News for Dec. 19, 2000
New Line Press Release
12/19/00, 9:40 pm EST - Xoanon
New Line Cinema Begins One Year Countdown To Release of 'The Lord of the Rings' - First Theatrical Trailer to Debut on January 12, 2001; Studio Announces Relaunch of Web Site - [More]
12/19/00, 9:00 pm EST - Xoanon
Just heard from a friend of mine on the LOTR crew in NZ that the crew Christmas party was preceded by a screening of some 40 minutes of footage (presumably from 'The Fellowhip',) with temporary music and sound effects. PJ received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the reels.
Without going into specifics, he said that the film -- still without most visual effects, or even color timing -- was truly deserving of such a response.
Harry Knowles attended and I look forward to what undoubtedly will be an enthusiastic report from him soon. Update: Harry informs the planet that he was not in attendance at this event! -Tookish
New Spoiler Pic!
12/19/00, 6:24 pm EST - Xoanon
Three -- 'Rings' Circus
12/19/00, 10:48 am EST - Xoanon
A year from today, there's a good chance you or someone you know - or, at the very least, someone who knows someone you know - will be buying a ticket to see the first installment of what is already being called the biggest project in movie history. [More]
Media Watch: New York Post Page Six
12/19/00, 9:52 am EST - Calisuri
"Some claim the company is looking at losses of about $500 million. Adam Sandler's 'Little Nicky'has bombed at a cost of around $100 million, while the budget for the J.R.R. Tolkien 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, filming in New Zealand, is said to have soared alarmingly." [More]
There and Back Again: A Geek's Adventures in Middle Earth. Chapter Five.
12/19/00, 4:57 am EST - Tehanu
Aragorn and Arwen in a scene together.
12/19/00, 4:36 am EST - Tehanu
FanWatch: Fan Art Update
12/19/00, 1:13 am EST - Calisuri
News for Dec. 18, 2000
There and Back Again: A Geek's Adventures In Middle Earth! Chapter FOUR
12/18/00, 9:34 am EST - Xoanon
News for Dec. 17, 2000
National Geographic NZ Spread
12/17/00, 11:33 pm EST - Tookish
"... Trails lush with ferns and mosses evoke author J.R.R. Tolkien's mythical forests, where 'shadows lay by night and day, and dark things silent crept beneath.' "
Cast News: Bernard Hill's B-Day!
12/17/00, 11:15 pm EST - Xoanon
Hill was born on December 17th, 1944 in Manchester, England. That makes him 56 today. Have a good one Bernard!!
Weekly Ebay Items
12/17/00, 11:08 pm EST - Xoanon
Weekly Cast Watch: Dec 17-23
12/17/00, 10:47 pm EST - Xoanon
Fantasy Pewter Opens for Business!
12/17/00, 3:37 pm EST - Tookish
A to Z of Coolness
12/17/00, 1:04 pm EST - Xoanon
In this morning's Sun Herald they have a 2001 Users Guide, an A to Z of what to do and look out for next year.
Letter L is Lord of the Rings.
"For a while now, some of our finest actors have been donning pointy ears and frolicking in fantasy costume through the green hills of New Zealand. By Christmas next year, they'll hit the big screen as elves, Celtic immortals and Nordic folk spirits in the Lord of the Rings, which director Peter Jackson (Heavenly Creatures) has based on Tolkien's epic novels. Hugo Weaving plays Elrond, Lord of Rivendell, opposite Cate Blanchett's Lady Galadriel; Miranda Otto is Eowyn and David Whenham is the wise Faramir - a role which Hollywood golden boy Ethan Hawke was also vying for. Other cast members include Liv Tyler, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood and Sir Ian McKellen. Part One, The Fellowship of the Ring, is out in December."
LOTR Extra Tells All
12/17/00, 1:01 pm EST - Xoanon
Minas Tirith Pics
12/17/00, 12:56 pm EST - Xoanon
There and Back Again: A Geek's Adventures In Middle Earth! Chapter THREE
12/17/00, 12:34 pm EST - Xoanon
News for Dec. 16, 2000
Shadowfax and the Andalusian Horse
12/16/00, 7:10 pm EST - Tehanu
LOTR Re-Shoots in 2001?
12/16/00, 12:29 pm EST - Xoanon
Coincidentally I've been hanging out ... with a guy who's spent the last few months as a stunt rider in New Zealand, mostly the Rohan scenes and the Battle of the Pellenor Fields.
12/16/00, 12:19 pm EST - Xoanon
News for Dec. 15, 2000
NZ OnFilm Magazine: Film Wellington Ad
12/15/00, 9:49 pm EST - Tehanu
Look at this Film Wellington Ad in the latest NZ OnFilm Magazine. Don't you just hate advertising on the Net? Er, well, not if it's like this! Is that a Nazgul lurking under that tree? What do you call that thing in his hand?
Update: Geenius wrote in to say 'No, it's an orc with a machete.' Which sounds a lot more convincing. I couldn't get rid of the image of a Black Rider moonlighting as a hibachi chef.
Yahoo Internet Life: Top Film Event of the Year
12/15/00, 5:36 pm EST - Calisuri
AICN's Second Day at Minas Tirith!
12/15/00, 6:15 am EST - Tehanu
Lots of news on the promotional front too. Harry confirms that the new trailer will come out on January 12, attached to '13 Days.' But if you live somewhere that '13 Days' isn't opening on the 12th, you don't have to wait any longer. The official website will revamp on the 12th of January and start doing stuff - like a NEW trailer, and new little on-set documentaries every month.
The worldwide simultaneous release is still something they're hoping to pull off - but first they have to get the movie prepped for takeoff in FORTY different languages! This is... Tolkien Culture BLITZING the world! Much more!
News for Dec. 14, 2000
Flags Fly High
12/14/00, 11:52 am EST - Xoanon
THERE AND BACK AGAIN: A Geek's Adventure in Middle Earth
12/14/00, 11:25 am EST - Xoanon
News for Dec. 13, 2000
We're Searching for the Hobbit!
12/13/00, 3:59 pm EST - Tehanu
As I write, the film wizards are in the sleep-deprived final stages of making the 'Searching for the Hobbit' trailer. It should be up in time for your weekend browsing. Meanwhile the the little teaser is still up on Assassin Films
for those of you that haven't seen it.
Filming at Haywards Hill
12/13/00, 10:25 am EST - Xoanon
From: The Man from Upper Hutt
Looks like they were filming at Dry Creek Quarry on Haywards Hill this evening.
I drove past around 7 pm and there was a lot of activity, with traffic cones and a van with orange flashing lights on the car park across the road from the set.
Later in the evening I could see the floodlights on the set from my home 16 km away (10 miles).
More on that December 3 Special Effects Conference
12/13/00, 1:11 am EST - Tehanu
12/13/00, 12:43 am EST - Tehanu
Media Watch: Playboy.com
12/13/00, 12:21 am EST - Calisuri