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News for May 22, 2001

PLAN AHEAD for viewing the new trailer!

5/22/01, 8:53 pm EST - Tookish

Hackenbush updates his scoop on the new theater trailer coming with Pearl Harbor, informing us that it is not on all copies of the film- only 2 of the 4 at his place. Remember folks, PLAN AHEAD if you're trying to see the trailer this weekend by calling your theaters first.

Media Watch: TV Guide Channel Keeps Cannes Coming

5/22/01, 8:49 pm EST - Tookish

American cable's TV Guide channel has LotR fever, with Bean and Tyler interviews, castle shots, bits of the first theater teaser, and a reference to the Professor as, "J double-R Tolkien." Thanks to jb for this one.

Kids Version of LOTR....really needed?

5/22/01, 5:47 pm EST - Xoanon

An insider at Scholastic, a company that sells books to kids via a catalogue that the kids take home to mom and dad (I remember the days) will soon be offering a 'Kids Version' of LOTR...one question..is this really needed? [More]

More about the new trailer!

5/22/01, 4:48 pm EST - leo

Someone over at Movieheadlines.net apparently saw Pearl Harbour before it officially hits theatres, and he also got the chance to see the new trailer! A nice description can be found on their site, sounds like a lot of new footage, can't wait to see it! [More]

New Pics! Bilbo, Galadriel, Nazgul, Bag End - UPDATE

5/22/01, 12:08 pm EST - Calisuri

Belcarnen from the Czech Republic site Pán Prstenuº sends us links to these great new images. !SPOILERS! [Galadriel] [Bilbo] [Nazgul] [Bag End]


Well, it looks like I jumped the gun a bit. These images are originally from Elostirion.com and our good buddy Greenleaf. Check out his Cannes report where you can find a very accurate map of the party grounds. Also, check out the film image of the Stone Troll. I guess the image we saw of Aragorn and something behind him was in this same shot. [More]

Trailer News: Maritime Canada

5/22/01, 11:53 am EST - Xoanon

From: Mark P

I just got an email back from the Assistant Film Buyer who decided what trailers play with which movies for Empire Theatres, the largest Cinema chain in Atlantic Canada:

As far as I know, there will be no "Lord of the Rings" trailer on the front of "Pearl Harbor". Things could change from here until Friday, but I do the trailer programming on Wednesdays and there has been no request from Alliance/Atlantis "Lord of the Rings"' Canadian distributor.

He said he's email me back if things change, and I'll be sure to give word to TORN if he does.

McKellen.com Updates!

5/22/01, 11:30 am EST - Xoanon

Ian McKellen (Gandalf) website 'mckellen.com' has updated it's 'Grey Book' section! Check it out for some great info! [More]

SHOP: Fellowship Ornaments for X-Mas!

5/22/01, 11:26 am EST - Xoanon

Want a nazgul hanging from your tree next year? [More]

Trailer News: Australia

5/22/01, 11:20 am EST - Xoanon

From: Opti

I have heard about the new trailer being attached to Pearl Harbour in the USA. In Australia the 2 films have separate Distributors so BVI won't be attaching these trailers to Pearl Harbour.

So far Roadshow (LOTR Distributor) haven't advised us as to when the new trailer will be available here. I'm sure it won't be far off and their next big release is SWORDFISH so it may be attached to those prints.

Official Promotion for FOTR Trailer

5/22/01, 8:36 am EST - Calisuri

New Line cinema is sending us countdown banners for the online release of the NEW Fellowship of the Ring trailer. Remember the countdown to the first 'internet preview?' Ahh..those were the days. Check out the banners and the latest on where you can see the trailer near you! [More]

Timekillers 2

5/22/01, 8:10 am EST - Tehanu

Only seven months to go, but the time still seems to drag for you? This should fill in some of it - it's an online course in the Elvish language Quenya, at the fantastic Ardalambion site.

LOTR fever around the world.

5/22/01, 8:04 am EST - Tehanu

Here's a roundup of LOTR news and publicity from Greece, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina and the UK [More]

Here a Trailer, There a Trailer, Everywhere a Trailer Trailer

5/22/01, 7:55 am EST - Tookish

Old Peter Jackson has a trailer... or three! TORNados around the globe keep sending in mail about the first theater teaser still being shown out there, and now a report that the NEW trailer will be up at the official site on Friday. Batten the hatches, we're going in!!! [More]

Saul Zaentz tells how the Rings film project was born.

5/22/01, 7:27 am EST - Tehanu

Andre sent us an interview with Saul Zaentz, who held the movie rights to 'The Lord of the Rings' for many years, until New Line - and the right director- came along. [More]

Liv Tyler talks about Cate on Aussie media.

5/22/01, 6:58 am EST - Tehanu

Sharp-eyed Ringer spy Rallas sent us a report which had a nugget of information in it which will offend purists. [So, see you in line anyway!: ) ][More]


Nope, People wrote to point out my mistake. Purists will only twitch slightly.

News for May 21, 2001

More Details on the NEW Trailer

5/21/01, 8:13 pm EST - Calisuri

Ringer fan Hackenbush, a theater owner in the US, sends us this:

"Hi, I'm a manager at a theater, and our trailer placements just came in. LOTR is listed to be put on Pearl Harbor, but I think it's the old trailer. Its running time is 2:13, and I think that's the length of the old trailer, isn't it? Also, it said "Lord of the Rings", not "Fellowship of the Ring". I can vouch this for ******* Theaters, but as far as the other chains go, I can't speak for them."

Not to fear Hackenbush! The Teaser trailer was much shorter then 2:13. Something like 1:40. So Yea! Two minutes of pure LOTR bliss, this weekend! I can't wait!

Welcome Middle-earth Tours!

5/21/01, 4:02 pm EST - Calisuri

TheOneRing.net is proud to welcome Middle-earth Tours to its online community!

\[ Middle Earth Tours \]

Now you can tour Middle-earth with the help of the best Tolkien artists and images from the upcoming movies. Pictures are reasonably sized, arranged by topic and accompanied by quotes from the books; so "tourists" can compare several artists' renditions of Gollum, Gondor, etc., with Tolkien's own descriptions. Decide for yourself which artist got it "right!" [More]

GAMING: TORn sees a Demo of Fellowship

5/21/01, 3:40 pm EST - Calisuri

Our very own Ostadan (Lore & Letters) and Quickbeam (Out on a Limb with Quickbeam) made a special trip down to the Electronic Entertainment Expo, aka E3, to peek at the little man behind the curtain making Sierra's Fellowship of the Ring. We met a couple of the designers and the producer, who were happy to answer our many fan-centric questions. Here are our collective thoughts.... [More]

CastWatch: Frodo shows up at E3

5/21/01, 3:14 pm EST - Calisuri

News comes to us that Elijah Wood (Frodo) attended the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. The proof? Ringer fan Chris sends along this picture of himself the Ringbearer. [More]

MediaWatch: "Kicking the Hobbit"

5/21/01, 1:07 pm EST - Calisuri

Carlos from American Prospect Online sent us this today:

"I am writing to inform you about an article published today by The American Prospect. When it comes to the fantasy novels of J.R.R. Tolkien, it is true that critics either love the books or hate them. As the film debut of The Fellowship of the Ring approaches, we discuss whether J.R.R. Tolkien is worthy of inclusion in the literary canon."[More]

MediaWatch: BBC Online

5/21/01, 11:53 am EST - Calisuri

Ringer Mark sends word that the BBC has put up an article about a planned LOTR theme park. (Woo! Wont' that be fun!) There is also a brief snippet about Peter Jackson finding it 'painful' to show a brief clip of the film out of context, and how the film is expected to make a huge impact when released. !IMAGE SPOILERS![More]

New Pics: Hobbits, a Palantir and the Fellowship

5/21/01, 9:32 am EST - Calisuri

Some very cool images have appeared online today. We just received this note from Necsipaal:

I've received three new beautiful pics from Boumbo. One of the palantir, one of the hobbits and finally a beautiful one of the Fellowship. I think I will soon receive great pics of orcs in Moria. !SPOILERS! [More]

News for May 20, 2001

7 Months Until FOTR!

5/20/01, 12:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Well, ok, I missed this yesterday. But now there is LESS than 7 months until The Fellowship of the Ring! That's 213 days or...5112 hours or....306720 minutes...

...see you in line

NZ Landscaper Describes Edoras

5/20/01, 10:59 am EST - Strider

Stuff.co.nz posted an article yesterday about how one New Zealand gardener's dreams came true when he was asked to create the 600-yeard old landscape of Edoras for the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. Though still reading the books themselves, Landscaper Andrew Kolff still described the experience as "fascinating." [More]

I dreamt I was in Middle-earth...(PART II)

5/20/01, 10:47 am EST - Calisuri

I finally had a chance to finish the second part of my Cannes party coverage. If you haven't read the first part, I would suggest you do. [First Report] Both reports are accounts of my experiences at the Party last Sunday. [More]

GAMING: MM3D vs. Sierra: Round 2

5/20/01, 10:06 am EST - Calisuri

DarthCaeser gets a bigtime scoop for Gaming Havens. News has come down that MM3D has re-filed their lawsuit against Sierra. [More]

Reel.com's take on the Cannes frenzy

5/20/01, 5:58 am EST - Tehanu

They didn't set Jeff Wells to write this one. Joan Tarshis comes up with some new quotes, even! Let me tell you, that is getting hard to do. [More]

Thanks to Eric for this.

Cannes comments on BBC's Liquid News.

5/20/01, 5:43 am EST - Tehanu

Some more news thanks to Ringer Spy Jon [More]

What Liv Tyler said in Elvish.

5/20/01, 5:28 am EST - Tehanu

There's some amazing people out in the big world-including people who study and understand Elvish languages. They've translated Liv Tyler's lines in Elvish which were heard on TV recently [More]

A first sneak preview of the new trailer!

5/20/01, 2:23 am EST - Tehanu

Somebody has seen it already, and posted a description on the messageboard. Here's the gist of what they said [More]


News for May 19, 2001

Live Tolkien Chats May 19 & 20

5/19/01, 2:47 pm EST - Tookish

The Hall of Fire is proud to present a Tolkien chat to get you going! Can you fully appreciate the movies if you haven't read the books? This chat is offered in three time zones, and first timers are always welcome. [More]

GAMING: IGN's preview of the Fellowship of the Ring

5/19/01, 2:46 pm EST - Xoanon

IGN Xbox has posted a preview of the Fellowship of the Ring game:

"Fellowship of the Ring is a third person action/adventure where you play as Frodo Baggins as he begins his quest to destroy The One Ring..." [More]

Cannes Pics, Final Round

5/19/01, 2:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Ok, my mind (and our scrapbook) is getting bombarded with Cannes images. But I still LOVE them all! Check out Ringer Spy Elfstone's collection of Cannes pics! [More]

And you can slo check out THE movie site on the net for the thier LOTR collection, IMDB just rox my sox :) [More]

Wonder Twin Power...Activate!

5/19/01, 2:29 pm EST - Calisuri

Ringer fans unite! A report has come in today that the 'new' LOTR might be playing in front of 'A Knight's Tale' this weekend. Yeah, I almost rushed out to the theater too. But call your local cinema first and inquire about the trailer. If they are showing the NEW trailer near you, send me an email at calisuri@theonering.net and give me the details. We can post them online for all to see.

More Timekillers....

5/19/01, 7:18 am EST - Tehanu

Sick of Cannes? Can't bear to wait for the movies to come out? Here's a website that tries to list all toTolkien-related music - The Tolkien Music List

Thanks to Larry for that.

Great video footage from Cannes

5/19/01, 7:13 am EST - Tehanu

Estel pointed me to where the Herr Der Ringe website has exclusive video footage - some new interviews with PJ, Viggo, Christopher Lee, John Rhys-Davies... and the hobbits. You get to hear more of them chorusing their drinking song -which if you listen carefully, starts out as 'Hey, ho, to the bottle I go..." and ends off with lines from Pippin's bath song. Confused? Listen for yourself ![More]

News for May 18, 2001

Who Said the Movies will Kill the Books?

5/18/01, 9:40 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Lisa W

I thought you would be interested in this small tidbit of news from the library world. In the April 1, 2001 edition of Library Journal, (professional literature of the library biz) librarians are advised to stock up on the 1978 book entitled "A Tolkien Treasury."

The upcoming release of the feature films is mentioned, and LJ speculates that there will be a significant demand for titles about Tolkien and his works. According to LJ this book is a reprint, which suggests that it may have been out of print.

GAMING: E3's LOTR Images

5/18/01, 9:36 pm EST - Xoanon

GameSpy.com has a pair of very coolio Gandalf pics from the E3 LOTR game. Either this is what we'll see in the game, or this could just be some groovy art. Check it out. [More]

New set of Tolkien inspired cd's by The Classic Rock Orchestra!

5/18/01, 8:45 pm EST - Gamgee

Alan Hitt has sent me some sound bytes from this CD set, and WOW! Sounds like a great bit of Tolkien-inspired music making! Check out thier webpage, and listen to it for yourself! Watch for a full review here soon! [More]

Liv Tyler Speaks Elvish, Again

5/18/01, 5:26 pm EST - Xoanon

As reported yesterday, the BBC program Film 2001 last night was recapping the Cannes Film Festival, and included in that recap was a segment on Lord Of The Rings. Liv Tyler (Arwen) managed to squeak out some Elvish during her interview, and we've got it for you! [More]

Hobbit Forming

5/18/01, 4:17 pm EST - Xoanon

'Lord of The Rings' footage previews in New York. EW.com attends a 20 minute screening of the top secret Tolkien trilogy. [More]

GAMING: Decipher wants YOU!

5/18/01, 3:27 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks at Decipher have asked us to ask YOU the FANS to sign up for beta TGC testing for thier LOTR movie cards!

Playtesters Wanted for Lord of the Rings TCG

Want to be a part of Decipher's biggest Trading Card Game ever? Played a few TCGs? Think you know a little about Lord of the Rings? If you think you've got what we're looking for, then now's the time to tell us. [More]

Latest Newsletter is Away!

5/18/01, 12:31 pm EST - Xoanon

The latest newsletter is away! Do you want to receive our weekly newsletter? Packed with tons of info to keep you up to date on the latest? Plus filled with exclusives from time to time! Join the crowd of more than 3700+ mailing list Ringers! Sign up now! [More]

Two Reviews for the Price of One

5/18/01, 12:26 pm EST - Xoanon

DarkHorizons have two reviews featuring our LOTR castmembers.

First is a script review (via FilmForce) of the new Orlando Bloom (Legolas) film 'Black Hawk Down', a film about a group of one hundred American soldiers on a seemingly routine humanitarian mission in Somalia who find themselves outnumbered and outgunned by Somali soldiers [More]

Second is a review of the new David Wenham (Faramir) film 'Moulin Rouge', that little movie that opened Cannes this year. [More]

The Latest on Sierra from E3

5/18/01, 8:49 am EST - Calisuri

From the subject of email I recieved this morning, DarthCaeser, of Gaming Havens, is not a happy camper. I guess, "NO!!!!!", means he read a pretty bad report on Sierra's 'Fellowship of the Ring' game. [More]

WETA/Sideshowtoy pics!

5/18/01, 12:25 am EST - Xoanon

Some truly amazing pics from the very cool folks at WETA/Sideshowtoys! Check these out! [More]

News for May 17, 2001

CANNES: Swedish Channel 1 does Cannes

5/17/01, 11:30 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Count Dooku

Just wanted you to know that CET Swedish Channel 1 aired a whole bunch of stuff from Cannes.

It started with PJ talking about the fact that they made the movies 100 million $ cheaper because they did it in New Zealand instead of Hollywood. [More]

Cannes Rings up winner

5/17/01, 11:16 pm EST - Xoanon

By BRUCE KIRKLAND -- Toronto Sun

CANNES -- The Lord Of The Rings has become the overnight sensation at the 54th Cannes Film Festival, and none of the three films in the trilogy is even finished yet. [More]

Contest end drawing near!!!!

5/17/01, 9:35 pm EST - Gamgee

Tolkienites! If you plan on joining the Worldwide Tolkien Fan Search 2001 contest, you had best hurry up! Great prizes await the biggest Tolkien fan on the planet!! [More]

NY Daily News does Cannes

5/17/01, 7:54 pm EST - Tehanu

It's the Cannes Lite version. [More]

Alanis/Axl/Led Zeppelin rumour bites the dust

5/17/01, 7:40 pm EST - Tehanu

And not before its time! Three cheers for Harry, over at AICN, who rang PJ to ask about this rumour. It's not true. So is Alanis confused, or just good at generating media hype? Who knows? Here's Harry's report [More]

MediaWatch: NPR's Morning Edition

5/17/01, 1:15 pm EST - Calisuri

NPR's "Morning Edition" this morning had a report from Cannes from LA Times Film Critic Kenneth Turan. There's a brief (favorable) mention in the middle about LOTR. Thanks to Ringer John for sending us the heads up. You can hear the real audio archive of the show by heading over to the Morning Edition webpage. Or click on the direct link and jump to about the 2 minutes 15 second portion of the file. [Direct Link]

Got a Half Hour? Read my In-depth Footage Description

5/17/01, 11:36 am EST - Calisuri

Well, it took me a few days to write, but I got it done! Check out my full description of the Footage shown at Cannes 2001. I've also linked to images to help you visualize what I describe. !SUPER DUPER MAJOR BIGTIME SPOILERS! [More]

Media Watch: UK Ringers.

5/17/01, 6:57 am EST - Tehanu

Good news for UK Ringers, thanks to Annatar the Fair.
"In this evening's "Film 2001 with Jonathon Ross" there is going to be a section with all the latest news from the Cannes International Film Festival. This will be on BBC1 at 22:50. You never know, there may even be something new that we haven't seen a dozen or so times already."

Timekillers, continued.

5/17/01, 5:28 am EST - Tehanu

No, you don't have to live in Britain to get the BBC audio version of LOTR. Here's news from Intruder:
"I found the BBC broadcast on CD last week at my local (Southern Illinois, USA) Waldenbooks. It sold for 60 dollars and is a great set. I had only seen it mentioned being found in the UK and such places I didn't know if it was easily found on our side of the pond."

Medusa is the distributor for LOTR in Italy

5/17/01, 5:16 am EST - Tehanu

Laura sent us the address which contains a nice Flash intro to the LOTR films. [More] She's heard ugly rumours that LOTR will not open in Italy 'til Jan 15, so get on your phones, Italian Ringers, and find out if this is true!

More ramblings about Led Zeppelin, Axl and Alanis.

5/17/01, 4:48 am EST - Tehanu

Lots of mail came in about that. If you absolutely HAVE to mail somebody about it, mail tehanu@theonering.net but I am by no means inviting you to. Meanwhile, here's a roundup of the thinking so far regarding the Axl/Alanis duet news. [More]

Cannes 2001: 20 Press Images

5/17/01, 12:43 am EST - Calisuri

If you haven't had a chance to view our New Line Cinema image gallery, now is a good time to check it out. I've just added the 20 images given to us at Cannes 2001. These images are used by print and online media for stories covering the LOTR events at Cannes, so you might have seen some of them online before. Take a close look at the moria pics and try to match them up to the footage descriptions you have seen online. !SPOILERS! [More]

News for May 16, 2001

Alannis Morissette and Axl Rose to feature in LOTR soundtrack?

5/16/01, 7:25 pm EST - Tehanu

I've been trying to ignore this rumour on the grounds that it's too unlikely, but now who knows? On March 26th a Morissette fan website reported that:

"According to French-entertainment website actustar.com, Alanis Morissette will be doing her third soundtrack single this year, with Axl Rose from Guns 'N' Roses! The two will record a track together for a NEW Trilogy coming out, called "Lord of the Rings"

Now our own staffmember Susie says she saw an interview with Alanis today on MTV where she apparently confirmed this rumour and added that they would be doing a cover from Led Zeppelin's third album.


Susie found out more. The Zep song in question is "WHAT IS AND WHAT SHOULD NEVER BE"

Cannes: Party Favors

5/16/01, 6:06 pm EST - Calisuri

Check out the latest gallery from our Cannes 2001 coverage. This gallery, unlike my surrounding area pics, actually shows us some cool LOTR gear that all guests received after attending the big party! [More]

ps - Expect a final footage report sometime later tonight.

So what's the story with Stuart Townsend?

5/16/01, 4:47 pm EST - Calisuri

Remember Stuart Townsend? The actor initially cast as Aragorn? Well, we have some new information for the ongoing drama, and maybe some closure. [More]

French TV5 To do Cannes Coverage

5/16/01, 3:27 pm EST - Xoanon

French LOTR fans from France to Quebec can check out TV5 tonight at 9:30 for some LOTR coverage! You know I'll be watching! [TV5]

CANNES: Mexican TV goes LOTR

5/16/01, 3:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy WebHitMan sends along word of another great RealVideo file from Cannes, TV Azteca interviews Christopher Lee and Liv Tyler, and shows some more of the Cannes party. Check out the link (RealPlayer needed). [More]

GAMING: Sierra to take E3 by storm!

5/16/01, 3:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Finally, the newly announced game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's worldwide best-selling novel The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, will make its debut on the Xbox behind closed doors! [More]

Rings boom for capital

5/16/01, 10:44 am EST - Xoanon

The Lord Of The Rings will become Wellington's America's Cup, predicts the head of the city council's development agency as the film project builds up hype. [More]

Harry talks about Shore score

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

I mentioned in my first report from Cannes this year, that Harry from AintitCool, was really looking forward to our first taste of the Howard Shore score in the screened footage. He's had a chance to collect his ideas and even talk to Howard Shore. himself. [More]

Killing time, killing time....

5/16/01, 6:16 am EST - Tehanu

According to our polls, 32.6% of us are set to explode before the LOTR films come out. We'll try and come up with some distractions in the meantime. [More]

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