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News for Aug. 04, 2004

Celtic LOTR CD Postponed

8/04/04, 1:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Celtic Band, 'The Border Collies' had plans to release a CD taking the songs within the text of the LOTR and setting them and arranging them in a Celtic style, using their own orginal songs and tunes. However HarperCollins, Tolkien's UK publisher has clamped down a "moratorium" on ALL new projects. According to thebordercollies.com, '[HarperCollins] sound final and indefinite in their correspondence.' So sadly they have delayed the release of that CD. [More]

Bean Takes 'Flight'

8/04/04, 12:53 pm EST - Xoanon

The Hollywood Reporter says that Sean Bean is in talks to star in Touchstone Pictures/Imagine Entertainment's highflying Hitchcockian thriller "Flight Plan," opposite Jodie Foster and Peter Sarsgaard. "Flight" follows the in-air plight of a woman (Foster) whose daughter mysteriously disappears while on board a passenger jet. [More]

Exclusive Costuming Pics from Comic-Con 2004

8/04/04, 12:24 pm EST - Celeborn

Eowyn's Dress - Close-up 1

Ringer staffer Garfeimao sends along some extremely detailed photographs from the New Line Cinema costume display at Comic Con 2004. Garfeimao had special 'behind the glass' access to the costumes, and in some cases even 'under the sleeve' access! If you are a costumer or just an ethusiast, you'll want to check out these pics. [Click Here]

News for Aug. 03, 2004

DVD Tuesday News

8/03/04, 7:54 pm EST - Xoanon

This week there are plenty of DVD goodies for you to pick up. Film by Viggo Mortensen, Marton Csokas and Andy Serkis, as well as 'Sliders' season 1 and 2 starring John Rhys-Davies! [More]

Serkis & Bloom Articles

8/03/04, 7:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy PennyQ sends along three articles from local newspapers in the UK. The first is about Orlando Bloom. [More] The second deals with Andy Serkis' home. [More] The third also features Andy Serkis and his dream vacation spot he'd head to if he could this weekend. [More]

Hobbit Spotted on Antiques Roadshow

8/03/04, 7:28 pm EST - Xoanon

LadyGreenleaf writes: I watched a bit of the Antiques Roadshow UK. There was a man, who was the 'expert', and a lady, who was the guest, with a bunch of papers and a book. The papers turned out to be letters from C.S. Lewis, that had apparantely been written to a family member of hers. There was a five-page handwritten one, and another one that was three pages long, but I didn't see if it was handwritten or just typed. [More]

Frodo Rules at UTM

8/03/04, 7:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Josh writes: Just thought you’d like to know. I work in the Instructional Technology Center at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Recently, we began the implementation of a portal using Oracle, and we had to name the server. So, in honor of his journey to Mount Doom, and for saving Middle Earth, the server has been named “Frodo.” “frodo.utm.edu” will soon be a permanent fixture to our online presence. Anyway, just thought I’d pass that along. Oh, and LOTR rules!

Makoare Opens Official Site

8/03/04, 7:15 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks from lawrencemakoare.com write: Lawrence now has an official website. We hope to keep it updated regularly with exclusive news of Lawrence's current and upcoming projects. We would welcome submissions of any relevant news articles, photos, artwork etc and anything we use will be credited to the relevant source. [More]

Female Version of Spidey For Our Times?

8/03/04, 7:13 pm EST - Xoanon

"I am no man!" When undercover warrior Eowyn roared these words in the Peter Jackson's adaptation of "Return of the King" last year, just before trouncing the vilest of the bad guys, she got an appreciative roar from theater audiences. It was a great punch line -- literally. [More]

AICN Interviews Boyd & Wenham

8/03/04, 7:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Billy Boyd and David Wenham sat down with AICN writer Quint and spoke about the ROTK Extended Edition disk and more! (Adult Content Warning) [More]

PJ's 'Feebles' & 'Bad Taste' Screening in LA

8/03/04, 7:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Melissa writes: Peter Jackson’s 'Meet the Feebles' and 'Bad Taste' will be shown on August 20 in Los Angeles at the Egyptian Theater. No one under 18 will be admitted, however, due to the violence and adult material present in the films. [More]

Cards Inc. Announces Special Fellowship Festival Products

8/03/04, 4:38 pm EST - leo

Merchandise-creators Cards Inc. have announced some nifty little products that will only be available at this months Fellowship Festival in London. Take a sneak peak at these items here and keep on eye on the frontpage for your chance to win two Silver Day Passes for the event this Friday!

Mammoth set for Jackson's Kong

8/03/04, 4:32 pm EST - leo

A 10-metre-high wall of King Kong-sized building blocks has gone up to create a backdrop for Peter Jackson's latest NZ$200 million movie. Filming is due to start next month on Jackson's remake of King Kong and work is two-thirds finished on a state-of-the-art $12 million sound stage in the Wellington suburb of Miramar. [More]

TORn Auction: Signed ROTK-Banner!

8/03/04, 12:06 pm EST - leo

In the first of a series TheOneRing.net will start auctioning off some really interesting collectibles. First up: a signed 5x10 foot promotional banner for The Return of the King! Not for those with little space on their walls... Click on the picture below for more information!

5x10 Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Banner

Sir Ian Holm to Talk at National Theatre

8/03/04, 11:36 am EST - leo

Legendary actor Sir Ian Holm will be talking about his new biography "Acting My Life" at London's National Theatre. The event will take place on October 5th and will also include a booksigning. Get your tickets and more information over at NationalTheatre.org.uk!

News for Aug. 02, 2004

Bloom And Knightley Set To Make A Fortune In Sequels

8/02/04, 11:11 pm EST - Xoanon

British stars Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom are in the middle of secret negotiations to spend 10 months of next year (05) shooting two sequels to Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl back-to-back. Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer has decided to shoot the third Pirates movie at the same time as the sequel to last year's hit. [More]

Open Air Concert in San Diego

8/02/04, 11:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Mirabella in San Diego writes: I was at my local library and saw a big poster for the following: The Port of San Diego is sponsoring a free public concert by the National City Community Concert Band to present "Music from Stage & Screen" at Pepper Park in National City. They will feature music from West Side Story, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, and other movies and musicals. The concert will take place on Sunday, August 8, at 6PM. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs!

Speaking of Faith: Religion, Fantasy and Entertainment

8/02/04, 11:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Magpie writes: The radio program, Speaking of Faith, addressed the topic of religion, fantasy and entertainment. They covered such diverse expressions of faith in entertainment as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Touched by an Angel. A guest on the program even made the assertion that Harry Potter and Mary Poppins are the same story told to two different eras. And of course, it covers the Lord of the Rings movies. [More]

Buy Magazine Talks Mortensen

8/02/04, 11:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Viggo lived in South America from age 2 to age 11, relocated from Argentina to upstate New York in 1969, attended Warren Robertson’s Theatre Workshop and began his acting career in New York, moved to Los Angeles, and has confidently risen to the top of any director’s most-wanted listed. [More]

Sir Ian Updates Official Website

8/02/04, 4:55 pm EST - leo

Sir Ian McKellen got around to updating his website again, this time with more E-post. Read and reap here!

SHOP: Hi-Res pics of Gothmog on Warg Statue

8/02/04, 12:57 pm EST - Celeborn

The Warg!Gothmog rides upon a Warg

We've gotten some great hi-res images of the upcoming Gothmog on Warg statue from Sideshow/Weta Collectibles. Check 'em out. [Click here]

Detroit LOTR Symphony Tickets on Pre-Sale NOW!

8/02/04, 12:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Lee writes: We are very close to announcing a new addition to the Lord of the Rings Symphony tour schedule, this one in Detroit on October 16, 2004 at the Fox Theatre, and we'd like to offer your readers another pre-sale opportunity, just like we did for the Chicago show. As in Chicago, TORN readers should use password "RING" to purchase tickets before the general public on-sale. We're very excited that the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will be performing the symphony in Detroit. Due to scheduling conflicts, Mr. Shore will not be in attendance. At this point I do not know who the conductor will be. [TICKETS]

At museum, film fans troll for wizardry

8/02/04, 11:44 am EST - Xoanon

Boston LOTR Exhibit
Click for more images from the exhibit

The Museum of Science's new exhibit about the making of the ''Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy pulls back the curtain to expose the realities of director Peter Jackson's fantasy filmmaking. But it was the fans' fantasies that reigned at the exhibit's midnight opening yesterday where many of the hundreds of dedicated ''Rings" followers -- many who had come from across the United States and from other countries -- were dressed as hobbits and elves, displaying their affection for wizardry of all kinds. [More]

LOTR Symphony in New Jersey

8/02/04, 11:41 am EST - Xoanon

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]

Trilogy Screening in Italy

8/02/04, 11:37 am EST - Xoanon

Etellenie writes: The movie trilogy of The Lord of the Rings will be shown in Parma (Italy) at the summer arena of the Astra D’Essai theater the next three Thursdays: the 5th, the 12th and the 19th. The evenings will be introduced by costumed pageants, music and a buffet dinner offered to the spectators. [More]

UK's Channel 4 Gets 'Lost'

8/02/04, 11:31 am EST - Xoanon

Robyn writes: Great Britain's Channel 4 has picked up Dominic Monaghan's upcoming US television series " Lost " for broadcast. [More]

JRD's 'Sliders' Giveaway

8/02/04, 11:29 am EST - Xoanon

Daniel writes: Sliders - The First and Second Season Dual Dimension Edition is available on DVD this week! The series stars the unforgettable John Rhys-Davies as Professor Maximillian P. Arturo. In conjunction with the release, several Sliders sites are participating in a free giveaway of Sliders DVDs to celebrate! Enter today - this no purchase necessary promotion ends on Friday, August 13 at 5:00pm Eastern time. [More] [Pre-Order on Amazon.com]

Figwit Goes to Edinburgh Festival Fringe

8/02/04, 11:26 am EST - Xoanon

Claire writes: Figwit will be at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. Bret McIntyre is half of the comedy duo 'Flight of the Conchords', with Jemaine Clement. Last year they were shortlisted for the very prestigious Perrier award for comedy acts at Edinburgh, and this year they're back with a new show. 'The Guardian' newspaper rates it one of the '50 Best Things to do at the Edinburgh Festival' - and that's the whole of the entire arts festival, with thousands of acts, not just the comedy part! [More]

News for Aug. 01, 2004

Billy Elliot Vs King Kong

8/01/04, 10:17 pm EST - Xoanon

When you’re heading off into the deepest, darkest and possibly most giant gorilla-infested jungle on Skull Island there are a few things you might want to pack. A camera, a big gun, someone who looks a bit like Fay Wray and — if you’re Peter Jackson — the screen's most famous ballet dancer. [More]

One More 'Art Of...' Book to go!

8/01/04, 10:16 pm EST - Xoanon

The Art of the 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy

Any fan of LOTR is also a fan of the 'Art of...' books by Gary Russell. The three previous books, based on FOTR, TTT & ROTK were filled with great information, drawings and photos from the films. Well is seems Gary isn't finished, a fourth and definitive edition simply called 'The Art of the Lord of the Rings' is available on Pre Order at Amazon.co.uk (no sign of it on Amazon.com yet). The book is slated for an October 2004 release date. Click here to pre order! [More]

LOTR Symphony: A Different Perspective Part III

8/01/04, 10:07 pm EST - Xoanon

BonMothma sends along the 3rd part of her tale in the preperations and setup for the LOTR Symphony, take a look! [More]

Happy Birthday Cameron Rhodes!

8/01/04, 10:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Today is Cameron Rhodes' (Farmer Maggot) Birthday! Cameron was born on August 1st, 1967 in New Zealand. That makes him 37 today, happy birthday Cameron!

QVC Goes Geek in the UK

8/01/04, 9:58 pm EST - Xoanon

Michael writes: On Monday August 9th here in the UK the Shopping channel 'QVC' is doing a Lord of the Rings collection special at 10pm. [qvc.com]

Boston LOTR Exhibit Pics & Reviews!

8/01/04, 12:32 am EST - Xoanon

Boston LOTR Exhibit

Emma sent along some great images from the Boston LOTR Exhibit which opens this weekend. Take a look at the photo above of Lawrence Makoare slowly becoming an Orc! Also added are a few more reviews of the exhibit! [Photos] [Reviews]

Another 'Figwit' Doco Review

8/01/04, 12:28 am EST - Xoanon

Phillip writes: 'Frodo Is Great Who Is That' was shown at the Wellington International Film Festival on July 31st to a full house that included the filmmakers, Jamie Selkirk, and a good number of the people who appear in it. The movie itself helped to general a cheerful, uproarious and celebratory event. [More]

News for Jul. 31, 2004

More Pittsburgh LOTR Concert Reviews

7/31/04, 5:25 pm EST - Xoanon

FredO attended the LOTR concert on the second night (as well as the first) and had much more to say about it here! [More]

Boston LOTR Exhibit Review

7/31/04, 5:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Tigger-ette writes: We have just come back from the Exhibition in Boston. From walking through stone dwarvish doors at the entrance to seeing Sauron towering over human adults and halflings, there is something for any fan of the movie. The layout is spaced so that if one display is crowded one can move around very easily, and visit it again when less crowded. [More]

SHOP: Gothmog on Warg Statue from Sideshow/Weta

7/31/04, 1:48 pm EST - Celeborn

The Gothmog on Warg statue is now available for pre-order on the Sideshow/Weta Collectibles website. If you didn't get a good look at this figure from their Comic Con coverage, check it out now! Also, if you want to win an Artist Proof Original Balrog, they are running a film contest for aspiring filmmakers who use their collectibles. [Gothmog] [Film Festival]

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend

7/31/04, 5:41 am EST - Demosthenes

Beautiful beyond description, mighty, mysterious, secret, enchanting, surreal. Places of power. These terms and others could be used to describe the greatest cities that existed throughout the history of Middle Earth. [More]

News for Jul. 30, 2004

Sean Astin Booksigning in NYC

7/30/04, 10:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Kathryn writes: Sean Astin is doing a book signing and discussion for his book "There and Back Again : An Actor's Tale" on Oct 13th at 7pm at the Union Square Barnes and Noble in NYC. [More]

[Pre Order your copy of 'There and Back Again : An Actor's Tale' by Sean Astin today!]

Elijah Wood stalker arrested

7/30/04, 10:05 pm EST - Xoanon

A woman stalking Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood has been arrested by police in the Czech Republic. The unidentified female has been served with a restraining order which forbids her to go near 23-year-old Wood. [More]

'Ringers' at Comic-Con 2004 Images

7/30/04, 10:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Emma sends along these images from the Ringers: Lord of the Fans panel and table at Comic-Con 2004. [More]

VARIETY: TW's Harry & hobbit show

7/30/04, 9:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Time Warner rode the small shoulders of a teen magician and a hobbit to double-digit revenue growth in a quarter marked by the strong performance of its film unit. The theatrical release of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and homevideo release of Oscar winner "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"helped Time Warner to a 10% increase in revenue and 17% increase in operating income in the second quarter. [More]

Disney Channel Kids Awards

7/30/04, 9:47 pm EST - Xoanon

Nikki writes: The nominations for the Disney Channel Kids Awards have been announced and ROTK is nominated for best picture. [More]

Project Monaghan At Tree Care Event

7/30/04, 9:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Garfeimao writes: Project Monaghan just participated in their first Tree Care event with Tree People of Los Angeles. 9 Project Monaghan participants and 3 Tree People employees met up at Salvin Special Education Center in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 28. The small size was actually more than adequate for getting the job done. It was a rather smallish school, with only about 20-25 young trees needing our help. [More]

PSO, singers join composer in 'LOTR' symphony

7/30/04, 8:59 pm EST - Xoanon

A good chorus needs to be versed in French, German and Italian diction. Occasionally Spanish, Russian and Czech come into play. But Elvish and Dwarvish? This weekend, local singers will have to master those languages and more as the Pittsburgh Symphony performs "The Lord of the Rings Symphony" under the direction of composer Howard Shore. It's a six-movement work for orchestra, soloists and choruses comprising music he wrote for Peter Jackson's acclaimed film version of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Rings' trilogy. [More]

Boston Museum of Science Newsletter

7/30/04, 8:58 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy HannaBoffin sends along scans from the latest Boston Museum of Science newsletter, it features all sorts of details on the LOTR Exhibit about to open!. [More]

Nylon Magazine Talks Monaghan

7/30/04, 8:50 pm EST - Xoanon

djdeathskiss writes: The latest issue of 'Nylon' magazine features this interview with Dominic Monaghan. He talks about his new show 'Lost', his being in business with Elijah, and a trip to the movies with Viggo to see 'Troy'. [More]

Flaunt Magazine Snaps Boyd

7/30/04, 8:44 pm EST - Xoanon

djdeathskiss writes: The latest issue of 'Flaunt' features a series of portraits taken by children for the magazine. Billy Boyd is featured in 3 of them. [More]

LOTR Exhibit in Oz Dates Confirmed

7/30/04, 8:37 pm EST - Xoanon

powerhousemuseum.com has confirmed the dates for the LOTR Exhibit currently opening up this weekend in Boston. December 2004 until the end of March. [More]

Oxonmoot Press Release

7/30/04, 11:57 am EST - Xoanon

Ian Collier, Publicity Officer for The Tolkien Society sends this in: Oxonmoot is the Tolkien Society’s major social event, providing both our members and the public with the opportunity to gather together and celebrate Tolkien’s life. Originating as an informal gathering of friends to pay their respects at the grave of the late Professor Tolkien, it is now one of the country’s longest established events of its kind. [More]

The Fellowship Festival Debuts 'BFME'

7/30/04, 11:48 am EST - Xoanon

Access All Areas Events Ltd is pleased to announce that EA Games will be attending the upcoming Fellowship Festival event in August at Alexandra Palace in London, and exclusively unveiling its two latest interactive games based on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. EA Games will be joined by New Line Cinema and The Tolkien Society, who are main event sponsors. [More]

TV Watch: Astin on 20/20

7/30/04, 11:44 am EST - Xoanon

writes: Sean Astin will appear on ABC's 20/20 tonight with his brother Mack and their mom, Anna "Patty Duke" Pierce. The interview will discuss Anna's struggle with mental illness and its effect on Sean on her sons.

Pittsburgh LOTR Concert Review

7/30/04, 11:43 am EST - Xoanon

FredO writes: I attended last night’s concert in Pittsburgh of the Lord Of The Rings Symphony. I wanted to write and tell you what a triumphant performance The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) staged. I had been granted permission to attend the two rehearsals on Tuesday so I had a frame of reference for the concert last night. [More]

News for Jul. 29, 2004

Top 50 people in Tolkien history list compiled in honor of 50th anniversary!

7/29/04, 8:18 pm EST - Gamgee

Hello again, and happy anniversary!! I want to send out a big THANK YOU to some of the messageboarders who helped out with this list! Please enjoy reading it, as I have enjoyed putting it together. [More]

FELLOWSHIP AT 50: A Celebration

7/29/04, 1:43 pm EST - Xoanon

From MrCere: Fifty years: Governments fall in less time. Young men grow old and old men die. Not only did we get to the moon in the last 50 years, we became bored and stopped going. Species have disappeared, Al Gore invented the internet and communication is virtually instant. The world has shrunk and our view into the universe has grown exponentially. During that time an Oxford professor and a New Zealand filmmaker with a zombie fetish have changed all of pop-culture. [More]

Kong Pre Production Going Strong

7/29/04, 1:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Kong Pre Production Going Strong

Abner writes: Here's another update from Wellington... It seems that the large new concrete structure on Stone Street Studio's site, that I previously reported (and photographed on June 11) as a possible Kong film set turns out to be an entirely new large concrete building, possibly (probably?) a new indoor stage. [More]

BBC Digs Deep for FOTR At 50

7/29/04, 1:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Geri writes: Since FOTR was publised 50 years ago today the BBC have unearthered some reviews from that time. Writing in the Guardian in August 1954, shortly after the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring on 29 July, Herbert Dingle praised Tolkien's "largess". "To have created so enthralling an epic-romance, with its own mythology, with such diversity of scene and character, such imaginative largess in invention and description, and such supernatural meaning underlying the wealth of incident is a most remarkable feat." [More]

Tolkien on tour

7/29/04, 1:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Symphony orchestras don't often face such strong demand that they have to add extra concert dates. But that's what's been happening when orchestras present the symphonic arrangement of Howard Shore's music for "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy. The Seattle Symphony, for one, announced one performance but had to add three more after demand outstripped supply. [More]

Lords of the Rhymes Show Dates & More

7/29/04, 1:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Hobbit rap mega-stars Quickbeam and Bombadil, known throughout the lands as Lords of the Rhymes, will release 'Lords of the Rhymes: Ye untolde tale' next month, and will offer concertgoers a sneak preview of the film at their upcoming show at Lit on August 6. [More]

Fellowship of the Ring turns 50!

7/29/04, 9:30 am EST - Xoanon

Pipes & Tobaccos Magazine

On July 29, 1954 publisher George Allen & Unwin published the first edition of The Fellowship of the Ring in Great Britain, an edition of 3,500 copies. An American edition from Houghton-Mifflin followed in October, 1954. In behalf of the staff and readers of TheOneRing.net, from fans world wide, from all those lives that have been touched by this work we celebrate this remarkable book that only improves with age. Happy Golden Anniversary!

Bell & Parke Join Jackson's King Kong

7/29/04, 7:38 am EST - leo

According to The Hollywood Reporter Jamie Bell (If I am not mistaken best known for his part in 'Billy Elliot') and Evan Parke ('Planet of the Apes') have joined the cast for Jackson's King Kong. Bell is set to play a young cameraman while Parke will play the first mate of 'The Venture', the boat sailing towards Skull Island. [More]

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