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News for Jun. 30, 2002
More Cast at Ring*Con 2002
6/30/02, 2:45 pm EST - leo
More actors from LOTR:FOTR
have followed Craig Parker
) and will attend Ring*Con 2002 in Bonn, Germany. Recently the appearance of Mark Ferguson
), Cameron Rhodes
(Farmer Maggot) and Sarah McLeod
) has been confirmed, with a promise of more actors to follow! You can find out more about the Ring*Con 2002 here
Blockbuster & LOTR
6/30/02, 1:56 pm EST - Xoanon
I've got a nice pic of my own that I care to show you folks. Last night I was out with Caramia Kathy
when we noticed our local Blockbuster (DDO, Montreal) had those really nice LOTR promo posters up! We snapped a picture (just before the manager shewed us away). Take a look! [More
Ian McKellen At Gay Pride Parade
6/30/02, 1:52 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I haven't had a second to write anything up yet, but if you just wanted to say that there was a large continent of LOTR fans in attendance at the official Pride brunch honoring the grand marshalls and benefitting the Positive Resource center. Sir Ian McKellen
) was in fine form, he seemed to be having a great time, a full report (including tomorrow's parade) will follow tomorrow! [More
Dominic Monaghan Has 'Insomnia'
6/30/02, 1:37 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I have these stills from a new movie Dominic Monaghan
) recently did. The movie is called An Insomniac's Nightmare and is a 30 minute indie flick (go indie filmmakers!! -Xo). [More
David Wenham Article
6/30/02, 1:04 pm EST - Xoanon
sends along this article from Sydney's Sunday Telegraph about David Wenham
). I love these in-depth article where they ask such hard hitting questions as 'What won't you eat?' and 'Have you ever gone to a psychic?'...CNN here we come. [More
NY Times Talks Box Office Boffo
6/30/02, 12:36 pm EST - Xoanon
The two most lucrative movies so far this summer concern the perilous adventures of male teenagers, one in contemporary New York and the other long ago in a galaxy far away, struggling with the moral and physical burdens of their special powers. [More
DVDs Give Directors Freedom with Films
6/30/02, 10:27 am EST - Demosthenes
Lady Aredhel found this link about the rise of special edition DVDs that touches on PJ's motiovations for produceing the FoTR extended DVD. [More
Why is Cate so Normal?
6/30/02, 9:39 am EST - Demosthenes
We're used to seeing our stars hiding behind the tinted windows of limousines, surrounded by minders and demanding the kind of VIP treatment that ensures they're put at the best table in that impossible-to-book restaurant. But not Cate Blanchett
News for Jun. 29, 2002
An Empire Feeds a Hunger for Fantasy
6/29/02, 8:05 pm EST - Demosthenes
"Over the winter, the box office was dominated by two rather similar young men, one at an English boarding school, the other in the meticulously mapped Anglo-Saxon dreamworld of Middle Earth." Thanks to Frodos_Girl13 for sending in the link. [More
Remember that old record?
6/29/02, 3:50 pm EST - Gamgee
I don't know about you, but I had that old Rankin-Bass record album of "The Hobbit" completely worn out before I was a teenager. After that, it became harder and harder to find. Well, I have found the next best thing to owning it! Check out this site full of the old images and iron on decals from the record! [More
Getting Gandalf's signature is a pleasant experience!
6/29/02, 3:22 pm EST - Gamgee
According to this list, Sir Ian McKellen gives out his John Hancock with a smile! Thanks to Kenneth
for mailing this one in! [More
The Geeks Shall Inherit
6/29/02, 3:20 pm EST - Strider
'Ten years ago, The Lord of the Rings was a cult novel and Star Wars was a popular film with a devoted but relatively marginal group of fans. The rise of the Internet has changed all that, and made fandom a force to be reckoned with.' [More
Take a chance........and win BIG!
6/29/02, 11:29 am EST - Gamgee
Don't forget the LOTR Look-a-Like contest is still up and running! Please, Don't feel like you have to be an identical twin to a cast member, if you even look slightly like Hugo Weaving, or a little like Cate Blanchett, it's worth a shot. What have you got to lose? You might win an awesome prize! So enter today! [More
Ian Holm Interview on NPR
6/29/02, 2:29 am EST - Demosthenes
NPR has an interview with Ian Holm (Bilbo) about his role in The Emperor's New Clothes. It's about four minutes long and you need Real Player to listen to it. Kris writes that Ian also discusses his role as Bilbo. [More
Topps Movie Cards: Update Edition
6/29/02, 1:19 am EST - Demosthenes
Topps is releasing an update edition of its FoTR movie cards in August. "This 72-card, all foil-stamped series will feature all-new imagery from the first film, a special The Two Towers Preview, Behind-The-Scenes artwork and exclusive Memorabilia Cards!" Thanks to Lady Arwen for the link. [More
MTV Movie Awards to Show in Australia
6/29/02, 1:08 am EST - Demosthenes
Bronwyn writes: I'm just e-mailing to let you know that the MTV movie awards will be broadcast in Australia for those of us without access to cable on free-to-air TV on July 4th (next Thursday) on Channel 10 at 9:30pm.
Sightings: Harry Potter vs. The Hobbit
6/29/02, 1:01 am EST - Tehanu
This article from Sharon looks at the the differing religious reactions to the Harry Potter movie and the Fellowship of the Ring. [More
Bloom makes it to NZ briefly.
6/29/02, 12:55 am EST - Tehanu
According to a story in OrlandoMultimedia, Bloom took a weekend break from the Aussie movie set for Ned Kelly to go visit his LOTR friends in NZ. [More
] Thanks to Hiram for the link.
News for Jun. 28, 2002
Jackson's King Kong dream lives?
6/28/02, 8:04 pm EST - Tehanu
According to FilmJerk, Peter Jackson's long-deferred dream of making another King Kong movie could come true once ROTK is finished. [More
] Thanks to Lee for the link.
What Are The Two Towers?
6/28/02, 6:57 pm EST - Strider
A lot of fans new to Tolkien's literature (and some not so new) have been mailing in asking 'what oh what are the Two Towers? What are the incredibly foreboding towers in the new poster, and what do they represent?' Well, the staffers at Green Books
answered these very questions not so long ago, and it seems fitting in the light of the recent trailers and posters to refer back to the answer of our learned colleagues. Be warned though: the answer is not a straightforward one. [More
LOTR makers awarded Keys to the City
6/28/02, 6:29 pm EST - Tehanu
The Mayor of Wellington awarded the 'Keys to the City' to LOTR leaders Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Tania Rodgers and Richard Taylor, according to this NZoom link from Lee. [More
Lord Of The Rings TCG Survey
6/28/02, 4:01 pm EST - Strider
Ready to share your thoughts and opinions on the Lord of the Rings TCG? Well thanks to Decipher now you have that opportunity! Click on over and make your voice be heard. [More
] [Gaming Havens
Oscars Could Be Moved Forward
6/28/02, 2:37 pm EST - Strider
'The date of the Oscars could be changed from March to February. At a meeting of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science's Board of Governors, they discussed the idea of moving Hollywood's big night forward. It might also allow the Oscars to get one over on some of the competing awards shows that have been trying to steal its thunder. (At least MTV awards got it right! - S)
Although there appears to be support among several board members for the change, if any changes do take place, they are more likely to happen in 2004 than in 2003.' [More
Oscar Buzz Begins Early In Hollywood
6/28/02, 2:33 pm EST - Strider
'Hollywood has already begun talking about possible nominees for next year's Oscars. About A Boy is said to be generating a buzz, with Hugh Grant and Toni Collette as possible acting nominees. Insomnia and Minority Report are also thought to be possible winners of the Best Picture Oscar. Tom Hanks and Sam Mendes are thought to be good bets as nominees. Other possibilities include The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, Gangs Of New York, and even Eminem's acting debut, 8 Mile.' (The Academy couldn't rob PJ two years in a row...could they? - S)
TTT Wrap Party Ticket!
6/28/02, 2:16 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Taniwha
sends us this bit of coolness, a scan of the tickets the WETA
folks are getting as invitations to TTT wrap party! Take a look! [More
GAMING: Decipher at ORIGINS
6/28/02, 2:08 pm EST - Xoanon
The Decipher booth is where you will find the most exciting events at Origins 2002, the second largest hobby game convention in the United States. [More
BBC Talks To Christopher Lee
6/28/02, 2:01 pm EST - Xoanon
BBC's 'Heaven & Earth' spoke with our very own Christopher Lee
) lately. Take a look! (RealPlayer needed) [More
News for Jun. 27, 2002
Germany TV Gets 2 Wizards For One
6/27/02, 9:09 pm EST - Xoanon
Warner Bros. has sold a film and TV series package that includes "The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to Germany's RTL Television for an estimated $200 million.
Holm Finds Napoleon's Uniform a Natural Fit
6/27/02, 7:46 pm EST - Demosthenes
Although knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1998, Ian Holm
is one Brit who prefers the United States. [More
X2 Teaser Released
6/27/02, 2:44 pm EST - Xoanon
The Ian McKellen
) actioner 'X2' has only begun filming, yet a teaser for the film is already out. I've yet to see it but apparently there isn't much to see. Check it out at mymovies.net (you need to register for free) [More
Web-Heads Take On Ringers!
6/27/02, 2:29 pm EST - Xoanon
Mayjor Payne writes: As we already know, the Special Extended Edition of the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring DVD will be released on November 12th. But, November 12th is also the expected release date of the Spider-Man DVD. So I guess we can expect LOTR and Spidey to square off on November 12th!
Tolkien on the Radio
6/27/02, 2:14 pm EST - Tehanu
Bishop's University Radio CJMQ is airing a weekly programme concerning Tolkien and everything related to the Lord of the Rings. It is called "Passport to Middle-earth" and it airs every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. eastern time or you can catch it online. [More
Grand Marshall Gandalf
6/27/02, 12:56 pm EST - Tehanu
The SF Chronicle has an interview with Sir Ian McKellen, who will be one of the marshalls leading San Francisco's annual Gay Pride parade. [More
SHOP: Two Towers Poster Available Now!
6/27/02, 12:28 pm EST - Calisuri
You heard it here first...The official Two Towers poster is available to order at the New Line Cinema Shop! Get yours today! [Buy
FOTR Makes A Comeback In The Philippines
6/27/02, 8:28 am EST - Xoanon
writes: I just wanted to share with you that FOTR, whose run ended late January of this year, will be making a comeback via a special screening at the University of the Philippines Film Center. This will happen on July 2, 3pm and 7pm. This has been confirmed by the UPFC, although the information hasn't been posted on their official site yet. [More
TTT Trailer With MIIB News
6/27/02, 8:25 am EST - Xoanon
Eric, who lives in the mid-west USA, writes: I work for a local movie theater, and I just got word from my manager about the TWO TOWERS. I went to ask them if we were getting the new TTT posters, and he mentioned that THE FIRST MOVIE this summer to come with the TTT Trailer is MEN IN BLACK 2. The film reels will have the trailer attached, but the managers can switch the trailers to other movies. SO...if you're theater has MIB2, then that theater does have the trailer.
Ian McKellen says The Two Towers title will not be changed
6/27/02, 8:23 am EST - Xoanon
says the title of the second Lord Of The Rings film will not be changed. An online petition (that was FAKE!..sigh -Xo) is urging director Peter Jackson
to abandon plans to call the sequel The Two Towers. [More
Star Trek vs. TTT
6/27/02, 2:52 am EST - Calisuri
Jump over to Apple.com
today and check out the Star Trek: Nemesis
trailer. It looks great! As it turns out, Nemesis
will be released December 13th. Oopsie! The Two Towers
is released December 18th. I guess the folks at Paramount are feeling fiesty by risking a release so close to a sure bet in The Two Towers
. Enjoy those 5 days while you can Paramount! [More
MediaWatch: Film & Video Magazine
6/27/02, 12:32 am EST - Calisuri
Ringer staffer Asfaloth
sends us this article from the June 2002 Issue of 'Film & Video Magazine.' (http://www.filmandvideomagazine.com
News for Jun. 26, 2002
Green Books a Hot Summer Read!
6/26/02, 11:43 pm EST - Quickbeam
Greetings – Quickbeam here. We have new and updated Green Books
• My Out on a Limb article features a unique "Conversation with a Newbie" who just read the trilogy for the first time! Do you remember the feelings you had?
• The very clever Anwyn wonders if there is a right way or wrong way to read Tolkien in her new Counterpoint article.
• Go Tookish! He has the ever-so-zany job of running the greatest Tolkien humor section you’ve ever seen: Tookish’s Ticklers.
• Moon Letters brings you new Fan Fiction, poetry, writing and more!
• There are no new Questions & Answers this month -- but be sure to check out the informative, easy-to-navigate Most Frequently Asked Questions and quench all your burning questions in one go!
Join us as we explore the WORDS and WORLDS of J.R.R. Tolkien!
Much too hasty,
Tech TV shows TTT Teaser Trailer
6/26/02, 9:37 pm EST - Demosthenes
Galen wrote in to let us know that US cable channel Tech TV's "Tech Live" broadcast the Two Towers Teaser Trailer earlier this evening. "It was the teaser but it seems that they cut it up and rearranged it in an unflattering fashion. Tech TV replays a lot of content the next day during the AM though."
If you get Tech TV, keep an eye out for this.
Sir Ian's "White Book"
6/26/02, 3:35 pm EST - Tehanu
Sir Ian McKellen writes about the re-shoots in NZ and what it feels like to meet up with the old gang again and re-inhabit his role as Gandalf. [More
The Utter Coolness Of Cool
6/26/02, 3:08 pm EST - Xoanon
I've not had the pleasure of meeting Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) yet..but he is high on my list of 'must meets/talk to'. I've heard reports that he tries to personalize every single autograph to prevent people from selling them on ebay..(would you sell something that Viggo personally wrote for YOU?). Message board regular Nessimë was at the Wellington book signing event and asked Viggo to sign something for TORN (un asked by the way, what a sweetie!) and Viggo complied! Check these out! [More]
DeepDiscountDVD lives up to the Name!
6/26/02, 1:06 pm EST - Calisuri
Wowser. Some fans pointed us in the direction of DeepDiscountDVD.com
. Check out these prices for the LOTR:FOTR DVDs!!! And the best part? FREE SHIPPING
Heren Istarion Relaunches
6/26/02, 12:44 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: It is my distinct pleasure to announce to all Tolkien fans that the New York Smial of the Tolkien Society, Heren Istarion, has relaunched on the web. For those of you who do not know Heren Istarion, founded in Sept.2000 is a Smial (affiliate) of the Tolkien Society UK. We are dedicated to the study and education of our beloved Professor JRR Tolkien. [More
Glenorchy Air & LOTR
6/26/02, 12:35 pm EST - Xoanon
The Glenorchy Air People
write: Your people may be interested in our new web site. It tells the story of Glenorchy Airs involvement in the making of the film here in New Zealand. While it is an advertising site I believe people will be interested in it for it's own sake. Any comments you wish to make will be valued. [More
LA Pub Moot Coolness
6/26/02, 12:31 pm EST - Xoanon
Check out this Pub moot hapening in LA! Anyone want to pay for my ticket out there...drop me a line! [More
Welcome To Gimli, Manitoba!
6/26/02, 12:16 pm EST - Xoanon
sends us news from the town of Gimli
, Manitoba! I'm still wondering if there's a Helms Deep Idaho out there.... [More
The Lord of the Rings: an allegory of the PhD?
6/26/02, 12:12 pm EST - Xoanon
The story starts with Frodo
: a young hobbit, quite bright, a bit dissatisfied with what he's learnt so far and with his mates back home who just seem to want to get jobs and settle down and drink beer. He's also very much in awe of his tutor and mentor, the very senior professor Gandalf
, so when Gandalf
suggests he take on a short project for him (carrying the Ring to Rivendell), he agrees. [More
6/26/02, 12:10 pm EST - Xoanon
sends along a photo that proves what Legolas
has been doing in his spare time. [More
Hutt River Girl Strikes GOLD!
6/26/02, 8:44 am EST - Xoanon
Hutt River Girl
wrote in a report last night (June 25) about Viggo Mortensen
and Peter Jackson
filming in her area. She went back to the outskirts of the set to have another gander again, and you'll never guess WHAT happened next! !!!MAJOR SPOILERS!!!
Stuff.co.nz Snaps Viggo Picture
6/26/02, 8:38 am EST - Xoanon
Stuff.co.nz managed to get a picture from the set of TTT (re-shoots anyway). Take a look at Viggo and his horse! !!Spoilers!!
Two Towers Teaser Trailer Frame by Frame Analysis
6/26/02, 3:26 am EST - Demosthenes
On June 25th 2002, TORn fan Treebeard pointed us in the direction of an early release of the Two Towers Teaser trailer. Now you can check out our special Frame by Frame analysis. Thanks to all the TORn staff who slaved to put this together! [More
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS!
TTT Filming Mentioned in Australia's TV Week
6/26/02, 3:14 am EST - Demosthenes
IMMortal sent in this scan from Australia's TV Week magazine that says why PJ decided to go back and re-shoot more scenes for TTT. [More
News for Jun. 25, 2002
Set Report From Upper Hutt!
6/25/02, 8:38 pm EST - Xoanon
Hutt river girl
sends along this report from New Zealand. She's a new spy, so I'm not too sure if everything here is accurate, but hopefully we'll have some pictures to prove it soon! !!Spoilers!!
GAMING: LOTR Gaming Event
6/25/02, 8:24 pm EST - Xoanon
Gamers Delight! Come on down to Mile High Comics this Saturday for Free Donut Day and enjoy some great LOTR Gaming with Gaming Havens staffers Flinch, Vapors, and Lao of Gondor! Plus don't forget our first Officially Santioned Sealed Deck Tournament on July 6th also at Mile High! [More
] [Gaming Havens
Not To Outdo The Poster But...NEW TTT TRAILER!!
6/25/02, 1:33 am EST - Xoanon
A BIG thanks to Treebeard
from Barliman's for this link to the new TTT trailer! Take a look! (Quicktime
The best way to get it at the moment is to use Movie-list.com [More] (6.13Mb, Quicktime)
!!!WARNING: HEAVY SPOILERS!!!
Two Towers Trailer to Show with Goldmember in USA?
6/25/02, 12:23 am EST - Demosthenes
It's been speculated that the Two Towers trailer may be shown with the forthcoming Austin Powers Goldmember. Goldmember will be released on July 26th. Thanks to Chris for the link. [More
News for Jun. 24, 2002
THE TWO TOWERS TEASER POSTER IS HERE!
6/24/02, 6:42 pm EST - Xoanon
The sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated and AFI Award-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which grossed $350 million worldwide in its first two weeks of release, The Two Towers follows the continuing quest of Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and the Fellowship that has joined together to destroy the One Ring and stand against the evil of the dark lord Sauron. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers stars (in alphabetical order) Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving and Elijah Wood. The film is produced by Barrie M. Osborne and Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Tim Sanders. The screenplay is by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Jackson based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Two Towers is in theaters everywhere on December 18th, 2002. [More]
Weekly Ebay Items
6/24/02, 4:29 pm EST - Xoanon
Take a look at all the goodies you can bid on at eBay! [More
Tolkien Map Sells For £4,000 In UK
6/24/02, 4:20 pm EST - Strider
UK tabloid newspaper The Sun reported on Friday that a map of Middle-earth drawn by J.R.R Tolkien himself was auctioned off and was sold for £4,000 or $6,000.
Weekly Cast Watch
6/24/02, 4:20 pm EST - Xoanon
Take a look at all the LOTR stars you can catch on the small screen this week! [More
Love Found At TORN's Oscar Party
6/24/02, 2:45 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: I had a sweet little story I thought you might like to post. When a group of fan club members, friends from Deciphers LOTR fan club message boards, planned to spend a weekend together, and attend TORNS Oscar party in Los Angeles California, they didn't expect to find a love story. [More
Music To The Ears
6/24/02, 2:24 pm EST - Xoanon
LOTR fan and my good friend Lindsay Klemm
has an amazing gift when it comes to music. She's recorded several LOTR 'scores' of her own, and has a new one you should all listen to 'Mount Doom', check it out here! [More
Filming At Stone St. Studios
6/24/02, 1:51 pm EST - Xoanon
writes: They seemed to be doing some filming today at Stone St with what appeared to be Eomer
, and what I think were other riders of Rohan judging by their armour.
Are Elves as Good as They Say?
6/24/02, 1:44 pm EST - Tehanu
This column in "G-Texts" will set the cat among the pigeons! Garret Moritz asks "What did the Elves REALLY do to save Middle-earth? If they wrote all the history, should we believe they're as good as they say they are?" Here
is the link; scroll to Wednesday June 19 for an alternate view of Middle-earth. Thanks to Scott for the link.
John Rhys-Davies in Indy 4?
6/24/02, 12:23 pm EST - leo
It seems that everyone's favorite Gimli
, John Rhys-Davies
, will pick up the part of Sallah
again for the next installment in the Indiana Jones' movies. Check out the full story over at AintitcoolNews.com
LOTR Look-a-Like Contest!
6/24/02, 10:54 am EST - Calisuri
Time for another TheOneRing.net contest: The 2002 LOTR Look-a-like Competition
! Do you like look one of the cast from Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings
? Maybe you closely resemble a cast member, but could use a little make-up to complete the guise? Here is your chance to shine. We have over $300 in prizes to give away so enter today! [More
Two Towers Trailer News
6/24/02, 10:09 am EST - Demosthenes
"Coming Attractions" has learned that the first official theatrical trailer for The Two Towers will ship with all prints of Men in Black 2, opening in theaters on July 2. Thanks to Aragorn the Elfstone, who sent in this information. [More
(I think this is just for Canada, but hopefully we should hear similar news for other countries soon - Dem)
Corrina at Viggo's Booksigning.
6/24/02, 12:17 am EST - Tehanu
Another report on what seemed to be a very popular event in Wellington. [More
Viggo Booksigning on Stuff.co.nz
6/24/02, 12:01 am EST - Tehanu
Thanks to David for the link to this article on Viggo at the booksigning yesterday. [More
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