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News for Dec. 16, 2001

Weekly Ebay Items

12/16/01, 11:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Click on over to our SHOP section to see all the goodies we found for you to bid on via eBay!!Remember Christmas is only a few weeks away...and I love getting gifts! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

12/16/01, 11:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Yet another week to look at your favorite LOTR stars on the small screen! (mind you..by wednesday we can catch them ALL on the SILVER SCREEN!!!) [More]

Ian McKellen Talks New Zealand

12/16/01, 10:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Tvguide.com has a very nice interview with Ian McKellen (Gandalf) talking about New Zealand's wonderful landscapes. [More]

Wellington becomes Middle Earth

12/16/01, 10:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Wellingtonians woke up in Middle Earth this morning as the Capital declared itself the centre of the cinematic universe in preparation for Wednesday's New Zealand-Australian premiere of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring. [More]

(Someone should tell them it is Middle-earth, not Middle Earth or Middle-Earth... -Xo)

Media Watch: The NZ Listener

12/16/01, 10:29 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Delwyn sends in these scans from the latest issue of The NZ Listener. [More]

What what? No Takers?

12/16/01, 8:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Alastiar wrote in to send me the sad news that the LOTR Auction for charity is getting hardly and bids on eBay! Do YOU want the chance to get your very own copy of LOTR signed by PJ, or an original Alan Lee drawing signed by them both! Then get over to eBay and bid! [More]

New Zealand: Gorgeous movie co-star

12/16/01, 8:12 pm EST - Xoanon

MATAMATA, New Zealand — Ian Alexander's first hint that something big was brewing came with a knock at the door, rousting him from a televised rugby match. [More]

NYC LOTR Premiere Pics!

12/16/01, 8:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Hobbit Ranger Anne sends us in these images from the NYC LOTR premiere events, on stage with the cast is noted LOTR fan Governor George Pataki! [More]

Film Sparks Behind-The-Scenes Fan-Demonium

12/16/01, 7:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Most moviemakers hear from fans after their film hits the theaters. But Peter Jackson, director of "The Lord of the Rings," was getting feedback even before he'd finished shooting the movie. [More]

Awww...Aint That Sweet

12/16/01, 7:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Ataahua writes: Now here is a nice story from the New Zealand Press Association to bring a shine to your day: two actors who played hobbits in the film have fallen in love (and I'm not going to make any allusions about foot fetishes). [More]

Media Watch: The Evening Post

12/16/01, 7:47 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy John sends us these scans from The Evening Post. [More]

TheStar.com & Canoe.ca Go LOTR Mad

12/16/01, 7:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Delekhan sends in these links from TheStar.com and Canoe.ca, the entire world seems obsessed by LOTR madness!! [More]

Jasmine Watson: Jeweler For Middle-earth

12/16/01, 7:13 pm EST - Xoanon

As the Jeweller and Jewellery Designer for Peter Jackon's The Lord of the RIngs film trilogy, Jasmine Watson worked alongside Costume Designer Ngila Dickson and Conceptual Artist Alan Lee, to design and create jewellery and accessories for actors. [More]

AWESOME Cave Troll Pics From Wellington

12/16/01, 5:18 pm EST - Strider

If you've been paying attention to NZ news recently, you would know that the folks at WETA were erecting a huge reproduction of the Cave Troll from Moria to have stand above the entrance to the Embassy Theatre in Wellington. Well Ringer Spy DiTcH has sent in these awesome pics of the Cave Troll, looming high and proud over the people walking by below. [Snap 1] [Snap 2] [Snap 3]

How Star Wars Made Possible Marketing Middle-Earth

12/16/01, 4:17 pm EST - Strider

Sarakin spotted this article on the Irish Independant website that covers a host of old debates about Lord of the Rings, and notes that bad or not this movie will encourage more people to read Tolkien. [More]

Tolkien Trail Reviews Fellowship Of The Ring

12/16/01, 4:05 pm EST - Strider

Ben from Tolkien Trail attended the New York premiere, and thought all Ringers out there might be interested in his review of Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

LotR Jewelry Maker Website

12/16/01, 4:01 pm EST - Tookish

We've heard that Jasmine Watson, LotR jeweler, has a completed website. Some great film information as well as a look at her work! [More]

Mock Tolkien Interview From The Afterlife

12/16/01, 3:54 pm EST - Strider

Clare sends along this address she found at Slashdot.org of a mock Tolkien interview with some humour intended to be in good taste. Before anyone e-mails me about it soiling his memory, try and take it just as a bit of fun. [More]

Lord Of The Rings Special On ITV Tonight

12/16/01, 3:10 pm EST - Strider

Fabby writes: Tonight on ITV 1 at 23:00 till 00.00 there is the South Bank Show, and tonight it is a Lord Of The Rings Special. It should focus not only on the current films of the greatest story ever told, but should also talk about Tolkien himself and the books.

One Man's Travels In The Land Of Mordor

12/16/01, 2:55 pm EST - Strider

Pulse writes: I created a page describing the area of New Zealand where Peter Jackson filmed the scenes for the Land of Mordor. It informs you of the geography, geology and vulcanology of the area. [More]

Denmark's Bogart Reviews Fellowship Of The Ring

12/16/01, 2:48 pm EST - Strider

Haarfager sends in this report on the Bogart television program that was on Danish television. [More]

Mad TV Reviews Fellowship Of The Ring

12/16/01, 2:31 pm EST - Strider

Dajuid writes: I noticed your mentioning of FOTR being mentioned on SNL. Just wanted to let you know that it was actually given a review by a character portrayed by Michael McDonald. He gave it RAVE reviews and used cast and character names to embellish his review.

Gandalf Rules, AOL Drools?

12/16/01, 1:52 pm EST - Strider

Spirit gave me this address in Barlimans which discusses if AOL will try to cash-in on the Fellowship of the Ring's success by radically shaking up it's release date amongst other things. [More]

Tolkien Humor Section Wants Your Input!

12/16/01, 12:49 pm EST - Tookish

If you have something LotR or JRRT funny, send it to me! I'm looking for links, images, top ten lists, original writing, and other fun stuff. [More]

AFI Benefit Screening in LA Today

12/16/01, 12:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Garfeimao writes: I was able to pick up my tickets for the AFI benefit premiere of The Fellowship of the Ring today. [More]

Best Score: LOTR:FOTR

12/16/01, 12:20 pm EST - Xoanon

oscarwatch.com has 'called' Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings score to win the Oscar for best score this year! Only time will tell...here's hoping! [More]

Chocolate Easter Frodo?

12/16/01, 12:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Yumm...I could go for that.. [More]

Sir Ian Holm 'in cancer scare'

12/16/01, 12:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Sir Ian Holm, one of Britain's most-respected actors, has flown to America for urgent treatment after a cancer scare, according to reports. [More]

One ring to rule them all

12/16/01, 12:08 pm EST - Xoanon

J.R.R. Tolkien didn't write "The Lord of the Rings." He discovered the story, searching among ''the bones of words,'' as he called them, that were the lost legends of a real place called Middle-earth. [More]

Filming Three Tales at Once? A Little Madness Helps

12/16/01, 12:05 pm EST - Xoanon


ELLINGTON, New Zealand — In 1998 we were in pre-preproduction. Film-speak for limbo. Pre-preproduction is the tenuous time before a project is greenlit; before the studio commits to spending real money. This is the most vulnerable period for any film because it's the time when your project is most likely to be put into turnaround. That's film-speak for killed off. [More]

Media Watch: Entertainment Weekly

12/16/01, 12:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Cleolinda sends us these two scans from the latest issue of 'Entertainment Weekly'. Check out the Viggo Mortensen Article! [More]

PBS Shows Tolkien Documentary

12/16/01, 11:26 am EST - Tookish

From fellow PBS fan Dave: "I noticed that my local (Memphis) PBS station has a one hour show on J.R.R. Tolkien, Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. There is also a one hour show on Harry Potter proceeding the one on Tolkien."

Waterstone Glasgow Fellowship of the Ring Event

12/16/01, 9:46 am EST - Strider

Oscar sent in this report on how he faired at a Waterstone special Lord of the Rings in Glasgow, featuring Jude Fisher and Brian Sibley. [More]

Petition For Peter Jackson To Produce Episode III

12/16/01, 9:37 am EST - Strider

NicLeRoi sent us this address for an online petition to have Peter Jackson write and produce Episode III, asking George Lucas to 'give Peter Jackson the chance to move the Star Wars universe in a way where everyone can fully appreciate it with the smallest of complaints.' [More]

BSkyB Reviews Fellowship Of The Ring

12/16/01, 9:24 am EST - Strider

BSkyB, and to be more precise their infamous film critic Barry Norman have reviewed FOTR. But as Jodan notes, Mr. Norman's review isn't exactly glowing. View it on Sky Movies Active on Sky Digital.

Atari 2600 Lord Of The Rings Discovered

12/16/01, 8:15 am EST - Strider

Alex from AtariAge.com wrote in to tell us that they have finally found a copy of the ill-fated Lord of the Rings: Journey to Rivendell game for the Atari 2600, which was never completed nor published by its developers Parker Brothers. [More]

Enya's May It Be Available In WinMedia And Quicktime

12/16/01, 8:06 am EST - Strider

Harry S and Tinuviel have both mailed in to say that Enya's 'May It Be' video is now available both at Launch.com and at the Unofficial Enya News Page.

Official Site: Dwarves Guide & Making Of Moria

12/16/01, 8:01 am EST - Strider

Phil sends word that the LordoftheRings.net has added a section on Dwarves to their Explore the Epic interactive map, and posted a lot of pics on the creative proccess behind Moria's creatures.

Skaters Use Soundtrack On The Ice

12/16/01, 7:50 am EST - Strider

Shelia writes: Todd Eldredge of the US skated one of his programs to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating tonight. He did an excellent job, and it's wonderful to see the soundtrack being used in this manner. The skaters don't just use any music.

FOTR Mention On Saturday Night Live

12/16/01, 7:44 am EST - Strider

Stacey was watching Saturday Night Live last night and noticed a brief mention of FOTR during the Weekend Update, and a skit between Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey over the pronunciation of the names Frodo and Gandalf.

ESmas and Cinepolis Lord Of The Rings Competition

12/16/01, 7:17 am EST - Strider

RosaNegra wrote in to say that a new competition has been launched in Mexico between TV Network ESmas and Cinepolis. [More]

Norway's TV2 Reviews Fellowship Of The Ring

12/16/01, 6:56 am EST - Strider

Trond writes: Norwegian TV2 have just reviewed Lord of the Rings, they gave it 6/6, and called it a magical movie experience. They also showed a few seconds from Bree, when Frodo meets Strider.

Norway's Dagbladet Reviews Fellowship Of The Ring

12/16/01, 6:53 am EST - Strider

Flipm0de writes: Today "Dagbladet", which is a big Norwegian newspaper, has a 4 page article about LoTR with cool pictures and all. I believe it was called "For those of you who don't know what all the fuss is about. The revenge of Fantasy. - LoTR". Very nifty stuff.

Norwegian Screening Report

12/16/01, 6:50 am EST - Strider

Ringer Spies Kerb and Th0rny report from Norway and one of the greatest nights of their life. [More]

Göteborgs Posten Reviews Fellowship Of The Ring

12/16/01, 6:23 am EST - Strider

Paul writes: One of Sweden's biggest newspaper GP have reviewed FOTR...check it out. [More]

Ravenskeep LARPs at The Netherlands Premiere

12/16/01, 1:59 am EST - Jincey

Harvester brought news to Barliman's last night of his LARP's good fortune over the past week. His Live Action Role Playing society, [Ravenskeep] wanted to rent a theater for a showing of FOTR, so they spoke to the distributor about arrangements. Ravenskeep got much more than just a theater! [More]

Latest Newsletter is Away!

12/16/01, 12:00 am EST - Xoanon

The latest newsletter is away! Do you want to receive our weekly newsletter? Packed with tons of info to keep you up to date on the latest? Plus filled with exclusives from time to time! Join the crowd of more than 5100+ mailing list Ringers! Sign up now! [More]

News for Dec. 15, 2001


12/15/01, 11:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Here's a small shot at George Lucas...hehehehe [More]

One Film To Rule Them All

12/15/01, 11:06 pm EST - Xoanon

It has begun. Movie trailers have been playing for the last six months, beckoning you to Middle-earth. Hundreds of channels, and what's on? Sneak previews, specials and commercials packed with wizards, elves and hobbits. You can't even eat a burger without hearing about "The Lord of the Rings" -- J.R.R. Tolkien's famous trilogy of books, made into movies at last. [More]

Viggo Mortensen: A method actor in Middle-earth

12/15/01, 8:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Viggo Mortensen is a serious and impassioned actor whose apparent severity extends to his Nordic features: he has hard blue eyes, and a pair of cheekbones that could double as bookshelves. [More]

TV Watch: MTV's TRL Review

12/15/01, 8:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Oregoonie writes: I'm not sure if anyone's talked about some of the cast being on TRL yesterday, so here's my run-down, if you're interested. [More]

MuchMusic LOTR Event Cancelled

12/15/01, 8:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Orlando Bloom, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd have apparently cancelled their appearance at MuchMusic for today, they were snowed in while at New York city and could not make it to Toronto.

NetApp trumpets "Lord of the Rings" work

12/15/01, 8:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Network Appliance systems were used in the special effects for the "Lord of the Rings" movies, the company plans to announce when the movie debuts next week. [More]

McKellen Updates 'Grey Book'

12/15/01, 1:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Ian McKellen (Gandalf) has updated his 'grey book' section of his official site. [More]

More London Premiere Pics!

12/15/01, 1:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Henry sends us a link to his collection on London premiere pics! Take a look! [More]

Canadian LOTR Premiere Report

12/15/01, 1:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Phyoras writes: I was lucky enough to get tickets, which were being auctioned for $8000 Canadian, I got mine for free! [More]

A Night To Remember

12/15/01, 1:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Pippin Skywalker writes: Hullo all my dear hobbitlings! I have as yet another tale with which to enrich your imaginations and lighten your hearts. This is of course a detailed account of my time at the Premiere of all Premieres…the Premiere to rule them all! [More]

Hall of Fire Chats for December 15th & 16th

12/15/01, 12:44 pm EST - Strider

After all this, a shade under three years, it's nearly here. The first installment of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Fellowship of the Ring. This weekend, the Hall of Fire crew invite you to come visit us as the minutes tick away from Wednesday the 19th as we look at an Overview of Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

LOTR:FOTR Premiere in Singapore

12/15/01, 12:37 pm EST - Xoanon

milaya writes: There was a premiere last night here in Singapore. There was another launch party at another location where the other local ringer spy, AC went. I believe she's writing a report. [More]

Media Watch: PAX TV

12/15/01, 12:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Rugby Gimli writes: PAX TV will be bradcasting a show called Good Entertainment, in which they examine family films released this holiday season and whether or not they really are appropriate for the whole family. [More]

News From The Philippines

12/15/01, 11:31 am EST - Strider

Aileen from the Philippines sends in this information on the release date, competitions and everything else 'Rings related. [More]

Tolkien's Readings Of Books Available Streamed

12/15/01, 11:19 am EST - Strider

For everyone out there with a good modem, Tolkien fan Al has been kind enough to record Tolkien's readings of the books into mp3 format. [More]

Rolling Stone Reviews Fellowship Of The Ring

12/15/01, 11:07 am EST - Strider

Lord G sends word that Rolling Stone have written their own review of Fellowship of the Ring, and have put it in various formats on their site. [More]

Advanced Mexican Screenings For Public

12/15/01, 11:04 am EST - Strider

For Mexican Ringers who can't bear to wait until December 28th to see the Fellowship of the Ring, a new theatre complex is showing the film until the December 21st to celebrate its opening. [More]

Slant Magazine Reviews Fellowship Of The Ring

12/15/01, 10:57 am EST - Strider

Want an extremely well-written and thought out review of Fellowship of the Ring? Well look no further than this one from Slant Magazine. [More]

Jim Rygiel Interview From Espy Magazine

12/15/01, 10:53 am EST - Strider

Ian has uploaded an interview which appeared in Espy magazine with WETA Visual Effects Supervisor, Jim Rygiel. [More]

Europolitan Vodafone Lord Of The Rings Subsite

12/15/01, 10:48 am EST - Strider

According to Chade Europolitan Vodafone, one of Swedish GSM Operators has a special Lord of the Rings site with logos and signals from the movies. [More]

Real Life Comic Strip Does Lord Of The Rings

12/15/01, 9:08 am EST - Strider

Jesse writes: Don't know if you guy's have seen this, but today's edition of 'Real Life,' a web comic, has a pretty funny LOTR reference. [More]

And it is indeed funny!

A Trip Down Memory Lane

12/15/01, 9:03 am EST - Strider

Brass Monkey came across this in his travels on the Net, which seems in a way topical due to the Fellowship's imminent release onto the world. The article? A rumour about a director called Jackson taking over the Lord of the Rings..[More]

Sweden's Expressen Reviews Fellowship Of The Ring

12/15/01, 8:58 am EST - Strider

Tomten writes: Sweden's number two paper "Expressen" gave LotR: FotR 4 out of 5 today. The reviewer, Jonas Cramby, raves all trough his article about a how wonderful this film is. [More]

LOTR: FOTR Top Fantasy Movie say IMDB users

12/15/01, 3:07 am EST - Gamgee

The monster movie info site IMDB's user ratings rank "Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Ring" #1 among all fantasy movies in history! Above such classics as "The Wizard of Oz" and "Star Wars"! [More]

TV Watch: PJ on 'Mike Bullard'

12/15/01, 2:17 am EST - Xoanon

Peter Jackson was a guest on 'Open Mic with Mike Bullard' tonight. [More]

TV Watch: John Rhys-Davies On 'Mike Bullard'

12/15/01, 1:50 am EST - Xoanon

John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) was on 'Open Mic with Mike Bullard' tonight. [More]

News for Dec. 14, 2001

Media Watch: Access Hollywood

12/14/01, 10:47 pm EST - Xoanon

Access Hollywood had a small clip about the benefit screening of LOTR:FOTR in New York city last night. They spoke with Liv Tyler, Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen about the film, the fans and the bravado of making all 3 films at once. [More]

TV Watch: Sean Astin on Rosie O'Donnel

12/14/01, 10:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Our Sean Astin (Sam) made an apperance on Rosie O'Donnel today. [More]

Running rings around his rivals

12/14/01, 10:16 pm EST - Xoanon

The pitch meeting is already the stuff of Hollywood legend. On one side of the table: Peter Jackson, a talented New Zealand film maker, best known for oddball shock-horror movies and the highly acclaimed curio, Heavenly Creatures, but with no major box-office hit to his name. On the other side: Bob Shaye, chairman of New Line Cinema. [More]

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

12/14/01, 9:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Peter Jackson emphasizes the territorial nature of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth by fascinatingly playing with lines of division. [More]

Fans of the Rings Play a Role

12/14/01, 9:53 pm EST - Xoanon

With studio executives and die-hard fans preparing to scrutinize every move, New Line Cinema's Gordon Paddison took the film industry off guard by opening the movie production of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings to fan sites. [More]

Film 2001 Clips Online

12/14/01, 9:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Frunk writes in to tell us that a few of the Film 2001 clips are online, check them out (RealPlayer needed) [More]

Lord of the Effects

12/14/01, 9:43 pm EST - Xoanon

The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, the first part to be released near the end of this year is probably the most ambitious attempt to take a popular book and make it into a movie. [More]

Local Line Party Gets A Plug

12/14/01, 7:01 pm EST - Xoanon

TORN Staffer Tinuviel sends us this article from The Post Bulletin. Take a look! [More]

London Premiere Pictures!

12/14/01, 6:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Fergus sends us his pics from the December 10th premiere of LOTR:FOTR! [More]

Elijah Wood Live Chat On AOL!

12/14/01, 6:34 pm EST - Xoanon

AOL users can catch a live chat with Elijah Wood (Frodo) at 7 pm today! Be sure to not miss it! AOL keyword: AOLLive.

National Geographic LOTR Special

12/14/01, 6:05 pm EST - Xoanon

National Geographic Embarks on an Extraordinary Journey to Explore How the Imaginary World of Middle-earth Reflects Our Own. [More]

Elijah Wood: ‘We Were Passionate About What We Were a Part Of’

12/14/01, 5:58 pm EST - Xoanon

In the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Elijah Wood plays Frodo Baggins, a naive hobbit who must take the terrifying road to Mordor, dodge the evil Sauron and Saruman—and then hurl the ruling ring back into the fires of Mount Doom. [More]

German LOTR Videos

12/14/01, 5:54 pm EST - Xoanon

German move site www.bild.de has some very cool LOTR interviews and video clips. All in german mind you... [More]

News From South Africa

12/14/01, 2:54 pm EST - Strider

Vexa sends us some news from South Africa. First, the cellphone provider Mtn has a LOTR SMS game for all of its customers. Also, the Sunday Times website has a competition to 'Crack the Ring code'. [More]

The Irish Times Reviews Fellowship Of The Ring

12/14/01, 2:48 pm EST - Strider

My fellow Irishman Sarakin mailed in to say that The Irish Times have now posted a review of the Fellowship of the Ring on their website. [More]

AOL High Speed Has May It Be Video

12/14/01, 2:27 pm EST - Strider

Wraith wrote in to say that the new video for Enya's May It Be is now available on AOL High Speed. Anyone else with more information, send it in!

Spellbound By Jackson And Gandalf

12/14/01, 2:15 pm EST - Strider

Mark writes: Check out this review from a literary-critic-type snob for the veddy stuffy Financial Times who practically faints from joy and surprise over FOTR. [More]

TV Watch: (enough already!) LOTR 'cast' On TRL

12/14/01, 2:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Be sure to catch the 'entire' cast of LOTR on MTV's Total Request Live, not too sure how entire is 'entire'...but I'm sure all the hobbits will be there at least. Check your local listings!

TV Watch: Liv Tyler on Regis

12/14/01, 2:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Liv Tyler (Arwen) was on 'Live with Regis and Kelly (goddess)'. [More]

Official Site: Galadriel Screensaver

12/14/01, 1:59 pm EST - Strider

Yesterday we got a Legolas screensaver, now Travis sends word that a Galadriel screensaver hast just been posted. Are we going to get a daily fix of screensavers up to December 19th? [More]

EW: LOTR Is Best Of 2001

12/14/01, 1:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Hunter writes: I Just received my new Entertainment Weekly - its their holiday double issue. LOTR is their pick for best film of 2001. It's a seperate list for both critics - the other has Memento.

TV Watch: 'The World' Talks Tolkien

12/14/01, 1:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Thain of Westmarch writes: The international news show, "The World", which airs on many public radio
stations in the U.S., will be doing a feature on J. R.R. Tolkien and LOTR today (Friday, Dec. 14). Check your local NPR station for broadcast times.

TV Watch: Elijah Wood on The Big Breakfast

12/14/01, 1:23 pm EST - Xoanon

Aelinwen writes: Today, on the Big Breakfast we were treated to an interview with Elijah Wood (Frodo). [More]

Trinkets, Tie-ins, and Action Figures

12/14/01, 11:48 am EST - Xoanon

Naughty or nice...which one are you? [More]

ho ho xo -Xo :)

With 'Ring,' Studio May Try Prequel Teasers to Sequels

12/14/01, 11:45 am EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 — Even before the release on Wednesday of "The Fellowship of the Ring," the first installment in a trilogy of films based on J. R. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings," New Line Cinema is contemplating a novel distribution plan to lure those who enjoy the film back to see it at least one more time. [More]

TV Watch: PJ and JRD on 'Open Mic With Mike Bullard!'

12/14/01, 11:36 am EST - Xoanon

Canadian fans can rejoice in the fact that 'Mike Bullard' has managed to get Peter Jackson and John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) as guests for tonights 'Open Mic' show in Toronto! Check your local listings!

TV Watch: Film 2001 LOTR Special

12/14/01, 11:34 am EST - Xoanon

John sends us these pics from the Film 2001 LOTR special, take a look! [More]

TV Watch: Sean Astin on 'Rosie'

12/14/01, 11:31 am EST - Xoanon

Sean Astin (Sam) will be on 'The Rosie Odonnel Show' today, check your local listings! Pics hopefully coming soon!

TV Watch: Liv Tyler On 'Regis'

12/14/01, 8:53 am EST - Xoanon

Be sure to catch Liv Tyler (Arwen) on 'Live With Regis & Kelly' today. Check your local listings.

TV Watch: Liv Tyler on Letterman

12/14/01, 1:28 am EST - Xoanon

Liv Tyler (Arwen) made an apperance on David Letterman to talk LOTR, Turkey and salt water guest mugs. [More]

News for Dec. 13, 2001

TV Watch: Elijah On Conan

12/13/01, 11:44 pm EST - Xoanon

I'm starting to scare a few folks with all these Elijah pics...but if I had some other LOTR folks on American TV I'd have picks of them too! (Be sure to check out the Liv Tyler pics later tonight). [More]

Local Actors Make Good

12/13/01, 11:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Ataahua sends us these scans from The New Zealand Heralds Weekend edition. [Scan1] [Scan2]

TV Watch: The Discovery Channel

12/13/01, 10:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a look at the first of @discovery.ca LOTR related episodes. Thanks yo Mike for the link! [More]

Film 2001 Review

12/13/01, 10:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Mirjam writes: For Film 2001, Jonathan Ross had interviews with almost the complete main cast as well as PJ himself. [More]

Tolkien fantasy born in trenches

12/13/01, 10:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Middle-Earth was born in hospital in 1916 when JRR Tolkien was invalided from the Somme with trenchfever. [More]

Magic masterpiece is Lord of the Oscars

12/13/01, 10:33 pm EST - Xoanon

This has been a dismal year for film-making. Only the other day I was lamenting the fate of the Academy when it comes to making their end-of-year choices for the Oscars. [More]


12/13/01, 10:29 pm EST - Xoanon

HSN, The Exclusive Television Retailer of LOTR, Offers Merchandise Developed By Film’s Special Effects Artisans Prior To Film’s Nationwide Release. [More]

Orlando Bloom Talks LOTR

12/13/01, 10:12 pm EST - Xoanon

This morning the crew at KLBJ-FM in Austin had a live phone interview with none other than Orlando Bloom (Legolas). [More]

TV Watch: David Letterman

12/13/01, 6:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Liv Tyler (Arwen) will be on the David Letterman show on CBS at 11:35 Eastern.

Dominic Monaghan/Billy Boyd On The Big Breakfast

12/13/01, 6:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Aelinwen writes: This Morning we were treated to another interview on the Big breakfast, once again featuring the 'Board of the Rings' game. [More]

TV Watch: BBC1

12/13/01, 5:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Alex writes: Just to remind all you folk that tonight is a Film 2001 LOTR special - probably nearly the full programme will be dedicated to the FOTR. Usually starts at 11.15pm on BBC 1

Official Site Updates

12/13/01, 5:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out the new Legolas screensaver! [More]

Get A Clue Moviefone!

12/13/01, 5:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Paladin Took writes: Check out the link below at moviefone.com. They've screwed up the photos matching the descriptions for Sam, Pippin AND Merry. They put a picture of Billy Boyd as Merry, a pic of Dominic Monaghan as Pippin, and a pic of Billy Boyd as Sam. [More]

I Have Seen It!!!

12/13/01, 4:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Just past 1PM Eastern Standard Time today...the credits rolled after the first press screening for LOTR:FOTR in Montreal...and I was there...

After almost 3 years of anticipation...after all the phone calls, meetings, appointments, interviews, reviews, screaming, crying, arguing, laughing, tresspass notices, TV, Radio, Newspaper, magazine interviews..after all the long wait for me is over...

I will tell you my story...once I catch my breath...get some food in me...and thank God in heaven that Peter Jackson/WETA/New Line have made this film!

Line Parties Reach Over 3,500 Members!

12/13/01, 2:37 pm EST - Strider

Line Party maestro Tinuviel chimed in to say that our line parties now have over 3,500 members and consists of over 400 lines! Six days to go guys.....six days to go! [Join A Line Party]

Tolkien Discussion On French Radio

12/13/01, 2:22 pm EST - Strider

Zaris writes: A discussion on Tolkien and his wrintings during the (very intellectual) program 'Indicatif Présent' over the French radio station Radio-Canada (109,5 FM) in Montréal today (Thu 13 Dec) at 23:40 EST. [More]

Another Review Of Fellowship Of The Ring

12/13/01, 2:18 pm EST - Strider

Brian writes: I found a 'bad' review of Lord of the Rings, that describes the battle sequences as 'video-esque' and his assessment describes a 'hobbits & wizards VS. evil yarn'. I take this one with a grain of salt though. [More]

Reports On Turkish Premiere

12/13/01, 2:15 pm EST - Strider

Emre The Sorcerer writes: Turkey Premiere for LOTR:FOTR was made yesterday. The reviews of Turkish fans are here, and they are in Turkish, of course. [More]

Finland Phone Operator Offers LOTR Options

12/13/01, 2:12 pm EST - Strider

Mervi writes: One of our mobile phone operators, DNA Finland, goes LOTR mad: they've got LOTR logos, ring tones, pictures messages, news SMS, contests. They're telling us it's all exclusive. [More]

Moriarty Reviews Fellowship Of The Ring

12/13/01, 2:04 pm EST - Strider

Moriarty from Aint-It-Cool-News has posted his review and thoughts on Fellowship of the Ring...worth checking out! [More]

Quickbeam's Full Review of "Fellowship"

12/13/01, 1:12 pm EST - Quickbeam

After waiting 20 years to see this glorious film, the time has come at last! Without spoilers read my glowing review and find out why I call Fellowship "a strong, visionary, and surprising film!" [More]

Yet Another Review of FOTR...

12/13/01, 11:36 am EST - leo

I've recently gotten the very cool chance to see LOTR:FOTR twice in two days, and I figured I might as well put in my two cents about it, so here it is, my short yet pretty much spoiler-free review of this amazing movie! [More]

Tehanu Goes Offline.

12/13/01, 6:02 am EST - Tehanu

Leaving town, leaving the country. Tomorrow the computer goes in a box to its new home (Thanks to SAMGAMGEE7 for his help!) and until we're reunited I can't answer your emails, much as I'd like to. Happy FOTR day everyone, wherever and whenever that is for you, and Merry Christmas.

Wellington Fan Celebration.

12/13/01, 5:50 am EST - Tehanu

On premiere night, we'll have ourselves a little celebration of our own right in the heart of the action. Come join the TORN/Phoenix 'Long-Awaited Party'! [More]

TV Watch: Elijah On 'Regis' & 'Today'

12/13/01, 1:29 am EST - Xoanon

Elijah Wood (Frodo) is certainly making the rounds on all the major chat shows this week, he's a hard working actor (and don't think we don't appreciate it Elijah). Take a look at these pics from his appearances on Wednesday's 'Regis & Kelly' and 'Today'. [More]

Pierre Vinet Exhibit!

12/13/01, 12:23 am EST - Xoanon

Frosty writes: Track 16 Gallery, located in Santa Monica, will be hosting New Line Presents Pierre Vinet: A Lord of the Rings Photographic Journey. [More]

Rings of Fire

12/13/01, 12:05 am EST - Xoanon

Quite a while ago, in a time forgotten by many mortals, a powerful magic ruled the Western lands, emanating from luminous citadels known as movie theaters. Those who still remember this mystical epoch call it "The '80s." Think of Legend and Willow and The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. [More]

Finland Age Limit Lowers

12/13/01, 12:00 am EST - Xoanon

Kentti writes: I'm pleased to inform you that the rating for the Lord of the Rings in Finland has been lowered from the initial K-15 to K-11. [More]

News for Dec. 12, 2001

Volunteer Service Abroad Auction

12/12/01, 11:47 pm EST - Xoanon

Jeremy Rose writes: Al at scoop told me to get in touch about a fundraising auction of a copy of the Lord of the Rings signed by Peter Jackson and containing an original pencil sketch by Alan Lee. [More]

Media Watch: Brisbane's Courier Mail

12/12/01, 11:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Jeremy sends us these 2 articles from 'Brisbane's Courier Mail'. [More]

Niagara Fan Happening

12/12/01, 11:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Tim Moran writes: I have some nice information to any Tolkien fan who lives in the Niagara Region. [More]

Media Watch: 8 Days Magazine

12/12/01, 10:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Milaya writes: Local magazine, 8 Days, in Singapore published a 'Things You Must Know About Lord of the Rings' today. [More]

Media Watch: UK Daily Mail

12/12/01, 10:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Noggin the Nog sends us a scan from the UK Daily Mail. Take a look! [More]

Toy Review Talks To Richard Taylor

12/12/01, 10:24 pm EST - Xoanon

KO writes: Here are some scans I thought you might like. The first is from Toy Review. They interview Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop. [More]

SHOP: Behind The Scenes DVD?

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

Ringer Spy Stephane sends us a french behind the scenes DVD. [More]

Rings one of 10 best movies of all time

12/12/01, 8:17 pm EST - Xoanon

LONDON: The Lord of the Rings is not even on public display, yet British newspaper The Sun today hailed it as one of 10 films that changed cinema history. [More]

Praise rings out loud and clear

12/12/01, 8:13 pm EST - Xoanon

New Zealand audiences will have to wait one more week to see The Fellowship of the Ring, the first instalment of the $658 million trilogy filmed here by local director Peter Jackson. [More]

Liv And Let Liv

12/12/01, 8:06 pm EST - Xoanon

By now, you probably know that a little movie called ''The Fellowship of the Ring'' is upon us, and that it's the first in a hugely ambitious trilogy of films that adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved ''Lord of the Rings'' to the screen. This news affects you in one of four ways. [More] Thanks to Jen for the tip!

Orlando Bloom Talks LOTR

12/12/01, 8:01 pm EST - Xoanon

3ddreamer writes: Just heard on the radio that Orlando Bloom will be giving a radio interview this Thrusday morning (12-13-01) during the Rod Ryan show on 106.7 The End in New Orleans, LA. Not sure what time the interview is, but the show is from 5:30 am to 10:00 am.

Is That All There Is?

12/12/01, 7:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Our sister site, TheForce.net has posted a very interesting editorial on the half-life of a 'legend', and how long certain genres can/should last. Take a look! Interesting read! [More]

Tookish's Fellowship of the Ring Review

12/12/01, 7:49 pm EST - Tookish

Aha, it's my turn!! I've put together a 98% spoiler-free review of LotR: FotR based on my first viewing of the film on Monday at the Culver City Studios press showing. If you'd like to read Jackson’s LotR: FotR -- Truly His Own Story, click [here]. If not, just know that I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!

New Line Gambles on 'The Lord of the Rings' Trilogy

12/12/01, 7:48 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 — The recent management shuffle at the top of AOL Time Warner — in which Richard D. Parsons, a veteran Time Warner executive, emerged as the surprise successor to the retiring chief executive, Gerald M. Levin. [More]

Wanna Watch LOTR With Ian McKellen?

12/12/01, 7:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Lowes: We are especially excited to offer you the chance to be the first to see The Lord of the Rings at an exclusive advance presentation hosted by Gandalf himself, Sir Ian McKellen. [More]

A Woman's Review

12/12/01, 3:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Sharon writes: Okay, I saw the film. I have to admit, by the time the credits started I had to run to the restroom - even though I had nothing to drink for hours before. So here's a woman's slant on the movie. !!Spoilers!! [More]

TV Watch: Conan O'Brien & MTV

12/12/01, 3:42 pm EST - Xoanon

You can catch Elijah Wood (Frodo) on 'Conan O'Brien' tonight at 12:35 am, let's hope he gives TORN a nice big 'HELLO!'

You can also see the MTV 'Behind the Scenes of LOTR' tonight on the music station. Check your local listings.

Decipher Lines Up!

12/12/01, 3:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Gather to celebrate the launch of the movie they have awaited for decades. 'Line Parties' are being organized across the world for The Lord of the Rings fans who plan to get in line early for tickets to ensure that they see The Fellowship of the Ring the day it hits theaters. Decipher and theonering.net will be there to make sure the party is a success. [More]

Games Workshop attends LOTR Conference

12/12/01, 2:20 pm EST - DarthCaeser

On Saturday 8th December a press conference was held to coincide with the imminent release of The Fellowship of The Ring, the first part of The Lord of The Rings film trilogy. [More]

National Geographic LOTR Special Rescheduled

12/12/01, 2:08 pm EST - Strider

Ardaron writes: Just came across this as I was checking on upcoming specials. Seems MSNBC has changed the National Geographic special from Dec 16 to Dec 23. [More]

The One Ring Prototype Reaches $10,000 Plus!

12/12/01, 1:49 pm EST - Strider

With still over 8 days to go until the bidding closes, the One Ring prototype has just reached an incredible auction price of $13,076 or EUR 14,650. That's far much more than the London premiere tickets. [More]

UK Goes LOTR Mad

12/12/01, 1:44 pm EST - Xoanon

David writes: As you can imagine, it's LOTR:FOTR mad over here in the UK. FOTR has had a mention on just about every news program over the last few days. Making the BBC News at 10:00 two nights in a row. [More]

UK LOTR Review and After Party News!

12/12/01, 1:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Grim writes: ...leading us thru the crowds and past a ravishing purple vision that turns out to be Dominic Monaghan who is talking to a member of the press! We walk into the cinema and are shown to our seats... [More]

Cinefantastique Reviews LOTR:FOTR

12/12/01, 1:26 pm EST - Xoanon

An insider at Cinefantastique Magazine has sent us the as-yet-unpublished review of LOTR:FOTR, read it here and ONLY here! !!Spoilers!! [More]

Today is the last day....

12/12/01, 10:16 am EST - Gamgee

If you plan on entering the Tolkien Essay Extravaganza, you'd better hurry! We stop taking entries at midnight EST tonight! [More]

Fantasypewter adds 2 new chess sets!

12/12/01, 10:10 am EST - Gamgee

Our friends at Fantasypewter.com have added 2 new chess sets to thier product line. If you thought the first one was hot, check out these new ones! WOW!! [More]

Sean Bean On The Big Breakfast

12/12/01, 8:44 am EST - Xoanon

Aelinwen writes: The Big Breakfast continues its support of 'Fellowship of the Ring' with another slightly strange interview of Sean Bean by Ed Wood. [More]

Official Site Updates

12/12/01, 8:35 am EST - Xoanon

The official LOTR site has some new goodies for you to gander at, take a look at a new Rivendell video! [More]

Come on - join the Rings parade

12/12/01, 8:33 am EST - Xoanon

Wellingtonians are invited to join a procession of street performers in the lead-up to the street celebrations on 19 December for the Australasian premiere of The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

Elijah Wood Makes The Rounds

12/12/01, 8:28 am EST - Xoanon

Our very own Elijah Wood has been making the rounds on all the American talk shows. You can catch him on 'Live With Regis & Kelly' today (check local listings) as well as 'Late Night With Conan Obrien' (12:35 AM on NBC).

Liv Tyler was supposed to be on the 'Today' show today...but I just heard Katie Curick say that Elijah will be their special guest.

New screen, new soundsystem

12/12/01, 8:21 am EST - Xoanon

Frodo will be so real you'll smell the little hobbit when the Fellowship of the Ring Australasian premiere hits the Embassy's new screen on Wednesday (December 19). [More]

Fellowship Of The Tattoos

12/12/01, 8:18 am EST - Xoanon

When the cast reunited Monday on the steps of the Odeon Cinema in London's Leicester Square, they spoke of working on the film, based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels, as a life-transforming event. [More]

Sean Astin Talks LOTR

12/12/01, 8:16 am EST - Xoanon

Sean Astin writes: You know, it's not easy being small -- especially if you're 5' 7 3/4" and weigh 161 pounds, but that's what I brought to the table when Peter Jackson hired me to play Sam Gamgee, a Hobbit who is the best pal of Frodo in his film of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic, The Lord of the Rings. [More]

Movie Television Talks LOTR

12/12/01, 8:13 am EST - Xoanon

Movie TV talks with stars Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler and Ian McKellen about the film and take a look at the merchandise that goes along with it. (RealPlayer Needed) [More]

TV Watch: Late Show With David Letterman

12/12/01, 12:52 am EST - Xoanon

Our very own Elijah Wood (Frodo) was on David Letterman tonight. He spoke all about LOTR and the magic of making the films. Check out the report, whith lots of nice pics! [More]

News for Dec. 11, 2001

5 LOTR:FOTR Clips!

12/11/01, 5:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Fraggle sends us these AMAZING 5 clips from the LOTR special that aired on the Sci-Fi Channel last week. Cool story number I!! [More]

New LOTR:FOTR Review!

12/11/01, 5:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Balin Of The Mines writes: Saw it monday night. All three hours of the Fellowship of the Ring. I can tell you that the casting is spot on all the way through... !Spoilers! Cool story number II!! [More]

'Meet Ian McKellen' Contest Winners

12/11/01, 5:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Winners for the 'Meet Ian McKellen in NYC' contest have been announced on McKellen.com. Cool story number III!! [More]

Premiere is a 3-'Rings' circus

12/11/01, 5:04 pm EST - Xoanon

LONDON — The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring proved Monday night that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone isn't the only high-profile fantasy film that can conjure up fan enthusiasm at its world premiere. [More]

Fellowship scores on all levels

12/11/01, 4:45 pm EST - Xoanon

...director Peter Jackson avoids almost all of the traps to deliver a powerful, intense and beautifully realised movie that interprets the novel - well, almost to perfection. [More]

Wellington Thanks PJ

12/11/01, 4:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Elliott writes: Just to let you know that the Evening Post ran a story on page 3 last night with photo about a 2m tall Thank You card from the people of Wellington to Peter Jackson. [More]

I Hope PJ Doesn't Wear Shorts In Toronto

12/11/01, 4:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Ataahua writes: OK, we know that PJ DIDN'T turn up to the London premier in shorts and bare feet, but his fame as a somewhat casual dresser is now firmly established. Here's a cartoon from Kiwi satarist Tom Scott, that appeared in New Zealand newspapers yesterday and today. [More]

NZ reactions to the London premiere.

12/11/01, 4:15 pm EST - Tehanu

NZ went LOTR-crazy yesterday. Even for those of us who had nothing to do with making the movie, we felt such pride as we saw 'our baby' taking its first steps in the world outside...[More]

'Lord of the Rings' Film Faces Tolkien Fans

12/11/01, 4:11 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Most filmmakers only have to contend with professional critics. Peter Jackson, director of ``The Lord of the Rings'' trilogy, will face millions of long-time readers ready to second-guess his every move in his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic. [More]

Media Watch: Computer Graphics World

12/11/01, 4:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spies Stopher the Puce and truesilver send us these scans from Computer Graphics World magazine. [More]

Enya Pays Tolkien Visit To London Premiere

12/11/01, 3:49 pm EST - Strider

The publicity shy Irish singer Enya arrived in London last night for the world premiere of the long awaited Lord of the Rings movie. The multi million dollar movie is the first of the trilogy to be released based on the books of JRR Tolkien. [More]

TheForce.net reviews FOTR

12/11/01, 2:53 pm EST - Tehanu

Scott Chitwood is perhaps unfair to Lucas by comparing FOTR to 'The Phantom Menace' rather than Lucas' ground-breaking 'Star Wars,' and he concludes that FOTR is a movie that SW fans will love. [More]

Want To Buy The Prototype Ring Of All Rings?

12/11/01, 1:43 pm EST - Strider

Corelina sends word that the German station HR3 is auctioning off the prototype for all rings that were used in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, crafted by Oliver Nöll, a German Goldsmith. [More]

Aftonbladet Reviews Fellowship of the Ring

12/11/01, 1:35 pm EST - Strider

Filip writes: Just wanted to tell you that Aftonbladet (a Swedish newspaper) reviewed FOTR yesterday. They gave it 4 out of 5, and wrote that it was a "magnificent adventure".

LOTR 'Hotter Than Potter' Says Critics

12/11/01, 1:29 pm EST - Strider

And the Daily Mail's Christopher Tookey warned: "Critics who gave five-star ratings to Chris Columbus's competent but uninspired Harry Potter movie are going to have to find ten if they are to do justice to The Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

London Premiere Pictures!

12/11/01, 12:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Eledhwen sends us these 10 great snaps of the LOTR stars attending the LOTR:FOTR premiere in London yesterday! [More]

Ted from TolkienOnline - 9 out of 10

12/11/01, 12:13 pm EST - Calisuri

Our new found friends at TolkienOnline have posted their first review of the film. Ted gives it a 9 out of 10. If you know Ted, that is good news for Tolkien fans worldwide! [More]

A Studio Executive Tries His Hand at Wizardry

12/11/01, 11:59 am EST - Xoanon

Bob Shaye didn't know it at the time, but when he met with director Peter Jackson to discuss making "Lord of the Rings," the New Line Cinema founder was the filmmaker's last hope. [More]

TV Watch: MTV

12/11/01, 11:55 am EST - Xoanon

Many folks have written in telling us that MTV will be re-airing their LOTR special at 5 PM EST. Check your local listings!

TV Watch: Late Show With David Letterman

12/11/01, 11:36 am EST - Xoanon

Be sure to catch The Late Show With David Letterman tonight for our very own Elijah Wood! Elijah, if you're reading this, mention TORN tonight!!!

The Late Show is on at 11:35 EST on CBS. Check your local listings!

Reviews say 'Rings' runs rings around 'Potter'

12/11/01, 11:26 am EST - Xoanon

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- The early reviews are in and it looks like Frodo the Hobbit will run rings around Harry Potter. [More]

Official Site Updates

12/11/01, 11:18 am EST - Xoanon

You can now find a special Arwen screensaver, and information on the NYC benefit LOTR:FOTR screener on the official site. [More]

More Premiere Reports

12/11/01, 11:06 am EST - Xoanon

Torper writes: I arrived around 7.00 and outside the Odeon it was packed with fans and journalists. [More]

Lord Of The Rings: first impressions

12/11/01, 10:55 am EST - Xoanon

The Fellowship Of The Ring, the first film in epic fantasy trilogy The Lord Of The Rings, has had its UK premiere at last. Teletext critic Paul Arendt was among the first to see the movie. Here he gives his first impressions. [More]

Stars launch first episode of Tolkien's Ring cycle

12/11/01, 10:52 am EST - Xoanon

The Australian actress Cate Blanchett missed last night's world premiere in London of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first episode of the £210 million Lord of the Rings trilogy. [More]

Why KONG never was

12/11/01, 10:46 am EST - Xoanon

While Peter Jackson’s name will forever be synonymous with the live action THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, it’s another genre property that initially sparked the director’s interest with fantasy film. [More]

The Man, the Movie ... the Manuscripts

12/11/01, 10:33 am EST - Xoanon

A different side to the creator of Middle-Earth was revealed today, as J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts and printed editions went on display. [More]

Christopher Lee On 'The Big Breakfast'

12/11/01, 10:26 am EST - Xoanon

Aelinwen writes: The splendid Christopher Lee appeared in interview on The Big Breakfast this morning. [More]

In pictures: Lord of the Rings première

12/11/01, 10:14 am EST - Xoanon

The stars of The Lord of the Rings attend the world première at Leicester Square, London. [More]

Pall over Rings première

12/11/01, 10:07 am EST - Xoanon

Amid all the hype, the celebrity guests and the press photographers, it was easy to forget that The Lord of the Rings was originally a series of books, mere words on paper. [More]

Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring Review

12/11/01, 10:04 am EST - Xoanon

My good friend Garrett has sent us a non-spoiler and spoiler filled reviews of LOTR:FOTR! Enjoy!

Well I have just returned from seeing "Fellowship of the Ring" at the NY Press Screening [More]

IMDB taking viewer ratings now!

12/11/01, 10:03 am EST - Gamgee

If you have been one of the lucky few to have seen LOTR:FOTR, get yourself on over to IMDB and tell them what you think! At this moment, it is doing very respectably with a rating of 9.3! [More] Thanks to Leonardo for the tip!

TVNZ on the Premiere.

12/11/01, 6:25 am EST - Tehanu

Over on the TVNZ site there's a realplayer clip on the right hand side under 'Holmes.' About half of it is trailer footage, but the rest shows the hysteria outside the theatre in London. [More]

The Sun: Premiere Photos.

12/11/01, 6:12 am EST - Tehanu

If you love bad puns, this is the report for you. Simply the worst! [More]

Empire Online reviews FOTR

12/11/01, 5:52 am EST - Tehanu

Another big player in film journalism piles in with a rave review for FOTR. [More]

Thanks to Spacelord for the alert.

Just got back from a screening...

12/11/01, 3:52 am EST - Calisuri

A couple TORn staffers had a chance to attend a press screening of Fellowship of the Ring Monday night. We will be writing up reviews shortly. But let me just preface them all by saying...how to put this bluntly....OH MY GOD!!! IT ROCKS!!! Congrats to PJ, the production and everyone involved. Masterpiece is not even close to a significant enough word. More later!

Terry Brooks Talks Tolkien

12/11/01, 1:37 am EST - Xoanon

Kyrin writes: Celebrated fantasy author Terry Brooks has written a short essay on the Lord of the Rings phenomenon at the Borders bookstore website. [More]

First night for Lord of the Rings

12/11/01, 1:33 am EST - Xoanon

"What about page 53?" a voice shouted, as the lights dimmed for the first British press screening of Lord of the Rings. The little dig at the Tolkien purists who will be poised to descend gibbering on all textual deviation when the film opens to the public next week was a reminder that, for the devout, this is a moment of nervous apprehension. [More]

Pirate LOTR Copies?

12/11/01, 1:30 am EST - Xoanon

HOLLYWOOD (Zap2it.com) – It hasn't been released yet and it's already causing headaches. Despite the unprecedented security measures taken at press and test screenings, pirated copies of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" have surfaced, reports The Hollywood Reporter. [More]

'Lord Of The Rings' Premieres

12/11/01, 1:24 am EST - Xoanon

(CBS) The epic "Lord of the Rings" film was launched at a glitzy world premiere Monday with critics already hailing the mammoth fantasy as a masterpiece. [More]

World Premiere Report!

12/11/01, 1:22 am EST - Xoanon

Eledhwen writes:I just got back from screaming my head off outside the world premiere - here's my report. I'm getting photos developed tomorrow and will gladly send you the best ones asap. [More]

Very Cool NZ Tourism Movie!

12/11/01, 1:17 am EST - Xoanon

Darryl writes: I Just wanted to let you guys know that Shift, a web design company, have developed a audio-visual presentation for Tourism New Zealand about LOTR and NZ, and it is now online. [More]

The voice you're listening to is Lucy Lawless, spared no expense!

Media Watch: American Cinematographer

12/11/01, 1:07 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Kris was SO kind to send us the ENTIRE 30 page article in the latest issue of 'American Cinematographer', take a look, cool film-related info here! [More]

BK Hits Soar

12/11/01, 12:07 am EST - Xoanon

Burger King Corporation today reported that during the past 14 days of operation of its Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring related interactive website, 4.5 million hits were recorded on its site. [More]

Lord of the Rings" epic poses challenge for composer

12/11/01, 12:04 am EST - Xoanon

LONDON (Reuters) - For Canadian composer Howard Shore, it has been the movie challenge of a lifetime -- writing the nine-hour score for the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. [More]

News for Dec. 10, 2001

"The Guardian" reviews FOTR

12/10/01, 9:47 pm EST - Tehanu

Thanks to Doug for another good review from "The Guardian," which comments that the rousing film has an ending that is more arthouse than blockbuster. And that's GOOD! [More]

Weta Props exhibition in Wellington.

12/10/01, 9:38 pm EST - Tehanu

According to Mr. Tadpole, the Weta props exhibition in Wellington is a must-see. [More]

NZ Tourism Website does LOTR special.

12/10/01, 9:22 pm EST - Tehanu

The TORN fans at web design company Shift, who designed PureNZ's LOTR section, wanted us to be the first to see their design. They've done a great presentation of NZ as ''Home of Middle-earth." [More]

Access Hollywood Talks LOTR

12/10/01, 7:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Finally..well, sort of... Access Hollywood just aired a small clip of the London premiere of LOTR:FOTR. There was a small sound byte from Liv Tyler, and a shot of Elijah Wood (no tie and all), and Billy Boyd giving handshakes and hugs to the crowd. Still no word of that 'special behind the scenes' footage they promised last week.

Hobbit star in Middle Earth "madness" down under

12/10/01, 6:39 pm EST - Xoanon

LONDON (Reuters): Young American actor Elijah Wood is almost lost for words when he describes the experience of filming the three Lord of the Rings movies back to back in New Zealand. [More]

The Book Club Talks LOTR

12/10/01, 5:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Earlier this year, when the noisy gears of the movie marketing machine began to grind, a low-grade anxiety seized me. My 5-year-old son was about to be cheated of one of childhood's great pleasures: the chance to conjure his own hobbits, ents, and elves rather than have them presented to him pre-imagined. [More]

Media Watch: Computer Graphics World

12/10/01, 5:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Lawrence writes: I just received my December issue of Computer Graphics World (CGW) this past weekend and they had an article about the computer animation used in LOTR.

Anyone with a scanner, send it along!

London Premiere Photos on Dailynews

12/10/01, 5:37 pm EST - Tehanu

Catch the glamour and the emotion at Yahoo's Dailynews

LOTR stuntman sells coveted license plates.

12/10/01, 5:27 pm EST - Tehanu

Here's a gift idea for Kiwi Ringers: LOTR-themed license plates. [More]

BBC Reports From Premiere, New Poll

12/10/01, 5:18 pm EST - Strider

Ross writes: The BBC news website has a new article on the World Premiere of FOTR, which can be read here. Also, hstead says a new poll on FOTR's performance in the box office can be found here.

Lord of the Rings Stars Leave Fans Spellbound

12/10/01, 5:14 pm EST - Strider

Actress Liv Tyler and young heartthrob Elijah Wood have brought the magic of Middle Earth to London. They cast a spell on a crowd of 2,000 who were screaming for them as they arrived at the star-studded screening of the £76 million movie. [More]

Thanks to GullyFoyle for the link!

Tolkien Epic Set For Premiere

12/10/01, 5:09 pm EST - Strider

"The Fellowship of the Ring," the first in a three-part adaptation of the Tolkien books, receives its premiere in London on December 10, before going on show on both sides of the Atlantic nine days' later. [More]

Thanks to Anduneglin for the link!

'Lord of the Rings' Opens at Glitzy London Premiere

12/10/01, 5:00 pm EST - Strider

The epic "Lord of the Rings" film was launched at a glitzy world premiere Monday with critics already hailing the mammoth fantasy as a masterpiece. [More]

Thanks to FrodoGirl and Losloriel for the link!

FOTR Is Alive In Salt Lake

12/10/01, 4:49 pm EST - Strider

LC sent word of this news story in the Deseret News about one of our Salt Lake line parties, and the things they have planned the next couple weeks! [More]

Power Of The Ring Lords It Over Harry

12/10/01, 4:04 pm EST - Strider

Ted has been kind enough to send in this article which appeared in The Australian newspaper. [More]

Cannes Interviews And Footage In Danish

12/10/01, 3:30 pm EST - Strider

For all Danish Ringers out there (and indeed any others interested), Spirit gave me a link in Barlimans to stuff from Cannes done for Danish television. [More]

FOTR Review On Danish TV

12/10/01, 2:49 pm EST - Strider

The Rabid Dane writes: Danish TV program 'Bogart' spent its half an hour runtime today to review and discuss LoTR. It got 5 out of 5 hats, a top score!

BBC Reporters Ready And Waiting At Premiere

12/10/01, 2:06 pm EST - Strider

Mirjam writes: BBC1 News has reporters live at the world premiere at this moment! I think there may be more at the news 22:00 CET (that would be in 3 hours from now).

TV Watch: MTV

12/10/01, 2:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Be sure to catch the MTV LOTR special tonight at 10 PM (I'm not sure if it is airing in Canada...it doesn't appear to be so). Check your local listings!

TV Watch: CBC Canada

12/10/01, 2:00 pm EST - Xoanon

A note to all Canadian Ringers, CBC will be airing "Quest for the Ring" on CBC at 7:30pm EST. Check your local listings!

Cast Expected At World Premiere Of Lord Of The Rings

12/10/01, 2:00 pm EST - Strider

Sir Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Liv Tyler will be among the stars at the Lord Of The Rings world premiere. Cate Blanchett is not expected to attend as she has just given birth. The film's director Peter Jackson will also be at the premiere. [More]

Media Watch: TV Guide

12/10/01, 1:51 pm EST - Xoanon

On a late afternoon in October, Elijah Wood, 20, rises from his chair in a small Santa Monica, Calif., coffeehouse, grabs the waist of his pants and asks, "Have you seen it? I'll show you." [More]

Live Webcam!

12/10/01, 1:42 pm EST - Xoanon

How cool is this, a live webcam from Leicester Square! The site of the LOTR:FOTR UK premiere! Take a look at this! [More]

Fans gather for Lord of Rings premiere

12/10/01, 1:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Hundreds of fans were today expected to gather for the world premiere of the movie version of Lord of the Rings. [More]

World awaits Rings première

12/10/01, 1:31 pm EST - Xoanon

The much-awaited film adaptation of the first part of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy is to have its star-studded world première in London on Monday night. [More]

TV Watch: The UK's Big Breakfast

12/10/01, 1:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Aelinwen writes: Another spot on Uk's 'The Big Breakfast' this morning featured a somewhat daffy game/interview by Ed Hall with Orlando Bloom and Liv Tyler. [More]

Brave James sees film first

12/10/01, 8:33 am EST - Xoanon

Eight-year-old James Birrell beamed yesterday as he was escorted into a Peterborough theatre to be one of the first in the world to see The Lord of the Rings. [More]

Ticket Sales: Australia

12/10/01, 8:30 am EST - Xoanon

Paul writes: At least 1 of the 3 major movie theatre chains in Sydney, Australia (Hoyts Cinemas) has started selling advance tickets for the opening day of Fellowship of the Ring from today. [More]

Weekend Round-Up

12/10/01, 1:09 am EST - Xoanon

What? Took the weekend off? Well we didn't! So check out all the news you may have missed in our 'Weekend Round-Up'! [More]

Rings fellowship keeps on growing

12/10/01, 12:02 am EST - Xoanon

Tolkien-mania is upon us as the first Lord of the Rings film receives its world première in London - but why have successive generations fallen under the spell of the trilogy? [More]

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