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News for Jul. 31, 2001

David Wenham Interview

7/31/01, 11:25 pm EST - Xoanon

You can catch a great hour long David Wenham (Faramir) interview over on ABC.net. I'm listening to it right now, and there's some great insight into the character of the the actor. No talk of LOTR yet, but I'm only 17 mins in. And there are some pieces of music during the interview. [More]

Thanks to Abby for the tip!

DECIPHERCON and the LotR Trading Card Game!!!

7/31/01, 10:16 pm EST - Tookish

Heads up all you LotR gamers!! You don't want to miss this: Decipher News Flash! DECIPHERCON 2001: GUEST LIST TO INCLUDE HOBBITS, ORCS, WIZARDS… I had better brush up my feet for this one... DarthCaesar has [More].

Media Watch: Empire Magazine

7/31/01, 10:04 pm EST - Tookish

Simon sends in another gem:

In the latest Empire magazine (Australian edition) there is a picture of two Black Riders in Hobbiton (looks like just outside Bag End in fact!)I've never seen this picture before...

We're still waiting to see it! :)

Media Watch: Total Film Magazine

7/31/01, 2:08 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Gothmog and Missus

The September 2001 issue of Total Film magazine has a short item on FOTR in it's First Look section. No new info, or pics. Just the amusing/heart attack inducing typo at the head of the text. The release date. Its says 3rd of August. That's this Friday! Alas the text reiterates the release in Dec as we all know!

If you have scans of this article send it along!

Go Vote for FOTR at Buzz Bin

7/31/01, 2:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Go out and vote for LOTR at Buzz Bin, Crusade writes:

It seems that Movies.com has a "Buzz Meter" for people to rank movies that they are getting excited about. [More]

GAMING: Lord of Rings Gets Games Deal

7/31/01, 11:13 am EST - Xoanon

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Electronic Arts has signed a contract with New Line Cinema to develop a series of games based on The Lord of the Rings motion picture franchise, an Electronic Arts spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter. [More]

Thanks to a sad Ed M for the tip!

LOTR Extra Speaks?

7/31/01, 11:09 am EST - Xoanon

From: LC

While making my daily rounds on the oldmanmurray.com message boards, I came upon this little item. Fairly interesting, though not groundbreaking stuff. Slight language alert, as is typical at oldmanmurray.com.

They were planning on a turnout of about 9,000. They found out the night before {Tuesday} they were down about 3,000, which meant a 3 hour delay on the start time while they scoured the schools. They arrived at Victoria Uni, both Open and Wellington Polytechs and every high school within an hours drive, in about 30 buses and army trucks and said hop in. [More]

LOTR Concept Art

7/31/01, 11:05 am EST - Xoanon

Garth from DarkHorizons has a nice piece of art from Germany apparently, I'm not too sure if it is concept art, promotional item, or some really good fan art. Check it out here. [More]

Media Watch: Empire Magazine

7/31/01, 11:02 am EST - Xoanon

From: Tim

Fellowship is once again Empire's No 1 Awaited Movie--with a large picture of Elrond and a staircase in Rivendell,and a summing up,which includes a quote from PJ re--the competition with Harry potter-"Harry Potter opens at least a month before we do,and I hope it's a great movie.I just think that if people love Harry Potter and they get into wizards and magic,then hopefully they can move on into Tolkien."

Rings company requests noisy plane permit

7/31/01, 8:08 am EST - leo

From: The Evening Post

Lord Of The Rings production company Three Foot Six Ltd has applied for consent to bring a Gulfstream III jet to Wellington International Airport 10 times in the next 30 months. [More]

News for Jul. 30, 2001

New LOTR Sword Pics!

7/30/01, 8:23 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out these amazing pics from my insider at United Cutlery! These things look amazing! I cannot wait to have Sting hanging from my wall! [More]

EW Online Takes Swipe at Fans

7/30/01, 10:26 am EST - Xoanon

Seems like the folks at EW Online don't like our interest in LOTR. Either that or they seem to notice how thier hits go up when they say something bad about LOTR, or anything at all...ah well. [More]

Media Watch: NY Post

7/30/01, 10:21 am EST - Xoanon

From: The New York Post on-line


WHILE New Line Cinema hits like "Austin Powers" could hardly be described as advancing the cause of teen literacy, the studio does want to get kids reading books - particularly J.R.R. Tolkien's epic "Lord of the Rings" series. New Line is joining with the American Library Association for a big "Teen Read Week" promotion this fall, with the emphasis on fantasy literature and the slogan, "Make reading a hobbit." Of course, it's no coincidence that the studio has bet the farm on its Tolkien trilogy, the first of which, "The Fellowship of the Ring," opens worldwide Dec. 19.

Thanks to Inkling II for the tip!

Shore on 'Signs'? & Sean Bean Trailer

7/30/01, 10:18 am EST - Xoanon

News is hitting the net that LOTR Composer Howard Shore may be working on the next M. Night Shyamalan (The 6th Sense, Unbreakable) film 'Signs'. The film is about crop circles and UFO's, staring Mel Gibson. [More]

Besides seeing the FOTR trailer this weekend in front of 'Planet of the Apes', some lucky people were privy to the new Sean Bean (Boromir) film 'Don't Say A Word', the film is scheduled to open on October 5th.

Weekly Ebay Items

7/30/01, 10:07 am EST - Xoanon

Check out all the latest goodies from Ebay! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

7/30/01, 10:00 am EST - Xoanon

A great chance to see some of your favorite LOTR Stars on the small screen! [More]

News for Jul. 29, 2001

Wanna See INSIDE Edoras?!

7/29/01, 12:30 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Super Spy Glaurung sends along these AMAZING pics from the long destroyed Edoras set! These pics are truly amazing, you can see the attention to detail and the truly REAL feeling this set has! Take a look! !!!SPOILERS!!! [More]

PJ Talks 'Books to Film' Changes

7/29/01, 12:02 pm EST - Xoanon

South African Website www.mnet.co.za has a great clip of Peter Jackson talking about why there are changes between the books and the film, and what he hopes the fans will see in his version of the films! (Windows Media Player Needed) [More]

Police get tough with the hobbit-lovers of Kazakhstan

7/29/01, 11:59 am EST - Xoanon

People who dress up as hobbits have become the latest victims of a police crackdown on unconventional lifestyles in the Central Asian state of Kazakhstan.

J R R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is very popular in the countries of the former Soviet Union, where thousands of fans dress up and re-enact scenes from the book. [More]

Auckland Wind Orchestra plays LOTR Symphony

7/29/01, 11:57 am EST - Xoanon

Wondered if you could help us get the word out to Tolkein fans that the Auckland Wind Orchestra plays the only Lord of the Rings symphony in Auckland on August 12. [More]

News for Jul. 28, 2001

GAMING: The Man behind the Music of Middle Earth (Online)

7/28/01, 9:10 pm EST - Xoanon

"Three new games were announced at E3 2001 based on J.R.R Tolkien's classic works: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings Online. Chance Thomas scored the movie introducing the games, and HUGEsound Network member Tim Larkin designed the sound effects. [More]

Meida Watch: Ultimate Collectors Magazine

7/28/01, 4:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Samwise the Smart sends along an article from 'Ultimate Collectors' Magazine. Take a look! [More]

Media Watch: EntertainmentWeekly.com

7/28/01, 10:07 am EST - Strider

"You know you're in the middle of a slow summer-movie season when ''A.I.'''s emotionally detached teddy bear is a standout. But don't worry: We've seen the future (well, the movie-trailer version of it), and it looks a lot better, at least for two or three minutes at a time." [More]

News for Jul. 27, 2001

Finding Hobbiton!!!

7/27/01, 9:26 pm EST - Xoanon

The Official site has posted a VERY COOL Real Video all about the finding, building and filming of Hobbiton! The video throws us WAY back to the the original first few months of the pre-production. There's small clips from PJ, Ian McKellen (Gandalf), and Alan Lee. As well as a confirmation on just what the 'Green Dragon' looks like! (RealPlayer Needed) [More]

Hall of Fire Chats for July 28th and 29th

7/27/01, 7:09 pm EST - Strider

As August approaches we arrive at the last of our Hall of Fire discussions for July, and what a topic we've picked to see off a great month! Tolkien purists one and all, this is the discussion you've been waiting for; Christopher Tolkien, Continuing the Legacy. [More]

BK Website to Show LOTR Footage?

7/27/01, 5:26 pm EST - Xoanon

A Ringer Spy has contacted me with info regarding the Burger King Website. Apparently they plan on showing 12 Minutes of footage on the site. Who knows if this will come true, but I am currently working on cinfirmation, and more details.

AOL: You've Got Tickets -CD Pics-

7/27/01, 5:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Anthony sends along scans from that AOL CD we reported about earlier this week. Take a look! [More]

Media Watch: Entertainment Weekly

7/27/01, 4:14 pm EST - Xoanon

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has a nice metnion of Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and his website mckellen.com. Thanks to Keith Stern from mckellen.com for the tip!

GAMING: Sierra Talks LOTR Game

7/27/01, 11:55 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Wiggy sends along an extremely detailed report on a talk that WXP Co-Founder Patrick Moynihan gave to the Games Network channel over in the UK, check it out to find all the details! [More]

Mythcon XXXII Cometh!

7/27/01, 10:11 am EST - Xoanon

If you find yourself in Berkeley, California the weekend of August 3 to August 6, come pay a visit to Mythcon XXXII, the annual conference of the Mythopoeic Society. On hand will be, among other guests, Philippa Boyens, one of the three screenwriters for New Line Cinema's upcoming Lord of the Rings films. You'll also have the opportunity to meet some of the world's leading Tolkien scholars and linguists, including Bill Welden, one of the language consultants on the LOTR films. As if that wasn't enough, Tehanu and Quickbeam will be on one of the panels.

All the information you need to join the fun can be found at www.mythsoc.org. Be there!

Going to Mythcon?! Drop me a line!

Media Watch: of Game Trade Magazine

7/27/01, 9:59 am EST - Xoanon

From: Joe

The August issue of Game Trade Magazine is packed full of many middle earth goodies. Lots of pictures of the minatures for the table top games as well as pics of the boxes they come in.

There is also news on the expansion set of the LOTR game that is now out. The 2 extra boards are Bree and Isengard, done by John Howe. the game is called Friend and foes. The expansion set comes out in October. There is also a Hobbit game coming out done by Ted Nasmith. Towards the back of the mag is a picture and add for the replica of Sting that is used in the movie.

Anyone with scans of the article send them along!

Andy Serkis talks Gollum

7/27/01, 9:42 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Andy (Serkis?) sends along this article from he UK paper "Metro", in it Andy Serkis (Gollum) talks about his time as Gollum, check it out! [More]

News for Jul. 26, 2001

An Experience to Remember....

7/26/01, 7:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Check this out from the official site, Bill Welden, from The Mythopoeic Society writes his experience down in New Zealand on set during the LOTR Production, it's a great read!

From: The Official Site

Bill Welden has been studying and writing about Tolkien's invented languages for over thirty years. He was one of several Tolkien language experts who were consulted in the making of New Line Cinema's feature film version of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. [More]

Tolkien's Impact in Literature and Life

7/26/01, 5:05 pm EST - Xoanon

PCANews - Tolkien saw himself as a hobbit in every way but in stature. A popular British magazine recently surveyed its readers to get their opinions about the best book of all time. Thousands responded. The landslide winner for the top spot in history: The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien. [click Here, enter Tolkien in the search (upper left), click "Tolkien's Impact in Literature and Life"]

Thanks to TCO for the tip!

South Africa's Cinemagic goes back to Cannes

7/26/01, 5:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Mike seems as excited as anyone should be after seeing this great news report on LOTR at Cannes, although its a few months late...

Well I've just finished watching the program 'Cinemagic' on M-Net here in South Africa and yes, they did preview 'The Lord of the Rings'. My oh my, where do I start? [More]

GAMING: Decipher at Gencon

7/26/01, 5:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Karen from Decipher, one of the cool folks TORN had the pleasure of hanging around with at Comic-Con, has send us a press release regarding thier plans for the upcoming GenCon. Check it out! [More]

AOL: You've Got Tickets

7/26/01, 4:47 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Anthony sends along work that you can get two free tickets to your local theatre if you get one of those 'Try AOL CD's'. [More]

Praise the 'Lord' and Pass the Frodo Fries

7/26/01, 11:49 am EST - Xoanon

Thanks to Sirelle for sending along this great aricle from the 'Providence Journal Bulletin'. Take a look.

Blanchett is Maxim's 'Girl of the Day'

7/26/01, 10:59 am EST - Xoanon

Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) is todays 'Girlfriend of the Day' on Maxim's website. You get a couple of great pics and some interesting quotes from her. [More]

Thanks to Thurin for the tip!

GAMING: More on EA and LOTR

7/26/01, 10:56 am EST - Xoanon

Confirming a story we broke a few days ago, gamespot.com has a small article about EA and the LOTR games they will be making. [More]

More on TOPPS and LOTR

7/26/01, 10:53 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Derek sends along a one sheet that the TOPPS folks were passing around at Comic-con 2001. Take a look! [More]

Green Books for August

7/26/01, 10:20 am EST - Calisuri

This comes from the desk of Green Book staffer Anwyn:

"Hello, all you Green Books fans! Summer is a busy, busy time, and we here at Green Books are feeling the pinch. Between the time taken up by Comic-Con last week and various other things, we’re going to postpone our monthly Green Books update for just a few days to make sure we’ve enough time to do things right for you! So be patient just a little longer. We’ll be sure to make it worth your wait!"

Calisuri here - Another reason for the delay is my cross country move to Los Angeles! (Still looking for a job if anyone needs a web designer) Expect the Green Books update during the 2nd week of August.

Quicktime LOTR Teaser Disappears...

7/26/01, 9:35 am EST - Calisuri

I just happened to be checking out the latest Quicktime trailers available at Apple.com when I realized 'Lord of the Rings' was no longer listed under New Line Cinema. (http://www.apple.com/trailers) Strange don't you think? Not to fret! The page is still there..just not listed anymore. [More]

Two reasons I can think for this change. 1) Real decided too many people were downloading LOTR stuff in quicktime format and got jealous. 2) New Line is finally releasing the FOTR Trailer in quicktime format and they are just reorganizing the listing. I personally hope its Number 2. Real is just annoying.

Comic-Con 2001: Wrap and Review

7/26/01, 3:45 am EST - Tookish

Quickbeam has the last word from the San Diego Comic-con. You'll REALLY want to read this one folks, as it holds the transcripts of what WETA President Richard Taylor said at our Thursday presentation as well as some *delicious* insights from the wise Ent. Another great TORN exclusive if I do say so myself!! [More]

News for Jul. 25, 2001

Sean and His 'Goonies' Re-join

7/25/01, 11:19 pm EST - Xoanon

I'm posting this story here for two reasons, first, obviously because Sean Astin (Sam) is one of the original 'Goonies' Mikey, but mostly beacuse I LOVE the original! It's darn exciting seeing the Goonies back together again! Take a look at the great pic posted on AICN, hey you guys!............... [More]

Topps Trading Cards - A First Look

7/25/01, 8:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out this great first ever look at the Topps trading card set! Well...one of them anyway. [More]

New Line Promo Items

7/25/01, 7:58 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Gilgameth sends along some great scans of New Line related bookmarks and other items given away to big companies tog et them excited. Take a look. [More]

Media Watch: Swedish paper predicts huge impact

7/25/01, 7:08 pm EST - Tehanu

The Swedish paper 'Dagens Industri' predicts a huge impact on our whole CULTURE from the LOTR movies [More]

Comics Fans Live a Film Fantasy

7/25/01, 1:53 pm EST - Xoanon

SAN DIEGO -- First-time attendees at the San Diego Comic-Con International-the world's largest gathering of comics, science-fiction and fantasy buffs-could be excused for wondering on which planet they had just landed. [More]

More Tolkienisms

7/25/01, 1:52 pm EST - Tookish

The email is starting to pile up, so jump on this bandwagon and send me your Tolkienisms! Got one found in Microsoft's Visual Basic Help... [More]

Tolkien's Hobbling Habit

7/25/01, 12:09 pm EST - Xoanon

A warning for those about to read The Lord of the Rings. As the December release of the film version of The Fellowship of the Ring approaches, a full-fledged J.R.R. Tolkien literary revival is in the works. Numerous British polls have crowned Tolkien "Author of the Century." [More]

Thanks to Idril for the tip!

FOTR Trailer on 'The Big Breakfast'

7/25/01, 9:39 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy paul checks in to tell us about the UK's 'The Big Breakfast' showing the FOTR trailer recently. [More]

LOTR and those 'Apes'

7/25/01, 9:36 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy JD sends us news regarding New Line and those filthy apes! And where you can expect the FOTR trailer this weekend. [More]

GAMING: EA seals the deal

7/25/01, 1:50 am EST - Xoanon

TheOneRing.net exclusive: Electronic Arts and New Line Cinema have finally sealed the deal for games based on the new Lord of the Rings movies. [More]

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