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News for Apr. 21, 2002
Pre-Order The FOTR Collector's DVD Gift Box Now!
4/21/02, 4:06 pm EST - Strider
Thanks to Martin
's tip, we can confirm that Streetsonline
is the first site offering fans the ability to pre-order the FotR Collector's DVD Gift Box. The UK site is offering the Box Set at the incredibly reasonable price of £38...that's roughly $60 or €65! [More
Meeting Viggo Mortensen
4/21/02, 2:47 pm EST - Xoanon
sends in her report from the Viggo Mortensen
) book signing event in New York recently, take a look at the great pics she took! [More
]Be sure to check this space for the latest chapter of TORN Digital with our very special one on one interview with Viggo from the same event. Coming soon!
Otto The Flavour In US
4/21/02, 2:37 pm EST - Xoanon
sends us this article from the Sun-Herald about our own Miranda Otto
Billy Boyd At I-Con Report
4/21/02, 2:29 pm EST - Xoanon
sends in her report from the New York state 'I-Con' Convention this weekend. Billy Boyd
) was in attendance. [More
Liv's Visa-Asia Commercial Available for Download
4/21/02, 12:13 pm EST - Gamgee
recently starred in a Visa-Asia commercial. Now this somewhat sexy advert is available online for download! Thanks to June
for the tip! [More
News for Apr. 20, 2002
The Annotated Hobbit is Back!
4/20/02, 11:15 pm EST - Calisuri
A new edition of the Annotated Hobbit
, by Douglas Anderson, will be available on store shelves this June 26th. This long time favorite book of Tolkien fans worldwide has been out of print for quite a while. It looks like the success of the films and the revival of Tolkien interest has spurred its reissue. Follow the link for a description of the book. [More
Andy Serkis' Birthday!
4/20/02, 4:32 pm EST - Xoanon
Today, April 20th is Andy Serkis (Gollum) birthday! Andy was born in 1964. That makes him 38 today! Happy birthday Andy!
Latest Photos of Viggo
4/20/02, 1:35 pm EST - Jincey
Looks like someone had a good seat at Viggo's book-signing event last night at the International Center of Photography in NYC. 22 photos of Viggo can be found [here
]. (Thanks to Jaimie for this link!)
Billy Boyd At I-Con
4/20/02, 1:34 pm EST - Xoanon
) will be making an appearance at I-Con in Stonybrook, NY (on the SUNY campus) this weekend. Go to the I-Con website for more info! [More
Wenham's 'The Bank' Playing In DC
4/20/02, 12:59 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: DC Ring-ers might like to know that "The Bank", an Australian movie starring David Wenham
) and Anthony LaPaglia, will be playing as part of the DC FilmFest at the National Geographic Society theater on April 20th and at Loews Pentagon City on the 24th, at 9:30 and 6:30 respectively. According to City Paper, its a drama about a large Australian bank, with Wenham as a software developer.
Sheet Music for LOTR
4/20/02, 12:00 pm EST - Tehanu
More comments and suggestions where you can buy it. [More
Figwit Lives Internationally
4/20/02, 11:44 am EST - Tehanu
Articles on Figwit have turned up on USA Today, Der Herr Der Ringe, and the UK Daily Mirror over the last few days. Little do they know what surprises Figwit has in store for them at the official site. Coming soon....
Hill Reigns In Rings Sequels
4/20/02, 12:41 am EST - Jincey
found a very nice interview with Bernard Hill (theoden) on SCI-FI.com. Hill states he feels the films make Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien's profound themes more accessible to audiences. "What's wonderful about the films is that, for all the depth [of the stories]..." [More
News for Apr. 19, 2002
Viggo Mortensen: Actor, Artist, and Crowd-Pleaser
4/19/02, 11:29 pm EST - Jincey
was first to check in with a report about Viggo's signing session: "After learning about Viggo's book signing from TORN, I rushed down to the International Center of Photography tonight after work." [More
Exclusive: FOTR Collector's DVD Gift Box Set Images
4/19/02, 7:53 pm EST - Strider
Super Ringer Spy Trueogre
has managed to score some images of the packaging for the various Special Edition Fellowship of the Ring DVD sets that will be released on November 12th. Check out these beautiful images to make the wait until November seem that much longer. [More
Hall Of Fire Chats For April 20th & 21st
4/19/02, 7:15 pm EST - Strider
Going into Fellowship of the Ring, fans always wondered how Peter Jackson would manage to, in the space of just three hours, do every character justice and suitably introduce them into the story so as to make their role and identity apparent to non-fans of the movie. This weekend the Hall of Fire crew are discussing your expectations for The Two Towers
, specifically with regards to character development and scene portrayal. [More
U of P To Play Meij's LOTR
4/19/02, 5:19 pm EST - Xoanon
Ryan writes: The University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble will perform Johan de Meij's symphony of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings on Saturday, April 20 at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 (or two for $5 with a University of Pennsylvania student ID) at the box office. Location: Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA. For more information, call (215) 898-3900.
FOTR #10 on Top-Grossing Films List
4/19/02, 2:52 pm EST - Pippin_Took
sends word that The Fellowship of the Ring
is now the 10th top-grossing film of all time according to Box Office Mojo
LOTR Film And More Running For Hugo Awards
4/19/02, 12:35 pm EST - Tehanu
The nominations for the prestigious 2002 Hugo awards have been announced, and three Tolkien-related things are in the running! [More
SHOP: Orc Warrior Toys
4/19/02, 12:25 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Ed
sends along some new pics of a single Orc warrior he found at his local toy store. [More
Media Watch: Premiere Magazine
4/19/02, 12:07 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: The May 2002 issue of "Premiere" has an article titled "The Power 100" listing Hollywood's most powerful people. The artwork for the article is all in the style of Middle Earth. There's a fold-out map of "The Reel World" made to resemble Tolkien's map of Middle Earth, and various listees are depicted like characters from LOTR. [More
LOTR Soundtrack for Piano and Voice
4/19/02, 11:43 am EST - Tehanu
Miss Took reviews the Warner Brothers piano/vocal arrangement of the LOTR soundtrack music. [More
Cate Blanchett in Dublin.
4/19/02, 11:23 am EST - Tehanu
News from somebody who had the good luck to be on the Veronica Guerin film set with Cate [Galadriel] in Dublin. [More
Viggo Mortensen Booksigning in NY
4/19/02, 11:03 am EST - Tehanu
CG wrote in to remind NY Ringers that Viggo Mortensen is going to be signing copies of his book, "Signlanguage" at the International Center of Photography in New York City on Friday, that's today, from 6-8pm. The Center is located on 6th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Street."
News for Apr. 18, 2002
DVD For Cheap!
4/18/02, 8:31 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I just thought I'd let you know that my favorite online DVD seller is now listing Fellowship of the Ring for pre-order. It is the least expensive price for the DVD that I have seen yet and they always have free shipping. However, they only carry region 1 DVD's, but that still covers a lot of territory. TORN visitors may be interested in this. [More
More on "Riding the Laddie"
4/18/02, 3:23 pm EST - Tehanu
Yahoo news reports that the new horror film "Riding the Ladde" involving Christopher Lee and Sean Astin is not a remake of the cult classic "The Wicker Man." [More
Thanks to William for the link.
LOTR film hacked to bits in India.
4/18/02, 3:14 pm EST - Tehanu
I've been puzzled why India, a country steeped in the love of fantasy and tale-telling, wouldn't enjoy the LOTR film. Reportedly, audiences there are having trouble 'getting it.' Well try removing half an hour of the plot and just leaving the fight scenes intact and you might begin to understand why. [More
TTT: Bernard Hill Talks Theoden
4/18/02, 2:24 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I spoke with Bernard Hill
) at the Scorpion King premiere tonight. He plays a scientist experimenting with gunpowder in the film, who comes to the aid of the Rock. !Mini Spoilers!
Vote For Figwit On MTV
4/18/02, 1:42 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: MTV are allowing members of the general public to nominate for three movie awards: Best line, best cameo and best dressed. To support the Figwit Lives campaign, I am suggesting voting for Figwit as best cameo. [More
Sean Astin Joins Chris Lee
4/18/02, 1:38 pm EST - Xoanon
reports that Sean Astin
) will join Christopher Lee
) in 'Riding the Laddie', a supernatural thriller.
Glass Hammer Video Shoot Info
4/18/02, 1:29 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: The halfling spies at Sound Resources got their hands on a few images from Glass Hammer's upcoming "Mirkwood" video in which an Elven Queen sings to a little girl who has strayed from the path in an enchanted forest. Check the group's website at www.glasshammer.com
to see the clips and to find out more about the upcoming video release.
Media Watch: Vanity Fair
4/18/02, 1:27 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Albertine
sends along this scan from 'Vanity Fair' Magazine with a great photo spread and article about Cate BLanchett (Galadriel
Sir, Would You Like Peanuts? A Pillow? LOTR:FOTR?
4/18/02, 11:45 am EST - Xoanon
Simon writes: I work in the airline biz, and I just wanted to let any fans know that if you're going on holiday during May there's a good chance you'll get to see FOTR in-flgiht, as it is available to airlines from May 1. Sure, it won't be the same on a tiny screen, but what better way to pass the time on a long flight!
Live In Oz? Wanna Meet Andrew Lesnie?
4/18/02, 11:41 am EST - Xoanon
The Australian Cinematographers Society is holding a very special evening with Oscar winner (and all around good guy who can take jokes and doesn't hate TORN) Andrew Lesnie! Click here for more info! [More
Ben Stein Loses His Money
4/18/02, 11:34 am EST - Xoanon
Peter writes: I just watched 'Win Ben Stein's Money' on Comedy Central. One of the questions was "Who was played Frodo in the 2001 Blockbuster The Lord of the Rings." Ben Stein missed the question and lost to the constestant 7 to 3.
Dork Tower Goofs Fanboys
4/18/02, 11:31 am EST - Xoanon
...and girls of course, check out the latest strip from 'Dork Tower', sound familliar to anyone? [More
News for Apr. 17, 2002
Spring Green Books!
4/17/02, 2:20 pm EST - Quickbeam
Happy Equinox (a little late)! Enjoy the many new Green Books
articles for April:
• Anwyn’s Counterpoint recalls the amazing TORN Oscar Party, inviting all you readers to send in your opinions.
• Is the movie phenomenon causing a rift among Tolkien fans? I’m Out on a Limb again as I take on all the grouches who really hated PJ’s movie adaptation.
• Enjoy a ton of stuff in Tookish’s Ticklers humor section. Here at TORN, puns never die.
• Moon Letters is blazing with new Tolkien-inspired poems and stories. Keep sending your best -- but please note the Guidelines.
• We have 20 brilliant new Questions & Answers, including:
1. What if you died while wearing the Ring?
2. How did Gandalf get a new staff?!
3. How do the Orcs propagate?
4. What missing history of the Dúnedain?
5. What did Dol Guldur really look like?
6. And of course the "The LEGOLAS Files" – a special compendium with everything you want to know about Orly’s character!
• Be sure to browse our Most Frequently Asked Questions.
• Our new Special Guests include a fantastic look at Tolkien’s experiences during World War I, and the absolute final word on the Balrog wings debate!
Come join the most spirited fan forum in the world as we explore the WORDS and WORLDS of Tolkien.
Much too hasty,
Conquest of Weathertop
4/17/02, 2:14 pm EST - Tehanu
Ringer spy KiwiSamFan had an incredible stroke of luck while she was looking for the location where Weathertop was filmed - she got to climb it! [More
National Geographic DVD renting now
4/17/02, 1:47 pm EST - Tehanu
Tinuviel wrote to say that the Nat. Geo DVD on the background to Tolkien's LOTR can now be rented. She got it through Netflix.com. It's highly recommended by everyone who's seen it including me.
Deluxe LOTR boardgame
4/17/02, 1:39 pm EST - Tehanu
UK Ringers can enter a competition to win a deluxe limited-edition LOTR boardgame [More
LOTR in Bombay
4/17/02, 1:28 pm EST - Tehanu
Tunali in Bombay reckons that people would have got more of the plot if they'd stopped talking and listened to the dialogue. [More
Sean Bean's Birthday!
4/17/02, 12:24 pm EST - Xoanon
Today is Sean Bean's (Boromir) birthday! Sean was born Shaun Mark Bean on 17 April 1959, in Sheffield, England. That makes him 43 today, happy birthday Sean!
4/17/02, 12:13 pm EST - Xoanon
Now the NZ press is taking an interest, The Dominion ran an article on everyones favorite extra whom we call Figwit. Plus you can check out a website with info on his band, and even listen to samples! [More
] [The Black Seeds
Csokas To Enter 'Timeline'
4/17/02, 12:02 pm EST - Xoanon
: Kiwi actor Marton Csokas
), who stars in the upcoming indie pic "Rain," has been cast as a villain in Paramount's "Timeline." Richard Donner is directing the adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel. Csokas, who got his start on the New Zealand sudser "Shortland Street," has two other gigs in the can: Revolution's "XXX" and Fox Searchlight's "Garage Days."
News for Apr. 16, 2002
More FM Talks Figwit...To Figwit
4/16/02, 5:59 pm EST - Xoanon
Well, this is certainly taking on a life of it's own. Here I am sitting at my computer when I get a message saying that the one and only Figwit will be on MOREFM radio in Wellington. The interview basically mentions the entire figwit phenom, and how the actor himself feels about it. Odd...Odd indeed. [More
] [Figwit Lives
SHOP: Elrond Action Figure Pics
4/16/02, 12:56 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Here are some quick snaps of the new Elrond
action figure. With around 15 points of articulation, I think he is one of the most poseable LOTR figures so far (I'm SO going to get mine today, this thing looks so cool! -Xo). [More
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
4/16/02, 12:33 pm EST - Xoanon
After 18 months filming "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the work isn't over for Liv Tyler
) just yet. [More
The Utter Coolness Of Filmmmaking
4/16/02, 12:22 pm EST - Xoanon
Well, more like visual effects and the movie magic side, but I've got to show you guys these 4 amazing pictures from hatchFX website. They show all the work put into the very very VERY short 'scouring of the shire' scene in which we see Sam
and Rosie along with the rest of Hobbiton being opressed. This scene is shown in the film when Frodo
looks into the mirror of Galadriel
and sees things that may come to pass. HatchFX has 4 different shots of the same scene, each with a new element added, from concept art to matt painting to miniatures and then the actors. Take a look! [More
'Off The Mark' Hits The Mark
4/16/02, 12:13 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Talena
sends along the cartoon 'Off The Mark' with a Tolkien related theme. [More
Figwit more than just Lives....
4/16/02, 2:12 am EST - Tehanu
The Figwit phenomenon has taken on a frightening independent life of its own. Kind of like that guy 'Wedge' in Star Wars, who's such a sweetheart even though he only has, what, two lines? More gorgeous though. Anyway, [Figwit Lives
and has updated.
News for Apr. 15, 2002
SHOP: Cool New Games Workshop Figurines!
4/15/02, 5:58 pm EST - Xoanon
sends along these great new Games Workshop figurine images! Included are Sauron, Arwen on horseback, Boromir on horseback, Elendil, the new Cave Troll with it's spear. [More
Armageddon Expo Report
4/15/02, 5:43 pm EST - Xoanon
sends along her report from the Armageddon Expo in New Zealand. [More
Sean Astin in school.
4/15/02, 4:44 pm EST - Tehanu
Sean Astin was part of a 'Creative Coalition' effort visiting high schools in the LA area. He joined other to lead discussions on youth issues and pushed the 'Stay in School' message. [More
] We had another report on this recently but this one has more interesting stuff. Thanks to Capotica for the link.
"The Fellowship of Viggo"
4/15/02, 4:19 pm EST - Tehanu
This is a journal webpage that tells of the journey of Germany and Sotnos, two fans who drove for days across the desert to see Viggo Mortensen's 'Sign Language' exhibition in Santa Monica. They got to meet him too! Great story and photos. [More
] Thanks to dsaaber for the link.
Online courses on LOTR
4/15/02, 3:57 pm EST - Tehanu
Helen from England wrote to remind us that Barnes and Noble are still offering their free online course on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. [More
TTT Countdown Clock
4/15/02, 3:34 pm EST - Tehanu
Here's a countdown clock for The Two Towers that you can download onto your computer. [Clock
GAMING: PC vs Console...
4/15/02, 3:30 pm EST - Berendir
Having trouble choosing between a PC or a console for your LOTR gaming fun? Following Decipher's RPG and TCG? Check out the havens for updates. [Gaming Havens
Filmcritic.com criticizes itself.
4/15/02, 3:11 pm EST - Tehanu
Eight film critics from Filmcritic.com attack each other's reviews, including Chris Null's negative review of LOTR [More
] Thanks to "press clippings queen" Lee for the link.
"Pirate Translations" Update.
4/15/02, 2:57 pm EST - Tehanu
There's been some correspondence about whether the outrageously funny translations on certain pirated LOTR DVDs are for real. If you haven't read the infamous Malaysian translation, here's your chance. [More
"Journey through the Ring" site updates.
4/15/02, 1:51 pm EST - Tehanu
This site explores some of the themes and inspirations behind the movies using art theory and criticism. There's now a gallery cafe and some new images are discussed: Galadriel, the Balrog, and Frodo's wound on Weathertop.
Billy Boyd Talks DVD
4/15/02, 1:41 pm EST - Xoanon
) has been talking on his official website about the Oscars and working on the DVD commentary track. (RealAudio
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4/15/02, 1:02 am EST - Xoanon
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Weekend Round Up
4/15/02, 12:43 am EST - Xoanon
Missed all the news this weekend? Well fear not! The weekend round up has all the news you may have not seen on the front page! [More
Weekly Cast Watch
4/15/02, 12:32 am EST - Xoanon
Another great chance to see your favorite LOTR star on the small screen this week! [More
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