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News for Dec. 13, 2005

Trilogy Screening in Minneapolis

12/13/05, 9:16 pm EST - Xoanon

The Riverview Theater is pleased to announce a presentation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on Monday, January 2, 2006. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Admission to an individual film will be $3. There is no advance ticketing for individual films. [More]

Hobbits Descent on Toronto

12/13/05, 12:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Like an orc invasion, the media descended on a stark east-end rehearsal studio Monday for what producers promised would be a "taste" of the massive theatrical production of Lord of the Rings, scheduled to open in February. With no props, costumes, sets or lighting — just a bare stage and some recorded music — six excerpts from the three-hour, $27-million Mirvish production based on J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved fantasy trilogy were performed in front of an outsider audience for the very first time. [More]

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Complete Recordings Out Today!

12/13/05, 9:26 am EST - Xoanon

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Complete Recordings An epic film score receives epic treatment with The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring/Complete Recordings. Released for the first time on CD, the complete score for the first film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy contains more than 180 minutes of music on three CDs plus a DVD-Audio disc of the entire score in Surround Sound. Breathtaking and majestic, the 2001 Oscar and Grammy winning score compsted by Howard Shore also includes Enya's Oscar nominated "May It Be." For fans of any of The Lord of the Rings films, the Fellowship of the Ring/Complete Recordings is an essential experience. [More]

News for Dec. 12, 2005

HOLIDAY GIFTS: brand new RINGERS T-shirts and Store!

12/12/05, 8:59 pm EST - Xoanon

By popular demand -- we proudly present very cool brand new "Ringers" T-SHIRTS (including white 100% cotton 'ringer' style shirts [funny, eh?] with the Dominic Monaghan key art as seen on the DVD cover). Check out the perfect online shop for RINGER fans -- www.ringersstore.com -- we've got gorgeous full-size MOVIE POSTERS, LANYARDS, and the award-winning DVD itself of RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS. [More]

Ringers Crew to Chat Live on TORn

12/12/05, 6:59 pm EST - maegwen

TheOneRing.net is delighted to announce that the two guiding lights behind the creation of Ringers: Lord of the Fans will join us for a live Q&A chat in the Hall of Fire on Saturday December 17 at the special time of 5pm EST.

That's right Cliff Broadway (aka TORn staffer Quickbeam) and Carlene Cordova (aka TORn staffer Asfaloth) will be on hand to answer your questions about the experience of making Ringers and their thoughts on what makes the Tolkien community so vibrant and vital even 50-plus years after Lord of the Rings was first published. They'll also talk about their thoughts on the ways Lord of the Rings has influenced popular culture around the world over the years and filmaking in general. [More]

LOTR: Evolution Card Samples

12/12/05, 2:53 pm EST - Xoanon

LOTR: Evolution Card Artists Cynthia Cummens, Grant Gould & Tom Hodges all sent in samples of the TOPPS approved LOTR: Evolution cards that will make their way to storeshelves in 2006. Take a look! [More]

National Board of Review Awards Shore

12/12/05, 2:12 pm EST - Xoanon

The National Board of Review has awarded Howard Shore an award for Career Achievement in Film Music Composition. Take a look at the list of other award winners here. [More] [nbrmp.org]

News for Dec. 10, 2005

New Project-Monaghan Auction

12/10/05, 10:46 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks from Project-Monaghan write: we are excited to announce an auction of an awesome Lord of the Rings, Return of the King poster autographed by Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and John Rhys-Davies. All proceeds from the auction will go to TreePeople LA, www.treepeople.org, an environmental care non-profit organization that Dominic Monaghan supports. [More]

'Complete FOTR Recordings' Review

12/10/05, 4:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Dan writes: SoundtrackNet takes a look at the new expansive box set containing the complete recording of Howard Shore's award-winning score to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. "Howard Shore's Oscar-winning, Golden Globe-winning, and Grammy Award-winning score to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was just the beginning of an epic 12-hour long Lord of the Rings saga that would catapult him to the forefront of the film music world. Now, for the first time, the complete soundtrack to the extended DVD cut of the first film has been released in one very pretty package. Each film in the trilogy has a different tone, but in hindsight, The Fellowship of the Ring stands out more than its successors: it is the one that introduces and develops the majority of the key themes that would come to play massive roles in the world of middle-Earth and our understanding of it." [More]

Pre-Order 'The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring - The Complete Recordings [BOX SET]' on Amazon.com now!

News for Dec. 09, 2005

Andy Serkis IS King Kong

12/09/05, 12:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Edward Douglas writes: Most people will know Andy Serkis from…No, I can't do it. I just can't write another of my usual generic intros for this particular interview, since I'm beyond frustrated with how little respect Andy Serkis gets from his peers. For goodness sake! Let's give this talented actor an Oscar already! He helped create one of the most fully realized CG characters on film, as Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, but now, he's given humanity and true emotion to a giant CGI gorilla in Peter Jackson's remake of the monster movie classic, King Kong, and yet, he's probably going to be ignored again. It's bad enough that he plays the title role in the movie, yet ends up getting fourth billing. [More]

News for Dec. 08, 2005

TV Watch: Andy Serkis on 'Access Hollywood'

12/08/05, 9:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Access Hollywood was all over the red carpet premiere of King Kong in New York City. In this clip from the show they ask Andy Serkis to do a little 'Gollum vs. Kong' and Andy quickly corrects them and says it must be Gollum vs. Smeagol vs. Kong...an interesting thing to imagine! Take a look. (11.4MB MOV) [More]

Wood Confirmed for ORC!!!

12/08/05, 4:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Elijah Wood has been confirmed as a guest for ORC: One Ring Convention at the Pasadena Center in Pasadena, CA from January 20th to 22nd. 2006. Click here for ticket information! [Tickets]

Speaking of ORC, if you are an amateur artist, looking to see if you can make it in the art world, this is the perfect event for you. We are currently looking for amateur artists, who can do Children’s Animation, Illustration and Cartooning, to take on our professional Iron Artists. [More]

Alan Lee Talks Kong

12/08/05, 4:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Pungolo writes: Hey Xoanon! Today I had a good chat with mr. Alan Lee, who was presenting his new book here in Milan! We spoke mainly about Kong, but he said some interesting things about LOTR too (even if we are going to publish a report of a conference he gave after our interview, in which he showed a lot of interesting material - we'll send you the photos for TORN). [More]

Lord of the Rings: Evolution Artist Interview

12/08/05, 4:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Grant Gould writes: Newsarama was kind enough to interview me and I talk a bit about the upcoming Lord of the Rings: Evolution card set, which I'm drawing 200 sketch cards for. [More]

Sexy beast

12/08/05, 4:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Andy "Gollum" Serkis got a little too close to the apes to channel King Kong. King Kong's return, 72 years after his introduction in the original classic, is the year's best more-than-mortal comeback since Batman Begins. And the giant ape owes it to his alter ego, Andy Serkis. Serkis can do it all, from balding mystical runt to huge, hairy anthropoid in a blink of the camera's eye. He was the heart and soul of creepy Gollum, the defrocked hobbit in The Lord of the Rings. Now he's Hollywood's go-to guy for iconic gorillas in our midst. [More]

Happy Birthday Dominic Monaghan!

12/08/05, 11:18 am EST - Xoanon

Today is Dominic Monaghan's birthday! Dominic was born on December 8th, 1976 in Berlin, Germany. That makes him 29 years old today! Happy birthday Dominic!

Reminder: The Makers Of Ringers Will Answer Your Questions Next Weekend

12/08/05, 6:30 am EST - Demosthenes

Have you submitted your question yet? The two guiding lights behind the creation of Ringers: Lord of the Fans will join us for a live Q&A chat in the Hall of Fire on Saturday December 17 at the special time of 5pm EST.

Cliff Broadway (aka TORn staffer Quickbeam) and Carlene Cordova (aka TORn staffer Asfaloth) will be on hand to answer your questions about the experience of making Ringers. Ringers, which was narrated by Dominic Monaghan, traces the history of Tolkien fandom from the 50’s to the present day. It examines the way legendary rock musicians, filmmakers, professors, actors, authors and you all unite under the banner of 'Ringer'. Interviewees in the film include Peter Jackson as well as Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin and David Carradine. [More]

Hall Of Fire This Weekend -- The Seven Heavenly Virtues In LoTR

12/08/05, 6:23 am EST - Demosthenes

The challenge of Hall of Fire this weekend is to reveal the Seven Heavenly Virtues as they can be found in Lord of the Rings. Obviously there is much evil in Middle Earth, we ran out of time when we considered the Seven Deadly Sins only two weeks ago. But can we discover virtue? Here are the virtues along with the definitions that we will discuss.

FAITH -- Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance. Sam definitely has little faith in Gollum. [More]

'Hobbits' May Have Lived Downunder

12/08/05, 5:34 am EST - Demosthenes

The tiny hobbit-like humans of Indonesia may have lived in Australia before they became extinct about 11,000 years ago. The startling claim comes from archaeologist Mike Morwood, leader of the team that uncovered remains of the 1m-tall hominid at Liang Bua cave on Indonesia's Flores island in 2003. [More]

News for Dec. 07, 2005

Nation builds on hobbits' momentum

12/07/05, 7:47 pm EST - Xoanon

It's a snowbound land, full of mythical creatures, that is entered through the back of a wardrobe. But for New Zealand, Narnia is a lot more than just the setting for a new Hollywood movie. It's the chance to generate another big series of movies to follow the phenomenon that was The Lord of the Rings. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, based on a classic children's novel by C. S. Lewis, has been made by the director Andrew Adamson (who also made Shrek and Shrek 2) on a reported budget of $US150 million ($200 million). It centres on four children who accidently enter Narnia then join a battle between an evil witch and a god-like lion. [More]

Te Papa strike unusual deal with Jackson

12/07/05, 7:30 pm EST - Xoanon

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa has bumped a New Zealand art exhibition aside to make way for a money-spinning Lord of the Rings repeat, in a deal secured with a highly unusual payment. Filmmaker and aviation enthusiast Peter Jackson agreed to a second six-month exhibition on the condition the museum located and bought for him a vintage Sopwith Camel airplane engine. Te Papa spokesman Peter Brewer said a deal on an engine found somewhere in the northern hemisphere should be settled by Christmas. The engine cost "a fraction of the amount" the museum would otherwise have had to pay Jackson in licensing fees, he said. It is understood Te Papa paid trilogy backers New Line Cinemas up to $500,000 for the first Rings' exhibition in 2003. The studio had since signed over the licensing rights to Jackson. [More]

Foxtrot and Elves

12/07/05, 7:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Foxtrot and Elves

The December 6th edition of 'Foxtrot' features Jason's unique perspective on elves. Take a look!

ORC Updates!

12/07/05, 2:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Garfeimao writes: Here is a Quick ORC update for all you Ringers attending, or thinking of attending. There WILL be a Costume Contest, but I'm still polishing up the details, expect rules and registration info to be posted very soon on that. [More]

News for Dec. 06, 2005

Peter Jackson season at the NFT

12/06/05, 10:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Annie writes: There is a Peter Jackson season at the NFT (National Film Theatre) in London which started on the 5th December and runs until 30th December. It goes without saying that they are showing all of the Lord of the Rings films. [More]

Blanchett & Weaving's 'Hedda Gabler' in NYC

12/06/05, 9:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving are teaming up with the Sydney Theatre Company to present the play Hedda Gabler in New York City. Tickets are available here. [More]

Jackson leaves Kong in fate's hands

12/06/05, 8:45 pm EST - Xoanon

On this New York early winter morning, the top of the Empire State Building is coated in heavy cloud, the Manhattan streets below are slippery with snow, and the temperature hovers around zero. A few blocks away inside a chintzy hotel room above Park Avenue, Peter Jackson's own observation deck is stuck in its own mental fog. Granted, he has been a bit busy at work. He nearly always is in December. Though this time last year was relatively light, a bit of a breather after the consecutive releases of the Lord of the Rings trilogy which became the cinematic grand finales of 2001-2003. [More]

Xoanon here, is it me or are all these interviews/articles sounding exactly the same? Yes he lost weight, yes he doesn't wear glasses anymore, yes he's tired from hard work, yes he did LOTR, sigh...am I bitter that I didn't even get to see him while in New York? Most likely...ah well

Peter Jackson Interview: Dark Horizons

12/06/05, 8:41 pm EST - Xoanon

Paul writes: New Zealand's Oscar winning Peter Jackson first fell in love with the 1933 King Kong when he was a mere 9 years old. Now, a few decades later and the gargantuan success of Lord of the Rings behind him, Jackson has fulfilled his life long ambition by bringing the mighty Kong to the screen as only this director can. Looking far more svelte than the last time we met and surprisingly more subdued, Paul Fischer caught up with the director in New York. [More]

The Entertainment Insiders love RINGERS!

12/06/05, 8:03 pm EST - Xoanon

DVD critic Ken Miyamoto raves: "A wonderful special edition with A-List interviews, detailed history, and some fine extras as well! ....What surprised me most was that RINGERS was not just about the excellent Peter Jackson epic adaptations. This film covers everything from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and to the present. Everything you'd want to know about Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" is in this fine film!" [More]

Peter Jackson Interview: Aftonbladet

12/06/05, 7:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Anders writes: Swedish magazine Aftonbladet has interviewed Peter Jackson. He talks about how he had to pay parts of the movie himself and how he's going to take at least a year off after the release of King Kong. The article is in Swedish. [More]

Shore Set for NBR Lifetime Nod

12/06/05, 7:23 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK -- The National Board of Review will present Jane Fonda and composer Howard Shore with 2005 Career Achievement Awards at its Jan. 10 awards ceremony, to be emceed by Paul Reiser. The event at Tavern on the Green will honor Fonda's 45 years in cinema. Shore will receive a special 2005 Career Achievement for Film Music Composition. Two-time Oscar winner Fonda ("Klute," "Coming Home") returned to the screen this summer after a 15-year absence with the comedy "Monster-in-Law," accompanied by her Random House autobiography "My Life So Far." [More]

Peter Jackson Interview: Chud.com

12/06/05, 6:28 pm EST - Xoanon

In Peter Jackson's most recent Production Diary for King Kong he mentions that he will be doing many press junket interviews in New York City to promote King Kong. Here is one of the first few to pop online from the dudes over at CHUD.com: Devin writes: I hope Peter Jackson gets some sleep. The guy just seems exhausted. The last time I interviewed him was for The Two Towers, which means that he was right in the middle of all the Lord of the Rings business, and he still didn't look as tired as he did last Thursday at New York City's Regency Hotel. [More]

Aussies: Rings our fave

12/06/05, 6:22 pm EST - Xoanon

One ring to thrill us all ... Australia's favourite film. Those little people have come up trumps again, this time topping a list of Aussie film buffs' favourite movies. After a nationwide poll of Australians, an ABC-TV special last night delivered the verdict with Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy coming in at No. 1. The movie by the Kiwi director, which has won a swag of Oscars and other awards, beat Gone with the Wind, Star Wars and Pulp Fiction for the title. Lord of the Rings was followed by Amelie, the 2001 comedy about a innocent Parisian girl; the 1982 adventure flick Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford; and The Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. [More]

The Man Who Would be King Kong

12/06/05, 6:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Andy Serkis, who has been hailed as the heart and soul of King Kong, put so much into his portrayal of the legendary giant gorilla that he wept tears of joy when he saw the full movie for the first time. The 41-year-old actor - who so memorably brought Gollum to the screen in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy - doubled for the computerised Kong in the epic movie, which also stars Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody and Jack Black. [More]

Williams recruits celebs for charity football

12/06/05, 6:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Robbie Williams is lining up his celebrity pals for a charity football team he is organising. Among the stars he has asked to join the side are Jude Law, Orlando Bloom, Corrie's Bradley Walsh, ex-Arsenal player Ian Wright and Jamie Theakston. He also wants Terry Venables to manage the side. [More]

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