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News for Dec. 09, 2001
Media Watch: Black+White Magazine
12/09/01, 11:52 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: A huge Viggo Mortensen
) story is in the December/January issue of Black+White Magazine. The interview is over 2000 words long and is accompanied by Viggo's own photography from the LOTR set in New Zealand. It's a fantastic insight into the man who plays Strider/Aragorn
with exclusive pictures.
Anyone with scans of the article, send them along!
Sean Bean: Man Of Steel
12/09/01, 11:49 pm EST - Xoanon
Elizabeth Hurley gave him her heart. Harrison Ford gave him a scar. And Sheffield gave him his accent. Simon Beckett meets LOTR:FOTR star Sean Bean
and finds his claims to 'ordinariness', well, extraordinary. [More
Media Watch: Lifestyle Magazine
12/09/01, 11:35 pm EST - Xoanon
from 'The Compleat Sean Bean
' sends us these scans from an article she wrote for 'Lifestyle Magazine' in NZ. [More
Strider Action Figure Pics
12/09/01, 11:00 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Kaji
sends us these images from the latest addition to his collection! [More
FOTR review from a Tolkien scholar.
12/09/01, 10:12 pm EST - Tehanu
A spoiler-free review from Tolkien scholar and documentary-maker Dan Timmons [More
NZ's LOTR stamps prove popular.
12/09/01, 8:07 pm EST - Tehanu
Stamp collectors are showing a great interest in the Weta-designed LOTR stamps, with NZ Post reporting that Internet sales have trebled. They're available here
Cast Members on television this week....
12/09/01, 7:45 pm EST - Gamgee
Torn Staffers Thorongil
send me this list of apperances by cast members in the coming week.
Elijah Wood - David Letterman
Liv Tyler - The Today Show
Elijah Wood - Conan O'Brien
Elijah Wood - The Today Show
Liv Tyler - Rosie O'Donnell and David Letterman
Sean Astin - Rosie O' Donnell
Make sure and check local listings for channel and air times!
Ev'rybody wants to get into da act!!!
12/09/01, 7:19 pm EST - Gamgee
Seems everyone is jumping on the LotR merchandising bandwagon these days! Check out the new LotR shirts from the Big Dogs fashion line! Special Thanks to Blynk
for the tip! [View
Live In Canada? Want To See LOTR:FOTR A day early?!?
12/09/01, 5:48 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Famous Players in Canada are doing advance screenings at 10pm on Dec. 18th. [More
See YOU in line!
Please believe the hype
12/09/01, 5:44 pm EST - Xoanon
Why does a film like Lord of the Rings need the hard sell?
Can The Lord of the Rings fail? Michael Lynne, co-chairman of New Line, the studio behind the movie trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic, was unfazed by the question. [More
LOTR Cast On TRL This Week
12/09/01, 5:41 pm EST - Xoanon
Ranger of the North
writes: Hello there, I thought this might be interesting to anyone thinking of trying to get tickets to the Total Request Live show with the LOTR cast on December 14th. [More
Movie Television Talks LOTR
12/09/01, 5:35 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: The Movie Television tv show in Toronto, on the CityTV channel, ran a special segment on LotR with interviews of various cast members and director Peter Jackson
12/09/01, 5:29 pm EST - Xoanon
Be sure to check out Hollywood.com for two interviews with Elijah Wood
) and Ian McKellen
). Take a look! [More
Media Watch: SET Magazine
12/09/01, 5:22 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: The most popular magazine of movies in Brazil, the "SET Cinema e V'deo" did in december a special report about Lord of The Rings containing more than 10 pages. [More
TV Watch: Sci-Fi Channel
12/09/01, 5:11 pm EST - Xoanon
FrodoK reminds us: The Sci-Fi channel is showing a special called "Pasage to Middle-Earth: The Making of the Lord of the Rings", with Peter Jackson. It airs at 8pm. Check your local listings!
MSN.com Interviews 4 Cast Members
12/09/01, 4:47 pm EST - Jincey
Yoohoo Baggins sends us word about MSN.com's interviews with four principal cast members, one of whom plays a cameo role, but is more widely hailed as the director. Check these interviews out: [Elijah Wood
], [Liv Tyler
], [Ian McKellan
] and [Peter Jackson
Calendars, Journals, Magic Cubes, Oh My!!
12/09/01, 2:16 pm EST - Tookish
I don’t know about you, but I’m having one heck of a time with all this great merchandising that’s accompanying LOTR: FOTR. Cedco
in particular has many outstanding offerings for the Tolkien consumer. [More
Another Fan Review!
12/09/01, 1:32 pm EST - Calisuri
Ringer fan Thorongil_2 had a chance to see the film last week. Check out his review! [More
Lord of the Ring Goodies In Marinela Cookies
12/09/01, 7:50 am EST - Strider
sent in scans of some movie discs with Lord of the Ring characters on them which she found with a packet of Marinela cookies. [More
Release Dates: Uruguay
12/09/01, 1:55 am EST - Tehanu
Thanks to Fabrizio for the news that FOTR will debut on Uruguay's cinemas on the 4th of January.
Live Chat Transcript: Newsweek MSNBC
12/09/01, 1:33 am EST - Tehanu
Newsweek's Jeff Giles spent some time in NZ seeing the sets and actors; here's the transcript of him fielding questions from a recent live talk session. [More
] There's more audio clips and quizzes in their special section here
Tolkien Docos on TV
12/09/01, 1:24 am EST - Tehanu
Kristi reminds people in the States that "A Passage To Middle Earth: The Making Of The Lord Of The Rings" is on SciFi Channel Sunday December 9th at 8pm EST. The SciFi Channel website lists the rerun dates as well.
From Australia, Colin says "...let Aussie Ringers know that the Quest for the Ring special will be shown on Channel 9 on Saturday 22nd of December. I would express a word of caution though, because I've heard it has quite a bit of spoiler-ish material."
New Yorker: Critics at large
12/09/01, 1:15 am EST - Tehanu
We posted this one but nobody saw it - we keep getting emails saying 'why don't you post this great article?' Another meditation on the power of the book. [More
All your FOTR reviews in one basket
12/09/01, 1:02 am EST - Tehanu
Rotten Tomatoes has a whole file of significant LOTR reviews as well as an overall rating for the film drawn from all the reviews. [More
Media Watch: The Age
12/09/01, 12:51 am EST - Tehanu
Another good overview of the author, the film and the fans, with some good info on the Australian fan scene. [More
News for Dec. 08, 2001
Sean Bean To Play Doctor Who?!
12/08/01, 10:23 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: According to the actor, Sean Bean
) has been talking to MGM about stepping into the Tardis. Find out where The Lord of the Rings actor said it and which French director has been meeting in secret to helm the movie in our latest update to the Doctor Who film page! [More
(coolness beyond the cool of coolest things EVER!!!! -Xo)
Hi! I'm Elijah Wood, And Welcome To LOTR.Net
12/08/01, 4:52 pm EST - Strider
Next time you go to the official site LordoftheRings.net
, you'll hear the voice of either Elijah Wood
or Sean Astin
greeting you and welcoming you to the site!
The Sun Examines Life Of J.R.R Tolkien
12/08/01, 4:14 pm EST - Strider
sends in some scans from the UK tabloid newspaper The Sun, that (rather dubiously) compare the surroundings of Tolkien's childhood to the places in his literature. [1 2 3
Film 2001 Coming From London Premiere Next Week
12/08/01, 3:53 pm EST - Strider
writes: Next week's Film 2001 show is coming from the London premiere bash! The edition is on at 23.45 on BBC
1 on the 13th Dec, for around thirty minutes. Set those vids UK ringers!
MovieHeadlines Reviews Fellowship Of The Ring
12/08/01, 3:34 pm EST - Strider
sent us word that he and one of his colleagues
have just posted their reviews of Fellowship of the Ring. [More
Happy Birthday Dominic!
12/08/01, 3:00 pm EST - Xoanon
Today, December 8th is Dominic Monaghan's (Merry) Birthday! Dominic was born on December 8th 1976 in Berlin, Germany. That makes him 25 today! Happy birthday Dominic!
Media Watch: Radio New Zealand
12/08/01, 2:59 pm EST - Tehanu
At 4:06pm (10:06pm EST) NZ Ringers can tune in to RNZ to hear the first of two 40-minute documentaries on the LOTR film project and its fans. Elsewhere you can hear it via RNZ Online
TNT LOTR Special On Again Tonight!
12/08/01, 2:54 pm EST - Xoanon
TNT Film Stories and New Line Cinema take an exclusive look behind the scenes of the making of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. [More
Still ringing true
12/08/01, 2:50 pm EST - Xoanon
Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron; here is a book that will break your heart. [More
Entertainment Forum Talks LOTR
12/08/01, 2:39 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I saw the Montreal based entertainment show 'Entertainment Forum'. They had interviews with Liv Tyler
, Sean Astin
, Elijah wood, Ian McKellen
, Orlando bloom and others. They also showed clips of when Gandalf
throws the ring in the fire and the chase to the ferry at Brandywine river.
BBC Online Opens Lord Of The Rings Subsection
12/08/01, 2:28 pm EST - Strider
has created it's own Lord of the Rings section building up to the movies, with a who's-who guide to Middle-Earth, interviews with PJ and the cast, daily quiz and trivia and a LOTR message board. [More
Another LOTR Review
12/08/01, 2:15 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I live in New York City and have had the opportunity to see a screening of the finished Lord of the Rings last Thursday. [More
The One Ring(s)
12/08/01, 1:44 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Today the Christchurch Press has a feature about the South Island's involvement in LOTR, here's an article about the making of the One Ring prop. [More
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
12/08/01, 1:33 pm EST - Xoanon
To many, J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure The Lord of the Rings is the greatest achievement in the history of fantasy writing. For plenty of others, it's perhaps the greatest story ever told. As a reader who happens to agree with the latter statement, it's difficult to explain the mixture of emotions that swirled through my head as I sat in a theater, waiting for The Fellowship of the Ring to begin. [More
E!s "Behind The Scenes"
12/08/01, 1:30 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I was at the listing of tvguide.com and went looking for E!s "Behind The Scenes" show around the time the movie opens and here they are. [More
Media Watch: Brazil's Sci-fi News Magazine
12/08/01, 1:09 pm EST - Xoanon
sends us the cover of the latest issue of Sci-Fi from Brazil. Take a look! [More
NZ Herald Goes LOTR Mad
12/08/01, 12:48 pm EST - Xoanon
tells about The NZ Herald's LOTR madness section! Check out all the articles! [More
Dominic Monaghan Talks LOTR
12/08/01, 12:41 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I work for the newsround online website at the good old bbc, thought you might be interested in a webchat we did this morning with Dominic Monaghan
. it's questions from kids and is about 15 minutes long in realplayer. [More
Movie's amazing feet
12/08/01, 12:32 pm EST - Xoanon
The new Lord Of The Rings films are all about magic and mysticism – and the project's facts and figures are pretty spellbinding too. [More
Elijah's away with the fairies
12/08/01, 12:24 pm EST - Xoanon
The one thing we can expect when the long-awaited screen adaptation of JRR Tolkien's fantasy epic, The Lord of the Rings, opens on 19 December, is a blizzard of merchandising and a contagious outpouring of elves, dwarfs, wizards, trolls and orcs who make up the mythical landscape of Middle-earth. [More
AOL Revs Up "Rings" Web Marketing Machine
12/08/01, 12:20 pm EST - Xoanon
For the release of the first film in its "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, AOL Time Warner is launching an audacious online and offline marketing promotion, reprising its momentous earlier effort for "Harry Potter." [More
LOTR Poster In Toronto
12/08/01, 12:09 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Here's a set of posters currently being displayed on the side of the Eaton's Center in downtown Toronto, right on Yonge Street. [More
Terminally Ill Canadian Boy Sees FOTR Today
12/08/01, 10:29 am EST - Strider
Of all the news stories I've seen regarding Lord of the Rings over the last three years, this has to be one of the most touching ones. This morning, a young 8 year old Canadian boy suffering from terminal cancer will receive an advanced screening of Fellowship of the Ring along with 100 friends and supporters in his local theatre in Ontario. A Christmas Wish for James Birrell, his condition is too fragile to make the trip to Toronto for the premiere on December 14th. In the final stages of neuroblastoma, James says he identifies most with Frodo
Thanks to Jared for letting me know about this story.
Daily Mirror Review Of FOTR
12/08/01, 10:08 am EST - Strider
sends us in this glowing review from today's Daily Mirror in the UK. [More
McKellen LOTR Interview In Irish Independant's Weekend
12/08/01, 10:01 am EST - Strider
The 'Weekend' supplement of Saturday's Irish Independant features an interview with Sir Ian McKellen
with regards to Lord of the Rings, and features the Gandalf
character on the cover.
Hall of Fire Chats for December 8th & 9th
12/08/01, 9:52 am EST - Strider
Finally, after it began in February with A Long-Expected Party, the Hall of Fire's chapter by chapter discussion of the Fellowship of the Ring finally reaches its end this weekend with the final chapter - The Breaking of the Fellowship
FOTR Review On CHUD
12/08/01, 9:15 am EST - Strider
both say that there is a great review on CHUD
, giving the Fellowship of the Ring a 9.6 and describing it as 'the best movie in the last two years'. [More
Lord of the Rings On Your Mobile Phone
12/08/01, 9:08 am EST - Strider
It won't be long until you can get Lord of the Ring screensavers, picture messages and logos on your mobile phone, as this scan Kaycee Baggins
sent in from a magazine shows. [More
Malaysian Premiere Ticket Scans
12/08/01, 8:59 am EST - Strider
sent in some scans of the tickets she managed to get for the Malaysian Fellowship of the Ring premiere on December 20th. [More
Contests A Go-Go
12/08/01, 8:32 am EST - Strider
TORn staffer Gandalf
saw Starz promoting a LOTR competition on their site with great prizes yesterday. Check it out here
found a competition for a trip to NZ and Weta on hot30.com
. Finally, Jared
noticed a LOTR sweepstakes on NBA.com
Elijah Wood Interview On MTV
12/08/01, 8:16 am EST - Strider
TORn staffer Berendir
sends in some information on an Elijah Wood
interview he saw on MTV yesterday afternoon. [More
Behind The Scenes Video Available?
12/08/01, 8:08 am EST - Strider
NicleRoi writes: I just saw an advert for a Behind the Scenes LOTR video on FOTR which you can get for free with tokens from the daily and Sunday UK Mirror. I didnt hear whether it specified exclusive or not but it will probably be advertised more so I'll watch out.
Stars Come Out For Danish Premiere
12/08/01, 8:01 am EST - Strider
Ghost of Deagol
has great news about the Danish premiere of Fellowship of the Ring, which will be attended by Christopher Lee
and Viggo Mortensen
Free Double-Sided Poster In Tomorrow's Times
12/08/01, 7:56 am EST - Strider
Tomorrow, the Sunday Times
once again provides its readers with some Lord of the Rings goodies, this time in the shape of a double-sided poster of both Gandalf and Frodo.
Fellowship Due In Hong Kong Feb 2002
12/08/01, 7:47 am EST - Strider
writes: The Fellowship of the Ring will be shown in Hong Kong in Febuary 2002 (oh no!). And this is a local webpage that provides some information about the movie. [More
McKellen Interview And Gay Guide To Middle-Earth
12/08/01, 7:43 am EST - Strider
writes: One of my non-Tolkien friends alerted me to an article about Ian McKellen in this month's printed issue of The Advocate. An excerpted version of the article is available online here
. And there's a tongue-in-cheek and humorous "Gay guide to Middle-earth" here
Advanced Minneapolis Showing
12/08/01, 7:41 am EST - Strider
writes in to tell us that Minnesota Ringers can catch an advanced screening of the feature film one week before it's release. [More
C.S. Lewis Classic To Be Remade....Coincidence?
12/08/01, 7:32 am EST - Strider
TORn staffer Pippin Took noticed that one of C.S. Lewis's classics 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' is to be remade into a feature film. Is this the beginning of a trend prompted by Lord of the Rings?
Take A Left At Bree, Then Right At Brandywine
12/08/01, 7:23 am EST - Strider
writes: Looks like you can now get driving directions to Middle Earth! Well, not really. But www.mapquest.com
has a link to LordoftheRings.net
and an image from the Explore the Epic interactive map.
News From Turkey
12/08/01, 7:15 am EST - Strider
Emre writes: First, fans who live in Ankara can buy the tickets from Odeon Cineplex. Second, there will be Turkey premiere on 12nd December in Istanbul. Third, tomorrow at 6 PM, there will be something about LOTR on Cine5 TV. Lastly, there will be a panel discussion about LOTR at 6 PM on 10 December at Bogazici University.
FOTR Tickets Prize On MTV UK On Call
12/08/01, 7:09 am EST - Strider
Fellowship of the Ring tickets are the prize today for the best talent act on MTV UK
's talent show, MTV On Call.
The Hobbits On UK Morning SM:TV
12/08/01, 6:48 am EST - Strider
Morning guys and gals! I flicked over to ITV
just in time to see the four hobbits, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd sitting together ready to begin their interview. [More
News for Dec. 07, 2001
Media Watch: MTV's TRL
12/07/01, 7:52 pm EST - Jincey
My son, probably the world's biggest NON-Tolkien fan actually taped a short interview with Elijah Wood
on today's TRL for me. At the end of the interview the host, Carson Daly, announced that next Friday December 14 the *whole* cast of FOTR would be on the show LIVE! So check your listings, set your VCR's, and if you are lucky enough to live in NYC, grab some tix to the show!!! (I seriously doubt each and every orc will be there, but it might be worth checking out!)
Five Scenes from FOTR. See them now!
12/07/01, 4:09 pm EST - Calisuri
The spanish site Terra.es
has 5, yes, 5 clips from the film: Gandalf and Frodo in Bag End
, Race to the Ferry
; Strider in Bree
; Boromir picking up the ring
; Conversation with Gandalf in Moria
. WOW! We have this bad habit of causing major server problems so get to these clips fast. They are real video streaming and the are ABSOLUTELY amazing! Follow the image of Frodo's hand with the ring, in case you don't read Spanish. [More
De Meij Soundtrack Released Tuesday
12/07/01, 3:56 pm EST - Strider
In addition to the newly released soundtrack with Howard Shore's score, a classical disc on Suite 102/Madacy arrives Tuesday featuring Johan De Meij's composition inspired by the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy. [More
USA Today & Movie Critic Give Praise
12/07/01, 3:43 pm EST - Strider
sends word that a transcript from an online chat between a well known movie critic and USA Today
has plenty of good, non spoiler things to say. [More
The ring cycle
12/07/01, 1:23 pm EST - Xoanon
The true star of this season's biggest movie is a simple band of gold. It is the One Ring; the ring to rule them all, and bring them all and in the darkness bind them all. Few have actually laid eyes on it, and yet the whole planet knows of its existence. The success or failure of thousands depends upon its fate. [More
THE AICN review
12/07/01, 6:15 am EST - Tehanu
All right....all of us who do read the reviews get to one that just causes us to lose all sense of rational caution. For me, it's this one. [More
New UK preview for LOTR
12/07/01, 5:22 am EST - Tehanu
I just caught a preview of "The Fellowship of The Ring", shown during Film 2001 here in the UK. It was from the scene in which Gandalf go es to Bag End and tosses The One Ring into the fire. [More
] Thanks to SithLordSi for that nice review!
Another contest to win WETA/Sideshow Toys
12/07/01, 4:57 am EST - Tehanu
Feeling lucky, punk? Enter yet another competition to win some gorgeous WETA/Sideshow collectibles, this time for NZone. [More
12/07/01, 2:06 am EST - Tehanu
I wasn't dreaming, they ARE shooting Philip Jose Farmer's 'Riverworld' in NZ. Anyone else notice this upsurge in Fantasy/Science Fiction film projects? This, the Earthsea trilogy, the Narnia film? Any guesses why? [More
Thanks to Saulone for the link.
Atlanta Fan Happening
12/07/01, 12:54 am EST - Xoanon
writes: The Atlanta line party is having another gathering tomorrow, and I was wondering if you could help - we need more people! [More
Newsweek Goes LOTR Mad
12/07/01, 12:34 am EST - Xoanon
Jeff Giles wrote in to tell me all about Newsweeks amazing coverage of LOTR. Take a look at the audio interviews and news! [More
One tale to rule them all...
12/07/01, 12:30 am EST - Xoanon
From: 'The Adelaidean'
AFTER the events of September 11, it’s not hard to imagine a world in which those who represent freedom and democracy are threatened by a source of great power and evil. [More]
Latest LOTR:FOTR Commercial!
12/07/01, 12:12 am EST - Xoanon
Click the link to download (10MB) the latest LOTR:FOTR commercial shown during The West Wing last night. A very very good one! A must-see! [More
Film 2001 (UK) Footage Screened!
12/07/01, 12:09 am EST - Xoanon
writes: I just got done watching Film 2001 here in the UK since your site mentioned something along the lines of an Exclusive clip to be shown, well there was. [More
National Library of Australia Talks Tolkien
12/07/01, 12:00 am EST - Xoanon
writes: The National Library of Australia in Canberra is having an exhibition called "Treasures from the World's Great Libraries". [More
News for Dec. 06, 2001
Turkish LOTR News
12/06/01, 11:43 pm EST - Xoanon
gives us all the latest information for all Turkish LOTR fans! [More
MuchMusic Talks Tolkien
12/06/01, 11:27 pm EST - Xoanon
Anyone out there who lives in Toronto, Canada I thought whould want to know that Dominic Monaghan
, Billy Boyd
, and Orlando Bloom
are going to be there on December 15th at 3:30pm! I don't know if you can buy tickets for this but if not then you can still go and stand out side and wait to see them!
Media Watch: Spin Magazine
12/06/01, 11:23 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy olorin
sends us some scans from the latest 'Spin Magazine'. Take a look! [More
Dominic Monaghan Live Webchat!
12/06/01, 11:12 pm EST - Xoanon
who plays Merry
the hobbit is dropping in to talk about the film. He will be popping into CBBC Newsround Online on Friday 7 December at 11am to tell us all about it. [More
Media Watch: Elle Magazine
12/06/01, 11:06 pm EST - Xoanon
Milya sends us these scans from 'Elle Magazine' featuring Viggo Mortensen
LOTR press junket: Liv, Orlando and Sir Ian are human....
12/06/01, 10:07 pm EST - Tehanu
Salon.com's Andrew O'Hehir is very observant as usual. [More
More Live Action Fantasy and Science Fiction
12/06/01, 9:49 pm EST - Tehanu
If anyone can get their mind off the 'Fellowship' for a moment. there's some news that may interest our readers: It's been announced that C. S. Lewis' 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe' is to be made into a live action film in a joint UK/US production. [More
There's also a rumour around that Philip Jose Farmer's 'Riverworld' is going to be filmed as a series here in NZ - I'm trying to find out more information. Amidst all the LOTR-mania it sort of flashed past before I could pay attention.
12/06/01, 7:23 pm EST - Xoanon
Cate Blanchett got a special delivery this week--and we're not talking about that National Board of Review (news - web sites) Award she just received. [More]
Big LOTR Banner
12/06/01, 7:08 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy AC sends us this pic of a huge LOTR banner in Singapore. [More]
Frodo Defeats Enemy With Foul Language
12/06/01, 4:07 pm EST - Strider
Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood
says his British co-stars have taught him some new swear words. The US actor picked up a range of new insults from the likes of Ian McKellen
, Sean Bean
and Christopher Lee
More On BBC Radio Tolkien Revival
12/06/01, 3:38 pm EST - Strider
Noggin the Nog
sends us in some more information about the revived original Lord of the Rings series that are being rebroadcasted on BBC radio. [More
At A Glance: Upcoming LOTR Shows
12/06/01, 3:22 pm EST - Strider
writes: Fri 7 - 9:50PM TNT's Making of LotR, Sun 9 - 7:00PM - SciFi's Passage to Middle-Earth:
LotR and Mon 10 9:00PM MTV's Making of LotR. (all times CT)
Sam also notes that National Geographic Explorer will be airing 'NG Behind the Movie: Lord Of The Rings' on Sunday 16, on MSNBC at 8pm.
Alamo Drafthouse Goes PJ Crazy
12/06/01, 2:37 pm EST - Strider
The Alamo Drafthouse
in Texas seems to be going Peter Jackson crazy, showing all of his work through December! Below is a list of when and where all PJ fans can see his work. [More
NYC Press Screening Review!
12/06/01, 12:28 pm EST - Xoanon
Peter Orphanos, the producer of TORN Digital, gives us his first report on the recent events at the LOTR Press Junket in New York City. Check this out!
"This will most likely be one of the greatest film epic adventures of all time", if I may steal a quote from the great dwarf himself, John Rhys-Davies... "You know, Mr. Rhys-Davies, you weren't exaggerating about that declaration.", I will tell him one day, I hope. [More]
LA Giveaway: Bill Handel Claus
12/06/01, 12:03 pm EST - Calisuri
Just a heads up for LA area movie fans. Bill Handel (6-9am on 640am KFI) announced today that he will be giving away a LOTR JVC DVD player next week as part of his 'Handel Claus' show. I'll post more details as they come up. [More
Lord of the Rings Sings
12/06/01, 10:39 am EST - Xoanon
's Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is terrific. How do you like that? Three hours of adventure, acting, ebullience, wonderful special effects, a complete plot and story, dialogue, and memorable original music. I was starting to think I'd never see such a thing again. Lord of the Rings is so much better than Harry Potter that it's kind of frightening. [More
Philip Hensher: Awful, humourless, naive - and a modern masterpiece
12/06/01, 10:37 am EST - Xoanon
At some point, the critics and literati have to admit that they were just wrong. There is so much to be said against The Lord Of The Rings that it shouldn't be worth the effort. A book that, judged by conventional standards, contains so many appalling lapses of taste and so much coarse vulgarity really ought, by now, to have faded from sight. [More
On The Next Extra
12/06/01, 10:35 am EST - Xoanon
At the risk of pulling another Access Hollywood incident (they announced the LOTR stuff for 2 days, then bumped the segment, not my fault!), James
sends us info on the next episode of 'Extra!'
"Lord of the Rings'" Cate Blanchett and Liv Tyler like you've never seen them before. [More] (RealPlayer Needed)
Lording it as an orc
12/06/01, 10:28 am EST - Xoanon
Evan Nattrass has long loved The Lord of the Rings trilogy, so he jumped at the chance to be an extra in the film version. [More
Film 2001 (UK) To Talk LOTR
12/06/01, 10:24 am EST - Xoanon
A BBC Insider
sends us information on "Film 2001 with Jonathan Ross", and their exclusive LOTR coverage! [More
First Nominations For LOTR:FOTR
12/06/01, 10:19 am EST - Xoanon
The first film in a three-part fantasy drama, "Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring," had three awards, including a special achievement honor for director Peter Jackson
and a production design award. [More
Filmfreakcentral.com Reviews LOTR
12/06/01, 10:16 am EST - Xoanon
At the heart of Peter Jackson
's brilliant The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring--the first of three cinematic adaptations of Tolkien's beloved fantasy is a favourable melancholy, a despair born of two things: the crucial feeling of desperation that infests a small band of heroes striving against an invincible evil. [More
Rings has Brit eyes on NZ
12/06/01, 10:13 am EST - Xoanon
LONDON: New Zealand tourism and filmmaking is set to profit as Britain goes on The Lord of the Rings alert. [More
Media Watch: CineMania Magazine
12/06/01, 10:10 am EST - Xoanon
sends us information on CineMania December's issue with Frodo in the cover. Take a look! [More
Another new FOTR Ad
12/06/01, 12:47 am EST - Calisuri
A new Fellowship of the Ring
ad premiered tonight during a slew of shows. I have compiled a real short description of it for your general interest. It is the best to date, if you ask me and hopefully there will be a quicktime version available online soon. [More
News for Dec. 05, 2001
Weekly Cast Watch
12/05/01, 11:57 pm EST - Xoanon
Another chance to see your favorite LOTR stars on the small screen this week! [More
Hobbit Challenges Harry Potter in UK Book Charts
12/05/01, 11:21 pm EST - Xoanon
LONDON (Reuters) - Frodo Baggins, the intrepid Hobbit, looks set to make a run for the top of the British best-seller list and might even loosen Harry Potter's magical grip on the book charts. [More
Taste of Kiwi to tickle movie-goers tastebuds
12/05/01, 11:18 pm EST - Xoanon
International stars will feast on New Zealand nibbles washed down with Kiwi bubbles at the international launching of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy in London. [More
LOTR Gets Crossed
12/05/01, 11:12 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Artemis
sends along this LOTR crossword puzzle. Not the hardest in the world..but still fun nonetheless. [More
Media Watch: Spin Magazine
12/05/01, 11:02 pm EST - Xoanon
sends us the details and an article from Spin Magazine. Take a look! [More
Screendaily Talks LOTR
12/05/01, 10:54 pm EST - Xoanon
Visually striking, thematically grave, and morally weighty, Peter Jackson
's The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, is a miracle of a movie: a three-hour fantasy-action-adventure that not only faithfully captures the spirit of its respectable source material, the first in J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy of books, but also stands tall on its own merits as one of most ambitious movies to have come out of Hollywood in a long time. [More
Movie Chart Show To Talk LOTR
12/05/01, 10:51 pm EST - Xoanon
Gothmog and Wife writes: The UK's Movie Chart Show on Channel 5, is showing a LOTR Special on Weds 19th at 19.00. (I hope they're more reliable than Access Hollywood)
Media Watch: Elle Magazine
12/05/01, 10:48 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: The december issue of Elle Magazine (USA version) on page 114 has an incredible photo of Viggo Mortensen
) and on page 115 a nice article about him.
Anyone with a scanner send it along!
LOTR Trailers On Rush Hour 2 DVD
12/05/01, 10:44 pm EST - Xoanon
sends us some info on the new Rush Hour 2 DVD. [More
Leno Makes A Funny (for a change)
12/05/01, 10:31 pm EST - Xoanon
TORN Staffer Gandalf
writes: Last night while watching 'The Tonight Show'
, Jay Leno actually
mentioned Lord of the Rings:
"First you had Harry Potter, then the Segue Scooter. Next week you got The Lord of the Rings. This could turn out to be the greatest two weeks in Nerd history!"
12/05/01, 10:29 pm EST - Xoanon
December 5, 2001 -- AT one point while filming the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, its 40-year-old director found himself commanding seven different camera crews. [More
Media Watch: Time Magazine
12/05/01, 10:27 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Mike
sends us this scan from the latest issue of Time, the one with the immortal George Harrison on the cover. [More
Media Watch: The Evening Standard
12/05/01, 10:21 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Glaurung
sends along a scan from The Evening Standard. Take a look! [More
Entertainment Weekly: FOTR gets an A
12/05/01, 7:39 pm EST - Calisuri
The critic's praise for Fellowship of the Ring
continues today with the release of an Entertainment Weekly review by Lisa Schwarzbaum. She gives it an A
, which is not something EW does regularly. (I have to keep reminding myself to lower expectations...lower expectations...but with reviews like this...what can I do!!!!) [More
Access Hollywood To Talk LOTR
12/05/01, 1:38 pm EST - Xoanon
Tonight (I promise) Access Hollywood will be doing a LOTR special. Be sure to catch it! Check your local listings.
Docu series on 'LOTR' to air on Discovery Channel
12/05/01, 1:33 pm EST - Xoanon
TORONTO (CP) -- The Discovery Channel will air a five-part series beginning Dec. 13 about J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and the film based on the classic trilogy. [More
filmcritic.com Looks At LOTR:FOTR
12/05/01, 1:28 pm EST - Xoanon
You think Harry Potter had expectations? It's a beloved book, sure, but it was published in 1997. In 10 years it will be as forgotten as The Bridges of Madison County. [More
Gaming Havens Holiday Contest!
12/05/01, 1:22 pm EST - DarthCaeser
TheOneRing.net and Decipher
have teamed up to give you the chance to win great prizes this Holiday Season. Click on the banner below for your chance to win awesome Trading Card Game prize packages, and even a one year Official LOTR Fan Club membership!
Spotlight on Elijah Wood
12/05/01, 1:17 pm EST - Xoanon
sends in this from Seventeen Magazine: After 274 days of filming in New Zealand, you'd think Elijah Wood
and his Lord of the Rings castmates would have gotten sick of one another. [More
Wellingtonians get taste of Rings
12/05/01, 1:11 pm EST - Xoanon
Wellingtonians will get one of the world's first taste of The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring with a display of props and costumes from the film on show at the St James Theatre. [More
Fantasypewter.com adds new products for holidays!
12/05/01, 10:11 am EST - Gamgee
Fantasypewter.com, who sells some of the most beautiful Tolkien related products on the market, has added a pile of new products just in time for the holidays! Like this [Gandalf shot glass
] and this [Ent shot glass
]. Take a few minutes and peruse the entire website, and perhaps you'll find that Christmas gift you've been searching for! [More
Halloween Contest winners announced!
12/05/01, 9:55 am EST - Gamgee
My Goodness! We knew Tolkien fans liked to dress up and act crazy, but we never forsaw so many entries! Sorry for the delay in judging, there were just so many fine entries to choose from! Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winners!! [More
Kiwi Fan Alert: Pavement does LOTR
12/05/01, 5:01 am EST - Tehanu
More NZ news, I know. It's like I've returned from the grave or something. If you're in NZ don't walk, RUN to the nearest magazine shop and buy the latest 'Pavement' with Liv Tyler on the cover. They do an incredible 32 pages of the best interviews I've seen anywhere. The pics aren't bad either. We'll scan and post it soon for e-readers, but this glossy is one you want to hold in your hands if you can.
Official Site Updates: Buy Tickets!
12/05/01, 4:14 am EST - Calisuri
We have been reporting for the last week that you could purchase advance tickets through both MovieFone.com
. Ringer fan Fraggle sends in this tip. Now, through the miracle of framing, the Official Lord of the Rings website
has got into the act. Don't hesitate! Get your opening night tickets now! And once you have done that, get together with fans in your neighborhood through our Line Party
section! Remember, the Line Party isn't JUST about lining up for the movie. It is about getting together with raving mad Tolkien fans like yourself! [More
The Empire Strikes Back
12/05/01, 12:42 am EST - Tehanu
The Evening Post: The Hollywood film industry moves to punish film-makers working abroad, and the NZ film industry complains it's being unfairly targeted. [More
News for Dec. 04, 2001
"Tolkien on Homeland Defence'
12/04/01, 11:51 pm EST - Tehanu
Interesting article by Chris Mooney on The American Prospect's website. Hmm, I wasn't aware that the Focus on Family website that was lauding Tolkien was doing it at the expense of Harry Potter. [More
Another LOTR cartoon....
12/04/01, 11:32 pm EST - Tehanu
Check out Matt's latest on Area 337 [More
NZ's national parks to restrict wilderness filming?
12/04/01, 11:22 pm EST - Tehanu
Shooting itself in the foot, NZ's Dept. of Conservation is seeking to limit activities such as filming in some of its wilderness parks, a move described by National MP Nick Smith as 'Political Correctness gone mad!' [More
See WETA stuff for free in Wellington!
12/04/01, 11:03 pm EST - Tehanu
We've just got news of a display of WETA props in Wellington at the St. James Theatre from December 11 - 20th. [More
Thanks to Elliot for that.
Jackson Wellingtonian of the Year
12/04/01, 8:41 pm EST - Tookish
dropped this in our box. Congrats Peter and Richard!! PJ named Wellingtonian of the Year, with Richard Taylor winning the business category of the awards. Yay! More
12/04/01, 8:39 pm EST - Tehanu
We can reveal who plays another character role in FOTR! [More
New York FOTR IMAX Showing
12/04/01, 8:16 pm EST - Tookish
From Ringer MaceTowani, "... the big multiplex in New Rochelle will be showing FotR at midnight the 19th. I got my tickets! Oh yeah by the way the will be showing it on the...IMAX SCREEN!!!"
New Zealand News: Things to see and hear
12/04/01, 8:14 pm EST - Tehanu
Yep, the LOTR effect is taking shape here too, and how! There's lots to see, do and buy in the next few weeks. Aucklanders, don't miss the chance to hear a talk by Weta's designer Daniel Falconer next Tuesday at the Central Library. [More
TORN Digital Goes All Access
12/04/01, 6:18 pm EST - Xoanon
Peter Orphanos, the producer for TORN Digital
was recently invited to the press junket events in NYC. While he was there he saw a screening of the film (review to come soon) and met most of the cast! [More
Empire Online To Go Live
12/04/01, 6:01 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Empire magazine will have a live webcast from Leicester Square on the 10th. Check out the Empire Online website. [More
Critic Rates Lord of the Rings Movie a Blockbuster
12/04/01, 5:56 pm EST - Xoanon
LONDON (Reuters) - "The Lord of the Rings" will be a blockbuster film, according to a critic who saw it ahead of its London premiere on December 10. [More
The Knight’s Crusade
12/04/01, 5:53 pm EST - Xoanon
Playing the wizard Gandalf
in The Lord of the Rings may make Sir Ian McKellen
the world’s best-known gay man. And he’s armed and ready to carry the fight for equality along with him. [More
Fan Happening in Finland
12/04/01, 5:51 pm EST - Xoanon
Mikko writes: Tens of thousands of tickets were sold for the Fellowship of the Ring, 21 000 tickets were sold during the first 6 hours - twice the amount of advance sales for Harry Potter. [More]
Norwegian VG Gives FOTR 6/6
12/04/01, 5:48 pm EST - Strider
mailed in to say that the first Norwegian review of Fellowship of the Ring is now available on the 'Net. [More
Now the real 'Rings' adventure begins
12/04/01, 5:41 pm EST - Xoanon
sounds calm. But he always sounds calm. For a man at the centre of a grand $600 million gamble - the three films of his Lord of the Rings adaptation - he comes across as so self-possessed it's weird. [More
Insta-Poll and Server Speed
12/04/01, 11:57 am EST - Corvar
While we knew that our popularity would increase with the approach of Dec 19, it still caught us with our pants down to some degree. Over the last couple of days, significant changes have been made to the site which have resulted in a dramatic speed up.
The change that will be most noticed is a change to the poll on our front page. Previously if you had not voted it would present you with your choices and allow you to vote on the front page. Now you will need to click the "Vote Now" button to go to where you can vote. Poll results will still be displayed on the front page. Those results are updated every 5 minutes.
Hope you all enjoy the site. And I hope we can continue impoving things.
Media Watch: Spin Magazine
12/04/01, 11:37 am EST - Xoanon
writes: I got the latest issue of Spin Magazine in the mail yesterday. They have a feature on LOTR:FOTR with some great pics of the cast.
Anyone with scans send them along!
Media Watch: Cinemania Magazine
12/04/01, 11:33 am EST - Xoanon
writes: The Mexican movie magazine Cinemania is having a special issue on Dec about LOTR they have 3 different covers (they did something similar with The Panthom Menace) and they have a very nice section in the website regarding FOTR.
Anyone with scans send them along!
Barrie Osborne LOTR Screener
12/04/01, 11:27 am EST - Xoanon
Northfield, MN – Barrie Osborne, Executive Producer of the Oscar-winning film “The Matrix” and a 1966 graduate of Carleton College, will host a special pre-release screening of his highly-anticipated film “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” the evening of Wednesday, December 12 at the Historic State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. [More
New Line Hopes to Grab Brass 'Rings' With 3-Film Gamble
12/04/01, 11:13 am EST - Xoanon
New Line Cinema's $300-million, three-film gamble on the "Lord of the Rings" may well be the film company's crowning achievement ... or its undoing. [More
The Hollywood Reporter Likes LOTR!
12/04/01, 11:10 am EST - Xoanon
Quite masterfully paced and one of those rewarding movies that seems to get better and better as it progresses, "Fellowship" justifies its long running time. The real pain that Frodo
feels at causing his friends to be in danger, his doubts and his fears are the central drama in a tale with many outlandish and beautiful moments. [More
No Roles Barred: Orlando Bloom
12/04/01, 11:05 am EST - Xoanon
A wiry compact figure, a wide-eyed choirboy countenance, a slyly mischievous grin: Victorian rentboy or middle-earth elfin? Both, in the case of Orlando Bloom
, a fantastically-named 24-year-old living an increasingly fantastical existence. [More
Rings Writers Were Careful
12/04/01, 11:03 am EST - Xoanon
The writers who adapted J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books for the screen told E! Online that they were judicious in how they reworked the famous text. Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens and director Peter Jackson
worked on the scripts for the three Rings films. [More
SHOP: BK Toys
12/04/01, 11:00 am EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Engwar
sends in these great images of all the BK toys! Take a look! [More
Media Watch: NZ Magazines Cover LOTR
12/04/01, 10:13 am EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Glaurung
sends in these scans! [More
Variety's LOTR Review!
12/04/01, 9:58 am EST - Xoanon
With the world newly obsessed with the clash of good and evil, the time would seem to be ideal for "The Lord of the Rings." An epic by any standard, "The Fellowship of the Ring," the first installment in Peter Jackson
's vigorous and faithful adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy. [More
News for Dec. 03, 2001
The Legend Comes to Life
12/03/01, 10:02 pm EST - Xoanon
The Lord of the Rings was, according to JRR Tolkien, too long and complicated. But the book became a literary success story and has now been made into one of the most expensive film trilogies ever. Here, we explore his fantasy world. [More
Jackson to put bare foot forward at premieres
12/03/01, 9:45 pm EST - Xoanon
may wear a black tie to the premieres of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring - just don't expect him to put on trousers or shoes. [More
Cave Troll Toy Pics!
12/03/01, 9:42 pm EST - Xoanon
Check out toymania.com for great cave troll toy pics! Coolness abound! [More
The Hobbit Habit
12/03/01, 9:39 pm EST - Xoanon
Quenuvalye i lamber Eldareva? A boring question, I know, and I'm sure that people ask you the same thing all the time. What it means, of course, is "Thou canst speak the language of the Elves?," and, if for some unpardonable reason your Elvish is on the rusty side, you have until December 19th to make it shine anew. [More
Close-ups of the NZ LOTR stamp edition
12/03/01, 7:03 pm EST - Tehanu
Check'em out over on Scoop.co.nz
Lord of the Rings Stamp Edition
12/03/01, 6:21 pm EST - Tehanu
Great news for stamp collectors! NZ Post is producing a range of stamps, stamp packs, first day covers and postcards on LOTR scenes designed by Weta Workshop's Sasha Lees. They're available to order from the NZ Post website. [More
Going Once...Twice...Sold! To The Hobbit In The Back!
12/03/01, 4:18 pm EST - Strider
New Line's official auction for two London premiere tickets for FOTR came to an end recently, and the winning bid was a huge $6,100! That's £4,331, ¥763,110, R186,049 and €6,928...in other words, quite a lot of money.
Media Watch: Casus Belli
12/03/01, 3:23 pm EST - Strider
French spy Cuivienor
sends word that the new issue of Casus Belli magazine is out today with a Nazgul on the cover, and articles on the movies and the gaming scene. Got scans? send them in
The Great Lord of the Rings Net Contest Poll
12/03/01, 3:14 pm EST - Strider
Just a reminder to all ringers, Yahoo!
are running an internet poll to judge which is the best LOTR mega-site. We wouldn't want to influence your vote... [More
Line Party Happening
12/03/01, 1:31 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Thanks -so- much for setting up the Line Party database
. Toronto's Paramount Line Party recently got together at a recent bookstore/coffeeshop, and we had a wonderful time. If you're interested, Allison Durno wrote up a report which I've posted along with some photos here
Be sure to sign up or create your own line party here! [More]
SNL Commercial Re-Posted
12/03/01, 1:26 pm EST - Xoanon
AICN has a link to the SNL commercial, alot of people have been asking about it, and it seems the link we posted earlier this week has been killed. [More
'South Bank' Talks LOTR
12/03/01, 1:22 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: The British arts programme "The South Bank Show" is having a special on LoTR being broadcast on the 13th December at 23:00 on ITV1 in the UK. [More
'Passionate' Rings Praised Above Potter
12/03/01, 1:21 pm EST - leo
One of the first reviews of the first Lord of the Rings film says it has real passion, and rates it above the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone... [More
PJ Hosts Event
12/03/01, 1:11 pm EST - Xoanon
Kerish writes: TV2 is airing "Quest for the Ring" this thursday at 7:30pm. Also the Paramount movie theater (Wellington) is selling tickets to a special screening of FOTR hosted by Peter Jackson. Tickets are $150 each, but unfortunately I can't remember the date/time of this (21st Dec. I think).
The circle is now complete
12/03/01, 1:06 pm EST - Xoanon
It was October 1995 and the bearded, pudgy, eternally scruffy New Zealand director Peter Jackson
was in the middle of shooting his horror/comedy The Frighteners. The idea - like all the best ones - simply appeared: what about getting The Lord Of The Rings up on the big screen? [More
AOL Moviefone Offers Advance Tickets for LOTR:FOTR Starting Today
12/03/01, 10:25 am EST - Xoanon
Tickets for Highly Anticipated Epic Film Are On Sale via Phone and the Web Two Weeks Prior its December 19 Opening. [More
Access Hollywood Talks LOTR
12/03/01, 9:00 am EST - Xoanon
Be sure to catch Access Hollywood today, they plan on starting theri LOTR:FOTR coverage! The countdown begins!
Origin Of The Ring: Not Worth It?
12/03/01, 8:48 am EST - Xoanon
writes: I work at a Blockbuster Video and we just received the 'Origin of the Ring' documentary. It hits stores on Tuesday 12/4. [More
SNL Commercial Stills
12/03/01, 3:50 am EST - Calisuri
So you didn't get a chance to see or download that SNL (Saturday Night Live) commercial? Check out a few stills of Sauron, Saruman and the Cave Troll for your viewing pleasure. MAJOR SPOILERS
12/03/01, 12:44 am EST - Xoanon
What?! You missed all the action this weekend? Well have no fear! Here's your weekend round-up. [More
Storyopolis Report...oh, and Boromir's Horn!
12/03/01, 12:23 am EST - Xoanon
Quickbeam and Calisuri had the chance to take part in the Storyopolis Bookstore
event with Jude Fisher and Sean Astin
) here in LA this weekend. Check out the 50 images from the event and. oh yeah...Boromir
's Horn! [More
Download The SNL Comercial Now!
12/03/01, 12:20 am EST - Xoanon
Follow the goodie goodie link to get the new yummy LOTR commercial! More coolness added! [More
LOTR Talk Show Rounds
12/03/01, 12:12 am EST - Xoanon
It seems that Liv Tyler
and Elijah Wood
will be making the rounds on most of the major talk shows in the coming weeks. [More
There and back again
12/03/01, 12:01 am EST - Xoanon
How cool is owning The Lord of the Rings trilogy personally autographed to you by J R R Tolkien? These days, very. [More
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