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News for Mar. 21, 2004

Movieline's Hollywood Life Talks Liv Tyler

3/21/04, 9:15 pm EST - Xoanon

djdeathskiss writes: It says "Though she will always be known as the elfin princess of Middle Earth, Liv Tyler is really a Jersey Girl at heart. Here, the recently married Givenchy model and daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven talks about spending lots of time in the makeup trailer with Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom, drenching herself in baby oil for a makeout scene, her dream of being in a musical and how she revved up the on-screen chemistry with costar Ben Affleck." [More]

Register for Marquette's Tolkien Conference

3/21/04, 4:06 pm EST - maegwen

Roheryn writes: Just a reminder for those interested in attending the Tolkien Conference at Marquette University, Milwaukee on October 22 - 23, 2004, Early Bird registration ends on March 31. After that, the cost goes up. Here is some general information, including the impressive line-up of Tolkien scholars delivering papers. [More]

News for Mar. 20, 2004

TV Watch: LOTR Themed Wedding

3/20/04, 8:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Hannah writes: 'For Better of for Worse', a television program from TLC in which a couple's friends plan their wedding for them, is airing a Tolkien-themed wedding this week. The website tells us that "wedding planner Angie Bloom-Hewett pulls out one of her most inventive ideas yet when she melds the groom's love of Tolkien's LOTR with the bride's passion for pink." Sounds interesting enough. It looks like most of the inspiration is coming from Rohan, as the preview shows some folks looking at Eowyn's white dress online. The episode premieres at 9:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 24, and will be shown again on Thursday at 12:00 a.m. EST and on Friday at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Zoo losing a beloved pachyderm

3/20/04, 8:07 pm EST - Xoanon

The troubled life of Calle the Elephant, one of the San Francisco Zoo's most beloved residents, will soon come to an end. The zoo has decided to euthanize the 37-year-old, 10,000-pound creature because her health has been declining since October...Her vocalizations were recorded and used in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," which just won 11 Oscars. "She should have been eligible for an Academy Award," Chan said. [More]

Sala Baker Invades Utah

3/20/04, 8:02 pm EST - Xoanon

My own personal punching bag Sala Baker is in Utah with the folks from 'Celebrity Autograh Expo' this weekend. Sala was at the Jordon Commons Mall today, and will be at the MegaPlex 12 Theatres at Gateway tomorrow. Stop by and say hi! [More]

Happy Birthday Lawrence Makoare!

3/20/04, 7:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Happy Birthday Lawrence! Lawrence Makoare was born on March 20th 1968 in Bastion Point, Auckland, New Zealand. That makes him 36 years old today! Happy Birthday Mr. Kil!

Radio Watch: Shore on WNYC This Sunday

3/20/04, 7:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Sandicomm writes: Howard Shore will be on a radio programme tomorrow the 21st on WNYC-FM (93.9 FM) from 3-4 PM. This radio show will be about why people love Wagner's Rings cycle so much. Here's the discription from Time Out New York... [More]

Hey, Is That Me or Viggo?

3/20/04, 7:45 pm EST - Xoanon

Eirien writes: I dont' know if anyone spotted this yet or not but Viggo Mortensen is "in" Sat March 20's FoxTrot strip. [More]

Weta's special effects wizards working on Will Smith movie

3/20/04, 7:43 pm EST - Xoanon

From hairy hobbits to one of Hollywood's hippest stars - Peter Jackson's Weta Digital staff are now working on a sci-fi thriller starring Will Smith. The special effects wizards are involved in a new film I, Robot to be released later this year. I, Robot is a futuristic thriller set in 2035, and stars Smith (Ali, Independence Day, Men in Black) as a Chicago detective investigating a murder possibly carried out by a robot. [More]

Arwen dress design stolen, sold on net

3/20/04, 7:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Kiwi Oscar winner Ngila Dickson's Lord of the Rings costume design has been ripped off and sold on the internet for more than $40,000. A US businessman bought what he thought was the grey riding dress worn by Arwen (Liv Tyler) in the hit trilogy. US police believe it is part of a film memorabilia forgery scam as none of the original Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy costumes have left New Zealand. [More]

Liv on love, Ben, losing the pointy ears

3/20/04, 7:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Richard Ouzounian writes: At first, I kept looking for the pointy ears. You can't really blame me. After being transfixed for the past three years by her performance as Arwen in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, I half expected Liv Tyler to look the same in real life. She doesn't. She's even more beautiful. [More]

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend

3/20/04, 5:58 am EST - Frode

The Company set off into the Mountains and Bilbo Baggins finds that the storms and the cold are something quite different from anything he's ever experienced in his safe little Shire. Seeking shelter in a cave from the storm and the rock throwing Stone Giants, they discover that there are even worse dangers lurking in the Misty Mountains.[More]

News for Mar. 19, 2004

SHOP: Pre-Order the Last Alliance

3/19/04, 9:47 pm EST - Celeborn

Sideshow/Weta has just released their Last Alliance Series of polystone busts for pre-order . Included in this brand new series are High Elven King Gil-galad, King Elendil, Elrond and Prince Isildur. Check it out! [More]

The Middle-earth Way

3/19/04, 9:25 pm EST - Xoanon

The Ithilien Smial writes: We are a mini Tolkien Society smail based in a high school in England. Today, we've just had an "own clothes day" (one where everyone pays 1 to charity so we don't have to wear our school uniforms), in which seven of us came in LotR garb to raise extra money for the Marie Curie cancer charity. [More]

Ringers Needs You!

3/19/04, 9:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Carlene from the 'Ringers' crew writes: Have you been a fan for a really long time? Do you have any photos of LOTR fan related activities from the '60's. If so, your photos or footage can be in our movie! We're looking for any fan photos or footage from the 1960's and 1970's. [lordofthefans.net]

Hobbit Opera in Canada

3/19/04, 7:50 pm EST - weetanya

Lúthien Telperiën sent us this link about a Hobbit Opera. (Here's hoping they don't reprise Nemoy's "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins".) "J.R.R. Tolkien's 'one ring of power' has ensnared yet another arts group as the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus announced Friday its upcoming operatic adaptation of the fantasy writer's classic story The Hobbit." [More]

Serkis: March 23 Signing in Bromely, Kent

3/19/04, 7:45 pm EST - weetanya

Colagreenleaf writes: Andy Serkis will be signing copies of his book "The Lord of the Rings, Gollum, how to make movie magic" in the UK. The signing takes place in the the Glades Shopping Centre in Bromely, Kent, in the centre outside Ottakars Bookstore. Event time, Tuesday 23rd March at 3.30pm. [More]

ROTK in ESPN's Wacky Bracket

3/19/04, 7:35 pm EST - weetanya

Kaye writes: Today on ESPN's Page 2 there is continued voting for the "Wacky Bracket," which parodies the NCAA tournament bracket with match-ups like Steroids vs. Weapons of Mass Destruction and Britney Spears vs. William Hung, and ROTK vs. The Passion of Christ. Update: ROTK won the first round, we'll see whether it remains standing. [More]

Astin to Enter Grand Prix Celebrity Race

3/19/04, 7:32 pm EST - weetanya

Jenn writes: I just read on the Long Beach Grand Prix website that Sean Astin will be racing in the Grand Prix celebrity race! [More]

Viggo Interview from Iltalehti.fi

3/19/04, 7:28 pm EST - weetanya

Kaartinin writes: An interview of Viggo Mortensen will be on TV4 in Finland on Sunday 21.3.2004. Here is a copy of the article. He is searching for an old girlfriend who is Finnish. [More]

Orlando in Romantic Comedy 'Elizabethtown'

3/19/04, 7:18 pm EST - weetanya

REZ also sent a link to this MTV.com article about Orlando: "Next year, Cameron Crowe will return with 'Elizabethtown,' a romantic comedy that will star Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. Shooting will begin this summer and the film should be in theaters in the summer of 2005." [More]

Elijah to Star in 'Illuminated'

3/19/04, 7:15 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spies REZ and Shay sent in this Hollywoodreporter.com article about Elijah's next role: "Going from middle-earth to Ukraine, Elijah Wood is set to star in Warner Independent Pictures' 'Everything Is Illuminated.'" [More]

ROTK International Gross Hits $700.2 Million

3/19/04, 7:11 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spies including Carissa and Rebecca sent in this article about ROTK's box office clout: "The records keep tumbling for 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.'" [More]

Liv Felt 'Naked'

3/19/04, 7:06 pm EST - weetanya

Lee sent in this MTV.com article about Liv: "The three-plus years Liv Tyler spent shooting the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy may have scared her off epic films for the rest of her career." [More]

News for Mar. 18, 2004

Have a Holly Jolly Hobbit

3/18/04, 9:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Beth of Rohan writes: I work at a Hallmark store and today we received the catalog of ornaments for the upcoming holiday season (huh? -Xo). I just thought everyone might like to know that there will be a LOTR ornament this year, its Frodo with Sting. The ship date in the catalog was September, so the stores should have them at the October release of ornaments.

Craig Parker Con News

3/18/04, 9:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Craig Parker - Haldir will be making a personal appearance at the Basildon Scifi - Movie & Collectors show on Sunday 28th March 04, in the UK. [More]

Bloom 'set to become' new James Bond?

3/18/04, 9:14 pm EST - Xoanon

digitalspy.co.uk passes along the dubious news: Pirates of the Carribean star Orlando Bloom is being lined up as the next James Bond. Film producers are apparently "desperate" to sign up the 27-year-old as a replacement for Pierce Brosnan, who retires from the role after the next movie. [More]

Wired Magazine Talks PJ

3/18/04, 9:09 pm EST - Xoanon

The April edition of Wired Magazine features our very own PJ on the cover (thus beating me to my goal of being on the cover of Wired...sadly). Take a look at the Kong model in that photo! [More]

Final LOTR title goes gold, to ship in early April

3/18/04, 8:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Aspyr today announced that The Lord of the Rings; The Return of the King has gone "gold", finishing development on the third-person action/adventure title; Due early next month, it "puts the fate of Middle-earth in the hands of the gamer... players must destroy the One Ring by casting it into the Crack of Doom, freeing Middle-earth from the clutches of the Dark Lord Sauron." [More] [Gaming Havens]

Leo, Bruce, Elijah Seduced by 'Sin'

3/18/04, 8:51 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is packing up a U-Haul with a host of top talent in hopes that they'll move into "Sin City." According to multiple sources, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy, Kate Bosworth and Jaime King have been targeted for the Dimension Films project, an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel series. [More]

SHOP: Sideshow/Weta's Last Alliance Series!

3/18/04, 8:47 pm EST - Celeborn

Sideshow/Weta's Gil-galad Bust!

Sideshow/Weta is primed to announce a series of Last Alliance polystone busts! We've been lucky enough to get our hands on the first image from this series: Gil-galad! While he shows up in 'Fellowship of the Ring' for a mere 2 seconds, he is still significant enough in this history of the Ring to make a collectible!This bust, and others, will not be on pre-sale until late Friday or early Saturday morning. [Scrapbook] [More]

Happy Birthday Brad Dourif!

3/18/04, 4:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Happy Birthday Brad Dourif! Brad was born March 18th 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. That makes him 54 today! Happy Birthday Brad!

Wellington Oscar Winners Celebration - Pictures

3/18/04, 1:49 pm EST - leo

Ringer Spy Bob sent in a link to a bunch of pictures from yesterday's Oscar Celebration in Wellington, be sure to check out all the fun here! If you are one of the people who attended, we'd love to see your pictures too!

Wellington Celebration NZoom Footage!

3/18/04, 1:30 pm EST - leo

Ringer Spy William writes: Thought you might want to post this link to NZoom (New Zealand TV), which put up some video footage of the actual event, and also has a small story on King Kong. [More]

Wellington Celebrates Oscar Winners' Return

3/18/04, 7:04 am EST - leo

Sixteen Lord of the Rings Oscar winners were welcomed back to Wellington today by thousands of supporters at the Queens Wharf Event Centre. [More]

People with pictures: send them along!

Blimey Pete, Is That You?

3/18/04, 6:52 am EST - leo

Oscars move over. Film-maker Peter Jackson is making room for a 20-year-old photograph of himself dressed in a gorilla suit he made "just for fun". [More] Thanks to gil_galad for the link!

Elijah Wood on Regis and Kelly Today!

3/18/04, 6:47 am EST - leo

A whole lot of people have emailed us over the past few days telling us that Elijah Wood will be on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' today, promoting his new movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (opening in the US tomorrow). Check your local listings for the exact times!

Sean Astin - Olympic Torchbearer Nominee

3/18/04, 6:44 am EST - leo

Sean Astin had better start working on his condition, because Ringer Spy Donna has nominated him to be one of the torchbearers for the Olympic Games in Athens this year! [More]

If things work out for Sean he could follow in the footsteps of Peter Jackson himself, who carried the Olympic flame back in 2000! [Picture!]

LOTR Action Figure Galore!

3/18/04, 6:34 am EST - leo

Action Figure-collectors can rest easily, according to AnneMarie: "Looks like there's no slowing down on production of new action figures, as 15 new models will be released in July, including previously unreleased characters (Gamling, Elendil, Gil-Galad, Moria and Isengard Orcs, Shelob!) and reworkings of previously released characters (Boromir in Gondorian Armor, Coronation Gimli and Arwen) My Favorite pictured here is the "Coronation 5-pack" with exclusive Faramir and Eowyn, can't wait for that." [More]

Leo here - I want those twist 'ems, they look funny!

Lord of the Slings

3/18/04, 6:24 am EST - leo

Ringer Spy Samantha writes: I was just flicking through my climbing magazine 'On the Edge' (OTE www.ontheedge.co.uk) March 04 edition and stumbled across this spoof cartoon. There are a few inacurate facts but it still made me laugh as I hadn't ever expected to find Lord of the Rings mentioned in my climbing magazine! Enjoy! [More]

Taking Off 'The Ring'

3/18/04, 6:17 am EST - leo

Having saved the world on screen, Frodo and friends are now navigating a more treacherous territory than Middle Earth: Hollywood. [More] Thanks to Marla for the heads up!

Sauron to attend 12th Annual Grand Slam

3/18/04, 6:12 am EST - leo

Everyone's favorite Sauron Sala Baker will attend the 12th Annual Grand Slam: Sci Fi Summit put together by Creation Entertainment. According to Tina Sala will attend on Saturday March 27th. Check their website for more information! [More]

News for Mar. 17, 2004

Rain Venue for NZ Oscar-Winner Celebration

3/17/04, 4:20 pm EST - weetanya

This pertains to today's Wellington, NZ celebration for the Oscar winners. Ringer Spy Taniwha writes: The rain venue for today's Oscar Celebration (due to start in Civic Square at 12.00) is the Events Centre at Queen's Wharf, same time. Not that it's raining in Wellington, but just in CASE it was raining right now and likely to remain that way, the event's NOT CANCELLED. Osadia will now perform AFTER the celebration from 1.00pm - 4.00pm, If it rains they might move to the Courtenay Central shopping mall.

Billy NOT Attending San Antonio Parade

3/17/04, 11:54 am EST - weetanya

Billy's webmaster Stewart writes: Greetings from Sunny Glasgow! Just to let you know that Billy will NOT be attending the San Antonio Fiesta this April.

Rings man comes good with help for sick children

3/17/04, 6:01 am EST - leo

Ringer Spy Ataahua found a touching story about Alan Lee donating a pencil-drawing to a good cause: "Lord of the Rings artist Alan Lee has donated an original pencil drawing of Gandalf the Grey, which will be auctioned off to raise money for family accommodation at a major Auckland hospital." [More]

That's One Big Book!

3/17/04, 5:55 am EST - leo

Ringer Spy K Nease (and others) write: "This was on the frontpage of today's Kansas City Star(3/16/04). It is a huge public art project where the Public Library took nominations for the all-time greatest books. The "spines" of the winners are going along a huge wall. It is going to be really wonderful when it is finished." [More]

Sala Baker does Utah

3/17/04, 5:49 am EST - leo

Sarah-sue writes: "Sala Baker is going to be at the Megaplex 17 Theaters at Jordan Commons in Sandy, Utah on Saturday March 20th from 10a.m - 6p.m and at the Megaplex 12 Theaters at the Gateway in Downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday March 21st from 12p.m - 5p.m." Wander over and say hi if you've got the chance!

Games Workshop Siege of Gondor-miniatures

3/17/04, 5:45 am EST - leo

The people from Games Workshop were kind enough to send along some pictures of Games Workshops new release for this month: The Siege of Gondor, including a miniature version of Gothmog! Be sure to check it out in our scrapbook!

News for Mar. 16, 2004

Life after 'Lord'

3/16/04, 6:56 pm EST - Xoanon

HOLLYWOOD -- After a five-year journey through Middle Earth portraying hobbit Frodo Baggins in the phenomenally successful "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Elijah Wood, 23, is eager to try on other roles for size. In "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," a bizarre love story starring Jim Carrey, he plays a desperate and manipulative technician who is a far cry from the heroic Frodo. [More]

Lord of the Rhymes on Tech TV

3/16/04, 6:39 pm EST - Xoanon

The Lords of the Rhymes, Middle Earth's mackingest hobbit duo, will rock out on Tech TV on St. Patrick's Day. That's Wed, March 17th at 8:30pm PST/11:30pm EST on Tech TV's 'Unscrewed w/ Martin Sargent.' The show will feature interviews with B-dil and Q-Beam, cameos from the Dark Lord, Gollum, and the Grey Pilgrim, and rocking live footage from the Lords' triumphant West Coast debacle. Not for the faint of heart. [more]

Kylie 'Too Small' For Part In Rings

3/16/04, 6:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Confirmation on a story we posted over 4 years ago came in the form of a conversation with Elijah Wood on the UK show 'Graham Norton'. Seems songstress Kylie Minogue did audiiton for the role of Galadriel...but came up short. [More]

Leo here - for those who want to read what Xoanon had to say about this rumor four years ago, look here...

SHOP: Sideshow/Weta Product Turnarounds

3/16/04, 10:11 am EST - Celeborn

Sideshow/Weta Collectibles has posted some new 360 degree turnarounds of their most popular products. Check out the full view of Gandalf on Shadowfax, Shelob, and the Helm's Deep environment. [More]

16 Oscar Winners to Attend Wellington Celebration

3/16/04, 5:19 am EST - leo

Ringer Spy Taniwha dug up the following story about Thursday's Oscar Celebration in Wellington: "Wellington City Council is holding a public event on Thursday 18 March to celebrate the Academy Award success of Peter Jackson and his team on The Lord of the Rings. Sixteen Oscar winners, including Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor, will attend the celebration scheduled to take place in Civic Square." [More]

ROTK Tops TTT In China

3/16/04, 5:15 am EST - leo

Brandon Gray from BoxofficeMojo.com writes: 'Return of the King' stormed China, its final major territory to conquer. Playing on 350 screens, it raked in $3.4 million, out-grossing 'The Two Tower's $2.8 million lifetime total there in its opening weekend alone. [More]

Oscar winner's work resonates

3/16/04, 5:12 am EST - leo

Michael Semanick was never a film geek. He didn't talk the talk. Nor did he know the hottest flicks or the diciest directors. Put frankly: He didn't even watch the Academy Awards when he was kid. [More]

Thanks to Carissa for the link!

News for Mar. 15, 2004

Tech TV Talks ROTK SFX

3/15/04, 9:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Durinsday writes: On Tech TV last night (March 14th) there were interviews with Jim Riegel and Andy Serkis and many more. Riegel was talking a lot about the shot where the mumakil collided, and how they finished the shot with 2 days to go, and PJ wanted it more jolty, and it was the regular last-minute scare.

NZ Prepares Big Bash For PJ

3/15/04, 9:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer spy Ty writes: To honor the Oscar win, Wellington will be celebrating at the Civic Square downtown, at 12:45 this Thursday the 18th. The Wellington mayor will be there, along with some Weta representatives – including some “from the actual Oscars.” They will have full details by the end of today (the 16th here in New Zealand.)

Patty Duke Radio Interview

3/15/04, 9:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Jennie writes: Patty Duke was on a D.C. radio station about 9:30 Eastern today (Mix 107.3 fm) and first was asked about her upcoming films, but then about Sean and his career. She said how wonderful it was that he was in these films, and told him that she'd also phoned him up and told him that she'd just seen 50 First Dates. He said, "You went out to the movies? Do I have to be in a movie for you to actually go out to the movies?" and she said, "Well, if I want to see a good one . . ." lol [More]

More NZ LOTR Goodies

3/15/04, 9:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Hi folks, ringer spy Taniwha here again - I have to include myself in this, but clearly our Wellington spies are SLIPPING! [More]

Movie Magic Talks LOTR

3/15/04, 9:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Behcky sends along these scans from the March 2004 issue of Movie Magic Magazine. They have an article about the end of Lord of the Rings and how the cast are dealing with saying good-bye. [More]

It's Armageddon in NZ!

3/15/04, 9:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Linuxelf writes: The time of Armageddon is upon is again!; this time there are three LOTR guests; John Rhys-Davies; Lawrence Makoare; John Noble. [More]

Manchester to Mordor

3/15/04, 8:53 pm EST - maegwen

From ManchesterOnline: ON a bright January morning, five years ago, Andy Serkis was in the kitchen of his east London home anxiously waiting for the telephone to ring. [More]

Hot on Frodo's hobbit heels...

3/15/04, 8:44 pm EST - Xoanon

A torrent of fantasy films is flowing into Hollywood's pipeline. Studios see the gold "Lord of the Rings" hath wrought. Remember the horse-drawn cart that carried Gandalf the Grey into Hobbiton at the outset of The Fellowship of the Ring? The wizard had better move over: Hollywood has an army of sword-wielding knights, sage sorcerers, monsters, elves, and Renaissance Faire look-alikes about to jump on the wagon. [More]

TTT Sweeps Oz DVD Awards

3/15/04, 7:24 pm EST - weetanya

REZ sent in this article from SMH.com.au: "After success at the Oscars, The Lord of the Rings films are dominating the booming DVD market. The second instalment, The Two Towers, swept the Australian DVD awards in Sydney last night, winning best DVD, best use of special features and best audio commentary, on the votes of technical specialists and fans." [More]

LOTR Merchandise Hall of Fame!

3/15/04, 12:22 pm EST - Celeborn

Hall of Fame

TheOneRing.net is proud to announce a new addition to our shopping site: The Merchandise Hall of Fame! In this area, you will find products which the TORn staff have found worthy enough to be recommended for all LOTR fans worldwide. We expect this list to grow and evolve as time goes on, but we have a great start with 8 items from FOTR, TTT and ROTK. Check it out! [More]

Fiesta Flambeau Parade Grand Marshal: Billy Boyd!

3/15/04, 12:18 pm EST - Xoanon

SAN ANTONIO, TX March 14, 2004 ...The Officers and Members of the Fiesta Flambeau Parade Association invite everyone to join in celebrating “Fiesta San Antonio”. The Fiesta Flambeau Parade Association Inc., a non-profit organization, assumes the organizing, production and the staging of what is nationally known as “America’s Largest Illuminated Night Parade”, -- “The Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade”. [More]

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