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News for Feb. 15, 2004

Jackson on CBS News Sunday Morning

2/15/04, 11:56 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy Berengaria wrote: Greetings!  I saw a nice interview with Peter Jackson this morning on CBS News Sunday Morning, quite by accident.  They were even showing some of the films he did as a little boy on the family movie camera [...] Below is a link to the print version of the story on the CBS site, sadly you won't be able to see the home movies. [More]

Doonesbury Talks Tolkien

2/15/04, 11:54 pm EST - weetanya

Many of you wrote to inform us that a Tolkien allusion snuck its way into Doonesbury today. [Cartoon website] [More]

Astin on Jimmy Kimmel Live

2/15/04, 11:48 pm EST - weetanya

Cast Watch: Ringer Spy Bob Walters wrote that Sean Astin will also be on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, February 18. [More]

TV Watch: Astin & McKellen on CNN

2/15/04, 6:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Aelfwine writes: Sean Astin and Sir Ian McKellen will be on Larry King Live tonight. [Transcript]

Rings rule at Bafta film awards

2/15/04, 4:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Rings rule at Bafta film awards
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Fantasy epic The Return of the King triumphed at the Bafta film awards, in a night of surprises. The film won five awards in total, including best film, but the best director award went to Master and Commander's Peter Weir. [More]

SHOP: Shelob and Haradhrim Exclusive Pics

2/15/04, 12:27 pm EST - Calisuri

Shelob from Sideshow/Weta!

Sideshow/Weta is invading the New York Toy Fair! They've been kind enough to give us a first look at some of the product they will be showcasing. Chief among them is the Shelob statue! They have also sent us a picture of the Haradhrim Soldier which has been pre-order for a few weeks. Check them out! [Scrapbook] [Pre-Order Haradhrim]

Frodo Downsized

2/15/04, 1:57 am EST - Tehanu

We've posted articles before (notably Quickbeam's here) about how Sam is the real hero of LOTR. Now to present the opposing view from Juliet Waldron, objecting to how Frodo's been 'downsized' to less than Tolkien's hero in the films. [More]

News for Feb. 14, 2004

Vanity Fair Talks Peter Jackson

2/14/04, 10:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Selena writes: The March 2004 issue of Vanity Fair features this article about Peter Jackson. [More]

Hobbits Reign as Mardi Gras Lords

2/14/04, 10:45 pm EST - Xoanon

As if hobbits didn't have enough excitement this year, now they are planning to take over New Orleans during Mardi Gras! Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan, stars from the hit movie "The Lord of the Rings," will be throwing "precious" things to the crowds as part of the 147th celebration of Fat Tuesday in New Orleans. [More]

After the king returns, will a hobbit follow?

2/14/04, 10:31 pm EST - Xoanon

For fans of "The Lord of the Rings," Peter Jackson's blockbuster three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy epic, it looks like just what they've been longing to see: a trailer for a forthcoming movie version of "The Hobbit," the book that introduces many of the characters in the "Rings" series. [More]

Media Watch: PJ Featured in Rolling Stone

2/14/04, 10:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Peter Jackson will be in the latest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine (with Beyonce Knowles on the cover). Anyone with a scanner send it along!

Preparing for Oscar's big night

2/14/04, 10:17 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES - On Feb. 29, Billy Crystal will read wisecracks from a script in front of millions of Oscar telecast viewers while wearing a tuxedo on the Kodak Theatre stage. On Wednesday morning, he was improvising jokes in the theater lobby, wearing a sweater and faded jeans, playing to about 200 co-workers at the first major production meeting for the 76th annual Academy Awards. [More]

Lord Of The Screens

2/14/04, 10:01 pm EST - Xoanon

By any measure, "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy" is an astonishing success, the stuff box-office dreams are made of. And for fans, it has fantastic creatures, stunning special effects and bold heroes caught up in an epic battle between good and evil. [More]

Massive Wins Scientific and Engineering Awards

2/14/04, 9:57 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Oscars.org: The Scientific and Technical Academy Awards will be presented on February 14, 2004, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pasadena. Scientific and Technical Awards are given for devices, methods, formulas, discoveries or inventions of special and outstanding value to the arts and sciences of motion pictures that also have a proven history of use in the motion picture industry. To Stephen Regelous for the design and development of Massive, the autonomous agent animation system used for the battle sequences in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Massive takes a new approach in simulating behaviors of large numbers of computer generated extras (a.k.a.) "agents." Each "agent" contains a primitive software "brain" used to develop behavioral rules simulating a wide range of behaviors. In "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy,over 200,000 agents were controlled in several scenes.

Baftas 'may influence Oscar vote'

2/14/04, 9:40 pm EST - Xoanon

BBC News Online assesses what impact Sunday's Baftas may have on Oscar voting in two weeks' time. When the prestigious best film Bafta is handed out in London on Sunday evening, US Academy members will be watching with their usual interest. But to what degree, if any, will the choice have an impact on their own decision two weeks later? [More]

People Magazine Talks ROTK Music

2/14/04, 9:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Carissa writes: In the February 23rd issue of People Magazine on page 31 with Drew Barrymore on the cover, there is a short interview with Fran Walsh and Annie Lennox called Sound Off. They talk about the inspiration for the song, working together, and why audiences connect to the saga.

Anyone with a scanner, send it along!

LOTR star Billy Boyd answers your questions

2/14/04, 9:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Here are your questions answered by Lord of the Rings star Billy Boyd. Jordan Stewart, Birmingham: "Was Pippin the only character you auditioned for and which other character would you have liked to play instead?" [More]

Scientific & Technical Oscars Presented Today

2/14/04, 1:05 pm EST - Xoanon

If you've ever watched the Oscars at home (or while stuffing your face with party food as I've done the past two years) you can remember a small, rather dull segment where they mention 'scientific & technical awards given our earlier in the month'. Well today is that day, and it is certainly NOT going to be dull for the creators of MASSIVE, the computer technology that helped create hundreds of thousands of little tiny men in LOTR. The team behind MASSIVE is up for an award or two tonight at an dinner presented at The Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Good luck! [More]

Get TheOneRing.net Newsletter Today!

2/14/04, 12:59 pm 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 20 300 mailing list members! Sign up now! [More]

News for Feb. 13, 2004

Oscar Winner Bill Tondreau Profiled in Filmstew

2/13/04, 7:54 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy Achariya wrote: Filmstew has an article up about Bill Tondreau, who is "accepting an Oscar this weekend for his technical contribution to Lord of the Rings and countless other iconic movies." [More]

Free LOTR Printable Valentines

2/13/04, 7:41 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy Vintage wrote: If anyone's still in need of Valentines for the kids' school (or if you want to give them to your favorite elf or hobbit) there's a wonderful LOTR Valentine collection at The Crumpet Shop. Copy them off on photo-paper, clip them out, and enjoy. (Links submitted with permission from The Crumpet Shop.) [ROTK Series] [TTT Series] [FOTR Series]

Final Newline ROTK Poster

2/13/04, 7:35 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy Matt writes: I don't know if you guys saw this yet or not. It's the last RoTK poster with Sam carrying Frodo. Just ordered it. Woo-hoo! [More]

ROTK Wins Eleven Golden Shmoes

2/13/04, 7:30 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy Cary informs us that ROTK has garnered eleven Golden Shmoes. What the heck are these? "'The Golden Schmoes' are the awards given out to winners of the JoBlo.com Movie Awards, an awards presentation which has the categories chosen by you, the movie fans..." [More]

Article Explores Hobbit Prequel Issues

2/13/04, 7:19 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy DiveTwin also sent us a link to a New York Times article (syndicated in the Alameda Times-Star) about the sticky issues surrounding a film version of The Hobbit. [More]

USA Today's Oscar Index Updated

2/13/04, 7:15 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy DiveTwin writes: USA Today's Oscar Index has been updated - and says "With wins from more than 10 critics groups, Rings has accumulated more points than any film in the history of the Index, now in its fourth year." [More]

More Speculation on Shore's Oscar Chances

2/13/04, 7:10 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy Rebbeca sent us this link to a Hollywood Reporter article entitled "Can 'King' score bring Shore to Oscar dance?" [More]

Sean Astin on "Washington's 104"

2/13/04, 7:07 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy Julie writes: Sean Astin was on "Washington's 104" this morning. You can listen to the phone interview at their website (real player): [More]

ROTK Saturn Nominations

2/13/04, 7:01 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy Brian sent us the following information: ROTK picked up ten Saturn nominations, and TTT was nominated for best special edition DVD. [More] Hollywood Reporter article here: [More]

ROTK was nominated in the following categories:

Best Fanatasy Film
Best Actor (Elijah Wood and Viggo Mortensen)
Best Supporting Actor (Sean Astin, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis)
Best Supporting Actress (Miranda Otto)
Best Director
Best writing
Best Music
Best Costume
Best Makeup
Best FX

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend

2/13/04, 6:35 pm EST - Frode

The focus of thehalloffire for the next months will be JRR Tolkiens 'The Hobbit'. But before starting with the book we will take a closer look at the events prior to the Unexpected Party at Bag End. How did the most succesfull business enterprise of the Third Age get started? What were the motivations of the founders of Thorin & Company? We shall begin with Gandalf and Thorin Oakenshield running into one another on the Road to Bree. A chance-meeting as we say in Middle-earth.[More]

News for Feb. 12, 2004

P.E.E.R.S. Return of the King Ball Report

2/12/04, 7:39 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy (and renown One Ring Circus performer) Wyvern attended the P.E.E.R.S. Return of the King Ball on February 7th. She's written up a report with excellent photos of even more excellent costumes. [More]

ROTK Picks Up NME Award

2/12/04, 6:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Zoe writes: It looks like ROTK won "Film of the Year" award from the UK magazine, NME. Billy Boyd accepted the award. "Ahead of anticipated Oscar glory, 'Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King' was NME Film Of The Year. Billy Boyd, the Hobbit hero Pippin in the movie, picked up the gong from Sadie Frost." [More]

London Film Critics Give 'Master and Commander' Top Honors

2/12/04, 6:28 pm EST - Xoanon

LONDON — The seafaring epic "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" won three awards, including best film, from the London Film Critics' Circle. But the group's 100 critics gave no awards Wednesday night to another major Oscar contender, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," the final installment in the trilogy, which had been nominated for best film and best director. [More]

Radio Watch: NPR Talks Movie Scores

2/12/04, 6:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Pippin's Scarf writes: NPR will be doing its annual analysis of the Oscar-nominated film scores on Weekend Edition Sunday. The series will air on Feb 22 & 29. No word on which date the ROTK score will be discussed. They split the scores up and spend about 5-10 minutes per score and discuss relevant themes, etc. Critic Andy Trudeau picks his favorite and his prediction for the win. In 2002, he picked FOTR as both.

Sean Astin Rolls the Dice in Vegas

2/12/04, 6:24 pm EST - Xoanon

(Burbank, California-AP) -- From "Lord of the Rings" to lord of the slots. Sean Astin has a guest spot coming up on NBC's "Las Vegas." He'll play a guy who wins a huge jackpot at a slot machine. Then, he grabs his money and fakes his own death before his greedy wife finds out about the winnings. The episode airs March first.

Howe's Paris Exhibit Closes This Weekend UPDATE

2/12/04, 6:23 pm EST - Xoanon

John Howe's exhibit, 'The Lord of the Rings: From Imagination to Image' will be closing this weekend in Paris. Follow the link for more information if you want to catch it before it's gone! [More]

UPDATE:Several people have written in telling me that the show has actually been extended until Feb 29th. So there you go!

Bloom Is Big In the UK

2/12/04, 6:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Jenny writes: Apparently Orlando Bloom is the 12th most influential person on British culture! The full list will be revealed on BBC Three on Thursday evening at 2100 GMT. [More]

Radio Watch: Jackson on 'The Treatment'

2/12/04, 6:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Merzouga writes: Peter Jackson was on a public radio program called 'The Treatment' today on KCRW in LA. Here is the link to listening to the show. [More]

Exciting acting adventures await 'Rings' alum

2/12/04, 6:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Elijah Wood has said he is determined to avoid the Mark Hamill route when it comes to charting his post-Lord of the Rings film career course. Translation: No 'Corvette Summer' for the artist formerly known as Frodo. But unlike the onetime Luke Skywalker, an unknown when cast in 1977's Star Wars who fell victim to typecasting, the hero hobbit, 23, built a solid résumé (The Ice Storm, Deep Impact) before his Tolkien odyssey and may avoid the curse of the blockbuster. [More]

'Rings' stars get career counseling

2/12/04, 6:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Hired for a relative pittance to toil for at least four years in three movies, the cast of The Lord of the Rings can't afford to turn down free advice. USA TODAY's Susan Wloszczyna asked Hollywood columnist Anne Thompson, E! Online celeb dirt-digger Ted Casablanca, Teen People's Laura Morgan and Adam Sternbergh of fametracker.com for career tips. [More]

Skansens Zoo in Stockholm Goes Geek

2/12/04, 6:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Jo writes: Tiny, tiny bit of useless info from Skansens Zoo in Stockholm. The otters Majken and Samson has had a little baby and the tiny, tiny two month old otter has been named Gollum. The zoo director says since it was born last year when all the new babies in the zoo had names beginning with G and the baby looked a bit unshapely and disturbing he thought it was a good name. There's been mentions of rings mysteriously disapearing near the otterhome but it has not been linked to Gollum, yet.

Dourif at MegaCon 2004 Details

2/12/04, 6:10 pm EST - Xoanon

bethany writes: Brad Dourif will be in Orlando, FL for MegaCon 2004, March 5-7th at the Orange County Convention Center. [More]

SHOP: TORn Shirts Backordered

2/12/04, 1:23 am EST - MrCere

The demand for the offical TORn t-shirts far out-paced our production. In one day we sold through our entire stock! We are still selling the shirts but the time to receive your shirt might be a little longer. Thanks for your patience! And look for the 'Don't make me get my Ring' shirt to be announced next week! [Shirts]

News for Feb. 11, 2004

'Will & Grace' Goes Geek

2/11/04, 11:50 am EST - Xoanon

Sheltercats writes: "Will & Grace" was on tonight, instead of Thursday, and there was a funny bit involving ROTK. Will had a new client (the very funny Dave Foley from 'Newsradio' and 'The Kids in the Hall'), and one of the first things he asked Will was whether or not he had watched LOTR. [More]

Astin in '50 First Dates' Preview

2/11/04, 11:39 am EST - Xoanon

Greg writes: I attended a press screening of 50 First Dates tonight. The movie was god-awful and quite literally the only bright spot throughout was Sean Astin. Not only was it nice to see Samwise back on a screen, but he was hysterical! [More]

'Rings' takes special effects to another level

2/11/04, 11:29 am EST - Xoanon

Odds are The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won't need special effects to pull off major Oscar wins Feb. 29. With 11 nominations, the final chapter in the trilogy is a heavy favorite in top categories. And despite stiff competition from the other visual effects nominees Master and Commander and Pirates of the Caribbean, aficionados say that director Peter Jackson, the New Zealand-based Weta Digital and Weta Workshop should prevail. [More]

TV Watch: Lennox on 'Ellen'

2/11/04, 11:27 am EST - Xoanon

Be sure to catch 'The Ellen Degeneres Show' today, Annie Lennox is set to sing 'Into the West'. Reports have begun flowing in from people who have seen the show this morning and they say she sang at the end of the show, and that it was a great performance. [More]

If The Word Gigaflop Excites You....

2/11/04, 11:19 am EST - Xoanon

naushad writes: Here is the list of Top 500 Supercomputers in the world from top500.org. Interestingly Weta are at No 44 & 48!

Roth To Winners: "Keep it Short"

2/11/04, 11:12 am EST - Xoanon

This year's Oscar nominees have been instructed to keep their speeches short on the big night, during a glitzy Los Angeles luncheon with the producer Joe Roth. The America's Sweethearts director was joined by contenders such as Diane Keaton, Charlize Theron, Sean Penn and Tim Robbins at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the traditional bash - and during the star-studded event, Roth took the opportunity to request restraint from the potential winners. [More]

TV Watch: Rygiel on 'Screen Savers' Tonight

2/11/04, 11:06 am EST - Xoanon

Jeremy writes: Jim Rygiel, visual effects supervisor for the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, explains how his team brought Gollum and other Middle-earth characters to life. Tonight on TechTV. Check your local listings to see if you get TechTV!

More Info on Sala in UT & CA Next Month

2/11/04, 11:02 am EST - Xoanon

Convention veteran Sala Baker will be making the rounds in Salt Lake City and two other locations in California next month. Follow the link for more info. [More]

Tolkien heir is one of ‘Rings’ biggest fans

2/11/04, 10:57 am EST - Xoanon

Los ANGELES - If there is one happy hobbit in the real world shire, it is Royd Tolkien, great grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien, whose books are the basis for the smash hit “Lord of the Rings” movies. Tolkien, who lives in north Wales, freely admits that when he first heard a Hollywood movie studio wanted to adapt great granddad’s fantasy books onto film he was worried. [More]

SHOP: TORn Shirts on Sale!

2/11/04, 2:13 am EST - MrCere

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At Comic-Con 2003, TheOneRing.net offered three shirts to fans who were in attendence. When they all sold out after the first day, we figured they were pretty popular. So, nine months later, we are glad to offer our 'Lousy' and 'One Wizard' shirt for sale to fans world-wide. The 'Don't make me get my Ring' shirt will be coming shortly. Follow the link for details. [Click Here]

News for Feb. 10, 2004

Film Trilogy in Chichester

2/10/04, 9:45 pm EST - Tehanu

This weekend fans will have a chance to see all three films in one day at Chichester Park Cinemas, among other interesting things being promoted by the Tolkien Society. [More]

Lost Like Gollum at Hollywood Jesus

2/10/04, 9:28 pm EST - Tehanu

February's guest feature, "Lost Like Gollum," by EthicsDaily.com's Culture Editor Cliff Vaughn, has been posted at Hollywood Jesus. It begins, "There's a lot going on with Gollum: bouts of identity confusion and alteration, Ring addiction, and -- simply put -- malicious choices. It's not always easy to separate one from another. Furthermore, it‚s a hazardous task to speak of evil in the same breath as mental illness..." [More]

Master Replicas To Introduce LOTR Line

2/10/04, 4:23 pm EST - Xoanon

Los Angeles, February 10, 2004–Master Replicas announced today a partnership with New Line Cinema to create and market electronic collectible prop replicas for the award-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Master Replicas will introduce collectibles spanning all three movies beginning spring 2004. [More]

Berlinale International Film Festival Images

2/10/04, 4:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a look at these images from the 54th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin. A very pregnant Cate Blanchett was there this past weekend to promote her latest film 'The Missing'. [More]

Xoanon hopes against all hope that the lovely Mrs Cate will make it to our Oscar Party this year!

ROTK tops TTT Worldwide

2/10/04, 4:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Brandon Gray from boxofficemojo.com writes: 'The Return of the King's worldwide total climbed to $942.7 million, eclipsing 'Two Towers' $926 million and 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace's $925.6 million to become the third highest grossing movie of all time. Bowing in Japan this weekend, 'ROTK' will soon surpass 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone's $975.8 million to become No. 2 of all time, and it should have no problem topping the $1 billion mark. [More]

Annie Lennox to Perform at 76th Academy Awards

2/10/04, 3:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Beverly Hills, CA - Annie Lennox will perform at the 76th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producer Joe Roth announced today. This will be the first time the singer has performed on an Oscar(R) telecast. [More]

Director Peter Jackson by ``Lord of the Rings''' acting Oscar nominations

2/10/04, 3:13 pm EST - Xoanon

BEVERLY HILLS (California) Feb 10 - ``Lord of the Rings'' mastermind Peter Jackson said Monday he was thrilled that his last hobbit movie is leading the Oscars race, but disappointed that its star Sean Astin was not nominated. The 42-year-old best director-nominee said he was delighted that the last episode in his film trilogy ``The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'' was vying for 11 Oscars when the awards are handed out later this month. ``As a filmmaker you make films and obviously it's not about awards, but I think (an Oscar) would be an incredible honour that you will never have again,'' the New Zealander told journalists at a luncheon for Academy Award nominees. [More]

Rings is third biggest film ever

2/10/04, 3:11 pm EST - Xoanon

The Lord of the Rings finale The Return of the King has become the third most successful film of all time. Peter Jackson's epic has now made $942.7m (£517.9m) worldwide, and is expected to pass the $1bn mark after it is released in Japan on 14 February. [More]

They Made A Funny....I Think

2/10/04, 2:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Jill writes: I thought you might enjoy the following which has appeared on a conference website, as a guide to scientists planning to submit an abstract for an international atmospheric chemistry conference to be held in Christchurch in September. [More]

And some people like to think of scientists as a humourless bunch...

TV Watch: McKellen on 'Late Late' Tonight

2/10/04, 2:48 pm EST - Xoanon

After recently finishing up his theatre run in Australia, Ian McKellen is back in the US and on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn' Tonight. Be sure to get plenty of coffee and skittles tonight as you will have to stay up until 12:35AM for this show. [More]

Composer Howard Shore writing more for Lord of the Ring

2/10/04, 2:43 pm EST - Xoanon

(CP) - Composer Howard Shore is writing more music for the Lord of the Rings but knows his love affair with Middle Earth must end. "It's still a work in progress. This morning I was writing music for the extended version of Return of the King," he said backstage after winning his Grammy for best score on Sunday. "It's really bittersweet because we've worked on it for so long and so hard, with great collaboration and true friendship. The Lord of the Rings is also our story. I felt like Frodo in the beginning." [more]

News for Feb. 09, 2004

There And Back Again: Part III

2/09/04, 10:03 pm EST - Xoanon

There And Back Again: Part III
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PippinSkywalker writes: There is in every tale a beginning and end. To make any story complete however, it is necessary and indeed it is impossible not to have a middle. The middle of a story is the child of the beginning and the father of the end and so in this way carries great weight in itself. This tale that follows as well as the next can readily be documented as the middle of my adventures. [More]

Which Trilogy is Better?

2/09/04, 9:19 pm EST - Xoanon

JediSquish writes: The Force.net posted a link to a wonderfully humorous article as to which film trilogy is better, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, or The Matrix. It may disappoint some LOTR fans, but the writer makes some very humorous points. Here's the link to The Force.net's page of it. [TFN] [More]

New Zealand Prepares for Life After 'The Lord of the Rings'

2/09/04, 9:14 pm EST - Xoanon

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The film's characters, in enormouslikenesses, loom from airport and theater rooftops. Postage stamps, coffee cups and airplanes are festooned with their pictures. Movie-related art exhibitions crowd galleries. [More]

'Seabiscuit' Upsets 'Rings' for Film Award

2/09/04, 9:00 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Don't count this horse out. "Seabiscuit," the movie about the Depression era race horse with the reputation for come-from-behind victories, surprised Hollywood late on Sunday by winning the top award from the American Society of Cinematographers. [More]

What Lies Ahead For The Hobbits?

2/09/04, 8:59 pm EST - Xoanon

How do you follow up one of the most successful films of all time? If you're a hobbit, you might experiment with memory-erasing technology, take up martial arts, or head straight for the unemployment line. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," the top-grossing film released in 2003, heads into this month's Academy Awards fresh from a Golden Globes sweep. [More]

Empire Magazine Votes

2/09/04, 8:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Denise writes: I received my latest EMPIRE magazine (March) with the 100 best movies of all time as voted on by the fans. #8 was Return of The King, #3 The Two Towers and the #1 movie as picked by 72,815 voters both online and through the magazine...The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring! Article quote: "Will live forever because it became the Star Wars experience for a new generation."

Billy Boyd Concert Performance

2/09/04, 8:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Vintage writes: Billy Boyd was at a Children's Classic Concert this past weekend in Glasgow. here's a short video clip of Billy singing "Beyond The Sea". And finally here's a review of the concert. [Review] [More]

TV Watch: Annie Lennox on 'Parkinson'

2/09/04, 8:42 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Amy writes: Just thought I'd let you know (if you didn't already), that this Saturday, February 14th at 9:30pm, the new series of Parkinson starts on ABC, and Annie Lennox is going to be one of the guests. My Dad saw the ad and apparently she was talking about recording 'Into the West', so it could be worth a watch! [More]

Howard Shore 'Spinning on Air'

2/09/04, 8:41 pm EST - maegwen

Howard Shore's recent appearance on WNYC radio program "Spinning on Air" is now archived for your listening pleasure. [More]

More About "Into the West" & Cameron Duncan

2/09/04, 5:18 pm EST - Pippin_Took

The Hot Button's David Poland devotes his column today to the touching story of how Fran Walsh's relationship with Cameron Duncan inspired the lyrics of "Into the West." [More]

Time Magazine Q & A With Annie Lennox

2/09/04, 12:10 am EST - weetanya

Time Magazine has a small Q&A with Annie Lennox about the Oscars, her age, and her daughters. [MORE]

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