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February 05, 2006 - February 12, 2006

News for Feb. 12, 2006

Hall Of Fire This Weekend -- Of Maeglin

2/12/06, 5:14 am EST - Demosthenes

This weekend, Hall of Fire finally resumes its Silmarillion chats with chapter 16 -- Of Maeglin. We'll explore the tragic tale of Aredhel and Eol, exploring what spurred the White Lady of Gondolin to leave the hidden city and how it set in train a trail of events that leads right up the sacking of Gondolin itself.

'So you forsake your father and his kin, ill-gotten son! Here shall you fail of all your hopes, and here may you yet die the same death as I.' Eol at Gondolin. [More]

News for Feb. 11, 2006

Boyd, Noble & Falconer at Con-spiracy

2/11/06, 10:48 am EST - Xoanon

djdeathskiss writes: Billy Boyd, John Noble, and Weta's Daniel Falconer are just 3 of the guests so far scheduled to appear at Con-spiracy, the Minnesota Science Fiction Fantasy Festival, September 1-3 in Bloominton, MN. [More]

LOTR Online Update

2/11/06, 10:41 am EST - Xoanon

Meghan, Online Community Manager for The Lord of the Rings Online writes: This week on the LOTRO site we've posted two new screenshots. You can find them at the top of our screenshot gallery.

If all goes as planned, next week we'll be bringing you the last installment of our recent (but not final) series of class updates - the Lore-master. You might have read in the March issue of Computer Games that the Lore-master can have a raven companion!

Serkis, Baker, Rangi & Rhys-Davies at Collectormania G-Mex This Weekend

2/11/06, 10:08 am EST - Xoanon

Andy Serkis, John Rhys-Davies, Sala Baker and Shane Rangi are slated to be guests this weekend at 'Collectormania G-Mex' in Manchester, UK. From the press release: This February Manchester will play host to the largest collectors event in the North of England, and to launch the show with a real bang we will be giving you the chance to meet the stars of the greatest tv shows such as Star Trek, Lost and Stargate SG-1, and this Winterís biggest blockbuster movies, King Kong, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe! [More]

Second LOTR Concert in Lyon, France is a go

2/11/06, 10:02 am EST - Xoanon

Orodromeus writes: I'm going to the Symphony tonight! After the cancellation of yesterday's concert, the latest news is that tonight Terry Edwards' chief assistant Scott Dunn will be conducting. So the Saturday concert will take place, while the Friday public will be given its money back. I'm hoping tonight's concert will take place! I'll be sending an e-mail on how it all went. Keep up the good work!

News for Feb. 10, 2006

Watch and Chat this Saturday: Those *other* wizards

2/10/06, 5:50 pm EST - maegwen

Wizards... short creatures... elves... a young lad with a big destiny... Nope, we're not talking about 'Lord of the Rings,' but instead: Harry Potter! Following TORn's wildly successful series of LOTR-Trilogy "watch and chats," we're starting up this weekend with the much-requested Harry Potter series. This Saturday at 5:30 pm EST we will start off with "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (that's the Philosopher's stone to everyone but us obviously confused Americans). Following that, "Chamber of Secrets" on 2/18, "Prisoner of Azkaban" on 2/25, and after a short break, "Goblet of Fire" on March 11th, following its release on DVD on 3/7. [More]

Join us tomorrow on our IRC server at 5:30 pm EST when we pop our copies of the film into the DVD player. After the usual confusion, at around 5.30pm EST we'll all press play on our individual players and proceed to cheer and jeer (or discuss and argue, if you like!) the finer points of the film.

For information on IRC chat and how to take part in the fun, visit our FAQ. Chat is family-friendly and easy in TORn's lively chat rooms. If you've never checked it out, this is a great chance to meet the regulars and have some fun. [Join the chat now!]

LOTR Concert: Lyon, France UPDATE

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

The Orchestra de Lyon will be performing the music of Lord of the Rings tonight at Hall of Tony Garnier in Lyon, France. Going to the concert? Send us a report! [Email]

UPDATE Reports are coming in that the conductor, Terry Edwards, collapsed on stage. Simon & Monik both report that emergency teams were soon on the scene but there was no news on his condition and the audience was asked to leave.

I hope that it is not too serious and that he makes a quick recovery. Good luck to him and our best wishes to his family and friends.

Howard Shore Concert Series: Cleveland

2/10/06, 11:56 am EST - Xoanon

The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus will be performing the music of Lord of the Rings tonight and tomorrow at the Severance Hall in Cleveland, OH. Follow this link for more information. [More]

Hobbits, Witches, King Kong Lift New Zealand's Filmmakers

2/10/06, 11:40 am EST - Xoanon

Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) -- New Zealand's film industry is showing it's not all scenery and hobbits. The South Pacific nation's movie business, catapulted to fame by Peter Jackson's ``Lord of the Rings'' trilogy, which was filmed in the country, is tapping a surge in funding to make films such as Toa Fraser's ``No. 2,'' winner of the world cinema audience award at last month's Sundance Film Festival. Local studios have gained from Hollywood-funded productions such as ``King Kong,'' the latest blockbuster by New Zealander Jackson, and Andrew Adamson's production of ``The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,'' both filmed in the country. That boosted production financing to a record NZ$596 million ($406 million) in the year ended March 31, 2005, from about NZ$300 million in 1999. [More]

News for Feb. 08, 2006

Peter Jackson Visits Bungie Studios

2/08/06, 7:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Jackson Visits Bungie Studios From bungie.net: This is one of those stories thatís kind of apropos of nothing, but a week or two ago, our new building was graced by the presence of one Mr. Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, Heavenly Creatures, Meet the Feebles and more. In short, a genius. You may or not know that he is also signed up as executive producer on the forthcoming Halo movie. Mr. Jackson was not only nice enough to come visit, but also to pose for a photo with the entire Bungie crew. [More]

Get 'Lost' Tonight!

2/08/06, 12:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Dominic Monaghan's Golden Globe winning show 'Lost' is on tonight at 9PM EST on ABC. TORN's chatroom now has a special 'Lost' screening room, login to #lost at 9PM and watch with fans from around the country! [ABC.com] [TORN Chat]

News for Feb. 07, 2006

Lord of the Brush DVD Available Now

2/07/06, 8:51 pm EST - Xoanon

From lordofthebrush.com: Lord of the Brush DVD is now available in both English and French - Le Seigneur des Pinceaux. Be the first to have your own movie party! [More]

UK'S Fellowship Festival Cancelled

2/07/06, 1:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Lady Tinania writes: After months of speculation, aaaevents have notified fans that there will be no Fellowship Festival in 2006, disappointing fans here in the UK. In a letter on their website, aaaevents confirmed that, despite being backed by New Line, there would be no Festival this year, but thanked their supporters and the cast and crew . This puts an end to months of speculation and hearsay about the future of the event, which has brought many Lord of the Rings and Tolkien fans to London in the past two years. It is hoped that this will not be the last Lord of the Rings con in the UK. Visit www.aaaevents.co.uk for the full story.

Wisconsin Lutheran College Tolkien Lecture

2/07/06, 1:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Altaira writes: Mike Foster, one of our ORC scholars passed this on to me to put on the front page: Baylor University Professor Ralph Wood to give lecture on J.R.R. Tolkien at Wisconsin Lutheran College MILWAUKEE Ė Baylor University Professor Ralph Wood presents "J.R.R. Tolkien: Writer for Our Time of Terror" on Friday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Studio Theatre at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The lecture is free and open to the public. [More]

LOTR Musical Review

2/07/06, 10:54 am EST - Xoanon

Topaz writes: Well, Iím back Ė as Sam said. Or didnít say, at least not on Sunday afternoon at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto where I saw the second ever performance of the new theatrical production of The Lord of the Rings. Long ago when I had first heard of plans to make LOTR into a musical, it scared me. Howard Shore had just done such an amazing job with the film scores, and now someone was going to make it all sound like Broadway? Please donítÖ. Then as time went on and the production was to be in Toronto (half an hour from where I live), there began to be articles in the papers, interviews with the director Ė I read them and I began to feel less afraid that someone was going to ruin my favourite story. [More]

DVD Tuesday: Bloom's 'Elizabethtown', Urban's 'Doom'

2/07/06, 9:26 am EST - Xoanon

Both Orlando Bloom and Karl Urban have films coming out on DVD today. Bloom's first contemporary outing in Cameron Crowe's "Elizabethtown" and Urban's action packed "Doom". Take a look! [More]

News for Feb. 06, 2006

Viggo Mortensen Booksigning: New York, NY

2/06/06, 10:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Rebecca let us know about a Viggo Mortensen booksigning event later this month at the International Center of Photography in New York City (1133 Avenue of the Americas). Viggo will be signing copies of his new hardcover book 'Linger'. Be there on Friday, February 17 from 5:00pm - 7:30pm and get copies of 'Linger' signed! Please note that no photographs or movie memorabilia will be signed. Art books only. [More]

Sean Astin on "24"

2/06/06, 4:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Be sure to tune into FOX tonight at 9PM EST to catch a new episode of "24" with Sean Astin. Sean has joined the cast of the hit show in it's fifth season, he plays a savvy government agent who has taken control of 'CTU' the Counter Terrorism Unit.

Toronto's Lord of the Rings musical a hit, say fans

2/06/06, 4:40 pm EST - Xoanon

TORONTO (CP) - Despite a two-day delay to fine-tune the production and some first-night mistakes, theatregoers say the new Lord of the Rings musical has been worth the wait. The Toronto show had its first preview performance on Saturday night and the diehard Lord of the Rings fans in attendance gave it rave reviews. Twenty-five-year-old Leah Hashimoto said she's read all the books, seen all the movies and still her high expectations were met. The mistakes Saturday night actually made the experience more memorable, she said. [More]

News for Feb. 05, 2006

Epic quest to stage a musical

2/05/06, 5:44 pm EST - Xoanon

As producer Kevin Wallace watched the crowds leaving the Princess of Wales Theatre last night, he was in a positive frame of mind, despite the fact that various technical problems caused the first preview of The Lord of the Rings to run over four and a half hours. "We have a solid show," said a relieved Wallace, "the audience remained engaged throughout, even with all the problems and delays that we will fix in time. We just have to finesse things a little and we'll be home free." Yet only now, with previews underway and the all-important March 23 opening clearly in sight, can Wallace finally admit how close we came to not having The Lord of The Rings here at all. [More]

`Lord of the Rings' is orchestral magic

2/05/06, 5:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Since The Lord of the Rings Symphony had its first performance in New Zealand in 2003, there has been no stopping this orchestral hit. When the Cleveland Orchestra, its Chorus and Children's Chorus perform it this week, the number of performances will top 90 -- a number that would make any contemporary classical composer envious. Seats for the three concerts, Friday through next Sunday at Severance Hall, are sold out. At press time, standing room tickets were still available for $15. Some $18 tickets remained for the open dress rehearsal on Thursday. [More]

Theatrical musical version of Lord of the Rings hits the stage in Toronto

2/05/06, 5:40 pm EST - Xoanon

TORONTO (CP) - Adelene and Tyana Mohamed are bonded by more than just bloodlines: their intense shared passion for the Lord of the Rings took them to the ends of the Earth to pay a visit to Middle-earth. The Mississauga, Ont., sisters headed to Queenstown, New Zealand, last September to visit the shooting sites used in the popular film versions of the epic mythical trilogy. "Our family thinks we're a little weird, but the friends think it's cool - they're almost as bad as us," said Adelene of their Lord of the Rings fixation. Their journey brought them full circle to Toronto's Princess of Wales of Theatre for the opening night preview of the musical production of the Lord of the Rings. [More]

First LOTR Musical Review!

2/05/06, 5:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Vincent writes: Well I just saw the premiere THE LORD OF THE RING musical in Toronto. I must say it was quite the project to undertake given the amount of material and story depth. Overall I must say I was quite impressed with the way that it was portrayed. Most of the actors did an admirable job especially those of the Hobbits. [More]

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