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December 25, 1999 - January 01, 2000
News for Jan. 01, 2000
Cast News: LOTR actors abound!
1/01/00, 14:32 EST - Xoanon
We have survived! Now it's back to business...
The Brad Dourif (Wormtongue) film 'Bride of Chucky' can be seen on TMN today. 9 PM EST is the first showing.
The Ian Holm (Bilbo)masterpiece 'The Sweet Hereafter' can aslo be seen on TMN at 8 PM EST.
The Elijah Wood (Frodo) film 'And the Bumblebee Flies Away' can aslo be seen at 8 PM on Starz!
More on Hobbit Feet.
1/01/00, 03:18 EST - Tehanu
There's more about life as a hobbit extra in Spy Reports
News for Dec. 30, 1999
2000 and beyond...
12/30/99, 11:40 pm EST - Xoanon
This will probably be the last post until the new year (but you never know..). Just want to wish all of you a very safe and happy new year. I've always wanted to live in the year 2000...here it comes :)
Xoanon and TheOneRing.net Staff
Media Watch: German Movie Mag 'Cinema'
12/30/99, 11:39 pm EST - Xoanon
From Ringer Spy Alexander
From the German language Mag 'Cinema'
LOTR bit reads: 'Tolkiens Fantasy Novel will be a film event a la Star Wars'
Talking in MUDS?
12/30/99, 2:35 pm EST - Xoanon
Berendir from Gaming Havens sends me this rather cool news item regarding your mic and the MUD Online Roleplaying Games. [More
News for Dec. 29, 1999
A Plethora of NEW Fan Art
12/29/99, 4:15 pm EST - Calisuri
Check out the fan art gallery for 20 new pieces of fan art! Included in this update are some VERY talented new artists and 5 more works from Tookish's 4th Graders! (with about 25 more to come in the next few weeks) [gallery
12/29/99, 2:35 pm EST - Tehanu
A tidbit of news in Spy Reports
that confirms that things are getting underway on the Hobbiton set near Matamata.
LOTR Stunt Team Interview
12/29/99, 9:41 am EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Julius
from our Dutch version of TheOneRing.net Midden Aarde
sends in this news from NZONFILM. It's a great interview with the LOTR Stunt Team! It is from October but you can still find out what stunts they have planned and what they've done so far and more!
Check it out in The Spy Reports
!!!WARNING MINOR SPOILERS!!!
News for Dec. 28, 1999
Well, I'm back.
12/28/99, 12:10 pm EST - Tehanu
I've spent the last three weeks wandering around the South Island in a lot of places where filming is taking place, and quite a few where it isn't. Did I spot any film stars? Well, not to my knowledge. But everywhere I hiked, climbed, swam and flew, the great LOTR project was leaving its mark on people and places.
When I wasn't chatting to people about the film, I was taking photos of the landscapes that will, as near as I can judge, be Middle-earth in the eyes of the world.
Over the next few weeks I'll post a series of pictures and reports on the places I saw and the things I found.
Cast News: JRD on Aussie TV
12/28/99, 10:22 am EST - Xoanon
Super Ringer Spy Resevoir Dog
sends in this news item regarding John Rhys-Davies
(Gimli the Dwarf). Australian Ringers can catch him in 'Catherine the Great', check your local listings.
News for Dec. 27, 1999
Media Watch: Cinescape Magazine
12/27/99, 9:35 pm EST - Xoanon
The latest issue of Cinescape Magazine
has a few little goodies for us to chew on.
Firstly there is a small blurb regarding the production. They called LOTR 'The closest thing you'll get to a sure thing since The Phantom Menace. The casting (and CGI shrinking) of the main characters is risky, but could ultimately prove to be a great idea. With a nice little pic of the lovely Liv Tyler
Secondly is a bite in their 'Movies.com' section regarding the 'X-Men' films, The Official Ian McKellen
Website is mentioned. Since the folks there are cool dudes, I thought I'd mention it :)
Last there is a great feature on the X-men project with a great pic of Ian McKellen
Keen Barliman's folks will also notice a page 22 article about Kirsten Dunst (Inside Barliman's joke, sorry).
Yet More Secret Set Pics!
12/27/99, 9:35 am EST - Xoanon
Super Ringer Spy Sam
sends in 4 more secret set pics from the quarry. Check them out in The Spy Reports
!!!WARNING MAJOR SPOILERS!!!
News for Dec. 26, 1999
This weeks Ebay items
12/26/99, 11:55 pm EST - Xoanon
Check out all the glorious toys you can pickup at Ebay. Did I miss something on another auction site? Send it to me
Cast News: Bean on BBC1
12/26/99, 11:50 pm EST - Xoanon
UK Ringers can catch Sean Bean
) tonight at 9 PM. He'll be playing himself in 'The Vicar of Dibley' on BB1.
Thanks to Nona
for the tip!
Gamersx.com Msg Fans
12/26/99, 1:26 pm EST - Xoanon
A note to you folks to liked to frequent the gamersx.com msg boards, I see you've been having problems with your board. I've set another one up for you on the same site. Located here
. You guys can use it at your own conenience, it has nothing to do with TheOneRing.net, but if you want to be an OP on it, just send me an email and I'll set you guys up. cheers :)
12/26/99, 12:57 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Fan Jeff
sent in this letter he received from Peter Jackson
and the folks at Wingnut Films concerning some music he sent in to them, with portions snipped by me. The music is described by Jeff as 'lyrics from the point of view of Aragorn
as he lays down to voluntarily give up his life. He acknowledges the tremendous cost to Arwen
but reminds her that their deaths are inevitable and that the triumph of the west over Sauron made these things come to pass':
Check out what Jeff sent into Wingnut here.
Letter from Wingnut:
Thank you for expressing interest in our project, "The Lord of the Rings".
...We commenced filming on the 11th October and currently Peter is focusing his attention on shooting the first film and perfecting the scripts for the second and third. At this stage he will not be concentrating on the music for the trilogy until well into the New Year.
...Please be assured that your information is being kept on file in our comprehensive library of prospective musicians, composers, lyricists, singers etc
...Thank you again for your interest, support and patience.
It seems that the 2nd and 3rd scripts have yet to be perfected! Sounds good to me:)
Hobbit Stage Play in Australia
12/26/99, 12:44 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy David
tiped me onto this play that is now showing in Australia.
Check out the website
, if any of you Aussie ringers want to review the play for me, drop me a line
Planet Britain 2000
12/26/99, 12:38 pm EST - Xoanon
Just thought you and the thousand of other Tolkien fans might be interested. The British Foreign Office have produced a website (scheduled to be on-line from the millennium) called Planet-Britain 2000. The idea is to communicate Britain and its culture to the rest of the world. Part of the site (and its gonna be huge) overviews our links with other countries (including Canada Xo) and in the Australasia section of course, there is New Zealand.
This is what they'll have concerning LOTR:
"The Lord of the Rings
New Zealand director Peter Jackson is currently filming this epic trilogy in the South Island. The movies, which will be filmed back to back, have an estimated budget of $360m and are to be released in the summer of 2001. It is the first time anyone has atempted to bring Tolkien's internationally adored works together as a live-action film, but it is a project that has been close to Jackson's heart for the best part of his life. Now, with a cast including Sir Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett and Christopher Lee, a crew of hundreds and some of the most amazing scenery on the planet - we can expect to see Frodo and Bilbo Baggins come to life thanks to the glory and splendour of New Zealand."
The website will be used by governments, universities and people all over the world and though I say it myself, there's something for everyone. The address will be www.planet-britain.org.
Cast News: 'Sleepy Hollow' opens in Australia
12/26/99, 10:17 am EST - Xoanon
Australian fans of Christopher Lee
can catch him in his latest role in 'Sleepy Hollow' which opens today.
News for Dec. 25, 1999
Cast News: Mckellen in 'Copperfield' in UK
12/25/99, 4:32 pm EST - Xoanon
UK Ringers can catch Ian Mckellen in 'David Copperfield'. December 25th at 7pm and December 26, check your local listings. Ho Ho Ho...
Media Watch: The Evening Post
12/25/99, 4:11 pm EST - Xoanon
Versace show for Te Papa
by Ann-Marie Johnson
The Evening Post, Wellington
It was the dress that made British actor Elizabeth Hurley famous when she wore it to a film premiere.
Now the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, wants to bring the notorious safety pin dress to New Zealand Ė although itís unlikely Elizabeth Hurley will be inside it.
It will be part of an exhibition of designs by murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace.
Te Papa is negotiating with the Fondazione Antonio Ratti to exhibit a selection of Versaceís designs, which cover theatre, opera and ballet, as well as haute couture and pret-a-porter clothing.
The Fondazione created the Versace exhibition at Miamiís Museum of Contemporary Art. It is one of several planned events recently outlined by Te Papa chief executive Dame Cheryll Sotheran to Wellington City Council.
The museum is also negotiating with Wellington film maker Peter Jackson
ís production company Wingnut Films to develop an exhibition based on his Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
The exhibition would open in stages to coincide with the release of each movie.
Information presented to the council said the magic and mystery of Tolkienís story would be recreated at Te Papa as a three-dimensional reality.
The exhibition would also explore the new technologies being used to create the films, and the cultural and historical background of Tolkienís imagined world.
An exhibition looking at the 1977 punk revolution is planned, as well as a selection of works by the great impressionist artist Claude Monet.
Art exhibitions planned include shows by New Zealand artists Ralph Hotere and Colin McCahon, and sculptor Henry Moore.
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Thanks to Hobbs3
for the tip!
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