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News for May 30, 1999

All you Aspiring Photographers!

5/30/99, 11:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Tehanu here from the Grey Havens,

Sorry, this one is a bit 'in-house' for New Zealanders…or people who have been here!
I consulted with Rutherford the calculating cat, (the one who is learning to type,) and he drew a Venn diagram to show the intersection of the sets of people who surf the Net, are interested in Lord of the Rings, are interested in photography, live in or have been to NZ, and have been hiking in Fiordland or the Southern Alps. Rutherford reckons it is a pretty tiny subset, but it does exist.

So if you're out there and you have photos of parts of New Zealand that look like you've always imagined Middle Earth to look, why not send them to us and have your work posted up for a bit of web fame? We'd love to be able to put up some big pictures of the area round Queenstown, Wanaka, all that lovely Central Otago stuff. Y'know, the borders of Rohan? Also for those of you that have been down to Milford and Te Anau, how about some pics of that dark mysterious forest they have down there? And Rivendell, can anyone imagine where that might be?
If anyone has a photo of Moria Gate, north of Karamea (it really exists! I've seen it on maps!) we'd love to see that too, just out of curiosity. Those mapmakers were Tolkien fiends too, it seems.

We'll put your name on your pics to give you the credit for them it you want, of course.

TheOneRing.net: Weekly Site Report

5/30/99, 8:11 pm EST - Calisuri

Well, yet another major change to TheOneRing.net happened over this weekend. We finally added a real news update system. Hopefully it will work better then the last one. As usual, any suggestions of comments send them my way.

I am also working very hard to get the characters section up and running. Look for it this weekend sometime.

Hope you guys like the new poll. Seemed it was quite the popular topic on the board, so I figured you'd enjoy. Don't forget to send my your poll questions! This week I had only one to choose from..:(

Have a great week!

Update: Chapter 4

5/30/99, 8:07 pm EST - Calisuri

Xoanon has supplied us with Chapter 4! Go check it out here.

Just in case you didn't know he supplied us with Chapters 2 and 3 just a few short days ago! Way to go Xoanon!

This and That...

5/30/99, 7:45 pm EST - Calisuri

Calisuri here,

First off, you should now notice a slight difference in the visited link color. I had many requests from individuals to change the dark green. I hope this helps you guys out.

Secondly, Hawkeye, a good bud of mine, was wandering around in the local mall and found this coupon in the B. Dalton's Bookstore. It is very very cool!
\[Trip to Middle-Earth Contest\]

I'm not real sure where you can get one for yourselves, but make sure you enter!! The contest is also only for US residents who are 18 and over. A trip to NZ for those of us stuck in the US would be amazing!

As always, please send in your suggestions and comments. We read them all! Trust me! And keep sending in those poll questions!

Have a great week!

Ian McKellen Steps into the Rings?

5/30/99, 4:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Ian McKellen

Picked this up from Calisuri (since when was he a news man?) thanks bud.

From Corona comes an interesting scoop regarding talks of more casting by director Peter Jackson: Yes, at least one conversation has transpired between Ian McKellen and Jackson regarding the role of Gandalf. Not certain this has been he has PASSED on yet, but remember that any actor who takes on this job will in effect be committing to his next THREE films and the next TWO AND A HALF YEARS of his life. Not certain that McKellen wants to make either of those commitments. For now, let's still consider this job IN PLAY."

News for May 23, 1999

Central Otago Audition

5/23/99, 12:00 am EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here,

Recieved this from a fan of the site who tried to audition. Let him tell you the rest...

Well the day dawned bright and blue and still and just as pretty as can be and off we went to Alexandra. Joined the queue at 11 a.m. and had fun? People watching and trying to remember what it is to be patient. Got in the door around 12.30 p. m. - filled in the form and had ourselves measured and pictured and all finished by 1 p.m.

What was good about it? Well you seldom see such a cross-section of humanity all in one place in Central Otago and they were all very well behaved (no queue jumping and no bitching). The staff were civil, efficient and good natured.

What was bad about it? Probably the thing which was worst - by the time I came to filling in the form all I could really think about was "when can I get some lunch?" But then I am a bit of a slave to my stomach... I suppose I could have thought of more things which would have marked me as valuable to the film if I had been concentrating more. Timing is everything!

On the whole I was glad to have put my name down to play a small part in what for me is a very significant story. Lets all get behind this movie and make it live up to the book.

Have a good one,

Bill M.

News for May 20, 1999

Stewart as Gandalf

5/20/99, 12:00 am EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here,

You know how much I hate rumors, but since news is soooo slow latey (something to do with a new space film or something) I guess I'll post this.

got an email from Scott H

A friend of mine who is an actor (and waits tables to pay the bills of course)who has an agent and all that stuff, did some following up on how he did on his part,(he read for Merry). Turns out he isn't getting the part but he did hear the Patrick Stewart was in the running and "a shoe in for" Gandalf.

I don't know, can you all picture this? I don't know what I should think. I do know that Patrick Stewart is an accomplished actor, so...

News for May 18, 1999

This and That...

5/18/99, 12:00 am EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here,

With all the excitement over this Sean Connery thing it seems people have forgotten that there are OTHER things besides casting going on. This is all small news that I just want to mash together into one article because I damn well feel like it! (down boy)

Save Tom Bombadil!

My buddy Joram from Tolkien Movie News has found a cause, and he wants you all to help him. As you may or may not know PJ will be cutting all TB scenes from the film. Joram seems to think this and outrage. Click here and you can help save Tom from the cutting room floor!

Elf Casting

Not really, Tehanu just turned my hair green because I almost forgot to mention she's been talking with someone who is close to being cast as an Elf, not THE Elf, just a regular Elf, if there ever was one.

Timothy Spall Anyone?

I've just received an email telling me where I can talk to people who represent TS. But it's all the way in England and there is no fax number. So calling all you people in the Business (I know you're reading this, having a good laugh at my expense) get in touch with me!

150 to 1 shot

Tehanu's Elf friend is also a composer. She tells me he has lined himself up for the amazing job of creating the score for LOTR, but, he stresses, so have 150 other people...

Casting Call!

5/18/99, 12:00 am EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here,

Picked up this little tidbit from an E-mail spy 'Terry'

They announced another tidbit on the radio this morning. (About 2 hrs ago)
The will begin casting for extras in Central Otago and Fiordland in a few weeks. They are looking for children from the ages of 4-12, adult men and woman and tall men.

If you live near these areas and plan to audition, Contact me!
'exciting things are afoot!'

News for May 17, 1999

The Rumor that will Never Die

5/17/99, 12:00 am EST - Xoanon

The Evening Post had this to say on the new Sean Connery rumour:

Connery admits he's in line for Jackson film. by Megan Lane and Reuters Scottish film star Sean Connery say he's waiting for a script for Miramar director Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings. At a press conference to promote his latest film, Entrapment, at the Cannes Film Festival, Connery confirmed that he was in line for a role in Jackson's NZ$266 million project. He said he was waiting on a script of the adaptation of author J R R Tolkien's fantasy trilogy, to be filmed in New Zealand from september 19. Rumours that Connery could play Gandalf date back at least a year, before Jackson announced the project last August. A number of Seatoun residents claim to have seen Connery at the Chocolate Fish Cafe in Scorching Bay - an Urban myth so popular that cafe staff have brought in a cardboard cutout of Connery. Jackson's team has consistently denied Connery's involvement, but could not be contacted today. [ The Chocolate Fish Cafe is frequented by Peter Jackson ] Connery isn't the only big name connected with the project - Hollywood heart-throb Keanu Reeves ( The Matrix ) told an Australian magazine that he had been petitioning Jackson's people to play Aragorn.

This is literally the hottest rumour there is folks. One has to wonder if New Line will demand that Connery makes it into the film because of all of this interest in him! I hope that the focus remains on the movies rather than actors because this is a once in a lifetime chance for Tolkien Fans to see Tolkien's vision brought to the silver screen. Thanks to 'Bruce' for the article!

News for May 14, 1999

TheOneRing.net Weekly Site Report

5/14/99, 12:00 am EST - Xoanon

Hey folks! What a great week to be a Lord of the Rings fan! The launch of TheOneRing.net went off with a bang and we now have the most complete resource for The Lord of the Rings Movie news and rumors.

I recently added a few features which I'm sure a lot of you have seen. First off, we have a new message board area where you can feel free to sound off on anything Lord of the Rings related. I would like to reset the board every week or so, just to keep the issues up to date. Send me some feedback on whether you think this is a good idea or not.

I also just added a poll yesterday and it looks like you guys are having fun with it. To make the questions more in tune with the fans, I want to have a weekly contest to pick the question. Just send me your suggestions, and we'll pick from the submissions for the weekly poll.

Keep having fun, and we'll make this the best damn Lord of the Rings Movie site there is! Thabks for the support!

Poll Appropriate: Connery Update

5/14/99, 12:00 am EST - Xoanon

Calisuri here,

Looks like our weekly poll hit the hotspot for the week. Cinescape.com has a report from Reuters which says Sean Connery is at the very least interested in "an adaptation of J. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings." The tid-bit goes on to say that Mr. Connery is awaiting a script for his review! All of you who voted for Connery as Gandalf might just be getting your wish!

Here are the poll results from last week:

Poll from 4/7-4/16

Drive by Sighting!

5/14/99, 12:00 am EST - Xoanon

Tehanus contacts seem to be everywhere these days, just heard PJ raised the bounty another 10 000$

Talked to a friend of a friend (here we go) who gave yet another friend a lift to work through the security courdon. Saw Bilbo's hole being built out of polystyrene.

Merry and Pippin casting search?

5/14/99, 12:00 am EST - Xoanon

msboyd chimed in a couple of days ago with some interesting news, it seems some friends of hers are being looked over for some major characters.

News has come from spies in the theatrical world in London. PJ has been looking around and auditioning some of the bright young talents there, some of them still not yet out of drama school. It looks like we're going to see fresh faces playing roles like Pippin and Merry.

News for May 13, 1999

Manawatu Casting Call exposed as capping stunt!

5/13/99, 12:00 am EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here,

Maybe it's too early in the morning to think about it, but what is a capping stunt? I've emailed Tehanu to ask her, but unfortunately she's busy teaching the charm of Making to some Ancient ones up in the hills, anyone out there know? anyone?...Here is her report, don't be afraid if she talks about herself in the 3rd person...just don't ask.

Tehanu's description of capping stunts: Over here, students celebrate graduating in a number of ways besides dressing up in a silly cap and gown for the awarding-of-the-degrees ceremony. Apart from drinking lots and putting soap-suds in the civic fountains, there's also a kind of competition to see who can come up with the funniest and most public hoax or stunt.

Tehanu was a little suspicious about one 'spy report' that we received via "ain't-it-cool-news" a week ago. Supposedly Peter Jackson was going to be filming in the Manawatu, around Palmerston North, and a casting call was being held in The Concourse. Hmmm, sounds like something centring on Massey University, she thought. The photo supplied of the beautiful scenic cow-paddock supposedly resembling 'The Shire' looked, shall we say, a little unconvincing.

Calls to the Palmerston Evening Star elicited the response, from various reporters: "Huh?", "What?" and "It's probably a capping stunt." Tehanu's suspicion was intensified by the fact she had noticed in the previous week's papers that the Massey University Revue for graduation was going to be based on, or a spoof of, Lord of the Rings. Nice try, guys. You got yourselves on the Web.

Why don't you send us your best jokes/scripts, and tell us all how it went?

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