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December 13, 2000 - December 19, 2000

News for Dec. 19, 2000

New Line Press Release

12/19/00, 9:40 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Squale

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]

Footage Screened

12/19/00, 9:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Jamb sends this in:

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

Ringer Spy Hugo from www.lordoftherings.nl sends in a great Hobbit pic! [More]


Three -- 'Rings' Circus

12/19/00, 10:48 am EST - Xoanon

By Mark Feeney, Globe Staff

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

Thanks to Ringer fan Inkling II for pointing us to a LOTR mention in New York Post's Page Six. The article addresses how New Line's recent failures will affect the pending Time-Warner/AOL merger. The pressure on 'Lord of the Rings' to deliver a blockbuster just seems to rise daily!

"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

Harry's fifth report from the sets...what are you waiting for? More


Aragorn and Arwen in a scene together.

12/19/00, 4:36 am EST - Tehanu

A final outstanding report from Madame Butterfly who has been watching the final scenes at the Wingate set. More

FanWatch: Fan Art Update

12/19/00, 1:13 am EST - Calisuri

Check out the latest Tolkien related masterpieces sent in by you, the fans! [More]

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

Check out Harry's latest chapter from his adventures in New Zealand on the Lord of the Rings set! [More]

News for Dec. 17, 2000

National Geographic NZ Spread

12/17/00, 11:33 pm EST - Tookish

Ringer fan JL found something sweet in his National Geographic December 2000 issue featuring a photographic essay of New Zealand's Fiordland area:

"... 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

If I wasn't elbow deep into my computer today, I'd have posted this earlier, but our favorite Titanic ship captain Bernard Hill (Theoden) is celebrating a birthday today.

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

More fun that rotten egg water polo! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch: Dec 17-23

12/17/00, 10:47 pm EST - Xoanon

Another great chance to see your favorite LOTR stars on the small screen. [More]

Fantasy Pewter Opens for Business!

12/17/00, 3:37 pm EST - Tookish

We received word from the folks over at Fantasy Pewter regarding the launch of their phenomenal business. If you're a Tolkien or fantasy collector, these chess sets, intricately detailed goblets, dragon statues and other amazing offerings will have your eyes popping! Check it out here.

A to Z of Coolness

12/17/00, 1:04 pm EST - Xoanon

From: RD

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

Ringer Spy Anon tells all about being a LOTR extra! Check it out. [More]


Minas Tirith Pics

12/17/00, 12:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy WaiSpy sends along some more great pics from Minas Tirith. [More]


There and Back Again: A Geek's Adventures In Middle Earth! Chapter THREE

12/17/00, 12:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Harry's got all the access this week, check out his latest adventure in New Zealand. [More]


News for Dec. 16, 2000

Shadowfax and the Andalusian Horse

12/16/00, 7:10 pm EST - Tehanu

A few days ago we mentioned that one of the silver-grey andalusian horses playing Shadowfax had had to retire. I described the breed quite wrongly, as it turns out, and a number of people have taken me to task over it. Here is a link to the Andalusian Horse Association site which has the correct information; thanks to Janna for that.

LOTR Re-Shoots in 2001?

12/16/00, 12:29 pm EST - Xoanon

It goes without saying that a film project of this size and grandeur would have to have re-shoots; a lot of films do, and most of the time it is fitted into the schedule. So when will PJ et al get back together again for some additional re-shoots? Read below...

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.

He mentioned that there will be more Rohan scenes shot early next year and that possibly Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) will be back for them.

LOTR Pocketknife

12/16/00, 12:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Claus sends in news on a LOTR-inspired pocketknife being designed by the folks at the Franklin Mint! [More]

News for Dec. 15, 2000

NZ OnFilm Magazine: Film Wellington Ad

12/15/00, 9:49 pm EST - Tehanu

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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

The latest edition of Yahoo! Internet Life has put out their '2000 Top of the Net.' Guess what is rated as the 'Top Film Event?' :

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AICN's Second Day at Minas Tirith!

12/15/00, 6:15 am EST - Tehanu

Spoilers? I mean !!!SPOILERS!!! Harry even QUOTES the SCRIPT, for crying out loud! AND shows how PJ directs it.

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

Ringer Spy Silmarien sends along some great pics of Minas Tirith, with its flags blowing in the wind... great stuff!! [More]


THERE AND BACK AGAIN: A Geek's Adventure in Middle Earth

12/14/00, 11:25 am EST - Xoanon

Harry over at AICN is over in New Zealand checking out the final days of the LOTR shoot! Check out what the big man has to say. [More]


News for Dec. 13, 2000

We're Searching for the Hobbit!

12/13/00, 3:59 pm EST - Tehanu

You may remember the odd snippet about Assassin Films and their documentary on Tolkien fandom. You'll be hearing about them regularly on TheOneRing.net because I'm working with them as a kind of liason to the world of Tolkien fandom.

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

Minas Tirith

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

There he is, Adam Valdez, talking about doing the SFX for LOTR. Nice little article.

Shadowfax Retires

12/13/00, 12:43 am EST - Tehanu

One of the horses playing Shadowfax hasn't quite been able to make it to the end of filming and has had to retire early. More

Media Watch: Playboy.com

12/13/00, 12:21 am EST - Calisuri

There is a great article, by Greg Knauss, over in Playboy.com's Arts & Entertainment section about the upcoming LOTR movies. WARNING: Adult content site. [More]

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