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News for Jul. 21, 2004

Comic-Con 2004 ROTK:EE DVD SET PICS!

7/21/04, 9:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Comic-Con 2004 ROTK:EE DVD SET PICS!

Adam writes: Fresh from the live web cam (Sideshow) at Comic-Con 2004, here are pics of the ROTK box set and the included Sideshow/Weta statue which is Minas Tirith. It opens up and stuff can be stored inside. The companion piece (which you can only buy if you purchase the gift set) is Minas Morgul, also shown! [More]


7/21/04, 3:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Meet the RINGERS production team this week as we present an EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK at our feature documentary before an audience of thousands at the massive Comic-Con International at San Diego, CA. Be sure to visit our RINGERS table on the Main Floor of the Convention - TABLE A11. [More]

Maestro, film music please

7/21/04, 3:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Canadian Howard Shore's score for the Lord of the Rings movies has become a favourite with orchestras around the world, part of a trend in which the once-scorned music of the silver screen is riding to the rescue of symphony orchestras. [More]

NY-Metro Area Premiere of the LOTR Symphony

7/21/04, 3:33 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks from the NJSO write: NJPAC and NJSO join forces to present the NY Metropolitan Area premiere of THE LORD OF THE RINGS SYMPHONY: SIX MOVEMENTS FOR ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS, a multi-media extravaganza featuring music from the blockbuster big-screen trilogy whose soundtrack recordings have sold over 4 million copies. [More]

SPECIAL REPORT: 'The Battle for Middle-earth'

7/21/04, 12:49 am EST - Quickbeam

Greetings, Quickbeam here. Join me on a special behind-the-scenes tour of the upcoming video game from the fine folks at EA, where 'The Battle For Middle-earth' is taking shape before our eyes. This stunning RTS is proof of how true artistry has a place of its own in the video game industry, especially if you work for EA! [MORE]

News for Jul. 20, 2004

McKellen Confirmed for 'Ringers'!

7/20/04, 12:34 pm EST - Xoanon

2004 BAFTA Awards

Celebrated actor and activist Ian McKellen has provided a brand new interview for the upcoming feature documentary, RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS. Sir Ian showed his remarkable depth of understanding of all things related to J.R.R. Tolkien and “The Lord of the Rings.” His powerful portrayal of the wizard Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s epic film trilogy earned him his second Oscar nomination (Best Supporting Actor, 2002) and made him a cinematic icon to adoring fans worldwide. Sir Ian’s interview for Ringers reveals both his remarkable erudition and gentle humor which readers of Tolkien have always associated with their beloved Gandalf. [More]

Seattle LOTR Concert Reviews

7/20/04, 12:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Two more VERY detailed reviews of the LOTR concert in Seattle. Take a look at our good friend Arwen's report and one recently sent in from Red Giant. [More]

A Sideshow Collector Guide to Comic Con

7/20/04, 12:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Not going to Comic-Con? Well then we have good news! We will be covering the pop-culture paradise in as much detail as our little news crew possibly can (and that is a lot of detail), with celebrity interviews, new products, a live web-cam, photos of fans and the creators behind our products and all the news and tidbits about all of your favorite properties. [More]

Cate Blanchett: Domestic Goddess

7/20/04, 12:15 pm EST - Xoanon

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Cate Blanchett is a busy woman. She's juggling two children under three, rehearsals for a lead role in a play and an impertinent journalist who's asked to see her breast pump. The device in question emerges when I ask what's in her enormous red shoulder bag. Nappies? [More]

When Frodo Met Sam: The Whole 'Slash' Issue

7/20/04, 12:05 pm EST - Xoanon

IsisNewton sends along this scan from the latest issue of Sunday Times Magazine. The article deals with 'Slash' fiction. For those who don't know what that is, it deals with 2 characters in 'adult' situations. For example Kirk/Spock in love, or Luke Skywalker/Han Solo....or in our case Frodo/Sam. Adult Content Warning. [More]

Conductor of the Rings

7/20/04, 11:32 am EST - maegwen

The Ottawa Citizen reports, "Elves, hobbits, dwarves, Orcs and other creatures from Tolkien land are about to visit the National Arts Centre, and they're bringing their music with them." [More]

Who's laughing now?

7/20/04, 11:23 am EST - maegwen

The Oregon Register says, "Modern nerds are putting the pop in pop culture." Case in point: Five years ago, people who were really, really into ``The Lord of the Rings'' were considered, well, you know. Now, after the movie trilogy, people who are really, really into ``The Lord of the Rings'' are all of us. [More]

News for Jul. 19, 2004

Scholastic News celebrates The Lord of the Rings with interviews and slide shows

7/19/04, 10:45 pm EST - Jincey

I was looking for something completely different and found this page on the Scholastic News for Kids website. Granted, it is a bit dated, but there are several links, including interviews with Bloom, Wood, and Astin, as well as "Making the Movies" and "History of Middle-earth" that you might enjoy reading. Check it out [here]

SHOP: Sauron 1/4 Scale Helm

7/19/04, 9:43 pm EST - Celeborn

Sideshow/Weta Collectibles is releasing a 1/4 Scale Sauron Helm as one of the many new items we expect to see at Comic-Con 2004. Follow the link for pictures and to pre-order. Additionally, Sideshow is hosting a special announcement at 5pm on Wednesday, which many are speculating will be the first glimpse at the ROTK EE Gift Set. [Sauron helm] [Sideshow Comic Con Coverage]

More Guests, More Games, at Fellowship Festival

7/19/04, 4:18 pm EST - Tehanu

The Fellowship Festival [London August 28-30] has its complete programme up on its website, and announces new guests [including John Howe] and a new interactive battle arena that will be hosted by Electronic Arts. They'll be unveiling two new LOTR games, "Battle for Middle-earth," and "The Third Age," which will not be available elsewhere until November. [More]

More Pics: Bloom on the set of 'Elizabethtown'

7/19/04, 11:14 am EST - Xoanon

djdeathskiss sends along more images of Orlando Bloom on the set of his latest film 'Elizabethtown'. [More]

Welcome to Jacksonville

7/19/04, 10:59 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Silmarien sent in the latest edition of the Dominion Post which has this article about Peter Jackson and his positive influence on Wellington, and the rest of NZ. [More]

Your wraiths are getting wet...

7/19/04, 10:52 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Silmarien sends along the latest edition of the Dominion Post with this article on LOTR documentry filmmaker Costa Botes. Take a look! [More]

Hill's 'Grid' Premieres Tonight on TNT

7/19/04, 10:48 am EST - Xoanon

A new 'limited series' TV show co-starring Bernard Hill premieres tonight on TNT. 'The Grid' is described as dramatic thriller set around a counter terrorist unit. It also stars Julianna Margulies, Dylan McDermott, James Remar & Tom Skerritt. Take a look at the TNT site for more info. [More]

Inside Move: 'Hobbit' could end up nestling with 'Rings'

7/19/04, 10:42 am EST - Xoanon

With Sony apparently unable to construct a final offer for MGM, it's looking increasingly likely that Time Warner will swoop in and grab the prize. Bagging the Lion would give Time Warner a nice little bonus -- worldwide theatrical and television rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit." What a sweet addition to New Line's "The Lord of the Rings" franchise. Hey Peter Jackson, what are your plans after "King Kong"? [More]

In Aspen, musicians know score

7/19/04, 10:38 am EST - Xoanon

Aspen - As Howard Shore began his critique of a student score on a recent morning, the famed composer for the "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy drove home one point right at the start. "Bar numbers and tempos are God in film music," Shore said. "You want to number every bar and use a bolder font to do it." [More]

News for Jul. 18, 2004

Auckland Film Festival: LOTR Doco Screened!

7/18/04, 10:15 am EST - Xoanon

Cunning Vixen is one of the lucky people who caught a screening of Costa Botes' documentary, "The Making of the Fellowship of the Ring". The film features footage never before released from behind the scenes of the LOTR filming. This documentary has been released for the NZ-based film festival only, and New Line Cinema asked that it have the caveat of being a "Work in Progress." CV tells us all about it, and plans to delare marshal law if this exact print is NOT allowed to be seen outside NZ....and I'll be a card carrying member of that revolt if it's true! [More]

Wood's 'Happy Feet' not so Happy After All?

7/18/04, 10:08 am EST - Xoanon

From AICN: Remember us reporting on the George Miller animated film HAPPY FEET? The one with the penguin voiced by Elijah Wood?....Animal Logic [the SFX house commissioned to bring the project to life] has never done this kind of film before. The company's basically expanded by a factor of ten to do it. All of this to bring George's vision of completely photo-real CG penguins to life. But in all this activity, all this work, there's been one thing that everyone's overlooked... photo-realistic penguins CAN'T ACT!!! [More]

So Cool You Could Eat Off Them!

7/18/04, 10:02 am EST - Xoanon

Caitlin writes: I got a flyer in the mail this morning for a 'Four-peice Lord of the Rings collection'. I don't have a scanner so I couldn't send in the ad but I found it online. [More]

Pity & Justice in LOTR

7/18/04, 9:58 am EST - Xoanon

Terry sends along this interesting short essay on pity and justice and the Lord of the Rings. [More]

Monaghan's 'Purifiers' Screened at EIFF

7/18/04, 9:55 am EST - Xoanon

Robyn writes: "The Purifiers", an independent film that Dominic Monaghan starred in, will be screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in August. Show times and locations can be found at edfilmfest.org.uk, and for more information about the film the official website is thepurifiers.com.

Latest Wellywood News, KONG Update

7/18/04, 9:53 am EST - Xoanon

Deni writes: Well it seems that the Dominion Post agrees with my assessment that Miramar is becoming one huge film studio. The front page of their weekend business section was all about the various Peter Jackson Projects in the area, which along with Stone Street and Park Road Post include the refurbishment of an old cinema and a rumoured King Kong boat in the harbour. [More]

Seattle LOTR Concert Reviews

7/18/04, 9:44 am EST - Xoanon

Bruce, Chris & Ravyneyez send in their reviews froms the LOTR concert in Seattle. Take a look! [More]

Happy Birthday Sarah McLeod!

7/18/04, 8:14 am EST - Xoanon

Today, July 18th is Sarah McLeod's Birthday! Sarah was born on July the 18th 1971 in Putaruru, New Zealand. That makes her 33 today! Happy Birthday Sarah!

News for Jul. 17, 2004

Get TheOneRing.net Newsletter Today!

7/17/04, 12:23 pm EST - Xoanon

The latest newsletter is ready to go! Do you want to receive our free 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 over 21 600 mailing list members! Sign up now! [More]

Remember This Number at Comic-Con: 5440

7/17/04, 11:00 am EST - Xoanon

TORN's good friend William Wu (magician extraordinaire that refuses to show me how any of his tricks work whenever I ask!) will have his own booth at Comic-Con 2004 in San Diego next week. Take a look at some of the one of a kind items he will be selling! [More]

Wood Helps Fight Cancer & Gets Emmy Nod

7/17/04, 10:44 am EST - Xoanon

frodofan writes: Looks like Elijah Wood is going to be involved in a cure for Cancer in UK. He's also on the Emmy's lists of Nomineess. He's in #6 for his appearances on SNL last year. [More]

The LOTR Symphony: A Different Perspective

7/17/04, 10:38 am EST - Xoanon

BonMothma writes: When I found out Howard Shore was coming to Pittsburgh for the LOTR Symphony at the end of July, I managed to get permission to sing with the Mendelssohn Choir for these performances. (DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! I have the qualifications!) We had our first rehearsal this past Tuesday. That’s right. We have 2 ½ weeks to get this learned and polished before the first concert! [More]

News for Jul. 16, 2004

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend

7/16/04, 7:41 pm EST - Demosthenes

The Silmarils, the Arkenstone, Lembas, the Palantiri, the Elessar, the Rings of Power, Elven weaponry, Morgul blades. Some of Tolkien’s most famous objects were mysterious. Some inspired obsession while others carried legacies. [More]

Andy Serkis Set to be in RINGERS!

7/16/04, 3:46 pm EST - Xoanon

ROTK Premiere: London
Serkis peers at his precious

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- Friday, JULY 16, 2004 – The man behind the ‘Gollum,’ actor Andy Serkis, has been interviewed for the upcoming independent feature documentary, RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS. Mr. Serkis shared many remarkable insights into the nefarious character he portrayed in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy -- widely regarded as a watershed moment in film history that perfectly married the skills of thespian performance with digital artistry. [More]

Holm's 'Garden State' Trailer

7/16/04, 3:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Here is a link to Ian Holm's latest film 'Garden State'. It was directed and written by Zach Braff (TV's SCRUBS), who stars along side Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and Ian Holm. The movie comes out in LA and NY on July 28 and opens in wide release on August 6. [More]

McKellen Granted an Honourary Degree at Lancaster U

7/16/04, 3:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Isabela writes: I'm currently studying at Lancaster University in England, and thought you might be interested in knowing that Sir Ian has recently been granted an Honourary Degree, Doctor of Letters (as a Lancastrian and famous actor). [More]

Games Workshop Announces Games Day Chicago!

7/16/04, 3:32 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks from Games Workshop write: Games Day conventions are the annual gaming extravaganzas for the Games Workshop series of hobby games such as Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Warhammer 40,000, the world’s most popular tabletop battlegames. There will be gaming events ranging from beginner to expert for all the games, plus painting contests, seminars, demo games, special guests, and more! [More]

Urban in Enemy Territory

7/16/04, 3:23 pm EST - Xoanon

Tarfalathwen sends along an article from from Movieline's Hollywood Life July/August issue featuring Karl Urban. [More]

'Lord' of the literature

7/16/04, 3:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Teenagers now can take a literature class that immerses them in the world of hobbits, fairies and wizards made popular by the "Lord of the Rings" movies. Amelia Harper, a teacher from Nashville, N.C., spent 20 months developing "Literary Lesson from 'Lord of the Rings,' " a one-year curriculum for students ages 12 to 18. The course includes background on classics such as "Beowulf," "The Iliad" and the "Arthurian Romances," but its focus is on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien. [More]

Yahoo: Orlando Bloom Attracts Attention in Ky

7/16/04, 3:15 pm EST - Xoanon

VERSAILLES, Ky. - Some central Kentucky residents got a taste of Hollywood when director Cameron Crowe filmed scenes in Versailles for his latest movie, "Elizabethtown." But Crowe didn't attract as much attention as Orlando Bloom, the movie's male lead. [More]

Bourne Supremacy Review & After Party Report

7/16/04, 10:33 am EST - Xoanon

Rosie sends along her short review of Karl Urban's latest film 'The Bourne Supremacy'. She goes on to tell us about meeting Karl, block-parties, sexy porta-potties and Comic-Con! [More]

Bean Sharpe-ening Up?

7/16/04, 10:27 am EST - Xoanon

Foxglove writes: The London Telegraph says there is talk about bringing back Sharpe with Sean Bean. [More]

Will LOTR Ever Be Re-Made?

7/16/04, 10:18 am EST - Xoanon

Doug Kern writes: More Lord of the Rings movies -- oh, yesss, preciousss, we wantsss them. And within the next twenty or thirty years, we'll get them. Children who watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy will take their own children to a complete remake of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It's inevitable. Most great movies will never be remade. We will never see remakes of The Godfather, or Gone with the Wind, or even Star Wars. But Lord of the Rings is different. [More]

Bloom on the set of 'Elizabethtown'

7/16/04, 10:15 am EST - Xoanon

TheBatFreak headed over to Versailles, KY to see if he/she can spot Orlando Bloom on the set of the new Cameron Crowe film 'Elizabethtown'. Take a look at the photos he/she took! [More]

News for Jul. 15, 2004

Bloom in Lexington, KY Report

7/15/04, 9:46 pm EST - Xoanon

TheBatFreak writes: I live in the Lexington, KY area and the big thing in the news has been the filming of Orlando Bloom for the upcoming movie Elizabethtown. Hollywood’s attempt to keep this secret hasn’t gone to well. [More]

From Frodo to Ginarrbrik

7/15/04, 9:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Mark writes: Just to let you know that Narniaweb is reporting that Kiran Shah has been cast as Ginarrbrik, the dwarfish sleigh driver in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". [More]

(No doubt Shah will want curry with his turkish delight... -Xo)

The Elven Barbie and Ken Dolls

7/15/04, 9:39 pm EST - Xoanon

It seems Mattel is at it again with their LOTR inspired Ken & Barbie dolls. This time they've victimized, er, chosen Legolas & Galadriel! [More]

TTT DVD Captures Three DVD Technical Awards

7/15/04, 1:18 pm EST - Xoanon

New Line Home Entertainment's "The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers Extended Edition" dominated the 2004 Home Entertainment DVD Technical Awards, which were announced today by the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA). The Home Entertainment DVD Technical Awards honor DVD titles that have demonstrated the most innovative and entertaining features through the use of the latest DVD technology. The winners were unveiled this morning during the opening ceremonies of VSDA's Home Entertainment 2004, the annual VSDA convention, taking place today through Friday at the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. [More]

Battle for Middle Earth

7/15/04, 1:16 pm EST - Xoanon

From pc.ign.com: Today, in our continuing effort to bring you inside the battles of EA's upcoming The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth, we're featuring a lengthy video made by Richard Taylor, EA's cinematic director. He's the man in charge of making the cutscenes for the new game and he graciously consented to walk us through the creation of one such scene, namely the evil take on the Osgiliath mission. [More]

Narnia Film gets attention but it's the book that counts online

7/15/04, 1:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Hype surrounding expat New Zealand director Andrew Adamson's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe grew this week when the identities of the film's four young stars were revealed. The actors playing C.S. Lewis' beloved Narnia children had been a closely guarded secret, despite them filming in Auckland all month. [More]

'Hobbit' Play at Morehead State University

7/15/04, 1:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Michael writes: The Morehead Theatre Guild is performing The Hobbit at Button Auditorium, Morehead State University, KY. Show times are Friday, July 23rd at 2 and 8pm, Saturday, July 24th at 8pm, and Sunday, July 25th at 2pm. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. Please call (606) 849-9076.

Dourif Nominated for Emmy

7/15/04, 1:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Brad Dourif has been nominated for an Emmy for his work in DeadWood. He is nominated as a 'Supporting Actor in a Drama Series' he is up against Victor Garber, Alias, ABC; Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos, HBO; Steve Buscemi, The Sopranos, HBO; John Spencer, The West Wing, NBC. [Full List of Nominees]

Congrats to Brad!

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