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News for Feb. 23, 2007
Sideshow Collectibles and TORn bring you the EASY WIN Giveaway!
2/23/07, 2:49 pm EST - Calisuri
The fun is Non-Stop at TORn! One giveaway ends, another begins! This time we can thank Sideshow Collectibles for providing some great prizes: The Legendary Scale Cave Troll
, a Legolas 12-inch Figure
and the highly sought after Minas Morgul Environment
! This 'Easy Win' giveaway couldn't be more simple. Just follow the link and enter your information into the form. That is it! Winners will be randomly selected on March 23rd and posted on the frontpage of TORn on March 26th. [Enter Now!
Sideshow Collectibles Newsletter
2/23/07, 12:05 pm EST - Xoanon
Be sure to check out our weekly Sideshow Collectibles
update! Each week we provide an update on your favorite Sideshow goodies, from busts to premium figures and more! Take a look! [More
News for Feb. 22, 2007
JRD Attends Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo
2/22/07, 8:09 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I just wanted to let you know that John Rhys Davies - will be appearing as a Lord of the Rings Guest.. at the Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo! He will be only attending; Christchurch, April 14-15th & Wellington, April 21st-22nd only. [More
Bloom Building 'Green' House in London
2/22/07, 8:05 pm EST - Xoanon
LOS ANGELES Feb 22, 2007 (AP)— Orlando Bloom
says he's building his house in London with the environment in mind. "It's as green as I can make it," the 30-year-old British actor said Wednesday during a pre-Oscar party benefiting the environmental organization Global Green USA and its efforts to combat global climate change. "It's got solar panels on the roof, energy efficient light bulbs newer technology basically that is environmentally friendly," he said after arriving in a plug-in hybrid vehicle. Plug-in hybrids combine hybrid technology which uses both gasoline and electric power with large batteries that can be plugged into a standard wall socket. [More
Tolkien Estate Gets Order Against Hobbit Uploaders
2/22/07, 8:03 pm EST - Xoanon
Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- The estate of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien won a court order against a file-sharing Web site whose members posted scanned copies of the fantasy writer's work. The order, which was issued earlier this month by the federal court in the Southern District of New York, forces ESnips Ltd. to identify the subscribers who have posted the material, the trust's lawyer said in a telephone interview today. High-quality copies of The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, the History of Middle Earth and the Silmarillion had been posted on the site, according to U.K. law firm Manches, which is representing the trust. While ESnips agreed to remove the material, it refused to identify the names of the posters without a court order, Manches's Steven Maier said. [More
Announcing LOTR Online: Shadows of Angmar Stress Test Event!
2/22/07, 12:05 pm EST - Xoanon
Meghan S. Rodberg, Online Community Manager for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar
writes: We wanted to let everyone know about our upcoming public Stress Test Event, which runs from Friday, February 23rd through Monday, February 25th! Gamers who want to try out The Lord of the Rings Online(tm): Shadows of Angmar(tm) for free for the weekend should sign up at Gamespot
to receive their Stress Test Event keys.
After registering their keys, participants can log in and play as much as they like any time between 12:00PM EST on Friday, February 23rd and 9:00AM EST Monday, February 26th! Turbine will be running several live events during the weekend, so gamers should be sure to play during those times for their chance to win prizes. Playing for at least 2 hours each day during the Stress Test also makes them eligible to win an NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX!
The Stress Test is open to residents of North America, Australia, and New Zealand. For more information about the Stress Test Event, including instructions for downloading the game client, please visit lotro.com/stresstest
Miniatures by Gary Hunt
2/22/07, 11:55 am EST - Xoanon
sent us a note to let us know about his website. Gary worked on the Lord of the Rings film trilogy at 3foott6 and WETA
as a sculptor/designer. He writes: "In my spare time I have managed get together a range historical and Sci/fi Fantasy figures and manufactured them under the banner of "Miniatures by Gary Hunt"
. 54mm (1/32nd scale) Historical figures include: Samurai, WW1, Zulu, South Americans, New Zealand Wars, Pacific Islanders and the 54mm Sci/fi Fantasy range includes: 21st Century Amazons (girls in gas masks). I thought your readers might be interested in my new personal range of collectable figure kits on my site
. My site also includes my portfolio of LotR and Kong collectables for Weta and Weta/sideshow. [garyhunt.net.nz
News for Feb. 21, 2007
New Discussion Boards Now Open!
2/21/07, 9:20 pm EST - Xoanon
is excited and pleased to announce the opening of new and improved discussion boards! The new boards are much more user friendly than the old format, and have lots of new bells and whistles to have fun with! To register, click on the "Log In" button, then click on "Sign me up," and follow the instructions. Visit your old favorite forums like the Reading Room and Movie Discussion and/or branch out to new ones such as Fan Art
, The "Pollantir," where you can create your own polls, TORn Moots or the new Off-topic forum. Click here to register!
LOTR Screening in Bonita Springs, FL
2/21/07, 9:18 pm EST - Xoanon
Karen let us know that there will be a screening of FOTR on March 3rd at Riverside Park off Old 41. Old 41 between Wilson and Ragsdale streets will be closed while the film is running. The movie is free and the event is intended to have a family picnic atmosphere. Russell’s Clambake and Royal Scoop Ice Cream will sell concessions, with 50 percent of proceeds going to the Bonita Springs Assistance Office. Movies in the Park is part of Bonita Springs’ efforts to bring more people and a bigger diversity to the Old 41 area, highlighting Riverside Park.
News for Feb. 20, 2007
'The Last Unicorn' DVD Giveaway - Winner Announced!
2/20/07, 10:48 pm EST - Xoanon
With 246 entries, we thank everyone who entered! The winner of the signed copy of 'The Last Unicorn' DVD is Julia S. She has been notified by email. There may be a chance we cannot contact her, if that is the case we will choose another winner! [conlanpress.com]
Factory Magazine Talks Ken Kamins
2/20/07, 10:08 pm EST - Xoanon
You may be saying 'who?'
when the name Ken Kamins comes up, but he is Peter Jackson
's Manager. He is the man to THE man. Take a look at this article about his world! [More
ROTK Rotten Tomatoes Survey
2/20/07, 9:56 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I just wanted to let you know that the Rotten Tomatoes survey of the Best of the Best Picture Winners ranked ROTK as the 22nd of 79. It was one of only 4 in the top 25 from 1990 to the present (Silence of the Lambs--1991--at 24, Unforgiven-- 1992--at 19, and Schindler's List--1993--at 18). The list included recent Best Pics Crash (2006) which came in at 74, A Beautiful Mind (2002) at 70, Gladiator (2000) at 69, and Chicago (2003) at 54. None in the top 10 were from after 1974. So, all in all, pretty good among the more recent releases. [More
J.R.R. Tolkien & C.S. Lewis Lecutre at Alexandria Museum of Art
2/20/07, 6:52 pm EST - Xoanon
From thetowntalk.com: The public is invited to hear Emile Griffin explore the lives and friendship of best-selling authors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in a lecture set for Thursday at the Alexandria Museum of Art. The lecture, sponsored by Louisiana State University at Alexandria, is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the museum, the university has announced. There is no admission charge. Griffin, a native of New Orleans, is a professional writer and editor who began her career in advertising before eventually ending up in the literary world. Once named Advertising Copywriter of the Year by the Advertising Club of New Orleans, Griffin now focuses on writing about Christian spirituality. She has authored 15 books on this topic. She is editor of the HarperCollins Spiritual Classics. She and her husband, William Griffin, an authority on C.S. Lewis, were founding members of the Chrysostom Society, a national writers group formed in the 1980s. For more information, call Dr. Eamon Halpin at (318) 473-6581.
LOTR Boardgame Expansion Announced
2/20/07, 6:50 pm EST - Xoanon
TORN Staffer Ostadan writes: Fantasy Flight Games has announced that the long-expected new expansion for Reiner Knizia's cooperative 'Lord of the Rings' boardgame, Battlefields, is shipping and should be at retailers around 26 February. The expansion features 'battlefield' boards (one for each scenario), pieces representing the members of the Fellowship, Enemy pieces, and new cards.
News for Feb. 19, 2007
Middle Earth Idols Promo Art!
2/19/07, 10:06 pm EST - Xoanon
M.A.R.S. Productions presents Middle Earth Idols II , a film parody of American Idol featuring Lord of the Rings characters, with celebrity guest judges Kiran Shah (LOTR), Daniel Reeve (LOTR), Dean Haglund (X-Files), Grant Wilson (Ghost Hunters), Alexis Cruz (Stargate, Shark) and more! Special musical performance by Emerald Rose! Twelve contestants! Celebrity judges! You pick the winner! Who will be the next Middle Earth Idol? Premiering at ORC 2007 in Burbank, California. [M.A.R.S. Productions] [ME Idols II Trailer] [ORC 2007]
For New Line, an Identity Crisis
2/19/07, 6:18 pm EST - Xoanon
He emerged from the coma and after two months in the hospital, he was permitted to go home to his Manhattan residence. Even then he took many months to recover, unable initially to walk for more than two or three minutes at a time, and slowly taking up work again. But Mr. Shaye says he thinks more clearly now than he did before his illness. “It’s difficult to explain, but I have a clarity of thought and, I believe, of reason, which was one of the gifts” of his illness, he said. And, he added, “I certainly appreciate the normal functioning of life a lot more.” One thing that has not been blunted by illness is Mr. Shaye’s temper, which flared last year when he was asked about a lawsuit filed by Mr. Jackson over profits from “The Lord of the Rings.” [More
DVD Tuesday: Babel, Prestige, Flushed & More!
2/19/07, 12:50 pm EST - Xoanon
A ton of interesting new films are out on DVD this week. Take an early look on our 'DVD Tuesday' feature...every Monday! Some very cool TV on DVD like 'Family Ties - S1', 'Penn & Teller - S4' & 'Voyage to the Bottom of Sea - S2'. The big releases of the week are 'The Prestige', 'Flushed Away' & 'Babel'. Personally I'm interested in 'Shut Up & Sing' & 'Babel'! Check out the whole list here! [More
News for Feb. 17, 2007
'The Last Unicorn' DVD Giveaway - Only 3 Days Left!
2/18/07, 12:19 am EST - Xoanon
TheOneRing.net and Conlan Press have joined forces to provide you with your own copy of 'The Last Unicorn' signed by Peter S. Beagle. [Click here to enter]
News for Feb. 17, 2007
Lord of the Rings Online a contender?
2/17/07, 4:35 pm EST - Xoanon
Early word is that the game is actually a potential contender against the juggernaut known as the World of Warcraft. Turbine has incorporated the best elements from their semi-love-or-totally-hate Dungeons and Dragons Online game, while making LOTRO more accessible.Turbine will begin stress testing the game on Feb. 23, which is the best opportunity to try out the game for those remotely curious. A few of the people we spoke with said that the reason the game works is because the Tolkien lore is solid and robust and it is WoW-esk enough to be accessible to the masses, but different enough to be an alternative. [More
Factory Magazine Talks Ian McKellen
2/17/07, 12:29 pm EST - Xoanon
The folks at Factory Magazine
have sent along two articles for you to take a look at. The second is this great interview with Sir Ian McKellen
Factory Magazine Talks Marton Csokas
2/17/07, 12:26 pm EST - Xoanon
The folks at Factory Magazine
have sent along two articles for you to take a look at. The first is a small article on Marton Csokas
. Take a look! [More
TV Watch: Richard Taylor on CNBC Asia
2/17/07, 12:14 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: For asian fans & cable subscribers, there's an i/v with Richard Taylor on CNBC ASIA today 16 Feb & will be repeated throughout the weekend. Gong Xi Fa Chai to all staff & fans celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year. [More
New projects for Weta Workshop
2/17/07, 12:05 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I went to a news conference yesterday in New Plymouth, New Zealand, to hear that Weta Workshop has signed on to do the props on two films to be shot in Taranaki: One film about New Zealand Victoria Cross and Bar recipient Charles Upham, and a second movie about stolen gold in the Taranaki hill country. One of the actors being chased for the Charles Upham film is Karl Urban
). The promotional art work on the front of the script and on the poster behind was designed by Weta, and Charles Upham's family were deeply moved by how much the artwork had captured the young Upham. [More
Meet Sean Astin at MegaCon This Weekend
2/17/07, 11:30 am EST - Xoanon
will be a guest at the "Mega Con Convention", held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida, this weekend. [More
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