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News for Aug. 03, 2003

A British Star In Full Bloom

8/03/03, 8:17 pm EST - maegwen

From Time Magazine, Europe: "He's everyone's favorite elf and the hottest young actor in Hollywood. Now here comes the Orlando onslaught: five more films. This pin-up pirate has found the treasure." [More]

Howard Shore and Seattle Symphony LOTR Performance

8/03/03, 5:48 pm EST - maegwen

Andie writes: Just wanted to let you know that non-subscribers can now buy tickets to Howard Shore's performance of the LOTR symphony with the Seattle Symphony in July 2004. You reported this previously, but up till now only subscribers could buy tickets. [More]

UPDATE: Laurelinda writes: Just an FYI.... the NorthWesternesse fan group has reserved a LARGE number of seats to both Howard Shore shows at a 20% discount, so check in with us before rushing to buy your ticket! If you want further information about these seats and other activities being planned around the event, please contact Laurelinda at ljteller@nwlink.com.

Bash Pictures, We've Got More Bash Pictures...

8/03/03, 5:34 pm EST - maegwen

HannaBoffin and JD have sent in some extremely funny images from this year's Barlibash in Toronto. [More]

Ent Sighting! In Wisconsin??

8/03/03, 2:58 pm EST - Tookish

It's true! Ringer Velariel writes: ... the Wisconsin State Fair is going on this week in Milwauke, and... they have a guy walking around in an Ent costume. It's incredibly well done, and really resembled Treebeard from the movie. He's going to be there until the end of the fair, in the space just south of the Oriental Bazaar. I think they said he will be there at 11, 1, and 2:30. So no Entwives then I assume...

A Swamping We Will Go, A Swamping We Will Go...

8/03/03, 2:53 pm EST - Tookish

...from Ringer RL: There's a new poll on Movies.com, Matrix or RotK? Hit it people! [More]

Bloomin' Sunday Times

8/03/03, 2:49 pm EST - Tookish

Ringer Alison and others have sent in word that UK's Sunday Times has an article on Mr. Mirkwood himself, Olrando Bloom: "nothing groundbreaking..." *yawn*

SHOP: Sideshow/Weta Announces LOTR Retired Area

8/03/03, 11:20 am EST - Calisuri

Sideshow/Weta Collectibles sends news of a brand new 'Retired Area' on their website. The statues and busts listed in this area have had their production stopped and are limited to the quantity available from their store. Basically, if you were looking to purchase one of the Fellowship of the Ring, and some of The Two Towers collectibles, this is your last chance to do so. In some cases, there are 10 or fewer pieces left. (EU residents might be interested to know there are 4 Aragorn statues left, and none for US residents!) [More]

News for Aug. 02, 2003

Jackson takes time out from Middle-earth

8/02/03, 7:31 pm EST - maegwen

From Stuff.co.nz: Peter Jackson may have had enough of filming hobbits and elves as he completes the final Lord of the Rings instalment but, like any good Kiwi dad, he's happy to pick up a handycam to film his son playing rugby. [More]

Eagle-eyed TORn staffer Anwyn points out the comment at the end of the story: "Jackson also revealed he had hoped to bring JRR Tolkien's other classic book The Hobbit to the big screen, but the film rights are tied up in a "complex" arrangement involving a rival Hollywood studio." Interesting!

South Korean TTT Special Edition

8/02/03, 1:24 pm EST - Xoanon

South Korean TTT Special Edition

TheHutt writes: The theatrical TTT DVD which is scheduled for release in South Korea, offers a rather special limited packaging. This DVD is a R3 release, it is being released by "Spectrum DVD" and is listed for USD 32,98. [More]

Bloom's 'Kelly' News

8/02/03, 1:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Jess writes: IMDB has posted the international cinema release dates for Ned Kelly, starring our very own Orlando Bloom as Joe Byrne. The DVD will be released in Oz on August 20. [More]

Comic-Con Fans Get Taste of New Rings DVD

8/02/03, 1:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Looking to whet the interest of Lord of the Rings fans for both next monthís Two Towers DVD release as well as the holiday theatrical launch of third film The Return of the King, cast members Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, Andy Serkis and others appeared at the Comic-Con International comic book festival in San Diego, Calif. [More]

Orlando Bloom in the hotseat!

8/02/03, 1:12 pm EST - Xoanon

CBBC writes: Orlando Bloom is starring in bound-to-be-massive summer hit Pirates of the Caribbean. We asked you to send us your questions for him and Lizo put the top three to him. [More]

News for Aug. 01, 2003

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend

8/01/03, 9:42 pm EST - Frode

Sam wakes up by the Under-gate to the orc stronghold in Cirith Ungol. He leaves Shelobs lair and makes his way up the cleft towards the tower. Crossing over the highest ridge of the Ephel Duath he is treated to his first fearful view of the Land of Shadow.[More]

More Barlibash Pictures

8/01/03, 3:37 pm EST - maegwen

Niagra Falls

Take 27 Barliman's chatters away from their computers, put them into the same hotel, and what happens? A lot of good fun and mayhem! I just so happened to take my digital camera along with me to Toronto, and caught some amusing images of Bashers in action -- here are the more publishable ones. [More]

Reminder: Leno To Show Comic-Con Footage

8/01/03, 1:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Director Kevin Smith will be on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' presenting footage from the recent Comic-Con convention. Rumor has it that he may have some footage with Elijah Wood and Sean Astin. Leno airs on NBC at 11:30PM, check your local listings.

Don't forget to take a look at a whole SLEW of Comic-Con images posted in our Scrapbook! [More]

Official ToyBiz ROTK Action Figure Pics!

8/01/03, 1:22 pm EST - Xoanon

ToyBiz Action Figure

The folks from ToyBiz sent along a CD full of ROTK action figure pics! Take a look at Gollum, Eomer, Aragorn, Sam, Frodo and Eowyn ready for battle! [More]

McKellen.com Updates 'E-Posts'

8/01/03, 12:11 pm EST - Xoanon

The 'E-Posts' section of Ian McKellen's (Gandalf) official website McKellen.com has been updated! Check it out! [More]

HBO 'Ole' Goes Geek

8/01/03, 12:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Cinthia writes: HBO Ole (the HBO channel for Latin America) is going to show the extended version of FOTR on August 17th, 20th, 25th, 29th and September 2nd. It's the first time it will be shown in Latin America with Spanish subtitles. Since there is no extended DVD region 4 over here and those fortunate of us who have seen it's thanks to the region 1 DVD which of course has only subtitles in English. [more]

Blanchett Movie Roundup

8/01/03, 12:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Pavel writes: The very first preview of Cate's film "The Missing" is on-line now! [More]

Also, today "Veronica Guerin" expands to wide release in UK. It's rumored this role of Cate is her best career performance and strong Oscar contender. [UK Showtimes]

Serkis Act

8/01/03, 11:59 am EST - Xoanon

Cosmo sends along this interview with Andy Serkis (Gollum). [More]

More GenCon Reports & Pics

8/01/03, 11:42 am EST - Xoanon

Ronnie sends along some great pics and insight into the GenCon 2003 convention! He also managed to get sean Astin to sign his ROTK Sam action figure! Take a look! [More]

And be sure to check out ALL the pics from GenCon right here! [More]

Reminder: Teen Choice Awards on Fox

8/01/03, 11:12 am EST - Xoanon

lotr_baybee writes in to remind us that the 2003 Teen Choice Awards will be broadcast on Fox on Wednesday, August 6th. TTT is up for these awards: Choice Movie Drama/Action, Choice Fight/Action Sequence & Choice Movie Actor - Drama/Action Adventure: Elijah Wood. [More]

Sean Astin Q&A at GenCon 2003

8/01/03, 11:02 am EST - Xoanon

A HUGE Thank you to HannColl for typing this in for us. Take a look at Sean Astin's (Sam) Q&A session at GenCon 2003! [More]

NZ Stamps...In The UK

8/01/03, 10:37 am EST - Xoanon

Dave writes: Even though these maybe be stamps for New Zealand, they are selling in Engand too. For £9.99 you get 12 miniture sheets, and 4 display pages. [More]

New Zealand: More Than 'Lord of the Rings'

8/01/03, 8:41 am EST - Demosthenes

Out-of-the-box. Edgy. Pioneering. Shoestring. These were all words frequently used to describe the film industry offered in New Zealand at the SIGGRAPH presentation on July 29, titled "Imagination Made Reel: From Middle Earth to Immersive Reality." [More]

Towers Release Date Draws Close

8/01/03, 5:19 am EST - Demosthenes

When the video stores start their plugs, you know a release date is drawing close. Ringer Spy Christine sends in these scans of a feature in C Mag (produced by Civic Video in Australia) previewing the release of the Two Towers in less than a month's time. Sadly, no new information here, though. [More]

News for Jul. 31, 2003

The "Official" Color of ROTK is -- Blue?!

7/31/03, 11:08 pm EST - Quickbeam

Greetings, Quickbeam here.

After two years of speculation we have answered the mystery at last! The "official" color of The Return of the King is going to be blue. Yes, BLUE. [More]

Rings Trio At G-Phoria

7/31/03, 10:27 pm EST - Demosthenes

G-Phoria - described as a "celebration of gaming" - was taped last night, with Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan in attendance. It won't air in the USA till August 8 at 8pm on G4, but those undergoing hobbit withdrawals (hardly seems possible after the glut of pics from Gen Con and Comic Con) might like to check out these shots. Thanks to Ringer Shawna for the link. [More] Update: An eagle-eyed reader has spotted my error - Billy wasn't actually there. Thanks KT.

Wenham's New Film Projects

7/31/03, 9:57 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Sarah spotted this tidbit about David Wenham in the Sydney Morning Herald. Apparently, David has been cast as the lead in two telemovies for Australia's Seven Network, being produced under the umbrella title of The Murrary Whelan Series. Titled Stiff and The Brush Off, they are based on the novels of Australian writer Shane Maloney. Described as "comedy/dramas with a satirical edge", the films follow a thirty-something divorcee who works as an adviser to a Labor minister.

Eowyn Action Figure Hits The Streets

7/31/03, 9:41 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy Scorpio sent in this picture of a Return of the King Toy Biz Eowyn action figure that he spotted on auction at Ebay. It does look very similar to this "in-progress" Eowyn figure we posted up last year. [More]

GAMING: RoTK Preview In CVG Mag

7/31/03, 9:21 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy Dave sends in this scan of a preview of EA's Return of the King from Computer and Video Games Magazine. Has some screenshots that I think we've all seen before, and some nice artwork with Gandalf and Aragorn. [More] [Gaming Havens]

Indian Pirates Try New Tactic: Look Legitimate

7/31/03, 7:58 pm EST - Demosthenes

IMDB is reporting that DVD pirates in India are trying a new tactic to escape detection. It says some Indian video pirates are importing bootleg DVDs from abroad, submitting them to official censors as if they were bona fide originals, then shipping them to legitimate retail outlets. [More]

SHOP: Life-Sized Gollum For Sale

7/31/03, 5:00 pm EST - Calisuri

Entertainment Earth is taking pre-orders for a life-sized Gollum statue from a company called RUBIES. This is the first we have heard of this company, so we can't vouch for quality, as of yet, but it is worth a look-see! [More] [Image]

Italy's Tolkien Track Issues

7/31/03, 1:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Robert sends along news that a large Tolkien-themed event has had to change venues from Udine as previously planned to the small town of San Daniele del Friuli nearby.[More]

That 'Hobbit' Trailer....

7/31/03, 1:49 pm EST - Xoanon

While folks are searching the net far and wide for any signs of 'The Return of the King' trailer, another trailer has been popping up on their screens. The trailer seems to show scenes from 'The Hobbit' with a few cut scenes from FOTR, the end titles say 'THE HOBBIT" Directed by Peter Jackson, December 2006.

To set the record straight, this is a FAN-MADE trailer with scenes from other movies. Peter is working on KING KONG for his next picture. And, God bless him, let the man get out of Middle-earth for a well deserved rest!

Blockbuster LOTR Deal

7/31/03, 1:45 pm EST - Xoanon

Witness writes: I was just at one of the Blockbuster Stores in Sioux City, IA, and they are offering a deal like they did last year with The Fellowship of the Ring. For $29.99, you get 7 rentals over 7 weeks and a copy of TTT when it is released. The manager told me that it was started on Tuesday nationwide, and that if someone has already ordered TTT from Blockbuster, they can upgrade to the deal. The sign out from says it is a deal worth over $50 for only $29.99.

Amazon.com Goes Geek

7/31/03, 1:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Brown Radagast writes: Amazon.com has a promotional streaming video of some TTT special (.wmv format) which they offer you if you pre-order either of The Two Towers dvds (theater or extended edition). [TTT: EE DVD]

John Rhys-Davies Q&A at GenCon 2003

7/31/03, 1:36 pm EST - Xoanon

A HUGE Thanks to HannColl for getting this JRD Transcript down on paper for us! [More]

Double Take - 2004 RoTK Calendar!

7/31/03, 9:34 am EST - Demosthenes

It's the 2004 RoTK Calendar! Or is it? Take a closer look at the picture - that's not Arwen and Eowyn. Maybe it's Smeagol and Gollum? Thanks to Ringer Spy Scorpio for the link. [More] [Scrapbook]

News for Jul. 30, 2003

Elvish Lesson #6 Tonight

7/30/03, 6:59 pm EST - Jincey

Tonight we finish our action packed series on Verbs! Join Annatar and Gorlab as we take a walk down Sindarin Verbal Lane. Join us in #TheHallofFire tonight at 8pm EST, 5pm PST 1am GMT. You can also now read through the Transcript for Lesson 5! [More]

Celebrity Autographs Available on Demand

7/30/03, 4:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Yahoo! has a story about Autographedtoyou.com, a website that specialises in celebrity autogtaphs on demand. "It absolutely feels good that I'm able to contribute cold, hard cash to some charities we support, and it's coming from my fan base," said Sean Astin, whose signature is one of the site's biggest sellers, due in large part to his appearance in the "Lord of the Rings" films. [More]

Comic-Con 2003 Webcam Images

7/30/03, 4:15 pm EST - Xoanon

A precious few images were saved off of our live webcam feed from Comic-Con 2003. Take a look at some of these beauties! Calisuri and Tookish working hard at our booth, fans stopping by to say 'hi' and Sala Baker making his presence known! [More]

Comic-Con Footage On Leno

7/30/03, 3:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Trey writes: I just saw over at www.viewaskew.com that the segment director Kevin Smith taped at the San Diego Comic-Con will be aired this Friday on "The Tonight Show." We know Kevin interviewed a bunch of people, and that the Hobbits and other LOTR folks were in full force, so I would expect to see some of them.

Media Watch: Official LOTR Mag Talks PJ

7/30/03, 2:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Elf Lady sends along these scans from the latest issue of the Official LOTR Magazine. It features a great PJ interview (and don't worry...the rabbit is fake -Xo). [More]


7/30/03, 11:07 am EST - Xoanon

TheOneRing.net brings you this exclusive first look at THE RETURN OF THE KING! This file was sent to us by person or persons unknown, it shows 1:35 minutes in GLORIOUS Quicktime a TON of shots from ROTK. Sam and Frodo in Mordor, Pippin and Merry, Gandalf at Minas Tirith, fell beasts, Pelennor Fields, Orcs and Men fighting, Aragorn and MORE! !!!MAJOR SPOILERS!!!

UPDATE: New Line Cinema has kindly asked us to remove the links and files with the ROTK trailer, sorry folks!

PS: PLEASE stop emailing us asking for a link, or the trailer, or somone to help you get it. We cannot help.

Elvish 101 Lesson 4 Transcript

7/30/03, 10:36 am EST - Demosthenes

Elvish experts Golrab (Kris Nelson) and Annatar (Paul Dunne) have been conducting lessons on Quenya and Sindarin for the past few weeks on our IRC Server irc.theonering.net. Here's a transcript of lesson four. Look out for a transcript of lesson five soon! [More]

Rings Takes Home Video Awards

7/30/03, 9:07 am EST - Demosthenes

New Line's Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring strolled away with two awards from the 2003 Home Entertainment Awards. FoTR took out Marketing Campaign of the Year as well as the award for Special Edition DVD of the Year from a Major Studio. The awards are organised by the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) - read on to check out the full list of winners. [More]

News for Jul. 29, 2003

Nemo Swims Past Frodo

7/29/03, 11:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Brandon Gray from boxofficemojo.com writes: On Monday, 'Finding Nemo' swam past 'The Fellowship of the Ring' on the All Time chart to rank as the 11th highest grossing picture of all time. 'Nemo' has taken in $313,820,324 in 60 days, while 'Fellowship' grossed $313,364,114 in its entire run -- now at No. 12. 'The Two Towers' stands at $339,734,454, a tally that 'Nemo' has a chance at eclipsing as well. [More]

Comic-Con Video Online

7/29/03, 11:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Jackie writes: I just wanted to let you know that I saw some really cool videos the other day about the comicon in San Diegoóitís got interviews with a few LOTR people, some convention stuff and a couple of video games. [More]

Computer animation takes centre-stage

7/29/03, 11:07 pm EST - Xoanon

The world's largest exhibition and conference of computer graphics Siggraph 2003 has opened in San Diego, California. An animation team from New Zealand is providing one of the main attractions as they showcase the animation technology used in the creation of the Lord of the Rings films. [More]

CHUD Talks To Astin & Monaghan

7/29/03, 11:01 pm EST - Xoanon

The lucky folks at CHUD (Cinematic Happenings Under Development) sat down with Sean Astin (Sam) and Dominic Monaghan (Merry) while at Comic-Con 2003 a few weeks ago. Take a look! [More]

The Sean Astin Experience at GenCon 2003

7/29/03, 10:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Smile Sean!

Poppy Hilldweller sends in her report on all things Astin at GenCon 2003 in Indy. Take a look at some very nice pics too! [More]

The Rings of Tolkien and Plato: Lessons in Power, Choice, and Morality

7/29/03, 5:07 pm EST - Tehanu

TORN has been offered this exclusive preview of a new and fascinating book that examines The Lord of the Rings from a philisophical perspective. Here are extracts from Eric Katz's essay reflecting on the moral challenges posed by possession of a Ring of Power. [More]

[Click here to order this book on Amazon.com]

This essay is forthcoming in Gregory Bassham and Eric Bronson, eds., The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All (Open Court Press, 2003).

News for Jul. 28, 2003

German TTT DVD Menu Screencaps!

7/28/03, 7:31 pm EST - Xoanon

German website www.dvd-inside.de was the first to score these screencaps of the German version of 'The Two Towers' DVD! [More]

GenCon 2003: Images Galore

7/28/03, 7:23 pm EST - Xoanon

GenCon 2003

Hobbitlove (who was with True-Hearted Easterling at GenCon) sends in these photos featuring Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies and Brad Dourif! [More]

Otto's 'Deckchair' In Limited Release

7/28/03, 6:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Georgie writes: Just thought Iíd remind you that Miranda Ottoís new flick Danny Deckchairís coming out soon our local cinema has advanced screenings this week. Itís an Aussie film shot around Sydney and NSW and looks pretty hilarious (mind you the trailer makes it look rather cheesy -Xo)! [More]

Ring*Con 2003 Update!

7/28/03, 5:53 pm EST - leo

As November draws near Ring*Con 2003 starts to loom on the horizon. This event, Europe's biggest Lord of the Rings-related convention, promises to be one of the best weekends for fans of the books and movies. Recently three more guests were added to the already impressive line-up, namely none other then Craig Parker (Haldir), John Leigh (Hama) and Nathaniel Lees (Ugluk)! Head over to RingCon.de for more information on this event you really don't want to miss! [More]

Bruce Hopkins in 'Macbeth'

7/28/03, 5:17 pm EST - Tehanu

NZ Ringers have a chance to see Bruce Hopkins [Gamling the Old] as Macbeth in Auckland. [More]

GenCon Reports Flooding In

7/28/03, 2:28 pm EST - Xoanon

As GenCon wraps up in the States reports are flooding in fast and furious regarding the events of the con. Take a look at these reports from True-Hearted Easterling & The Billified One. [More]

GENCON 1: Astin and Rhys-Davies Photos

7/28/03, 1:16 pm EST - Xoanon

EvanRules writes: These pictures were taken Saturday at Gencon. John Rhys-Davies was doing his signing when Sean Astin came up and greeted him with a big hug and handshake. The two were definatley the most popular signers there. John was such a nice guy, he had long conversations with many of the people has he did his autograph signing. [More]

GENCON 2: JRD, Astin Q&A

7/28/03, 1:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Anthony writes: I was at Gencon on Saturday and attended the Q&A's with John Rhys-Davies and Sean Astin! [More]

Elijah Wood Calls Final 'Rings' Flick 'A Full-On War Movie'

7/28/03, 12:56 pm EST - Xoanon

While they may not have guns or tanks, there are a couple of hobbits who promise the next and final "Lord of the Rings" film could give "Saving Private Ryan" a run for its money. "It's a full-on war movie," Elijah Wood proclaimed recently, when asked about this year's "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King." [More]

Billy Boyd NOT At Collectormania 4

7/28/03, 12:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Billy Boyd and the folks on his website have just informed me on the following: 'Billy IS NOT going to Collectormania 4 this October. While Billy was approached he certainly was not able to attend due to other commitments. We have no idea why collectormania have stated that he had confirmed when in fact he hadn't.'

Don't Blink: Wood Cameo in Spy Kids 3D

7/28/03, 12:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Our mailboxes have been flooded with people writing in to tell us that our very own Elijah Wood (Frodo) has a small cameo in the new movie 'Spy Kids: 3D'. So...go check it out if you want your fill of Wood. [Showtimes]

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