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News for Mar. 24, 2002

A Beautiful Mind Picks Up Best Adapted Screenplay

3/24/02, 11:38 pm EST - Strider

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring failed to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, which went to A Beautiful Mind.

A Beautiful Mind Picks Up Best Adapted Screenplay

3/24/02, 11:36 pm EST - Strider

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring failed to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, which went to A Beautiful Mind.

Monsters Inc. Picks Up Best Original Song

3/24/02, 11:30 pm EST - leo

Enya failed to win the Oscar for Best Original Song, going instead to Randy Newman for his song If I didn't have you for Monsters Inc.

Enya Performs At Oscars

3/24/02, 11:15 pm EST - leo

Enya just sang a short version of May It Be during the Oscars. May It Be is nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song.

LOTR: FOTR Picks Up Best Original Score

3/24/02, 10:45 pm EST - Strider

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring won the Oscar for Best Original Score. Composer Howard Shore went up to accept the award.

LOTR:FOTR Picks Up Best Visual Effects

3/24/02, 10:27 pm EST - leo

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. The Oscar was picked up by Richard Taylor, Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook and Mark Stetson!

McKellen Presents Cirque du Soleil

3/24/02, 10:21 pm EST - Strider

Sir Ian McKellen is presenting the Cirque du Soleil.

Best Picture Presentation: Fellowship of the Ring

3/24/02, 10:18 pm EST - Strider

A video package of Fellowship of the Ring was just played, it being one of the five nominations for Best Picture, featuring comments from Elijah Wood and Peter Jackson.

Jim Broadbent Picks Up Best Supporting Actor

3/24/02, 10:14 pm EST - Strider

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring's Sir Ian McKellen failed to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, going instead to Jim Broadbent.

Black Hawk Down Picks Up Best Sound

3/24/02, 10:06 pm EST - leo

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring's sound crew failed to win the Oscar for Best Achievement in Sound, going instead to Black Hawk Down.

Moulin Rouge Picks Up Best Art Direction

3/24/02, 9:53 pm EST - Strider

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring's Grant Major and Dan Hennah failed to win the Oscar for Best Art Direction, going instead to Moulin Rouge.

LOTR:FOTR Picks Up Best Cinematography

3/24/02, 9:37 pm EST - leo

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring won the Oscar for Best Cinematography. The Oscar was picked up by Andrew Lesnie!

Moulin Rouge Picks Up Best Costume Design

3/24/02, 9:18 pm EST - Strider

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring's Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor failed to win the Oscar for Best Costume Design, going instead to Moulin Rouge.

LOTR:FOTR Picks Up Best Make Up

3/24/02, 9:08 pm EST - leo

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring won the Oscar for Achievement in Make Up. The Oscar was picked up by Richard Taylor and Peter Owen!

Black Hawk Down Picks Up Best Film Editing

3/24/02, 9:01 pm EST - Strider

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring's John Gilbert failed to win the Oscar for Best Editing, going instead to Black Hawk Down.

Oscars 2002: Astin and Wood Interviewed On Red Carpet

3/24/02, 8:23 pm EST - Strider

On the red carpet, Sean Astin and Elijah Wood gave a brief interview before entering the Kodak Theatre. Both Hobbit actors flew in from Vancouver from the Oscars, and described right now as an 'emotional rolleroster', and Sam joked that his daughter approved of his tux. When told that it could be 'their night', both of them just replied "we'll see".

Oscars 2002: 1 Hour Until Showtime!

3/24/02, 7:10 pm EST - Strider

After what seems like an endless weekend of hype the Academy Awards are only one hour away, and TheOneRing.net will be keeping you informed of what's happening all of the way, from posts on the frontpage itself to online commentary in #awardsparty on the Barlimans server.

Oscars 2002: Red Carpet Coverage On E! TV

3/24/02, 6:01 pm EST - Strider

Red carpet coverage has just begun on E! TV and will continue for the next two hours building up to the Oscars ceremony itself. [More]

Oscars 2002: All Essential Information At A Glance

3/24/02, 4:43 pm EST - Strider

With a few hours to go until the Academy Awards ceremony begins, do you know what category Fellowship of the Ring is nominated in and who it's up against? What about the actual people up for the award? No? Well for the next few hours you can refer back to TheOneRing.net's Cheat Sheet with lots of information on the cast and crew who are up for awards, and TheOneRing.net's Nomination Card for a list of all the categories, nominees and what awards they have already won this year.

Oscars 2002: Hollywood Readies for the Oscars

3/24/02, 2:59 pm EST - Strider

'The year of the fantasy film. The year of the musical. The year of the black actor. The year the Oscars came home to Hollywood. The year of badder blood than usual among competing studios. There was plenty of drama on screen and off in the weeks leading up to Sunday's Academy Awards. Squaring off for best picture are "A Beautiful Mind," "Gosford Park," "In the Bedroom," "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" and "Moulin Rouge."' [More]

Two New Movies On The Horizon For Boyd

3/24/02, 2:53 pm EST - Strider

BillyBoyd.net writes: Just to update you on two new projects that Billy is working on. The first is a short film directed by Paul Holmes called Sniper470. Billy is due to start filming this movie shortly. The other project is called 'The Far Side of the World', playing the part of Bondon. The movie is directed by Peter Weir and also stars Russell Crowe. That is due to start filming in Mexico at start of June just after Billy returns from doing some further work on 'The Lord of the Rings'.

TTT Trailer: France

3/24/02, 2:49 pm EST - Strider

Ringer Spy Cuivienor writes: I just learnt that the TTT trailer in France should be shown at the end
of the movie on the 29th of March. This will be shortly preceded on March 27th by a massive relaunching of the movie in France. Metropolitan Film Export didn't say how many copies were involved, however. After 6.7 Million tickets sold here in France, I'm sure this commercial boost is really really welcome! [More]

TheOneRing.net's Online Oscar Party

3/24/02, 12:48 pm EST - Strider

If you can't make it to TheOneRing.net's Los Angeles Oscar Party and want to watch the Oscars with some fellow Tolkien fans, you can join in on our online Oscar party which will be running from the red carpter before the ceremonies begin through the night! Just join us in #awardsparty on Barliman's server and watch how many of the 13 Oscar nominations Fellowship of the Ring will in on the biggest of all stages. Hopefully we'll have something to celebrate!

Oscars 2002: UWM Alum Has Rings, Wants A Statue

3/24/02, 12:34 pm EST - Strider

Kenosha native Jim Rygiel took the long road to Hollywood's highest honor. He went through New Zealand. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate turned special-effects wizard had been asked by a studio executive to spend six months in Prague working on "Blade 2," and "I said, 'No.' I didn't want to move away. Then she asked, 'How about moving to New Zealand for three years?' And that was a little more interesting." [More]

Thanks to Jocelyn for the link.

Oscars 2002: Day Of Reckoning For Kiwis In LA

3/24/02, 12:22 pm EST - Strider

'The view from the top of Beverly Hills was especially intoxicating for three-times Oscar nominee Richard Taylor. Speaking from a "swanky" pre-Oscar party last night, Taylor said the Hollywood hype on the eve of the 74th Academy Awards was overwhelming for the New Zealand contingent. Taylor has been nominated for best costume design, best visual effects and best make-up in Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring.' [More]

Peter Jackson On PBS's Charlie Rose

3/24/02, 11:43 am EST - Strider

Nienna sent in a report on what Peter Jackson said while he was on the Charlie Rose show on Friday night. [More]

The Official TheOneRing.net Oscar Prediction Thread

3/24/02, 10:36 am EST - Strider

Some of the fun of waiting in anticipation for the Academy Awards themselves is predicting what Oscars Fellowship of the Ring will pick up on the night itself and arguing your case. So why not run a thread on our Message Boards for which TORn fans can prophecise glory or failure for Fellowship of the Ring and their reasons why? [More]

Oscars 2002: Explore The Kodak Theatre

3/24/02, 8:01 am EST - Strider

The Academy Awards come home to Hollywood tonight for the first time in years, and finds a new home in the Kodak Theatre, opened only in November of last year. With the official Oscars site, you can explore the Kodak Theatre in the wake of tonight's ceremony. [More]

Oscars 2002: To Sir Ian With Love

3/24/02, 7:47 am EST - Strider

'How on earth could a guy who hadn't won a single award all season now be considered a front-runner for an Oscar? Easy, when his first name is Sir and he stars in The Lord of the Rings. Up until last week, Ian McKellen had been largely ignored by critics' groups and voting bodies -- competitors won the lion's share of the early awards, along with eventual Oscar snubbee Steve Buscemi. But McKellen wisely advised New Line to switch his campaign from Best Actor to Best Supporting Actor, so that he would be considered a member of an ensemble.' [More]

Oscars 2002: Awards No Foregone Conclusion

3/24/02, 7:20 am EST - Strider

'Some years, the Academy Awards outcome seems so predictable that the only reason to watch is to find out who Whoopi Goldberg's going to dis or what Cher's going to wear. But this year, the Oscars seemed shrouded in a good bit more mystery than usual, with races in many a major category that election-night experts might describe as too close to call.' [More]

Oscars 2002: Hollywood Gets Oscar Fever

3/24/02, 7:02 am EST - Strider

'Los Angeles is rolling out the red carpet as the Oscars awards ceremony come home to Hollywood for the first time since 1960. The ceremony is taking place at the new Kodak Theatre in Hollywood for the 74th anniversary of the Oscars. Road closures are already in place and a giant Oscar statue already stands in front of the theatre.' [More]

Oscars 2002: Brits Gather For Oscars Assault

3/24/02, 6:48 am EST - Strider

'Eight actors and actresses are carrying the UK's hopes of success at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Dame Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson are nominated for best actress and best actor respectively. Dame Maggie Smith, Sir Ian McKellen, Kate Winslet, Sir Ben Kingsley, Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren are nominated in the supporting categories.' [More]

Oscars 2002: Hollywood Gets Set for Oscars

3/24/02, 6:43 am EST - Strider

'The film world is preparing for its most glittering night of the year, the Academy Awards, to be held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings, adapted from JRR Tolkien's novel, is nominated in 13 categories, including best picture. Second favourite is the drama A Beautiful Mind. The film has eight nominations, as does musical extravaganza Moulin Rouge.' [More]

News for Mar. 23, 2002

Brazilian Newspaper Advert For The Two Towers

3/23/02, 8:24 pm EST - Strider

Rodrigo sent in this beautiful two page advert from a Brazilian magazine for the release of The Two Towers trailer at the end of Fellowship of the Ring on March 29th, and wishing the cast good luck at the Oscars. [More]

Oscars 2002: American Public Vote Oscars Favourites

3/23/02, 8:13 pm EST - Strider

'A Beautiful Mind and Lord of the Rings are favourites to win the Oscar for Best Film, according to two US polls. They came first in the surveys carried out by ABC News and Gallup.' [More]

Narsil Images From United Cutlery Spring Catalogue

3/23/02, 7:48 pm EST - Strider

pelocaldo sent in two images from the newest edition of the United Cutlery catalogue, which features the latest addition to their Lord of the Rings collection, Narsil. [More]

Toronto Star Picks Jackson and FOTR

3/23/02, 7:20 pm EST - Strider

'Frodo had it easy. Sure, the hobbit hero from The Lord Of The Rings had to dodge shrieking ghouls and fanged beasts in his continuing quest to rid himself of some nasty jewellery. But he had the good wizard Gandalf to guide him, and a posse of pals to cheer and defend him. We Oscar predictors aren't so fortunate.' [More]

Thanks to ThomasPB for the link.

Video Of Sam And Frodo In Lothlorien

3/23/02, 6:34 pm EST - Strider

Theoden writes: If you open this link, the beginning of the video which you're immediatly taken to starts with a brief snippet of a scene that didn't make it to the final cut of Fellowship of the Ring. It is of Sam telling a poem to Frodo in Lothlorien. [More]

Canadian Channels Run Lord Of The Rings Programmes

3/23/02, 4:11 pm EST - Strider

Hobbitfriend writes: I just noticed that the following programs will be running on TV in Canada
this weekend in what appears to be a lead to up to the Oscars:

Saturday - On the LIFE Channel "J.R.R. Tolkien - Origin of the Rings" - A documentary on the life of the author. 7:00 PM MST.

Sunday - On the STAR channel " Behind the Scenes - cast and crew talk about films based on the J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy". 12:00 Noon MST.

Oscars 2002: New Zealand Holds Early LA Oscar Party

3/23/02, 3:56 pm EST - Strider

'Two days before the Academy Awards are set to be handed out, New Zealand preempted the movie industry on Friday by holding an Oscar celebration party at a Beverly Hills hotel for its dozen contenders, including Russell Crowe. But many of New Zealand's other Oscar nominees, all connected with the hit fantasy movie "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" did wait around for a dinner of New Zealand venison and wine, a rousing speech by British actor Sir Ian McKellen.' [More]

Thanks to Brad for the link.

Hall Of Fire Chats For March 23rd & 24th

3/23/02, 2:49 pm EST - Strider

With the Oscar hype reaching new levels as of late, its' easy to forget about this week's Hall of Fire, but the topic for this weekend is a good one: the Nature of the Ring of Power. The One Ring which Frodo brings from the Shire to Mordor, that thousands of men and elves have died for ever since Sauron forged it in secret. [More]

The Two Towers Trailer reminder.

3/23/02, 2:30 pm EST - Tehanu

Many people didn't pick up this news when it first came out: The TTT trailer comes out on March 29 in the USA, same as most other places. Greece, South Africa Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and almost everywhere else will see it on the same date.

Oscars 2002: Peter Jackson Interviewed By Sky News

3/23/02, 10:37 am EST - Strider

Sky News for the last few weeks have conducted interviews with various Oscar nominees in the buildup to tomorrow's awards. Today, Director Peter Jackson was interviewed and revealed his thoughts on what the Oscars mean to him, the crew and to the movie itself. [More]

Radio Free Virgin Beomes Radio Hobbiton

3/23/02, 10:13 am EST - Strider

Phreddie wrote in to say that the online Virgin radio site Radio Free Virgin is now broadcasting a lot of Fellowship of the Ring tracks on its 'Cinematique' Soundtrack channel, five or six times on average a day. [More]

A Pub Moot In Los Angeles

3/23/02, 9:50 am EST - Strider

The night before the Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles, Tolkien fans from the Official Fan Club will meet in a pub on Santa Monica Boulevard for merry-making, with prizes from Decipher on offer. [More]

Oscars 2002: Rings Reaps Rewards In Mock Oscars

3/23/02, 9:13 am EST - Strider

'A huge poll on the highly influential Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) website has awarded 12 of its own Oscars to The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring. The film has 13 nominations. IMDb's Who Will Win The Oscars? poll drew 40,000 votes. If its results reflect the Academy Awards judges' views, the film is set to clean up.' [More]

LA Times Looks Into The Future Of The Oscars

3/23/02, 8:38 am EST - Strider

With all the intense Oscar hype, the LATimes have decided to take a humourous look into the future for the Oscars over the next few years. [More]

Oscars 2002: The Definitive Poll List

3/23/02, 8:34 am EST - Strider

A lot of you have mailed in over the last few days about various sites running various Oscar polls involving Fellowship of the Ring. With so many people mailing about the same polls, I've created a list of Oscars polls being run at the moment. Check back as it gets updated during the weekend.

BBC - Best Picture/Director/Supporting Actor
CNN - Best Picture
LA Times - Best Picture/Director/Supporting Actor/Adapted Screenplay
USA Today - Best Director

Oscars 2002: Kiwis Hope For Rings Success

3/23/02, 7:30 am EST - Strider

'New Zealand looks set to grind to a halt as the country waits to hear the fate of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring at the Academy Awards. The Peter Jackson movie, which is up for 13 awards, was shot in more than 40 locations around the country. Katherine Drumm of the NZFC said Kiwis are hoping for Oscar glory. She said: "The entire country is in a state of great excitement about Monday and is hopeful that Rings will pick up some key awards."' [More]

Oscars 2002: Rings Favourite To Sweep Oscars

3/23/02, 7:25 am EST - Strider

'The Lord of the Rings is going to win seven Oscars at Sunday's ceremony - at least according to bookmakers, who say it is likely to walk off with more statuettes than any other film. The epic has been strongly backed by UK punters, especially over the last week, while A Beautiful Mind has lost support, according to UK spread betting firm Cantor Index.' [More]

The Oscar Countdown Begins!

3/23/02, 7:18 am EST - Strider

As the world wakes up to a Saturday morning and a little over 36 hours to go until the Academy Awards ceremony gets underway, Oscar fever is in the air as the Academy Awards are nearly upon us. This weekend TheOneRing.net will be the number one source for all news and information regarding Fellowship of the Rings Oscar chances, whether it's news from the TORn Oscar Party in LA to the latest odds on netting the Best Picture Oscar, we'll be bringing it to you as it happens.

FOTR Earns Second Highest Gross In Canadian History

3/23/02, 7:02 am EST - Strider

'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring has grossed $50.2 million in theatres across Canada since its debut on December 19th, making it the second-highest grossing film of all time in Canada surpassed only by Titanic, confirmed Alliance Atlantis's Motion Picture Distribution Group.' [More]

Thanks to Speaking Clock for the link.

The Two Towers Brazilian Logo

3/23/02, 6:57 am EST - Strider

Rodrigo sent in this picture of the Brazilian Two Towers logo.

TTT Trailer: United Kingdom

3/23/02, 6:47 am EST - Strider

Louie writes: Hey just wanted to let you know I just recieved this email from UCI Cinemas in the UK, referring to the Two Towers Trailer; "Thank you for contacting UCI Cinemas. We will be playing the extended 3.5 mins of footage at the end of the action in the final reel from 29-Mar-02 wherever the film is still playing."

New Images From The Two Towers?

3/23/02, 6:44 am EST - Strider

Rodrigo and Meriadoc both mailed in to say that they spotted some images from The Two Towers which they hadn't seen before of Aragorn, Gimli and Frodo and Sam. And though it's not obvious that they're from Two Towers, they sure look unfarmiliar. [More]

Media Watch: TV Guide

3/23/02, 6:31 am EST - Strider

Quinn sent in what he calls a 'silly fashion thing' from TV Guide...which isn't too far off the mark. [More]

Sir Ian McKellen On Conan O' Brien Last Night

3/23/02, 6:21 am EST - Strider

Karen mailed me last night to say that Sir Ian McKellen was going to be on Conan O' Brien. Unfortunately, I forgot to post about it, so...anyone catch the interview, and can tell me what Sir Ian said in the wake of the Oscars?

TTT Trailer: France

3/23/02, 6:18 am EST - Strider

French Spy Adrien writes: Just thought I'd drop you guys a line to tell you that FOTR comes out again on March 27th in theater, and will have the TTT trailer attached to it only after the March 29th... Here in France we seem to have only 4 minutes of the beginning of TTT, and thats all. Apparently we'll see the battle of Helms Deep... but nobody's sure about anything.

More On French And Saunders Easter Friday Spoof

3/23/02, 6:16 am EST - Strider

Frenchfry writes: Just thought you might want to see a preview of the LOTR French and Saunders parody to be shown on Easter Friday (March 29th). Pretty funny how they keep thinking the guy playing Saruman is Cher. More]

TTT Trailer: Costa Rica

3/23/02, 6:10 am EST - Strider

Luis R writes: Looking in La Nacion, the most popular newspaper in Costa Rica, they have an ad about the reopen of the FOTR movie with the TTT trailer attached. It will be screened March 28th.

GAMING: Pre-Oscars Decipher Trading Card Game

3/23/02, 6:08 am EST - Strider

Live in Los Angeles? Oscar fever already beginning to get you excited? Gaming fan? Well Ted is running a demo for Decipher's Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game todayat a Border's Bookstore in Los Angeles! [More]

FOTR Wins Moviguide Award For Best Mature Movie

3/23/02, 5:59 am EST - Strider

Brandon Gray

Fellowship of the Ring came out on top among mature movies at the 10th annual Movieguide Awards (a Christian-backed organization). [More]

SAG Awards On Ireland's TV3 Tonight

3/23/02, 5:47 am EST - Strider

Irish channel TV3 will be broadcasting the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 tonight at 21:00 GMT. Also, the Oscars will not be broadcasting on Rté 1, Network 2, TV3 or TG4 Monday morning.

News for Mar. 22, 2002

TTT Trailer: Mexico

3/22/02, 3:55 pm EST - Strider

Antonio D writes: Hello friends, I've been in contact with major performers in Mexico (Cinepolis, Cinemex and Cinemark) and they have confirmed the TTT trailer will be performed in Mexico on March 29th when FOTR will reopen again.

Prancing Pony In Today's Frank And Ernest Strip

3/22/02, 3:47 pm EST - Strider

Cindy, Sharrash and The Library Wizard all sent in this link to today's Frank and Ernest comic strip, putting a different spin on the Prancing Pony scene in Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

'Rings' Director Has An Indie Attitude

3/22/02, 3:42 pm EST - Strider

Lus and Ryan sent in this link to a recent interview in which Peter Jackson reveals that he has an 'independent filmmaker who lives in New Zealand, and will continue to do so" and why he decided to show the first trailer of The Two Towers months after the release of Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

PJ To Talk New Zealand Tourism On BBC Radio

3/22/02, 3:32 pm EST - Strider

Speaking Clock writes: Radio Four's "Front Row" will feature a report on the reaction to the success of 'Lord of the Rings' and its impact upon New Zealand's tourist trade on Wednesday 27th March at 19.15 GMT. The programme will include an
interview with the film's director Peter Jackson. Non-UK listeners can tune in via http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4.

Thanks, But No Angst

3/22/02, 3:27 pm EST - Strider

Quinn sends in an article from the April 2002 edition of Style magazine which reveals how laid back Sir Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett were at a recent National Board of Review Awards gala. [More]

A Chance Meeting With Lawrence Makoare In London

3/22/02, 3:19 pm EST - Strider

Cheryl writes: One of my friends went to London to visit a friend of hers during spring break. Imagine my surprise when she came with with pictures of her and her friend with Lawrence Makoare (Lurtz)! He was hanging out in the pub of the hotel they were staying. He was in London for the filming of the new James Bond movie. [More]

Savage Garden Frontman Converted To LOTR

3/22/02, 3:01 pm EST - Strider

MrsDH writes: Hi thought you might like to know that another celeb has been converted to Lord-of-the-Rings-ism. This quote was by Darren hayes in a UK Magazine (former Savage Garden frontman turned solo artist) 'I've just started Lord Of The Rings because I LOVED the film. It's going OK but I've only read about ten pages - it's so long!

TTT Trailer: Iceland

3/22/02, 2:53 pm EST - Strider

Nexus writes: I wanted to tell you that the fan appreciation reel for Two Towers has arrived in Iceland, 85000+ people have seen the movie here which is pretty impressive since we are only 290000. The trailer will be shown from 29th of March and onwards.

Good Hobbits Are Hard To Break

3/22/02, 2:47 pm EST - Strider

'Ultimately, we should not only enjoy art, but also learn from it, using those lessons to improve our lives. One of the Oscar-nominated films this year allows us to do just that, the movie furthest from reality: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." We can learn much from the tale if we apply its arguments to our own lives today.' [More]

Thanks to Iduncan, Merwyn, Navlys and Beth for the link.

MSNBC Poll Results Announced Live Tomorrow!

3/22/02, 2:40 pm EST - Strider

Chris writes: The attached link is to an Oscar poll on the Today show's website. They are going to read the results to the poll on television tomorrow morning. Vote now for LOTR! [More]

New Line Gamble Pays Off

3/22/02, 2:35 pm EST - Strider

Cam sents in this link to another article detailing how New Line's gamble to let Peter Jackson run off to New Zealand for 18 months with nearly $300 million for a budget could prove to be one of the shrewedest moves they have ever made. [More]

TTT Trailer: Germany

3/22/02, 2:29 pm EST - Strider

Rubin writes: Just wanted to let fellow (German) fans know, that the TTT trailer will be shown in German theatres, starting 29th March. We got this confirmed by phone and email directly from Warner Bros. Germany, the German distributer of LotR... :) We were also told that it would run most likely in bigger theatres which are still showing the movie daily, and to check with our local theatres if they got a new 9th film roll or not.

One Hundred Crowns For Two Towers

3/22/02, 2:25 pm EST - Strider

Magnus sent in a link to this article on Aftonbladet which claims that Swedish Ringers will have to pay 100 Swedish crowns just to see the Two Towers trailer at the end of Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

Decaro On FOTR's Oscar Hopes

3/22/02, 2:19 pm EST - Strider

Katie: Tonight, after the Daily Show, Comedy Central aired Frank Decaro's Oscar review show, which was a spoof off of an E! Hollywood True Story. According to Frank, Ian McKellen was "fabulous" as Gandalf, is going to win the Oscar for Best Actor, and is going to look awesome. As for Best Picture...He said FOTR was "stunning and fun."

Lord Of The Oscars Gets Blendered

3/22/02, 2:12 pm EST - Strider

Many of you may be farmilar with the game known as Blender on MSN's Zone, the game where you sort the different puzzle pieces into a picture. Well Jenn noticed that they now have a new Lord of the Rings version, topically called Lord of the Oscars. [More]

News for Mar. 21, 2002

California Love

3/21/02, 10:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Well, I'm off to Los Angeles to join most of the other TORN Staff at 'One Party To Rule Them All'!

That does not mean that TORN will be hibernating for the weekend. Check back here for constant updates and full Oscar coverage! Not going to be in LA? Want to join the Oscar party online! Check back here for more details soon!

The pacific ocean! I'm going to see the pacific ocean!

TV Watch: Elijah Wood On 'Conan' Repeat

3/21/02, 10:35 pm EST - Xoanon

You can catch Elijah Wood (Frodo) as a repeat of his appearance on 'Late Night with Conan Obrien' tonight at 12:35 AM on NBC.

Apple Goes Hollywood

3/21/02, 10:28 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK - A tiny, recent acquisition by Apple Computer hints at how the niche computer maker plans to dominate Hollywood with its technology. [More]

Media Watch: Parade Magazine

3/21/02, 10:21 pm EST - Xoanon

From Minh-Dan: Parade Magazine, which comes with our Sunday newspaper. It's just a small bit on their Oscar picks. [More]

Skinematic Spotlight: The Lord of the Rings

3/21/02, 10:12 pm EST - Xoanon

After decades of enjoying J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" books in print, fans can now appreciate a live action film version. The first installment, "The Fellowship of the Ring," sets the tone for the series, with epic battles between good and evil, sweeping fantastic vistas, and...skin lesions. That's right, LOTR fans--the films are notable for the degree that conditions of the skin, hair, and nails can be found on both the kind and the cruel characters. [More]

Mad Magazine Goofs On LOTR

3/21/02, 10:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a look at these scans from the latest issue of Mad Magazine, goofing on LOTR. [More]

Why The Lord should go home with Oscar

3/21/02, 9:47 pm EST - Xoanon

When I went to see “The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” in late December, I wasn’t fooled. December is the last month for a film to put itself into consideration for an Academy Award--it keeps a film recent in the mind of Academy voters for the nominations and final voting in the following three months. [More]

The REAL LOTR crew list.

3/21/02, 8:10 pm EST - Tehanu

Ever thought that the tiny, tiny credits scroll past too fast at the end of the movies? Ever wondered HOW MANY people actually worked on these movies, and who they all were? Here is the official New Line credits list. Bookmark this URL until we get time to update our list, [sometime this century] because this is the most complete list available. [More]

Richard Taylor Interview.

3/21/02, 7:23 pm EST - Tehanu

Here's a great interview from Action-Figure.com, so you can get the facts on Richard Taylor, head of Weta Special Effects. [More]

The Calm before the Storm.....

3/21/02, 7:09 pm EST - Tehanu

TORN seems quiet.....too quiet...... But believe me we're doing plenty. It's just that not much of it's showing up on the front page, because we're getting ready to PARTY! [More]

Media Watch: Washington Post

3/21/02, 7:01 pm EST - Tehanu

A thoughtful article on the ethics of The Lord of the Rings. [More]

PJ's on his way!

3/21/02, 12:19 pm EST - Tehanu

NZ news agency Scoop scooped some shots of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh at NZ airport as they were leaving for the Oscars. [More]

News for Mar. 20, 2002

More Than Just One Critical View At CNN

3/20/02, 5:27 pm EST - Strider

H Scott writes: CNN has an article presenting competing Oscar picks from two different CNN movie critics. It is an interesting comparison between the two. [More]

Lord Of The Oscar FAQs

3/20/02, 5:20 pm EST - Strider

Michael from Modern Humorist sends in this link to an Oscar faq with a difference which may amuse some Ringers out there. [More]

French And Saunders LOTR Parody On Good Friday

3/20/02, 5:15 pm EST - Strider

Neverwhere writes: I thought you might like to inform UK fans that the comedy team French and Saunders will be doing a Lord of the Rings parody, to be broadcast on BBC1 on Good Friday. Dawn French is dressed as a Hobbit, Jennifer Saunders is a wizard, and the show sees their 'fellowship' go in search of an Oscar.

Vosloo Talks About Filming With John Rhys-Davies

3/20/02, 5:06 pm EST - Strider

Lori writes: I run an official website for actor Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns) and had the pleasure of doing updates with him yesterday. He was in Lithuania late last year and filmed "Endangered Species" with Eric Roberts and John Rhys-Davies. Here is the interview, and you'll find a sound clip of Arnold talking about Mr. Rhys-Davies at the bottom of the page. [More]

Rings Actor Viggo Acts, Paints, and Dates

3/20/02, 3:50 pm EST - Strider

'Last night in Los Angeles, the New York and Hollywood crowds sort of crashed together. The first event of Oscar week was an art auction and gallery show at the Ace Gallery in the mid-Wilshire section of town put together by photographer Michel Comte to help raise money for AIDS in Africa. Proceeds went to the International Red Cross, but what proceeded was more interesting than anything they could have thought up.' [More]

Thanks to Will for the link.

Ian McKellen To Present Oscar

3/20/02, 3:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Cathy sends us word that Ian McKellen (Gandalf) will be a presenter at the 74th Annual Academy Awards, very cool indeed!

More On Bloom Casting In Ned Kelly Film

3/20/02, 3:24 pm EST - Strider

IGN are reporting what we revealed here over two weeks ago that Orlando Bloom has been cast in the upcoming biopic The Kelly Gang. [More]

Native New Zealand Flick Sinks Titanic

3/20/02, 3:09 pm EST - Strider

Brandon Gray

If ever there was a country that "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" would rise to the top of the all time box office chart, it's New Zealand where it was filmed by native son Peter Jackson. And that's just what it has done in its 13th week of release. On Monday, the epic adventure reached nearly NZ$13 million ($5.64 million), topping the NZ$12.9 million ($5.6 million) gross of former all time champ "Titanic." [More]

TV Watch: Enya On E!

3/20/02, 2:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Falcon writes: Enya is supposed to be on E! News Live tonight (Wednesday) night at 6:30 PM. The preview had her music from "May It Be" playing.

Live In NYC? Want To Meet Viggo Mortensen?

3/20/02, 2:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Tony from 'The Corner of Viggo' sends in news that Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) will be making two appearances in NYC. [More]

Media Watch: Rolling Stone Magazine

3/20/02, 1:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Treebeard sends along this picture from the print edition of Rolling Stone Magazine. The online version of the article is provided in a story from a few days ago on TORN. [More]

Baron's Haven Freehold

3/20/02, 1:22 pm EST - Tehanu

If you've ever dreamed of seeing history and fantasy come alive, here's some people who share that dream.They're planning 'A Medieval Living History Site, Theme Park and Organic Farm with separate areas for 15th century England, Yorvik, Celtic, and Fantasy.' [More]

Media Watch: Viggo on Fox News.

3/20/02, 12:55 pm EST - Tehanu

Viggo gets a mention in the Fox news gossip pages where they report on Mortensen's visit to a gallery show in LA in the company of fellow-artist Lola Schnabel. [More] Thanks to Patti for the link.

TheOneRing.net's Oscar Cheat Sheet!

3/20/02, 11:18 am EST - leo

Only four more days till the Oscars, and to prepare you all thoroughly here's a list of all the people who worked on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and got nominated for an Oscar! Just so you know who you are looking at sunday... [More]

News for Mar. 19, 2002

'Lord of the Rugs' is British Oscar hope

3/19/02, 5:20 pm EST - Xoanon

The location is hardly auspicious. Housed in a converted garage hidden up a narrow lane in an unassuming Bristol suburb, the office is unpretentiously functional. Only the small black-and-white photographs on the largely bare walls hint at glamour. [More]

Media Watch: Cinefex Magazine (AKA: The Magazine You HAVE To Get!)

3/19/02, 5:13 pm EST - Xoanon

The cool folks at Cinefex Magazine have sent us an advanced copy of the latest cover, featuring Sam and the Cave Troll! Plus the news about the 'LOTR' issue! [More]

Folk Roles in Full Bloom for 'Rings' Star

3/19/02, 4:52 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK (Variety) - Orlando Bloom, who played the elf archer Legolas in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," is set to start in two films about folk heroes. [More]

BBC America Talks To Ian McKellen

3/19/02, 4:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Mary Ann writes: According to BBC-America website, today at 5 pm EST, Parkinson's guest is Ian McKellen (Gandalf). Listed again for tomorrow, Wednesday, at (yawn) 5 am.

TV Watch: SAG Awards On CITYTV

3/19/02, 4:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Canadian viewers can watch the SAG awards on CITYTV Toronto tonight at 9PM EST. Ian McKellen (Gandalf) wins for LOTR. [More]

Decipher Fan Club's pre-Oscar Outing.

3/19/02, 12:28 pm EST - Tehanu

LA Ringers are invited to join the Decipher LOTR fans on Saturday, March 23rd for their pre-Oscar celebrations. [More]

TTT trailer in South Africa

3/19/02, 11:56 am EST - Tehanu

News from Silmaril: " South Africa will also release the three and a half minute "Fan Appreciation piece" which director Peter Jackson has added to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The new prints of the movie, with the added footage, will be released around the world on Friday, 29 March, 2002."

Never Before Seen TTT Pics!

3/19/02, 11:11 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Anonymous sends along these great 3 pictures from The Two Towers! Some fearsome Uruk-hai possibly at the battle in Helms Deep, the lovely Miranda Otto as Eowyn and your first ever good look at Brad Dourif as Grima Wormtongue! !Spoilers! [More]

Baby Talk

3/19/02, 10:57 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Ataahua sends along this article with a picture of Cate Blanchett and her new baby son Dashiell. [More]

Today Show Oscar Poll

3/19/02, 10:42 am EST - Xoanon

Mike writes: The Today Show is running their own poll about who should win the Oscar's right now Lord of the Rings has 31% compared to A Beautiful Mind with 43% and PJ is at a miserable 31% with Ron Howard at 52% the poll is here.

Secrets of an Oscar Seer

3/19/02, 10:25 am EST - Xoanon

L.A. Times' Kenneth Turan tips LOTR for Best Film and Sir Ian McKellen for Best Supporting Actor. [More]

A 'Rings' Toss ; The Fellowship of the Ring is not going gently into Oscar night.

3/19/02, 10:14 am EST - Xoanon

By Gillian Flynn: These days, even cave-dwelling trolls can't escape the hoard of the Rings. Heading into this year's Oscars with the most nominations of any film, Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring continues its media assault on multiple fronts--from Academy voters to average filmgoers (who have plunked down $710 million worldwide so far). [More]

News for Mar. 18, 2002

Brad Dourif At The 'Chiller'

3/18/02, 11:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Hanny writes: Brad Dourif (Wormtongue) will be at the Chiller Theatre Expo in New Jersey. It will be held April 19-21 at the Sheraton Meadowlands. [More]

Elijah Talks Oscars

3/18/02, 11:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Jennifer sends along this link from Time Magazine's very quick interview with Elijah Wood (Frodo) outside the SAG award show. (Quicktime needed) [More]

TTT trailer in the UK

3/18/02, 6:51 pm EST - Tehanu

We had word that Warners cinemas would show the trailer after March 28; now Ross writes in to say that Odeon cinemas told him that "the trailer will be shown on every reel of Lord Of The Rings nationwide from the 29th March 2002."


3/18/02, 6:06 pm EST - Tehanu

News from Erica: "For those nutty girls (& guys) who seek all things Orlando, he will be on “So Graham Norton” in the USA on April 5 thru 8 for those lucky enough to have the BBC America Channel! "

40,000 IMDB Users Tip Fellowship For 12 Oscars

3/18/02, 3:24 pm EST - Strider

IMDB voters have picked Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as their prediction for this year's Best Picture Oscar®, also predicting the Academy will award it Best Director (Peter Jackson), Best Supporting Actor (Sir Ian McKellen), and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published. [More]

The One Party to Rule Them All - SOLD OUT!

3/18/02, 1:32 pm EST - Calisuri

The Oscar Party to end all Oscar Party has SOLD OUT! In a mere week, over 300 Tolkien fans, and some special guests, will gather to celebrate 13 Academy Award nominations for Fellowship of the Ring, on the Middle-earth eve of the destruction of Sauron!

We have made some updates to the FAQ concerning the event. If you are coming in costume, or bringing a camera, these changes will directly affect you. [More]

The main "One Party to Rule them All" page will update shortly with driving directions and tips on attending the event. [More]

NPR's interview about [sorry, I'd said 'with'] Howard Shore

3/18/02, 12:44 pm EST - Tehanu

Thanks to Matthew for this link to NPR's interview talking about the FOTR soundtrack. [More]

There's also a 'Fresh Air' interview with Howard Shore, though he mostly talks about the other music he's written. [More]

Ebert's Oscar picks.

3/18/02, 12:35 pm EST - Tehanu

Thoughts from one of the leading film critics - he likes LOTR, but doesn't think it'll win. [More] Thanks to Brian for the link.

Analysing Magic.

3/18/02, 12:26 pm EST - Tehanu

Rob sends a link to an article that looks at how magic and power are treated in LOTR and some of the other great fantasy novels of the past half-century. It's written by a Princeton theology student. [More]

SAG Awards On Aussie TV

3/18/02, 11:01 am EST - Xoanon

Laurel writes: For those in Australia interested in watching the SAG awards, Foxtel, Arena (Channel 22) is advertising them as being broadcast on this coming Friday, 22nd March, 7.30pm.

Weekend Round Up

3/18/02, 10:56 am EST - Xoanon

Missed all the news this weekend? Were you celebrating St. Patrick's Day with some of your good friends? Or were you simply too tired from staying up late and watching Ian McKellen on SNL? Well fear not! Click on the following link to see all the news you may have missed! [More]

LOTR Fandom: Tokyo

3/18/02, 10:44 am EST - Xoanon

Areiel sends along the word from Japan, telling us how LOTR is doing in the theatres and some interesting items up for sale. [More]

Happy Birthday Brad Dourif!

3/18/02, 10:38 am EST - Xoanon

Today, March 18th is Brad Dourif's (Wormtongue) birthday! Brad was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18th 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. That makes him 52 today! Happy Birthday Brad!

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