirmed as a guest at Waterstones tomorrow at 13.30! Be there to also meet and greet with Brian Sibley and Jude Fisher! [More]

Planning on going to the event? Want to interview Andy Serkis one-on-one? If you have a video camera, drop me a line! We need you!

These Pics Are MASSIVE!

11/05/02, 1:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Bellerophon sends along this link to the official website for MASSIVE, the state-of-the-art computer software that's created tens of thousands of individual soldiers on the computer screen for LoTR. It has some great pics and screenshots - Take a look! [More]

Tolkien Fans Camp Out in Hobbit Village

11/05/02, 12:58 pm EST - Xoanon

OSLO (Reuters) - About 800 fans of the fantasy trilogy "Lord of The Rings" camped overnight Sunday in a Norwegian 'hobbit' village in freezing weather -- an unorthodox queue for tickets for the second film "The Two Towers." [More]

Moviefone Ticket

11/05/02, 12:56 pm EST - Xoanon

ErnstJ sends along his Moviefone ticket stub! The fortunate souls who have won a chance to see the Extended FOTR tonight will get the following in the mail!

FOTR Re-Release In OZ

11/05/02, 12:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Justin writes: Just in case you're interested, not only Hoyts but Village Cinemas will be re-screening FOTR in Australia, which is a more widely found cinema chain. The re-release date is set as 14 November. [More]

Even Santa makes concessions for the kids of Hogwarts and the little folk of Middle-earth

11/05/02, 12:32 pm EST - Xoanon

No studio wants to clash with holiday titans "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers." So Christmas comes early to theaters as Tim Allen's "The Santa Clause 2" debuted Friday, one day after Halloween, marking an unusually speedy start to Hollywood's holiday season. [More]

Watch FOTR At The U of Reading

11/05/02, 12:27 pm EST - Xoanon

elanor_the_fairuk writes: There's one last chance to see the Fellowship on November 26th at Reading University at 7:15pm thanks to Reading film & theatre group. Tickets are £4.50 to non-members of the film & theatre group and it's being screened in Palmer building's main lecture theatre.

More NZ News.

11/05/02, 11:54 am EST - Tehanu

News on the charity event in Wellington, where they'll be showing the extended edition FOTR on the big screen at the Embassy. And...more Figwit news! [More]

Royal Mail Website Up

11/05/02, 11:52 am EST - Xoanon

Melkor writes: The LOTR site hosted by The Royal mail here in the UK is up and running and it looks amazing. So if you want to buy your stamps and cards go here. [More]

Elijah Wood to attend TTT Premiere in Wellington!

11/05/02, 11:16 am EST - Tehanu

Scoop.co carries the story of just WHO is going to be at the Dec. 18 premiere in New Zealand. PJ, Richard Taylor, local hunk Karl Urban [Eomer] of course and Elijah Wood! [More]

NOW do you want to sign up for one of the Red Carpet Movie Premiere tours? They have a spot secured on the red carpet outside the Embassy...looks like they'll have to shuffle down to Wellington a day earlier for it. [More]

'The Making Of' Book Review!

11/05/02, 8:22 am EST - leo

Check out this very cool and complete (and very exclusive) review of Brian Sibley's "The Making of the Movie Trilogy" book by Ringer Spy irascian!

One of the problems with reviewing a book by a friend or colleague is that it can be a bit of a lose-lose situation for the reviewer... [More]

USM Group To Screen FoTR EE

11/05/02, 2:34 am EST - Demosthenes

Here's an opportunity for people who live nearby the University of Southern Maine to see the extended edition of FoTR on a big screen! [More]

The Card that Flipped -- DecipherCon Day Four

11/05/02, 12:03 am EST - Quickbeam

Greetings -- Quickbeam here with the last report from DecipherCon 2002. This whole experience has been a blast! And it has really changed my mind about the LOTR Trading Card Game. [More]

News for Nov. 04, 2002

Gollum To Appear at London Bookstore Event!

11/04/02, 8:31 pm EST - leo

No other then Andy Serkis (Gollum) will appear at Waterstones Bookstore in Piccadilly Circus, London on November 6th (that's wednesday), probably to celebrate the release of the new 'making of' books about LOTR:TTT so be sure to catch him if you are in the neighbourhood! The entire event will start at 13:30 and will last the greater part of the afternoon!

FOTR To Return To The Big Screen?!

11/04/02, 8:24 pm EST - Xoanon

If you thought you had seen the last of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS in theatres, think again. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER has confirmed that New Line will be taking FELLOWSHIP back to theaters Tuesday for promotional screenings in 10 cities. The screenings are being used to generate buzz for the second DVD release of the Tolkien epic. [More]

TTT Bookmarks

11/04/02, 8:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Amiko sends along these great TTT bookmarks! Take a look! [More]

Media Watch: Fantasy, Driven By Reality

11/04/02, 6:56 pm EST - Demosthenes

The only thing more daunting than a suspicious audience is a really, really expectant one. But how are the creators of the two most successful films of last year coping with these expectations? Thanks to Ur_Friendly_Hobbit_Baker for the link! [More]

More On Seattle LOTR:TTT Premiere!

11/04/02, 6:45 pm EST - leo

We posted about this earlier this week but here's a follow up about the Seattle Premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. If you have got the money and are in the area you might wanna check it out... [More]

Official Site - What Are The Two Towers?

11/04/02, 6:13 pm EST - Demosthenes

Interested in knowing what Barad-dur and Orthanc are? Check out what the Official Site has to say. [More]

Media Watch: Teen People

11/04/02, 5:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy ~Herself the Elf sends along this flashback article from the latest Teen People magazine. Take a look at our lovely Liv Tyler (Arwen) as she grows up! [More]

Tom Shippey News

11/04/02, 5:54 pm EST - Xoanon

BagginsGirl writes: I am a student at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA and I thought that I would pass along some information in case other fans around here wanted something interesting to go to without having to drive too far. [More]

Alan Lee & Tom Shippey In Atlanta

11/04/02, 5:45 pm EST - Xoanon

Enedumiel writes: Alan and Virginia Lee have been invited to the 2004 Mythic Journeys Conference in Atlanta, as well as Tom Shippey. More]

Jackson puts King Kong on backburner

11/04/02, 12:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Kiwi film-maker Peter Jackson will not rule out a remake of King Kong, but is committed to two small films after The Lord Of The Rings is completed, he has told an American magazine. Jackson spent six months developing designs and a script for King Kong with his partner Fran Walsh before backer Universal Pictures pulled out in 1997. [More]

Win TTT Premiere Tickets In Singapore!

11/04/02, 12:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Gollumayee writes: There's a pair of TTT preview tix awaiting each of the first 60 members who turn up with the correct password at one of the SAFRA clubs on Sat, Dec 7, 2pm. The first 20 members at each club will also receive a poster of 'Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers'. (The Password will be revealed on a local radio station, Power98, between Nov 23 and Dec 6.) [More]

Midwestern Two Towers Premiere Party!

11/04/02, 10:57 am EST - leo

Do you live in Illinois, Indiana, or any of those other states clustered in the middle of the U.S.? Do you want to see The Two Towers on opening night, surrounded by other Tolkien fans, without standing in any freezing cold line, with fun stuff like a costume contest and prizes sponsored by TheOneRing.net and others? Then this is for you! [More]

Chris Lee Talks Saruman

11/04/02, 5:45 am EST - Demosthenes

Christopher Lee has posted another update on his website. In it he may have revealed some vital information regarding the longevity of his character, Saruman. Thanks to TomTen for the heads up! [More] Here be major spoilers!!

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