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News for Apr. 04, 2000

Live in near Tuscon? Want to go to NZ?

4/04/00, 21:17 EST - Xoanon

From Ringer staff member Tookish:

In my city, each year a local t.v. station holds a contest to predict the first time the temperature is 100 degrees. This year, the grand prize is a driving trip for two .... in New Zealand....did I mention it's a $10,000.00 package??

Here's the grand prize from the TV stations site kvoa.com

Grand Prize for 2000 is a New Zealand driving tour for two (2) people from Bon Voyage Travel and Brendan Tours. Bon Voyage will provide roundtrip economy class airfare for two (2) from Tucson to Auckland, New Zealand via Los Angeles. Vacation is a self drive program through New Zealand. Trip includes 7 days car rental, 6 nights accommodations and a set of travel documents.

Who's gonna try?!

McKellen.com Update: Gandalf's Shadow

4/04/00, 11:01 EST - Calisuri

Ian McKellen's official website has made a small update. This comes from Ringer Ferrante:

"Hi. Just wanted to let you know...Sir Ian Mckellen updated the e-posts on his website. At the bottom of the latest eposts page there is a "tease" photo of Mckellen as gandalf."

From Mckellen.com!


T minus 3 days and counting...

4/04/00, 10:37 EST - Calisuri

Check out the day 3 countdown image above the poll. You can also see a slightly larger version in our movie scrapbook, along with the other preview images. Also check out the NEW flash preview.

Whats going on you say? Well, New Line Cinema is hosting an Exclusive Internet Preview on April 7th!! We have been counting down since last week and only 3 more days until the big event! Check out http://www.lordoftherings.net for the OFFICIAL word.

New Line's Studio Store

4/04/00, 09:49 EST - Xoanon

This is a very cool idea from the folks at New Line:

Exclusive Bonus Letter from Peter Jackson! Production is underway in New Zealand on the live-action trilogy of Lord of the Rings films. As a special bonus to all New Line Cinema Studio Store Customers, all copies of "The Lord of the Rings" purchased here come with a full-color copy of a letter from director Peter Jackson about his love for the books and his plans for the film! Each letter comes with a New Line Cinema logo hologram as proof of authenticity. [More]

Thanks to Julius for the tip!

News for Apr. 03, 2000

The Film Unit: Stuff about Post Production in NZ

4/03/00, 23:09 EST - Tehanu

The latest Onfilm magazine in NZ talks a little about The Film Unit which Peter Jackson bought recently and which we've mentioned before, but the article describes what the facility offers in detail. Onfilm has paired it up with that nice photo of Peter Jackson and the Prime Minister, taken at the launch party.

NZ OnFilm

That Lord of the Rings reel......

4/03/00, 22:42 EST - Tehanu

One of the people who HAS seen the six-minute reel of The Lord of the Rings footage is Jane Gilbert, of Film New Zealand. She was present at the NZ Consulate-General's function in Los Angeles where it was screened. According to Onfilm, she said, "It was fantastic and exciting. I haven't experienced that kind of rush in a cinema for years."
This from somebody who works round the industry full-time. Mmmm, how many days to go? (Bet we don't get six minutes.)

Cast Watch: Viggo in '28 Days.'

4/03/00, 22:36 EST - Tehanu

For those of you curious to see our Aragorn, Viggo Mortensen, in another role, he's starring opposite Sandra Bullock in "28 Days." It opens in the States on the 18th of this month, according to IMDB.

Thanks to Taleena for that snippet.

Web Watch: Studio Briefing at IMDB

4/03/00, 15:24 EST - Xoanon

One of my favorite sites on the net IMDB has come up with a blip on my LOTR radar.

In their 'Celebrity News' we get this:

Lord Of The Rings Gets Ladies

A $200 million screen version of J.R.R. TOLKIEN's THE LORD OF THE RINGS is getting enhanced with romance. Director PETER JACKSON, shooting the first of three films devoted to the saga, has drafted LIV TYLER and CATE BLANCHETT to play ARWEN and GALADRIEL, whose roles have been extended in the screenplay. The love story between Arwen and ARAGORN, played by VIGGO MORTENSEN, has also been given greater prominence. But Hobbit fans are up in arms, fearing the essence of the work will be lost.

Enthusiast ALEX HORTON, 17, from Croydon fumes, "I don't see the point of messing with the elements of a story that has worked so long for lots of people. DR VINCENT GILLESPIE, professor of English at ST ANNE'S COLLEGE, OXFORD says, "Traditionally in Middle English tales men lead the action. It is fairly male-dominated stuff and women have either a domestic or a faerie representing `the other side'... The film could build reasonably, though, on the growing idea that women were powerful 'fixers' or 'peaceweavers' behind the scenes in these tales."

Thanks to the leafy Quickbeam for the tip!

This weeks Ebay items

4/03/00, 10:43 EST - Xoanon

More Ebay items than Ken Griffey fans today! [More]

Cast Watch: Liv on TV

4/03/00, 08:56 EST - Xoanon

You can catch Liv Tyler (Arwen) in 'Armageddon' on TMN today. [More]

T minus 4 days and counting...

4/03/00, 00:04 EST - Calisuri

If you have been away all weekend, and haven't heard the news, New Line Cinema will provide an Exclusive Lord of the Rings Internet Preview to be released on Friday, April 7th!!! A preview of what you might ask? Well, my money goes on some footage similar to what was shown at the ShoWest convention last month.

Each day we are posting a new Exclusive Internet Preview countdown image. If you have missed the first 3 images, check our movie scrapbook section. Also keep your eyes above our poll! Each day the image will change until the finale on April 7th!

News for Apr. 02, 2000

Cast Watch: Astin and Holm on Cinemax

4/02/00, 15:40 EST - Xoanon

You can catch Sean Astin (Sam) in 'Toy Soldiers' on Cinemax [More]

You can also see Ian Holm (Bilbo) in 'Incognito' on Cinemax tonight [More]

This is why you get your LOTR news from us

4/02/00, 13:02 EST - Xoanon

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sigh..I've said it before and I'll say it again...I hate it when people don't check their facts.

From: Ian

The article gets some strange things wrong considering it was as recent as January (funny how so many magazines do that).

T minus 5 days and counting...

4/02/00, 09:46 EST - Calisuri

Another day, another countdown image. Let the speculation begin! Looks like a pretty intense battle scene to me, and oh boy does it look good!

Thanks to Daylight Saving Time here in the US, we are one more hour closer...

Check out the OFFICIAL site at http://www.lordoftherings.net

Viggo, the Renaissance Man.

4/02/00, 01:09 EST - Tehanu

We got a note from somebody who went to the opening of Viggo Mortensen's exhibition in New York. Because, as some of you know already, the man who plays Aragorn is a poet and multi-media artist as well as an actor.
Here's what she had to say:


Just wanted to let you know I attended Viggo Mortensen's opening for his art exhibit on march 24th in New York City. The art work was wonderful and Viggo was there. He was very warm and down to earth; a very regular guy. I asked how he liked New Zealand and he said he was having a good time there. Didn't get to talk about the movie much, as there were a lot of people and I didn't want to monopolize his time. Also, don't know when he'll be going back to NZ. But if anyone gets the opportunity to be in NYC in the next 2 weeks, they can see some outstanding artwork by Viggo. If not, you can always see some of it at the Track16 gallery in California.

Best Regards,

News for Apr. 01, 2000

T minus 6 Days and Counting...

4/01/00, 11:50 EST - Calisuri

Just a reminder, 6 days until the OFFICIAL New Line footage will be released at http://www.lordoftherings.net.

The image above the poll will change daily until this exciting first look footage is available for download.

You can also click on the text "Flash Preview" for the daily teaser flash animation.

I don't know about you, but I don't know if I can make it 6 days...

News for Mar. 31, 2000

Web Watch: E! Online Updates

3/31/00, 23:41 EST - Xoanon

KAITOKE REGIONAL PARK--Peacocks stroll across a grassy clearing. A tumbling stream, redirected from the nearby forest, flows under a moss-covered bridge. A waterfall adds a dramatic touch.

Towering tiled buildings--some stretching 40 feet high--are clustered around the open area. Their walls and pillars are intricately detailed with carvings of Elven faces, flowers and birds.

Welcome to LOTR's exquisitely detailed Rivendell set. Located about 90 minutes north of Wellington and nestled amid the mountains and forests of a nature preserve, it's a masterpiece of design and location. [More]

Footage to be released April 7th!!!

3/31/00, 20:50 EST - Calisuri

Just got this from New Line (As did anyone on the movie mailing list...check that mail!) :

New Line Cinema presents J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

A first look at the HEROES

A first look at the CREATURES

A first look at the TALE that inspired millions

Exclusively on http://www.lordoftherings.net


Hey folks, this is NOT an april fools! Finally the footage has returned to the fans!

SFX: Snazzy Equipment for LOTR

3/31/00, 13:41 EST - Xoanon

Company Offers The Latest In Fast, High-Quality And Affordable Professional Software To Meet The Sophisticated Compositing Needs Of The New Millennium [More]

Lord of the Rings Contest Announced!

3/31/00, 09:32 EST - Xoanon

Fans of Humpty Dumpty's Ringolos cheese chips will enjoy this newly announced contest sponsored by New Line Cinema! [More]

Fun With Casting: A game to play at parties

3/31/00, 00:09 EST - Xoanon

Don't think the entire cast (minus 2 or 3) from LOTR never worked together before? Well think again! I've pieced together bits of info from the far reaches of my brain and have come up with this amazing chain! Take a deep breath (and more than enough grains of salt) at start right here! [More]

News for Mar. 30, 2000

Fun Watch: Barlimans Homepage

3/30/00, 23:19 EST - Calisuri

Hey folks, check out the Barlimans homepage for the Tolkien fun Section hosted by Ringer staff member Gamgee. The daily section includes a trivia question, word scramble and 'guess the quote.' [ Fun! ]

And the Prizes go to...

3/30/00, 14:51 EST - Calisuri

Congratulations to our winners of the 2000 Search for the One Ring Contest!

The One ring WinnerFound by: David Kent
(Shaker Hts, Ohio, USA)
Nenya WinnerFound by: Larry Larios
Thrain's RingFound by: Anika East
(Sydney, Austrailia)
Witch King's RingFound by: Alex Malikov
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Check out what Gollum and Gandalf have to say about these winners! Also find out where the prize rings were hidden. [ winners ]

News for Mar. 29, 2000

Super spy Eowyn reports from her search for Rivendell

3/29/00, 22:45 EST - Tehanu

Eowyn didn't get into Rivendell but she saw a bit of it nevertheless, and found out some more locations along the way. Read about it in Spy Reports

Casting: Lotho Sackville-Baggins Cast?

3/29/00, 22:34 EST - Xoanon

Here's the story..of a lovely Hobbit...

This comes by way of family, literally:

From: Jared

my cousin Paul Setura has been cast in the lotr movies... he played peter brady in the brady bunch movies, and did a few others... I do not know wha part he is cast in.. I know he went down there to read for the part of a character named Lotho... but I am not certain if that is what he got...Jared

Info on Lotho:

Lotho Sackville-Baggins was the son of Lobelia, and he was the one who eventually bought BagEnd. After Frodo's departure from Hobbiton, Lotho bought up a lot of land in the Shire, and set himself up as Chief. Lotho was doing very well for himself, until things got out of hand, and Saruman came in and took things over. Lotho was locked in the Lockholes, and eventually killed by Grima.

This will be taken a RUMOR since my contacts cannot confirm any of it at the moment, more news to come!

Thanks to Jared and Gamgee for the info!

Gaming: LOTR Multiplayer Game Announced!

3/29/00, 17:05 EST - Xoanon

From: Hastur

This is the latest from voodooextreeme.com:

Lord of the Rings MMOG! 3:33 PM

And last, but certainly not least, the second totally f'in spicy bastard that Ross Perez broke to me is that WON.net will be providing a massively multiplayer online game based off of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" fantasy novels. In the game, large numbers of players will hop onto the game's servers and act out Tolkien's fantasies. That's all that we have on this at the moment, but stay tuned for an upcoming press release later today.

More info as it flows in!


3/29/00, 11:06 EST - Calisuri

We received a very exciting note from our dutch affiliate this morning. They have REdesigned their site and now have a great new URL: http://www.LordoftheRings.nl!

\[ Dutch LOTR site \]

This site is the premiere Dutch Tolkien site online and we are proud to continue to be partnered with them! Congratulations Julius, Leo, Valimar, Mel_A, Goody and Go0se!

Web Watch: EW.com

3/29/00, 10:26 EST - Xoanon

The folks at EW.com have taken on some of the major Hollywood movie websites and graded them. See what they say about the New Line site! [More]

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