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May 06, 2002 - May 12, 2002

News for May 12, 2002

A Nazgul Could Whoop A Jedi Anytime....

5/12/02, 9:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Just a quick note to say that LOTR:FOTR surpassed the 'Return of the Jedi' for the 9th spot on the all time domestic gross chart with $309,380,000 [More]

Sinclair's 'Toy Love' At Cannes

5/12/02, 9:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Valarie writes: Apparently Harry Sinclair's (Isildur) new film, Toy Love, is one of three feature screenings of NZ films at this year's Cannes. Pretty impressive! [More]

Ash Wednesday Report From Tribeca

5/12/02, 9:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Emma Abraham writes: Lower Manhattan saw an influx of "Lord of the Rings" fans, beginning on Friday night, May 10, when people began to arrive in town for Saturday's screening of "Ash Wednesday" at the Tribeca Film Festival. [More]

Cello Preformance In Oshkosh, Wisconsin

5/12/02, 1:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Kiskadee writes: One of my fellow local "Rings" fans is a relative of the composer and told me about this performance. I thought this might be of some interest to any Oshkosh, Wisconsin area fans out there. [More]

Last IMAX Screening In Perth...

5/12/02, 1:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Nancy sends us some bitter-sweet news from down under. She gathered a small group of TORNadoes and headed down to their IMAX theatre to view LOTR just before it was pulled from the screens. Check out their costumes! [More]

Bruce Pelz: R.I.P.

5/12/02, 1:18 pm EST - Xoanon

TORN Staffer Ostadan informs us of the passing of one of the original LOTR fanboys ever. Bruce Pelz:

Bruce was a central, nay, _the_ central figure in Los Angeles science fiction fandom for more than forty years. He was the guy who got things done -- conventions, fanzines, buildings, meetings, parties -- everything. [More]

'Ash Wednesday' Premiere Report

5/12/02, 1:07 pm EST - Xoanon

ashwise writes: My friend Cassandra and I went to the 'Ash Wednesday' screening today at the Tribeca Film Festival. [More]

News for May 11, 2002

Hall of Fire Chats For May 11th & 12th

5/11/02, 3:56 pm EST - Strider

It wasn't until the first installment of Lord of the Rings was published in 1954 that the world at large was introduced to fantastical creatures such as orcs and elves. Today, these creatures are staples of modern fantasy culture. Tolkien, through his magical adventure through the world of Middle-Earth, inspired people to think differently about the world in which they lived and how stories could be written. This weekend, the Hall of Fire crew are discussing whether J.R.R Tolkien was the father of Modern Fantasy. [More]

Wood's 'Ash Wednesday' To Premiere Today

5/11/02, 12:08 pm EST - Xoanon

The new Elijah Wood (Frodo) film 'Ash Wednesday' will be premiered this afternoon at the Tribeca Film Fest in New York City. Elijah is expected to be there. [More]

LOTR Concert In Ontario

5/11/02, 12:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Graham writes: Just a heads up to let you know that Port Credit Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario is putting on their annual Spring Concert, Thursday May 16th at 7pm. [More]

News for May 10, 2002

Reprieve for Orli fans?

5/10/02, 6:14 pm EST - Tehanu

This could be good news for those Orli fans out there - Ringer spy Tim reports: "It would seem that the Bloom/Ricci story is false--apparently Ricci had a magazine interview shortly after involving her live-in boyfriend, who is not Bloom! So most likely not true!" [that Bloom is dating Ricci.] Anyhow, that Orli/Ricci report talked about him 'whispering sweet nothings in her ear' while she was being sick. Yeah, right! We just know Orlando would have a better sense of timing than that.

Media Watch: Premiere Magazine

5/10/02, 1:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Colleen sends in word that our very own Elijah Wood (Frodo) is listed in the 'Power' list in Premiere Magazine this month. [More]

Pop Goes the Evil

5/10/02, 11:08 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy theRealTombombadil sends along this scan from 'The Wall Street Journal', check it out! [More]

Be sure to check out the online version of this article here. [More]

More Rings filming starts on waterfront

5/10/02, 9:24 am EST - Xoanon

As we reported this on May the 7th 'The NZ Evening Post' confirms our story about the extra filming being done at Centreport in Wellington.

Further filming for the next instalment of Peter Jackson's $650 million The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is under way in Wellington. [More]

Welcome Quintessential Lord of the Rings

5/10/02, 1:23 am EST - Calisuri

The Quintessential LOTR

TheOneRing.net is honored to welcome a new Community Member! Give a round of applause for The Quintessential Lord of the Rings Website. Yes, this site lives up to the name! Check out the scene by scene visual journey through the book, as well as extremely well organized visual guide to the Decipher Trading Card Game. But that's not all! You'll have to discover the rest for yourself. [More]

News for May 09, 2002

'Rings' backers soften objections to tourism

5/09/02, 10:00 pm EST - Xoanon

The backers of The Lord of the Rings have relaxed their objections to tourist promotion of areas where the films were shot, MPs heard yesterday. [More]

Ricci & Bloom Linked

5/09/02, 9:58 pm EST - Xoanon

IMDB is reporting that Orlando Bloom (Legolas) has been seen in and around Hollywood with 'Sleepy Hollow' beauty Christina Ricci. I know many of you 14 year old girls out there apparently care, I'm just going to watch the Hockey Game..and hope I don't get any emails about this. [More]

New LOTR comics online.

5/09/02, 7:38 pm EST - Tehanu

Comic website FusionD is doing a series of LOTR-themed comics this week. Check them out! [More]

IMDB, MSNBC: Get the facts straight!!!

5/09/02, 1:38 pm EST - Calisuri

Okay, here we go again. What was most likely a joke has continued to get more 'serious' exposure. Last week we reported the news that a petition had surfaced to rename the film 'The Two Towers.' The reason: "(The Two Towers) is clearly meant to refer to the attacks on the World Trade Center." If that nugget of lunacy wasn't enough, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) and MSNBC picked up the story and posted it in their movie news section yesterday, further propagating this completely off-base allegation. Worse yet, the reports claim the petition has 1200 signatures. Now, we understand the petition page does 'say' that 1200+ people have signed it, but come on folks, do the research! As a public service to both major media outlets and fans out there, we'll give you the facts. 80% of those signatures are marked as 'false entry voided.' Of the other 20%, the majority are fans, like us, mocking the stupidity of the petition. I'm getting a little worried. We are quickly running out of clue bus tickets.

Now, what can we do about this? Sign a counter-petition? Nah. Lets just remind the news sources they need to do a little more research. Don't get nasty or anything, but just a friendly reminder to check their facts will help. Email the authors of the MSNBC story and the folks at IMDB. The links to their email can be found at the bottom of the following pages. [MSNBC article] [IMDB article]

More Viggo News

5/09/02, 1:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Jaimie sends along some additional info on our very own Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), including book re-releases and more info on his appearance at the Robert Mann Gallery in LA. [More]

Scotland Today Talks 'Sniper 470'

5/09/02, 12:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Stephen writes: The afternoon edition of the news programme 'Scotland Today' showed Billy Boyd (Pippin) on the set of his next project, 'Sniper 470' which is being shot in Glasgow. [More]

Time is running out!

5/09/02, 12:19 pm EST - Calisuri

Don't forget! You have less then a week left to enter the Two Towers Poster design contest! [More]

'Land Of Shadow' Exhibition Report

5/09/02, 12:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Didiej writes: I visited this exhibition this morning. It is a very interesting small exhibition in a mining museum in Prestongrange about 7 miles from Edinburgh. The exhibition concentrates on the creative writing aspect of Tolkien's work aiming to get people to think about what goes into creating a fantasy land, the people who live there, their customs, language etc. [More]

'Boondocks' Use The 'G' Word

5/09/02, 12:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a look at 'Boondocks', I'm not too sure what part of me is insulted more, the LOTR or the Star Wars side...where is my pocket protector? [More]

John Rhys-Davies To Attend UliseesFest

5/09/02, 11:58 am EST - Xoanon

Paulo writes: The Festival of Cinema and Television (Sintra, Portugal) for children are showing LOTR, John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) will be there. Please visit the website: www.ulissesfest.com and you can see the program.

Viggo News Update

5/09/02, 11:51 am EST - Xoanon

Frosty sends us an update on all things Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), take a look. [More]

News for May 08, 2002

TTT: Towers Info YOU MUST HAVE!! -Update-

5/08/02, 4:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Criz sends along the Houghton Mifflin TTT info from an insider within the HM camp, take a look! [More]

FX Folks NOT To Attend Banff FF

5/08/02, 3:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Laura writes: I just read in my local paper today that the Lord of the Rings F/X people will not be attending the Banff film festival. "Investment New Zealand has confirmed that because of time pressures involving current projects, planned visits to Banff, San Francisco, and Los Angeles had to be scrubbed".

DarkHorizons Visits Urban's 'Ghost Ship' Prt II

5/08/02, 3:30 pm EST - Xoanon

Darkhorizons has part II of their set visit to the new Karl Urban (Eomer) film 'Ghost Ship'. [More]

TV Watch: German TV To NOT Show TTT Trailer

5/08/02, 3:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Steffi writes: Here is a follow up to the earlier announcement of the German TV showing of the TTT trailer. I talked to the programming director today since I thought it curious that no other TV station around the globe would have it and here is the very sad but up-to-date information: They had massive problems to get the airing rights and thus the trailer won't be in the magazine to be shown on May 19th. They try to get it for a later date.

A Hobbit Hunter In Heaven

5/08/02, 10:38 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Ataahua sends along this article. Take a look! [More]

NYC Book Expo Report

5/08/02, 10:18 am EST - Xoanon

Garfeimao sends along quite a bit of info from the NYC book expo event, including some info on what The Two Towers movie covers will look like! [More]

Ian McKellen Gets Gypsied

5/08/02, 10:07 am EST - Xoanon

Madeline writes: I volunteer for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and I recently watched the video of the Gypsy of the Year competition. Imagine my delight when Sir Ian McKellen appeared as one of the award presenters. There is an adorable image of him in his Gypsy attire here. [More]

This is so cool Gellar, Wood honored as movie 'vets'

5/08/02, 10:01 am EST - Xoanon

HOLLYWOOD What's Tinseltown coming to when Sarah Michelle Gellar and Elijah Wood are honored as veterans? [More]

News for May 07, 2002

WETA director Richard Taylor appointed to Film Industry Taskforce

5/07/02, 11:46 pm EST - Tehanu

Relating to the previous article: Lame or not, the NZ film industry is getting a boost with the development of a special taskforce made up of stars of the film and TV industry - including LOTR's Richard Taylor. [More]

Walsh vs. Walsh.

5/07/02, 11:40 pm EST - Tehanu

LOTR screenwriter Fran Walsh is involved in a dispute with Listener journalist Fran Walsh over a disparaging article about the NZ film industry written by the latter which could have looked like it was written by the former. [More]

Aussie Ringers' Event.

5/07/02, 11:27 pm EST - Tehanu

There's been a time change for the Ringers in Perth who are going for the final FOTR showing at IMAX: it's now 6pm confirmed, not 8pm as first thought. Anyone in Perth that's interested, it's coming up soon, May 11. [More]

TTT: Towers Filming As We Speak? -UPDATE-

5/07/02, 12:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Taniwha sends along some info on just WHAT and perhaps WHERE they are filming in New Zealand at the moment! Update: A little more info on a possible filming location in Wellington. [More]

TTT: Towers Info YOU MUST HAVE!!

5/07/02, 12:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Criz sends us this VERY interesting piece of info, take a look at all the dates planned for TTT promo goodies! Trailers, posters, and so much more! [More]

Movieline Youth Awards Video

5/07/02, 12:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Extra TV has a short video from the Movieline Youth Awards, where our own Elijah Wood (Frodo) picked up an award. Follow the link and click on 'video' on the top right of the page, listen for the narrator when he belts out 'Julia Robertses..', that cannot be english...can it? [More]

Live In Wellington? Want To Meet Dan Hennah?

5/07/02, 12:23 pm EST - Xoanon

From: The CWTW folks: 'Con with the Wind' (gotta love that title -Xo) is a 4 day Science Fiction Convention. One of our guests is Dan Hennah, Art Director on Lord of the Rings. He is doing a presentation on development of some of the sets from artistic drawing to the reality we have enjoyed on the screen. Also other guests from the film include people from Weta. [More]

SHOP: LOTR Songbook

5/07/02, 12:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Rayvah writes: I work at a division of Barnes 'n Noble and the date listed in our computer as being able to order the sheet music was April 28th. I ordered a copy and it is quite nice! [More]

News for May 06, 2002

'Land Of Shadow' Exhibition

5/06/02, 7:29 pm EST - Xoanon

Pippin Skywalker writes: The Prestongrange Museum in east Lothian is hosting a special exhibition based around Lord of the Rings called "A Land of Shadows." It runs May 4-September 29th 2002. [More]

Elijah Wins Movieline Award

5/06/02, 7:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Freshly back in LA after wrapping up Try 17 filming in Vancouver last week, Elijah Wood (Frodo) was at Movieline's Young Hollywood Awards last night, where he picked up an award for "Hottest, Coolest, Young Veteran." [More]

Easy money: part two

5/06/02, 7:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Why bother coming up with a new movie when you can just trot out another episode of an old one? 2002 is the year of the sequel, says Andy Milburn [More]

TTT Trailer In Theatres This Month? More Info

5/06/02, 7:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Criz sends us info on a TTT trailer in theatres this month, and a teeny bit of info on the SECOND TTT Trailer! [More]

Vote For LOTR at the MTV 2002 Movie Awards!

5/06/02, 6:05 pm EST - leo

Well here's another great 'poll' to swamp, on June 6 MTV is handing out their MTV 2002 Movie Awards and naturally LOTR:FOTR is nominated. Now the great thing is we can vote for the movie we would like to win, and we can vote all we want! So if you have a few minutes spare, head over to MTV.com and vote for LOTR:FOTR! It'll only take about five minutes of your time so we can all vote 15 times an hour, 360 times a day and, with June 6 being 30 days away we should be able to get a good head start! [Vote Now!]

Hobbit Drinking Song

5/06/02, 2:33 pm EST - Tehanu

There's a chance that the Hobbit Drinking Song may be included in the longer DVD, according to The Speaking Clock. [More]

Tolkien Weekend at Sarehole Mill

5/06/02, 2:05 pm EST - Tehanu

News for LOTR fans in Britain: Following the success of the Tolkien Weekends at Sarehole Mill in 2000 and 2001, another Sarehole is planned for May 18-19 2002 [More] Thanks to Rachel for the heads-up.

Box Office Update from BoxOfficeMojo.com

5/06/02, 10:49 am EST - Calisuri

Our good buddy Brandon Gray, from Boxofficemojo.com, sends us this report on the ground breaking box office weekend and just how 'Fellowship' faired among the Spider-Madness. [More]

Hugo Dons His Shades And Multiplies

5/06/02, 1:46 am EST - Xoanon

Time Magazine has a nice pic from the Matrix sequel, it shows Keanu Reeves duking it out with 4 copies of our very own Hugo Weaving (Elrond). [More]

Weekend Round Up

5/06/02, 1:26 am EST - Xoanon

Missed all the news this weekend? Watching the Montreal Canadians beat the stuffing out of Carolina (really...hockey in May in Carolina..what can they possibly know about it! -Xo)? Or were you stuffing some money into Sam Raimi's coffers watching Spider-Man 2 times in 1 day like I did? Well fear not! Follow the link to catch up on all the news you may have missed this weekend! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

5/06/02, 1:14 am EST - Xoanon

Another chance to see your favorite LOTR stars on the small screen this week! Including UK listings and my personal pics! Check out the new format! [More]

Relative values: Harriet Walter and Christopher Lee

5/06/02, 12:04 am EST - Xoanon

Christopher Lee, 79, came to fame with such Hammer Horror classics as Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster. His film roles include the evil wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings, and he will soon be seen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. He lives with his wife, Gitte, in Knightsbridge, London. They have one daughter, Christina, 38. His niece Harriet Walter, 47, has played leading roles for the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court and in the West End. She is appearing as Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing at the RSC's Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. She lives in Fulham, London. [More]

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