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News for Apr. 27, 2003
Rings Rules Oz DVD Awards
4/27/03, 11:55 pm EST - Demosthenes
This snippet of news from early March seems to have slipped past our eagle eyes somehow. On March 7, REGION 4 Magazine and staged the Australian DVD industry's annual Australian DVD Awards. Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring ruled the evening, picking up five awards for categories including; Best Use Of Special Features, Best Audio Commentary, Best Box Set Presentation, Best DVD and Highest Selling DVD 2002. Thanks to Ringer Spy Nessa for the heads up. [More
Media Watch: DVD Monthly Magazine
4/27/03, 11:55 pm EST - Xoanon
The Cheshire Cat
sends along these scans from the May issue of 'DVD Monthly' magazine. Take a look! [More
No ROTK Exhibit in Toronto?
4/27/03, 11:51 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: A rumour was posted on a fan club MBs that Alliance Atlantis is not doing an exhibit for ROTK this year in Toronto as they have done for FOTR and TTT.
More news as soon as TORN can dig it up!
GAMING: Screenshots Galore!
4/27/03, 3:06 am EST - Demosthenes
Wondering if Gandalf will be a playable character in EA's 'Return of the King
'? Dying to see a glimpse of Black Label Games' 'War of the Ring
'? Want to see what Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli will look like in Black Label Games' 'Treason of Isengard
'? Then head on over to Gaming Havens for all the latest news and see for yourself! [Gaming Havens
LA Times - Festival of Books - Day 1
4/27/03, 2:13 am EST - Calisuri
If you live in LA, don't miss out! There is one day left in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and that means one more day to get your hands on TORn's first book, "The People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien!" On Saturday we had 4 of the 5 authors on hand to sign copies of the book, and Sunday we'll have 2 available. Follow the link for some pics from Saturday's festivities. [More
Sala Baker At Swedish Convention
4/27/03, 12:39 am EST - Demosthenes
Ringer Fan Torsten
writes: The Scandinavian Sci-Fi Game & Toy Convention started today (Saturday) in Malmoe, Sweden. It runs until Sunday. Among this year's guests are Sala Baker (Sauron), Ray Park (Darth Maul) and Lou Ferrigno (Hulk). Sala Baker was very nice to the fans, and he happily wrote down his autograph. My friend Emil had Sala pose with his newly acquired ring replica, which made Emil very happy.
Lucky Swedes! - Dem.
Towers Goes Second Hand
4/27/03, 12:08 am EST - Demosthenes
Ringer Fan LoTRFan1432 writes that Two Towers is playing at the St. Charles (IL) Arcada theatre (a second-hand movie theatre). So if you've been waiting to see the film on the cheap, perhaps now is the time to start checking around those small independent theatres near you!
Update: For the terminally curious, Two Towers was down to 324 theatres across the USA on the weekend of April 18-20. That's down from a peak of 3,622 last year!
News for Apr. 26, 2003
John Howe Website Update
4/26/03, 11:59 pm EST - Demosthenes
Tolkien Illustrator John Howe's got a new journal entry up at his site. He geeks plentifully about maps. Since I've been working on the map of Numenor, it occured to me how much maps shape our lives ...
Middle-Earth - Talk About Diversity!
4/26/03, 11:53 pm EST - Demosthenes
The State News
reports that a new class about author J.R.R. Tolkien is aiming to expose Michigan State University students to a different kind of diversity. "You've got elves, you've got dwarves, you've got men, you've got wizards, and Gandalf - whatever he is," said John Rauk, chairman of the Department of Romance and Classical Languages. "Talk about diversity." Thanks to Ringer Fan Jeff for the heads up. [More
Media Watch: Hugo Back To The Matrix
4/26/03, 11:41 pm EST - Demosthenes
Ringer Spy Arwenelf let us know that Empire has just released its June 2003 issue - devoted almost entirely to Matrix Reloaded. Just like Two Towers last year, it's a multiple cover edition, and one of the covers features none other than Agent Elrond himself - Hugo Weaving.
RoTK Length - A Bit Of Detective Work
4/26/03, 11:20 pm EST - Demosthenes
Ringer Fan Peter writes in about an article
we posted regarding Howard Shore's take on the rough cut of RoTK. he does a little bit of maths, extrapolating Shore's comments and the conclusions are very interesting. [More
News for Apr. 25, 2003
Hall of Fire Chats This Weekend
4/25/03, 9:25 pm EST - Demosthenes
Ents - the Onodrim - are among the oldest of living creatures. But how much do we really know about these creations of the Vala Yavanna and the trees that they care for? Whatever happened to the huge forests of old, and how did the Ents come to be isolated in Fangorn Forest? Were they too passive in protecting their charges - and neglectful of the Entwives - dooming themselves to eventual extinction in the process? [More
Festival of Books is Tomorrow!
4/25/03, 2:50 pm EST - Calisuri
LA Ringers: Don't forget to visit the TheOneRing.net booth(#155) at the Los Angeles Times - Festival of Books, this Saturday and Sunday! We will have 4 out of the 5 authors to sign copies of TORn's first book, "The People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien
." And yes, as with all TORn events, we'll be giving away some GREAT prizes. So don't miss out! See you tomorrow. [More
Orlando is Done? + Serkis' MTV Speech News
4/25/03, 2:30 pm EST - Xoanon
posted these two interesting bits of news. Apparently Orlando Bloom
) has completed his work as Legolas
(sadly for the last time), and Andy Serkis
) has recorded a rather interesting acceptance speech for his possible win at the MTV
movie awards. [More
LOTR Costumes Head Back to Middle-earth
4/25/03, 2:19 pm EST - Xoanon
sends along some interesting news regarding some LOTR costumes being shipped back to NZ after spending many months in LA (one wonders if the costumes developed a 'diva' attitude, being so close to Hollywood. Could they now be demanding bigger closets and only the best hangers?...stranger
things have happened) [More
Media Watch: The Vancouver Province
4/25/03, 2:08 pm EST - Xoanon
sends along this article from 'The Province' newspaper about an improv comedy team's LOTR spoof. [More
Michigan State University Goes Geek
4/25/03, 1:04 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: 'MSU' is offering a new class next Fall, specificly about the works of JRR Tolkien. [More
Dominic Monaghan Gets 'Spiv'-y
4/25/03, 12:59 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Dominic Monaghan
) is starring in a film called "spivs" which is shooting at the moment in England, according to the official film site: "Spivs also stars Dominic Monaghan, who was in Lord of the Rings as Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck, one of the Hobbits, who travels with the film's star, Frodo"
McKellen Attends 'X2' UK Premiere
4/25/03, 11:39 am EST - Xoanon
) and his fellow 'X2' castmates recently gathered in the UK for the 'X2' premiere. Take a look at some great pics of Ian. [More
Wood's 'Seventeen' Title Changed & TV Debut
4/25/03, 11:18 am EST - Xoanon
Two interesting bits of news in one article. Seems the Elijah Wood
indie film 'Try Seventeen' has had a name change to 'All I Want' and it will be making it's debut on the new Starz! channel 'Starz! Cinema'. [More
News for Apr. 24, 2003
Shore Loves Final Rings Film
4/24/03, 11:52 pm EST - Demosthenes
Canadian newspaper, The Province, reports that Howard Shore has had an advance peek at a rough cut of the film and is already suggesting that director Peter Jackson has created a masterpiece. "I can tell you that having seen The Return of the King, it is a great film," says Shore. "It is amazing." Thanks to Ringer Spy WeeTanya for the head up! [More
Chicago Fellowship At Marquette Archives
4/24/03, 11:42 pm EST - Demosthenes
The Chicago Fellowship visited the Tolkien Archives at Marquette last month. This is a report from Ringer Spy Jocelyn. [More
Bruce Hopkins Chat Transcript
4/24/03, 7:43 pm EST - Demosthenes
Ringer Fan WeeTanya
writes that Bruce-Hopkins.com
has posted a transcript of his chat from the Official Fan Club's Prancing Pony Inn. There's some great stories about his experiences filming at Helm's Deep. [More
Towers And Fellowship Double Feature In Oz!
4/24/03, 7:18 pm EST - Demosthenes
Ringer Fan Lolly
writes: Some Greater Union Cinemas in Australia will be screening Fellowship of the Ring and Two Towers during May as a double feature. Unfortunately, not one of the participating cinemas are anywhere me (typical!), but I thought I'd share the news anyway. [More
New Game from Black Label
4/24/03, 3:55 pm EST - Calisuri
Black Label Games has just announced their latest video game: 'The Lord of the Rings: The Treason of Isengard
.' The Gaming Havens staff are getting details right now, and will be post on it soon! Check Gaming Havens for regular updates on this and other Tolkien related games. [Gaming Havens
Actor Sir Ian set for panto role
4/24/03, 2:35 pm EST - Xoanon
is set to turn from a sir to a dame for his latest stage role - as Widow Twanky in Aladdin. The Lord of the Rings star has always harboured an ambition to play a pantomime dame. [More
Is the Original Matrix better than TTT?
4/24/03, 1:44 pm EST - Calisuri
IGN.com is asking 'Which one is your favorite movie out of this batch..' and among the options are The Two Towers, SW Ep II, The Matrix and others. Right now, the original Matrix is winning. If you can stand the excessively annoying adverts on IGN (Gotta love those full screen forced ads, pop-ups, pop-unders, pop-ins, pop-i'm-going-to-go-insane), go over and cast your vote! [More
Media Watch: Total Film Magazine's June 2003 Issue
4/24/03, 1:00 pm EST - Xoanon
sends along these scans from the June 2003 issue of Total Magazine with Hugo Weaving
) on the cover and a small section about 'The Return of the King'. [More
Billy Boyd Talks To The BBC
4/24/03, 10:28 am EST - Xoanon
from the BBC Online writes: I am just writing to let you know that we have just posted a new Billy Boyd
) interview on BBC News Online. All the questions are from readers, and we have included a link to your site. [More
Media Watch: Orlando Q&A in Disney Adventures! Magazine
4/24/03, 10:25 am EST - Xoanon
writes: Disney Adventures! Magazine has just published and interview with Orlando Bloom
) on both his Hollywood debuts (Lord of the Rings and upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean). [More
TV Watch: Emerald Took Talks 'Middle-earth Cooking'
4/24/03, 9:53 am EST - Xoanon
writes: I just wanted to let you know that Emerald Took (who partied with us in Toronto
) will be on The Lynne Hayes-Freeland Show talking about "Regional Cooking From Middle-earth: Recipes of the Third Age"
. Saturday, April 26th - Ch. UPN @ 9 a.m. EDT or Sunday, April 27th - Ch. 2 (KDKA Pittsburgh) @ 6:30 a.m. EDT.
RoTK Tidbit We Missed Months Ago?
4/24/03, 2:05 am EST - Calisuri
Ringer BeastyBunny sends us a small clip from the pre-TTT documentary 'Return to Middle-earth.' In the two screen captures from the clip, you'll see Eowyn pleading with Aragorn. Where might this take place? ROTK? TTT Extended? Check it out! [More
News for Apr. 23, 2003
The Elf Fantasy Fair is Coming!
4/23/03, 3:50 pm EST - leo
The LA Bookfair won't be the only cool event this weekend because in Holland it'll be two days of general Fantasy-goodness during the Elf Fantasy Fair
! A great host of special guests such as Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, Brian and Wendy Froud and many, many more will come down for what is said to be Europe's biggest fantasy-event. Lord of the Rings-fans should definitely try to attend, because none other then legendary Tolkien-illustrator Ted Nasmith
, actor Bruce Hopkins
) and 'The Uncharted Realms of Tolkien'-author Alex Lewis
will be in attendance! For more information about this very interesting event check Dutch community-website TheFellowship.nl
More On Weaving's New Movie
4/23/03, 3:26 pm EST - leo
has been busy Down Under shooting for his upcoming film Peaches. Ringer Spy WebDog sent in the following, short, article from 'The Courier' about a location for the film. [More
Karl Urban & Bruce Hopkins Appearance
4/23/03, 3:11 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Karl Urban
) & Bruce Hopkins
) were sighted recently (via Scoop
) at an Air New Zealand press conference. There are also some extremely cute pictures of these two playing with airplanes, [More
WETA is Hiring!
4/23/03, 3:04 pm EST - leo
Digital, part of Special and Visual Effects Studio WETA
Ltd. is looking for new faces to help them out on work for The Return of the King, check out their openings and follow the instructions here
! However, keep in mind that WETA
only needs the best, so there's no point in applying if you are not qualified
. This is important because, well, we don't want under-qualified people ruining our ROTK-experience, hehehe...
LOTR Cast at UK Events!
4/23/03, 2:52 pm EST - leo
Ringer Spy and all around nice guy Irascian
emailed us some information about two upcoming events in the UK that will feature some Lord of the Rings-cast: Collectormania 3 (I wish I could be there) and a Q&A with Sir Ian McKellen
Media Watch: YM Magazine Talks Orlando in 'Pirates'
4/23/03, 2:45 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Orlando Bloom
) is featured in the June issue of YM magazine. [More
SHOP: Sideshow/Weta Collectibles Update
4/23/03, 2:22 pm EST - Calisuri
Some small updates from Sideshow/Weta Collectibles
today. First, you can now pre-order 'The Dilemmas of Smeagol
' medallion, the first Gollum related piece from Sideshow/Weta to date. Secondly, if you didn't know, Sideshow/Weta has a European Union warehouse to accommodate EU customers who don't want to pay the HUGE shipping costs from the US. They just added a bunch of new LOTR related product to that warehouse, including Two Towers Figures
, as well as the 'Escape' plaque
, 'No Admittance' bookends
, and weapon sets
. [EU Warehouse
TORN at the LA Bookfair
4/23/03, 12:11 pm EST - Xoanon
Join us in booth #155 in Wilson Plaza for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this Saturday April 26th, and Sunday April 17th!
TORn will be selling "The People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien" as well as some Sideshow/Weta busts, medallions and statues. If you missed out on getting your "Two Towers: One Party" t-shirt, the Festival of Books will be your last chance to buy one -- at a discount! We'll also be selling copies of "The Lord of the Rings" as well as those amazing Antioch bookmarks.
Greenbooks contributors and authors of TORn's "People's Guide" will be on hand to autograph your copy of the book. Author signing times will be:
Saturday - 11am to 1pm and from 3pm to 5pm - Meet Tehanu, Anwyn and Quickbeam
Sunday - 11am to 1pm and from 3pm to 4pm - Meet Ostadan and Quickbeam
Each purchase earns you a raffle ticket - raffles will be drawn hourly. Come down and support TORn, meet your favorite authors and have a great day at UCLA! For more detailed information click here. [More]
Book Magazine Lists 50 Top Adventure Books
4/23/03, 12:07 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: CNN reports that Book magazine is publishing their 50 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time. CNN published the first 5 on their site, none of which are LoTR. Here's hoping we're in the top 50 when the magazine comes out! [More
'Animation World' Magazine Talks LOTR FX
4/23/03, 12:05 pm EST - Xoanon
From the Animation World
website: The March Acrobat issue of Animation World Magazine is now online! In this issue, check out tomorrow's technology. Greg Singer reports on Weta Ltd. bringing to life The Lord of the Rings trilogy with work that is blowing the industry away and garnering awards at every turn. (Adobe Reader
TV Watch: Wood on 'Glick'
4/23/03, 12:03 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I saw on Yahoo news that Elijah Wood
) will be appearing this season on Martin Shorts "Primetime Glick" on Comedy Central. No date was given for his appearance, but the season starts on April 30.
Sean Astin's 'Angel' To Hit Oz TV
4/23/03, 12:01 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: According to the TV guide Sean Astin
's Angel episode will be shown on channel 7 on tuesday 29th April. I suppose people should check their local guides!
TV Watch: Cate Blanchett featured on Bravo Profiles
4/23/03, 11:59 am EST - Xoanon
writes: I just wanted to let you know that Cate Blanchett
) was featured on Bravo Profiles on Bravo (April 22nd). It was a great hour long documentary that examined the roles she has chosen thus far in her career.
News for Apr. 22, 2003
TORN DIGITAL: Chapter XI: Sean Astin at the DGA's
4/22/03, 3:41 pm EST - Xoanon
TheOneRing.net went to the Director's Guild of America Awards ceremony recently where Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett and Peter Jackson attended. Quickbeam caught up with Sean and asked him a few questions. Meanwhile PJ answered a few more at the press room for the event. Sean turns the mic around and begins to interview Cliff..and Martin Scorsese even stops by to see what the fuss is all about! Be sure to catch Sean's 'TORN song' at the beginning of the video! Produced by Asfaloth. (QuickTime required) [More]
TTT Extended DVD Score Info
4/22/03, 3:23 pm EST - leo
Ringer Spy Legessa emailed us a small bit of info on the extra bits of music Howard Shore recorded for the Extended DVD!
'Hi, I have a friend who is pianist with the orchestra who have just finished recording the music for TT extended DVD! She was unable to tell me much, but she did say that there was one cue featuring the 5/4 rythm which seems to be a theme tune almost for Isengard, so maybe we'll get more of the flooding etc - who knows!'
Media Watch: Radio Times talks McKellen
4/22/03, 3:00 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Thought you might like to have a quick scan I did from next week's Radio Times (UK) featuring Sir Ian McKellen
) in Barry Norman's weekly column. It ties in with the re-showing of Fellowship of the Ring on Sky Box Office. [More
Media Watch: Empire Magazine talks to Hugo Weaving
4/22/03, 2:48 pm EST - Xoanon
The Cheshire Cat
writes: The latest edition of UKs Empire Magazine (June 2003) has a full page article on our friend Hugo Weaving
(elrond). It is mostly concerned with the new Matrix films, but still makes interesting reading never-the-less. [More
Lee Joins 'Crimson Rivers' Sequel
4/22/03, 2:35 pm EST - Xoanon
sends along news that Christopher Lee
) has joined the cast of 'Crimson Rivers 2'. [More
Chess Master Kasparov Talks Tolkien
4/22/03, 12:36 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Wanted to pass along this link to an interview with chess Grand Master Garry Kasparov - on his 40th birthday, Kasparov holds forth on a plethora of topics including his love of Tolkien, and his views on good and evil. "As a big fan of Tolkein I believe that there is absolute evil but there is no absolute good in this world. The Lord of the Rings is about this simple truth..."
TTT Crosses 900 Million Landmark
4/22/03, 12:34 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Just want to let you know that according to Box Office Mojo
(and Access Hollywood last night), The Two Towers has crossed the $900 Million (Worldwide) mark!
Media Watch: Landscape Architecture Magazine
4/22/03, 12:29 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: The latest issue of the magazine Landscape Architecture has a 4-page feature about that discusses various aspects of Peter Jackson
ís project including the construction of the Hobbiton set and the Ďeco-ethicsí of Tolkienís Middle Earth.
Anyone with scans, send them along!
Viggo Mortensen; The Hermit
4/22/03, 12:27 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: Viggo Mortensen
) is in this weeks US Weekly. He is named one of Hollywood's hermits. I belive they called him the inside/outside hermit.
News for Apr. 21, 2003
TTT DVD Announcement, Video and Screencaps!! *UPDATE*
4/21/03, 6:16 pm EST - Tookish
Ringer Spy Sylvan sent in this EXCLUSIVE! selection of fantastic high-resolution wallpapers for the Two Towers theatrical DVD release - as well as the DVD and VHS artwork! You'll get a sneak peak at our as-yet unannounced new and improved Scrapbook as well! [More]
Bonus! Ringer Spy Sparrks sent in these fabulous top-quality menu screencaps from the theatrical DVD of the Two Towers.... even [More!]
Update: Also courtesy of Ringer Spy Sylvan, we got our paws on this 30-second TV spot that will be promoting the theatrical DVD release. It's encoded in Quicktime, so take a look! [More]
*UPDATE* Our good friends at LightsOutEntertainment have posted even more goodies relating to the August releast of the TTT DVD! Check out some clips of the DVD menu screens in action! [More]
*Correction* Insider sources tell us, 'that the 30 sec. TV spot listed on your site isnít made for TV. It was created only for the CD-ROM.' Thanks for that info :)
LotR: TTT DVD Preorder Announcement
4/21/03, 3:47 pm EST - Tookish
Reports are flooding in from hyperventilating Ringers around the world that the official LotR website has announced that on May 9th they will be taking preorders for what looks like the theatrical version of The Two Towers DVD. This two-disc offering packs behind the scenes features, a ten minute RotK preview, and more! [More
The TORn Book - Waiting Almost Over!
4/21/03, 11:37 am EST - Demosthenes
For anybody waiting with bated breath for the release of TORnís book, The Peopleís Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien
, edited by Tehanu, written by Tehanu, Quickbeam, Anwyn, Turgon, and Ostadan, your wait will not be much longer. We donít have an exact date, but we expect the book to be shipping from Amazon and other sources within just a few weeks. [More
][Pre-Order The People's Guide today!]
David Wenham Nabs 'Green Room' Nomination
4/21/03, 10:42 am EST - Xoanon
writes: David Wenham
) picked up a Green Room Award nomination for his role in the theatre production "True West" - winners will be announced on May 25, 2003. [More
Miranda Otto Nabs 'Mo' Award Nomination
4/21/03, 10:39 am EST - Xoanon
writes: Miranda Otto
) picked up another nomination for her role in A Doll's House - this time at the Mo Awards for Female Actor in a Play of the Year. The awards will be handed out June 16. [More
Lord of the Rings in classical favourites top 10
4/21/03, 10:36 am EST - Xoanon
Music from the hit film The Lord Of The Rings has beaten works by Holst, Grieg and Dvorak to make it into the top 10 of classical music buffs' favourites. Howard Shore's compositions are ranked ninth in the annual Hall of Fame compiled from the votes of quarter of a million Classic FM listeners. [More
Orlando Bloom and Cosmo Girl
4/21/03, 4:49 am EST - leo
More stuff for Orlando-fans to get excited over. According to Laura
he got ranked third in the May edition of Cosmo Girl's "10 Biggest Players in Hollywood". And of course their website needs a poll to accompany that. You can head over there to vote for Orlando as 'Sexiest Man on the Earth'. [More
Shop: The Two Towers Songbook Available
4/21/03, 4:39 am EST - leo
writes: For the musically interested, the songbook for The Two Towers seems to have appeared now! The first one was really great with great pictures too!
If the link doesn't work, use the search option on their frontpage and look for 'The Two Towers'.
The Hobbit Stage Play in Ireland
4/21/03, 4:24 am EST - leo
Ringer Spy Lisa
emailed us to say that there's a 'The Hobbit' play in Cork, Ireland this week. The play runs from tuesday 'till saturday in the Cork Opera House. Check it out if you are in the area! [More
4/21/03, 12:35 am EST - Xoanon
Missed all the news this weekend? Well fear not! Follow this handy little link for all the news from this past holiday weekend!! [More
Get TheOneRing.net Newsletter Today!
4/21/03, 12:30 am EST - Xoanon
The latest newsletter is ready to go! Do you want to receive our free weekly newsletter? Packed with tons of info to keep you up to date on the latest? Plus filled with exclusives from time to time! Join the crowd of over 15 400
mailing list members! Sign up now! [More
Oh My! We Forgot About Andy!
4/21/03, 12:18 am EST - Xoanon
With all the Easter celebrations and whatnot, we almost forgot Andy Serkis' birthday! Andy was born on 20 April 1964 in Ruslip Manor, London. That makes him 39 today! Happy Birthday Andy!
New Cast Projects
4/21/03, 12:15 am EST - Xoanon
) tries to reach 'The Day After Tomorrow' and takes a swim to 'Large's Ark', Marton Csokas
) takes part in 'The Great Raid', while Hugo Weaving
) sinks his teeth into 'Peaches'. David Wenham
) decides he's 'Gettin' Square' while Cate Blanchett
) looks for 'The Missing' and John Rhys-Davies
) hooks up with 'La Femme Musketeer'. [More
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