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News for Jun. 27, 2000

Independent Newspapers LTD opens online.

6/27/00, 11:09 pm EST - Corvar

We have long admired some of the articles that the member papers of the Independent Newspapers LTD group got on the Lord of the Rings movies. They have some excellent sources, and have made a practice of good reporting. Because of copyright concerns we could not previously directly share their articles with you, until now.

Independent Newspapers LTD has logged onto the net. We will now be able to direct you to a place where you can read their articles.

You can see some of the articles which we have referenced now on their Lord of the Rings news page.

Some of the member papers of Independent Newspapers LTD are:
The Dominion
The Press
The Southland Times
The Evening Post
Waikato Times

The friendly hobbit over at Scoop strikes again

6/27/00, 8:16 pm EST - Tehanu

Scoop newsagency has some great pictures of statuary props at Helm's Deep [More] or click here and here to view the pics in our Scrapbook!


News for Jun. 26, 2000

Set Pics: Edoras!

6/26/00, 10:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy The Jazza sends in great pics from the Edoras set! [More]


More on the theft of film rushes.

6/26/00, 5:56 pm EST - Tehanu

Tiggy's sent us a full report from the Dominion. (more)

Tehanu's Notes Update!

6/26/00, 5:42 pm EST - Tehanu

It's here! At long last! "Arthur; Quests and Legends."
Tehanu's 13th Note explores the link between the legends of King Arthur and Middle-earth. (more)

UK News whines about the LOTR film project.

6/26/00, 5:40 pm EST - Tehanu

The UK News has a sketchily-researched article on the Lord of the Rings film project. Do I detect a certain resentment from UK media that Tolkien's beloved works are being filmed outside of their native country? (more)

OH MY! The Ninja Strikes Gold!!!

6/26/00, 3:00 pm EST - Calisuri

Super DUPER Ringer Spy Galadriel, reliable in the past, has scored another MAJOR report. You must be warned, this is a STORY spoiler. Now you might say, "Calisuri, how can it be a story spoiler! We have read the books!" Well, i will emphasize again. STORY SPOILER. [here]


Cast Watch: McKellen's 'Monsters'

6/26/00, 11:55 am EST - Xoanon

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

DragonCon 2000!

6/26/00, 11:10 am EST - Calisuri

We are only a few days away from DragonCon 2000! TheOneRing.net is proud to be a part of this years Tolkien Track. If you are in the Atlanta region, make sure to drop by and say hello!

10am - Secrets of the LOTR Movies Revealed
11:30am - Tolkien Webmasters
2:30pm - Tolkien Trivia (Jincey moderates) for prizes!

11:30am - Tolkien Trivia (Jincey moderates) for prizes!
4pm - Secrets of the LOTR Movies Revealed

1pm - Tolkien Webmasters

(We are offering free t-shirts to any fans that lend a hand with our fan booth. If you would like to help out, email calisuri@theonering.net)

News for Jun. 25, 2000

More on horse training - and insect management - in LOTR

6/25/00, 8:43 pm EST - Tehanu

Tiggy sent us a great report from the Wellington Dominion newspaper - Purist Outrage Alert!!! (more)
Thanks, Tiggy! (that was a lot of typing!)

Shock Arrest in LOTR Thefts case

6/25/00, 8:20 pm EST - Tehanu

There's been growing rumours of thefts in the LOTR project - people stealing props and so on, so it is not a complete surprise that somebody working in the production has been arrested for the theft of actual footage. The full story is in the New Zealand Herald website [here]


Calisuri here, another fan has passed along another article relating the same information from NZCity. [here]

News for Jun. 24, 2000

LOTR Goodies

6/24/00, 2:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Howdy sends in some news regarding some LOTR Merchandise and other goodies...some may be available to buy! [More]

ANCANAR: Web Update

6/24/00, 1:53 pm EST - Xoanon

From the good folks at Ancanar.com:

Ancanar.com announces its 1st major update:

More Questions & Answers, New Contest, All About DragonCon, Meet the People, Send your Fan Art, Music, Lore

Media Watch: HEAT Magazine

6/24/00, 1:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Thanks to Funk for the clipping. From the UK Magazine 'Heat'.

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Cast Watch: TMN and Cinemax

6/24/00, 1:33 pm EST - Xoanon

You can catch Sean Bean (Boromir) in 'Airborne' on Cinemax. [More]

You can see Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) in 'Pushing Tin' on Cinemax. [More]

You can have a look at Elijah Wood (Frodo) in 'The Faculty' on TMN. [More]

The Miranda Otto (Eowyn) film 'The Thin Red Line' is on TMN. [More]

Thanks to Senninha for these two!

For all Aussie LotR fan's, Sir Ian McKellan (Gandalf) can be seen on the 'Parkinson' Show on ABC at 9:30pm AEST on Saturday 24th June.

Viggo Mortenson (Aragorn) can also be seen on SCN (Tasmania) and Channel 7 elsewhere in the movie 'GI Jane' (also starring Demi Moore) on Sunday 25th June, 2000
at 8:30pm AEST.

Peter Jackson is IT

6/24/00, 11:36 am EST - Calisuri

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Entertainment Weekly magazine has announced their 2000 'IT' list, and guess who has been named 'IT' director? You got it! Peter Jackson! Congrats PJ! Check out the Official Peter Jackson Fan Club to find everything about our favorite director! [TBHL]

TheOneRing.net gets REAL

6/24/00, 1:16 am EST - Calisuri

TheOneRing.net Real Audio Movie Update

We are proud to announce our first ever streaming Lord of the Rings audio update! [listen]

You will need the Real Audio player to listen to this broadcast.

For a transcript of this broadcast, click here.

J.R.R. Tolkien : Author of the Century

6/24/00, 12:23 am EST - Calisuri

HuanCry alerts us to a new book available for pre-order at Amazon.co.uk! [shop]

J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century

News for Jun. 23, 2000

If the Beatles HAD made a LOTR movie......

6/23/00, 6:11 pm EST - Tehanu

TOR.net correspondent Frunk asked a friend of his who's a world authority on rock music about the Beatles/LOTR project, and got this in reply:

"They wanted Twiggy to be Galadriel!

Yup! This was on the cards at one time...1968... They were looking to make their third movie ("A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!" being one and two). They approached David Lean who was busy on other projects and then Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick hadn't read the books, so Dennis O'Dell (head of Apple Films) sent him round copies. He wasn't interested but suggested Michaelangelo Antonioni.

Apple Films then asked Tolkein for the rights only to be told they'd been sold to United Artists - days before. As this was being talked about at the time, UA obviously knew and as they were the distributors for "Yellow Submarine" saw another great potential.

UA were prepared to let The Beatles have the rights but the whole thing fell apart. According to Macca, Paul Gallico wrote several treatments but he also said he didn't like the idea because John wanted to be Frodo. Not true - John wanted to be Gollum (as you said). Also, Macca was the one in control of Apple at the time so we can reasonably assume Paul just wasn't too keen. And - it was around that time that Paul was talking to Richard Lester (who filmed AHDN) about The Fabs starring in The Three Musketeers which Lester went on to make 5 years later!

One last Beatle/LOTR thing: There are some pix of George supposedly wearing a wizard's costume - pointy cap and white top with a moon on the front. Although these are said to come from rehearsals for LOTR, they actually come from a 1964 show called Around The Beatles where they did a small extract from A Midsummer Night's Dream."

This news comes to you courtesy of the Rockmine - well worth checking out for info like this!

The Archeaology of Middle-earth

6/23/00, 5:52 pm EST - Tehanu

The Mighty Orc-Hunter who was watching filming up on Ruapehu last month invites us to check out his pics of what they found. It kind of looks like when people dig up Viking burial mounds and pull out a scrap of woven stuff and reconstruct the whole kilt and kit from it....(more)

TBHL: Live Chat Event!

6/23/00, 11:29 am EST - Calisuri

Check out TBHL and Barlimans for a live chat event with Pete O'Herne and Craig Smith of Peter Jackson's Bad Taste fame! Check out the TBHL chatroom in Barlimans at 7pm EDT (12 midnight GMT)

News for Jun. 22, 2000

More on Tolkien music

6/22/00, 7:45 pm EST - Tehanu

Thanks to everyone who wrote in about Tolkien music. There's been a great slew of suggestions for interesting Tolkien-inspired music you can listen to. [more]

Please note that if you have suggestions for who should do the LOTR soundtrack, there's not a thing I can do about it! So please don't all write in about that. Take it to the Message Board. [Music Board]

ANCANAR: Interview With Director Sam R. Balcomb

6/22/00, 3:57 pm EST - Xoanon

TheOneRing.net brings you the first exclusive interview with Indie ANCANAR dircetor Sam R. Balcomb. Sam and I recently spoke via internet regarding his project and his plans to involve the fans! [More]

Winona Comes up with the Goods

6/22/00, 11:35 am EST - Xoanon

Winona Kent, webmaster from The Compleat Sean Bean has sent us two articles for you to ponder over and enjoy:

The first is an article about 'Essex Boys' the latest movie staring Sean Bean (Boromir).

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The second is a small article about LOTR from 'Flicks' Magazine.

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Thanks to Winona for the tip!

Web Watch: USA Today.com

6/22/00, 11:21 am EST - Xoanon

USA Today has scored an interview with Ian Holm (Bilbo), in it he talks about his acting techniques and a bit on LOTR:

Ian Holm on the business of acting

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Ask Ian Holm how he goes about the business of acting, and he sputters a bit - not the reaction you might expect from a performer with such a stellar stage and screen resume. [More]

News for Jun. 21, 2000

The Fab Four to Star in Lord of the Rings Movie

6/21/00, 11:22 pm EST - Tookish

.... well, if they had their way, that's what the headlines might have read at any rate. In an email from Ringer Macbeth, an article he quoted from Canadian newspaper and website, The Globe and Mail, has this little gem... "The Beatles were desperate to do a movie of the book, with Paul playing Frodo, Ringo as Sam, John as Gollum and George as Gandalf."

*Tookish refrains from making any bad puns

The Hobbit audiocast....

6/21/00, 9:42 pm EST - Tehanu

While we're talking of audio delights, D.C. writes to say:

"The Hobbit" seems to have been reposted...it's not the BBC version, but anything to make the day go by faster helps."

Check it out here.


Tolkien-inspired music

6/21/00, 9:36 pm EST - Tehanu

Mentioning 'Blind Guardian' and their Tolkien-themed albums seems to have started a thread of correspondence as people draw our attention to their favourite Tolkien music. Blind Guardian got a lot of favourable mention, but they're not the only band working in that area.
Gavin mentioned the Scandinavian musician Bo Hanssen, who wrote an album on Tolkien themes. I vaguely remember it being from the seventies. Whether it's available on CD I don't know. It has, Gavin says, a cool picture of a Nazgul on the cover, and the sleeve notes include a picture of Tolkien sitting in a forest.

Hilsen Orjen from Norway suggested checking out the band 'Summoning.' Though he warned, '...some may find the vocals a bit extreme.'

There's audioclips of Summoning on the Web; which we're looking for right now.

This Weeks Ebay Items!

6/21/00, 11:35 am EST - Xoanon

Groovy funapalooza excitement awaits! [More]

Cast Watch: Bean on HBO

6/21/00, 11:22 am EST - Xoanon

You can catch Sean Bean (Boromir) in an episode of the Storyteller Series on HBO at 5 pm ET.

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