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April 19, 2000 - April 25, 2000

News for Apr. 25, 2000

Live Chat with Editor in Chief of Cinescape Magazine!

4/25/00, 14:48 EST - Xoanon

Thursday, April 27 mark our latest 'TheOneRing.net Live Net Event' with Cinescape Magazine Editor in Chief Steve Hockensmith!

Ask him your movie, magazine or publishing questions! What does he have planed as far as LOTR coverage? Be at Barliman's on this Thursday, April 27th at 8 PM EST

Last Alliance, Close-up

4/25/00, 12:29 EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy DB sends in an edited version of one of our exclusive snapshots from Tongariro National Park (see article below), but this time, you can see some of these extras up-close! [More]


Last Alliance Set Report

4/25/00, 00:59 EST - Calisuri

Tehanu and Thorongil have sent in a wonderful set report. Check out this latest article in the NZ Exclusives section. [ NZ Exclusives ]


ImagineCon 2000: Final Report

4/25/00, 00:54 EST - Calisuri

After sorting through many images and trying to piece together the excitement of ImagineCon, we finally have our last report online. [ Imagine Con Days 3 and 4 ]

News for Apr. 24, 2000

Stunt Man Speaks

4/24/00, 20:53 EST - Xoanon

From: Vassall

BBc World Service had a feature on risktaking in one of their segments rebroadcast by Australia's ABC News
Radio. In the course of the programme they interviewed a stuntman, Kieron Shah, who is currently working on
LOTR. He was very coy about details but managed to imply that he wears a lot of body padding and that some of the things he is called upon to do are very dangerous.

'The Hobbit' Stage Play Poster

4/24/00, 18:50 EST - Xoanon

From: lemonsterinc

Click to enlarge

Attached is a copy of an announcement for a stage version of "The Hobbit" for all the Ringers in the UK. The play will be at the Theatre Royal in Bath, England from 30 May to 3 June. Of course, being the obsessed fan that I am (with only a 2 minute trailer to help me through the next 20 months), this will be short term fix to bridge the gap to the next trailer hopefully coming out this summer.

Gandalf costume sold seperately..

4/24/00, 18:26 EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Resevoir Dog sends in the Ian McKellen (Gandalf) action figure :) Ian, we never knew you were so fit :)

hmm, his hand is as big as his face...alas

Cast Watch: MAX and ABC

4/24/00, 10:45 EST - Xoanon

You can catch Hugo Weaving (Elrond) in 'The Matrix' on Cinemax [More

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

You can look for Marton Csokas (Celeborn) in the ABC Monday night film 'From Amalgamated Morons to American Icons: The Three Stooges' (hmmm, someone needs to tone it down in the titles department there) tonight at 8 PM EST.

News for Apr. 23, 2000

ImagineCon: Days Three and Four

4/23/00, 08:56 EST - Calisuri

Greetings from ImagineCon 2000!

Look for a full day three and four ImagineCon report on Monday after we get back to our respective homes. Both days have been non-stop excitement, and we haven't had time to upload the 78 pictures we took on Saturday!

News for Apr. 22, 2000

Beware of the Dark...

4/22/00, 14:21 EST - Xoanon

Carcharoth from myprecious.com sends this in hmmmm...

Are we lost?...no we aren't! yes we are!!! [More]

Hall of Fire Today!

4/22/00, 14:13 EST - Xoanon

It looks like Gandalf and Company have concocted something a bit different for next weekend's Hall of Fire chat. This time around we're going to take a character from the story and focus on him in depth.

This week's topic: Frodo Baggins: Hobbit of the Shire

This humble hobbit goes the distance for the Shire and all of Middle-earth. What do you think about him? What characteristics or trademarks of Frodo's do you like? Do you have a favorite Frodo quote or deed? Some people say that this brave hobbit in fact failed his quest; what do you think? How does the journey impact this character's life? Does Frodo have any tragic flaws or an Achilles' heel?

Come share with us this Saturday, April 22, at 5:30 EST [-5 hours GMT] as we analyze the character of Frodo, son of Drogo, hero of Middle-earth. [More]

Cast Watch: Holm on MAX

4/22/00, 14:11 EST - Xoanon

You can catch Ian Holm (Bilbo) in 'Incognito' on Cinemax [More]

Bill Amend Speaks!

4/22/00, 14:08 EST - Xoanon

Foxtrot Cartoonist Bill Amend has responded to my plea for attention! Bill spoke of doing a Q and A session, and possibly more, more details to come.

Meanwhile, you can check out the latest Foxtrot, my precious... [More]

ImagineCon 2000: Day Two

4/22/00, 00:12 EST - Calisuri

Our first full day at ImagineCon was great! Check out the full report to learn about some TORn Fans, Emarthnguarth, TideWater Dragon and The Fandom Menace. [ ImagineCon Day Two ]

News for Apr. 21, 2000

Cast Watch: The Evil Ian McKellen makes an appearance

4/21/00, 23:57 EST - Xoanon

Thoughts while taking this picture: 'I wonder what the weather is like in NZ today...'

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has a rather cool fold out cover with the goodies and the baddies from the new 'X-Men' film. Our very own Ian McKellen (Gandalf), who plays the chief heavy in the film, Magneto, is included as well.

Tolkien Biography

4/21/00, 23:53 EST - Xoanon

From: Fen

Just to let you know, there will be a biography of Professor Tolkien on the cable station Ovation tomorrow (Sat. the 22nd) at 9:00 a.m. Central.

I'd love to see this! I do not get 'Ovation', but if anyone has the gumshoe to slip in a cassette and tape it for me, I'd love to hear from you!

And the Punchline is...

4/21/00, 23:50 EST - Xoanon

click for a full version

Just letting you know our Lord of the Rings punchline contest has ended and we've chosen a winning punchline. We received a record number of entries for our Scifi Cartoon Contest (nearly double the usual amount), showing just how popular Lord of the Rings is online. Here is a small version of the cartoon but you can check out the full version here.

Giving away Viggo's 'Errant Vine'

4/21/00, 23:41 EST - Xoanon

(With a side note to Tehanu or Tookish that we need a new headline writer :))

From: Frosty

I'm giving away a copy of "Errant Vine", a catalog from Viggo Mortensen's (Aragorn) latest show at the Robert Mann Gallery.

Details at the Corner of Viggo Mortensen.


Attention Tolkien Discussion Fans!

4/21/00, 19:07 EST - Tookish

Been to The Hall of Fire chat lately? It's a great place where we host a weekly chat about a specific Tolkien topic. Gandalf and Company have concocted something a bit different for tomorrow's discussion. Our topic is Frodo Baggins: Hobbit of the Shire. For more click here.

Thanks! Hope to see you there. :) Tookish

ImagineCon 2000: Day One Report

4/21/00, 12:01 EST - Xoanon

Hey Folks! Greetings from ImagineCon. If you are interested in seeing how the first day's activities went off, check out the full report!!! [Day One Report]

Dibs on a squishie ball!! - Xoanon

Foxtrot: 5

4/21/00, 11:58 EST - Xoanon

Bill Amend, if you or any of your staff read this Contact Me!!! the fans are dying to talk to you about your LOTR related strips!

Here is the latest drool filled strip for Friday [More]

Could this be true?

4/21/00, 11:45 EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Debbie sends in this report on an amazing Windows '98 CD secret! Check it out! [More]

Media Watch: Maccentral.com

4/21/00, 11:31 EST - Xoanon

'LOTR' preview sees 6.6 million downloads in first week
by Dennis Sellers, dsellers@maccentral.com
April 20, 2000, 7:00 am ET

New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings" preview footage has had a record-breaking one-week total of over 6.6 million downloads since it became available on April 7. However, not all QuickTime fans are happy with the trailer/footage. [More]

LOTR Sword for sale!

4/21/00, 11:23 EST - Xoanon

This I would LOVE (and my birthday is July 18th....mark it down) Check this sword out, available on Ebay. Go and bid! [More]

Frodo on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'

4/21/00, 09:45 EST - Xoanon

Another "Lord of the Rings" question makes it to Who wants to be a Millionaire.

What piece of jewelry did the literary character Frodo Baggins use to become invisible?

A. brooch
B. necklace
C. ring
D. crown

The person got it right by use of a 'Phone a friend'.

Thanks to Randy and all the rest who sent the news in!

Cast Watch: Liv and Viggo and Holm, oh my!

4/21/00, 09:42 EST - Xoanon

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

You can see Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) in 'Psycho' on TMN [More]

Aussie Ringers can also catch Ian Holm (Bilbo) in 'Loch Ness' on Saturday.

News for Apr. 20, 2000

Foxtrot: 4

4/20/00, 10:28 EST - Xoanon

Continuing on his LOTR theme, Bill Amend shows us Ringwraiths, and Orcs and girls! Oh my!

Scene: Set of LOTR

Ringwraith: Mordorrr...

Jason and Marcus: Cool! A Ringwraith!

Orcs: Doom! Doom! Doom!

Jason and Marcus: Cool! An Army of Orcs!

Galadriel: Greetings, friends, I am the lady Galadriel.

Jason and Marcus: aaaaa! A girl called is 'Friends'!

cut to: PJ and an assistant behind the camera, PJ's head in his hands

Assistant: I'm pretty sure we can switch some of that around in editing

Jason and Marcus: Run, Sam, run! Look out for the Gaffer Mr. Frodo, sir!

Click here to view the comic! [More]

Cast Watch: Liv and Miranda on MAX

4/20/00, 09:44 EST - Xoanon

You can catch Liv Tyler (Arwen) in 'Cookie's Fortune' on Cinemax [More]

You can also catch Miranda Otto (Eowyn) in the wonderful 'The Thin Red Line' on Cinemax [More]

Media Watch: The Vancouver Sun

4/20/00, 01:52 EST - Xoanon

The Vancouver Sun
Wednesday, April 19th, 2000


Mike Shahin - Southam Newspapers

WELLINGTON, N.Z. -- Whether the legions of Ring fans around the world are ready or not, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is being turned into a series of three movies.

While New Zealand director Peter Jackson stages Orc battles and Hobbit miracles in the shadows of New Zealand's imposing mountains, the movie's L.A. production company finds itself jousting with the public's desire to know more about the project. [More]

News for Apr. 19, 2000

Foxtrot: Part 3

4/19/00, 17:35 EST - Xoanon

I'm loving this...Foxtrot getting into to 'book vs movie' debate:

Scene: Set of LOTR

Jason and Marcus are lying on the grass, from behind the camera you can hear PJ yell

PJ: Action!

Marcus: I had a funny dream about an hour or two before we stoped mr. Frodo.

Jason: Well, what is it? I haven't seen or heard anything to make me smile since we left Lothlorien.

PJ: Cut! What are you doing? These lines aren't in the script!

Marcus: They're in the book

Jason: We have it memorized

PJ: Somebody get me casting on the phone...

Boys: Couldn't you thank them later? This rope should be made of Elfin Hithlain by the way...

Click here to view! [More]

On the Road Again : ImagineCon

4/19/00, 11:04 EST - Calisuri

A few of us at TheOneRing.net are packing our bags and road-tripping to Virginia Beach, VA for this year's Sci-Fi/Fantasy Convetion ImagineCon! (we should have left an hour ago, but thats besides the point...)

Here is our schedule for this wonderful convention:

Friday 4-6pm - How to design and maintain a fantasy based website (E2 Pavilion)

Saturday 1-3pm - Secrets Revealed About the Lord of the Rings Movie (Rehearsal Hall Pavilion)

If you are in the Virginia area please do stop by and say hello! Corvar, Blasm and myself would love to meet you!

Check out the complete ImagineCon schedule : http://www.imaginecon.com

Next Live chat Event

4/19/00, 10:54 EST - Xoanon

Cinescape Magazine

Thursday, April 27 mark our latest 'TheOneRing.net Live Net Event' with Cinescape Magazine Editor in Chief Steve Hockensmith!

Ask him your movie, magazine or publishing questions! What does he have planed as far as LOTR coverage? Be at Barliman's on April 27th! More news to come!

WETA goes shopping

4/19/00, 10:38 EST - Xoanon

Here is some long-awaited piece of news from WETALand. They finally acquired a film scanner ( a device that is used to scan filmed plates into a computer for further manipulation).

Imagica Corp. ( http://www.imagica.com/ ) (Tokyo, Japan) announced the sale of its Imager XE digital film scanner to Weta Ltd. (Wellington, New Zealand) to assist in the production of director Peter Jackson's film adaptation of "The Lord of The Rings." Jon Labrie, chief technical officer at Weta, reviewed the performance of the XE, praising its speed, image steadiness and digital output quality necessary for production of an estimated 2 million frames of "Rings" VFX imagery. The XE is capable of handling up to 2,000 foot film rolls, with a proprietary film gate transport allowing 16mm, 35mm 4-perf and 8-perf (VistaVision) formats. VistaVision scans are possible up to 4096 x 6144 pixels, with 35mm scans available at 2K, 3K and 4K resolution.

Click here to enlarge

For more on this and other computer jiggery pokery, check out our SFX section! [More]

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