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11/16/03, 9:24 pm EST - Xoanon

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SHOP: Weekly eBay Items

11/16/03, 9:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Each week I scour Ebay looking for the hot Tolkien items up for sale. I post the most interesting here for you to bid on! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

11/16/03, 9:00 pm EST - Xoanon

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

Wood To Host SNL December 13th

11/16/03, 8:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Kiana sends in word that Elijah Wood (Frodo) will be hosting Saturday Night Live on December 13th. NBC.com has no listings or mention of future guests. It seems there may be some truth to this rumor, his name has been added to snlonline.tv. The best way to find out, however, is to watch the show the next few weeks and see if his name is listed in the 'coming soon' bumpers between commercials.

Uni Of Southern Maine Screens Towers EE

11/16/03, 7:56 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Shaun dropped us a line about this free screening of the Two Towers EE at University of Southern Maine on November 22. [More]

How much would you pay for....

11/16/03, 4:37 pm EST - Tehanu

How much would you pay for a leather-bound album the of NZ Post's trilogy of LOTR stamps, the only one in the world signed by Peter Jackson? This is what the organisers of the Organ Donor Awareness Foundation want to know. Because such a thing is being auctioned, but not publicly. However if there is sufficient interest from the worldwide online community in bidding for this object, we will attempt to acquire it and make it available to you, in that way raising more money for our charity. Email me, and name a figure.

ROTK First Public Screening: Charity Screening

11/16/03, 4:10 pm EST - Tehanu

Fans of The Lord of the Rings will have the chance to be the first to see The Return of the King, at the Auckland Charity Screening, Village Sky City Cinemas, Broadway, Newmarket, at 6.30pm, December 17. TORN readers in NZ, you have a chance to book for this before the general public. [More] Proceeds will go to the Starship Foundation.

Lee & Serkis On EA's Return Of The King

11/16/03, 3:51 pm EST - Strider

On Friday IGN continued it's recent series of cast interviews to coincide with the release of Electronic Art's Return of the King tie-in game, adding interviews with both Christopher Lee and Andy Serkis, available in both Windows Media and Quicktime. [More]

LOTR Still Topping BBC's The Big Read

11/16/03, 3:43 pm EST - Strider

Three weeks into voting and The Lord of the Rings has maintained it's place at the very top of the BBC's The Big Read list, the BBC's search for the UK & Ireland's favourite book. This Friday saw LotR's turn to have a celebrity triumph its merits, with Ray Mears going into an in-depth exploration of the book's themes. The final pecking order of the list will be announced on December 13th, so if you live in the British Isles and feel like voting for Tolkien's classic, click here to find out how to cast your vote.

Museum Replica Limited's LOTR Collection

11/16/03, 3:23 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Melowyn writes: The Fall/Winter Catalog for Museum Replica Limited features Arwen’s gown as well as King Elendil’s Helm. [More]

Canadian Trilogy Tuesday Information

11/16/03, 3:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Rob writes: I went to the Famous Players site to see if my theater had sold out already (it was) when I saw this message right before the ticket purchase screen, it has very important information. [More]

Embassy Theatre Update

11/16/03, 2:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Robert Catto writes: I've added a couple of new photos from the Embassy renovations to my site - it's nearly ready, and the Fletcher Construction crew have taken apart their site office already. That's confidence! They've done an amazing job, and must be the most relaxed renovators I've ever encountered. No dramas, no problems, just pushing along on schedule. Well done, guys - it's going to be fantastic. The seats are just about the only thing left to arrive (well, and the screen) - but naturally they're waiting until the dusty, messy work is over before bringing them in. [More]

NZ's 'Knights on the Town'

11/16/03, 2:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Lyric Apted writes: I found out about a promotional that the Folklore folk are doing. Last Thursday and for the next two Thursdays, a bunch of knights, wanders and peasants are doing a medieval pub crawl around Wellington. [More]

Rings billboard is world's biggest

11/16/03, 2:38 pm EST - Xoanon

With Lord of the Rings mania set to take off once again, the largest flying billboard in the world rolled out of the hangar at Auckland Airport. Made up of 360 individual pieces, the 800sq m jigsaw curves around the fuselage and engines of the Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400, and can withstand speeds of up to 1000kph and temperature extremes between -60C and 60C. [More]

Mortensen at 'Beyond Baroque' Report with Pics!

11/16/03, 2:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Diane writes: My husband and I were also at the Beyond Baroque Poetry reading last night and wanted to share a few of the moments we remember most. It was the first poetry reading I had ever been too, and it was incredible! [More]

Chance to Sit Ringside in Wellington

11/16/03, 12:47 pm EST - maegwen

There is proof of Wellingtonians' excitement about the Lord of the Rings premiere. Fans of the trilogy are prepared to shell out $100 dollars just to watch the stars walk by on the red carpet. [More]

Billy Boyd: Rugby Fan?

11/16/03, 12:30 pm EST - maegwen

FITBA'-MAD actor Billy Boyd has been converted to rugby by Russell Crowe. The Scots star, who plays the hobbit Pippin in the Lord Of The Rings movies, was introduced to the oval ball game while filming with the Aussie Oscar winner in Mexico. [More]

Attn: Ohio Ringers with "Hobbit Feet"

11/16/03, 12:17 pm EST - maegwen

Ohio.com is sponsoring a contest to win tickets to a preview screening of Lord of the Rings: "Show us your hobbit feet! We want to see who's got the most hobbitlike tootsies around. We'll judge in five categories: hairiest, prettiest, ugliest, biggest, and just plain weirdest. (No fake fur or other enhancements allowed, by the way -- they must be what nature gave you.) [More]

Hollywood Execs Play Chess

11/16/03, 12:13 pm EST - maegwen

From the Denver Post: Come summertime, movie industry honchos step to the plate and make like Sammy Sosa. They swing for the fences with their blockbuster flicks, hoping to connect with audiences in a big way. ... The holiday movie season resembles a completely different game of strategy. Think chess. [More]

How the Hobbits Stole Christmas

11/16/03, 12:05 pm EST - maegwen

The Chicago Sun Times, as a part of their holiday film round-up, mentions how stars of other year-end films can't wait for "Return of the King." (Smart fellas, I say) [More]

Premiere Magazine: 4 Hobbits Walk Into A Bar...

11/16/03, 10:54 am EST - Xoanon

Premiere Magazine: 4 Hobbits Walk Into A Bar
The New Fab Four

Cathy sends along scans from the latest issue of Premiere Magazine, which has our four boys on the cover. There is also a great photo spread and article on them called '4 Hobbits Walk into a Bar'. Really great stuff...take a look! Now with all 12 pages! [More]

Biography Magazine profiles Viggo

11/16/03, 10:51 am EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Tarfalathwen writes: I was delighted to find this small article on Viggo in my newest Biography Magazine. It is in the December issue with Russell Crowe on the cover. [More]

Viggo at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA

11/16/03, 10:46 am EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Victoria sends in this great spy report from Viggo Mortensen's poetry reading. "Just wanted to share that I was at the benefit poetry reading for Midnight Special that was held at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA last night..." [More]

Middle-earth Tunes

11/16/03, 10:32 am EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Krista writes: Someone with too much time on their hands took stills from the ROTK trailer and photoshopped them, using images of the iPod, Apple's mp3 player. The one featuring Gollum is my favorite! [More] (NOTE: The final image is a joke, not a spoiler. But... Spoilers for those who haven't read the books.)

Barliman's chatter Folken says: Gollum listens to Cristina Aguilera? I thought for sure he would be an Emo fan...

Orlando's Three Ring Circus

11/16/03, 10:25 am EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Kelvarhin writes: Thought you might be interested in this interview with Orlando Bloom that was published in today's Sunday Times here in West Oz. [More]

They're also running a contest to go to the world premiere of "Return of the King," all you have to do is fill in the coupon in the paper and send it in. There's also a second prize of a double pass (max of 200) to a special screening in Perth on the 17th of Dec.

Middle-earth Shuttle in NYC

11/16/03, 9:57 am EST - maegwen

From the official site comes word of a great publicity event in New York: "To celebrate the November 18th DVD and VHS release of the Special Extended Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, NYC commuters are invited to ride the "Middle-earth Shuttle" (otherwise known as the Times Square-Grand Central Shuttle). The Shuttle train's cars-replete with Middle-earth creatures, vines, moss and stones-will carry commuters between both stops from 11:30AM- 1:30PM. Brave travelers will have the opportunity to explore the Middle-earth- themed subway station, accompany Gollum back and forth, stand tall with 12-foot- high living Ents, and much more!"

Liv Weighs In

11/16/03, 9:51 am EST - maegwen

From the Washington Post: Liv Tyler is paying no mind to the Hollywood suits who want her to shed poundage, according to the Internet Movie Database. The 26-year-old says she has been told by movie bosses that she risks losing top film roles unless she reduces the size of her God-given bod. [More]

Return of the Ringers Charity Auction

11/16/03, 4:10 am EST - Tehanu

Besides the noble goal of having fun, our party in Wellington for the Premiere also aims to raise money for The Organ Donor Awareness Campaign, a charity supported by Peter Jackson. Check out the list of goodies we have to offer! Unique NZ treasures, LOTR collectibles, books and posters signed by PJ and the crew, and much much more. Thanks to the generosity of many people and businesses in NZ and overseas. [More] Ticket sales to the party close THIS FRIDAY and there will be NO DOOR SALES. [Book here]

More Bad News For Finland

11/16/03, 3:02 am EST - Demosthenes

Via our Finnish friends at Kontu: The release date of The Return of the King soundtrack has changed from the date announced earlier (11/24/2003). At the moment, the soundtrack will be officially released December 1. In reality, this means the CD will be in stores around Helsinki on December 2 and elsewhere in Finland the day after. Source: Warner Music Finland, Tuula Hangasluoma.

News for Nov. 15, 2003

NZ Becomes Middle-earth...Again

11/15/03, 10:47 pm EST - Xoanon

frodo's girl writes: Thought I'd send along a few more shots of NZ posts fabulous advertising campaign. That Gandalf stamp is massive and very impressive, I looked around the area to see if there was anything along the lines of the arrow by the Legolas stamp, but found nothing. The one down near Te papa looks like a letter being mailed to Mordor with the ring enclosed. Just for fun I've included a shot from starbucks - they have a mighty good artist with a penchant for fantasy spoofs. [More]

Huge Response Forces Venue Change

11/15/03, 10:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Silmarien writes: The latest edition of 'Hutt News' features this article about Viggo Mortensen's photo exhibit in New Zealand. [More] UPDATE: The poetry reading is sold out, according to one source.

TV Watch: Astin, Wood & Boyd on MTV's TRL

11/15/03, 10:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Hobbit fans may want to check out MTV's 'Total Request Live' this Wednesday, November 19. Middle-earth hits TRL, with hobbits Sean Astin, Elijah Wood and Billy Boyd here to prepare for their final 'Lord of the Rings' battle. [MTV.com]

Boyd's 'Sniper 470' Online

11/15/03, 10:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Folks interested in Billy Boyd's indie film 'Sniper 470' can now watch the entire thing online. Clocking in at over 20 minutes, the download can take a while on some computers. [More]

Entertainment Weekly Talks LOTR

11/15/03, 10:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Roheryn writes: The November 14th, 2003 issue of Entertainment Weekly had several LOTR-related items. "On the Set" has comments from designers Dan and Chris Hennah, as well as a three-page "Oscar Watch" report, with speculation including a number of LOTR alumni. Finally, there is a brief listing in their "Calendar" section, which lists all the premiere dates for holiday films. The LOTR mention includes a photo of Gandalf in action, and a brief comment from Viggo Mortensen about (Highlight to read)The Paths of the Dead. [More]

Cell Phone Goodies in NZ

11/15/03, 9:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Nuannaiel Right now Telecom is doing a deal that if you buy a Nokia 2280 mobile phone you also receive a Rings face plate, the updated locations guide, 2 refreshment tickets and 2 movie tickets. I don't know how many there are but my advice is get in as quick as possible cos I know they won't last long!

TV Watch: Blanchett on Letterman

11/15/03, 9:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Heather writes: I was to let you know that Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) will be appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman this Monday, November 17. The Late Show airs on CBS at 11:35PM [More]

AOL LOTR Contest Finalists

11/15/03, 9:31 pm EST - Xoanon

PippinSkywalker writes: Five finalists have been chosen out of 800,000 people to for AOL users to vote for. The winner who gets the most votes gets to attend the World Premiere of ROTK in NZ and to interview the cast! The finalist videos are up on AOL and can be viewed by typing 'Red Carpet VIP'. Now I have seen those videos and let me tell you...there is some SERIOUS talent over there. Most notable is 16 year old named Seth who does one of THE best and funniest Gollum/Smeagol imitations! Also of note is a spunky little 13 year old named Hilary who does a hilarious Pippin Took imitation. If you are an AOL user vote now!

Venice Magazine Talks Bean

11/15/03, 9:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Nona from compleatseanbean.com writes: Here is a nice big article and pic of Sean in Venice Magazine (a Los Angeles area film mag, November 2003 issue). [More]

Irons Replaces McKellen for 'Venice' Film

11/15/03, 8:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Comingsoon.net writes: Jeremy Irons will replace Ian McKellen in Michael Radford's bigscreen adaptation of The Merchant of Venice because shooting delays have caused conflicts with McKellen's schedule. The $30 million pic, originally scheduled to roll in September, is set to start shooting on November 23 in Luxembourg.

Viggo Mortensen: Seeing Ghosts

11/15/03, 8:40 pm EST - Xoanon

The December 2003 issue of Movieline Magazine had this feature on Viggo Mortensen. They discuss his latest film 'Hidalgo', his photos and his latest book, Miyelo. [More]

Premiere Magazine: 4 Hobbits Walk Into A Bar...

11/15/03, 12:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Premiere Magazine: 4 Hobbits Walk Into A Bar
Elijah, Dom, Billy & Sean on the cover of Premiere Magazine

Cathy sends along scans from the latest issue of Premiere Magazine, which has our four boys on the cover. There is also a great photo spread and article on them called '4 Hobbits Walk into a Bar'. Really great stuff...take a look! [More]

TTT:EE Promotion in Taiwan

11/15/03, 11:41 am EST - Xoanon

Asphodel writes: The Taiwan distributor, Deltamac, is having a Promo for TTT:EE. Here is a link to the promo, which features some nifty menu screens of Gollum. [More]

Greetings from RingCon Germany 2003!

11/15/03, 11:35 am EST - Xoanon

Irascian writes: RingCon 2003 got off to a spectacular start yesterday with an opening show that topped even last year’s jaw-droppiing performance. Lectures covering the gamut of Tolkien subjects (“Sex in Middle-earth” or “Lord of the Ear-rings” anyone?) and a set of panels that took audience participation to a whole new level. [More]

TT:EEE Delayed in Serbia

11/15/03, 11:23 am EST - Xoanon

Tina writes: Our situation in Serbia sounds a lot like the one in Scandinavia - the LOTR distributor for Serbia and Montenegro says the TTT EE DVD will be in stores only on Nov. 25, due to "production problems."

TTT:EE On Sale in Ireland

11/15/03, 11:15 am EST - Xoanon

Niall writes: The TTT:EE (normal & gollum statue versions) is on general sale in the major stores in Ireland. For those looking for the cheapest price I got it for 45 euro in Game (Henry Street), 5 euro cheaper than HMV, PLUS I got a free 'LOTR Making of the Movie Trilogy' book worth about 13 euro! A very good deal indeed!

Reminder: Mortensen Poetry Reading in Venice, CA Tonight

11/15/03, 11:10 am EST - Xoanon

Perceval Press is pleased to be participating in a benefit poetry reading for Midnight Special on Saturday, November 15, at Beyond Baroque with Viggo Mortensen. Mark Eleveld, a high school teacher and editor of the Spoken Word Revolution (Slam, Hip Hop & the Poetry of a New Generation), presents the L.A. release of the anthology of contemporary poetry. [More] [beyondbaroque.org]


11/15/03, 11:06 am EST - Xoanon

Smeagol writes: On a recent posting on MSN they rated the top DVD's to watch at home. The winner was none other than FOTR. [More]

Lord of the Gold Ring

11/15/03, 11:04 am EST - Xoanon

Ethan Gilsdorf writes: Once upon a time, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings was considered a work of literary genius. But now, thanks to movie and merchandising spinoffs, the author's reputation is foundering in a sea of commercialism. Which book was cited "greatest of the century" in several British polls? Which first two films of a trilogy grossed more than $1.8 billion worldwide? What author sold at least 100 million books -- 11 million in the United States alone last year -- and also wrote what has been called "the world's most popular work of fiction"? [More]

Wondering Who This Chris Lee Person Is?

11/15/03, 6:05 am EST - Demosthenes

Have you been wondering just who this Christopher Lee person is? Check out this excellent overview of his life and career over on BBC Online. Be warned - there are major RoTK spoilers in the article. Thanks to Ringer Jo for the link. [More] !!!Major Spoilers!!!

WETA Working On Narnia - Now!

11/15/03, 5:58 am EST - Demosthenes

We knew this already when we read the Caltanet interview with WETA guru Gino Acevedo earlier this week, but stuff.co.nz has a tiny bit more information about WETA's work on Narnia - and other projects in the pipeline. Thanks to Ringer Spy NZBoy for the link. [More]

Towers EE Hits Mexico And UK!

11/15/03, 4:33 am EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Martin writes: The Two Towers EE Gift Set (the one with Gollum) is already on sale in Mexico at least in one store (Mixup Zona Rosa). It is very expensive though, at 1135 pesos (about $95 US). The normal EE won't be available until Wednesday.

Ringer Andy adds that he was able to buy the Two Towers EE on Friday the 14th - even though it's not released until Tuesday. A shop known as Forgotten World - a sci-fi/gaming/comic/collectors store - had it on display and available for sale.

Paths Of The Dead Spoilers?

11/15/03, 3:57 am EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy Avalon Mists sent in these three screencaps that may just answer a question that has been puzzling our brains for the last few months. [More] !!!Spoilers!!!

This cutscene is from the battle at the Black Gate at the end of the film - the Paths remain unspoiled, so to speak.

News for Nov. 14, 2003

Wellington Airport Goes LoTR

11/14/03, 8:11 pm EST - Demosthenes

Wellington Airport is getting spruced up with Lord of the Rings props as the premiere for RoTK approaches. Ringer Spy Leggylass snapped these shots for us. You can also check out Robert Catto's photoessay of Gollum getting shifted here. And if that's not enough, Ringer Spy Frodo's Girl snapped these great shots around Wellington recently. [More]

And if you want to see the full list of what you can expect to see at Wellington airport and when, check out this link Ringer Spy NZBoy sent in. [More]

The Two Towers: Extended Edition - Observations

11/14/03, 6:28 pm EST - Demosthenes

TORn Staffer WeeTanya runs her own Tolkien livejournal in her spare time. One of her friends managed to grab a copy of the Towers EE early and has posted a review on her LJ. It's good, go read it. [More] !!!Spoilers!!!

Official Site Towers EE Clip!

11/14/03, 6:03 pm EST - Demosthenes

The Official Site has a new Two Towers EE clip for your viewing enjoyment. This one has Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan talking about their experience filming with the Treebeard big rig. [More] !!!Spoilers!!!

ClassicFM Has The RoTK Soundtrack

11/14/03, 5:54 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Slyvie dropped us a note that Classic FM annonced that they received the ROTK soundtrack this morning and they will be playing it soon. If you want to tune into ClassicFM on the off-chance you might catch the soundtrack being played, head here. [More]

Chud Reviews Towers EE

11/14/03, 5:36 pm EST - Demosthenes

Nick Nuntzia over at Chud.com writes: If Peter Jackson and New Line's trilogy has done one thing for me, it's allowed me to summarize why I’ve chosen to devote the largest portion of my life to film into five easy words. The Lord of the Rings. It’s that simple. (Thanks to The Twisted Martini for the link). [More] !!!Spoilers!!!

MGM Slates Rings Spoof

11/14/03, 5:09 pm EST - Demosthenes

Apparently, MGM is considering doing a spoof film of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. The studio is looking to conjure up a fantasy parody in the vein of the "Scary Movie" horror-spoof franchise. The film was scripted by David Morgasen, James R. Stein and Timothy Stack. Thanks to Ringer Mirwen for the link. [More]

Elijah And Billy On Much Music

11/14/03, 4:58 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Jessie spotted this piece of news about Billy Boyd and Elijah Wood making an appearance on Much Music on November 20 at 5pm ET. More]

LoTR Mass?

11/14/03, 4:11 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Jake spotted this odder-than-usual piece of loTR news from Holland over on Ananova. [More]

No Ticket Exchange Tonight

11/14/03, 4:10 pm EST - maegwen

Ticket Exchange will be taking a hiatus this evening, due to, um, extenuating circumstances. (Ok, I'm going to see "Master and Commander") We will be back on Monday with more tickets!

Christopher Lee: You Ask The Questions

11/14/03, 3:34 pm EST - Demosthenes

The Independent profiles Christopher Lee and he gives answers to a bunch of reader questions. Interesting read. Thanks to Ringer Tampa Phil for the link. [More]

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend

11/14/03, 9:58 am EST - Frode

Gandalf and the Hobbits reach Bree and find that while things aren't quite right, Butterbur seems much the same as he goes on to explain what's gone wrong. Of course the companions can't stay long. The hobbits are anxious to get home to a troubled Shire, but for one of them there will be no homecoming. To Frodo the Shire will never again be a place where he can find rest.[More]

Meet Merry and Pippin in Dreamwatch Magazine

11/14/03, 9:39 am EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Bunny of Many Colors sends in these great scans of Dreamwatch Magazine by BeastyBunny (yes, bunnies stick together, apparently). Some wonderful pictures of Merry and Pippin and a great article! [More]

Grandstand Seats At The RoTK Red Carpet

11/14/03, 3:07 am EST - Demosthenes

Our old friend Ringer Spy Taniwha chimes in with this news about grandstand seats for the RoTK red carpet parade for the premiere on December 1. [More]

News for Nov. 13, 2003

Ticket Exchange: Williamsville, NY

11/13/03, 7:06 pm EST - maegwen

Tonight's ticket exchange offering is for ONE ticket to the Regal/Imax Theatre in Williamsville (Buffalo), NY.

UPDATE: We HAVE A WINNER. Due to circumstances beyond his control, Laowai cannot use the ticket. Therefore, our second respondee, Feanor, will be put in contact with the seller of this ticket, Stychman.

Thanks to Stychman and all of our ticket sellers, we will have another ticket opportunity posted at 7 pm tomorrow. Read the complete details HERE. Good luck!

The Saruman Situation

11/13/03, 4:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here, I felt the need to write a little something about the Saruman situation. Many feel TORN is skirting the issue (impossible since we've got no less than 5 stories about it and a link from the BIG NEWS item since it broke), but I wanted to let people know how I felt. And also why we WON'T be posting a few stories and links about it...ever! [More]

Empire Awards 2004 Voting Begins

11/13/03, 4:33 pm EST - Strider

Picking up the Best Picture award two years in a row and a bagful of others, the Empire Awards have been very very good to The Lord of the Rings - and hopefully next year will be no different. One of the few award ceremonys to have its winners chosen by film fans, voting has began for the 2004 awards, and with The Ride of the Rohirrim a nominee for Best Scene and all other categories open-ended... well, need I say more? [More]

AP Praises 'King' in Video Game Review

11/13/03, 3:10 pm EST - Xoanon

The trouble with the video game version of "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" is that it's too hard to conquer but too cool to quit playing. Like its predecessor, "The Two Towers," this sword-and-sorcery fighting adventure fuses footage of the still-unspooling movie trilogy with first-rate digital brawling. [More] [GH's 'Return of the King' Section]

'Rings' Star Wowed By Another Epic Film

11/13/03, 2:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Tim Lammers writes: It's a tricky thing to guess, but I think I've figured out a sure-fire way for performers to succeed in the movie business, thanks to the insights of actor Billy Boyd. Basically, you just need to work with directors named "Peter" on every film. Like, for example, Peter Weir on "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" and Peter Jackson on "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. [More]

I Want My Ugly LOTR Bobble-head Toy!

11/13/03, 2:56 pm EST - Xoanon

A Ringer Spy Named Sue sent this in; LOTR bobble heads, only to be had exclusively at Columbiahouse. Here’s the link to the Columbiahouse site if someone wants to sign up. [Bobble-heads] [columbiahouse.com]

(why does Legolas look like Frankenstien?! These are so ugly...I want them! -Xo)

'Matrix Revolutions' sets all-time record

11/13/03, 2:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Film squeaks by 'Two Towers' for five-day take. Neo is indeed mightier at the box office than Frodo. In a game of revision and counter-revision, the title holder for the biggest worldwide opening in history -- which has passed during the past few days from "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" to "The Matrix Revolutions" and then back to "Two Towers" -- is once again in the "Matrix" camp. [More]

TV Watch: Biography Channel Does ROTK?

11/13/03, 2:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Elfrienda writes: I was just watching the Biography Channel and saw an ad for "Bio At The Movies" about LOTR. I was in shock but definitely saw ROTK scenes! Tonight, Thursday, November 13th. Biography Channel at 8:00 pm. Check your local listings.

Fisher & Sibley at London's Science Museum

11/13/03, 2:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Irascian writes: On Saturday, 8th November authors Jude Fisher (Return of the King Visual Companion) and Brian Sibley (Maps of Tolkien’s Middle-earth) helped launch the new range of movie tie-in books from Harper Collins with a talk, Q&A and signing at The Science Museum in London. [More]

The Alberta Motor Association Goes Geek

11/13/03, 2:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Christine writes: LOTR fans in Alberta might want to know that the November 2003 Issue of the Alberta Motor Association's Westworld magazine has a big article on LOTR-themed tourism in New Zealand called Outtakes from Middle Earth. It's on pages 50 - 55 and gives a great overview of the islands, the various movie locations, and all sorts of useful info on planning an LOTR themed trip. The writer seems to have spent quite a bit of time there, doing all the tours and things herself. She even found an Orc extra and interviewed him about his experience.

Tribute to a young film maker

11/13/03, 2:23 pm EST - Tehanu

Last night TVNZ's Holmes programme spoke about Cameron Duncan, a young film maker who died yesterday, tragically young, but not before making some inspirational short films. Included was a moving tribute from Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh who knew Cameron and had been keeping an eye on his career. [More]

Official Site Towers EE Clips

11/13/03, 2:21 pm EST - Demosthenes

The Official Site has posted a couple more clips from the Towers EE. The new ones are "The theme of Rohan" and "A question of Towers". Thanks to Ringer Holly for the link! [More] !!!Spoilers!!!

Trilogy Tuesday News: New Zealand

11/13/03, 2:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Simon writes: This information comes direct from the Auckland Village Queen St Village Newsletter (14.11.03). The tickets go on sale from the the 20th of November for Megamembers. [More]

Chris Lee at Borders Report

11/13/03, 2:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Wendy writes: I thought I'd just confirm that Christopher Lee did indeed show up and, apparently, had yet another event lined up after that signing. Busy days. He didn't seem too dejected but I didn't hear anybody mention ROTK to him. I didn't either because I hadn't yet seen confirmation of the rumours at the time. [More]

The News About Saruman

11/13/03, 2:03 pm EST - Demosthenes

Many people seem to have missed the news about Saruman in Return of the King, and Chis Lee's guarded comments on the matter. There can only be one solution to this: go to Google news and type in 'Saruman'. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with the links to various reports from around the globe! [More] !!!Major Spoilers!!!

A Towers EE Deleted Scene - UPDATE

11/13/03, 1:36 pm EST - Demosthenes

Our friends over at Council of Elrond have this set of screencaps from the Towers EE. It's a deleted scene involving Frodo, and also shows Elijah Wood getting made up for it. Credit for the screencaps goes to Ringer Teldil, but if you are easily disturbed by gruesome make-up, you may not want to look! !!!Spoilers!!! UPDATE - Calisuri here - Having seen the TTT EE, these pictures of Frodo dressed up in Gollum-mode did not make the TTT EE cut. These are shots from an even more extended sequence where Faramir confronts Frodo and Sam after discovering Frodo has The One Ring. They are supposed to be a 'flash' into the future. A chance for the audience to see what Frodo might become should he keep the Ring. [More]

Ring*Con Raffles ROTK Premiere Tickets!

11/13/03, 5:30 am EST - leo

People who will attend Ring*Con 2003 in Bonn this weekend will get the chance to win two tickets to the worldpremiere for The Return of the King in Wellington, New Zealand! All visitors are included in a huge raffle sponsored by Air New Zealand. Don't have a ticket for Ring*Con yet? No worries, they will sell them at the door. Look for more information on their website; www.RingCon.de!

The Gathering of the Fellowship Writing Contest

11/13/03, 5:19 am EST - Tehanu

If you're going for this contest [and there's LOTS of categories you could enter under] be aware that the closing deadline is now November 30th. [More] Winners announced at December's Gathering of the Fellowship

"But I bought my tickets AGES ago!!"

11/13/03, 4:31 am EST - Tehanu

So you did. If you've bought tickets to the Return of the Ringers party in Wellington and you're a NZer, you'll be wondering where the tickets are, because we promised to mail them out to you. They're at the printers, so you can expect them next week. Meanwhile, we still have room for more people [heh heh, remember we got the big marquee? but bookings close soon.

News for Nov. 12, 2003

TTT:EE Easter Egg

11/12/03, 10:24 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Sheepy666 writes: You prolly already know this, but hidden on the 1st disc of TTT:EE (U.S. region 1) is Gollum's amusing award aceptance speech taken from MTV. Access it by going into the chapter select, pressing up once, and then down once (a golden ring appears).

Sam's Birthday Cake

11/12/03, 10:08 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Rachel sends in a shot of the "One Ring" cake she had made for her husband's birthday. "He is a great admirer of Lord of the Rings, and his name is Sam, so I paid a bakery to make this for him. I xeroxed the one ring's writing from the book, and enlarged it, and then had them put it on the side of a round yellow cake to look like the ring (one cake to rule them all?). Then I found a small Sam figure in this wanna-be Lego toy set about Weathertop to put on top. [More]

New Clip on Official Site

11/12/03, 9:50 pm EST - maegwen

Tonight's special clip on the official site is an examination of the "Theme of Rohan." PJ discusses how the theme grabbed hold of him. [More]

Extended Edition Showings in Japan

11/12/03, 9:24 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Eriniel writes: I received the latest LOTR newsletter from Japan Herald, the distributor of LOTR movies in Japan. They officially announced they will have special showing of "FOTR" and "TTT" Special Extended Edition at limited movie theaters. [More]

TTT:EE Scenes For AOL Members

11/12/03, 9:20 pm EST - maegwen

Barliman's op PippinSkywalker writes: You have to be an AOL member to see this but if you ARE then you are in for a special treat. Type "Lord of the Rings" in the search bar and you will see in the left hand corner a picture of Eowyn and link to the two scenes. The second one is VERY funny, but both clips are cool!

Update: Non-AOL members can also access these clips via Moviefone. Thanks to Ringer Spy Falred for the link! [More] !!!Spoilers!!!

Maryland Ringers: Your Line Party Awaiteth!

11/12/03, 9:09 pm EST - maegwen

MrsBaggins writes: Maryland Ringers! Do you live in Frederick County? Have you despaired of ever having a Line Party in your area? Did you think you might have to go to DC or Baltimore? Fear not! There is now a Line Party Leader in Frederick County! [More]

Sideshow/Weta Andy Serkis Interview

11/12/03, 9:00 pm EST - Celeborn

As part of their on-going 'Gollum Gala 2003' celebration, Sideshow/Weta Collectibles has posted an interview with Andy Serkis (Gollum). Andy speaks about the MTV Movie Awards Clip and just who came up with the speech?! [More]

LOTR on The Big Read this Weekend

11/12/03, 8:48 pm EST - maegwen

Barliman's chatter Maroonie reminds us that "Lord of the Rings" will be reviewed this Saturday on BBC2's "The Big Read." Also reviewed this weekend will be "Catch 22" and "Wuthering Heights." Vote here!

Gollum is Installed at Wellington Airport

11/12/03, 8:35 pm EST - maegwen

Photographer Robert Catto informs us that he has updated his site with images of the giant Gollum being installed at Wellington's airport. Surreal shots of Gollum being raised by cranes under a moonlit sky, very interesting! [More]

Trilogy Tuesday: Vancouver

11/12/03, 8:21 pm EST - maegwen

Linda writes: Apparently the online sales problem at Famous Players Capitol 6 has been resolved. I spoke with someone at the theatre this morning and there are still lots of tickets available and you do not have to wait until Dec 16 to buy them. [More]

Frodo: The New Style of Man?

11/12/03, 8:12 pm EST - maegwen

Thanks to Ninon for sending in this humorous story from USA Today about some interesting variations evolving in male pop culture. NOTE: This is totally tongue-in-cheek, so bring your sense of humor! [More]

Ticket Exchange: Manchester, CT

11/12/03, 6:59 pm EST - maegwen

Tonight's ticket exchange offering was for ONE ticket to the Showcase Cinemas at Buckland Hills in Manchester, CT.

UPDATE: We HAVE A WINNER. Gondolinian will be put in contact with the seller of this ticket, Ceallach66.

Thanks to Ceallach66 and all of our ticket sellers, we will have another ticket opportunity posted at 7 pm tomorrow. Read the complete details HERE. Good luck!

Help your fellow Ringers -- if you have extra tickets, and want to embody the spirit of LOTR, be a "Dernhelm" and help some hobbits get to the big show! Be a 'Ticket Exchange' seller! More information here.

New Desktop Images at Official Site

11/12/03, 6:48 pm EST - maegwen

The official site has added new desktop images from The Two Towers Extended Edition, featuring vignettes of Denethor and Boromir, Pippin and Merry, Legolas, and Theoden and Aragorn. Check them out! [More] Minor spoilers

Embassy refurbishment draws to an end

11/12/03, 6:38 pm EST - maegwen

After seven years the dream comes a step closer. Refurbishment of the grand dame of Wellington cinema, the Embassy Theatre, is nearing completion with new carpets being laid last week and the rest of the work on track for the world premiere of the final instalment of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, The Return of the King. [More]

Reminder: Ticket Exchange

11/12/03, 6:33 pm EST - maegwen

We will be announcing tonight's ticket exchange opportunity at 7pm EST. Please read the guidelines here for information on how to participate. Tonight's tickets are for a Eastern location. Good luck everyone!

Marathon ROTK Reading in Greece

11/12/03, 6:29 pm EST - maegwen

Circi writes: We are very happy to announce the first major event organized by our young society. On the weekend of 29-30 November, a Marathon reading of "Return of the King" will take place in the hospitable premises of "SoulTwinkles", a small gaming and books haven, where also the Quenya is being taught. Each day, from 11.00 to 18.00, 10 volunteers will interchange in reading from the Greek translation of the book. [More]

ROTK Postcards

11/12/03, 5:45 pm EST - maegwen

Janine writes in about some gorgeous, spoiler-free, postcards available Nov. 18 at www.closeup.de, featuring Aragorn, Frodo, Frodo and Sam, and not one, but TWO editions of Legolas. Check them out! [More]

McKellen Updates White Book!

11/12/03, 5:33 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ian McKellen has updated his White Book with a new post. He writes about his experience over the last three years representing Gandalf to the world and reveals that he has finally recorded his last dialogue for Return of the King. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with the link. [More] Minor Spoilers

Swedish TTT:EE Delay Explained

11/12/03, 5:13 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Arktos writes: According to Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet today, the Swedish release of the TTT:EE DVD will be delayed until November 26th (The date was previously set to November 18th) The reason? Failing machinery at one of the subcontracted manufacturers of the packaging! [More]

UPDATE: Nerwen adds, "SF Film also confirmed that the delay affects only Sweden, Finland and Norway, not Denmark or other European countries."

Wenham wins Best Actor Award

11/12/03, 5:08 pm EST - maegwen

Nadine writes: David Wenham picked up the Best Actor award tonight at the Inside Film (iF) awards for his role in Gettin' Square. The film took in five awards in total on the night. The iF Awards are the newest out of the awards given out in the film industry, but since they were introduced they have been a good indicator of who will take out the AFI Awards. Check out the clip of David's acceptance speech! [More]

Reminder: Christopher Lee Signing at Borders, UK

11/12/03, 12:14 pm EST - Xoanon

If his heart is still into it, you can expect Christopher Lee to be signing his autobiography in Borders Bookstore on Oxford Street. Stop by and give him a cheer up!

Reminder: Tolkien Author at Marywood University Today

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

Cara writes: I saw this advertisment for a Tolkien Lecturer, Joseph Pearce, who will speak at Marywood University in Scranton, PA today (November 12th) at 7PM. Mr. Pearce is the author of numerous acclaimed biographies of major Catholic literary figures. A fulltime writer from Norfolk, England, he is currently the Writer in Residence and Professor of Literature at Ave Maria College, Ypsilanti, Michigan. [More]

Happy Birthday Craig Parker!

11/12/03, 12:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Today, November 12th, is Craig Parker's (Haldir) birthday! Craig was born on November 12th 1970 in Suva, Fiji. That makes him 33 today! Happy Birthday Craig!

Chris Lee Comments on the ROTK-Line

11/12/03, 11:56 am EST - Xoanon

SlayerVixen (as well as many others) writes: I was watching the uk morning show This Morning aware he was going to be on it and he has infact verified that his character will not be featured in ROTK, he seemed sad when he mentioned it but due to a confidentiality agreement he was not able to comment further. [More]

ROTK Instant Scratchies

11/12/03, 11:47 am EST - Xoanon

Vardia writes: I went into the local newsagent this afternoon in Sydney, Australia and was struck motionless by the sight of ROTK instant scratchies. There are six versions each having a different character, Aragorn, Elrond, Eowyn, Faramir, Saruman and Gimli. [More]

TTT:EE Available In NY, NJ

11/12/03, 11:27 am EST - Xoanon

Jeff writes: It seems that the two stores you listed earlier are now in fact out of all copies they had, probably due to your posts earlier. I found a place on West 33 Street between 6th and Broadway that had both the Gift Set for $70 and the regular 4-disc set for $37.99. When I returned from my trek to the city, I was notified by my brother that he had seen these also available at Tower Video on Route 17 in Paramus, and at Compact Disc World, also on Route 17 in Paramus.

Farmer Reaps Windfall from Middle-earth

11/12/03, 11:23 am EST - Xoanon

Katy writes: I just wanted to contribute in some way since I read this site daily. I finally have something worthy- my grandma sent it to me, from The Sacramento Bee. It's an article about the farmer in NZ who rented out his place for Hobbiton, and how the movies have given the community new wealth and prosperity. Its very funny. Anyway, there ya go, and thanks for all the great things you do! [More]

The Hobbit Musical in GA

11/12/03, 11:21 am EST - Xoanon

Enedumiel writes: I thought you might want to post something about this - The Hobbit musical is going to be playing in McDonough, GA this Friday. The show is put on by New Creation Center for Independant Study (NCC). [More]

Astin Talks 'Jeremiah'

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

Monica writes: Here is another interview with Mr. Astin that was recently posted and while most of it is about Jeremiah, there is some hobbit stuff too. [More]

War and Middle Earth

11/12/03, 9:15 am EST - Arathorn

I spotted this great review of John Garth's Tolkien biography: Tolkien And The Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth on Monday evening's edition of The Evening Standard. Written by acclaimed author A. N. Wilson it's definitely worth a glance. [More]

Something Draws Near...

11/12/03, 5:36 am EST - leo

Why of course! It is Ring*Con 2003! A weekend packed with all kinds of Tolkien and Lord of the Rings-goodness you really don't want to miss out on. So if you've got tickets to attend: good, hope to see you there! If not: there is still a chance. After all, you don't really want to miss out on John Rhys-Davies, Bruce Hopkins, Sala Baker, Craig Parker, Lawrence Makoare... [More]

News for Nov. 11, 2003

LOTR Storefront Displays in California

11/11/03, 11:06 pm EST - maegwen

Variety reports that New Line Cinema will produce Neiman Marcus' first movie-themed window displays. "Art directors Dan Hennah and Chris Hennah, from the blockbuster "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, will design the BevHills store's windows. Starting Nov. 24, the window exhibits will feature four sites from the epic trilogy and include props, costumes and set decorations from the production."

Sala Baker at the Chiller Theatre in New Jersey

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

Sala Baker at the Chiller Theatre in New Jersey - Hello? Where is my agent?!
Sala Baker making prank phone calls to TORN HQ

larewen writes: Last Saturday I went to Chiller Theatre in New Jersey. Here is a lowdown on my meeting with Sala Baker. I was actually on holiday in New York at the time, and having met Sala at Collectormania 4 this year, I felt it was my duty to pay him a visit while on foreign soil! [More]

Slim ROTK Wall Calendar Images

11/11/03, 10:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Lalaith Undomiel writes: writes: As well as the normal sized 2004 calander avaliable I also found this one at Clinton Cards. It has a few pictures which I havn't seen before including a very scary looking red eyed orc. [More]

RoTK Spoilers From CFQ Magazine

11/11/03, 10:33 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy Celebrial got her hands on a copy of the Dec 2003/Jan 2004 issue of CFQ, (formerly Cinefantastique). This edition features a 16-page special on Return of the King. Ian McKellan as Gandalf is on the cover. Here's some snippets to read. [More] !!!Major Spoilers!!!

Media Watch: Unreel Magazine

11/11/03, 10:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy KCMullett sends along the December edition of the free magazine 'Unreel', which has a rundown of 'The Return of the King'. [More]

Billy Boyd Negotiating to play Hamlet

11/11/03, 10:28 pm EST - maegwen

From the Evening Times: LORD of the Rings star Billy Boyd is on course to achieve a lifetime ambition. Although his role as Pippin in the hit movie trilogy has propelled him to stardom, his dream is to play Hamlet at Glasgow's Citizens' Theatre. [More]

New LOTR MSN Themes released

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

MSN just launched a whole new series of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Messenger Themes. [More]

Washington Post TTT:EE Review

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

I haven't watched every single DVD released in 2003. But I feel fairly certain that the extended edition of "The Two Towers" is one of the best DVDs of the year. [More]

Ticket Exchange: Madison, WI

11/11/03, 6:59 pm EST - maegwen

Tonight's Ticket Exchange offering was for FOUR tickets to the Marcus Point Ultrascreen Cinemas in Madison, WI.

UPDATE: We HAVE A WINNER. Morgaine will be put in contact with the seller of this ticket, Skyler Blue.

Thanks to Skyler Blueand all of our ticket sellers, we will have another ticket opportunity posted at 7 pm on tomorrow. Read the complete details HERE. Good luck!

Calling all Dernhelms

11/11/03, 6:23 pm EST - maegwen

Help your fellow Ringers -- if you have extra tickets, and want to embody the spirit of LOTR, be a "Dernhelm" and help some hobbits get to the big show! Be a 'Ticket Exchange' seller! More information here.

TTT EE Snippet: A Homage To ...

11/11/03, 6:10 pm EST - Demosthenes

The Official Site is back with another Quicktime clip from the Extended Edition. This time it's Philippa Boyens talking about some added scenes with Treebeard, Merry and Pippin. There's even an amazing little snippet of the action itself. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with the link! [More] !!!Major Spoilers!!!

Aragorn And Arwen RoTK Spoiler Picture

11/11/03, 6:01 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy Karin adds to the recent flood of Return of the King images with this really nice picture from the Ravensburger puzzle of Aragorn and Arwen. I'll say no more, but it definitely is a spoiler! [More] !!!Major Spoilers!!!

Intriguing News From London

11/11/03, 3:59 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Dan noticed something odd at the Tolkien exhbition in London recently. Perhaps it has some bearing on recent news on the editing of certain scenes in RoTK - or perhaps not, but it's a very intriguing coicidence. [More] !!!Spoilers!!!

New LOTR-Inspired Music For The Ears

11/11/03, 3:36 pm EST - Xoanon

LindsayAnne Klemm writes: My Lord of the Rings Suite CD is slowly but surely becoming a reality, I've posted remixed and extended versions of "The Opening to the LOTR Suite" and "The Choices of Master Samwise" up on mp3.com. [More]

Lindsay is a very good friend of mine and she will perhaps be at the TORN ROTK Oscar Party 2003. Be sure to stay tuned for more info on that!

Neo, hobbits still at it for global B.O. mark

11/11/03, 3:23 pm EST - Xoanon

VARIETY: Int'l grosses methodology makes money issue murky. So who's on first? To no one's surprise, that's what the "Matrix" vs. "Rings" contest has come down to. Warner Bros. has downgraded its estimate of its five-day worldwide grosses on "The Matrix Revolutions" from $204.1 million to $201.4 million. That would make it king, but stay tuned.... (Subscription required) [More]

So...What Exactly Is Going On Here?!

11/11/03, 3:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here, we've had tons of reports that the TTT:EE DVD has been unleashed in Europe and parts of North America (New York City specifically). But now comes word that other parts of Europe will NOT even have it available on the 18th! Take a look at these 2 reports from Nerwen & Tove [More]

Will Chris Lee Comment on the ROTK-Line?

11/11/03, 2:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Angela writes: Christopher Lee (Saruman) will be interviewed in the UK on 'This Morning'. [More]

Xoanon here, I am certain many people will be interested in hearing what he has to say in regards to the whole Saruman situation. The 'ROTK-Line' title references a term used in chat circles. A 'K-Line' occurs after a user is booted from a chatroom, very apropos to Chris' situation.

Baltimore Sun Cartoon Goes Geek

11/11/03, 2:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Gonzai writes: This editorial cartoon appeared in the November 11, 2003 Baltimore Sun. Sarbanes and Mikulski are Maryland's U.S. Senators, who are presently attempting to block the judicial nomination of Claude Allen. The Sun's cartoonist, KAL, was reminded of Gandalf and the Balrog. [More]

Serkis Pens Gollum Book

11/11/03, 2:33 pm EST - Xoanon

WR writes: Andy Serkis' "Gollum" book is due to be launched on December 1st. Details from his website can be found here. [Serkis.com] [Pre-Order on Amazon.com]

Aussie LOTR Contest

11/11/03, 2:30 pm EST - Xoanon

ezzo writes: g'day 'Xoanon'! I was looking at your site the other day (and a very good site it is!) and noticed a posting on competitions is Australia to win tickets to the premiere in Wellington of ROTK. This is another comp. lotr fans may be interested in. [More]

More On ROTK Screening at Carleton College

11/11/03, 2:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Seejames511 writes: Please join us for the grand finale of the Lord of the Rings trilogy! Barrie Osborne ’66, producer of the highly acclaimed films, will once again host a benefit pre-screening for Carleton College, two weeks before the film opens nationally. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King will be shown at three theaters in the Block E - Crown Theatre complex in downtown Minneapolis. [More]

eBay FRAUD Warning -UPDATE-

11/11/03, 9:12 am EST - Xoanon

This really makes me mad, Sharkshelfs was kind enough to show me this eBay 'item' some moron has for sale. This cretin is selling information to a 'secret' screening of ROTK on December 5th in Palm Springs, CA for $15 dollars a pop. The only trick is, this information has been available for FREE on TORN for some time! Here is the information the CRETIN is selling...all for free. [More]

UPDATE: Seems the cretin has changed his mind (maybe it was the 3500+ hate mails he got). The listing is now something completely off topic, so the Power of Good wins again!

US TVGuide Towers EE Review

11/11/03, 7:35 am EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy Holly sent in this scan of US TV Guide's short spoilerless review of the Two Towers Extended Edition. [More]

Malaysian Trilogy Marathon

11/11/03, 7:15 am EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Sathya writes that Malaysians can see all three movies in a single marathon screening at Sunway Pyramid, on the 20th of December. This is in addition to the Starbucks-sponsored event we've previously plugged. [More]

KFC Promo RoTK Mini Spoilers

11/11/03, 6:58 am EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Simon wrote in last night about a couple of competitions to win tickets to the World Premiere of RotK for Australians. Now he has a few tiny dialogue spoilers from the KFC ad. [More] !!!Spoilers!!!

Peter Jackson's Gong

11/11/03, 6:37 am EST - Demosthenes

The Official Site has a new clip that talks about Peter Jackson's cameo as a gong player on the Two Towers score. Amusing. [More]

Wellington Dolls Up

11/11/03, 6:22 am EST - Demosthenes

Props and displays are starting to pop up around Wellington. Ringer Spy Frodo's Girl snapped these very cool pictures of a huge Legolas stamp banner and Easterling armour at Dymock's while wandering the city. [More] !!!Spoilers!!!

Gollum Greets Visitors

11/11/03, 3:52 am EST - Tehanu

Code Zero sent this link to a story on the giant statue of Gollum that is set to greet visitors to Wellington Airport in time for the world premiere. [More] If anyone has a picture of it, send it in!

Tolkien and the Great War

11/11/03, 12:41 am EST - Tehanu

John Garth's book, Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth, has now been published by HarperCollins. It recounts Tolkien's experiences in the First World War, describes the building of his mythology; and tells the full story of his inspirational group of friends, the TCBS. Drawing extensively on his unpublished personal papers from this period, it is the first substantially new biography of Tolkien since 1977. AN Wilson, in the London Evening Standard, says: "This is very much the best book about Tolkien that has yet been written...." Wilson's review can be read here and the book is for sale here.

News for Nov. 10, 2003

Sweet Cake!

11/10/03, 9:03 pm EST - maegwen

Becka sends in a photograph of her most amazing birthday cake! Check it out HERE.

Given the number of cakes we have seen lately, it seems there is no end to the creative talents of LOTR fans! I'm sensing a Hobbit Bake-off one of these days ...

Ticket Exchange: Orange, CA

11/10/03, 6:59 pm EST - maegwen

Tonight's ticket exchange offering is for a PAIR of tickets to the Orange @ The Block in Orange, CA.

UPDATE: We HAVE A WINNER. Diana will be put in contact with the seller of this ticket, Keikoneiko.

Thanks to Keikoneiko and all of our ticket sellers, there will be another ticket opportunity posted at 7 pm tomorrow. Read the complete details HERE. Good luck!

Calling all Dernhelms

11/10/03, 6:13 pm EST - maegwen

Help your fellow Ringers -- if you have extra tickets, and want to embody the spirit of LOTR, be a "Dernhelm" and help some hobbits get to the big show! Be a 'Ticket Exchange' seller! More information here.

The Sons Of The Steward Transcript

11/10/03, 5:44 pm EST - Celeborn

Wondering what the conversation is between Faramir, Boromir and Denthor in The Two Towers Extended Edition? Wonder no longer! Thanks to Ringer Faid, we have a small transcript. Spoilers[More]

'Revolutions' Out Powers 'Towers'

11/10/03, 4:59 pm EST - Xoanon

MSNBC reports: Warner opened “Revolutions” simultaneously in a record 109 countries, where it racked up a worldwide total of $204.1 million in five days, beating the previous global high of about $200 million for “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.” [MSNBC]

Monaghan Begins 'Shooting Livien'

11/10/03, 4:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Dominic Monaghan (Merry) will star in writer-director Rebecca Cook's dark psychological drama "Shooting Livien" for indie banner Velveteen Films. The film explores the inner psyche of John Livien, the disillusioned lead singer in a band on the brink of success, who struggles with personality disorders and the blurred line between reality and fantasy. Monaghan will play a fellow band member. Shooting begins Saturday in New York City. [More]

Oh Yeah...That Thing...

11/10/03, 4:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Sean writes: Public radio program THE WORLD is features a story on the upcoming musical version of LOTR. Tolkien's "The Lord of The Rings" took language and mythology from Finland. Soon Finland's music will accompany "The Lord of the Rings" on stage in London. You'll be able to listen to the story online later today or tomorrow - just click on November 10 under "Latest Editions." [More]

Billy Boyd Interview on '97 Rock'

11/10/03, 4:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Matt writes: Just in case anyone that lives in the Buffalo/Western New York area is interested, the morning show on 96.9 FM (97 Rock) will be interviewing Billy Boyd (Pippin) tomorrow morning (November 11th).

Live in NYC? Want the TTT:EE DVD RIGHT NOW?!

11/10/03, 4:46 pm EST - Xoanon

So like...Pirate Perian, my favorite wooden-legged parrot feeding landlover has discovered 2 locations in New York City that is currently selling The Two Towers: Extended Edition DVD. Of course, the moment I hit 'Submit' and this article is online, New Line will come down harder than the 7 plagues of Egypt....but alas...RUN to these stores if you can! Just thought I'd let you guys over at TORn know: for those in New York City, the Extended Edition is now available for early sale at the following two locations... [More]

Mortensen Interview Online

11/10/03, 4:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Scarlet Elf writes: Tehanu reported that he will be interviewed by Rock and Pop FM in Buenos Aires. If any of our friends out there in LOTR land want to hear the interview and know Spanish (argentinian Spanish is a bit different) but you can't find it for some reason. Do this... [More]

Frodo Gets Emotional

11/10/03, 4:33 pm EST - Xoanon

LORD OF THE RINGS star ELIJAH WOOD is trying to avoid watching the final part of the trilogy - because a segment of it has already brought him to tears. The actor, who plays unlikely Hobbit hero FRODO BAGGINS in the epic films, was left sobbing in the cinema when director PETER JACKSON showed his cast the final hour of the film this summer. !!!Spoilers!!! [More]

Bean's Latest Premieres at AFI Fest in LA

11/10/03, 4:29 pm EST - Xoanon

Nona writes: Sean Bean's (Boromir) latest film, The Big Empty, premiered at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on November 9th. [More]

Billy Boyd.net Forum Closed Down

11/10/03, 2:22 pm EST - Tehanu

Some of you may be aware that the forums at BillyBoyd.net were closed last week, leaving more than 10,000 members at BillyBoyd.net displaced and cut off from friends and contacts, with no clue where to go. Babbs has written to say, "I would like to make you aware that large numbers of Billys' loons are regrouping on this new YaBB Forum.

Sideshow/Weta's Gollum Gala Giveaway - WInners Posted

11/10/03, 12:02 pm EST - Celeborn

ISideshow/Weta Collectibles gave away a framed ROTK Gollum poster (retail $200), a 'The Dilemmas of Smeagol' Medallion, a Gollum as Gollum Statue, and a Gollum as Smeagol Statue. All of these items are signed by Andy Serkis! Another drawing will take place next Monday at Noon PST.[Details]

Rings Exhibition Hits 100,000!

11/10/03, 5:27 am EST - Demosthenes

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy - The Exhibition, the Science Museum's exhibition exposing the secrets behind the making of the hit film trilogy, has welcomed its 100,000th visitor - just seven weeks after opening. [More]

Craig Parker Interview On Official Site

11/10/03, 5:08 am EST - Demosthenes

The Official Site has just posted a clip of Craig Parker (Haldir) talking about the art of mastering the sword. It's very short though - blink and you'll miss it. Thanks to Ringer Sarah for the link. [More]

However, if you'd like to hear a bit more of Craig's swordfighting experiences on Lord of the Rings, check out this interview he did with TORn recently. [More]

RoTK Premiere Comps For Australians

11/10/03, 4:44 am EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Simon writes: Not sure if anyone else has already told you guys about these, but there are a couple of competitions to win tickets to the World Premiere of RotK in New Zealand open to Australians. [More]

Two Towers EE Screencaps

11/10/03, 3:37 am EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy Jim pointed out this small bunch of Two Towers EE screencaps - there's some very intriguing shots in here, and a couple that are sure to please the purists! [More] !!!Spoilers!!!

Ringer Mattforce spotted the following post over on the IGN boards following the posting of these screencaps. [More] !!!Spoilers!!!

Wellington Folklore Festival

11/10/03, 3:31 am EST - Demosthenes

November 29 and 30 will see a huge festival setting up at Waitangi Park in Wellington. A hundred knights and barbarians will beat each other up for your entertainment, there'll be stalls, games ... food galore. If you'll be in Wellington, it's sure to be worth checking out. [More]

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