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News for Mar. 03, 2002

Weekly Ebay Items

3/03/02, 11:45 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out this week's goodies you can get from eBay! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

3/03/02, 11:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Want to catch your favorite LOTR star on the small screen this week? Take a look at our cast watch! [More]

From 12 To 10

3/03/02, 8:48 pm EST - Xoanon

LOTR:FOTR has jumped from 12 last week to number 10 this week making $3,125,000 this weekend and adding its US total to $287,380,000 in it's 11 weeks after release. [More]

Elijah Wood - The Ring Bearer

3/03/02, 8:45 pm EST - Xoanon

From 'Creme Magazine': Popular teen actor, Elijah Wood has become a star with the first instalment of the highly anticipated Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Here he talks to Jordan Riefe about the biggest role of his career and how the experience changed him. [More]

Tuckerman: "We're Adding Something Special"

3/03/02, 8:34 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Hollywood.com: "We're going to be in the low $290 millions before we get to Oscar weekend," New Line's David Tuckerman said. "Just hype alone should get us to $300 million. We're going back in the marketplace on Mar. 22 and then on Mar. 29--we've just revised our plan--we're going to add (something special at the conclusion of the film)."

No Oscar for her... But there's something about Cate

3/03/02, 8:27 pm EST - Xoanon

There's something about Cate Blanchett. And it's not just the Meryl-Streep ability to chew accents, nor the Madonna-like penchant for rotating hair color. [More]

'Rings' presents challenge to subtitlers

3/03/02, 8:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring will be the first glimpse many in this country have had into J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy world of Middle Earth, populated by elves, wizards and furry-footed hobbits. [More]

The art of growing up

3/03/02, 8:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Miranda Otto isn't afraid to answer questions with a fixed gaze, a single raised eyebrow and a question of her own, such as: "What do you mean by that?" [More]

Oscar Picks

3/03/02, 8:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Back in November, this year's Oscars looked to be the most unpredictable in years. That was before "A Beautiful Mind" opened to near universal acclaim. There's a good chance it'll sweep the awards, but never discount the academy's ability to surprise. David Lynch, there may be hope yet. [More]

Media Watch: Style Magazine

3/03/02, 7:45 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Kim sends along these scans from the Australian Magazine 'Style Magazine' featuring Mirada Otto (Eowyn). Take a look! [More]

TV Watch: McKellen On E! News Daily

3/03/02, 7:21 pm EST - Xoanon

AICN's Robogeek writes: Just wanted to let you know that Sir Ian McKellan will apparently be a live guest on Monday's edition of E! News Daily, airing at 6:30pm (5:30pm CST).

French and Saunders Goof On LOTR

3/03/02, 7:17 pm EST - Xoanon

wizardlex writes: British comedy duo French and Saunders are doing a new special that will contain a take-off skit on Lord of the Rings. [More]

Who The Oscars Forgot

3/03/02, 7:11 pm EST - Xoanon

He's in practically every scene of this three-hour epic, and he manages to keep the audience members glued to their seats for the entire time. That definitely deserves some recognition! [More]

There and back again – a journey to middle earth Part VI

3/03/02, 7:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Part 6 of the exclusive set of reports from Frodo's Girl takes us to the wearable art museum in New Zealand, where she sees....The One Ring. [More]

WGA pays FOTR no 'Mind'

3/03/02, 1:10 am EST - Calisuri

You heard it here first...The results are in, and 'Beautiful Mind,' not 'Fellowship of the Ring,' has won the best adapted screenplay award at the WGA Award ceremony tonight in Hollywood. Staffers Quickbeam and Asfaloth just called in LIVE with the report. You know, I haven't seen 'Mind' but I have this overwhelming urge to just say "PHOOEY!"

Legolas Lives?...in my heart?? - REMOVED

3/03/02, 1:04 am EST - Calisuri


News for Mar. 02, 2002

More from Viggo's Poetry Reading

3/02/02, 6:30 pm EST - Calisuri

Strider-Girl from TheOneRing.net messageboards had a chance to attend the Viggo Mortenson poetry reading yesterday and sends in this report. [More]

Lord of the Rings is named 2001's best libertarian film

3/02/02, 4:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Lord of the Rings has been named the best libertarian movie of 2001. That's according to the subscribers of John Osborne's "Miss Liberty's Film & TV Update," who nominated and voted on the best libertarian film and best libertarian documentary in mid-February. [More]

Reflections on All 200 Films

3/02/02, 4:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Don't try to stump Christopher Lee. The towering, aristocratic British actor, best known for his epicurean interpretation of Count Dracula in the Hammer horror films of the 1960's, has appeared in well over 200 feature films. Mr. Lee is unsure of the exact figure, though he says he remembers something about each of them. [More]

Art Of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibit Report

3/02/02, 4:45 pm EST - Strider

Lotho Sackville-Baggins sends in a report on what she saw at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising's 10th anniversary show "The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibit" in Los Angeles, with some fantastic pictures of FotR costumes, including Sauron's armour, Saruman's robes and Galadriel's dress! [More]

Another Teaser Trailer For Csoka's xXx

3/02/02, 3:12 pm EST - Strider

Another teaser trailer has been released, this time with a brief flash of Martin Csokas as the film's main baddie, of Vin Diesel's xXx or Triple X. [More]

Bloom On So! Graham Norton

3/02/02, 2:08 pm EST - Strider

Like many other viewers in the UK & Ireland, I watched Orlando Bloom's appearance last night on the chat show 'So! Graham Norton'. Check out my report, featuring Orlando talking about his film career, his next movie 'Ned Kelly' and fun with a Legolas figure. [More]

McKellen On Politically Incorrect

3/02/02, 1:36 pm EST - Strider

Jocelyn writes: Sir Ian McKellan was on Politically Incorrect again last night - it wasn't a repeat. Bill Maher said - at least twice - that Sir Ian should win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The show was interesting, with Sir Ian, Howie Mandel and a model being very patient with the conservative (whose name I will not mention) - she was a bit more self-righteous and condescending than guests of any political ilk usually are. Not too many people would interrupt Sir Ian and lecture him!

Making Of LOTR Special On FX

3/02/02, 1:29 pm EST - Strider

Steve writes: The making of the Lord of the Rings movie is being re-broadcast on FX today at 3pm Eastern Time.

Teutonic Tinsel

3/02/02, 1:26 pm EST - Strider

Ianthe writes: I noted the following article in a recent issue of Forbes Magazine. It describes one of the creative methods of financing used to back films, and mentions the LOTR project as having benefited from that strategy. [More]

Fellowship Approaches Release In Egypt

3/02/02, 1:14 pm EST - Strider

Pat & Deb write: Just to let you, FOTR is being released in Egypt on 13 March, FINALLY. I was in Thailand and on the last day on my vacation FOTR was released there. I drove 30 miles to see it, but every seat was sold out. We have had to watch a very poor pirated copy about 10 times, but now the real thing!

Report On Mortensen Poetry Reading At Track 16

3/02/02, 1:02 pm EST - Strider

Brenda and Valerie send in this great report from Viggo Mortensen's recent poetry reading at Track 16. Expect pictures to soon follow! [More]

BAFTA Awards Showing On E! TV Tonight

3/02/02, 12:43 pm EST - Strider

Lobelia reminds all US Tolkien fans that last week's BAFTA Awards, of which Fellowship of the Ring won 5, will be showing tonight on E! TV tonight at 8pm Eastern Time. [More]

Tolkien Reference In UK Radio Times

3/02/02, 12:36 pm EST - Strider

Pippin Skywalker writes: Radio Times, the British TV Guide Mag has an article about the Isle of Man (which happens to be where John Rhys Davies has one of his homes) telling how it has a lot of fairy tales and folklore. It mentions that because of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings fairy tales are not just for children. Hmmm...just where will Professor Tolkien's name NOT appear these days!

'Rings' Favourite To Sweep Oscars

3/02/02, 12:31 pm EST - Strider

Oscar fever has shifted into top gear as organisers of cinema's most celebrated event send out the voting ballots that will determine who reigns over Hollywood this year. New Zealander Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a hot favourite, with nominations in 13 categories, including best picture. [More]

Thanks to wizardlex for the link.

Paltrow Hits Out Against "Fat" Tag For Her And Tyler

3/02/02, 12:22 pm EST - Strider

Luthien sends in this article in which actress Gwyneth Paltrow has hit out at the pressure put on female stars to stay thin in Hollywood, outraged at recent articles saying that she and Lord of the Rings actress Liv Tyler were fat. [More]

Bedwell Enjoys Working On The Lord of the Rings

3/02/02, 10:29 am EST - Strider

Chris writes: I found this very cool article on a newspaper from where my family is from. I heard about it a long time ago and posted it on my site but I just remembered I never shared it with you. I wish I had the actual clippings of it because it had some pictures. Anyways, nice bit of info on the man behind the cool digital scenes. [More]

LOTR Box Office Update Feb 22-24

3/02/02, 10:24 am EST - Strider

Brandon Gray

Rounding out the top 12 was "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" with $3.5 million. Buoyed by its 13 Oscar nominations, the epic adventure eased just 26 percent, elevating its 68-day total to $283.2 million. [More]

News for Mar. 01, 2002

Hall Of Fire Chats For March 2nd & 3rd

3/01/02, 7:56 pm EST - Strider

With the rapid growth in popularity of DVDs over the last three years and nearly becoming a standard medium, Tolkien fans were relishing the idea of a Fellowship of the Ring DVD even before the film was released. The attraction was not just the excellent quality picture that DVDs provide, but the range of extra features that have become an essential part of a complete DVD. This weekend, the Hall of Fire crew invite you to join us in discussing the FOTR DVD: The Wanted and Expected Features. [More]

TTT: Talking Treebeard

3/01/02, 1:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Annatar The Fair writes: And so the LOTR hype starts again (when did it stop? -Xo). And there are fantastic new characters coming, including Treebeard, leader of the Ents. [More]

Media Watch: Ultimate Marvel Magazine

3/01/02, 1:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Ian sends us these scans of a great Sean Astin (Sam) interview from 'Ultimate Marvel' Magazine. Take a look! [More]

Translation of Japanese LOTR Press Conference With Sean Bean

3/01/02, 1:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Yukiko writes: A characteristic actor of "Patriot Games", Sean Bean plays Boromir, a human being fellow of the hero Frodo. Boromir is the key character in the first story of "The Lord of the Rings". First of all, I asked Sean what he thinks about the character Boromir. [More]

Media Watch: Impact Magazine

3/01/02, 1:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Nona from The Compleat Sean Bean writes: Here is the text from a new interview with Sean Bean in Impact Magazine, February 2002 (thanks to Deb for typing it). [More]

News for Feb. 28, 2002

The Return of Green Books!

2/28/02, 11:51 pm EST - Quickbeam

Yes indeed! The Green Books Staff is back after our winter hiatus. We have a huge update for February so check it out:

Anwyn’s Counterpoint has an interview with Tolkien-inspired mandolin genius Chris Thile, whose band Nickel Creek is fast becoming the last word on the acoustic music scene. If you haven't heard his fabulous music, check it out -- it shows a gift for sharing imagination Tolkien would have admired. His mandolin is featured in Dolly Parton’s Grammy-winning rendition of "Shine."

• Introducing a brand new Q&A feature -- the MOST Frequently Asked Questions. This quick reference tool will help answer the 13 major queries all Tolkien fans want to know, like:
1. Who was oldest, Treebeard or Bombadil?
2. What are the Grey Havens and why do they go there?
3. Who were the other "blue wizards?"
4. Where do I find Elvish alphabets/dictionary sources?

• FEAST your eyes on 20 brand new Questions & Answers, including:
1. Why call it the "Black Pit?"
2. What powers in the Seat of Seeing?
3. Why not Gimli as Ringbearer?
4. Why did the 5 Nazgûl retreat?

• Tookish brings us a zillion laughs, comics, and parodies in his Ticklers section.

• Who needs Ebert & Roeper? We’ve got our own Dueling Reviews of Fellowship of the Ring from a doctor (who hated it) and a young film student (who enjoyed it) over in our Special Guest section.

We continue to explore the WORDS and WORLDS of Tolkien. Stay tuned!

Much too hasty,

Media Watch: Telescope Magazine

2/28/02, 11:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy milaya sends along these scans from 'Telescope Magazine' with a great article on Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn). [More]

Mark Ferguson's Birthday

2/28/02, 11:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Better late then never I suppose. With less than 45 minutes in the day here in Eastern Standard time, we'd like to wish Mark Ferguson (Gil Galad) a very happy birthday! Mark was born on February 28th, 1961 in Sydney, Australia. That makes him 41 today, happy birthday Mark!

Media Watch: Who Magazine

2/28/02, 11:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Kim writes: There's a small article in today's issue of Who (Oz mag) with a story of how Viggo Mortensen hurt himself while surfing in NZ, necessitating some creating angle choices when filming his face afterwards. [More]

Jim Rygiel In NYC Report!

2/28/02, 11:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Beau from fingolfin.com here. Just got back from seeing Jim Rygiel speak in NYC, and while I didn't really find out anything new, I did walk away with two interesting facts. [More]

DVD pirates and hobbits in Southeast Asia

2/28/02, 10:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Like all markets in Cambodia, the Russian market in Phnom Penh is chaotic, packed with hawking and gawking merchants. The floors are littered and various hunks of animal flesh can be purchased, but by Cambodian standards the market is clean and fairly modern. Paint vendors stand next to motorcycle part sellers and a cluster of bootleg video vendors -- all in all, a typical Southeast Asian market. [More]

Flotsum & Jetsum

2/28/02, 10:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Superspy Jen sends us all manner of LOTR related news from many different sources, thanks Jen! [More]

Peter Jackson: The Comfort-Loving Hobbit of the Four Seasons Hotel

2/28/02, 10:25 pm EST - Xoanon

The last person you’d expect to find dominating a banquet room in the Four Seasons Hotel is the tousled-haired, barefoot New Zealander, “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson. Yet, there he was, amid the spotless carpeted hallways scented with floral arrangements, and the good-looking hotel staff with faces like eager question marks. [More]

Historic pictures of newly hatched Kiwi at Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

2/28/02, 10:19 pm EST - Xoanon

In what is thought to be a world first, video pictures of a newly hatched Little Spotted Kiwi chick still in its nest have been recorded at Wellington's Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. [More]

TV Watch UK: Orlando On 'Graham Norton'

2/28/02, 10:09 pm EST - Xoanon

emz writes: Orlando Bloom 'So Graham Norton" on Friday, Graham Norton is a wicked contreversial comedy chat show in the UK!

Alliance Atlantis profits rise on 'Lord of the Rings' success

2/28/02, 10:04 pm EST - Xoanon

TORONTO - Profits and revenues at Alliance Atlantis surged in the third quarter, due in large part to the success of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

TTT: Teaser Pushed Back?

2/28/02, 5:55 pm EST - Xoanon

anonymous writes: I just heard that the teaser for TTT will be attached to FOTR starting March 29th instead of the 22nd, so as to occur post-Oscars. However, there's a chance fans might still be able to see it as early as the 22nd, because NL _might_ still go ahead and attach it to BLADE 2 (which opens that day). This might be worth lobbying for.

Three Interviews on "Der Herr der Ringe"

2/28/02, 3:10 pm EST - Tehanu

Thanks to the Messageboard Tornadoes for the link to these interviews - in English - with PJ, Elijah Wood and Liv Tyler. [More]

Cut LOTR images in latest White Dwarf Magazine

2/28/02, 2:56 pm EST - Tehanu

A report from Adrian describes some images that didn't appear to make it into the film. [More]

LOTR model kits.

2/28/02, 2:31 pm EST - Tehanu

Patrick sent us this link to MyOwnReality.com where you can buy LOTR model kits. Scroll down the page to see them.

Sean Astin appearing in person for GOONIES fans!

2/28/02, 12:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Before "The Fellowship of the Ring" came out, everybody had a favorite Sean Astin film..... that's right, "The Goonies!" And for all you fine folks in Southern California there will be a special Midnight Screening of the film this weekend, with Sean Astin LIVE introducing the movie. [More]

McKellen & Rhys-Davies News

2/28/02, 12:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Craig sends along this report on the latest adventures of Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and John Rhys-Davies (Gimli). [More]

McKellen At Virgin Mega Store

2/28/02, 12:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Moocholas writes: Sir Ian McKellen, will make an in-store appearance at the Virgin Mega Store (8000 Sunset Blvd) in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 9th, 2002 at 2pm.

'Fresh Air' Trascript

2/28/02, 11:12 am EST - Xoanon

We now have the full transcript to the WHYY airing of 'Fresh Air' with their special guest, our very own Peter Jackson, it's a good read! [More]

There and back again – a journey to middle earth Part V

2/28/02, 10:57 am EST - Xoanon

Frodo's Girl sends us part 5 of her jouney into Middle-earth, take a look at her report from the old Helms Deep set! And a short cut to mushrooms! [More]

Media Watch: Capital Times

2/28/02, 10:44 am EST - Xoanon

Mr Tadpole writes: There's an article in this week's Wellington-based Capital Times where they are interviewing NZ-Samoan actor Robbie Magasiva (Stickmen, The Strip). Partway through the article it mentions: "I was in the third Lord of the Rings movie. I play an Uruk Hai (fighting orc) called Mahaur." [More]

TTT: Re-Shoots After March?

2/28/02, 10:34 am EST - Xoanon

Jennifer writes: Wireimage.com just posted this on its site about Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore at a party for their new flick 'Try 17'. He told Variety that 'Try 17' films in March and after he is done with that its back to NZ to do some reshoots for TTT.

New TV Spot

2/28/02, 2:40 am EST - Calisuri

I was watching the Grammy's tonight when what did I see after a horrible N'Sync commercial? Thats right, a new LOTR:FOTR ad. And well, this one is just plain amazing. Among the highlights: Bilbo's 'rage,' The Balrog, Gwaihir, Cave Troll, etc.

News for Feb. 27, 2002

Nothing Real.

2/27/02, 10:00 pm EST - Tehanu

A link from Ian for the technophile Ringers talks about Weta SFX and Nothing Real's 'Shake' technology for digital compositing. [More]

LA fans get a chance to hear Sir Ian McKellen

2/27/02, 9:19 pm EST - Tehanu

Sir Ian will be speaking about the actor's craft at the Canon Theatre on March 4 [More]

Meet Billy Boyd

2/27/02, 8:55 pm EST - Tehanu

News from Beowufl: "Billy Boyd (Pippin) will be attending the I-CON convention on the SUNY Stony Brook campus, the weekend of April 19th, in Long Island, NY. There's more information at Iconsf.org, the convention's website."

One 'Lord of the Rings' Producer Bumped for Oscar Nomination

2/27/02, 8:41 pm EST - Xoanon

The four producers listed for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring's" Best Picture nomination were whittled down to three by the Producers Branch Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. [More]

Amazing Behind The Scenes Images!

2/27/02, 8:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy PD sends us these truly amazing behind the scenes images from the Helms Deep (Not Minas Tirith as earlier reported) set, and some minature studio work as well, take a look! These pics were shot at July 2000. [More]

There and back again – a journey to middle earth Part IV

2/27/02, 7:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Frodo's Girl sends along part 4 of her adventures in New Zealand! Take a look at some familiar landscapes and animals from FOTR! [More]

Media Watch: Renaissance Magazine

2/27/02, 7:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Gaerwen sends along these scans from Renaissance Magazine. Take a look! [More]

Elijah Wood To Present At DGA

2/27/02, 1:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Kelly sends along word that our own Elijah Wood (Frodo) will be one of the presenters at the Directors Guild of America Awards! [More]

The Dork Tower

2/27/02, 1:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Jason writes: You may want to have a look at today's Dork Tower. They have had a few LOTR comics but I thought todays was quite funny. [More]

TTT Trailer: Australia

2/27/02, 1:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Laurellee writes: With the news about the March 22 release of the FOTR second reel containing the TTT trailer, I checked with the Australian distributor (Village Roadshow) and received the following information about its Australian release. [More]

Sean Astin: The Sweetheart

2/27/02, 1:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Victoria writes: I know it's a bit after the fact, but I just wanted to drop a line and let it be said in a truly public forum that Sean Astin is an absolute sweetheart. [More]

Listen To 'Fresh Air'

2/27/02, 12:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Joseph writes: Just thought that I'd pass along that freshair.npr.org has put yesterday's complete PJ interview online. (RealPlayer needed) [More]

Howard Shore Poem

2/27/02, 12:10 pm EST - Xoanon

MithrandirCQ writes: I am a member of Decipher's official LOTR Fan club. My handle on that Message Board is MithrandirCQ. About 10 of us attended the Q & A at Barnes & Noble on 17th Street and Union Square on 22nd of February. [More]

News for Feb. 26, 2002

Gandalf and Legolas off Backorder! Woo!

2/26/02, 8:51 pm EST - Calisuri

For those of you who have been waiting for the Gandalf and Legolas statues from Sideshow/Weta to go off backorder...they have! [More]

Media Watch: Tatler Magazine

2/26/02, 6:11 pm EST - Xoanon

A double dose of beauty today as we are lucky to not only have a great photo spread from Miranda Otto (Eowyn) but Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) as well. Take a look at these scans from Ringer Spy Bourget. [More]

TTT: Miranda Otto Article

2/26/02, 5:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Ivee sends along these scans from 'Sunday Magazine' in Australia featuring an article and plenty of great pics of Miranda Otto (Eowyn). [More]

Variety Ads For LOTR

2/26/02, 5:29 pm EST - Xoanon

The weekly edition of Variety has been peppered with LOTR Oscar ads, check out some of these great stills! Thanks to Frodorama for the scans! [More]

Oscar spending focusing on 'Rings,' 'Mind'

2/26/02, 12:10 pm EST - Xoanon

After months of wide-open competition, the Oscar derby appears to be focusing on two main foes: New Line, with "Lord of the Rings," and Universal/DreamWorks, with "A Beautiful Mind," reports Variety. [More]

TV Watch: PJ On 'Charlie Rose', Full Transcript With Pics!

2/26/02, 11:57 am EST - Xoanon

Peter Jackson was on 'Charlie Rose' last Friday (Feb 22nd). The interview was a full hour with no commercial breaks, and featured some very candid moments including PJ's story on how this film ALMOST did not get made. The show was an extremely enjoyable watch. Take a look at the pics, and the full transcript right here! [More]

Just WHO on earth is Sarah McLeod?

2/26/02, 11:22 am EST - Xoanon

I recently sat down with Kiwi native Sarah McLeod (Rosie Cotton) and chatted LOTR, fake wigs with real hair, and just WHO is that other Sarah McLeod anyway? [More]

National Geographic Talks LOTR

2/26/02, 11:18 am EST - Xoanon

Altaira writes: Just thought I'd let you know that my new copy of National Geographic Traveler magazine features New Zealand as well as LOTR:FOTR in an article entitled: "On Location: 50 Great Film Destinations." [More]

Live In NZ? Wanna Meet Richard Taylor?

2/26/02, 11:14 am EST - Xoanon

Will sends us the very cool news of an even headed by WETA's Richard Taylor, it's in Christchurch and open to the public! [More]

News for Feb. 25, 2002

Media Watch: PJ interviewed on Fresh Air tomorrow!

2/25/02, 10:35 pm EST - Tehanu

News for Ringers in the States thanks to Brian: "Peter Jackson's interview on NPR's "Fresh Air"(reported on theonering.net on 2/24) will be tomorrow, Tuesday 2/26/2002. A list of stations airing the show and the times is here. [More]

KUT.org broadcasts all of their programming over the web and will air the show at 3PM CST (9pm gmt) tomorrow. It appears that Jackson will be the only guest tomorrow so the interview should be at least 30-40 minutes.

Interviews With a Twist

2/25/02, 10:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Here's a link to two rather unusual interviews with Elijah Wood, Sean Bean, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom and Liv Tyler, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, and Billy Boyd, plus Peter Jackson. The interviewer actually succeeded in getting Viggo to laugh! The interviewer is definitely unusual, and I think she calls Gimli a troll, but she gets some funny stories out of the gang. [More]

Sideshow/Weta Posts Series 5

2/25/02, 6:47 pm EST - Calisuri

Check out this first look at Sideshow/Weta Collectibles Lord of the Rings Series 5 product, now available for pre-order! Featured in this series are highly detailed statues of Boromir, Lurtz, Elrond, Gimli and Bilbo Baggins. You'll also find busts of King Elendil, The Witchking of Angmar and Galadriel. [More]

McKellen & Bloom At BAFTAs

2/25/02, 5:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Earhart sends us this picture of Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Orlando Bloom (Legolas) at the BAFTA awards on Sunday, February 24th. [More]

TV Watch UK: Liquid News

2/25/02, 5:40 pm EST - Xoanon

siliconslave writes: If you're in the UK, Billy Boyd is on Liquid News tonight to discuss the BAFTAs. BBCAmerica also broadcasts the programme, but it is usually a week or two behind. [More]

Gimli Kinder Surprise DO exist.

2/25/02, 2:20 pm EST - Tehanu

Yep, looks like the full set of LOTR toys do exist in the Kinder Surprise eggs, so anyone missing a figure can just keep eating those chocolates [hard, hard!!!] or check out Ebay for the missing figures - apparently they're available there sometimes.

Media Watch: PJ on 'Holmes'

2/25/02, 2:01 pm EST - Tehanu

Peter Jackson was interviewed at the BAFTAS last night by New Zealand's current affairs programme 'Holmes.' It's available on Realplayer here

Tolkien Sarcasm Page and the German Book

2/25/02, 1:30 pm EST - Tehanu

Yesterday we had a report on a German book about Tolkien that used that triumph of spoofery, the Tolkien Sarcasm Page, for its research - and it used theTSP's famous 'plot summary' of LOTR. Thanks to Caroline we have a translation of the article that reported on this. [More]

One Party to Rule them All

2/25/02, 1:00 pm EST - Calisuri

TheOneRing.net is proud to announce "One Party to Rule them All!" What are you doing the night of Sunday March 24th? Oh, thats right, The Oscars! Well, if you are anywhere near LA, consider coming to TheOneRing.net's Oscar Party! It is shaping up to be one of the hottest places to be in Los Angeles on Hollywood's biggest night. With thousands of dollars in prizes/raffles/giveaways and sponsors like Sideshow/Weta Collectibles, this party is going to be one to remember. If you are interested in learning more about the party and want updates on location, guests and more, sign up for the official TheOneRing.net LA Oscar Party Newsletter. [More]

ps - If you are interested in helping sponsor this event, please email asfaloth@theonering.net for details.

'Lord of the Rings' Has Wizard Oscar Chance

2/25/02, 12:44 pm EST - Xoanon

LONDON (Reuters) - Gandalf the Wizard put his money on "The Lord of the Rings" Monday to work its magic at the Oscars next month. [More]

TV Watch OZ: LOTR Special On MTV

2/25/02, 12:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Ivee writes: Just reminding all Optus Cable TV owners in Australia that the MTV: Making The Movie - LOTR special will be shown on Friday 1st March on MTV, channel 22, 7pm - 7:30pm.

Box Office: Turkey

2/25/02, 12:29 pm EST - Xoanon

Yusuf writes: In its 9th week, FOTR has now been watched by 29.158 people last weekend with 64 copies. It has now been watched by 1.548.242 (in total) Turkey making its way up 1 spot to number 5 in the most watched films chart. It is also the second (Titanic number one of course!) most watched foreign movie. And also because of the Oscar success, the movie will be released with all its copies in April 5 once again.

Empire: Peter Jackson On Lord Of The Rings DVDs

2/25/02, 12:24 pm EST - Xoanon

While dodging the cloudburst that heralded the start of the 2002 Orange British Academy Film Awards, Lord of The Rings director Peter Jackson stepped under Empire Online's umbrella to give us the lowdown on the upcoming DVD releases. [More]

FOTR Book discussion on Radio National (Australia)

2/25/02, 12:19 pm EST - Xoanon

jediguy sends us word on a Tolkien discussion you can listen to on Australia's Radio National. [More]

Variety: Brits praise 'The Lord' with five BAFTA wins

2/25/02, 12:11 pm EST - Xoanon

LONDON -- One ring ruled them all at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night, with "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" winning five prizes, including best film. [More]

A Personal Middle earth Tour

2/25/02, 12:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Dominique writes: I'm right now in New Zealand on my own tour of filming locations of The Fellowship of the Ring. I've created a page where I've put an account of my experiences so far, please feel free to visit. [More]

[Just to clear up one thing Dominique says, and from the horse's mouth: Red Carpet Movie Tours do currently have full access to most properties where filming took place including Hobbiton.]

Blanchett Joins 'The Last Man'?

2/25/02, 11:13 am EST - Xoanon

From DarkHorizons: Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) apparently mentioned on Brit chat show "Parkinson" that she'll be a part of Darren Aronofsky's upcoming sci-fi film which begins production in Australia soon.

Happy Birthday Sean Astin!

2/25/02, 8:52 am EST - Xoanon

Today is Sean Astin's (Sam) birthday! Sean was born Sean Patrick Astin on 25 February 1971 in Santa Monica, California. That makes him 31 today! Happy birthday Sean!

Click here to send your birthday wishes to Sean!

LOTR Ringtones for Nokia phones.

2/25/02, 2:55 am EST - Tehanu

Ringer 'Narrow' points us to a site that makes your mobile phone into a whole LOTR adventure playground - and you can download ringtones with LOTR soundtrack themes. [More] Prepare to be underwhelmed when you hear pounding brass and percussion rendered as a series of beeps on a 5-watt speaker.

Hobbits, the real and fictional Shire, and Matamata.

2/25/02, 2:34 am EST - Tehanu

Tourists are making the pilgrimage to Matamata, nearest town to the Hobbiton film set. 'Rongotai' offers some thoughts about what's really there - if you have the eyes to see it. [More]

Who's eaten all the Gimlis?

2/25/02, 2:13 am EST - Tehanu

A plea came in from Othmar, whose kids are getting sick of buying dozens of Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs and getting every LOTR figure several times over except Gimli - so they can't complete the set. Are they just unlucky, or are there no Kinder Surprise Gimlis? Write in and tell us if you've found one....

The Tolkien Sarcasm Page Scores Again!

2/25/02, 2:05 am EST - Tehanu

Some of you will remember the infamous London newspaper article about LOTR that based its research on a spoof synopsis of LOTR. According to a German site, somebody's written a whole book using the same source for their 'research.' Hilarious!

Weekend Round Up

2/25/02, 12:24 am EST - Xoanon

Missed all the news this weekend? Were you perhaps watching Team Canada trounce Team USA 5:2 for gold at the Olympics? Or were you perhaps sleeping it away like I do? Well fear not! TORN was alive and well all weekend, and now YOU can catch up with our weekend round up! [More]

Weekly Ebay Items

2/25/02, 12:13 am EST - Xoanon

Check out all the goodies YOU can get at eBay! [More]

Future Cast Projects

2/25/02, 12:06 am EST - Xoanon

Liv Tyler (Arwen) gets shocked in 'Voltage', David Wenham (Faramir) is looking to get 'Pure', and Bruce Spence (Mouth of Sauron) joins the cast of a film that should not even be made!! [More]

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