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News for Dec. 22, 2002

TTT Enters IMDb's Top 10 All-Time Movies

12/22/02, 8:37 pm EST - Strider

It's only been out five days, and The Two Towers has already entered the top ten in IMDb's top two hundred and fifty all time movies. The Two Towers currently resides in eight, five places behind predecessor The Fellowship of the Ring. Lord of the Rings is the second franchise to feature two films in the fan-voted list, with the first two Godfather films holding the sought-after one and three spots. [More]

Towers Dominates US Box Office

12/22/02, 7:50 pm EST - Demosthenes

Well, I'm almost box officed out. Towers is raking in piles of cash; there's not much else to say, really. But here's another story from USA Today. [More]

DVD Town Gollum Screenshots

12/22/02, 6:58 pm EST - Demosthenes

DVD Town has published some shots of Gollum, Sam, Frodo and Legolas from Two Towers. While not necessarily new, they are very very nice! Thanks to Ringer Fan Henning for the link! [More]

There's also this fabulous colour shot of Gollum that Ringer Spy Fraggle found. The eye colour has been altered, but everything else looks legit. [More] We've also set up a mirror on our server for everyone.
[TORn Mirror] Spoilers!!!

Hobbit Heresies.

12/22/02, 4:13 pm EST - Tehanu

Well respected SF author David Brin has published a thought-provoking article on fantasy in general and Middle-earth in particular, and "how that famous trilogy has played an important role in the long struggle of romanticism against the modern world.". [More] Don't go there if you're not open to thinking about to new and challenging ideas. Thanks to Kam-Yung for the link.

Training the Horses in LOTR

12/22/02, 4:03 pm EST - Tehanu

The American Humane Association has a report on the making of the films, assessing how the animals on it were treated. The production gets a mixed review, though the overall sense is that they were open to guidance from the AHA where practices did not meet their standards. Many readers will be fascinated to learn how the horse tricks were 'really' done, with training and CGI enhancement. [More]

What If LOTR Wasn't Written By J.R.R Tolkien?

12/22/02, 11:36 am EST - Strider

Have you ever wondered what The Lord of the Rings would read like if it wasn't written by J.R.R Tolkien? No? Well, some people obviously have, as Jeanne sent in this link to a fantastic message board thread featuring LotR snippets written in the style of such well know writers as Gilbert and Sullivan, Micky Spillane and Mark Twain. [More]

LOTR:FOTR Voted Film 2002's 'Film Of The Year'

12/22/02, 11:24 am EST - Strider

If you happened to be watching Film 2002 on BBC this morning, like OlorinTheWise was, you would have seen that The Fellowship of the Ring won the accolade of Film of the Year voted by viewers of the programme. Presenter and comedian Johnathan Ross presented Peter Jackson with the award during the TTT premiere in London last week.

FOTR Theatrical Edition Has TTT Missing Scenes

12/22/02, 11:08 am EST - Strider

Remember the ten minute preview of The Two Towers that featured on the theatrical release of The Fellowship of the Ring back in August? Well, a viewing of this after seeing The Two Towers indicates some deleted scenes which we may see in a The Two Towers Extended Edition. Brian mailed in to remind us of these scenes: Eowyn about to kill an Orc in Helm's Deep, Gandalf talking to Aragorn at night about the union of The Two Towers and Saruman talking about Gandalf Greyhame.

TTT Spoofs In Mad Magazine

12/22/02, 11:02 am EST - Strider

Carl writes: I just wanted to make sure that everyone know that in the new issue of Mad Magazine there is a great spoof on TTT, using screen shots from the movie itself and adding new dialogue to it.

Multiple Cameos For LOTR Crew In TTT?

12/22/02, 10:58 am EST - Strider

Lluis writes: You have already reported the two Peter Jackson cameos, but his two children are also in the film, they are in blond wigs in the caverns of Helm's Deep, they appear twice in the caverns with a woman. I also think I saw Phillipa Bowens in the caverns on the left of a shoot. Alan Lee and Dan Hennah, both appear in the scene where Legolas says that 300 against 10,000 are hopeless odds and that they would all die. They appear behind Aragorn and play two elder men being armed.

The Salt Lake Line Party See The Two Towers

12/22/02, 10:53 am EST - Strider

TheOneRing.net staffer MrCere writes: Like many TORn folks I am hammered. The build up and delivery of a line party coinciding with PJ's movie is an amazing and draining process. The Salt Lake City line bought out the historic Villa theater, the grand old lady of single theater movie houses in the intermountain west. [More]

News for Dec. 21, 2002

Pre-Sales Skyrocket In Oz

12/21/02, 3:47 pm EST - Xoanon

AndrewR writes: Supposedly TTT just took the record for the most pre-bought tickets to a movie ever in Australia - which was set just last month with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and before that by Titanic.

Media Watch: Widescreen Magazine

12/21/02, 3:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Chrisj4 writes that UK's Widescreen Magazine has a LOTR dedicated issue.

Anyone with scans of the issue, send them along!

The Equine Question

12/21/02, 3:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Wiredkiwi sends us some additional info on the horses used for the films: A grey Andalusian stallion named Florian was used for close up and stunt work, and his (now) owner was the riding double for Liv Tyler. [More]

Box Office Reports: Netherlands

12/21/02, 3:30 pm EST - Xoanon

dapascha writes: On Wednesday december 18th The Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers opened with a record number of visitors. Over 50.000 people went to see the film on the first day and caused a record box-office opening of over 350,000 Euro. [More]

Box Office Reports: Sweden

12/21/02, 3:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Andreas writes: According to Swedens number 1 newspaper TTT made about 9 million sek($1 million) on its opening day which is 38% more then FOTR., which makes it the highest grossing movie ever in Sweden beating last years record breaker FOTR which grossed 290 million kroner (29 million USD) on it's release date.

Hildebrandt Art.

12/21/02, 3:18 pm EST - Tehanu

A gallery in Santa Monica, California is hosting a collection of the Brothers Hildebrandt, featuring Tolkien-inspired pictures. [More]

Digital Gurus Talk TTT SFX

12/21/02, 3:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Bill writes: Jim Rygiel and Randall Cook spoke at a session at the Australian Effects and Animation Festival at the beginning of this month. [More]

PJ Cameos

12/21/02, 3:00 pm EST - Tehanu

Look out for two quick appearances by Peter Jackson in TTT. One is amongst the crowd of wild men, as they run towards the camera after Saruman's pep talk; the other is on the wall of Helm's Deep. Nikolaj writes: "As the Uruk-Hais are trying to batter down the gate to the castle, the defenders open some sort of shutters and hurl rocks at the attackers.PJ is one of the rock-hurlers. You see him briefly. He is carrying a piece chain armor not only covering the body but also with a kind of hood." Others have reported this too, thank you all.

Rings Breaks Own Record In NZ

12/21/02, 12:40 pm EST - Xoanon

The second film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy has broken New Zealand's opening day box office take record. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers netted over $750,000 on Friday. The record was previously held by The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the ring, which took $720,933 on its opening day. [More]

Rings 2 Lords It Over In The UK

12/21/02, 12:31 pm EST - Xoanon

The Sun Newspaper writes: "The new Lord of the Rings blockbuster has taken more booking than any other film this year, cinema chain Odeon said. The Two Towers- second in the movie trilogy- opened in the UK yesterday and is set to be one of the biggest hits of all time. Odeon said advanced booking had already topped £1.5 million. That beats both the second Harry Potter and latest Bond, Die Another Day."

A familiar ring

12/21/02, 12:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Middle Earth isn’t such a long way from Huntington. Just ask Grima Wormtongue, the corrupted counselor to King Theoden and slithering spy of Saruman played by Huntington’s own Brad Dourif in "The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers," in theaters this week. [More]

News for Dec. 20, 2002

Montreal Premiere Party Report!

12/20/02, 5:16 pm EST - Xoanon

I arranged a pre-movie party at the Unison pool hall in St.Laurent, the manager George was very very accommodating and helped us out with all the little details you need to get in line for events like this. Nicole and Seb, two ringers who were such a great help last year, arrived again to help us, you guys were amazing help thanks! [More]

TTT Breaks Records In Finland

12/20/02, 2:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Mikko writes: According to the distributor, FS-Film, The Two Towers broke all previous records: 30 427 people saw it on 18th December. That is 23 percent more than with FotR a year ago! They are now expecting TTT to attract even more viewers than FotR which was seen by 714 000 Finns.

Celeb Profile: Liv Tyler

12/20/02, 2:03 pm EST - Xoanon

It's hard to believe that such a serene, refined actress could be the offspring of a rowdy rocker, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler. Yet, it's Liv Tyler's natural-born grace, intelligence, and beauty that make her perfect for the role of Arwen, the Elven enchantress of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. [More]

The Two Towers hit at Paramount

12/20/02, 1:56 pm EST - Xoanon

The Star reports: The Paramount theatre in downtown Toronto had the top opening day box office gross in North America for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, ringing up $114,124 in the first 24 hours of release. When three of the theatre's screening rooms sold out for the midnight opening Wednesday morning, two more screens were added. Across Canada and the U.S., The Two Towers grossed $26 million on its opening day, smashing The Fellowship of the Rings, which opened with $18 million in its first day of release.

'Gollum' says he auditioned for Harry Potter

12/20/02, 1:50 pm EST - Xoanon

The actor who plays Gollum in the latest Lord of the Rings film has revealed details of a spoof take he shot for The Two Towers. The scene involved Andy Serkis as Gollum pretending to be interviewed as if he was on American TV channel E! In the comedic scene Gollum reveals that he auditioned for the role of Dobby in Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets. [More]

The Smeagol has landed

12/20/02, 1:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Director Peter Jackson doesn't ease us back into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy at the beginning of the second film, The Two Towers. Instead, he hurls us headfirst into the movie screen, as if through the windshield of a crashing car. Towers begins not with a stately summary of the prior film, The Fellowship of the Ring, but by reprising one of its most famous moments and then going on to show the grand pyrotechnics previously kept "off-stage." [More]

Christopher Lee Interview

12/20/02, 1:44 pm EST - Xoanon

The despicable Saruman the White cuts an imposing figure cloaked in white robes, with a long metallic staff clutched in one claw and a prosthetic nose that boasts its own architecture. An imposing, if not a little daunting, 6ft 4in (1.93m) figure, despite the fact that a team of minions is currently rummaging around in his skirts. [More]

Rings breaks records worldwide

12/20/02, 1:42 pm EST - Xoanon

The orcs launched their assault on the world's cinemas yesterday as The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers recorded a $42m (£26.2m) opening day haul in 14 countries. [More]

Hobbits Who Play Together....

12/20/02, 1:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Some silly 'news' from E! Online...take a look. [More]

Wood Steps Into 'Sunshine'

12/20/02, 1:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Variety reports: As his character Frodo Baggins gets closer to the dark mountains of Mordor in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," Elijah Wood is headed for "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," a Focus Features drama starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.

Premiere Report: The Philippines

12/20/02, 1:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Carlo writes: I was VERY LUCKY to be able to go and catch the Philippine Gala Premiere held in Glorietta 4 on December 18th. There were many people there, no celebrities though and it was strictly invitational to the sponsors. I wasn't a sponsor though, my friend had extra tickets. There was free food and drinks for those who attended and it was a glorious day.

Everybody Loves Gollum

12/20/02, 1:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Even though the film just opened, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is already on many critics' radar to clean up at the big movie awards this year. And one of the most celebrated performances comes from an inhuman character who's best described as an "it." [More]

The Wait In Japan Continues

12/20/02, 1:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Laurean writes: As we wait for the opening of TTT here in Japan (in February...) FOTR will broadcast for the first time on television through the satellite Skyperfect. From Dec. 21 to Jan 17, Power Paltz channels will show the movie non-stop! For this occasion, an exclusive program of 15 minutes about TTT will be broadcast during the night of 21 to 22. It is interesting to know that is the movie is on pay-per-view, but the program is free!

Box Office Predictions and Comparisons

12/20/02, 10:40 am EST - Calisuri

BoxOfficeMojo.com has posted a feature on The Two Towers, how it compares to FOTR, and what its potential first weekend take will be. [More]

Decipher's Entire Two Towers Card Collection

12/20/02, 4:30 am EST - Demosthenes

We've posted many of these, but Decipher has now gone and put all thei Two Towers trading cards up in the one place for your viewing enjoyment! [More] Spoilers!!

Sean Astin MSN Chat Transcript

12/20/02, 4:23 am EST - Demosthenes

Here's a transcript of the Sean Astin MSN chat for everyone who was unable to make it. Thanks to Ringer Fan Nicole for making this available to us. [More]

Harry Reviews Two Towers At AICN

12/20/02, 2:25 am EST - Demosthenes

When Harry gushes, boy does he gush. I get the feeling he enjoyed Two Towers. Somehow, I get the feeling he really quite liked it. Just a feeling, yknow? [More]

News for Dec. 19, 2002

The Wait Is Over!

12/19/02, 10:14 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Super Spy Cinderz has sent us the final Two Towers TV spot - The Wait Is Over ... in glorious Quicktime. Sadly, there wasn't any new footage in the "one day to go" tv spots, but this one does have all-new footage here! Of course, if you've already seen the film, there's nothing new, so we only recommend downloading for those who haven't seen the movie yet. [More]

Sydney Premiere Video Interviews

12/19/02, 9:58 pm EST - Demosthenes

The Sydney Morning Herald has posted some cool video interviews with Andrew Lesnie, David Wenham and Miranda Otto from the Sydney premiere last night. Thanks to Kane for the link! [More] (Requires Windows Media Player)

More From The NZ Premiere

12/19/02, 8:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Ian writes: I just finished the LOTR TT junket in Wellington. We've finalised the web pages and so at www.dodgymag.com you can now find Premiere pics, An exclusive interview with Richard Taylor - "Creating Worlds", An exclusive interview with Karl Urban - "Barefoot and Ambitious", Exhibition gallery and more. [More]

Te Papa Exhibit Report

12/19/02, 7:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Elf Maiden writes: Yesterday us geeks visited the Te Papa Lord of the Rings exhibit in Wellington. Unfortunately we were not allowed to bring cameras and I was not bold enough to hide mine under my shirt. [More]

A Towering Opening Day!

12/19/02, 6:57 pm EST - Demosthenes

New Line reports that Two Towers recorded a massive opening day at the box office - earning $42 million (US dollars) worldwide. The breakdown is $26 million in the USA, and $16 million internationally. The film has also received 2 Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture and Best Director. [More]

Toy Biz's Gollum Action Figure

12/19/02, 6:21 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy Brian dropped us a line with this link to Toy Biz's new action figure - Gollum!

Update: It's been brought to our attention that this was originally was sourced from American Dream Comics. In fact, AMD has much more information - check it out! [More]

Box Office Estimates: Germany

12/19/02, 5:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Loki sends in the early numbers from Germany: TTT had the best opening day of all time (and remember this was Wednesday) with around 610.000 admissions and a gross of over 4 mill.

Irvine Line Party Goes Into Overdrive

12/19/02, 4:09 pm EST - Demosthenes

Garfeimao writes: OK, the Two Towers is out, and most of us went to see it at our local Line Party events on Tuesday at midnight, so what's next? Well, in Los Angeles, the Irvine Line Party is having a second day of activities this Saturday, December 21, including a Blood Drive. [More]

Ain't-it-cool News Review

12/19/02, 3:59 pm EST - Tehanu

If you were blown away by TTT then Moriarty is your champion. [More]

Sean Astin Chat On MSN

12/19/02, 2:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Emedhilwin writes: Those who have MSN can chat with Sean Astin tonight at 7:30 Mountain Time. [More]

Los Angeles Gaming Reminder

12/19/02, 2:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Don't forget to come on down to the Silent Movie theater on Fairfax this Saturday [Dec 21st] for a day of Middle-earth Gaming brought to you by the folks at Black Label Games. Join the Gaming Havens crew and all the Tolkien Gamers for a day filled with news and artwork from the new book based titles from Black Label Games. Also, fans from the official TORn Line Party at the VISTA will receive a limited edition Faramir card just for showing up. Best of all, it's totally Free! [More]

Denmark Goes TTT Crazy!

12/19/02, 2:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Ankh writes: The opening of "the Two Towers" just set a new record in Denmark on the night of the 18th. With 80.000 tickets sold and a gross of 6.2 million Danish kroners it is the biggest opening ever. The first movie was seen by more than 1.3 million and it looks as if teh sequel is goring to just as well!

Why Do They Hate Him?

12/19/02, 2:22 pm EST - Xoanon

From lewrockwell.com: An article by John Yatt from the Guardian of December 2, 2002 attacks Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings with amazing hostility. He not only dismisses the book as "a fake, a forgery, a dodgy copy" but he also attacks it as harmful, "The Lord of the Rings is racist." He ends with this judgement, "Strip away the archaic turns of phrase and you find a set of basic assumptions that are frankly unacceptable in 21st-century Britain." [More]

More TTT Award Noms

12/19/02, 2:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Shelagh sends along some other TTT nominations, including Gollum and other TTT things at Critic's Choice Awards. [More]

And the Critic's Circle nomination for Peter Jackson as Best Director. [More]

Further Box Office Updates

12/19/02, 1:22 pm EST - Calisuri

Brandon Gray - BoxOfficeMojo.com

'The Two Towers' is estimated to have taken in a whopping $27-28 million at 3,622 theaters and an estimated 6,500 screens on Wednesday. That shatters the $18.2 million December opening day record that 'The Fellowship of the Ring' posted last year at 3,359 venues and around 5,700 screens. It also stands as the sixth biggest opening day ever: Opening Day Chart. The estimate is based on the $21.8 million it generated at 2,526 theaters reporting to Nielsen EDI, the firm that tabulates over 80% of theaters' box office revenue for the industry. The actual number will be posted at the site at around noon Pacific time in the daily section.

Line Party Report: Salt Lake City

12/19/02, 1:19 pm EST - Calisuri

According to a Salt Lake City newspaper TORnados really know how to line party. Here is a report that chronicles the exclusive Salt Lake City TORnsibs only event! [More]

First Day Earnings: $27.3 Million

12/19/02, 12:44 pm EST - Calisuri

We just got a report from Ringer Miller that the estimated first day earnings of The Two Towers in US theaters is $27.3 million. Not to shabby! According to our friend Brandon Gray at Boxofficemojo.com, that places TTT at 2nd place in all-time Wednesday release earnings, behind SW EPI. [More]

Golden Globe nominations announced!!

12/19/02, 9:33 am EST - leo

CNN reports: Two movies going head to head at the box office this week are also up against each other for top honors in the Golden Globe awards. "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "Gangs of New York" were both nominated for best motion picture drama in a ceremony Thursday morning in Los Angeles. [More]

The entire list of nominations is coming soon!

News for Dec. 18, 2002

How do you FEEL???

12/18/02, 11:47 pm EST - Tehanu

This website has gone into 'stunned recovery' mode for most of the day, so it's time for an editorial. How are we, the online Tolkien fan community, feeling today? [More]

Official Site - Go Inside Helm's Deep!

12/18/02, 6:36 pm EST - Demosthenes

Go behind the scenes with the WETA digital team on how they brought The Two Towers Battle of Helm's Deep to life on the big screen! Exclusive interviews, desktop and screensaver! Over 10 exclusive videos and a Fly Through Simulation! [More]

Post your review of The Two Towers!

12/18/02, 1:59 pm EST - Calisuri

You've seen the movie (I hope) and now its time to tell everyone what you think! Submit your review of The Two Towers today! [Submit a Review]

Golden Satellite Award Nominations Are In!

12/18/02, 12:57 pm EST - Xoanon

ShadowFighter writes: The 2003 Golden Satellite Award nominations are in and not surprisingly, TTT is up for Best Motion Picture (Drama). Viggo Mortensen is also nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Drama). TTT is up for numerous lesser awards as well. See the complete list of nominees here. [More]

A Special Guest In Vancouver!

12/18/02, 12:51 pm EST - Xoanon

ThirdOrcOnTheleft writes: After deciding at the last minute to attend the late-night show, snagging one of the few remaining tickets, and enduring the obligatory hour-long lineup, I enter the theatre to join a near-capacity crowd of seven or eight hundred very excited 'Ring' fans. [More]

Two Towers Premiere: Chicago, USA

12/18/02, 12:40 pm EST - Xoanon

PB writes: Attached are our best pictures from the midnight show. The movie was awesome. Personally it moved me to tears and laughter. [More]

Boston TTT Party! (get it?...eh?)

12/18/02, 12:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Math P writes: Here is my Boston LP report. I just got home, and it's around 6.30am Dec 18. Like last year's LP, it was a huge success! Thanks to my members, TORN, and TORN's sponsor (Badali Jewelry). [More]

Another NZ Premiere Report

12/18/02, 11:56 am EST - Xoanon

Nessimë writes: Last year I attended the Auckland Gala and huddled in the crowd outside, dressed in our classy clothes and watching the so-called local "celebrities" arriving in cars. We walked the red carpet to an underground pre-movie venue, but my fantastic luck meant I kept getting pushed off the red carpet by the more deserving in the crowd. [More]

PVP Online Goofs TTT

12/18/02, 11:40 am EST - Xoanon

The folks at PVP are goofing on the Two Towers title protest...get ready for the 'Fivesideagon'! [More]

As Dark As Hell

12/18/02, 11:36 am EST - Xoanon

Splat. There goes somebody's ear. The Lord of the Rings is back, and it's dark as hell. Actually, it's an atrocity exhibition, a Bayeux Tapestry of gore and dismemberment, as strung-out and infernal a piece of kiddie cinema as can ever have been made. [More]

PJ Crossing Over?

12/18/02, 11:26 am EST - Xoanon

Djphilla writes: starwars.com has a regular feature called Image Attack, showcasing behind the scenes from the making of Episode II. Well, for the first time EVER, another director has featured not only in Image Attack but the site as a whole. And yep, it's Peter Jackson!! [More]

Two Towers Premiere: New Zealand

12/18/02, 11:22 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Matthew C sends in these great pics from the Wellington Premiere of TTT! Billy, Dom, Karl Urban, Elijah, PJ and many more were on hand (including a MASSIVE Gollum creeping over the cinema). Take a look! [More]

John Howe Launches His New Website

12/18/02, 9:41 am EST - Demosthenes

Respected Tolkien artist John Howe has launched his new website. It rocks. Check it out here. [More] You can also read a cool new interview with John himself on the BBC. [More]

The NZ Premiere - PJ's Promise And Kiwi Roundup

12/18/02, 1:47 am EST - Demosthenes

It's confirmed: The Return of the King premiere will be held in Wellington next year! And Gollum is the figure that will be menacing Embassy Theatre theatre-goers for the next year. For a full news roundup from the New Zealand newsmedia, read on ... [More]

News for Dec. 17, 2002

Cascades Conservation Partnership Gala Premiere Screening in Seattle Review!!

12/17/02, 9:20 pm EST - Gamgee

The fine folks at the Cascades Conservation Partnership put on a charity benefit showing in Seattle, WA. last night, and TORN staffers Gamgee & Gandalf has the pleasure of attending this splendid event! Check it out!! [More]

Andy Serkis Goes Web-wise!

12/17/02, 7:36 pm EST - Demosthenes

Andy Serkis (Gollum) has just launched his own personal website. Go check it out! [More]

More Reviews Than You Can Possibly Read!

12/17/02, 7:14 pm EST - Demosthenes

CNN, AICN, ABC, NYT ... arghh ... I'm going review mad here! Anyway, here is a review round-up from critics and sites around the world. And remember that if *you* have a fan review, you'll be able to post it in our special Two Towers review section very very soon ... [More]

Gollum...CLOSE UP!!

12/17/02, 5:24 pm EST - Demosthenes

Take a look at this newspaper scan with our first good look at Gollum! [More] Update: Thanks to Ringer Spy Chris, we now have the full LA Times article (including picture) that this came from. Again, watch out for spoilers! [More]


Official Site Update - Helm's Deep Stuff!

12/17/02, 5:01 pm EST - Demosthenes

The Official Site has launched some funky stuff - a new Helm's Deep Explore the Epic feature, including exclusive behind-the-scene interviews with Alex Funke, the production's Visual Effects Director Of Photography and George Ruge, the Stunt Coordinator. There's also a new photo gallery and downloads to enjoy! [More]

Bonus news! The Helm's Deep special "Inside the Effects" will debut tomorrow. Considering how good the Fellowship fx section was, this is really something to look forward to!

Happy Birthday Bernard Hill!

12/17/02, 2:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Today is Bernard Hill's (Theoden) birthday! Bernard was born on December 17th 1944 in Manchester, England. That makes him 58 today! Happy birthday Bernard!

Premiere Report: Los Angeles

12/17/02, 1:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Kailin writes: I went up to the premier yesterday, thank goodness there was no rain then. Of course, a water main broke a few blocks down and the gutters were swollen with run off water, so it was the same effect. The big rain storm has hit today, which will affect Line parties in the area, but the premiere was in a nice bubble of decent weather. [More]

TV Watch: CBS' 'Early Show' Online

12/17/02, 1:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Daywalker writes: Just wanted to send along this link to CBS' website, where you can view Elijah Woods' interview on the Early Show. It has a couple of new scenes, one of Frodo and Faramir, another with Sam telling Frodo to use the ring to disappear. [More]

Good Charlotte Talks TTT On MTV

12/17/02, 1:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Avaline writes: Just a quick little interview with Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd done by Benji and Joel from Good Charlotte. [More]

J.R.R. Tolkien -- enemy of progress

12/17/02, 1:30 pm EST - Xoanon

"The Lord of the Rings" is lovingly crafted, seductive -- and profoundly backward-looking. Why not look at things through the Dark Lord's eye for a change? [More]

Singapore TV Goes Geek

12/17/02, 1:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Kam-Yung writes: Arts Central, a Singapore TV channel, is showing several "The Lord of the Rings" related programmes this Thursday and Friday. [More]

Middle-earth 101

12/17/02, 1:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Take the English language, and replace all the nouns with complete gibberish. That's what it feels like to enter English 630.04 at San Francisco State if you haven't read "The Lord of the Rings." [More]

Live - At the Lord of the Rings 2: The Two Towers

12/17/02, 1:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Ian Apperley writes: One of the more interesting things that you get to participate in as a fine upstanding representative of the media is the famous "media junket." Now, if you took the two words, applied some poetic licence (see www.dictionary.com) then you could be forgiven for thinking that a media junket is a dessert made from flavoured milk and rennet that originated from a country south west of Asia which, was settled by Indo-European people and became a part of the Assyrian Empire before being conquered by Cyrus the Great. [More]

TTT Giveaway: Win a Balrog

12/17/02, 11:02 am EST - Calisuri

Sideshow/Weta Collectibles is celebrating the release of The Two Towers by giving away one if its highly sought after statues of The Balrog! [More]

See the Movie then Review it!

12/17/02, 4:29 am EST - Calisuri

Don't forget that on Wednesday, December 18th, we will once again open our Ringer Reviews section. Every single fan will have a chance to post their review right here on TheOneRing.net for all to see. Last year we had over 15,000 fan reviews. Oh, and did we mention that last year the filmmakers read your reviews and even emailed some of you back!? Stay tuned for the link.

TTT Set to break some Records

12/17/02, 4:27 am EST - Calisuri

This comes from our good friend Brandon Gray at BoxOfficeMojo.com:

Industry tracking numbers for 'The Two Towers' are through the roof (as expected). The movie's at an 99% awareness level among the public and over 80% have it as their first choice to see among all movies in release and coming out this weekend. These are 'Harry Potter'-level tracking numbers -- basically as highly rated as a movie can be. The biggest opening ever for an approximately three hour movie was posted by 'Pearl Harbor' on Memorial Day weekend in 2001 -- $59,078,912 at 3,214 theaters. Its tracking levels were nearly as high as 'The Two Towers' -- which bows at around 3,600 theaters -- suggesting that 'The Fellowship of the Ring's $47,211,490 December opening weekend record could very well be in danger.

Take a chance at guessing this week's gross and lear more. [More]

News for Dec. 16, 2002

Towers TV Spot - In Two Days

12/16/02, 11:42 pm EST - Demosthenes

We've had a look at it, but unless you're a Mr Voice groupie, there's not a new snippet to be seen. It's exactly the same as the "In Three Days" promo from yesterday except that Mr Voice says "In two days" instead. What a letdown! Many thanks to Ringer Spy Cinderz for sending us the file so we could confirm this!

TV Watch: Elijah Wood on MTV's "Artist Favorites"

12/16/02, 10:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Cathy writes: MTV2 is running an hour-long episode of "Artist Favorites" with Elijah Wood hosting and playing his favorite music videos. According to the MTV2 website, the show is to be shown several times throughout December.

Happy Birthday Miranda

12/16/02, 10:29 pm EST - Xoanon

This one almost slipped through our fingers. Today, December 16th, is Miranda Otto's birthday! Miranda was born on December 16th 1967 in Brisbane, Australia. That makes her 35 today, happy birthday Miranda!

LOTR Premiere: Brazil

12/16/02, 10:23 pm EST - Xoanon

Shelob writes: It was a magic moment... or should I say three magic hours? December 14th, 9:30 A.M. After weeks of talks with the Warner Movies' brazilian Staff, there was an Avant-Première session of LoTR: TTT in Sao Paulo, and members of the Tolkien Societies were invited! [More]

Media Watch: Germany's 'Cinema' Magazine

12/16/02, 10:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Tina writes: Here's an article I found in the German Cinema magazine, along with a brief portrait of Liv Tyler and a more detailed portrait of Viggo Mortensen. I translated and transcribed the articles. [More]

TV Watch: Elijah On 'Leno'

12/16/02, 8:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Elijah Wood (Frodo) fans will want to stay up late tonight at he will be making a late night appearance on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on NBC at 11:30. Check your local listings!

Alternatively Canadian ringers may want to get up early to catch CBC Newsworld at 7:45am to catch yours truly being interviewed!

Amnesty International Two Towers Screening.

12/16/02, 7:29 pm EST - Tehanu

San Francisco: This early [7pm] screening of the Two Towers tomorrow offers a lot more than just the chance to see TTT early. There's still a few tickets left, if you want to see PJ's personal message prepared for this audience only. Plus you get free books and a movie poster! [More]

New Faces in LOTR

12/16/02, 7:05 pm EST - Tehanu

The NZ Herald's doing a few features on TTT, so explore their site a bit if you want. This article on Bruce Hopkins [Gamling the Old] caught my interest for being a bit different. [More] Thanks to Lee for the link.

Interview with Barrie Osborne

12/16/02, 6:41 pm EST - Tehanu

We don't hear enough about the remarkable Barrie, co-producer of the Rings trilogy. Thanks to Matt for this link to the Star-Tribune. [More]

'Rings' trilogy director takes liberties with middle film

12/16/02, 6:09 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK - Peter Jackson's middle movie may suffer a severe case of middle-child syndrome. [More]

NZ News.

12/16/02, 6:05 pm EST - Tehanu

Elijah to appear at Wellington Premiere. [More] Thanks to Ataahua for the link. And Taniwha sent this story about the Rings things decorating Wellington. Unfortunately the Cave Troll failed to get a perch this year. [More] Here's the webcam of the Embassy Theatre; Taniwha comments "Down by the ground level there's the One Ring sticking forward over the footpath, above some rocks, and there's three big wrapped things up above that… word is all will be revealed at the Premiere on Wednesday."

Billy Boyd in The News Scotsman

12/16/02, 5:46 pm EST - Tehanu

Thanks to Nimrodel for this link to a very good interview which is, as she says, a bit more in-depth than the usual fluff. [More]

Longer wait for ROTK?

12/16/02, 5:33 pm EST - Tehanu

Elijah Wood let something slip at an interview in Cinescape....did he mean ROTK was going to be longer than TTT....or just arriving later than hoped for? [More]

Ring in the New Year in Virginia.

12/16/02, 5:27 pm EST - Tehanu

Here's the place to party for Ringers near Williamsburg on New Year's Eve. To get involved in their plans, go here.

AFI Awards: TTT is honored

12/16/02, 5:09 pm EST - Tehanu

LOS ANGELES, December 16, 2002–The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2002, AFI’s almanac which records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television as well as significant moments in the world of the moving image. [More] Thanks to all who sent in the link

DodgyMag: The buzz in Wellington

12/16/02, 5:05 pm EST - Tehanu

Here's the first in a series of articles following the debut of the Two Towers in Wellington, NZ, and some observations on the life of the city that hosted the film project. [More]

Computer Weekly Talks WETA

12/16/02, 2:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Mitz writes: Thought this might interest you - it's from this week's Computer Weekly (cover date 12th december, published by my company RBI) about the chief techie at WETA. [More]

TV Watch: Elijah On 'This Morning'

12/16/02, 2:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Kathe writes: CBS 'This morning' with Harry Smith did a very nice interview with Elijah Wood (Frodo). As always Harry Smith did a earnest interview , which delivered a more honest conversation between he and EW.

The 'Rings' journey continues

12/16/02, 2:35 pm EST - Xoanon

WELLINGTON, New Zealand--As a handful of extras ride out on magnificent white horses, you forget you are in a former paint factory. Rather, you feel as though you really are in Rivendell--the ethereal home of the elves in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. [More]

Office Party Madness

12/16/02, 2:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Rick P writes: Daniels [Ruth Daniels of Emagine Entertainment theaters, Novi & Birch Run] says the most unusual trend associated with "The Two Towers" is the number of businesses that have bought ticket packages for their employees for Wednesday afternoon. "They figure they're going to take the day off anyway," she says with a chuckle, "so they might as well make it a work-related event."

LOTR Premiere Report: Amsterdam

12/16/02, 2:30 pm EST - Xoanon

Jeroen writes: Hi, thought I'd write in my short review. I have seen the move two times now (I was that lucky) and will keep it as spoiler-free as possible. [More]

TTT Benefit with Barrie Osborne

12/16/02, 2:23 pm EST - Xoanon

Sal A. Mander writes: Last Friday (the 13th), I was lucky enough to attend a TTT pre-release screening at a benefit for producer Barrie Osborne’s Alma Mater, on Friday the 13th. It was held at a brand new entertainment complex in downtown Minneapolis. [More]

TV Watch: Dutch TV Station 'V8'

12/16/02, 2:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Wedge Greenleaf writes: Dutch television station V8 will air on wednesday the 18th of dec a documentary called The making of LOTR:TTT. It's actually the second making off they are showing. last time they showed the already legendary warg attack!

More NZ News

12/16/02, 2:14 pm EST - Xoanon

James Brown writes: Tonight's One News bulletin here in NZ had a very cool story, which I thought might be of interest, on the $2-million LOTR exhibition which opens at the Te Papa museum in Wellington this Thursday. [More]

New Zealand: Edge Of Disaster?

12/16/02, 2:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Atheryn sends in a letter to TORN stating that while he enjoyed the two recent LOTR specials aired in New Zealand, he felt that the second episode painted a rather dangerous picture of his country, read on! [More]

The New Yorker Goes Geek

12/16/02, 2:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Mehunt writes: Great site you have! The latest issue of the New Yorker features a cartoon titled "Tolkien Characters that Never Made it out of the Author's Notebook." [More]

Badali Jewelry's Gollum Gold rings are in the mail!

12/16/02, 11:05 am EST - MrCere

Paul Badali, owner of Badali Jewelry and a Tolkien fan who has been making The One Ring since long before Peter Jackson's movie, has made a generous donation to TheOneRing.net's Line Party efforts. Thirty rings are in the mail to various line party leaders around North America to be used as giveaways for Midnight screenings and one may be coming to a line near you! The rings are designated for TORnados who sign up and attend a line party event. It isn't too late to join a line party so sign up today! [Badali Jewelry] [Line party]

Attend A Private Screening In Montreal!

12/16/02, 10:10 am EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here with some great news for Montreal area Ringers. I've just received word from the folks at Guzzo Cinemas that they are reserving an entire cinema for my line party! This private screening begins at 9PM with a pre-party starting at 7:30 with raffles, free food and pool, and more! Take a look! [More]

Get TheOneRing.net Newsletter Today!

12/16/02, 12:39 am EST - Xoanon

The latest newsletter is ready to go! Do you want to receive our free 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 over 12 100 mailing list members! Sign up now! [More]

Weekend Roundup

12/16/02, 12:35 am EST - Xoanon

Missed all the news this weekend? You missed alot! Take a look at our weekend roundup for all the news you need! [More]

SHOP: Weekly eBay Items

12/16/02, 12:23 am EST - Xoanon

Take a look at a whole number of goodies you can still pick up before Christmas! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

12/16/02, 12:10 am EST - Xoanon

Take a look at all the TV movies and series you can catch this week from our LOTR cast! Look out for a talk show list online soon! [More]

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