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News for Jul. 28, 2004

Art Imitates Life (Imitating Art)

7/28/04, 10:13 pm EST - Xoanon

David Baxter writes: Hugo award winning science fiction author and futurist Vernor Vinge wrote a story in 1967 called "The Apprentice" where the protagonist stole computer time from a corporation in order to make a completely computer generated version of LOTR. It has been reprinted in "The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge". Fans should check it out. It's short but sweet.

Shore Score News

7/28/04, 10:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Laurelinthegolden writes: I just received issue #16 of the LOTR Fan Club magazine, and it's reported Howard Shore will come out with a NINE disc set with the complete scores to each movie. 2 discs for FoTR, 3 each for TTT and RoTK, and the last disc featuring unreleased rarities along with commentary from Shore. Plus, plans are in the works to release a two disc live recording of The Lord of The Rings Symphony, and a DVD which includes a documentary on the making of the symphony and a performance by the Montreal Symphony. Looks like music fans will have much to look forward to!

Trilogy Screening in Schenectady, NY

7/28/04, 10:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Nicole writes: Proctors Theater in Schenectady, NY will be playing all three Lord of the Rings movies this week. "Fellowship" on July 29, "Two Towers" on the 30th and "Return of the King" Aug 1, with all three being shown Saturday July 31. Tickets are only $2.00, or $3.00 for the Balcony. [More]

Reminder: LOTR Exhibit in Boston Opens Soon!

7/28/04, 10:05 pm EST - Xoanon

On Sunday, August 1, "The Lord of the Ring Motion Picture Trilogy—The Exhibition" will make its U.S. Premiere at the Museum of Science, Boston! Now that The Democratic National Convention (being held only two blocks away) is winding down, tickets are going fast for the opening weekend. The Members' Only Preview Day on Saturday July 31st is over 90% sold. [More]

Brodie Book Signing in Te Papa

7/28/04, 9:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Angela writes: Ian Brodie will be at Te Papa signing copies of his new book 'The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook Extended Edition' on the launch date August 6th from 12.00-12.45. [More]

From Oz To Middle-earth

7/28/04, 9:29 pm EST - Xoanon

tc writes: Australia's pay-tv movie service, MOVIE NETWORK, is premiering Towers in August and is giving away a trip to New Zealand with a tour of the set of LOTR and visits to the locations in the movie! [More]

'Candy' Lures Ensemble Cast

7/28/04, 9:27 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Not everyone is afraid of "Strangers With Candy." Dan Hedaya, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ian Holm, Allison Janney and Kristen Johnston have signed on to star in the feature film version of the cult hit Comedy Central series. [More]

More Comic-Con Goodness

7/28/04, 9:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Comic-Con 2004 Images

Sarah F writes: Herein is the account of Sarah and Rachel, and their strange comic-con adventure, and nearly in-expressible gratitude to an anyomous lady with red hair, bright eyes, and an exceedingly considerate nature. [More]

SHOP: Gandalf on Shadowfax Selling Out

7/28/04, 9:07 pm EST - Celeborn

Word comes from Sideshow/Weta Collectibles that the very popular Gandalf on Shadowfax statue is about to sell out. If you wanted to place your order for this limited edition piece, now would be the time. [More]

Astin Set To Teach 'Hercules'

7/28/04, 10:17 am EST - Xoanon

Nellie Andreeva writes: Sean Astin, Leelee Sobieski and Timothy Dalton are set and Angie Harmon is in negotiations to star in NBC's four-hour miniseries "Hercules," from Hallmark Entertainment. Astin will play Linus, Hercules' music teacher. [More]

LOTR Concert at Royal Albert Hall Announcement

7/28/04, 10:14 am EST - Xoanon

Howard Shore’s evocative music for Peter Jackson’s multi-award winning film, already greeted with a unanimous standing ovation by a sell-out Royal Festival Hall audience in May, returns to London, not once - but now twice - to meet public demand. Columbia Artists Management announces today a second Royal Albert Hall concert to join 22 September (Bilbo and Frodo’s joint birthdays). The party is now set to continue the very next day, Thursday 23 September. [More]

Extended Extended Editions?

7/28/04, 10:04 am EST - Xoanon

In a story that may get the attention of many fans, and most certainly the ire of others, Electronic Gaming Monthly reports that there may be Extended Extended editions coming to DVD in the not-so-near future. Or so says the 'LOTR: The Third Age' RPG game Executive Producer, Steve Gray. [More]

News for Jul. 27, 2004

Watts Plays Off Real Kong

7/27/04, 5:32 pm EST - leo

Naomi Watts, who stars in Peter Jackson's upcoming remake of King Kong, told SCI FI Wire that she initially worried that her simian co-star wouldn't be on the set and would be added in later with computer graphics, but that Jackson eased her fears. [More]

COMIC CON 2004 Coverage

7/27/04, 2:37 pm EST - Xoanon

MrCere writes: Since 2000 TheOneRing.net has been publishing reports of the biggest, brightest and some say best pop-culture fan gathering in the United States if not the world, and to not keep up the tradition would be just plain wrong! This was the Con’s 35th year in existence, where it has grown from a couple of hundred people talking comic shop into 80,000 (according to un-official reports) people celebrating all things “genre” while still keeping comic books as its base. [More]

Renée Fleming Concert Tonight at the Hollywood Bowl

7/27/04, 2:30 pm EST - Xoanon

Renée Fleming, whose work you can hear on the ROTK soundtrack ('Twilight And Shadow, The End Of All Things & The Rerurn Of The King') will be at the Hollywood Bowl tonight. It does NOT look like she will be performing any songs from ROTK, however if you are a fan of Mozart, Wagner, Strauss and more, this may be the show for you. [More]

Bloom to Play James Bond (Jr.)?

7/27/04, 2:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Two reports (most likely from the same source) are indicating the Orlando Bloom has agreed to star in a film based on James Bond's younger days. The film is said to be produced by Miramax. TheOneRing.net has not yet confirmed this with any of our sources. [More] [More2]

Cate's dark stage role

7/27/04, 2:21 pm EST - Xoanon

From the moment Cate Blanchett steps foot on the stage there is no mistaking you are watching something extraordinary. She is magnetic, both in character as the vengeful, cowardly Hedda Gabler, and in her playful rehearsal banter ("You don't mind if I go to sleep, do you?" she jokes, as she reclines on the settee). [More]

Comic-Con Footage Transcript

7/27/04, 2:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Aegis of Pyros was kind enough to send us a transcript from the Comic-Con ROTK:EE footage! !!!ROTK:EE SPOILERS!!! [More]

SHOP: Shelob Goes Rock 'n' Roll

7/27/04, 2:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Jeff writes: A while ago, I wrote to say I spotted Viggo/Aragorn's face on a metal album by a band called Dyonisus, well, today, I write to tell you that I spotted SHELOB on the cover of, you guessed it, another metal band. [More]

News for Jul. 26, 2004

Location Guidebook Extended Edition Coming Soon!

7/26/04, 7:18 pm EST - Xoanon

The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook, by Ian Brodie, showcases the principal movie set locations around New Zealand as seen in all three films. This new book contains all of the features of the popular first and second editions, but has been revised into a larger coffee table size to accommodate the many requests from readers of the first two books. [More]

Decipher Talks LOTR 'Book' Cards

7/26/04, 7:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Kevin writes: Decipher has posted the third of a series of articles on the 'book' (non-movie) cards they worked on with WETA Workshop. Today's is on concepts, and the photo shoots. [More] An earlier one is on casting and costuming. [More] And the original was an interview with Daniel Falconer. [And Yet Even More]

Reminder: ROTK at Red Rocks, CO

7/26/04, 7:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Mercedes from the Denver Film Society writes: I just wanted to inform you that the date has been confirmed for our screening of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King at the incredible Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver, Colorado. It will show after dusk on Tuesday, August 17th. [More]

Fellowship Festival Update: Bernard Hill Attends and More!

7/26/04, 5:54 pm EST - leo

Lots of exciting news over at the Fellowship Festival-front. Today a new guest was added to the already impressive line-up: none other than Bernard Hill (Theoden)! This will his first ever fan convention! Read more about his itiniary and your chance(s) to participate in something extremely cool here!

Billy Boyd / Dominic Monaghan Movie Project Update

7/26/04, 5:35 pm EST - leo

Billy Boyd's webmaster Stewart writes: Billy has just posted some info on his website about the proposed Billy/Dom road movie. The definitive "What's Going On With The Movie That's Funnier Than A Penguin Playing A Banjo?" answer can be found at Billy's website, here!

The quest is not over yet!

7/26/04, 2:56 pm EST - Advertiser

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New To DVD: Bloom's Ned Kelly

7/26/04, 1:24 pm EST - Xoanon

New to DVD this week is the little-known Orlando Bloom film 'Ned Kelly'. Never having a wide release in North America this release is a real gem for Bloom fans. In it Bloom plays Joe Byrne in this true story about a legendary outlaw and his gang. [Order Now]

Catching up with Billy Boyd

7/26/04, 1:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Coming to Comic-Con for the first time since The Fellowship of the Ring, Billy Boyd came down to promote the impending release of The Return of the King Extended Edition DVD (which hits in December of 2004), but took the time to catch us up on his post-LOTR/post-Master and Commander projects. [More]

The Other Big Event in Boston

7/26/04, 1:16 pm EST - Xoanon

A Ringer Spy from Boston writes: It turns out that the LOTR exhibit at the Museum of Science is going to have some really cool hands on activities for the guest to do! There is going to be students from MIT doing metal work, I believe smelting but am not sure, along with activities about scale design and armor. The actual activities themselves are yet to be determined, but they are going to be great! [Tickets]

ROTK: EE Video Online

7/26/04, 1:12 pm EST - Xoanon

This link, and many other mirrors, are making the rounds online. While I'm loathe to post about a bootleg video from Comic-Con, the emails will not stop so here it is. [More] [Mirror] [Mirror]

News for Jul. 25, 2004

More Comic-Con Reports & Photos!

7/25/04, 6:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Comic-Con 2004 Images

Melowyn sends in another report from the goings on at Comic-Con 2004. I have also added more images to the scrapbook, including new pics of the Billy Boyd and David Wenham signing session! !!!ROTK EE Spoilers!!! [More]

Hollywood Aims to Conquer Comic-Book Fans

7/25/04, 6:46 pm EST - Xoanon

SAN DIEGO - Sometimes the archenemy of a superhero movie is the super-fan, the kind with the power to create a firestorm of negative buzz on the Internet over a perceived injustice to a beloved character. Now Hollywood has discovered a place where it can try to leap that fan skepticism in a single bound: Comic-Con International. [More]

Hobbit of a lifetime

7/25/04, 11:34 am EST - Xoanon

Tucked away in a lecture room in a Carlisle college, 25 razor-sharp minds are taking a break from discussing one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. One woman is telling her neighbour about a terrible train journey she had from the south of England. “It was a bit like being stuck in Middle-earth really,” she says, unable to resist a reference to the work of the man responsible for this unlikely gathering. [More]

Weekly World News Finds Hobbit Skeleton

7/25/04, 11:34 am EST - Xoanon

A 'tabloid' newspaper in the US called Weekly World News makes it a habit to write fake articles and print them in the newspaper. They've written about Elvis being alive, Saddam and Osama being lovers, Aliens found on Mars, and a Bat-Boy, half bat, half boy, living among us. It's no surprise then that the latest issue features this article. [More]

SHOP: SIdeshow/Weta's Mouth of Sauron and Cave Trolls

7/25/04, 10:56 am EST - Celeborn

click hereSideshow/Weta premiered four new Cave Troll Maquettes yesterday at the Comic-Con 2004 in San Diego CA. Along with the new Trolls, they also made available for pre-order the much anticipated Mouth of Sauron bust! According to Sunday's schedule, their live webcams and chat will be focused on covering LOTR items from 9am-11am PST today. We can only assume this would include glimpses at the new Gothmog on Warg and the ROTK EE Gift Set. [Click Here]

News for Jul. 24, 2004

The LOTR Symphony: A Different Perspective Part II

7/24/04, 11:26 pm EST - Xoanon

BonMothma writes from a unique position of a LOTR geek, she will be on the other side of the stage during the LOTR concert. Last week she sent along this report, The LOTR Symphony: A Different Perspective, detailing all the work involved in preperation for the very same LOTR concert that many of you have attended. This week she updates us on all the rehersals and plans for the upcoming event! [More]

LOTR 'Throw' Available Online

7/24/04, 11:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Think you own every bit of LOTR merchadise out there? You have your Eye of Sauron belly-button ring? You have your freaky Gollum Doll? Your Figwit Minimate? Well how about this from abcdistributing.com, your very own LOTR throw! [More]

Overlithe Dinner in Pittsburgh

7/24/04, 11:13 pm EST - Tehanu

If you're in Pittsburgh or were planning to go there for the Howard Shore LOTR concert on July 31, how about joining other Ringers for dinner beforehand? [More] Ticket sales close July 27, so be quick!

Comic-Con: ROTK EE DVD Panel Review!

7/24/04, 11:03 am EST - Xoanon

mfissori sends in a full report from the ROTK Extended Edition panel at Comic-Con! Billy Boyd and David Wenham were there, New Line showcased almost every new scene in the film, and they CONFIRMED the release date! December 2004. Click here if you dare! !!EE SPOILERS!! [More]

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend

7/24/04, 2:29 am EST - Demosthenes

One day, a rather extraordinary visitor appears outside the house of a seemingly ordinary Hobbit. Readers rapidly become immersed in an intriguing relationship between a mysterious, powerful wizard and the simple, unwordly Hobbits. We find that a relationship that has existed between the two in the past is about to get much more complicated. [More]

News for Jul. 23, 2004

Howard Shore Concert with Q&A in Ottawa - UPDATE

7/23/04, 8:56 pm EST - Xoanon

West of the Moon writes: I'm sharing my experience of meeting Howard Shore in Ottawa, Canada - and the thrill it was to meet him afterwards, and attend a Q&A session with him the next day. [More]

I also added a new review from Jeff J

LOTR Concert with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra!

7/23/04, 4:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Albuquerque, NM • Friday July 23, 2004 – The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra presents two performances of Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings: Six Movements for Orchestra and Chorus on Friday, September 17 at 8 pm and Sunday, September 19 at 3 pm at UNM’s Popejoy Hall. [More]

All Comic-Con, All the Time

7/23/04, 3:24 pm EST - Xoanon

This is the one weekend in the universe to be a geek, all things geeky are converging in San Diego right now and even if you are a million miles away the ripple effects will hit you! News about Transformers, Batman, The Incredibles, Star Wars and of course, ROTK are making the rounds. Here is a small collection of images from Comic-Con that we have so far. More to come soon! [ROTK DVD Pics] [LOTR Costumes & More]

Peter S. Beagle to write Companion Volume to 'RINGERS'

7/23/04, 12:47 pm EST - Xoanon

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2004 -- Author Peter S. Beagle, best known for his stunning wordcraft in such tales as “The Last Unicorn” and “A Fine and Private Place,” has signed on to create a new book which will be published as the companion volume for the upcoming independent feature documentary, RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS. [More]

Hollywood & Highland Images

7/23/04, 10:04 am EST - Xoanon

Hollywood & Highland Images

Just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood the walls are adorned with 'Best Picture' winners from every Oscar ceremony. ROTK has recently been added to that list for all to see! [More]

ROTK Outdoor Screening in Rockville, Maryland

7/23/04, 9:55 am EST - Xoanon

Josh writes: Here in Rockville, Maryland on August 14th, ROTK will be played during the National Institutes of Health's yearly Outdoor Film Festival. They encourage you to buy food on-site, rather than bring your own. After all, the movie is FREE!. A portion of the proceeds benefit the NIH Children's Charities - Children's Inn, Camp Fantastic/Special Love, and Friends of the Clinical Center. [More]

ROTK:EE Box Set for Pre-Order on Amazon!

7/23/04, 9:52 am EST - Xoanon

Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk have listed the ROTK Extended Editions on their site, you can now pre-order them. Take a look! [Amazon.com] [Amazon.co.uk]

Trilogy Screening in Finland

7/23/04, 9:46 am EST - Xoanon

Joe writes: Due to popular demand Finnkino has decided to hold a trilogy screening in Tampere on Wednesday 28th of July. The two previous trilogy screenings were both held in the capital city Helsinki. The city of Tampere is located some 170 km north-west of the capital and has a population of about 200 000. All three films are TE versions with FOTR starting at 14:30. Tickets cost 6 euros per film. [More]

Figwit Documentary - A Jolly Good Laugh

7/23/04, 4:50 am EST - Tehanu

I went along to the Figwit documentary which premiered today as part of the Auckland Film Festival. There was a good turnout of Figwit fans, and judging by the laughter throughout, they enjoyed what they saw. Even if you're not a Figwit fan, there's a lot here to enjoy for any LOTR fan - the worldwide LOTR culture, the in-jokes, and the way the film makers and the fans play off each other. [More] It's playing again in Auckland on Sunday 25 at 11:15 and Wellington on July 30 and 31. [More]

News for Jul. 22, 2004

Mini 'FIDM' Exhibit at Comic-Con!

7/22/04, 12:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Primmy writes: An exhibitor friend of mine just called me said (very excitedly) that the most recent exhibit of LOTR costumes that were at FIDM earlier this year will be on display at Comic Con. Each year FIDM, the Fashion Institute of Design, displays the Academy Award nominees for best costuming. She spotted them setting up the display in WETA's area. This group of costumes includes Aragorn's and Arwen's Coronation outfits, the Witch King, an Orc, Merry's & Pippin's uniforms/liveries, and I think, King Theoden.

ROTK 'Under The Moon' in VA

7/22/04, 11:58 am EST - Xoanon

JM writes: The annual "Movies Under the Moon" outdoor movie festival at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA will be showing The Return of the King tonight (July 22nd) at 8:30pm. Proceeds benefit Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children & Special Love, Inc. [More]

Saugus man builds 'Lord of the Rings'-themed sand sculpture

7/22/04, 11:55 am EST - Xoanon

SAUGUS -- A little bit of Middle Earth has made its way to Saugus in a sand castle on the corner of Central Street and Adams Avenue. Sean Fitzpatrick has constructed a 10-foot castle complete with Lord of the Rings characters on his front lawn, a labor of love, and practice. [More]

New Decipher LOTR Cards

7/22/04, 11:53 am EST - Xoanon

Decipher and WETA continue to bring us new cards from LOTR characters and scenes not seen in the films. These cards have been specifically made for Decipher, however it does give us an interesting hint as to what these characters MAY have looked like if they made it to the film. Check out Ghân-buri-Ghân, Radagast's Staff, Anárion, Erkenbrand & Tom Bombadil's Hat! [More]

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