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April 28, 2007 - May 04, 2007

News for May 04, 2007

Finding Fellowship

5/04/07, 4:55 pm EST - Xoanon

“If one is to take a tale of this kind seriously, one must feel that, however superficially unlike the world we live in its characters and events may be, it nevertheless holds up the mirror to the only nature we know, our own,” he wrote. “In this, too, Mr. Tolkien has succeeded superbly, and what happened in the year of the Shire 1418 in the Third Age of Middle-earth is not only fascinating in A.D. 1954 but also a warning and an inspiration.” Of Tolkien’s many strengths, perhaps none have proved more important than his creation of a deeply believable universe around his narrative. He convinces the reader that the action is unfolding within a living world that stretches far beyond the immediate drama. [More]

News for May 03, 2007

Laugh 'N Sniff with Sean Astin Tonight!

5/03/07, 2:53 pm EST - Xoanon

SamsKimmie writes: Sean Astin is going to be guest starring tonight on My Name is Earl, Laugh 'N Sniff Episode which is paying homage to Rudy tonight on NBC. Charles S. Dutton and Chelcie Ross are also featured. The Laugh 'N Sniff cards were included in this week's TV Guide.

Hollywood studios ready to roll the "Bones"

5/03/07, 3:06 am EST - MrCere

Ringer spy Bernard checks in again with the very latest on Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones." The story is spreading around various news agencies as they pick up old info and then infuse it with the latest nuggets. Today's stuff concerns music, marketing expenses and Jackson's leverage with major studios. All fascinating. Click to read it all

And if you haven't read "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold I can only say that I loved this book. You can order it here.

News for May 02, 2007

LOTR Online Europe Snagged with Problems?

5/02/07, 9:14 pm EST - Xoanon

James writes: Have you guys heard how badly the Lord of the Rings Online Launch is going in Europe? The game has sold by the bucket reaching number one in less than a week, but now the bad news. Unlike our American cousins, the servers cannot cope, it seems that Codemasters, the Euro distributors have gone their own way with the hardware and there is downtime for hours nearly every day for hours at a time. The login servers constantly crash and we already have had hardware problems, check the Euro forums. [More]

`Rings' vid-game for multiplayer masses

5/02/07, 9:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Is "The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar" truly the one massively multiplayer online video game to rule them all? Only time will tell, but it's certainly off to a strong start. After just a few weeks of exploring, this new online version of J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional epic is definitely ripe with potential. Like other persistent online role-playing games, "Shadows of Angmar" is an always on, never-ending fantasy world. This particular game gives players the chance to explore part of Tolkien's massive fantasy universe while you make friends, defeat enemies and grow in stature to the highest rank of level 50. [More]

Some lovely news about Jackson's 'Bones'

5/02/07, 6:36 am EST - MrCere

Ringer spy Bernard writes in to point out the latest rumors about Peter Jackson and "The Lovely Bones." Looks like PJ might make a little money on the book adaptation. The speculation and swirling talk around Hollywood is entertaining all by itself! Click here to read the whole story.

News for May 01, 2007

Children of Húrin Lands on NYT Best Seller List

5/01/07, 7:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Earendil writes: I just thought you might like to know that The Children of Húrin debuted #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. That seems pretty news worthy! [More]

In the Mood: LOTRO’s Dread System

5/01/07, 2:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Lorien "Ramen" Carney, Community Relations Specialist for The Lord of the Rings Online writes: Lead Content Designer Brent “Keth” Schmidt walks us through the making of the Dread System. [More]

'Bones' Bare All at Studios

5/01/07, 2:22 pm EST - Xoanon

According to Variety Peter Jackson's spec script for THE LOVELY BONES, which he co-wrote with partners Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, is being shopped around to studios this week. Jackson also plans to direct. (New Line won't be receiving a copy.) The story centers on a 14-year-old girl who is raped and killed. Her spirit, however, keeps watch over her family and her killer. The script is based on the novel of the same name by Alice Sebold.

Order Alice Sebold's amazing book 'The Lovely Bones' on Amazon.com today! [Order]

News for Apr. 30, 2007

DVD Tuesday: Dreamgirls, The Hitcher & More!

4/30/07, 10:22 am EST - Xoanon

Take an early look on our 'DVD Tuesday' feature...every Monday! Check out some TV on DVD goodies like 'Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Second Season', 'Dinosaurs - The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons' & 'The Girls Next Door - Season 2'. There are a few compilations out tomorrow including; 'Tyrone Power: Swashbuckler Box Set' & 'A Collection of 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films'. The big releases of the week are 'Dreamgirls', 'The Hitcher' & 'Alpha Dog'. Personally I'm interested in 'Fletch: The Jane Doe Edition' & 'Michael Palin's Around the World in 80 Days'! Check out the whole list here! [More]

News for Apr. 29, 2007

Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar

4/29/07, 1:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Midway Games has announced the long-awaited release of Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, the world's first massively multiplayer online game based on JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Chance Thomas composed and conducted the live orchestral and choral score for the game. The orchestra and choir were recorded and mixed at LA East Studios in Salt Lake City, UT. Concert Master was Lenny Browse. Chief engineer was Glen Neibur. Hundreds of additional vocal and live instrumental overlay tracks (Hammer Dulcimer, Penny Whistle, Highland Pipes, Pedal Harp, Fiddle, Bass Flute, English Horn) and small acoustic ensembles were recorded at Lakeview Audio in Orem, UT. Chief engineer was Steve Lerud. All live sessions were produced by Chance Thomas. Additional tracking, mixing and editing were completed at HUGEsound near Yosemite, California. [More]

Rings stage adaptation may look nothing like Jackson's magnum opus

4/29/07, 1:06 pm EST - Xoanon

London, April 28 (ANI): Lord of the Rings admirers might be left disappointed after seeing the stage adaptation of the best selling novel. Fans hoping for a recreation of director Peter Jackson's vision of Middle Earth might be disenchanted, for the show's set designer Rob Howell has never seen the films. While the film adaptation shows the hairy-toed hero Frodo Baggins battle it out against the evil of Mordor, Howell consciously stayed away from the movie vision and stuck to JRR Tolkien's original story. [More]

Adam Tolkien Interview Redux

4/29/07, 1:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Roheryn writes: If you missed the Adam Tolkien interview on the BBC Radio programme "Today," you have a second chance to catch it. On Saturday morning, the BBC radio program "The Ticket" did a feature on "The Children of Hurin," including what sounds to be portions of the same "Today" interview with Adam Tolkien, Christopher's son and The Professor's grandson. Here's the link, but I think it may be active for only a week. For best results, select "RealPlayer" for playback, and when it's loaded, slide into the program about 12 minutes. The interview runs about four minutes. [More]

News for Apr. 28, 2007

Elf Fantasy Fair 2007 Images

4/28/07, 3:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Elf Fantasy Fair 2007

Éowyn writes: I would like to give you some photos from the Elf Fantasy Fair 2007 in the Netherlands. [More]

Sideshow Collectibles Newsletter

4/28/07, 2:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Be sure to check out our weekly Sideshow Collectibles update! Each week we provide an update on your favorite Sideshow goodies, from busts to premium figures and more! Take a look! [More]

Children of Hurin Chat on May 6th!

4/28/07, 2:34 pm EST - Xoanon

After a long break, Hall of Fire finally returns to host a discussion on the very recently released Children of Hurin. Scrupulously edited together from JRR's manuscripts by Christopher Tolkien, the tragic tale of Hurin's children is not new to many fans of Tolkien's writings, having been previously revealed in one form or another in the Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and the History of Middle Earth. However, Children of Hurin presents the tale without the severe abridgement of the Silmarillion, or the confusing annotated form that is present in Unfinished Tales and HOME. [More]

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