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July 18, 2001 - July 24, 2001

News for Jul. 24, 2001

Comic-Con Day Three

7/24/01, 9:33 pm EST - Tookish

Ever since I was a Tolkien fan, three has been my lucky number. Watching New Line's presentation and bumping into Eljah Wood (Frodo Baggins) was just the start! [More]

More promotions in New Line

7/24/01, 9:09 pm EST - Strider

"Jody Levin has been named Executive Vice President of Post Production, it was announced today by Carla Fry, President of Physical Production. Levin will continue to report to Fry, and is responsible for post production activities on New Line Cinema’s highly anticipated epic adventure trilogy The Lord of the Rings." [More]

Four new Lord of the Rings posters!

7/24/01, 7:16 pm EST - Strider

The German Lord of the Rings film shop Elbenwald.de have just posted four brand new Lord of the Rings film posters available in September, featuring a map of Middle-Earth, Gandalf, the hobbits on Weathertop and a fantastic image of the Ringwraiths in chase. [More]

McKellen updates his online commentary

7/24/01, 6:58 pm EST - Strider

Sir Ian McKellen has updated his mailbag section of his site, McKellen.com. Among the topics covered are the feel of the film's score, digital technology in the films, advanced screenings and some suprising news about the appearance of Gandalf once he becomes Gandalf the White. !!SPOILERS!! [More]

Media Watch: United Airlines Six-Page Spread

7/24/01, 6:22 pm EST - Tookish

The July issue of United Airline's Hemispheres features a comprehensive overview written by L.A.'s Scott Smith of PJ's LOTR project, including quotes from Jackson, Howe, and Tehanu!! [More]

'Tolkienisms' on the Rise?

7/24/01, 3:35 pm EST - Tookish

As evidence that LOTR and the films are permeating throughout Western culture, we have this little boating safety communication from the Chicago area. If you have a Tolkienism, send it right in! [More]

United Cutlery secures rights to sword reproductions from Lord of the Rings

7/24/01, 1:16 pm EST - Strider

"United Cutlery, the industry leader in movie knife reproductions has been awarded the license to reproduce swords from all three films." [More]

SHOP: LOTR Pewter Goblets

7/24/01, 12:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Ross sends us some scans from a company that makes some great pewter LOTR goblets. [More]

News for Jul. 23, 2001

Liv Tyler Helps Out a Charity

7/23/01, 11:11 pm EST - Xoanon

TORN Staffer Gorel sends news on Liv Tyler (Arwen) helping out a charity with some LOTR goodies! [More]

Attention South African Ringers!

7/23/01, 11:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Mike sends along word from a South African show called 'CineMagic' on the M-Net channel. Read on! [More]

'The Sil' Stageplay?

7/23/01, 11:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Chet sends along word from the University of Northern Illinois, seems they have a stage play adaptation of 'The Silmarillion' in the works! [More]

Timekillers: It was a dark and stormy night....

7/23/01, 10:10 pm EST - Tehanu

This year the annual Bulwer-Lytton bad writing contest featured Fantasy as one of its categories, and not surprisingly the winners wrote awful Tolkien parodies. Bad, but not bad enough. I belive that we Ringers could easily trounce this year's winner with something much, much worse for next year, so sharpen those pencils! [More]

RIOT-E Secures Exclusive Rights to New Line Cinema’s The Lord of the Rings

7/23/01, 7:19 pm EST - Strider

Darth Caesar of Gaming Havens has picked up a real scoop for gaming fans as it is revealed that Riot Entertainment have bought up the wireless game rights for the movie trilogy. [More]

Finnish Author Dies

7/23/01, 3:45 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Ken C

Just wanted to let you know that a Finnish author, who illustrated a copy of The Hobbit, died the other day.

HELSINKI, Finland -- (AP) -- Finnish writer and artist Tove Jansson, who created the Moomin family of trolls, died Wednesday. She was 86. [More]

Comic-Con Images

7/23/01, 10:41 am EST - Xoanon

Check out some of the great images Tookish and Quickbeam captured during the festivities at Comic-Con 2001! Elijah Wood was nice enough to pay us a visit, we've got some amazing never before seen pics of all the LOTR goodies heading our way this fall, and some great shots of all the WETA people that were there! Plus we have EXCLUSIVE pics of (highlight to read) the Hobbiton Mill and Orthanc! !!!SPOILERS!!! [More]

Davies Joins 'Highbinders'

7/23/01, 10:33 am EST - Xoanon

John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) is the latest actor to join the Jackie Chan comedy/action film 'Highbinders'. Davies plays Commander Hammerstock-Smythe, look for the film in 2002.

Weekly Ebay Items

7/23/01, 10:31 am EST - Xoanon

Check out all the latest from Ebay! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

7/23/01, 10:24 am EST - Xoanon

Another great chance to see your favorite LOTR stars on the silver screen! [More]

Cast News: Astin and Blanchett

7/23/01, 9:39 am EST - Xoanon

Chasing the Dragon: Showbiz Ireland reports that Jodie Foster has beaten out Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) for the role of journalist Veronica Guerrin.

The Goonies 2: The sequel is a lock, Richard Donner told The Associated Press that two writers are at work on the sequel and filming will begin within six months to a year and "Everybody's coming back". Including our Sean Astin (Sam).

Thanks to DarkHorizons for both items.

Comic-Con Caraaaaazy

7/23/01, 4:52 am EST - Tookish

Have I lost my mind!? What happened to the last four days? Hanging out with a Hobbit and an Ent, WETA wizards, Sideshow masters, Decipher gurus, TORN fans, and being surrounded by TOLKIEN TOLKIEN TOLKIEN all weekend was just amazing. Over the next few days Quickbeam and I will share our adventures with you and give you a look into what is no longer the future impact of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy-- but the impact of today.

Let's get started with a hazy review of New Line's Comic-Con presentation! It's past 3:00 a.m. so forgive me if I'm a little random... [More]

News for Jul. 22, 2001

Comic-Con Encounter

7/22/01, 7:25 pm EST - Xoanon

While The Biting Faery sends along a great tale of meeting a star from LOTR. I truly do not believe that Chrisopher Tolkien was at Comic-Con, but I can confirm that this LOTR star was [More]

Rings figures straight from Comic-Con

7/22/01, 6:47 pm EST - Strider

The Action Figure Times have posted a hoard of new action figure images from Comic-Con, and that includes the ToyBiz Lord of the Rings figures due to be released next month! Check out these great images for a look at the first wave of serious Lord of the Rings film merchandise.


The official Lord of the Rings tattoo

7/22/01, 2:56 pm EST - Strider

The official Lord of the Rings site have just made a new offer on their front page: a free rub on Lord of the Rings tattoo! As odd as it sounds, the tattoos look great and should cheer you up for a couple of days during the pre-December blues. [More]

SHOP: WETA/Sideshowtoy at Comic-Con

7/22/01, 1:21 am EST - Xoanon

Our friend Shere from WETA/Sideshow is at Comic-Con this year. Head on over there (Booth Number 429) and tell them TheOneRing.net says 'Hi!' Check out the goods they're passing around. Thanks to Faie for these scans. [More]

Comic-Con 2001 Art Pics

7/22/01, 1:10 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Faie sends along these great scans of some LOTR related art from Comic-Con 2001. Check them out! [More]

Hugo Weaving Seeing High-Profile Work

7/22/01, 12:22 am EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK (AP) - He's been called a consummate chameleon. And because he's so protean, Hugo Weaving (Elrond) may be one of the most low-profile actors to get steady - and sometimes high-profile - work. {More]

Media Watch: ComputerWorld Magazine

7/22/01, 12:19 am EST - Xoanon

Thanks to DW for the scan from ComputerWorld Magazine.

Scathing Reviews of Junkets

7/22/01, 12:13 am EST - Xoanon

On almost any given weekend, the freelance reporter and film critic can be found ensconced at some swank, four-star hotel chatting away with major movie stars such as Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington after first attending free screenings of their latest films. Furthermore, his air fare, lodging and meals are all paid for by the studio showing the film. [More]

News for Jul. 21, 2001

Mediawatch: InQuest Magazine

7/21/01, 3:02 pm EST - Strider

German site Herr Der Ringe have posted an article on their site from German magazine InQuest, in which they report on the Moria section at Cannes. !!SPOILERS!! [More]

Friends in the end

7/21/01, 2:41 pm EST - Strider

FAQ maestro and TORn staffer Pippin Took picked up on this during his travels on the web. Remember Jeffrey Wells, the Reel.com writer who created an uproar amongst Ringers when he dubbed them as "geeks"? Well, in his letterbag this week, Mr. Wells comes to the aid of the Peter Jackson trilogy, refuting it to be what one letter calls a "kiddie's film". [More]

Lord of the Rings Larp

7/21/01, 2:12 pm EST - Strider

Ever heard of a Lord of the Rings Larp? No? Well if you're paying a visit to DragonCon in Atlanta next month, you might just want to pay a visit and see what the fuss is about! [More]

Latest Glasshammer update

7/21/01, 1:59 pm EST - Strider

Phil from Glasshammer.com chimes in with the latest news from the Tolkien-influenced band. [More]

Hall of Fire Chats for July 21st and 22nd

7/21/01, 1:50 pm EST - Strider

It wasn't so long ago since we started our Fellowship of the Ring chats, and now we've arrived at the last chapter of Book One! This weekend men, women, children and hobbits are all invited to take part in our Hall of Fire discussions on a fantastic chapter. [More]

FLASH report from Comic-Con: Day Two

7/21/01, 4:55 am EST - Tookish

We're coming to you live from the 2001 San Diego Comic-Con International. It's been an amazing 48 hours and we're thrilled to dish you the scoop. Evil Eyes, card games, and busts, oh my! [More]

News for Jul. 20, 2001

LOTR 'Making-of...' Details

7/20/01, 11:48 am EST - Xoanon

From Ringer Spy Gilgameth

The last 'trailer' they showed was actually a ten minute making-of about Lord of the Rings. Needless to say I was happy and my goosebumps rose. !!Spoilers!! [More]

Great Elrond and Boromir Pics!

7/20/01, 11:24 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy J Mintz sends along these great pics of Sean Bean (Boromir) and Hugo Weaving (Elrond). These high quality pics really give you the chance to take a look at the detail and quality of the costumes, I smell Oscar! !!SPOILERS!! [More]

Billy Boyd Talks LOTR

7/20/01, 11:14 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy M sends along these scans from SFX Magazine's interview with Billy Boyd (Pippin). [More]

SHOP: LOTR Statues and Figurines

7/20/01, 11:05 am EST - Xoanon

From: Saint

Just got the newest issue of ToyFare magazine, and flipped through it quickly. In their "Incoming!" section (which previews upcoming toys and statues and stuff) there is a LOTR page, with pics of 4 of the movie figures: Frodo, Strider, Gimli, and Gandalf. [More]

Media Watch: Broadband Week

7/20/01, 10:54 am EST - Xoanon

From: Ruddiger McGarnicle

Here's an article from the July 9 issue of Broadband Week I found concerning New Line's partnership with Real Networks concerning LotR. Maybe some Rings fans might find it interesting. [More]

New Line and the ALA

7/20/01, 10:49 am EST - Xoanon

(Los Angeles, July 19, 2001) -- The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is proud to announce its association with New Line Cinema and "The Lord of the Rings," as a sponsor of 2001 Teen Read Week. [More]

Elijah speaks to Cinescape.com

7/20/01, 10:02 am EST - Calisuri

The good folks at Cinescape.com have an exclusive interview with Frodo from this year's Comic-Con. Among some of the other info contained in the interview, we find out that Elijah was not very familiar with LOTR before the production. [More]

News for Jul. 19, 2001

IMDB updates!

7/19/01, 11:55 pm EST - Gamgee

Monster movie site IMDB has updated it's FotR cast page! Adding 8 new names! So, go and check it out! [More]

They got one thing wrong though. They're still insisting that Jay Laga'aia plays "Lurtz" as well as Ugluk. We've had two independent confirmations that "Lurtz" is played by Lawrence Makaore [More]

PJ one of New Zealand's wealthiest people

7/19/01, 7:53 pm EST - Strider

The list of New Zealand's wealthiest people was published today, and a new arrival to the elite is our favourite director Peter Jackson. The report claims that PJ has a minimum net worth of 20 million Australian dollars. [More]

Comic-Con Underway in Southern California

7/19/01, 7:43 pm EST - Tookish

The largest pop-culture convention in America (and world?) is under way, an we're thrilled to be on board with news coverage and our very own presentation. Of course unless we'll be seeing you in 1.5 hours you'll miss the show, but to make it up to you we'll try to bring you a daily report on what's happening here. We'll be sending in pictures too so be sure to keep an eye out for some great Con news. [More]

EXCLUSIVE: Baker IS Sauron

7/19/01, 7:32 pm EST - Calisuri

Tonight, at 6pm PST at the San Diego Convention Center, at Comic-Con 2001, Ringer staff members Quickbeam and Tookish are going to announce the name of the actor playing the Dark Lord himself.

Sala Baker. Sala originally was a 2nd Unit worker in the production who landed this role after being spotted by the filmmakers. He has never been in a film before. And guess what? In a few hours..or I should say an hour and a half, there will be another special surprise at Comic-Con 2001. So if you aren't already there, get there! [More]

Sideshow Toys at Comic-Con

7/19/01, 12:44 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Sideshow Toy

We would like to invite you to join us at the San Diego Comicon, July 19th through the 24th to preview our upcoming product lines for 2001. [More]

More on Middle-earth Mobile Phones

7/19/01, 12:40 pm EST - Xoanon

J.R.R. Tolkien's kingdom coming to cell phones

Middle-Earth just got a phone number. The fictional kingdom in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" will be re-created for cell phone users sometime this summer as part of a first-of-its-kind marketing campaign targeting wireless devices in the United States, filmmaker New Line Cinema said Wednesday. [More]

Thanks to GL

Countdown in New Zealand

7/19/01, 12:34 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Solitude

I went into my local Cinema (Movieland 5 , Porirua, Wellington , NZ) and in a metal frame was the LOTR poster With Elijah Wood looking at us with the ring in his hand. Well anyway the thing is they had a 'countdown clock' built in to the frame. It was counting down the days , hours, minutes , seconds and even 10s/100s of seconds.

TheOneRing.net is at Comic-Con!

7/19/01, 8:49 am EST - Calisuri

[ Click to Visit the Comic-Con Website ]

If you are anywhere in Southern California, get your Tolkien posterior over to Comic-Con 2001! Today, Ringer staff members Tookish and Quickbeam will be presenting a behind the scenes look at the upcoming movies. (not to mention handing out very cool bookmarks):

6:00 Lord of the Rings with TheOneRing.net – TheOneRing.net is excited to take you one step closer to the Lord of the Rings movies at Comic-Con! TORN will offer a one hour presentation highlighting locations, cast, crew, movie info, and rumors. Come meet some of TheOneRing.net staff and take a bite out of Tolkien fandom! Room 6A.

I'm sure Tookish and Quickbeam will be sending many reports from the trenches, so look for them right here.

Links links everywhere...

7/19/01, 8:34 am EST - Calisuri

Calling all Tolkien fans! We just set up a new links page and, well, it is REALLY empty. So please take a moment to go to the following URL and add your favorite Tolkien related websites. Submissions are reviewed by our staff, so you won't see them online right away. Thanks for your help in advance. [More]

News for Jul. 18, 2001

Tolkien LARP at DragonCon

7/18/01, 11:07 pm EST - Calisuri

Our good friend Sam sends us some details about the upcoming LOTR LARP at DragonCon 2001. [More]

Changes, 'LOTR' shape the new face of New Line Cinema

7/18/01, 4:30 pm EST - Xoanon

On June 4, Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, the co-chairmen of New Line Cinema, boarded Shaye's private plane for a flight from Los Angeles to Wellington, New Zealand, accompanied by a handful of their top executives.

Shaye was nervous. [More]

Thanks to Matt for the tip!

Kinowelt Medien Needs Blockbuster Rescue

7/18/01, 4:27 pm EST - Xoanon

FRANKFURT -- German film distributor Kinowelt Medien AG (G.KWM) hopes more cinema goers buy tickets to "Lord of the Rings" than investors are buying its shares right now. [More]

The language of the Elves

7/18/01, 4:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Many of the world's languages are dying out, but soon a new one will surge to prominence, a tongue with ancient roots and a big Hollywood budget. Fewer than 100 people on Earth speak the language of the Chickasaw Indians, a tribe that now inhabits a swatch of Oklahoma. [More]

Saruman & Sauron's Death: Confirmed

7/18/01, 10:06 am EST - Xoanon

This information comes by way of a spy knee deep in the WETA/3Foot6 Camps. He/she/it/they did not want to reveal too much in respect and love to PJ and his efforts. But they did want to give us this piece of information: Highlight below to read. SPOILERS!!

Sauron definately doesn't die on a spike. Saruman suffers that fate

Discuss this news in our MSG Boards!

GAMING: Media Watch: White Dwarf

7/18/01, 9:55 am EST - Xoanon

From: Rick

I've just recieved this month's copy of White Dwarf, the Games Workshop magazine. In it there's some details and a great picture of the new LOTR models in production at Games Workshop. [More]

LOTR Poster in Athens

7/18/01, 9:50 am EST - Xoanon

From: Circi

Yesterday, driving through one of Athen's main intersections I noticed to my delight a huge handpainted LOTR poster hanging on the marquee of a major movie-house, which is now closed for the summer months. The poster, which is a "liberal" depiction of the classic "Frodo holding ring" theme, was sharing the prominent hanging space with posters for "Harry Potter" and "AI".

Bakshi Inspires

7/18/01, 9:48 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Fan Rod sent us this scan and observation the other day:

Judging by the recent interview with Ralph Bakshi he is somewhat embittered, to say the least. [More]

Comic-Con, Here We Come!

7/18/01, 12:47 am EST - Tookish

I'm heading out in the wee hours for San Diego and wanted to share some scoop with you. See you Thursday!

Three great Tolkien events will be featured at this year’s International Comic-Con! Rumor has it that New Line will blow us away, the literature panel looks excellent, and WE are gonna ROCK!! Check out the details: [More]

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