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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 (Haldir) and will attend Ring*Con 2002 in Bonn, Germany. Recently the appearance of Mark Ferguson (Gil-Galad), Cameron Rhodes (Farmer Maggot) and Sarah McLeod (Rosie Cotton) 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

Emma 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 (Gandalf) 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

Melissa writes: I have these stills from a new movie Dominic Monaghan (Merry) 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

Stevo sends along this article from Sydney's Sunday Telegraph about David Wenham (Faramir). 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. [More]

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) [More]

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]


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 (Saruman) 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 (Gandalf) 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

Click to Buy!

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

Rica 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

Ian McKellen 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) [More]

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 for June:

• 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! [More]

Heren Istarion Relaunches

6/26/02, 12:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Anthony Burdge 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

April 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]

Greenleaf Gardens

6/26/02, 12:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Rachel H 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!!! [More]

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!! [More]

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]


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!! [More]

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 needed).

The best way to get it at the moment is to use Movie-list.com [More] (6.13Mb, Quicktime)


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


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

Rosie 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

McFly 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 [More]

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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