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News for Jun. 13, 2000

ANCANAR: Elemental Films Press Release

6/13/00, 4:01 pm EST - Xoanon

The cool folks at Elemental Films are making a somewhat LOTR related film of their own 'Ancanar' will be a LOTR related story set in the past. They've recently sent along this announcement:

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Cast Watch: Saruman in SW II??

6/13/00, 3:19 pm EST - Calisuri

Harry over at AICN is reporting that Christopher Lee, already playing Saruman in the LOTR films, has a part in Star Wars Episode II ! (!!!VULGAR LANGUAGE WARNING!!!)[more]

A Look into the Films?

6/13/00, 1:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Myself scooped me onto a site with all the new pics from John Howe's 2001 Tolkien Calendar! Could some of these paintings have inspired Peter Jackson's Film? or vice versa? [More]

Web Watch: Suite 101

6/13/00, 12:51 pm EST - Xoanon

The latest Michael Martinez article 'Online fandom: Have we gone too far or not far enough?' touches on a chunk of the stuff going on in and around fandom. It's a great read! [More]

Media Watch: Malcolm Article, and just who is Guy Parker?

6/13/00, 12:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Robyn Malcolm article from 'Sunday Star Times'. Plus some casting news? I don't think so :) [More]

Net Watch: AOL.com

6/13/00, 11:15 am EST - Xoanon

Marvel's Toy Biz lord of the ``Rings'' rights

By Jonathan Bing and Dave McNary

NEW YORK (Variety) - The 2001 holidays will be a heady times for Toy Biz, the toy division of Marvel Enterprises. [More]

Cast Watch: Otto on TMN

6/13/00, 11:12 am EST - Xoanon

You can catch Miranda Otto (Eowyn) in 'The Thin Red Line' in TMN. [More]

Want to see Middle-earth BEFORE it's world-famous?

6/13/00, 5:07 am EST - Tehanu

This is only slightly LOTR-related, but I get enough emails every day asking 'how do I get to be an extra in the film?' to which the answer has to be 'First, be in New Zealand....'

Well it's never going to be any easier: Scoop newsagency reported today that the Government here plans to double the number of visas granted to young people wanting a working holiday here.

So, getting here and staying here is only the first step, but it's the kinda crucial one. And you could find worse ways to spend a few months if you're not committed to being anywhere else for a while.

Don't email me about it, contact your nearest NZ consulate.

WETA props ruckus.

6/13/00, 1:25 am EST - Tehanu

The Dominion - which doesn't let us use their copy - carried a story a few days back about somebody selling WETA props such as swords, on E-Bay. This of course upset WETA, who were shocked to discover that somebody was claiming to have real swords used in LOTR filming, for sale by auction. The film company contacted Ebay and got them to stop the sale, because the goods were either stolen or fake. Due to time differences, it was difficult to contact Ebay immediately and in fact the sale was stopped only hours before the hammer fell on the sword, as the Dom puts it.

"We got in touch with the legal department four hours before the deadline was to fall on this thing," said LOTR producer Osborne. By then about 15 bids had been put in.

"No weapon or armour used in the making of the trilogy had been given away, sold or lost," said Osborne. "Even though we have thousands, we have them thoroughly inventoried." He went on to say that no armour or swords were being sold currently, and if they did change their minds and decide to sell some after the production was over, it would only be a few pieces. "The original pieces that were made are works of art. They're beautiful."

Sneaky Sir Ian!

6/13/00, 12:19 am EST - Calisuri

Thanks to Michael Martinez from Xenite.org for this tip!

If you happen to stick around www.mckellen.com long enough, you will be richly rewarded! Sir Ian McKellen has 5 or so audio clips playing on his front page, one of which is Gandalf!

Go to www.McKellen.com, pump up that volume, and wait...and you will hear the immortal words, "One Ring to rule them all..."

News for Jun. 12, 2000

New LOTR Set Located

6/12/00, 11:51 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Belinda

Check out the front page of the Wairarapa Times-Age newspaper. And a friend of mone confirms it, saying he saw several large trucks, camera equipment etc at the Clareville Grandstand on Sunday. With the weather forecast this week, they may be spending most of their time inside! [More]


6/12/00, 3:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Super Ringer Spy JVC and his evil overload boss Ciggy show us a little more of Peter Jackson's LOTR!! [More]


This Weeks Ebay Items

6/12/00, 12:45 pm EST - Xoanon

As diverse as Calisuri's 'used toothpick' collection! [More]

Spooky Fact

6/12/00, 12:18 pm EST - Calisuri

Ringer Fan Dougster reports a rather spooky factoid about Tolkien. [barlimans]

Web Watch: JSOnline.com

6/12/00, 11:56 am EST - Xoanon

Two articles today from JSOnline in Milwaukee:

Marquette got a steal on Tolkien trove

From the Journal Sentinel

A little bit of The Shire is located in Milwaukee.

Marquette University's world-renowned J.R.R. Tolkien Collection contains the original working papers for two of his greatest works, "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings," many in the author's own hand. [More]

Hobbit forming

Tolkien continues to set his readers' imaginations to work

By Jackie Loohauis of the Journal Sentinel staff

British author J.R.R. Tolkien once revealed: "I am a Hobbit."

It's turning out that many of the rest of us are, too.

Hobbits are, of course, the 3-foot tall, curly-topped, furry-toed humanoids who take starring roles in Tolkien's legendary literary epic, "The Lord of the Rings." Anyone who has not yet seen a Hobbit - or a Wizard or an Orc or a High-Elven King - should get his broadsword or her shieldmaid spear ready. From distant lands come rumblings that the inhabitants of Middle-earth are about to invade our world once again. [More]

Thanks to C. Bracegirdle for the tip!

Cast Watch: McKellen's 'Gods'

6/12/00, 11:47 am EST - Xoanon

You can catch Ian McKellen (Gandalf) in 'Gods and Monsters' on TMN. [More]

Spy Report from Lyall Bay.

6/12/00, 6:28 am EST - Tehanu

The Hutt Hobbit and Salome bring us another report from Lyall Bay. (more)

News for Jun. 11, 2000

Minor Casting News: Robyn Malcolm

6/11/00, 3:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Another Shortland Street actor has been tapped to play a role in LOTR. From Bigbadaboom

Todays 'Sunday Star Times' a nationwide Sunday newspaper had a small piece on a local actress Robyn Malcolm.

It was mentioned that she had just started a small role in LOTR playing 'a female village elder'. She said her first scene was with Liv Tyler (Arwen).

The character wasn't named, but you might be able to make a educated guess.

Robyn is another of the former Shortland St actors, she had a long running part in the soap as the chief nurse.

Web Watch: Official Site

6/11/00, 3:20 pm EST - Xoanon

The Official Lord of The Rings website has updated its 'Live on Set' RealAudio feature. This time talking with an unnamed person, who is in turn talking about Peter Jackson:

"Peter is very enthusiastic about this project and is a very big fan of Lord of the Rings, and is extremely knowledgeable and has been steeped in the project for the last 4 years and really has command of every nuance of the book and is capturing it on film, which is very true to form. And yet he has a great way with actors so that he manages to capture a performance that is really unique. He is a great collaborator to work with, which also makes it rewarding for all key people on the set, and probably for everybody because everybody feels comfortable that they can come up and make a suggestion or comment and know that they can do so without being attacked or be subject to the directorial prerogative, and Peter will filter through those things and use what's good, and wither out what's not."

Cast Watch: Astin in 'Soldiers'

6/11/00, 3:05 pm EST - Xoanon

You can catch Sean Astin (Sam) in 'Toy Soldiers' on Cinemax. [More]

8 Months and Counting...

6/11/00, 3:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Today, the 11th of June marks the 8th month in the production of LOTR. More info on this coming soon :)

News for Jun. 10, 2000

Hall Of Fire!

6/10/00, 12:32 pm EST - Xoanon

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Productions

One of English history's most beloved fantasies, The Lord of the Rings, has been made into stage plays, radio dramas, and even opera! This weekend we'll talk in depth about those productions, looking for your favorites or the ones you love to hate.

Have you heard the BBC radio adaptation of LotR? In my opinion it is excellent. But then again I also enjoy the Bakshi LotR and Rankin-Bass' Hobbit. I also feel that Gollum is a character done very well in each of the productions I've heard or seen. What do you think??!!

Bring your expereriences and opinions to share with us this Saturday, June 10, at 5:30 EDT [-5 hours GMT], at the Hall of Fire.

Horsing Around on the South Island

6/10/00, 12:29 pm EST - Xoanon

Television New Zealand's One Network News ran an item yesterday about the search for horse riders for LOTR. A trials day was held at Rangoira (South Island). Click here to view the story, with pictures. [More]

Cast Watch: Otto in 'Well'

6/10/00, 12:22 pm EST - Xoanon

You can catch Miranda Otto (Eowyn) in 'The Well' on the Sundance Channel today.

News for Jun. 09, 2000

Marvel Gets LOTR Action Figures! -UPDATED-

6/09/00, 2:33 pm EST - Xoanon

From: IMDB

Marvel Wins Toy License For Lord Of The Rings

In what could be a big boost for financially recuperating Marvel Enterprises, its Toy Biz unit has been awarded the master toy license for New Line's upcoming Lord of the Rings films, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Friday).

Click here to view some work by Toy Biz [More]

Calls have been placed to the folks at 'Toy Biz' and all I could confirm is this:

- The deal was just signed this week
- There are no release plans as yet
- The first we may see of any LOTR toys will be in the Toy Fair in February

Web Watch: Yahoo! Netbriefs

6/09/00, 11:20 am EST - Xoanon


The exclusive online preview of New Line Cinema's trilogy The Lord of the Rings [lordoftherings.net] registered 1.7 million downloads during the first 24 hours of its release; that's 700,000 more than the trailer for Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace, the previous record holder. The series' first film, The Fellowship of the Ring, starring Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood, is set for a Christmas 2001 release....

Thanks to C.E.R. for the tip!

Cast Watch: LOTR Cast on TV

6/09/00, 11:17 am EST - Xoanon

You can catch Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) in 'A Perfect Murder' on Cinemax. [More]

You can see Elijah Wood (Frodo) in 'The Faculty' on TMN. [More]

You can see Miranda Otto (Eowyn) in 'The Thin Red Line' on TMN. [More]

You can see John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) in 'Canvas' on TMN. [More]

Woman's Day Pics!

6/09/00, 1:59 am EST - Xoanon

Remember those grainy pics from 'Woman's Day' Magazine that turned up online a few weeks ago? Well we've now got the originals and they are MUCH bigger and brighter! Click on! [More]


TheOneRing.net is Going to Dragon*Con!!!

6/09/00, 12:40 am EST - Jincey

That's right! If you missed seeing our exclusive pix of the movie production that were shown at ImagineCon and Cond'Or, here's another chance! TheOneRing.net will be presenting a session or three at Dragon*con 2000 in Atlanta GA June 29 - July 2. Our sessions include "Tolkien and the Web," "Secrets Revealed," and also a couple of "Tolkien Trivia Contests." We are always in search of fresh trivia, especially now. If you have a great question, please check Barliman's page here for more info on categories and how to submit.

We are happy to be part of America's largest fan run sci-fi/fantasy con and TheOneRing.net will be there in force... Calisuri, Corvar, and myself have all made plans, as well as at least one Barliman's regular. If you are close by, check the convention out. It promises to be unlike anything you've ever attended before!

News for Jun. 08, 2000

The History of The Lord of the Rings.

6/08/00, 4:37 pm EST - Tehanu

An alert Tolkien fan spotted this at the Barnes and Noble website - it's the chance to advance order 'The History of the Lord of the Rings.' It's by Christopher Tolkien (natch!) and it details the history of the books from their inception to their final form. It promises to offer many early drafts and unpublished passages. It's coming out in September, but meanwhile you can check it out here. Thanks to Matt for that!
We've got a pile of links to interesting Tolkien-related books here, just while we're on the subject of books.

Latest Newsletter is Away!

6/08/00, 12:07 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 2100+ mailing list Ringers! Sign up now! [More]

Media Watch: TVGuide.com

6/08/00, 11:26 am EST - Xoanon

From: Bob

Christopher Lee (Saruman) was a guest on TV Guide Channel's "Insider". The majority of the conversation was about his upcoming BBC movie "Gormenghast". There was brief mention of the Lord of the Rings movie. Check out www.tvguide.com/channel for a video clip. I assume that it is the same clip that was broadcast on the TV Guide Channel. For those who don't have/know what TV Guide Channel is, it is basically a screen divided in half, with the bottom a continous scroll of what is currently on all the cable channels and the top is used for advertisements and TV Guide's featurettes like "Insider".

Click here for the clip (RealPlayer is needed). Note: The clip was not working for me, maybe you'll have better luck :)

News for Jun. 07, 2000

Cast News: Karl Urban's Birthday

6/07/00, 11:54 am EST - Xoanon

Today, June 7, is Karl Urban's (Eomer) Birthday. Karl was born on June the 7th, 1972, in Wellington, New Zealand. That makes him 28 today! Happy Birthday Karl!

Media Watch: InQuest Gamer Magazine

6/07/00, 11:47 am EST - Xoanon

From: DanB1485

Click the image to enlarge

July's Issue of InQuest Gamer has an article on the new blockbuster films you can't miss. They have a section on Lord of the Rings which has pictures from the online footage, and even gives a few spoilers such as information about Peter Jackson, and saying, "He's being as true to the books as film will allow, though the end of 'The Fellowship of the Ring' film reportedly climaxes with the events from the beginning of the trilogy's second book, Boromir's battle with the orcs."

Media Watch: McKellen on Backch@t

6/07/00, 1:51 am EST - Tehanu

A treat for all you NZ Ringers: Sir Ian McKellen was interviewed for last Sunday's Backch@t with Bill Ralston, and it's being repeated at 11pm on Thursday, on TV1.
According to our correspondent, the interview with Sir Ian was recorded at the opening of the OutTakes Film Festival in Wellington. It included a brief chat after his speech about all the New Zealanders involved in the production - a good thing in his opinion. He also discussed the state of television in New Zealand, decrying a lack of quality. In the snippits of his opening speech he talked about the makeup process for Gandalf taking several hours and requiring early starts and late evenings, and joked about his movements between makeup and filming.
Thanks to Jake for that.

Olympic GOLD

6/07/00, 12:22 am EST - Calisuri

Super Ringer Spy Altariel strikes Olympic GOLD with these photos of PJ bearing the torch:

We arrived in Wellington's small Civic Square on a very grey and cold winter's afternoon. There were only about twenty or so people around and a suspiciously jazzy looking band was setting up to entertain us and keep us from scuttling away to our warm holes... [more]

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