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March 07, 2001 - March 13, 2001

News for Mar. 13, 2001

A little info on the Hobbit Play

3/13/01, 9:22 pm EST - Tehanu

The people over at Xenite have some more details about the Hobbit play currently touring the UK, including pictures(More)

News for Mar. 12, 2001

Tolkien Music

3/12/01, 7:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Andrew sends word on a new Bob Catley album called 'Middle Earth', check out all the details here. [More]

Christopher Lee: Dissapointed over 'Jinnah'

3/12/01, 7:33 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Strider

Empire Magazine has an article on Christopher Lee, in which he shows his huge dissapointment that his film Jinnah, which he starred in 1997, still hasn't had a theatrical release. [More]

Isildur in Action

3/12/01, 7:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Pierfrancesco put two and two together and have seen a great pic of Harry Sinclair (Isildur) in action on the official site! [More]


2001 Chicago Flower & Garden Show Report

3/12/01, 9:01 am EST - Xoanon

No, we haven't become greenthumb.com, but if you remember a few weeks ago we reported that this years show has an entire section devoted to LOTR and The Hobbit. Well Ringer Spy (can you really be a spy at a flower show?) Odo IV sends us the pics and a report! [More]

Holm Confirms 'old and young Bilbo'

3/12/01, 8:18 am EST - Xoanon

Ian Holm (Bilbo) has spoken a bit about LOTR in the latest issue of 'Total Film' Magazine. He mentions that he wears both young and old makeup for Bilbo, perhaps we'll be seeing some flashbacks?

Thanks to JUSTBob for the story

John Howe talks LOTR!

3/12/01, 5:04 am EST - leo

The latest issue of SFX Magazine holds an interview with conceptual artist and worldfamous Tolkien illustrator John Howe... [More]

News for Mar. 11, 2001

Weekly Ebay Items

3/11/01, 5:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Check it out, buy something on Ebay....send it to me...my birthday is coming...in 4 months...and 7 days... [More]

Another person who saw the LOTR 8-minute trailer!

3/11/01, 3:41 pm EST - Tehanu

We got a report from somebody who's seen one of the longer LOTR promotional trailers recently (More)

Cast Watch: Andy Serkis is one of the 'Party People'

3/11/01, 2:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis (Gollum) is playing it up as Martin Hannet in the new movie '24 hour Party People', a musical dramedy set in 1976. There is no release date set for this film yet. [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

3/11/01, 2:07 pm EST - Xoanon

A chance to see some of your favorite LOTR cast members on the small screen! [More]

The Greek 'LordoftheRings' site

3/11/01, 1:04 am EST - Tehanu

It isn't active yet, but it exists, right here
Can anyone tell me why it's written in English?

The Hobbit Play - there's two.

3/11/01, 12:59 am EST - Tehanu

We got an email from the Tolkien society to clear up some confusion about the Hobbit play:

"...saw the post today about a play, I think you'll find that there's two(at least) the one in the Uk & Cork last month is the Vanessa Ford Productions stage adaptation of The Hobbit, real people not the puppet one that was going around Australia ."

New Legolas desktop picture

3/11/01, 12:19 am EST - Tehanu

Thanks to those of you who wrote in with the link to the new BIG picture of Legolas in the official site. It's here

News for Mar. 10, 2001

The Hobbit Play

3/10/01, 4:04 am EST - Tehanu

Boy, this thing's getting all over the place. Mark wrote in to say:

"The play "The Hobbit" is going to be staged in Atlantic Canada, too. It's going to be at the Atlantic Theatre Festival this summer. I'm not sure of the dates, but I think it starts in May."

Find out more here

Let's hear it from Greek Tolkien fans!

3/10/01, 3:53 am EST - Tehanu

Thanasis sent us some news about Tolkien Mania in Greece:

"The most known cinema magazine and online magazine in Greece has LOTR in the coming attractions of this year in this week's issue.The article gives general information about the movie, but it's the first in Greek. Among other things it says that a Greek LOTR site is coming to cover the needs of Tolkienmaniacs, but it doesn't say if it is going to be a new site or the official site in Greek .
As you can see,Tolkien mania is going to cover every country...
As a Greek fan I'm very happy."

The Greek film website is here

Media Alert: Epoca Magazine.

3/10/01, 3:42 am EST - Tehanu

There's quite a few Tolkien fans in South America who feel that the mainstream media are letting them down. That might be changing, if this news from Dunadan at Pelennor.com is any sign (More)

News for Mar. 09, 2001

Moviephone Contest, only for US Residents

3/09/01, 11:38 pm EST - Xoanon

After some reading I can give you some good news and some bad news.

Good News: Approximate retail value (ARV) of the tickets is $800. Winner and guest will stay at Le Meridian Garden hotel in Cannes for 3 nights. Approximate retail value (ARV) of the hotel is $145 per night. Winner and guest will also receive two tickets to attend the exclusive Lord of the Rings party in Cannes on May 13th. The stars of the film and filmmakers will be present at the party, which will be held at an authentic medieval castle just outside the city.

Bad News: This sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the United States (except residents of Puerto Rico), 18 years of age and older. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited.

Win a trip to Cannes

3/09/01, 11:34 pm EST - Tehanu

Elfstain wrote in to say:

"My AOL front page has an ad for and a link to Movietone.com, which is running a contest. The winner gets a free trip to Cannes for a week to meet the [LOTR] cast, and all the losers get email spam for the rest of their lives to inflate Movietone's eyeball count."

He also mentioned that the Movietone site had some images. I couldn't see a thing, myself. But if you're an AOL customer you may have better luck.


Duh! Not Movietone, it's MovieFONE! Here's an easier way to enter that contest, over at Moviefone

Thanks to Jozabad for that!

MediaWatch: STERN Magazine translated!

3/09/01, 3:16 pm EST - Quickbeam

Greetings - Quickbeam here.

Here is a great new English translation of the feature article appearing last week in the high profile German magazine, Stern. It features yours truly! [More]

News for Mar. 08, 2001

13 Highest-Paid Deceased Celebs...

3/08/01, 7:29 pm EST - Xoanon

Never thought I'd be writing about how much dead celebs make...but hey, it's the internet.

forbes.com has released its list of the 13 highest paid dead celebs. Our very own JRR Tolkien comes in at number 9. Making $7 000 000 in 2000...and you thought you were paid well...

Spiderwebart Gallery Offer

3/08/01, 7:24 pm EST - Xoanon

The good folks at Spiderwebart sent us some news on a special offer they have. Check it out! [More]

You Wantses the Teaser Poster, My Preciousss?

3/08/01, 6:37 pm EST - Jincey

Eriol brought big news into Barlimans this afternoon - New Line Cinema's online shop now has the first TEASER POSTER up for sale!! These won't last long, and the price is great! Now you can have Frodo's deep penetrating eyes staring at you from your very own wall! [Here!]

Gandalf Winning Battle Royale

3/08/01, 10:47 am EST - Xoanon

A poll currently on slashdot.org asks the oft told question 'Who would win in a Battle Royale?' with our very own Gandalf in the middle of the mele, who are his opponents? Why not click your way over to slashdot to find out and vote! [More]

Another teaser poster?

3/08/01, 9:13 am EST - leo

Garth from over at DarkHorizons reports that there are two teaser posters for Lord of the Rings instead of just one! The second poster also shows Elijah Wood (Frodo) staring at the ring, but with his head a little bit more towards the Ring, very cool! Check it out here!

Hugo Weaving talks LOTR!

3/08/01, 5:59 am EST - leo

The New York Post scored an interview with Australian actor Hugo Weaving (Elrond) which mainly handles about the secrecy surrounding two of his most interesting projects; LOTR and the Matrix 2. The interview can be found at FoxNews.com. [More]

Welsh Ringers: Hobbit Play Alert

3/08/01, 5:58 am EST - Tehanu

Finally thanks to Kris we have some news for the Welsh Tolkien fans, who I reckon deserve some credit for speaking one of the languages that sent Tolkien into transports of ecstasy at the mere sound of it.

"Just dropping a line to let you know that Tolkien fever is beginning to build here ... the New Theatre in Cardiff, UK is staging The Hobbit, and an excellent production it is too! The company appears to be touring, but I'd recommend anyone who's a Tolkien fan, or just enjoys a good mythical romp, to get down there ASAP!!"

News for Mar. 07, 2001

Who IS Karl Urban?

3/07/01, 10:33 pm EST - Tehanu

We found a great interview with the upcoming Eomer in NZ fashion magazine 'Pavement.' [More]

LOTR at Cannes?

3/07/01, 5:58 pm EST - Xoanon

Teletext.Co.Uk have an article on their website about Lord Of The Rings mounting a large publicity event at the Cannes Film Festival, and perhaps a preview of the film. [More]

Media Watch: Harpers and Queen

3/07/01, 5:56 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Stephen

There's another feature article on Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) in the UK issue of Harper's and Queen, http://www.harpersandqueen.co.uk/. The article's not on line, and LOTR gets a one-sentence mention, but she's on the cover.

'Nother Media Alert: Jane Magazine.

3/07/01, 2:35 pm EST - Tehanu

I don't know what Jane Magazine IS, but Nancy wrote in to let us know that Liv Tyler (Arwen) is featured in the latest issue:

"I just received my April issue of Jane mag (US) with the photo of Liv Tyler and it contains an interview. I'm sure it is also on the newstands now. I didn't have a chance to read the whole article yet (I wanted to beat everyone else and be the first to let you know about it..HA!!), but I see that LOTR was mentioned in it. Her photos show what an extraordinary beauty she is."

2002: Matrix 2 vs The Two Towers

3/07/01, 9:20 am EST - Xoanon

Picture this, it's December 2002 and you and some friends are heading out for some holiday movie going. You have the glorious choice of Matrix 2 or The Two Towers! Joy!

Coming Attractions (Via USA Today) is reporting that The Matrix 2 will be out on December 25th 2002. Just in time to go head to head with our 'The Two Towers'.

Ents? Did Someone Say Ents?!

3/07/01, 9:13 am EST - Xoanon

Two reports from Kiresh

I've recently moved into Miramar and have a rather interesting view from my lounge and bedroom. It overlooks the a segment of Camperdown studios! If that wasn't cool enough, last night (along with thursday last week) a very bright glow that lit up most of the area was beaming out of their backyard. On closer inspection there was also a blue screen setup and to top it off, last night there were several people I could see who were dressed in purple motioning rather strangely!? Is this more LOTR filming or something completely different?

They are doing more filming tonight. Smaller blue screen (heaps smaller than the one at wingate) however they made a semi circle around this with a strange bright purple thing!? Probably for lighting effects I guess. Theres another screen opposite the bluescreen which is white but is brightly backlit (more lighting?). The people just seem to be walking around at the moment. the main attraction however is the center pole. Im lost on this one and it could just be to rig lighting, however from here it looks like a wooden pole/tree thingy. Looking again out the window theres a second blue screen being placed above the first b/s.

They could be filming Ents at Camperdown right now, who knows!

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