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April 05, 2004 - April 11, 2004

News for Apr. 11, 2004

WETA's Matt Aitken Talks EE:DVD & Kong

4/11/04, 9:58 pm EST - Xoanon

JR writes: I went to my brother’s graduation on April 6th in the Auckland Town Hall and the guest speaker was Matt Aitken (Digital Models Supervisor at WETA Digital). [More]

Premiere Magazine Talks Bloom & Troy

4/11/04, 9:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Premiere Magazine Talks Bloom & Troy
Orlando Bloom on the cover of Premiere Magazine

Ringer Spy djdeathskiss sends along the May 2004 issue of Premiere Magazine that features Orlando Bloom on the cover. It also has an article about his upcoming movie 'Troy'. [More]

Viggo Mortensen in GQ Magazine

4/11/04, 9:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Ravyneyez sends along these scans from the April issue of GQ Magazine. It features Viggo Mortensen on the cover and had an in-depth article on him. [More]

Topps 'ROTK Collectors' Update

4/11/04, 8:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Laurelin writes: The Topps 'ROTK Collectors' Update Edition' is now available for pre-sale at Potomac Distribution. They always seem to have the best prices for boxes or cases. It looks like there will be an all-new 72-card base set, 10 costume cards, and three autographs: Peter Jackson, Mark Ordesky and Sala Baker. [More]

More Info On Shore in Tribeca

4/11/04, 8:44 pm EST - Xoanon

AELFWINE writes: I found information about the Howard Shore discussion panel: A conversation with Academy Award®-winning Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore about setting Middle Earth to a sweeping score worthy of all its epic battles, touching moments and thrilling victories. Moderated by Film Score Monthly writer Doug Adams. [More]

He’s wee, but he’s harder than Viggo

4/11/04, 8:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Pip Of Tuckborough writes: I thought you might like this article that has a snippit of Billy in it. It is at sundayherald.com and is about halfway down the page. Here is what it has to say about him. [More]

Rings' creatures down in the dumps

4/11/04, 8:34 pm EST - Xoanon

It could almost be a scene from Peter Jackson's The Return of the King. Two decapitated winged creatures called Fell Beasts and their evil Nazgul masters lie silently in an isolated field. Only this time, it is right next to Wellington's main rubbish dump. The 20-metre-long beast and smaller five-metre one are the same two nasties that had been perched atop the Embassy and Reading cinemas from November last year for the world premiere of The Return of the King. But more than a week ago they were removed. [More]

News for Apr. 10, 2004

Jackson Cornering the Video Kong

4/10/04, 11:13 pm EST - Tookish

Thanks to Ringer Charmed Sister for the tip on this New York Times article: Peter Jackson, who made "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, is entering the rarefied club of Hollywood movie directors who are expected to earn as much money — or even more — from helping create video games as from making movies... [More]

Waiting for Frodo No More!

4/10/04, 11:01 pm EST - Tookish

Our friend Debbie Ridpath Ohi has posted the final strips of her comic strip saga, Waiting for Frodo: [More]

Lord of the Appleblossoms

4/10/04, 10:59 pm EST - Tookish

Several Ringers have written in to tell us about Sean Astin serving as co-Grand Master at this year's Shenandoa Apple Blossom Festival. [More]

News for Apr. 09, 2004

FOTR & TTT Screenings at NZ Embassy

4/09/04, 9:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Katrin writes: The Embassy in Wellington has special Easter screenings of the Theatrical versions of FOTR (April 10) & TTT (April 11). I called the Embassy and these two are the only screenings of both FotR and TTT as an Easter Special. Good News is that there are still many good seats left!

TV Guide Online Talks to Boyd

4/09/04, 9:20 pm EST - Xoanon

vintageyear writes: On Wednesday there was a link to the TV Guide Online interview with Billy Boyd: Lord of the Rings star Billy Boyd exchanged his hobbit feet for sea legs when he climbed aboard Peter Weir's high-seas epic, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, which arrives on DVD April 20. [More]

Howe Talks (or doesn't) ROTK:EE DVD

4/09/04, 9:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Nerwen writes: John Howe has just posted a new entry at his site and says "London was great, the extended version of the Return of the King is spectacular, and don't count on me to spill any of it before the DVD comes out." [More]

Shore at Tribeca Film Fest

4/09/04, 8:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Elmer writes: Thought you might be interested to know that Howard Shore will be speaking about his score to Return of the King on May 8 as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The discussion will be moderated by Doug Adams, the author of the upcoming book on Shore's Rings scores.

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend

4/09/04, 8:08 pm EST - Frode

Will 'The Hobbit' make for a good movie? What will a movie based on J.R.R. Tolkiens 1937 publication be like? Will it be a childrens movie? Do you think the story will translate as well to the movie medium as 'The Lord of the Rings' did? Join us in #thehalloffire this easter weekend to discuss the cinematic possibilities of 'The Hobbit'.[More]

Weta Digital to Animate Jane and the Dragon

4/09/04, 3:41 pm EST - Tookish

Weta Workshop, the New Zealand-based special effects company that gained global fame for its work on the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, has chosen the Toronto-based Nelvana animation house to collaborate on the new animated series Jane and the Dragon. Thanks to Hobbitangel for the story. [More]

The Ring goes to Mt. Etna

4/09/04, 3:31 pm EST - Tookish

From Ringer Giuseppe: On April 8th, a cinema in Riposto (Italy) has been showing the whole Trilogy, which makes it the first LOTR Marathon in Sicily (to my knowledge), and the only one on the flanks of the largest active volcano in Europe, Mt. Etna! [Mt. Etna Cam](Of course it's a bit dark in Italy at this posting...)

News for Apr. 08, 2004

ABQ Correspondent

4/08/04, 10:42 pm EST - Tehanu

Mentioned in passing: The ABQ Correspondent looks at the way DVD technology has changed our expectations of movies, citing the LOTR films as a case where we've come to know far more about the behind-the-scenes team than we would have in the past, making Richard Taylor and Barrie Osborne's faces familiar to us. [More] Fun website, intelligent people should enjoy.

Beacon of Frosting, Scrumptious Rocks

4/08/04, 10:17 pm EST - weetanya

Cake with Gandalf on Shadowfax, Beacon & Pippin

Pastry Chef Kirsti Hanna created this almost completely edible cake. She writes: "The biggest challenge with this cake was the beacon. I used squares of cake to make the box, then had lots of fun icing around the sides and shaping it. Then I cut out the center. Everything, except the candles and the two figures, is edible. Even the rocks (chocolate with a candy coating) and the big rocks/hills in back (air-brushed angel-food cake)." Wow! [See Larger Photo]

Millikin University LOTR Summer Class

4/08/04, 7:06 pm EST - weetanya

Hobbit_guy writes: Millikin University is offering a class on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. The class, known as "Lord of the Rings: Myth and Culture" will study Tolkien's work and the sources and legends that influenced it in a historical setting. Taught by Professor Erick Parker, this class promises to be a most enjoyable addition to my schedule - if I can get into it! There're only 30 seats available, and more than half are already taken. [More]

Elijah in Sin City

4/08/04, 5:43 pm EST - weetanya

From Comicbookresources.com: "Yahoo's Upcoming Movies has some casting news on the Robert Rodriguez-helmed adaptation .... Also listed without character credits [is] [... yadda ...] Elijah Wood. Early shooting with Hartnett and Shelton is already underway." [More] [Yahoo Movies Sin City Page]

Jackson Interview in Digitalproducer.com

4/08/04, 5:16 pm EST - weetanya

From Digitalproducer.com: "Jackson talks about making the trilogy, working with DP Andrew Lesnie, and some of the groundbreaking effects in the final film in the trilogy, The Return of the King." [More]

Ringers boost tourism into top spot in New Zealand

4/08/04, 5:10 pm EST - weetanya

From Canada.com: "Hobbits, wizards and orcs are helping draw so many tourists to New Zealand that travellers are about to vanquish dairy farmers as New Zealand's No. 1 export earners." [More]

"Sylvia" Puts on Ruffles for Viggo

4/08/04, 5:06 pm EST - weetanya

Mithfiniel wrote that she's found another yet another comic reference to LotR, in the strip Sylvia. [More]

"Monty" Goes Full... Geek

4/08/04, 5:00 pm EST - weetanya

Amy writes: I found another Ring parody in a comic strip. The strip, Monty, has had a LOTR-inspired storyline running for a few days now, with yesterday's comparing Gollum to a well-known figure. The comic can be read here: [More]

Cartoon from Finnish Magazine Suosikki

4/08/04, 4:50 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy PippinSparrow sent in this cartoon scanned from Finnish magazine Suosikki. An explanation for non-Finns appears below the scrapbook image. [More]

Tolkien Class at MSU

4/08/04, 4:40 pm EST - weetanya

Liz writes: Hello! I saw in the your news that there's a Tolkien class at Drew University, and I was inspired to let you know that there's a similar class at Michigan State University. I'm in it right now, it's called "Myth and Tolkien"... It's been a very enjoyable class ... and one of the best days was actually yesterday when Mr. Douglas A. Anderson (author of "The Annotated Hobbit" and "Tales Before Tolkien") visited us and gave a wonderful lecture about all the different versions of illustration seen in different editions of The Hobbit. [More]


4/08/04, 1:32 am EST - Calisuri

The LET THE HOBBIT HAPPEN campaign website (thehobbitfilm.com) has posted its first listing of partner websites. Over 60 sites have responded to the call to see Peter Jackson lead the charge into Middle-earth again! Have a website? Join the effort and let's get this film made! [More]

News for Apr. 07, 2004

Sala Baker at Trek Expo in Tulsa

4/07/04, 11:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Raven writes: Sala Baker will be at Trek Expo in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 18-20. He will be there all three days of the convention. [More]

Trilogy Showing at Chapter Arts Centre

4/07/04, 11:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Barry writes: I saw the posting about the Dukes cinema in Lancaster. Cardiff can beat that! Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff's premier alternative arts venue, is showing the trilogy at 11am, 3pm and 7pm on Saturday 10th April for an incredible £6. [More]

DVD fanaticism: It's what's for dinner

4/07/04, 11:13 pm EST - Xoanon

As most of you know, the DVD market has grown by leaps and bounds as collectors get more rabid and regular folks realize that they're collectors when they're forced to buy new shelves for the living room to accommodate their burgeoning DVD library. By accident: that's the perfect way to become a collector, isn't it? [More]

Rings Star's DVD Scoop!

4/07/04, 11:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Lord of the Rings star Billy Boyd exchanged his hobbit feet for sea legs when he climbed aboard Peter Weir's high-seas epic, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, which arrives on DVD April 20. While the Scottish actor wasn't initially enamored of the ocean, by the time filming ended, he discovered that a sailor's life might just be for him. [More]

University of Georgia Costume Contest & Screening

4/07/04, 11:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Enedumiel writes: Thought you might like to know that the University of Georgia is having a costume contest this friday, along with a 10:30 showing of ROTK. I believe it's the Tate Centre theatre.

Tolkien Class in Drew University

4/07/04, 11:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Julie writes: Drew University's summer classes include one called "Tolkien's Works" to be held Tuesday and Thursday nights from June 15th to July 22nd. Drew is located in Madison, NJ.

LOTR Screenings at Polytechnique Montreal

4/07/04, 11:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Ciné-Céssaire (Polytechnique Montreal movie association) is presenting Return of the King this Thursday (April 8th) at 6pm and 9:30 pm. The tickets are $ 2 for Polytechnique Students and $ 3 for general admission. [More]

'Lordathon' in Lancaster, UK

4/07/04, 1:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Jedimark writes: The Dukes cinema in Lancaster, UK are showing The Lord of the Rings trilogy (they are calling it the Lordathon) on Saturday May 1st. Tickets are only £10. [More]

'LOTR' invades campus

4/07/04, 1:13 pm EST - Xoanon

The movie trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings," attracted people from all over the country to Braden Auditorium Sunday. The three movies were shown in consecutive order beginning at noon and continuing well beyond 11 p.m. Fifteen-year-old Sam Peliska and his 13-year-old brother Taylor Peliska dragged their parents all the way from Ann Arbor, Mich. to see the event. [More]

Would You Like A Frodo With That?

4/07/04, 1:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Brannon J writes: I was at my local Toys-R-Us, (picking up my nifty Ringwriath Gift Pack!!) I reserved my copy of ROTK. They are advertising a free promotional Frodo action figure, which looked pretty cool. You'll have to show up early, however, because The clerk told me that they were limited to 20,000 nation-wide. I know where I'll be bright and early on the 25th of May!!! [Pre-Order Yours on Amazon.com Today!]

Internet Elf Celebrity

4/07/04, 1:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Bret McKenzie is a very busy man. As well as being a ubiquitous presence in the Wellington music scene, Bret is well known to theatregoers and has recently found international fame for his brief but memorable appearance in The Lord of the Rings. Bret is now releasing his debut solo album ‘PROTOTYPE’ under the name THE VIDEO KID. [More]

Sean Astin in Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

4/07/04, 12:49 pm EST - Celeborn

Today’s hottest stars from film, television, music and sports will attempt to outpace and out-maneuver each other to the checkered flag in the 28th annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. LOTR's very own Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin), rumored to be the most aggressive in this year's line-up, will lead the pack in the April 17th race in Long Beach, CA. [More]

SHOP: Golden Hall Turnaround

4/07/04, 12:43 pm EST - Celeborn

Sideshow/Weta Collectibles have posted a turnaround of their 'Golden Hall' environment. [More]

News for Apr. 06, 2004

Tom Shippey Lecture Report

4/06/04, 2:56 pm EST - leo

Ringer Spy Baylor writes: I attended Professor Tom Shippey's April 1 lecture in Holland, Michigan,"From Page to Screen: Problems Tolkien left for Jackson" and have written a ridiculously detailed report about it. It's up on my LiveJournal, here!

West Auckland now Westie-Wood

4/06/04, 2:53 pm EST - leo

West Auckland is set to transform into the fantasy world of Narnia after the makers of Walt Disney's "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" arrived in New Zealand. The film's director Andrew Adamson, the brains behind Shrek and the upcoming Shrek 2, and about 40 crew were welcomed onto Hoani Waititi marae in West Auckland Tuesday morning. [More]

Howard Shore Concert in Oz

4/06/04, 2:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Rommy of Rohan writes: Can you please let Sydney Ringers know that Howard Shore will be conducting his LOTR symphony at the Sydney Opera House in June. People wanting tickets can get them online at, otherwise ring the Opera house booking office. There will only be three concerts, on 17, 18th and 19th June, so book now if you don't want to miss out! [sydneyoperahouse.com]

Italian Online Movie Awards

4/06/04, 2:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Pierre Hombrebueno writes: The Italian Online Movie Awards, voted by Italian Web critics, Web Masters and movie fans, followed by thousand of cinephiles from all around the world, are proud to present the Nominees for this year's awards. The Italian Online Movie Awards congratulates Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the king, for 13 Nominations!

An Interview With Weta Workshop's Daniel Falconer

4/06/04, 2:10 pm EST - Xoanon

By now you've seen the first of the series of "book cards" depicting characters from The Lord of the Rings novels – but not appearing in the films – being created for The Lord of the Rings TCG. Tom Bombadil, Goldberry, Glorfindel, and Radagast will debut this spring as preview cards in the Countdown Collection and as diffraction foils in the Reflections set; more book cards will appear in other Lord of the Rings TCG products and promotions beginning in mid-2004. [More]

Pippin sails to stardom

4/06/04, 2:07 pm EST - Xoanon

It's one of the most successful movie franchises of all time, scooping 11 Oscars and launching the careers of its largely unknown cast. And Lord Of The Rings star Billy Boyd - who plays brave Pippin in the blockbusting trilogy and also stars in Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World - says his life has changed dramatically since playing the hairy hobbit. [More]

1066 and all that: how Hollywood is giving Britain a false sense of history

4/06/04, 2:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Cahal Milmo writes: The Battle of Hastings never took place and Adolf Hitler is a fictional character. Robin Hood really existed, Harold Wilson saved Britain during the Second World War and Conan the Barbarian is a bona fide figure from early Nordic history. [More]

TV Watch: Serkis on 'Sharon'

4/06/04, 2:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Fresh of his UK book tour Andy Serkis will be on 'The Sharon Osbourne Show' tomorrow (April 7th). [Sharon.com]

News for Apr. 05, 2004

Company Magazine Talks Orlando Bloom

4/05/04, 9:43 pm EST - Xoanon

djdeathskiss writes: Here is an interview with Orlando Bloom from a British womens mag called Company. [More]

SAS Scanorama Airlines Magazine

4/05/04, 9:30 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Saga writes: I was out flying and found this article in SAS Scanorama airlines magazine, March issue. Just wanted to share it! [More]

Tolkien Calligraphy Project

4/05/04, 8:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Sarah B sends along this sample of her amazing work, a Tolkien Calligraphy Project: I would like to inform you of a project I am working on. I am currently creating a copy of the Lord of the Rings trilogy using illuminated Celtic calligraphy. The material I am using is 11X17 neutral parchment and will be approximately 2500 pages. [More]

LOTR Special Effects Confrence in Singapore

4/05/04, 8:45 pm EST - Xoanon

Hira writes: Just to inform you in Singapore there will be a presentation about the visual effects in LOTR. This talk is only for Singapore Polytechnic students and staff. The speaker is from WETA, New Zealand and a graduate of Singapore Polytechnic. Cost per ticket is SDG $10.00. [More]

Sam Roberts Feels Frodo's Pain

4/05/04, 8:41 pm EST - Xoanon

marie writes: At the juno awards yesterday 'Sam Roberts' won 3 awards, Roberts admitted he would have a hard time topping the album. "The second album suddenly feels as heavy as the ring on poor Frodo's shoulders," he said. [More]

Cate and Hugo to play for 300 a night

4/05/04, 8:38 pm EST - Xoanon

THE casting of Cate Blanchett in a Sydney Theatre Company production in July was enough to sell out the eight-week season before it even started. This week ticket-holders have even more reason to look forward to their outing: Hugo Weaving has been cast to star opposite her. The two stars of the blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy will play the lead roles in Henrik Ibsen's work Hedda Gabler. [More]

'LOTR' Boosts Profits of British Entertainment Firm

4/05/04, 8:36 pm EST - Xoanon

The company that holds the British rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings has topped the list of 100 private companies showing the fastest-growing profits in the U.K., according to a survey by the London Sunday Times. The newspaper's "Profit Track" reported that The Entertainment Group, which receives a piece of the action from LOTR box-office receipts and home video sales and rentals in the U.K. has seen profits soar 197 percent a year since 2000. [More]

The 'Origins' of Billy Boyd

4/05/04, 8:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Ithron Angol writes: I just thought you might like to post that Billy Boyd will be a "Guest of Honor" at the upcoming Origins game expo in Columbus, Ohio. The expo is June 24-28. As far as I know, he will be signing autographs and speaking about his filming experiences on Sunday the 28th. [More]

They Love LOTR in Phoenix

4/05/04, 8:31 pm EST - Xoanon

The Phoenix Symphony’s “Lord of the Rings Symphony” concert, scheduled for May 26 at Symphony Hall, set new records for the orchestra in its first day of ticket sales yesterday. The concert presentation of Howard Shore’s music from the Oscar-winning films sold almost $13,000 in tickets via the web on Sunday, the first day of sales. [More]

Let The Hobbit Happen - A Call To Pens!

4/05/04, 6:29 pm EST - leo

Now that the Joke is over, its time to get serious. The only way we are going to reach our goal of having a live-action version of 'The Hobbit' from Peter Jackson and his team, is by keeping after the studios who own the rights: New Line Cinema and MGM/UA. Our first wave of letter writing and postcards are directed at just these people. The addresses, several cards and letters to download and further instructions can be found over at TheHobbitFilm.com! [More]

The Best Place On Any Earth

4/05/04, 5:59 am EST - leo

Ringer Spy Isembard Took writes: Hi there, thought you guys might be interested in an article from The Washington Post. There's a feature article in the Travel section on New Zealand which talks quite a bit about LOTR links, called "The Best Place On Any Earth". [More]

John Rhys-Davies to Star in New NBC-Pilot

4/05/04, 5:49 am EST - leo

John Rhys-Davies, who played Gimli in Peter Jackson's "Lord of Rings" saga, has been tapped to co-star in NBC's drama pilot "Revelations," which centers on a group's efforts to forestall the apocalypse. [More] Kudos to Jess for the link!

Kong and Shelob Make Best Movie Monsters-List

4/05/04, 5:44 am EST - leo

Dozens of Ringers emailed us with directions to a list of the ten best movie monsters (according to film experts). The 1933 King Kong came in first while Shelob can be found on the sixth spot! [More]

Jackson not planning movie on Hillary's Everest climb

4/05/04, 5:38 am EST - leo

Peter Jackson has poured cold water on remarks made by Peter Hillary, son of mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, that the film director is planning a movie about his father's famous ascent of Mount Everest. [More]

ROTK Promotional Poster - Scan

4/05/04, 5:35 am EST - leo

Ringer Spy Andrea sent in a scan from the promotional poster for Return of the King, urging people to go see it in cinema's again. The poster is all over buses in the UK and was featured in the latest issue of Empire Magazine. Check it out here!

London LOTR Symphony Tickets On Sale Today!

4/05/04, 5:27 am EST - leo

People in and around London who want to get the chance to see Howard Shore in concert are in luck! Tickets for a new concert on September 22nd (a coincidence?) in the Royal Albert Hall go on sale today! [More]

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