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News for Nov. 18, 1999

LOTR Mention on 'Millionare'

11/18/99, 8:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Tonight on "Who wants to be a Millionaire", the 500,000 dollar question asked which of these characters is not associated with pokemon. And one of the choices was Frodo. It ended up that the guy didn't know and left with 250,000. To make it even worse, Regis said that, You may remember frodo from The Hobbit. No, Regis it was the "Lord of the Rings". It just goes to show you how much attention Tolkein is getting these days. Just wanted to let you know.

These were the choices:

A- Jiglepuff
B- Frodo
C- Squirtle
D- Pikachu

Thanks to Michael, Aelfwine and the rest of you! for the tip!

Net Watch: CNN Movie News

11/18/99, 8:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Thanks to all of you folks who sent me a small note concerning a mention of LOTR on CNN. Check out the article here. Thanks to ALL you folks who wrote to me!

Lee: 'Very Scary'

11/18/99, 4:30 pm EST - Xoanon

The latest from the good folks over at Cinescape. Personally, this type of stuff makes me drool! I WANT to see Lee in his white robes!

Depp Talks Christopher Lee

It may surprise you to hear that Johnny Depp is quite the fan of old horror films, particularly mentioning the classic Dracula starring Bela Lugosi as a favorite. So, what did he make of working with horror icon Christopher Lee in Sleepy Hollow. In an interview with Salon, Depp revealed that the veteran actor was intimidating, saying, "You are looking into the eyes of Dracula and he's about to jump down your throat, and it's real, and it's scary."

Set washed away.

11/18/99, 2:32 pm EST - Tehanu

According to one source, the atrocious weather in Queenstown has done more than just hold up filming. One of the sets - we don't know which one - has been washed away, which is a tragic waste of good work.
It's a pity the landscape is one 'star' you can't fire when it gets too uppity.
It's such a shame to think of all things getting messed up like that. On the other hand, it's fun to imagine how there might be bits of Meduseld caught up on farm gates in the most incongruous places, or pieces of Gondor washed up on the banks downstream. It would be great if little pieces of Middle-earth were left scattered around for people to find unexpectedly.

Media Watch: The Mirror

11/18/99, 9:01 am EST - Xoanon

From Gloin

Interesting little bit of news here. I seems that with the production being so far away from Hollywood, that PJ and the crew are having things custom built, that's great for local NZers. Gloin also discusses the flooding situation, time for you Te Anau ringers to chime in!

This was from a Queenstown weekly community Newspaper (The Mirror):

Business enjoying Movie Work
by Carmen Wilson

EVEN though the Lord of the Rings has only started filming in the Southern Lakes Area this week businesses are already reaping the benefits.

3 D Marine Development owner Richard Doherty “Doc” is almost finished building a boat for the film.

The aluminium jet barge is the most unusual boat he has ever had to design and build. It is 5m long and 2.5m wide. The deck is totally flat to enable film crew to stand on the jet barge and film. The boat is able to carry 10 people and about 400kg.

“It is totally different from anything else we have ever seen in the past. It has been a really good project,” he said.

The boat still has its 5-litre V8 engine to be fitted, but it should be completed in 14 days from start to finish, Mr Doherty said.

The cost of the boat was not named but everything was new and the film company had spared no expense, Mr Doherty said. He believed they would use the boat, and another hire boat from his company, to film on the Kawarau river through Smiths Falls, just above the Kawarau Bungy Bridge.

The Lord of the Rings cast and crew arrived in Te Anau on Monday and filming started yesterday on the $360 million adaptation of J R R Tolkien’s famous trilogy.

Thought you would be interested to see this. Methinks they might imagine there is a cave behind that waterfall, It is a beautiful river and VERY wild terrain in that area. They won’t be filming in Te Anau for a while, flooding has control of everything.

Also I saw some of the WETA Workshop crew walking around Queenstown today, they are responsible for making and fitting costumes and were supposed to be elsewhere by now, but now they trapped here like everybody else. All roads are closed but there should be one open by midday tomorrow (Friday 19).

NZ Flooding Update

11/18/99, 8:53 am EST - Xoanon

Ian updates us on the flooding situation down under:

At noon today: (NZ time)

- Lake Wakatipu is well above 1878 record and still rising slowly.

- Water lapping at windows of shops in Queenstown, and remains waist deep in places. More than a third of the central business district is under water.

- 30 houses have been evacuated due to a half kilometre wide landslide on the Queenstown-Frankton road that threatens to keep moving.

- Not all bad, though - some trucks have managed to make it in with bread, milk, and bottled water, which supermarkets and cafes have run out of.

- Telecom has issued a plea for people in the Cromwell and Wanaka areas (just up the road from Queenstown) not to use their mobile phones, unless it's an emergency. Telecom says Cromwell and Wanaka residents can make local calls on their home phones, however calls in and out of the area are unlikely to get through. Emercency calls are being intercepted by staff stationed at the telephone exchange.

- Queenstown mayor Warren Cooper said it was possible Lake Wakatipu would rise or at least stay at its high level for two to three days.

At 5:30pm: (NZ time)

- The landslide is moving again, and evacuated homeowners are waiting anxiously for news of the state of their homes.

- Heavy snow has begun to fall in the hills around the Wakatipu basin.

At 8:00pm. (NZ time)

- Queenstown is now in a state of civil emergency after the slip on the Queenstown-Frankton road has completely blocked the road, and is threatening to take the road into the lake. Other slips have closed roads throughout the region.

Oh, yes - especially for the poor film crew, it's all turned to custard. Perhaps we should expect Middle-earth in the movies to be rather wet than we typically picture it. Lots of flood updates at http://www.queenstown.co.nz/ (although most deal with wider Southland rather than Queenstown)

Redesigned TheOneRing.net Community!

11/18/99, 12:56 am EST - Calisuri

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News for Nov. 17, 1999


11/17/99, 11:22 pm EST - Quickbeam

Greetings, Quickbeam here--

On tonight's (Wednesday) broadcast of HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, the following Tolkien-inspired dialogue occurred during a $2,000 dollar game near the end of the show:

Tom Bergeron (host): In J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," what is the name of the little mushroom-loving creatures in the story?

Mark McGrath (from Sugar Ray): Uh, that would be Grateful Dead fans...

[audience laughter]
[close-up of Whoopi Goldberg laughing at Bruce Vilanch]

Tom: Ha-ha.

Mark: No, seriously, the answer is "Lilliputians."

Contestant Mr. X: I disagree.

Tom: HOBBITS! It was Hobbits, X gets the square!

[audience applause]

I thought this whole exchange was amusing, and obviously Mark McGrath was reading a "bluff answer" the producers gave him. Actually, it sounded like one of Bruce Vilanch's jokes (he writes for the show). Anyway, just thought I'd share with you....

Much too hasty,

Badali Jewlery returns

11/17/99, 9:03 pm EST - Corvar

Badali who is one of our few advertisers, had some problems with his website. Some of you reported a problem with it. I am just letting you know that his site is back up, and should remain up. If you want your very own One Ring check out his site here.

If you sell a product that relates to Tolkien and would like to advertise with us, you can find information about advertising here. TheOneRing.net is currently limiting advertising on the site to companies/products we feel would interest people who come to this site for the same reason they come here. I.e. companies products and services which are based in Tolkien or more generally in fantasy.

Cast News/Media Watch: Lee on the 'Telly'

11/17/99, 12:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Duncan sends this in:

Sorry I missed that radio interviw with Lee. He was on telly in the UK last night though. He's released a charity single (Its now or never!)

He only mentioned LOTR indirectly (he was asked about his co-villain in the Man with the Golden Gun' and he described him as 'hobbit-sized'.

Clearly has Tolkein on the mind.

It was on 'The 11o'clock Show' (an alleged 'comedy' programme)

New Zealand Weather makes news...

11/17/99, 12:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Where's Flip Spiceland when you need him? It seems that the weather in Middle-earth...er, New Zealand has turned a bit...nasty:

Indeed the wether in Queenstown is baaad. (Sorry, couldn't resist after that sheep shot. It was a cheap shot, I know... :-)

Fresh from bad weather in Harcourt Park (necessitating rebuilding the park), the team in now based in beautiful tourist-mecca Queenstown, where Lake Wakatipu has risen to record levels (since 1878), forcing the evacuation of people from lakeside areas of the town and sandbagging of shops by volunteers in downtown Queenstown.

Wanaka has been cut off from Queenstown by rising floodwaters.

This just in: Telephone services may be cut in Alexandra due to flooding possibly forcing the shutting down of the telephone exchange. Cellphone services will also be affected if the exchange is shut down. (Casting calls were held in Alexandra for horses, etc.)

Geez, and I thought it was only in Canada where the weather made the news.

Thanks to Ian for the tip!

Amazing Quarry Pics! (Helms Deep?)

11/17/99, 9:18 am EST - Xoanon

Wanna see Helms Deep? Amazing Ringer Spy Sam sends in his reports of his adventure at the quarry, which is highly tipped to be Helms Deep. Check it out!

!!!Warning Medium Spoilers!!!

Check it all out in The Spy Reports

News for Nov. 16, 1999

Elrond Casting! News...

11/16/99, 9:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Cool news today from James T. While I know that the site isn't fully active yet it will surely rock when it it gets going. I had not heard much in a while. But here is some rather cool news concerning its launch, plus some Sean Connery news, PLUS some Elrond casting!


I took a gamble that perhaps Mr. Deluca would answer my email...And he did! What a cool guy!

Anyway, I asked him some questions that have been nagging me for some time. I was particularly curious about when New Line will update the official website...

But Mr. Deluca rewarded me with an official denial of ALL Sean Connery rumors, as well as a hint of Elrond casting...

My Original Question:

Hello Mr. Deluca,

I would like to ask you three questions regarding The Lord Of The Rings production:

1. Will you be casting Elrond soon...and if I may ask...do you have any front-runners for the role?

2. Are there any plans to enhance the official website for the production soon?

3. Is there any truth to the rumors of Sean Connery making a cameo in the film? The Witch King, perhaps?

Kind Regards,
James T


No truth to Connery, he's not in any of the films, in any way. Elrond will be cast soon with an unknown, and the official site will be enhanced really soon.

Cast News: Lee on Cinescape

11/16/99, 5:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Lee Talks ‘Sleepy’ Role

Don’t read this if you really don’t want to know anything about veteran actor Christopher Lee’s participation in Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow.


Now, for the rest of you, as you may already know, Lee plays the very small but important part in the film of the man who sends Johnny Depp’s Ichabod Crane to the small, dark hamlet of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of decapitation murders. While talking to the NY Daily News about the film, Lee was asked about the small part which prompted the prickly answer, "It's not a small part, it's a short part. There is an enormous difference."

Lee’s next role will not be short. He’s heading down to New Zealand to play Saruman in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings.

Check out the Cinescape article here.

Vile weather on location?

11/16/99, 2:28 pm EST - Tehanu

It's been storming down in Wanaka and Queenstown, with the creek through Queenstown rising three or four metres according to one report, and lightning causing power outages in town. Hikers have had to be airlifted off the trails in the back country. Not great filming weather I should think.

More Rohan news from a reliable source!

11/16/99, 2:23 pm EST - Tehanu

Great. Well I'm happy. More horse news.
The Otago Daily Times found out some great stuff about the auditions for riders and horses going on in the South Island (y'know, where the film crew are at the moment.)
It sounds like the gig of a lifetime!
Read about it here

"...and with a rush like the sudden onset of a great wind the last host of Rohan rode thundering into the West."

11/16/99, 2:13 pm EST - Tehanu

Ever alert to news of the Riders of Rohan, Tehanu heard some interesting gossip. Check it out in Spy Reports.

Script Review Q & A

11/16/99, 9:20 am EST - Xoanon

Yes, I have read all the emails you good folks have sent me regarding the 2 film scripts that I reviewed. And yes I recieved hundreds. I will be picking a few that sum up all your fears and I will be answering them soon. Look for that Q & A section to be posted soon! Send your questions in now! (Xoanon@theonering.net)

Check out the 2 script review here. (spoilers)

Rolozo Tolkien Jumps In!

11/16/99, 9:15 am EST - Xoanon

In my opinion, the best image archive site Rolozo Tolkien has become part of TheOneRing.netª Community!! Rolozo is literally THE biggest image archive site on the net. With a list of many known and unknown artists whos love for Tolkien has been expressed with colors and images.

Check out our latest addition to TheOneRing.netª here.
Rolozo Tolkien

Amazon.com Votes Tolkien #1

11/16/99, 9:11 am EST - Xoanon

In case you missed the news yesterday:

The folks over at Amazon.com have sent us the results from their Millenium Poll.

Amazon.com's Millennium Poll received more than a quarter-million votes,which were used to create the definitive lists of the most popular works of the millennium. The books, CDs, and videos that secured a place on Amazon.com's Millennium Poll lists reflect the breadth and depth of titles offered by the leading online retailer as well as the diverse tastes of its customers. Earth's Biggest Selection is brought to life by all three lists, which demonstrate Amazon.com's commitment to helping people discover books, CDs, and videos they'll love...
...J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings topped the Books list and Tolkien received more total votes than any other author. Stephen King has the most books on the list (five) and is the most popular living author on the list...
...The top 10 books of the millennium, as chosen by Amazon.com customers, are:
1. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
4. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
5. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
6. The Stand: Complete and Uncut, by Stephen King
7. Ulysses, by James Joyce
8. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
9. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
10. 1984, by George Orwell

Check out the Amazon.com Poll here.

News for Nov. 15, 1999

'Ninth Gate' Soundtrack Review

11/15/99, 10:17 pm EST - Xoanon

The latest Wojciech Kilar soundtrack 'The Ninth Gate' has been reviewed on Filmmusic.uk.net. Kilar has been highly rumored to be very close to signing on as composer for LOTR.

This Roman Polanski film, I understand, is about dark Satanic rites and it stars Johnny Depp in what promises to be one of his celebrated bizarre roles. The screenplay revolves around its characters vying for a certain book that includes the nine illustrations, all of them having hidden meanings.

Wojciech Kilar has created, without having to resort to synth bolsterings, a sort of modern Gothic score that must be chillingly effective in the theatre. It is certainly darkly scary in its own right.

The first cue 'Vocalise' - the main theme lets us into the horrors gently with slow faltering piano and harpsichord figures supporting a sweetly melancholy soprano intoning wordlessly. The title is indicative for this track is very reminsicent of Rachmaninov's work of the same name. Clever this because Rachmaninov's music was often doom-laden and frequently based on the Dies irae chant for the dead. This cue becomes more intense as first upper strings joining the texture followed by lower strings adding gravitas. The Opening Titles are an exercise in deepest, blackest string writing suggesting a malignant stalking menace. Higher strings add staccato stabbings augmenting the sense of deep foreboding with no relief.

'Corso' is a strange jazzy contrast. Over syncopated harpsichord and pizzicato strings, an assertive, domineering solo trumpet holds centre stage. The music, at this point, sounds very much like Prokofiev or Shostakovich. Then lower woodwinds continue the jaunty syncopations grotesquely before doleful strings continue the slow malignant march of the Opening Titles. 'Bernie is dead' is another eerie/sinister/darkly comic cue for pizzicato double basses and bassoons with piano struck in its highest register, those syncopations return for a 'sick' funeral march. 'Liana' moves the music to highest strings and treble percussion, piano, vibraphone, celeste, bells etc giving a remote, glistening other-worldly. The music is repetitive, almost hypnotic, minimalist Philip Glass-like subtly modulating and shifting dynamics. Another contrast presents itself as 'Plane to Spain' (Bolero) as the domineering trumpet now becomes really proud and haughty proclaiming over strong Spanish-rhythms in the strings. This part of the cue reminds one of both De Falla and Ravel but soon the rhythm slows and the mood darkens to a sense of foreboding once more. Those high pitched piano chords jar the nerves in 'The Motorbike' before mysterious high sustained brass chords and bells with a sort of echoing soprano solo screw the tension tighter. The 'Missing Book' summons back the jazzy syncopated chords with harpsichord and trumpet making sardonic comment then 'Stalking Corso' has spaced pounding percussion, heavy piano chords and snarling brass in frightening crescendo - the writing shows marked originality over the usual chase music.

The calm before the storm comes with the short soprano solo 'Blood on his Face.' 'Chateau Saint Martin' is an eerie exercise for high strings and percussion with muffled cymbals it sounds like the chiming of many clocks and finally mournful and finaly disonant tolling of bells. 'Liana's Death, 'Boo' and 'The Chase' are all creepy, Gothic, fearsome don't look behind you cues all masterly written. But it is 'Balkan's Death' that really impresses. Timpani and percussive poundings with repeated tam-tam strokes and low bassoon grumblings suggest the beast arising from the fires of hell. A devilish men's chorus (Orf-like) reinforces this feeling of utter evil and malice. Only the soprano voice promises any relief. 'The Ninth Gate' is another remote-sounding soprano solo followed by mysterious high register music seems to usher in music that has a redeeming radiance. 'Corso and the Girl' suggests victory of light over darkness - or does it?

Soprano Sumi Jo's beautifully pure tones add poignancy in contrast with the score's palpable malignancy; and the City of Prague Philharmonic is on top form. An extraordinary, darkly memorable score.


Ian Lace

Check out some audio clips of Kilar's work here.

Filming in Harcourt Park causes concern

11/15/99, 8:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Small plastic-laminated notices have appeared posted to signs in Harcourt Park.
The notices read:

Notice to members of the public

Dear members of the public,

Three Foot Six would like to apologise for the condition of Harcourt Park which has arisen due to recent filming activity. Unfortunately, poor weather conditions during filming has resulted in significant ground damage at the park.

We would like to reassure you that reinstatement work is currently being carried out in conjunction with Upper Hutt City Council to return the park to its original condition.

Please feel free to contact our assistant location manager (... contact details provided...) if you have any queries regarding the scheduled works.

Three Foot Six would like to thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Meda Watch: Sci-Fi News in Brazil

11/15/99, 2:50 pm EST - Xoanon

From Yuri:

Here in Brazil you said that a magazine called SET was talking about the movies, this month an another magazine called Sci-Fi News was talking too. It talked a little bit about the actors, the history, etc, id had some pictures of the acrots too... probabily this magazine will talk more about the movies in future...I just have one picture of the magazine, it's the cover.

I'll be working on getting the text for you. But expect no more than you'ee see in all the mags.

Check out the Brazilian Sci-Fi Site here.

Thanks to Yuri for the tip!

New address for LOTR broadcast

11/15/99, 2:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Thanks to good old Live365.com, I was forced to switch the IP address for The Hobbit and LotR broadcasts.

You can find them here:

Or look under the "Talk" genre at shoutcast.com or live365.com

Thanks to Jim S for the tip!

BBC's Christopher Lee interview a letdown?

11/15/99, 2:27 pm EST - Tehanu

I didn't catch all of the interview on Radio 2 but no mention I heard of LOTR. Mainly fawning fandom from Ross on Dracula, Frankenstein and Scaramanga and the most bizarre single you'll hear this year: his duet with an unknown (to me at least) Latino (?) singer of O Sole Mio (Lee) and It's Now Or Never (young chap). I have to say that the other guy sounds just like Elvis in places!! The single is a charity record -anything to induce the purchasing public to buy something this weird) out in the UK on 23 November (I believe). As for other upcoming events "Sleepy Hollow" was the only thing discussed - but I did miss the beginning and possibly the very end!! Lee said his best role ever was Jennah [in] a film not out in the UK yet.

Thanks to Robin for that report.

Amazon's Best of the Millennium!

11/15/99, 9:56 am EST - Calisuri

From Amazon.com:

Books Top 100
The results of our Millennium Poll offer a fascinating window into reading passions: cohabiting in the top 10 are J.R.R. Tolkien, James Joyce, and Stephen King. The top vote getter overall was, in fact, the Bible, but--despite its many revisions, translations, and editions over the years--it wasn't actually written in this millennium. So, with that adjustment made, we proudly present our customers' favorite 100 books of the past 1,000 years, in all their glorious and quirky variety.

And the winner is:

Lord of the Rings!!!

And guess who is considered the "Author of the Millennium?" Thats right, our friend J.R.R. Tolkien!!!

Visit the Books Top 100 of the Millennium at Amazon.com today!

Houghton Mifflin Contest Results?

11/15/99, 9:47 am EST - Xoanon

The 'Win a Trip to Middle-earth Contest' is about to draw to a close. According to the rules we have posted here.

Many, many, many calls have been placed today to find out who the winner is. And no luck yet. If anyone finds out please get back to me! And Good luck to all who entered!

The little things...

11/15/99, 12:16 am EST - Calisuri

Hey folks, a bunch of small updates this weekend:

- Turgon chimes in with another update to Turgon's Bookshelf! In this edition, he checks out The Tolkien 2000 Calendar.

- There is more fan art, including some great work from Tookish's 4th grade students!

- Added 3 new pieces of wallpaper including the much requested Gaming Havens offical 3d Ring Logo.

- Thanks to Gastbona for this weeks poll question. I guess now is a good time to find out how sensitive you folks are to spoilers! Find the old polls in the slightly redesign old poll area.

- The Multimedia section is in the process of a redesign, but you can still check out some new additions. (Themes, icons, etc)

In the coming weeks look for some great new additions to TheOneRing.net community as well as a Gaming Havens update!

News for Nov. 14, 1999

Filming Concerns

11/14/99, 11:13 pm EST - Xoanon

the folks over at Scoop (www.scoop.co.nz) have posted this press release. Some people are raising concerns the films will have on the wildlife and nature in and around NZ. With all those hundreds of people running around, they have a point.

Hobbits Not Welcome in Kahurangi National Park
Friday, 12 November 1999, 9:12 pm
Press Release:

Press Release

"Lord of the Rings Not Welcome in Kahurangi National Park, or Kepler Mire"

The Forest and Bird Protection Society is concerned that Frodo and his hairy hobbit friends with their attendant large film crews may severely damage sensitive landscapes in the Kahurangi National Park and Kepler Mire, an ancient string bog in Fiordland.

Forest and Bird's Southern Conservation Officer, Sue Maturin, said the Society opposed the Lord of the Rings being filmed in the internationally significant Kepler Mire and the glaciated karst country at Mt Owen in Kahurangi National Park.

For the rest of this article, visit the Scoop site here: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9911/S00103.htm

'Sleepy Hollow' Review

11/14/99, 11:46 am EST - Xoanon

Ain't It Cool News has posted a review of the latest Christopher Lee film 'Sleepy Hollow'. Lee has a small cameo, this is what the review says about Lee:

“Chistopher Lee is wasted in this film”

This was the first statement to pop into mine that had been in a review that appeared here on AICN that was revealed to be false to me. You see.... Christopher Lee has... a cameo. A brief... oh so brief... scene. He is the man that sends young Ichabod Crane to the town of Sleepy Hollow. There... in that brief minute or two minute long scene you see... for that moment or two... the power of Christopher Lee. When that finger of his points at poor Johnny Depp... you get the sense that... Well... that you would gulp as well.

Check out the rest of the review here.
Check out the official Sleepy Hollow Site here.

Vader likes Tolkien

11/14/99, 11:18 am EST - Xoanon

I was reading my STAR WARS insider magazine, and there was an interview with Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker) in it. When asked what he's reading/interested in these days, he gave a simple five word response:

"Tolkien. Lord of the Rings."

Somehow I find it comforting that our future Darth Vader is indulging in the finer areas of life...

Thanks to John B for the tip!

Media Watch: The Evening Post

11/14/99, 11:16 am EST - Xoanon

I know this is supposed to be a 'funny' thing, but the word that comes to me is....rude.

Article from The Evening Post 13/11/1999 (Saturday)
In 'The Last Word' (a last page 'humour' column):

"Fans of the Lord Of The Rings are so obsessed that on the Internet they've resorted to claiming to have discovered a "false cover" to part of the movie script.

The cover shows the logo of the Scouting movement and the title Jamboree Part One of Three, 3rd Draft. The cover explains it's "an affectionate coming-of-age drama set in the New Zealand Boy Scout Movement during the 'years of turmoik' 1958-63. Screeplay by Fredricka Wharburton, Percy J Judkins, Faye Crutchley and Kennedy Landenburger."

The fan explains that false covers to scripts are common in Hollywood so that copies don't go missing. The idea is to make it look as boring as possible. The fan's guess is that Percy J Judkins is Peter Jackson and Fredricka Wharburton is his wife and screenwriting partner Francis Walsh. Good grief." Thanks to Sam for the tip!

Media Watch: Sunday Star Times

11/14/99, 11:14 am EST - Xoanon

Fantasy role Attracts star
Sunday Star Times
November 14th 1999

By Rachel Grunwell

Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett has confirmed she will be in New Zealand in June to star in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Star Times, Blanchett said she would be in the country for six weeks to play the elf Galadriel, the wise queen of Lorien.

"I believe they will be doing something interesting with my ears," said Blanchett, who read the JRR Tolkien books when she was at school.
Blanchett said Jackson approached her to play the role in the $360 million trilogy and she accepted it almost immediately. She was excited about working with Jackson and coming here for the first time.

She had heard about the beatiful landscape, but admitted she knew little else about the country.

The blonde siren, who was nominated for an Oscar and who won the Golden Globe and Bafta best actress awards for her title role in Elizabeth last year, said she almost almost came here last year for a holiday and to see friends.

Lead roles in Lord of the Rings include Sir Ian McKellan as the wizard Gandalf and Elijah Wood as the young hobbit, Frodo. Liv Tyler plays Arwen, a young elf princess who is prepared to give up her immortality for love of Aragorn, a human.

None of the stars have yet spoken about their roles because they have been hushed by contracts. Rings publicist Claire Raskind said filming in Wellington had finished for the year and the crew hasd shifted to Queenstown.

Meanwhile, musician Neil Finn is to write music for a new Hollywood movie starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. This is according to Baz Luhrmann who has directed a list of big name films, including Strictly Ballroom, and the most recent movie adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Speaking before the opening of Fox Studios in Sydney last week, Luhrmann said he had been working with Finn on music for his latest film, Moulin Rouge.

"Neil and I were trying to work out some music on this film together. I think he's one of the most extraordinary writers of folk music and lyrics" said Luhrmann. "On Moulin Rouge we were looking to work on something and if not that, we will probably do something in the future. He is someone I've been trying to find a way to work with. I love him"

Filming started on Tuesday. Finn's assistant Amanda McGregor said Finn could not comment because he was too busy recording but had said he "would love to do a musical with Baz Luhrmann".

Thanks to Super Ringer Spy Xtem for the tip!

News for Nov. 13, 1999

Media Watch (with pics): The Waikato Times

11/13/99, 11:43 am EST - Xoanon

The latest from the"Waikato Times", Thursday, November 11th 1999. I placed it in the Spy Reports because there is a rather cool pic with some (not sure who it is) artists work, comparing how accurate they are trying to get. That excites me very much, the attention to detail. Just don't get me started on the article that goes with the images...

Check it out in The Spy Reports


Thanks to Ringer Spy Bryin for the article!

Sauron is alive and well, and drives a Honda

11/13/99, 12:51 am EST - Xoanon

The Honda people can thank me for this free plug. I've seen the Enemy, and he's got some taste. Check out this hilarious vanity plate I recieved in the mail. I wonder what he's like with handling road rage? This NZer likes to cruse around telling everyone about his love for Tolkien, anyone have a 'THE1RNG.NET' plate?

Thanks to Krusty for the pic!

Cast News: Ethan and Uma in 'Gattaca' in US

11/13/99, 12:46 am EST - Xoanon

The Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman sci-fi thriller 'Gattaca' will be on tonight on 'Cinemax' in the USA. Check your local listings. I persoanlly like this film, visually entertaining, plus Jude Law is in it. :) Check out the couple in action (so to speak)

Thanks to Gamgee for the TV tip!

News for Nov. 12, 1999

Scoop's server isn't down any more.

11/12/99, 3:59 pm EST - Tehanu

Probably it's a victim of it's own popularity, it was down for a while, but now you can access that very interesting LOTR locations article.

Filming in the National Parks.

11/12/99, 3:40 pm EST - Tehanu

Months ago I heard a radio programme about a place called the Kepler Mire, and immediately thought, Oooh, the LOTR crew should film the Dead Marshes there!' My second thought was, 'There are going to be problems with the Department of Conservation if they DO film in some of that National Parks land.'
Well, it looks like my palantir was working, because that's exactly what has happened. There is a Scoop article talking about the places that ThreeFootSix want to film in - and it says that 'three actors will be required for the scenes in the Kepler Mire' (Frodo, Sam and Gollum's body-double, no?) and goes on to describe the lakes, tarns and delicate limestone formations which will be put at risk by dozens of trampling film crew. And hey, I saw what you guys did to the ground on Mt. Vic, so I'm not surprised that the Forest and Bird Society are worried!
The article is covered in full by Scoop here and is worth a read.

Interview with Christopher Lee

11/12/99, 3:27 pm EST - Tehanu

The UK interview with Christopher Lee is not on BBC 1 as I said, but instead it's BBC2, on Jonathon Ross' programme, and it should be on between 10am and 1pm on Saturday for all you listeners in Britain. There's a good chance that he'll be asked about playing Saruman.

Hall of Fire

11/12/99, 10:15 am EST - Calisuri

The first Hall of Fire chat discussion will be held tomorrow, November 13 at 3:30 est in the Hall of Fire Barliman Chat Room.

The topic will be, "Glorfindel: elf of Gondolin, elf of Rivendell, or both?" So put on your thinking caps and join Gandalf, Gamgee and PipeSmoke for what should be a great chat.

Cast News: 'Snow Falling..' opens in UK

11/12/99, 9:01 am EST - Xoanon

Attention UK Ringers! Want to check out the latest Ethan Hawke film? 'Snow Falling on Cedars' has opened up in a few select theatres in the UK. Take a look! See Faramir in action!

Welcome to Barliman's!

11/12/99, 8:35 am EST - Calisuri

Hey folks, Barlimans chat room now has its own section on TheOneRing.net™!

Find new features like up to date listing of events and happenings, the "Hall of Fire," and a chance to tell people more about yourself in our regulars section.

Check it out:

AICN responds to 'Bad' Rumors

11/12/99, 12:12 am EST - Xoanon

A little note from Xoanon here, I've also gotten some emails about a few Aussie papers claiming that there are budget problems, crew problems, and that New Line are pulling the plug. I always return the mail with a 'It's shash, don't bother to read it'. My contacts at New Line have nothing but high praises for PJ. And someone I know on the inside in the 'distribution' circles who has seen some dailies, and in one word 'they rock' (2 words). And now on to Harry's rant :)

Click here to read it.

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