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News for May 15, 2001

Pippin's Bath Song is IN!!!

5/15/01, 11:37 pm EST - Tehanu

How many of you caught what Peter Jackson and the hobbits are singing in the video clip from Sweden's TV4?
"O sweet is the sound of falling rain/ and the brook thaleaps from hill to plain;
But better than rain or rippling streams/ is Water Hot that smokes and steams."

Catch it here. Check out also the close-ups of some props.

Barnes & Noble offers course on Lord of the Rings!

5/15/01, 10:05 pm EST - Gamgee

Barnes & Noble is offering a free course on Lord of the Rings! It starts June 4th and is being taught by a Ph.D. in Folklore/Mythology. This is the first time they have offered this course. There are lessons which offer a lot of information, quizzes, a message board, and so on. Sounds like a lot of fun and some good learning! Thanks to staff member Pippin Took for the heads up! [More]

Glass Hammer Update

5/15/01, 8:56 pm EST - Xoanon

The Glass Hammer folks keep us updated on all the latest music for your ears. [More]

French Premiere Does Cannes

5/15/01, 8:51 pm EST - Xoanon

In lovely Quicktime goodness!! You can play 'spot the star' (or Calisuri). Click on over to french premiere's website (premiere.fr) wait for the popup, yes, this time the popup is your friend and click on LA FETE A L'ANNEAU and download the party footage! Either RealPlayer or Quicktime! Joy!

More Candid Cannes Pics

5/15/01, 8:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Elfstone sends along dome more great Cannes cast images! Orcs included! [More]

Townsend Talks Rings

5/15/01, 8:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Remember the first Aragorn? Well, for about a week, Stuart Townsend was the man with the broken sword, he was quickly replaced by PJ et all, and the week he spent in NZ is described by Townsend himself as 'a nasty nightmare'. Read more about what he has to say about it Cinescape. [More]

'The most colossal movie production ever embarked on'

5/15/01, 8:26 pm EST - Xoanon

From: theglobeandmail.com

It may sound like hype, but the producers of the three Lord of the Rings movies aren't losing any sleep over the hundreds of millions of dollars they've spent. They are betting they've made the next Star Wars. [More]

Thanks to A. Prosser for the tip!

LA Times catches up on Cannes.

5/15/01, 8:02 pm EST - Tehanu

The LA Times has a few articles about LOTR in Cannes. This one is mostly about the economics of hyping the films. Interestingly it mentions that journalists including Harry Knowles of AICN were flown to the LOTR wrap party last year as part of the hype-building exercise. One of the first things Harry said to me at that party was that he'd got there under his own steam. I hadn't even asked.
More interesting is this article - "Times photographer Robert Gauthier offers his perspective on the Cannes Film Festival." Don't forget to click on the photo gallery.

Weekly Cast Watch

5/15/01, 10:05 am EST - Xoanon

A great chance to see some of your favorite LOTR stars! And not at Cannes! [More]

A video clip from Cannes.

5/15/01, 5:53 am EST - Tehanu

TV One in New Zealand has a clip on it's website from their reporter in Cannes, who got to speak to Peter Jackson and some of the cast. You get a look at the action in the chateau de Castellaras, sort of. Don't all write and complain/exclaim about the music - they don't say it's actually out of the movie. [More}

The most amazing images to come out of the Cannes weekend

5/15/01, 1:50 am EST - Tehanu

We reported that the official LOTR website had a book of amazing images available to download as pdf files. This news has rolled off the front page and so we're getting emails saying 'why don't you tell people about that incredible book on the official site!'

So in case you missed it the first time, here it is again.

New British coverage of Cannes

5/15/01, 1:46 am EST - Tehanu

Empire and the BBC have added to their Cannes coverage of LOTR [More]

E!Online Updates

5/15/01, 1:27 am EST - Tehanu

Not surprisingly, E!Online HAD to update 'The Latest Word' to get in on the Cannes buzz and as usual they have some good tid-bits. [More]

Thanks to Matt for that

SHOP: High Quality LOTR Toy Pics

5/15/01, 12:25 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Geb sends along these great pics of those LOTR toys you all want to play with so badly! [More]

News for May 14, 2001

Rings premiere in US, fanfare in NZ

5/14/01, 11:05 pm EST - Xoanon

From: The Dominion

Wellington has missed out on holding the world premiere of the first film in Peter Jackson's trilogy The Lord of the Rings, but will have its own celebrity-packed New Zealand showing on the film's international release date, December 26. [More]

Thanks to Mr Tadpole for the tip

Marketing Middle Earth

5/14/01, 11:04 pm EST - Xoanon

From: national post online

The enormous scope of New Line's $270-million film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy is perhaps matched only by the project's promotional campaign. [More]

Thanks to Elessar_Elessar for the tip

Go to the LOTR Party now!

5/14/01, 8:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Well, no not really, but you can catch over 2 mins of RealVideo footage at Filmfestivals.com, more pics coming as well! [More]

Access Hollywood and ET! BOTH Do LOTR

5/14/01, 7:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Cath them tonight if you can! Both Access Hollywood and ET do LOTR!!

From: Jared

LOTR is on Access Hollywood! I just saw it and it looks like they are having a huge party over there. They showed shots of mounted Nazgul, orcs, reinessance singers, Ian Mckellan etc....They talked to Liv Tyler a bit, then showed the 4 hobbits and PJ singing. It looked great.

Last Night, I dreamt I was in Middle-earth...

5/14/01, 6:41 pm EST - Calisuri

All this Cannes 2001 stuff must be getting to my head, because last night, I dreamt I was in Middle-earth. It wasn't the normal dream I have had since I was a child, this one was new...and real...[More]

Houghton Mifflin Anticipates Big Numbers

5/14/01, 6:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Some AMAZING pics from the folks in the Houghton Mifflin camp, they are some great pics of Gandalf, Frodo and Sam, and will soon be appearing in catalogs near you. Check them out here. !!Spoilers!! [More]

Thanks to Kent from lotr-movie.com

Cate Blanchett's B-Day!

5/14/01, 11:51 am EST - Xoanon

Today, May 14th is Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) Birthday! Cate was born Catherine Blanchett on May 14th 1969 in Melbourne, Australia. That makes her 32 today! Have a good one Cate!

Cali talks Cannes Party!

5/14/01, 11:29 am EST - Xoanon

Calisuri chimed in to relate all the fun he had at the Cannes party, and trust me, I could tell, he called me while he was still there! [More]

Holm's 'From Hell' Poster Online

5/14/01, 11:20 am EST - Xoanon

The latest Ian Holm (Bilbo) film 'From Hell' now has a poster online over at DarkHorizons, check it out here. [More]

Cate talks LOTR

5/14/01, 11:16 am EST - Xoanon

Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) has been talking LOTR to a Danish television cinema program called "Bogart". Cate talks post production and the use of special effects, she talks about her first reaction to the images, and PJ's take on Tolkien's tale. Click here to HEAR Cate for yourself. [More]

The Hobbits - as famous as The Beatles?

5/14/01, 6:33 am EST - Tehanu

A report from Sweden that doesn't talk about Cannes, thanks to Chade. [More]

NZ's TV One had a report on the Cannes LOTR party

5/14/01, 6:09 am EST - Tehanu

I missed it. Drat work. Check it out, and check out the Cannes page, here

Tourism spin-off from the Rings.

5/14/01, 6:02 am EST - Tehanu

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: these films are going to attract a lot of tourists to NZ, and if we have any sense we'll be preparing for that. The NZ Tourism board have woken up to this at last. TV3 mentioned it in their Cannes report - go here and scroll down to the item about tourism.

Acess Hollywood does LOTR?

5/14/01, 12:45 am EST - Xoanon

Rumor has it Monday nights episode of Access Hollywood will have something related to Cannes and LOTR. Watch it if you can (7:00 pm et).

News for May 13, 2001

Peter Jackson and the media circus

5/13/01, 8:03 pm EST - Tehanu

Radio NZ had a report from Cannes. NZ Film Commission's Gordon Harcourt caught up with Peter Jackson, who said he was 'shattered' after doing 150 interviews in 3 days. At the glamourous Rings party he was still wearing combat pants (not shorts!) and his usual polo shirt. He said he'd thought that afternoon about wearing a suit, but then realised he hadn't brought one to France!

Candid at Cannes

5/13/01, 7:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Elfstone sends along some great candid shots of Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom (who is currently copying my hairstyle), Christopher Lee, Liv Tyler and Peter Jackson. [More]

Calisuri at the LOTR party, right now!

5/13/01, 4:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Calisuri, everyone's favorite person we'd love to be this weekend, is at the LOTR party right now!

He called to tell me that he's currently having lamb kabobs with scallop potatoes and rice, with Ian McKellen and Viggo Mortensen. The cast is there, and all are having fun! More to come!

Candid at Cannes

5/13/01, 3:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Some great new candid photos from Cannes, check them out in our Cannes 2001 secion. [More]

Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

5/13/01, 12:58 pm EST - Xoanon

This news comes a little late, and has nothing to do with LOTR, but I have always been, and always be, a great fan of the late Douglas Adams. I was very sad to hear the news of his passing. Read the tribute on AICN. [More]

TORN B-Day Contest! Last Winner Announced!

5/13/01, 12:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Friday's Answer:

1. what two charities do we donate to? Books in Homes and WWF New Zealand

2. How many hits did we get on our first day? 22 unique visitors

And the winner is....Rwraith Congratulations!

All CANNES, all the time

5/13/01, 12:30 pm EST - Xoanon

Make sure to keep checking our CANNES 2001 Coverage page, it is constantly being updated.

Mr Showbiz talks Rings...

5/13/01, 5:13 am EST - Tehanu

Plusm kindly sent us the review from Mr. Showbiz [More]

News for May 12, 2001

Aussies go to Cannes

5/12/01, 11:36 pm EST - Tehanu

The Australian paper 'The Age' reports on the footage and gets some good quotes from Jackson and the cast. [More]

Calisuri's interviews direct from Cannes

5/12/01, 8:59 pm EST - Tehanu

The latest in our coverage of the LOTR press frenzy in Cannes. Calisuri was able to bring us these interviews with John Rhys-Davies[Gimli], Sir Ian McKelllen [Gandalf] and Christopher Lee [Saruman]. [More]

Live Lord of the Rings Book Chats This Weekend

5/12/01, 3:33 pm EST - Tookish

That's right, TheOneRing.net hosts three sessions to talk about the good books themselves, specifically Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter Seven: In the House of Tom Bombadil. [More]

TORN and Eyada.com

5/12/01, 1:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Click the following link to hear the latest LOTR update on eyada.com. [More]

Media Watch: Computer Weekly Magazine

5/12/01, 1:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Computer Weekly Magazine has recently written an article about the official site, check it out here. [More]

Calisuri Answers the Biggest Question of the last Two years

5/12/01, 12:42 pm EST - Corvar

Calisuri reports in from Cannes with the answer to the question which has come up every week since the announcement of the movies. The question that has spured many hours of debate, and countless arguments.

If you want to find out the answer, check out the Cannes page. [here]

!!!!!! Major Spoilers !!!!!!!

NZ Media at Cannes: Evening Post

5/12/01, 3:30 am EST - Tehanu

Of course the NZ media are anxious to see whether the monster that's been living in their backyard for the last 2 years is going to fly once it gets offshore or whether it's going to remain a flightless kiwi. Wellington's Evening Post checked out the reactions at Cannes and the report is on Stuff.co.nz

Thanks to Tiggy for the alert.

E!Online at Cannes

5/12/01, 3:03 am EST - Tehanu

E!Online has been doing daily reports on the action at Cannes. They note that today major attention has shifted to the goings-on at the centre of the Rings promotion, the Chateau Castellaras [More]

News for May 11, 2001

AICN speaks up: Harry's review.

5/11/01, 11:09 pm EST - Tehanu

Sounds like Harry's suffering the same telecommuncations nightmare that's plaguing all the webmasters at Cannes. Nevertheless, he manages to send his review of the LOTR footage BLASTING through the ether! [More]
Check out also the review on that page from somebody who's NOT a Tolkien fan - that's almost more telling than anything.


Harry gets excited, he gets mighty colourful in his speech.

Media Watch: NZ's TV 3

5/11/01, 9:02 pm EST - Tehanu

TV3 has some of their people over at Cannes and they're doing a segment on Peter Jackson and LOTR tonight. Video capture, anyone?

The Cannes LOTR booklet.

5/11/01, 8:55 pm EST - Tehanu

Mathias wrote to say that you can download a pdf file of the official LOTR booklet handed to the media guests. It's on the official site Ioreth added "4,81 MB but WORTH the wait (for us with slow modems that is)"

A bunch of people are reporting the exact URL of the booklet, it is located here for those who don't want to search through the official site on their own. ;)

Cali Covers CANNES!

5/11/01, 7:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Don't forget to read Cali's review of the Cannes footage!!! [More]

Dressing Up Vintage

5/11/01, 7:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Some of today's most glamorous celebrities love vintage chic. Tracy Tolkien, granddaughter of the legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien, writes about some of these well-known women buying and wearing antique pieces. [More]

Canal + Interviews Peter Jackson after the screening

5/11/01, 6:02 pm EST - Tehanu

Thanks to Arathorn II, we have a transcript of the interview, including a lot of reactions from the audience. [More]

Calisuri Chimes in from Cannes

5/11/01, 5:54 pm EST - Corvar

Calisuri has filed his first report from Cannes. I have only just finished reading it, and definitely need to read it again. So without anything further from me, head on over to our Cannes Page

TheOneRing.net on Eyada.com

5/11/01, 3:23 pm EST - Xoanon

You can catch me on eyada.com again later this afternoon. Click on over to eyada.com and hit the 'live' button next to the 'Rush and Molloy' box. The show will start around 4:15 pm eastern standard time, just about an hour from now. I'll be talking about all the latest on LOTR, which of course will include Cannes. [More]

CANNES Carazay

5/11/01, 1:48 pm EST - Xoanon

The media is eating up our little trilogy we've been covering for two years. Hrmmm guess some people just need to catch up :) [More]

CANNES: France's 'Canal +' goes LOTR

5/11/01, 1:40 pm EST - Xoanon

France's 'Canal +' to show Calisuri and Leo on a topless beach in france?! More like some cool stuff from Cannes! As well as word about a live chat?! News direct from france! (thank god I speak french) [More]

CANNES: French Premiere Covers the Screener

5/11/01, 12:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out a report from French Premiere covering the LOTR footage screening! [More]

CANNES: The Daily Telegraph

5/11/01, 11:11 am EST - Xoanon

The Daily Telegraph goes CANNES Crazy with a great article covering the event, and has some nice production stills to show off as well! !!Spoilers!! [More]

TORN B-Day Contest Continues! Day 5

5/11/01, 10:10 am EST - Xoanon

Yesterday's answer:

Can you name these ladies of TORN?


a. Anwyn b. Jincey c. Tehanu

And the Winner is....Durgond!! Congratulations!!

Click here for our last trivia question of the week!

CANNES: New FOTR Trailer, Confirmed!

5/11/01, 9:13 am EST - Xoanon

Calisuri chimes in with news that the big man himself, Mark Ordesky (a huge LOTR fan), that a NEW FOTR trailer WILL be released soon! More details to come.

Read our earlier report on the trailer and what's in it! !!Spoilers!!

CANNES: 26 Minutes of Footage Screened!

5/11/01, 9:11 am EST - Xoanon

Calisuri chimes in with a preliminary report from the 26 minutes of FOTR Screened at CANNES! [More]

Media Alert for French Ringers!

5/11/01, 7:31 am EST - Tehanu

News from Arathorn: Looks like French TV will have a clip on Cannes and LOTR. [More]

Now it's Finland chiming in with a report!

5/11/01, 7:22 am EST - Tehanu

Tero sent us a translation of a report on the Cannes LOTR footage from his local paper. [More]

A full translation of the Aftonbladet report from Cannes

5/11/01, 6:34 am EST - Tehanu

We have Catinyat to thank for translating all of the text from the Swedish tabloid. Swedish film critic Jens Petersen describes 26 minutes of footage....Oh yeah, it'd help if I posted the link


What Aftonbladet SAW at Cannes

5/11/01, 4:13 am EST - Tehanu

Not to steal Calisuri's thunder or anything [Where IS he by the way???? Send the eagles!] but thanks to Vidstige we have a translation of what the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet [see below] said about the Cannes LOTR footage. [More]

The Vikings score again!

5/11/01, 4:01 am EST - Tehanu

This time it's Swedish paper Aftonbladet, with a new picture of Gandalf and some fighting orcs. Note the hilt of Glamdring poking up from Gandalf's horse's saddle. [More]

Thanks to Opochidon for that.

More birthday gifts.

5/11/01, 1:21 am EST - Tehanu

If we can't have the Ring, we don't mind having this for our birthday, Preciousssss. Thanks to PSO. [More]

The Invasion of the Scandinavians continues

5/11/01, 1:03 am EST - Tehanu

In NZ we're used to it. Every summer they come here in a great horde, hike and bike and kayak their way around the country, and then go home to read 'Lord of the Rings' some more. Now they're flooding the Net with LOTR images. Personally, I'm all for it. Here's the latest from a Norwegian site - Arwen wearing the Evenstar! [More] Hit ''Neste Bild" to get the next picture.

More background to Cannes

5/11/01, 12:42 am EST - Tehanu

This is from E!Online and mentions LOTR as well as outlining a bit of what Cannes is all about [More]

Liv Tyler speaks to the Danes

5/11/01, 12:31 am EST - Tehanu

Signe brings us an interview with Liv Tyler [Arwen] from Danish teen magazine, 'Chili' [More]

News for May 10, 2001

TORN at Cannes...it now begins, with photos!!!!

5/10/01, 5:26 pm EST - Xoanon

TORN Staffer Leo apparently runs faster than Calisuri and managed to snap these FIRST EXCLUSIVE CANNES photos for us, with more to come, from both Leo and Calisuri! This is just the beginning!! !!Spoilers!! [More]

Christopher Lee Bio

5/10/01, 4:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Yes, even you can learn more about Christopher Lee (Saruman) in his new biography 'The Authorized Screen History'. Saint tells us more. [More]

TORN B-Day Contest Continues! Day 4

5/10/01, 11:11 am EST - Xoanon

Yesterday's Answer:

Who's desk is this?

Answer: Calisuri!!!

And the winner is....

mcannon!!! Congratulations!

Click here for today's trivia question!

John Howe talks LOTR

5/10/01, 10:53 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Armel was so kind to translate this article from 'Les nouvel obs' a french magazine. The mag recently interviewed John Howe, and they asked him about the LOTR movies, Tolkien Mania and more about a member of the Tolkien family actually having a role in the films?! [More]

New LOTR Pics

5/10/01, 10:24 am EST - Xoanon

The folks over at www.ananova.com managed to get their hands on some new LOTR pics, some of them are new, and all of them are wonderful! !!Spoilers!! [More]

CANNES: Ask YOUR Question

5/10/01, 1:34 am EST - Xoanon

The Official LOTR Site has updated with a new 'Submit a question for Cannes'. You can ask the folks at Cannes a question for them to answer! *Xoanon plans to ask Calisuri for a shot glass and autographs!* [More]


5/10/01, 1:30 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Fing sends along word that while New Line and Sierra have made nice, they're still looking elsewhere to promote LOTR for our PC's and consoles. [More]

Whetting that Cannes Appetite

5/10/01, 1:20 am EST - Tookish

Sink your teeth into this while we wait for our window into Cannes! [More]

Weaving 100% in Matrix Reloaded (Matrix 2)

5/10/01, 12:57 am EST - Xoanon

Thanks to our good buddies at Coming Attractions we can confirm that Hugo Weaving (Elrond) will play Agent Smith in 'The Matrix Reloaded' (the new title for the sequel).

News for May 09, 2001

The man with the key to 'The Rings'

5/09/01, 7:04 pm EST - Xoanon



Saul Zaentz is the most powerful man involved in the upcoming "Lord Of The Rings" movies, and chances are you've never heard of him.

Which suits him just fine. [More]

Holm's 'From Hell' Release Date

5/09/01, 1:05 pm EST - Xoanon

comics2film is reporting that the latest Ian Holm (Bilbo) film, 'From Hell' has a target release date of October the 18th.

TORN B-Day Contest Continues! Day 3

5/09/01, 10:06 am EST - Xoanon

Yesterday's answer:

Can you name these men?

a. Xoanon
b. Corvar
c. Calisuri

And the winner is......

Stefan Cartledge

Congradulations Stefan!

Click here for today's trivia question!! [More]

Spy report from Cannes.

5/09/01, 8:18 am EST - Tehanu

Been missing spy reports? Here's a small pre-emptive strike about Cannes [more]

More from the Grey Havens scrapbook.

5/09/01, 8:16 am EST - Tehanu

Thanks to Mike for pointing out that the Grey Havens had more updates. As I said before, mostly stuff we've seen before, but laid out for easy reference and you may find some things you HAVEN'T seen before. Check out February and March and April

Sometimes we get gifts instead of giving them....

5/09/01, 8:06 am EST - Tehanu

Some nice things have been sent in for TORN's birthday, and this one, from Paul, is one of them:
[More] You think we don't care when people go to this sort of trouble for us? WRONG!

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