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News for Apr. 28, 2002

Ask Christopher Lee!

4/28/02, 8:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Want to ask Christopher Lee (Saruman) a question?! Now is your chance! Christopher Lee has agreed to answer 20 or so of YOUR questions online!

Simply send an email to xoanon@theonering.net (subject Chris_Lee_Qs) and we will be chosing the best out of the group to pass on to the man himself!!

Click here to send your question to Chris Lee!

Press Conference with Saruman Himself!

4/28/02, 6:50 pm EST - Gamgee

Christopher Lee had a nice press conference at the recent Brussels International Festival of the Fantasy Film. Discussing his roles in both LotR and the Star Wars movies! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

4/28/02, 4:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Here is another great chance to see your favorite LOTR star on the small screen this week! [More]

'Rings' runs foul of actors union

4/28/02, 2:41 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES - America's biggest actors' union, at odds with Hollywood talent agents, is girding for yet another showdown, this time over films such as The Lord of the Rings being recorded outside the United States. [More]

News for Apr. 27, 2002

Technology/NZ And LOTR

4/27/02, 2:47 pm EST - Xoanon

Jamie Selkirk stated his career as a trainee cameraman in the early days of New Zealand TV. Now, as a founding partner of Weta, he’s up to his eyeballs in the Lord of the Rings. He tell us why live TV really was fun, why The Lord of the Rings was impossible (until now) and why it’s a good idea to clone Peter Jackson. [More]

TV Watch: Access Hollywood

4/27/02, 2:37 pm EST - Xoanon

arien writes: On Monday (April 29th), Access Hollywood will run a story on Paul McCartney and the Beatles' LOTR connection. Set those VCR's!

Wenham Play Review

4/27/02, 2:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Peter writes: Thought you might be interested in a review of a play, currently on stage in Melbourne, Australia, starring David Wenham (Faramir). The title of the article is "Spine-tingling drama and acting that's as good as it gets". [More]

Orlando Bloom "Top Twenty-Five"

4/27/02, 11:21 am EST - Tehanu

Ford of Rivendell sent us some Orlando Bloom news from "Full Bloom." They report that Teen People's voted him "one of the top under-25s." Full Bloom's also planning to upload the new Gap commercial that he's in, so you Orli fans, keep an eye on that site! [More]

More Translation Blunders

4/27/02, 11:12 am EST - Tehanu

In Russia there's now at least four different pirated versions of FOTR available, each of them with the dialogue translated differently. Russian site Henneth Annun has compiled the funniest blunders. [More] Thanks to Natalya for the link!

News for Apr. 26, 2002

SHOP: Pippin Took Bust Coupon Offer

4/26/02, 9:01 pm EST - Calisuri

Peregrin Took Bust with CouponSideshow/Weta Collectibles are running a web coupon for the Peregrin Took Bust. Simply use the coupon code PIPPIN when you place your order and you will automatically receive a $5 discount. [More]

Get Well Card for Jeffery Hawkes online.

4/26/02, 4:18 pm EST - Tehanu

Jeffery Hawkes played one of the hobbits at Bilbo's birthday party, and he was also a double for Pippin. About two weeks ago, he had a horrible car/train accident. Skybly has organised an online get-well card that you can sign. [More]

SHOP: Two Towers Books To Pre-Order!

4/26/02, 1:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Distant Angel writes: Amazon have now got a couple more LOTR movie titles listed for pre-order, going right through to May 2003! Check out the list. [More]

Bean's 'Macbeth' Still A Go?

4/26/02, 12:25 pm EST - Xoanon

About a month ago we had word that Sean Bean (Boromir) would be playing Macbeth in the play of the same name, then we heard it was pulled, and now Milton Keynes Theatre Website states 'Bean will take the role of the Shakespearean Legend MACBETH in an Edward Hall directed production'. [More]

NZ Shines In Rings Report

4/26/02, 12:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Kiwi film crews are among the best in the world, a report into the lasting effects of the Lord of the Rings project says. [More]

Another AGIdeas Report

4/26/02, 12:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Bronwyn sends along another, more detailed review of the WETA presentation by Daniel Falconer, take a look! [More]

News for Apr. 25, 2002

John Rhys-Davies at Origins 2002

4/25/02, 10:42 pm EST - Berendir

Thanks to Elrabin for alerting us to John Rhys-Davies being slated to be the 'Celebrity Guest of Honor' at Origins 2002 (a gaming con). [More]

Tribute To Tolkien Elves Screensaver

4/25/02, 9:25 pm EST - Berendir

Our good friends over at Thereandbackagain.net created an amazing screensaver called - Tribute To Tolkien Elves - The perfect way to bring Tolkien to your desktop. [More]

Cannes 2002

4/25/02, 3:48 pm EST - Xoanon

No, Calisuri is not going back to France this time around (if anyone, it's ME! -Xo) but two films being shown do indeed have a LOTR twist to them.

First up is the Andy Serkis (Gollum) film '24 Hour Party People', as well as the David Cronenberg thriller 'Spider', with Academy Award winning composer Howard Shore.

Elvish Love Ring available in UK.

4/25/02, 2:05 pm EST - Tehanu

John wrote, "Just thought I would respond to the 'Elvish love ring' info you posted the other day.. The site you posted the link to is U.S.A. based I think as the price is in dollars?

"For people in Europe/UK, the U.K. site has a 5% discount until the end of April. Hope this helps some people out and saves em some £'s! Here's the link."

Join us in celebrating FOTR's Final Days on Screen!

4/25/02, 1:32 pm EST - Berendir

In the Orange County/Los Angeles Area? Then come on down to the Aliso Viejo Edwards 20 Theater this Sunday [April 28th] and join us for a day of gaming and movie going! [More]

Billy Boyd At I-Con Pics

4/25/02, 10:32 am EST - Xoanon

Ok, here are the last pics from Billy Boyd (Pippin) at I-Con, I promise. Take a look at some of these great shots from Ringer Spy Richard. [More]

SHOP: Aragorn Toy Pics

4/25/02, 10:15 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Ed sends along these images of the long awaited Aragorn action figure. [More]

Sean Bean At The Apollo

4/25/02, 10:01 am EST - Xoanon

Nona from 'The Compleat Sean B' writes: Sean Bean (Boromir) appeared onstage in London yesterday evening (April 24), at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue reading poetry by Philip Larkin. Eleanor Bron, Edward Fox, Simon Williams and Julian Glover also appeared in this benefit for the Red Cross.

SHOP: LOTR Key Chains

4/25/02, 9:56 am EST - Xoanon

Gollumayee writes: I just found this at BasicFun.com, the company makes "Officially Licensed" LOTR keychains: there's a light-up Sting, Bag End Hobbit Hole Viewer (get a hobbit's-eye-view of Gandalf's arrival, woo!) and *gasp* -- the One Ring which "Really Works!". [More]

WETA Presentation At AGideas

4/25/02, 9:50 am EST - Xoanon

Chris writes about a presentation by Weta Workshop's Daniel Falconer at AGideas in Melbourne. Check it out! [More]

News for Apr. 24, 2002

AOL's box office gains help offset ad declines

4/24/02, 8:59 pm EST - Xoanon

AOL Time Warner's revenue and cash flow beat analyst's modest projections in the first quarter, as the strong box office performance of Lord of the Rings helped to blunt the impact of a 13 per cent decrease in advertising revenue. [More]

Andrew Lesnie Report!

4/24/02, 7:45 pm EST - Xoanon

nic writes: Last night I attended the lecture with cinematographer Andrew Lesnie in Brisbane. It was an incredibly interesting talk and Andrew is a very laid back speaker with a sense of humor and lots to talk about. He greeted us and then immediately suggested we "bring out the little guy". He rummages around in his bag and pulls out his Academy Award and placed it on the box by his chair as the audience clapped, cheered and laughed. [More]

Orlando Bloom In 'Denim Invasion'

4/24/02, 7:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Wizardlex writes: According to Entertainment Newswire, Orlando Bloom (Legolas) will be featured in a jeans ad for The Gap set to start running April 28. He and Kate Beckinsdale (Pearl Harbor) will be featured in an ad called "Denim Invasion," which will be directed by Cameron Crowe. [More]

Texas Ringers Moot At Scarborough Faire!

4/24/02, 6:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Texas Ringers are planning to meet up at Scarborough Faire to celebrate not only "Lord of the Rings", but also Ian McKellen's (Saturday, May 25) and Christopher Lee's (Monday, May 27) birthdays in a big "Wizard's Weekend"! [More]

Amazon.co.uk: Region 2 FOTR DVD

4/24/02, 3:10 pm EST - Calisuri

Pre order now Amazon.co.uk now has The Fellowship of the Ring DVD for pre-sale. This is the August theatrical release, Region 2, 2 disc DVD set. Its 25% off! [More]

Elvish Love Ring.

4/24/02, 1:41 pm EST - Tehanu

Mystic Caravan is selling an 'Elvish Love Ring' with a romantic inscription in Elvish. It looks beautiful! Thanks to Learic for the link. [More]

Elijah Wood's Next Project.

4/24/02, 1:34 pm EST - Tehanu

Ananova.com has news of Elijah's next project, a film called Thumbsucker, which he will star in alongside Tilda Swinton. [More]

Orlando in Teenmag.

4/24/02, 1:21 pm EST - Tehanu

Teenmag online has a little introduction 'Who's That Babe?' for anyone that doesn't know who Orlando Bloom is yet. [More]

"Rings" Lords over MTV Movie Nods

4/24/02, 12:29 pm EST - Xoanon

Early fashion predictions for the MTV Movie Awards: There's going to be a lot of Rings. And, just maybe, Britney Spears' midriff. Just like at the Oscars, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings led all comers as nominations were announced Tuesday for the 2002 MTV Movie Awards. [More]

FOTR Beats 'That Big Boat Movie' In Denmark

4/24/02, 11:37 am EST - Xoanon

Nikolaj writes: Thought you might like to know that FOTR has beaten the previous record set by Titanic in 1998. This weekend FOTR passed 92,1 million Danish kroner, thus beating Titanics 92 million.

FX Rentals builds Studio in Hotel for Tolkien Composer

4/24/02, 1:19 am EST - Xoanon

FX Rentals were recently asked by Air Edel to convert a two-room suite at the Landmark Hotel, London into a fully-fledged production studio. The extraordinary request was made on behalf of the top film composer Howard Shore, who was in London to compose and record the Lord of the Rings film score. [More]

Elijah's 'Ash Wednesday' To Premiere at Tribeca FF

4/24/02, 1:05 am EST - Xoanon

Anna writes: The Ed Burns directed film "Ash Wednesday" starring himself, Elijah Wood & Rosario Dawson is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on May 11th. Tickets available through ticketmaster. [More]

There's Something About Mary

4/24/02, 12:58 am EST - Xoanon

Well, at least Billy and Viggo may think so :) This lucky LOTR fan made her way to both the Virgin Record store Viggo Mortensen event and the Billy Boyd apperance at ICon last weekend, busy girl! [More]

News for Apr. 23, 2002

LOTR Is Good Business

4/23/02, 10:28 pm EST - Xoanon

The success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy could result in significantly more film production in New Zealand and have lasting effects across the film industry, a new report says. [More]

LOTR Pipes: More pipes

4/23/02, 10:23 pm EST - Tehanu

Seems like the hobbit hobby is quite popular. Two people wrote in to tell us about places where you could get pipes just as Tolkien described them, or just like you saw them in the movies. [More]

Lord Of The Rims?

4/23/02, 10:22 pm EST - Xoanon

luinfalathiel writes: I thought you might find this amusing. It's an ad for a KalTire tire repair shop. [More]

A cookbook that figures to be hobbit-forming

4/23/02, 10:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Stephanie Simmons talks about J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth with the same casual expertise you'd expect of someone who has spent quality time with hobbits, elves and shadowy magicians. [More]

Sir Ian to back the Green Party in English elections

4/23/02, 10:09 pm EST - Tehanu

It seems very appropriate somehow that the man who plays Bilbo Baggins in LOTR should throw his celebrity backing behind the Green Party in next week's elections. [More]

Ringwraith Costumes you can make, and more!

4/23/02, 9:59 pm EST - Tehanu

D. Drtclod wrote in: "I was lookin' around and found this site that has Ringwraith Super Deluxe costumes! Never too late to get ready for trick or treating. Check it out if you wanna at: wildfree.com
The site also includes groovy Arwen, Gandalf and Hobbit Children costumes as well. [More]

GAMING: Decipher Announces Next Expansion

4/23/02, 6:49 pm EST - Berendir

Press Release - Elrond, Galadriel, Legolas, and Arwen are just a few of the Elves who will headline the Realms of the Elf-lords expansion, the third installment of Decipher’s The Lord of the Rings™ Trading Card Game (TCG). [More]


4/23/02, 1:21 pm EST - DarthCaeser

I have returned from a journey to bring details on my exclusive behind the scenes visit to WXP, Developers of one of the most highly anticipated games off all times; The Fellowship of the Ring for Xbox. [More]

FOTR: Collector's Box Set

4/23/02, 12:59 pm EST - Berendir

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring collector's box set, containing four discs, is jam packed with 4 hours of supplementary features, and a host more to offer for all you collectors. [More]

Vote For LOTR:FOTR For MTV Awards

4/23/02, 12:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Head on over to MTV.com to vote for LOTR:FOTR to win all 6 nominations, which include: Best Movie, Best Male Performance - Elijah Wood, Best Villain -Christopher Lee, Best Breakthrough Male - Orlando Bloom, Best Action Sequence - The Cave Tomb Battle, Best Fight Sequence - Christopher Lee versus Ian McKellen. The 2002 MTV Movie Awards will air on June 6th. [More]

Tolkien Ballet In Indianapolis

4/23/02, 12:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Nick sends along some interesting information on a Tolkien themed ballet, and the book they chose to adapt may surprise you! [More]

Return of the King: Howard Shore Revisits Middle Earth for DVD

4/23/02, 12:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Jonathan Broxton writes: It's not often you have the opportunity to hear an Oscar-winning score being recorded after it has already received an Academy Award - but it was my good fortune to be present at the recording sessions for the Special Edition Lord of the Rings DVD at Abbey Road Studios in London with composer Howard Shore. [More]

(I had the wonderful opportunity to talk with Howard Shore and take a picture with his Oscar! Taken by none other than Mrs. Howard Shore! -Xo)

Billy Boyd At I-Con Pics

4/23/02, 11:59 am EST - Xoanon

The very lovely Ms. Marea sends along a few screenshots from her video of Billy Boyd (Pippin) at I-Con last weekend. [More]

Hobbit Stage Play Tours Canada

4/23/02, 11:36 am EST - Xoanon

Geordie Theatre Productions is presenting the Carousel Players in a stage adaptation of the book at the D.B. Clarke Theatre, beginning April 26. Adapted and directed by Kim Selody with the permission of the Saul Zaentz Company, the play is presently touring Ontario to sold-out crowds. Montreal is its only Quebec stop. [More] [Geordie Website]

SHOP: Badali Site Redesign

4/23/02, 11:33 am EST - Xoanon

Paul Badali writes: Badali Jewelry is pleased to announce our new and improved website. It's the same address, www.badalijewelry.com, but it's has a brand new look and feel, and best of all, a brand new shopping cart. [More]

News for Apr. 22, 2002

Interview with "Riding of the Laddie" Director

4/22/02, 7:40 pm EST - Pippin_Took

Genevieve writes: Here's an interview with Robin Hardy, director of The Wicker Man. Among other things, he talks about Riding of the Laddie, his new project starring Christopher Lee and Sean Astin. [More]

FOTR Special Extended Edition Receives PG-13 Rating

4/22/02, 7:31 pm EST - Pippin_Took

Contrary to rumors that it might receive an R rating due to extended battle sequences, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Special Extended DVD Edition has received a PG-13 rating from the MPAA, the same rating as the original theatrical version. The Extended Edition DVD will be released on November 12, 2002. [More]

Decipher TCG and RPG News...

4/22/02, 3:21 pm EST - Berendir

Check out the Gaming Havens for news on Decipher's Lord of the Rings role-playing and trading card games.

"Hobbit-Hole" House ordered destroyed.

4/22/02, 2:12 pm EST - Tehanu

Now this is a really strange story and gets stranger as you read on. A hidden village? A turf-covered roundhouse 'hobbit-hole? According to some people, it blends into the landscape so well that you can be standing mere yards away and not see it. According to planning inspectors, it's 'an eyesore' and must be demolished. [More] Thanks to Lee for the link.

LOTR: The Short Version

4/22/02, 1:56 pm EST - Tehanu

The Tolkien Sarcasm Page has a funny LOTR script by David Murphy, who guesses what FOTR would have been like in the two-hour version originally intended by Miramax. More] Thanks to Ree for the link!

Media Watch: DVD Monthly in the UK

4/22/02, 1:35 pm EST - Tehanu

I saw the May edition of the UK magazine DVD Monthly today. It has a large LOTR picture on the cover and a lavishly illustrated six page article inside. The article is mainly a synopsis of FOTR but there are also separate short features on all the main characters - their individual characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. Legolas's weakness, for instance, is that he doesn't display leadership qualities. There is an associated website at UKonline but it hasn't updated to the May edition yet.

Thanks to the Speaking Clock for that.

Good News for Pipeweed Fanciers!

4/22/02, 1:29 pm EST - Tehanu

We get a few emails from people who'd like to know where they could get pipes like the ones in the film. Cas has some good news for them: "I thought I would send you all an interesting link I found yesterday while browsing for pipes (I'm a novice who hasn't even tried it yet...): ThePiperoom. They carry Churchwarden pipes and a very interesting house blend of tobacco that they chose to name their "Middle Earth Blend."

Orlando Blooms Into Hawkeye?

4/22/02, 1:12 pm EST - Xoanon

TheOneRing.net EXCLUSIVE A rumor has surfaced that Orlando Bloom (Legolas) is considering taking up the bow and arrow yet again to play another hero from literature -- young "Hawkeye" in the adaptation of "The Deerslayer." The classic American novel by James Fenimore Cooper is the prequel to "Last of the Mohicans." Daniel Day-Lewis played the grown-up Nathaniel "Hawkeye" Bumppo in the 1992 Michael Mann film. What do Legolas fans think? Is Orlando the right guy to fill Hawkeye's moccasins?

Media Watch: Empire Online

4/22/02, 11:56 am EST - Xoanon

Catherine Hanly, Editor of Empire Online writes: Thought you might like to know we've got an exclusive preview of some Two Towers pics that Empire magazine is featuring in its June issue (out 26 April). You can see our story here. [More]

Send Your Well Wishes

4/22/02, 11:50 am EST - Xoanon

W'dfara writes: Inger Vos, the reporter at the Waikato Times who did the original story on Jeffery Hawkes (hobbit extra injured in a car/train accident), has agreed to accept e-mail "get well" wishes, and convey them to Mr. Hawkes. [Email]

Billy Boyd At I-Con Report # 3

4/22/02, 11:40 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Marea sends along his report from the Billy Boyd Q&A session from yesterday at I-Con. [More]

Keep your eye on this spot for an EXCLUSIVE interview with Billy Boyd from ICON on a future chapter of TORN Digital coming soon!

Weekend Round Up

4/22/02, 1:02 am EST - Xoanon

Missed all the news this weekend? Well have no fear! TheOneRing.net brings you all the news from the past two days in one simple place to view! Take a look at our weekend round up! [More]

Meij's LOTR At The U of P Report

4/22/02, 12:55 am EST - Xoanon

Dave gives us a full report from the University of Pennsylvania's LOTR concert this weekend, take a look! [More]

Sean Astin At Harvard

4/22/02, 12:49 am EST - Xoanon

Mirel writes: Sean Astin (Sam) was at Harvard today for an informal talk about his life and his role in major iconic American cultural films such as the Goonies, Rudy, and his role in LOTR. [More]

Enya Wins At World Music Awards

4/22/02, 12:44 am EST - Xoanon

Ryan writes: I was watching the World Music Awards on Sunday and the wonderful Enya won Best Selling Female Artist and was also nominated for Best Selling Artist/Group but unfortunately lost! Who needs Oscars anyways?

Billy Boyd At I-Con Report # 2

4/22/02, 12:42 am EST - Xoanon

Maleficent Radisgad sends along a very detailed report from Billy's Q&A session at I-Con on Sunday. !Small Spoilers! [More]

Risk In Middle-earth?

4/22/02, 12:37 am EST - Xoanon

CTReplicant writes: I saw LOTR Risk listed at boardgames.com as a future game but they don't seem to have any other information at this time. Sounds exciting to me! (agreed! -Xo)

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